Each week, The State News’ degenerates who are 21 and older will be helping you try to earn some money with three picks of their own every Friday morning. Each week, we will update our records from the last week, so you can see who is really helping you cash in.
Hey, we’re starting with a winning record as a group, can’t fault us there.
While our downfall was picking teams that should never be bet on, we feel confident in week two that we’ll get back on track.
Eli McKown, Sports Editor (2-1)
I should have known Kansas would let me down.
However, betting on MSU's rivals paid off for me as Ohio State and Michigan each took care of business without a sweat. It's really just a shame Iowa State decided they wanted to play football this weekend for once.
I’ve learned from my mistakes this week and I’ve got a set of picks that I feel really good about heading into the weekend.
Arkansas (Arkansas Moneyline) vs Ole Miss
I was on the Arkansas train prior to the Texas A&M matchup, and I’m not stopping now. Georgia thumped the Razorbacks last weekend for their first loss, but the Bulldogs might have their best team of this current century taking the field each week.
Ole Miss had the luxury of an easy schedule before getting thrashed by Alabama last week and also suffered their first defeat of the season, so the winner here is the de-facto number two team in the SEC West. I like Arkansas to be that team.
Oklahoma vs Texas (Texas Moneyline)
I really liked Oklahoma heading into the season, so much so that I had national title hopes for the Sooners. However, this team has not looked to par as their quarterback Spencer Rattler has struggled throughout the season, so much so that the home crowd chanted for the backup quarterback and true freshman Caleb Williams.
This pick isn’t as much about Texas as it is an indictment on where Oklahoma is currently. I expect Texas Head Coach Steve Sarkisian to get his first marquee win.
UTSA (UTSA Moneyline) vs Western Kentucky
I’m not usually a big moneyline guy, but with all three of my picks being underdogs, I felt good doing it.
UTSA is another team that I had marked before the season even started as a Conference USA contender. Returning nearly every starter, the Roadrunners are legit this season and even took down Illinois on the road in a hostile environment. While Western Kentucky’s air raid attack gives me anxiety, I expect UTSA to continue their undefeated start.
Jared Ramsey, Football Reporter (2-1)
We started off pretty strong in week 1 with a 2-1 record but there is always room for improvement. There’s always room for marginal gains. If Baylor had any pride, they would’ve stopped Oklahoma State from scoring on its final drive and covered, but alas they did not and we have a loss on the record. This week, it's all about building on last week and surpassing Eli for best record. Let's go.
Georgia Tech (-3.5) at Duke
Georgia Tech started off the season by losing to former Spartan Rocky Lombardi and Northern Illinois and have not done much to instill much more confidence following that, coming into this week at 2-3. The Ramblin’ Wreck is coming off a blowout loss to Pittsburgh and needs to find a win this weekend if they want to keep their bowl dreams alive.
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On the other side of the field, Duke has struggled this year with losses to Charlotte and Northwestern already. Now, Georgia Tech might not be good, but they aren’t the absolute worst team in the conference and I think they show that this weekend by taking care of the lowly Blue Devils.
South Carolina (+10.5) at Tennessee
I have not seen the Gamecocks or Volunteers play yet this season, which is pushing me to bet on it. South Carolina is the only team through five games that has scored a touchdown on Georgia, which might make them the second-best team in the SEC East because I don’t know if anyone else scores on Georgia all year. Based on that and Tennessee relying on a former Michigan quarterback in Joe Milton, I am backing South Carolina to cover and maybe even win outright in Knoxville.
BYU (-6) vs Boise State and the Under 56.5 (+272 Parlay)
BYU has been one of the surprises of the season so far, beating up on the PAC-12 on their way to a 5-0 record and top-10 ranking. I think the Fighting Mormons continue the unbeaten campaign going against a good Boise State team this weekend. I also like the under of 56.5 in this game, so let’s finish our picks with a little parlay. BYU will comfortably win in a defensive battle and we will all be richer because of it.
Sean Reider, Sports GA (1-2)
In the spirit of accountability and integrity, I'll start this off by stating the obvious: my picks stunk last week. Maryland was an absolute disaster through one half, Nebraska blew away my ill-fated under all by themselves and ... you know what, I’ll take my one win with UConn (+14.5). Huskies brought a whole lot of pride to Nashville with a hard-fought cover and they’ve got my respect for that.
The Terps and Cats? Not so much.
Regardless, you do this long enough and you know there’s gonna be good weeks, bad weeks, so-so weeks and the occasional complete disaster of a day. All you can do is weather the storm, resist hedging and get back to work.
Tennessee (-10.5) vs South Carolina
I hate to fade my colleagues, especially Jared, but here we are. Following an embarrassing offseason that resulted in Jeremy Pruitt’s dismissal and forever changed how McDonald’s bags are viewed in Knoxville, Tennessee is … not that bad? They’ve got a top-five offense in the SEC (474.4 yards per game) under Josh Heupel, an emerging talent at the quarterback position with senior Hendon Hooker (week one Heisman dark horse redshirt junior Joe Milton III at backup, too!) and have seemingly gotten better every single week.
On the other hand, South Carolina is … very, very bad, with one of the worst offenses in the SEC and a middling defense to boot. Take the Vols in a complete blowout as they inch back to respectability.
Kent State vs Buffalo (under 64.5)
This number’s a touch too high for a Kent State team that hasn’t hit an over this year and a Buffalo unit that would much rather get it done on the ground than in the air. Neither team looks primed for an offensive breakout anytime soon and I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up being a defensive showdown of sorts.
Expect a low-scoring affair and ride the under in this Saturday night dose of Maction.
UMass (+145) vs UConn
Coming back to the Bottom Five of college football to ask you one simple question:
Hey, somebody’s gotta win—why can’t it be the Minutemen? Gimme UMass at home as they look to pick up their first win since 2019.
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