With three weeks remaining in the college football season, Hartley vs. the Humans will all come down to big games and tight point spreads.
With my recent resurgence, the Humans have won two straight weeks and now have a 1-point lead over Hartley. I would “Bet the Farm” that he stages a comeback, though, so this is a big week for everyone involved.
As always, the point spreads – and this week the over/under line – is courtesy of 5Dimes.
LSU (-4.5) vs. Texas A&M
Brian: As an LSU fan, this game scares the crap out of me. Will the defense, which got shredded in the second half against a good but not very explosive Alabama offense, stop Johnny Manziel? Probably not, but I’m going with blind fan optimism here and picking LSU. **Gulp**
Katie: I’ll admit that I’m pleasantly surprised that the Vegas people have LSU as the favorite in this game. I wasn’t expecting that, and it makes me dread Saturday’s cold, rainy game just a little bit less. I’m just going to hope the defense from the UF game and the offense from the UGA game come to play for LSU. I’m going with LSU to beat the spread out of blind, idiot loyalty. Also, Johnny Manziel makes me throat punchy, and I really, really want to see him lose and lose badly.
For sale: One back-stabbing dog!
LSU vs. Texas A&M Over/Under: 71 points
Brian: As I said before, I’m concerned about LSU’s suspect defense. A&M, as everyone knows, doesn’t have a good defense, so a 38-35 game is extremely likely. The only thing that could stop it is the weather, which is supposed to dump a good bit of rain on Baton Rouge come game time. Still, it rained for the LSU/Auburn game, and that game had 56 points. I’m taking the over and making this my “Bet the Farm” pick of the week.
Katie: Neither defense is good this year, with both teams only keeping the opponent under 10 once this season. I’m saying over all the way.
Missouri (-2.5) vs. Ole Miss
Brian: Ole Miss has been a pesky team this year. The Rebels have upset wins over Texas and recently against LSU, so this team knows how to beat the giants. But it’s simple for Missouri: Win and it’s in Atlanta for the SEC Championship. The Tigers need to win one of their final two games to take the SEC East, but with Missouri’s final game against Texas A&M, I think it needs to beat Ole Miss to guarantee its spot in Atlanta. I’m taking Missouri, but I’m worried about this pick.
Katie: I’m picking Ole Miss! Miracles really do happen! The introduction of Johnny Football to the SEC West came with the extra baggage of Missouri to the SEC East. I’m ready for these pretenders to go away and let the real SEC win.
Baylor (-9.5) vs. Oklahoma State
Brian: This game is most likely the last obstacle Baylor faces for an undefeated season. After Oklahoma State, the Bears play a bad TCU team and a down Texas team, so all it needs is a win against the No. 10 team in the nation to stay perfect and possibly play for a national championship. It’ll be an offensive explosion (even with Baylor’s injured offense) and I think in the end Baylor will leave Stillwater with a perfect record and having covered the spread.
Katie: Baylor scores a lot. I’m going with them.
(This looks like Hartley picked Baylor, but that’s not the case. He actually grabbed the Oklahoma State treat before I could take the picture. He then went to the Baylor photo and grabbed that treat. Notice how there is no treat on Oklahoma State and a treat on Baylor. That’s conclusive video evidence. The call on the field stands.)
Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee (-2.5)
Brian: Vanderbilt is bowl eligible and is riding a two-game winning streak heading into Neyland Stadium. Tennessee has gotten blown out in three straight games, albeit those games were against Alabama, Missouri and Auburn. The Vols can become bowl eligible with a win over the Dores and a win next week against Kentucky (likely to happen). But I can’t even name Tennessee’s starting quarterback because it changes every week, so I’m taking Vanderbilt to upset Tennessee.
Katie: I think these teams are pretty equal, and apparently so does Vegas. It makes me chuckle knowing that Vandy already is bowl eligible and Tennessee isn’t. I’m going with Tennessee for this game. They need the win more to have a chance at being bowl eligible and to prevent their coach from being fired. Also, the Vanderbilt football team has had a lot of outside distractions this week.
And to recap:
Brian LSU Over Missouri Baylor Vandy
Katie LSU Over Ole Miss Baylor Tennessee
Hartley A&M Over Ole Miss Okla. St. Vandy