The Locksmith's Latest Picks: Texas, Penn State and LSU Look Like The Plays

Tom Luicci

Texas over Oklahoma, taking 10½ (at Dallas)

As impressive as Oklahoma and Jalen Hurts have been to this point here’s the reality: They haven’t faced anyone of note. Texas and Sam Ehlinger are things of note. This one figures to be close throughout.

Penn State over IOWA, giving 3½

Yes, we know: James Franklin usually looks like Clayton Kershaw in October in these spots. But the Nittany Lions might be good enough to overcome his coaching. And the Hawkeyes still have robotic Nate Stanley at quarterback.

Nebraska over MINNESOTA, taking 7½

Did you see how meek the Twins were against the Yankees? That’s what happens when you fatten up on bad teams, as the Gophers have done. Huskers can keep this competitive, depending on which Adrian Martinez shows up – if he’s healthy, that is.

LSU over Florida, giving 13½

As good as the Gators’ defense is, this LSU offense is a challenge on a different level. And in Death Valley, Tigers’ defense will rise to the occasion against a limited Florida offense.

NOTRE DAME over Usc, giving 10½

In the Coliseum we’d give USC a shot here. Okay, maybe not. The Trojans are just another mediocre and wildly erratic Pac-12 team.

Iowa State over WEST VIRGINIA, giving 10

Not yet buying what the Mountaineers are selling. Cyclones have finally realized its time to give the keys to the offense to Brock Purdy and let him do his thing.

Season record vs. the spread: 17-18-1

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