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2020 Staff Pick ‘em Week 5

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Karma has its way after I mocked Tom last week.

NCAA Football: Texas A&M at Alabama
The Tide brushed right past A&M to our benefit.
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I mocked Tom mercilessly for his being the only sub-0.500 staffer last week. I proceeded to go 1-8. The boss still did not get over the hump though. The struggles were across the board with only Stan winning more than he lost, and just barely, at 5-4. Tom, CDA, and Import were all just shy at 4-5. VU ‘04 joined me at 1-8. We are just giving everyone else to keep up, unlike last year. More on that later. Overall, the staff was 19-35. It was nice to have one good week.

Our two favorite teams, Vanderbilt and Campbell, busted all of us. Alabama helped us all. Mike Leach laid his typical egg to put 4 losses each on the board. Add Oklahoma to that damage. Tennessee winning big and Florida not winning big enoughwas also in the “2 winners and 4 losers” club, along with Auburn looking lackluster against Georgia. We were split 3-3 on Kentucky-Ole Miss, so that game was a wash.

Next week has a chance to be really good or really bad for us. There are 3 unanimous games and 4 split 5 to 1. Two more games are 4 to 2 with a lone even split.

I mentioned last season’s results earlier. It was brought to my attention that I had not posted the final results from 2019’s Pick’em. I, like Tom with player report cards, am awful at doing the final editions of the things I do. It was a hottly contested battle. VU ‘04 had a decent lead at 51-46 while I (48-49) and Import (45-50) gave chase. Shawn at 43-54 only had a hope and a prayer. CDA and Tom were toast at 41-56 and 40-57, respectively.

As a collective, we went 32-28 for rivalry week. VU ‘04 opened the door by going 4-6, along with Christian and Import. Tom was 6-4. Shawn and I tied for best of the week at 7-3. The bottom 4 tallies, from worst to first, were CDA (45-62), Tom (46-61), Import (49-56), and Shawn (50-57). Who was the winner between VU ‘04 and myself? We tied. We freaking tied at 55-52. Sigh. Now I wish I had not tallied them because I had just assumed I lost, but seeing how well I did in the final week gave me some hope. Typical.

The Rules

  1. Normally, the picks are for all SEC games with one dealer’s choice where I get to choose another game to make us pick. This year, it is going to be all SEC games, one dealer’s choice, and the Campbell Fighting Camels game! Why? Because I said so.
  2. 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 with more states making it legal.
  3. The lines will be taken from Oddshark’s consensus spread some time Monday, so they may not match what is listed at the time this article is published.

The Standings

WRITER SEASON WEEK 4
W L W L
CDA 16 18 4 5
Import 16 18 4 5
VU '04 14 20 1 8
Stan 13 21 5 4
DotP 13 21 1 8
Tom 11 23 4 5

The Picks

GAME DotP Stan Tom VU04 CDA Import
South Carolina (-13)
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Vanderbilt
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Tennessee (+13)
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Georgia
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Florida (-6.5)
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Texas A&M
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Arkansas (+16.5)
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Auburn
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Alabama (-24)
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Ole Miss
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Mississippi State (+2.5)
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Kentucky
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LSU (-20.5)
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Missouri
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Tulane (+7)
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Houston
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Louisville (-4.5)
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Georgia Tech
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Miami (+14.5)
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Clemson
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