With Ole Miss hosting a down Georgia Southern team on Saturday, I left them off this week's pick 'em and went shopping for some more intriguing matchups. Other than Alabama-LSU, there aren't many high-profile games that jump off the scheduled at you—Nebraska at Ohio State is the weekend's only other ranked matchup—but there are nevertheless plenty of interesting lines to choose from.
- Is Nebraska this year's Iowa? After starting 7-0, the Cornhuskers look to drop its second in a row to quality competition.
- Which is the bigger trap game this week? Florida State @ NC State or Oklahoma @ Iowa State?
- Can the Cocks continue their momentum after exposing a now defunct Tennessee team?
- DON'T LOOK NOW BUT KENTUCKY COULD STILL WIN THE SEC EAST!
Week 10 picks against the spread
Spreads we love
Alabama (-7.5) at LSU: Until someone can actually creep close enough to rumple the hem line on Saban's khakis, you should keep betting on Bama to cover. The Tide are now 6-2 ATS (three in a row) this season and we don't think even a night game in Death Valley will stop them.
Texas A&M (-13.5) at MSU: Dan Mullen's Bulldogs gave up 41 points last week to... wait for it... SAMFORD. There's a good feeling amongst the Cuppers that A&M could potentially hang 60-plus this weekend in Starkville.
Oklahoma at Iowa State (+21): While the Cyclones are a cellar-dwelling 1-7, they're 5-3 ATS and three TDs is a lot of points to give up in a game that screams TRAP TRAP TRAP.
Florida State (-6.5) at NC State: If this spread was one point higher, pushing it above a touchdown, it might be more tempting to take NC State. However, this isn't the same Wolfpack that almost beat Clemson—its lost its last two games in a blowout to Louisville and by a TD to Boston College. #smh
Spreads we're split on
Florida (-4.5) at Arkansas: We can all agree that beating Georgia this season isn't a big deal amirite? Florida has been a favorite in six of its seven games and 4.5 is the smallest spread it's had as a favorite all season. In contrast, Arkansas has been an underdog in five of its eight games and 4.5 points is the smallest spread it has had as a dog. I'll take the Hogs to cover at home.
Georgia (-2.5) at Kentucky: This game is fun because it features a team that can potentially still win the SEC East, and it AIN'T Georgia. If Kentucky squeaks out this game and Florida loses two more (which could be this weekend and at LSU), all that stands in Kentucky's way is Tennessee. RALLY CAT GO!
There were two back door covers last weekend that helped the majority of u.
- Pitt scored a touchdown with 2:14 left against **** to make it 39-36 and cover a 4.5-point spread.
- Navy scored a touchdown with zeros on the clock against **** to make it 52-45 and cover a 7.5-point spread.
I should have followed my theory of big point spreads on the road and went with South Carolina, which beat Tennessee outright to help the SEC East see the truth of its own mediocrity. Of course Juco took the Cocks and of course he still has a commanding lead. But some of us are creeping up!
Here are the current standings, with last week's record in parentheses.
- 42-26 (62%) Juco (7-3)
- 35-33 (51%) Gray (7-3) and Will (7-3)
- 34-34 (50%) Smeargle (8-2)
- 33-35 (48%) Alex (6-4), Borkey (5-5) and Jeff (4-6)
- 32-36 (47%) Zach (7-3)
- 31-37 (45%) Ghost (4-6)
- 30-38 (44%) Whiskey (5-5)
- 24-34 (35%) TwoYards (3-7)