You feel that? I’m feeling a big week this week. I haven’t had a losing week so far, but I’m definitely looking to rebound from my second 2-2 effort this season. South Carolina hurt me after losing Deebo Samuel (get well soon, Deebo!) and the UCLA Bruins teased me all game before ultimately failing to score a game winner (and spread hitter) in the final minute.
Such is life. Here’s who I have in Week 4.
Crabbs’ Week 3 CFB picks against the spread (game winners in bold)
Kentucky @ South Carolina (-6.5) – Loss
#25 UCLA (-3.0) @ Memphis – Loss
#3 Clemson (-3.0) @ #14 Louisville – Win
Oregon (-14.0) @ Wyoming – Win
Last week: 2-2
Season to date: 7-5
#23 Utah Utes @ Arizona Wildcats (+3.5)
It’s actually Star Wars night tonight at the stadium. A Star Wars themed #PAC12AfterDark? Hell yes. The Utes have a pretty potent offensive philosophy and one of the more stout defenses in the PAC-12 conference. The Wildcats managed just 16 points against a pretty game Houston defense during their only loss thus far of the season, but padded those numbers with 60+ point efforts against UTEP and Northern Arizona.
Utah traditionally plays a disciplined style of football, so I think they’ll be able to put the screws down on Coach Rodriguez’s offense.
Central Florida Knights @ Maryland Terrapins (-4.0)
This one jumped right off the page at me. I think the Terps are still a lot better than people want to give them credit for, in spite of the way they went down to Austin and embarrassed the Longhorns at home. This is a potent offense with two high quality backs and a WR in DJ Moore who is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball.
Toledo Rockets @ #14 Miami (FL) Hurricanes (-14.0)
I’d feel even better about this pick if the spread had stayed at it’s initial 13.5; but I’m still in hard on the Hurricanes. This defensive front has been off for two weeks, they’re eager to get after people. I think that front seven will frustrate Toledo up front all afternoon, and the Hurricanes have all their explosive play makers ready to go as well.
Give me the Canes.
West Virginia Mountaineers @ Kansas Jayhawks (+21.5)
The Mountaineers had some rough luck in an opening season loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies (who are currently 13 in the coaches poll). Their response? They’ve put up 56 and 59 points respectively. Yes, the Jayhawks have stud pass rusher Dorance Armstrong. But outside of that? I don’t see a lot of options to help the Jayhawks stop Will Grier and this aerial assault.
The Mountaineers have one of the more well stocked teams in the conference in terms of draft talent, but some of those pieces are new. Expect this team to continue to get better throughout the season.