After a very good weekend, I am now 31-19 against the spread.
No. 3 Clemson vs. Boston College
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Line: Clemson (-16.5)
Last season, Boston College limited the Tigers to 3.1 yards per rush and forced two turnovers. Much of that unit is back.
Clemson’s defense is also terrific, though. It has carried head coach Dabo Swinney’s team so far this season, and even allowing 36 points to Louisville was respectable considering quarterback Lamar Jackson’s talent and how much time the Tigers spent on the field.
But the biggest factor is Boston College’s mediocre offense, which has mustered just 14 points in two conference games. While the defense should help BC avoid a blowout, Clemson will win comfortably.
LSU vs. No. 18 Florida
When: Saturday, noon ET (ESPN)
The Line: LSU (-3)
If Florida needs to use quarterback Austin Appleby in the conference clash, it could get ugly. Ed Orgeron, perhaps the best interim coach in the history of college football, has a motivated and very hungry LSU team. The Gators just will not put enough points on the board to win this game.
No. 9 Tennessee vs. No. 8 Texas A&M
When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
The Line: Texas A&M (-7)
Texas A&M are the Volunteers toughest opponent yet. Defensive linemen Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall will be a nightmare for the Volunteers unless the offensive line can consistently create running lanes up the middle.
However, head coach Butch Jones has started to shake the history of letdowns during the fourth quarter. This could be a magical season in Tennessee.
Texas vs. No. 20 Oklahoma
When: Saturday, noon ET (Fox Sports 1)
The Line: Oklahoma (-10.5)
Last season, no result was more confusing than Texas’ win over Oklahoma. In the process, the Longhorns managed to save head coach Charlie Strong’s job for a year. Sometimes, narratives are the same. Unfortunately for Coach Strong, he will lose this game and eventually his job.
No. 25 Virginia Tech vs. No. 17 North Carolina
When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC, ESPN2)
The Line: North Carolina (-2.5)
The Hokies faltered against Tennessee, but that loss was the product of self-inflicted mistakes. A road trip to Chapel Hill provides head coach Justin Fuente and Co. with a chance for a major statement win.
Virginia Tech’s defense will decide the game. While the unit is ranked ninth nationally, the Tar Heels boast an attack more explosive than anything the Hokies have encountered to date.
Prediction: North Carolina(-2.5)
No. 21 Colorado vs. USC
When: Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
The Line: USC (-5)
The Buffaloes have earned a spot in the AP poll for the first time since 2005. Quarterback Steven Montez has excelled in his two games as Colorado’s starter, so the Trojans face a difficult task.
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 16 Arkansas
When: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Line: Alabama (-14)
Arkansas must be able to lean on quarterback Austin Allen’s arm since Alabama has allowed just 68.4 rushing yards per game. However, the Tide will constantly pressure Allen and force a couple of mistakes that result in Alabama touchdowns and a wide margin of victory. Arkansas is an improved team, but they aren’t quite ready for the Tide yet.
No. 23 Florida State vs. No. 10 Miami
When: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
The Line: Miami (-3)
the Seminoles defense—a unit that was expected to be the strength of the team—is one of the worst in the country, especially without star safety Derwin James. Opponents have recorded 36 gains of 20-plus yards, which is tied for the most nationally. The Hurricanes seem to improve every week, that will continue here.
No. 5 Washington vs. Oregon
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
The Line: Washington (-8.5)
The Ducks are struggling and the Huskies are hot. Take the Huskies and give the points.
Indiana vs. No. 2 Ohio State (-29)
When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Hoosiers are coming off a huge win over Michigan State, this is not Michigan State. I think IU can keep the spread less than 29. They have played Ohio State tough the last two years.
No. 4 Michigan (-27.5) vs. Rutgers
When: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
This will get ugly quick.