Another week of college football and another brutal showing as far as picking games goes. Both Freddie and myself went 1-3 last weekend, giving me two consecutive weeks of only getting one game right and putting Freddie behind the eight ball after his first week picking games.
CJ Cribb: 6-10 (37.5%)
Freddie Huth: 1-3 (25%)
Let’s see if we can get this thing turned around.
Pitt at #13 Miami (-13.5):
CJ: The Canes were brought back to reality last weekend against Clemson. No, The U isn’t back. Not to the land of the elite anyways. However, this is still a solid ACC team and the question now becomes can they prevent last weekends big loss from beating them twice? Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett isn’t healthy. That ankle isn’t 100% but exactly how injured he is is unknown. Pitt goes as Pickett goes though and after opening at 10.5, the line jumped up to 13.5 fairly quickly. Miami -13.5
Freddie: Miami started off really good and many were hyping them up going into last week but they were brought back down to earth with a 42-17 loss to the Tigers. Meanwhile, Pitt is also dealing with some shifting expectations after a second straight one point loss in ACC play. They allowed a last minute touchdown to NC State in a 30-29 home loss and lost at Boston College on a missed extra point in overtime. I expect the Hurricanes to come out wanting to prove that the game against Clemson wasn’t anything more than a fluke and a bad night and it won’t help that Pitt’s QB Kenny Pickett is hurting. Miami -13.5
#15 Auburn (-3.5) at UofSC:
CJ: Will Muchamp’s record against Top 25 teams is abysmal. He is 3-22 in his last 25 games against Top 25 competition. It makes him the perfect fit at UofSC. Here’s to hoping he never leaves. As for this weekend against Auburn, the Gamecocks go on a long, time consuming drive in the fourth quarter down by six. With just over a minute left, Muschamp refuses to go for it on fourth and short just outside of the red zone, kicks the field goal, and the Gamecocks cover, albeit while also losing. Again. UofSC +3.5
Freddie: Auburn came into this season ranked No. 8 but has not really looked the part since (including a beatdown at Georgia two weeks ago). The Gamecocks on the other hand are coming off their first win of the season and have shown few things to get excited about early in the season. At the same time, it doesn’t help that Muschamp has only had three wins over top 25 schools in his last 25 attempts. Auburn-3.5
Duke at NC State (-4.5):
CJ: Chase Brice’s first season as a Dookie has seen a number of ups and downs. They finally got in the win column last week against Syracuse but the postman will not ring twice. This week the Blue Devils head to Raleigh to face Dave Doeren and NC State. The Wolfpack once again break out those laptops resulting in a convincing win over the Dookies. NC State -4.5
Freddie: This one seems to be one that could end up being a shootout or a basketball score where whoever wins the turnover battle wins the game and that is where NC State holds the advantage in this one. I expect the Wolfpack to get the win and run their winning streak to three games while ending the Blue Devils current streak. NC State -4.5
#3 Georgia at #2 Alabama (-4.5):
Cj: This is the big one this week. The Dawgs and the Tide. Number two vs number three. Oh, and quite possibly no Nick Saban on the sideline. However, Kirby Smart is still the guy in charge on the opposing sidelines and until he can prove that he is capable of winning a big game, I am not a believer. Alabama -4.5
Freddie: Two big storylines. That Alabama defense after it got lit up against Ole Miss last week and the coaching matchup between the teacher, Alabama coach Nick Saban, and the student, Georgia coach Kirby Smart. That got thrown a large curveball on Wednesday night when it was announced that Saban tested positive for COVID-19. How much will that impact the game? That remains to be seen. This is a huge game in the SEC and college football in general, pitting number two against number three and I feel Georgia will win in a close one. Georgia +4.5