Week 10 College Football Picks Against the Spread

Derrick Henry

Welcome to Week 10 College Football Picks Against the Spread. The season is flying by and the College Football Playoff initial rankings are out. Some are outraged with how high Alabama is ranked. To me it makes sense to have them there but they will have a chance to prove they belong. Stanford and Florida were much lower than I had anticipated but everything is still in front of both teams. If they win out they can easily be apart of the four teams in the College Football Playoff. Florida at 33/1, Oklahoma at 22/1 and Stanford at 12/1 are nice futures odds for teams that are rolling and can win the National Title.

This week features some huge matchups that will impact the standings. The #2 LSU Tigers head to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Clemson gets to put another signature win on their resume hosting Florida State. It also provides an opportunity for Iowa to stay perfect. It should be a highly entertaining Saturday. After a 3-2 Week 9, let’s improve on that this week.

>Season Total 23-22-0
>Upset Alert 1-8

Alabama Crimson Tide -6.5 vs LSU Tigers

The LSU Tigers come into this game as the higher ranked team and have looked very impressive. Florida was the best defense the Tigers have faced thus far and it took a fake field goal to beat them. On the road this week against a Crimson Tide defense that is built to beat a power running offense. While Georgia isn’t on the same level as LSU, it gave a preview of how this game could go. I trust Jake Coker to make more throws this week than Brandon Harris. Harris will need to throw the ball well if they want to keep this game close. Malachi Dupre is a very explosive player and can do really impressive with the ball in his hands. I think Reggie Ragland and the Tide defense will be too much for the Tigers. Take Alabama minus the points.

Clemson Tigers -12 vs Florida State Seminoles

The Clemson Tigers are big favorites in this game especially against a Florida State that has played well this season. Dalvin Cook is an impressive running back that can control a game. Clemson’s defense is ridiculous. They shut down C.J. Prosise who outside of the Clemson and Temple game has been a 100 yard plus rusher. When the Tigers shut down the Florida State run game Everett Golson will be forced to make throws which is something I can not buy into. The Seminoles defense is not on the same level of previous seasons. Deshaun Watson has been a monster and is putting himself in the Heisman Trophy conversation. I’ll take the Tigers big in this spot.

TCU Horned Frogs -5 at Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Horned Frogs are on the outside looking in when it comes to College Football Playoff. They are now entering the meat of their schedule where they can get their name among the four teams. It starts this week with a trip to Stillwater. They need to play well and put it on the Cowboys to assure they are in position for a playoff spot. Trevone Boykin will need to be on his game against a Oklahoma State defense that has been impressive. Oklahoma State may be able to do enough to keep it close for the a while but I expect TCU to win this game by more than a touchdown.

Michigan State Spartans -5.5 at Nebraska Cornhuskers

Michigan State is currently sitting in the 6th spot of the College Football Playoff rankings. They have the opportunity to be the Big 10 representative if they win out. That starts this week on the road against a Nebraska Cornhusker team that’s not very good. This week they should get Tommy Armstrong back which should help a Husker offense that had costly turnovers a week ago that led to a loss against Purdue. That said, Connor Cook and company should roll the Huskers this week. They are a much better offense that Purdue and their defense can create turnovers. Spartans win this game going away and cover the 5.5 spread.


**Upset Alert**

Can Jordan Howard and the Hooisers topple undefeated Iowa? (Michael Hickey / Getty Images)

Can Jordan Howard and the Hooisers topple undefeated Iowa? (Michael Hickey / Getty Images)

Indiana Hoosiers +7 vs Iowa Hawkeyes

The Iowa Hawkeyes are undefeated and are trying to remain that way when the Big 10 title game comes a calling. However I think they will not be. This week they travel to Bloomington to take on a Hooiser team that has offensive weapons. C.J. Beathard is still dealing with a nagging groin injury that has hampered his mobility. Running back Jordan Canzeri is doubtful for this game after getting hurt two weeks ago against Northwestern. I expect Nate Sudfeld and Jordan Howard to be able to get the Hooiser offense going Saturday. I think Indiana gets up early and holds on to not only cover but win this game outright.


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