2020 SEASON RECORD: 43-35-0 (55.1%)
TGIS had a big week finishing 7-4 and getting back to over 55%… HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S PICKS:
Week 9 Game of the Week (All Times CST)
#11 Florida (+4.5) vs #5 Georgia – Saturday 6:30pm
Game Preview: Georgia is in a bit of a mess right now. Their defense has suffered injuries to key players including Richard LeCounte and Jordan Davis. Meanwhile their offense has looked sluggish putting up just 14 points against Kentucky. Florida finds a way to execute offensively and wins this game (as well as the SEC East).
Pick: Florida 31-27
#1 Clemson (-5) at #4 Notre Dame – Saturday 6:30pm
Game Preview: Clemson isn’t the untouchable team we thought they were… but they’re better than Notre Dame. DJ Uiagalelei did well in his first start and I expect the same even against a tough Notre Dame defense. Clemson outscores the Ian Book led Notre Dame offense and the better team wins.
Pick: Clemson 31-21
Top Picks of the Week
#9 BYU at #21 Boise State (OVER 61.5) – Friday 8:45pm
BYU’s point totals over the last three games: 43, 52, 41. Boise State’s last two: 42 and 49… These teams can score. Take the over in this shootout (Don’t worry I checked the weather, not a factor).
USC at Arizona State (+11) (UNDER 58.5) – Saturday 11:00am
This game kicks off at 9am local time… it will be a low scoring sloppy game as neither team will be awake. Additionally, both teams return major experience on the defensive side of the ball, 18 total starters combined. Expect the offense not to execute this early in the morning and the game to be close.
West Virginia (+7) at #22 Texas – Saturday 1:00pm
Texas shouldn’t be a touchdown favorite over anybody, let alone a West Virginia team that just crushed Kansas State 37-10. This might even be worth a moneyline sprinkle.
Vanderbilt (+19.5) at Mississippi State – Saturday 3:00pm
Yes, Vanderbilt is not a good football team. But neither is Mississippi State. In the Bulldogs’ last three football games their offense has scored a grand total of 7 points… how are they going to cover a 19.5 point spread? Vanderbilt with the cover.
Arizona (+14) at Utah – Saturday 3:30pm
Utah is not the same team from last year after losing nine defensive starters and almost all of their impact offensive players. Arizona on the other hand is more experienced and should be able to cover the spread.
Texas Tech (+9) at TCU – Saturday 3:30pm
TCU’s biggest victory all year was by ten points against Baylor. Texas Tech will be able to keep it closer than that.
Stanford at #12 Oregon (-8) – Saturday 6:30pm
Stanford was not a good football team last year and now I’m supposed to trust them keeping it within 8 points against the Pac-12 Favorite Oregon Ducks who return a ton of talent? No way Jose. Oregon by double digits.
Tennessee at Arkansas (Under 52.5) – Saturday 7:00pm
I’m going to continue to trust Feleipe Franks and Arkansas defense unders… especially when they are playing Tennessee who hasn’t score over 21 points in the last three weeks. Take the Under.
Washington State at Oregon State (-1.5) – Saturday 9:30pm
Two things: I really like Oregon State and I don’t trust Washington State transitioning to a new coach in 2020. Pac-12 after dark is back with an easy Oregon State win.