North Carolina -7 vs NC State
The Heels are coming off a loss to Duke (yeah, in football), but their well-balance offense should continue to develop here. I don’t think Mike Glennon (whose rap MC name would be Master Dink-Dunky based on his coaching staff’s play-calling style) can hang.
Georgia +6.5 vs Florida (The Game Formerly Known as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, in Jacksonville)
Florida has been incredibly surprising – even to their own fans. But living in Central Florida, I’m hearing a lot of looking ahead in the form of, “all we have left is Georgia, then it’s a crappy Mizzou team at home, two cupcakes, and FSU – which doesn’t matter because if we beat Bama in the SEC title game, we’ll be in the National Championship.” As you can tell by the long sentence, that’s a LOT of looking ahead. Perhaps the players are too.
Penn State +1 vs Ohio State
The Postseason Ban Bowl, which is a shame because they’re among the best teams in the league. Bill O’Brien should win Coach of the Year for two reasons: a) not being Joe Paterno; b) making Matt McGloin not only competent but probably the best pure passer in the B1G.
Texas Tech +7.5 at Kansas State
Is K-State really going to go undefeated? I don’t think so. Perhaps easier to answer: is this a letdown spot after their prime time romp over WVU in Morgantown? It certainly has the potential.
Arizona +6.5 vs USC
The Trojans seems to be cruising along lately with smooth water all around them. Well the seas are about to get choppy. Expect a shootout, but the Cats can hang.
Nebraska -2.5 vs Michigan
To steal one of the laziest analyses in the world from Bill Simmons, who uses it on his various podcasts every week: “I just don’t think Michigan is that good.”
Kansas +21 vs Texas
No rhyme or reason other than neither team can stop anyone, and 21 is a lot of points for a home team in a game that starts at 11:00am local time.
Last Week: 2-5
YTD: 24-32 (leader at 36 wins)
(And yes, I realize how terrible my record is. I’ve gone 3-11 in the last two weeks, so proceed with caution)