It also helped the APP in its final week of picks this year as Alabama not only won its game, but with that late touchdown also won against the betting line.
We’ll gauge popular opinion as to whether to drag the members of the APP Department away from the egg nog to make bowl picks on Southeastern Conference teams.
In the last week of regular season play (and predictions), the favorites came through with wins. That meant that the APP finished 7-2 on picking the winner, uncharacteristically decent at 5-4 against the spread, and uncharacteristically poor against the over/under at 3-5.
For the year, the APP finished at 83-28 in picking SEC winners and 58-39 against the over/under (predicted number of points expected to be scored by both teams), but only 45-54 vs. the spread (also known as the line, the number of points by which a team is favored).
Here’s how we did game-by-game:
Missouri at Arkansas (Arkansas favored by 14 points, over/under 44 1/2) – PREDICTION: Arkansas 28, Missouri 16 ACTUAL: Arkansas 28, Missouri 3. Correct on winner, incorrect against the spread, correct on o/u.
Clemson at South Carolina (Clemson favored by 17 1/2, o/u 54) – PREDICTION: Clemson 56, South Carolina 9 ACTUAL: Clemson 37, South Carolina 32. Correct on winner and vs. the o/u, wrong against the line.
Georgia at Georgia Tech (Georgia favored by 5 1/2, o/u 48) – PREDICTION: Georgia 24, Georgia Tech 17 ACTUAL: Georgia 13, Georgia Tech 7. Correct on all counts except boring the Georgia AD into firing Richt.
Vanderbilt at Tennessee (Tennessee favored by 17 1/2, o/u 40 1/2) – PREDICTION: Tennessee 31, Vanderbilt 10 ACTUAL: Tennessee 53, Vanderbilt 28. Correct on the winner and against the spread, wrong vs. the o/u.
Alabama at Auburn (Alabama favored by 14 1/2, o/u 48 1/2) – PREDICTION: Alabama 35, Auburn 17 ACTUAL: Alabama 29, Auburn 13. Correct on winner and against the spread, wrong on o/u.