TCU (over 7.5) beats SMU (under 5, 1*) 56-36
(TCU 3-0; SMU 2-1)
It was an unnerving start with SMU taking a 16-7 lead into the second quarter, but the Frogs pulled it together to avoid what would’ve been a disastrous loss and managed to still cover in the process.
Big 12 play starts now and it starts with maybe the toughest game possible: at Oklahoma State. However, I’d say the conference slate may be a little easier than you would’ve thought before the season. Outside of the two Oklahoma schools, there’s not another team currently in the top 25. Frogs just need to go 5-4 in the league to cash the ticket.
Vanderbilt (under 6) beats Kansas State (under 8, 1*) 14-7
(Vandy 3-0; K-State 2-1)
I think I’ve just gotta start rooting for the push. It would be a big win at this point. The next three games are daunting for the Dores (Bama, @ Florida, Georgia), which is followed up by what will be two tough road games. But after that the three game stretch of WKU, UK, and Mizzou all at home makes for some very winnable games. UK might be good, but the other two have been big disappointments.
Oregon (over 8) beats Wyoming (under 7.5, 1*) 49-13
(Oregon 3-0; Wyoming 1-2)
In Laramie, too. Outgained the Cowboys 558-183. Held former big-time NFL prospect Josh Allen to 10-25 passing for 66 yards. Jim Leavitt’s presence as DC has gone even better than expected.
Notre Dame (over 8) beats Boston College (over 4) 49-20
(ND 2-1; BC 1-2)
It was an encouraging response for the Irish after the Georgia disappointment at home. It’s not exactly cause for celebration yet, though. This was a game they had to have just to stay in the hunt.
As for BC, at least they scored 20 points? They have to beat CMU next week or we’re cooked.
Ohio (over 7.5) beats Kansas (over 3, 1*) 42-30
(Ohio 2-1; KU 1-2)
It wasn’t really that close. The Bobcats had control from the start. Both of their QBs played well. It’s sad (for Kansas) that you expected Ohio to win this game, but it was important that the Bobcats at least split with the Jayhawks and Purdue.
South Carolina (over 5.5) loses to Kentucky (under 7, 1*) 23-13
(USC 2-1; UK 3-0)
Yikes. There’s still four wins out there for the Cocks, but it just got a little tougher.
Florida (over 8.5) beats Tennessee (under 7.5, 1*) 26-20
(UF 1-1; Tenn 2-1)
It was hard to watch, man.
Mississippi State (under 5.5) beats LSU (under 9, 1*) 37-7
(MSU 3-0; LSU 2-1)
I’m for sure losing this one. BYU, UK, UMass, and Ole Miss still at home.
Nebraska (under 7) loses to NIU (over 6, 1*) 21-17
(Nebraska 1-2; NIU 2-1)
Special shoutout to Mike Riley. The Huskers now have to go 6-3 in league play just to push. They are in the Big Ten West, but they have to play Ohio State and Penn State from the East.
Purdue (over 2.5) beats Missouri (under 6.5, 1*) 35-3
(Purdue 2-1; Mizzou 1-2)
My only regret is not putting more on both. Purdue just needs one more win and it’s over. Missouri STINKS.
Memphis (under 8.5) beats UCLA (over 7.5) 48-45
(Memphis 2-0; UCLA 2-1)
Jim Mora and Josh Rosen are a perfect fit together. They do just enough to make you believe and then they completely screw the pooch. Memphis might hit the over only playing 11 games this year, although they still have road games with UCF, Houston, and Tulsa and Navy at home won’t be a walk in the park.
Charlotte (under 4) loses to NC A&T 35-31
In the picks this week, I wrote about why this isn’t really all that bad of a loss, but it’s still a missed opportunity. Love the 49ers this week, though.
SDSU (over 9.5) beats Stanford (over 8.5, 2*) 20-17
(SDSU 3-0; Stanford 1-2)
Things are looking bleak for that Cardinal pick, but never count out David Shaw’s ability to win 9 games. Obviously, it was a huge win for the Aztecs, who are just a machine at this point. Their toughest road game left is this week at Air Force. If they win, I’m making the executive decision to put them on 12-0 watch.