College Football: NCAA Weekend Value Picks

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 7:01 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013 7:01 PM UTC

We are approaching week 4 of the NCAA College Football season and after a beating of Johnny Football and the Texas A&M Aggies, the Alabama Crimson Tide have clearly shown that they’re the team to beat.

Stand by as I provide my value NCAAF picks for this upcoming week.

Colorado State Rams (1-2) at #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0)

A Legacy

Alabama gets a brief respite this weekend as they take on a much inferior team in Colorado State and are playing at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

For all of the people that doubted the Tide’s abilities, all they had to do is watch Alabama come back from a 14-0 deficit against a very formidable football team in the Aggies and the game wasn’t as close as the final score. The Crimson Tide beat Texas A&M because the Aggies defense had no answer for A.J. McCarron, running back T.J. Yeldon and the Alabama offense.

Although a great player, Yeldon must keep the celebrations to a minimum or he’ll be in Nick Saban’s doghouse for good. McCarron won’t need to throw for over 400 yards against the team of the caliber of Colorado State. That said, the Rams are coming off of a 34-17 win over Cal Poly in which they accounted for over 500 yards of total offense. That won’t be good enough against the best team in the nation. Look for an Alabama beating.

Free Pick- Alabama -39 at Bet 365

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#15 Michigan Wolverines at Connecticut Huskies

A Bad Win

A win is all that counts in every sport except for college football. Michigan proved this point by surviving the Akron Zips (1-2), 28-24 last week. This was a game in which Akron actually had the lead with 4 minutes to go. To add insult to injury, the Zips were better on 3rd down conversions that the Wolverines, outpassed Michigan, had more 1st downs, and Michigan created 4 turnovers.

The Wolverines are lucky that they have a weak schedule so early as they travel to Connecticut where they’ll be a 17 point betting odds favorite against an 0-2 UConn team.

The Huskies had a decent accounting of themselves in a 32-21 loss to Maryland. Former UConn coach Randy Edsall came back to Rentschler Field and prevailed over his former team. Connecticut couldn’t stop the Maryland offense as the Terps amassed over 500 yards. Connecticut wide receiver, Shakim Phillips had a huge game with 10 receptions for 178 yards and 1 TD. Look for Phillips to have another big game against a Michigan team that’s reeling a bit. UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer will need to stay away from the turnover bug against the Wolverines as Michigan will be out to prove that last week’s game was a fluke.

Look for Michigan quarterback , Devin Gardner, to return to the form that was so effective in the victory over Notre Dame. Gardner can run and pass the ball as a double threat and should be the difference in this game. The Huskies defense will need to stick like glue to undersized senior, Jeremy Gallon. Gallon lit up a much better opponent in Notre Dame for almost 200 yards and 3 TD’s. Michigan should come back strong on Saturday for our college football picks.

Free Pick- Michigan -17 at Bet 365

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New Mexico State Aggies (0-3) at UCLA Bruins (2-0)

Blowout City?

After a 20-point win in Lincoln against the Big-Ten powerhouse Nebraska Cornhuskers, one can’t help think that UCLA will destroy the Aggies. The odds makers apparently think so as UCLA is a huge 42.5 point favorite in this game. This game all comes down to can the Bruins cover this type of number?

The Bruins did have to work in beating Nebraska as they came back from an 18 point deficit in the 1st half and quarterback Brett Hundley was nearly perfect in the 2nd half to preserve the victory. The Bruins are playing with heavy hearts as freshman receiver Nick Pasquale was hit by a car and killed. These type of tragedies can sadly motivate a team such as the Bruins.

UCLA will be facing an Aggies team that has yielded 47.3 points per game and 576.7 yards to their opponents.

There’s really nothing to speak of from a New Mexico State perspective. Their leading rusher averages 2.7 yards per carry and the offense is equally as bad as the defense. The Aggies have lost 13 straight road games to ranked opponents by an average of 40.1

Look for Brett Hundley and Jordon James (2 consecutive 100 yard plus games rushing) to blast this squad right out of the Rose Bowl.

Free Pick- UCLA -42.5 at Bet 365

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