Week 4 picks

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 DocSports. If I were you, I’d bet on these games. You can thank me (or hate me) later. I went 4-6 in my picks last week but I’m still hitting 60% on the season, so heed my advice!

Last week against the spread: 4-6

Season record against the spread: 18-12 (.600)

OVER 58 North Carolina at Georgia Tech

The Yellowjackets defense has been great so far but now it will have to take a step up in class going against a UNC offense that has a lot of weapons. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels have struggled the last couple years against Georgia Tech’s offensive scheme. I look for this one to be a shootout with UNC coming out on top in the end. Take the OVER.

North Carolina 42, Georgia Tech 38

Minnesota -3.5 vs. San Jose State

The Gophers don’t seem to be affected by Jerry Kill’s seizures. They are a fundamentally sound team that doesn’t make many mistakes. David Fales has gotten off to a slow start and I think the Spartan offense struggles again in this one.

Minnesota 27, San Jose State 17

Baylor -30.5 vs. Louisiana-Monroe

The Baylor offensive machine should have another huge day against ULM and I think Lache Seastrunk gets his first 200-yard game of the season.

Baylor 62, ULM 21

Utah State +7 at USC

Chuckie Keeton has a huge day against a tired USC defense and the Aggies pull off the upset win in the Coliseum, which may precipitate the end of the Lane Kiffin era a couple days later.

Utah State 31, USC 28

Oregon State -8 at San Diego State

One thing that’s for sure is that the Beavers know how to score. With the Aztecs struggling on offense, I think the OSU defense steps to the plate with a solid game, too. Another huge day for Sean Mannion is in the works.

Oregon State 42, San Diego State 20

OVER 55 Auburn at LSU

I don’t think Auburn will be able to stop LSU’s usually methodical offense from scoring at will in this one. Meanwhile, Gus Malzahn will have a few tricks up his sleeve and make this fun for a while before the Bayou Bengals pull away.

LSU 42, Auburn 24

UCLA -42 vs. New Mexico State

UCLA’s offense should score 42 in the first half alone and then cruise to 60. The Bruins should rush for 350-plus yards.

UCLA 66, New Mexico State 17

OVER 62 Utah at BYU

There’s a lot of firepower in this game with two playmaking quarterbacks in Travis Wilson and Taysom Hill. I think it’ll be a shootout with Utah winning in the end thanks to Wilson’s dual-threat magic.

Utah 45, BYU 38

OVER 79 Texas A&M vs. SMU

The Aggies should be ornery after losing last week to Bama and I believe they’ll take it out offensively on SMU. But the Mustangs have the ability to put up points and I think they’ll do so in the second half to top the point total.

Texas A&M 65, SMU 21

Stanford -6 vs. Arizona State

The Cardinal have been vanilla on offense and bored on defense in the first two games, but they will be up to the challenge against the Sun Devils. I look for Stanford to put the clamps down on the ASU offense while Kevin Hogan has a big day passing.

Stanford 33, Arizona State 21

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