Is there a better weekend on the entire calendar? It’s Thanksgiving with all the football fixings. Time to relax, and gorge yourself silly on turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and football. Don’t forget the pumpkin pie too. In this week’s podcast, we discuss our favorite and least favorite Thanksgiving sides. Plus, the loser of our side wager on the Penn State game has to eat their least favorite side dish next week. Listen here. There will be some weather to go along with all the turkey and football. Thanksgiving night looks wet in the south and the east will need to prepare for some rain on Black Friday and again on Sunday. The Pacific Northwest will also be wet and cool this holiday weekend. How will the weather impact some of these rivalry games? Will it have an impact on the NFL? We break it all down for you here and give you our picks. Enjoy the holiday everybody and may you be blessed with family, friends, football, food, and winners.

North Carolina State @ North Carolina, Friday @ 3:30pm, Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC, North Carolina -6.5, O/U 56

With North Carolina losing last week to Georgia Tech of all teams, they basically punted their season, and any playoff hopes. Will that mentality impact them on this final weekend of the regular season? It’s a tough call. Their defense remains a liability, even with a good record this season. They get to play Clemson next week in the ACC Championship game…will they peak ahead as that will be the only remaining game that matters? Again, tough call. My gut says Mack Brown can get his team to play up for this rivalry and it will be QB Drake Maye’s final chance at home to wow the crowd and perhaps impress Heisman voters. Sadly, North Carolina State’s QB, Devin Leary was knocked out for the season in October with a torn pectoral muscle and that has made a difference for Dave Doeren’s squad down the stretch. If this game was in Raleigh, I might feel differently. But in Chapel Hill with a banged-up NC State limping into town, and with a chance to win a rivalry game and make up for last week, I think Mack Brown gets it done. I’ll lay the points with the Heels. North Carolina -6.5.

Oregon @ Oregon State, Saturday @ 3:30pm, Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR, Oregon -3, O/U 56.5

Oregon let one slip away against Washington and with it their hopes for a playoff and potentially a birth in the PAC 12 title game. Oregon has been dominant in the conference until that Washington game. Now they travel to Corvallis on a rainy day to take on their hated rival, the Oregon State Beavers. This Civil War always gets interesting, and I like Oregon State to give it to the Ducks in this spot. Don’t look now, but Oregon State is a good team and a physical team. I think they run the ball down Oregon’s throats and Damien Martinez has a big day on the ground. Bo Nix in bad weather doesn’t sit well with me. I also just believe that after grinding out a tough win against Utah at home last week, traveling and playing a similar style game on the road might be too much. The line is close for a reason. I like Oregon State to give the Ducks all they can handle. Beavers +3.

Michigan State @ Penn State, Saturday @ 4:00pm, Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA, Penn State -18, O/U 52.5

This game is now for all the green beans as Michigan State comes to Happy Valley in search of the land grant trophy for the second year in a row. The difference here though is that Michigan State just isn’t a very good team. Penn State has proven it is, even without that signature win. The Lions have played good football and complete games almost every game except for their two losses and perhaps the ugly one against Northwestern. Down the stretch, Penn State has been impressive, especially defensively. Their running game has been stellar too. I expect Sean Clifford and those running backs will want to put on a show in front of the Beaver Stadium crowd and Michigan State simply won’t be able to keep up. Clifford will want his last game to be memorable for the right reasons before he rides off into the sunset. Tomaso likes Michigan State to keep it close. I say…not so fast my friend. Lions big. Loser eats plain green beans next week. I’ll lay those points with the Lions. Penn State -18.

Raiders @ Seahawks, Sunday @ 4:05pm, Lumen Field, Seattle, WA, Seattle -3.5, O/U 47.5

I don’t feel like the Raiders are as bad as their record, but at this point in the season, you are what your record says you are right? I also didn’t expect much from Pete Carroll’s team but losing Russell Wilson may have been a blessing. The Seahawks are 6-4 and are tied for the lead in the NFC west with San Francisco. They rattled off 4 straight before losing to Tom Brady halfway across the world. I expect them to bounce back this week against a Raiders team that looks lost with Josh McDaniels at the helm.  Seattle is known for the 12th man and it looks wet at this one too. Could be an ugly weekend for teams in the Pacific Northwest. Statistically, these teams appear close. But I can’t pick the Raiders in this spot. Pete knows he needs to keep pace with the 49ers and this is a home gimme. I’ll lay the points with Pete. Seahawks -3.5.

Packers @ Eagles, Sunday @ 8:20pm, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA, Eagles -6.5, O/U 46.5

This is a good helmet matchup on Sunday Night Football. Two terrific franchises that normally would be duking out a place in the playoffs or needing a conference win to pad their schedule. The Eagles still might need that this year, but the Packers are in need of a win period. They have been off this year and it doesn’t look like things are getting fixed after losing one at Lambeau last week against the Titans. They also have a 1-4 road record. Rodgers and his receivers look off, even at this point in the season. Rain appears likely during this game too as an area of low pressure lifts north along the east coast Sunday. I like the Eagles ground game here and Jalen Hurts can also add a running threat beyond Miles Sanders. The Eagles are the better team. I think they get back on track after a couple of down games recently. Eagles big at home on Sunday night. Eagles -7.

