After back-to-back winning weeks, we are slowly climbing out of an early hole for this unusual college football season. This is why sticking with a game plan from start to finish is instrumental here. How will we do this week? Oh, we're feeling it this week!
On the ticket this week is a monster matchup in the SEC with Alabama squaring off with Georgia in what could be a preview of this season's SEC Championship Game. The winner of this game could make a case for the top spot in the polls on Sunday too, but which team stands the best chance of covering against the spread? Georgia has the defense to keep things within reach, but how long can the Dawgs contain Alabama's explosive offense?
We'll also see one team in the ACC rebounds in a big way and another continues to pile on the offense. We even have a fun game to keep an eye on flying below the college football radar. This week's picks are ready to be put to the test.
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Saturday, Oct. 17.
Miami (-10) vs. Pittsburgh, 12 p.m.
Just when people were noticing the improved Hurricanes, Clemson dropped them back to Earth with authority. But that can happen to anyone Clemson plays. This week, Miami returns home looking for redemption. Even against a solid Pitt defense, Miami will be too much to handle as The U bounces back. Miami 30, Pitt 17
UAB (-14) vs. WKU, 1:30 p.m.
Let's fly under the radar a bit for this one, because something has to give in this Conference USA matchup. UAB is off to a solid 3-1 start but the Blazers are just 1-3 against the spread. Their opponent, WKU, is even worse against the spread (0-3). The smart pick may be to go with the Hilltoppers, but we will ride with Spencer Brown and UAB for a big win this weekend. UAB 33, WKU 17
Ole Miss (-2.5) at Arkansas, 3:30 p.m.
I got burned last week by picking against Arkansas. But can the Razorbacks burn us two weeks in a row? Let's find out! Ole Miss has been averaging 41.7 points per game, including 48 last week against Alabama. Arkansas has been exceeding expectations early on, but there isn't enough firepower to keep up that pace against Lane Kiffin's Rebels. Ole Miss 43, Arkansas 37
North Carolina (-13.5) at Florida State, 7:30 p.m.
Let's keep this one pretty simple. North Carolina has the ACC's top offense and Florida State is ranked 12th in total defense. The Tar Heels just posted 56 points last weekend. They won't have to score quite as many this week against a woeful FSU squad. North Carolina 37, Florida State 20
Alabama (-6) vs. Georgia, 8 p.m.
The game of the week takes place in Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban has never lost to one of his former assistants, and that likely will not happen again this weekend. Georgia is fully capable of covering this line for much of the game, but Alabama's receivers will manage to find the end zone for a backbreaking score to pad the Alabama lead in the fourth quarter. Good teams win, great teams cover. This week, Alabama will be a great team. Alabama 30, Georgia 23
Last week: 3-2