College Football Picks for 9/24/22
12:00 PM EST
Rotation # 339
Clemson -7.5 over Wake Forest (loss)
Clemson struggled last year but ended up 10-3 and won their previous six games to end the season. It was considered a down year for them because, in seasons past, they were just about perfect. Clemson returns most of their offense and always gets the best recruits on defense. Sam Hartman is a great QB for Wake Forest, but he doesn’t deliver in big games. Hartman wanted to hide under a rock after last year’s ACC Championship loss to Pitt. Clemson should take advantage of the defensive turnover that the Deamon Deacons have from last year. Take Clemson.
3:30 PM EST
Rotation # 323-324
Notre Dame/UNC Under 55.5 (loss)
Notre Dame put kid gloves on backup quarterback Drew Pyne. I am shocked they scored as many points as they did against CAL. We have to realize this isn’t a great football team. UNC has a lot of athletic and talented defensive players that should get stopped. Sam Howell is now in the NFL for UNC, and this offense won’t be as dynamic without the running game they had a year ago. Notre Dame returns most of their defensive starters and should be able to slow the Tar Heels down. Look for a low-scoring game. Take the Under.
3:30 PM EST
Rotation # 337-338
Minnesota/Michigan State Over 50.5 (loss)
Michigan State threw the ball well on the road in a losing effort to Washington last week. It was good for the Spartans to play their first competitive game and learn from it. Minnesota has scored a ton of points in the first three weeks. The Gophers are the number 4 defense in football, but that means nothing because they haven’t played anybody good. The Spartans hope to get Jayden Reed back today, giving Payton Thorne his top target back from a year ago. Minnesota coach PJ Fleck should take advantage of the Spartan’s secondary this afternoon. Look for QB Tanner Morgan to have a good day. Both teams will put up a lot of offense in this game. Take the Over.
3:30 PM EST
Rotation # 348
Tennessee -11 over Florida (loss)
Florida is rebuilding their program because they have a new staff and many new players. The only running back with significant touches from last year was their QB Anthony Richardson. The natural running backs from a year ago have departed. Florida also is breaking in many new receivers and has a lot of turnover on defense. Tennessee learned the NASCAR package offense last year in Josh Heupel’s first year as head coach. This season Tennessee returns just about the bulk of their starters from last season and is getting good at putting points up on the board. In years past, it would be Florida favored by eleven points, but they are not the same team they were years ago. Look for the Vols to win big at home. Take Tennessee.