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Picked against my own rooting interest last week and, while it helped my overall football predictions (TCU was overrated and Alabama is awesome), it meant two big losses in two big games.

 

But, Navy and Stanford — both 7-2 against the spread this year — continued to pay off and I won the week. 

 

What have you done for me lately, so, we move on to Week 11. So as usual, choose wisely from the list below.

 

Last Week: 4-3

Year-to-date: 36-29

 

Arkansas (+7.5) at LSU

Leonard Fournette will get back on track but the LSU defense will struggle once again. The Hogs won this game 17-0 last year and have scored at least 53 points in three straight games. Brandon Allen, Alex Collins and company trail only Ole Miss in offense in SEC games at 446.6 yards per game. Prediction: Arkansas +7.5

 

Arkansas St (-14) at UL Monroe

ULM has lost seven straight games, has allowed 41.8 points per game over the last four weeks and has scored more than 14 points just once over that span. The Red Wolves have won five straight and has topped 296 yards rushing in four of the last five games. Prediction: Arkansas State -14

 

Oregon (+10) at Stanford

This winner of this game has gone on to become Pac-12 champion five straight years and this trend will likely continue following a Stanford victory Saturday night at home. But this is a lot of points to give a high-powered (and healthy) offense that is capable of hanging 50 points and 700 yards of offense on almost anyone. Prediction: Oregon +10

 

Alabama (-8) at Mississippi St

Dak Prescott is awesome but is a one-man show in Starkville. For State to win, Prescott will have to do something extraordinary. On both sides of the ball, Alabama won’t be stopped up front and there won’t be much Mississippi State can do about it. Prediction: Alabama -8

 

Utah (-6) at Arizona

The Wildcats have not been good on defense this year, giving up 34.6 points per game. During the current three-game losing streak, it’s been even worse. Arizona has allowed 44.0 points per game and 523.7 yards per game during that span. Utah has a division title in sight and has allowed more than 23 points just once all year. Prediction: Utah -6

 

Maryland (+15) at Michigan St

The Spartans likely feel like they got robbed last weekend but are still in the hunt for a Big Ten championship and potential College Football Playoff berth. Connor Cook is surging with four consecutive 300-yard passing games for an offense scoring 33.9 points per game. Maryland is awful and will be outclassed from start to finish. Prediction: Michigan State -15

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
C. Michigan7-1-1Old Dominion1-7-1
Southern Miss7-2Fresno St1-7-1
Bowling Green7-2UCF2-8
Notre Dame7-2Arizona St2-7
Oklahoma7-2Kansas2-7
Stanford7-2Kentucky2-7
Temple7-2Michigan St2-7
Washington St7-2Missouri2-7
Navy6-2Oregon St2-7
Toledo6-2UMass2-7
N. Illinois6-2-1South Alabama2-6
USF6-2-1Texas St2-6
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Week 11 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, November 13, 2015 - 09:20
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down another weekend of college football.

 

The American Athletic Conference takes center stage with a huge showdown between Houston and Memphis. Alabama and Oklahoma must go on the road against Mississippi State and Baylor respectively while Stanford and North Carolina look to hold serve at home against Oregon and Miami. 

 

Are any of the the big dogs in the Big Ten in trouble this weekend? And the undercards in both the SEC and Pac-12 bring plenty of intrigue to the table this weekend.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game and offer locks of the week against the spread.

 



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Post date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:14
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David Fox and Braden Gall break down a huge weekend of action from Week 10. 

 

Alabama and Clemson established themselves as elite squads while Oklahoma State flipped the Big 12 standings on its head. The Big Ten saw Michigan State fall in bizarre fashion while Ohio State and Iowa snuck by solid opponents.

Why are Stanford and Utah being undervalued by the Committee? What's to make of the SEC undercard and what does the American Athletic Conference race look like after a big upset.

 

Issues at Missouri are escalating quickly and in an unprecedented way. What will happen in Columbia?

 

The guys also offer their Heisman picks and Top 4 rankings.

 

 

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Boy was I wrong about Texas A&M and Utah. Thought Vegas was off on those lines last weekend and, once again, the Wise Guys prove to be the best analysts in the game. (Amazing how that works.)

 

However, I've gone to the Houston, Bowling Green and Washington State wells of late and it's paid off multiple times now.

