3-5 a week ago has the betting preview in quite a tailspin. However, we were a Florida State fumble and Clemson recovery for a touchdown away from an even week. That was the sort of play where both the spread and total are affected that makes you wonder. Wonder what? I don’t know. Probably just wonder why we waste our time and, more importantly, money on this stupid venture. Like always head over to Draftkings Sportsbook and give a thought to just doing the opposite of these picks.
Duke, you’re killing me. Here I thought you were going to at least give Wake Forest a game and that bet was done early in the second quarter. Pittsburgh on the other hand Pittsburgh’ed and lost in a spot they had no business losing in. 22 is a lot of points in an ACC game, but until Duke can show me they can hang with anyone, it’s going to be tough to trust them. Kenny Pickett and company get back on track this week and roll.
Pick: Pitt -21.5
Wake Forest Demon Deacons @ North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina -2.5; Over/Under 76.5
It’s crazy to think North Carolina is favored in this game, but I admit I like it. Is Wake Forest really College Football Playoff worthy? If they win out, sure. But they’re going to drop one or two more along the way and it starts in Chapel Hill on Saturday. The total is ridiculous, but I won’t scoff at anyone who bets it since both these offenses are extremely prolific and their defenses, well, aren’t. But I’ll stay away and take Sam Howell and company and lay the points.
Pick: North Carolina -2.5
A week ago, Georgia Tech had no business laying 4+ points to VaTech and it was an easy cover for the Hokies. But now this line has swung too far. Miami is fine, but just because they beat Pitt doesn’t make them world beaters. Georgia Tech is frisky and can hang with the Hurricanes. Give me the points.
Pick: Georgia Tech +10
North Carolina State @ Florida State Seminoles
Florida State +2.5; Over/Under 55.5
It’s only one game, but c’mon Florida State. They had the cover. The under was going to hit. Just don’t fumble and let the Tigers recover for a touchdown. Oh well, we move on. Very sneakily, Florida State is playing good football. Jordan Travis is back under center and gives the Seminoles a versatile weapon who does just enough though the air for balance but leads the Florida State ground attack. NC State still has everything in front of them in the ACC Title race, but unlike other years, that goes through Winston Salem and not Tallahassee. I like the Noles to pull off the upset, but with both teams relying on the run, I really like the under.
Pick: Under 55.5
Did Clemson find an offense last week? 30 points isn’t exactly BYU against the Virginia defense, but it’s still better than they’ve done most of the year. Will Shipley was a revelation last week running for 128 yards taking the pressure off the Clemson passing game. Louisville will want to run it, but will they be able to? I still think Clemson’s defense is top notch and this game will once again be a low scoring affair. But give me the Tigers as I think they get back into a groove to finish out the year.
Pick: Clemson -4