As we turn into the final regular season weekend of the year, we get all the classic rival match-ups, playing for Boots, Iron, and Eggs! I am 44-36 on the season; let’s see how I finish out, once again against the BETUS.com line as seen on USAToday.com.
2 Alabama at Auburn
The Tigers have had ample opportunity to reflect on blowing a game against the slumping Dawgs, and to get up for a game where they are getting 9.5 points. Everyone expects Alabama to blow Auburn out of the water, but I expect this one to be close. At least for a while before turnovers change the course of the game and the Tide’s rushing attack finally wears down Auburn. I keep staring at those 9.5 points; I think Alabama wins, but Bama will not cover.
18 Clemson at South Carolina
South Carolina is getting 3 points at home, but I do not think that will be enough. When I first thought about this one, I thought the Fighting Chickens would put up a hell of a fight, and they will. With that said, I think the Tigers will just be too much for another South Carolina team that stumbles down the stretch.
Florida St. at 1 Florida
The Gators are giving up a whopping 24.5 points to the down and out Seminoles. This year I have been burned multiple times by taking Florida to cover huge point spreads, which means that I am going in the opposite direction and will probably get burned. I am going to take Florida St. and the points, but Florida will win.
25 Mississippi at Mississippi St
Those other SEC Bulldogs are getting +7.5 at home and will need every bit of it to capture the coveted Egg. Over the last few weeks I have become a true believer in Mississippi so I am taking them to cover.
Tennessee at Kentucky
Not sure who to pick in this one; both teams are fairly disappointing, but Kentucky is coming off an emotional high after kicking the Bulldogs in the teeth between the Hedges. The Wildcats are getting 3 points at home, so the pundits don’t have a clue either; at least it is not just me! The Volunteers have lost all three of their road games this year, but I don’t think the trend continues. Begrudgingly I am taking Tennessee to cover.
Arkansas at 15 LSU
This one should be entertaining. LSU is giving up 3.5 to Arkansas, but the Tigers will cover and capture that Boot.
Georgia at 7 Georgia Tech
This is going to be painful for UGA fans; a Nationally Televised Prime Time thrashing at the hands of the hated Bumble Bees from ATL. I would love nothing better than for Georgia to win, and kick Tech out of the Top 10. A loss puts this downtrodden Georgia team at 6-6, and in danger of a losing season. I am shocked to see that Tech is only giving up 7.5, but they cover easily. When I pick against the Dawgs, it is always based on reality, not my desire for the win.