After going 17-18-1 in our weekly picks for GamingToday in the first 12 weeks of the college football season, Doc’s pulled even.
As the regular season continues to wind down over the next two weeks, we remain confident we will finish things up on a strong note.
Looking back at Saturday’s picks, Michigan State found the winner’s circle with a 30-6 victory over Northwestern as a 6½-point road favorite and SMU ground out a 16-6 win over South Florida as a three-point favorite on the road. The lone setback came when Wyoming failed to cover as a seven-point home favorite in a 59-56 shootout against Hawaii.
Here are this week’s selections:
Nebraska (-3) vs. Iowa (Fri.): The Cornhuskers squeaked by Penn State 23-20 in overtime this past Saturday on the road in a game that closed as a “push.” They are now 8-3 SU and 6-5 ATS. They will close out their season in Lincoln where they have won five of seven games SU with an average margin of victory of 21.6 points.
Iowa comes into its final game of the regular season at 7-4 SU (6-5 ATS) and 4-3 in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes’ defense is ranked No. 13 in the nation in points allowed (18.9) but their offense has struggled to put points on the board at times this season, especially in previous losses to Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. They will have a tough time this Friday keeping pace with a Nebraska offense averaging 34 ppg.NEBRASKA.
Ohio St. -13 vs. Michigan (Sat.): The Buckeyes are just one more SU victory away from a second-straight undefeated season. They are ranked third in the nation behind an offense that is scoring an average of 48.7 ppg and a defense ranked eighth in the nation in points allowed (18.4). There is little reason to believe that they will not come close to both those numbers here.
Michigan started the season with five straight victories while climbing all the way to No. 18 in the polls. Since then they are just 2-4 overall (3-3 ATS) including SU losses to Penn State and Nebraska as favorites. The Wolverines are still a pretty good all-around team but they will have major trouble matching up against Ohio State in almost every phase. OHIO ST.
ND +14 at Stanford (Sat.): This season has been a far cry from Notre Dame’s run all the way to the BCS title game last year. The Irish could be peaking at just the right time with a 5-1 SU record in its last six games that includes impressive victories over Arizona State and USC in the Pac-12. The Irish have averaged 29.7 ppg during this run.
Stanford is 9-2 SU after this past Saturday’s 63-13 romp over California as a 31½-point home favorite. While 7-2 SU in the Pac-12 this season, the Cardinal have had their fair share of trouble with the Irish over the past few seasons. Last year they came up short in a 20-13 overtime loss and the series is tied 3-3 both SU and ATS in the last six meetings. Look for the Irish to keep things close again and cover the two touchdown spread. NOTRE DAME.
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