College Football Picks for 10/8/22
12:00 PM EST
Texas -9 over Oklahoma (win)
Oklahoma will be without Dillion Gabriel at QB today due to concussion protocol. Texas already has a massive advantage in this game, and Gabriel’s absence makes it much more significant. The Longhorns have an excellent running game that should have a productive day today. Oklahoma will not have the firepower on offense to keep up in this game. Texas has an experienced defense, and the Longhorns should get massive payback from the game they blew at home last year. Take Texas.
7:30 PM EST
Kansas State-1 over Iowa State (push)
Iowa State is known for its defense, but it will take their defensive unit time to gel and get better as they brought back just four defensive starters this year. Look for Deuce Vaughn to have a big day on the ground. Vaughn is also a massive weapon in the passing game. QB Adrian Martinez should have plenty of open targets and is great with his legs when needed. Iowa State is always a well-coached team, but I don’t believe their running game will keep up tonight to give their offense the required balanced attack to win. Take Kansas State.
7:30 PM EST
Illinois -4 over Iowa (loss)
Our brains can’t allow us to think Illinois is a good team now, but they are. The Illini is well-coached, led by Bret Bielema. Last week Illinois pounded Wisconsin, leading to the head coach of the Badgers getting fired. Iowa plays excellent defense, but their offense is below average. Illinois is great against the run, so they will make Spencer Petras beat them. I don’t think that scenario will happen. The Illini have not won this matchup since 2008. Tonight is a perfect opportunity to beat a team that has been a pain in their side for decades. Take Illinois.
11:00 PM EST
Oregon State -4.5 over Stanford (loss)
Stanford QB Tanner Mckee has tremendous pressure on him this year as he hopes to be a high draft pick. McKee doesn’t get much relief at the running back position, as the top running backs from last year are gone. Oregon State has moved the ball well this year and can be a good team if they limit their turnovers. Stanford has played a demanding schedule, but they have not stopped the run. Oregon State should be able to run the ball well today and will do so even more with Chance Nolan out at QB. Stanford lacks confidence right now. The Cardinal offensive line is terrible, and the defense can’t get pressure on opposing offenses. Take Oregon State.