The Square Pigeon’s Pipeline NCAA Week 4
NCAA WEEK 2
The Square Pigeon Pipeline is in its third year here at the Spooky Express. Jason delivers his thoughts and picks on both college football and the NFL each and every week.
For the first time this season, there is a major shakeup in the top ten. There are a couple of new teams that we get to talk about that got added to the teams that held on to their spots. Plus, there aren’t any games featuring teams that aren’t in the top ten, so this should be an easy week for picks. I’ll manage to get half of them wrong.
This season I’m going to do quick hits of all the games from the top 10 teams plus any top 25 versus top 25 matchup. Let me know what you think of the new format in the comments below or send it over to Twitter @JasonBelschner. Bookmaker has the odds for the games listed this week.
#22 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama
Alabama keeps rolling, and it is impossible to pick against them; however, the Aggies gave the Clemson Tigers a run for their money. This is the first real challenge for the Crimson Tide, but quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has given the Alabama fans’ a reason to dream big this year. Jimbo Fisher gets his kids up to play this game. They won’t win, but they will cover the spread again this week.
PICK: TEXAS A&M +25.5 UNDER 61
#2 Georgia at Missouri
Georgia outmatched South Carolina last week in a major way. The 41-17 blow out dealt a major blow to the Game Cocks, and Missouri isn’t much better. The Tigers barely beat Purdue last week 40-37 in an embarrassing performance of a once competitive school.
PICK: GEORGIA –14.5 UNDER 64.5
#3 Clemson at Georgia Tech
I don’t really understand why Clemson last their #2 spot this week, but that is the way the cookie crumbles. Georgia Tech was beat in back to back weeks by South Florida and Pittsburgh, so let’s spare the niceties and admit it. Tech isn’t good this year, and this should be a dominant performance by Clemson.
PICK: CLEMSON –16.5 OVER 51.5
Tulane at #4 Ohio State
Urban Meyer makes his glorious return, and I fully expect the Ohio State Buckeyes to respond to their coaches return. Ohio State has played exquisitely in their coach’s absence, but now the big man is back and all cylinders will be firing against a weak Tulane team.
PICK: OHIO STATE –36.5 OVER 63
Army at #5 Oklahoma
Oklahoma will dominate this game, but Army plays with pride. The Black Knights will be outmatched in this game, but they will cover the spread. Jeff Monken has done a good job of restoring this historical team. They aren’t ready for Oklahoma, but Monken will make sure they’re ready to play.
PICK: ARMY +30.5 UNDER 63
Louisiana Tech at #6 Louisiana State
LSU is a much better team than people want to give them credit for. They have already beaten two teams ranked in the top ten. It isn’t like LSU is doing anything special, but they are getting the job done. They easily cover in their first creampuff game.
PICK: LOUISIANA STATE OVER 51.5
#7 Stanford at #20 Oregon
Stanford keeps winning, but I can’t say they are exciting to watch. Bryce Love was supposed to be a Heisman hopeful, but he is barely relevant. Love only has 165 yards rushing through the first three games. But still, I’m not an Oregon fan at all. I still see the Cardinals pulling away from the not so mighty Ducks this week.
PICK: STANFORD –1.5 UNDER 55.5
#8 Notre Dame at Wake Forest
If this was last year, I’d still take Wake with my boy John Wolford was still playing quarterback. Instead, he is bouncing on and off of the Jets roster. I hope the best for him, but he can’t affect this week's game. Notre Dame takes this game without Wake having the unexplainable masterpiece that was Wolford.
PICK: NOTRE DAME -7.5 UNDER 61
Arkansas at #9 Auburn
Auburn is a good football team which is why the remained in the top 10. Their loss against LSU was just a sign that LSU was better than everyone thought. But this week, the Razorbacks keep this game close enough to cover.
PICK: ARKANSAS +30 UNDER 58
#10 Penn State at Illinois
Penn State returns to the top 10 after their week one win against Appalachian State. After two weeks of embarrassing their opponents 114-16, Penn State returns to the top 10, but the real question is, should they have ever left? No, but that doesn’t matter to Illinois who is struggling for respect. Lovie Smith will have his team ready.