Central Michigan +22.5
Oklahoma State is good; I am not going to deny that. The only way Central Michigan can keep it close is to run the ball and milk the clock as much as they can to keep it out of the Cowboys possession and with Lew Nichols returning for the Chippewas, that is going to be possible. Coming off a season where he had 341 carries and 1800 yards its nothing new to him to get the ball a lot and run. Nichols was averaging just over 26 carries a game last year and he will be needed in this game.
We saw Illinois play last week and yeah, they won, but the played a HORRIBLE Wyoming team, which I will talk about later. Illinois had a lot of penalties as well in the game that I think they will struggle with this year. For Indiana, I am overlooking last year, as they had so many injuries. QB, RBs, WRs, O-Line all with injuries last year hurt them. They were a top 25 team to start the year and with so many transfers coming in, I think Tom Allen will have this team ready vs an Illinois team I think will struggle all year.
NC State -11.5
The Wolfpack are my “dark horse” to win the ACC and I think they will handle ECU here. ECU brings back Ahlers which will help, but I think NC State defense will be to much for the Pirates. The Wolfpack brings back Leary at QB who put up amazing numbers last year and his favorite slot receiver from last year, Thayer Thomas, so not much was lost from last year’s team.
Appalachian State ML
This line has dropped to almost a pick em game. I’m backing the team that brought back most of their offense from last year. The Tar Heels had a game in week 0, against a FAMU team that was about to cancel the game because of numbers, and other reasons. With the likes of Chase Brice in his 2nd year behind center, Camerun Peoples and Note Noel returning in the backfield this team will be clicking out the gate. Give me the Mountaineers in a run happy offense to rush for over 200 yards in the game.
I’ll make it simple; Ridder, Ford, Pierce, Young and one of the top CBs in this year’s draft Sauce Gardner are all gone. Cincinnati is going to be in rebuilding state for a few years and going up against KJ Jefferson and the Razorbacks down in Fayetteville, I just don’t see them winning or covering a touchdown.
I’m going to keep this one short. Wyoming SUCKS. We just watched Illinois handle the Cowboys, so why can’t a better Tulsa team. I’m on auto fade Wyoming till they prove me wrong.
Georgia lost most of their defense, and already struggled on offense last year, not mentioning they lost their best 2 rushers. I also took Georgia to have under 10.5 regular season wins this year. I think the SEC is tougher and they will have some holes that need to be filled. Also, Bo Nix transferring in at Oregon I think is going to help the Ducks out to cover.
Costal Carolina -2.5
Don’t really understand the disrespect for Costal Carolina only being 3-point favorites. I understand they lost their top 2 pass catchers, Likely and Heiligh, but were talking about a run first team that almost had 200 run plays more than passing it last year. Bringing back Junior QB, McCall, and Running Backs, Braydon Bennett and Reese White, I think this team takes no step backs from last year’s 11-win team.
This one is simple. You bring back Malik Cunningham, a step down from Lamar Jackson type player who will destroy the likes of a terrible Syracuse defense. I don’t like to compare 2 teams that played each other last year, but when Louisville who didn’t have a good season last year wins 41-3 and you bring back the same QB who threw for 209 and 4 touchdowns, and then a rushing touchdown as well. I can’t see how a team can get much better to fix that. I even like UofL and laying the points too.
This one will be short and simple as well. Yes, we saw WKU struggle a little against Austin Peay, but I am going to write that off as the first game for the new QB to learn the offense. Hell, he was about to find a receiver 3 times and another 1 or 2 for 4-5 touchdown game. The reason why I am ok laying the 15.5 is because we just saw Vanderbilt, #AnchorDown, lay 63 points at Hawaii. Few things, Vanderbilt shouldn’t be scoring that much. WKU has a better offense then Vandy. Last, when you go a play in the redzone and forget to line someone up against the best receiver, I will fade you till I have a reason not to.
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