Last week I had my brother join me for some ATS fun—I took home the bragging rights for the week with an 8-2 haul while he suffered through a 3-7 day. However, it’s a new week with a clean slate of games to choose from so we’re gonna give it another whirl and see what happens.
All lines are current as of this post and come courtesy of vegasinsider.com.
1. Tennessee (+16.5) at Florida:
People are looking at the way Oregon laid waste to Tennessee and believe that Florida is capable of the same, but from what I have seen of Florida this season, they’re having a really hard time putting points on the board—even against mediocre defenses.
I don’t care how bad the Volunteers looked against the Ducks, they’re a much better team than that showing—at least from a talent standpoint—and they match up well with the Gators.
The Lady’s Pick: Tennessee
To think that Florida can beat anyone by 17 is confusing, I’m gonna say they don’t beat them by that much (although I think they still win the game).
Adam’s Pick: Tennessee
2. Wisconsin (-24) vs. Purdue:
Purdue looked ho-hum before seemingly perking up and playing some quality football against Notre Dame last week, and Wisconsin was rolling along before getting stiffed by the officiating gods last week. Purdue enters this game feeling encouraged, while Wisconsin arrives angry. Which team wil most benefit from its emotional state?
This one could really go either way for me, no matter how good the Badgers running game is this season, so I don’t know that I’d be surprised no matter how things turn out.
The Lady’s Pick: Purdue
Wisconsin is not Notre Dame, but they aren’t 24 points better than Purdue. They win, but not by this much.
Adam’s Pick: Purdue
3. Michigan at UConn (+18)
You can bet everyone’s looking at Big Blue with the side-eye after the way they nearly choked it all away against Akron last week, but I don’t see that happening again in this one—the Wolverines have learned their lesson and are ready to hear the chatter stop about last week’s goof-up.
The Lady’s Pick: Michigan
This is a line I can get behind. UCONN has been less than inspiring so I expect Michigan to get back on track and cover here.
Adam’s Pick: Michigan
4. BYU at Utah (+7)
All I know about this game is these two teams HATE each other A LOT! Worse than Georgia hates Florida, worse than Clemson hates South Carolina, and far more than Auburn hates Alabama…and that’s saying a lot when you consider the historical nature of that last rivalry.
That said, emotional games tend to be fired up and close early, with the better of the two finding a groove in the second half; I suspect this one plays out in much the same fashion.
The Lady’s Pick: Utah
BYU hasn’t taken down the Utes since 2009. Final year for the “Holy War” in a while but I like the spread, just don’t like who it favors. Gonna go with Utah here in Salt Lake City.
Adam’s Pick: Utah
The Other Five: The Lady’s Picks are in Bold, Adam’s are Italicized.
6. Southern Cal vs Utah State (+6.5)
7. Notre Dame vs. Michigan State (+6.5)
8. Oregon State at San Diego State (+10.5): The Lady Picks Oregon State as well.
9. LSU vs. Auburn (+17)
10. Stanford vs. Arizona State (+7.5)