So much is going wrong for me with these against the spread picks this season that I’ve become the underdog in the family. Yes, I’m more of an underdog with my picks than the acutal damn dog.
With that in mind, it’s time for me to embrace that role and go with the dogs this week. It’s a bold move, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off.
Brian: There is a lot of negativity surrounding the LSU football team these days after a disappointing last-second loss to Ole Miss last week. The Tigers carry some of that upset-loss hangover into this week against Furman and get off to a slow start. While big second and third quarters will put the game out of reach, expect Les Miles to pull some starters for rest as LSU travels to Tuscaloosa in two weeks for the annual epic battle. LSU wins big but Furman beats the spread. “Bet the Farm” on this one.
Katie: Just call me NegaKatie. I’m going with Furman. No way LSU scores nearly 50 more points than the other team, at least not until we prove we can stop a team when it’s 3rd and 15 and the game is on the line. No, I’m not bitter at all. Not one bit.
Wow, Hartley is the only one to pick LSU. These are dark days, indeed.
Brian: Speaking of Alabama… I am torn with this game. Tennessee won last week against South Carolina (its first win against a ranked team in years), so will the Vols carry the momentum into Tuscaloosa and hand with the Tide, or will the win result in an already content Tennessee team to fold. I’m going with the former, and I expect Alabama to be looking ahead to its Nov. 9 showdown with LSU. Alabama wins easily, but the Vols cover.
Katie: Bama. It’s at home, and UT can’t even sell out its allotment of tickets. Which is annoying, considering this game is pretty much holding the schedule hostage for the rest of the SEC. Ugh. If the fans aren’t hyped for this game, how can the team be?
Brian: 22.5 points is a lot against a team that was ranked in the top 10 just one week ago. UCLA lost to Stanford, but the Bruins hung with Cardinal for three of the four quarters. And Oregon did struggle in the first half last week against Washington State. Still, I am on the Marcus Mariota bandwagon (which means he’ll probably break both of his legs this week. Sorry, Kristen) and I’m going with Oregon. Quack Quack.
Katie: UCLA. I don’t think they’re going to win this one, but they’re good and are going to keep it close.
Brian: Penn State brought respect back to a disheveled football program two weeks ago with a triple overtime win against Michigan. Now, the Nittany Lions face the Big 10’s other darling team in the Buckeyes. I know Ohio State is good, but I still don’t trust them. Penn State will beat the spread, and I give the Nittany Lions a good chance of back-to-back upsets.
Katie: Ohio State. If for no other reason than I need to pick a team to cheer for to beat Bama in the national championship game.
Brian: “Big Game” Bob Stoops still has the sting of the embarrassing pounding against Texas two weeks ago, while Texas Tech’s head coach
Ryan Gosling Kliff Kinsbury has Red Raider nation and female football fans across the nation excited. Looks aside, Stoops will fold again and will be swept by the state of Texas in 2013.
Katie: Oklahoma. The Texas Tech coach is only 5 years older than I am. I’m going with the team that’s coached by a grownup, even if it is Bob Stoops.
Brian Furman Tennessee Oregon Penn State Texas Tech
Katie Furman Alabama UCLA Ohio State Oklahoma
Hartley LSU Alabama UCLA Penn State Texas Tech