 

Last Week: 3-4

Year-to-date: 32-26

 

LSU (+6.5) at Alabama

These two are always very evenly matched and very conservative against one another. This should be a low-scoring, hard-hitting defensive affair and some even believe LSU to be the better team. While I think Bama wins the game, it feels like an awfully large number to give when the underdog has as good a chance to win as the favorite. Six of the last nine have been one-score games. Prediction: LSU +6.5

 

Cal (+4.5) at Oregon

Cal was an early-season darling that started hot with some nice wins. Oregon struggled in the first half of the season. But both team's courses have reversed and it's the Ducks who enter this one playing well. Both offenses will score but Oregon will handle business at home. Overtime would work in the favorite's favor. Prediction: Oregon -4.5

 

TCU (-4.5) at Oklahoma St

The Pokes have been living a dream thus far, winning on extra downs and special teams blunders. And last week Oklahoma State's once sort-of-impressive defense gave up 642 yards and 50 points against Texas Tech. TCU isn't great on defense (yet) but also isn't as bad at it was to start the year. The Cowboys are out of their element here. Prediction: TCU -4.5

 

FAU (+24) at W. Kentucky

The Owls' defense has had some nice performances... against Charlotte and FIU. But they've also given up 29.4 points per game, which is good for a tie for 85th in the nation. Western Kentucky is rolling and can score on anyone. If you play them every time against inferior talent, you'll win more times than not this season. Prediction: Western Kentucky -24

 

Stanford (-16) at Colorado

I went to the Cardinal well last weekend and lost. Which strangely makes me believe in a team that could have some extra motivation against the worst team in the Pac-12 South Division. David Shaw also knows that style points matter for the most underrated team in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. Prediction: Stanford -16

 

Temple (-12.5) at SMU

The Owls are a really good team and with Toledo's loss on Tuesday, they still control their own destiny when it comes to a New Year's Bowl. SMU will eventually be fine under Chad Morris but the Mustangs still can't stop anyone — like 122nd in the nation in yards per play allowed (7.15) and yards per game (524.4). Prediction: Temple -12.5

 

Navy (+8) at Memphis

Memphis is ranked 101st in the nation in total defense against the 84th-rated schedule (Sagarin). So that's terrible play against below-average competition (minus Ole Miss). Keenan Reynolds' bunch won't stop Paxton Lynch but don't be surprised by a team that's only loss came against Notre Dame on the road. Prediction: Navy +8

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
C. Michigan7-1-1Old Dominion0-7-1
Southern Miss7-2UCF1-8
Bowling Green6-2Fresno St1-6-1
BYU6-2Arizona St2-6
Florida6-2Auburn2-6
Houston6-2Georgia2-6
Notre Dame6-2Kansas2-6
Stanford6-2Kentucky2-6
Temple6-2Michigan St2-6
Toledo6-2Missouri2-6
Washington St6-2Oregon St2-6
  UMass2-6
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Week 10 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, November 6, 2015 - 09:27
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down another weekend of college football with special guest

 

LSU and Alabama do battle in the SEC West. TCU visits Oklahoma State in a battle of Big 12 unbeatens. Clemson looks to take a huge lead in the ACC race over Florida State. Will Memphis and Houston stay unbeaten in tough AAC games? Is there any drama in the Big Ten in Week 10? And the Pac-12 slate once again delivers a bunch of fun matchups.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game and offer locks of the week against the spread.

 

College Football Podcast: Week 10 preview with Steven Godfrey



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The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released Tuesday, meaning a handful of teams had one last chance to make the last first impression on the selection committee.

 

The most important game, though, may not have much of an impact on the top of the rankings. The ACC has released a mea culpa on the officiating disaster that allowed Miami's final touchdown against Duke to stand. Should the Blue Devils get the retroactive win?

 

Notre Dame may have picked up its best win of the season, and the Irish had to work to get it against a gritty Temple team. Did this say more about Notre Dame or Temple and the American Athletic Conference.

 

A light week of action turned out to be pretty heavy on pressure on coaches Mark Richt, Charlie Strong and Mike Riley. We assess where each of these coaches are with their respective fanbases and what's on the horizon.

 

And finally, the guys take a quick look at the landscape for the first CFP rankings. Will Clemson be No. 1 and how could follow in rankings sure to be irrelevant in a matter of weeks.

 

 

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Boy was I wrong about Texas A&M and Utah. Thought Vegas was off on those lines last weekend and, once again, the Wise Guys prove to be the best analysts in the game. (Amazing how that works.)

 

However, I've gone to the Houston, Bowling Green and Washington State wells of late and it's paid off multiple times now.

