New weekly column, blog, whatever the Hell you wanna call what we do here at The Bag. Most of you know me as an opinionated, loud mouthed blowhard who has an opinion about everything sports related. Been away far too long (except for the NFL picks and the new NCAA picks, my idea) and I was sitting here waiting for the games to start when I thought of a new idea here.
Here’s my attempt at providing an insight to the winners and losers. I’ll be doing 3-4 games each week. This is for entertainment purposes only…..
DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT BET THE FARM OR HOUSE ON THESE PICKS. You very well may regret it. I’m just an amateur and I just thought this would be fun to do.
Vanderbilt @ Florida 12pm ET ESPN
Both these offenses are below average and that’s putting it mildly.
Luke Del Rio gets the start this week after leading the #21 ranked Gators to a 28-27 win last week against that mighty SEC powerhouse in Kentucky. Notice, the sarcasm. Del Rio completed just 9 of 14 passes for 74 yards with a TD and an INT but he provided the spark Florida needed to rally from a 24-14 deficit.
However, Vandy has a much better defense than the Wildcats. The Commodores don’t have much of an offense and Florida has a good defense. So this is going to be a grind it out contest. A battle of field position and a lot of strategy involved. The better coaching may very well determine the winner in this game.
The Gators lead 38-10-2 in the all-time series over Vanderbilt. In their last meeting in Nashville last year, the Gators prevailed 13-6. I expect a little more scoring than that. Take Vandy in this game plus the 9 points. I also think you should take the under 41.5 points since this will most likely be a defensive struggle.
Prediction: Florida wins, 19-16.
Georgia @ Tennessee 3:30pm ET CBS
Tennessee is a team coming into this game with a very shaky 3-1 record (including a tightly contested 17-13 win over Massachusetts last week) and Georgia is a team that is exceeding expectations with a young QB in Matt Fromm.
Fromm isn’t lighting it up, but he’s provided steady play for the Bulldogs while the Vols need a big game from Quinten Dormady. That’s a tall order against a very good defense, allowing just 11.5 points per game this season. Tennessee has a solid defense and that should help their offense, which can run the ball effectively, but they’ll need some assistance from Dormady.
Tennessee leads the all-time series 23-21-2….thanks to a last second win last year at Georgia. The Bulldogs will have revenge on their minds in this rivalry game. The Vols last beat a top 10 SEC opponent in 1999. Don’t expect that to change this week. I like Georgia -7.5 points. I also like the under 47 points.
Prediction: Georgia wins, 27-17.
And in possibly the game of the day:
The #2 Tigers travel to Blacksburg to face off against the #12 Hokies in a key ACC game during prime-time on Saturday. A lot of people think this is going to be a good game. However, I’m not one of them. I think this is going to be fairly one sided once they feel each other out in the first half. You may ask yourself, “Why does DJ think that?”
Well, I’ll tell you. I’m not here to disappoint you, I’ll give you answers because I know you can handle the truth. The Tigers defensive line is insanely good (it’s why most expect Bama to face off with Clemson for another Championship) and VT’s offensive line is going to have their hands full. 17 sacks in four games and limiting their opponents to 2.5 yards per carry. That kind of insanely good.
Oh, and you may have heard about this kid replacing the departed QB DeShaun Watson. The Tigers aren’t missing Watson at all. Kelly Bryant has been very good, despite being sacked 10 times so far.
Keeping this short and sweet since this is a debut blog. Clemson holds a 21-12-1 series edge over Virginia Tech, including last season in the ACC title game.
Take Clemson -7.5 and the under 50.5 points. This is pretty much a gut reaction to this game, I really like the Tigers in this game, even more so than the other 2 games previewed.
Clemson wins, 31-14.
Thanks for reading and I’ll be here again to bore you to tears next week.
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