We are almost halfway through the college football season and are into the first weekend of October. What a weekend for sports. College football all weekend, hockey is seeing the puck drop, the MLB Playoffs are here, and the NFL takes the stage Sunday and Monday.
Current record: 6-8-1 (8-6 SU)
All lines come from Fanduel as of 10 PM Central on Thursday night.
UCF -3.5 @ Cincinnati (Friday Night)
UCF has lost one football game in the past three years and hasn’t lost to an AAC opponent since the end of the 2016 season. Both teams are coming off of huge blowout wins, and the winner of this Friday night matchup will have the upper hand on winning the AAC. Cincy relies on turning this game into a slugfest and I don’t see that happening. UCF has the playmakers to turn this into a high scoring affair, and that favors the Knights.
Prediction: UCF 45, Cincy 37
CAL +18 @ Oregon
Cal is going into Eugene with a backup QB, and I don’t think they win this game straight up, but they are in no way 18 points worse than the Ducks. The Cal defense is one of the best in college football, especially in the back end. Oregon won’t score more than 30 points, meaning that the Bears only have to put up 13 points to cover that. Give me the points all day.
Prediction: Cal 16, Oregon 30
Texas -10.5 @ West Virginia
West Virginia relies on running the football to move the ball, and that isn’t something they have been able to do very well this year. The Texas pass defense isn’t great but will do enough against a poor WV quarterback. Texas’ offense has looked really good as of late, and West Virginia doesn’t have the firepower to keep up with the Longhorns.
Prediction: Texas 38, WVU 21
Northwestern @ Nebraska -7
I bet on Nebraska last weekend and got burned, so let’s hope it doesn’t happen again. Nebraska’s defense hasn’t been great but Northwestern’s offense has been even worse. Northwestern is bringing their third-string QB into Lincoln, and struggled to move the ball with their number one and two. This will not be a pretty game, but Nebraska should win by double digits.
Prediction: Northwestern 17, Nebraska 31
Iowa +3.5 @ Michigan
This may very well be the game of the week and is a noon kickoff on Fox. If Michigan loses this game the fan base will turn, and that is exactly what is going to happen. Iowa has the receivers to get separation and can run the ball down Michigan’s throat (See Wisconsin game). I don’t expect this game to be quite as dominating but expect a Hawkeye victory.
Prediction: Iowa 24, Michigan 21