5 best predictions for this week’s college football slate. What appear to be the best bets and picks for the Rivalry Week games on Friday?
5 Best College Football Predictions Against the Spread Rivalry Week Friday
Results So Far: 73-59-1
Welcome to Rivalry Week – that bittersweet time when the biggest and most fun games kick in right when the season is about to end.
We already had one big game – and, to be honest, I’m sort of shocked Ole Miss lost it – with Mississippi State taking the Egg Bowl, but that feeds into the Friday version of the 5 Best Predictions Against the Spread.
You have to adjust for the curve.
Because of all the big games I’m breaking this up with five of the best-looking predictions against the spread for Friday, and then five more will crank up on Saturday morning.
Fair warning: 1) there are only 13 games on Friday, so nailing five of these is a statistical uphill climb, but I’ll do it (I hope), and 2) the Mountain West has been a bear this year to figure out against the spread, and it’s not just me who had problems with it.
So, of course, in the weirdest and most emotional week of the year, I go big on three games in the weirdest conference to pick, starting with …
Click on each game for the game preview
POINT TOTAL 35
All you’re looking for is 20-16. The point total on this is just too obscene to blow off, but it actually makes sense – and was nicer at 34.5.
What happens when two bad teams play each other?
Sometimes one side turns out to be really bad, and the result is a beating – like New Mexico State beating New Mexico 21-6. Sometimes the two teams are really bad and they play a really bad game – like Colorado State beating New Nevada 17-14.
And sometimes the two bad teams put together something shockingly entertaining.
Here’s the thing about Rivalry Week that gets blown off – this is it for a lot of teams.
Forget the rivalry aspect, some of these teams just want to go into the sunset with something happy after a long, rough season. That means both sides empty the playbook to do anything to get the win.
Coaches take more chances, because why not? More fourth down attempts, more trick plays, anything – this is it.
Here’s the issue with that when it comes to New Mexico going to Colorado State – neither team can score.
Colorado State has yet to hit 20 points this season, and New Mexico get past 14 just three times and once was a 41-0 win over Maine.
Again, though, these two teams are equally lousy.
New Mexico will allow more than 20 points in this. Colorado State should give up around 14-to-17.
Staying in the Mountain West …