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Throughout this series, each team's defenses have had their moments of excellence. In games 4 and 5, it was Calgary's turn, as they held Dallas to just 1 goal. I don't see any reason to fight the trend.

Pick: Under 5.5 Goals

When looking at the goal totals throughout this series, every single game has reached at least 7 goals. This includes an 11-goal explosion in game 3. Look for this trend to continue, as Pittsburgh does not seem to be bothered by a Rangers goalie unit that ranked near the top of the league in save percentage. On the other side, the Rangers have outperformed their usual scoring output from the regular season. Look for both offenses to keep it rolling, I'll follow the trends here.

Pick: Over 6.5 Goals

My New York vs Pittsburgh predictions:

NYR 6.5 (-110)

Total Pick

$500

Risk

$455

Win

Bama without their starting right tackle and starting right guard tonight. The Crimson Tide saw two of its starting offensive linemen suffer injuries during last week’s Cotton Bowl win over Cincinnati as right guard Emil Ekiyor Jr. left the game in the first quarter with a dislocated shoulder before right tackle Chris Owens exited in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. Both are questionable (or limited) for tonight’s game.

And obviously no John Metchie for Bama' after he tore his ACL.

But even if Alabama was healthy I would still lay the points with Georgia here. If you watched Georgia all season you would know they were the most dominate team in college football this season. In the SEC Championship game Alabama (and Bryce Young) played their best football game of the year and Georgia played their worst game of the year. But we saw against Michigan what this Georgia team is capable of doing.

I just can't see this Georgia team dropping two eggs in a row...especially against an Alabama team that will be without some key players tonight. Nick Saban be damned.

Score Prediction: Alabama 20 - Georgia 31

My Georgia vs Alabama predictions:

GEORGI -2.5 (-110)

Spread Pick

$500

Risk

$455

Win

Not touching the side in this one, but do like the Le'Veon Bell rushing props here. Ronald Jones suffered an injury against the Jets last week and was seen in a walking boot at practice earlier this week. That means the Bucs are without both of their top two running backs and will be forced to lean on the legs of Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Le’Veon Bell. Bell played well last week as far as the passing game was concerned and scored the two point conversion to put the Bucs up by four so I expect him to be an even bigger part of the offense this week, so will be hitting the Le' Veon Bell rushing props in this game.

If there’s one thing that Jacksonville isn’t bad at, it’s stopping the run. The Jaguars rank 14th in opponents’ yards per rush attempt. While the Jaguars rank 24th in opponents’ rushing yards per game, Jacksonville’s defensive style allows for opponents to run at them. If Harris misses this game, the Patriots run game will be even more hampered.

The Patriots rank 23rd in opponents’ rushing yards per game. If the Jags stick with the ground game and do what they do best defensively, they’ll have a shot to hang with New England. Treading lightly here, but I'll take the points here and buy this one up to +17 (-120).

Score: Jacksonville 13 - New England 27

My Jacksonville vs New England predictions:

JAC +16.5 (-110)

Spread Pick

$100

Risk

$91

Win

Tampa Bay is without some big pieces on the field in Lavonte David, Leonard Fournette, Shaquil Barrett, etc. They'll likely be without head coach Bruce Arians and wide receivers and running backs coaches Kevin Garver and Todd McNair.

Regardless of Tampa's issue, we are still talking about Tom Brady vs. the Jets. Even with the Jets riding high after that oh-so-massive win last week over the Jaguars, I don't think this ends well. Big number here but TB by 2 TD's is the play.

Score: Buccaneers 37, Jets 13

My Tampa Bay vs New York predictions:

TB -13.5 (-110)

Spread Pick

$250

Risk

$227

Win

Northwestern has one of the worst run defenses in college football, and Wisconsin has been on a tear on the ground with 1,350 yards and 14 touchdowns during its five-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Northwestern's offense has averaged 12.2 points since the beginning of October, and Wisconsin's defense has allowed four touchdowns in its last five games. This game could be as lopsided as Bucky's 52-3 win over Rutgers last week. I've got the Badgers winning a 42-10 type of game.

My Northwestern vs Wisconsin predictions:

NWESTN -25.5 (-110)

Spread Pick

$250

Risk

$227

Win

Both defenses have been good, ranking top-10 in the nation in total yards allowed per game. And both offenses have been bad, entering the week fresh off a six-point showing against Illinois (by Minnesota) and a 17-point game against Northwestern (by Iowa).

