North Carolina +10.5 over Clemson
Put the Clemson Tigers on upset alert. The Dabs have sleepwalked to wins over Boston College and Maryland the last two weeks, coming from 18 down in the second half last week vs the Terps. North Carolina is athletic and willing and may just have the people to stop the Clemson train. The Heels are 7-3 ATS L10 on the series and have covered eight straight as a touchdown+ underdog. UNC QB Renner is completing 75% of his passes and RB Bernard should have some success vs Tiger stop unit that was torched all day long by Maryland first-time starter. UNC rallied from 24 down last week to go down to the wire with Miami providing further evidence that the back door is wide open, Take the points.
Wake Forest -3 over Duke
The roll of bully has never been a favorite (26-47) of the Deamon Deacons and you can add to the mix a current 4-9 ATS road run. That said, this Deac bunch has outperformed expectations and will need to get a win here if they hope to become Bowl eligible with the meat of their schedule coming up. The Blue Devils are 3-22 SU and 8-16-1 ATS as an ACC host and have lost 11 straight in this series, six straight here with Wake scoring 41+ plus points in each game. Duke is off a bye while Wake off tough B2B with Florida State and Virginia Tech. Deacs have torched their tobacco road buddies for 99 points the last two years and get added weapon in Harris back from injury. Wake 45-27.
Utah State -6.5 over La Tech
The Aggies might just be the most aggrevating team in college football. They have plenty of talent but are a turnover waiting to happen and that problem has cost them in all of their losses this year. That will happen with a freshman QB and we have two duking it out here. La Tech’s three losses were all close and the Bulldogs are on a good run in the series and vs the points on the road but … the UTags have gotten off the canvas before this year to come up with a top notch effort and expect that here. Rustin to Logan is arguably the worst road trip in college football and Romney Stadium is not an easy place to play. The home team puts it all together for their best effort of the year in double-digit win.
Tennessee +29 over Alabama
Looking to take advantage of mega-points with the Vols and a dull spot from the Crimson Tide who head into their bye next week with showdown with LSU on deck. Would feel much better if we had Tyler Bray at the controls for Rocky Top but the Vols will throw it around and hopefully win enought TOP (time-of-possesion) to keep a rugged UT stop unit somewhat fresh. Bama is off a couple of slow starts that ultimately result in blowouts but have little to prove here. Tennessee is 8-1 ATS in their L9 visits (the visitor is 17-2 ATS in L19 of series) and the Vols are also 6-1 as a road dog in their last seven vs ranked teams. With de-facto National Championship game vs the hated Bayou Bengals up next and a couple of days blow right around the corner, disinterested Tide roll to 34-10 win. Grab the points.