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Week 10 Preview: Take the Points Podcast

Auburn and Ole Miss meet at Vaught-Hemingway for a possible playoff elimination game
Auburn and Ole Miss meet at Vaught-Hemingway for a possible playoff elimination game. (Wikipedia photo)

Tom and Dan applaud the Playoff Selection Committee on their first set of rankings, then recap of last week’s big games, including LSU’s upset of Ole Miss and the Penn State-Ohio State double overtime thriller. They proceed to break down the lines for week 10, including Auburn-Ole Miss, Oregon-Stanford, Florida-Georgia, and a lot more. Dan closes with a 4-team teaser pick and a sports bar etiquette tip.

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College Football Picks: Week 5

Notre Dame takes on Syracuse in the Meadowlands this Saturday night. (Photo courtesy Flickr / user babyknight)
Notre Dame takes on Syracuse in the Meadowlands this Saturday night. (Photo courtesy Flickr / user babyknight)

I’m officially declaring this “take the points week” here on… umm… Take the Points. A lot of teams have huge games coming up next week. Others are matched up against teams that always play them tough. Whatever the reasons, I like many of the underdogs to cover. Here are my week 5 picks.

 

North Carolina State +19 over Florida State

Florida State showed resolved winning over Clemson without Jameis Winston. Watching Sean Maguire take the reigns was rough; it was like seeing a kid take drivers’ ed for the first time, except in football you don’t have a 65-year old chain smoker who can hit the brake pedal from the passenger side. Let’s not kid ourselves, though: this team has issues that reach beyond a nervous backup QB. The offense isn’t nearly as dynamic as in 2013. I think the loss of Kelvin Benjamin to the NFL has played a much bigger role than we could’ve imagined. Although the Noles have a couple decent receivers, Benjamin was always Winston’s go-to guy last year, as evidenced by the final drive of the National Championship Game. The O-line has also struggled somewhat, and the defense appears to have taken a slight step backward this season. If this was a night game, I’d say look out for an upset — NC State always causes trouble for FSU at night — but since it’s a 3:30 game, I’ll only go as far as to say take the points. And no, NC State is not good, but that’s never stopped them from surprising FSU before. Continue reading

Week 5 Preview: Take the Points Podcast

Lane Kiffin has Alabama's offense really clicking. (Photo courtesy Flickr / user Neon Tommy)
Lane Kiffin has Alabama’s offense really clicking. (Photo courtesy Flickr / user Neon Tommy)

Tom and Dan take a look back at some of the most exciting games from last weekend. Then they preview the biggest games of week 5, including Stanford vs. Washington, Florida State vs. North Carolina State, Notre Dame vs. Syracuse, USC vs. Oregon State, Baylor vs. Iowa State, Penn State vs. Northwestern and more. Plus, Tom discusses his upcoming Fantasy Felon League draft.

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