Week 10 in College Football is chock full of great games. As always, once November starts, College Football hits a beautiful stride for four straight weeks. Now let’s get ready for our predictions against the spread. Last week was break even for old man Morris. I don’t regret any of the picks, and still surprised by how good of a team Utah is. Don’t forget to join our November All Sports League at the site. Entry is free and we’re giving away cash!
But we’re on to this week. Four games between ranked teams take place this week, each with huge Playoff implications. At 3:30 p.m., have your remote in hand and get ready to flip back and forth between some gems. First, No. 6 Georgia plays at No. 11 Kentucky, No. 12 West Virginia travels to No. 15 Texas and No. 14 Penn State faces No. 5 Michigan. All that sets up the main event between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 LSU at Tiger Stadium at 8 p.m.
Louisville at No. 2 Clemson (-37.5)
Pound the over. It’s a big spread on the points, but the Cardinals have allowed 53.3 points per game in their last three losses as part of a five-game losing streak. Bobby Petrino doesn’t seem to have much of a future. Clemson continues their roll and scores on almost every possession with a few on defense thrown in just to ice the cake. Final will be something obnoxious, like 62-7.
No. 22 Syracuse (-4.5) at Wake Forest
Take a look at this total as well. It’s 76 at Wannamakeabet.com as of the time of this writing! The Cuse cracked the AP Top 25 and looks ready to make a run at a New Year’s Day Six bid if they can keep it going. The line bumped up early, but keep in mind the Demon Deacons won this matchup 64-43 last season. The track meet is on, but we think the Orange get revenge. Syracuse wins in a barn burner but believe it or not, 4.5 is too much to cover at Wake gets the back door cover in either a last second loss or outright win.
No. 12 West Virginia at No. 15 Texas (-3)
Big game with Big 12 championship implications. The Longhorns haven’t lost at home this season. That said, they haven’t faced an offense quite like this either. West Virginia looked in sync with a blowout win last week after a much-needed bye. The Mountaineers have won two of their last three visits in Austin. We trust Will Grier in this spot on the road. West Virginia wins outright take the three and the moneyline too +160.
No. 6 Georgia (-9.5) at No. 11 Kentucky
The Wildcats have their chance to win the SEC East championship here, and the line dropped from its initial 10-point perch, a key number. Kentucky has the better run defense in this game, and the last time they met in Lexington it was a barn burning 27-24 thriller in favor of the Dawgs. This time, the Bulldogs get the late touchdown to add a two score cushion and take control of the SEC East. That half-point hook is essential. Smart money may have taken it down but they’ll move it right back up by game time. Georgia wins by 10 or 13.
No. 14 Penn State at No. 5 Michigan (-10)
Here we go Big 10 fans. This is one of the more-difficult games to pick because of conflicting styles. Michigan won 49-10 in 2016, and the Nittany Lions returned the favor in a 42-13 rout last year. Trace McSorley had three rushing touchdowns in that game. The Maze and Blue are 4-1 against the spread at home this year, but the Nittany Lions don’t make it easy. Michigan wins to set up the monster rivalry with the Buckeyes. Penn State is just too one dimensional. It’s McSorley this, McSorley that. Do you ever wonder who else is on the team?
No. 3 Notre Dame (-8) at Northwestern
Still trying to figure out how Notre Dame is ranked 3rd with their schedule. But that’s their luck. Huge game for both teams here. Notre Dame can beat another Big Ten team, one that appears to be poised to represent the Big Ten West in Indianapolis in a few weeks. Northwestern has won the last two meetings with the Irish, and this is another chance for Pat Fitzgerald to win a big game. There will be a lot of people that put the Irish on upset alert this week. And we’re right on that bandwagon. Northwestern may not get the outright moneyline winner but they take the Irish to the wire and cover.
No. 1 Alabama (-14) at No. 4 LSU
I always think of this game as a road series. But just not sure this year. We know Alabama has won the last three meetings in Baton Rouge by an average of seven points per game. But we also know the Crimson Tide hasn’t had an offense quite like this. The Tigers will empty out all their halloween tricks for this one. And, of course, Saban will be ready. If they can somehow survive the first half without star linebacker Devin White, then the second half could get very interesting. I keep thinking about the Georgia game. And also that Alabama hasn’t played a defense ranked better than 90th all year. But all of that said, it’s just too hard to go against this team until they prove otherwise. Bama wins big.
Morris Chambers is a senior College Football analyst for Wannamakeabet.com