It’s been a rough college football season for me…and we’re only 1/3 of the way through! UofA is 2-3 and there’s simply no reason for optimism coming from the program. Kevin Sumlin isn’t coaching ‘his guys’ and the new offensive system has turned dynamic playmaker Khalil Tate into a substandard pocket passer.
But I’m hopeful that the Wildcats can even their record this weekend against a hit-or-miss Cal team. And to make my weekend possibly better, can the Colorado Buffaloes begin 5-0 with a win over my arch nemesis, ASU? Find out what the experts think below!
Fanatic Guest Picker Standings:
Week 1 – Chris Schubert: 8-2 SU, 7-3 ATS
Week 2 – Wesley Franco: 7-3 SU, 6-4 ATS
Week 3 – Shawn Crespin: 5-5 SU, 5-5 ATS
Week 4 – Jeff Hoodzow: 9-1 SU, 6-4 ATS
Week 5 – Mike Bauer: 8-2 SU, 6-4 ATS
Our guest picker this week is none other than Daily Blender Super Fan Hall-of-Famer BIG George (Sarafin)! Can he continue the 17-3 straight up run from the Guest Pickers in the last two weeks? Meanwhile, it’s just pathetic that I’m only picking winners at a 60% clip. Time for a 10-0 week in that case!
|Eric Cohen||Jon Bell||Shane Dale||Steve Malina||(Fanatic Staff Guest Picker)
|Last Week (SU)||7-3||8-2||7-3||8-2||8-2|
|Last Week (ATS)||5-5||4-6||3-7||4-6||6-4|
|Cal (-1.5) at Arizona||AZ 27-24||CAL 24-17||CAL 38-24||AZ 31-27||AZ 31-24|
|ASU at Colorado (-2.5)||COL 31-27||COL 35-20||ASU 35-28||COL 28-27||ASU 35-28|
|Oklahoma (-7.5) vs. Texas (in Dallas)||OK 30-24||TEX 38-31||OK 31-21||OK 35-24||OK 35-32|
|Florida State at Miami (-12.5)||MIA 23-14||MIA 41-26||MIAMI 28-24||MIAMI 30-14||MIA 28-7|
|LSU (-2.5) at Florida||FLA 23-17||LSU 24-13||LSU 27-21||LSU 30-20||LSU 17-14|
|San Diego State at Boise State (-13.5)||BOISE 34-13||BOISE 31-20||BOISE 45-14||BOISE 31-21||SDSU 35-31|
|Kentucky at Texas A&M (-5.5)||A&M 30-20||A&M 31-30||A&M 33-24||A&M 29-24||A&M 27-24|
|Auburn (-3.5) at Mississippi State||MSU 31-28||AUB 27-13||AUB 27-16||AUB 24-20||AUB 42-32|
|Notre Dame (-5.5) at Virginia Tech||ND 24-17||ND 48-24||ND 41-27||ND 38-31||ND 24-21|
|Utah at Stanford (-4.5)||STAN 27-14||STAN 40-16||UTAH 23-21||STAN 28-21||STAN 28-17|
This Week’s Bold Prediction:
EC: Central Florida keeps annihilating teams week-in, week-out. Right now they’re ranked 12th in the AP poll…but here’s my question, if there’s enough carnage in the top-10 over the next 9 weeks, could they find a way to sneak into the Final Four with another undefeated season? Expect this to become a storyline sooner than later with QB McKenzie Milton an sleeper Heisman candidate. Remember that Peach Bowl victory vs. Auburn last year? I have a feeling that the playoff committee won’t forget it either.
JB: The Red River Rivalry returns to its glory status. Texas – led by ‘Big Game Tom’ (Herman) – survives an early offensive onslaught by the Sooners, comes back to officially announce their return to relevance.
SD: This is the week Khalil Tate finally gets benched by coach Kevin Sumlin.
SM: Coming off an impressive come-from-behind win in Happy Valley in the White Out game, Ohio State absolutely destroys Indiana by over 40. Dwayne Haskins surpasses Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray as the Heisman Trophy frontrunner by accounting for 6 TDs and 400 total yards.
GS: I’m picking Boston College to not only cover the 5 point spread against NC State, but look to them as the upset special of the week as they always plays the Wolfpack tough. Also, I’m picking a second upset: Nevada will take down Fresno State in Reno on Saturday night as a 12.5 point underdog! Give me Nevada and Boston College with the upsets!
Cohen’s Weekly College Football Playoff Bowl Forecast:
(Changes from last week in blue)
Peach: Notre Dame vs. Penn State
Fiesta: West Virginia vs. Central Florida
Rose: Michigan vs. Washington
Sugar: LSU vs. Oklahoma
Cotton (semifinal): Alabama vs. Ohio State
Orange (semifinal): Clemson vs. Georgia
National Championship Game Prediction: Clemson over Alabama
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