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2021 Staff Pick’em Week 8

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Come peek some picks while watching playoff baseball, the NHL, or Wednesday night Sunbelt action!

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at South Carolina
Pouncing on easy picks like the Commodores on a fumble.
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We rode Texas A&M, Alabama, and Vanderbilt to a 35-25 overall week. The only person to dip below 0.500 was CDA at 4-6. Import and Paul came in at 5-5 while VU 04 and Tom were 6-4 buddies. Stan and I had the best weeks at 7-3. The biggest miss was CDA being the only one to take LSU and 10 points, which they did not need as outright winners, against Florida. The other big loss was on Baylor beating BYU by 14 points as 6-point favorites. Only Stan and Tom picked that game correctly. Of note, we are above even as a staff for the season at 258-252.

Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missour, and Texas are all out of action this week. Arkansas plays FCS Arkansas Pine Bluff. The remaining 8 SEC teams are all in conference action, so we are left with 4 SEC-SEC games to pick along with Oklahoma-Kansas and USC-Notre Dame. The staff is pretty united with no games split 4-3. Vanderbilt is unanimously picked to cover 21 against the visiting Cowbells. Only Tom thinks South Carolina stays within 20.5 points of Texas A&M. VU ‘04 alone has USC playing a one-score game with Notre Dame. A pair of pickers took Kansas (trying to avoid being boatraced by more than 38.5 at home by Oklahoma), Tennessee (getting 4 TDs at Alabama), and LSU (hoping DACOACHO’s interim coaching magic keeps them closer than 10.5 at Ole Miss)..5 by O

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. With two new teams set to join in “2025” (Who wants to bet that timeline holds up?), Texas and Oklahoma will have all of their games picked, too.
  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, which is especially important with sports gambling being legal in Tennessee now.
  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 7
W L W L
DotP 48 37 7 3
VU04 46 39 6 4
CDA 45 40 4 6
Stan 41 44 7 3
Tom 41 44 6 4
Paul 37 43 5 5
Import 37 48 5 5

The Picks

GAME DotP Stan Tom VU04 CDA Import Paul
Mississippi State (-21)
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Vanderbilt
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LSU (+10.5)
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Ole Miss
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Tennessee (+27.5)
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Alabama
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South Carolina (+20.5)
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Texas A&M
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Oklahoma (-38.5)
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Kansas
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USC (+7)
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Notre Dame
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