After another positive weekend, I’ve hit the elusive .600 mark on picks. If keeps going as they are, it will be 25 dollars per pick thank you very much. However, as we all know, what will happen is I’m going to lose every single pick from here to the end of the season.
The only loss of last week was Miami, who finally got bitten against Florida State. Both Washington and Indiana covered pretty easily, with Washington absolutely demolishing Oregon, as if they were exorcising 12 years’ worth of demons. Anyway, onward!
Ohio State -10 @ Wisconsin - Wisconsin has done an admirable job against the competition, and they deserve all the recognition (and the top ten ranking) they’ve gotten. However, this is where their luck runs out. The defense, as legit as it is, has an equally inept offense which is now dealing with the possibility of Corey Clement not being at the game.
Wisconsin will absolutely slow down Ohio State, the way Indiana was able to, for most of the first half and third quarter. However, after being unable to do much of anything on offense, the Buckeyes will pull away late.
Minnesota +7 @ Maryland - Both Mitch Leidner and Perry Hills are most likely out for this game (Hills is questionable, while Leidner is definitely out). Only one of those two teams can afford to lose their quarterback and still be OK. Minnesota’s strength, running the ball, is Maryland’s glaring weakness. The two games Minnesota has lost so far have come as a product of the coaching staff trying to get cute and throwing the ball almost twice as they ran it. Not having the starting quarterback will almost force Tracy Clays into doing what actually works, and, unsurprisingly, it ends up working. At worst, this game will be decided by a score in either direction. At best, it will be a Minnesota blowout.
For those bold enough, you can take Minnesota straight up if you want.
San Diego State -17 @ Fresno State - South Alabama seems to be San Diego State’s kryptonite, so it should be smooth sailing from here on out. Fresno State is not particularly a good team this season, and the Aztecs know they need to blow everyone out if they want any semblance of a chance at a New Year’s Six bowl. Expect San Diego State to do just that.
Penn State has a bye this week, so no props. However, here are last week’s results.
Maryland rushing yards: 201.5 - UNDER
Maryland passing yards + attempts: 221.5 - Who are we kidding they didn’t have a chance.
References to Maryland’s turnaround under DJ Durkin: ∞.5 - UNDER
Hands shaken: 2.5 - OVER
Last Week: 2-1