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2021 Staff Pick’em Week 9

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Two weeks of short pick sets will make it hard to move up or down unless someone does truly terrible.

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Texas A&M
Texas A&M made South Carolina take it and like it, as predicted.
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Vanderbilt let us all down, but we managed to go 24-18 for the week. Oklahoma at Kansas was the only other letdown game where only VU 04 and Paul correctly picked Kansas to keep it within 38.5 points. Other than those 2 games, we only had 6 misses from 4 games.

I need to point out that I messed up one set of formulas in the Excel spreadsheet I use to calculate staff results, both weekly and overall. Paul’s picks had not been included since his first week picking. I never updated the rest of the cells to include his new columns. As such, the staff stands at 319-313. The total winning percentage only dropped 0.26% from the incorrect tabulation.

The slate is short again with Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M all on their bye week. Every other SEC team is playing a conference foe. We do have an extra game since neither Oklahoma nor Texas are on a bye.

The picks are split 4-3 on two games, which departs from 0 last week. No games are unanimous or have only one person taking a team. In games relevant to the top of the standings, I disagree with VU 04 twice and CDA four times. Andrew and CDA are divided twice.

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 52 39 4 2
VU04 49 42 3 3
CDA 48 43 3 3
Stan 45 46 4 2
Paul 41 45 4 2
Tom 43 48 2 4
Import 41 50 4 2

The Picks

GAME DotP Stan Tom VU04 CDA Import Paul
Missouri (-16)
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Vanderbilt
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Ole Miss (+2.5)
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Auburn
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Georgia (-14)
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Florida
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Kentucky (-1)
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Mississippi State
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Texas (+2.5)
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Baylor
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Texas Tech (+20)
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Oklahoma
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Michigan (-4.5)
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Michigan State
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