Ohio State Buckeyes -17.5 at Indiana Hoosiers Total 60
The Buckeyes trampled the Cincinnati Bearcats last week 42-0. Justin Fields and company rolled through a Bearcat’s squad that was able to out muscle the UCLA offense the week before. Ohio State’s offense will always make the headlines while their defense got little recognition for pitching a shutout.
In come the Indiana Hoosiers who had a scare versus Ball State (34-24) in week one and followed it up with a dismantling of Eastern Illinois (52-0). It has been a complete team effort with two quarterbacks combining for five touchdowns and to five different receivers. Their rushing attack is led by Stevie Scott’s 109 yards over the first two games.
Ohio State has a 24-0-1 record against Indiana over their last 25 meetings. They have also went 5-1 in their last six road games in September. 17.5 seems like a large number of the road against a Big Ten team but I see Indiana having trouble moving the ball against the stout Ohio State defense.
Pick: Ohio State -17.5, Under 60
USC Trojans -4.5 at BYU Cougars, Total 55.5
USC is entering this game fresh off a beatdown of Stanford, (45-20) putting them in the top 25. Freshman Kedon Slovis came out of nowhere to lead an offensive explosion. USC has a clear advantage in talent all over the field including a very young and talented defense, the Trojans top eight tacklers are all underclassman. While the inexperience hurt them last year, it is paying off early in 2019.
While USC has the talent, BYU is coming off of an inspiring victory of their own against Tennessee. The Cougars faced two power five schools in their first two games, holding both Tennesee and Utah to just 30% conversions on third down. BYU has the ability to deflate the freshman QB who will be facing his first road test. This smells like a trap for USC.
Pick: BYU +4.5
Stanford Cardinal at UCF Knights -9.5
Stanford just blew a 17-3 lead versus a freshman quarterback in a division game. They now get to face a UCF team that seems to have a never-ending chip on their shoulder. Stanford is limping on the offensive end and they will need every bit of it against UCF. Stanford QB Davis Mills has only thrown for 318 total yards over their first two games, if they fall down early, they don’t have the offense to overcome.
The Cardinal are giving up 351 yards per game over their first two as well as 7 touchdowns. Those two teams don’t bring the same fire power as the Knights. UCF should win this by two touchdowns.
Pick: UCF -9.5
Oklahoma Sooners -23.5 at UCLA Bruins
UCLA can’t score, even in a Chip Kelly system. Oklahoma scores like they are playing intramural flag football with no refs. Jalen Hurts and Lincoln Riley seem to have a great repartee in this offense which could lead to bigger things for Hurts in the long run. UCLA has name recognition and that’s about it right now. This game is to easy, not much more analyses needed.
Sooners roll by four touchdowns
Pick: Oklahoma -23.5
Florida/Kentucky Under 47.5
Colorado State +10