Almost Perfect Picks Handles The Rivals

It was the last chance for the Almost Perfect Picks panel to make a splash, hopefully not a belly buster, and the results of rivalry weekend in predicting Southeastern Conference games was a resounding...okay.

In the nine games of last weekend, the APP had seven correct, two wrong in predicting the winner. But there is more to it than that. Against the point spread, the APP was only 4-5 and as to the over-under only 5-4, so an even 9-9 on gambling opportunities.

For instance, Alabama defeated Auburn, 55-44. So the APP – which had predicted a 31-21 win -- got that right insofar as the straight up pick. Bama was a 9 1/2-point favorite at the time, so the 10-point win prediction was also a winner. But the over-under was 53 1/2 and APP thought it would come in under that. Hah! Alabama alone busted that mark even without the 44 contributed by Auburn to make the points total 99.

To be honest, the APP didn't care about any predictions other than the Tide defeating the Tigers. APP was 11-1 in picking the Bama outcome this year, coincidentally the same record as Alabama's on-the-field record.

The APP missed two games straight up, picking Mississippi State to defeat Ole Miss and predicting a Georgia win over Georgia Tech.

Georgia was the one SEC East Division team the APP expected to get a win over its ACC rival. The APP was not surprised that Florida State beat Florida, Clemson defeated South Carolina, and Louisville downed Kentucky.

The week started well with APP having LSU over Texas A&M on Thursday and Missouri upsetting Arkansas on Friday, and having a happy ending Saturday night.

For the year, the APP is 90-21 in straight up picks and 97-76 in gambling opportunities.

This week, of course, there is only one game involving SEC teams. The APP panel will have its prediction for the Alabama vs. Missouri SEC Championship Game. That game is at 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. central time) Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. CBS will televise the game.

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