- Lead researcher for “College GameDay” since 1996
- Voter on ESPN CFB Selection Committee
- Known as “Stanford Steve”
- Played college football at Stanford
- Producer for SportsCenter with SVP
“Stanford Steve” Coughlin and Chris “The Bear” Fallica cover the college football season as only they can, offering their top picks, betting nuggets and totals worth wagering on.
The Bear (Last Week: 3-4, Season: 6-8)
Stanford Steve (Last Week: 3-2, Season: 9-6)
Note: All lines are from Caesars Sportsbook.
Nebraska Cornhuskers at No. 20 Michigan State Spartans (-5, 52)
The Bear: I have to write this up as +5, although I would wait and see if this goes to +6 (I expect it may). There hasn’t been a game I’ve been asked about more all week than this one — “Why is MSU only a 4.5-point favorite? They should kill Nebraska.” Well, oddsmakers don’t care about AP poll ranks, know Northwestern might just stink and know that Miami turned the ball over twice inside its own 30 last week in the fourth quarter to turn what was a 17-14 game into a larger margin than it should have been. This isn’t an attempt to diminish what the Spartans have done. Last year they were not winning these games and I had them last week against my alma mater. Nebraska played well last week in Norman (outside of its place-kicking unit) and seems to have gotten things straightened out since the debacle of a loss in Champaign.
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