Defense wins championships, but for this week, we believe the offense will be the key to lifting these underdogs into recording an upset, as two of our three sleeper picks feature high-scoring teams.
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2016 NCAA Football Week 10 Sleepers Predictions
Syracuse (+26.5) vs. Clemson (-26.5) – November 5 – 3:30 PM ET
Even for the Clemson Tigers, who are ranked second in the first College Football Playoff poll and will be playing at home this Saturday, a spread this big is dangerous.
Syracuse’s Eric Dungey may receive a couple of sacks from the defense’s strong front seven, but his throws could find some operating room in the Tigers’ banged up secondary, who have three d-backs nursing injuries, namely Marcus Edmond, Trayvon Mulllen, and Jadar Johnson.
Clemson should be able to move up into a 9-0 record, but DeShaun Watson and his guys will not likely outscore Syracuse’s competitive offense by more than 26.
The Tigers are just 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games as favorites.
Writer’s Prediction: Clemson (-26.5) wins and doesn’t cover.
Oklahoma State (+2.5) vs. Kansas State (-2.5) – November 5 – 3:30 PM ET
Oklahoma State’s potent offense (40.6 points per game) has a great chance of overcoming Kansas State’s 29th-ranked defense. The visiting Cowboys are simply in a zone right now, winning four straight games while scoring 37 or more points in each contest. QB Mason Rudolph is averaging 309 passing yards during the current streak, along with 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Rudolph should be able to continue his great showing against the Wildcats’ pass defense that allows opposing QBs to complete 65 percent of their passes (121st in the nation).
Writer’s Prediction: The Cowboys (+2.5) win, 38-31.
Texas (-3.5) vs. Texas Tech (+3.5) – November 5 – 12:00 PM ET
It’s quite reasonable to be confused with the spread. How can the VISITING Longhorns be favored against the Red Raiders’ super high-octane offense? The answer is simple: Texas is 6-1 SU (5-2 ATS) in their last seven meetings with Texas Tech.
Don’t let that distract you, though. Red Raiders QB Patrick Mahomes is playing out of his mind right now, averaging 439.8 passing yards per game and a 67.7 completion rate, along with 28 touchdowns and only seven picks.
The Red Raiders, who are second in points per game (47.4), first in yards per game (500.6), and first in passing touchdowns per game (4.3), should be able to excel opposite Texas’ 106th-ranked defense. The Longhorns are unlikely to contain an offense this good, especially if they are giving up 41 points when they are on the road this season.
Writer’s Prediction: Texas Tech (+3.5) wins, 45-35.
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