Week 7 gambling picks

By Dillon Durst

It’s been a forgettable gambling season so far to say the least. I’m 21-28-1 through six weeks after last week’s 6-8 performance. Hell, last week I even took the under on the OU-Texas game simply because I’ve been in a rut and all logic told me to take the over. Desperate times calls for desperate measures, I suppose. But I’ll be damned if I let it get to me. Let’s see if we can right the ship here this weekend. I’m feeling optimistic.

Alabama vs. Tennessee, the over 57

I want to take Alabama -13.5, but playing in Knoxville against a Tennessee team that’s roared back in the second half of its last three games after facing first-half deficits makes the over a safer bet.

The Tide have scored more than 34 points in all six games this season, while the Vols have done the same the last three (both teams score 29 and the over hits). I think Alabama’s rushing attack – which is averaging 237 ypg – of Damien Harris, Joshua Jacobs and QB Jalen Hurts will have a big day against Tennessee’s 86th-ranked rush defense (183 ypg). The Vols allowed Texas A&M to rush for a whopping 353 yards last week despite outgaining the Aggies offensively, 684-592. Tennessee’s also banged up defensively. According to SEC Country, nine Vols starters are injured heading into this weekend’s showdown. To what extent, I’m not sure. But this is the Vols’ 7th consecutive game without a bye week to get healthy, so it’s not far fetched.

Both teams have a lot of offensive firepower heading into Saturday’s rivalry game. I expect the game to start slow, followed by a slew of second-half points.

Wisconsin +11 vs. Ohio State

The Buckeyes are by far the more complete team. But, the Badgers will surely have home field advantage in primetime at Camp Randall Stadium, one of college football’s toughest venues to play.

Wisconsin owns the nation’s 4th-ranked scoring defense (12.2 ppg), the 6th-ranked rushing defense (90.4 ypg) and 11th-ranked total defense (291.4 ypg). The Badgers are elite defensively, but not very good offensively (I want to say terrible, but that might be a bit of a stretch). They rank No. 106 in total offense (360.2 ypg) and No. 87 in scoring offense, averaging 26 ppg.

After struggling mightily offensively last season, Ohio State has the nation’s No. 3-ranked scoring offense (53.2 ppg) and rushing attack (323.6 ypg), and the 5th-ranked total offense (537.6 ypg). The Buckeyes also do a good job of protecting the ball. They’ve only surrendered 5 turnovers through 5 games, which is tied for 10th nationally. Ohio State ranks 4th in turnover margin (+8), having gained 13 turnovers to the 5 it’s surrendered.

Wisconsin’s had two weeks to prepare for the Buckeyes, and the advantage of playing at home can’t be understated. Just two weeks ago, the Badgers held Michigan, the nation’s No. 4 scoring offense, to just 14 points at Camp Randall. But, they didn’t have to account for a mobile QB, let alone Heisman-contending QB JT Barrett, who’s rushed for 347 yards and 3 TDs so far this season, including 137 yards last week against Indiana.

I’ve been back and forth between Wisconsin +10, the under, Ohio State -10 and back to Wisco +10. The Badgers didn’t have the offensive firepower to score more than 7 against Michigan, and I don’t see that happening Saturday night against this Ohio State defense. I expect Wisconsin to play keep-away, eat up the clock and take the air out of the ball. Buckeyes win, but Wisco keeps it within 10.

Notre Dame -3 vs. Stanford

After rushing for 436 of his 520 yards through Stanford’s first three games against Kansas State, USC and UCLA, Christian McCaffrey’s production dropped to 49 yards on 12 carries in a blowout loss to Washington in Week 5, followed by 35 yards on 8 carries in a 42-16 loss to Washington State last week at home. According to ESPN, McCaffrey is questionable for Saturday’s game in South Bend against the Irish, who’re reeling after a 2-4 start.

That’s reason enough to take Notre Dame -3 here. It only took until the fourth game of the season for defenses to start keying on McCaffrey, exposing Stanford’s glaring weakness at QB and its subpar offensive line. The Irish have been bad defensively this year (No, 78 total defense, No. 76 total defense), but Stanford has been even worse offensively, ranking 122nd in total offense (307 ypg) and 118th in scoring offense (19.4 ppg).

At this point, Notre Dame is fighting to salvage its season and a bowl berth. The Irish still have a projected 1st round NFL QB in DeShone Kizer (1,621 yards, 14 TDs vs. 5 INT), who’s also a mobile threat (202 yards, 6 TDs).

