KCRG College Football Picks

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Week 4:
Some members of the KCRG-TV9 News staff are picking their winning college football teams for the week. This week, they're picking between Lousiana-Monroe vs. Iowa State, Oklahoma State at Texas and Notre Dame at Georgia.

Nicole Agee

Louisiana-Monroe at Iowa State: ISU
Iowa State is fired up after last week’s close game with Iowa. Leave your beer signs at home – no Gameday this week! 33-7.

Oklahoma State at Texas: Texas
The Horns will hook Oklahoma State and prove why they’re ranked #12. 38-13

Notre Dame at Georgia: Georgia
This will be a great game to watch with two high-ranked teams. I’m going with the SEC powerhouse in a close one – 30-28

Chris Earl

Iowa State 31, Louisiana-Monroe 20. This is a tough spot for the Cyclones coming off the tight loss to Iowa. On top of this, ULM had a bye last week and took Florida State to OT two weeks ago. Kaj says weather may be a factor so I think points could be precious. ISU wins but closer than some think.

Texas 46, Oklahoma State 33. The Pokes have won the last four meetings but I like Texas in this spot. They’re at home, they ran with LSU and they have an excellent QB. OSU, however, also has impressed but they’re moving up in class from their September wins.

Georgia 38, Notre Dame 20. I’ve been torn on this but the Irish defense is giving up more yards than an auctioneer in a recession. That’s Georgia’s specialty. Add in playing on the road and Notre Dame will struggle. They may run with UGA for a half but that’s it.

Scott Saville
Louisiana Monroe 21
Iowa State 42
This will be a high scoring game and Brock Purdy will light up the stat sheet. Louisiana-Monroe lost to Florida State two weeks ago 45-44 in overtime on a missed extra point. The Cyclones will have to put the Iowa game behind them because Louisiana-Monroe has a lot talent on offense.

OSU 28
TEXAS 35
This will be another high scoring fun game to watch. Go with the home team.

Notre Dame 21
Georgia 28
The Bulldogs are big game tested and at home.

Josh Christensen
LA-Monroe vs Iowa State - This isn’t necessarily a cupcake opponent. The Warhawks lost by one point in overtime to Florida State. That being said, Iowa State’s defense will be too much. Cyclones win 31-13.

Oklahoma State vs Texas - Oklahoma State has won five straight in Austin. This has the makings of a shootout since both teams are ranked at the bottom of the Big 12 in defense. I say Oklahoma State makes it six consecutive wins in Austin, 38-35.

Notes Dame vs Georgia - We’re probably still arguing whether Georgia or Norte Dame deserved the last playoff spot last season. That being said, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, never trust Notre Dame in these big games. Georgia wins 38-21.

Joe Winters
Louisiana-Monroe at Iowa State – 38-21 Iowa State – Severe weather is not anticipated at Jack Trice Stadium this week and neither are any Iowa State mistakes.

Oklahoma State at Texas – 35-27 Texas – A few showers in Texas cannot keep the Longhorns down.

Notre Dame at Georgia – 42-24 Georgia – 92,000 fans strong cheer the beautiful weather in Athens and the Bulldogs onto victory.

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Week 3:
Some members of the KCRG-TV9 News staff are picking their winning college football teams for the week. This week, they're picking between Iowa vs. Iowa State, Pittsburgh vs. Penn State and Clemson vs. Syracuse.

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Nicole Agee:
Iowa vs Iowa State: IOWA STATE
The excitement from College Game Day and a home field advantage will lead to a Cyclone win this year, but it’ll be a fun one to watch; 21-18.

Pittsburgh vs Penn State: PENN STATE
I read somewhere that this will be the 100th meeting of these two teams – I’ll pick the Nittany Lions to win this one, 35-6. Plus, Nittany Lions is just fun to say.

Clemson vs Syracuse: CLEMSON
Apologies to my husband who grew up in Syracuse, but the No. 1 Tigers will run away with a victory in the Carrier Dome, 38-3.

Chris Earl:
Iowa State 23, Iowa 20. I think the bye actually helps the Cyclones tremendously from the Northern Iowa near-upset. Iowa has been highly efficient in the wins over Miami of Ohio and Rutgers. Now they’re stepping up in class. I see a very low-scoring first half and then it’ll get crazy like Cy-Hawk game usually does. Cyclones started out as a favorite but that has plunged in the two weeks since the opener.

