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Alex Symonds Stadium Senior Producer: Oregon (-13.5) vs Washington State
Joe Moorhead, Oregon's OC, is my football crush. His offenses at Penn State (Mississippi State) and Oregon tickle me. They're physical up front and vary their looks while using a dominant personnel package. This allows them to get the ball to the most important players during crunch time.
The Ducks faced some severe weather last week against Washington. Moorhead's offense was simple. 56 rush attempts for 329 yard with only 20 pass attempts, and a win of 26-16. Washington State's defense is ranked 89th in FBS for third-down defense. It allows only 4.5 yards per rush attempt. Oregon will likely take an early lead, and I believe they will suffocate them for cover.
Ben Wittenstein, Stadium Social Media Producer: Michigan (-1) over Penn State.
If it was a Happy Valley night game, I would probably be on PSU. However, it's like visiting Happy Valley at night. It's not scary. Michigan is the superior team. They have improved their passing game and are now one of the most balanced teams in the country. I don't believe the Nittany Lions offense has the ability to overwhelm Michigan's defense.
Although the Michigan line is smaller due to Michigan being on the road, it's still a regular day game for a team used to playing in front 100,000 fans. Michigan may even be undervalued. I'm all for the Blue and Maize.
Kate Constable, Stadium Host & Digital Producer: Cincinnati (-23) over South Florida.
Cincinnati has failed to cover spread in its last three games. But if they want to make it to the playoffs, they will need to not only win but also win big. The Bearcats will need to show the world why they are a top-four team in the final weeks of the season by gaining style points.
The eight-point victory over Tulsa last Thursday raised some questions about the team's ability to compete against a Power 5 program. But, I believe Cincinnati will put all doubts to rest with a huge win over an inconsistant South Florida team that gives up almost 500 yards per game.
Nate Jacobson Stadium Sports Betting Analyst: Virginia (+5.5), over Notre Dame.
My wager in this game is based on whether Virginia QB Brennan Armstrong, who suffered a rib injury during the Cavaliers' last BYU game, can play. I believe Armstrong will win against a top-10 opponent in primetime. It was a positive sight to see Armstrong making an NIL-driven visit at the Charlottesville grand opening. Virginia can win if Armstrong plays because their offense will score points against a Notre Dame defence that may be without star safety Kyle Hamilton.
AS: Tulane (+3) vs. Tulsa.
The combined teams are 4-14 this season. I won't be watching the game and recommend you skip it if possible. But, I believe there is value in the Tulane team and would be happy to score a field goal for the home team. Although Tulane's freshman quarterback Michael Pratt looks like a rookie most of the season, he has averaged 7.4 yards per passing attempt over his last three games and has not thrown an interception. I expect the Green Wave's passing attack to capitalize on a Tulsa defense coming off an emotionally draining and physical loss against Cincinnati.
BW: Purdue (+12.5) 1H over Ohio State.
Let's go crazy and place a spread on the first half. The Boilermakers have a history of causing upsets, so I am putting my trust in them to push the Buckeyes for the first half. This could be the kind of game in which Ohio State is challenged in the first half and then explodes in the second.
This isn’t just a gut feeling. Purdue has allowed nine points per game in the first quarter while scoring close to 15. OSU averages 25 points per half. Purdue will cover if either team scores more than their average. The Boilermakers have David Bell, a deep-threat threat weapon who can make big plays against an average Ohio State secondary. Although I am not sure if Purdue will stay with OSU for the entire four quarters, I believe they can at least stick with them for two.
KC: Under 54.5 in TCU-Oklahoma State.
TCU just came off a big win over Baylor so this could be a disappointing spot for them. We may see their offense fail. On Saturday, they'll likely be without their quarterback Max Duggan and their top running back Zach Evans. Despite that not being an issue against Baylor the Horned Frogs will be facing the best Big 12 defense in Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have allowed just six points over the past two weeks, and they have not allowed more than 24 points this season. How to bet on Campus