Week 7…The Meatiest Meat Sack Locks of the Week
It’s getting hot in here with a strong week and what should have been 5-1 had Clemson not called off the dogs up 28-0. However, 4-2 last week puts us in the win column and gives us some confidence. Could have gone the other way had Utah not gotten a few late calls to get them a garbage TD. Thanks refs! I finally hit my Friday lock…should I ride the hot wave? That’s all next in this edition of the meaty locks.
Friday Night Pot Roast – #8 Washington St (-15) at Cal
Washington St. is dialed in right now. On both sides of the ball too… we’ve always considered a Mike Leach defense shaky at best. These guys are no slouches. Cal’s offense lacks weapons to move the ball and score enough points to keep pace with a quiet Heisman ‘darkhorse’ in Luke Falk even at home. Luke Falk is protecting the football while slinging it all over the field. 19 TDs, 2 picks and a clean 2,000 yards on the dot passing… watch out! Expect Washington St. to score early and often and quiet a home crowd on a Friday night. Give me the Cougars minus the points. Final count 41-20. Luke Falk throws for 4 TD’s and 380 yards to start opening up some eyes. Anyone wanting to book the over on this one? Or we still worried this defense might be too good. O/U is 54 for this matchup. (I almost did a write up on Clemson at Syracuse but with a questionable QB situation and with Friday nights always bringing weird games, I’ll shy away from that game)
Virginia (-3.5) at North Carolina
Virginia’s head coach Bronco Mendenhall is quietly building a pretty nice football program, something Virginia fans everywhere have been dreaming of for a long time. The Cavaliers are sitting at 4-1 and the Tarheels are a really bad 0-5. North Carolina’s defense has been gashed all season giving up 27+ in every contest. I can’t see Virginia with a solid offense doing any worse and even with a home field to play on this week, UNC can’t hang. Give me Virginia minus 3.5. Cavaliers 33, home team 24.
Texas A&M at Florida (-3)
I just don’t like Florida football. Boring, can’t score, never seem to be anything other than a nasty defense. I thought their coach was brought in to bring some scoring to the game? Well, the exact opposite is A&M. Offense for days. Who takes this match up of strengths…I got the Aggies. Kelly Mond seems to have settled into his game and is making plays against good teams…look for him to grow up and start building his Heisman campaign for next season? Aggie fans will travel as they always do and with it being so long since they’ve played there you can expect a big away crowd. It’s tough picking a young QB at the ‘Swamp’ in a night game but I’m doing it! Gator fans would like nothing more than to have a reason to put Jim Mcelwain firmly on the hot seat. A&M 27 – Florida 23.
Boise St at #19 San Diego St (-6.5)
This is just the 5th time these two teams have met…odd. I think I may have picked far too many road teams so here is a homer to even things out. How sick is Rashaad Penny (insert highlight here)? This guy is downright nasty and his highlights rival Saquon Barkley. Can he carry his team to an undefeated season and a shot at some consideration for a big time bowl and earn a trip to NYC to hear Barkley’s name called? I think so. Expect another 170-200 yards on the ground from Rashaad “Abe Lincoln” and a big win. 33-20 Aztecs. Keep climbing the standings boys! This team is going to be tough to beat at home. O/U is 46 here…don’t leave that off your bet!
#8 Ohio St (-24) at Nebraska
Blackshirt fans everywhere are pissed about this line…I wrote up something similarly when Ohio St. played UNLV, and I’m doing it again. I don’t see how Ohio St. goes into Memorial Stadium and waxes these Blackshirts (LOL) by 24. Nebraska has a good enough run game to keep the ‘Bucks off the field long enough to keep things close. Give me Cornhuskers +24 at home. Final score 34-20. That’s another close O/U at 58.5.
I gave you a couple extra picks on the O/U…who’s riding with me?