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2019-10-17 05:57

That was a nice weekend, regarding College Football.
At least if you are not fan of the Georgia Bulldogs.

The #3 ranked Bulldogs did host the not ranked 2-loss South Carolina Gamecocks and had a black Saturday.
Before the half they at the score of just 10-10 the Bulldogs did throw an interception, which was returned to the house.
After the break, both teams were good on defense, but non-existing on offense until Georgia did fumble the ball and did lower the offense level even more.
Lucky for them the Gamecocks were unable to do something with it, so Georgia did think 'let's do it' and made another interception throw.
But the Gamecocks messed that up again.
Still hope to comeback for the Bulldogs, trailing only by 7, right?
RIGHT! They did score a TD and tied the game at 17.
But 1:48 left to play, so South Carolina get the ball and were stopped on the Georgia 40-yard line.
The 57-yard Field Goal try did miss and Georgia tried to win the game!
But an illegal shift penalty did put them out of field goal range and the game went to overtime.
Stunning so far.
Georgia started but thought 'let's do it' and threw ANOTHER interception.
South Carolina got the ball and was held out of the endzone and missed a 33-yard field goal try!
Then came 2nd OT and the Gamecocks were again stopped but made the field goal.
Georgia now forced to do something and ... missed the 42-yard field goal to end the game.

Consequences: Georgia did fall from grace and fell to #10 in the rankings.
South Carolina did not get into the rankings and thanks to Floridas loss to LSU is now Missouri the leading team inside the SEC West.

What really stuns me is, that on a roster with 100+ players you have only that bad kickers? Both sides?
Well, anyway, the season will go on and we will see further upsets, which is good.
I wish we could see a season where no team goes unbeaten to the playoffs ....

I selected these 3 games as the BLOCK OF GRANITE GAMES FOR WEEK 7

Sat. Oct. 12
#6 Oklahoma vs #11 Texas
It went not as expected, honestly.
Oklahoma did play a bit sloppy in the 1st half and had some turnovers, otherwise they would have led by more than the 10:3 at the half.
Texas came a bit close until the end of the 3rd, trailing 20-17, but Oklahoma did prevail, and Texas was only able to close the gap to 34:27, tried an onside-kick, failed and lost the game.
Tough game, rough game, but Oklahoma stays the team to beat inside the BIG12.
They are now ranked #5 and do have a good chance for a playoff spot, if they keep on winning.
Texas on the other hand can recover and get into the BIG12 Championship game, if they win from the next weekend on.
Will we see another rematch of the RED RIVER SHOWDOWN as last season?
I see right now 2 competitors for that.
Baylor is perfect so far and do have a good team this season.
Whether this is enough to win against the others is an open debate. They play the Sooners and Longhorns at home this season.
Next up is Iowa State, who lost so far only to Baylor on the road and who play the Sooners on the road and Texas at home.
My pick is, we will see several 1-loss or even 2-loss teams and a tie-breaker will determine the opponent of the Sooners.
#6 Oklahoma 34 vs #11 Texas 27 -> Jacks TOP GAMES Score: 11-10

#7 Florida @ #5 LSU
Both teams were almost on the same level until halftime, then did Florida just ... don't know ... stop playing offense?
While LSU was able to move the ball and score as often as they did in the 1st half, Florida was kept in check quite often and did only score 7 more points in the whole 2nd half (and none in the 4t quarter by the way).
That's not enough to stop THAT offense.
I'm actually curious to see, what will happen with Steve Ensminger, the LSU OC. Does he get a shot as a HC somewhere?
Because with those results and being one of the top assistants inside the SEC, you usually get that short, right?
But that would be a big loss for the Tigers and the momentum of this season could be lost easily.
We will see.
LSU won this and did move to #2 in the ranks.
So the showdown against Alabama will be THE big event (based on current status) and it will be in 4 weeks on the road.
Florida lost their 1st game of the season and sunk to #9 and will face South Carolina and Georgia in the next 3 weeks (and Missouri as SEC regular season final).
A lot of stuff will go down in the next few weeks.
#7 Florida 28 @ #5 LSU 42 -> Jacks TOP GAMES Score: 12-10

