Believe it or not, the Ole Miss Rebels are a little bit of an anomaly this season.
Our beloved Rebels have covered the spread in each of its SEC football games so far this year, beating a large number (like -38?) versus Alabama, covering in wins against Arkansas and Vanderbilt, and beating a -12 to -14 at Mizzou. So that’s something!
“But what if I like spending my money on my wife and kids or giving to charity, One Man? What if I don’t want to gamble on athletics involving 18-22 year old men?”
Well, that’s your dadgum problem, sir. Don’t drag me into your messed up priorities and safe retirement planning practices.
The Red Cup Betting Guide went a respectable 3-1 last week bringing us to 17-11 for the year, which is pretty decent considering most Saturdays in the fall are spent in a Grove tent glancing at TV’s every so often. What I’m saying is, the bottom may be about to fall out of this thing, so be wary.
Let’s get to these iron clad LOCKS of the week.
Texas A&M at Ole Miss — O/U 55.5 points
This is going to be an over, just cash out your 401K or take it from your Roth IRA if you’re that savvy and then put it all on the over. Then you can retire early, move to Seychelles and live in fear of tsunamis in paradise. The Rebels are averaging about 27 points per game while the Aggies are scoring at 32 points per game, so we just need some averages to play out and easily hit the over. I think Kellen Mond will have a solid day against a weak secondary and use his legs to keep some drives alive. Additionally, A&M gave up 27 points to Arkansas, which may be a fluke, but I think the Rebels will be in the end zone at least a few times on Saturday to help this bet.
No. 9 Florida -210 at South Carolina
The Gators are going to bounce back from a loss, and the Cocks are going to come crashing down from a high of beating its first top three ranked AP team in like a decade. Bet the Gators to win in Columbia but stay away from the spread. I could see this game being extremely close if USC comes in and limits Florida’s possessions. Dan Mullen has to feel some pressure to re-establish his team in the SEC East race, so I would be very surprised if the Gators lost consecutive games to derail their season. Florida QB Kyle Trask seems to be figuring out this game more and more with each week, and he looked just about ready to topple LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday in a raucous atmosphere.
Tulane at Memphis -4
The Tigers had their dreams of an undefeated season dashed by Temple last week in a close loss. Tulane is sneaky good, but I see the Tigers covering at home with a 6pm CST kickoff. Memphis is 6-1 in its last seven games at home, plus it boasts the leading rusher in the conference in Kenneth Gainwell. Tulane relies on its rushing attack, and I think the Tiger front seven is solid enough to keep that in check this week.
Oregon State at Cal — O/U 50 points
The Beavers are 2-4, and they’re just not a very good team defensively. Cal is pretty good defensively, but it has some issues on offense that makes it inefficient. This is an early game at Cal, so I don’t see this being a PAC 12 after dark shootout or any kind of weird vibe going with it. Give me the under.