I had not heard this - Lane Kiffin told Coach Saban during the post-game handshake "We'll get you next year." Wow. Read more here.
Ahhhh yes. Thursday. And I don't have to worry one bit about a Bama game this weekend. No getting my blood pressure up. No planning on going to the game. Just relaxing. Enjoying a weekend without stress. Haha.
I used to do a thing called "The Picks" on Fridays. I haven't done it this year, but I'm gonna start it back up, but instead of Fridays, we'll do it on Thursdays. So, I present to you..."The Picks."
North Carolina at Virginia Tech (-16.5) Thursday - 7:00pm ESPN
--- North Carolina is 1-5 against the spread this year. Tied for worst in college football. Virginia Tech is at home, on a Thursday night, and is ready to kill somebody after getting knocked out of the national championship hunt by Georgia Tech two weeks ago. Not a good position for UNC, after they gave up a 24-6 lead and got beat, at home, by a crappy Florida St team last Thursday night.
Georgia Tech (-12) at Vanderbilt Saturday - 6:30pm CSS
--- Georgia Tech grinds people, and puts up HUGE numbers in the process. Lets just look at common opponents. GaTech put up 42 points on Mississippi State in Starkville, while Vandy put up 3 points on State in Nashville. Advantage - Georgia Tech. Vandy is used to pro-style offenses in the SEC. GaTech runs the Triple Option attack. I think the Yellow Jackets will win this one going away. We're talkin 42-14 style.
Rutgers at UConn (-8) Saturday - 11:00am ESPN Regional
--- Not only is UConn the best cover team in the country (5-0-1 ATS), but they're playing with a purpose this week. This is the first home game since Jasper Howard's murder, and the team will be playing with emotion after losing a heartbreaker at West Virginia last week. Rutgers has been a smoke-n-mirrors kinda good. They look great against awful opposition, but don't play so well when they play against a decent football team. UConn will be looking to prove something in this game, and I think they'll win by 2 touchdowns.
Central Michigan (+5) at Boston College Saturday - 2:30pm ESPNU
--- Central Michigan is 7-1 this season, including a win at Michigan State in the 2nd game of the year. Their only loss was at Arizona to open the season. This is one hell of a football team, and, honestly, Boston College isn't. They're far too sporadic. I'm gonna go with the consistent team with the better offense and the better defense. I think Central Michigan wins the game straight up.
San Jose St at Boise St (-35) Saturday - 2:00pm ESPN Gameplan
--- Boise is doing everything they can to make sure they don't slip anymore in the rankings. The only thing they can do is win. And win BIG. San Jose St doesn't have a prayer in this one, and I think Boise scores over 50 in a beating of epic proportions.
I'll be most interested in the Ole Miss - Auburn game and the Florida - Georgia game on Saturday, of course. I'm gonna watch LSU vs Tulane, but that's not going to show us anything that they're going to show against the Tide.
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