At least Minnesota had good offense at one point. All year long, Iowa's best offense has been its defense, and Minnesota has not been turnover-prone (10 giveaways in nine games). As long as Minny doesn't lose the turnover battle I think they are the more balanced team and should win this low scoring game, got to love getting the 5.5 points in this spot.

My Minnesota vs Iowa predictions:

MINN +4 (-110)

Spread Pick

$250

Risk

$227

Win

MINN 37 (-110)

Total Pick

$100

Risk

$91

Win

Get your popcorn ready, this one should be fun to watch. North Carolina has played in the highest-scoring game of the week twice this season (98 points vs. Virginia in Week 3; 113 points vs. Wake Forest in Week 10), and there's a good chance it happens again against a potent Pittsburgh offense.

Pittsburgh is the highest-scoring team in the nation at 45.0 points per game. Kenny Pickett refuses to cool off, racking up 935 passing yards and six touchdowns in the past two weeks against Miami and Duke.

Goodness knows North Carolina's defense isn't liable to provide much resistance. Wake's Sam Hartman threw for 398 yards and five touchdowns against the Tar Heels, who also gave up 554 yards and four touchdowns to UVA's Brennan Armstrong in the aforementioned Week 3 game.

The big difference from those games, though, is that Pitt appears able to play a little defense. The Panthers' numbers might be inflated by games played against the woeful offenses of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia Tech and Clemson, but they rank second in the ACC in sacks as well as in rush yards allowed per game.

I'm confident Pitt will get a few stops on defense. Can't say the same for UNC. I've got Pitt by double digits here in a shootout.

My North Carolina vs Pittsburgh predictions:

UNC -6.5 (-110)

Spread Pick

$500

Risk

$455

Win

UNC 72 (-110)

Total Pick

$100

Risk

$91

Win

Love the Bears this weekend. Run defense has been a major problem for Texas this season - both Arkansas and Oklahoma ran all over the Horns. While not quite that potent, both Ok State and TCU were able to run the ball pretty well against Texas as well.

Baylor is averaging 240 yards a game rushing and 3.0 touchdowns per game on the ground and just went for 303 and four, respectively, in a dominate win over BYU.

Baylor's defense is a bend don't break defense and has also held each of its first seven opponents below 30 points.

Texas QB Casey Thompson looked good in his first start he has stumbled a bit in last 2 games - I expect more growing pains this weekend against a really good Baylor defense. Texas has weapons and will score some points but won't keep pace with this Bears offense over 4 quarters.

Prediction: Baylor 37- Texas 30

My Texas vs Baylor predictions:

TEXAS -2.5 (-110)

Spread Pick

$500

Risk

$455

Win

Wrong team favored. I've watched 4 of BYU's games in their entirety this season and have watched 3 of Virginia's games. Virginia is better and should be favored here if not a straight up PK.

BYU has had issues on offense this season and on the other side Virginia boasts one of the most unstoppable passing attacks in the country. Granted BYU does have a solid defense, but I predict Virginia passes all over them just like Baylor did.

I expect to see some points in this game. And if this game gets up into the 60s, which I believe it will, I like Virginia's chances of picking up a big road win.

Prediction: Virginia +2.5. (4 UNIT PLAY)

My Virginia vs BYU predictions:

VIRGNA +2 (-110)

Spread Pick

$500

Risk

$455

Win

According to Pregame.com, close to 70% of the money is coming in on the Pelicans yet the line has moved up -8.5 to now -10 at most books. So the sharps are on Lakers here tonight and I'll follow.

My New Orleans vs Los Angeles predictions:

NOP -8.5 (-110)

Spread Pick

$250

Risk

$227

Win

The Bills covered the spread in eight straight games to close the season, part of a six-game winning streak that makes them one of the NFL's hottest teams, so the Bills are the easy answer here right? NOT SO FAST, we can't forget how good this Colts team has been this season. The Colts have a top-10 defense and Philip Rivers is an experience playoff quarterback and has the interior line to win the battle in the trenches. I think it's a heavy weight fight, Bills win 31-27 but don't cover.

My Indianapolis vs Buffalo predictions:

IND +6.5 (-110)

Spread Pick

$250

Risk

$227

Win

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