Week 5 Pick’Em
We roll into October with a solid record and a slew of big games to pick. Much of the guessing work is gone now since teams are being judged based on their play this season rather than pre-season expectations and we are here for it. We have 3 college games this week and all are match ups of ranked teams while our two NFL games involve early season playoff contenders.
Last Week: 4-1
#14 Iowa at #19 Michigan If I was going to pick an upset this would be the one. These two teams are drastically different in terms of mental make up with Iowa playing mistake free football and Michigan constantly shooting themselves in the foot through poor execution. The Wolverines are a much better team at home though, and they appear to have turned a corner last week. The Hawkeyes travel well enough to make this a close one but I expect Michigan to pull it out at home. Michigan 26 - Iowa 24
#24 Michigan State at #4 Ohio State: There’s not much to like about Michigan State in this game. The Spartans typically don’t travel well and Ohio State looks like a much better team so far this season. What we don’t actually know is just how good Ohio State really is given their level of competition so far. That’s really what this game is about, just how good Ohio State really is. It looks like the Buckeyes have enough talent to over come the Spartans in Columbus. I’m not sure it will be a blowout though. Ohio State 34 - Michigan State 17
#7 Auburn at #10 Florida: Auburn hits test #3 of their season long gauntlet through highly ranked teams. Auburn hasn’t played in the seam since the days of Tebow and Meyer (neither of whom ever beat Auburn.) This Florida team will be bolstered by a slew of players returning from suspensions. Auburn, meanwhile, has been battle tested on the road already. True freshman quarterback Bo Nix has played mistake free football for over 4 games in a row now. This will be his greatest test to date but Auburn’s defensive line looks poised to dominate yet another foe. Auburn 37 - Florida 17
Green Bay at Dallas: Both teams are coming off of tough losses last week that should have been victories. Both teams have struggled at times offensively moving the ball. The Packers will be missing star receiver Davante Adams and it is difficult to see how they will move the ball effectively without him. Dallas 24 - Green Bay 21
Cleveland at San Francisco: The hype appears to have been fake news in Cleveland as the Browns have struggled to play consistently so far this year. Meanwhile the 49ers have won big and won ugly, but so far all they’ve done is win. With a week off to heal and to game plan I expect the 49ers to defend the shield at home. San Francisco 31 - Cleveland 27