PICKS OF THE WEEEEEEEEEEEEEK
#5 Auburn (-7.5) @ #20 Kansas State
Thursday 7:30 PM ESPN
WAR DAMN EAGLE, ROLL DAMN SNYDE.
The National Champion Runners-up make their way to Manhattan, Kansas to take on Grandpa Bill’s Cats. Grandpa Bill’s cats are wily, but Ol’ Gus got Tigers on his side. KState always plays tough and Manhattan is rare territory for Auburn but the #5 team in the land is one of the few consistent squads we’ve seen so far this season. I like the Tigers to put up 40+ and with a defensive squad that has seemingly improved over last year’s I think the Tigers can and should win by double digits. Thursday night shenanigans are not a new phenomenon but I’m not about to chalk up a pick to shenanigans.
GIVE ME AUBURN AND TAKE YOUR 7.5
The 12:00 slate (outside of the Hokies) is miserable. Pittsburgh – Iowa might be the highlight? Which might not classify as a football game and could possibly devolve the sport to an irreparable state.
So let’s just skip to 3:30 because, well, because these are my picks and that’s what I want to do.
#3 Alabama (-14.5) vs Florida
Saturday 3:30 PM CBS
PUNCHO takes on the Tide. The Gators needed 3 OTs to beat Kentucky while Bama hasn’t played anyone since that close opener against WVU. The Tide are at home and I’m not buying anything about this Florida team off their 4-8 debacle of a 2013 season. The Gators best hope here is that the game gets cancelled a la Idaho week 1. Sure, Bama has some question marks but Florida is a walking question mark and Muschamp will likely Muschamp this game hard. I see this game around a 31-13 , 34-16 game.
Roll Tide, y’all.
Virginia (+14.5) @ #21 BYU
Saturday 3:30 PM ESPN
Last year, the Cougs came to Charlottesville and left with a shocking loss. I was all over BYU to win last year and now I’m all over them to win again this year. BYU’s coach is named Bronco Mendenhall. That’s all you need to know in this situation. I am hesitant about UVa’s defense which has been stellar thus far this year. Which is why, I will unfortunately take the points and take UVa to cover. I could see this game being around a 27-17 game with UVa possibly sneaking in a late score to cover the spread.
So it hurts to say, but while I like BYU to win, give me those points.
UNC (+3) @ ECU
Saturday 3:30 PM ESPNU
I want to take ECU and I want ECU to win, but coming off of an emotional win last week against some team from Virginia, I’m worried about this team. They beat UNC last year and UNC has not looked good and they are at home. Ah, fuck it. I’ve talked myself into ECU.
Take those points ya dirty Tar Heels, it’s about time ECU helped us out.
#4 Oklahoma (-8) @ WVU
Saturday 7:30 PM FOX
The Mountaineers won last week in dramatic fashion against B1G power, Maryland. Meanwhile, Oklahoma won handily over a young Tennessee team. The 8 point spread has me a bit hesitant and Morgantown is always an interesting place for a visiting team. The Mountaineer offense has been explosive this season while Oklahoma has been solid this year against admittedly weaker competition. I do like Oklahoma a lot and I think they will manage to win this game. But, I think I’m gonna go Mountaineers with the points. Give me those points.
#22 Clemson (+14.5) @ Florida State
Well, you’ve likely heard that Jameis Winston will be out for the first half due to reasons we shall not discuss on this WHOLESOME, FAMILY WEBSITE. That said, Clemson got embarrassed last year at home and now have the task of travelling to Tallahassee to face the defending champs. Florida is still incredible and still MUCH, much better than Clemson. Not having Jameis the first half is going to have an obvious effect on this game and has already affected the spread. Clemson has played well this year but also got beat pretty good by a Georgia team that is not as good as this Seminole squad. People may be tempted to take the points and take Clemson but I’m sticking with the Seminoles.
Florida State (-14.5)
Now, the game we all care about.
Georgia Tech (+8) @ Virginia Tech
Saturday 12:00 PM ESPN
The ol’ cut blockin boys from down south are makin their triple optiony trip to Blacksburg this weekend in the always important ACC opener. We all saw the game last week and there is a litany of reasons to not feel great about this Hokies squad going up against the Yellow Jackets. The biggest question marks for the Hokies this week are all the injuries suffered thus far. The D-Line is the unit to watch out for: Corey Marshall should be ready to go but Luther Maddy is still a question. Dadi Nicholas will be a big key to this game and must be explosive and impactful while playing disciplined. If you over pursue against this offense, you could be in for trouble. Tackling on the edges and remaining stout in the middle is a good way to limit Coach Paul Johnson’s team and I know Bud will be up for the challenge. I look for the offense to improve this week by running the ball more effectively and limiting the drops we saw last week. I think in front of a hungry home crowd and with a pissed off team coming off a bad loss last weekend the team will be raring to go. If the Hokies can get out to a first half lead then they will be in a good position to really control the game. If they allow Georgia Tech to hang around then this could be a hard game to watch.
I’ve basically illustrated how we could win by 17 or lose by 3. It’s hard to tell what we’re gonna get out of our boys in Maroon and Orange but, ya know what? I’m bettin on our boys to go out and punch Georgia Tech in the mouth. I could be wrong but I’m gonna show some faith in our squad.
Virginia Tech 24-16
Yep. A fuckin’ push.
Because why the hell not.
So there it is, Week 4 picks in the book. This is my first week of picks and it is coming AFTER the Auburn game started. Why? Because I ain’t no damn professional. I will be headin’ down to Blacksburg tomorrow right after work and I hope to see all of y’all fillin’ up Lane.
Edit: Monday results: (3-4) as if my weekend didn’t already suck enough