Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to grab the case of beer, plug in three TVs at once, kick back and enjoy a full day of binge watching college football.
We’ve got several great matchups today, especially for this season.
This has been arguably the most unpredictable year the college football world has seen in a long time, and honestly, every team looks beatable besides Alabama and Georgia at the moment.
I couldn’t fully make myself jump on the Georgia train until last week, when they absolutely demoralized a really good Arkansas team at home with their backup QB.
Alabama unleashed a can of whoop ass on a solid Ole Miss team too, and everybody else? It’s a damn toss up.
Let’s look at the top 5 best bets for this week:
5. Oklahoma (-3.5) vs. Texas Over/Under 63.5
Oklahoma remains unbeaten, but boy are they a couple of plays away from being 2-3 or 3-2.
Every game they’ve played (besides a tuneup game against Western Carolina) has been a nailbiter, and QB Spencer Rattler has struggled at times.
Texas still looks to not be fully back, but they’ve shown a lot of upside so far this year as it appears they’ve finally found their starting QB in Casey Thompson, and star running back Bijan Robinson. When this Longhorn offense gets hot, lookout.
Also, Texas has been a trap game for the Sooners over the past five years, and I’m running with the Longhorns to either cover or pull off the upset in this one.
Prediction: Texas 35 Oklahoma 30
4. Georgia (-14.5) vs. Auburn Over/Under 45.6
As I said earlier, the Bulldogs look unbeatable this year.
They are by far the most physical defense in college football right now, and have only allowed one offensive touchdown this season.
They were able to blowout Arkansas last week while strictly running the ball, and this week they should have starting QB JT Daniels back who opens up the passing game.
Then you have Auburn, who has looked very up and down this season. They play good defense too, but the offensive production is still not where it needs to be. QB Bo Nix showed some flashes last week against LSU, but that LSU defense keeps proving week in and week out they are below average.
I don’t think an Auburn home game is gonna make a difference in this one, and Georgia wins big again.
Prediction: Georgia 38 Auburn 10
3. Penn State vs. Iowa (-2) Over/Under 41
I think this one is gonna play out to be a great game.
A Big Ten showdown of two Top 5 ranked teams, we’re in for a nail biter. Iowa’s ball hawking defense at home against Sean Clifford and the Nittany Lions defense is nothing to mess with either.
Can Spencer Petras and Iowa put together some long drives and score some points? Can Sean Clifford avoid costly mistakes against the Iowa defense at home? It might be a longshot, but a Hawkeye touchdown on the defensive side of the ball will give Iowa the edge… and I’m taking it.
Prediction: Penn State 17 Iowa 23
2. Alabama (-17.5) vs. Texas A&M Over/Under 51.5
I was the slightest bit skeptical of Bama this year after they edged out a close win against Florida at the Swamp a couple weeks ago, but who am I to doubt Nick Saban.
They rolled past Ole Miss last week, who has arguably the hottest offense in the country, and their defense is getting better and better each week. QB Bryce Young and that offense is on fire too.
On the other side, you have an underachieving Aggies team, who looked incredibly depleted after losing to a mediocre Mississippi State team last week. The loss of their star QB Haynes King has really hurt them on offense, and RB Isaiah Spiller can’t carry the whole team.
Yes, A&M is a tough place to play at, but this ain’t nothing Bama hasn’t seen before. The Tide wins big. Really big.
Prediction: Bama 40 A&M 13
1. Notre Dame (-1) vs. Virginia Tech Over/Under (47)
This is an intriguing matchup, as Notre Dame has looked really up and down this season. Their lone loss has come to a really good Cincinnati team, they whooped Wisconsin the week before, and all the other games have been relatively close.
Virginia Tech has looked the exact same, beating UNC first game of the year, and their lone loss was a tough one against a good West Virginia team on the road where they had a chance to win in the final seconds.
If there’s one thing for sure, night games at Virginia Tech are ROWDY. Tech has played some really good defense this year, and I think they hand the Irish their second loss of the season.
Also, I expect a low scoring affair, so I’m running with the under too.