East Carolina has gotten off to an impressive 3-0 start, but they haven’t exactly made a habit of blowing people out. N.C. State meanwhile has been slowly but steadily improving under Tom O’Brien. The Wolfpack will be in position to win this game in the end.
Mississippi State (+7½) over Georgia Tech
This game has a 10-7 feel about it. Neither offense has been very potent so far this year, and both teams field strong defenses. Paul Johnson will coach his team to victory with smart play calling, but by no means will either team reach 20 points. Therefore, the Bulldogs keep it within a touchdown.
Central Florida (+10½) over Boston College
With Chris Crane at quarterback, I’m not sure BC is capable of scoring 10 points against the surprisingly solid UCF defense. The Golden Knights secondary is capable of turning at least two or three of Crane’s errant throws into turnovers that will keep them BC off the scoreboard.
Akron (-7) over Army
Akron should roll in this game. Army head coach Stan Brock called out his team after their loss to New Hampshire saying they “quit”. Um, that’s probably not the smartest move – calling out kids who voluntarily enlisted in the Army to play football for you. Nice knowing you Stanley.
Florida (-7) over Tennessee
Even though I think Tennessee will show up ready to play Saturday afternoon, I just don’t think they will be able to keep up with Florida’s speed. Look for the Vols to keep it closer than the 39 points they lost by last year, but not enough to keep it in single digits.
Other games I like, but don’t feel good enough about to give them “Lock” status:
Connecticut (-14) over Baylor
UCLA (+3) over Arizona
Boise State (+12) over Oregon
Notre Dame (+8½) over Michigan State
South Florida (-28) over Florida International
Rice (+30½) over Texas
LSU (-2) over Auburn