Irish will end the undefeated season for Hurricanes

Irish will end the undefeated season for Hurricanes

November 07, 2017 3:00 AM
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In a brief recap of last week’s free picks for GamingToday, we split our two Big Ten selections starting with the wrong call on Nebraska in the Cornhuskers’ 31-24 loss to Northwestern as 2-point favorites.

We did make the right play in Michigan State’s outright 27-24 upset over Penn State as an 11-point underdog. In our third play of the day, Fresno State could not cover the 10.5-point spread in its 20-13 victory against BYU to drop our overall record to 16-13-1 through the first 10 weeks of the season.

Here are this week’s selections:

Take Stanford (+7) vs. Washington: Stanford is coming off a tough 24-21 road loss to Washington State on Saturday as a 1-point favorite to snap a straight-up five-game winning streak. The Cardinal need a victory at home against the Huskies to keep pace in the Pac-12 North Division title race and we like their chances to, at the very least, keep this game closer than the touchdown spread. They remain one of the top rushing teams in the nation and their defense is ranked 34th in points allowed.

The Huskies are 5-1 SU in conference play this season heading into this huge showdown. They hammered Oregon, 38-3, on Saturday as 14-point favorites at home behind a solid running game as well. Led by Myles Gaskin, they racked up a total of 247 rushing yards on 39 carries. Look for more of the same this Friday night on the road where Washington lost its only game of the year in a stunning defeat to Arizona State as a 17.5-point road favorite.

Take Notre Dame (-3) vs. Miami: Notre Dame continues to roll toward a possible berth in this season’s College Football Playoff at 8-1 SU on the year. There should be some added motivation for this week’s showdown after somewhat of a close call last Saturday in a 48-37 victory against Wake Forest as a 15.5-point home favorite. The Fighting Irish are another team that banks much of its success on the ability to run the ball on offense while keeping opposing teams out of the end zone on the other side of the ball.

The Hurricanes survived a huge test last week to remain perfect on the year at 8-0 SU with a 28-10 victory at home against Virginia Tech as 2.5-point favorites. This was the first time they covered in their last four games to move to an even 4-4 against the spread. Despite the big win to move one step closer to the ACC Coastal Division title, in a head-to-head matchup against the Irish, the clear edge has to go to Notre Dame in all three phases of the game.

Take Boise State (-5) vs. Colorado State: Moving to a big showdown in the Mountain West’s Mountain Division title race, Boise State will be putting its perfect 5-0 SU record on the line in conference play. The Broncos have won back-to-back games by identical 41-14 scores the past two weeks while covering a double-digit spread. They are 4-1 ATS in their last five games while averaging 32.2 points per game. This defense has not allowed more than 14 points during this same span of games.

Colorado State has lost its last two games to Air Force at home and to Wyoming on the road to slip to 4-2 in conference play. The Rams have failed to cover in their last four contests, falling to 4-6 ATS this season. The big concern heading into this Saturday’s home game is a defense that is now ranked 62nd in the nation in points allowed after giving up an average of 31.8 points over its last four contests.

Last week: 1-2

Season: 16-13-1