We're back. At least A Jersey Guy is back on track after a season-best 5-1 mark, which should have been 6-0 were it not for a TD explosion in a three minute period by Ohio State vs. TCU.
And we're back above .500.
Well after going 4-0, he went 0-2 and is back in a secondary role until he proves that the first two weeks weren't just flukes.
So with that as a prelude, let's see what we have this week.
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Washington State at USC (-3.5)
Penn State at Illinois O/U 59
Michigan State (-4.5) at Indiana
Boston College (-7) at Purdue
Florida International at Miami (-26.5)
Notre Dame at Wake Forest 0/U 58.5
UConn at Syracuse (-27.5)
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Washington State at USC (-3.5)--Just a hunch pick here that USC has been pounded enough by Texas and Stanford the past few weeks and playing in front of a friendly gathering at home will make this a fun night for the Trojans. Take USC and give the points.
The Score: USC 35 Washington State 14
Penn State at Illinois O/U 59
Nittany Lions might get caught looking ahead to next week's showdown with Ohio State, which might lead to some anxious moments, but Penn State has too much fire power on offense. Take the Over at 59.
The Score: Penn State 45, Illinois 21
Michigan State (-4.5) at Indiana--A nervous pick since we were high on Michigan State at the start of the season and the Spartans went belly up on us in their first two games. But they have had a week to think about things and begin their Big Ten season against an Illinois team that is mediocre at best. Taking Sparty and giving the 4.5 points.
The Score: Michigan State 31, Indiana 13
Boston College (-7) at Purdue--BC a favorite on the road against a Big Ten team not named Rutgers? Hmmm. Yes, BC has looked overwhelming in winning its first three games and Purdue has looked overmatched in losing its first three games, but I just don't trust the Eagles yet. Taking the home team and the points.
The Score: Boston College 35 Purdue 31
FIU at Miami (-26.5)--Maybe the Hurricanes are back on track. FIU should be a rollover for the Canes in this South Florida rivalry. FIU has won its last two games, but that was against ODU and UMass. Taking a chance that Miami wins a shootout in impressive fashion. Taking the Canes to cover
The Score: Miami 48, FIU 20
Notre Dame at Wake Forest O/U 58.5--Notre Dame has not dazzled anyone the past few weeks and now hits the road against a Wake Forest team that can put points on the board. So can the Irish against a Deacon defense that is shaky. ND wins, but it will be a shootout which means take the over
The Score: Notre Dame 42, Wake Forest 27
Last week: 5-1
SYRACUSE over Connecticut, giving 27 1/2
No reason to overcomplicate this. Syracuse proved it could be a peer (Florida State) with its back-up QB Tommy DeVito, after oft-injured but abundantly-talented Eric Dungey got hurt again. Orange will be after its first 4-0 start since 1991, should have a strong home crowd for support and seems to be gaining momentum as an ACC sleeper team. UConn just stinks. Well, the defense does. It's the worst in the country when you take into account how lousy the Huskies are against both the pass and the run and that they gave up 818 yards to Boise and 49 points to FCS for Rhode Island. Connecticut's offense is average at best, but the defense is so historically bad it doesn't matter.
IOWA over Wisconsin, taking 3
The de facto Big Ten West championship game. Hard to trust either quarterback, since Wisconsin's Alex Hornibrook and Iowa's Nate Stanley tend to drive their respective fanbases crazy with their inconsistent play. Badgers will boast the best player on the field in RB Jonathan Taylor, currently second nationally in rushing. But the Hawkeyes' defense -- against inferior competition, no question -- is ranked second nationally against the run. Wisconsin was exposed a little at home last week by BYU. This is Iowa's season for now and the homefield is a big advantage here. It figures to be close regardless of which team wins -- and low scoring.
LAST WEEK: 0-2
SEASON TO DATE VS. SPREAD: 4-2
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