#1 Alabama @ #24 Texas A&M
Seriously, this was no fun at all.
Alabama did outscore A&M on every single quarter.
I'm sure this was not the kind of performance the A&M people had in mind when they hired Fisher to lead the Aggies.
They wanted a Saban-Competitor, a national championship winning coach, but instead they have a 3-3 team (1-2 inside the SEC) and the season is basically over, except they still need 3 wins to get at least a bowl spot.
But against whom?
Ole Miss next week on the road? Could be.
Mississippi State at home, Could be.
UTSA after that? They better win that.
Then South Carolina, Georgia and LSU. Good luck with that.
So the margin for an error is not very big.
What's up for Alabama?
Beside they of cause have to play and win every game, the 2 most crucial games are against LSU at home in 4 weeks and against Auburn at season end in the Iron Bowl, on the road.
Those 2 games will determine the SEC West winner, for sure.
The next big thing to ask is, whether LSU or Alabama will drop out of the top 4 for long, if they lose just against the other team and do win the rest?
And who will then not get a spot, if LSU AND Alabama do get a one?
#1 Alabama 47 @ #24 Texas A&M 28 -> Jacks TOP GAMES Score: 13-10

Other interesting games:

#25 Cincinnati @ Houston
Cincinnati did establish themselves as one of the frontrunners inside the American by that win this weekend.
I thought Houston could pull something out of the hat here, but the Bearcats just came in and scored, often.
Too often for Houston, with Cincinnati winning 38-23.
Houston needs to win a lot of games in the rest of the season (which I think they can do) to get a bowl spot, while Cincinnati has a rough November coming with South Florida, Temple and Memphis.
This will determine the team to play SMU for the championship.
Jacks interesting games Score: 16-6

#10 Penn State @ #17 Iowa
Penn State won 17-12, which was exactly the defense battle I expected.
Not my cup pf tea, but that's how they play.
Jacks interesting games Score: 17-6

Washington State @ #18 Arizona State
Tied at the half did the Sun Devils need a good 4th quarter comeback to win 38-34.
I think this week the PAC12 favorites did actually win all games (except this ASU game was EVEN), so no big shifts inside the conference.
Jacks interesting games Score: 18-6

Some other interesting results of week 7:
Miami did upset ranked Virginia 17-9. The division is now wide open again with 4 teams having just 1 loss.
Temple won at home against ranked Memphis 30-28. With that win they are now contenders, at least for a week or 2.
Tennessee won against Mississippi State at home 20-10 to get their 1st SEC win.
Bowling Green did upset the sky-high Toledo Rockets 20-7. Back to reality for the Rockets?
South Florida won against BYU 27-23. The self-named Notre Dame of the West are in serious trouble at 2-4. I think a coaching change will happen.
UNLV won against Vanderbilt, on the road, 34-10. That's bad .... UNLV has so far only won against a FCS team and lost games against several non-power-5-teams but now won against a SEC team ... yep, that's bad for Vanderbilt ....
Notre Dame won the rival game against USC 30-27. Not that many people did care I guess, since USC is not USC this season and Notre Dame is still ranked very high, but plays like they are NOT top 10.
Boise State won against Hawaii 59-37, which is a small setback for the good season the Warriors do have. But it was on the smurf turf.
Louisville did upset the ranked Wake Forest 62-59, and handle that way the Demon Deacons their 1st loss.
Western Kentucky won against Army 17-8. Yes, that Army which almost won against Michigan.
Minnesota did win against Nebraska 34-7. Minnesota still unbeaten, while the Huskers do now have 3 losses.
San Diego State won against Wyoming 26-22, so Wyoming now 1 game behind the leading teams in their division, while SDSU is inside the leading pack of their own division.
And Washington won against Arizona on the road 51-22 to keep the distance to leading Oregon in their division. Arizona now with their 1st loss inside the PAC12 which pushes the South division as expected wide open.

We are more or less half through the season regarding games, the conference games are more or less the remaining games and that means the outcome of the season is open as it can get.
Some teams had so far only a couple of challenges if any to master and they have a tough remaining schedule.
Surprisingly this upcoming weekend doesn't have so many of the real BIG games, but I will do my best to find worthy ones.

