Back to the drawing board after a rough 1-3 Week 2 in CFB. I’m no mathematician but if I understand statistics then that means I should go 3-1 this week, right? That’s how statistics work? Comment your picks below and we can get some records going.
Syracuse at #25 Pittsburgh -21.5, o/u 50 – NOON on ACCN
Last week, Syracuse lost to UNC 31-6 and gave up 480 yards of offense. Tommy DeVito was sacked 7 times and threw for only 112 yards. Pittsburgh is coming off what was essentially a mercy rule 55-0 win over Austin Peay. They went into halftime up 42-0 where both teams agreed to play only 10-minute quarters for the second half (thoughts and prayers to all over-bettors). Pittsburgh’s defensive line is more talented than UNC’s from everything I’ve gathered; that spells trouble for Syracuse for the second week in a row.
My Pick: Pitt -21.5 this is a 3 out of 5 confidence rating.
Tulsa at #11 Oklahoma St. -23, o/u 66 – NOON on ESPN
Oklahoma State beat Tulsa last year 40-21. The spread on that game was 17.5 or 18.5 when Oklahoma State broke a last second touchdown when running out the clock to cover. This game started a saying amongst my friends of “that’s just Tulsa football”. I was pretty much dead all game and got bailed out by a fluke play. Oklahoma State was 9-3-1 ATS last year and this season they have their entire defense returning. That’s huge considering the limited practices due to COVID restrictions. OSU is really known for their offense though, putting up over 32 ppg last season and we should expect to see more of the same this time around. They should be contenders this year and are my black horse for the Big 12 at +700 and the Championship at +10000. Also; someone to watch, OSU RB Chuba Hubbard is a guy who ran for over 2000 yards last year, is a heisman candidate and a first round hopeful for the NFL. With all of that being said, Tulsa was 5-2 ATS as the underdog in 2019 – that’s just Tulsa football.
My Pick: Tulsa +23 this is a 4 out of 5 confidence rating.
Navy at Tulane -7, o/u 48.5 – NOON on ABC
Obviously, we all know that Navy got absolutely stomped out by the Mormons in week 1 55-3. It came out recently that the midshipmen hadn’t even engaged in any live tackling prior to that game due to coronavirus fears, whatever that means. They gave up over 300 yards rushing for a team that is supposed to be known for their front 7. Tulane’s lead back only rushed the ball 11 times last week but racked up 105 yards on those attempts. Tulane is coming up off of their first win of the year where they only gave up 65 yards on 35 rushing attempts. As we all know, Navy does not or cannot pass the ball. These are 2 run-first offenses, so you might want to peak at the under, but I just hate unders. The line opened at Tulane -8.5 and has moved down to -7, I’m going to keep my eye on it and take it at -6.5 or I’ll just buy the half point.
My Pick: Tulane -6.5 this is a 5 out of 5 confidence rating.
#17 Miami at #18 Louisville -2.5, o/u 65 – 7:30pm on ABC
This is the game of the week and I’m gambling with my eyes on this one. I watched both the Louisville v Western Kentucky game and Miami v UAB game. I was far more impressed with Miami than I was with Louisville and I was also more impressed with UAB than I was Western Kentucky. Louisville allowed WKU to stay in that game with two major special teams mistakes and Western Kentucky’s own mistakes took themselves out of that game. Miami and UAB played a much cleaner game and in my opinion, it never seemed like UAB had a shot.
For this Saturday; Miami is a run-first offense, but D’Eriq King has a cannon for an arm, he just overthrew the deep ball a few times. If he can dial those in Miami will have an even more dangerous offense. Running back Cam’Ron Harris looked great and he’s healthy for this week after leaving in the 4th with a leg injury. On top of that D’Eriq King can move. Louisville allowed WKU’s QB to scramble quite a bit so I see King taking full advantage of that. I expect this game to come down to the wire, but I see Miami coming out on top.
My Pick: Miami ML +110 as my lock of the week.