Also, the forecast for South Bend, IN, Saturday is 73 degrees and partly cloudy.


Southern Mississippi +24.5 at LSU

— After beating Missouri, 42-7, two weeks ago, LSU is a 24.5-point favorite at home against 4-2 Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles rank No. 16 nationally in passing offense (318.7 ypg) and tied for 21st in scoring offense (40.2 ppg). While the Tigers played much better offensively against Missouri, 24 1/2 points, to me, is a bit of a stretch against a good offensive football team.

Kansas State +13.5 at Oklahoma

— Bill Snyder’s Kansas State teams rarely lose by double digits and are always among the nation’s most fundamentally-sound teams every year. The 4-2 Wildcats rank 8th in turnover margin (+6) and have only lost 4 turnovers through five games. In their two losses this season, they lost by 13 at Stanford in Week 1 and by 1 to West Virginia in Morgantown in Week 5.

Riverboat Dassey’s Week 7 picks

By Dang Ol’ Dassey

Week 6 record: 3-4-1
2016 record: 12-16-2

West Virginia (pick em’) over Texas Tech

This here is a game that as a Mountaineer fan I should be very, very wary of. This is a game that they would normally get blown out in every other year, but there is something different about these Mountaineers. Two games this season (BYU and K-State) were close games in the 4th quarter that I’ve come to expect WVU to lose, but something about this team didn’t allow that to happen. Skyler Howard hasn’t been great so far this year, but he’s managed games enough to win them thus far, and with how absolutely hot flaming garbage the Tech defense is, I expect him to put up Cactus Bowl-type numbers. Mahomes has been phenomenal for Tech and still leads the nation in passing yards even with missing a start, but he turns the ball over enough to hurt his team at the end of games. Look for the Eers to win a shootout, albeit a close one, before a massive matchup next week.

Alabama -13.5 at Tennessee

I’ll keep this one short and sweet: Alabama is scary good. Tennessee is lucky to be ranked right now and is flat out not very good. I look for Nick Saban to run the score up in this one heavily. Not because he needs to, but because he wants to.

Michigan State -6.5 (BUY HALF POINT) vs. Northwestern

Look for a big bounce-back game here from the Spartans after a very confusing loss last week against BYU and the Mormons. This Spartan team is one that was supposed to challenge for a Big 10 title, and they still can but one more down performances like what we saw last week and they will be shot. Nothing at all to report on the NW front, other than that Michael Wilbon went there.

Arkansas +7.5 vs. Ole Miss

Arkansas actually held their own for a while against an excellent Alabama team and this is way too large of a dog for a team at home. The past few years Chad Kelly and Ole Miss have had serious trouble against big, physical teams like the Razorbacks. More than a touchdown dog at home is too much for Arkansas. I can see them using their running attack to control the clock and not letting it get past a one-possession game.


Ohio State -11 at Wisconsin

As I mentioned earlier, this is the time of year when dominant teams start to separate themselves from good teams, and true playoff contenders step out. For my money, Ohio State is the best team in the nation right now, and their defense has quietly been the most dominant unit in college football. Couple that with a Heisman-caliber QB and an embarrassment of weapons on offense and you have a very scary team. Wisconsin is no slouch, but I feel that they have been pretty fortunate to get to where they are at right now. The Badgers’ offense is also, in my opinion, not equipped to score nearly enough points required to take down the Buckeyes. Yes, I know all about Camp Randall and I’m sure the atmosphere will be electric, but Urban Meyer’s team certainly didn’t have a hard time with that earlier this year at Oklahoma. Look for the Buckeyes to roll and send a message back to Michigan.


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Kinda-Too-Early Heisman Watch List

  1. Lamar Jackson
  2. J.T. Barrett
  3. Jabril Peppers
  4. Deshaun Watson
  5. Jake Browning
  6. Deshaun Watson
  7. Donel Pumphrey

Lines provided by Bovada 10-14-16 @ 8 pm

Week 6 gambling picks

By Dillon Durst

Washington -9.5 at Oregon

— Despite the game being played at Oregon, I don’t think the Ducks will have much of a home field advantage. Oregon’s fans have been spoiled the past decade, and three losses this early in the season isn’t much to rally around. As we saw last week, Washington is for real. The Huskies thumped then-No. 7 Stanford, 44-6. Washington also has the nation’s 15th-ranked total defense (299.2 ypg) and the No. 6 scoring offense (45.4 ppg).

