Picks from God 10.15.2021
Howdy and welcome back to the infamous Picks from God. Week 6 of college football was exciting to say the least. From Bama getting upset to Texas blowing an 18-point lead, last weekend was truly glorious. The Picks went 5-4 last weekend which brings our season record to 18-15. The Money Train refuses to be derailed.
First and foremost, I’d like to preface by saying that I have bad sports takes; I am wrong often. People forget these Picks commenced because of my inability to correctly guess sports games. However, I have never been more wrong on a pick than I was on Alabama -18. There aren’t many sure things in sports; that’s the beauty of these games. However, Alabama walloping Texas A&M last weekend was practically guaranteed to happen. Remember, this was an Aggie team that had lost its 2 previous games and had just watched Mississippi State – an SEC West bottom feeder – beat them at Kyle Field. The Aggies just weren’t supposed to put up any fight against Alabama. Then, suddenly the remarkable happened. With Johnny Manziel in attendance, Aggie QB Zach Calzada summoned his inner Johnny and threw for over 280 yards and 3 touchdowns. Aggie Defensive Coordinator, Mike Elko, criticized heavily last weekend following the Aggie loss for the passivity of the defense, seemingly brought the house on every play as the Aggie defense swarmed Bama QB Bryce Young all night. It was truly a night to remember. This was the Aggie team many expected to see entering the season, a team with playoff aspirations. Likewise, the game lived up to its preseason hype. This game was supposed to be the Aggies coming out party. A chance to prove, in front of a national audience, that they could compete with the big boys in Tuscaloosa. The game truly did not disappoint.
Well, the Aggies playoff hopes are dashed thanks to two early season losses, however, the Aggies proved they could hang with the best. This was the first time in years that the Aggies have not looked physically outmatched by Alabama at every position. Win or lose, being able to compete physically is a step in the right direction. While I have written this Aggie team off each week since the season began, I now ponder whether I have prematurely done so. Now, it will be interesting to see where the Aggies go from here. Will they continue their momentum and run the tables to a 10-2 finish and a likely spot in a consecutive NY6 bowl? Or will they revert to the Aggies of two weeks prior who struggled in losses to Mississippi State and Arkansas? Only time will tell.
Now, without further ado, here are the infamous Picks from God.
Friday October 15, 2021
Clemson at Syracuse (+13.5)*
Clemson cannot score and I do not trust that offense on the road. Syracuse should keep this one close.
Saturday October 16, 2021
Michigan St. (-4.5)* at Indiana
We will continue to ride with Sparty.
UCF at Cincinnati (1H -12)
Cincinatti continues to disprove the critics and should cruise to another victory. I am wary of a potential backdoor cover, hence the first half line.
Auburn at Arkansas (-4.5)*
Arkansas narrowly finished an improbable comeback in Oxford. Auburn is horrible. Take the piggies.
Kentucky at Georgia (-23)*
This line has jumped a few points since opening last weekend, but I refuse to bet against the Bulldogs. They are the real deal and I think the Wildcats are in for a rude awakening.
Alabama (1H -10) at Mississippi State
The First National Bank of Saban refused to honor our withdrawal request last weekend, yet we return. Saban is going to have his team ready to play and should easily cover the first half spread.
Ole Miss (-2.5)* at Tennessee
Kiffin returns to Rocky Top. Get your popcorn ready. Ole Miss is just too talented offensively and will runaway with this one.
TCU at Oklahoma (-13.5)*
I will only bet this game if Caleb Williams starts for the Sooners. Like in their previous 5 games, the Oklahoma offense looked lackluster against Texas until Caleb Williams entered the game. If he plays, I think the Sooners ride the momentum to a 2-3 score victory over the Horned Frogs.
*Lines subject to change before kickoff.
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