Went 7-8 last weekend and 1-0 with my BC pick midweek week, so staring at .500 as we look at this weekend’s slate of games.
Cornell vs. Harvard (-5)
Steve Donahue isn’t walking through those doors. Ryan Wittman isn’t walking through those doors. They days of the Big Red dominating the Ivy League are a distant memory. Although Harvard is down compared to some of their better teams of the last seven or eight years, the Crimson will win big in Ithaca.
Columbia (-8) vs. Dartmouth
The next time Dartmouth wins against a good team on the road in the Ivy League, it will be the first time.
Rutgers vs. #15 Wisconsin (-12)
This game is being played at Madison Square Garden, which will negate any home court advantage for Rutgers.
Syracuse (+2) vs. #6 Florida State
The Seminoles were obliterated Wednesday at Georgia Tech and they face another road test Saturday. Syracuse is not a tournament team, but winning at the Carrier Dome is no easy task. FSU struggles with Georgia Tech’s zone Wednesday and they will see a healthy dose of 2-3 Saturday. Expect the Orange’s defense to keep the “Noles at bay and notch the upset win.
Tennessee vs. Kansas State (pick ’em)
Tennessee is a mediocre team coming off their biggest win of the season against Kentucky. Kansas State is a few plays away from being a top-15 team. Expect the Vols to have a letdown and fall to K-State at home.
Drexel vs. Charleston (-5)
Charleston is the second best team in the CAA, while Drexel is the second worst. The only pause I have regarding this game is that the line looks too good to be true.
TCU vs. Auburn (+11)
TCU got off to a great start this season, but has come back to earth in their previous few games. TCU will win the game, but Auburn stays within the number.
Iowa vs. Ohio State (pick ’em)
After a slow start to the season, the Buckeyes are starting to right the ship. They upset Minnesota earlier in the week, but do not have a track record of consistency, so I’m taking the Hawkeyes at home.
#2 Kentucky vs. #4 Kansas (+5)
Kentucky is one of the highest scoring teams in the country, but the Wildcats do not play any defense. Kansas has an older team than will not be intimidated by playing in Rupp. This game was one of the games of the year a season ago and expect another thriller Saturday. The Jayhawks’ experience will be the difference as KU will handle the Wildcats and road atmosphere en route to the upset.