After a less than impressive NCAA pick session last week, we bounced back with our Sunday NFL games going 2 for 2 after a disastrous 1 for 4 collegiate slate. This week we try to bounce back with our Pick 5 Pack and there are seemingly some very valuable plays. Let’s begin with the NCAA side of things and hopefully we can have a bounce back week.
Clemson @ Georgia Tech
After absolutely throttling the Miami Hurricanes last week, the Clemson Tigers go on the road to Georgia Tech and had Georgia Tech not put up 47 points last week against Louisville, I think you would see Clemson go in there and not really give much of an effort knowing Georgia Tech is an opponent they could easily handle, but I think Clemson comes in more focused than they would have been. They are the better team all around and I just don’t think the Georgia Tech offense will be able to move the ball on the Clemson defense. If that wasn’t enough, factor in Clemson has a very potent offense scoring an average of 42 points a game and nearly 500 total yards of a balanced offense to match. The only question is whether or not to take the full game line and in this particular situation, I feel way more confident in Clemson being up 15 at the half than 28 at the end of the game, because there is nothing worse than a garbage time touchdown to ruin a ticket. The pick here is Clemson -14.5 for the first half at 1.89 odds.
Kentucky @ Tennessee
I go back to my team I have been a fan of for this pick, yet again, with a total score prediction. This game will feature two teams that need to have success running the ball in order to win, and as we saw last week it was Kentucky allowing 2 total points to a pass happy offense in Mississippi State. I think this game will be much like the Auburn/Kentucky game that finished 29-13, although I think you may see it a little bit closer around a 21-17. Both of these offenses have a tendency to absolutely be off although I would give the edge to Tennessee and I think both defenses are pretty well matched up here. The play would be under 45.5 at 1.89 odds and although it may be a tight win, I still believe those teams will stay just a tick under that total.
North Carolina @ Florida State
This is another first half pick here, just because I think the better team in North Carolina should be up by at least a touchdown at the half. Florida State put up some points last week because Notre Dame decided they felt they should essentially keep the viewers interested, it seems, because they were letting Florida State stay in it for quite a while. Florida State is still a very bad team and North Carolina is ranked in the top 5 and yes, we are talking about North Carolina football, not basketball. I think their offense will move the ball pretty easily on the Florida State defense enough in the first half to take the North Carolina -9.5 line for the first half at 2.18 odds.
Baltimore @ Philadelphia
If you are a fan of birds, as much as the Ravens and Eagles might seem like something you would be interested in, it may be better suited for you to actually birdwatch during this particular game, since this game seems to be headed towards a massive blowout. Even if Marcus Peters and Jimmy Smith are unable to play for the Ravens, Carson Wentz would still somehow throw an interception if there were only 9 players on the field for the Ravens on defense. This Eagles team is on the brink of being one of the worst teams in the league, but the Falcons tend to want to really capture that prize this season. Lamar Jackson will put up the points but the Ravens defense is likely to put up more. The pick here is Baltimore -9.5 at 1.90 odds but hell, might as well go for the -12 at 2.23 odds because nothing tells me this will be anything closer than a two touchdown game. By the way, that word “touchdown” is seemingly what the Eagles try to avoid, at all costs.
Arizona @ Dallas
It took a season-ending Dak Prescott injury to remind me that Andy Dalton is still in the league and before the line came out, I was thinking that the cardinals would come in as 4.5 point favorites, but to my surprise it comes in at a very valuable -1. After an offense loses the top passing QB in the league, you would think that they would be a bigger underdog but surprisingly, they are only one point underdogs to a team that either looks really good, or looks like garbage, on any given Sunday. Fortunately, this is a Monday night game and I just can’t fathom the Cardinals losing this game. They are too potent on offense and Dallas has a backup QB starting, so the play here is Arizona -1 at 1.89 odds.
Multi odds – 27.96
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