It’s almost here, folks — a rematch we’ve been waiting 12 months to see. We all watched Ohio State wipe the floor with Oklahoma a year ago, and we heard them singing their alma mater on our our field that evening. That hurts the pride a little bit, and I’m sure the players were even more infuriated about the result than we were. Will the Sooners fare better in 2017? I definitely believe they will, and nothing would make me happier than seeing the Oklahoma Sooners kick Ohio State’s ass on its own turf. We’ll be in total freakout mode here at C&C Machine if it actually goes down that way.
Before I get to my gambling picks for this week, let’s see how I did last week:
Last Week’s Picks
Oklahoma State (-18) covers against Tulsa ✅ Over 69.5 ✅ - Didn’t exactly go down how I thought it would, but OSU covered and the schools hit the over nonetheless.
Ohio State (-20.5) covers against Indiana ✅ Over 57.0 ✅ - If Ohio State had kicked a field goal instead of scoring a fourth-down TD at the end, I would’ve even nailed my predicted scoring margin of 24 points.
Colorado State covers the spread and beats Colorado (-5.5)❌ Under 66.5 ✅ - Colorado State kind of got screwed by the refs on a few occasions, but I didn’t expect that offense to be quite as ineffective as it was.
Texas (-18.5) covers against Maryland ❌ Under 56.0 ❌ - I got this one wrong, but I’m not complaining. The Big 12 doesn’t look too hot, but I’m okay with that tradeoff.
Oklahoma (-43) covers against UTEP ✅ Over 63.0 - Covered the spread and pushed on the O/U. Not too shabby.
Michigan (-5.5) covers against Florida ✅ Under 43.5 ❌- Michigan was a pretty easy pick to cover here.
Alabama (-7.0) covers against FSU ✅ Over 49 ❌ - Sure enough, Bama did Bama things.
West Virginia covers and beats VT (-4.0) ❌ Over 52 ✅- Had Will Grier not started so slowly, WVU might be 1-0 right now.
Tennessee (-3.0) covers against GT ❌ Over 56 ✅ - No disrespect to UCLA-Texas A&M, but this was the best game of Week 1.
Not terrible, but let’s see if I can do better this week.
This Week’s Picks
Oklahoma State (-28.0) at South Alabama - Like Oklahoma’s offense, OSU’s looked like a well-oiled machine last week (albeit against a subpar defense). The Jaguars were able to beat Mississippi State last year, but this is a different animal. Don’t expect South Alabama to match up well against Oklahoma State’s skill-position guys. Gambling pick: Oklahoma State covers and wins by a margin in the 30s. Over 67.5
Iowa (-3.0) at Iowa State - These games are typically competitive despite the fact that Iowa is usually much better than ISU on the gridiron. That, however, wasn’t the case a year ago when the Hawkeyes won by a score of 42-3 in Iowa City. Expect Matt Campbell’s team to come out with some fire this time around. Gambling pick: A much-improved Iowa State team will cover and win. Under 48
TCU (-3.0) at Arkansas - TCU is a criminally-underrated football team that has plenty of firepower on offense and a defense in which Gary Patterson rightfully seems to take some pride. The Hogs looked sluggish at times against FCS Florida A&M last week, and a similar effort this week would likely result in a big, fat L. Gambling pick: TCU wins and covers in Fayetteville after last season’s heartbreaker. Over 58.5
Pitt at Penn State (-22.0) - Penn State’s hype is somewhat legitimate, but a 22-point spread in a rivalry game against a decent team is a bit much, right? Gambling pick: Pitt covers the spread, but Penn State wins by two touchdowns. Under 66.5
Nebraska at Oregon (-13.5) - I’m a big fan of what Willie Taggart is building up in Eugene. Likewise goes for Mike Riley in his third year, but the build in Lincoln is a bit more gradual. Gambling pick: Oregon wins by 14 points, which puts them just over the line to cover. Over 70
Auburn at Clemson (-5.0) - New Clemson starter Kelly Bryant is impressive, but Jake Stidham is more impressive. If this game were played on a neutral field (ATLANTA WOULD BE PERFECT), I’d be tempted to take Auburn. Gambling pick: With the game being played at Clemson, I’m taking the Tigers to cover. Over 53.5
Georgia at Notre Dame (-4.0) - Former five-star QB Jacob Eason is out with an injury, so it’ll be up to true freshman Jake Fromm to carry the load in South Bend. You might consider that an advantage, but Notre Dame’s starter, Brandon Wimbush, is pretty green himself despite being a junior. Gambling pick: Notre Dame wins and covers in this one before inevitably falling apart later in the season. Under 57
Stanford at USC (-6.0) - I was pretty high on Sam Darnold coming into the season, and that hasn’t changed. However, USC’s run defense looks like something to be concerned about after Western Michigan ran for 263 yards on 5.5 yards per carry last week. You can always count on Stanford to have a good offensive line, and the Cardinal will definitely exploit USC weakness. Gambling pick: Stanford covers and wins this one by about 10 points.
