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2021 Staff Pick’em Week 2

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We have avoided disaster early, but two frontrunners are starting to emerge.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Clemson
The Bulldogs drug the Tigers into Deep Water in this early season slugfest.
Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Week 1 was an absolutely massive slate of games to pick with all 14 SEC teams in action against nonconference opponents along with both future SEC teams playing teams outside our scope then topped with the Dealer’s Choice matchup. With 17 games, I fully expected someone (aka Import or myself) to totally bomb it. That did not happen. The worst record was CDA’s 7-10, which he fully deserved for taking THEM. Tom, Paul, and I all were one game better at 8-9. Import went 9-8 to stave off #FadeImport for another week. Stan and VU ‘04 led the pack at 10-7. The competition is staying tight.

Week 2 presents a much smaller slate as 5 teams (Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU, and Oklahoma) are playing FCS opponents, and the lines were not posted as of our deadline Tuesday night. Texas and Arkansas play each other. Missouri at Kentucky is the lone SEC-SEC game. As it is, we shrink from 17 games to 10.

In terms of trends for Week2, the staff unanimously thinks Florida beats South Florida by more than 29, which means you should probably fade us. The Missouri-Kentucky game has only one staffer breaking ranks while Pitt-THEM, Texas A&M-Colorado, and Texas-Arkansas were all picked 5 to 2 in some fashion. Thus, half of the games are split 4 to 3.

It should be noted that all 3 unanimously picked games last week were missed while 5 to 1 games were split 2-2 between the herd and the lone wolf. The fact we managed to be above 0.500 as a group while all of us missed on 3 games is pretty impressive.

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 1
W L W L
Stan 13 9 10 7
VU 04 13 9 10 7
Import 11 11 9 8
Paul 8 9 8 9
CDA 10 12 7 10
DotP 10 12 8 9
Tom 10 12 8 9

The Picks

GAME DotP Stan Tom VU04 CDA Import Paul
Vanderbilt (+7)
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Colorado State
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South Carolina (+2)
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East Carolina
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Pittsburgh (-3)
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Tennessee
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Florida (-29)
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South Florida
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UAB (+26.5)
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Georgia
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Texas A&M (-17)
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Colorado
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Texas (-6.5)
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Arkansas
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NC State (-2.5)
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Mississippi State
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Missouri (+5)
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Kentucky
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Iowa (+4.5)
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Iowa State
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