Jeff: 4-1 (17-18 on the year)
Brian: 2-3 (15-20 on the year)
ATL: 1-0 (2-3)
Syracuse Orange at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (+5) - This game is the battle to be considered the worst team in the ACC. The loser will be able to proudly hold that title. I'm taking Wake here because they're playing at home and I don't think they're bad enough to go winless in conference. Syracuse typically does not play real well away from home. And sadly, I thought, who do I feel better about taking this weekend--BC +5 at home or Wake +5 at home. My answer is the team playing Syracuse.
Virginia Cavaliers at Duke Blue Devils (-2.5) - Brian will probably go against me on this one but that will just make me feel better about my pick. When UVA beats someone good this season let me know. I feel that they are getting more credit for being competitive against UCLA than they deserve. Duke is headed to the ACCCG again.
N.C. State Wolfpack at Louisville Cardinals (-17) - BC almost covered 17 last week on the road against NC State. This week NC State will struggle to score at all against Louisville which has a great defense. They will get beat in the trenches again and Louisville will only need to put up 25 points to cover.
I would like to take FSU against Notre Dame here but who knows what the line will be once there's more information on if Winston will play.
Baylor Bears (-7.5) at West Virginia Mountaineers - Tough road game for the Bears, who are coming off a thrilling 61-58 come-from-behind victory over TCU. This has all the makings of a temperature-type game, but I'm counting on the Baylor defense to make enough key stops for the Bears offense to pull away at some point in the second half for a comfortable-ish double-digit road victory.
Michigan State Spartans (-15) at Indiana Hoosiers - Poor Hoosiers picked the wrong time to lose starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld for the season. Sparty rolls up a ton of yards against one of the more suspect defenses in the Big Ten. Not even worried about the backdoor cover in this one. Style points matter as Michigan State positions itself for a CFB playoff berth.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-2) at North Carolina Tar Heels - Strange point spread here. Georgia Tech fell to Duke last weekend, but the Jackets repeatedly shot themselves in the foot in a lightning-delayed, 31-25 loss. If the Jackets can limit mistakes, they'll find success running against a young North Carolina DL. The Tar Heels offense showed some serious signs of life in a 50-43 loss to Notre Dame last week. The flipside, of course, is that the UNC defense gave up 50 points...to go along with 34 points to Virginia Tech, 50 against Clemson and 70 against ECU. As you'd expect, the Heels defense ranks among the worst in the nation. Georgia Tech puts a lot of points on the board, controls the clock (keeping the UNC offense off the field) and wins its sixth straight game over North Carolina.
Utah State Aggies at Colorado State Rams (-5.5) - Colorado State struggled a bit to put away Nevada on the road last week. The Rams jumped out to a 31-3 lead late in the third quarter, but Nevada would rally to score the game's final 21 points. This week, the Rams take on an Aggies team playing without start QB Chuckie Keeton. Even without Keeton, USU is a dangerous out, but Colorado State's top 25-ranked offense (490.8 ypg) should be enough to notch a comfortable win in this important Mountain West Mountain Division showdown.
Stanford Cardinal (-3) at Arizona State Sun Devils - Arizona State is a team that Stanford just has figured out. The Cardinal demolished the Sun Devils in both meetings last year--42-28 at the Farm during the regular season (in a game where the final score didn't give the beatdown justice) and again in the desert, 38-14, in the Pac-12 title game. Stanford's physical defense has its way with Arizona State's pass happy attack and SU notches its third victory over the Sun Devils in 13 months.