SEC Picks: Against the spread, week seven
It is time, once again, to announce the Week 7 winners across the board in the SEC. Of course, some have suggested that these picks have been so unimpressive lately that I might quit. My response to that: Who do you think I am, Steve Spurrier?
Mississippi State -13.5 vs Louisiana Tech
In 2014, many people briefly thought Mississippi State was the No. 1 team in America. This makes more sense when you remember that many people in 2014 also briefly thought Matthew McConaughey was a good actor. The hype in Starkville, Miss. has died down considerably since last season, but the Bulldogs from Mississippi State are still good enough to win and cover against the other Bulldogs from Louisiana Tech.
Memphis +10.5 vs Ole Miss
Memphis coach Justin Fuente is a hot name on the job market. Rumors are swirling that South Carolina is ready to make him a big offer. How lucrative would it be? Some have said Fuente’s compensation might almost equal what Laremy Tunsil got.
Alabama -4.5 at Texas A&M
Texas A&M is famous for its 12th Man. With the way Alabama is playing at the moment, the Aggies could probably use a 13th man too. It won’t be as bad as last year’s blowout, but Alabama will win and cover and Texas A&M will be undefeated no more.
Vanderbilt +2.5 at South Carolina
Steve Spurrier’s recent South Carolina teams have been a little like Bruce Willis’ Die Hard movies. They have gotten progressively worse, but no one seems to mind because the star is so entertaining. For the Gamecocks, that star is now gone. And while South Carolina probably has a bright future without Spurrier, Saturday won’t be much fun.
LSU – 7.5 vs Florida
Beating LSU in Death Valley at night? It would be easier to win one of those giant checks from FanDuel. Florida’s task is made even tougher now with the suspension of quarterback Will Grier, who apparently is better at reading defenses than he is at reading pill bottles.
Missouri +16 at UGA
There are a few things that can be counted on in October: MLB playoffs will start, autumn leaves will fall, and UGA will turn out to be a little less impressive than the experts thought. This year has been no different. UGA probably will win on Saturday, but covering the spread seems unlikely.