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 6-2-1 last week (I had accidentally picked 11 games the week prior) and I’m hitting 59.5% on the season (53-36-1), so heed my advice!
Oregon State -4.5 vs. USC
This is probably my lock of the week. USC’s secondary can’t match up with the OSU passing attack and the Trojan offense plods too much to keep up. Huge game for Mannion and Cooks.
Oregon State 38, USC 24
Tennessee +10 at Missouri
Missouri should be deflated after last week’s tough loss to South Carolina, while Tennessee is undervalued because it went into a buzzsaw at Alabama and will now be starting a freshman QB named Josh Dobbs, who’s a talented player. The Vols have a chance to win this one outright.
Missouri 24, Tennessee 21
Georgia -3 vs. Florida
I think the return of Todd Gurley will be the difference in this one and the Bulldogs win easily.
Georgia 27, Florida 16
Michigan +4.5 at Michigan State
These two teams always seem to play it close, but the Spartans aren’t used to being the favorites. I expect the Wolverines to come out of the gate playing at a high level, then hold on for the win.
Michigan 20, Michigan State 17
Minnesota +8 at Indiana
The Gophers are a tough, hard-nosed team and I think they’ll pull the mild upset on the road.
Minnesota 31, Indiana 28
Auburn -8 at Arkansas
Even without Nick Marshall, the Tigers should be fine on offense and move the ball well against a very suspect Arkansas defense.
Auburn 38, Arkansas 27
Hawaii +24 at Utah State
I don’t think Hawaii is going to go winless and the Warriors have been coming close the last three weeks. No win this time, but another close one for Norm Chow’s troops.
Utah State 28, Hawaii 25
Ohio State -32.5 at Purdue
The Buckeyes are in juggernaut mode on offense and will make quick work of the Boilermakers.
Ohio State 52, Purdue 17
Arizona -16.5 at Cal
The Bears continue to be decimated with injuries on defense and the Wildcats will take full advantage behind Ka’Deem Carey and BJ Denker.
Arizona 42, Cal 21
Nebraska -6 vs. Northwestern
I think the Cornhuskers bounce back from last week’s loss and easily handle a Northwestern team that just isn’t the same without a healthy Kain Colter or Venric Mark.