N2K CFB Pick ‘Em- Week 5

We’ve got an action-packed week of college football ahead of us! Three games include two Top 25 teams and perhaps the game of the weekend is on Friday to kick us off. Unfortunately, Tyler and Kevin were not able to submit their picks this week, so their records for next week will look the same.

Overall, our writers’ records look like this after three weeks of action:

Tyler: 15-4 (76-12) Gabe: 17-2 (72-16) Sean: 14-5 (72-16) TJ: 13-6 (67-21) Will: 17-2 (70-18) Mikey: 15-4 (70-18) Kevin: 14-5 (51-15)

Let’s get into the action this week.



Connecticut at #6 Houston

Gabe: Houston by 28

Sean: So Greg Ward didn’t score nine touchdowns in the first half like I boldly predicted last week, but the Cougars still hung a 64 spot on Texas State. Connecticut’s defense isn’t terrible, but their offense can’t do anything right. Houston wins by 29

TJ: Houston QB Greg Ward has lost a considerable amount of traction in the Heisman race and if he wants to get back into it this is the week to do so. Since Ward is facing UConn, he’ll put up video game numbers and if any team will stop Lamar Jackson from Louisville this season, it will be Clemson. I think that Houston runs away with this one early. Houston Cougars by 29

Will: UConn isn’t a scary team by any means. Personally I think they are slowly crawling their way to being relevant in football and not just being known as a basketball school. For now, Houston will not have a tough time beating UConn. Greg Ward Jr. will continue his quest to be a Heisman finalist and Houston will assert their dominance in the AAC. Houston by 20

Mikey: The Cougars have been extremely impressive through four weeks, and against a much less talented Huskies team, they should win big. Houston by 31



#7 Stanford at #10 Washington

Gabe: Huskies by 4

Sean: The PAC-12 has made the interesting decision to hold its championship game three months in advance. In all seriousness, the winner of this game will likely represent the PAC-12 North in the championship game. Stanford has the best player in the country, and is coming off a tough and gritty comeback win over UCLA in LA. Washington has one of the most explosive offenses in the country, and they were tested by Arizona last weekend.  In these types of games, I usually look at coaching and where the game is being held, but even after that I can’t decide. I’ll go with my gut and go Stanford by 10

TJ: This is one of the must-watch games this week. In my opinion this will be the best game to watch ahead of the Clemson and Louisville game. Stanford and Christian McCaffrey didn’t look too strong at UCLA last weekend but the Cardinal have the potential to break off an eighty yard run at any moment. Washington is one of my favorite teams to pull for but Stanford is one of my favorite teams in general. If Washington QB Jake Browning and WR Chico McClatcher can continue their hot start to the season, Stanford could be in trouble. But McCaffrey had an ‘off’ week against UCLA and players like him don’t have two bad weeks in a row. Washington is actually the favorite in this game but I think that Stanford will steal a victory in enemy territory. Stanford by 2

Will: Before I begin with the game I’d like to say something I found to be interesting, Christian McCaffrey has not scored a TD in a true away game. I saw that on ESPN and was shocked by that stat. Washington is under the radar, especially to me having not seen them play and they are now a top 10 team. They haven’t proven themselves yet, which makes this a huge statement game. They have an elite passing attack led by Jake Browning, who has 14 TD passes so far this season. Washington’s offense is going to be too much to handle in this one. Washington by 7

Mikey: Stanford never seems to be able to win when the games start to get really tough. And don’t ask me why, but there’s something about this UW team that makes them believe they’ve got something special going on. Washington by 7



#23 Florida at Vanderbilt

Gabe: Florida by 10

Sean: Florida looked really good in the first half against Tennessee last week, but then looked horrendous in the second half, giving up 38 straight points and not getting a first down until the 4th quarter. I really want to pick Vanderbilt here for some reason, but there’s just no way the Commodores win this game, even if Luke Del Rio doesn’t play. Gators by 14

TJ: The Gators straight collapsed against the Vols last weekend and I think they are still a team looking to prove themselves. Vandy is an SEC school but they haven’t won a divisional game yet this year and that won’t change this weekend. Gators by 10

Will: Florida, even if Del Rio is not able to play in this game, will bounce back against Vanderbilt. They even hang in against Tennessee with the injuries they have faced. Vanderbilt’s best win was a tight 31-30 win against Western Kentucky, so Florida will bounce back easily. Florida by 14