Mississippi State @ Ole Miss, Thursday @ 7:00pm, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS, Ole Miss -2.5, O/U 59

The Egg Bowl is always worthy of a few fun storylines and this year is no different. It also is typically an under the radar game and that’s why we selected it this week as such. These two teams are pretty even on paper and Mike Leach would love to beat Ole Miss and quite frankly might need to with a new AD coming to town soon. The old AD was recently hired at Auburn and reports have that school zeroing in on Lane Kiffin as their new head coach. If that’s true, could Ole Miss be giving up on the season? After losing to Alabama two weeks ago, they (pardon the pun here) laid an egg against Arkansas in a brutal beating last week. They won’t let that turn into 3 straight, will they? Is Lane mentally there or is he already in Auburn? Again, the subplots here are fascinating. Add another one: the weather! It looks like a rainy Thanksgiving night in Mississippi. Both these teams are known for scoring, but with so many distractions, and the weather expected to take a turn, will the scoreboard light up? I have no gut feeling about a winner here. So give me the UNDER on a wet night at the Egg Bowl. UNDER 59.

Nebraska @ Iowa, Friday @ 4:00pm, Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA, Iowa -10.5, O/U 37.5

We have discussed Iowa’s pathetic attempt at offense this season quite a bit on the podcast and look who’s laughing now. That would be Kirk Ferentz. If Iowa wins this game on Black Friday, the Hawkeyes will be in the Big Ten title game in Indy next weekend. Stunned? Me too. Imagine if they did have even a capable offense. They might be a Top 10 squad instead of unranked right now. Nebraska fired Scott Frost ages ago and while Mickey Joseph has done a nice job keeping them afloat, Nebraska will need a coach to really inject some spirit into the program that’s been missing for far too long. That will come later. But on Friday, I don’t think they have what it takes to go to Corn Land and compete with an elite defense and an offense that has been playing better. This is the perfect situation for Iowa. Can they cover the 10.5? That seems like a lot. But I love taking the UNDER in these types of games. So why not! Give me the UNDER here as well. Iowa wins another low-scoring and ugly football game. UNDER 37.5.

LSU @ Texas A&M, Saturday at 7:00pm, Kyle Field, College Station, TX, LSU -10, O/U 46.5

The Bayou Bengals don’t need to win this game. They are already in the SEC championship game next week in Atlanta to face the Bulldogs. Will they be peeking ahead too? Doubtful. Brian Kelly knows he needs to win this game in order to keep their playoff hopes alive by upsetting Georgia next week. Lose this one and next week won’t matter. Guess what? All they need to do is show up. Jimbo Fisher’s team quit on him a while ago and a total program post-mortem needs to be done once this bloodbath is over. Will the 12th man even show up? Will 12 people even show up? I wouldn’t waste my time or money on this one if I was an Aggie fan. Jimbo’s season can go out with the Christmas tree. LSU big to finish off a great year for them. LSU -10.

Bengals at Titans, Sunday @ 1:00pm, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN, Bengals -1.5, O/U 42.5

This game has a close line and with good reason. The Bengals have the better QB and likely the better overall squad, but man do I like how the Titans are playing. And I love me some Derrick Henry. The guy just muscles his way through everybody and can grind out yards. The Titans went up to Lambeau and beat the Packers and made it look easy. Now they come home and want to continue to control their division. The Bengals should be better than their current record suggests, but it’s games like this one that gives me pause with them. They are only 1.5-point favorites. I like the Titans at home to get the small upset and keep rolling. Titans +1.5.

Here’s a summary of my picks for the week.

Games of the Week

North Carolina -6.5

Oregon State +3

Penn State -18

Seahawks -3.5

Eagles -7

Under the Radar Game

UNDER 59

Brett’s Best Bets

UNDER 37.5

LSU -10

Titans +1.5

            Stuff yourself with football and turkey and gravy and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie! Let’s hope we can all stuff our pockets too. What a weekend is upon us! Give the pod a listen and we’ll see you again next week for the green bean payoff. Blessings for safe travel, a good meal, and family memories to you and yours! Happy Thanksgiving! -Brett Thackara

This is a great time of year to enjoy all things Thanksgiving and a full plate of games! Both college football and the NFL will be on full display, and it is rivalry week. Here is where I see things going this week:

North Carolina State @ North Carolina, Friday @ 3:30pm, Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC, North Carolina -6.5, O/U 56

The wheels finally came off the magical Tar Heels last week against Georgia Tech in an upset few saw coming. North Carolina State also did not perform well this year, which was supposed to be the grand year they were building toward. Overall the struggles should continue for Dave Doeren’s NC State squad and if it wasn’t a rivalry game I could see the Tar Heels coming in and dominating. Drake Maye needs a get-right game and I think this is the perfect chance. Give me the Tar Heels at -6.5.

