It’s another crowded college football Saturday with some big games on the schedule as a pair of top-5 teams take on a pair of top-20 conference opponents. There are some other very good games on the slate today and ESPN has selected a solid top ten for their weekly college pick’em game.
Last week, I nailed all but one pick with my only blemish coming from the Big Ten as Minnesota lost at home to Iowa. Overall, I finished with 52 points for my highest point total of the season. It still wasn’t enough to earn the best week in the group though as O’Brien and mdaallen both went a perfect 10-for-10 and showed why they’re running 1-2 in our leage. pitpenguins66 is actually all the way up to the top 159 now and really doing incredibly well.
Hopefully, these picks give me another solid week. Remember, the more points the more confidence in the pick.
1 point- Iowa Hawkeyes over Michigan State Spartans: The Hawkeyes host the Spartans in a noontime kickoff in Iowa City. They’re 4-1 on the year after losing to NIU in the opener but battled back to beat their in-state rival Iowa State and a tough Minnesota team last week on the road. This week they host the Spartans who have also started well but are coming off a tough loss two weeks ago in South Bend. I think this is the hardest pick of the day, but I’ll go with Iowa at home.
2 points- Auburn Tigers over Ole Miss Rebels: Ole Miss got run over by #1-team in the nation last week and now look to bounce back as they face Auburn who is coming off an open week after LSU beat them by 14 two weeks ago. Auburn is 3-0 at home and this is their best shot to get a win over a ranked opponent. Auburn is three-point home underdogs, but I think they get the mild upset and get the win.
3 points- Ohio State Buckeyes over Northwestern Wildcats: In one of the best games of the day, a pair of unbeaten Big 10 teams meet in Evanston. Northwestern has won all three of their home games their last three weeks and is coming off an open date last week. They’ve won all their games by multiple scores, but OSU will be their first ranked opponent. OSU won last week against then-#23 Wisconsin and will look to knock off the Wildcats on the road. They’ve been dominating everyone they’ve played and I think they have what it takes to edge the Wildcats in what should be a thriller.
4 points- Navy Midshipmen over Air Force Falcons: Navy and Air Force get to play despite the government shutdown, and Navy is heavily favored at home as they try to retain the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy. Air Force has dropped four in a row after beating Colgate to open the season.
5 points- Missouri Tigers over Vanderbilt Commodores: Mizzou is undefeated but are just one-point favorites on the road as they take on Vandy. The Commodores have won three of four, but they haven’t been over quality opponents, and they’re 0-2 in conference. Missouri will be playing their first SEC game of the year but they have beaten Indiana and Toledo and have scored an average of 45.5 points per game which is 9th best in the country.
6 points- Arizona State Sun Devils over Notre Dame Fighting Irish: As the Sun Devils and the Irish meet in Arlington, the Irish are six-point underdogs. Notre Dame lost by two touchdowns last week to Oklahoma and also lost by two scores to their other ranked opponent, Michigan. Arizona State’s up to number 22 with their offense is clicking on all cylinders. They rolled USC last week and I don’t think ND will be able to keep up offensively.
7 points- Penn State Nittany Lions over Indiana Hoosiers: Indiana hosts Penn State after an open date last week. They have struggled to 2-2 this year losing to Navy and Missouri. The Nittany Lions are 3 1/2 point road favorites coming off a 3-1 start with their only loss coming to UCF three weeks ago. Penn State is also coming off an open date, and need a win in Bloomington this week.
8 points- LSU Tigers over Mississippi State Bulldogs: The Tigers own MSU having won their last 13 meetings and 20 of their last 21 games. Going on the road to Starkville isn’t easy, but LSU lost a tough game last week to Georgia and will be fired up to get back in the win column.
9 points- Stanford Cardinal over Washington Huskies: If this game was at the Huskies new digs, it would be an impossible pick. At home though, I think the Cardinal take care of business and get the win. Stanford is favored by just over a touchdown and are pretty battle tested beating ASU at home and winning on the road last week at Washington State handily.
10 points- Oklahoma Sooners over TCU Horned Frogs: Oklahoma got a big win over Notre Dame last week and now take on TCU. They are 9 1/2 point favorites at home against TCU who have started 2-2 with their only big-time opponent being LSU who beat them by 10 on a neutral field. I don’t see the Horned Frogs coming into Norman and pulling off the upset.