UNC -3 vs. Rutgers:
Neither team provides tons of comfort to pick. The one thing we know about Rutgers is they’re inconsistent as hell! One week you’ll get 40 points out of them, the next 17. We also know their defense is probably even more lackluster, than their offense. The only thing we know about UNC is, though their defense lacks (big time), their offense makes up for every bit of their terrible defense. We expect the Tar Heels to make amends for their terrible outing against NC State, and finish on a high note. Tar Heels win big 49 – 21.
UCF -2.5 vs. N.C. State:
You have to absolutely love this matchup, from a picker’s standpoint. The Wolfpack have proven to be incredibly inconsistent on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. UCF has a defense that is 8th in the country in points allowed. The Knights do a fantastic job of stopping the run, and their offense has picked it up, greatly in the second half of the season. Sheer value in UCF this year, as the ACC was awful, and we get the team with the better defense. When in doubt, ride the team with the better defense. UCF 24 – N.C. State 13.
Louisiana Tech -6 vs. Illinois:
Complete toss up game here. Normally we’d say ride the team with the points, but with how pathetic Illinois’ defense has been (all season) we just can’t pick the Illini. If the MAC has shown us anything, it’s pathetic, it’s not a good sign for the Big Ten. If you look at Big Ten teams this year, Northwestern, Iowa, Illinois, etc. they all struggled against MAC opponents. We knew the Big Ten was bad, and it will show itself (in spades) in the bowl season. Louisiana Tech’s superior defense and desire to win this game will prove too much. Skip Holtz’s team wins 37 – 26.