Arkansas +14 vs. Alabama

— This is a pretty large spread for the 16th-ranked Hogs playing at home. Last year, Alabama beat Arkansas, 27-14 in Tuscaloosa, but struggled to a 14-13 win over the Razorbacks in Fayetteville in 2014. The Hogs might not win, but they’ve been so close the past couple of years. I like them to cover, at least.

Michigan -30 at Rutgers

— Rutgers has the nation’s No. 96 scoring defense (32.4 ppg), while Michigan ranks No. 9 in scoring offense (44.4 ppg). The Wolverines are also stingy on defense once again, ranking No. 5 in total defense (247.6 ypg). Rutgers lost to Ohio State last weekend, 58-0, in Columbus. While the game’s in Jersey, I think the Wolverines roll to an easy win and cover with ease.

Texas A&M -7 vs. Tennessee

— It’s been a longtime coming, but Tennessee finally loses this week, putting an end to the hype train. The Volunteers needed a miracle to escape a middle-of-the-road Georgia team last weekend. The Aggies have a HUGE home field advantage in this one, possibly their biggest asset. Gameday comes to town and the 12th man will be rocking. A&M has stepped up its defensive play this year, too, ranking 12th nationally in scoring defense (15.4 ppg).

Clemson at Boston College, the under 43

— BC has the nation’s top-ranked defense (202 ypg), while Clemson checks in at No. 12 (288.4). The Eagles are dreadful offensively, though, and it might take the Tigers a while to get going. AND, it’s Red Bandana Night, which honors 9/11 victim and BC grad Welles Crowther, who helped guide numerous people to safety after the planes struck the World Trade Center.

Texas vs. Oklahoma, the under 73

— I’m taking the under here because logic tells me to take the over. Take that for what it’s worth.


Auburn at Mississippi State, the under 54.5

Maryland -1.5 at Penn State

Notre Dame +2.5 at NC State

Pittsburgh -6 vs. Georgia Tech

Akron -7.5 vs. Miami (OH)

Colorado +4.5 at USC

Utah -10 vs. Arizona

Indiana +28.5 at Ohio State

Riverboat Dassey’s Week 6 picks

By Dang Ol’ Dassey

*Disclaimer: I avoided picking any games that might be affected by Hurricane Matthew this week as I do not know if they will be played or not dang ole, yo*

Texas A&M -6.5 (BUY HALF POINT) vs. Tennessee

— One of the few SEC games this weekend without Hurricane Matthew hanging over its head, also happens to be the best on the slate. If you have been following me this year you probably already know that I HATE Tennessee and I think they are trash. No real reason behind it other than that I think they suck and keep getting lucky on a weekly basis. All this talk about being “Back to ’98” is getting older than jokes about Josh Dobbs’ eyebrows (not really though). They are not good and need to lose, now. Thankfully they go into College Station where Kevin Sumlin is still somehow coaching for his job and looking for a big “Post-Manziel” win. A&M will get that win come Saturday in what I expect to be a completely out of control 12th man environment. The Aggies defense is crazy fast and strong and will look to knock the eyebrows off of Dobbs, I’m looking at you, Myles Garrett. Trevor Knight is also pretty, pretty good (and has eyebrows).

Florida State (ML) over Miami 

— To say the Seminoles backs are against the wall in this game would be an understatement. After an ass whooping at Louisville and a strange loss to UNC, Jimbo’s squad is in danger of falling to .500. Miami has been good up to this point but is still untested, with their best win coming against a decent Georgia Tech team. Much like Tennessee, I don’t think Mark Richt’s team is “back” just yet, still a year or two off. I look for the Seminoles, in a massive rivalry game, to come out pissed off and physically dominate Miami here and jump back into the Top 20.

Cincinnati -3 at Connecticut

— Only watched these teams play twice this year and both games were against Houston. Cinci was actually able to play some foosball and put some points on the board. UConn on the other hand looked like a JV squad that was completely overmatched but was able to sneak in some garbage time TDs to hit the over😉. Look for Cinci to dominate in this one.

North Carolina -3 vs. Virginia Tech 

— Relatively unknown to this point, UNC QB Mitch Trubisky has been putting up ridiculous numbers all year and is finally starting to get the recognition he deserves. Coming into this game with an absurd 74% completion rate and 0 INTS he has UNC in a position to again jump into the Playoff race late this year. VT hasn’t been bad this year either, and their passing defense has been among the best in the nation, but I don’t see them being able to score enough to keep up with the Tar Heels.


