Won: Mississippi State (+14) at LSU; ODU vs NC State (-21)
Losses: ULM at Georgia Southern (-26.5), Miami at App State (+3.5)
On the year: 9-6
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Wisconsin at Michigan State -5
This game went off the board for a minute when the Badgers announced that Bart Houston was out and Alex Hornibrook is in at quarterback. The line showed back up at 5. Given Wisconsin’s terrible luck with injuries — the team’s top two running backs will be limited by injury, at best — and its quarterback question going up against Michigan State’s impressive defense and newly confident offense, this line looks arbitrary.
Florida +6 at Tennessee
The Gators are on their backup quarterback, but given the competition between Purdue transfer Austin Appleby and Luke Del Rio in preseason camp, Florida is not panicking having to go to the senior. This is a game that Butch Jones needs, badly, and while Tennessee has the talent to win, that offensive line is questionable, at best, and the coaching staff doesn’t respond well to pressure situations. Florida’s defense might be the best in the nation, and if UT is expecting Josh Dobbs to do it all for them, again, they’re going to be in for a long game. If you’re feeling bold enough, take the money line for Florida here.
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Kent State +44 at Alabama
The Tide is going to win. It’s going to win big. But that’s a massive number and on principle you have to take the points. Is Alabama going to pad its margin to seven touchdowns?
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Florida State at USF +5.5
The numbers tell one story and the gut tells another. The numbers say that USF is going to play Florida State tight all game and will have close to a 50 percent chance to win. The gut says that Florida State is going to come out and lay a whooping on an inferiorly talented team in retribution for the embarrassment in Louisville. This is a Rorschach test bet — if you trust gut feelings and bounceback efforts, take FSU outright. For better or worse, I’m a numbers guy and am going to take the upstart Bulls and the points.