 

Last Week: 4-4

Year-to-date: 29-22

 

Tennessee (-9) at Kentucky

The Vols have one of the most misleading records in football. They have been good on both sides of the ball, especially rushing offense (209.1 ypg). Kentucky just got destroyed by Mississippi State and hasn’t been able to stop anyone on the ground (78th in rush defense). As long as UT sticks to its game plan, the Vols should win easily. Prediction: Tennessee -9

 

Western Kentucky (-24) at Old Dominion

The Monarchs just aren’t any good on defense. They allowed 390 yards passing to FIU last weekend and 309 yards rushing to Charlotte the week before. The Hilltoppers are one of the best offensive teams in the nation. Lay the points against a team that is 0-7 ATS this year. Prediction: Western Kentucky -24

 

Oklahoma State (-3.5) at Texas Tech

This is a hard one to peg emotionally for the Pokes after the tragedy last weekend. This is an odd line and I’m going purely off a hunch. Texas Tech plays very well at home and is capable of hanging with anyone on offense. Prediction: Texas Tech +3.5

 

Notre Dame (-10.5) at Temple

Despite a rash of injuries, the Irish’s offense is destroying opponents for 7.3 yards per play. NFL talents C.J. Prosise and Will Fuller won’t be stopped by the Fighting Matt Rhules. The Owls got off to slow starts in unimpressive wins against both UCF and ECU. The hype around this game and the off weekend will have Notre Dame focused — which is already 6-1 this year ATS. Prediction: Notre Dame -10.5

 

Vanderbilt (+13) at Houston

The Dores' defense has played very well this year and consistently kept teams under their averages. Houston is also playing a young O-Line against a very good Vandy defense. This should be a low-scoring game and Houston will win. But it will be close. Prediction: Vanderbilt +13

 

Clemson (-10.5) at NC State

This is dangerous with Florida State looming next weekend but I’m doing it anyway. Clemson is surging right now with eyes on an ACC and national title run. NC State is 5-2 but those wins have come against Troy, Eastern Kentucky, Old Dominion, South Alabama and Wake Forest. This is a different Clemson team. Prediction: Clemson -10.5

 

Stanford (-10.5) at Washington State

Strange things happen in Pullman, especially on Halloween. However, this line may be skewed due to how the Cougars have played the last few weeks. Look for Stanford’s power-rushing offense to abuse the Wazzu defensive front — one that allowed more than 7.0 yards per play against both Oregon and Arizona. Prediction: Stanford -10.5

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
So. Miss7-1Old Dominion0-7
Notre Dame6-1UCF1-7
Stanford6-1Fresno St1-6-1
Toledo6-1Auburn1-6
C. Michigan6-1-1Oregon St1-6
USF5-1-1UTEP1-5-1
Bowling Green6-2Michigan St2-6
BYU6-2Missouri2-6
FIU6-2  
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Week 9 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 09:15
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down another weekend of college football with special guest Matt Stinchcomb. 

 

The SEC Network anaylst joins us on behalf of the All-State AFCA Good Works Team. Voting runs through Nov. 25 at .

 

The Cocktail Party highlights the SEC slate as the East is up for grabs in Jacksonville. The Pac-12 has more than one sneaky good game while the Big 12, Big Ten and ACC feature less than stellar action in Week 9. Notre Dame and Temple meet in Phily with a lot hanging in the balance in the only battle of ranked opponents.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game, offer locks of the week against the spread and cover THE LEAST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE WEEK!

 

 

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Post date: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 09:54
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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down all the big action from Week 8, including two more teams falling from the ranks of the unbeaten.

 

Florida State and Utah both fell in Week 8 but did so in totally different fashion. What is the lesson to be learned from their losses? The Big 12 was rather boring this weekend but one huge development could change the way we view that conference race. Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Mississippi State got wins in the SEC. JT Barrett stepped into the starting lineup as quarterack play took over the headlines in the Big Ten. How did the other ranked ACC teams fair this weekend on the road?

 

The guys also break down the ugliness at both Texas A&M and Miami. What the problems and what are the solutions?

 

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Week 8 Review
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Last week was both unpredictable and bizarre.

 

Entering last weekend, there were the seven teams left in college football without a win against the spread all year. Five covered and UTEP didn't play, leaving the Miners and Old Dominion as the only teams in college football without a win against the spread.

 

Meanwhile, Central Michigan remained the lone unbeaten against the number (6-0-1) after drubbing Buffalo 51-14.

 

I'm still well into the black on the season but have been struggling the last two weekends. Time to bounce back (with some underdogs)!

