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NCAA Football: Alabama at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

I am going to shoot everyone straight. I did not recount how I did last week. I would like to say that I did mediocre, but I somehow doubt that’s true. It is somewhere on the spectrum of sub-par to abysmal. Anyway, it’s a new week. I am listening to my 90’s hip-hop (Crossroads by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) and I am ready to get it. Let’s do the dang thing.

All game lines are taken Thursday at 10:45 am CST

Game One: #6 Georgia (7-1) at #9 Kentucky (7-1)

The Dawgs open up as a 9-point favorite against a Kentucky team whose only loss was against A&M in overtime. It’s kind of weird that Kentucky has only lost one game to be honest. As I poke fun at them I am reminded that we are currently 3-5 so I have no room to talk, I get it.

MY PICK: UGA

MY REASON: I believe this game will be the first time that Kentucky is exposed. They are finally facing a top opponent and the world will finally see who and what Kentucky is.

Game Two: #13 West Virginia (6-1) at #17 Texas (6-2)

Texas opens up as 2-point favorite at home against a one-loss West Virginia. Texas, despite losing, is somehow still back. Make no mistake, Texas is definitely back. The question now is whether they are good. This game will give us a good answer.

MY PICK: West Virginia

MY REASON: Despite Texas being back, I like West Virginia in this game. Texas still has a lot of issues as a team. If you want some better action, take WVU on the moneyline.

Game Three: #14 Penn State (6-2) at #5 Michigan (7-1)

Michigan opens up as a 10.5-point favorite at home against Penn State. Michigan beat in-state rival Michigan State by two touchdowns last week and Penn State struggled against Iowa.

MY PICK: Penn State

MY REASON: I think Michigan will win this game, but the point spread seems too high to me. I think Penn State can at least keep it close.

Game Four: #1 Alabama (8-0) at #3 LSU (7-1)

LSU is a 15-point underdog at home against the Tide. Despite the game being in Death Valley and the Tigers being the third-ranked team in the country, Alabama is a heavy favorite. This game has produced some great field goal competitions in the past, however the ethos of both teams this year has been to generate more offense, which could make this match up quite interesting.

MY PICK: Alabama

MY REASON: TUA TUA TUA TUA ROCKIN’ EVERYWHERE. This one is going to come back and haunt me, especially since Alabama hasn’t been in a tough game all year, but I think Tua and the litany of receivers will allow them to put points on the board at will like they have all year.

BONUS BET OF THE WEEK: TAKE KANSAS STATE (+8.5) ON THE MONEYLINE BECAUSE REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY

My Deepest apologies and regrets in advance.

Onward