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No. 9 Florida (-5.0) at South Carolina O/U 47
Joshua: I’m pretty sure I’ve picked against Florida every time they’ve showed up. (I’m too lazy to go back and check.) I think it’s time to give the Gators a gander this week. South Carolina showed a valiant effort in their upset over Georgia last week, but inexperience at quarterback might be too much for the Gamecocks to overcome. Keep chompin’, Gators.
Erin: This is going to be the only educated pick I make this round, so cherish it. After the Gamecocks’ double overtime win over Georgia, I can’t help but think that wrestling these Gators will be a piece of cake. Steve Irwin, is that you? USC has it.
No. 2 LSU (-18.5) at Mississippi State O/U 61.5
Joshua: There’s trap-game potential here as the Tigers are coming off an impressive 42-28 win over No. 9 Florida and face No. 11 Auburn next week, but the Bulldogs are bad. Not only did they get beat by a bottom-feeding Tennessee team, they looked awful doing it.
Erin: Ew. Between corn dogs and cowbells, I don’t think I can even bring myself to discussing either without gagging. I mean, like, LSU will probably win, so can we just move on, please?
No. 12 Oregon (-3.0) at No. 25 Washington O/U 50
Joshua: Time for some good ole rock-em-sock-em West Coast football. While I always look for an opportunity to bet against those ugly Oregon Duck uniforms (pick one and get the job done, gentlemen), I’ve got to take the big O right here with the under. The Duck defense shines in this one against Jacob Eason.
Erin: So my rival high school’s colors were purple and gold, and for that reason and that reason only, I’m picking Oregon.
No. 16 Michigan at No. 7 Penn State (-9.0) O/U 47
Joshua: Shea’s all-denim fit is going to stick out like a sore thumb in this game’s White Out. What makes you think you can roll into Happy Valley and grab a win if you can’t even get into Round Table? Patterson throws two picks in a statement win for the Nittany Lions.
Erin: Do you even have to ask?
Texas A&M (-6.5) at Ole Miss O/U 55.5
Joshua: It’s a make-or-break game for the Rebels as the Aggies stumble into Vaught-Hemingway. Texas A&M got clapped by Alabama last week as Ole Miss pulled the old Plaxico Burress multiple times at Mizzou. The Aggies pull ahead with a few scores early as the Rebels deal with some targeting suspensions along the defensive front, and the Rebels run-heavy offense isn’t designed to comeback from a deficit. Aggies cover.
Erin: I’m trying to forget last weekend, where I spent my Friday and Saturday in Columbia, getting cursed at by people dressed in yellow-and-black hoodies and cargo shorts. To make matters worse, the Rebels let me down, and I had to do a walk of shame all the way back to Oxford. I’m chalking that loss up to being so far from home, so now that we’re back in Oxford, I have full confidence in the Rebels to come through. Your 12th man can’t help you here, Aggies. Rebs by 90. Cheers!