New week. New slate. Let’s go.
All lines are courtesy of vegasinsider.com. I finished last week 5-4 after a few late games caught me slippin’—thanks a ton Oregon State—and Adam is still finding his way, finishing at 3-6 last time around.
If you read here regularly, you’ll likely be looking for a Georgia/LSU pick from me, but you’ll be waiting a long time on that one. I don’t really enjoy picking Georgia Bulldog games because the team that’s going to show up versus the team I know should show up doesn’t always translate into the same thing.
That said, I do have an opinion on the game, but it’s only for me, myself, and I—that’s a big ol’ jug of coward juice I’m drinking on that one, I know, but what else can I say?
In any event, we roll along.
1. Wisconsin at Ohio State (-7):
It seems the only thing Braxton Miller’s injury has brought about is a bit of a QB controversy in Columbus. Last I read, Urban Meyer was considering playing them both against the Badgers this weekend. Old schoolers might say that’s crazy talk considering how well Miller was playing before he went down, but my guess is the Buckeyes are just making sure they have a plan in place just in case Miller’s injuries aren’t just temporary.
That said, Wisconsin will be the best competition the Buckeyes have faced all season and you can bet the Badgers will know what’s at stake if they can eek out a win.
The Lady’s Pick: Wisconsin
Too close. I have a feeling Ohio State wins, but by more than seven.
Adam’s Pick: Ohio State
2. Oklahoma State at West Virginia (+18):
West Virginia didn’t look like much against Maryland. As a matter of fact, the Mountaineers didn’t look like anything against the Terps last week, but they play a bit better in Morgantown than they have on the road this season—and the game is early.
The Lady’s Pick: West Virginia
West Virginia hasn’t had much go its way against true FBS opponents, don’t see them having any against Ok. State either. Take it.
Adam’s Pick: Oklahoma State
3. Ole Miss at Alabama (-14.5):
The Crimson Tide managed to overcome adversity against Texas A&M a couple weeks ago en route to a win over the Aggies and a small measure of revenge for what transpired in Tuscaloosa last season. However, if Johnny Manziel were given just one more shot, I don’t know that Bama’s defense would have been able to stop him—he is everything as advertised despite being the most polarizing Heisman winner I’ve seen in a good while.
That said, Bo Wallace isn’t Johnny Manziel, but if Rebels all-world player Jeff Scott finds his groove on Saturday, he could give the front seven a few fits; and I’m still not sold that the Tide’s secondary is clicking on all cylinders just yet.
The Rebels are looking for a statement win to solidify their rise over the last couple seasons. If they can steal one from the Tide, in Tuscaloosa, they may very well have the chance to do so.
The Lady’s Pick: Alabama
You see last time I trusted a team from Mississippi with the task of slowing down Alabama it took me 30 seconds to realize it was a mistake. I expect more of the same here, Alabama covers.
Adam’s Pick: Alabama
4. Florida at Kentucky (+13):
I’m confused by Florida because, if they’re as good as initially advertised, they’ve woefully under-achieved so far this season. That said, the Wildcats are a conundrum themselves, having found a way to look awful against Western Kentucky, but nearly finding a win against Louisville.
My guess is the Wildcats are one good signing class away from being a bit more respectable—or at least close to bowl eligible—and playing well against what looks like a sinking ship in Gainesville, could be enough to sway some more eager prospects in their direction.
That said, perhaps Tyler Murphy is the breath of fresh air the Gators need to get the offense back on track in Lexington.
The Lady’s Pick: Florida
Loss of their quarterback was one thing, now they’ve lost the anchor of their defense. If Kentucky wasn’t so bad I’d doubt this…but they are that bad.
Adam’s Pick: Florida
5. Florida State at Boston College (+21.5):
Florida State is really coming into their own on both offense and defense and I don’t see the Eagles’ defense being able to contain that train for all four quarters, but they may be able to pose a good enough fight to keep the game interesting for a time.
The Lady’s Pick: Boston College
Adam’s Pick: Florida State
The Other Five (The Lady’s Picks are in Bold, Adam’s Italicized)
6. Stanford at Washington State (+10), Adam likes Stanford.
7. Wake Forest at Clemson (-29), Adam likes Wake Forest.
8. Texas A&M at Arkansas (+3), Adam likes the Aggies.
9. Arizona at Washington (-10), Adam likes Washington.
10. California at Oregon (-36), Adam likes Oregon.