36-24-1 so far on the season. I am putting these picks up a little earlier this week because there are so many games and they start Thursday. This really is the best football week of the year and the last full college football slate so cherish it.
Lions (-2.5) vs. Vikings
Every Lion game has gone down to the wire. In fact, they are the first team in NFL history to have their first 10 games be decided by seven points or less. I am still not a believer in Sam “Sleeves” Bradford or Minnesota’s offensive line.
Colts vs. Steelers (-3)
There are strong rumors that Andrew Luck will not play in this game. If that is the case, the Colts will turn to The Scott Tolzien. So, yea, hop on this line before Luck’s injury status becomes official and the line sky rockets.
#25 Texas A&M (+5) vs. #16 LSU
Both of these teams have fallen short of expectations this year, but a win here by either team could potentially clinch a berth in the Sugar Bowl. Fournette is doubtful for LSU and their performance at home last week against Florida was underwhelming to say the least. A&M has had to deal with the injury big throughout the season, but the home atmosphere on Thanksgiving night will be enough to keep it within the number.
North Carolina (-11.5) vs. N.C. State
Was already burned by UNC in a rivalry game once this season, but the Pack are in a tailspin and UNC has home field advantage. Look for Trubisky to tear up the depleted NC State secondary.
Arkansas (-8.5) vs. Missouri
After taking the SEC by storm in their first two years in the conference, Missouri has come back to reality and are by far the worst team in the SEC. Arkansas will maul the Tigers upfront and cover easily in this manufactured rivalry game.
Texas (-2.5) vs. TCU
Charlie Strong is gone no matter the outcome of this game, but there is no doubt his players will fight to the end for him. This is a pride game and after being embarrassed by Kansas a week ago, the Longhorns will come out swinging and take care of TCU.
Arizona (+3) vs. Arizona State
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times, you throw the records out when the Territorial Cup is on the line. The Wildcats have only won two games this season, but getting points at home in a rivalry game is a good bet.
Tulsa vs. Cincinnati (+22.5)
That is just an absurd amount of points to pass up. Bearcats can’t be that bad, can they?
USF (-10) vs. UCF
Another rivalry game, but this time it won’t be close. The Bulls have sneakily had a great year and Quinton Flowers is one of the best players you’ve never heard of. Willie Taggert is a promising coach who could have his choice of jobs this offseason, but the Bulls could challenge for a playoff spot next year with all of their returning talent.
Maryland (-13.5) vs. Rutgers
The Terps have had a rough couple of weeks, but they still have a pulse and therefore can beat Rutgers by more than two touchdowns at home. Plus, a Maryland win clinches a bowl berth.
Ole Miss (-7.5) vs. Mississippi State
The Bulldogs have lost their starting QB for the rest of the season and although this has been an incredibly disappointing season in Oxford, Shea Patterson has been won of the few bright spots since the Chad Kelly injury. The Rebels also have a bowl game to play for.
#1 Alabama (-17.5) vs. #15 Auburn
Until Alabama stops doing Alabama things to teams, I’m taking them to cover in every game.
#8 Penn State vs. Michigan State (+12)
The Spartans played their best game of the season last week vs Ohio State and they’ll continue that strong play in Happy Valley. Penn State is the most overrated team in the country and the discussion for their inclusion in the Playoff is comical, but I almost want them to get into the Playoff so Alabama can put them and the entire Big Ten back in their place.
San Diego State (-11.5) vs. Colorado State
The Aztecs suffered just their second loss of the season last week, but they still have one of the best players in the country in Donnel Pumphrey. SDSU will take care of the Rams easily at home.
Hawaii (-7.5) vs. UMass
Don’t know much about either team, but that is a long way to travel for the Minutemen without having some adverse effects.