Washington -9 at Oregon

— Last week’s demolition of Stanford was one of the most impressive wins I have seen so far this year. The Huskies executed in every single facet of the game on an incredibly high level, although that should be expected from a Chris Petersen team at this point. Oregon has been a tricky team to figure out this year. Yes they are talented and yes they can score but it hasn’t all come together for whatever reason. Washington looks determined to break the Stanford/Oregon hierarchy that has dominated the Pac-12 for the better part of this decade and with one already behind them they can really set themselves up for a playoff push with another huge win in Autzen. Look for this game to be close going into the 4th quarter before Browning and the dominant Huskies O-line wear down the Ducks and break the game open.

**Quick Picks**

Oklahoma -11 vs. Texas

Colorado +5 at USC

Washington State at Stanford, the over 58


— This bet will now be done on Twitter at some point on Saturday, preferably once I have indulged in some beverages. Check @Lord_Neill.

Kinda-too-early Heisman Watch List:

  1. Lamar Jackson
  2. Greg Ward Jr.
  3. J.T. Barrett
  4. Donel Pumphrey
  5. Jabril Peppers
  6. Deshaun Watson
  7. Mitch Trubisky

*Lines provided by Bovada 10-5-16 @ 11:30 p.m.

The Butcher’s Week 4 picks

Ole Miss -7 vs. Georgia

— I like Ole Miss to easily cover the 7-point difference in this one. Chad Kelly is probably the best pure QB talent in the SEC and UGA has struggled mightily to win its last 2 games. They’re lucky to be in the position they are at 3-0, only winning those games by a combined 10 points. I think the Rebs bounce back after a tough, come-from-behind loss to Bama and make a statement and turn their season around.

Michigan -18.5 vs. Penn State

— Michigan is far and away the most talented team in this matchup. Plus, this game is the Big House. I really think Penn State is just over matched in this one. They may keep it close early, but UM will pull away and win by 3 TDs or more.


Florida +7 at Tennessee

— I mean really you’re gonna spot me 7 points in a contest that one team has not won a game in in over a decade? This is a no brainier for me. Florida may have the most talented and explosive defense in the country. They fly to the ball and deliver punishment to ball carriers. I think they give Josh Dobbs fits and cruise to a victory.

Stanford -3.5 vs. UCLA

— Stanford is the definition of steady. They just keep winning and controlling every aspect of the game as they do it. UCLA is a talented team but they are very inconsistent, especially against top competition. Stanford should control the clock and chew out another victory.

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, the over 49

— Both of these teams score points. I really think it’s as simple as that. One team may cover the the 49 themselves. Probably gonna be A&M if you ask me. Just 49 points? Really?

LSU at Auburn, the under 44

— Both these teams only scored over 30 once against non-Power 5 teams. If you look at the games against upper-level competition, the highest point total from either team is LSU at 23 against Mississippi St. I see this game finishing at about 20-17.

Week 4 gambling picks

By Dillon Durst


Utah -3 vs. USC

— Lock it up. Utah isn’t nearly as talented as last year’s team, but the Utes are very well-coached, and they get USC, who’s looking like a complete dumpster fire this year, at home on Friday night. What’s more, the Trojans will be starting a redshirt freshman at quarterback, the first start of his career, nonetheless. Utah wins by AT LEAST a score easily.

Michigan State -4.5 vs. Wisconsin

— While the Badgers are the 11th-ranked team in the nation, they certainly didn’t look the part in last week’s 23-17 win over Georgia State. After Wisconsin’s Week 1 win over LSU, it appeared as if quarterback Bart Houston had solidified himself as the Badgers’ starter under center. Now, Wisconsin’s repping two quarterbacks prior to this weekend’s game – which is in East Lansing – and we’ve all seen how the two-quarterback system has worked for teams other than Texas this year. They’ll need a big day from running back Corey Clement (197 yards, 3 TDs), but you know the Spartans will be keying on him – similar to how they attacked Zeke Elliott last year at Ohio State. Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio seems to always have his team ready to play, and I look for the Spartans to easily cover at home.