 

Last Week: 3-4

Year-to-date: 25-18

 

Texas A&M (+6) at Ole Miss

The Rebels are reeling right now after two losses and lots of injuries. Texas A&M was much closer to Alabama than the score indicated last week and is desperate for a marquee win in the SEC West this fall. The Rebels' D-Line has been non-existent lately and Kyle Allen could light the Landsharks up. Prediction: Texas A&M +6

 

Utah (+3.5) at USC

Yes, somebody somewhere knows something and I’m not buying it. USC is more talented and more athletic but Utah has been beating teams like that all year long. Defense and special teams travel and the veteran quarterback knows how to handle this situation. Prediction: Utah +3.5 (There is a caveat, however, if the big money keeps rolling in on USC and the line gets bigger, something is up and you should take USC.)

 

Washington St (+7.5) at Arizona

The Wildcats' defense isn’t stopping anything and is banged up without Scooby Wright. The Cougars are arguably the best passing offense in the nation and could easily win this game outright after handling both Oregon schools. Prediction: Washington State +7.5

 

Indiana (+16.5) at Michigan State

Indiana has an offense (when healthy) that can score on any defense in the nation. Michigan State is coming off a physical and emotional win over Michigan. Look for Nate Sudfeld and the Hoosiers' spread offense to keep it close. The Spartans are also a nasty 1-6 against the number this year. Prediction: Indiana +16.5

 

Ohio St (-21) at Rutgers

Last weekend against Penn State will be the game the nation looks back at Ohio State and says, that looks familiar. J.T. Barrett is running the show now and Urban Meyer will want to get his new guy as much confidence as possible. Look for a huge showing from the Buckeyes. Prediction: Ohio State -21

 

Florida State (-6) at Georgia Tech

Just like the Buckeyes, the Noles are finding their stride at just the right time. Everett Golson is playing well, Dalvin Cook is unstoppable and the defense is playing really well. The betting public still doesn’t believe and that is the only reason this line is so low. Prediction: Florida State -6

 

Houston (-21) at UCF

I’m going back to this well. Houston is crushing teams and not only is UCF winless on the season but is 1-6 against the spread too. Look for the Cougars to continue to make statements. Prediction: Houston -21

 

Bowling Green (-14) at Kent St

The Falcons boast one of the highest-scoring offenses in college football and a 5-2 record against the spread. Kent State just gave up 38 to Toledo in a 31-point loss and has mustered just 22 points over the last two games (including a 15-10 win over a terrible UMass team last weekend). Prediction: Bowling Green -14

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
C. Michigan6-0-1Old Dominion0-6
Notre Dame6-1UTEP0-5-1
So. Miss6-1Michigan St1-6
Stanford5-1UCF1-6
Toledo5-1Auburn1-5
Navy4-1North Texas1-5
USF4-1-1Oregon St1-5
  Colorado1-5-1
  Fresno St1-5-1
  Texas St1-4

 

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Week 8 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, October 23, 2015 - 09:17
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down a lackluster weekend of college football in Week 8. 

 

The ACC sends every one of its ranked teams on the road (which ones need to be on upset alert? watch out!) while Ole Miss and Texas A&M do battle coming off losses. The Group of 5 unbeatens are all on the road and Utah is an underdog to an unranked USC? We break it all down in Week 8.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game, offer locks of the week against the spread and cover THE LEAST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE WEEK!

 

 

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Post date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 13:17
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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down all the big action from Week 7.

 

With half of the season in the books, the guys answer 11 big questions from around the top of college football.

 

What is Ohio State's most important game remaining? Will Iowa finish the regular season unbeaten? Is the Big 12 full of great offenses or bad defenses? Who wins the SEC West? Can a Group of 5 team crash the Playoff party? Florida or Clemson in the ACC? What is Notre Dame's record at the end of the regular season?

 

The guys answer all of these and more on the Week 7 recap podcast.

 

 

 

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It was inevitable. A regression to the mean. Aka, a losing weekend.

 

I did get two of my three Letdown Alert picks correct but that struggling Florida State offense ruined me for the weekend.

 

I'm not shying away from the big games this weekend (except one) and am feeling like going big or going home. We’ve also now entered the “win one for the Gipper... because the other guy got fired (or suspended)” portion of the season as well.

