No. 21 Oklahoma State @ West Virginia (-6.5)
The Cowboys are 4-2 against the spread the last six times that they’ve been an underdog by six or more points. Not to mention West Virginia struggles against the spread at home going 7-13 ATS under Dana Holgorsen.These are two of the best defenses in the Big 12 and the spread is over six? There’s simply too much value here with Oklahoma State. I get it that Morgantown is no easy place to play. West Virginia just lost its best player on defense in Karl Joseph. Baker Mayfield threw for over 300 yards on 14 completions last week for Oklahoma. This Mountaineers defense can give up lots of big plays. If the coaching staff lets Mason Rudolph air it out, WVU could be in trouble. Give me Rudolph over Skyler Howard everyday. I’m expecting another close game with the Pokes escaping in their toughest game yet. Grogan for the win? I say yes.
The Pick: Oklahoma State (+6.5)
Score: Oklahoma State 27-26
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Texas N No. 10 Oklahoma (-17)
I’m either going to look really good or really bad with this one. Rivalry games. Give me the points, all 17 of them. Remember when Oklahoma State was a 21-point dog in Bedlam last season and won? Rivalry games are always closer than expected. Yes you probably think I’m crazy right now. But in the Red River Rivalry the Longhorns are 5-2 when they’re unranked and Oklahoma is ranked. Oklahoma wins but not by 17.
The Pick: Texas (+17)
Score: Oklahoma 38-24
Central Michigan @ Western Michigan (-7)
I do not understand this line. I’ve had success with Central Michigan and until they lose ATS I’ll continue to pick them. Central Michigan is a pesky team that plays smart. They gave OSU and Michigan State fits. I’ll take Central Michigan to win on the road.
The Pick: Central Michigan (+7)
Score: Central Michigan 20-13
No. 13 Northwestern @ No. 18 Michigan (-7)
Northwestern rolled last week shutting out Minnesota 27-0. They also have the nations fifth best total defense. This will be a typical, low scoring, physical B1G game. Seven points is way too many.
The Pick: Northwestern (+7)
Score: Michigan 17-16
No. 2 TCU (-10) @ Kansas State
Do we know who’s playing at quarterback for Kansas State this week? Give me one of the best offenses against a defense that gave up over 400 yards passing last week. K-State will keep at close at half but TCU will be too much, and will eventually pull away. I love Bill Snyder but this TCU team is too talented.
The Pick: TCU (-10)
Score: TCU 41-24
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Arkansas at No. 8 Alabama (-17)
Arkansas has re-discovered its identity as a physical running team. Alabama struggled with this same Razorback team last year winning 14-13 on the road. I also get the biggest offensive line in the country and an Arkansas team that ranks third in the country in time of possession. To cover a 17-point spread against a team who knows how to control the clock will be difficult. The safe bet is on Arkansas.
The Pick: Arkansas (+17)
Score: Alabama 27-13
No. 23 Cal @ No. 5 Utah (-7.5)
Yes Utah is number five. I’m not sold either. Cal has arguably the best quarterback in the nation in Jared Goff. This offense is very capable of hanging a big number on Utah. Take advantage of the extra half point. Utah might win by a touchdown but you still win your bet by taking Cal.
The Pick: Cal (+7.5)
Score: Utah 31-24
Wisconsin @ Nebraska (-1)
All ways take the home team in these games. Both of these teams are down this season, but I refuse to believe that Nebraska is as bad as they have played this year. I hate and love this pick at the same time. It’s risky but so is betting on sports.
The Pick: Nebraska (-1)
Score: Nebraska 23-17