Picks from God 9.2.2021

Howdy and welcome back to another edition of the infamous Picks from God. After a long summer, college football season is finally upon us. There are plenty of questions as we kickoff the new season. Are the Fightin’ Texas Aggies primed for a big year? Are the Texas Longhorns finally back? And will a non-Power Five team sneak into the College Football Playoff? As an astute college football fan, I confidently answer the second question in the negative. Additionally, as an avid fan, one would imagine that I would be glued to my television as we embark on Week One of this journey. Unfortunately, my lovely friend who is a girl scheduled a party Saturday night for her newly engaged friend. While some find it to a kind gesture, I find it downright selfish. Rather than watching the Ags or even the top five Georgia-Clemson showdown, I will be sitting in cocktail attire, sipping on an overpriced spotted cow, and mindlessly chatting with people who care as little about me as I do them. Are these grounds for terminating the relationship? Let me know in the comments. But without further ado, here are the infamous Picks from God.

Thursday September 2

1H Ohio State (-7)* at Minnesota

THE Ohio State Buckeyes take the field against the Minnesota Golden Gophers Thursday night and the Bucks will have to replace several stars from last year’s team, a group that finished 2nd in the country. Nevertheless, the Buckeyes look poised to begin the season 1-0. New QB C.J. Stroud will have an experienced group of receivers, led by star WR Chris Olave, to throw to. Look for the Buckeyes to easily cover the 1st half spread.

Saturday September 4

Alabama (-19.5)* at Miami

The First National Bank of Saban is reopen for business. This isn’t as much of a referendum on Alabama as it is on my distrust of Miami. Alabama lost practically everyone from last year’s national championship team. Regardless, until Miami can prove their worth in a big game, I will continue to fade them. Miami QB D’eriq King is coming off a bad injury and Alabama is just the more talented football team. Am I nervous that Bama is starting an entire new team? Yes. But these 5-star gems and the brilliance of Nick Saban will be no match for the U. Take the Tide with confidence.

Kent State at Texas A&M (1H -15 and Game -28.5)*

The Aggies open their season against the Harvard of the Midwest: Kent Read, Kent Write, Kent State. There is plenty of excitement brewing in College Station and rightfully so. The Ags are starting a redshirt freshman and we all know how that turned out the last time that happened back in 2012. Although the Ags have a new single-caller in Haynes King, he will have a bevy of weapons at his disposal. Take the Maroon and White in both the 1st half and the game.

Georgia (+3)* at Clemson

I’ll preface by saying that I am not confident in this pick. However, I am a man of the people, and the people want picks for the “big” games. Well, there isn’t a bigger game this week as these two national title contenders collide in what could very well be the biggest game of the season. Clemson will be without QB Trevor Lawrence and RB Travis Etienne for the first time in three years. The Tigers replace Lawrence with QB D.J. Uiagalelei who rose to prominence last fall in the road loss to Notre Dame. However, Etienne’s departure arguably hurts the Tigers more as it is unclear who will line up next to Uiagalelei at running back. The Tigers do return nine of eleven starters on defense. Nevertheless, I like Georgia’s experience just a tad bit more. The Bulldogs are loaded at running back and they were exponentially better last year with QB J.T. Daniels under center. The only concern is Georgia’s secondary who could potentially get torched by Uiagalelei’s big arm. Stay away from this game if possible.

*Lines subject to change before kickoff.

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