Brian: 2-3 (11-14 on the year)
Jeff: 0-5 (8-17)
ATL: 1-0 (1-2)
Louisville Cardinals (-1) at Syracuse Orange - I know all the caveats for this one. Louisville is starting true freshman Reggie Bonnafon under center for the second straight week. The Cardinals had a dud of an ACC road debut at Virginia a few weeks back. Syracuse crushed Louisville the last time these two teams faced one another in the Dome. The Orange offense can move the chains, but they couldn't crack 10 points on offense going up against the Irish defense. Statistically, Louisville's defense is much better, ranking 3rd in the country this week in total defense. Like Louisville to win and cover here.
Virginia Tech Hokies (-2.5) at North Carolina Tar Heels - It's certainly not easy to win in the ACC on the road, but I like the Hokies in this one. These two teams met last year in Blacksburg with the Hokies coming away with a 27-17 victory, though the Hokies dropped their last game in Chapel Hill, 48-34. In a matchup of ECU's last two ACC victims--28-21 at Virginia Tech and 70-41 vs. North Carolina--I like the Hokies to come out on top.
South Carolina Gamecocks (-3.5) at Kentucky Wildcats - This is a ton of respect for a Kentucky team that won its first SEC game in 18 tries last weekend. Despite early season losses to A&M (52-28) and Missouri (21-20) last weekend, South Carolina remains the much better team. Gamecocks by double digits.
Stanford Cardinal (-3) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Interesting matchup in South Bend, featuring the nation's top ranked defense (Stanford) against the Irish's passing attack. Last week, the Irish defense surrendered over 400 yards to SU, while the offense committed 5 (!) turnovers...and Notre Dame still won by 16. Couldn't help but feel that a better team would've knocked off ND that night. Well, here's a much better team. SU wins by 10.
Arizona State Sun Devils at USC Trojans (-11.5) - Last week, the Trojans rebounded in a big way, stifling Oregon State's pass-happy attack and allowing just 123 yards through the air. Arizona State's QB Taylor Kelly is likely out for this game. The Sun Devils haven't won in the Coliseum since 1999. USC avenges last year's lopsided 62-41 loss to Arizona State and rolls.
SMU Mustangs (+42) at East Carolina Pirates - East Carolina has a nice team this year and SMU is struggling, but 42 points? East Carolina put it on UNC at home two weeks ago but that was rival in front of a record crowd where the fans were pushing for 70 points the entire 4th quarter. ECU won't have the same kind of motivation against SMU so SMU only needs about 7 points to cover here.
LSU Tigers at Auburn Tigers (-7.5) - This is a big test for the Tigers--both of them. Auburn should be able to get the win and cover over LSU and establish themselves in the National Championship picture again while the SEC West will start to get sorted out this weekend during all the matchups featuring ranked teams going against each other. This is one of the games making it a great Saturday for college football.
Miami-Florida Hurricanes at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-1.5) - If Miami were to win after beating Duke last week, that would start to clear up the ACC Coastal Division race a little, which is exactly why it will not happen.
Pittsburgh Panthers (+5) at Virginia Cavaliers - Pitt has had some rough weeks after beating BC, but because they play at Heinz Field, they never really have much of a home field advantage and they are a good road team. Pitt will pull off the mild upset here and cool down all the UVA expectations for this season after their horrible campaign last season.