Season Record: 14-8-1 (+5.6u)
Nebraska -3.5 (Lock): Nebraska heads to Minnesota after a heartbreaking loss to undefeated Michigan on a go ahead FG with a minute left in the game. I love where the Huskers have gone since the Week 0 loss to Illinois, as they’ve lost 3 games but all to undefeated teams and every game was a slugfest that they had a chance to win. Minnesota has been mostly in shambles this season, including a loss to Bowling Green and I truly think Nebraska is going to walk in there and heir their frustrations. Nebraska has been playing as good as any team in the 15-25 range they just haven’t been able to seal the deal. This is way more lopsided a matchup than people are looking at it. Cash it.
Oregon -13.5: The Ducks have had 2 weeks to chew on that tough loss on the road to Stanford, and you know their blood is boiling and they’re itching to prove they haven’t gone anywhere. Cal is the unfortunate twig house in the path of a hurricane in this one and the Ducks should go under the lights on a Friday night and win this by 3+ TD’s. I think this Oregon team has a legitimate shot to still run the table the rest of the way and play themselves into the playoff with that win over Ohio St, and they know it too. Every game has more urgency and we’ll feel that urgency on Friday night. Cash it.
UCLA – ML: The Bruins have been pretty damn good this season and Washington has been very mediocre, so I’m not sure why UCLA is a dog in this matchup but I love them to take care of business in this one. The thing that does worry you is that they welcome in Oregon next weekend, but you know Chip Kelly has been driving home that next week will mean a whole hell of a lot less if they lose this one to Washington. With only 1 Conference loss thus far the Bruins are not out of it in terms of a Conference Championship, so the motivation is still there. Cash it.
TCU +13.5: TCU’s offense is dynamic and I’m really betting on Oklahoma having a let down game after that emotional come from behind victory over Texas last week. Not to mention they have a QB controversy on their hands which adds to the emotional toll heading into this game and TCU under Gary Patterson have always gotten up for the big ones against Texas and OU. I definitely think Oklahoma wins this game but I think TCU punches em in the mouth early and is able to hang around in a very high scoring game. Cash it.
Arkansas -3.5: I’m still riding Sam Pittman and Arkansas and definitely do not buy into the narrative that they are overhyped, if anything I think they are still underappreciated. This offense is dynamic, see 51 points last week, and while the defense has been suspect Auburn is not anywhere near as explosive as Ole Miss. I like Arkansas in their home stadium again to enact a little revenge against a team who beat them last season on an officiating blunder. Also, fading Bo Nix on the road is just a winning strategy regardless of the matchup. Cash it.
Michigan St -4.5: This is a disrespectful line for Sparty, and while I understand the “trap game” thinking, I just don’t see a team who is so fundamentally sound and so consistent in the trenches to lose a game to an inferior team playing with their backup QB. Kenneth Walker is going to rack up another 200+ yards and Sparty will slowly wear down this Hoosiers team and win by double digits. IU just isn’t who we thought they would be, and without their dynamic QB is going to have major struggles on both sides of the ball. Ride this one if not for anything above at least for the potential undefeated matchup next weekend with Michigan. Cash it.