Ben Wittenstein: Wisconsin -9.5 over Indiana.
Look, as much as I love my alma mater, they’re bad at football. Like, really bad. They still don’t fully have a starting QB set (it’s Week 10), they have a shoddy defense and their coaching has been subpar at best.
There’s a reason the total of this game is so low, and I’m not sure if Indiana scores more than 10 points. Wisconsin’s defense ranks 24th in points per game allowed and are top-50 in takeaways per game. Indiana’s offense has been bad. They’re 121st in points per game. This game should be easily winnable by 10 or more for the Badgers in a non-hostile road environment.
Nate Jacobson: Iowa State -2.5 over Kansas.
As soon as Kansas knocked off unbeaten Oklahoma last week in a game where their fans stormed the field, I immediately looked at their schedule to see who they were playing in Week 10. I was happy to see they were playing on the road and their opponent was Iowa State.
The Cyclones have been a pleasant surprise this season after a summer of turmoil due to a gambling scandal within the program. After losses to Iowa and Ohio in non-conference play, Matt Campbell’s team has won four of five Big 12 games with their lone defeat coming to Oklahoma in Norman.
I love the situation of fading Kansas off a huge win in which they caught several breaks and are still playing backup QB Jason Bean. It should be a great environment in Ames on Saturday night and I’m on the home team at -2.5 or better.
Colby Marchio: Iowa State -2.5 over Kansas.
I do not have numbers or a real logical answer for this bet outside of one fact.
Last week Kansas upset Oklahoma, and their fans stormed the field. They then took down the goal post, carried it down to the lake, and threw it into the lake. I have never seen the words “fade this team” written so well on the walls for me in my entire career. Cyclones to cover.
BW: UCLA -2.5 over Arizona.
I know, I know. I took Oregon State against ‘Zona last week and got burned. But that’s not happening again! Arizona isn’t getting lucky twice. Yes, lucky.
UCLA’s defense is much better and they won’t let up another 40-yard TD pass like the Beavers did in the fourth quarter last week. The Wildcats will struggle with the conference’s best defense and likely will struggle to defend them too. Oh yeah, and as my lovely friend Colby would say, Arizona fans stormed the field last weekend, which means it’s the perfect time to fade!
NJ: LSU +3 over Alabama.
LSU would’ve been my top choice for this article at some of the early-week numbers, but I still like LSU to win this game outright in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers have been out of the national title conversation for over a month after September losses to Florida State in a de facto road game in Orlando and a 55-49 loss at Ole Miss. LSU still has one of the best offenses in the country led by QB Jayden Daniels, who led the Tigers to an upset win over Alabama 12 months ago.
LSU’s big question mark is their defense, but Alabama doesn’t have the playmakers that can exploit the Tigers’ weaknesses in their secondary. Crimson Tide QB Jalen Milroe has shown improvement, but LSU has talented pass rushers who can win the matchup against a shaky Alabama offensive line. I’ll take the better offense in this game. Don’t be surprised if Daniels is the Heisman Trophy favorite when the odds re-open Sunday morning.
CM: Colorado State over 16.5 team total vs. Wyoming.
I have been fading this team for a few weeks and now it’s their time to shine in Laramie, WY. Coming off their lowest-scoring game this season against Air Force, they now face off against a weaker Wyoming defense.
Meanwhile, Colorado State has the No. 5 pass offense in the country. They average 300 passing yards and have put up 28 points per game on the road. They have gone over this number in every game this season other than last week. Back the Rams offense on Friday night.
BW: North Carolina State ML +180 over Miami.
Teams don’t just go into Carter-Finley stadium and win at night. It’s a TOUGH place to play — let alone for a team that just got taken to OT by Virginia.
NC State seems to have cleaned up some turnover troubles that plagued them earlier this year, and the best way to describe Miami’s play the last few weeks has been “meh.” With the intensity of a night game at home, give me the Wolfpack to knock off the ‘Canes.
NJ: Clemson ML +130 over Notre Dame.
I considered Texas A&M or USC in this section, but instead I’m going to take a team that nobody wants. Clemson HC Dabo Swinney has been in the news this week after he called out a caller on his Monday night radio show. Some might think his rant is a negative for his 4-4 team, but I think it can be a positive for the Tigers. I’m hopeful his players can rally for their coach in a home game against a premier program.
This is also a good spot to sell high on Notre Dame, who beat USC 48-20 and Pitt 58-7 in their last two games. They were impressive performances, but the finals scores were misleading because the Fighting Irish forced five turnovers in each game and recorded five defensive and special teams touchdowns over that two-game stretch.
Clemson is due for some positive regression based on their stats and red zone failures on offense. Swinney and his staff have also faced Notre Dame QB Sam Hartman four times in his career dating back to his days at Wake Forest. I like the Tigers plus the points and to win the game.
CM: LSU ML +130 over Alabama.
The Crimson Tide host the LSU Tigers this Saturday, and I don’t think they are prepared for this juggernaut offense. The Tigers come in with the No. 1 offense in the nation that has recorded over 47 points per game. They have an unbelievable QB in Jayden Daniels.
Alabama has been playing well and QB Jalen Milroe has looked competent, but I do not think he has played well enough to win a shootout against the Tigers. Alabama’s defense allowed Tennessee’s Joe Milton to throw for 271 passing yards and two touchdowns. Daniels is much better than Milton. Geaux Tigers!
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