As you can see in the graphic from our good friends at Tallysight, the guys and gals at Red Cup are pretty darn sharp when it comes to picking straight up winners. We have two staff members picking more than 70 percent of games correctly this season, so if you’re looking for a four game parlay to pay off your car note, you might want to hone in on Grayson Weir or Will Gates this week.
When you peer at our picks against the spread, the story is not nearly as rosy though Juco All American has picked 58 percent of games correctly. The main point here is you’re going to get better return on your dollars bet from betting ATS compared to a moneyline/picking winners only. Bringing up the caboose in ATS picks, it me — an idiot who needs to stop gambling actual dollars on college sports.
Based on our picks, Auburn is picked to win by four of six staffers and expected to cover 3.5 points by four of seven staffers. Be wary of the Tigers on the road with an 11am kickoff is what this is telling me. Bo Nix has been far from sparkling in his sophomore campaign at quarterback, and though fan capacity is limited, a road game is still an obstacle to overcome. Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin has hinted at defensive holes from injury this week leading to offensive players switching sides to provide depth, so this could be another long day of shootout, no defense, lighting up the scoreboard football for fans to watch.
The remaining games are far more clear-cut as our staff unanimously picked Alabama to defeat Tennessee and Kentucky to overcome Missouri. Red Cup also feels very strongly about South Carolina upsetting (is this an upset?) LSU in Baton Rouge with everyone picking the ‘Cocks to win and cover the 6.5 points except for our wordsmith Will Gates.
Can Ed Orgeron focus his team on the game despite all the outside noise this week? Will Tennessee potentially put a scare into Alabama and reignite the third Saturday in October rivalry lore?
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