At least my lock of the week was right for last week. I’ve only missed one of those so far this season. I’m going to try and keep it going this week. There’s a pretty easy one on the schedule. Anyway, don’t forget to use the Spooky Express promo over at MyBookie.ag.
Lock of the Week – Michigan Wolverines at Nebraska Cornhuskers
I might have been too harsh on Scott Frost earlier in the season. When Frost arrived, I thought it would be an instant turnaround for Nebraska, but they were clearly in worse shape than I thought. They laid a beat down on Northwestern last week. It might have brought the spark that they need to propel to the best season under Frost.
Michigan isn’t getting much love to start the season. There is a reason; however, they are still 5-0 with wins over Washington and Wisconsin. None of their wins are against ranked teams which leads to their #9 ranking.
Hopes were raised for the Cornhuskers off last week’s performance. Michigan still is flying under the radar. Their seven-point win over Rutgers didn’t help their cause. Also, we’ve seen this story before under Jim Harbaugh. There is always a stumble, but it won’t be this week.
Safe Picks – LSU Tigers at Kentucky Wildcats
LSU is clearly rebuilding, and they’ve entered an ugly section of their schedule. Last week's loss to Auburn marked their first game of six against currently ranked opponents. It will be tough to win half of those games.
Kentucky is on the precipice of greatness. They beat Florida last week. They need to make sure all their attention is on this game and not looking to Georgia next week. Mark Stoops does a great job getting this team ready and making a game plan.
There is no way Stoops lets this game get away from him. LSU historically owns this match-up with a record of 40-16-1. It isn’t an annual game, but Kentucky needs this game to put them in position for a big bowl game at the end of the season.
Safe Picks – Georgia Tech Hornets at Duke Blue Devils
Georgia Tech is playing typical mediocre football. They did get a huge win over North Carolina a couple of weeks ago; however, don’t base your opinion on that game. These guys were blown out by Pitt last week and lost to Northern Illinois.
Duke, on the other hand, is playing above their head. After a bad start with a loss to Charlotte, Duke has played good ball. They lost to a much better North Carolina team (the same team that Tech beat). This week Duke will be ready to go.
Duke is at home and an underdog to Georgia Tech. I’ll take that all day long.
Iffy but worth a shot – Maryland Terrapins at Ohio State Buckeyes
The only thing that scares me is the spread. Ohio State should win this game running away, but they have struggled this season. At least to their standards. Maryland was exposed last week by Iowa. Ohio State will keep the train rolling.
Ohio State -21.5
Iffy but worth a shot – West Virginia Mountaineers at Baylor Bears
Baylor snuck into the top 25 before last week's game. They are back out after their first loss of the season to Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers aren’t exactly a top-tier team, but Baylor just doesn’t strike me as the better team in this one.