Georgia at Ole Miss, the over 62

— So far this season, Ole Miss has scored 34, 38 and 43 points in its three games. The Rebels have also allowed opponents to score 45, 13 (FCS Wofford) and 48. Meanwhile, Georgia needed to score 33 to top North Carolina in Week 1, and allowed freshman quarterback Jacob Eason to throw the ball 55 times in the Bulldogs’ 28-27 win at Mizzou last week. Both teams are more than capable of scoring 30+ points.

Louisville at Marshall, the over 74.5

— We all know what Louisville brings to the table offensively, so I won’t even waste time with that. In two games this season, Marshall’s scored 62 and 65 points, and allowed Akron to score 38 last week. While the game’s in Huntington, WV, Louisville’s offense will still ball out. But, I expect Marshall to score some points too. I say that very, very cautiously this week, though. I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if we witness another 63-10 beatdown again this week. The Petrino machine is rolling baby and ain’t nobody stopped it yet!

LSU -3.5 at Auburn and the under 45.5

— Two horrible offenses and two good defenses. I look for an underwhelming, 23-19 LSU win on the Plains.

Pittsburgh at North Carolina, the over 67

— Pittsburgh’s offense is averaging 38.3 points per game through three games this season, while surrendering an average of 28 – the outlier being 7 in a 28-7 Week 1 win over FCS Villanova. The Tar Heels are averaging 42.7 points per game through three games, while allowing 25. UNC allowed Illinois to score 23 in Week 2 and JMU to score 28 last week. After squeaking out a 42-39 win over Penn State in Week 2, the Panthers lost, 45-38 at Oklahoma State last week. Similarly, UNC beat JMU last week, 56-28. Points, points, points.


Arkansas +6 vs. Texas A&M and the over 49.5

Florida +6.5 Tennessee and the under 42.5

The ACCountant’s Week 4 picks

I’M BACK. Rough week last week but oh well. I decided to spice it up some this week and I put real money down on these games. $5 on each game (big spender). Oh yeah and I’m already down $10 on the over in last night’s GT-Clemson game. Here are my picks. Fade them if you have any brains.

Utah -3.5 vs. USC

— USC is just really bad. New QB on the road, primetime, oh and they lined up for an XP block last week with 8 players. Pretty good strategy if you ask me. I like Utah by two scores.

Stanford -3 at UCLA

— I bet against Stanford last week and I have no idea why. Ryan Burns doesn’t seem like a very good QB, but even I could hand the ball off to Christian McCaffrey. I think Rosen throws 3 picks and Stanford wins by 10.

Oklahoma State +8 at Baylor

— OSU fans traveling to the game need to keep an eye on their ladies. Baylor players literally will rape you. Gimme Mason Rudolf and the points.

Florida +6.5 at Tennessee

— Can either of these teams score 6 points? I could see Florida’s defense scoring a TD or two on a Dobbs special. I actually like Florida for the win here, but I’m too much of a pussy to take money lines.

Arkansas +6 vs. Texas A&M

— Coach Bielema is going to eat so much food at Jerry’s World on Saturday before the game. Like so much. I bet he has a guy to monitor how much he eats on gamedays. Like a keep-back guy on the sideline, but he just stops coach from eating so much tailgate food he goes into a coma. Give me Arkansas +6, and I kinda like the over at 50 too.

Riverboat Dassey’s Week 4 picks

By Dang ol’ Dassey

Florida State -5.5 at South Florida

— Trap game? Trap spread? Don’t buy into the hype here. The Seminoles are not happy with how last week went down and I know Jimbo will have his team ready to go. Don’t be surprised to see some of Sean Maguire in this game too as Francois was shaky at times last week and against Ole Miss. Either way, this game should be over early as I’ve never seen FSU come out flat two weeks in a row.

Michigan State -5.5 vs. Wisconsin

— Aside from a fluke win against a questionable LSU team, at the moment, Wisconsin has done nothing to impress me this season. While MSU currently has one of the best wins of this season on the road at Notre Dame last week. This is a game Mark Dantonio doesn’t normally lose.

LSU -3.5 at Auburn

— As mentioned earlier, LSU is still a questionable team thus far this year, but they always show up for Les Miles when his seat gets awfully hot. The same can be said about Gus Malzhan, but unfortunately for him, the Tigers don’t know when they are supposed to come to play. Look for Fournette to go crazy again this week.

Florida +6.5 at Tennessee

— Not much into this one other than the fact I just don’t think Tennessee is any good. I’ve watched them play twice this year and nothing about them has impressed me. Meanwhile, Florida has been dominant on the defensive side of the ball and scoring at a pretty solid clip. The status of Del Rio at QB for the Gators might be a little worrying, but their D and running game should be enough to beat an overrated Tennessee team.

