Doc’s NCAA Football Saturday Trifecta
4 Unit Play. #317 Take Oklahoma State Cowboys over West Virginia Mountaineers (Saturday 7 pm ESPN 2)
Must admit I was a little disappointing with the performance of the defense by the Pokes last week against Kansas State. This unit is usually solid and I expect a much better effort today in Morgantown. West Virginia failed miserably in their first true test of the season against Oklahoma and I just do not believe they warrant to be this big of a favorite against a very similar team. This is a brutal three game stretch for West Virginia facing Oklahoma last week and they have Baylor on deck. West Virginia is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games played during October. Take the points in this game as Oklahoma State has a good chance to win this straight-up.
4 Unit Play. #354 Take BYU Cougars over East Carolina Pirates (Saturday 7:30 pm ESPN U)
We will fade the Pirates as they must make a cross country flight to Provo and the high elevation. BYU has played a brutal schedule thus far and now it is lightening up and they are in the middle of four straight home games. BYU turned it on in the fourth quarter against Connecticut in a game they dominated in total yards but where done in by turnovers. BYU is a perfect 9-0 against American Athletic Conference teams in Provo. Beating SMU does not justify this low of a line and expect BYU to come out strong early and cruise to a double digit victory. East Carolina is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. BYU is 22-9 ATS in their last 31 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
4 Unit Play. #404 Take Nebraska Cornhuskers over Wisconsin Badgers (Saturday 3:30 pm ABC)
What was once thought to be key race in the Big 10 West has turned into just another game, as both teams are coming off bad losses. I still do not know why Nebraska hired Mike Riley as coach but that being said they have a much better offensive team than Wisconsin at the moment. The Badgers are really banged up on offense without Corey Clement, Austin Traylor, and likely without Alex Erickson (concussion protocol). This is Wisconsin’s first true road game of the season and I just do not believe they can win this game on defense alone. I have never been a big fan of QB Joel Stave and he did not disappoint us last week. This is a game Mike Riley needs badly to get the loyal fan base on his side and he did beat Wisconsin while he was a head coach at Oregon State. Wisconsin is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games. Nebraska is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss in their previous game.