This week's slate in college football has a lot of high stakes bouts with undefeated teams hitting the road. Of our 10 pick 'em matchups, seven feature home dogs, including your "NOTHING TO SEE HERE" Ole Miss Rebs. As much as we'd all love Ole Miss to pull the upset, the house is on fire and we aren't sticking around to roast marshmallows—eight of us are picking the Tigers to cover a 4.5 spread at Vaught-Hemingway on Saturday. Don't worry though, we can still lose this weekend and potentially make it to the Birmingham Bowl!
Other interesting story lines include:
Week 9 picks against the spread
Spreads we love
Auburn (-4.5) at Ole Miss: This game actually opened with Ole Miss as a one-point favorite, but that was before the Tigers curb-stomped Arkansas and Ole Miss gave up a record performance to Leonard Fournette. The line jumped to Auburn -2 on the opening day of betting and has slowly crawled up to 4.5 points. We'll be watching the game while crying in a dark corner as Auburn rushes for at least 400 yards.
Kentucky at Missouri (-3.5): Kentucky showed State that not just anyone can waltz into Commonwealth Stadium (yes, I had to look up the name of the UK football stadium) and come out with a W. OK, let's be honest, State is just reaching dumpster fire levels of bad. The Wildcats are two precious games away from being bowl eligible and Mizzou is tailspinning, so we love Kentucky to keep it close, if not win outright.
Spreads we're split on
Washington (-10.5) at Utah: The Huskies are a unanimous Playoff lock in most polls and will face their toughest road test for the rest of the season against the Utes. I have a feeling this game will be close throughout the first half but Washington's top-15 defense will close it out down the stretch.
Nebraska at Wisconsin (-8.5): The Big 10 seems to be this year's power conference as four of their teams are floating back and forth around the top 10. The Badgers' only losses are to Michigan and Ohio State in overtime, so it should be no surprise they are more than a touchdown favorite at home against the undefeated Huskers. With Wisconsin's at-times stagnant offense, 8.5 points is just too much for me to lay.
Bama continued to cover big spreads, the Rebs still couldn't make adjustments after halftime, MSU lost as a road favorite to Kentucky.
Don't call it a comeback, but Borkey and Alex, after spending the first couple weeks in the basement, are making big pushes. Juco still rules the roost with his anti-Ole Miss propaganda, though who can blame him at this point? The rest of us are sitting at 50 percent or lower.
Here are the current standings, with last week's record in parentheses.
- 35-23 (60%) Juco (5-5)
- 29-29 (50%) Jeff (2-8)
- 28-30 (48%) Borkey (5-5), Gray (5-5) and Will (5-5)
- 27-31 (46%) Alex (6-4) and Ghost (4-6)
- 26-32 (45%) Smeargle (4-6)
- 25-33 (43%) Whiskey (5-5) and Zach (4-6)
- 21-37 (36%) TwoYards (4-6)