Non-TCU Games of the Week
Perhaps the most exciting game of the week has already happened Wednesday night in Boone, NC, as App State defeated Coastal Carolina in a thriller. While there aren’t any ranked versus ranked matchups, this week features plenty of ranked teams playing underdogs and we could see a big upheaval in those rankings, if maybe not at the top.
# 10 Oregon to UCLA (-2) – October 23, 2:30 p.m. ABC
A decisive game in the Pac 12 race and potentially the influence of Pac 12 on the national stage in the future. Two teams that have major surprise wins in the no-con: Oregon is going Ohio state and UCLA starting Ed Orgeron’s disappearance at LSU; but then both fell with losses in conference and will now need a solid 2sd half the season to keep pace in the Pac 12. Despite their loss to Stanford, the Ducks are still very much in the playoffs, as winning in the horseshoe will continue to be one of the most powerful wins in the world. the season. However, dropping a 2sd the game would leave Oregon on the outside in hopes of complete mayhem to take out all other playoff contenders. The Bruins have finally kept Chip Kelly’s promise, but this season could still fall off a cliff. I tend to think that UCLA is favored here is due to the assumption of a field advantage that maybe the Rose bowl doesn’t really supply the Bruins, as Oregon has even more talent in most positions and a defense certainly capable of controlling Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Zach Charbonnet.
My choice : Oregon wins (+105); Oregon blankets (+2); Total less than 60.5
# 8 Oklahoma State To State of Iowa (-7) – October 23, 2:30 p.m., FOX
The poor Cowboys just can’t have respect. Even after defeating the “mighty” Longhorns and securing a Top 10 ranking, OSU is still a TD underdog against a two-game losing streak. The Cyclones were quietly strong if you just look at the measurements, but weren’t able to get the job done against the top teams on their schedule. There has already been talk of Bedlam between undefeated teams to close out the season, and then repeated next week at Arlington – although that’s in the future, if OSU wins at Ames, they’ll be big favorites every game (yes, including vs. TCU) until the Sooners get to town. This ISU defense is the best team OK State has seen this season and can do enough to slow Jaylen Warren to the ground, forcing Spencer Sanders to win the game. He fights valiantly, but Good Brock Purdy shows up to put the Cyclones back into the Big 12 race.
My choice : ISU wins (-260); OK State covers (+7); Total over 47
Clemson (+135) at # 23 Pittsburgh (-3.5) – October 23, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
I mean come on, really? The Heisman candidate in this game is Kenny Pickett, really? The team that lost at home to West Michigan at home and were ready to oust their East City coach favored about the team that made the playoffs each of the last six seasons, really? I understand Clemson looked rough when winning wins over Syracuse, Georgia Tech, and Boston College and DJ U-led offense were terrible, but I still can’t imagine the Tigers pulling out of the ACC Atlantic race so soon. It looks like Freshman superstar Will Shipley could come back from injury this week and provide a much needed attacking spark, which will be enough as Clemson’s defense stops Pickett and the Panthers attacking.
My choice : Clemson wins (+135); Clemson covers (+3.5); Total under 48
# 22 San Diego State Air Force (-3.5) – October 23, 6:00 p.m., CBS Sports Net
In what is most likely a West Mountain Title preview and one of the best G5 games of the season, the undefeated Aztecs will storm Colorado Springs with the country’s best non-Georgian defense. This defense is No. 2 overall in the EPA / rush, but will now face one of the most prolific running teams, as the Falcons shoot for 336 yards per game rushing. It will be a physical game to establish itself as the best dog in MWC. While the Air Force has impressed in these types of games and high scoring deals haven’t been so good, the Aztecs have been the elite, even when the offense didn’t show up. The State of San Diego is keeping the season of dreams alive.
My choice : SDSU wins (+145); SDSU blankets (+3.5); Over 39
- USC at # 13 our Lady (-6.5) – The Trojans were embarrassed at home against Utah last week despite Kedon Slovis racking up over 400 passing yards, and it’s clear they won’t retain the interim coach. The Irish will look to stack on their long-distance rivals.
- # 16 Wake forest (-3) in the Army – A wonderful fight of different styles – the high-flying rhythm of the deacons against the laborious control of the army. Sam Hartman has been stellar for Wake and will have to keep riding to survive this test.
- LSU at # 12 Ole Miss (-9) – The Tigers took a life-changing victory over Florida despite the announcement confirming Coach O’s status as a lame duck. The Rebels return to friendlier confines after being bombarded with bottles of mustard, cans of beer, bullets of golf and various trash by the adorable Knoxville fans. Will the Lane Train continue to pass through possible landmines according to the upcoming schedule?
- Nevada in Fresno State (-3.5) – Oh, it’ll be fun – explosive dynamic offenses and high stakes as these two jockeys position themselves behind SDSU to possibly sneak into the MWC Championship. Jake Haener vs. Carson Strong, sit back and enjoy.
- Wisconsin (-3) at # 25 Purdue – After being bowled over by what used to be No.2 in Iowa, the Boilermakers are on the rise and are now an underdog at home against this underwhelming Badgers team? Interesting, but with David Bell at WR anything is possible for Purdue.