Riding a semi-hot streak of late I put up decent numbers against the spread going 5-3 in W4 and 5-2 in W5. Last year I also started slowly out of the gate, but managed to right the ship around the middle of the year and littered the last six weeks of the season with one-loss and undefeated weekends. Simply put, I don’t need the foot of a rabbit – or to make a Vegas run with Charlie Babbit – to pilot a gambling cannonball run starting today.
W1 and W2 picks were dedicated to Mark May and Clay Travis and I failed. W4 and W5 picks were dedicated to Auburn’s blind eagle and a batch of fantastic SEC YouTube links and the results were solid. Where to go now? What I believe to be the greatest show ever, Breaking Bad, is running its season on Sunday night so these picks go to none other than Walter White, the greatest meth chef on the planet.
UGA -2 @ UT – What’s going on in the East? After getting smoked by the Broncos in W1, the Dawgs are where many thought they’d be and everyone is once again talking about their easy road to Atlanta. So do victories over two disappointing Mississippi schools and a close loss against an average USC team mean much?
The Hat… The Visor… The Muschamp Whiplash… The Chizik mid-80’s Windbreaker… Now we’ve got The Pumpkin Pants. The Vols weren’t ready for the Gators but they’ve had a Bye and Buffalo weekend to prepare. A UT victory, and a Gator loss to LSU, means the road to Atlanta goes through the Smokey Mountains? UT wins outright 28-24 and NEVER bet against The Pumpkin in October.
LSU -13’ vs. Florida – Bama was favored by 4’ in Gainesville and won by 28. Similar to Bama on both sides of the ball shouldn’t we expect an LSU romp? And John Brantley’s out! Don’t we all know by now the “lock of the week” usually protects a chest of fool’s gold? A week of practice when the Gators have been told by their coaches they aren’t “man enough” to play against the best will light a fire. Muschamp emerges from the tunnel wearing a donut roll around his neck – no doubt a pre-game speech injury – and his Gators show up. LSU wins 28-21 but doesn’t cover. *Smells like upset.
Arkansas -10 vs. Auburn – Will the terrible Hogs defense allow the Tigers to score enough to cover? I hate this pick but I’ve got to roll with Auburn catching a flat Hogs team coming off two consecutive big conference games. Arkansas wins 35-28 but doesn’t cover.
Bama – 28’ vs. Vandy – After a 3-0 start USC hit the Dores with a reality stick two weeks ago. They’ve had two weeks to prepare for Bama, but they could have 2,000 weeks and it won’t matter. #3 goes for 110 and three touchdowns and the Richardson-Russell Wilson Heisman talk grows louder. Bama wins and covers 41-10.
USC -21 vs. UK –UK’s starting to play better – not sure what that really means – so I see this one being fairly close. With the USC quarterback situation coming to a head, this game potentially determining how the rest of the season will play out, this game is huge for the Cocks. USC wins 31-21 but doesn’t cover.
MSU -17’ vs. UAB –After a near disaster against La. Tech Mullen’s got to open up a can on UAB to get his program back in order. MSU wins and covers 52-10.
Texas A&M -9 @ Texas Tech – A&M is undefeated and ranked in the top-five. What, games don’t stop after 45 minutes of play? Will A&M take it out on TT or be too exhausted and go through the motions? A&M will play for four quarters for a 44-28 win and cover.
*I recommended Woodford Reserve to celebrate your winners last Saturday night and I hope you did. The UT-UGA showdown in Knoxville means one thing when selecting your beverage of choice on Saturday: Tennessee and Jack Daniel’s. Choose Black, Gentleman Jack or Single Barrel and you’ve already started the day off 1-0. And we like undefeated around here. If you’re losing go buy some cheap stuff – Jim Beam or Wild Turkey – and sulk accordingly.
Tyler Beam works as a communications specialist for a Louisville, Kentucky company. A lifetime SEC fan – long before it became “acceptable” to cheer for every team in the conference – he plans on writing several books about college football that have a fantastic chance of never being written.