Stuart McNair

Almost Perfect Picks Department was correct on all 12 SEC winners

There were a couple of close calls in last week’s SEC predictions

The nerds in the Almost Perfect Picks Department at gathered around the TV far past their bedtimes Saturday watching the Arkansas-TCU game. That was all they needed and the Razorbacks came through with a double overtime 41-38 win.

The geeks don’t gamble, so as far as they were concerned that made the Almost Perfect Picks last week something else – the Perfect Picks!

Last week’s selections were correct on the winner of all 12 games involving Southeastern Conference teams. That included picking Arkansas to win in an upset at Fort Worth and not going with the crowd and selecting Vanderbilt to lose to Middle Tennessee. Vandy was a 47-24 winner.

To be sure, it was not the most difficult week for selection. There were two games matching SEC teams against one another – South Carolina at Mississippi State (won by the Bulldogs, 27-14) and Kentucky at Florida (the Gators made it 30 in a row over the Wildcats, 45-7).

There were also two games in which SEC teams played tough out-of-conference foes, Arkansas at TCU and Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech at Bristol, Tenn. (the Vols outraced the Hokies, 45-24).

Seven games were like Alabama’s cupcake week with Bama taking a 38-10 win over Western Kentucky. As such, several had no betting lines.

As for the other aspects of the APP selections, against the point spread and the over-under (combined points), it was 4-4 against the line and 5-3 vs. the over-under. By the way, the APP applauded Tide Coach Nick Saban giving an ass-chewing. That inexcusable fumble and allowing Western Kentucky to score a touchdown in the final minutes kept the picks from being 5-3 against the line.

Through two games, the APP is 21-4 in selecting winners, 10-11 against the spread, and 14-7 vs. the over-under.

No. 1 Alabama at No. 17 Ole Miss headlines this week’s SEC contests. The Crimson Tide and Rebels kick off at 2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday with CBS televising.


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