I’m in this crazy little pool where you get 10 college games each week and must pick the winner of each of the 10 games, against the spread. There is a pari-mutual aspect to this, which complicates things a bit. You want to be the only person who picked a certain game correctly.
I had a despicable performance last week, picking only two out of 10 correctly. Worse, one of my workmates decided he would pick exactly the opposite of my picks, resulting in a stunningly good week for him, and taunting e-mails to me all weekend.
This sort of pain deserves to be shared with the world, so here it is—J. Hawg’s Pick 10. Remember, the host of the pool gave us the lines, so these may have moved in the interim:
Vanderbilt (+15) at Georgia
All signs say the 'Dores are not really very good, and Georgia is fully recovered from the 'Bama smackdown. Many see this as the game that finally puts Vanderbilt where it belongs. Still, that’s a lot of points, and, worse, I went to Vanderbilt. The 'Dores have no hope of winning, but covering is something I can at least hope for. DOG.
Ole Miss (+13.5) at Alabama
Lessee...Ole Miss loses to Vandy, beats Florida, loses to South Carolina, takes a week off. The Tide should roll, and roll big, but this is one of those crazy Nutt Things. Ole Miss won’t win, but I have a funny feeling things will get Nutty before Ole Miss finally succumbs. DOG.
Mississippi State (+8) at Tennessee
The Vols really blow. The Bulldogs really blow. Forcing someone to watch this game should be covered in a John Yoo memo. I just think eight points is too many in a game in which only 30 may be scored total. DOG.
Arkansas (+10) at Kentucky
C’mon, the Hogs actually have a shot of winning this game, much less covering a two-score spread. Kentucky’s offense doesn’t impress. I am betting the Hogs continue to improve. That sounds like a pretty big kiss of death, but DOG.
LSU (-3) at South Carolina
It's safe to say LSU is not the team I thought they were before I saw them dismantled by a Florida squad that the Hogs played close for three quarters. But I don’t think Les Miles lets these guy stink it up two weeks in a row. FAVE.
Kansas (+19) at Oklahoma
OK, so my rooting interests go like this: Arkansas (because I live here), Vanderbilt (because I went there), and Kansas (because my parents went there). This explains why I like basketball more than football. But I have already picked rooting interests above, and, wow, I think the Sooners are going to be looking for serious blood coming off the loss to Texas. Yeah, KU is ranked 16th, but I don’t believe it. Has Kansas ever won at Norman? FAVE.
Ohio State (-3.5) at Michigan State
Let me be the first to say that I have no idea what Michigan State’s football team is like. I have a vague idea that Ohio State has a new un-Buckeye-like quarterback. My confidence for this pick is extremely low, but FAVE.
Michigan (+24) at Penn State
Penn State has been posting some really big numbers. Michigan lost to Toledo. It’s at Penn State, where they have been dying to put a whupping on Michigan for years. Despite the biggest spread in the field, FAVE.
Missouri (+6.5) at Texas
Texas is the real deal. Missouri is a pretty pretender. The spread is right on the money, but I think the Horns win by a touchdown in a fireworks-display game. FAVE.
Virginia Tech (+2.5) at Boston College
I could not have less of a clue. What conference is this? The spread says it’s very close. I take the home team. FAVE.