Happy Halloween! This is usually my favorite football weekend of the year because I send my kid off to play with his friends and then I sit on my couch and watch football for 19 hours straight while I eat all of the candy he gathered for me. Unfortunately, the games this weekend STINK. The Big Ten gave the top half of the conference the week off so that bottom tier teams could get some attention. It’s like when the NFL lets pee wee football teams play during halftime, and honestly, some of those pee wee games might be better than what is on the slate this week.
Side note, last week I included “The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance in the blog. Yesterday they announced that they are reuniting for a reunion show. YOU ARE WELCOME. To honor their return here is a My Chemical Romance song that perfectly describes our mental state after another losing week.
Nebraska -3.5 @ Purdue (11:00 am CST, FOX)
Scott Frost complained about their schedule being too hard and said he wants to play Indiana more. Indiana quickly showed up at his house and shoved him in a trash can. Life comes at you fast, Scott.
The mighty blackshirts, wearing black shirts to honor the old blackshirts, let Indiana Wide Receiver Whop Philyor go off for 14 catches and 178 yards last week…What do you think Rondale Moore will do if he is healthy enough to play? Nebraska is 1-7 ATS in their last 8, which is bad, but things will get better once Frost gets rid of the un-athletic, lazy, mentally weak hoodie-wearing millennial losers that Mike Riley recruited and replaces them with his own recruits. This just seems like the type of game Nebraska will win, not sure why.
PICK: MENTALLY WEAK MILLENIALS -3.5
#14 Michigan -21 @ Maryland
Michigan drew the short end of the stick this week as they are the only ranked team in the conference that has to play. They probably aren’t complaining though as their offense has been en fuego since the second half of the Penn State game. Anytime you hang 45 points on a top ten team in a monsoon, it's impressive. They shouldn’t have any issues with Maryland, a team that has lost its last three games by a combined 73 points.
PICK: MICHIGAN -21
Illinois -20 vs Rutgers
For years I have told myself not to bet on Rutgers athletics, and here we are 10 weeks into the college football season and I am addicted to it. This is the worst. Illinois only gave up 6 points to Purdue last week, I can’t imagine Rutgers will do much better.
PICK: ILLINOIS -20
Indiana -10.5 vs Northwestern
Indiana comes in riding high off of their win over Nebraska while Northwestern had a bye week. I wonder if the Wildcats spent the week figuring out how to score points? They haven’t scored more than 15 in a conference game this year... I keep telling myself that Northwestern has to win one conference game this year, right? Like, there is no way you go from winning your division one year to losing every conference game the next…That is impossible. Northwestern wins here (probably not but I felt like I needed to pick at least one underdog).
PICK: NORTHWESTERN +10.5
BIG GAMES, BIGGER WINNERS
Florida +6 vs Georgia: Of all the lines in college football this week the one I hate the most is the Florida Georgia Line……….
#9 Utah -3.5 vs Washington: The Utes have covered 4 in a row since their loss to USC, they keep the streak rolling this week.
#15 SMU +6 @ Memphis: I bet on SMU last week on the road against Houston and they STUNK! They barely squeaked by the Cougars, but maybe they were just looking forward to this game? I am only picking them here because I think they are going to lose by 50 and whenever I think that I am wrong.
#7 Oregon -4.5 @ USC: Urban Meyer coaching USC against Ohio State in next year’s Rose Bowl…yes, please.
Akron +6.5 @ Bowling Green: A little #MACtion between two of the worst teams in the country…This is the first time Bowling Green has been favored in over two years, Woah! Akron QB/my preseason pick to win the MAC player of the year, Kato Nelson, returns from a two-game suspension to prove me right and lead Akron to their first win of the season.
YTD Record: 48-52-2