Three-Game Card Worthy of your Saturday College Football Picks

David Lawrence

Friday, October 2, 2015 12:42 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 12:42 PM GMT

With more pressure, & more familiarity as a collective unit, each team on this card will be challenged at a higher level than before. What does this mean for those considering a betting play?

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Odds: Wisconsin -6.5
This is a game in which the Badgers will be without their best running back, Corey Clement, due to injury. Iowa has been solid this season, pouncing on weaker opponents and managing to hold off opponents from other power conferences (Iowa State from the Big 12 and Pittsburgh from the ACC). This figures to be a classic Big Ten game in terms of style. It will be a running-oriented game, very physical, and focused on gaining field position while limiting turnovers. The Big Ten has a lot of teams which don’t buy into modern spread or zone-read concepts, and Iowa and Wisconsin are two of them. The styles used by these teams are conducive to a close game, so that in itself is a reason to pick Iowa against the spread. Nearly a touchdown seems like a lot of points to give. In addition to that, though, the loss of Clement leaves Wisconsin very limited on offense. The circumstances attached to this game point to a three-point game either way. Iowa should cover the College Football Odds.

College Football Pick: Iowa +6.5

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Houston Cougars vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Odds:
Houston -5.5
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane scored 38 points against the Oklahoma Sooners on the road a few weeks ago. The Houston Cougars have been putting up very solid numbers throughout the season. Tulsa is at home, but Houston has already notched a very impressive road win against Louisville and Bobby Petrino. This really does feel like an easy game to pick. What can make up your mind in one direction or the other?

What seems to stand out as the difference is that Houston coach Tom Herman was the man most responsible for bringing along Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett at Ohio State last season after Braxton Miller went down with an injury. He has a quarterback at Houston in Greg Ward who is very talented, and the early returns from the season would indicate that Ward is blossoming under Herman’s tutelage. Given Herman’s experience at the highest levels of college football, that’s something Tulsa can’t quite match. Take Houston with your College Football Picks.

College Football Pick: Houston -5.5

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Air Force Falcons vs. Navy Midshipmen
Odds:
Navy -5.5
It’s a matchup of two service academies, and while Air Force has lost a game and Navy hasn’t, Air Force played a really tough team in Michigan State on the road. The Falcons would be unbeaten if they had not chosen to challenge themselves. In addition to that point, Air Force rushed for almost 280 yards against Michigan State. That’s not easy to do. Air Force has been able to keep producing on offense even though Nate Romine, the team’s opening-day starting quarterback, got injured. Backup Karson Roberts seems to have everything in hand. The Falcons should cover in this game, and they have a very, very good chance of winning outright.

College Football Pick: Air Force +5.5

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