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NC State is clearly the better all-around team in this matchup, but the Tar Heels did take Syracuse to overtime while also keeping things close against Virginia, Georgia Tech and Duke in ACC play. This is also a bitter rivalry which has a way of keeping things closer than expected for home underdogs.
That being said, I am still going to lay the six points with a play on NC State as a road favorite given the favorable betting trends for the road team in this series.
The Knights are on a mission to prove that a Mid-Major program should receive some higher consideration in all the national polls regardless of the strength of schedule. While anything can happen when a bitter rivalry is renewed, I am somewhat confident that the Knights will make short work of their in-state foes this Friday afternoon.
Arizona has been competitive in Pac-12 games this season, but they have yet to face an offense like Washington State. The Cougars have a real chance to make the College Football Playoffs, but they will need some help along the way. Arizona should be able to put some points on the board, but they will struggle to contain Gardner Minshew and the vaunted passing attack. Look for the Cougars to blow out the Wildcats on Saturday.
Pitt has been able to play itself into position to win the ACC Coastal Division, so there is quite a bit riding on this game to seal the deal. Wake Forest has been a hard team to figure out all season long with a couple of decent efforts mixed in with some really ugly blowout losses.
Playing at home gives the Demon Deacons a small edge, but I really like the way the Panthers have been playing on both sides of the ball in their last three games. I am riding the hot team in this one with a bet on Pitt to cover on the road.
Utah State has a good enough offense to cover this number. After all, they are the best in the country in scoring 51.3 points per game. However, the Aggies are not concerned about padding stats or how much they win by as they have bigger fish to fry and will undoubtedly treat this game as a dress rehearsal for next week. Utah State will likely get up by a significant enough margin and then pull their starters early to rest them for their showdown with Boise State. This leaves the back door open for Colorado State to come through and cover by way of a few junk-time scores as there are way too many points on the table here.
This game will not be one of the marquee matchups of week 12 but could be one of the more competitive ones on the schedule. The Razorbacks almost knocked off a top-10 opponent in LSU a week ago, and look to be playing better of late. Mississippi State is trying to rebound after getting shut out in a loss to top-ranked Alabama. The Bulldogs will come away with a win in this game, but it won't be easy.
This game will be a good old-fashioned fistfight that will be settled likely by one possession. With that being said, the Aztecs are primed to come in under this number with ease. Moreover, San Diego State has a penchant for playing up to premium teams. This is an outfit after all that knocked off Arizona State and Boise State on its own turf this season. Grab the points.
Earlier in the season going with Houston to cover would have been the obvious way to bet this game, but Tulane comes into this matchup playing its best ball of the year while the Cougars continue to slide in the wrong direction.
One thing you know for sure is that each team will score its fair share of points on Thursday night in what could be a solid play on the OVER. However, in the end, I am going with the Green Wave to cover ATS as a solid road underdog.
This is the first time this season that we have seen the Clones ranked. Generally speaking, this is not a good place for many teams to be in as we have seen several examples this season already of these clubs getting upset outright. This may be another one of those cases. Expect Baylor to throw the ball in heavy doses and do so often to keep Iowa State guessing and play outside of their comfort zone of stopping the run. An upset is not definitive, but it is certainly not of the question.
It is very tempting to play the Jaguars outright on the Money Line here as an upset remains a likely possibility. The Jaguars cannot make a bowl game, but that doesn't mean that this team won't be fired up to play a team it has had success against at home. The Jaguars will enter this contest with a nothing-to-lose mentality, and teams like these are usually the most dangerous ones to go against. We'll take the points.
Mississippi State has a terrific defense, but Alabama will be looking to make another statement in this game. The Crimson Tide love a challenge, and they would love to hang a big number on the Bulldogs defense. If Alabama can beat LSU at Tiger Stadium by 29, they can do the same against Mississippi State at home.
Utah looked to be heading toward a Pac-12 South title, but it will be difficult to do with a freshman quarterback. The Utes still have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, but they struggled mightily against Arizona State. Look for Justin Herbert to lead the Oregon offense to a big game in an upset victory over Utah on Saturday.
South Florida has been exposed as just an above average team in its last two outings to discount that impressive seven-game winning streak to start the year. It will have a hard time scoring enough points against the Bearcats to keep pace with the points its defense gives up.
I am sticking with Cincinnati covering the 12 points at home in this Saturday night’s matchup against the Bulls.
There was a reason why many predicted Boise State to be a potential NY6 participant in the pre-season. This venue will serve as the perfect place for the Broncos to reinforce the affirmation and silence the critics. Ultimately, home field will be the decider in a Boise State "upset."
Wake Forest has been beaten pretty bad by the better teams it has faced this season, and the loss of Hartman will not help the cause. NC State continues to beat the teams it is supposed to as one of the top three programs in the ACC this season. Finley has been able to establish himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the conference.
Given just how bad the Demon Deacons have played on defense this season, the Wolfpack should be able to cover the 17 points at home with relative ease.
This is going to be another high scoring game with each team fielding a very porous defense. Whether it can top a total line set that high remains to be seen. Syracuse is on the move as the only other team in the ACC ranked nationally, and it has quite a bit of momentum on its side getting past NC State. Wake Forest is also coming off an upset, but it yet to play all that well against the tougher competition it has faced.
This should be an excellent test for UCF in its bid to keep this extended winning streak alive. The Knights are one of the most complete teams in the nation, but Temple has the overall talent to keep this game closer than the current spread.
In the end, I have Central Florida getting the straight up win. However, I am taking the points and betting the Owls to cover on a generous opening spread given Milton’s questionable playing status.
The Runnin' Rebels know they can hang with these Bulldogs, so the point spread and the win-loss records are thrown out the window here, especially given the fact they get this one at home. Fresno State will eventually pull away in the end but expect this outfit to hang around longer than many hope generating a cover in the process.
The Hilltoppers will throw the kitchen sink at Middle Tennessee State. The Senior Class on this team will want to take something away from 2018 to commemorate their efforts. Beating the team that they hate the most will serve as a suitable trinket. An upset is possible here.
The Alabama-LSU rivalry is one of the best in all of college athletics. These two teams have played in some very memorable games of late, with most of those being low-scoring affairs. Alabama is built differently this season, and they will try to outscore the Tigers on Saturday night. Look for LSU to keep this game close, but the Crimson Tide will prevail. Bet LSU +14.5 to cover in a loss to Alabama in this game.