The average on picks last week was 5.95 points on average with a 4 way tie at the top scorers for the week. Congrats to Philip Kaltman, Educational Engineer, Matt J, and THE GURU with 8 correct picks last week. Philip took a large step forward in the lead this week and is now at 37 correct picks on the year (61.67%). The closest person to Philip is donkeygoatrunner who currently has 33 picks on the season. We’re halfway through the season so alot can happen, but Philip has got a pretty good lead up to this point. I also want to give a shout out to the 3 people who correctly guessed Texas A&M to win over Bama last week (I’m not counting AntiSullyGT because that’s just him picking the opposite of SullyGT). Congrats to EvilCTJacket, mrbuzz1885, and dughtr for being bold enough to expect Texas A&M to do what we all thought was impossible. Picks standings:
YEAH WE WON A OUR GAME, BUT LOOK AT THE TOP 25 STANDINGS!!! THINGS ARE RIGGED!!! YOUR TELLING ME TEXAS A&M BEAT ALABAMA?!?!?! AND Y’ALL DON’T BELIEVE IN CONSPIRACY THEORIES!!! THE FIX WAS IN Y’ALL!!! TEXAS A&M WAS PLAYING THEIR PREVIOUS GAMES WEARING TRAINING WEIGHTS!!! SEC WANTS TO GIVE THE CONFERENCE TO THE DWAGS AND I AIN’T STANDING FOR IT!!! THE PLAYOFF COMMITTEE IS GONNA FIND A WAY TO GET 3 SEC TEAMS IN, AND IOWA GONNA BEAT THEM ALL!!!
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picks for this week.
Bye Week @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (No Spread Given)
Logan: Some people might consider this a freebie pick. Not so fast my friends. Bye Week is a notoriously tricky opponent. This is because many colleges don’t take Bye Week to be a serious opponent and look forward to the next game. This could put us on upset watch, especially given our performance against Duke. I’m gonna take the Jackets, but Sims is gonna need to prove his leadership if he wants to get GT through this week without a loss.
Ben: While I won’t put anything past this coaching staff, I feel pretty safe in saying that Georgia Tech should win the bye week with ease. Get some rest before you head to
Logan’s pick: Go Jackets!
Ben’s pick: Yellow Jackets
#21 Texas A&M Aggies (-8.5) @ Mizzou Tigers
Logan: The Aggies shocked everyone (except maybe 3 people) last week by beating Alabama. We knew Texas A&M had a solid defense going against the tide, but surprising part was seeing Aggies QB in Zach Calzada play the best game in his college career against Bama. If Calzada can give half of what he did against Bama against the Tigers, then Texas A&M should win this by 20. Aggies cover in this.
Ben: Texas A&M beat Alabama this week, so I feel like they may be due for a letdown game, but I don’t see that happening against an average Missouri team. Roll Aggies.
Logan’s pick: Texas A&M
Ben’s pick: TAMU
#12 Oklahoma State Cowboys @ #25 Texas Longhorns (-5.5)
Logan: I picked Texas against the spread last week when facing Oklahoma. I was feeling pretty confident in that decision going into the half of the Red River Shootout... Then the Longhorns proceeded to blow a huge lead and lose against the Sooners after Oklahoma benched their starting QB. I can’t even with you Longhorns. Oklahoma State will win this one.
Ben: Is Texas back yet? Nah? Okay, ride em Cowboys!
Logan’s pick: Oklahoma State
Ben’s pick: I’m a man! I’m 40!
Auburn Tigers @ #17 Arkansas Razorbacks (-3.5)
Logan: Ok Arkansas, point taken. I had no faith in your offense last week and then your hogs went and turned the game against Ole Miss into a shootout for the ages. Even though the Hogs didn’t win, I’ll admit I am fairly impressed. I’ll take the bait, Razorbacks cover at home here.
Ben: Auburn managed to score on Georgia’s defense, which has proven to be one of the hardest things for any college football team to do this year. Against that same defense, Arky laid a big ol’ goose egg. I’ll take the
Plainsmen War Eagles Tigers.
