Holy short week, you guys. **Rubs eyes, I gotta write what by Wednesday night!?** Even though I feel like a zombie after the Hokies Monday night win, I hope to get a pass for the abbreviated, subpar Six Pick effort. One thing I can't excuse are the poor results of 90% of us last week. This week may not be much better as the lines for these games have given me pause. I only wish these games were a bit more interesting. The good news is this may be the worst week of games on the schedule, so we can get this out of the way early while it's still hot outside. I promise, you'll get a big game, good effort from me next week when business picks up.
So ESPN's College Gameday is headed to College Station, Tx for the Aggies first game as a member of the SEC. This is the equivalent of pity sex and was clearly engineered by SEC boss, Mike Slive. The oddity of this broadcast will be seeing everyone sweat their cojones off while a bunch of guy cheerleaders in white do the hand jive behind Fowler, Corso and Herbstreit. Also, who will ESPN find as their celebrity game picker this week? aTm has limited options, with it either being George H.W. Bush or Ryan Tannehill's wife. Hot sells.
Miami at Kansas State -6.5 12:00 PM FX
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How many Hurricane players think this game in is NYC? The correct answer is all of them. Boy are they in for a surprise. Landing in Kansas won't be a complete culture shock to them as they do play in Blacksburg, but you have to think Al Golden will have to tighten tie to get his team to respect the Wildcats. KSU isn't going to wow anyone with over the top athletic ability, but they'll play the "right way" with discipline, max effort and some other buzz words. Miami as we all know is real young, but stop me if you heard this before, the Canes are athletic with a lot of potential! QB Stephen Morris for the Canes is a game manager who won't make the big plays good and bad that Jacory Harris did, but if last week is any indication just hand the ball off to freshman RB Duke Johnson that will be good enough for 6 wins right there.
Pick: K-State by a touchdown or more. Home-field, better coaching and experience trump talent, just that simple.
Central Florida at Ohio State -17.5 3:30 PM NBC
So many inappropriate jokes I can't tell.
Tonight at 10pm or so, Urban Meyer will be in tOSU football offices and he'll be upset. It's not the miscues from game one or reneging on his family promise that have him edgy. You see, Urbs is a competitive man and he hates second place and come Saturday he won't be the biggest asshole on the field. UCF coach George O'Leary has that distinction. (If you expected anything more than asshole jokes with both of these cats involved, you are clearly reading the wrong post.) However jerky these guys might be, they can coach up some football players and in America that's all that matters. See Bobby Petrino being hired within the year.
Pick: UCF getting points, keeping it close. The Knights are not a bad football team, this will be a good game.
Florida at Texas A&M -1.5 3:30 PM ESPN
Thanks to Hurricane Isaac aTm did not play their first game against La Tech last week. So the Aggies will not have 0 games to iron out the wrinkles of the Air Raid offense of new HC Kevin Sumlin before entering into SEC play. What could go wrong? To be fair Will Muschamp still has a ways to go to reload Florida as the Gators looked like a steaming pile for much of this past Saturday. In short this game could go either way and likely to not be an attractive product visually.
Pick: aTm. I coin flipped this game. I'm not bullshitting you. (expert analysis you can count on.)
Washington at LSU -23.5 7:00 PM ESPN
No one with any credibility is going to pick UDub to beat LSU, but Six Pick isn't about that. What we want to know is can the Huskies stay within 3 touchdowns and field goal of the Bayou Bengals. LSU is going to have a dominant, shutdown defense and in that regard they aren't going to miss Tyrann Mathieu. However his seemingly larger than life playmaking ability will be most felt on the lack of scores directly associated to his ball hawking skills. To cut to the chase, how will LSU cover all these spreads if the Honey Badger isn't scoring or setting up an easy touchdown every game for Les Miles?
Pick: UDub, to lose by only 3 touchdowns. Zach Mettenberger while an upgrade to last year's 2 headed monster, won't be asked to do too much and i'm not sure they'll run it up either.
Nebraska -5.5 at UCLA 7:30 PM FOX
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez returns to southern California bringing his fleet feet and inconsistent javelin throwing motion with him. He'll be amped to show off in front of all his family and friends and show everyone else about the one who got away. While UCLA is improved this year and can score points, stopping Martinez and RB Rex Burkhead if healthy will be a difficult proposition. The tease is Martinez threw 354 yards and 5 touchdowns vs Southern Miss last week, so inevitably with his ego swollen and playing jacked up he'll rebound to the shitty throwing qb we all know, right?
Pick: Nebraska covering the spread. T-Mart will relive some of his T-Magic days on the ground and be bit erractic in the air, but I got the sense he is going to ball out at home overall.
Georgia -1.5 at Missouri 7:45 PM ESPN2
I see you Mizzou, week 2 in God's football conference and already headlining the top game of the week. After reading the interviews from both players and coaches Mizzou is coming into the conference with much bravado. I like it, like it A LOT. Likely one of two things will happen and both are very good for the public. The Tigers will have the piss knocked out of them or the SEC will be slightly humbled for letting some Big 12 vagrant come in and show us the ESS EEE SEE isn't so bad after all.
Pick: Georgia. While Mark Richt hasn't lost control of my common sense, I do think the UGA defense will be pretty stout and Mizzou will be shown what big boy, ok, almost big boy SEC football is all about.
Beer of the Week
Duchesse De Bourgogne is the beer of the week. It's a Belgian Flanders Red. It's light, woodsy, sour and really enjoyable. I'm a known hophead and this is very, very far away from that. It took some getting use to but, it's a world class beer and worthy of a try at least once. The Duchess makes for a great summer or fall beer.
Remember, these picks are against the spread.
Miami at Kansas State -6.5
UCF at tOSU -17.5
Florida at aTm -1.5
UDub at LSU -23.5
Nebraska -5.5 at UCLA
UGA -1.5 at Mizzou
Thanks again for the large turnout last week. Please keep playing and spread the word. Good luck.