BY KENNY CASH AND CHARLIE BANKROLL
Wow. At 13-3, we’re at a Patriots level of success already this year, and the Bankroll train isn’t slowing down any time soon. At this point, can anyone say it’s a wise financial decision to NOT bet with us?
Here’s a quick, condensed rundown for all of you sprinting to the booth:
- Philadelphia Eagles -7
- New Orleans Saints +6
- Kentucky +3
- Boston College +35
- Over 57, UCLA at Stanford
- Washington -11
- Virginia Tech -28
- NC State +13
NFL Week 3
New York Giants +6 at Philadelphia Eagles
Somehow the Giants complete inability to score has not been reflected in this line. So far, the Giants have been airing dirty laundry pretty publicly, with their two clunkers being played in prime time. Is anyone confident this team can score more than 14 points on the road? We certainly aren’t. Eagles QB Carson Wentz is significantly better at home than on the road, and couple that with the advanced stage of old-Peytonization affecting Elicia Manning, and we’re sure to see a heavy dose of the above in cutaway shots during the broadcast. For a good time, search Eli Manning face. Slack jaw, blank stare, utter befuddlement. It’s all there.
Score Prediction: Philadelphia 27, New York 14
Pick: Eagles -7
New Orleans Saints +6 at Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers will not start 3-0.
With that out of the way, the history of this division matchup dictates that games between these squads are decided by a touchdown or less. We’re taking Drew Brees and the points in this contest of who-can-look-less-impressive-as-the-Bucs-cruise-by-in-the-standings. Cam Newton is one of our favorite post-game press conference stars, for nothing besides the fact that he has mastered the “I’m wearing a silly hat but NOTHING IS FUNNY ABOUT IT” expression.
Score Prediction: New Orleans 21, Carolina 14
Pick: Saints +6
Florida -3 at Kentucky
Florida’s defense has scored more points than its offense so far this season. Last week, they bailed us out with a last second Hail Mary as time expired, but we won’t be foolish enough to think Jim McElwain can do something right two weeks in a row.
That being said, the photo above is a screen cap from the last time Kentucky beat Florida on the gridiron…in 1996. Despite more than two decades of crippling mediocrity, we’re taking Kentucky and the points. Will this be the year Kentucky fans realize they have something besides a basketball team? TBD.
Score Prediction: Kentucky 20, Florida 14
Pick: Kentucky +3
Boston College +35 at Clemson
Clemson is the best team in the country. Clemson could rack up points at will against this BC defense, but we predict they will lack the motivation to put up a fifty-burger on a clearly inferior opponent. In a natural come-down game after torching Heisman winner Lamar Jackson and Louisville, perfectly named Clemson HC Dabo Swinney will cruise to an easy 20 point victory, but the Tigers won’t put up enough points to cover this spread.
Score Prediction: Clemson 35, Boston College 10
Pick: Boston College +35
UCLA at Stanford -7.5, Total 57
Stanford leads the country in explosive running plays, with Bryce Love averaging over 12 yards per rush. UCLA gives up almost six yards per rush – that will get worse in this game. Stanford has been getting beaten up in the trenches this season, and their defense is nowhere near what we’ve come to expect from HC David Shaw. We don’t have a close enough beat on either team to confidently predict a winner, but we do know that this game could go over in the first half. Ride the over and celebrate absurdist scoring that rarely happens anywhere outside of the PAC-12.
Score prediction: Stanford 41, UCLA 35
Pick: Over 57
Washington -11 at Colorado
Washington has looked less than extraordinary against a couple of punching bags in the first two weeks, but we’re betting that they’ve been playing down to their competition. UW QB Jake Browning struggled in the regular season against the Buffs last year, throwing for just 118 yards. But Colorado lost most of its secondary in the offseason, and they won’t have the talent to keep this explosive offense in check. Look for Browning to make a statement here, a statement that says, “Obviously I’m not a Heisman contender, BUT I can put up Arena Football League stat lines.”
Score prediction: Washington 45, Colorado 28
Pick: Washington -11
Old Dominion at Virginia Tech -28
Virginia Tech’s Josh Jackson is the most fun quarterback in the country that people aren’t talking about. A freshman quarterback with eight touchdowns and no interceptions, that is also averaging 5.2 yards per rush. Old Dominion’s defense looked ghastly against UNC last week and we don’t see it getting any easier for them in this one.
Score prediction: Virginia Tech 48, Old Dominion 14
Pick: Virginia Tech -28
NC State +13 at Florida State
This is a tough spot for Florida State. Coming off a hurricane-induced bye week and facing a very good NC State team, young Seminole quarterback James Blackman will face one of his biggest leadership tests yet. Pictured above – the concept of a mirror can be tough for some people, especially FSU students.
Take the Wolfpack and the points, you won’t regret it.
Score prediction: Florida State 21, NC State 17
Pick: NC State +13
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Money Line Parlay: San Diego over Kansas City, Washington over Oakland. Payout: +500
Money Line: NC State. Payout: +425