All odds are from Las Vegas Westgate SportsBook via Oddsshark.com.
Thursday, October 24, 2017
23 Stanford (5-2, 4-1) (-20.5) at Oregon State (1-6, 0-4)
9 PM ET on ESPN
Look for Stanford’s Heisman candidate RB Bryce Love to have an enormous game against the Beavers’ struggling defense as Oregon State’s quest for a conference win continues. I feel good about the Cardinal here as they vie to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference championship game in December.
Stanford 45, Oregon State 17
Friday, October 25, 2017
Florida State (2-4, 2-3) (-3.5) at Boston College (4-4, 2-3)
8 PM ET on ESPN
With Seminole fans growing more restless by the minute, FSU travels to Chestnut Hill for a do or die game in terms of their bowl eligibility. Steve Addazio’s Eagles have been somewhat of a surprise this season as they also look to move one win closer to a bowl game. This one should be a low-scoring game as it contains two of the ACC’s elite defenses. Points will be at a premium, and the Noles will pull away late.
Florida State 17, Boston College 10
Saturday, October 28, 2017
11 Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1) (-7.5) at 22 West Virginia (5-2, 3-1)
12 PM ET on ABC
The Pokes travel to Morgantown for a game with massive Big 12 Title game implications. Both of their conference losses were at the hands of TCU, and there is no clear-cut second-best team in the Big 12 after the Horned Frogs, so this game will go a long way in determining that. Expect a lot of offense from these two teams, as these two quarterbacks will be going deep a lot. I think that Will Grier and the Mountaineers will ride the home crowd to an upset victory of Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys. Take the points and the outright win.
West Virginia 38, Oklahoma State 34
2 Penn State (7-0, 4-0) at 6 Ohio State (6-1, 4-0) (-6.5)
3:30 PM ET on FOX
Yummy. The biggest game of the weekend is in Columbus, Ohio when the Penn State Nittany Lions will come into the Shoe for a game that will likely decide the Big Ten East. Ohio State looks like a different team since their home loss to Oklahoma back in early September (averaging 53.2 ppg in 5 games), although they haven’t played any elite competition. So far, Penn State has been a machine led by an offense that features Heisman frontrunner Saquon Barkley, however, they too haven’t faced the best competition. Saquon Barkley against the Buckeyes front seven and JT Barret’s arm are the two x-factors to this game. This B1G showdown will teach us a lot about two of the best teams in college football, and it will clear up the now-muddy College Football Playoff picture. Ohio State wins but doesn’t cover.
Ohio State 27, Penn State 24
3 Georgia (7-0, 4-0) (-14) vs. Florida (3-3, 3-2)
3:30 PM ET on CBS
The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party will be played once again in Jacksonville. UGA is a legit playoff contender and the best team in the SEC East, led by RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, and true freshman QB Jake Fromm. The ailing Gators will look to keep this game close with their defense, but will struggle to put up points against the Bulldogs. Georgia will cement their status as Alabama’s biggest challenger with a huge win against their huge rival.
Georgia 31, Florida 10
4 TCU (7-0, 4-0) (-6.5) at 25 Iowa State (5-2, 3-1)
3:30 PM ET on ABC
Iowa State is enjoying newfound success under young coach Matt Campbell, and they are the surprise team of the year. TCU has also been somewhat of a surprise, starting the year unranked and riding an elite defense and a solid offense to a #4 ranking. Horned Frogs QB Kenny Hill is back to his old self in year 2 under Gary Patterson’s offensive scheme and is scorching Big 12 defenses through the air and on the ground. The Cyclones almost pull off another huge upset at home, but TCU is too disciplined to lose to a team they outmatch talent-wise. TCU wins and covers.
TCU 34, Iowa State 21
14 NC State (6-1, 4-0) at 9 Notre Dame (6-1) (-7.5)
3:30 PM ET on NBC
In the fourth massive game that kicks off at 3:30, the Wolfpack travel to South Bend to face the resurgent Fighting Irish. For the first time in the history of the world, Notre Dame might actually be underrated. Notre Dame’s emerging Heisman candidate RB Josh Adams and the Irish offense face a dominant Wolfpack defense led be DE Bradley Chubb. Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush will have a huge day and the Irish will overwhelm the NC State.
Notre Dame 38, NC State 27
Mississippi State (5-2, 2-2) (-1) at Texas A&M (5-2, 3-1)
7:15 PM on ESPN
This intriguing SEC West matchup in College Station will likely be decided on one big play. Can Aggie WR/KR Christian Kirk ignite Texas A&M or will Bulldogs QB Nick Fitzgerald pull off some of the magic he had against LSU last month. These two more methodical offenses will be opposed by solid defenses and it should be wire-to-wire until the final whistle. The 12th man will put Texas A&M over the top in this one.
Texas A&M 28, Mississippi State 20
Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-1) at 7 Clemson (6-1, 4-1) (-14)
Clemson looks to bounce back from their road loss at Syracuse against a Georgia Tech team that could very well be undefeated themselves, losing by a combined 2 points in their losses to Tennessee and Miami. Both teams are looking to stay on track in the race to the ACC championship game as each are near the top of their respective divisions. It will take Clemson awhile to figure out how to stop Tech QB Taquon Marshal and the triple option attack, but they will pull away late to beat the Yellow Jackets and keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive.
Clemson 31, Georgia Tech 20