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2021 Staff Pick’em Week 5

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If only Vanderbilt had played as well as we picked...

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Auburn barely snuck by Georgia State and ruined that game for everyone except CDA.
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After two rough weeks, a 39-27 record for the week got the staff back over .500 for the season at 167-163. Andrew expanded his lead ever so slightly by going 8-3. Stan and I tried to keep pace at 7-4 along with CDA. Paul inched forward at 6-5. Tom and Import brought up the rear at a still respectable 5-6.

Week 5 is heavy on SEC-SEC matchups again. Only Vanderbilt and South Carolina play nonconference foes. I am the odd man out in 2 of the 6 SEC matchups. Two of them are 5 to 2 splits. The other 3 games also have 2 with 5 to 2 ratios. I believe this is the first week without a game picked unanimously.

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 4
W L W L
VU '04 33 22 8 3
DotP 30 25 7 4
Stan 30 25 7 4
CDA 27 28 7 4
Paul 24 26 6 5
Tom 24 31 5 6
Import 23 32 5 6

The Picks

GAME DotP Stan Tom VU04 CDA Import Paul
UConn (+14.5)
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Vanderbilt
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Auburn (+3.5)
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LSU
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Arkansas (+18.5)
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Georgia
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Tennessee (+3)
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Missouri
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Ole Miss (+14.5)
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Alabama
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Troy (+20)
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South Carolina
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Florida (-8.5)
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Kentucky
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Mississippi State (+7)
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Texas A&M
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Texas (-5)
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TCU
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Oklahoma (-10.5)
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Kansas State
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Cincinnati (-2)
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Notre Dame
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