Upset Picks for This Week’s College Football Games – October 24, 2020

| October 20, 2020 3:59 pm PDT

Thanks to the MWC and Big Ten joining the party in week 8, the October 24th slate is packed with several captivating matchups. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the larger schedule is we have even more options to choose from when searching for college football upset picks.

After watching the lines move and studying the matchups, three underdogs stood out in particular.

Take a look.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (+135)

Despite opening as a two-point favorite late last week, the Golden Gophers are lurking as a 3.5-point underdog as of Tuesday evening. This is music to my ears as I already planned to back P.J. Fleck and his crew – as noted when I made a Michigan vs. Minnesota pick.

Latching on at +135 is simply added incentive.

While there’s a lot of hype surrounding Joe Milton and his skill set, there’s a reason he was Jim Harbaugh’s backup quarterback during each of the last two years. And it’s not because Shea Patterson was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Tanner Morgan and the Golden Gophers have the luxury of depending on Rashod Bateman – a potential top-10 pick and one of the best WRs in America. On the flip side, the Wolverines will be missing their top wideout, Nico Collins.

I like Minnesota to pull off the mild upset at home.

Georgia State Panthers (+125)

This won’t be the most popular upset pick in college football as Georgia State is 1-2 and traveling to play a 3-1 squad. At first glance, it seems like Troy has the edge in this game and should be able to take care of business at Veterans Memorial Stadium. That’s what I assumed – until I grabbed a shovel and started digging beneath the surface.

Last year against the Panthers, the Trojans threw for a whopping 421 yards, converted 8 of 13 on third downs, and didn’t turn the ball over. And yet they still got pummeled, 52-33.

How’d that happen?

Georgia State ran for a whopping 390 yards and demoralized everyone on the Troy sidelines.

Looking at Shawn Elliot’s group in 2020, 246.3 rushing yards/game thus far tells me we could see more of the same. Maybe the Panthers won’t dismantle the Trojans, but the Matchup Predictor on ESPN pegged Georgia State to win the game more than 53% of the time.

Sitting at +125 at BetOnline seems like a good spot to get some money down.

Purdue Boilermakers (+145)

Transitioning back to the opening weekend of Big Ten Football, I’ve got my eye on another home dog. This time it’s the Boilermakers, who unfortunately, won’t have their head coach on the sidelines on Saturday against Iowa.

The good news is Jeff’s younger brother is set to take over and should provide close to a seamless transition. Brian Brohm won’t tell the public who is starting at QB, but I’m confident both Jack Plummer and Aidan O’Connell can make it work thanks to the deadly “1-2” punch on the outside.

Rondale Moore and David Bell will be working against an Iowa secondary that lost its top safety and top cornerback, not to mention, their best pass rusher. More on why I like the Boilermakers can be found here, but the moral of the story is the Hawkeyes are on upset alert.

Michael Wynn
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