Very entertaining night of football on Thursday. No. 2 Florida State has their toughest remaining test of the season as they travel to Louisville. The Saints play the Panthers in the NFL to decide first place in the underwhelming NFC South. I’m not going to make an official pick on either game but have a strong lean in both games.
Florida State (-4) over Louisville: This line has dropped too much and I think the more talented Seminoles will win by at least a touchdown. Florida State is coming off a bye week and they know this is their last true test before the College Football Playoff. Louisville will have trouble scoring so I would lean for this game to go under 51.
Panthers (+3) over Saints: A standard pick against the Saints as favorites on the road. They probably should’ve won at Atlanta, Cleveland and Detroit but it’s concerning that they can’t close out games away from the SuperDome. Carolina is a mess offensively but think Cam Newton will be able to rush successfully. I also like the under in this game, which is now at 49.
Bonus pick in the NBA is Cavaliers (-11.5) over the Knicks. New York lost by 24 to Chicago on Wednesday and the Cavaliers are playing their season opener.