College football Thanksgiving weekend

Illinois vs. Northwestern at Soldier Field in Chicago (technically a home game for Illinois).

Northwestern is favored by 3. Fan interest: Illinois has started to offer half price tickets (seriously). Northwestern is 9-2 with victories over Stanford, Penn State and Wisconsin. Why is the spread only 3? My guess is that the Illini are going to get hammered by a NW team that wants payback for last year. NW 30-10.

Texas Tech at Texas 4-6 Texas is favored by 1 vs. 6-5 Texas Tech. I don’t see how Texas slows the Tech attack down. Go with the Red Raiders, 45-42.

Navy vs. Houston 10-1 Houston is a 1 point favorite at home against the 9-1 Midshipmen. Yes, Navy has to have a bad game sometime, but when I look at the Houston schedule and the Navy schedule, Navy has been better. I’ll call the upset here 30-24, Navy.

Stanford vs Notre Dame Stanford (8-2) is a 4 point favorite over ND (10-1). Stanford has played a tougher schedule, mostly because Texas, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech turned out to not be very good. ND’s best wins came against Navy and Temple (both good teams this year). ND did take Clemson to the wire so ND’s loss was better than either of Stanford’s losses, and ND is better than either of the teams that beat Stanford. Then again, ND has looked less-than-stellar vs. Boston College and Wake Forest.

I’ll go with the home team but pick ND to cover..barely. Stanford 24-21. I have next to zero confidence in this pick; it really is a toss up (as is Navy vs. Houston) in my book.

Straight up: Northwestern, Tech, Navy, Stanford
Spread: NW, Tech, Navy, ND.

Confident in my picks: NW, Texas Tech. Toss ups: Navy vs. Houston, Stanford vs. ND


November 25, 2015 - Posted by | college football, football |

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