Recap of Last Week: 3-1, upset didn’t come through, but that’s OK. I have another one this week.
2018 College Football Season 19-4
Rolling into week 5, a majority of teams will be either starting, or playing their second, conference games this week. Now we’ll start seeing some serious college football match ups. There’s a number of games this week where both teams are ranked. I’ll provide a quick rundown of them with picks. The big game of the week is #4 Ohio State facing #9 Penn State in Happy Valley. Another biggie, being played at the same time, is #7 Stanford at #8 Notre Dame. In house Notre Dame nut, Kmess, provided a blog on the game (makes my life easier, thanks bud!). My upset alert this week, is out of the SEC with South Carolina visiting #17 Kentucky.
#12 West Virginia at #25 Texas Tech – Will Grier is making it rain with 1117 yards and 14 TDs through 3 games. Texas Tech’s defense allows 28.3 points per game and 284.0 passing per game. WVU OVER TEXAS TECH
#20 BYU at #11 Washington – Still amazed drinking is basically non-existent at BYU. And for that reason (and the spread being -17 WASH). WASH OVER BYU
#19 Oregon Ducks at #24 California – This one will be a close game. The spread is sitting at -1.5 Oregon, which raises an eyebrow. However, Oregon has an offensive with no brakes. OREGON OVER CALI
#7 Stanford at #8 Notre Dame
I’m tired of talking about Stanford, seems like every week they’re playing a tough opponent and winning. But that’ll all come to an end this weekend against Notre Dame. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Notre Dame is back this year (Kmess, Venmo came through, thanks). It’s finally their year to claim a spot in the CFP. For a deeper dive, check out Kmess’s blog on the game.
Notre Dame over Stanford
#4 Ohio State at #9 Penn State
First a history lesson.
This game will help shape the College Football Playoff. Winner of this game will, more than likely, win the East then go on to win the Big Ten Conference, locking their spot in the CFP. The loser of the game doesn’t necessary mean the CFP is out the of the picture, you never know what will happen.
Beaver Stadium will be rocking Saturday night with White Out conditions. The visiting Buckeyes, who are without star pass rusher Nick Bosa, will be facing one of the loudest Stadiums in college football. Buckeyes sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins will be looking to increase his Heisman hype, but will face a Lions defense that’s allowed 173 passing yards per game, good for 29th nationally. Buckeyes are stout at running back with J.K. Dobbins (323 yards on 56 carries) and Mike Weber (299 yards on 52 carries) splitting time in the backfield.
Lions senior quarterback Tracy McSorley is not only a deep ball threat, but is not afraid to take off down the field. The RPO has been effective with Junior Miles Sanders (495 yards on 71 car). With Lion’s RB Mark Allen done for the year, expect to see more field time for freshmen RB Ricky Slade. Both offensive teams can score at will, the over/under is set at 70.5!
The spread is currently sitting at Ohio State -3.5. With the spread being that close, home field advantage, and my loyalty to the Nittany Lions. You should have seen this coming.
Penn State over Ohio State
South Carolina at #17 Kentucky
I’m not buying the Kentucky football hype. Yes, they beat then ranked Florida and #14 Mississippi State. But I have my reservations, they’re in the SEC. It’s one of the best conferences in the nation, so they are bound to face an opponent that’ll squish them. South Carolina will be Kentucky’s first, of 4, L’s on the season (write that down). The line sitting at -1 South Carolina, o/u 51.5 (Sorry Big Cat gotta take the under).
Kentucky running back Benny Snell is leading the SEC in rushing yards (540) and touchdowns (7).
Mouthpiece swag is on point
Hopefully Will Muschamp uses his defensive background to stack the box and force Kentucky to go airborne. South Carolina’s quarterback Jack Bentley (780, 6 TDs) has been showing promise this year. It helps having a wide receiver like Bryan Edwards (211, 3 TDs) leading a talented group of receivers.
Kentucky owns South Carolina, the Wildcats have won the last four match ups against South Carolina. That’ll end this year.
South Carolina over Kentucky