 

Last Week: 2-3

Year-to-date: 22-14

 

Houston (-19.5) at Tulane

The Cougars are sixth in the nation in total offense (573.4 ypg) and scoring at 46.4 points per game. Tulane is 113th in scoring defense at 37.8 points per game allowed and 94th in the nation in total defense (419.8 ypg). Can you say one-sided? Prediction: Houston -19.5

 

Ole Miss (-10.5) at Memphis

There will be a lot of emotion and focus in this one for the Tigers but they are just too overmatched. Memphis is giving up 438.4 yards per game — 104th nationally — and allowed 46 points to Cincinnati and its backup quarterback (and 41 to Bowling Green). Look for the Rebels to flex some muscle. Prediction: Ole Miss -10.5

 

Florida (+8) at LSU

This is LSU's toughest test and the Tigers still haven't proven they can be a balanced offense. Treon Harris steps in for Will Grier but does so with plenty of starting experience. The Gators' defense travels and will show up and could win this game outright. Florida is 5-1 against the spread this year and "Win one for the Gipper" applies to the QB position too. Prediction: Florida +8

 

USC (+7) at Notre Dame

Don’t be surprised if the galvanized Trojans play really well this weekend. They are extremely talented and playing against arguably their biggest rival (who are also really banged up). Notre Dame is solid but this Trojan offense is still extremely efficient and led by an elite QB and quality running game. Prediction: USC +7

 

Michigan St (+7) at Michigan

Normally, I’m totally adverse to going with the herd mentality and everyone is picking Michigan. But the key matchup is the Spartans' banged-up O-Line and Michigan’s dominant and surging defensive line. The line of scrimmage is the most predictable area of the football field. And Michigan State is a nation's-worst 0-6 against the spread. Prediction: Michigan -7

 

Oregon St (+8) at Washington St

The Cougars are extremely unpredictable but are playing much better ball these days while Oregon State is reeling. The Beavers have been outscored 86-31 and has allowed 1,132 yards at an absurd 7.5 yards per play in the last two games. The Beavers are 1-4 against the spread this fall as well. Prediction: Washington State -8

 

West Virginia (+22.5) at Baylor

All of the Wise Guys seem to be all over WVU this weekend so I’m going to piggy back. I have no real analysis other than the Mountaineers are pretty solid and Baylor has yet to be challenged whatsoever. In fact, Baylor is out for revenge as well. I’m not sure why I’m doing this... (how's that for analysis). Prediction: West Virginia +22.5

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
C. Michigan5-0-1UCF0-6
Florida5-1Michigan St0-6
Notre Dame5-1Auburn0-5
Ohio5-1Old Dominion0-5
Southern Miss5-1North Texas0-5
Buffalo4-1Fresno St0-5-1
Ga. Southern4-1UTEP0-5-1
Louisville4-1Missouri1-5
Navy4-1Ohio St1-5
Stanford4-1Kansas1-4
Temple4-1Oregon St1-4
Texas A&M4-1Texas St1-4
Toledo4-1Colorado1-4-1
Washington4-1  
Texas Tech4-1-1  
W. Kentucky4-1-1  

 

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Week 7 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, October 16, 2015 - 09:27
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall preview the biggest weekend of college football to date.

 

The SEC features two massive Playoff elimination games in Baton Rouge and College Station as well as a solid undercard. The Big Ten is highlighted by one of the best rivalries in college football in Michigan as well as two key West Division showdowns. The Pac-12 gets started on Thursday night with UCLA-Stanford and finishes with Arizona State-Utah and Oregon-Washington.

 

Oh yeah, and who could forget USC and Notre Dame?

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game, offer locks of the week against the spread and cover THE LEAST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE WEEK!

 

 

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Post date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 16:18
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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down all of the action from Survival Saturday in college football.

 

Only four ranked teams lost but what did wins by Tennessee and Texas mean to their respective fan bases? And now that both UTs are off the ledge, who can talk Nebraska down?

 

What can fans expect in the Big Ten? Is Michigan the best team? Can Iowa run the table? What about the Wolverines-Spartans matchup looming?

 

What do we make of the Pac-12? What is happening to Oregon? How good is Utah?

 

The guys offer some unusual midseason awards after six weeks of play and break down some silly coaches as well.

 

 

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8-0 last weekend.

 

Yup, I'm going to soak that one in. The worst part of going 8-0 is knowing that it will never happen again — sort of like being a Mets fan this October.

 

But I digress. On to Week 6 where emotional letdowns could be the theme. Keep an eye on the dogs this weekend.

