Gould Headshot squareEvery year, I go through the same pattern against the spread. Early, I pick on pre-season hype, which is unpredictable. Then things settle in a bit, which is helpful.

Then some struggling teams grow up, and some fast-starting teams lose their way. Which is all very confusing. Which is the way we are now.

By November, things become more clear again.

For now, here are five murky mid-October selections: Kansas State-Oklahoma, N.C. State-Clemson, Illinois-Rutgers, Nebraska-Indiana, Western Michigan-Akron. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.