Last week = 1-2
Overall = 1-2
Ohio State -28 vs. San Diego State – The Buckeyes struggled some with Buffalo last week, which is a part of the reason I expect them to cover a 4-touchdown spread. Urban Meyer’s team has been billed as a national title contender with a weak schedule, and they found themselves in a tussle with a MAC school. They’ve heard some criticism this week, and I expect them to be very motivated to put together a complete performance.
Syracuse +16.5 at Northwestern – Not a biased pick, I just think the spread is too high. Northwestern had a terrific win against Cal on the road last Saturday, and is a better team than Syracuse. However, both QB Kain Colter and RB Venric Mark are questionable for this one. The Orange played a one possession game against Penn State, and seem like they have a competent defense. These teams played last season, and the Wildcats won 42-41. I expect a Northwestern victory again, but I think Syracuse should be able to cover 16.5 points.
Texas -7 at BYU – We don’t know much about the Longhorns yet, but I like taking these types of lines. Tricky place to play, but a win by a touchdown gives you a push. The Longhorns have to win this game, and it seems like David Ash has improved from last season. They don’t have a bellcow at running back, but Texas has plenty of talented options with Jonathan Gray, Malcolm Brown, and Jalen Overstreet. I think they’ll find a way to win by at least one score.
Oklahoma State -27 at UTSA – It seems odd that the Cowboys have to play this game on the road, but college football’s scheduling is hard to figure out in 2013. Regardless, I like what I saw out of the OSU defense last Saturday at Reliant Stadium. They’ve settled at the QB spot, going with JW Walsh over Clint Chelf. That’s a big part of the reason I think they’ll cover the 27 points. Walsh is a very good runner (as is RB Jeremy Smith), and I think the offense will loosen the reigns against UTSA.
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