After our delayed start to the season, a 1-2 record wasn't what we were hoping for to kick off the Gambler's Corner. Turns out that losing Deondre Francois is a killer for the Seminoles and that even Louisville can't hang 56 points on Kent State. Thankfully, Alabama saved a small piece of this series reputation by silencing an over-hyped Vanderbilt team to the tune of 59-0.
Last week's results:
- Florida State (-12) over NC State - Loss
- Kent State at Louisville (over 55.5 points) - Loss
- Alabama (-18.5) over Vanderbilt - Win
Hot Picks of Week Five
Pick - North Carolina at Georgia Tech (over 60 points)
Given our slow start, we're going to try to lick our wounds this week with an easy one. The Yellow Jackets and Tar Heels both average over 30 points per game while allowing just under 30 per game as well. And over the past seven meetings between these two schools, the total has gone over six times. Two weeks ago, North Carolina gave up over 300 yards rushing to ACC foe Louisville and allowed over 700 yards of total offense against the Cardinals. The Ramblin' Wreck should have no issues carving up the Tar Heels defense. If you're feeling lucky, take a good look at the 9-point spread in favor of Georgia Tech, too.
Pick - South Florida at East Carolina (under 73.5 points)
As a college football fan, it's hard to cheer for less offense and more defense. But 73.5 points seems high even for a South Florida team that averages over 90 plays per contest and boasts a top-ten rushing offense. The Pirates give up a dismal 48 points per game but if there is ever day East Carolina finds a way to resemble a competitive team, it should be when they host the Bulls this Saturday. Offensively, there is little hope for the Pirates, which makes it harder to imagine South Florida posting close to 70 points on the road.
Pick - Florida State at Wake Forest (over 46 points)
If at the beginning of the season we told you that between these two teams Wake Forest would be undefeated and Florida State had yet to win a game, you'd call us crazy. Yet, here we are and we're still not ready to give up on the Seminoles despite the loss to North Carolina State a week ago. Hopefully, this game goes one of two ways. Either the Demon Deacons take advantage of a wounded Florida State team and turn this game into a shoot-out or the Seminoles take out their frustrations out on a Wake Forest team that has feasted on weak competition.
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