Mikey: Coming off a tough loss, Florida should be able to rebound versus one of the weaker teams in the SEC. Florida by 14


#13 Baylor at Iowa State

Gabe: Baylor by 31

Sean: Baylor has surprised me so far this year. We knew their offense would be fine with Seth Russell and KD Cannon, among others, but the defense has been solid in its own right, especially for Big 12 standards. Iowa State is just waiting for basketball season to come along. Bears by 38

TJ: Seth Russell and KD Cannon for the Baylor Bears have quite the rapport and the duo is great for Baylor’s ‘no defense strategy’ since they light up the scoreboards week to week. Iowa State’s offense has been streaky and if they can get it going early and often maybe they could outscore Baylor at the end of the day in front of a home crowd. Although, outscoring the Bears offense is a tall task that I don’t believe the Cyclones are up for. Baylor Bears by 12

Will: Alright I’m done with Baylor. They are taking so much out of me. I literally would’ve been undefeated last week if not for me continually picking against Baylor. They’ve forced me to do it this week. I have no other choice. Iowa State by 3

Mikey: Iowa State has the worst Power 5 football program I have ever seen. Baylor by 45


Alcorn State at #20 Arkansas

Gabe: Arkansas by 34

Sean: The Razorbacks let me down last week and lost to Texas A&M.  Should be a relatively easy bounce back win against Alcorn State. Arkansas by 400 (I know what I typed)

TJ: The Razorbacks lost a tough one at home against the Aggies last weekend and they are looking to bounce back bigtime. Fortunately, they are playing Alcorn State so a bounceback win is almost all but guaranteed. Arkansas by 33

Will: Aaaand Bret Bielema’s hot streak against the SEC continues. They were close for a little bit against Texas A&M and ultimately fell on their face. Will be pretty tough to do that this week against Alcorn State. Arkansas by 30

Mikey: Good one. Razorbacks by 35


#22 Texas at Oklahoma State

Gabe: Oklahoma State by 3

Sean: Oklahoma State should be 3-1 and ranked right now. But officials don’t like them. Texas was exposed last week against Cal, giving up 50 points. Both teams have explosive offenses, and I fully expect this game to be a shootout. We all claimed that Texas football was back when they beat Notre Dame, but following this game against the Cowboys, they’ll be unranked once again. OK State by 15

TJ: Texas was off to a hot start after defeating Notre Dame but a loss to California has the Longhorns beginning a downward spiral. I could reasonably see Oklahoma State pushing the 50 point mark in this game. The Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph will score five times through the air and account for over 400 total yards. I rolling with the Cowboys at home. Oklahoma State by 4

Will: Texas disappointed me last week with their loss to Cal. How do they come back from a loss like that? Winning an away game against a solid team in Oklahoma State. Shane Buechele needs a win for Texas this week, or else they may face irrelevance very soon. Texas by 3

Mikey: Tough road environment for the Longhorns, but they have better talent and coaching, which should give them the edge. Texas by 3


Rutgers at #2 Ohio State

Gabe: Buckeyes by 34

Sean: ESPN gives Rutgers a 2.3% chance to win this game at the time I’m writing this. I give them less than that. Buckeyes win big by 60

TJ: The Scarlet Knights did hold their own against Iowa last week but they were embarrassed by Washington. I’d say OSU and Washington are pretty comparable so I have to go with the Buckeyes in a blowout. THE Ohio State University by 38

Will: Yeah Rutgers is going to have a bad time on Saturday. Ohio State by 40

Mikey: Rutgers sucks. Buckeyes by 51


#14 Miami at Georgia Tech

Gabe: Miami by 12

Sean: The U has played nobody of note to this point in the season, while Georgia Tech played a good game, at least defensively, against Clemson last week. Those two facts alone make me scared to pick the Hurricanes, but their run defense is stout enough to contain the Yellow Jackets’ triple option. Miami by 17

TJ: The Hurricanes have been explosive but they haven’t played any competition yet. The Yellow Jackets will be their best test so far this season. Georgia Tech isn’t too flashy but the seem to get results so I think that this game will be closer than expected.Hurricanes by 4

Will: Georgia Tech was rolling to start off the season, starting 3-0, after ultimately falling to Clemson last week. They should keep this game competitive, unless Miami decides to assert themselves in the ACC, which is what I see happening. This would be a big win for the Hurricanes, especially it being an away game. Miami by 7

