Week 15 of college football has arrived. We have reached the final game for most teams, while others will be preparing for conference championships and Bowl Games. The College Football Playoff looks to be just about set, as only Texas A&M and Florida appear to have reasonable chances to get in. Before we know it, Bowl season will be upon us and the NFL Draft process will begin. For now, however, let’s dive into some week 15 matchups against the spread.
10 Miami (-3.5) vs. 17 North Carolina
Although neither team is competing for an ACC Conference title, both Miami and North Carolina are in contention to make a New Year’s Six Bowl. The Hurricanes offense has scored over 30 points in six of their nine contests this season. Against a weak UNC defense with a depleted secondary, Miami’s high volume scoring should continue. Quarterback D’Eriq King should find enough running room to generate offense for the Hurricanes.
North Carolina’s offense, led by Sam Howell, is also very solid. Running backs Michael Carter and Javonte Williams have impressed all year, and wide receiver Dazz Newsome has dominated as of late. However, I trust Miami’s defense much more than North Carolina’s. Edge rushers Quincy Roche and Jaelan Phillips are more than capable of getting to the quarterback and disrupting Carolina’s pass game. In a close game with a line of just three points, I’ll take the Hurricanes at home.
15 USC (-3.0) @ UCLA
The Trojans are one of two undefeated teams in the PAC-12 entering week 15. Their previous wins were not too pretty, but last week’s performance against Washington State was more than encouraging. Quarterback Kedon Slovis and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown connected for four touchdowns. There is no one in the UCLA secondary that should scare St. Brown and the USC offense.
The Bruins are a team that has impressed me this season. I am a huge fan of running back Demetric Felton, and the team as a whole has contended in every game this season, despite losing starting quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson for a few games. However, USC has some talented weapons on the defensive side, highlighted by a strong front seven. This game should be close, but I’m expecting USC to win by a score in this California contest.
16 Iowa (+1.5) vs. Wisconsin
The Iowa Hawkeyes are one of the hottest teams in the country, as they have won five games in a row. Iowa does a good job of spreading the ball on offense and granting touches to numerous offensive weapons. Wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette led the charge last week, logging two touchdowns.
I am surprised that Wisconsin is favored in this game, as they have not scored double digit points on offense in almost a month. Graham Mertz is an inexperienced and inconsistent young quarterback who will struggle against Iowa’s front seven. In a seemingly strange game to bet, expect the underdog Hawkeyes to win outright on Saturday.
Wyoming (+12.5) vs. Boise State
In a lower-profile game than the ones listed above, Boise State will travel to Wyoming as a double digit favorite. This line scares me, as Wyoming has not lost by more than ten points this season. They have had their challenges, including a close road defeat at Nevada, so they should be ready for this contest.
The Broncos are allowing over 200 rush yards per game in 2020. They will now have to go on the road to face the best running back in the Mountain West Conference, Xazavian Valladay. Additionally, Wyoming’s second option in the backfield, Trey Smith, is coming off back-to-back games with over 150 rushing yards and a score. Wyoming’s ground game should cause problems for Boise State’s defense. I’m taking the upset in this week 15 contest.