Time to reveal my plays of the week. These are the 10 games I would bet on if I were a degenerate gambler. For those who don’t know already, the first team listed is my pick, unless it’s an over/under selection. Odds provided by Betus. If I were you, I’d bet on these games. You can thank me (or hate me) later. I went 7-3 in my picks last week — almost 8-2 — and I’m hitting 70% on the season, so heed my advice!
Last week against the spread: 7-3
Season record against the spread: 14-6 (.700)
Stanford -29 at Army
I can’t see Army getting anything going offensively against the very tough Stanford defense. Meanwhile, I think the Cardinal will put up over 300 rushing yards and jump out to a huge lead.
Stanford 52, Army 9
Louisville -13.5 at Kentucky
The Wildcats will give the Cardinals a test early, but Teddy Bridgewater should get rolling and help UL pull away for the easy victory. Look for another four touchdown passes for the Heisman Trophy contender.
Louisville 45, Kentucky 24
UCLA +4.5 at Nebraska
The Bruins have too many weapons on offense for these Blackshirts to handle. I expect big games from both Brett Hundley and Taylor Martinez, but UCLA is mentally tougher and will come away with the quality road win.
UCLA 37, Nebraska 34
Oklahoma -24.5 vs. Tulsa
Blake Bell will start for the Sooners and I think he’ll be the spark the OU offenses needs. Meanwhile, the Sooners defense will continue to play at a high level.
Oklahoma 42, Tulsa 14
OVER 50 Southern Miss at Arkansas
I see Arkansas putting up a lot of points due to big games from Brandon Allen, Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins. The Razorbacks defense will be its usually porous self, too, which should mean we’ll have no problem getting over the point total.
Arkansas 49, Southern Miss 13
Boston College +14 at USC
USC has a hard time scoring 14 points, much less covering it. The Trojans will continue to play it close to the vest on offense, which means the Eagles will be in the game until the end with a chance to pull off the mild upset.
USC 17, Boston College 16
OVER 65 Ohio State at California
The Bears have some real issues on defense that I think the Buckeyes will exploit, even if Braxton Miller doesn’t play. At the same time, Cal’s offense is just too explosive to keep down for long. Ohio State and Cal easily top the point total.
Ohio State 49, California 31
Auburn -6 vs. Mississippi State
Auburn looks to me like a team that is getting better every week and I expect quarterback Nick Marshall will have his best game in this one. The Bulldogs will struggle on offense against a very opportunistic Auburn defense.
Auburn 28, Mississippi State 20
Arizona State -5.5 vs. Wisconsin
ASU will be pumped up for this one and Wisconsin will struggle to adjust to the dry desert heat. The Sun Devils will be too fast and athletic for the Badgers and Taylor Kelly will have another huge game.
ASU 31, Wisconsin 24
Maryland -6 at Connecticut
The Terps are rolling right now behind dual threat QB CJ Brown and all-purpose dynamo Stefon Diggs. I think those two will play well against the Huskies to lead Maryland to a comfortable win.
Maryland 41, Connecticut 27