Mikey: I smell an upset in the ACC. GT has been good to this point in the season, and while Miami has one of the country’s better QB’s, this has the feel of a trap game. Yellow Jackets by 14


North Carolina at #13 Florida State

Gabe: Florida State by 10

Sean: Florida State was right back to business last week scoring 55 points on South Florida. Mitch Trubisky lit up Pittsburgh in nail biting fashion for the Tarheels and has played well all season long. Dalvin Cook and Deondre Francois are already one of the best quarterback/running back combinations in the NCAA, and with the Seminoles talented defense, Florida State will win this game, however, in much closer fashion than people think. Seminoles by 13

TJ: An ACC matchup that will test whether or not the Tarheel QB Mitch Trubisky is actually good. I say that he’s not but it won’t matter how good he is if the UNC defense can’t stop Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook. I don’t have much reasoning for this pick, it is more of a gut feeling. Seminoles by 3

Will: Florida State is going to have to grind out this win. UNC lost a close one first game to Georgia and has been on a win streak ever since. They still have some tough matchups in their ACC games, so FSU needs to have some urgency against UNC. FSU by 10

Mikey: Dalvin Cook finally broke out; it should be smooth sailing all the way up until the Clemson game. FSU by 21


#8 Wisconsin at #4 Michigan

Gabe: Michigan by 7

Sean: Michigan is surprisingly an overwhelming favorite in this game, which once again shows the disrespect to the Badgers. Both are tough at the trenches and on defense and are extremely well coached. In terms of skill positions, Michigan has a clear advantage.  De’Veon Smith, Amara Darboh, Jake Butt, Jehu Chesson and uber-athlete Jabrill Peppers provide Wilton Speight an embarrassment of riches for the Wolverines. The Badgers have Corey Clement… and that’s about it for notable game changers. And for that, Michigan by 17

TJ: The Badgers of Wisconsin have been surprising me week to week. I’ve been consistently doubting them but time and time again, they prove me wrong. This game could very well have major Big 10 implications but I don’t see the Badgers continuing this winning streak against the Wolverines. I believe the forecast calls for rain so you can expect a battle of opposing running games, a battle that Michigan will win. Wolverines by 12

Will: Michigan has all the control is this one. This game has huge implications on the playoff hunt. If Wisconsin wins, they more than likely flip spots with Michigan. If Michigan wins, they sit themselves nicely with some cushion in the top four. Michigan is just all around a better team, with Jabrill Peppers being a true X factor. Can Wilton Speight continue to lead this offense against a stingy Wisconsin defense? Also, the all important factor of this being at the Big House makes this an easy choice. Michigan by 10

Mikey: I picked against Wisconsin in both the LSU game and the Michigan State game, and they won both of those games. So why am I picking against them again? Because this Michigan team is so much better than both of those other teams, and this game is in the Big House. Harbaugh will have his boys fired up and ready to go for the first marquee matchup of the season. Wolverines by 10


Illinois at #15 Nebraska

Gabe: Nebraska by 17

Sean: I’ve already said that it seems like Tommy Armstrong Jr. has been at Nebraska since the beginning of time, but it’s the same for wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp. Armstrong is an early darkhorse contender for Heisman. Nebraska by 23

TJ: The Cornhuskers are off to a 4-0 start thanks to a marquee win against the Oregon Ducks. Illinois hasn’t really done anything to be brutally honest and I don’t see that changing this week. Nebraska by 24

Will: Nebraska is on a path that is more and more looking like 7-0. Illinois has been a struggling team for some time and it’s continuing to show this year. Another easy win here for Nebraska. Nebraska by 20

Mikey: The Cornhuskers just have a more talented team than Illinois. Nebraska by 42


#11 Tennessee at #25 Georgia

Gabe: Georgia by 3

Sean: Somehow, this Tennessee team is undefeated, but played their best 30 minutes of football in the second half last week against Florida. Josh Dobbs finally looked like the Heisman contender everyone thought he would be, and the defense was unreal and Derek Barnett finally broke out. Georgia was embarrassed last week against Ole Miss and will be unranked after the weekend. Volunteers by 24

