Fithian’s Fab Five: The Picks
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By: Dennis Fithian
I pick the games and I leave my record week by week here as well. I pick all Michigan, Michigan State and Lions games. The other games I select are my best bets of the week. Check the bottom of the page for my stats.
Michigan -37 vs. Akron: After an emotional win verses Notre Dame it’s time for Brady Hoke to work on the two deep. I’ll take the Zips with the big number. 44-13
Prediction: Michigan Akron 13
Michigan State -24 vs. Youngstown State: Damion Terry is getting number two reps at quarterback. Will Terry do just enough to make it an unsettled four horse race at QB heading to South Bend next week?
Prediction: Michigan State 34 Youngstown State 0
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South Carolina -14 vs. Vanderbilt: Gamecocks with enough in all three phases of the game to score big verses the Commodores.
Prediction: South Carolina 38 Vanderbilt 21
Rice -6.5 vs. Kansas: Line started out at two but ALL the money moving the Owls way. You don’t need to ask why you just need to join club. Rice did put up over 30 against Texas A&M in week one.
Prediction: Rice 63 Kansas 41
Alabama -7.5 @ Texas A&M: Nod goes to Nick Saban who will have a game plan to neutralize Johnny Manziel. I’d bet on Saban that way every time. Money in the bank. Money to Alabama players. Money to Johnny Manziel.
Prediction: Alabama 30 Texas A&M 16
Wisconsin -5 @ Arizona State: Badgers run into trouble late at night.
Prediction: Arizona State 45 Wisconsin 44
Lions -1 @ Arizona: Lions can’t afford the mistake riddled first half they played in week one against the Cardinals on the road this Sunday. The Arizona defense had problems containing TE Jared Cook from the Rams in week one. Could (should) be a big day for Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler or Joesph Fauria. Focus is on all aspects of the Lions special teams. If Detroit wins the special teams battle they likely will win the game.
Prediction: Arizona 23 Detroit 20
Dallas +21/2 @ Kansas City: Chiefs did a nice job week one verses the Jags. Containing Dallas with Dez Bryant, Demarco Murray, Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware will be a lot different than working over Jacksonville. *NOTE picking the dog here in honor of my Dad’s dog Tanner Fithian who almost died this week of heat stroke. Get well soon Tanner this picks for you.
Prediction: Dallas 31 Kansas City 28
Season totals against the spread: Picking Michigan 1-0, Michigan State 0-1, Lions 1-0
College football best bets 1-0, NFL best bets 1-1