VSiN’s faculty soccer skilled takes a have a look at his 5 finest video games for Saturday.
Georgia (-22.5, 44.5) vs. Kentucky
Crucial sport of the week comes from a matchup with a degree unfold north of three touchdowns. Though Georgia has been largely dealt important level spreads all yr, the Bulldogs are nonetheless 5-1 ATS. And these days, they’re trying dominant with backup QB Stetson Bennett main the way in which. Kentucky, in the meantime, simply beat Florida and LSU in consecutive weeks, which speaks to expertise and training. Exterior of the shut name towards Tennessee-Chattanooga, the Wildcats have been distinctive — and in addition good to backers. However that is one other impediment completely, and taking part in in Athens received’t make issues any simpler.
Arkansas (-5, 54) vs. Auburn
Sam Pittman made the suitable name for Arkansas final week. He went for the two-point conversion understanding his protection was cooked towards Ole Miss. The play design itself was very “meh,” however I appreciated the angle and the Razorbacks coated for the sixth time in seven video games. Auburn was quasi-competitive with Georgia for a lot of the sport final week, though the Tigers couldn’t sustain (or cowl the 15-point unfold). This unfold, nevertheless, signifies some confidence in Auburn. Even on the highway, I lean towards the underdog.
Texas (-4, 60) vs. Oklahoma State
If you happen to wager Texas (+3.5) final week, I simply need you to know I used to be serious about you over the weekend. That was not a nice loss to Oklahoma contemplating how huge the Longhorns had been up early and the truth that the sport appeared destined to finish on a area aim. It didn’t, and right here we’re. It is going to be fascinating to see how Texas rallies, and Oklahoma State is loads able to letting that hangover linger. The Cowboys are unbeaten, and they’ll showcase a protection that’s ranked within the prime 25 within the nation. Offensively, nevertheless, Oklahoma State is at the moment ranked No. 89 nationally, and I’m simply unsure that’ll be a very good match for this sport.
Alabama (-17.5, 58) at Mississippi State
It occurred. Alabama misplaced. It nonetheless feels a bit surreal, though the Crimson Tide earned that L. What I’m to see is how this crew — and particularly this offense — responds. And when it comes to an opponent, Mississippi State is an fascinating one. It’s an odd place to play, particularly contemplating what occurred final week to Alabama. The Bulldogs have additionally been a bit underrated this yr, plus they arrive in following every week off after beating Texas A&M the prior week. Alabama’s move protection wasn’t very good on Saturday, and it’ll possible be examined as soon as once more by Mike Leach. Whereas a bounce-back from Nick Saban wouldn’t shock, this one intrigues me.
Baylor (-6, 51.5) vs. BYU
It’s an odd matchup performed at an odd time of the yr, though I’m very a lot up for it. Additionally, considerably surprisingly, these two will likely be convention foes quickly sufficient. BYU was not up for its sport towards Boise State final weekend, and the Cougars misplaced 26-17 at residence as six-point favorites. On the opposite facet, I wager towards Baylor final week, and that was a really dangerous concept. The Bears crushed West Virginia 45-20 as a brief favourite to maneuver to 5-1. Whereas the fame at Baylor has lengthy been about offense, the Bears have the nation’s No. 21-ranked scoring protection in the intervening time. For BYU, having struggled offensively of late, that could possibly be a difficulty.