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Top College Football Expert Predictions This Weekend

Top College Football Expert Predictions This Weekend

Though there are plenty of exciting college football games on the schedule, because there is a lot more at stake now than there was at the start of the season, I’ve hand-picked the top predictions this weekend. Let’s get it on!

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Clemson Tigers

  • When: October 07, 2017, 12:00 PM ET
  • Where: Memorial Stadium-Clemson
  • Spread: Clemson -21.5
  • Over/Under: 47.5
  • Moneyline: NA

The surprising Demon Deacons will travel to Clemson this weekend and try to upset the Tigers, who are coming off an impressive victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies in Blacksburg.

Wake Forest was off to an undefeated start, winning their first four games of the season before stumbling against Florida State last week.

The Deacons led 12-3 in the second quarter and then 19-16 at the midpoint in the fourth, but then gave up a 40-yard touchdown with the game tied at 19 and just a minute left on the clock.

Though they desperately scrambled to FSU’s 38 yard line, they failed to convert a Hail Mary attempt in the last play of the game.

The Deacons played well throughout the game, however a couple of turnovers that cost them seven points probably meant the difference in winning the game

The Demon will be trying to get back on track against the best the conference has to offer.

The Tigers have been clicking on all cylinders, but can’t afford to get complacent after their big win last week.

The reigning champions are 5-0 on the season—and 4-1 ATS—following their 31-17 victory at Virginia Tech last week.

Clemson outrushed Virginia Tech 146-90, also winning the turnover battle 3-0. QB Kelly Bryant again led the way, throwing for 186 yards and a touchdown while running for 94 more.

After knocking off three top 15 teams in the past four weeks, the Tigers have only one ranked team left on their schedule so they are in control of their playoff destiny and can’t afford to lose to an unranked team.

The Clemson Tigers are 8-0 straight up in their last eight meetings with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, but only 4-4 against the spread and face a three-touchdown line that can’t be ignored if you’re betting ATS.

However, that Clemson won against the spread over those three ranked teams should give you some insight of how this game might go.

Take this advice with a grain of salt nevertheless, because home games for Clemson tend to inflate the spread and out of their last 13 ATS losses, 8 were at home.

The Deacons on the other hand, are 7-2 ATS over its last nine games on the road.

Wake Forest vs Clemson Betting Trends

  • Wake Forest is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Wake Forest is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Wake Forest is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Clemson is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Clemson is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Pick and Prediction

The Tigers are favored to win by 21.5 points. The Demon Deacons haven’t faced a team as talented as Clemson all year so take the Tigers -21.5.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs Texas A&M Aggies

  • When: October 07, 2017, 7:15 PM ET
  • Where: Kyle Field
  • Spread: Alabama --26.5
  • Over/Under: 54.5
  • Moneyline: NA

This game has the potential to be the best this week as the Crimson Tide try to continue their dominance of the Aggies.

After struggling defensively against Colorado State and Fresno State, the Crimson Tide ramped up their defense and allowed only three points in their past two games against Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

Alabama is arguably the most efficient team in college football history and this year it’s no different.

Alabama’s run-pass pass option offense is led by quarterback Jalen Hurts, who lead the team in carries (55) and rushing yards (461), while Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and Najee Harris also contribute to a ground game that picks up 6.66 yards per carry.

But, the biggest threat to the Aggies might be Alabama’s passing game, something which Nick Saban will probably look to exploit. Texas gives up nearly 300 passing yards per game which can’t be ignored and is likely to be a factor in how this game turns out.

The Aggies suffered an embarrassing loss to the UCLA Bruins in their season opener, which led to calls for the firing of head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Since then, the Aggies have won four straight games, and will come into this game with a lot of confidence and an upset on their minds.

Offensively, the Aggies should be able to keep up with the Crimson Tide, but true freshman quarterback Kellen Mond will have to give an all out effort and have a practically perfect performance.

Fortunately, Bama’s pass rush isn’t one of the strongest this year, ranking 8th among SEC teams in sacks. That said, the Aggies offensive line as well as their receiving corps will have to step it up big time if they hope to win against the Tide.

Mond will also have to continue doing a good job of avoiding turnovers in this game, which might be easier said than done against the nation’s second-best rush defense and top-ranked scoring defense.

In other words, the entire offense will have to leave everything on the field if they’re to have a shot at the upset.

Alabama vs Texas A&M Betting Trends

  • Alabama is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Alabama's last 6 games
  • Texas A&M is 2-12 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Texas A&M is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Texas A&M is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Pick and Prediction

Alabama is favored to win by -26.5, but the Aggies will cover the spread. Take A&M at +26.5.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs TCU Horned Frogs

  • When: October 07, 2017, 3:30 PM ET
  • Where: Amon Carter Stadium
  • Spread: TCU -13
  • Over/Under: 66
  • Moneyline: NA

The marquee game in the Big 12 features two high scoring offenses going at it.

The Mountaineers have won three straight games after their season opening loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies. Each of the win has been by at least 20 points, but none of their opponents were ranked.

WVU has been putting up dazzling statistics in 2017 and now ranks No. 2 in yards and No. 3 for points per game in the nation.

However, WVU has had major difficulties to win on the road against top opponents. The team hasn’t been able to beat top-10 opponents on the roads for decades, their last win coming in 1982 against the ninth-ranked Oklahoma.

The Horned Frogs are still undefeated, and are coming off an impressive win over the 6th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater.

The Horned Frogs disciplined rushing attack led by Darius Anderson handed the Pokes their first loss of this season.

The sophomore back had his best game of the year, racking up 160 yards on 26 attempts and scoring three touchdowns. He also added four receptions for 41 yards to push him over 200 from scrimmage on the day.

Previous to that win, TCU earned its salt by beating Jackson State, Arkansas and SMU by double-digits in their first three games.

The OK State win was a big one for TCU, which went in to the game as an underdog, but the team has to find a way to maintain their focus and take care of business against a dangerous West Virginia team.

Defense will be key for TCU, but they should be up to the task. The Frogs kept OSU’s offense to just 31 points and forced four turnover which turned out to be critical.

West Virginia vs TCU Betting Trends

  • West Virginia is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • West Virginia is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games
  • West Virginia is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
  • Texas Christian is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Texas Christian is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games at home
  • Texas Christian is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home

Pick and Prediction

The Horned Frogs are favored to win this game by 13.5 points. TCU will put up a lot of points but so will West Virginia. Take the Mountaineers +13.5.

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