Week 2 College Football Picks
Rippy & Jerry’s Pick 6 by Jerrold Grubinski / Rippy & Jerry’s Pick 6
Well, we made it. For years Rippy and I’ve had an agreement, he takes the calls and I make the picks. We’ve always dreamed of the day that he could put the phone down and we could share our success with others. It is time to spread the wealth with you all! Shout out to Free State of V for giving us the opportunity to provide you with a little college football perspective. Each week during football season we will provide you with 7 college football gambling picks. The pick 6 will provide you with the 6 bets that you should make on that weeks slate, Jerry’s Jewel is my most confident pick of the week, and the Rip of the Week is Rippy’s longshot opportunity of the week. Reach back and take a big rip; with this one the reward could be worth the risk.
Rippy & Jerry’s Pick 6
Wake Forest @ Rice
It’s always nice to get on the board before the weekend starts. Let’s try to bottle a little Friday Magic here folks. Wake Forest scored on 4th and goal with about a minute remaining last week to squeak out a win vs Utah State. Wake QB Jamie Newman threw for 401 yards in one of the most underrated performances of week 1. Meanwhile the Rice Owls traveled up to West Point and fell to the Golden Knights 14-7. This was game in which Army only attempted 8 passes. This week Rice will have to defend a slightly more dynamic offense that put up 47 pass attempts last week. The Sage show. Look for WR Sage Surratt to have a monster game; Wake’s offense will be way too much for the Owl defense to handle. The Demon Deacs cover the 18 with a little cushion.
The Pick: Wake Forest -18
Jerry’s Jewel 💎
Nebraska @ Colorado
If this were the early 90’s we might be talking national title picture here. Brings back memories of Big 12 glory days. Nebraska opened at -3.5 and it has actually moved to -4.5. I think this has to do with Nebraska brand recognition and national hype entering the 2019 season. This was coined the year in which Scott Frost and Adrian Martinez bring The Huskers back to the forefront of college football. I’ll be completely honest, I was less than impressed last week when Nebraska hosted South Alabama. Sure the Huskers won 35-21 but they had to rely on 2 defensive TDs and 1 special teams TD. The offense couldn’t get much going all afternoon and QB Adrian Martinez was inconsistent at best. The night before, the Colorado Buffs had it clicking on offense vs in-state foe Colorado State. Colorado did it on the ground and through the air, cruising to a 52-31 victory. The defense will have to tighten up a bit but I think The Colorado offense will be able to score points against the supposed black shirt defense. Look for RB Fontenot and WR Shenault Jr to be productive as the Buffaloes cover the 4.5 and are faced with a field goal try late to win the game outright.
The Pick: Colorado +4.5
Ohio @ Pittsburgh
The Pitt Panther defense’s collective head may still be spinning from Bryce Perkins throwing and running circles around them last Saturday on the way to a 30-14 Pittsburgh loss. I have some bad news, they may need to keep the neck brace on one more week as another dual threat QB is coming to town this Saturday. Ohio QB Nathan Rourke threw for 188 yards and ran for another 75 on his way to a 3 TD day. Ohio had little trouble in a 41-20 drumming of Rhode Island. The test gets tougher this week and the talent level of Pitt is no doubt higher than that of Rhode Island but I think QB Rourke and RB Ross both have big days running the rock as Ohio covers the 5.5 points. Former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich is up to the task in this one.
The Pick: Ohio +5.5
North Texas @ SMU
If you like offense buckle up, this should be a good one. We have a Northern Texas shootout on our hands here. Mason Fine threw for 383 yards and 4 TDs last Saturday as the Mean Green dispatched Abilene Christian. Former Texas Longhorn QB Shane Buechele threw for 360 yards as the SMU Mustangs outlasted a good Arkansas State squad. In a somewhat even matchup I think the SMU defense gets a stop when needed, and I also give SMU the edge in the kicking game. In the end SMU has enough to get the win and cover 3.5 points.
The Pick: SMU -3.5
Wyoming @ Texas State
Wyoming hosted former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant and the Missouri Tigers last Saturday and were able to grind out a 37-31 statement win over the SEC East opponent. The Texas State Bobcats traveled to College Station last Thursday and were blown out by Texas A&M 41-7. Gresch Jensen replaced Tyler Vitt at QB in the 3rd quarter and showed some promise. I think Texas State will be able to move the ball a little bit behind the play calling of Jake Spavital but the Cowboys will prove to be too potent and ride out of town with a win while covering 7 points. Name of the year candidate Xazavian Vallady will carry the load and run for over 100 yards for the second consecutive week.
The Pick: Wyoming -7
Syracuse @ Maryland
The Syracuse Orange entered the 2019 season with high hopes. The reigns have been turned over to new QB Tommy Devito, but last week he looked more like Matilda. The high flying offense never really got going but Syracuse was still able to get a 24-0 win over Liberty as head coach Hugh Freeze coached from a hospital bed. Conversely, the Maryland Terrapins were clicking on all cylinders as they hung 79 points on the way to a 79-0 route of Howard. I look for the Syracuse defense to slow down Maryland’s offense and I think RB Moe Neal has a big game as Syracuse covers 2 points and beats Maryland outright.
The Pick: Syracuse +2
Rip of the Week
Texas A&M @ Clemson Texas A&M got oh so close to knocking off #2 Clemson in 2018, but no cigar. Clemson won last seasons matchup in College Station 28-26. This year Texas A&M travels to Clemson, South Carolina to take on the top ranked Tigers. The Aggies are sure to have a bad taste in their mouth after leaving multiple opportunities on the field in last year’s game. The Aggies missed 2 FGs and lost 2 fumbles, one of which was a controversial fumble into the end zone late in the 4th quarter. Of course The Tigers are heavy favorites thanks to stacked talent at every position, superb coaching, and 2 Heisman candidates in QB Trevor Lawrence and RB Travis Etienne. Texas A&M’s glaring weakness is the offensive line and many pundits don’t believe the Aggies will be able to run the ball effectively. After all, in last seasons match-up, Clemson held the SEC’s leading rusher Trayveon Williams to 31 yards on 17 carries which is good for a wimpy 1.8 yards per carry average. The Aggies had to rely on the arm of Kellen Mond and he responded in a big way throwing for 430 yards and 3 TDs. A lot will be asked of Mond again this year but he’s shown poise in big games and is one of the most improved QBs in the country. Look for WR Quartney Davis to have a big game and LB Buddy Johnson to lead the defense in tackles. If the Aggies can keep it within a score or two going into the 4th quarter, a little good fortune and good coaching just might bring you your big payday.
Rippy’s Pick: Texas A&M Win Moneyline +600
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Here’s to hoping these picks don’t have you feeling like John L was feeling in this clip. PJA. Poor Jack Arute.