After a season’s worst 1-4 last week, I move to 9-16-1 overall. So congratulations to all of you who are 16-9-1! Like I said before, I’m still losing money here so I’m trying my best to get back in the black. Locks are 2-3 this season and will be 3-3 next week. Let’s get into my Week 7 card:
#14 BYU -5 at Houston, o/u 62.5 – Friday, 9:30PM on ESPN
Friday night lights! I’m still big on BYU, even though they failed to put up as many points as they laid last weekend. It was unrealistic to expect them to keep blowing teams out of the water and last week’s failure to cover has brought me back to earth. Now, Houston has only played one game. They turned the ball over 5 times to Tulane, had zero takeaways and still won by 18. I think that game was more telling about Tulane than it was against Houston, but it was impressive nonetheless. With Houston only having one matchup under their belt, it’s really hard to try to evaluate them properly. One thing I do know, is that either team could win this game and both teams have incredibly talented offenses. I would expect both the Cougars and the…Cougars…to put up 30+ points. The over is the play.
My Pick: OVER 62.5, this a 4 out of 5 confidence rating.
#17 SMU -6.5 at Tulane, o/u 64.5 – Friday, 6PM on ESPN
I didn’t list this game as my first pick because this is a live-bet-only game. Tulane is a team that can only play one half. Which half will it be this weekend? I do not know. But first, let’s look deeper into this:
Week 1: Tulane puts up 6 points in the first-half, 21 points in the second-half.
Week 2: Tulane puts up 24 points in the first-half, 0 points in the second-half.
Week 3: Tulane puts up 31 points in the first-half, 35 points in the second-half.
Week 4: Tulane puts up 24 points in the first-half, 7 points in the second-half.
So, this week against SMU, if Tulane can put up 20+ points in the first half: HAMMER SMU second-half, and I mean HAMMER – put your father’s 401k on it. If Tulane flops in the first-half, sprinkle a little bit on them to win the second-half. Overall, Tulane is not a good football team, hence the “sprinkle” on them to win the second-half. If Tulane puts up 14-20 points in the first half, we may be in no-mans-land and you’ll have to use your best judgement. I’ll probably stay away if that’s the case.
My Pick: The opposite of what Tulane shows us first-half.
UCF -3 at Memphis, o/u 73.5 – 3:30PM on ABC
UCF has won their last 13 matchups against Memphis, of which the margin of victory has been less than 3 only twice. They’re coming off of a terrible loss against Tulsa where they blew an 18-point lead and snapped a 21-game winning streak at home. That loss resulted in them going from #11 in the country to unranked. Memphis is 1-1 in a very strange season. They beat Arkansas State in the beginning of September, then had a month off, then lost to SMU which led to another week off and now they face the Golden Knights. Although they have 6th year senior (6th year!?!?) Brady White under center, I think that the inconsistency of their season combined with an angry UCF team will be too much to handle. UCF’s offense will put up points and as long as their defense can put it together for a few drives they should win by at least a touchdown.
My Pick: UCF -3, this is my lock of the week.
#3 Georgia at #2 Alabama -6, o/u 56.5 – 8PM on CBS
Alabama is 3-5 SU and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games with a sub 7-point spread. That includes bowl games, so maybe a more relevant stat would be that they are 3-3 ATS in their last 6 home games when favored by 7 or fewer. Georgia has really struggled to get going early in games this season, especially week 1 against Arkansas; their up-tempo approach leaves them vulnerable to going down big early against the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s defense hasn’t looked quite like we’re used to; however, I think that there’s been an overreaction to what we saw them give up to Ole Miss last weekend. I’m taking Alabama and the under. 56.5 for Georgia/Alabama just feels huge. This is a pride game, they want to beat each other up, the SEC this year has really looked more like the Big 12 as far as game totals look and I expect these SEC defenses to shine in this game. I just saw that Saban has tested positive for the coronavirus, so this game probably won’t even happen. Time to add one more play to the card!
My Pick: Alabama -6 and UNDER 56.5, both are a 3 out of 5 confidence rating.
The Self-Quarantine Parlay
Games starting at noon and ending around 11PM. The perfect parlay to sit on the couch and watch Week 7 CFB all day. (Only playing if Bama gets cancelled):
Temple, UAB, UCF, UNC +155
South Florida at Temple (NOON), Western Kentucky at UAB (1:30), UCF at Memphis (3:30), UNC at FSU (7:30)