SIZZLING 7: Picks of the Week for November 14, 2015
by Bubba Rosenbaum (@BubbaRosenbaum on Twitter)
Each week, I choose seven games that I believe have favorable odds.
Check out this week’s picks below.
OVERALL RECORD VS SPREAD: 19-15-1 (54.3%) LAST WEEK (11/7/15): 3-3-1 (View last week’s picks!)
NOTE: MY PICK IS LISTED FIRST WITH THE POINTS THAT TEAM IS GIVING OR RECEIVING IN PARENTHESES; the line used was the line at the time of the pick.
All game times are Eastern.
Auburn (-1.5) vs. Georgia – Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn, AL) – CBS – Noon
The season hasn’t gone as planned for either of these teams.
Auburn was expected by some to contend in the SEC West and Georgia was most people’s favorite to win the East.
The Tigers (5-4) won 26-10 last week at Texas A&M.
Meanwhile, Georgia (6-3) rebounded from its 27-3 loss to Florida with a 27-3 win over Kentucky.
This rivalry match-up appears like it will be a competitive, defensive-minded game. With it being played on the plains, I like Auburn to slide by the Dawgs and become bowl eligible.
Tulane (+2.5) @ Army – Michie Stadium (West Point, NY) – CBS Sports Network – Noon
Having already played and lost at Georgia Tech and Navy, this is the third time the Green Wave will have faced the triple option this season.
While Tulane lost both of those games, the Green Wave were competitive at Navy and actually limited the Middies potent attack to 133 yards and outgained them 386-291 overall. However, three turnovers did Curtis Johnson’s club in and Tulane fell 31-14.
Thus, I like their chances of winning a competitive, low-scoring game in West Point.
Miami (+13) @ #23 North Carolina – Kenan Memorial Stadium (Chapel Hill, NC) – ESPNU – 3:30 PM
The Tar Heels and Canes will meet in a critical Coastal Division match-up in Chapel Hill this weekend.
Since suffering a season-opening loss to South Carolina–a game in which they outplayed the Gamecocks in many facets, UNC (8-1, 5-0) has reeled off eight straight victories and is clearly in the driver’s seat to face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game in a few weeks.
However, Miami (6-3, 3-2)–despite the dismissal of head coach Al Golden–is one of the team’s that has a chance to spoil things for the Tar Heels. The Canes would need to win this weekend, win its final two games (GT and @ Pitt) and have either NC State and/or Virginia Tech top the Tar Heels.
With the exception of the 58-0 drubbing at the hands of Clemson, The U has been in its other losses (@ Cincinnati and at Florida State).
The Canes won 47-20 last year.
Syracuse (+28) vs #1 Clemson – Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY) – ABC – 3:30 PM
Clemson has been up to every challenge it has faced to this point.
While I fully expect the Tigers to win this game by double figures and probably by three possessions, the Orange has been a different team in the Carrier Dome and played LSU to a 34-24 game there.
While it was against a much different Clemson team, Syracuse competed before losing 16-6 in Death Valley a season ago.
#22 Temple (-2.5) @ USF – Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL) – CBS Sports- 7 PM
The Owls (8-1, 5-0) have been a staple of consistency for the majority of the season with their lone blemish being a loss in the waning minutes against #4 Notre Dame.
With a victory, Temple can clinch the East Division title in the AAC.
The Bulls (5-4, 3-2), who could become bowl eligible and stay in the division hunt with a huge home win, have their best team under Willie Taggart. They will compete, but fall shy against a talented and veteran Temple team.
#12 Oklahoma (+2.5) @ #6 Baylor – McLane Stadium (Waco, TX) – ABC – 8 PM
The last two match-ups have been dominated by the Bears.
Baylor is lighting up scoreboards again and yielding more than 665 yards per game.
While not as prolific as the Bears, Oklahoma’s offense–against a better schedule–has rolled up the points and yardage as well.
Under the guidance of first-year OC Lincoln Riley, the Sooners’ Baker Mayfield–who can also hurt you with his feet–has brought a swagger to the OU attack.
The Sooners defense has also been better.
Expect there to be plenty of points in this one, but take the Sooners to squeak out the narrow road win in Waco.
New Mexico (+30.5) @ Boise State – Albertsons Stadium (Boise, ID) – ESPNU – 10:15 PM
Bob Davie has done a solid job of builing the Lobos’ program, as he has UNM (5-4) within a win of bowl eligibility and still alive in the Mountain Division race with Boise State, Air Force and Utah State.
The Broncos (7-2, 4-1), who are tied atop the division with Air Force, are coming off a 55-27 road win at UNLV.
While I do think the Lobos will lose the game, I would definitely take them and the points since they have only lost one game by more than 20 points all season (34-10 loss at Arizona State on September 18).