Another great slate of games on tap this weekend. Below is this weeks’ batch of locks. Go Dawgs!
Alabama at South Carolina (+6.5) Every media analyst I’ve heard has already given the national title crown to the Tide for 2010 after their dominating performance over Florida. The fact of the matter is CorbinDawg was right at the beginning of the year when he said the Gators would be down. They are not the best team in the East. That team is South Carolina who Bama faces Saturday. The Gamecocks have a week off to rest up and expect Spurrier to stick with Stephen Garcia the who way Saturday. Bama has played two dink and dunk teams in Arkansas and Florida. They will get a big time physical matchup on Saturday, and I don’t believe they will be ready. Gamecocks cover and will end Bama’s 28 game regular season winning streak.
Boston College (+9) at NC State Devastating loss for the Wolfpack last week against the Hokies in a game that led the whole way. The Wolfpack have major defensive issues and which is nothing new under sad sack DC Mike Archer. They will struggle Saturday against the Eagles. Take Boston College and the points.
UCLA at California (-8) Despite some recent success I’m not buying into anything coached by Rick Neuheisel. I think Cal has very good team that can score in bunches and are very alive in a quest for the Rose Bowl. Take Cal and give the 8.
Clemson at North Carolina (-2.5) In two back to back losses, Clemson has looked good. Andre Ellington is a beast, already racking up 7 yards a carry, even though Kyle Parker has played hurt during Auburn and Miami games. Regardless, I’ll take Clemson and the points.Interesting fact: These teams have won a combined 4 games, but 3 of their combined 5 losses have been 4 points or less, 2 of which were OT losses. I like the Irish to cover.This spread stayed the same all week– and I still like it. I thought about saving this game on DVR, until I realized Matt Millen is calling the game for ABC.This is going to be a really good game…but I think Michigan wins by 7.
Pittsburgh at Notre Dame (-6.0)
Michigan State at Michigan (4.5)
Temple @ Northern Illinois (-3.5) Both schools have played tough this year, but Temple has really impressed me. I am calling for the slight upset here with Temple winning a close one, but will take the points in case.
Minnesota @ Wisconsin Ah, the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. This is one of my favorite rivalry games of the year, for whatever reason. I still feel that Minnesota has not been as bad as their record indicates. Wisconsin will win, but their style of play, coupled with the fact that Minnesota still will not give up makes me think it will be close in the 4th. I’ll take the points and the Gophers here, despite knowing that Wisconsin will keep the axe.
LSU @ Florida (-6.5) I don’t ever like picking Florida, just out of principle. BUT, this is a money-maker, because I love betting against Les Miles. LSU and UF both feature great defensive squads, and both struggle at times on offense. LSU struggles more, and I am calling for Florida to have a big bounce back week. Lay the points as the Gators cover at home.
Auburn (-6.5) at Kentucky Staying with my lean here, I like the Tigers…surely they won’t lose to Kentucky two years in a row? Kentucky had trouble with Florida’s offense, and I think Auburn’s offense may be in better shape than Florida’s. Take the Tigers.
Toledo at Boise State (-36) Boise had a 42 point spread last week and covered with ease. I think the Broncos, after seeing Oregon jump them last week, are going to cover the 36 with ease. Although its a lot of chalk, take the Broncos on the smurf turf.
I locked in Nebraska last night at -11.5.
FSU @ Miami (-6) This game matches 2 great defenses and features a lot of speed on that side of the ball. I’ll call for the ‘Noles to pull this one out in a straight up win, but since you’re offering the points I guess I’ll take them too.
Clemson @ North Carolina (-2.5) I think UNC is a program in distress right now, and I’ve always been partial to our brethren from Clemson, so I’ll call for them to pull the ever-so-slight upset over the Tar Heels. Again, give me the points, but I won’t need them.
Arkansas @ Texas A & M (+6) I’m a fightin’ Texas Aggie and I just don’t give a……wait, sorry. I got sidetracked for a second thinking of quesadillas. Anyway, the fightin’ Texas Aggies don’t have a chance against the Hogs in the old SWC matchup. Lay the 6 and take Mallett and Co.