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Inside the Lines: Who to Take and Not Take This Weekend in College and Pro Football Action


North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech
North Carolina –
North Carolina is one of the hottest teams in football right now and is a dark horse that can still sneak into the playoffs. They have won nine straight after dropping the opener to South Carolina. Their last three wins were at Pittsburgh and then back to back beat downs of Duke and Miami, both of which beat Virginia Tech. North Carolina looks pretty close to unbeatable right now.

Indiana vs. Maryland
Indiana +2.5

Indiana is one of the more underrated teams in the Big Ten. I know both of these teams enter the game winless in conference play but I still like this Indiana team. It starts with QB Nate Sudfeld who should be a NFL draft pick this year. He’s thrown 16 TDs to just 5 INT. Indiana has also taken Iowa and Michigan to the wire the last couple weeks, losing by a combined 15 points. I think Indiana stands a good chance of getting its first conference win this week.

Michigan vs. Penn State
Michigan -4

Michigan’s defense has shown it can be beatable after posting three straight shutouts earlier in the year. Lucky for them, Penn States offense has struggled particularly at the offensive line. This is a chance for Michigan to hold Penn State to single digits and put a big emphasis on the Big Game next week. Hopefully we will see Gameday come to Ann Arbor.

Michigan State vs. Ohio State
Michigan State +13.5

Here’s another week where I like a lot of the Big Ten lines. Ohio State has really struggled to put opponents away this year. This will be the first week they play a ranked opponent. The reason why I like Michigan State to cover is Connor Cook. He has put together a great year and solidified himself as a first round pick in my mind. It’s not going to be easy to go to Ohio State for a road victory but they can keep it close.

Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt
Texas A&M -7

Vanderbilt can’t score points so this is an easy choice for me to go with A&M. Vanderbilt has scored 17 or fewer points in eight of ten games this year. Texas A&M averages 30 a game so Vanderbilt getting close to them is going to be slim to none.

Cal vs. Stanford
Cal +11

I think I’m one of the few that is not that impressed with Stanford. A lot of their quality win teams have fallen off. They have two losses to Northwestern and Oregon. While Goff does have a lot of interceptions, 13, for a top tier QB, five of them came in one game. He still has the fire power to beat Stanford. I think Cal is a hungry team flying under the radar this week and I have Stanford on upset alert which can crash the Pac 12’s hope of getting in the playoffs.

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While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10

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