Granite Dawg (10-5)
Hawaii @ Idaho (-8) Idaho gets one point in my book for having the cooler nickname and another for having a quarterback with more yards than Hawaii. This isn’t your Hawaii of old, June Jones will cover over Navy this weekend (free advise there, thank me later) and Hawaii has done nothing of interest since he left for the riches of Dallas. Hawaii is 1-3 on their swing stateside and lost their starting QB two weeks ago for the season. They were dismantled by LA Tech and Fresno in the past two weeks and living on the road hasn’t allowed them to catch a breath. Idaho is playing quality WAC football right now (doing just enough to win) and look for them to take revenge on the beat down they received on the island last year. Idaho has their first blow out of the year and covers.
Ohio State @ Purdue (+13.5) Purdue may be the only team worse at turning the ball over than UGA. Pryor will look good, control the clock, and Ohio State will score on an easy turnover. I could talk this up more but no one will read it. Ohio State covers.
Wake Forest @ Clemson (-7) I have two rules, never bet on UGA and never bet on Clemson. I like both in their games this week. Clemson has had two weeks to prepare and Death Valley is the only stadium Grobe hasn’t won in. Not that that matters because Clemson looked foolish against the same Maryland team Wake beat by double digits. Wake’s Riley Skinner has almost twice as many passing yards and three times the touchdowns than Clemson’s Parker. He also completes the ball 20% more often than Parker. I am telling you all the reason not to take Clemson. Clemson covers.
USC (-10) at Notre Dame-USC is USC. Notre Dame is Notre Dame. Pete Carroll. Charlie Wies. USC covers the 10 in the first quarter.
Mississippi State (-4.5) at Middle Tennessee State-This set of Bulldogs will go into the state of Tennessee and come out with a victory. Dan Mullen roughs up this Sunbelt Team in Murfreesboro and covers the four and a hook.
South Carolina at Alabama (-17.5)- South Carolina andThe Ol’ Ball Coach will play Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide tough. Like Alabama’s last three conference games, it will be close early but Bama will start to pull away as the game goes on. However, the defense that South Carolina has probably is the best Bama has seen all season. It will stay closer longer, and the .5 scares me a little. I like South Carolina and the points, taking advantage of the extra .5 point.
Pittsburgh (-6) at Rutgers-Everyone seems to have forgotten about Rutgers but they have battled back from a struggle to start the season. Pitt is one of the more inconsistent programs in America. Look for Rutgers to make a statement and the win the game outright. Take Rutgers and the 6.
Wake Forest at Clemson (-7) Clemson has had a week off to lick their wounds from their 2-3 start. Expect them to bounce back against a mediocre Wake Forest team. Take Clemson and lay the 7
Kansas (-9.5) at Colorado-Kansas is an overrated football team. They barely got by Southern Miss and snuck by lowly Iowa State last week. Cody Hawkins is being benched so a fresh start for the Buffalos. This is will be a tough game for Kansas. Take Colorado at the 9.5.
UGA (-7.5) at Vandy Staying with a lean here. Our guys have 2 choices: lay down or kick Vandy butt. I think they choose the latter. The talent gap is way too wide in this one, and as scared as I am to pick a Georgia game, I feel like we will win and win big in Nashville.
USC (-10) at Notre Dame- Another lean. Give the Men of Troy 20, I don’t care. They unleash on the Irish this weekend, and it won’t be close.
Stanford @ Arizona (-4) The Pac-10 is as hard to predict as the ACC, outside of USC of course. This actually has the makings of an interesting game that could go either way. I think 4 points is a hair too much, so I’ll take Stanford and the points.