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FTRS Picks, Week 6: Liberty is favored?

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Is Syracuse going to make Tech look even worse? Yeah, probably

FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl - Liberty v Georgia Southern Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images

Welcome back folks! Last week was apparently too easy, so Carter reached out to me to come up with some tougher picks. Special congratulations to user GTBuzzed for being the only one to pick all five games correctly. That catapulted you into a tie for the season-long lead, but only 17 folks finished under .500 in their picks last week, and well, that just won’t...

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HOW DARE YOU QUESTION US MORTAL???? THIS IS WHY THE ONE KNOWN AS CARTER SERVES AS OUR VESSEL AND NO OTHER. BRING. HIM. BACK.

Well, before I get into too much trouble, let’s get to the picks!

Syracuse Orange vs. Liberty Flames (-2.5)

If you had told me Liberty would be favored in this game coming into the season, I would have thought you were crazy. But Liberty has been surprisingly good so far this season. Hugh Freeze, despite all odds, has done pretty well for himself. Liberty is almost doubling up their opponents’ season scores (134-72), and while their schedule may not be super impressive, Syracuse isn’t exactly what most people would call good. Give me Liberty and the fightin’ Hugh Freezes!

Pick: Liberty

Kansas Jayhawks @ West Virginia Mountaineers (-22.5)

I always love pickings a 20-something point spread. Do you really trust the favorite to hang that many more points over the opponent? Who can tell, but this should be a fun one. Les Miles at Kansas has just been weird, and I expected nothing different. And now, he probably won’t even be at the game after testing positive for Covid-19 about a week ago. Even without Miles eating that nice West Virginian grass, I think the Jayhawks can still keep the deficit to three touchdowns or less.

Pick: Kansas

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. #15 Auburn Tigers (-2.5)

I saw this match-up and expected the spread to be a whole lot bigger, but given Auburn’s crap-tastic performance against Georgia, I guess it makes sense. The Gamecocks played Tennessee close and destroyed Vandy. Now, I think they should be able to keep Auburn, who has not scored more than 30 points all season, close.

Pick: South Carolina

UTSA Roadrunners vs. Army Black Knights (-7.5)

Man, I really miss watching option football, and Army is dang good at doing it. Jeff Monken has everything working like clockwork right now, though last week’s one touchdown victory against The Citadel last week was not ideal. I think Monken will have his team fired up and ready to take out some anger against a potentially decent UTSA team.

Pick: Army

#3 Georgia Bulldogs @ #2 Alabama Crimson Tide (-6.5)

So when Carter asked me to do the picks this week, I fully intended on picking Bama to win this game. There’s really no reason Bama shouldn’t win. Mac Jones has been one of the best players in college football this year, and Georgia, while they have a good defense, isn’t anything special on offense. But then news broke:

That’s, uhh.. not good. Even better, Steve Sarkisian is the one that will be running things for Saban on Saturday. We’ll see how this goes, but without Saban, I don’t know that they squeak it out against UGA.

Pick: Georgia

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