VSiN’s school soccer skilled takes a have a look at his 5 finest video games for Saturday.
Georgia (-22.5, 44.5) vs. Kentucky
The most necessary recreation of the week comes from a matchup with some extent unfold north of three touchdowns. Although Georgia has been largely dealt important level spreads all 12 months, the Bulldogs are nonetheless 5-1 ATS. And currently, they’re trying dominant with backup QB Stetson Bennett main the best way. Kentucky, in the meantime, simply beat Florida and LSU in consecutive weeks, which speaks to expertise and training. Outside of the shut name in opposition to Tennessee-Chattanooga, the Wildcats have been distinctive — and likewise good to backers. But that is one other impediment totally, and taking part in in Athens gained’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 figuring out his protection was cooked in opposition to Ole Miss. The play design itself was very “meh,” however I favored 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, nonetheless, signifies some confidence in Auburn. Even on the highway, I lean towards the underdog.
Texas (-4, 60) vs. Oklahoma State
If you wager Texas (+3.5) final week, I simply need you to know I used to be eager about you over the weekend. That was not a pleasing loss to Oklahoma contemplating how large the Longhorns have been up early and the truth that the sport appeared destined to finish on a discipline objective. It didn’t, and right here we’re. It will probably be fascinating to see how Texas rallies, and Oklahoma State is a lot 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, nonetheless, Oklahoma State is presently ranked No. 89 nationally, and I’m simply unsure that’ll be an excellent match for this recreation.
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 by way of an opponent, Mississippi State is an attention-grabbing 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 12 months, plus they arrive in following per week off after beating Texas A&M the prior week. Alabama’s go protection wasn’t very good on Saturday, and it’ll doubtless be examined as soon as once more by Mike Leach. While 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 12 months, though I’m very a lot up for it. Also, considerably surprisingly, these two will probably be convention foes quickly sufficient. BYU was not up for its recreation in opposition to Boise State final weekend, and the Cougars misplaced 26-17 at house as six-point favorites. On the opposite facet, I wager in opposition to 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. While the status at Baylor has lengthy been about offense, the Bears have the nation’s No. 21-ranked scoring protection in the meanwhile. For BYU, having struggled offensively of late, that could possibly be a problem.