It’s not a very exciting early slate on Saturday, but our handicapper has found enough value on three Big Ten matchups to include with on his free college football picks lineup.
NCAAF Season Record: 20-25-1 (-5.50)
We sipped our Bloody Marys last week following Big 12 action; this week we head to the Big Ten, which occupies a big chunk of Saturday’s early action. Our first stop is in Madison, where the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers entertain the Maryland Terrapins on the Big FOX. UW is -24½ at 5Dimes, where the total has fallen to 50½.
The matchup pits one of the worst offenses in the country (Maryland averaging 274 ypg in conference play) against one of the top defenses (Wisconsin allowing about the same in Big Ten games). It was a similar story two years ago in College Park, and the teams still did enough to send it past the total despite not accounting for a ton of yards. I’m seeing value in the ‘over.’
Wildcats Again In Upset Mode Vs. Hawkeyes
For whom the bell tolls might be a good description for this one between Northwestern and Iowa. Even if the loser wins out, it’ll simply be climbing the tier of lower-grade bowl invites, and the victor has to win out to even sniff a shot at the Big Ten Championship Game.
ESPN2’s cameras are on hand in Evanston for the near pick ‘em with the Wildcats 1½-2 point home ‘dogs to the Hawkeyes. Neither team has a strong offense, but with the series trend in that direction, my free NCAA football pick is another ‘over’ play on the current 47 mark.
Purdue At Rutgers Not Drawing A Lot Of Interest
No better way to wrap up this B1G stop on the Week 8 college football odds board than with Purdue’s visit to Rutgers. It’s not the least interesting game this week by far, not even on the scale of another Big Ten matchup that pits Illinois at Minnesota, but it’s not going to attract a lot of attention. Each 1-2 in conference play, the Boilermakers have already exceeded their projected season win total of 2½ from July and are favored to move above .500 by 9½ points in Piscataway.
Rutgers only needs one more win to at least push the 3-win mark it had on the summer NCAA football futures. Gio Rescigno was a big reason why the Scarlet Knights were able to pull off a mild upset last week at Illinois, and the junior is expected to start vs. Purdue, which is expected to be without linebacker TJ McCollum, third on team with 40 tackles, due to a knee injury. It’s supposed be a bee-yootiful day in Joisey and this is the inaugural meeting between the two, so there’s no history to work off. It’s difficult to see where points are going to come from, so put me down for ‘under’ 47½.Free NCAAF Picks: Maryland-UW Over 50½; Iowa-NW Over 47; PU-Rutgers Under 47½Best Lines Offered: 5Dimes