Oregon @ Oregon State, Saturday @ 3:30pm, Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR, Oregon -3, O/U 56.5

Oregon has been teetering as of late. Some of these struggles may be due to not having a healthy Bo Nix. The Ducks Heisman hopeful did play this past weekend and the Ducks took care of business against Utah with the help of some Utes turnovers. Meanwhile the Beavers are a strong team on the rise with only three losses. This game is tricky because it is in Corvallis, but for the Ducks this is a must win to keep their dreams alive of making it to the Pac-12 championship and holding off the Huskies. Watch for the weather to keep things tight as damp and cold weather dominate the Pacific Northwest this weekend. Bo Nix and company win a tight one: Oregon ML.

Michigan State @ Penn State, Saturday @ 4:00pm, Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA, Penn State -18, O/U 52.5

Penn State is a different program after two straight years of disappointing performances in Big 10 play. So far they have dominated the lower tier programs with aggressive and efficient defense. Plus much improved offensive line play! However, as long as I have followed this program Michigan State gives this program fits. I do not think this game on Saturday will be as dominating for Penn State, unless Sparty has simply given up. But a win against Penn State will put Mel Tucker in a bowl game. Anything is possible! Penn State needs to come out early and score points against a porous defense. Thankfully the weather looks nice, and should not play a factor in this game. I think 18 points is a bit healthy though. Tucker and company keep this one a little closer than 3 scores, give me MSU to cover but still lose in Happy Valley.

Raiders @ Seahawks, Sunday @ 4:05pm, Lumen Field, Seattle, WA, Seattle -3.5, O/U 47.5

The best thing that may have happened for the Seahawks this season is moving on from a great quarterback. This offense under Geno Smith is fun to watch again, and there seems to be new life. Nothing against Russell Wilson, but some times change is good after a long run with one team. Also going back to last season I will never understand what made Josh McDaniels attractive to teams. He is the head of another disaster in Oakland. Seattle is a tough place to play, and the weather looks damp and chilly. Seahawks should win easily in my opinion, give me Seahawks -3.5.

Packers @ Eagles, Sunday @ 8:20pm, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA, Eagles -6.5, O/U 46.5

The Eagles got back to winning football last week. Their additions of two veteran defensive tackles really helped fill a hole in their defense, and all of a sudden this team can stop the run! This may be an important factor in this one with periods of rain in the forecast Sunday in Philadelphia. The ground game may be the way to go. Miles Sanders for the Eagles is having a great season so far, plus the Eagles like to mix in a shifty Boston Scott and speed back Kenny Gainwell. Something is wrong with the formula in Green Bay. I think the Eagles win a nice prime time game against one of the great all-time NFL franchises- give me Eagles to outright win.

Mississippi State @ Ole Miss, Thursday @ 7:00pm, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS, Ole Miss -2.5, O/U 59

Will Lane Kiffen and Mike Leach not guaranteed to be back next year at either program, this Egg Bowl is an interesting matchup. Ole Miss fell flat last week in a surprising fashion. Lane may be the next coach at Auburn, and perhaps this is a game Mike Leach can steal. Plus the weather will be a factor with periods of rain throughout the game. I’ll take the Bulldogs to at least cover in this one, although Leach’s offense can run dry at times: Mississippi State +2.5.

Giants @ Cowboys, Thursday @ 4:30pm, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, Cowboys -9.5, O/U 45.5

I have thought for most of the season that the Giants were pretenders, and last weekend the lowly Lions found a way to blow them out at home. Perhaps the G-men are coming back down to earth after a slow start. With this said, the Cowboys too have looked mediocre at times this year. This is a huge NFC east matchup and should matter a lot in the final standings. For that reason I think the Giants make this a game. Should be a good one on Thanksgiving! To me the line is too generous, I’ll take the Giants to cover the 9.5.

Florida @ Florida State, Friday @ 7:30pm, Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL, Florida State -9.5, O/U 58

Coming into this year I would have thought Florida would be the program on the rise, instead it is the Seminoles! Mike Norvell has done a marvelous job, and the opening win against LSU has proven to be a solid statement win. Florida is dangerous with Anthony Richardson, but overall they lack the firepower to keep this one closer than the line. I still think it has the potential to be fun though with a lot of points scored. Give me Florida State at -9.5.

Michigan @ Ohio State, Saturday @ 12:00pm, Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH, Ohio State -7.5, O/U 56

This is the most talked about football game in my opinion for this week. Weather should not be a factor other than the typical November chill, so the stage is set. Both teams need to finish undefeated I believe to make the college football playoff, but one team will leave Saturday with their first loss. It is a really a shame of the system that is has to come down to this. Michigan may be down their stud running back Blake Corum, and that could make the difference. J.J. McCarthy has also battled some accuracy issues this season, and Michigan cannot afford mistakes or ill-thrown balls. In the end, I think Ohio State is simply too much. Michigan’s defense should keep the game in striking distance, but I think OSU pulls out another berth to the Big 10 Championship, Buckeyes ML for me.

Here is a summary of my picks:

Games of the Week

North Carolina -6.5

Oregon ML

Michigan State +18

Seahawks -3.5

Eagles ML

Under the Radar Game

Mississippi State +2.5

Doppler Dandies

Giants +9.5

FSU -9.5

Ohio State ML

Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!! -Dan Tomaso

**All odds from Caesars Sportsbook as of 11/22/22.**