Every week, the boys in the desert come out with lines on football games.
Every week, we think we can beat Vegas.
This is your weekly reminder... Las Vegas is smarter than you.
Hawai'i (3-0) at Army (1-1)
Is that Colt Brennan? No. It's Cole McDonald. Through three games, the Rainbow Warrior QB leads the nation in passing yards and passing touchdowns (13). If you stayed up late on Labor Day weekend, you watched McDonald (and his awesome hair) torch Navy's secondary for 429 yards and six touchdowns. With three wins, Hawai'i has already matched its win total from 2017.
After opening up the season with a 20-point loss at Duke, Army responded by rushing for 449 yards against Liberty en route to a 38-14 victory.
The triple option is always challenging to prepare for but the Rainbow Warriors faced it just two weeks ago.
This seems like a pretty evenly matched game. I think most people would lean towards Hawai'i getting the win.
Wait. What? Army is -7?? How is that possible?
Kickoff is at noon ET on Saturday in West Point, NY. That's 6 a.m. Hawai'i time! The last time Hawai'i played a noon ET kick was in 2016. The result? A 63-3 loss at Michigan.
The play: Army -7
Vanderbilt (2-0) at #8 Notre Dame (2-0)
On Labor Day weekend, Notre Dame impressed the college football world with a 24-17 win over the Mighty Michigan Harbaugh’s. Last Saturday, not as impressive. The Irish needed to recover an onsides kick to ensure a 24-16 victory over Ball State. Yes, you read that right. To ensure a 24-16 victory over Ball State. Notre Dame was a five-touchdown favorite! QB Brandon Wimbush looked quite shaky against the Cardinals throwing three interceptions and no touchdowns. (If you were wondering, Ball State was picked to finish last MAC West Division.)
Vanderbilt hasn’t been really tested yet but the Commodores have been impressive in wins over Middle Tennessee State (35-7) and Nevada (41-10).
Notre Dame is a two-touchdown favorite this Saturday. Why will the Irish win by double digits against Vanderbilt when they haven’t done that in either of the first two games this season?
- ESPN’s Paul Finebaum put Notre Dame on upset watch
- US News ranked Vanderbilt (#14) higher than Notre Dame (#18) on their most recent “Top Universities” list
If that isn't enough motivation... I don't know what is?
The Play: Notre Dame -13.5
#12 LSU (2-0) at #7 Auburn (2-0)
Nothing like an early season SEC West showdown.
Both LSU and Auburn followed up impressive Week 1 victories (LSU over Miami, Auburn beat Washington) with blowout wins over FCS opponents.
So doesn’t Auburn -10.5 seem rather high? The public seems to think so. They love the Bayou Bengals to cover.
Let’s try to think this one out.
The home team has won this matchup each of the last five years. Advantage: Auburn
The last two years this game has been decided by less than a touchdown. Advantage: LSU
LSU’s QB Joe Burrow is making his first career road start. Advantage: Auburn
Gus Malzahn wears sweater vests. Advantage: LSU
Ed Orgeron says he has 8-10 energy drinks per day. Advantage: ???
The math seems pretty even. I think it comes down to this…
Vegas knows something we don’t.
The Play: Auburn -10.5
Other games to make money on
#21 Miami at Toledo (+11.5)
Rutgers (+2.5) at Kansas
Florida State (-3) at Syracuse
Georgia Southern (+31.5) at #2 Clemson
#17 Boise State (+1.5) at #24 Oklahoma State
Missouri at Purdue (+5.5)
New Mexico at New Mexico State (+3)
#10 Washington at Utah (+5)
#23 Arizona State at San Diego State (+5.5)