Penn State 31, Pitt 16. The Lions dominated the last two games, 33-14 and 51-6 after Pitt won a shootout in 2016. Pitt already got dusted up by Virginia Tech as PSU hasn’t played a major team yet. Lions comfortably.

Clemson 48, Syracuse 23. Three weeks ago, I said “this would be the last stumbling block for Clemson”. Syracuse gave up 63 points to a Maryland team that I was convinced would be battling Rutgers for “Free Space on the Bingo Card of the Big Ten”. Is Maryland that good… or Syracuse that dreadful? It’s probably somewhere in the middle. I like Syracuse to keep it closer than expectations but it’ll be late scores to pretty up the final.

Scott Saville:
Iowa 24
Iowa State 23
I am going with the point spread. I have no clue who is going to win this game.

Pitt 17
Penn State 24
The 2nd best rivalry game of the week.

Clemson 58
Syracuse 21
Syracuse blew a chance at College Game Day last week. They are probably lucky because they don’t need any more eyes on this blowout!

Josh Christensen
Iowa - ISU: Before the season, I was leaning Iowa State, but after the first two weeks of the season, I’m taking Iowa. The Hawkeyes have been impressive spreading the ball around on offense. I have concerns about ISU after barely beating UNI. Hawkeyes make it five in a row against the Cyclones, 27-17.

Clemson - Syracuse: Vegas has Clemson winning by almost 30 in this game. I will say this without hesitation, that’s not high at all. Syracuse got blown out by Maryland last week! Maryland! I’m taking Clemson 45-14.

Pittsburgh - Penn State: This is the 100th meeting, but there’s uncertainty about the future of the rivalry. I’m taking Penn State in this one, 31-10.

Meteorologist Joe Winters
Iowa at Iowa State – Iowa State 17-13 – Again the weather turns and cooperates for GameDay and for the Cyclones. How could I pick against them? I have two Clones in the weather lab!

Pittsburgh at Penn State – Penn State 36 to 21 – Pennsylvania has a city named Mars. I have been to Mars and back to find out the Lions will win.

Clemson at Syracuse – Clemson 54-14 – No contest! Number one hangs on, dare I say throughout the entire season.

Week 2:
Some members of the KCRG-TV9 News staff are picking their winning college football teams for the week. This week, they're picking between Rutgers at Iowa, Texas A&M at Clemson and LSU at Texas. .

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Nicole Agee:
Rutgers vs Iowa: IOWA
Who doesn't love a conference match-up? I'll admit that I'm not familiar with the Big 10 this season, so I'll say fans will help Iowa roll to 2-0 at Kinnick, 31-28.

Texas A&M at Clemson: CLEMSON
If you missed watching the Tigers in week 1, they look GOOD. I just need to make sure Jack knows which Tigers are *his* Tigers; 45-16

LSU at Texas: LSU
Call it the week of the Tiger, - LSU will take down the Horns at home in a close game, 26-24

Chris Earl
Rutgers at Iowa. This is a tricky one as Iowa comes in as a three-touchdown favorite. The Hawkeyes have clear goals: win, stay healthy and not show too much of the playbook before the Iowa State game. ISU tried to take this approach against Northern Iowa. They won...barely. Expect another slow start in Iowa City before the Hawks wear the "Free Space on the Bingo Card of the Big Ten" town. Iowa 31, Rutgers 14.

Texas A&M at Clemson. Some insist could be could be Clemson's toughest test. Not so as they have Syracuse next week on the road. A&M had Clemson in a tight game last year but I see Clemson getting up for this showdown. Clemson 47, Texas A&M 21.

LSU vs. Texas. Both teams "exceeded expectations" in their opening wins. Texas comes in as a moderate underdog and they have a reputation as being a superb underdog. LSU often starts to cough on its own perfume in big games. Upset Special. Texas 31, LSU 27.

Scott Saville:
Rutgers 14
Iowa 35
Rutgers has a pretty good offense and could put some points on the board. The Scarlet Knights struggle on defense. Good tuneup For Iowa but they can’t afford any more big injuries.

Texas A@M 20
Clemson 41
Dabo has an NFL team playing college football.

LSU 38
Texas 35
LSU found an offense. This should be a fun game to watch!

