Florida State and Jameis Winston made my pick of the Terps covering look really, really stupid. His final touchdown pass to Nick O’Leary was his Heisman moment. Thanks Jaboo. I prefer Famous Jameis, but he is openly not a fan of that nickname and prefers Jaboo. His final touchdown pass to Nick O’Leary was his Heisman moment. I was a Jameis believer before the season, but I don’t think anyone thought he would be as great as he has been. I will be extremely surprised if Jaboo is not in New York at the end of the season.
Bru’s Clues update time: I’m now 16-12 against the spread this season, after going 2-3 last week. We have dipped below the target 60% mark, so it’s time to get the picks back on track.
UCF, FSU, and Miami all have the week off, so along with the Florida-LSU showdown in the Bayou, I’m going to just throw out four games that I like this weekend.
Florida – LSU
Here’s a little video to get you in the mood.
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These hype videos always take me deep, deep into the bowels of YouTube. I start with LSU-Florida and end up an hour later watching a bear eat a monkey at a circus in some foreign country.
As for this weekend’s game, we will truly get to see what the Florida defense is made of on Saturday. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has worked wonders with quarterback Zach Mettenberger. The Tigers are averaging 45.5 points per game and Mettenberger leads the conference in passing efficiency. On Saturday, he’ll be up against the SEC’s top passing defense and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III who is tied for the SEC lead in interceptions. Just a freshman, VH3 is already one of the best cover-corners in the country.
Florida’s offense has run much more smoothly under the guidance of Tyler Murphy. The redshirt junior tossed three touchdowns in the Gators win over Arkansas, when the rushing attack was stalled. Les Miles and LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis have been known for reloading on the defensive side of the ball, but looked porous against Georgia and LSU.
Pick: Home-field advantage is the difference here and LSU wins by a field goal. Give me the Gators and the 7.5 points. Florida 17 – LSU 20.
Oklahoma – Texas
Pick: Texas is bad and Oklahoma is pretty good. Sooners cover the 13.5 point spread. Oklahoma 38 – Texas 17
Baylor – Kansas State
Pick: The Baylor offense is stupid good. Seriously. It’s not fair. Ride the Bears hot hand and watch them cover the 17.5 point spread against the Wildcats. Baylor 65 – Kansas State 31
Oregon – Washington
Pick: Oregon has covered the spread every game this season. Marcus Mariota and the Ducks keep it going in their toughest test yet. Washington won’t be able to keep it within 13.5. Oregon 42 – Washington 28
Texas A&M – Ole Miss
Pick: The A&M defense is bad, but Ole Miss is reeling and I like hitching my wagon to Johnny Football. Aggies cover the 6.5 points as long as Manziel stays away from “The Grove” pregame. Texas A&M 45 – Ole Miss 35