BY KENNY CASH AND CHARLIE BANKROLL
If you took our picks to the window last week, you probably came back 6-3. Some late line movement swung Florida and Kansas State into winners at most sites. Papa Kenny and Uncle Chuck got you covered.
Heading into Week 6, we’re rolling with a .600 winning percentage or better in both NFL and College Football. But what did you expect? Stay hungry out there kids.
Short week over here at Spitball – here’s a quick rundown on our locks:
- Cleveland Browns +10
- Minnesota Vikings +3
- Stanford -10.5
- WSU -16
- North Carolina +4
- Purdue +17
NFL Week 6
Cleveland Browns +10 at Houston Texans
The Browns are 0-5, yes. They’ve also been strangely competitive in a number of contests so far this year. SHOCKINGLY enough, Cleveland seems well on its way to squandering another first round pick on a dysfunctional quarterback (The Jersey is still going strong), but fortunately, the Browns can rely on the sturdy hands of trusted veteran Kevin Hogan in this week’s matchup. Deshaun Watson has been stellar thus far, but the betting line is just too high in this spot – after this week, we will see a collective pumping of the brakes on the Watson hype train. Myles Garrett, who recorded a sack in literally his first NFL snap, should be teeing off on the Texans backfield all afternoon.
This game is easy money. Just don’t watch it.
Score Prediction: Browns 21, Texans 17
Pick: Browns +10
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings +3
In one corner, we have one of the most fearsome gunslingers to ever stride confidently and swaggeringly onto the gridiron, and in the other, we have Aaron Rodgers.
Case Keenum is our man this week (but really, every week) and we’re looking for a letdown from the division-leading Packers. Despite the prime time highlights against a putrid Dallas defense, Green Bay’s offense has yet to live up to its potential, and a staunch Vikings defense is ready to take advantage of one of the shakiest offensive lines Rodgers has ever played behind. Minnesota has played the Packers extremely well the past two seasons – we’re taking the home team here.
Score Prediction: Vikings 20, Packers 17
Pick: Vikings +3
Oregon at Stanford -10.5
Tough spot for Oregon. Quarterback and rich-kid-from-a-Little-Rascals-movie Braxton Burmeister is getting his second start as a true freshman, just one week after getting absolutely run off the field by Washington State. My, how this “dynasty” has crashed quickly.
Oregon’s defense has improved in that they actually do try to play defense now, but it won’t be enough against the ground-and-pound from Bryce Love and the Cardinal offensive attack.
Score Prediction: Stanford 35, Oregon 21
Pick: Stanford -10.5
Washington State -16 at California
A statement win against USC has us finally believing in the team from rural Idaho. The Cougs, somehow, are good. This team is hitting cover after cover, so we will reluctantly follow. WSU puts up points extremely quickly, and this Cal team is coming off two blowout losses to conference foes. Even with an extra week to prepare, this Golden Bears defense won’t be able to keep “c’mon, really?” Heisman candidate Luke Falk and friends from finding the endzone at least five times.
Of course, with WSU there’s always the possibility that they “Coug it.”
Score prediction: WSU 41, California 17
Pick: WSU -16
Purdue +17 at Wisconsin
This is the first “real” test of the year for the badgers…and they are still 17 point favorites. The Badgers’ schedule has been an absolute joke all season, and the possibility that a team with such little talent could head into a matchup with Michigan at 10-0 makes our heads hurt.
Purdue has the horses to contend and even win outright in this game. Our score prediction for the Boilermakers was 100% correct (tbh we’re not sure Berman has ever done that. Actually.) so we’re feeling like we’ve got a solid beat on this team. Take Purdue and grab the free 17 points.
Score Prediction: Wisconsin 31, Purdue 30
Pick: Purdue +17
Virginia at North Carolina +4
Except in a big cover against Louisville in their second game, we’ve been fading an overvalued North Carolina team all season. But four-point underdogs to Virginia?! No, no. Sorry. Not even this Fightin’ Jordans squad is struggling that much. The Cavaliers come in 4-1 after having played no one all year, whereas North Carolina is 1-5 with a top 40 strength-of-schedule. Take the Heels, you shouldn’t even need the points.
Score prediction: North Carolina 30, Virginia 21
Pick: North Carolina +4
It’s that time.
Money Line Parlay: Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns. Payout: +900
Money Line Parlay: Texas Longhorns, Kansas State Wildcats. Payout: +1000