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JT’s Jungle: Return of the Mack

Well I tried to tell you so...

NCAA Football: South Dakota State at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

And it feels so good to be back . . .

By the way, What ever happened to Mark Morrison? I miss that guy

Some of you may say, where were you last week, and to you I say, none of your business. Consider this your requisite and yearly reminder not to attend or plan events (weddings) in the fall. Nobody likes those people.

Enough fraternizing, let’s get into it.

All game lines are taken at 8:45 am CST

Game One: TCU (1-0) at SMU (0-1)

The Frogs play on Friday night in Dallas against the Mustangs who were down 36-0 to start the 4th quarter. The Ponies put up 23 points, but it was too little too late. The Froggies open up as a 23.5 point favorite against the ponies.


MY REASON: I have a hunch that TCU is going to destroy SMU this Friday. I would be disappointed if they didn’t win by 40. I know people classify this as a rivalry game, but given SMU’s performance last week, I will take the frogs to cover the spread.

Game Two: Iowa (1-0) v. Iowa State (1-0)

A game appropriately nicknamed El Assico, Iowa State opens up as 4 point underdogs against Iowa. These games are typically pretty low scoring, and painful to watch, so I suspect it to be close one way or the other.

MY PICK: Iowa State

MY REASON: I think Matt Campbell has done a terrific job with Iowa State in the last few years, and I expect them to win this game, the question then becomes by how much. Will they eek by with a field goal? I believe they will win by at least a touchdown. Lock it up.

Game Three: Georgia (1-0) at South Carolina (1-0)

Georgia opens up as a 10 point favorite in this game. Georgia lost a lot of talent last year, and looks to remain in the playoff conversation, which candidly is too early to have, however loss in some ways diminishes an invitation to speak.

MY PICK: Georgia

MY REASON: The past two years when Georgia and South Carolina have played, the Dawgs have won by 14 points each time. This game is played earlier in the season than normal, and Georgia could potentially have a slower start than normal, however I expect the Dawgs to run away with this one in the end. Plus, anytime Muschamp takes the L, especially against a spread, is a glorious thing.

Game Four: Clemson (1-0) at Texas A&M (1-0)

GAME DAY…. YEAH WE’RE COMIN’ … Clemson opens up as a12.5 point favorite against the Aggies who are at home. A&M is coming off a win against Northwestern State (NOT NORTHWESTERN) and Clemson gave an underwhelming performance against Furman - I think that’s where Steph Curry went to school… ( I know he went to Davidson, and I also know someone in the comments would be quick to point it out. That’s the joke…)

MY PICK: Clemson

MY REASON: I don’t think it will be a complete blow out, but I was honestly shocked when Game Day decided to make this the destination when there were other ranked matchups. I am not sure If A&M is really ready for an opponent of this magnitude and I don’t think they will have the fortitude to sustain them for the entire game.


You’re welcome in advance.