Looking for the favored Badgers to keep rolling
November 03, 2015 3:05 AM
by Doc's Sports
Each week of this college football season Doc’s teams up with GamingToday to give you three of our strongest selections.
Last Saturday’s 3-0 run started with the right call in Tennessee’s 52-21 romp over Kentucky in the SEC with the Volunteers listed as 7-point favorites on the road.
Our top Big Ten pick for GamingToday was Minnesota covering as 13-point road underdogs against Michigan and the Golden Gophers came through in a tight 29-26 loss.
Our final pick of the week was Boise State over UNLV in the Mountain West and the Broncos cruised to a 55-27 victory as heavy 20-point road favorites.
Here are this week’s selections:
Take NC STATE (-4) over Boston College: The Wolfpack are coming off a 56-41 loss to Clemson as 13-point home underdogs. They are now just 1-3 in their last four games both straight-up and against the spread. With a SU record of 5-3 and Florida State and North Carolina still on the slate, this becomes a must-win game as far as qualifying for a bowl. NC State still has one of the best ground games in the country with an average of 202.6 yards a game, which will serve well in this matchup.
Boston College is still searching for its first win of the season in the ACC after going 3-0 SU in nonconference play. This past Saturday, the Eagles fell to Virginia Tech, 26-10, as 3-point home underdogs and are now an even 3-3 ATS in conference play. Boston College has played well on defense, but its offense is going to have a tough time keeping pace against the Wolfpack.
Take UTAH (+1.5) over Washington: The Utes bounced back from a devastating loss to USC with a lackluster 27-12 victory against Oregon State as 26-point home favorites, but they are still in the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 South Division title race at 4-1 SU in conference play. This will be a tough test on the road, but Utah comes into this matchup with one of the best balanced offenses in the Pac-12 and a defense that is allowing just 21.4 points a game.
Washington made some noise in a 49-3 beatdown of Arizona that snapped a two-game skid both SU and ATS. It raised the Huskies’ record to an even 4-4 SU (5-3 ATS) on the year. They got another big performance from freshman quarterback Jake Browning in the win against the Wildcats with four touchdowns through the air and one on the ground, but do not look for that kind of success this Saturday against a highly motivated Utes’ defense.
Take WISCONSIN (-13) over Maryland: The Badgers are still in contention for the Big Ten West Division title at 4-1 SU in conference play, but with an earlier loss to Iowa there is little margin for error from here on in. Wisconsin is definitely on the right track with a SU four-game winning streak by a combined score of 119-51 and it would hard to see this team taking a step backward this week against one of the worst teams in the Big Ten this season.
Maryland is bringing up the rear in the East Division at 2-6 SU on the year and it is still looking for its first Big Ten win this season after falling to Iowa, 31-15, on the road this past Saturday. The Terrapins did manage to cover as 17.5-point underdogs to improve to 3-1 ATS in Big Ten play. However, Maryland is still just 4-11 SU in its last 15 home games and in last season’s matchup against the Badgers it was crushed, 52-7, as a 9.5-point underdog on the road.
CFB Last Week: 3-0-0
CFB Season: 13-13-0
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