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Well kids, week 5 was pretty phenomenal for most of us here on the old blog. I went 4-1 to get comfortably over .500 again and we had 3 people go perfect. While this week’s slate isn’t nearly as good as last week’s on paper, hopefully we get some fun. Follow the jump for this week’s picks.
Last Week: 4-1
Air Force @ ND (-14)
I, admittedly, do not like the size of this line. Air Force has one of the craziest offense’s in the country, and anytime you deal with option/flexbone/shenanigans, you get a little nervous. The good news? Air Force’s D has several injuries, and even when at full stregth, has one of the worst run defenses in the country. Crazy offenses and service academies make big lines a little scary, but I think the Irish are feeling good after the last few weeks and ready to put up some more high numbers. I hate this spread though.
#17 Florida @ #1 LSU (-14)
When will the Hat fail? You know it’s coming at some point right? Surely Les Miles can’t lead his squad to an undefeated year!! Well, that could very well be true, but this week will not be a concern. The Bama game showed us a much better idea of what Florida will look like against a high level team. Not to mention Brantley is out, which typically isn’t that bad, but will lead to a Freshman, Jeff Driskell, to have his 1st start in Baton Rouge…Yah, that bodes poorly. I expect a beatdown here, including the Honey Badger Matthieu pick 6ing young Driskell.
#3 OU (-10.5) @ #11 Texas
Ahh the Red River Shootout (fuck your PC renames corporate sponsors). A time honored tradition that has seen some great battles and led fans to do ridiculous things to each other. After a rough year last year, the Longhorns have jumped out to a 4-0 start under Mack Brown and new OC Brian Harsin of Boise fame. Once highly touted QB Garret Gilbert has been shown the pine and, this week, granted his release from his scholarship so that he can take his ball and go home. The 2 headed spring chicken of Case McCoy (yah, like that one) and David Ash, who I think should be referred to as McAshy from here on out, have led UT to wins in the last few weeks. Texas has performed well early on this year, but I just don’t think they have the horses to run with OU this year. I won’t lie, the .5 of this game scares the hell out of me. Rivalry games are typically close, but I think OU just has too much talent for the Horns this year. I’ll be at the Cotton Bowl for this one so I just hope it’s enjoyable. Now, for Don to fight everyone in the comments, his troll game is strong.
#15 Auburn @ #10 Arkansas (-10)
Arkansas is once again featured in this week’s ALL OF THE POINTS game. After a great comeback last week, the Hogs welcome the TigerEaglePlainsmen to Fayetteville. No, for real, this game is actually at Arkansas, I looked it up and everything. Both teams sit at 4-1 on the year with offenses easily over 30 PPG, Arkansas nearly at 40. While Auburn relies on stud RB Michael Dyer, the Hogs have used the pass to get most of their damage done. I just don’t think Auburn is that good. Arky should take this one walking away.
Georgia (-2) @ Tennesse
Thought about a few games for this last spot like A&M-Tech and Nebraska-OSU, but the lines seemed like they’d be unanimous. What’s the fun in that? Here’s an SEC battle featuring a coach that seemingly is on the hot seat every year versus a coach with phenomenal hair and bright orange pants. These teams are insanely even statistically. Seriously, look at this graphic from ESPN:
That’s nuts. Typically this would mean go with the home team right? WRONG. Bray is crazy good, but he’s not Isaiah Crowell. Therefore I go with JAWJA.
So there’s the five kids. Do you want to have your score link to Mortal Kombat? Care to avoid the Price is Right fail horn? There’s an incredibly tight race going on. Wouldn’t you like to join? Hit the comments below.