There are some great rivalry games going on in Week 10 of the college football season, but two in particular really stick out: Penn State at Michigan in the Big 10 and Alabama at LSU in the SEC.
As usual, caddies Paul Tesori, Joe Skovron, Ryan Rue and Matt Minister have taken a close look at five key match ups.
Here’s a look at how they seeing those games unfold…
Texas A&M (25) at Auburn
Spread: Auburn -4
Tesori’s Pick: Auburn
Why: I’m siding with Auburn here simply because of home-field advantage. The off week doesn’t hurt either.
Skovron’s Pick: Auburn
Why: At home off of a buy. Auburn was picked to have a better year than they have had. I think we see that talent takeover this week.
Rue’s Pick: Auburn
Why: Auburn at home. The 12th man is back in College Station. Auburn is hit or miss — let’s hope they’re on tonight.
Minister’s Pick: Auburn
Why: Auburn. They’re a team that has had time to mature and will show their potential this week.
West Virginia (12) at Texas (15)
Spread: Texas -2
Tesori’s Pick: West Virginia
Why: West Virginia has a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback and that’ll be too much for a solid Texas squad.
Skovron’s Pick: West Virginia
Why: Sharp money is on WVU. I side with the sharps. I don’t think Texas is quite as good as people were starting to think they were before that loss last week and WVU’s only loss was to Iowa State, at Ames, a couple weeks ago.
Rue’s Pick: West Virginia
Why: WVU is playing some nice football at the moment and I think they’re a much better team than their No. 12 ranking.
Minister’s Pick: West Virginia
Why: WVU. I think their offense will score too many points for Texas to keep up.
Georgia (6) at Kentucky (11)
Spread: Georgia -9.5
Tesori’s Pick: Georgia
Why: They are just simply too strong.
Skovron’s Pick: Kentucky
Why: Over 70 percent of bets on Georgia with reverse line movement. That’s a Kentucky bet every time for me.
Rue’s Pick: Georgia
Why: After watching the shellacking they gave the Gators, I can’t pick against them.
Minister’s Pick: Georgia
Why: Go Dawgs!
Penn State (14) at Michigan (5)
Spread: Michigan -10
Tesori’s Pick: Michigan
Why: I’ll be rooting for Michigan but think Penn State will keep it close.
Skovron’s Pick: Michigan
Why: Michigan has been rolling and is 4-1 ATS in their last five games. Penn State hasn’t showed me much this year.
Rue’s Pick: Michigan
Why: Michigan at home is a tough team. I think PSU can hang for the first half then you’ll see Michigan bury them.
Minister’s Pick: Penn State
Why: Penn State because I hate Michigan and Harbaugh.
Alabama (1) at LSU (4)
Spread: Alabama -14
Tesori’s Pick: LSU
Why: I’m sure I’ll be laughed at taking the Tigers here, but the defense will finally slow down Alabama.
Skovron’s Pick: Alabama
Why: This seems like too many points at LSU. The Tigers are coming off two very nice wins and are in line for a playoff spot. This could be Bama’s first big test. I think they will pass and cover.
Rue’s Pick: Alabama
Why: It’s hard to bet against Bama. LSU is playing tough, but can anyone stop Alabama?
Minister’s Pick: LSU
Why: LSU. They have a team that can manage a game. It’s too many points.