CFB Picks 09/21: Fighting Irish ATS
College Football fans have a lot to look forward to this weekend with Saturday full of ranked action.
Money lines are inflated for favorites, but there are more than manageable spread plays below that you should look at before kickoff.
There are three games on slate between top 25 teams in the country.
Check out my predictions for each below:
The Michigan Wolverines are coming off a game two weeks ago in which they were nearly upset, and it would have diminished any opportunities at a chance to play for a National Championship.
Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson didn’t have his best game as he completed 19-of-29 passes for 207 yards but running back Zach Charbonnet had 33 carries for 100 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-21 double overtime victory over Army on Sept. 7.
The Wisconsin Badgers, on the other hand, has been impressive through two games.
After a 49-0 Week 1 victory against USF, the Badgers followed that up with an even better performance. Running back Jonathan Taylor had 19 carries for 102 yards and three scores, and quarterback Jack Coan had 363 yards passing with three touchdowns in a 61-0 beatdown of Central Michigan.
This will be a tasty matchup between Michigan and Wisconsin. Both defenses have been outstanding through two games and I believe both quarterbacks and running backs will prove to be essential to their team on Saturday.
I like the visiting Wolverines in this one. After a tough double OT win over Army, Michigan did not play last week due to a bye, so I do expect the Wolverines to be well-rested and ready to roll against the 13th-ranked Badgers.
Pick: Michigan (+3.5)
No. 8 Auburn will look to remain unbeaten when it visits No. 17 Texas A&M on Saturday.
The Tigers are coming off a huge win over Kent State in Week 2. JaTarvious Whitlow had 17 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Bo Nix had 161 passing yards and one score for Auburn (3-0) in a 55-16 victory.
As a team, Auburn piled up 467 rushing yards and three 100-yard rushers in its final game before Southeastern Conference play when it takes on Texas A&M in Week 4.
Texas A&M will look to make it consecutive wins after taking down Lamar last week.
Freshman running back Isaiah Spiller had 116 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and quarterback Kellen Mond threw for 317 yards and one touchdown in a 62-3 victory.
It’s clear that both teams run the ball successfully and I believe that will ultimately be the difference in this one.
I love the Tigers on the road getting the 3.5 points in this football game.
Pick: Auburn (+3.5)
The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame will look to build on an impressive win in their last matchup.
Quarterback Ian Book was spot on as he tossed for 360 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes to lead the Fighting Irish to a 66-14 victory over New Mexico.
Notre Dame (2-0) had three first-half interceptions on defense, one of which was returned for a defensive touchdown.
No. 3 Georgia rolled to a third straight victory in its last matchup.
Behind 279 passing yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Jake Fromm, the Bulldogs stomped to a 55-0 shutout victory over Arkansas State.
Georgia finished with 656 total yards of offense while holding Arkansas to only 220 yards.
The Bulldogs concluded their three-game stretch, outscoring their opponents by a score of 148-23.
This sets up to be a terrific matchup on Saturday night. I do like Georgia to walk away with the home victory, however, I believe this game will be a lot closer than people think.
Pick: Notre Dame (+14.5)
By Dan Canova