The 2018 season is officially rockin with dramatic upsets and big comebacks already in the books. We’re ready for our week 4 college football predictions against the spread and some big matchups as we begin conference play. Take a look at these selections and get the early number at Wannamakeabet.com in our free league for September. We’re giving away $50 cash to the winner. and entry is absolutely free! Can you grow a bankroll of 50,000 units into the highest number competing against over 100 people? Give it a try!
So without further adieu, here are our top College Football predictions for this coming weekend on all the big (top 25) games:
FAU at No. 16 UCF (-13.5)
8 p.m., ESPN
Great game. FAU can score, and Devin Singletary already has seven touchdown runs this season. The Knights might need a quarter to shake off some rust, but McKenzie Milton will get the win in a close game. Take a look at the over and put a small play on it.
No. 10 Penn State (-28) at Illinois
9 p.m., Fox Sports 1
Illinois has improved under third-year coach Lovie Smith, and the Friday primetime spotlight is high visibility. Penn State, however, uses that stage to get Ohio State’s attention with an offense that’s blossoming around McSorley. Penn State wins big on the road.
No. 23 Boston College (-6.5) at Purdue
The Eagles are in the position Purdue was hoping to be in at this point in the season. AJ Dillon averages 7.3 yards per carry, and BC ranks sixth in the FBS with 52.7 points per game. Purdue allows 30.3 points per game, but they’ve lost three games by seven points. It’s another shootout, and this time the Boilermakers get one in the “W” column and changes the course of last week’s horrible performance by Big 10 teams.
No. 22 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama (-27)
3:30 p.m., CBS
Given the way Alabama has destroyed opponents the first three weeks, it might seem like a stretch to pick somebody to cover against them. The Aggies, however, also are 3-0 against the spread and have lost the last three meetings by an average of 15 points per game. Aggies get there just when everyone jumps on the Bama bandwagon.
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No. 3 Clemson (-17) at Georgia Tech
3:30 p.m., ABC
The Tigers should be prepared for the option attack, given they’ve seen Furman and Georgia Southern already this season. The Yellow Jackets have their backs against the wall after back-to-back losses to South Florida and Pitt, but this is not the week to turn it around and they will get blown out by Clemson in front of their parents and friends at home.
Tulane at No. 4 Ohio State (-35.5)
3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Urban. Is. Back! He should provide a jolt for the Buckeyes at home, as if they needed it, and Tulane is the last tune-up before the showdown at Penn State. Senior quarterback Jonathan Banks has protected the ball for the Green Wave through three weeks and Nick Bosa (groin) won’t play, but that won’t matter. Ohio State wins huge, like 59-7 huge.
Kansas State at No. 12 West Virginia (-16)
3:30 p.m., ESPN
The Wildcats have split the last two meetings in Morgantown — games that were decided by a total of seven points. Watch the third quarter, where the Mountaineers average 20.5 points. and then West Virginia opens it up in the 4th and pounds it at home and gets the late cover.
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No. 17 TCU (-3) at Texas
4:30 p.m., FOX
Tempted to take Texas here knowing the Longhorns are coming off a season-saving win against USC, coupled with a potential TCU hangover from the Ohio State loss. The Frogs, however, have the more dynamic quarterback in Shawn Robinson. TCU also is the only Big 12 team that beat the Longhorns by double digits last season. TCU wins a very close game but Texas gets the cover.
Texas Tech at No. 15 Oklahoma State (-13)
7 p.m., FS1
Oklahoma State is climbing up the polls, and with good reason after a Boise State pounding. The Cowboys have won the last nine meetings against the Red Raiders, and as you can imagine, most those games have been shootouts. The Red Raiders allow 32 points per game. Oklahoma State wins big and the total goes soaring over as they combine for 100 points.
No. 24 Michigan State (-4.5) at Indiana
7:30 p.m., BTN
Tempting to take Indiana here given the Hoosiers’ hot start, coupled with the fact they won the last meeting in Bloomington and hung around in East Lansing last year. Michigan State, however, had a week to refocus after the bye week. We expect the Spartans to play with more urgency now that Big 10 play has started. Might be a track meet early but Sparty gets the win and cover.
Arkansas at No. 9 Auburn (-29.5)
7:30 p.m., SEC Network
Auburn is back home after a horrific loss to LSU, and this will be a test of focus for Jarrett Stidham and the offense. Arkansas is off to a 1-2 start under first-year coach Chad Morris but capitalize in the first half before Auburn opens up a can of whoop ass late and covers easily.
No. 7 Stanford (-2) at No. 20 Oregon
8 p.m., ABC
These Pac-12 rivals meet again, and it’s the classic offense vs. defense matchup we’ve been used to for the last 10 years. Oregon averages 51.7 points per game, and the Cardinal lead the nation in scoring defense (7.7 ppg). Defense beats offense and Stanford gets the win and cover in a game that looks closer than it actually is.
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