This article is part of our College Capper series.
Still sitting right at .500, all because I forced myself into another totals loser. I also forced last week's Texas pick as I really didn't like a fifth game, and further adding a winning total in the comments, and Miami smashed as well. So, there are winners out there, and hopefully we're close to a big week. With that in mind, the first three picks here came easily...let's hope they hit. The last two...I stared at a screen for a while. Low confidence. Staying away from some chalky LSU (-20.5) and Mississippi State (-18) type picks.
Pittsburgh (-14) vs. North Carolina State
I really don't like moving from against to in favor of one team in consecutive weeks. But Pittsburgh's defense is elite. They are allowing just 177.0 yards per game, leading the nation with 34 tackles for loss. That seems rather ominous for NCST, who's allowing 9.0 through two games. I still don't trust the Panthers offense to do anything explosive, and this line opened at 13.5, and I expect it to close north of 14. But Pittsburgh will cover because the Wolfpack will hardly score. Adding more confidence is that North Carolina State has allowed 87 points in two games.
Cincinnati (-21.5) vs. USF
So long as the Bearcats are motivated, they should route the Bulls, a team they struggled against last year, winning just 20-17. They are putting up 39.5 points and allowing only 15.0 through two contests, while USF scored a mere 27 points