Here are my five best bets for Week 3 in college football. Click each linked for a short writeup of the game:
The Big 12 were the bridesmaids of college football in 2014, and watched while the four other major conferences participated in the College Football Playoff. TCU and Baylor were left out by the committee as Ohio State earned the fourth and final spot. The Buckeyes proved that it was the correct decision by winning it all, but the Horned Frogs and Bears had legitimate cases to be playing in the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl on January 1. The Big 12 looks to be one of the more exciting leagues this season. Here are four games to keep an eye on when picking against the spread:
October 24- Kansas Sate at Texas: Kansas State plays four games in as many weeks with the stretch wrapping up in Austin. They play at Oklahoma State, and host TCU and Oklahoma before traveling to meet Texas. Tough spot for Bill Snyder’s team especially with Texas coming out of a bye week. Look to back the Longhorns at home.
October 31- Oklahoma State at Texas Tech: Oklahoma State is a team I think can be one of the biggest surprises in college football. Winning 10 games isn’t out of reach for Mike Gundy’s team. I think the schedule breaks nicely for the Cowboys, who avoid TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma until November and those three games are in Stillwater. Before playing conference favorite TCU, Oklahoma State has to play at Texas Tech. Always seems like a tricky trip for Big 12 teams and one that Oklahoma State might overlook.
Iowa State (-5) over Texas: I expect Iowa State to rebound after an upset loss at Texas Tech on Saturday. The Cyclones have a great home court and a big coaching edge over Texas. The Longhorns lost by 21 at home when they were in this ESPN Monday night spot earlier in the season.
Here are my Week 14 college football picks and the rest of the pool plays on Thursday, Friday and Saturday:
Texas (+7) over TCU: I think Texas gives TCU scare on Thanksgiving Night with tough defense.
Texas A&M (+3) over LSU: LSU is a young team and this is a tough situation on the road.
Ohio State (-21) over Michigan: Ohio State will be looking for style points and will show no mercy against their bitterest rival.
Penn State (+13) over Michigan State: This line is a bit too high and I think James Franklin will have his team prepared.
Tennessee (-17) over Vanderbilt: Tennessee will be bowl eligible with a win and the Volunteers should rout the Commodores in Knoxville West. Speaking of James Franklin, Vanderbilt beat Tennessee the last two seasons so Butch Jones’ team has revenge on their mind.
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Here are my Week 9 college football picks and the rest of the pool plays:
Wisconsin (-10.5) over Maryland
Under 48 in Kansas State vs Texas
North Carolina (+7) Virginia
Under 49 in Michigan State vs Michigan
Oklahoma State (-1) over West Virginia
LSU (+4) over Ole Miss
Over 65 in Auburn vs South Carolina
Under 46 in Tennessee vs Alabama
Washington (+3) over Arizona State
Oregon (-17.5) over California- Friday Night
Illinois (+6) over Minnesota
Here are my Week 8 college football picks and the rest of the pool plays:
Iowa (+4.5) over Maryland
California (+7) over UCLA
Alabama (-13) over Texas A&M
Over 64 in Alabama vs Texas A&M
Tennessee (+16) over Ole Miss
Under 47 in Ole Miss vs Tennessee
LSU (-10) over Kentucky
Iowa State (+12.5) over Texas
Wake Forest (+5) over Syracuse
Purdue (+14) over Minnesota
West Virginia (+8.5) over Baylor
Kansas State (+7.5) over Oklahoma
Kansas State over 7.5 wins (-150): The Wildcats won seven regular season games in 2013 after two straight seasons where they won more than 10. Bill Snyder teams are always well prepared for games. I think the combo of quarterback Jake Waters and wide receiver Tyler Lockett will put up big numbers this season. Hosting Auburn and trips to Oklahoma and Baylor is where I see the losses. Kansas State will win the rest of their games and finish third in the Big 12. Continue reading