No, I’m not going to write a witty intro about the government shutdown because everyone is tired of hearing about politicians who won’t do their job. I will say, though, that if the federal government would just put its money into betting with the dog, America would have enough cash to pay off the federal deficit and buy healthcare for the world. Just something to consider, D.C.
Now, on to this week’s picks, where there aren’t as many intriguing games as last week, but enough to get you excited. As always, the spread is courtesy of 5Dimes.
LSU (-9.5) at Miss St
Brian: The weather is going to be really nasty on Saturday night in Mississippi as the first real tropical storm of the season makes its way to land. The rain will make it difficult to throw the ball — giving an edge maybe to Mississippi State — but it also rained during the LSU/Auburn game, and the LSU offense was fine. I’ll pick LSU to cover.
Katie: I’m picking LSU. I think I’ve already made that clear. Moving on…
Ohio St (-7) at Northwestern
Brian: I applied to Northwestern twice for college, once as an undergraduate and once for graduate school. I was rejected both times; well, I was put on the waiting list for undergraduate, which I turned down, so maybe that’s a push. Either way, Northwestern doesn’t want me, but I have a battered wife syndrome with the Wildcats; I keep going back and pulling for them. I’ll pull for them this time, too, and say Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern beat the spread.
Katie: I think a ranked Northwestern team is to the B1G what a ranked Ole Miss team is to the SEC. It’s adorable to see their fans get all excited and start allowing themselves to believe that this might actually be their year, but eventually those dreams of greatness are crushed when the teams play with the Big Boys. Ohio State is one of the Big Boys. Like Ole Miss did last week, I expect Northwestern to come back down to reality after getting crushed on Saturday by Ohio State.
Oregon (-38.5) at Colorado
Brian: Last week I thought there was no way Oklahoma State wouldn’t cover the spread against West Virginia, and I was dead wrong. This week, I say there’s no way Oregon doesn’t cover the spread — even if that means the Ducks need a 39-point win — and it’s my “Bet the Farm” pick of the week. Sorry, Kristen and any Duck fans reading this.
Katie: Oregon is good. I know nothing about Colorado, but historically they’re not good. That being said, 38.5 points is a big spread. Once Oregon gets a healthy lead, they’ll probably pull an LSU v Kent State move and put in the second (or third) string. So I’m picking Colorado to lose badly but still beat the spread.
Ole Miss (-3) at Auburn
Brian: Ole Miss has yet to score a touchdown in the state of Alabama this year after the Rebels fell 26-0 last week against Alabama. Ole Miss won’t be shut out again this week, and I think Hugh Freeze will get his team to forget about last week and defeat Auburn at Jordan Hare.
Katie: Ole Miss got its heart (and probably other body parts) broken in last week’s loss to Alabama. I’m expecting them to play poorly and Auburn to be motivated to play well at home. I’m going with Auburn to beat a sad Ole Miss team. At least their fans will have the “Book of Manning” to remind them of when they were semi-relevant.
Georgia (-10.5) at Tennessee
Brian: Speaking of trying to forget about last week… I’m expecting a big downer from Georgia after winning the national title, er, a game against LSU last week as the Bulldogs go to Neyland. Still, Tennessee is garbage and the Vols will get crushed by at least three touchdowns.
Katie: This one is giving me trouble. On one hand, Tennessee couldn’t even beat South Alabama last week by 10 points. On the other, I expect the LSU effect will be in full force on Saturday and will cause Georgia to be a little banged up and a lot uninspired by this unimpressive Tennessee team. I’m going to pick UT to lose but beat the spread.
And to recap…
Brian LSU Northwestern Oregon Ole Miss Georgia
Katie LSU Ohio State Colorado Auburn Tennessee
Hartley LSU Ohio State Oregon Ole Miss Tennessee