 

Last Week: 8-0

Year-to-date: 20-11

 

Cal (+7.5) at Utah

Utah is a fundamentally sound program with great special teams, so it’s tough to bet against the Utes. However, Jared Goff is unlike any quarterback they’ll face all season and is totally capable of keeping it close (or pulling off the upset). Prediction: Cal +7.5

 

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TCU (-10.5) at Kansas State

The first emotional letdown alert after drubbing Texas last weekend is TCU in Manhattan. The Wildcats play really well at home and should be able to score on the ravaged Horned Frogs defense. TCU wins but KSU keeps it close. Prediction: Kansas State +10.5

 

Georgia Tech (+7) at Clemson

Clemson hasn’t blown out anyone of consequence this year, barely beating Notre Dame and Louisville. This is a prototypical letdown moment and Georgia Tech traditionally plays well when no one expects it. Prediction: Georgia Tech +7

 

Miami (+8.5) at Florida State

The Hurricanes simply aren’t very talented outside of Brad Kaaya. Florida State is struggling on offense but will be able to cruise on defense against Miami. In fact, this could be the game that gets the Noles' offense right. Prediction: Florida State -8.5

 

Syracuse (+3) at USF

Syracuse is much better than anyone thought and the Orange are getting quarterback Eric Dungey back this weekend — who averaged 14.3 yards per play against Central Michigan before getting hurt and 10.3 against Wake Forest. Prediction: Syracuse +3

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
Southern Miss5-0Auburn0-5
Navy4-0UCF0-5
C. Michigan4-0-1Michigan State0-5
Army4-1Old Dominion0-5
BYU4-1North Texas0-4
Buffalo4-1Fresno St0-4-1
Florida4-1UTEP0-4-1
Ga. Southern4-1Arizona State1-4
Indiana4-1Minnesota1-4
Iowa4-1Missouri1-4
Louisville4-1Ohio State1-4
MTSU4-1San Diego St1-4
NC State4-1Charlotte1-3
Northwestern4-1Kansas1-3
Notre Dame4-1LSU1-3
Ohio4-1Oregon St1-3
Stanford4-1Rutgers1-3
Texas A&M4-1Texas State1-3
UNLV4-1  
Air Force3-1  
Houston3-1  
Iowa State3-1  
Oklahoma3-1  
Pitt3-1  
USC3-1  
Syracuse3-1  
Temple3-1  
Toledo3-1  
Utah3-1  
Washington3-1  
W. Michigan3-1  

 

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Week 5 College Football Picks Against the Spread
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall are joined by the Big Ten Network's to preview a big weekend in college football.

 

Upset Alert is in full effect across the country, the Red River Shoo... Rivalry takes center stage in the Big 12, two unbeaten division leaders highlight the Pac-12 stage and, as usual, the SEC has critical games on both sides of the league, including a huge game between Georgia and Tennessee. The Big Ten, however, may make the most headlines in Week 6 and Dienhart previews every game in the Midwest.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game, offer locks of the week against the spread and cover THE LEAST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE WEEK!

 

 

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We brought our own guts for this week's podcast, and we'll need guts to break down another wild week in which few favorites were left unscathed.

 

Co-hosts Braden Gall and David Fox assess the panic levels for Ohio State after a scare with Indiana and Michigan State after another injury-riddled close call.

 

Then, we look at the Big 12 and the landscape at the top and the age-old playoff argument of "best team" (Baylor),  "most deserving" (Oklahoma) and a little of both (TCU), plus the rising panic level at Texas.

 

Meanwhile, the ACC is as messy as Saturday's weather in Clemson. Are the Tigers starting to look like the team to beat? (Hint: It's not Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech.)

 

Finally, we talk about the recalibration in the SEC. Is Florida the new favorite in the East and is Alabama back to being the best team in the conference again?

 

 

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I probably won't bet on Auburn the rest of the season. Or Tennessee or TCU or Oregon. Every year in  there are just teams that are more schizophrenic than others.

 

Those are the teams to avoid and it appears we've got a lot of them in college football this season. Particularly, with all of the injuries mounting for Top 25 teams.

 

Last Week: 4-3

Year-to-date: 12-11

 

Notre Dame (+1.5) at Clemson

The Irish are a solid team with a big-time O-line and great weapons. But they have a QB making his second career start on the road against a rested Tigers team. Deshaun Watson makes a big play against a banged-up ND defense. Prediction: Clemson -1.5

 

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Ohio State (-22) at Indiana

This game has been bizarrely close lately in two of the last three meetings and Indiana is operating at full capacity on offense right now. Ohio State wins easily, but this is way too many points for a very good Indiana offense. Prediction: Indiana +22

 

