AUSTIN (KXAN) — At the halfway point of the college football schedule, we finally have our first 3-0 week of the season.
Memphis (+4.5), Arkansas (+6.5) and USC (-7) were all winners last week so there’s no room for regression or feeling good about it. Onward and upward is the only way to go.
Michigan State (First Half +4) vs. Michigan
The Spartans are tough to figure out. So far this season, they’ve been unable to run the ball with any sort of consistency. The defense has been mediocre at best. They’re coming off their best win of the season at Penn State which could lead to a letdown spot against any opponent other than Michigan. This game means too much to coach Mark Dantonio and his team. They’ve owned the series winning four of the last five match ups. Meanwhile, Michigan is climbing higher and higher in power ratings which causes me to stay away from the full game number at +7. I think Michigan State will give Michigan a game for the first half so take the +4.
Temple (-3.5) vs. Cincinnati
The undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats go to Philadelphia to face Temple running back Ryquell Armstead and an ultra-physical Owls team. Cincinnati is a bit of a fake out with a 6-0 record full of cupcakes. Maybe they go out against their first real competition and ace the test but I’m willing to go against that. Take Temple at the short favorite number -3.5.
Nebraska (-3.5) vs. Minnesota
It’s out of control to realize Nebraska is off to its worst start in school history. 0-6 to start the year and I’m sure it feels even worse giving away the game last week against Northwestern after leading by 10 points with less than 6 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. This week, Nebraska gets its first win of the season facing Minnesota. I really like freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez and the offense is really taking on Scott Frost’s identity. Huskers -3.5