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2020 Staff Pick’em Week 1

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It is not the first week of college football, but it is the first week of picks.

Louisiana v Iowa State
ULL dropping lots of Ls here.
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Yes, the midday and early afternoon games are over or nearly over, but the picks were made last night. We promise! Would your Anchor of Gold staff ever lie to you?! They were just done too late for me to get this done and get sleep. For once, I chose sleep. Then I had to work until 11 AM. Then I had a mid-afternoon meal with my father for his birthday. Without further adieu, here are the rules and the picks. Enjoy the ones that are already terribly wrong. Iowa State...woof. There may be some controversy about that game though since I screwed up in the pick set and miiiight have said Monroe instead of Lafayette.

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. Since the SEC will not start playing for 2 more weekends, these will be mostly games involving Top 25 teams along with one or two “parlagi special(s)” from some bizarre game likely involving a school you did not realize played football.
  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 (because ESPN was not updating by Monday morning) sometime Monday, so they may not match what is listed at the time this article is published. This was put together last-minute using spreads from ESPN for just this week.

The Picks

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Syracuse (+23)
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North Carolina
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Louisiana-Lafayette(+11.5)
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Iowa State
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Duke (+20)
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Notre Dame
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Clemson (-33)
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Wake Forest
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Georgia Tech (+12.5)
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Florida State
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Charlotte (+17)
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Appalachian State
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Campbell (+34)
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Georgia Southern
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