Western Kentucky (-7.5) at Rice

The Hilltoppers are excellent on offense and Rice has been scorched on defense this year, giving up 7.7 yards per play this season. Texas, North Texas and Baylor all averaged more than 7.0 yards per play against the Owls. Take WKU. Prediction: Western Kentucky -7.5

 

Vanderbilt (+1.5) at Middle Tennessee

The Blue Raiders are a solid team and have never lost to Vanderbilt as an FBS team. The Dores know this and have a defense that is playing at a very high level. Vandy has held Ole Miss, Georgia and WKU well below their season averages this year already. Take the points. Prediction: Vanderbilt +1.5

 

West Virginia (+6.5) at Oklahoma

Call it a hunch, but I like the Sooners here. West Virginia is solid on defense and has looked really good all season and that may have skewed this line as the betting public is all over the Mountaineers. Baker Mayfield and company are rested and playing at an elite level on offense. This will be an entertaining game. Prediction: Oklahoma -6.5

 

Against the herd: Bet opposite of the public!

 

Texas Tech (+17) vs. Baylor

This was close last season and Tech is improved this fall. There will be points. This opened at Baylor -15.

 

Texas (+15) at TCU

This opened at 18.5 and has dropped big time because the public is doubting TCU’s defense. Take the Frogs.

 

Oregon (-7.5) at Colorado

The Buffs opened at +12 and the public has dropped it all the way to a touchdown. Go Ducks.

 

RecordTeams ATS
4-0Air Force, Central Michigan*, MTSU, Navy**, NC State, Ohio, Southern Miss, Texas Tech*
0-4Arizona St, UCF, Fresno St^, Michigan St, Missouri, North Texas^^, Old Dominion, San Diego St, UTEP^,        

* — 3-0-1
**  — 3-0

^ — 0-3-1 

^^ - 0-3

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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall are joined by Sports Illustrated's to break down a huge weekend of college football.

 

The SEC and ACC have marquee showdowns topping the charts with great undercards as well. The Big 12's best teams will try avoid upsets while pecking order games in the Pac-12 South and Big Ten West highlight the rest of Week 5.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game, offer locks of the week against the spread and cover THE LEAST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE WEEK!

 

 

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down the three biggest games and storylines of Week 4.

 

The Pac-12 dominated the headlines in Week 4 with the State of Arizona and Oregon suffering crushing losses while Stanford, Utah and the City of Los Angeles won big. The Big 12 dealt with serious heartbreak while the SEC's pecking order is disarray. Who is to be blamed for the Vols loss in The Swamp? All of that and so much more on this edition of the Cover 2 Podcast.

 

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Week 4 Review
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Things got ugly last weekend. But so did most of  and that is what makes the sport so great. 

 

The SEC West and Pac-12 South both got flipped on their heads, Ohio State and the ACC struggled and the state of Texas was a spectacle.

 

After going 2-3, I am in big need a bounce back this weekend so I've included some stats below to help you all with your... entertainment this weekend. I'm going hard into the Big 12.

 

Last Week: 8-8

Year-to-date: 2-3

 

Maryland (+16.5) at West Virginia

This game has been really close the last two seasons and appears like a decent matchup at first glance. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Terps gave up 692 yards and 48 points to Bowling Green’s spread offense in a 21-point loss at home. West Virginia is better on offense and really good on D and is at home. Prediction: West Virginia -17

 

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TCU (-6.5) at Texas Tech

I really wanted to pick the upset after Texas Tech rolled over Arkansas last week and TCU is down to one leg and two arms on defense. But this line opened at 9.5 and has plummeted. Now that it’s under a touchdown, I’m all over Trevone Boykin and company. Tech still doesn’t play defense. Prediction: TCU -6.5

 

Oklahoma State (-3.5) at Texas

The Longhorns are rejuvenated with the emergence of Jerrod Heard at quarterback. They also smoked the Pokes last fall 28-7 in Stillwater. Oklahoma State is much better now than they were then but Texas will play them hard. And the hook helps too. Prediction: Texas +3.5

 

BYU (+4.5) at Michigan

Big Blue has some serious defense this year and BYU is coming off three brutally tough games — win or lose. Michigan is at home and has allowed 138 yards (Oregon State) and 235 yards (UNLV) in consecutive home drubbings. The Cougars are the ranked team but the Wolverines have Jim Harbaugh. Prediction: Michigan -4.5

 

Mississippi State (+2) at Auburn

Auburn is switching quarterbacks (to a snowboarder) but has to have some pride on the line this weekend at home. Gus Malzahn and Will Muschamp are too good not to be competitive and LSU is THAT much better than Mississippi State (despite the score two weeks ago). Prediction: Auburn -2

