Bordeaux Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida, Northwestern Duke and more picks
Hand the order to email reporter Greg, everyone. It gave me work to pick against Purdue and – to be wrong – in Weeks 1 and 2.
“I hope you bet your choices are great!” he wrote.
I don’t bet. I prefer to transfer other people’s money, specifically yours. Preferably Greg.
but Bordeaux (+7½) at No. 12 Notre Dame (1:30 p.m., chapter 5, 780 a.m.) Definitely interesting, isn’t it? Boilermakers were promising, beating the Oregon doormat’s Pac-12 30-21 and unspeakably poor Connecticut. Okay, so we’re using the word “promising” loosely here.
Really, though, the Boilermakers and the Irish met 69 consecutive seasons – and then it stopped after 2014. College football continues its trend towards the unromantic of that sort. it’s a shame.
It’s a big game – no, huge – for both teams. Purdue has to show if he has a pulse we should keep watching as he transitions into the Big Ten. Notre Dame is looking to refute the evidence that its outright victories against shoddy Florida and Toledo reveal a 12th-ranked protester.
The Irish do not have a midfielder they are willing to count on for 60 minutes. Jack Kwan is the passerby, and Tyler Buchner is the runner. Irish coach Brian Kelly is not ready to change that dynamic.
The Boilers pass combo from Jack Plummer to David Bell could be a game-changer. Greg is sure it will be.
“My heart says 31-24 kettles,” he wrote.
for me too. But my opinion says 34-24, Irish. Greg can bomb me if I’m wrong again.
3 more weeks
No. 8 Cincinnati (-3½) in Indiana (11 a.m., ESPN): Freezing in place in the opener against Iowa State put the Hoosiers on a slippery slope. Can their defense keep them in this game long enough for QB Michael Penix Jr. And what attack will happen? Get ready for a big group of slugs at this festival. Berkats, 27-20.
Michigan State (+6½) at No. 24 Miami (11 a.m., Chapter 7): Sparty looks like a rebounding version of itself, with renewed power up front on either side of the ball—and an offensive skill flow—but this is a different kind of test because of the expected speed and heat hurricanes. U 24-21.
Nebraska (+22 degrees) at No. 3 Oklahoma (11 a.m., Fox 32): It’s been 50 years since “The Game of the Century” and 11 – a very long time – since the last meeting in this once huge rivalry. Oh my gosh, did these football schools go down divergent paths. Coming soon on a comprehensive road.
Northern Illinois (+27 degrees) at No. 25 Michigan (11 a.m., BTN, 560 a.m.): If Rocky Lombardi hadn’t been snatched three times against Wyoming, the Huskies would be 2-0. If it was seven or eight years ago, Husky would probably make it 3-0. if? only if. Corn and blue by 30.
No. 1 Alabama (-15) at No. 11 Florida (2:30 p.m., chapter 2): Tide QB Bryce Young had never seen anything like this swamp scene in his life. He will have to run – several times in his life – and he will be beaten. It’s more about defending the tides, which can be one of the greatest defenses in Nick Saban’s era, and whether or not he can control a physical opponent quickly. Take the Gators, who lose in single digits.
Northwestern (-3) in Duke (3pm, ACC, 720-am): The Wildcats lost to Duke the last two times these schools met, in 2017 and 2018, but a QB named Daniel Jones had a lot to do with it. Do not fear crime. Not in a good way, anyway. field position? kicking game? transformations? Yes Yes Yes. Blue Devils, 19-17.
No. 22 Auburn (+5½) at No. 10 Pennsylvania (6:30 p.m., Chapter Seven): Auburn has a great hand for James and Jose to play defensively and a QB who has been forever in the Bo Nix. That atmosphere, though – the word “madness” comes to mind. Lice, 24-16.
No. 19 Arizona (-3½) at No. 23 BYU (9:15 p.m., ESPN): BYU has already knocked down Arizona and Utah. Why not make it a 3 for 3 against the Pac-12 South? Talk about wild, that Zach Wilson is gone and all. Ah, but a potential “holy war” hangover in Utah. Do BYU players have a hangover? Sun Demons, 31-24.
My favorite: Colorado (-2½) vs Minnesota (Noon, PAC-12): Without Muhammed Ibrahim injured, the Gophers would have outperformed the team that made Texas A&M 10 points? Amateurs getting better.
My favorite underdog: Kansas State (+2) vs Nevada (1 p.m., ESPN+): Nevada has the potential for an NFL QB contest at Carson Strong, but it’s the same K-State “D” that made Stanford a seven-point lead. It’s a mismatch up front.
last week: 7-3 straight, 6-4 against the spread.
Season so far: 12-8 straight, 12-8 against the spread.