TJ: The Vols preserved last week bigtime after a huge comeback against the Gators and as if Tennessee couldn’t catch a break in their schedule, they’re facing off against Georgia this week. If the Vols can stop Bulldog RB Nick Chubb then they should have no problem coming out with a win but Chubb is still waiting for that breakout game to propel him into the Heisman discussion. If Chubb breaks out against the Volunteer defense then we could be in store for an instant classic. Volunteers by 4

Will: Georgia was long overdue for a loss last weekend. Not only did they lose, Ole Miss kind of embarrassed them. Not to the level that Louisville did to FSU. Tennessee is on the opposite end, flying high after an all important SEC win against Florida, but one SEC win won’t cut it if they have playoff hopes. A win at Georgia would surely jump them into the top 10 rankings and bring them that much closer playoff contention. Tennessee by 10

Mikey: I believe these teams are fairly evenly-matched on paper, so I’ll give the Bulldogs the edge at home. Georgia by 17


#9 Texas A&M at South Carolina

Gabe: Texas A&M by 21

Sean: I still haven’t bought into the resurrection of TAMU, and I should probably get with the program soon. I doubted them against UCLA and Arkansas, but I won’t doubt them this week. Trevor Knight and Trayveon Williams have looked spectacular so far, and they’ll have another golden opportunity to pad their stats come Saturday. Aggies by 27

TJ: The Aggies are rolling thanks to two convincing wins against Top 25 competition (UCLA and Arkansas). A&M find themselves 4-0 and pitted against an SEC opponent in week five. South Carolina’s secondary will have a tough time stopping A&M’s QB, Trevor Knight. All in all, Knight and company will be too much for the Gamecock defense. Aggies by 21

Will: Texas A&M turned it up late in their game last week against Arkansas. They showed a lot of grit and resilience in a game they were down early. They do have an SEC matchup this week in South Carolina, but they truly don’t pose much of a threat. They have some weak wins against ECU and Vanderbilt, so Texas A&M is going to be way too much to handle for them. Texas A&M by 20

Mikey: Coming off a great win against Arkansas, Kevin Sumlin’s boys should hold their momentum against the Gamecocks. A&M by 21


Oklahoma at #21 TCU

Gabe: TCU by 7

Sean: TCU is overrated. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. And not too long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Oklahoma was the #3 ranked team in the country. Losses to Houston and Ohio State has knocked them out of the top 25, but they still have Baker Mayfield, Semaje Perine and Joe Mixon. Who does TCU have? Turnover prone Kenny Hill. Give me the Sooners by 23

TJ: Oklahoma was the #3 team entering the season, the Sooners are now 1-2 with an uphill battle ahead of them. If the Sooners want ANY chance at a prestigious bowl game they’ll need to beat TCU. TCU’s offense should struggle a little with the Sooner defense but the Oklahoma will be running a track race basically against the putrid Horned Frog defense. Oklahoma is favored by a few points but I think the Sooners will win by 2 scores. Oklahoma Sooners by 9

Will: I think many have put Oklahoma to the side in terms of being a contender this year. Not me though. I’ve still got faith that Baker Mayfield can do something with this team, despite some unfortunate early losses. This is a great week to do it. An away game, against a top 25 team, and one that lost earlier in the year to Arkansas, who is also a beatable team. Oklahoma needs this more than ever, or they can kiss any hopes of being in a big bowl game good bye. Oklahoma by 3

Mikey: Baker Mayfield needs to get his team on the right track, and this is just the team to do it against. Oklahoma by 24


#18 Utah at California

Gabe: Utah by 7

Sean: Utah is coming off an impressive win over USC, while Cal is coming off a loss to Arizona State. Cal has looked strong, at least offensively, in every game so far. The problem has been their defense, which is allowing almost 500 yards a game. To me, Utah hasn’t played anyone of note, including USC, who isn’t as good as advertised. Cal has a big win against Texas and a close loss against #19 San Diego State. Give me an upset and the Bears by 5

TJ: The Golden Bears quarterback, Davis Webb has been one of the best QBs in all of college football this year. Webb has just under 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in four games. I think that Webb and the UC Berkeley offense find their stride at home against the Utes and pull off the upset. Cal by 4

Will: Cal somehow managed to pull out a win against Texas two weeks ago, and fell to ASU last week, which honestly has to be a buzz kill for them. I can see them coming into this game with some swagger after the Texas win and giving Utah a run, but not after losing to ASU. Utah may not have an easy time doing it, Cal is a competitive team, yet Utah needs to roll in their Pac-12 schedule. Utah by 10

