Stuart McNair

Almost Perfect Picks of SEC games were both on and off the mark

Almost Perfect Picks were 8-0 in SEC, but not so good on scores

Remember how LSU needed that one more second against Auburn a couple of weeks ago? The Almost Perfect Picks Department at needed another second in Athens last week.

Not that it affected the outcome of the game, since Tennessee won it by 34-31 as time ran out. That was one of the correct winners the APP had last week. In fact, the APP was 8-8 in selecting the winners.

But in the Tennessee-Georgia game, if there had been a second left when the Vols scored on the winning Hail Mary, then UT would have kicked the extra point. As it was, the game was over and there was no kick. So what? Here’s what. Tennessee was a 3 1/2 point favorite. So Georgia won against the spread, and that’s not what the APP had picked.

As hard as it is to believe, the group of nerds picked all eight winners, but was only 1-6 against the spread (there was no line on the Arkansas-Alcorn State game, which the Razorbacks won by 52-10).

The APP had Alabama winning against the line (35 1/2), but twice Bama got into touchdown territory only to settle for field goals. Those squandered eight points meant Bama’s 34-6 win wasn’t good enough against the line, but 42-6 would have done it.

LSU’s 42-7 win was the only game in which the APP was correct on the winner, against the spread, and hitting the over-under (combined points by both teams).

As for the over-under, the APP was 4-3.

Thus, for the season, the geeks have been right on the winner 44 times, wrong only 8. But against the spread it has dropped to 17-29. The APP continues to do okay on the over-under, now 26-20.

The  APP Department is feeling the heat, and is spending a lot of times on this week’s games, particularly Alabama at Arkansas, which kicks off at 6 p.m. CDT with ESPN televising.

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