I selected these 3 games as the BLOCK OF GRANITE GAMES FOR WEEK 8

Sat. Oct. 19

#12 Oregon @ #25 Washington
Let's have the setting analyzed.
Oregon is higher ranked, thanks to a 5-1 record, including a loss against high ranked Auburn, and a 3-0 conference record.
The Ducks are also favored in their game, by 3.0 points.
Washington on the other side is still ranked (there are only 3 2-loss teams in the ranking, Texas, Iowa and last the Huskies), but has only a 5-2 record, including a 2-2 record inside the PAC12. The losses were against Stanford and Cal.
Right now, the PAC12 North is Oregon and then basically everyone else with 2-losses and the Cougars with already 3 losses.
If Washington still has ambitions to win the division, they better start winning, especially at home.
A win here would close the gap a bit and would in case of another Oregon loss give them the direct compare.
Oregon on the other side needs this win and they are more or less through with the division.
Sure they still have a lot of games to play, also against good teams, but that's also the case for all other teams and with 2 to 3 games ahead to the strongest competitor they are quite save.
So, Washington or Oregon?
Both teams did win lately and did play very good on both sides.
Oregon did play a very good defense this season (another assistant likely high on the 'next HC candidate) and the way Washington can handle this defense will determine the outcome of this game.
The homefield advantage will be big and needed.
I did trust Washington in the past and failed, so I'm a bit burned on them.
Still I'm willing to give them a shot again, since I believe that Petersen has still some tricks to play.
Huskies win.

#17 Arizona State @ #13 Utah
And another PAC12 battle, this time inside the PAC12 South.
The South is compared to the North division a wide open field.
There are only 1-loss teams (4) and 2-loss teams (2).
With 6 games left to play, that's nothing.
Arizona State comes to town and is on a 2-game winning streak.
They play Utah, who won also the last 2 games.
The Utes are favored by 14.0 points and if you ask yourself why, the answer is, they won a bit more convincing and they play at home.
I think ASU is better than that betting line, but honestly, I don't believe they can win against the Utes, except Utah would have an off-day.
I think the Sun Devils coach Edwards did do a great job so far, but Whittingham did build something special at Utah and at home the Sun Devils need to be more than 100% to get something here.
I expect a close game, but a Utah win.
Utes win.

#16 Michigan @ #7 Penn State
The winner is more or less the leading candidate to challenge Ohio State.
Well, that's not 100% true, but it feels like this.
Michigan did wiggle themselves through their schedule so far and lost the crucial game against Wisconsin and won by a few lucky shots against Army and Iowa.
They are now 5-1 and 3-1 inside the conference.
Penn State is perfect so far against conference opponents and won all other games also.
Also here some lucky shots against Pitt and Iowa.
So if Michigan win, they did not fall behind too much and have the direct compare to the Lions for the Buckeyes matchup. A win there would likely give them the division, if they stay unbeaten in the remaining games.
If Penn State wins, they are clearly the team to beat for Ohio State and except some meltdown of 1 or both teams, the winner will have the division.
My take on this game here is, they are almost on the same level, play in Beaver Stadium and the winner will have the most disappointing game against OSU when they lose 40-10 and that small glimps of divisional glory will vanish in an blink of a eye.
The loser already knows they are not on the same level as OSU, so expectations should be lower by then.
Seriously, OSU is the team to beat and both teams did so far not show a level of strength to challenge them.
But that's not the way we should treat that game here.
We have 2 teams, closely ranked, and both teams will play strong, since this is a traditional matchup and both will be fired up to the roof.
Penn State is favored by 9.0 points, which is fair I guess, my take is still they will play a closer game, something like 10-7.
I don't believe Michigan will win here, and I don't believe we will see a shootout.
Nittany Lions win.

Other interesting games:

Sat. Oct. 20
#3 Clemson @ Louisville
Who would have thought that Louisville would be the team right behind Clemson inside the ACC?
At least I did not think they could do it, but thanks to an easy schedule and some Florida State losses are the Cardinals right now the team with just 1 loss inside the division and Clemson has zero losses.
Ok, Ok, there is also Wake Forest and NC State with only 1 loss, but I have to make this a bit more yummy, right?
Now to the not so yummy part, the Tigers are favored by 24.5 points. Boom.
The good thing is, the Tigers did look beatable if taken seriously and with the right game plan.
They almost lost against UNC on the road and now they play on the road against Louisville.
I don't believe they will make a booboo here, but we can at least hope for a close game.
Tigers win.