Logan’s pick: Razorbacks cover
Ben: War Eagle
Nebraska Cornhuskers (-3.5) @ Minnesota Boat Rowers
Logan: Nebraska is not yet back to their old status, but despite the record they have shown some gumption this year. All their games ended within one score of the opponent. This may not be much solace to Cornhusker fans, but this might give them some hope going into next year. In this game, I’ll probably regret this decision, but I’ll take Nebraska here. Now go eat some corn!
Ben: Wait, when did Nebraska get good? The Bindex has them favored by more than a touchdown, so the Scott Frost magic must finally be working.
Logan’s pick: Corn
Ben’s pick: Scott Frost magic
#19 BYU Cougars @ Baylor Bears (-6)
Logan: Tough loss for BYU last week. They went from being in the discussion for a potential playoff spot to losing to a Boise State team on a down year. Meanwhile Baylor has been on fire, especially on offense. Their QB Gerry Bohannon hasn’t thrown a pick all year. Despite the loss to Oklahoma state, Baylor has been averaging 461.7 yds on offense per game and 38.3 points per game. Sorry BYU, gonna have to go with the Bears this weekend.
Ben: The Mormons vs. the Baptists should be a fun battle, but Baylor has been sneakily good this year, so I’ll go with them.
Logan’s pick: Baylor
Ben’s pick: The Baptists
Pittsburgh Panthers (-5) @ Virginia Tech Hokies
Logan: I still think VT is better than the credit they are being given, but Pitt is even better than that. I’ve seen Pitt beat down some mediocre teams, I expect this game to be similar. Pitt should cover.
Ben: Unlike Logan, I don’t think VT deserves that much credit because I don’t think they’re that good. Roll Pitt.
Logan’s pick: Pitt Covers
Ben’s pick: Roll Pitt!
#22 North Carolina State Wolfpack (-3) @ Boston College Eagles
Logan: NC State has been ranked for 3 weeks in a row. I can’t remember the last time that has happened. I struggle to foresee how NC State can keep winning, given their history of terrible luck. My gut just tells me this will be the week NC State falls short, but this is one I can’t put any real logic behind my pick on. So take that for what you will. Boston College I guess.
Ben: This would be a super easy pick if Phil Jurkovec didn’t go down at the beginning of the season. In spite of the loss, the Eagles have still managed to get to 4-1, and I think they pull off the upset to get to 5-1.
Logan’s pick: Boston College
Ben’s pick: BC outright
UCLA Bruins @ Washington Huskies (-2)
Logan: I don’t know where the spread will stand once the article comes out (I’ve been updating and WOW it got worse). At the time I wrote this article the 2-3 Huskies, who lost to Montana, were favored over 4-2 UCLA by a point. This really goes to show what Vegas thinks of UCLA. We have had a guy (I don’t remember your tag, sorry) who has repeatedly asked if I am buying UCLA as a good team. I struggle to answer because UCLA is 4-2 but people continue to tell me UCLA is not that great. Maybe that says more about the PAC-12? I dunno, I guess I’m formally buying UCLA this week and I’ll probably pay for it. Don’t let me down UCLA.
Ben: I don’t know why the spread is at 2, but I don’t think it will be as close as Vegas wants you to think. Huskies big.
Logan’s pick: UCLA
Ben’s pick: Huskies by a lot more than 2
#11 Kentucky Wildcats @ Team that shall not be named even though I have to talk about them (-23)
Logan: ugh... we’re gonna have to deal with the team I hate the most being at the top of the rankings until they lose. I refuse to pick the team that shall not be named. I don’t really expect Kentucky to take this one, but I’m gonna take the Wildcats anyway. Who knows, Texas A&M beat Alabama last week so anything is possible.
Ben: Georgia is a really good team this year. People need to quit denying it. Kentucky is probably going to get curbstomped.
Logan’s pick: Kentucky covers
Ben’s pick: Dwags by a lot