Penn State +1 at Michigan – Michigan barely covered the 3 point spread against Rutgers last week, but the season is clearly spiraling downhill. The Wolverines lost RB Derrick Green for the season, and he was a bright spot last Saturday. We’re at the point where Brady Hoke is clearly dead-coach-walking, and it’s not the stage of the year where the team will rally around its coach. Meanwhile, PSU is coming off a bye, which only helps. This pick comes down to a simple question: does anybody trust Michigan to win a game against a real team, after losses to Utah, Minnesota, and Rutgers? I don’t.
Florida State -23.5 at Syracuse – Speaking of coach disasters, Syracuse just demoted OC George McDonald to WR coach after losses to Notre Dame and Louisville. Adding injury to insult/demotion, QB Terrel Hunt, SU’s main viable threat to make plays offensively, is out for 4-6 weeks with a broken leg. A backup QB against the Seminoles? Not good.
For future reference, I’m not that high on FSU this year. They’ve struggled in most of the games they’ve played, and have injuries to RB Karlos Williams and WR Rashad Greene. Still, the Orange team isn’t very good, and is now without is starting QB. I don’t see how they keep this game even reasonably close.
Auburn -3 at Mississippi State – With this type of point spread, just pick the winner. This is an excellent matchup, featuring the #2 and #3 ranked teams in the nation. I’m banking on the Bulldogs being a little susceptible off a big win against Texas A&M last Saturday.
Dak Prescott is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate at this stage of the season, with 1200+ passing yards and 400+ rushing yards. I think that the Auburn D will slow him down enough. So far, the Tigers are 14th in total defense.
Can MSU contain the Auburn running game, with Nick Marshall, Cameron Artis-Payne?
Overall this season = 5-1
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