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College Football Betting Picks, Week 4: Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech, Clemson-Florida State and Miami-Nebraska

Weekly selections out of the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12.

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Last week:

Brian: 2-3 (7-8 on the year)
Jeff: 1-4 (6-9)
ATL: 0-1 (0-1)


Iowa Hawkeyes at Pittsburgh Panthers (-6.5) - This is one of the most interesting matchups of the weekend. When the line came out, Pitt was only favored by 4 points at home. The line has since moved to close to a TD. Iowa's been a very average team through the first three games of the year, defeating FCS Northern Iowa (31-23) and Ball State (17-13) before dropping a game to in-state rival Iowa State (20-17) in week 3. Iowa has been listed a double-digit favorite in each of its first three games and has yet to cover the spread in a game this season. There's a chance that Pitt could Pitt in this one, but I like the Panthers' rushing attack (344.00 yards per game, 5th nationally) to find success on the ground and score enough points to comfortably cover the spread here.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Virginia Tech Hokies (-8) - The Hokies will play angry coming off a home loss to ECU, only a week after snapping Ohio State's 64 game home winning streak against unranked non-conference opponents. Despite a 3-0 record to start the season, Georgia Tech has hardly impressed so far this season, struggling to put away FCS Wofford (38-19), Tulane (38-21) and Georgia Southern (42-38) over the first three weeks of the season. The Hokies have won four straight in the series, including a 17-10 win in Atlanta last season.

Virginia Cavaliers (+14) at BYU Cougars - Here's a prime spot for the Cavaliers to prove they're no longer Coastal Division doormats. A week after pulling off the home upset over Louisville, the 'Hoos are off to Provo to take on a 3-0 Cougars team that's thinking of crashing the College Football Playoff / major bowl game lineup. I like UVA to keep this within two scores, but am not really feeling the upset here. Certainly not if the Virginia offense can't get going (108th nationally through three weeks).

Texas A&M Aggies (-33) at SMU Mustangs - Doubling down on A&M this week, a week after the Aggies failed to cover a 31.5-point spread at home against Rice. This week, the Aggies face yet another former SWC rival -- this time on the road -- and are an even bigger favorite. SMU has had an extra week to prepare for A&M, and the week off couldn't have come at a better time. The Mustangs are 0-2 on the year and have been outscored 88-6 in its first two games. A&M rolls.

Oregon Ducks (-24) at Washington State Cougars - Last season, these two teams met in Eugene with the Ducks rolling up 62 points en route to a 62-38 victory (hence the 24-point spread?). Washington State got in the win column last week with a 59-21 victory over FCS Portland State, while Oregon shook off a slow start to down Wyoming, 48-14, in week 3. Current Heisman front-runner Oregon QB Marcus Mariota puts up video game numbers and UO rolls to another easy victory in Pac-12 play.


Maryland Terrapins at Syracuse Orange (PK)​ - In this newly non-conference matchup, I'll take Syracuse. The dome is a tough place to play and Maryland has not been very good lately. This season is still uncertain for them as we really don't know how good the competition they have played so far is. Same with Syracuse, though, and Syracuse has taken care of the teams they should have.

Tulane Green Wave at Duke Blue Devils (-17.5) - Duke seems to be finding a ground game this season and if they can roll over Kansas, they can handle Tulane.

Massachusetts Minutemen (+26.5) at Penn State Nittany Lions - UMass has scared some teams in the last two weeks when they played Colorado and Vanderbilt. UMass was unable to get the victory, but they did cover the spread and should be able to do the same this weekend.

Clemson Tigers (+14.5) at Florida State Seminoles - Last season, FSU murdered Clemson at Death Valley. This year, you would think it would go even worse, considering all the talent Clemson graduated and the fact that they will be playing at FSU. But FSU has lost a lot since last season as well, and is far from the #1 team in the nation right now. Adding to that, Jameis Winston will have to sit out the first half and I certainly think Clemson will cover 2 TDs.

Miami Hurricanes (+7.5) at Nebraska Cornhuskers - This game would have been the hottest ticket ever 20 years ago. In 2014, it probably won't even get a good TV rating, but I'm picking the Canes anyway to show some ACC pride.

Year Jeff Brian
2008 42-33 39-36
2009 36-34 40-30
2010 35-35 35-35
2011 37-33 31-39
2012 33-37 37-33
2013 40-35 36-39
08/03/14 1-4 3-2
09/06/14 4-1 2-3
09/13/14 1-4 2-3
2014 6-9 7-8
All-Time 229-216 225-220