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College Football Pick 'ems: Lisa's Picks for Week Five

October 1, 2015

 Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre                                                                     photo credit Lisa Horne

 

After an auspicious four-week start, PigskinGrind is back in the saddle again hitting nine of 10 picks. Season tally is 20 of 40, which is not very impressive against the spread but not entirely embarrassing either.

 

As always, Pigskin Grind is not a tout service and is not liable for any monetary gains or losses incurred by one who wagers these picks. These selections are for entertainment purposes only.

 

Picks are in bold.

 

Miami -5.5 at Cincinnati (Thursday)

 

The Hurricanes are coming off of a bye week. I like Miami to throw up a lot of points against a Bearcat defense that has too much youth on its side. Lay the points.

 

UCLA -13.5 v Arizona State

 

USC beat the Sun Devils 42-14 on Saturday in Tempe so the Bruins should cover this spread with ease in the Rose Bowl, right? Lay the points. 

 

Washington State +18.5 at Cal

 

This game has "barnburner" written all over it.  Do not be shocked if the Cougars are leading for most of the game and then snatch defeat from sure victory in the fourth quarter. Take the points. 

 

Georgia -2.5 v Alabama

 

This may or may not be Georgia's year. But home field advantage between the hedges is good for at least three points. Lay the points. 

 

Florida +7.5 v Ole Miss

 

Playing at The Swamp is a tough go for any team, especially a team that rose in the rankings because it beat an overrated Alabama almost two weeks ago. No offense to the SEC, but the Rebels should be on upset alert. Take the points. 

 

Iowa +6.5 at Wisconsin

 

Iowa is the most underrated team in the Big Ten—I like this team a lot. Moreover, Wisconsin did not exactly win me over with a 28-0 victory over Hawai'i. Take the points.

 

Colorado +7.5 v Oregon

 

Dare I say it? Upset alert for the Ducks. Sefo Liufau will be playing pitch-and-catch with Nelson Spruce all day and it will not look pretty for an Oregon defense that was completely exposed by Utah on Saturday. Take the points.

 

Hawai'i +24.5 at Boise State

 

Boise State should win this contest but if Wisconsin only beat the Warriors by 28, then the Broncos should win by a lot less. The Transitive Theory is never well advised when making picks but here, it makes sense. Take the points.

 

Texas Tech +15.5 v Baylor

 

In a shootout, always take the underdog. First one to 60 wins. Take the points (and the over if it is 90 or less). 

 

Texas +14.5 v TCU

 

The Horned Frogs' defense has been hit hard by the injury bug. On the flip side, Texas found its quarterback in Jerrod Heard.  This game could be closer than the experts think. Take the points.

 

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