What’s up and welcome back to yet another week of the most amazing sport in the world.
And what’s so great about this week? I’ll tell you what’s so great, we are in the THICK of things. Not only have we had the first true cold games of the year, but we also are getting closer and closer to solving the puzzle that is the college football playoff picture.
And with that, let’s take a look at what we found out:
- LSU’s Saban curse is over (for now),
- Minnesota rows the damn boat,
- Baylor is still undefeated for now,
- The Big 12 is a shit show, and
- Clemson still hasn’t played anybody
4 Georgia at 12 Auburn at 3:30 on CBS
LINE: GEORGIA -3 – O/U: 43
The Dawgs barks their way across the state line and into a truly haunted stadium of Jordan-Hare as they prepare for a match up of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.
Why is their stadium haunted? Honestly? Do I even have to answer that? Okay, fine. Heard of the kick six? What about the prayer at Jordan-Hare? It always seems something insane and over the top happens at this stadium that ends up giving Auburn the win.
The good news for Georgia this time around? Big Nix Energy has been flowing well, BUT it still seems a little premature to crown him anything special as he is having some trouble getting the offense rolling (though he’s been good at home). Given Georgia’s massive defense and their ability to look like world beaters this year on their way to three shutouts (the first time it has been done by Georgia since 1981), this is great news for them.
The bad news for Georgia? Auburn’s defense might also be one of the best, if not the best, defenses in the SEC. Their front seven led by Derrick “Should’ve been a Dawg” Brown has been unbelievable, and they continue to stifle offense after offense, making it look like they’re playing against high schoolers. Coley called a great game against the Gators a couple weeks back, but he needs to call an even better game today if he wants to get out of the state of Alabama victorious.
This all bodes well for the kind of knock down, drag out, hard hitting football SEC fans live for. And it’s a recipe for a great under that I just can’t pass up.
FINAL BET: UNDER 43
8 Minnesota at 20 Iowa at 4:00 on FOX
LINE: Iowa -3 – O/U: 45
The gophers roll into God’s Country hot off of a huge win over Penn State last week, and if we learned anything about PJ Fleck over these past couple of years it’s that he will always have his team ready to row the damn boat.
This line is actually the most puzzling one I’ve seen today as everything inside of me thinks the gophers will win this game by a touchdown, but maybe Vegas sees this as a chance for a let down game?
To break it down further than my gut instincts, I would also add that Minnesota’s offense is ELECTRIC and nobody game plans like Fleck, meanwhile, Iowa doesn’t have a competent quarterback.
You do the math, not good for the Hawkeyes. Go with the Gophers.
FINAL BET: MINNESOTA +3
Oklahoma at Baylor at 7:30 on ABC
LINE: Oklahoma -10.5 – O/U: 69
The Sooners are headed to play the best team in Texas and a team that doesn’t simultaneously complain about throwing the horns down, HUH?!
Yeah that’s right, Matt Rhule has these Baylor Bears back to levels that were only thought possible before their scandal. Oklahoma in the other hand? Sputtering. Hard.
But you know what is great for Oklahoma? This Baylor team has not given anybody a reason as to why they should have any faith in them. A triple OT win over TCU and multiple close games to teams that were mediocre at best.
This feeling of Baylor playing like an okay at best team will continue today and the Sooners will roll behind a great game of Jalen Hurts (I seriously don’t think anybody on Baylor’s defense can tackle him).
The skill gap is just too much. Hammer those Sooners.
FINAL BET: OKLAHOMA -10.5
There you have it folks, another amazing and jam packed weekend to look forward to. For those of you angry I didn’t pick the Notre Dame game, I’ll say that personally I’d go with the Irish -7, but I don’t feel totally comfortable risking my stellar reputation on it.
As always, best of luck to your teams and your wallets, and Go Dawgs.