Everyone loves to win a parlay, but you have to be careful putting it together. One wrong move and it’s all over. The college football landscape has been a bit topsy-turvy so picking a six-team parlay isn’t easy. Still, we’re giving it a shot again this week, feeding you six teams that we believe you should pair together for a big payoff.
Miami Hurricanes at North Carolina Tar Heels
Odds: North Carolina -7
Miami has been struggling already and now comes word that quarterback D’Eriq King is out for the season as he requires shoulder surgery. Freshman Tyler Van Dyke has thrown for 473 yards and four touchdowns, but he’s also taken six sacks in the last two games and doesn’t have the mobility of King. North Carolina is looking to bounce back after a home loss to Florida State last weekend. Sam Howell continues to put up big numbers (1,697 passing yards, 16 touchdowns) and he should continue that as the Tar Heels win a potential shootout with the Hurricanes.
Pick: North Carolina -7
Michigan State Spartans at Indiana Hoosiers
Odds: Michigan State -5
The No. 10 Spartans are one of the biggest surprises of the season, jumping out to a 6-0 start. Michigan State features the top rusher in the FBS in Kenneth Walker III (912 yards, nine TDs), who has become a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender when you look at the college football odds. The Spartans also have a passing game and are averaging 36.7 points. They are 3-0 on the road, winning by an average of 18.7 points in those contests. Indiana is 2-3 and may not have quarterback Michael Penix after he separated his shoulder against Penn State in Week 5. The Hoosiers’ three losses are all to ranked teams, but Michigan State is playing too good to pick against it.
Pick: Michigan State -5
Alabama Crimson Tide at Mississippi State Bulldogs
Odds: Alabama -17
Go ahead. Try to convince yourself to go against the Crimson Tide with the argument that Mississippi State’s last game was a win over Texas A&M while Alabama is coming off a loss to Texas A&M. Using that logic, you could say the Bulldogs will keep this one close and competitive. But throw in the fact that Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is going to light a fire under his team, knowing that they have to win out and in impressive fashion if they’re going to make the College Football Playoff. Also, remember that the Tide’s last loss to an unranked team came in 2007 and convince yourself that Alabama is going to lose two straight after 100 straight wins against unranked opponents. If you can do that and believe that Bryce Young and the Alabama offense won’t go crazy against the Bulldogs, go ahead and make Mississippi State one of your college football picks. Us? We’re going for the Tide to roll in this one.
Pick: Alabama -17
Purdue Boilermakers at Iowa Hawkeyes
Odds: Iowa -11½
The Hawkeyes are riding high after a win in their showdown with then-No. 5 Penn State last weekend. Iowa is No. 2 in the country and playing at home, so easy win for coach Kirk Ferentz’s bunch, right? Well, not so fast. While Iowa has the No. 4 scoring defense in the country, allowing just 13.0 points per game, Purdue isn’t far behind, ranking eighth with its average of just 15.4 points per game allowed. While the Boilermakers don’t run the ball well, averaging just 89.4 yards, they can pass it behind quarterback Aidan O’Connell, who is coming off a 371-yard performance against Minnesota. The senior has been in and out of the starting job, but he seems to have secured it for now. He would really take hold if he could pull the upset against the Hawkeyes, but we’ll settle for him to keep it within the 11½-point spread.
Pick: Purdue +11½
Ole Miss Rebels at Tennessee Volunteers
Odds: Ole Miss -3
The SEC is all about offense this season, with seemingly every team having the capability of going for 40-plus in any game. Leading that charge is Ole Miss, which ranks fourth in the country with its 46.2 points per game. Tennessee is right up there as well, scoring 41.5 points per contest, but the Volunteers haven’t exactly played the cream of the crop in the league. Their conference wins have come against Missouri and South Carolina, who are a combined 0-5 in SEC play. The Rebels are coming off a big win against Arkansas and will be looking to make a statement to move up in the national rankings. Look for a big game from quarterback Matt Corral (1,497 yards, 12 touchdowns). When you’re betting online, include Ole Miss covering the point spread in your parlay.
Pick: Ole Miss -3
Oklahoma State Cowboys at Texas Longhorns
Odds: Texas -5½
Texas seemingly had a big win over rival Oklahoma secured in the Red River Showdown last weekend, leading 41-23 late in the third quarter. But the Sooners came storming back to win 55-48, and one has to wonder how well the Longhorns can bounce back from the disappointing loss. In comes another league rival from Oklahoma, the Cowboys, who have yet to take lose. Oklahoma State has been doing it with defense, holding each opponent to under 24 points. Texas has a dynamic offense, averaging 44.5 points, to rank fifth in the country, but we like the Cowboys to take advantage of the Longhorns’ letdown and keep this one close, if not win outright.
Pick: Oklahoma State +5½
North Carolina -7 -110
Michigan State -4½
Alabama -17 -110
Ole Miss -3
Oklahoma State +5½