Mikey: While Cal did upset Texas, this is a different animal in their Pac 12 foe. Utah is a very underrated team, and they should be able to defeat the Golden Bears. Utah by 21


Memphis at #16 Ole Miss

Gabe: Rebels by 20

Sean: Right off the bat, Ole Miss’s inconsistency scares me. Their 2-2 record is misleading, as they’ve played both Alabama and Florida State, and those are their only two losses. Memphis hasn’t played anyone, and Ole Miss is their first legit opponent all year long. Look for Chad Kelly (swag) to put up some big numbers. Rebels by 32

TJ: Memphis is off to a 3-0 start, but they haven’t really played anybody. Meanwhile Ole Miss is 2-2 and they have played everybody (Alabama, Florida State and Georgia). Memphis won’t hang tough enough for the Ole Miss offense and the Rebel defense should overpower the offense of the Tigers. You can definitely expect Chad Kelly to throw for 400 yards and four scores. Ole Miss Rebels by 22

Will: Ole Miss is back from the dead! Just when I count out Chad Kelly he decides to murder the entire Georgia football team. Well, Memphis better watch out because Kelly is going to continue to sling it and drag Ole Miss back to life. Ole Miss by 24

Mikey: Ole Miss finally beat a quality opponent last week, and now they get Memphis. I agree with general wisdom: they should win. Rebels by 35


Kentucky at #1 Alabama

Gabe: Alabama by 34

Sean: If this was basketball, Kentucky would probably win this game. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, this is football, and Alabama doesn’t lose to unranked opponents at home under Nick Saban. Crimson Tide by 45

TJ: I mean, I’m not sure Bama will ever lose. Crimson Tide by 44

Will: Once again, Alabama skates by as #1 in the polls and will most likely just use this game for film purposes. Alabama by 40

Mikey: Roll Tide. Bama by 49


#19 San Diego State at South Alabama

Gabe: San Diego State by 3

Sean: Donnel Pumphrey is the best player you’ve never heard of. He’s the bell cow for the Aztecs offense, rushing for 599 yards in just three games. South Alabama is just his next victim. Aztecs by 31

TJ: Donnel Pumphrey is off to a torrid start for SDSU. The running back has seven rushing touchdowns in just three games. The senior has 52 total touchdowns in his Aztec career and counting. I anticipate SDSU to feed Pumphrey all game as he will get the best of the South Alabama defense with no questions asked. San Diego State by 22.

Will: Honestly don’t know much about either team, but can’t imagine San Diego State’s first loss will be against South Alabama. San Diego State by 20

Mikey: It’s South Alabama. SDSU by 28


#3 Louisville at #5 Clemson

Gabe: Clemson by 7

Sean: 682. That’s the average yards per game Lamar Jackson and the rest of the Louisville Cardinals have gained per week. 63.5. That’s their average points per game. What Louisville has been doing through the first month is nothing short of otherworldly, and their defense hasn’t been too shabby either. Clemson came into this season with all kinds of hype and while they haven’t quite lived up to the billing, they still carry a 4-0 record into the matchup of the year. If Lamar Jackson happens to play out of his mind (again) the Heisman will be his. This is the biggest game Louisville has ever played in football, and I think they get it done. Cardinals by 8

TJ: If you’re only going to watch two games this weekend, you need to watch the Stanford vs Washington game and this one right here. Louisville at Clemson is going to be an instant classic and a high scoring affair. If Lamar Jackson has another strong performance he has all but solidified his Heisman campaign. Meanwhile, Clemson hasn’t looked overly sharp and this is their game to prove all the doubters wrong. In four games, Jackson already has 25 touchdowns for the Cardinals and five of those touchdowns came against the Florida State Seminoles. I know I’ll watching this game, and I’ll be rooting for Louisville, although they are the slim favorite they are still the underdog story of the season in my opinion. Louisville Cardinals by 18

Will: This is the game. The game where Lamar Jackson proves to the whole country that he’s the real deal. This game being at Clemson may scare some away from picking Louisville, not me. I really don’t think Clemson is as good as their #5 ranking. Their biggest test was against Auburn in their first game and narrowly won that one. Louisville is scoring at such a prolific rate that they won’t be able to keep up. Also, Louisville’s defense isn’t bad either. Louisville by 10

