Each week, The State News’ degenerates who are 21 and older will be helping you try to earn some money with three picks of their own. Each week, we will update our records from the last week, so you can see who is really helping you cash in.
Eli McKown, sports editor (8-9)
We’re back in business with a 2-1 week and no longer in last. Now, it’s time to catch Jared to take the crown before the end of the college football season.
UTSA (-4.5) vs UAB
We’re back to the bread and butter.
Here’s the deal, UTSA is 10-0 and takes on UAB in the Alamodome to clinch a berth in the Conference USA title game. The Roadrunners struggled a week ago, but that Southern Mississippi team was in an interesting spot without a healthy quarterback on the roster that forced them to play in a wildcat scheme that UTSA had no way to prepare for.
I think UTSA bounces back with a big-time win over UAB.
Boston College (-1.5) vs Florida State
The bottom line here is that Boston College’s redshirt junior quarterback Phil Jurkovec is back, and the Eagles are 6-0 when he starts, 0-4 when he doesn’t.
This is not a good Seminole team, Boston College rolls.
Missouri (+9) vs Florida
Florida Head Coach Dan Mullen called last week’s close win over FCS squad Samford a great win despite giving up the most points in half in Gator history.
Mullen is a good coach, this is not an opinion, this is a fact.
I just don’t think Florida is the right place for him as this locker room seems to have given up a while ago. The Missouri defense showed some grit for the first time all season against Georgia and South Carolina after being dismal all season long. I like Eliah Drinkiwitz’s squad to cover and likely win this one.
Jared Ramsey, football and men’s basketball reporter (10-7-1)
The reign at the top lasts another week after going 2-1. If it weren’t for an absolute meltdown from Miami in the final two minutes, we could have had back-to-back undefeated weeks but some things are too good to be true.
Anyways, Let’s continue this hot streak down the stretch of the football season.
Wake Forest (ML, +170) at Clemson
A year after almost reaching the promised land, Clemson has turned into a dumpster fire. This is the first time the Tigers have had three losses in a season in seven years, which is baffling. The offense has been somewhere between bad and terrible all year and I simply do not think they can keep up with Wake Forest.
The Demon Deacons can clinch its first ACC championship appearance since 2006 with a win this weekend. I think they are going to come out hot and strike early and often against Clemson. Wake Forest’s offense, led by redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Hartman, will simply be too much for the Tigers to keep up with.
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Nebraska (+9) at Wisconsin
I’m usually not one to take a dog on the road but here we are taking two this week. Nebraska has been beyond disappointing yet again this year and sits towards the bottom of the Big Ten. On the other hand, Wisconsin has been trending up the past month or so and can come away as the Big Ten West Champions.
Even though these are two teams trending in very different directions, I’m riding with the Cornhuskers. Nebraska Head Coach Scott Frost just received a show of support from the university after being on the hot seat all year and I think he will respond by coaching his best game of his career. Also, Wisconsin sophomore quarterback Graham Mertz is below average and could easily struggle with Nebraska’s solid defense.
Colorado State (-2.5) at Hawaii
This will be the fourth straight week fading the Rainbow Warriors for me. So far, I am 2-0-1.
I have nothing else to say about this bet. Go Rams.
Sean Reider, men’s basketball reporter (9-8)
Riding all road dogs this week which could make me look like a genius if it works or an absolute fool if it doesn’t. However, that’s never stopped me from doing literally anything else before and as a pivotal push for the standings continues, I’m not backing down now.
Kansas (+21.5) at TCU
Make no mistake: These are the two worst teams in the Big 12. It’s well-established that Kansas is dreadful but TCU right now is as battered as anybody in college football with a total of ZERO scholarship running backs available for this week’s contest and a decent possibility that a receiver gets the start at quarterback for the Horned Frogs.
I’m not sure this is enough for the Jayhawks to notch a win on the road but after last week’s upset in Austin, Texas, three touchdowns is just too much against a team hurting as much as TCU. Take the points and enjoy what should be a completely preposterous affair in Fort Worth.
Virginia Tech (+8) at Miami
Borderline nonsensical stat alert:
With the exception of LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron (not counting him because he’s still coaching through the end of the season), Power Five college football programs are 3-1 ATS this season in the game immediately after a coach either resigns or is relieved of their duties. The only loss on that list? Texas Tech’s loss by 31 to Oklahoma in Norman, the Sooners 10th consecutive win over the Red Raiders and a wholly unsurprising result regardless of Matt Wells’ absence.
Virginia Tech fired Head Coach Justin Fuente on Tuesday and I think it’s their turn to cover in the face of a program-changing move. The Hokies have shown that they’re more than capable of stepping up in an especially mucky ACC this season and Miami is absolutely awful as a home favorite (1-4 ATS) to boot. Gimme the Hokies on the road to keep things close ... and maybe add Manny Diaz to the list of departed coaches, too.
Rutgers (+17.5) at Penn State
I am ready to get hurt.
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