Syracuse Orange at Louisville Cardinal Total: 62.5
Both defenses are not good, ranking 83rd(Syracuse) and 103rd(Louisville) overall. These teams are going to be looking to move the ball and move it quickly.
Syracuse seemed to find its offensive groove last week against Duke running for 286 yards dominating the Blue Devils and reminding us of what we thought the Orange could be. The Orange have actually run 80 plays per game during the season which ranks them in the top five nationally. Syracuse has not been able to throw the ball the way that they had hoped but they should be able to move the ball against the Cardinals defense.
Louisville has become an offensive juggernaut over the last three weeks scoring 28, 27 and 34 over the last three weeks against better defensive units then Syracuse. The Cardinal quarterback Micale Cunningham has averaged 12 yard per pass since the beatdown at the hands of Clemson four weeks ago.
This game may not be flashy, but I see a lot of turnovers causing great field position that will lead to scores. These teams aren’t playing for much which should benefit the offenses.
Pick: Over 62.5
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Northwestern Wildcats +14
The Golden Gophers chance at the College Football Playoff is over. PJ Fleck will not let that bother his team heading into a matchup with the offensively challenged Northwestern Wildcats.
Minnesota has the 14th ranked total defense in the country. Northwestern had problems running away from the UMass Minuteman until the second half. For those who don’t know UMass is arguably the worst team in all of college football.
The Wildcats will come out fired up in the first half being its final home game of the season. They could keep things close…in the first quarter. The Golden Gophers running game will take over and Minnesota will coast to an easy victory.
Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers -14
Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio State Buckeyes -18.5 Total: 57
The Nittany Lions hold their fate in their hands. If they are able to beat Ohio State on Saturday they will completely change the current landscape of the College Football Playoff. While that is nice to think about they have one big hurdle to jump. That hurdle is the dominant Ohio State Buckeyes who have shown no mercy to any team at any point during the season.
Some will say that Penn State was exposed over the last two weeks. While they haven’t played their best football they had tough matchups in a ramped up Minnesota team and an underrated Indiana team. The Nittany Lions will come out focused and ready for a battle. But it won’t matter. Penn State Quarterback Sean Clifford has struggled over his last five games and he will have to deal with the built up frustration of Chase Young returning from a ridiculous two game suspension.
This game will come down to whether or not Ohio State is able to establish JK Dobbins and the run game allowing for Justin Fields to open up and do Justin Fields things. The problem for Penn State will be the Buckeyes have to many weapons to hold down. They have better talent and are coached better than Minnesota. Penn State should be able to put up some points but I don’t see them having much of a chance to stop Ohio State.
Parlay Pick: Ohio State ATS and Over