Here are the five NCAA point spreads that caught my eye this week. As always, I am using odds found on Betus.
1) Alabama (-19.5) over Virginia Tech
This is a monster spread, but Alabama has been nearly unbeatable when Saban has weeks to prep for an opponent. It shouldn’t be any different this week. Virginia Tech just does not have the talent to hang with Bama this year, and the Hokies will be playing too many true freshmen to compete with the Tide.
Prediction: Alabama 41, Virginia Tech 13
2) Oklahoma State (-13) over Mississippi State
Mullen made some great strides his first couple years at MSU, but his program seems to be stagnant right now. They weren’t impressive to end the year last year, and I don’t think they’ll be able to slow down the always high-flying Pokes.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 38, Mississippi State 20
3) Arkansas (-10.5) over UL-Lafayette
Arkansas had much more talent than their record showed last year. Bielema will get the Razorbacks back to above .500 this year, and he will look to get off to a hot start. Hudspeth is a very good coach (he was remarkable at North Alabama), but ULL just doesn’t have the talent here. They’ll keep it close early, but I expect Arkansas to pull away.
Prediction: Arkansas 37, ULL 23
4) Georgia (-2) over Clemson
I think these teams have equal talent, but I just think Richt is a better coach than Swinney. That’s got to be worth at least 2 points right? This game could really go either way, it will all come down to the Georgia secondary in my opinion. I think they respond and the Dawgs get a huge opening win.
Prediction: Georgia 35 Clemson 31
5) Florida State (-10) over Pittsburgh
Put simply, the talent difference between these two teams is huge. Chryst is a solid coach at Pitt, but they were not impressive last year. FSU was close to going undefeated in the regular season, and should have been 11-0 going into the finale against Florida. FSU is my pick to reach the championship and play Bama, and I think they begin an undefeated season with a solid win here.
Prediction: FSU 33 Pitt 16