**Semi-Mortal Lock**

Louisville -26 at Marshall
— Sure, 26 looks like a lot, but this team just beat FSU by 43 and to say Marshall is a step down from that would be quite a large understatement. Lamar Jackson probably won’t see the field in the second half but will still put up at least 6 TDs. Added caveat here the over, whatever it may be, is a virtual lock as I legitimately wouldn’t be shocked if Louisville put up 80. Their offense is faster than Bobby Petrino on a dang ol’ motorcycle, yo. K


Texas A&M -6 vs. Arkansas

UCLA +3.5 (BUY HALF POINT) vs. Stanford


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Heisman Power Rankings

1. Lamar Jackson

2. Lamar Jackson

3. Lamar Jackson

4. Lamar Jackson

5. Lamar Jackson

6. Donnel Pumphrey

The ACCountant’s Week 3 picks

The ACCountant is a Virginia Tech grad and a lowly Hokies fan, forever hoping for offensive improvement. These picks are low-risk, high-reward and sure to show significant financial returns. He’s also a satirical asshole.

ECU (ML) over South Carolina

— Will Muschamp is second to none when it comes to fielding great offenses. The problem is definitely not him. I’d say once he gets HIS skill guys in the system USC-E will flourish; similar to how it took him a few years to get rolling at Florida. They just have to be patient. But for now, Perry Orth sucks, Mcllwain might be okay, but he’s young and small, and I can’t name another player on their team.

— Here’s to ECU (who I have to watch beat VT every year) scoring a bunch of points, and Will Muschamp popping a blood vessel or two in his eyes.

— Key of the game: ECU needs to get Junior RB Anthony Scott in space, often. WR James Summers will line up as a wildcat QB (teams still do this?) and has 136 yards and two TDs so far this season.

Pittsburgh +5 vs. Oklahoma State

— Some people say I’m a numbers guy. I like to believe I’m more of a numbers guys, guy. So here’s a number: 1. If Oklahoma State wouldn’t have gotten screwed on 1 penalty last week, they would’ve won. Here’s another number: 19.5. That’s how many points OK State was laying last week. I think it’s fair to say they would’ve covered without that bad call.

— Here’s to Oklahoma State getting screwed on another late call and not being able to cover the spread because of it.

— Key of the game: Pitt needs to get pressure on Mason Rudolf consistently, and then control the game with James Connor. You do have to worry about a letdown for Pitt coming off a big rivalry win and then having to travel to Stillwater.

Miami -3.5 vs. Appalachian State

— Mark Richt, who is known for winning big games, will get his team ready. Show me one time App State has played well against an FBS team. This has blowout written all over it.

— Here’s to Miami not getting lost on the way to Boone, NC. I drove through that town last weekend, and I still don’t know where it is.

— Key of the game: Brad Kaaya needs to be the best player on the field.

Ohio State -1.5 vs. Oklahoma

— Big Game Bob at home against Urbs. What a great matchup. I don’t really have much to say about this one. I like JT Barrett, and I think Oklahoma is still attempting to untie the jock straps Tom Herman wrapped around their head Week 1.

— Here’s to Ohio State rolling because we wouldn’t want Urban to start having “heart problems” again…followed by 50% of his team getting arrested…followed by him taking a year off…followed by him going to LSU and winning another natty. But don’t worry, Ohio State, if that happens, I’m sure Will Muscramp will be available to bring you back to relevancy.

— Key of the game: “Ohio State needs to do what Houston did and they’ll win.” – Basically every ESPN CFB personality.

Vanderbilt +6.5 vs. Georgia Tech

— Is there a more likable face in CFB than Paul Johnson? But, anyway, the complexity of the triple option is getting harder and harder to stop, and PJ is showing why he’s always the smartest guy in his personal bathroom. I think the idea of being able to have three different players have the ball is really going to confuse this defense. Definitely since Vanderbilt’s academics are probably one of the least strict in the SEC.

— Here’s to GT having four different eight-minute drives that all end on PJ going for it on 4th down and failing. Then somehow kicking a field goal in the last minute to break a 3-3 tie.

— Key to the game: Derek Mason and Vandy actually proving that they have a good defense because who knows. South Carolina’s offensive performance in Week 1 would make WVU’s defense look good.