You already know Dan Quinn, the everlasting optimist, is feeling it. The Falcons coach mentioned it’s like a “new season” for his crew over the ultimate eight video games. I like that strategy. Pretending the previous by no means occurred makes it simpler to think about issues gained’t worsen and may get higher.
After two good weeks, Weekend Predictions is creeping near a 60 % successful share on the season. By no means thoughts these back-to-back dropping weeks. It’s a brand new season.
Missouri (+16½) at No. 6 Georgia
Missouri’s protection is nice at two issues — limiting passing yards and forcing turnovers — and strong at all the pieces else. The Tigers in all probability are higher on protection than South Carolina, which held Georgia to 17 factors. However some bizarre stuff occurred to Georgia towards South Carolina, and Mizzou QB Kelly Bryant (hamstring) mentioned he’s not at full well being. I’ll take Georgia and provides the factors.
Georgia Tech (+16) at Virginia
The Yellow Jackets are 2-6 ATS. There’s been actual defensive enchancment, nevertheless it’s exhausting to choose them with the offense struggling to search out its footing. The 2 wins required a fantastic defensive effort (vs. South Florida) and two brief missed field-goal makes an attempt plus a fake-punt TD (at Miami). I’ll take Virginia and provides the factors.
Georgia State (-2½) at Louisiana-Monroe
After successful solely two video games in 2018, Georgia State already is bowl-eligible and is within the race for the Solar Belt East title. The Nov. 16 dwelling sport towards division chief Appalachian State was moved to a chief time ESPNU sport. Good issues are occurring for the Panthers. I lastly bought on the suitable facet by backing them as dwelling favorites towards Troy. I realized my lesson so nicely that I’ll even take the Panthers as a street favourite.
Falcons (+13) at Saints
Saints coach Sean Payton on the collection vs. the Falcons: “(I)f you simply return by the historical past, no matter data, it’s all the time been a one-possession sport, or a one-score sport, time beyond regulation or a discipline purpose.” True apart from the final time they performed. New Orleans gained at dwelling by two touchdowns regardless of Drew Brees doing little. The Falcons are worse, and the Saints are higher. New Orleans covers.
Different faculty video games of curiosity
No. 2 LSU (+6½) at No. Three Alabama
It’s bizarre that Alabama has a dropping file ATS (40-41-1) since 2008, when Nick Saban bought issues rolling. However CBS SportsLine notes that LSU is 13-Three ATS in its previous 16 away video games towards groups with a successful dwelling file. And Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (ankle) could also be restricted. These are causes to disregard Alabama’s 7-2 file ATS in its final 9 video games after a bye and do what my coronary heart needs: again the standard underdog.
No. Four Penn State (-7) at No. 17 Minnesota
Minnesota (Eight-Zero) is the lowest-ranked undefeated crew within the CFP ballot. The Gophers are behind six groups with two losses. Minnesota’s schedule has been comparatively straightforward, however the Gophers have dominated 4 straight opponents. I can’t resist a high quality ‘canine at dwelling. Minnesota covers.
No. 5 Clemson (-32½) at North Carolina State
Should you assume the Gophers aren’t getting respect, have a look at Clemson. The Tigers are all the best way down at No. 5 within the CFP rankings. That’s regardless of an undefeated file within the worst Energy 5 convention. I believe this line is inflated by the notion that the Tigers shall be extra-motivated. A crew this good is all the time motivated. Clemson simply hasn’t all the time been sharp. I’ll take N.C. State to cowl.
Iowa State (+14½) at No. 9 Oklahoma
Should you assume the CFP committee insulted Clemson and Minnesota, take a look at Oklahoma. The Sooners are ninth within the rankings regardless that their solely misstep is dropping as a 23½-point ’canine at Kansas State. I think about Sooners followers are torn between criticizing coach Lincoln Riley and hushing their mouths so he doesn’t bolt for the NFL. I like Iowa State with the factors.
No. 12 Baylor (-2½) at TCU
Two TCU quarterbacks transferred inside per week and accidents to 2 QBs compelled them to go away the final sport. Per the Fort Value Star-Telegram, TCU coach Gary Patterson didn’t like all of the media questions concerning the scenario: “We’re making an attempt to win a ballgame, and all you guys wish to know (is) whether or not you’ll be able to promote papers or not.” I’m certain newspaper gross sales within the Fort Value space are boosted by articles concerning the QBs for Patterson’s Four-Four crew. Baylor covers.
Different NFL video games of curiosity
Panthers (+5½) at Packers
The Panthers positioned QB Cam Newton (foot) on injured reserve. The Panthers are 5-1 with QB Kyle Allen because the starter. Newton could be eligible to return if the Panthers qualify for the playoffs. That may imply the Panthers might need to inform the very best QB they’ve ever had that they’re going together with his alternative. Carolina is hoping to keep away from that selection till the offseason. Packers cowl.
Cardinals (+4½) at Buccaneers
The Bucs are 2-6, however QB Jameis Winston is making an attempt to have a look at the intense facet. No less than, I believe that’s what Winston was doing when he informed media in Tampa Bay: “The glass is all the time full. It may be half-full with water, it’s nonetheless full with air. So, we’ve bought to maintain that tumbler full.” I’m not clear on whether or not it’s higher for the glass to be filled with air or water, however I’m taking the Cardinals and the factors.
Seahawks (+6) at 49ers
Gregg Bell of the The Information Tribune writes that the Seahawks misplaced their “angle and dedication” in the course of the 2017 season however bought them again in 2018, after Richard Sherman left. Sherman as soon as famously flipped off Seattle’s sideline after struggling an Achilles damage as a result of the crew didn’t give him a brand new contract. Sherman is wholesome and enjoying like a shut-down cornerback once more and Seattle (7-2) has outscored opponents by simply 18 factors. I’ll take the 49ers and provides the factors.
Ravens (-10) at Bengals
All people ridicules the Dolphins, Jets and Washington, however the Bengals are dark-horse contenders for worst-run NFL franchise. Against this, the Ravens are among the many best-run franchises. That’s why they drafted unconventional QB Lamar Jackson and constructed their offense round his distinctive talents. Granted, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh has higher job safety than virtually each coach. However maintaining him round by some lean years additionally was a sensible name. Ravens cowl.
Final week: 7-5-1 (72-52-Four season)
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