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College Football: Week 4 Picks Against the Spread...Go B1G This Week With Iowa, Michigan, Rutgers & Minnesota

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College Football: Week 4 Picks Against the Spread...Go B1G This Week With Iowa, Michigan, Rutgers & Minnesota

2014-09-18 17:06:37

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Iowa QB Jake Rudock has thrown four TD passes to 1 INT this season. (Image Source: Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo)

Here are this week’s picks:

**** 4-STAR PICK ****

Iowa +7’ PITTSBURGH

Has Iowa been a disappointment up until now? No doubt. Will they have to play better this week to cover the number? Probably. But Pittsburgh plays Iowa’s brand of football, so expect to see a lot of running and the clock moving, which should equal a quick close contest. Iowa has a strong D-Line and has been very tough to run on, while Pitt has just 309 passing yards through three games, and the Hawkeyes have allowed only five offensive plays of 20-plus yards this season. If Iowa’s O-line plays better this could be an upset special. If RB Jordan Canzeri is healthy (listed as probable), I would like to see him get the ball more. The line has been moving up so for now be patient until you see 7 ½.

Virginia +14’ BYU

So, still no respect for the Cavaliers? They played No. 7 UCLA tough in Week 1, when as 21-point underdogs they probably would have pulled off the upset if not for three defensive scores by the Bruins. Last week as a seven-point underdog they upset No. 21 Louisville. Yes, both of those games were at home, but two touchdowns are too much against the 21st ranked Cougars, even on the road. Considering their competition—UConn (win vs. Stony Brook), Texas (win vs. North Texas) and Houston (win vs. Grambling State) are a combined 3-6—do we know how good BYU really is? I mean, it’s possible UVA is the better team.

Rutgers +7 NAVY (Buy the ½ point)

I’m not the biggest Rutgers fan but this is way too many points for Navy to give against a Big Ten team not named Purdue. The Scarlet Knights have a strong front seven, Navy’s offense won’t take advantage of RU’s weakness—their secondary—and in Paul James and Desmon Peoples Rutgers has a pair of runners that will be able to move the chains against Navy’s D. Like the Iowa game, I except this contest to be close and quick, with a chance for an outright upset. Navy QB Keenan Reynolds (knee) is upgraded to probable but isn’t 100 percent.

*** 3-STAR PICK ***

MINNESOTA – 8 San Jose State

The Gophers are a little banged up but QB Mitch Leidner, RB David Cobb and LB Damien Wilson are expected to suit up. Minnesota hasn’t hit their stride this season yet, but they weren’t playing their best ball last September either and the Gophers were able to handle a better San Jose State team 43-24. The Spartans lost QB David Fales, among other key players from last season’s team, and the new starter Blake Jurich is expected to play through a forearm injury. So yeah, I’m taking another Big Ten club. Minnesota will be looking to bounce back after getting embarrassed by TCU and San Jose State is just what the doctor ordered.

MICHIGAN -3 Utah (Buy the ½ point)

Oh boy. I said I’m done with this team. I wanted out but now this line is sucking me back in. Michigan by seven was the right line—or so I (and Vegas) thought—apparently not because it’s been bet down all the way to 3 ½ points. So buy the half or maybe wait until it goes down to 3, but that might be risky. The Big Ten has embarrassed themselves thus far this season and to some extend the Wolverines are leading the way. But they are still better than Utah and HC Brady Hoke is still pretty darn good at home (21-2), especially against inferior foes. Look for the Wolverines to show some pride this week.

Oklahoma – 7 WEST VIRGINIA

I like West Virginia’s team, they really impressed me in Week 1 against Alabama. It’s why I picked them against Maryland last week. It’s why if the line was at 11, where it opened, I might have the Mountaineers in this spot. But the line has moved too much. While Alabama could be frustrated by WVU’s tempo, Oklahoma will welcome it. I don’t see West Virginia beating the Sooners at their game. I expect OU to be crisp on offense, after a choppy effort against Tennessee last week. QB Clint Trickett is playing well, but is also averaging 45 passes per game. OU is easily the best pass rush WVU has faced, which will equal sacks and turnovers. If you can’t find seven, but the half a point…waiting for it to hit 6 ½ would be getting greedy.

Last Week: 4-0-1; Overall: 6-3-1; Underdogs: 4-2

5-Star: 0-1; 4-Star: 3-1; 3-Star: 3-1-1

College Football Links:

Big Ten West Division Power Rankings: Cornhuskers Only Winners In Week 3

Big Ten East Division Power Rankings: PSU Gets the First B1G Win of the 2014

Playoff Stock-Up Report: South Carolina Gamecocks & the Entire SEC

Playoff Stock-Down Report: Georgia, USC & the Big Ten, Again!

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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