SIZZLING 7: Picks of the Week for October 24, 2015
by Bubba Rosenbaum (@BubbaRosenbaum on Twitter)
Following a disappointing 3-4 mark in my first week, I rebounded with a 5-2 record in my second round of picks over the weekend. After picking 5 winners to start the day, Penn State and Arizona let me down in the late games. (Take a look at last week’s picks!)
OVERALL RECORD: 8-6 LAST WEEK (10/17/15): 5-2
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.
Southern Miss (-15.5) @ Charlotte – Jerry Richardson Stadium (Charlotte, NC) – AMSN – Noon
While the Golden Eagles aren’t what they once were, they’ve been much more competitive this season than in recent years. Their losses came against Mississippi State, Nebraska, and Marshall….and USM was competitive in all three. Head coach Todd Monken has the offense rolling, as it is averaging more than 500 yards per contest.
Meanwhile, Charlotte–which is in its first year in the FBS and just third year overall–have allowed at least 37 points in three of their last four games.
Clemson (-6.5) @ Miami – Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL) – ABC – Noon
Al Golden’s club, which topped Virginia Tech (30-20) the last time out, really needs a signature win like this.
However, expect the Hurricanes to compete but once again fall short against a Clemson team that is coming off three straight home wins (Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Boston College).
The U has been largely one dimensional and Brad Kaaya won’t be able to dissect the tough Tigers’ D without the aid of a running game.
The Miami run defense has also been suspect.
Ohio (-2.5) @ Buffalo – UB Stadium (Buffalo, NY) – ESPN3/AMSN – 3:30
Last season, Frank Solich’s Bobcats won 37-14 in Athens. This one will likely be much more competitive and come down to the fourth quarter but take an Ohio team that is used to winning to get to bowl eligibility with the road victory.
Duke (+2.5) @ Virginia Tech – Lane Stadium (Blacksburg, VA) – ESPNU – 3:30
Last season, the Hokies upset–yes, upset–the Blue Devils in Durham (17-16) as Duke was in the driver’s seat for the Coastal Division.
David Cutcliffe’s team–which has played tremendous defense to date–will get the job done in what will likely be another close, low-scoring affair and become bowl eligible for a fourth consecutive season. Wow.
South Florida (-11.5) vs. SMU – Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL) – ESPNews – 4:00 PM
The Bulls really needed to show some progress under third-year coach Willie Taggart and they have done so. After going 2-10 and 4-8 the last 2 years, USF sits at 3-3 after solid wins over Syracuse (45-24) and UCONN (28-20).
SMU, which is 1-5 and has allowed 48 points or more in all but one game, earned its lone victory against winless North Texas.
Missouri (-2.5) @ Vanderbilt – Vanderbilt Stadium (Nashville, TN) – SEC Network – 4:00 PM
Neither of these teams have been able to muster much offense and this one could be a field goal fest.
The over/under is 35 and I’d take the under based on what I’ve seen to this point from these attacks.
However, I expect Mizzou–which lost 9-6 at Georgia last week–to eek out the win in Nashville.
The Commodores are coming off a 19-10 loss at South Carolina.
Florida State (-5) @ Georgia Tech – Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field – ESPN2 – 7:00 PM
The Seminoles, who are 6-0 and coming off a 41-21 win against Louisville, seem to be getting stronger every week– just like their senior transfer quarterback Everett Golson.
Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets–who were the favorites to win the Coastal prior to the season–have lost five straight and have struggled to stop people.
Dalvin Cook will have another big day and the Noles appear to be a solid bet in this one.