Toledo Rockets at Notre Dame Fighting Irish -16.5
Think the Notre Dame defense may be out to make a statement on Saturday after being thrashed by the Florida State Seminoles? I think so and they will get a shot to make a statement against a Toledo Rockets team that will look to go fast. The Rockets have experienced skilled players to put up points but the Fighting Irish have more talent and will have a raucous crowd ready for them in their first true home game since 2019.
Florida State was able to contain the Notre Dame run game, forcing Jack Coen to beat them (and he did). Toledo does not have the same type of players to contain RB Kyren Williams. I think this stays close early but the Fighting Irish pull away in the second half because of the crowd and the run game.
Pick: Notre Dame -16.5
Eastern Michigan Eagles at Wisconsin Badgers Total 52
The Badgers were not very impressive in week one against Penn State. This week the competition changes as they get the MAC’s Eastern Michigan fresh off a beat down of FCS St. Francis. St. Francis was actually able to move the ball pretty well against Eastern Michigan which spells trouble for the Eagles.
Wisconsin got a brutal performance from QB Graham Mertz who threw for just 185 yards to go along with two picks. Wisconsin will look to get out some of their aggression against the Eagles. The Badgers have a history of dominating MAC teams including Kent State and Central Michigan in 2019 where they won 106-0 over those two matchups.
Eastern Michigan will look to take all the chances they can in this game and Wisconsin showed that they can give up the big pass play, giving up two long tuddy’s to Penn State last week Eastern Michigan should be able to put up at least ten points but this game will be dominated by the Wisconsin offense that will need to squash their lesser foe to put wash away the stink of their home loss a week ago.
Pick: Over 52
Texas Longhorns -7 at Arkansas Razorbacks
The Razorbacks didn’t look great to start, trailing the Rice Owls 17-7 at one point in the third quarter. That quickly turned around with 31 unanswered points, led by the running game of QB KJ Jefferson. Arkansas leaned on the QB’s run game to carry the offense and the turnover game to carry the defense. Arkansas forced three turnovers in the second half which turned the game around in their favor.
Texas quietly had arguably the second best overall performance by any ranked team taking down #23 Ragin Cajuns without much of a sweat. RB Bjorn Robinson had 170 all purpose yards to go along with 2 scores. The Longhorns handled a team that was returning most of the starters that had gone 10-1 the season before with an upset over Iowa State. Texas will now go on the road to face a hungry and improved Arkansas team.
This will be the first road test for freshman starter Hudson Card and it will be a hostile one. His job will be to manage the game and utilize his star running back and the superior talent. Card threw for 224 yards before being pulled late in the third quarter due to the lopsided score. Look for Card to open it up more in this matchup as this will be a marquee showdown of the weekend between Texas and an SEC foe. This game will come down to which quarterback plays smarter. KJ Jeffereson cannot play wild, he will likely be given a chance to throw as the Texas defense will look to contain his running ability. I can see him throwing a few picks down the stretch and allowing the Texas run game to take over and control the game.
Pick Texas Longhorns -7