Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Liberty Flames -19
The Liberty Flames offense is overwhelming. They average 81 plays per game, which is top 15 in all of college football. Dual threat quarterback Mailk Willis had the offense moving in their week one upset of Western Kentucky. The Auburn transfer rushed for 168 yards and 3 touchdowns in against the Hilltoppers leading to a victory as 14.5 point dogs.
The Flames followed up their upset victory with two more wins over Nortern Alabama and FIU. Both games missed the cover but the momentum of the victories should have them ready to take care of business against the lowly Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. ULM gives up rushing yards in bunches ranking 127th in college football against the run. Willis should be able to control the game with his ability to run and his sneaky passing attack.
Liberty is a veteran team that has won seven consecutive games at home dating back to last year and they will not look past ULM. ULM is just 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games at home.
Pick: Liberty -19
Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners -2.5
Two teams that have underperformed to start the season meet in a rivalry game that will have a lot less impact on the college football playoff than most would have thought at the beginning of the season. These two teams are both in need of a win and a statement game.
Sooner redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler has been a roller coaster in his first three starts throwing for 290, 387, and 300. He has had a problem with turnovers in the clutch with four picks against Big 12 opponents. The pressure will be on in his first go round in the Red River Showdown. His matchup with the Texas Longhorns will be favorable. Texas is coming off back to back games giving up 56 and 33 to Texas Tech and TCU respectively.
Texas will have senior Sam Ehlinger running the offense looking for a big win in his final showdown with Oklahoma. The Texas offense is averaging 518 yards and 51 points per game. Oklahoma has not shown the ability to stop anyone this season and a veteran team that is desperete for a win will be a problem.
Both teams have great offenses, they will show them off this weekend. I look for Ehlinger to make the big play down the stretch to win but I am more comfortable with taking the over.
Pick: Over 72 (lean Texas ML)
LSU Tigers -14 at Missouri Tigers
This game was supposed to be played at Baton Rouge, due to hurricane Delta this game was moved to Columbia, Missouri. The move caused a line change from -20 to -14. Missouri is 1-9 ATS in their last ten games. They have given up 35 and 38 respectively over their last two games. Matching up with an LSU offense that isn’t the same national title contending group but they are still no walk in the park.
Missouri found some offense once they inserted Connor Bazelak into the lineup over TCU transfer Shawn Robinson. They will have to be on their game early because if they let LSU grab a lead they still haven’t figured out how to turn yardage into touchdowns.
Missouri’s inability to get stops on third down crushed them last week against Tennessee. If they can’t get off the field their defense will wear down. LSU QB Myles Brennan has thrown for 330 or over in each game along with seven touchdowns If he finds it early and grabs a lead they will coast the rest of the way.
Pick: LSU -14