A week ago, I made the proclamation that I hoped to hit on 75 percent of my game picks (against the spread) this season.

I was told that was absurd.

After week one, I’d say that “absurd” is the correct way to describe my goal for the season.

I ended up going 4-7 in the first week. Which means my winning percentage after week one is 36 percent. I now understand how people lose a lot of money gambling.

It’s safe to say I have a lot of work to do. But to be fair, I don’t think anyone saw the Tennessee Vols’ loss to Georgia State coming. The same could be said for the Missouri Tigers’ loss to Wyoming.

But it’s a new week. And I’m ready to make up some ground.

Here’s what I have for week two.

  • Purdue 23 Vanderbilt 20 (Purdue -6.5)
  • West Virginia 34 Missouri 27 (Missouri -14)
  • Mississippi State 35 Southern Mississippi 14 (Mississippi State -16.5)
  • Clemson 30 Texas A&M 23 (Clemson -17)
  • Alabama 59 New Mexico State 3 (Alabama -55.5)
  • Tennessee 31 BYU 27 (Tennessee -3.5)
  • Ole Miss 28 Arkansas 21 (Ole Miss -6)
  • LSU 38 Texas 35 (LSU -6.5)
  • Kentucky 30 Eastern Michigan 13 (Kentucky -15)
  • Auburn 42 Tulane 13 (Auburn -17.5)

Probably the most interesting pick I have this week is Tennessee over BYU. I went back and forth on this game for most of the week.

I should pick BYU based on what happened last Saturday. But my gut, for whatever reason, has been telling me all week that UT will rebound at Neyland Stadium on Saturday night. So I’m rolling with the Vols.

The only way for me to get back in the 75 percent range would be a perfect week. Let’s see if I can make it happen (probably not).

Featured image via Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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