Josh Christensen
Rutgers vs No. 20 Iowa: Rutgers makes its first trip to Iowa City. This is only the second meeting between these two teams with Iowa winning back in 2016, 14-7. Both teams are coming off wins in their openers by wide margins. Iowa is a 20-point favorite in this one, but I think this might be a little too high. Rutgers does have some weapons with running back Isaih Pacheco and quarterback McLane Carter. I still feel Iowa’s defense will give them fits. Hawkeyes move to 2-0 winning 31-17.

No. 12 Texas A&M vs No. 1 Clemson: Clemson went 15-0 last year, but its closest game of the season was against Texas A&M, 28-26, at College Station. This time, they’re in Clemson. Trevor Lawrence didn’t do much in the season opener versus Georgia Tech, but that changes this week. Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond had four total touchdowns last week. Clemson is a 17.5-point favorite, and I think this also might be a tad high. Tigers still win, 28-20.

No. 6 LSU vs No. 9 Texas: LSU quarterback Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes in last week’s season opener. Texas has injuries at running back. I’m taking LSU in this one, 30-20.

Meteorologist Joe Winters

Rutgers at Iowa – Rutgers 10 – Iowa 36 – The Hawkeyes defends the rain chance once again, sending Rutgers home into an easterly breeze.

Texas A&M at Clemson – Texas A&M 24 - Clemson 48 - Dorian is in the minds of the southeast, keeping Clemson at Category 1 in the Polls!

LSU at Texas – LSU 35 – Texas 24 – 97 degrees at kickoff! In this case it’s the heat and the humidity. LSU is use too hot and humid conditions and take the win.

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Week 1:
Some members of the KCRG-TV9 News staff are picking their winning college football teams for the week. This week, they're picking between Miami-Ohio at Iowa, UNI Panthers and ISU and Oregon at Auburn.

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Nicole Agee:
Miami-Ohio at Iowa: IOWA 42-10
"Not only is Iowa ranked heading into the season, but the Hawks and their fans are coming off the excitement of FryFest and preseason hype," she said.

UNI Panthers and ISU: UNI 36-34
"The Cyclones may have a preseason ranking, but I can't pick against my beloved alma mater – GO PANTHERS!"

Oregon at Auburn: OREGON 28-24
"Without any research, I'll say Oregon based on their higher ranking, snappy uniforms and my son's love for The Oregon Duck (which is the mascot's actual name)."

Chris Earl:
Iowa 31, Miami Ohio 13. "A case where the Hawkeyes just want to get in, get out healthy with a win. Weather could be in play keeping the score down," he said.

Iowa State 27, Northern Iowa 16. "I don't believe ISU wants to 'show too much'. Another case of get in, get out."

Auburn 27, Oregon 23. "Oregon has, supposedly, the "best offensive line" in college football. Auburn has a strong defensive line, however. This isn't the up-and-down, frantic pace of Oregon a decade ago. Auburn's coaching staff is trying not to get fired and, last year, I saw very little from Oregon in big games that gives me confidence in their end-game approach. Not as high-scoring as some believe it will be. War Eagle."

Scott Saville:
Miami of Ohio 14
IOWA 38

"Iowa with too much experience and talent coming back. Epenesa and Golston will be a nightmare for a first time starting QB from Miami," he said.

UNI 14
IOWA STATE 28
"Iowa State with too much talent and experience up front on both sides of the ball. UNI as always will put up a good fight. The Panthers have shocked the Cyclones before and won't be intimidated."

Oregon 21
AUBURN 28
"Tough opener for both teams. We need more of this and less cupcake scheduling. Great for the fans."

Josh Christensen:
Miami (OH) vs Iowa: "The RedHawks come in with an inexperienced quarterback, and that's not a good thing, especially when A.J. Epenesa is going to be let loose. With Oliver Martin eligible to play, it adds another weapon to the Iowa offense. Last time these two teams met in 2016, Iowa won 45-21. This week, Iowa wins it 42-10."

"UNI vs Iowa State: Northern Iowa also comes in with a new quarterback. Iowa State has question marks at running back and wide receiver, but still has more than enough firepower to make things difficult for the Panthers. Iowa State wins 45-14."

Oregon vs Auburn: "I know Oregon's getting a lot of hype this year, but I still don't trust the Pac-12 in big games, especially against the SEC. I'm picking Auburn to win 28-17."

Joe Winters:
-Miami-Ohio at Iowa – Light east wind keeps the Red Hawks grounded.

-UNI Panthers and ISU – Panthers can't run as fast if any rain falls, while Cy just flies above it!

-Oregon at Auburn – Humidity and isolated storms seem like ducky weather to me.