BY KENNY CASH AND CHARLIE BANKROLL
Good lord. 20-4 through the first three weeks. We’ve gone well past the Patriots and we’re closer to a Globetrotters win rate. Roll on, roll on. Stack with us. Or don’t – your funeral.
Here’s a quick, condensed rundown for those of you that should have been sprinting to the booth last week, but are just getting wise to the action:
- New England Patriots -9
- Tennessee Titans -1.5
- Miami -6.5
- USC -4
- Vanderbilt +10
- Cal +13.5
- Indiana +18.5
- Georgia Tech -9.5
NFL Week 4
Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots -9
After watching Cam and this offense sputter against the Saints last week, we have even less faith in this soon-to-be-sinking-ship Carolina team. Through three weeks, the Pats have been dubious at best on the defensive side, but in a battle of preparedness between Riverboat Ron and the Hoodie, who are you taking? The Panthers points total on the season looks like the Pats week 3 score. We’re rolling with the deflators, no matter how square the pick looks.
Score Prediction: New England 30, Carolina 20
Pick: Patriots -9
Tennessee Titans -1.5 at Houston Texans
Houston somehow looked great on offense last week and rookie QB Deshaun Watson looked like the guy we all fell in love with in his two NCAA Championship matchups against Alabama… but New England has the worst defense in the NFL according to Football Outsiders, and it’s not even close. The Titans are coming off two games against teams with great defensive lines, and have steamrolled their way to a run-heavy 30+ points in both contests. The Texans offense won’t be able to match the pace. Look for a couple rookie mistakes from Watson and more bully ball from Tennessee.
Score Prediction: Tennessee 31, Houston 24
Pick: Titans -1.5
Miami -6.5 at Duke
Duke is 4-0 against the spread so far this year, and has become very overrated. Beating up on bad competition and a schizophrenic North Carolina team does not a contender make.
Coming off two straight hurricane-induced bye weeks, Miami is a tough play here, but QB Malik Rozier has filled Cam Newton intern Brad Kaaya’s vacant spot nicely. Miami reminds Duke that they are a basketball school. Long live the U.
Score prediction: Miami 41, Duke 21
Pick: Miami -6.5
Southern California -4 at Washington State
Coming off dominating performances against the dregs of major conference teams, WSU QB Luke Falk has looked like someone ESPN talking heads would call a Heisman contender when they’re trying to be slightly controversial. But we’ve been here before – the Cougars love to poise themselves for a deep, potentially impactful run for conference primacy, then get whacked back into irrelevance by the first real team they face. Sorry, popcorn guy.
USC wins this game in a total track meet, and Luke Falk is exposed as the fragile and immobile QB that he is. Ryan Leaf, anyone? Actually, no, that’s insulting to both Ryan and leaves.
Score Prediction: USC 45, WSU 28
Pick: USC -4
North Carolina at Georgia Tech -9.5
While we’re happy for UNC that they’ve gone away from the failed Brandon Harris experiment, new QB Chaz (Chaz?) Surratt can’t come close to replacing what the Tar Heels lost in current Mike Glennon backup Mitch Trubisky. After UNC’s crushing fourth quarter collapse against their Tobacco Road rival last week, we’re not expecting much. Georgia Tech rolls in this game.
Score Prediction: Georgia Tech 34, UNC 17
Pick: Georgia Tech -9.5
Vanderbilt +10 at Florida
Yes, Vanderbilt lost by 60 points last week. No, it doesn’t matter.
Florida has continued to be one of the biggest disappointments amongst college football blue bloods this year, and it’s not stopping here. As predicted by Spitball, the Gators broke an almost three decade streak against Kentucky last week, and this spread is simply too wide for the type of football they’re playing right now. Take Vandy and look for them to keep it close.
Score prediction: Florida 17, Vanderbilt 14
Pick: Vanderbilt +10
California +13.5 at Oregon
Early season Oregon has been deceiving – seemingly impressive wins against Nebraska and Wyoming made us think the Ducks were back to their yoloswag spread offense heydays. But the offensive ineptitude of their first few opponents can’t be ignored.
This Cal team is different. With a potent offense and no problem playing on the road, look for the Golden Bears to keep this one close in a high-scoring affair.
Score prediction: Oregon 38, Cal 35
Pick: Cal +13.5
Indiana +18.5 at Penn State
Penn State is coming off a walk-off touchdown win against a mediocre Iowa team, a game in which they dominated the yardage totals but kept settling for field goals. This will be a trend with this Penn State team, we love the dynamic Nittany Lions backfield (Saquon and Trace are making a run to the top) but they don’t have enough talent on the outside this year. The Fighting JoePas will not score enough points to beat this Indiana team by 19.
Score prediction: Penn State 38, Indiana 28
Pick: Indiana +18.5
With all the stacks from last week, it’s time to live a little. Shooters shoot.
Money Line Parlay: Los Angeles Rams, Baltimore Ravens. Payout: +700
Money Line: Cal over Oregon. Payout: +475