It's weekend's like this that we live to make college football picks. It's glorious and unlike bowl season the games actually meaning something. We are so blessed.
Congratulations to graND legeND for his week leading 11-5 record. We had a couple pushes last week thanks to the Ole Miss/Memphis game and Baylor/Iowa State game. Also, congratulations to the 4 people who picked Yale to upset Army. Nice work on that one.
Through 5 weeks our overall leader is Paint St. Paint who is 61-32 on the season.
Big E: 57-36 (10th place)
Let's get to this big weekend of games...
Utah State (+21) at No. 18 BYU
Chuckie Keeton is lost for the season with a knee injury. This line jumped 3.5 points following that news. I don't know if it went high enough though. The Cougars keep their undefeated season alive with a big win over a deflated Utah State.
No. 20 Ohio State (-8.5) at Maryland
Pick: Ohio State
I saw this will be Maryland's first sellout since 2008. Good for them! C.J. Brown is either missing this game with an injury or he's playing injured. Neither is good news for the Terps offense. I think Ohio State found some offensive mojo last week and wins this one fairly comfortably.
Iowa State (+17.5) at No. 21 Oklahoma State
Pick: Oklahoma State
The Cowboys have only lost at home to Iowa State once in my lifetime. So there's that. Okie Light seems to play well at home and usually gets some fireworks going on offense. Daxx Garman has 685 yards on just 33 completions over the last two games. Yeah, they'll do some damage against the Cyclones.
No. 6 Texas A&M (+2) at No. 12 Mississippi State
Pick: Texas A&M
Has Mississippi State ever beaten two ranked teams in a row? Not just in the Dan Mullen era, but ever? I just can't see the Bulldogs pulling it off, entering the top ten, and plopping down in the driver's seat in the SEC West. I feel good about Sumlin taking points.
Ball State (+2.5) at Army
The Black Knights avenge their embarrassing loss against Yale and take their anger out on the Cardinals.
SMU (+41) at No. 22 East Carolina
Pick: East Carolina
SMU is losing by an average of 47.5 points per game this season. They are a complete lame duck program right now and the Pirates offense is going to go off.
Wake Forest (+38) at No. 1 Florida State
Pick: Florida State
I'm starting to feel stupid for taking so many favorites but what are you going to do? Jim Grobe ain't walking through that door, Wake! Did you know this series is tied 4-4 over the last 8 games, though?
No. 17 Wisconsin (-8) at Northwestern
I've got a feeling that Northwestern starts to pick up their game and plays well before they come to South Bend. I think that started last week in an upset in Happy Valley.
No. 3 Alabama (-6) at No. 11 Ole Miss
This might be the week we start talking about the Tide rolling into the playoffs and emerging as the unquestioned team to beat in the SEC West. A win here would be enormous for the Rebels but I think Alabama is going to win comfortably.
No. 7 Baylor (-15.5) at Texas
The Bears haven't been blowing the doors off Texas in recent years. They are through playing their JV schedule and will finally be facing a bunch of talented 4-star and 5-star recruits. I expect Baylor to look rusty and struggle to a victory.
No. 4 Oklahoma (-5) at No. 25 TCU
It's been a really long time since TCU beat a legit Power 5 conference opponent. I just don't know if they're the same program since they moved to the Big 12. I feel comfortable with the Sooners winning by at least two scores.
Navy (-4) at Air Force
Pick: Air Force
Speaking of teams who aren't what they used to be, did you notice that Air Force beat Boise State last weekend? The Falcons are playing well this year and I like them to TCOB this year and go for the CIC Trophy.
No. 14 Stanford (-2) at No. 9 Notre Dame
Pick: Notre Dame
The Irish win a close one.
Vanderbilt (+33.5) at No. 13 Georgia
The Commodores looked to have steadied themselves after a disastrous start to the season. They've played a couple of SEC teams close recently. Georgia fans may love riding Gurley but their offense is really one dimensional and tough to beat other SEC teams by 5 touchdowns.
Texas Tech (+12.5) at No. 23 Kansas State
Pick: Kansas State
You have to think Texas Tech probably can't do much better in terms of ceiling but that 10-year extension for Kliff Kingsbury probably isn't going to work out. The Red Raiders are 3-7 in their last 10 games, by the way. The backdoor cover is possible here so watch out for that.
No. 15 LSU (+8) at No. 5 Auburn
Les Miles was the only coach to beat Auburn last year during the regular season. I think the loss to Miss State has scared people off LSU but I think they'll play well and keep this close. An outright Bayou Bengals win wouldn't surprise me.
Arizona State (+11.5) at No. 16 USC
Pick: Arizona State
The Devils defense is a hot mess right now so USC should be able to score points rather easily. However, even without Taylor Kelly the ASU offense can move the ball. High back door cover probability.
No. 19 Nebraska (+7.5) at No. 10 Michigan State
Pick: Michigan State
This will be the last Big Ten game that the country pays attention to until the post-season. This has the potential to be a program changing win for Nebraska. Things like that don't happen to the Huskers.
Utah (+13) at No. 8 UCLA
Utah lost a heart breaker last week and UCLA is coming off a huge win. I like the dynamics at play for Utah to play scrappy and keep this game close.