College Football Picks for 10/1/22
12:00 PM EST
Rotation # 175
Kentucky +6.5 over Ole Miss (win)
This afternoon’s game is the battle of 4-0 teams looking to avoid their first loss. Kentucky gets Chris Rodriguez back from his suspension. Kentucky will run the ball, and on occasion, Will Levis will target an open receiver while the defense tries to stop the run. The Wildcats are back to full strength on offense and should put up points today. Ole Miss has a great coaching staff, but they have yet to play a formidable opponent. The Rebels did turn over a lot of talent from last year’s offense, and I think Kentucky is a better team. Look for the Wildcats to get a lead and then play ball control with their running game. Take Kentucky.
12:00 PM EST
Rotation # 146
Minnesota -9.5 over Purdue (loss)
Minnesota manhandled Michigan State on the road last week. The Gophers’ Defense is incredible and is looking to take advantage of a Purdue team that very well could be without QB Aidan O’Connell today. Top running back King Doerue is out, as is wide receiver, Broc Thompson. Purdue is usually an excellent offensive team, but they are limited today, and I don’t think they will do too well against the Gopher defense in front of a loud crowd. Take Minnesota.
4:00 PM EST
Rotation # 182
Mississippi State -4.5 over Texas A&M (win)
Both teams come in with one loss this year. It was a shocker that Texas A&M lost to App State, but they are an excellent small conference team that has won big games. The Aggies are without their top three receivers from last year, and QB Haynes King doesn’t have stats that scare you. Ainias Smith is out today for the Aggies, which limits their WR targets. Mike Leach’s team returns their running game and most of their wide receivers. QB Will Rogers should put up points today. Texas A&M has a great defense, but I don’t think their offense can help them much today. Take Mississippi State.
7:30 PM EST
Rotation # 188
Texas -8 over West Virginia (win)
Texas had a big lead on the road at Texas Tech going into the half last week and blew the game. The Longhorns have played well this year but only have a 2-2 record. WVU is also 2-2, but they lost many more players last year, including a defense that lost their top 5 tacklers from a year ago. Texas should hand the ball over to Bijan Robinson today to soften the pass defense and then take their shot downfield. WVU can put up points, so it will be up to the Longhorn defense to pressure JT Daniels as much as they can. Tonight’s eight-point spread is a decent margin to overcome, but I believe the Longhorns are the better program right now, and the home crowd will also have a huge impact. Take Texas.