College Football Locks for Week 5
After the first month of college football, I have learned that there is no such thing as a guarantee in sports. I am still crazy enough to pick 10 games and guarantee that the favorite is going to win the football game, though.
With conference play right around the corner, the games are supposed to be getting harder. But I still see a fair share of games in which the underdog has no chance to win.
Here are 10 contests that have no chance of going in the underdogs' favor.
Baylor at West Virginia
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Baylor has been one of the more surprising teams, jumping out to a 3-0 start without quarterback Robert Griffin III. The problem is that the team hasn't really played anybody of note; that changes this week with a trip to Morgantown.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have looked almost flawless through the first few games, and they won't lose at home to a team that plays no defense.
With Geno Smith at quarterback, playing a Baylor defense that allows nearly 30 points per game is the perfect recipe for a high-scoring Mountaineers victory.
Middle Tennessee at Georgia Tech
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Georgia Tech may not be ready for the big boys just yet, but Middle Tennessee is not much of a threat. The Blue Raiders are a team from the Sun Belt and, well, the contender from that conference is Louisiana-Monroe.
The Yellow Jackets will be very upset after losing a heartbreaker to the Miami Hurricanes last week. Unfortunately, this little school that only won two games last season will have all of that built-up anger taken out on them.
Good luck, Middle Tennessee!
Arkansas at Texas A&M
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Despite such a horrible start by Arkansas, I continue to try and give this team the benefit of the doubt. They have a new coach, the quarterback has been hurt, Knile Davis is still breaking in after missing all of last year...
Enough with the excuses. I'm done with this Razorback team.
A trip to College Station will not be good for this club, and with tight end Chris Gragg set to miss this game, I like the Aggies even more. Congrats, Texas A&M, you just picked up your first SEC win as conference members.
Clemson at Boston College
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Sammy Watkins won't play in this game for Clemson, but the Tigers showed in the first two weeks that they have what it takes to win without him.
Boston College is a program that has won only five games since 2011 and has one of the worst scoring offenses in the entire country.
Clemson went toe-to-toe with Florida State last week. I think this squad will be just fine this week.
Florida State at South Florida
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There was a time when South Florida was supposed to be the next big thing to come out of the state. Forget about it. Well, at least for this week, you can say the Bulls have absolutely no shot at building up their reputation.
Florida State is legit after finding a way to knock off Clemson last week. The defense simply gets after it, and the offense has found new life from somewhere. South Florida already has losses to Ball State and Rutgers.
Chalk a win up for the Seminoles.
Boise State at New Mexico
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After a tough season opener against Michigan State, this is the time of year when Boise State begins that cupcake schedule and shows how strong and mighty it is.
Boise State still has no passing game whatsoever, but it does have a great running back in D.J. Harper. Playing against a New Mexico defense that allows five yards per carry, I'd say feed the senior running back the ball and earn your third straight victory.
Can the Broncos actually find a way to sneak into a BCS bowl?
Towson at LSU
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Does this game really need any explanation?
There are no guarantees in sports, but I would walk to Maryland if Towson finds a way to beat LSU this week. Even if the Tigers keep it within two touchdowns, I'll put on my jogging shoes and proceed to get busy.
While I could surely use a good workout, thank goodness it is not going to happen.
South Carolina at Kentucky
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South Carolina won last year’s meeting against Kentucky by a score of 54-3. Need I say more?
The Wildcats lost last week to Florida, 38-0. Are you beginning to see some type of trend?
Kentucky is a basketball program that is stuck in a football conference, and it is reminded of that every week in conference play. This week will be no different, regardless of where the game is held.
South Carolina will remain in the Top 10 of the polls for another week.
Ole Miss at Alabama
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Ole Miss is off to a 3-1 start everybody!
While the offense looks solid, those three victories have come against Central Arkansas, UTEP and Tulane. But Saturday is when that fun stops, as the Rebels take a trip to Tuscaloosa to play the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide.
Alabama has won the last eight meetings, including last year’s matchup, which resulted in a 45-point blowout.
Welcome back to reality.
Oregon at Washington State
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It was fun seeing Mike Leach back on the sidelines, but losing to Colorado has likely ended the honeymoon.
While the head coach has the offensive mind to compete with the Oregon Ducks, it simply is not going to happen. Oregon is clicking on all cylinders, converting nearly 50 percent on third downs and scoring touchdowns 80 percent of the time in the red zone.
The Ducks also have De'Anthony Thomas.
Remember how everyone thought Arizona would give this team a run for its money last week? How did that work out?
Oregon wins easily.