NCAA Football

Wic’s Picks: Week 5

Game 1: South Carolina @ Kentucky- UK -1.0

When this game opened, Vegas had Kentucky as a 2 point dog. That is just plain disrespectful. Now, Kentucky is a 1 point favorite and it still feels like a personal attack. Even ESPN’s matchup predictor gives the advantage to South Carolina at 53.7%. This is getting ridiculous. What does Kentucky have to do to get some respect? Beat 2 ranked teams? Shred Mississippi State’s “impenetrable” defense for a 21 point win? I don’t know, but South Carolina definitely doesn’t deserve the status they have. They are 2-1 and after beating perennial powerhouses Coastal Carolina and Vandy then getting blown out by Georgia. And they’re supposed to stop Heisman hopeful Benny Snell? After he’s been doubted all week? Good luck with that. Kentucky wins, covers, rolls, etc.

UK: 37 SC: 24

Game 2: Stanford @ Notre Dame- ND -5.5

We have a 7 vs. 8 matchup here and it’s the second best game of the day. That’s when you know it’s going to be a good weekend of football. Now, a Stanford vs. Notre Dame game would normally be the battle of the annoying defenses. This year, we get an all new addition to this rivalry… Stanford offense. They looked damn good against Oregon at the end of the game last week. Bryce Love is obviously their star, but Costello has been looking as solid as a Stanford quarterback can look. However, Notre Dame’s running back, Tony Jones Jr., is force to be reckoned with and I think his performance is what decides the game. My prediction is that Stanford swallows him up like they did to Oregon to everyone not named CJ Verdell. Stanford in a close one.

STAN: 24 ND: 20

Game 3: Ohio State @ Penn State- OSU -3.0

Best game of the day. We’re calling this one the “He knew” Bowl for the battle of two of the most scandalous programs. In case anyone hasn’t realized it yet, this is basically a fight for who will get the Big 10 bid to the College Football Playoff. Neither of these teams will lose after this week, because of how top heavy the Big 10 is. I have to give the slight advantage to Ohio State. Dwayne Haskins and JK Dobbins are too good and too fast for this Penn St. defense. On the other hand, Trace McSorley is good and one of the best QB’s in the Big 10 but there is no way he can get into a shoot out with Ohio State and come out on top, especially with no Saquon. He will keep it close and maybe have the lead the same way TCU did, but Ohio State pulls away in the fourth quarter.

OSU: 35 PSU: 24

Game 4: BYU @ Washington- WASH -17.0

I think this game is going to be a blowout, but BYU deserves a little bit of respect. After all, they did beat Wisconsin already this year. Still wouldn’t call them the real deal yet, but here’s some facts. Washington has trouble scoring against teams from Utah. That’s right. They were only able to put up 21 points against an incredibly average Utah team. In all seriousness, I hope Jake Browning can finally understand how an offense works in his ninth year at Washington and win this game. I like college football better when a Pac 12 team can make the CFP so the SEC can have an easier path. Washington covers at least.

WASH: 33 BYU: 14

Game 5: WVU @ Texas Tech- WVU -3.5

I am so excited for this game. It is going to be an absolute shootout. Despite being favored, ESPN is still giving Texas Tech a 61.4% chance to win. I want to believe them; I really do. Tech has this freshman QB Alan Bowman who is the second coming of Pat Mahomes. So far this year, he’s thrown for 1,557 yards and 10 TD’s with a completion percentage of 72.1. Real deal numbers. He is going to throw all over West Virginia. HOWEVVA *Stephen A. Smith voice* if there is anyone you don’t want to get into a shootout with, it’s Nash Grier’s brother. In high school, this dude once through for 837 yards and 10 TD’s in one game that ended in a 104-80 victory. Will Grier isn’t going to let just anyone outscore him. TAKE THE OVER.

WVU:45 TTU:42

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