Mikey: It may appear to be bold to take Louisville by so much against Clemson, but people would have said that against Florida State as well. It’s unfair to call Lamar Jackson a cheat code, mainly because cheat codes couldn’t even score at this rate. No one has stopped them yet, and as much as I like Deshaun Watson, I don’t think Clemson can do it either. Plus, their defense also happens to be really good. Cardinals by 45


#17 Michigan State at Indiana

Gabe: Michigan State by 14

Sean: An ugly loss to Wisconsin probably ruins the Spartans chances of getting into the College Football Playoff, and a win over Indiana will help heal the wounds. The average offense was finally exposed by a legit Wisconsin defense. Indiana’s offense has looked good, albeit against poor competition. Still, Mark Dantonio is one of the best the game has to offer. Sparty by 9

TJ: Don’t sleep on Indiana, this game is on upset alert for me. However I don’t see the Spartans losing two games in a row, both of which they should’ve won. Spartans by 10

Will: Michigan State is going to take out their frustrations from last week’s loss to Wisconsin. Indiana doesn’t really stand a shot. Michigan State by 20

Mikey: Sparty needs to rebound off an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Badgers; Indy gives them that opportunity. MSU by 14


Utah State at #24 Boise State

Gabe: Broncos by 14

Sean: Not a fan of the blue field in Boise, but that doesn’t really matter to the outcome of this game. What does matter is that Boise State is better than Utah State. Broncos by 35

TJ: Utah State is not a football program worth mentioning yet, meanwhile Boise State can smell a premier bowl game and they will win this game easily, climbing the rankings a little more. Boise State by 24

Will: Boise State is back baby! Nothing better than the blue and orange turf, except for maybe Utah State who will be seeing a lot of it as they chase Boise State around the field. Boise State by 14

Mikey: The blue-turf team is back in the top 25! That field (and the fact that they’re playing Utah State) should add up to a win. BSU by 10


BONUS- Notre Dame at Syracuse

Gabe: Notre Dame by 10

Sean: Notre Dame lost to Duke last week at home because of their lack of defense. In a surprising turn of events, the Orange have a defense that is even worse.  Brian Kelly’s seat is hot, and I’m sure the Irish want him to stick around. Also, firing Brian VanGorder should help this defense improve. Irish by 17

TJ: I’ll be picking against Notre Dame each week while they are still tied or under UMass in the FBS-Independents standings, so basically for the rest of the year I hope. Syracuse Orange by 4

Will: Notre Dame can’t lose this game. If they do, I would just pack up my office as soon as it ended if I was Brian Kelly. With that said, Notre Dame reclaims some dignity and beats Syracuse. Notre Dame by 10

Mikey: I’m giving them one more shot because I believe they are a good team, but ND needs to step up this week. The Duke loss was awful; this is their last chance to inspire any sort of confidence in me as a neutral observer (plus, Tyler may put a hole in a brick wall if they lose). Irish by 7


BONUS- Buffalo at Boston College

Gabe: Boston College by 18

Sean: I don’t think I’ve picked against BC all year long. And that trend will continue because the Bulls aren’t a great football team. Eagles by 13

TJ: Running back Jon Hilliman has looked strong and quarterback Patrick Towles has surprised me for the Boston College Eagles. BC is starting to get on a little bit of a role and Buffalo won’t stop them. BC Eagles by 19

Will: Knowing BC this will probably be a close game. I don’t see them being on the losing end of it, though. BC by 6

Mikey: Unless they can resurrect Khalil Mack, Buffalo isn’t winning this game. BC by 6


BONUS- Tulane at UMass

Gabe: Tulane by 3

Sean: The Green Wave is a cool mascot to have. Also, they’re 2-2 while UMass is 1-3. No analysis, just a prediction. Green Wave by 6

TJ: Tulane are slim favorites but the Minutemen are at home and I like their chances. UMass has looked strong in every game so far, they hung in there with SEC schools Florida and Mississippi State. They lost the second half to Boston College and then the game, but they did beat FIU two weeks back so I think the home field advantage and confidence from the SEC play will give the Minutemen the W. UMass by 9

Will: Get out of my face Tulane. UMass took Mississippi State to the wire (well kind of) and they are showing some spark that I didn’t expect to see in the offense. And it’s homecoming weekend, so Tulane has literally no shot. UMass by 14

Mikey: Tulane has been more impressive thus far, so they’re my pick. Tulane by 16

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