This article is part of our College Capper series.
A lackluster set of picks last week, largely thanks to a lackluster effort from all three of my losing teams, who had nothing to play for and it showed. That's what makes late-season picking so challenging. Finding the right six, seven, or eight win teams that actually want to put out max effort isn't easy. So that caveat is put forth with everything that follows below. There seem to be countless tempting spreads for rivalry week, which has me proceeding with caution. I usually try to grab three games when the lines first come out Sunday night and stick with them despite movements. That's been tough this week as they are huge numbers, but it's worked two out of three times weekly Here's to a strong finish.
Ohio –24 vs. Akron (Friday)
Sunday night this line was 21 and Akron wasn't certain to have QB Kato Nelson. The Zips will have their signal caller, and the line has now moved as high as 24 in most spots. This will all come down to the Zips ability to limit big plays on the ground, and I don't think they can. They rank 85th against the run and have allowed more than 200 yards and 4.8 ypc in each of their last three games. Ohio ranks 11th in rushing offense and has gone for 392 yards or more in three of their last six. I don't expect they'll meet much resistance.
Temple –30 at UCONN
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