Jake Gordon’s Locks
I publicly stated that I didn’t like the board last week, and for a good reason. Tulane blew it about as badly as you can to put me at 0-3 for the week. Not crazy about the board this weekend either, but I need to get back in the win column.
Miami (-11) v Florida State
I faded Miami last week and paid for it. Florida State is not a good football team, and the Canes will be fired up for a big rivalry game (hopefully).
BYU (-6.5 First Half) v Troy
BYU looked pretty good against Navy in their Week 1 matchup, winning by 49. Troy is a good football team, but I think the Coogs can handle them.
Auburn Kentucky (u28.5 First Half)
I’m scared to death of all these SEC matchups, to be quite honest. I have no idea how any of these teams will look. What I do know is Kentucky lost a boatload of players this offseason, and Auburn could come out flat in the first half of Week 1 in the plains. Take this one at your own risk.
Season Record (2-4)
Chase Irle’s Locks
WHEW! These two weeks have been rough. I should have negotiated with Jake not to start until this week when the real season begins, but we got a little too excited, and Vegas reaped the rewards. I’m now 0-6 on the year, and while most of these games against smaller schools have been shots in the dark, it’s still pretty amazing to start off this cold. However, the good stuff starts this week, and I can’t wait.
Missouri (+28) vs. Alabama
Gun to my head: Alabama is the best team in the SEC this year. I’m all in on Mac Jones, but this is an experienced Missouri defense that didn’t give up 30 points in an SEC game last season. It won’t be a packed house like it typically would be against Alabama, but they are still at home and should be hyped to open up against the Crimson Tide. Alabama wins easy, but I think the Tigers can keep it within four touchdowns.
Tennessee (-3.5) at South Carolina
I’m a big believer in Jeremy Pruitt, and Tennessee ended on a high note last season, winning their last six games, including a bowl victory over a solid Indiana team. I’m not nearly as high on Will Muschamp. This line is mysteriously low, which is usually a cause for concern, but I like the Vols to cover easily.
Georgia (-27.5) at. Arkansas
In the public eye, Georgia makes it seem like they don’t know who will play quarterback on Saturday, but behind closed doors, they’ve probably known for a while. Frankly, I don’t think it matters. With no warm-up game and a first-year head coach, the Bulldogs should roll through Arkansas behind their offensive line and running game.
Florida (-13.5) at Ole Miss
I’m throwing in an extra one this week for fun. I like Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss in the long-term, but the Rebels are at a significant disadvantage talent-wise against Florida. Add in the fact that this is the first game under a new head coach, and I like the Gators to take care of business handily.
Season Record (0-6)