The Bearcats are ranked in the top 15 in the country on both sides of the ball as they look to continue their dominating start into this potential resume-building game against the Hoosiers. The Bearcats game plan will be limiting the run and making Penix beat them through the air. If the Bearcats defense can do that, look for them to win big on the road.
As for the Hoosiers, Penix has been underwhelming through the first two games and is not the same QB before his injury last year. Their defense has been average but they will have to step up in a big way and make Ridder turn the ball over, which he can be prone to at times.
However, you can not rely on turnovers, look for the Bearcats to take this one as they establish momentum early. My pick- Bearcats -3.5. I would still take it if it was up to a TD. Lock of the week.
UNLV is a bad football team, really bad as they have now lost eight consecutive games, seven of which were decided by double digits. And in last week's loss to Arizona State, the Rebels allowed three times as many total yards (465) as their offense gained (155). It has been a rough start to the year for Iowa State who started out as a Top 10 team, but the Cyclones should be able to take out their frustrations on a really bad UNLV this week.
It is neither easy nor common to drop four spots in the AP rankings after a win, but that's how unimpressive Notre Dame looked while needing to erase not one but two fourth-quarter deficits at home against Toledo. And it certainly doesn't help the Irish's case that the team they beat in overtime in Week 1 (Florida State) lost to Jacksonville State this week.
Big plays have been a big problem for the Notre Dame defense. The Irish have already allowed four plays (two rushes, two passes) that went for at least 60 yards, putting them in a tie with Arkansas State for worst in the nation. Now they face a Purdue team that has one of the best wide receivers in the nation in David Bell, as well as a defense that held its first two opponents (Oregon State and Connecticut) without a passing touchdown.
Maybe I'm being too linear but everything points to Purdue here and I'm putting Notre Dame on upset alert.
The Padres stopped the bleeding a bit by taking the last two from the Giants and keeping pace with the Cardinals. Now they have a chance to overtake them this weekend, starting tonight. Vince Velasquez will make his first appearance for the Padres when he starts tonight. He was not great in Philly but a fresh start works wonders sometimes. If the offense hits as well as it did the past two days, he can afford a mistake or two.
The Cardinals have won 7 of their last 8 and are one of the hottest teams in baseball. Goldschmidt in particular had an amazing series against the Mets and will look to stay hot at home. Starting for them will be Miles Mikolas who has had a rough September thus far (8.31 ERA).
Pick: The offenses seem like they should rule the day in this one. As for a winner, I'm going to roll with San Diego despite their typical struggles at Busch. Velasquez allows lefties to hit just under .300 against him, but the big bats in the Cardinals lineup are righties. Edman and Carlson, the switch-hitters, usually bookend 4 righties at 2-5 in the order so if they can't get hits the game should go much smoother for him.
Virginia Tech has not had much of a passing game thus far this season, and West Virginia has been quite difficult to score against in Morgantown as of late, holding its opponent below 300 total yards in each of its last seven home games. The Maryland loss is a bit of concern for West Virginia bettors, but the Terps are a good football team and you have to remember that WVU was -4 in turnover margin. So as long as the Mountaineers avoid the turnovers I think they are the better team.
Once a top rivalry in college football, the last time Oklahoma and Nebraska played, the current crop of players on both programs were in elementary school. Nebraska's last win over a ranked team came early in the 2016 season. Oklahoma has a huge advantage in skill position, talent, and coaching, especially at the QB position with Spencer Ratliff under center. Nebraska does not and they have a lot of issues heading into this matchup.
I personally do not think Nebraska can compete here. They were not good vs Illinois, and they are not much of a team. The Huskers took advantage of playing a smaller team with a new coaching staff last week against the Buffalo Bulls. The final score was 28 - 3 but could have been much closer.
I do not think Nebraska has much of a chance here. Oklahoma has a huge advantage in skill position, talent, and coaching. They will not take the foot off the pedal in this rivalry game from back in the day. Take Oklahoma – 22.5.
Buffalo has been a dangerous team in years past but they don't have the offensive firepower that we have seen in recent years. After losing star running back Jaret Patterson and three of last year's top four receivers, though, this year's team doesn't seem anywhere near as upset-proneas demonstrated in the 28-3 loss to Nebraska last week. If Adrian Martinez was able to pick apart this defense, Grayson McCall should be able to do the same. Down year for Buffalo this season and I think the Chantileers do just enough to cover the number.
It's simple as this, we're going back to my old logic. We're betting betting the better quarterback in this matchup. Josh Allen is far more superior to Tua Tagovailoa. I'm not putting much stock into the Bill's breakdown last week considering the Steelers defense looked like the best in the league (tied with the Rams) in my analysis. The Dolphins squeezed one out in New England due to a late game fumble. I haven't seen anything spectacular out of Tua since he came in the league. He's a game manager at best. This is a huge game for the Bills early in the season in terms of the AFC East. Both Defenses are very good and I think they almost cancel out. Give me the Bills but I am buying them up to 2.5 (-155) which is pretty steep but much needed as this could be a close game.
Virginia Tech 2-0 on the year winning against a very good North Carolina team and beating Middle Tenn.They have a very fast quarterback a transfer from Oregon plus a 6-9 327 lb left Tackle.should be able to play smash mouth football against West Virginia also they have a great def. and special teams.The home team West Virginia 1-1 for the season lost to Maryland and beat a terrible Long Island team,The good news it will be a sellout crowd for the ex-Troy coach if they want to win they will have to get the run game going and of course not turn the football over,They dont have a flashy offense so this might be a tough matchup TAKE VIRGINIA TECH+3
Fresno State is looking like a team that could make a run at the Group of Five's spot in the New Year's Six bowls. The Bulldogs held a fourth quarter lead at Oregon before letting that major upset slip away, and they won their other games against Connecticut and Cal Poly by a combined score of 108-10. Quarterback Jake Haener has gotten out to an excellent start, already boasting more than 1,000 passing yards and 11 total touchdowns. And even in the loss to Oregon, the Bulldogs displayed solid defense.
UCLA is good this year and the Bruins should get the job done at home, though. The backfield tandem of Zach Charbonnet and Brittain Brown has thrived early, and you just know Dorian Thompson-Robinson is going to make a couple of huge plays on any given night.
I predict this game is a grudge match and comes right down to the wire. I've got to take the 11 points here as double digits feels like too many based on how Fresno St looked against Oregon.