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Week 5: Rick: 5-9; Coin: 7-7
Cumulative: Rick: 28-44-1; Coin: 40-32-1

Friday, October 4

8:00 pm #18 UCF (-3 1/2, 60 1/2) at Cincinnati - Coming off a 52-21 win over Uconn, UCF will try to put behind them their first regular season loss since 2016, two weeks ago, 35-34, at Pitt. The Knights are still held in high regard, but gone is the dream of playing for a national championship.

The Bearcats are 3-1, their only loss a 42-0 scar put on them by Ohio State. Cincinnati hasn't allowed any team other than the Buckeyes to score more than 14 points, a stat that should help them out here. Knowing the Knights are not invincible, the Bearcats could pull off a big upset.

Coin Flip: UCF

Prediction: Bearcats 30 Knights 24

Saturday, October 5

12:00 pm Utah State at LSU (-27 1/2, 73 1/2) - Don't be fooled by the massive point spread here. Sure, LSU is a beast, but the Aggies of Utah State are 3-1, their only loss a 38-35 defeat at Wake Forest in week one.

So, Utah State has momentm on their side, plus wins over two good Mountain West opponents: San Diego State (23-17), and Colorado State (34-24). Can they tame the Tigers? Only somewhat, and they're probably going to keep this within three scores.

Despite winning both games, LSU allowed Vanderbilt and Texas to score 38 points each, so their defense is suspect.

Coin Flip: Utah State

Prediction: Tigers 52 Aggies 31

12:00 pm #6 Oklahoma (-32, 67 1/2) at Kansas - We know Oklahoma is gifted offensively, but Kansas is a tough read. They whipped Boston College, 48-24, lost to West Virginia, 29-24, and last week were creamed at TCU, 51-14.

So, the Jayhawks can score, but when? They won't have to score much to cover against the Sooners, so maybe if they put 24 on the board they'll have a chance. They're home, another plus, and, last season, they lost at Oklahoma, 55-40. Mixed signals, but who doesn't secretly like to beat the spread? Kansas and over.

Coin Flip: Oklahoma

Prediction: Sooners 48 Jayhawks 24

12:00 pm Purdue at #12 Penn State (-28 1/2, 56) - Purdue is 1-3 and not looking to be very competitive against the top Big Ten teams. Fortunately for them, they only have the Nittany Lions and Wisconsin as potential blowout losses. Additionally, their starting QB, Elijah Sindelar may be out for the season. Redshirt freshman, Jack Plummer will start.

After destroying Maryland at College Park, 59-0, it's a wonder that Penn State isn't ranked higher than they are. Besides being explosive on offense, their defense is just plain nasty, allowing 7.5 points per game (2nd nationally). Should be a fun one for the home crowd.

Coin Flip: Penn State

Prediction: Nittany Lions 56 Boilermakers 10h

12:00 pm #14 Iowa at #19 Michigan (-3 1/2, 47 1/2) - Iowa's defense is yielding just 8.5 points per game, Michigan, 19.3, much of that in their 35-14 defeat at Wisconsin on 9/21. Last week the Wolverines took out their frustrations on Rutgers, clawing them in a 52-zip rip.

Michigan has plenty of offense, and they'll need all of it against the Hawkeyes' opportunistic defenders. This could be very close, and the points may come in handy. Iowa is 4-0; Michigan, 3-1

Coin Flip: Iowa

Prediction: Hawkeyes 23 Wolverines 17

3:30 pm #7 Auburn (-2 1/2, 48 1/2) at #10 Florida - How good is this? Both teams are 5-0 and looking quite awesome. The Gators have allowed just 44 points, with two shutouts, and a 34-3 win over visiting Tennessee recently.

Auburn took down Texas A&M on the road, 28-20, two weeks back, then hammered Mississippi State, 56-23, last Saturday. Qb Bo Nix has been steady and could really break out here. Tigers have some offensive studs that can put it on the heady Gator defense.

Coin Flip: Florida

Prediction: Tigers 24 Gators 17

3:30 pm #11 Texas (-10 1/2, 61) at West Virginia - At 3-1, the Mountaineers have beaten some good teams (NC State, Kansas), but nothing of the caliber of the Longhorns, who have a decided edge on offense. West Virginia's loss at Missouri (38-7) was an eye-opener, but the team regrouped, has won two straight and had last week off. They should be well-prepared.

Texas is also 3-1, though their loss was to LSU, 45-38, a powerhouse team. The last time Texas was on the field was September 21, in a gut-check win over Oklahoma State (36-30). Even though this is at West Virginia, Texas could lead start to finish.

Coin Flip: Texas

Prediction: Longhorns 38 Mountaineers 23

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