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Ten Against the Spread – Week 3

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I was over .500 for the first “full” slate of games, including 3-0 when picking underdogs. Strange (but actually normal) things in Lawrence and Army covering? What did I tell ya?

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Oklahoma State -23.0 versus Tulsa
This game has been weird in recent years, and Oklahoma State has to address questions on the offensive line. That said, Phillip Montgomery seems very lame-ducky up in Tulsa, and the Big 12 Triplets reside in Stillwater.

Tulane -7.0 versus Navy
It’s running offense versus option offense, and I’m not sure the limited amount of tackling practice that Navy may have put into their daily schedule in recent weeks is enough. Worst case scenario is a push, in my opinion.

Miami (FL) +2.5 at Louisville
The Hurricanes don’t have one of their best pass rushers, but still have a good pass rush. Louisville’s best tackle was drafted in the most recent draft, and Manny Diaz still knows a little bit about defense. I’m looking forward to seeing if D’Eriq King can win this one outright for the U.

SMU -14.0 at UNT
A very short trip from Dallas to Denton against a team that has similar philosophies but with a huge talent deficit. I think Texas State knocked the rust off the Ponies, and we see Shane Buechele light it up. Another worst case push.

Western Kentucky -14.0 versus Liberty

Houston +4.5 at Baylor
Both teams have plenty to prove in this game. I think Baylor could still win, but I think both teams still have a lot to figure out so it’ll be a close one. Time to see what is left in the secondary for the Bears for Dave Aranda to work with.

Duke -6.0 versus Boston College
This one seems like an easy call at 6.0 and even 6.5. Duke has played, and did okay, I suppose. Boston College hasn’t and is debuting a new head coach.

Notre Dame -25.5 versus South Florida.
Another case of Notre Dame having to fix things while South Florida is wondering what they will do coming out of the gate. It’s not like Charlie Strong left Jeff Scott the strongest of situations there.

Central Florida -7.5 at Georgia Tech
Sorry, @Duke Silver