It Was An Easy Week For Picking Winners

As expected, the Almost Perfect Picks were perfect in the second week of the Southeastern Conference college football season – also known as the Week of the Cupcakes. Not only did we hit all of the picks, all of the winners were double-digit winners. The average score was Winner 49.25, Loser 10.5.

Alabama was no more and no less guilty of its SEC brethren in picking on the unfortunate. Florida Atlantic University was coming off a 55-7 loss to Nebraska (which appears to be a not very good team) and was a 40-point underdog to the Crimson Tide.

Bama took a 41-0 win in what was essentially only 7/8 game since the final 7:53 was cancelled by agreement of both teams. Those lightning strikes were the best thing that happened for the Owls.

The Almost Perfect Picks (APP) had picked the game 45-0, which meant we were correct on the winner, correct on the pick against the point spread, and because the over-under (the number of points expected to be scored) was 50 we were also correct on that.

The bet, however, would not have counted in Las Vegas since the game was not completed.

Even as we tell you that APP had another good week in an imaginary gambling world, we remind you that we also suspect that we would be even broker than we are if we bet on college football games, and we strongly advise against the practice.

There were nine games involving SEC teams in which there was a published betting line and accompanying over-under, meaning there were 18 possible bets. On Saturday, the APP hit 5-9 against the spread and 8-9 on the over-under, meaning 13-18, a slight drop from last week’s 14 of 18.

Three games were so ridiculously one-sided in appearance, there was no betting line on them. They were Nicholls State at Arkansas, Lamar at Texas A&M, and San Jose State at Auburn.

Next week’s schedule picks up a tiny bit, although Alabama is one of the teams continuing a weak non-conference schedule. The Tide will host Southern Mississippi at 5 p.m. Saturday. Those stepping it up:

Arkansas defeated Nicholls State, 73-7, but this week goes to Texas Tech.

Florida defeated Eastern Michigan, 65-0, but this week goes to Kentucky, which beat Ohio, 20-3.

Tennessee downed Arkansas State, 34-19, and this week will be at Oklahoma.

South Carolina defeated East Carolina, 33-23, (everyone knows they play better football in the South than they do in the East), and this week plays at Georgia, which had an open date for Cupcake Week.

Missouri defeated Toledo, 49-21, and this week hosts UCF (Central Florida).

Other SEC teams join Alabama in facing another week of little opposition. They include:

Mississippi State defeated UAB, 47-34, and this week goes to South Alabama.

LSU defeated Sam Houston State, 56-0, and this week hosts Louisiana-Monroe.

Texas A&M defeated Lamar, 73-3, and this week hosts Rice.

In the lone conference game of the week last week, Ole Miss defeated Vanderbilt, 41-3, and this week Mississippi hosts Louisiana-Lafayette and Vandy hosts UMass.

Auburn defeated San Jose State, 59-13, and this week has an open date in preparation for a Thursday, Sept. 18, game at Kansas State.


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