College football technically started last weekend, but if Miami/Florida was an appetizer, we’re getting the full course dinner with a full slate of games on Saturday.
The Tennessee Vols, along with the rest of the SEC (sans the Gators) will kick off their respective seasons this weekend.
It’s another opening weekend where every team has hope. For some, that hope will be dashed immediately. For others, the hype will only build after week one.
As is my yearly custom, I’ll be picking each week’s SEC games against the spread.
My goal this season?
To get at least 75 percent of these predictions correct. I’m not a gambler, but perhaps if I do well this year I’ll give it a shot (insert thinking emoji here).
Anyway, here’s what I have for week one.
(Winner against the spread in bold.)
- Kentucky 31 Toledo 17 (UK -11.5)
- Ole Miss 45 Memphis 42 (Memphis -4.5)
- Mississippi State 35 Louisiana 13 (Ms State -19.5)
- Tennessee 48 Georgia State 10 (Tennessee -26)
- Alabama 52 Duke 3 (Alabama -33.5)
- South Carolina 27 North Carolina 17 (South Carolina -11.5)
- Arkansas 41 Portland 6
- Oregon 24 Auburn 20 (Auburn -3.5)
- Missouri 48 Wyoming 9 (Missouri -17.5)
- LSU 41 Georgia Southern 7 (LSU -27.5)
- Georgia 38 Vanderbilt 10 (Georgia -21.5)
As you can see, no real surprises in week one. I have Auburn losing to Oregon in a close game. Otherwise, there aren’t a lot of competitive games on the slate, which is usually how it goes in week one. South Carolina is the only other team, aside from the Tigers, that could potentially be on upset alert.
Update: I’ve been informed that correctly predicting 75 percent of this season’s SEC games is absurd.
Oh well, I can’t go back on it now. This should be fun.
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