A promising 4-0 start last week turned into 4-5-1 and I now sit at 13-16-1 on the year with my football picks. So take my picks at your own risk (remember I only pick the games where I see a potential play)!
Minnesota (-1) at Northwestern–Minnesota builds off a strong showing against Cal to take care of the Wildcats thanks to the Adam Weber-Eric Decker connection.
Minnesota 27, Northwestern 24
Clemson (-2.5) vs. TCU–The Tigers have looked solid from the second half of their loss to Clemson onward. I think they keep the momentum up here provided C.J. Spiller doesn’t get hurt again.
Clemson 23, TCU 16
Rutgers (pickem) vs. Maryland–I’ve got nothing to say about this one. I just think the Terrapins are god-awful and the Scarlet Knights handle business.
Rutgers 30, Maryland 20
Army (+10) at Iowa State–Army is much improved and I think they keep this one close enough to cover. Arnaud pulls the Cyclones’ fat out of the fire for the win.
Iowa State 24, Army 20
Auburn (-33) vs. Ball State–The last time Ball State played a Gus Malzahn offense, it got blitzed by Tulsa, 45-13, in the 2008 GMAC bowl. I think the Auburn version of Malzahn can improve upon that at home with more talent.
Auburn 56, Ball State 10
Arkansas (+17.5) at Alabama–As good as Alabama is, I think it will be tough to top this spread given the much-improved Razorback offense, which can score in bunches. Arkansas gives Bama a run for its money, but loses.
Alabama 35, Arkansas 27
Georgia (-12) vs. Arizona State–The Sun Devils have feasted upon cupcakes and now must take a step up in class. The Bulldogs are hot offensively and will keep it up against ASU.
Georgia 31, ASU 17
Stanford (-8) vs. Washington–The Huskies have a letdown after the upset over USC and Stanford wins solidly behind Andrew Luck and Toby Gerhart.
Stanford 34, Washington 23
Houston vs. Texas Tech (OVER 73.5)–This should be the weekend’s most entertaining game. A shootout of epic proportions, with Houston coming away with the win.
Houston 49, Texas Tech 41
Navy (-30) vs. Western Kentucky–It’s going to be tough for WKU to prepare for the Navy attack and I think the Middies take advantage of this opportunity for a blowout.
Navy 49, WKU 16