BlackJack: Betting on Bill Snyder and 2 Other Saturday College Football Games
Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Bill Snyder
Yet another Saturday is upon us, and that means one thing, boys and girls — college football. All day long. All night long.
We’ve got football wall to wall, and of course, we’re going to bet on it, so we might as well kick some ass while we’re at it, no?
Let’s take a look at some games I have circled on my slate as solid choices to cash those tickets.
Kansas State at West Virginia (-16)
3:30 p.m. ET
Everybody knows I love West Virginia, I like Will Grier as a Heisman candidate, and West Virginia is a dark horse to me as a College Football Playoff team.
But this game? This game is tricky.
Bill Snyder’s teams generally show up as big dogs. The Wildcats like to play a slow, ball-control, run-oriented offense. That will deprive West Virginia of some opportunities to score.
The past four meetings between these teams have been decided by six points or fewer. I think the Mountaineers get the win, but fail to cover.
THE PICK: Kansas State +16
Arizona (-6.5) at Oregon State
4 p.m. ET
Listen, I have been burned by Arizona twice already this season. The Wildcats have been a massive disappointment.
I thought Khalil Tate would be a Heisman finalist with new coach Kevin Sumlin. Instead he has looked pedestrian and at times, lost.
Having said all that, Oregon State just might be the worst Power 5 team in the nation. The Beavers lost to Ohio State by 46 and to Nevada by two.
The Wildcats aren’t great, but they’re a lot better than Nevada.
This looks like a get-well spot for Arizona.
THE PICK: Arizona -6.5
Stanford (-2.5) at Oregon
8 p.m. ET
Both teams are off to nice 3-0 starts on the season. Oregon has certainly played the softer schedule thus far, but its offense seems to be clicking at a high level under new head coach Mario Cristobal.
And as our own Geoff Schwartz has pointed out, Oregon QB Justin Herbert has looked outstanding, while Stanford’s key offensive talent — K.J. Costello and Bryce Love — have been inconsistent.
This is a big game for the Ducks as they can make a statement that they are definitively back in the Pac-12.
THE PICK: Oregon +2.5
All right, brother, let’s get out there and cash these tickets after another long Saturday.
Editor’s note: The opinions on this game are from the individual writer and are based on his research, analysis and perspective. They are independent of, and may not always match with, the algorithm-driven Best Bets from Sports Insights.