 

Northern Illinois (+4.5) at Boston College

The Huskies played Ohio State really well and Boston College was shutout last weekend so this line feels skewed. The Eagles play great defense and the Huskies probably took a lot of body blows last weekend. Prediction: Boston College -4.5

 

Georgia Southern (-16) at Idaho

The Vandals are 121st in total defense at 541.3 yards allowed per game in three contests, including a massive 8.68 yards per play allowed. The Eagles got star quarterback Kevin Ellison back from suspension and  last week and posted 484 yards and 7.1 per play on offense in a win over The Citadel. The Kibbie Dome isn’t ready. Prediction: Georgia Southern -16

 

RecordTeams ATS
3-0Air Force, BYU, Buffalo, MTSU, Ole Miss, NC State, Northwestern, Ohio, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Washington
2-0 UL Lafayette, Navy, Colorado St*, Texas Tech*
0-2Baylor, Boise St, Fresno St**, Kansas, New Mexico St** North Texas, UTEP**
0-3Akron, Arizona St, Auburn, UCF, Cincinnati, Michigan St, Mizzou, Old Dominion,  San Diego St,

* — 2-0-1
**  — 0-2-1 

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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall are joined by Pac-12 Network analyst to break down the big weekend of action out West.

 

What exactly do the the ACC and Big Ten have to offer the fans this weekend? The Big 12 has two contenders on upset alert. And the SEC has four important pecking order games, including one of the 90s best rivalries.

 

The guys also pick every Top 25 game, offer locks of the week against the spread and cover THE LEAST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE WEEK!

 

 

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down the three biggest games of Week 3 - where we were wrong about pretty much everything.

 

How do the guys handicap the SEC West moving forward? Is there a national title team in the Pac-12? Who is the team to beat in the Big 12? What the hell is going on with Ohio State? All of that and so much more on this edition of the Cover 2 Podcast.

 

 

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goes to another level in Week 3 as conference play begins to open up across the nation. Things start to get real this weekend and I’m going right along with it.

 

There are some “circle the wagons” games this weekend and I tend to like the underdog in those matchups. Otherwise, I’m turning to the favorites in the ACC and the biggest game out West.

 

Last Week: 6-5

Year-to-date: 4-3

 

Georgia Tech (-2) at Notre Dame

The only thing that concerns me here with Tech is that everyone is taking the Jackets to win in South Bend. But the Irish defense has been gashed by the option lately and this might be Paul Johnson’s best offense... ever. With a backup quarterback, the Irish may struggle to keep up. Prediction: Georgia Tech -2

 

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Central Michigan (+7) at Syracuse

Cuse got a nice (and surprisingly easy) win over Wake Forest last weekend. Eric Dungey has stepped into the starting role nicely and Central Michigan isn’t setting the world on fire on offense (5.3 yards per play, 372.5 ypg). Take Cuse to go 3-0 easily. Prediction: Syracuse -7

 

NC State (-18) at Old Dominion

Jacoby Brissett will be able to score in bunches for NC State. He’s completed 84.4 percent of his passes through two games and will put up a big number against Old Dominion. Can the defense slow down the nation’s leading rusher Ray Lawry enough to cover? I say yes. Prediction: NC State -18

 

BYU (+16) at UCLA

The Cougars are riding some serious magic after two wins on Hail Mary’s against Nebraska and Boise State. UCLA is cruising along with an elite offense led by true freshman phenom Josh Rosen. The number is big but there is something Vegas knows here for the Cougars to be this big of an underdog. Prediction: UCLA -16

 

East Carolina (+4) at Navy

If you subscribe to the body blow theory, then playing Navy the week after playing in The Swamp against Florida should be extremely difficult. The Gators softened up the Pirates for a Navy team that is coming off a bye weekend. Prediction: Navy -4

 

"Circle the Wagon" Picks

 

South Carolina (+16.5) at Georgia

This game’s differential has been more than 16 points once in eight years and is consistently in single digits.

 

Cal (-7) at Texas

Cal might still win but Texas has had an emotional week and there is some serious pride on the line.

 

Stanford (+10.5) at USC

Stanford’s defense is really good and Kevin Hogan got on track last weekend. This game is also always close as well.

 

Auburn (+7) at LSU

The Auburn Tigers have been hearing how bad they are all week. Call this one a gut pick.

 

Texas Tech (+11) at Arkansas
The Hogs outgained Toledo by roughly 200 yards last weekend and crushed Tech last fall. Circle the wagons.

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