After an abysmal Week 1 where the staff went had a W-L of 23-43 (34.8%), the group managed to break even with a record of 33-33. I pace the field with a 7-4 tally for the week, which also served to get me to 50% for the season. Tom, CDA, and VU04 also had positive weeks with 6-5 records. Shawn and Import both went 4-7. Incredibly, 4-7 was an improvement for Import who had gone 3-8 in Week 1. Improvement!
As for how we got to those records, things were all over the place. All of us missed on the Vanderbilt-Purdue game. Tulane covered after Auburn had to settle for a FG from the 4-yard line, which was only good for Tom and VU04. Missouri thrashed West Virginia in a Big XII game, to the benefit of Tom, Shawn, and me. Texas A&M easily covered and could have had a chance at the outright upset if not for a fumble on Clemson’s 25-yard line with 2:16 left in the 4th quarter that meant A&M’s later TD with 6 seconds on the clock would only get the Aggies to within 2. Shawn and I were the winners there. Mississippi State won easily to cover by 6.5 against Southern Miss.
Only Shawn thought Alabama would win by more than 54 over New Mexico State, and he was wrong as the Crimson Tide called off the dogs enough to only win by 52. I was the lone idiot to think Tennessee would bounce back playing the BYU Cougars, but they lost outright as 3-point favorites. Texas scored a TD with 22 seconds left to get to 7 down, but the failed onside kick meant the 4.5-point favorite Bayou Bengals were the right call for VU04, Import, and me. The Kentucky Wildcats lost QB1 Terry Wilson for the season, but they won handily to the satisfaction of all but Tom and Shawn. In the slapfight of the week, Shawn and CDA both took the Rebels who proved they suck less than Arkansas. Last but not least, the 4.5-point underdog Colorado Buffaloes took down the Children of the Corn in OT to make Shawn and Import need the consoling powers of corn from a jar.
This week Vanderbilt is off, so we cannot be swayed by homerism (or the negative alternative). The slate of games is also smaller with 6 SEC teams on a bye along with 2 SEC-SEC matchups. Tennessee, Ole Miss, LSU, and Texas A&M are also facing FCS competition. Although, I was very tempted to put THEIR game into the pick’em since a line (only 28 points) was available fairly early in the week. Oh, and having the non-conference game be Houston hosting Wazzu is basically like lighting things on fire. I imagine most of us would have felt much more comfortable taking the Over in that game instead of picking ATS, even with the total at 73. So this should be fun...
- All SEC games against FBS competition will be picked. FCS games are excluded since lines are often not available until very late in the week or even the morning of the game.
- One other game, typically a matchup of Top 25 teams, will be part of the picks.
- The picks will be made AGAINST THE SPREAD. Too many games are easy to pick heads up. Also, this will serve as a PSA for why you should not get into sports gambling if Tennessee (or wherever you reside) makes it legal.
- The lines will be taken from ESPN sometime Monday, so they may not match what is listed at the time this article is published.
|Kent State (+35)
|Arkansas State (+33)
|Kansas State (+6)
|Colorado State (+10)
|Washington State (-8.5)