The first week of the season is always a tough one to pick winners. Accordingly, I went just 4-6 against the spread last week. Now, time to get back on track:
Stanford (+3) at Wake Forest–The Cardinal are one of my surprise teams this year and I think they’ll win this one outright thanks to the tough running of Toby Gerhart.
Stanford 23, Wake Forest 20
UCLA (+10) at Tennessee–These are two teams trying to find their way offensively. Hence, I think this will be an ugly, turnover-laden defensive struggle. UCLA keeps it close but Tennesee pulls it out.
Tennessee 17, UCLA 16
Notre Dame (-3) at Michigan–The Wolverines are much improved but they still have freshmen quarterbacks to work with, which means there will be some growing pains. The Irish have one of the best passing attacks around and will methodically take control of this one.
Notre Dame 27, Michigan 20
Houston (+15) at Oklahoma State–The Cowboys are coming off a big win and a let down is in the cards. Houston is no slouch and will give OSU all it can handle.
Oklahoma State 45, Houston 35
USC (-7) at Ohio State–Unless the wheels come off of the USC freshman quarterback, the Trojans should control this one. The Buckeyes have Pryor, but not much else at this point.
USC 31, Ohio State 20
Florida (-36.5) vs. Troy–The Gators are just getting warmed up for SEC play. I think they’ll start to hit on all cylinders in this one.
Florida 52, Troy 14
North Carolina (-4.5) at Connecticut–I think the Tar Heel defense stifles the Huskies and UNC wins solidly with Greg Little having a big game.
North Carolina 24, Connecticut 10
Syracuse (+28.5) at Penn State–The Orange have a little bit of life in them and I think they’ve gotten to the point where they aren’t an automatic pushover as in years past. They’ll lose here but cover the spread.
Penn State 35, Syracuse 13
Central Michigan (+14.5) at Michigan State–I don’t think Dan LeFevour can be shut down two weeks in a row. The Chippewas give the Spartans a tough time but MSU pulls it out.
Michigan State 27, CMU 23
LSU (-14.5) vs. Vandy–Back in the friendly confines of Baton Rouge, the Tigers roll behind Charles Scott and Jordan Jefferson.
LSU 28, Vandy 6