At the midway point of the season, we have not suffered a losing week so far (knock on wood). However we squandered a good chance last week to make a big move, managing a break-even card. A&M beat Ole Miss on a last second field goal, but didn’t cover the 5 1/2, while Northern Illinois spit the bit, beating hapless Akron by only a TD. Alabama and the Missouri upset of Georgia paid the rent.
Last Week: 2-2 Year to Date: 15-9 (62.5%)
South Carolina at Tennessee – We got an up close and personal view of the Gamecocks last week, and they looked to be a team hitting their mid-season stride. Connor Shaw (10 TDs, 0 INTs) looked razor sharp and Mike Davis was the best back we have seen all season. Tennessee is coming off a bye, and gets backup RB Marlin Lane back. The Vols though have had trouble sustaining drives due to their inconsistent passing game (164 PaYds per game, 111th nationally). Early kickoff helps the road team, and after the Georgia loss, Carolina is back in the hunt for the Eastern Division. We like SC to stop the run, get a good pass rush and cover the points on the road. South Carolina -7.
Arkansas at Alabama – We normally stay away from betting the Razorback games, but in this spot, we will make an exception. If you thought this young team wilted in the face of adversity last week at home against Carolina, we shutter to think what could happen down in Tuscaloosa. Tide QB A.J. McCarron should have his way passing against the Arkansas secondary, and we can’t see the Hogs offensive line having much success against an experienced Bama front 7. Hogs start the bye week early. Alabama -28.
Who are you on this week?