#9 Florida @ South Carolina
Since South Carolina did take down Georgia on the road, they should be able to do something against Florida, right?
Well, Vegas does have Florida favored by 6.0 points. Fair I guess.
Can the Gamecocks do this again, beat the odds and upset a ranked opponent?
Will it happen?
Not sure, likely not.
Florida did look much better lately, even if they lost to LSU last week.
Expect a close game and I'm willing to bet on ... nah ... Florida.
Gators win.

Temple @ #19 SMU
SMUs winning season so far is really special and they are not finished yet.
Their HC Sonny Dykes, former Louisiana Tech HC (22-15 there) and Cal HC (19-30 there) is likely on some list for a HC job inside the power 5 conferences again. He is 11-8 at SMU and 6-0 this season.
I hope he stays with the Mustangs, since this is something the Mustangs have looked for since the 80s, when the team was heavily penalized from the NCAA because of very serious violations. Before that the team was a national power, after that, the 1st and only so-called death penalty, when a team was not allowed to play AT ALL for a season, the team was only mid-level at best.
They face Temple, a serious contender from the other division and are favored to win at home by 7.5 points.
Temple did play good so far, except with that 1 loss against Buffalo, and should be on the list for the division title inside their division.
Played in Texas this should be a no-brainer, so I pick of cause SMU here.
But watch out, if Temple can play like in the last few games, we might see a close one here.
Mustangs win.

Don't forget your Pick'em picks.

'Til next time

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2019-10-10 05:56

It looks like it's not my season regarding picking the right winners, at least in the ESPN Pick'em-game.
But, hey ... I try to get better. ;-)

You like some crazy news?

Here are some:

Les Miles, the HC of the Kansas Jayhawks, in his 1st year there, did fire his OC after 6 games, the last was against Oklahoma where they did only score 20 points. Funny thing is, so far did no team score more than Kansas against Oklahoma, except Houston on the 1st gameday.
I guess there were some 'misunderstandings' on the sideline and that OC and the HC did not agree anymore.
Well, he can make some vacation now, still getting 1 mio for the rest of the season and the next one.

Another crazy news is, that after Rutgers did fire their HC a few weeks ago, now the starting QB and the starting RB did decide to call it a season and asked to be redshirted, since they did so far only play in 4 games. That will allow them to play 1 more season, next year.
If this trend does continue (we had similar cases at Houston also this season), we will see a lot of shifting after 4 to 6 games each season.
I can understand that the players want to finish their career on a higher note that this Rutgers season, since it determines your draft status very much and that means at the end of the day money, but just quitting during the season ... is not a good sign also for draft scouts.
On top for Rutgers did another QB calls it quit because of medical reasons.
Next in line is a redshirt freshman and a true freshman.
Don’t bet on Rutgers I guess.

Next crazy stat is, that Southern Methodists (SMU) is 6-0 after a 3OT win this weekend and that's the best start since 1982!
In that 1982 season they did finish 11-1 after a 10-0 start and won a national championship behind later NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson.
Likely will SMU not have an impact on that dimension this season, but still a great start.

Last season I did some early analysis on the season at that point, asking for the TOP 4, if all remaining games are won by a bunch of unbeaten teams from all conferences.

There were Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Colorado as unbeaten teams.
The case was, if all keep winning, except #1 Alabama (who were bound to clash with Georgia at some point), who would take the lead?
I doubted Notre Dame would get a seat, in that case.
At the end it was Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame as unbeaten teams, plus 1-loss Oklahoma.
Georgia lost twice, Ohio State only once, West Virginia lost 3 times and Colorado lost 7! times.

This does only show that you never know.
Of cause things can turn out as expected, but on the other hand it can become something different.
This game is quite injury driven and the colleges do have deep rosters, but suddenly you are thin on some position and those who then have to play were likely backups for a reason.

Why I'm saiyng this?

Because the season is far from over and whatever you might think will happen, or what I think will happen, will likely not happen 100%.
And that's the best in sports in general.

