WVU was a good team this year and should be improved on both sides fo the ball with 7 starters on offense returning and 8 on defense. Maryland has Taulia Tagovailoa under center and he showed some flashes last year but was inconsistent throwing the ball. I expect both teams to score today and will be interesting to see how much (if any) Maryland's defense has improved. I'm going with the team with fewer question marks and more returning players and that's WVU.
After the way Virginia has been playing over the last few weeks, itâ€™s not going to take anything easy. Itâ€™s going to want to pull off this win, but at home and in need of a statement win, the Cardinals will ramp up the D enough to pull this off.
Wrong team favored. Auburn is stumbling to the finish line and while Sharife Cooper is a special talent, his presence simply hasn't improved this Auburn team and the results are proof. Mississippi State is one of the more underrated teams that could crack the tournament field but to do so they have to avoid losing in winnable spots and this is one of those so I'll take the free bucket with Mississippi State here.
Hawaii did somehow manage to beat Nevada, but outside of that one game this has not been a good football team. Regardless of missing a few starters I still think Houston is going to run all over this Hawaii defense which is one of the worst defenses in all of college. This game is also in Frisco, TX so more of a home game for the Cougs. Houston wins a 37-24 type of game and does just enough.
Darrell Henderson under 31.5 rushing yards (-110) (2 UNITS)
Even if Eric Dickerson was suiting up in this one, I might be tempted to bet the under on his yardage prop against this stellar Buccaneers defense. Tampa Bay has allowed 54.7 rushing yards to opposing running backs this season - easily the best in the NFL - and should put the clamps on an uncertain backfield on Monday. Henderson has recorded just 15 rushing attempts combined in his last two games, ranking behind Cam Akers (10) last week and Malcolm Brown (10) the contest before. Even if he does get a shot, he'll struggle to find daylight against the Buccaneers' front, making this an easy fade.
Tom Brady under 300.5 passing yards (-125) (BEST BET)
Brady turned back the clock last week with 341 passing yards and three touchdowns against a lousy Carolina Panthers secondary, but don't expect the same results tonight against this Rams defense. Note that Brady has topped 300 yards just three times this year in games against the Panthers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Los Angeles Chargers. None of those clubs have earned strong marks with their pass defense.
Ohio didn't exactly look explosive in their 27-30 loss against Central Michigan last week, The Bobcats should be able to rip the Zips off the grid but 28 points feels like too many; predicted score 45-24.
After a slow start, Duke's offense is operating at a higher level in recent weeks, averaging 35.5 points per game in the last four contests. That includes a 53-point explosion in last week's win over Charlotte, and the Blue Devils have strong skill position players. Duke has a tandem of quality running backs, Deon Jackson and Mataeo Durant, who both have more than 450 rushing yards this season, with the pair combining for nine rushing touchdowns. Duke wont' just cover but I think they could just win this game out right if they get a couple of breaks today.
The Jaguars are easily one of the NFLâ€™s worst teams, so the Lions have no excuse losing to them. And before you go thinking the 1-4 Jags arenâ€™t much worse than the 1-3 Lions, keep this in mind. Jacksonvilleâ€™s past three losses have come to teams that are a combined 4-10-1. The Lionsâ€™ three losses have come to teams that are a combined 11-3.
The Blue Devils picked up their first win of the season, 38-24 at Syracuse last Saturday. It was the second straight cover for Duke and I think they make it 3 in a row today. The Wolfpackâ€™s defense has been abysmal, allowing 447.0 total yards so I expect . We should see a boat load of points here NC State has hit the Over in all four of its games, and the Over is 3-0 in Dukeâ€™s past three, too. Following the trends, DUKE & OVER 59.
If there's one thing the Wolfpack has shown me this year it's that they love to let their opponents score, which is exactly what we're looking for when backing the Pitt offense that slows down at times. This is gonna be the best defense by far that NC State has faced this year and I expect Pitt to really show up on that side of the ball. The Panthers came down with 3 picks against a pretty good Louisville offense so they should be in for a big day against an offense that struggled against VT.
This looks like one of the best starts Pitt has gotten off to in a while so they should keep riding that momentum to a pretty easy cover here.
