Givanni Damico | October 4th, 2019
This week, I’m going to introduce a new “segment”, if you will, to this article. This is inspired by “Bear’s Bank” on College Gameday. The Bear has such a poor picking record at picking spreads that I decided I must take it into my own hands to challenge him. So obviously, he’s a few weeks ahead of me, so this week I will pick 10 of my locks for this week and see if I can eventually have a better record than Chris Fallica and claim my throne. To make sure the article isn’t too long, I will do separate articles for my locks and my game picks.
Current Game Picking Record: 186-55 (.772%) (I missed the first week)
My Locks (to cover the spreads, which are subject to change before Saturday):
California (+20) at 13 Oregon
This line makes zero sense to me. Cal has a phenomenal defense and their offense is more than capable. Cal should easily be able to cover this.
UAB (-10.5) vs. Rice
Rice is 0-5 and has played some very bad football so far. UAB has looked pretty sharp this year and they should be able to take care of Rice with ease.
14 Iowa (+4) at 19 Michigan
Michigan hasn’t looked impressive at all this year and I expect Iowa to be able to win that game.
Army (+2.5) vs. Tulane
Army hung with Michigan throughout the entirety of the game, so Tulane shouldn’t prove as much of a threat.
Baylor (+1.5) at Kansas State
Kansas State is one of the most up-and-down, inconsistent teams in college football. Baylor has played some good football this year and I think Charlie Brewer and the Bears’ offense should be able to take care of the Kansas State defense.
Western Kentucky (-3) at Old Dominion
Old Dominion barely beat Norfolk State in their only victory this season. Western Kentucky gave UAB and FIU trouble, and they hung around in one of their losses against Central Arkansas. Easy pick here.
Liberty (-4) at New Mexico State
New Mexico State’s defense has been awful this year. Liberty has proven to be inconsistent, but they should be able to beat NMSU by more than a touchdown.
Purdue (+28.5) at Penn State
I think it’s ignorant to favor Penn State by four touchdowns against a conference opponent that has played with them before and beat my Buckeyes last year. Despite being 1-3, Purdue has some playmakers on both sides of the ball. Penn State wins, but Purdue covers.
4 Ohio State (-20) vs. Michigan State
The Buckeyes obliterated the Spartans in East Lansing last year. It was utter annihilation. The Bucks have been playing incredible on both sides of the ball, but their defense has especially played at an elite level. Michigan State doesn’t have much of an offense, and their defense was exposed by Indiana last week in a near loss. Ohio State should be able to cover with ease. I know that I just preached about conference games, but Ohio State has played at an elite level, while Michigan State has played some below-average football and don’t have many playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.
UMass (+27) at Florida International
Both of these teams are one-win football teams. FIU has played at a higher level than UMass this year, but they won’t win by four touchdowns.
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