Talk about not being able to live with prosperity.
After consecutive 5-1 weeks, it looked like I was on track for a strong finish.
But a crazy weekend did a number on my picks, as we finished with a crowd-pleasing record of 1-4-1. The massacre included:
Georgia won against Kentucky 16-6, but didn’t cover 22 ½.
Not only did Tennessee not cover 21 ½, they were taken to the woodshed by South Carolina, 63-38.
I took Florida and gave 14 ½ against Vanderbilt, but the Commodores beat the Gators 31-24.
My only winner was Arkansas, who got 2 ½ against Ole Miss. From what I saw Ole Miss didn’t want to be there and the Hogs won 42-27.
I took TCU and gave 2 ½ points against Baylor. TCU won by only one difference, 29-28, on a field goal at the buzzer.
The long and short is that we are 34-31-1 against the spread.
We have two more Saturdays to make up for it. So, let’s get started right now:
South Carolina gets 14 ½ at CLEMSON
South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler played the game of his life (438 yards passing, six touchdowns) in a 63-38 beatdown of No. 5 Tennessee at Columbia. I don’t see South Carolina beating its state rival on the road, but the Gamecocks will hold it closer than the pundits think. I’ll take South Carolina and the points.
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Auburn gets 21 ½ at ALABAMA
Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, is now 2-1 as Auburn’s interim head coach. But here comes the Iron Bowl favored by Alabama by 21 ½ points. I think the Tigers will hang there for a half to see Alabama make a wave midway through the third quarter and take control of the game. I’ll take Alabama and give the 21 ½.
LSU gives 9 ½ at TEXAS A&M
The Tigers head to the SEC championship game next week, where they will meet No. 1 Georgia for a spot in the College Football Playoff. But first, LSU has to take care of Texas A&M (4-7), which is having an utterly horrible season. The only thing Jimbo Fisher and the gang can do to save us this season is to ruin LSUs. I don’t see it happening. I’ll take LSU and give the 9 ½ points.
GEORGIA gives 35 ½ vs. Georgia Tech
Georgia had a lackluster game against Kentucky last week, so expect the Bulldogs to bounce back against the state rival weather permitting. But don’t expect to see many wrinkles. No. 1 Georgia (11-1) will play LSU in the SEC championship game next week. Georgia Tech is coming off a big upset win against North Carolina. So I’ll take Georgia Tech and the 35 ½.
KENTUCKY gives 3 ½ against Louisville
Based on expectations, this has been a very disappointing season (6-5) for the Wildcats, who have lost three of their last four games. It will be the last home game for quarterback Will Levis, who hasn’t set the world on fire this season. I expect Levis to play well and Kentucky to win the game and cover the 3 ½.
VANDERBILT gets 14 ½ vs. Tennessee
Vanderbilt (5-6) has won two games in a row against Kentucky and Florida after losing 26 games in a row. Now the Commodores have a chance to do the unthinkable: Become bowl eligible by defeating a Tennessee team that was ranked No. 5 last week. The Vols will be without quarterback Hendon Hooker, who tore his ACL against South Carolina. Michigan transfer Joe Milton gets the nomination. Tennessee lost big last week and you wonder if the Vols will be interested in playing this game. I’ll take Vanderbilt and the points.
LAST WEEK ATS: 1-4-1
SEASON ATS: 35-30-1
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