I had selected those 3 games as the BLOCK OF GRANITE GAMES FOR WEEK 6

Sat, Oct. 5
#14 Iowa @ #19 Michigan
What a boring game.
Michigan did score 10 in the 1st quarter, Iowa nothing.
Iowa did score 3 in the 2nd quarter and Michigan nothing.
Both teams did score nothing in the 2nd half.
Iowa did look awful on offense and did therefore lose the game against another bad playing team.
For me, Iowa does not look like a contender.
Michigan neither.
#14 Iowa 3 @ #19 Michigan 10 -> Jacks TOP GAMES Score: 9-9

#7 Auburn @ #10 Florida
It looks like Dan Mullen did motivate his Gators a bit better for the 2nd half than Guz Malzahn did with his Tigers.
With 17:13 leading at halftime did Florida score further in the 2nd half, while Auburn did play a good 3rd quarter with no scoring on both sides, but were unable to score in the 4th and lost this crucial game.
Now with this game in the can, what do we take from it?
I say, Auburn did lose some ground in their division, but overall it looks like both teams were almost on the same power level, which is likely not enough to challenge the favorites.
Crucial games for Auburn are LSU and Alabama, while Florida needs to win against Georgia. unfortune for Auburn is, they play Georgia on top. Unfortune for Florida is, they play LSU next week on the road.
So final word on both teams for this week is: They will not win their divisions.
#7 Auburn 13 @ #10 Florida 24 -> Jacks TOP GAMES Score: 9-10

#25 Michigan State @ #4 Ohio State
The game was over after the 1st half, when Ohio State lead 27-10.
The 3rd quarter was OK in terms of Spartans defense, but since their offense was unable to score, they did slowly ran out of time.
Then did Ohio State score on top of that in the 4th, while MSU did just not score.
The Spartans will likely play good against the Wolverines, but that is just something else.
Ohio State is and stays the hottest thing inside the BIG10.
#25 Michigan State 10 @ #4 Ohio State 34 -> Jacks TOP GAMES Score: 10-10

Other interesting games:

Fri, Oct. 4
#18 UCF @ Cincinnati
UCF did lead at the half, but Cincinnati did score as only team in the 3rd to turn things around and when UCF did finally wake up late in the 4th, it was too late. The Bearcats won 27-24 to have an important win inside their conference.
Jacks interesting games Score: 14-5

Sat, Oct. 5
California @ #13 Oregon
That did more look like a BIG10 game that a PAC12 game, but Oregon won with a strong defense 17-7.
Cal was held scoreless after the 1st quarter.
Jacks interesting games Score: 15-5

Tulane @ Army
Great game, as it looks. Tulane did basically score a bit more than Army, both did play good, but Army made a few more mistakes and was kept in check slightly better. Hence Tulane got the win with 42-33.
Jacks interesting games Score: 16-5

Some other interesting results of week 6:
Texas Tech did upset ranked Oklahoma State 45-35. Good win for the Red Raiders.
Louisville won against Boston College 41-39. Louisville will have to prove they did improve next week at Wake Forest.
Iowa State did win against TCU 49-24. Quite a bad start for TCU inside the BIG12.
Central Michigan won against Eastern Michigan 42-16. That means the Trophy played out between WMU, CMU and EMU will be kept by WMU already.
Toledo did win against Western Michigan 31-24. Toledo looks like the favorite inside the MAC right now.
Georgia State won against Arkansas State 52-38. Big win for the Panthers.
Virginia Tech did rethink their effort and won against Miami on the road 42-35. I hope they can keep it up.
Navy won against Air Force 34-25. Now they Navy-Army game will be the decide for the Commander-in-Chief-Trophy.
North Carolina did win against Georgia Tech 38-22. Not sure the new HC of Georgia Tech will survive the 1st season. Likely he will, but look at that! They are 1-4 now.
Stanford did somehow find the strength to beat ranked Washington at home 23-13. PAC12 is crazy.
Pittsburgh did win against Duke on the road 33-30. ACC would be interesting if there wouldn't be that big dominating Clemson team.
And at last, Oregon State got their 1st PAC12 win against UCLA. Did I mention that the PAC12 is crazy?

And now let's move forward to week 7.
Some great matchups coming up, which will have huge impact on the conference landscapes and the playoffs.

