Weekly Footbal Picks (24-9-1 On The Season, NBD)

6-5 last week. Not bad. 24-9-1 for the season. It dawned on me today that there are just four full weeks of college football left – cherish it.

Ravens (-9.5) vs. Browns
Last week was the first time I actually watched a Browns game all the way through this season and the hype is real – they are truly as bad as any NFL team I have ever seen. The Thursday night aspect of this would be my only question mark, but with the Ravens defense is solidified the return of Terrell Suggs and C.J. Moseley.

Duke vs. #17 North Carolina (-11.5)
North Carolina boats one of the best offenses in the country, while Duke has not been able to get on the right track since upsetting Notre Dame this season. This is a big line for a rivalry game on the road, but the Tar Heels need to win to keep pace with Virginia Tech for a spot in the ACC Championship Game.

Georgia Southern (-6.5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Georgia Southern gave Ole Miss a scare on the road last week, while the Rajin’ Cajuns have a short week to prepare for the triple option which is never fun.

Arizona State vs. #15 Utah, Over 55
I was tempted to take Utah -6 in this game, but that line is a little sketchy. What I do know though is that Arizona State has no defense, not unlike much of the PAC 12. Utah’s running game will roll, but the Sun Devils have enough offense at home to make wary of the line but confident in the over.

#18 Florida State vs. Boston College, Under 49
BC has no offense, but have one of the best defenses in the ACC. The Seminoles are favored by -21, but not sure if they hit that number. The Eagles have the capabilities to keep Dalvin Cook in check and turn FSU one-dimensional.

Purdue (+13.5) vs. Northwestern
With exception of Rutgers, Purdue is the worst team in the Big Ten, but the Boilermakers have shown signs of life since the hiring of Gerad Parker as the interim head coach following the firing of Darrell Hazell. Northwestern has had some strong teams in recent years, but this is not one of them and they have no business being a double-digit favorite on the road.

Notre Dame (-14) vs. Army
Notre Dame has been awful – that’s not news too anybody, but they will beat Army by more than two touchdowns. Army doesn’t run the triple option as well as Navy and they have a greater athletic mismatch on defense.

#7 Wisconsin vs. Illinois (+26.5)
Wisconsin has a great defense and they are even better at home. Illinois is coming off a win over Michigan State, which is impressive in name only. The Illini may not score, but I don’t think the Badgers’ offense could tally 28 points against air.

#25 Arkansas (+7) vs. #24 LSU
Arkansas demolished Florida last week and LSU is primed for their annual post-Alabama swoon. While the Razorbacks aren’t the Tide, their defense will stifle Leonard Fournette and the Tigers’ offense.

#23 Washington State vs. Cal, Over 84
After starting out 0-2, including a loss to FCS opponent Eastern Washington, the Cougars have won seven straight and control their destiny for a Rose Bowl berth. Wazzu has turned things around by relying on the run more, which is a complete 180 from the Mike Leach offense we have gotten to know. That reliance on the run would clue you in on taking the under right? Normally, yes, but Cal has yet to burn me while taking the over with them and I’m not gonna stop now.

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