Rivalry Week in College Football Means a lot of Great Matchups
Well, boys and girls, another college football regular season is coming to an end. It seems like just yesterday we were bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready for this glorious season. Now we’re beaten down and jaded from weeks of bad beats and blow outs. But we’ve made it to the end and we’re going to finish strong in rivalry weekend. One last time for the regular season. Let’s ride.
Ohio State -8.5 vs. Michigan
Number two Ohio State will be going on the road to The Big House to take on number 6 Michigan in one of the most anticipated editions of The Game in recent memory. Even though both teams are ranked very high, I don’t think this one will be close. Everyone knows Ohio State has one of the best, if not the best, offenses in the country. The Buckeyes also want revenge for Michigan backing out of last year’s meeting due to “Covid” and will be looking to light up the scoreboard. Michigan’s passing offense stinks (71 in the country) so I don’t expect them to be able to keep up with Ohio State’s high powered, aerial attack. Due to the Wolverines limited passing game, their game plan will likely be similar to Michigan State’s last week. And we all saw how well that turned out. The Buckeyes are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 years of this rivalry, and I don’t see it changing here. I’m not saying Ohio State will win by 50 like last week, but I’ll be shocked if Michigan keeps it within 10 points. Take Ohio State to continue their streak of beating the hell out of everyone.
Purdue -14.5 vs. Indiana
I really like the way Purdue has been playing lately. They are 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four games with the one loss coming to Ohio State. They were also underdogs in two of those three outright wins. The Boilermakers looked like a well-oiled machine last week against Northwestern. They put up nearly 500 yards of offense, no turnovers, and punted just once. I know Northwestern is awful, but Indiana isn’t much better. It could actually be argued they are worse. The Hoosiers are riding a seven game losing streak and are 1-6 ATS in that span. They are also a mere 1-4 ATS in their last five games against their in-state rival. Honestly, there isn’t much else to be said here. This is a rivalry game between a hot team and an ice cold team. Purdue should have no problem winning this game by more than two touchdowns.
Memphis -6 vs. Tulane
I know this isn’t the sexiest game to pick on rivalry weekend, but I’m taking it anyway. Memphis is playing at home for a chance to go to a bowl game. Tulane, on the other hand, is playing for nothing except pride. The Tigers have really owned this conference matchup. They are an impressive 12-2 SU in their last 14 games against the Green Wave. Including seven in a row in the Liberty Bowl. Tulane is decent ATS this year, but not when the spread is this low. They have been single-digit dogs twice this season and failed to cover both times. One of those games was a 40-22 beat down against Houston. The Tigers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games, and they will be playing at home here to keep their season alive. Memphis has been a bit of a disappointment this year, but Tulane is just terrible. Back the Tigers to take care of business at home.
The Rest of the Bunch:
Air Force vs. UNLV U50 Miami (OH) ML vs. Kent State Army +3.5 vs. Liberty Oregon State +7 vs. Oregon Oklahoma State -4 vs. Oklahoma
I normally don’t like having all favorites in my locks, but those are winners. It has been a pleasure giving you picks this season. What better way to cap off the regular season than by going 8-0. The all-time rivalry in sports is between the gambler and the bookie. And he doesn’t have a chance in hell this week.
CYB CFB Rivalry Week Tracking Sheet
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.