For a guy who has no experience picking games, your humble scribe did okay last week at 4-2. Clemson easily covered the 39 ½ against Kent State while Maryland (plus-19) beat Texas straight up. South Carolina (plus 5) beat N.C. State straight up, 35-28.
I only got one of the Over/Under pick because I thought, with two great defenses on the field, Alabama-Florida State would not score 48 ½. Alabama won 24-7.
So here are the games for this week:
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TCU at Arkansas (plus 3): A year ago these two teams played a 41-38 thriller in double overtime. Arkansas had 20-7 lead but made the mistake of trying to play at TCU’s tempo. The Hogs still found a way to win. This time they will try to slow it down. But TCU’s Kenny Hill will keep things at a brisk pace. After struggling last season, Gary Patterson has a veteran team.
Score: TCU 31, Arkansas 24.
Auburn (plus 4) at Clemson: Clemson’s lowest point total during its 2016 national championship season was 19. That was against a very good Auburn defense in the opener at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Clemson still won the game 19-13. Auburn has another good defense and a brand new quarterback in Jarrett Stidham, a transfer from Baylor. Clemson is back in the national championship discussion at No. 3 in both polls. I think Clemson wins the game but they don’t cover the 4.
Score: Clemson 21, Auburn 20.
Georgia (plus 4) at Notre Dame: Georgia will start a true freshman quarterback (Jake Fromm) on the road at night against a Notre Dame team that has improved over last season’s 4-8 disaster. Notre Dame has reconfigured its offense under quarterback Brandon Wimbush and new OC Jeff Long, who came from Memphis. I just think Georgia is too athletic on defense and wins the game straight up.
Score: Georgia 28, Notre Dame 24.
South Carolina at Missouri (73 ½): Take the Over. Big Time. Neither of these teams is good on defense. Collectively they scored 107 points last week.
Oklahoma at Ohio State (65): Take the Under. Buckeyes run the ball and shorten the game to limit Oklahoma's possessions.
Stanford at Southern Cal (56) : Take the Under. Stanford will turn this game into a street fight.