OK. Enough of this 1-2, 2-1 stuff. It's boring. All or nothing.
We went 1-2 last week because we took the under in a Clemson-Louisville showdown where we though 67.5 points was more than enough to handle two teams with pretty good defenses and we took a chance on Memphis getting 17 points against an Ole Miss team that might be feeling a little full of itself after it pounded Georgia. Ole Miss won by 20. We did nail Washington over Stanford though. So we move on.
Our games this week: Washington at Oregon, TCU vs. Kansas and Virginia Tech at North Carolina.
The LOCK-smith bounced back with a very good pick in taking Oklahoma State over Texas last week. This week he gives you.... Texas A&M vs. Tennessee [membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
The Game: OREGON getting 9 vs. Washington
The Pick: Washington 31-24
The Comment: Bitter rivalry, but it is a let down road game for Washington and Oregon getting that many points at home makes it impossible to ignore.
The Game: Virginia Tech getting 1..5 at NORTH CAROLINA
The Pick: Virginia Tech 21, North Carolina 17
The Comment: Virginia Tech is a fourth quarter let down against Tennessee away from an unbeaten season. North Carolina is coming off a big win against FSU. Let down syndrome kicks in.
The Game: TCU giving 29.5 vs. Kansas
The Pick; TCU 45, Kansas 14
The Comment: TCU is mad at the world after getting out gunned by Oklahoma. Kansas had a week off to prepare for the Frogs, but it won't matter.
Record last week: 1-2
Record to Date: 8-7
TEXAS A&M over Tennessee, giving 6 1/2
Injuries to key players on both teams cast some doubt over this game -- will Aggies DE Myles Garrett be healthy enough to play this week after missing last week? What's the state of the Vols LB situation -- but the bottom line is A&M has faced a tougher schedule and has excelled against it so far. Now the Aggies return home (with a bye week before Alabama) with one the nation's more productive running games and a dual threat QB in Trayveon Williams who is playing the best football of his career. Kevin Sumlin's team should be able to run effectively against a mediocre Vols' run defense that will be without OLB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shoulder) and could be missing middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland (leg), as well. Tennessee's habit of falling behind early by double digits will prove costly if it happens again here.
Home team in CAPS
Record to date vs. spread: 3-1-1 [/membership]