Back on track with two winners in three picks. Had an easy time with FSU's romp past South Florida and Michigan's pounding of Penn State. Notre Dame fooled us. Thought we were safe with an early 14-0 lead, but then the Irish again were defenseless against Duke.
So we move on to an interesting weekend of games which include Louisville at Clemson, Stanford at Washington and Memphis at Ole Miss.
LOCK-SMITH squeezed to a win last week with Utah's comeback against USC, which gave the Utes, a 3 point favorite, a four point win. This week he looks at: Oklahoma State vs. Texas.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
The Game: Memphis, getting 13 vs. OLE MISS
The Pick: Ole Miss 24, Memphis 14
The Comment: Ole Miss is coming off an emotional two weeks of SEC play, a tough loss to Alabama and a romp past Georgia This is a let down game against a Memphis team that is coming off a 77-3 win over Bowling Green and is good enough to make the Rebels sweat.
The Game : CLEMSON vs. Louisville. taking the under at 67
The Pick: Clemson 35, Louisville 31
The Comment: Part of us believes we should have learned our lesson in doubting Louisville before it took apart FSU a few weeks ago. But this game is on the road and DeShaun Watson knows how to play a starring role. Last team with ball wins type game and we think that will be the Tigers.
The Game: WASHINGTON giving 2.5 to Stanford
The Pick: Washington 24, Stanford 17
The Comment: No one knows how good the Huskies are because they have been hiding on the Pac-12 network with late night appearances. This time it is Friday night lights against Stanford in prime time. They are that good.
Record last week: 2-1
Record to Date: 7-5
OKLAHOMA STATE over Texas, taking 3
Okay, so we've seen the spark frosh QB Shane Buechele has given to Texas' offense. But unless he can play defense too, the Longhorns will struggle on the road this year. How impressive is that victory over Notre Dame looking now? And what quality team loses a shootout to Cal? We know Oklahoma State would be 3-1 if not for horrible officiating and the Cowboys could have pulled off an upset against Baylor had Justice Hill not fumbled at the 2 yard line in a 28-24 game. Both teams have plenty of offensive firepower. But Longhorns will be without their best offensive linemen (Kent Perkins is suspended for this game) and Buechele is facing a true hostile environment for the first time in his career. Mason Rudolph and James Washington find a way to out score Texas.
Home team in CAPS
Record to date vs. spread: 2-1-1[/membership]