Last week I went 4-2 with my college football picks. I’ve picked another six popular games this week to preview and I’ve posted my best bet for each of the games below as well. We’re not into the thick of the college football schedule and there are some excellent games on tap this weekend that CFB fans around the nation will want to watch.
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• #15 Texas +3 (-105) vs. #13 Oklahoma -3 (-115) – Pick: Texas +3
Texas lost last week to WVU (48-45) and now have to dig deep to battle back this weekend on the road. Oklahoma has one loss on the season to KSU and neither team can afford another loss in the conference. I expect a back and forth game with the Longhorns coming out on top.
Texas ranks 6th in the nation in points scored with an average of 46.8 PPG compared to Oklahoma’s 38.3 PPG (24th). Oklahoma has done better defensively, but the offence hasn’t played as well as many thought they would. Texas has lost the last 2 games in the H2H series and this is a great chance for the Longhorns to get revenge in Norman.
• #17 Stanford +7.5 (-110) vs. #7 Notre Dame -7.5 (-110) – Pick: Stanford +7.5
This is a tough game to predict, but with the point spread at -7.5 in favour of Notre Dame I’m backing the underdog. Stanford is too good of a team to be such a big underdog regardless of who they’re playing. Stanford hasn’t been playing that well the past couple weeks after knocking off USC, but I expect the Cardinals to be pumped up for this game against the Fighting Irish.
Not many people would have predicted that Notre Dame would be undefeated right now. The Fighting Irish beat Michigan State and Michigan already this season and now they get a chance to knock off Stanford at home. Notre Dame has been winning with defence this season, as they rank 2nd in points against (7.8 PPG), but the offence hasn’t been playing that bad either.
• #3 South Carolina +3 (-115) vs. #9 LSU -3 (-105) – Pick: South Carolina +3
The night game that everyone is going to want to watch this weekend is South Carolina vs. LSU. The Gamecocks are 6-0 and #3 in the nation right now heading into this road game against the Tigers who are ranked #9. LSU still has one of the top defences, but the offence hasn’t been getting it done against teams that can play a bit of defence, which isn’t good news.
Betting on South Carolina on the road against LSU isn’t something I thought I’d be doing at the start of the season, but they’ve been playing great football. South Carolina has one of the best offences in the country and they’ve also given up less points on defence than LSU. The Gamecocks ranks 4th in points allowed (10.5 PPG) compared to the Tigers who rank 9th (12.8 PPG).
• #22 Texas A&M -7.5 (-110) vs. #23 Louisiana Tech +7.5 (-110) – Pick: Louisiana Tech +7.5
The #22 and #23 ranked college football teams will be playing on Saturday night. Texas A&M will most likely win this game, but I think the point spread is too high considering that the Aggies are on the road. Both teams have been very impressive on offence, but the Bulldogs haven’t been good defensively. They simply don’t play defence and that could become a problem.
This is easily the biggest test for the Bulldogs this season. The Aggies are strong defensively and they have a great offence. They rank 8th in points scored (44.6 PPG) and they shouldn’t have a problem scoring against the Bulldogs who have allowed 35.8 PPG (109th) on average. I just think the Bulldogs will score enough to stay within the spread, as they average 53.2 PPG (3rd).
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• #4 Florida -8.5 (-110) vs. Vanderbilt +8.5 (-110) – Pick: Florida -8.5
After beating LSU last week the Gators could be in contention for a National Championship if they keep winning. They have two big games coming up after Vanderbilt, but if they don’t win this game the next two games won’t matter that much. Florida will be able to run the football against the Vandy defence and I think they should control the time of possession.
Vanderbilt started the season slow, but they picked up a great road win last weekend against Mizzou. Vandy has been playing good defence, but not many teams have been able to stop the Gators offence. Florida rushes for over 200+ rush yards per game and so far this season the Gators defence has only allowed an average of 11.4 PPG (6th).
• Louisville -3 (-110) vs. Pittsburgh +3 (-110) – Pick: Pittsburgh +3
Last week I went with Pittsburgh and they barely came through on the road at Syracuse. This week they’re at home and I think they’ll give it everything they got against Louisville who is undefeated right now after playing a weak schedule. The Panthers will need to continue playing great defence to win at home this week, but they also need some offensive production.
Pittsburgh only averages 26 PPG (78th), which is a few points less than the Cardinals average (31 PPG – 52nd). This will be a good road test for Louisville and I think the best bet is to back the small home underdog. Pittsburgh has already played a few tough games that they’ve lost in the Big East and they’ll be desperate to get a win in the conference at home this weekend.