In this day and age of political discourse, the media tends to influence the opinions of people across the country. For instance, conservatives worldwide tune into Fox News to get their talking points to help backup their beliefs. On the liberal side, MSNBC and CNN conduct their own form of brainwashing by sticking to stories that support their narrative. But compared to the sports arena, the messy political arena seems quite clean. At least in politics, there are two sides to each story.
It seems like the entirety of sports media jumps on a specific bandwagon each week of the season. In a particular moment in time, they are in reactionary mode and decide to proclaim a team either a world beater or a complete train wreck solely based on their most recent performance. Quite frankly, I’ve had enough. Notre Dame beats a vastly overrated USC team and I can’t get through a sports radio segment without hearing people talk about the Irish’s chance of running the table and getting into the College Football Playoff. Ed Orgeron loses one SEC game and takes a loss to Troy and he is a dead man walking. Fast forward a month and now if he somehow beats Bama and runs the table, he will finish 10-2 and be the King of Louisiana.
For once, I would like to see a media outlet run against the grain. Does anyone have the guts to say that Notre Dame has no chance to make the Playoff because not only will they lose to Miami, but they will lose to NC State this weekend? Well, you won’t get this opinion in the mainstream sports media because they are all sheep who feed off one another. But you will get this from me. As in all aspects life, sometimes it is ok to climb out on that limb.
Here are some of my picks that are 100% not influenced by popular outlets who love their chalk:
Boston College +6.5 vs. Florida State – At the beginning of the year, if I told you that FSU would only be a field goal favorite over BC in late October, how hard would you have laughed? FSU is playing for nothing. This game means so much more to Boston College. FSU sneaks by, barely.
Florida State 24 Boston College 21
Wake Forest +3 vs. Louisville – Wake had a great first half against Georgia Tech but then they let it slip away. Still, the Demon Deacons have been tremendously competitive this year. Louisville is coming off a big win against FSU. I got a hunch the Wake defense steps up and contains Lamar Jackson. Louisville defense will continue to struggle.
Wake Forest 31 Louisville 28
Arizona State +3.5 vs. USC – The Trojans are the biggest 6-2 dumpster fire in the history of 6-2 teams. Sam Darnold kissed his Heisman goodbye early this season and they laid an egg in South Bend. After their bye week, Arizona State has been surging. They manhandled Utah and beat Washington.
Arizona State 30 USC 27
NC State +7 at Notre Dame – The Irish beat fraudulent USC and everyone is anointing them the next bully on the block. Wolfpack beat Notre Dame in a hurricane last year and will beat them again this year. They have legit top 10 talent. I think the Wolfpack stars outplay the Irish stars. Keep an eye on Kelvin Harmon, Nyheim Hines, Bradley Chubb and Jaylen Samuels.
NC State 34 Notre Dame 30
Northwestern +2.5 vs. Michigan State – Michigan State has Penn State and Ohio State looming back to back. You can’t help but look ahead that those locomotives barreling down at you. Pat Fitzgerald knows this game is the key to a solid 8 win season at Northwestern. You win 8+ games at Northwestern in the Big 10, you deserve Coach of the Year honors. Wildcats win a low scoring game.
Northwestern 20 Michigan State 17
Ohio State -6.5 vs. Penn State – This is painful for me, since I am a huge Saquon Barkley and PSU fan. But, give Urban Meyer 2 weeks to prepare and the Nittany Lions coming off a huge, dominating win over Michigan, and this has all the makings of a typical Buckeye end-of-season surge.
Ohio State 34 Penn State 26
*** Weekly Reminder that Wisconsin’s schedule is fraudulent and they will be exposed in the Big Ten title game
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