Top College Football SU Picks Of The Week (Oct. 22nd)
Autumn is in the air now, as we move past the halfway point of the NCAA football regular season. The number of teams with a legitimate claim to a College Football Playoff berth decreases each week, as losses knock hopefuls down (such as Navy’s upset over Houston). Ohio State needed overtime to avoid that fate last week, escaping Wisconsin with the narrowest of wins. Let’s take a look at your big SU college football betting picks for Week 8 action. Home teams are in all caps.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Top College Football SU Picks Of The Week (Oct. 22nd)
ALABAMA over Texas A&M
When Johnny Manziel led the Aggies to a dramatic upset in Tuscaloosa, that gave notice that Texas A&M was going to play a role in the SEC instead of settling to the basement meekly like Missouri seems to have done. This week, the Aggies hold the #6 ranking in the nation and are arguably a much better team now than they were when Manziel guided them to the upset. However, Alabama is locked in and holds the top ranking in the nation. Last week, they routed Tennessee 49-10 in Knoxville, so don’t expect them to struggle at all with the Aggies.
LOUISVILLE over N.C. State
The Cardinals stumbled out of their bye, barely beating the Duke Blue Devils by ten points. However, I expect Lamar Jackson to lead the Cardinals out of the chute with authority when N.C. State comes to town this week. The Wolfpack did push Clemson to overtime on the road last week, but I expect that effort to fall off a bit this week, and I also like that Pistol offense to find all of the vulnerabilities in the Wolfpack defense.
Oklahoma over TEXAS TECH
The Texas Tech Red Raiders play a spread offense that has upset many an opponent in Lubbock over the years. However, West Virginia solved them a week ago, routing the Red Raiders 48-17 at Jones Stadium. Oklahoma has a better offense than West Virginia, and their defense is at least the Mountaineers’ equal. So I don’t see this being one of those weeks when a team heads out to the Texas Panhandle and comes back with an unexpected loss.
VIRGINIA TECH over Miami (FL)
Virginia Tech has left the Frank Beamer era behind with more of a bang than many observers thought they would. They did suffer a setback last week, losing at lowly Syracuse a week after upsetting North Carolina down in Chapel Hill, but I like them to right the ship against the Hurricanes, who dropped a close decision to North Carolina at home last week.
Ole Miss over LSU
LSU hasn’t had a tough game since September 24, when they went to Auburn and lost a nailbiter, ending the career of Les Miles. Since then, they’ve beaten SEC doormat Missouri, had their game at Florida postponed, and routed cupcake Southern Mississippi. Ole Miss comes in after a tough loss up at Arkansas and will be ready to let loose some offensive fury. As long as they load the box against LSU, they should have no problem.