NC Stateâ€™s defense looks better but Pittâ€™s defense is just too much for the Pack to handle. I predict Pitt puts up like 9 sacks and the game is not really competitive at any point. Don't be afraid to lay the 2 TD's in this one, I predict Pitt wins 31-13.
With 5:51 left in the third quarter last Saturday, Duke scored a touchdown to go ahead of Virginia 20-17. From that point on, the Blue Devils threw three interceptions, fumbled twice, and turned the ball over on downs. Clemson will not be that careless with the ball this weekend. The first-team Clemson offense has been dominant so far this year, scoring 76 first-half points in two games. Plus, Virginia will not be able to run on Clemson's stiff defense, forcing Brennan Armstrong into obvious pass situations where coordinator Brent Venables can provide all kinds of different looks. Clemson should roll here today but I predict VT's offense to do just enough to cover this thick spread, the hook on the 28' sold me. Score Prediction: Clemson 40, Virginia 14
Duke is off to its worst start since 2010, when it lost its first six games. Chase Brice is battling, but with little offensive assistance around him, it would not be surprising to see David Cutcliffe turn to Gunnar Holmberg at some point (maybe even start?) to see if that may make a difference. For a Duke team that seems to run out of gas in the second half, it will be imperative that the Blue Devils find some semblance of a running game for them to have a chance against Virginia Tech. Seeing how VT looked against NC State I don't see the Duke offense having much success against the Virginia Tech defense but I think they do just enough to stay inside the number. I think VT wins a 27-17 type of game.
Love love LOVE the Padres here with Paddack on the hill. I am surprised the odds came out this wide considering the Padres have been sticking it to the Dodgers so far this year. Urias is decent but I think the Padres tag him early and often here
Both teams have been on the losing end of a ton of games as of late but the only logical choice is to back Minnesota. Nebraska has lost 15 in a row but they have been pounded in much of them. Nebraska is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games and has been double-digit underdogs in five of those games. Minnesota has played teams much tougher in conference play and has arguably the best player in the conference in Daniel Oturu.
Iâ€™ll take the #9 Terrapins to defeat #25 Michigan this afternoon. While defensive lapses have become a bit problematic for the Terps lately, they stand almost unblemished on their home court. Behind Cowan and Smithâ€™s top-end performances, I like Maryland to win and cover the 4.5.
These two met earlier in the season and Loyola Marymount only scored 38 points... That was way before BYU really started hitting this wild offensive rhythm. The Cougars are looking like a real force lately on the offensive end putting up 80 or more in 8 of their last 10 games. I think the BYU offense is just going to be way too much here again and it won't really matter how much LMU scores
Colorado heads into this one with a 1.5-game lead for first place in the Pac-12 conference standings ahead of Oregon. A win by the Buffaloes will put them in commanding position for the regular-season conference title. Oregon lost to CU in Boulder back on Jan. 2.
The Buffaloes are an impressive 19-5 straight up this season, but theyâ€™re just 5-3 SU in their eight true road contests, including losses in two of the past three away from home. They thumped USC 78-57 in their most recent road outing, Feb. 1. I think this game could go either way, slight lean on Colorado +5.
Fresno State is averaging 33.3 PPG (36th) while allowing 31.0 (95th). Road-game performances at USC and Air Force (both of which sport good offenses) suggest the Bulldogs to be more representative of a defense ranking near 75th.
Hawaii ranks 20th in scoring (36.6 PPG) and 120th in defense (35.4 PPG allowed). The Warriors are a minus-13 in turnover margin â€“ but theyâ€™ve timed their miscues well. Thirteen giveaways have come in wins. The defense is a concern, as its been trending the wrong way of late. UH has yielded 500 total yards in each of its last three games.
PICK: Hawaii's offense has struggled against good defenses and Fresno should be able to run wild against the Rainbow Warriors 120th ranked defense. No need to pay the juice in this spot - give me Fresno State on the MONEY LINE.
All three games have been low scoring but I expect to see more offense in this game. The Bronx Bombers are sleeping giants that I am expecting to finally wake up. It has too much talent on it to be held in check for the 3rd game in a row. It just will not happen, especially here at home against Jose Urquidy.