Oklahoma at Ohio State (-7.0) - As I’ve said, this one will be much closer than it was a year ago, and Oklahoma is much better in areas in which it was weak in 2016. OU’s young backs looked solid behind that great offensive line last Saturday, but said offensive line will face its biggest challenge of the season this weekend. I think OU will be able to run on Ohio State at some point in the game, but it’s important that Lincoln Riley doesn’t abandon the run if they don’t have success with it early on. I think Baker Mayfield will be able to have a good amount of success, but don’t expect Ohio State’s secondary to give up as many big plays as it did in the first half against Indiana. They have a ton of speed at corner and safety, so getting open isn’t going to be easy for OU’s receivers. I’m not as worried about the OU secondary and JT Barrett’s arm, but OU’s front seven is going to have to be extremely aggressive and disciplined if the Sooners are going to win. Gambling pick: I think we’re going to see one hell of a game Saturday night, but I just don’t picture OU coming out on top. Too much has to go right for the Sooners to come away with a W, but I do think they’ll give one hell of an effort. Ohio State wins, but Oklahoma covers. Over 65
Who do you think will win this week’s big games? Let us know in the comments!
Thursday TV Schedule
|Idaho State at Utah State||8:00 PM||None|
Saturday TV Schedule
|#21 South Florida at Connecticut||10:30 AM||ESPNews||WatchESPN.com|
|Cincinnati at #8 Michigan||12:00 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Florida Atlantic at #9 Wisconsin||12:00 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|Louisiana Monroe at #10 Florida State||12:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|#17 Louisville at North Carolina||12:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Charlotte at #19 Kansas State||12:00 PM||FSN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Northern Colorado at #22 Florida||12:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Northwestern at Duke||12:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|East Carolina at West Virginia||12:00 PM||FS2||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Buffalo at Army||12:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Towson at Maryland||12:00 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky||12:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|UT Martin at Ole Miss||12:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Iowa at Iowa State||12:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech||12:30 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Wake Forest at Boston College||1:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Texas State at Colorado||2:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|UAB at Ball State||3:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Fresno State at #1 Alabama||3:30 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Pittsburgh at #4 Penn State||3:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Delaware at #18 Virginia Tech||3:30 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|#23 TCU at Arkansas||3:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Tulane at Navy||3:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Austin Peay at Miami (OH)||3:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois||3:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Howard at Kent State||3:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Villanova at Temple||3:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Savannah State at Appalachian State||3:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Middle Tennessee at Syracuse||3:30 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Indiana at Virginia||3:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Old Dominion at UMass||3:30 PM||None||None|
|Western Michigan at Michigan State||3:30 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|Eastern Michigan at Rutgers||3:30 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|San José State at Texas||3:30 PM||Longhorn Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Abilene Christian at Colorado State||3:30 PM||None||WatchStadium.com|
|Indiana State at #25 Tennessee||4:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Gardner-Webb at Wyoming||4:00 PM||AT&T SportsNet||None|
|Central Michigan at Kansas||4:00 PM||FSN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Alabama A&M at Vanderbilt||4:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Louisiana at Tulsa||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|New Hampshire vs. Georgia Southern (Birmingham, AL)||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Nebraska at Oregon||4:30 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Hawai'i at UCLA||5:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Weber State at California||5:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Marshall at NC State||6:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|South Dakota at Bowling Green||6:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Alabama State at Troy||6:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Akron||6:30 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|#13 Auburn at #3 Clemson||7:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Toledo at Nevada||7:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|UNLV at Idaho||7:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|North Texas at SMU||7:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|South Carolina at Missouri||7:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Nicholls at Texas A&M||7:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Southern at Southern Mississippi||7:00 PM||None||WatchStadium.com|
|#5 Oklahoma at #2 Ohio State||7:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Chattanooga at #12 LSU||7:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|#15 Georgia at #24 Notre Dame||7:30 PM||NBC||NBCSports.com|
|Mississippi State at Louisiana Tech||7:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Montana at #7 Washington||8:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Rice at UTEP||8:00 PM||None||None|
|New Mexico State at New Mexico||8:00 PM||None|
|UT San Antonio at Baylor||8:00 PM||FSN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Western Kentucky at Illinois||8:00 PM||BTN||BTN2Go.com|
|#14 Stanford at #6 USC||8:30 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Minnesota at Oregon State||10:00 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Utah at BYU||10:15 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Boise State at #20 Washington State||10:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Houston at Arizona||10:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|San Diego State at Arizona State||11:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|