I selected this 3 games as the BLOCK OF GRANITE GAMES FOR WEEK 7

Sat. Oct. 12
#6 Oklahoma vs #11 Texas
The likely most important game inside the BIG12.
Not always it's important regarding the final standings and the BIG12 Championship in terms of the winner takes it all, but since the 2 most influential teams to clash here and usually at least 1 team is in contention, a loss in this game is always not a good thing and on top of this there comes the rivalry rooting back to 1900, when the RED RIVER SHOWDOWN was played the 1st time.
Since then this game did have it all.
Last season the game was played only the 3rd time since ever twice a season (1901, 1903 and 2018).
Texas won the game during the season, Oklahoma the BIG12 Championship game.
This season we have again both teams ranked, but Oklahoma was so far perfect averaging 50+ points on offense per game, while Texas lost 1 game so far (against ranked LSU) and averages 40+ points per game.
It's traditionally played on a semi-neutral place, in Dallas Texas, inside the Cotton Bowl (the stadium, not the event).
As said, last season Texas did squeeze by Oklahoma, but this season I have the feeling that Oklahoma is more than an inch stronger than Texas.
Sure, the rivalry will spice up the intensity and the will to win, but I doubt that Texas will be able to control QB Hurts and how Texas will protect their QB Ehlinger is beyond me.
The lines of Oklahoma do look legit, and if Texas can keep up with that for the whole game, we will have a fun game.
Vegas has the Sooners favored by 10.5 points, I think they will even top that.
Sooners win.

#7 Florida @ #5 LSU
Again a SEC showdown you just have to love.
What's at stake?
If LSU loses, they do lose a little step to Alabama.
Of cause nothing is final, but this is important and since Alabama has this season a quite easy SEC East schedule, they will not stumble over a non-division-game (except a shot into their knees or something).
So losing here, this game, would be not so good for the division contention.
Florida did already beat Auburn, so they are right now on the plus side of that math in their division, but if they lose here, they lose a step toward Georgia.
Also nothing final, but important.
On top as a loser you will have a hard time getting into the playoffs, even if you keep on winning afterwards.
Played at Baton Rouge this game is in favor of LSU, and Vegas does grant a line of -13.5.
That's big.
After the game between Auburn and Florida I'm in doubt this will get out of hand that much, but on the other side is that LSU stadium a killer.
Very tough environment.
I go with LSU but I think it will be close.
Tigers win.

#1 Alabama @ #24 Texas A&M
For now did Alabama win everything and Texas A&M did so far not show they can content with the top.
They lost to Clemson and to Auburn already and the reason they are still ranked is that they did play on the same level or almost on the same level as those 2 teams. Likely also their HC does have some weight in that, likely many do just believe A&M will play on that level with Fisher as HC, they just have the bad games up front and not later in the season.
Well ...
Alabama did not show and sign of weakness so far.
The only reason this will not be a blowout (likely) is that this is played in Texas and Alabama will have to play against the 12th man.
A&M at home is not a bad thing and hopefully we will see something special.
Alabama is favored by 16.5 points, so an upset would be huge.
It CAN happen, we did see such upsets already, but it's highly unlikely.
Crimson Tide win.

Other interesting games:

#25 Cincinnati @ Houston
The next big game for Cincinnati and this time they might not be strong enough.
Cincinnati won against UCF last week and do now face 2-3 Houston who are under the reign of former West Virginia HC Holgorsen.
Houston lost to Oklahoma, Tulane and Washington State. Given Tulanes rise this season it's not as bad as 2-3 might look like.
Don't get me wrong, Holgorsen has likely some pressure already, but this is not really a bad football team.
Played at Houston this is a perfect trap game for the 7.5 points favored Bearcats to get eaten by the Cougars.
I'm willing to pick an upset here.
Cougars win.

#10 Penn State @ #17 Iowa
Another of those hard to pick BIG10 games (at least for me).
Iowa did show little offense against Michigan last week, but will play at home now, which might help.
Penn State did play well at home last week against Purdue, but the Boilermakers are not really in best shape this season.
Still the Nittany Lions are 3.0 point favorites.
I expect another defense match, but Penn State to be a bit better.
Nittany Lions win.

Washington State @ #18 Arizona State
And the next game to be featured in the PAC12-who-will-win-lottery.
Surprisingly the Vegas line is EVEN!
The 3-2 Cougars lost 2 in a row (the wild game against UCLA and at Utah) and do now travel to Arizona State, who lost so far only 1 game (at home against Colorado).
Maybe it's better so look against whom they won and that is for Wazzu New Mexico State, a FCS team and Houston, which is in total not that impressive.
For Arizona State that's Kent State, a FCS team, Michigan State and Cal last week on the road. That's a bit more impressive.
So how on earth can the line be even if we have a 4-1 team with a 'better' wins at home against a 3-2 team losing 2 in a row and with only wins against not so winning teams?
To make it short .... (even I can imagine a WSU win ...)
Sun Devils win.

Don't forget your Pick'em picks.

'Til next time

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