Happy Halloween! This is not a Trick-or-Treat situation, trading Aaron Rodgers is something the Green Bay Packers should consider before the NFL Trade Deadline Nov 1 at 4 PM. Is this likely? No, we understand that there is almost no chance this happens - but it should be considered. Hear me out...
With the Green Bay Packers dropping 4 consecutive games to the New York Jets, New York Giants, Washington Commanders and last night to the Buffalo Bills, their Super Bowl contention window with Aaron Rodgers is closing quickly. Heck, even the playoffs seem like a pipe dream unless the Packers go out and sign some serious playmakers this off-season (which we all know they won't because, the Packers). With Father Time starring Rodgers in the face, it would be in the best interest for both parties to move on right now.
We don't see trades like this happen in the NFL midseason like in hockey, but maybe we should... and here's why. The Packers front office has done nothing to get Rodgers any help and Rodgers looks absolutely dejected being on this team. He came back to get another crack at a Lombardi Trophy and with the way this offense is constructed, there seems to be no chance of that happening. Since the Super Bowl window is, in my opinion, officially behind them in Green Bay, Rodgers should get the chance to win at least one more in a new city and the Packers should prepare for the future by seeing what they have in Jordan Love and get a boatload of picks to do find out. Again, we don't think this is going to happen but since we're talking about it, let's look at 4 landing spots that seem to make the most sense.
4. New Orlean Saints
The NFC South is WIDE open for a team to step up and take control. It's currently being led by the "full rebuild" Atlanta Falcons with Marcus Mariotta at the helm. A quick and easy way into the playoffs would be adding a future HOF QB to get in there and put this offense on the right track. Rodgers would get an instant upgrade at almost every skill position on the offensive side of the ball, he'd inherit a high powered offense of Michael Thomas, Chris Olave (whose playing out of his mind), Alvin Kamara, Taysom Hill, and Jarvis Landry.
They've already benched Winston, who was a healthy back up the last two weeks and have turned the organization over to the Red Rocket, Andy Dalton. By doing this, they're saying Winston is not the future and we're putting Dalton in because he gives us the best chance to "win now", which is the sign of a team who believes they can compete this year. They aren't tanking, they just shut out the Raiders 24-0 yesterday.
Bringing in Rodgers would be an instant boost to this potential high powered offense and they would WALK away with the NFC South. They currently have a top 10 offense (again, with Andy Dalton) so adding a guy like Rodgers could put them into the conversation for one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL. Additionally, they have a top 12 defense in the NFL. They really are one consistent QB away from surprising a lot of people in the NFC.
3. New York Giants
I struggled to put the Giants on this list because it really feels like he'd be going out of the frying pan into the fryer with this move. The Giants, have overachieved to say the least and majority of this turnaround falls on the stellar play from Saquon Barkley. They are also getting help from Daniel Jones' legs and it seems like he's at least earned himself a second contract...
But it wasn't long ago (about 9 weeks to be exact), where many NYG fans were ready to throw in the towel on this guy. He's been up and down in his career and even after starting 6-2 this season, I don't think anyone is certain that he's the answer long-term at QB. If the Giants want to be aggressive and capitalize on this hot start, they throwing the farm at Rodgers would be a good way to look at Dallas (who Rodgers has OWNED in his career) and say, we're walking into the playoffs. Rodgers would have to face the red hot Eagles in this division but I think Giants fans would rather have Rodgers than Danny Dimes under center for that game.
2. Tennessee Titans
If the Packers and Rodgers were to split ways, the Titans make too much sense. Tannehill went down and missed last week but honestly up to this point, he's been the definition of a game manager. You know what you get with a game manager? A solid regular season in a weak division, a trip to the playoffs and then knocked out in your first game.
If you're a wild card team, you dream of playing the Titans in the first round because they're beatable if you can shut down Henry and force Tannehill to throw the ball effectively. In addition to that, you drafted Tannehill's replacement in the draft last year Mallik Willis, who we know is not ready to take your team on a deep playoff run.
Insert Rodgers into this offense, take the load off of him by letting Derrick Henry do what he does best and watch the Titans become a formidable opponent that teams are afraid of going into the playoffs.
1. New York Jets
Full disclosure, I'm a biased Jets fan. Now that we have that outta the way, let's talk about why this makes sense. The Jets have surprised everyone by being 5-3 in their first 8 games and they've shown that they have more young talent than almost any other team in football. The defense has stepped up, getting a ton of pressure on the QB and Sauce Gardener and DJ Reed shutting down opponents star WR's.
On the offensive side of the ball, they have playmakers (although watching Breece Hall go down hurt). You have Garrett Wilson, who can make all the catches, and has proved he can be effective with a veteran throwing him the ball. Corey Davis, who has provides a veteran presence to the group, while only being 27. Elijah Moore, who yes - requested a trade, but if you have Rodgers as your QB, I think he's at least willing to stick it out and see what can happen. And you also have Carter, Robinson, and Conklin who can all make plays.
The Jets lost a tough one against New England yesterday, but that falls solely on the back of Zach Wilson who threw 3 INTs including 2 that were complete head scratchers. I'm not ready to give up on Wilson... but what if the Jets were able to package a deal together that included draft picks and maybe a player or two to bring Rodgers into New York where Wilson could sit behind Rodgers and learn from him for the next 2 years.
Wilson has already said Rodgers is his favorite player, and being in the same building as him (with all the arm talent that Wilson has) would only serve him better when he starts again for the Jets after Rodgers retires. It's highly unlikely, but the Jets have the pieces to win, and they've been winning despite their QB... You bring in Aaron Rodgers for 2 years and immediately, this team is poised to make a few runs, especially if the defense continues to ball out.
They hit on seemingly every draft pick in last year's draft. Don't waste this momentum and culture that you're building by letting losing creep back into MetLife. Go be aggressive and show they Bills and Dolphins that you're here to play.
I'm dreaming. But let me dream.
With Drew being out of town this week, I (Derrick) was flying solo into the great unknown of sports betting. I decided after two weeks of (just below) .500 picks, we'd let a coin decide the fate of my sports betting account and to my surprise.. it wasn't bad. I also made some real picks of my own, just to keep some validity of the show! Here's how we did (through Sunday):
3 - 2
W - Chiefs (-3) Yes, we needed overtime to decide this one but it was worth the wait. The coin started off hot!
W - Colts (-2.5) The coin said... HEY BILL, I KNOW YOU'RE THE HOTTEST TEAM IN FOOTBALL BUT I DON'T CARE. And then chose the Colts at home... and was right! Thank you coin, I probably was leaning the other way, but I won't doubt your infinite knowledge.
L - Titans ML You can blame the coin for this if you want, but we all know Ryan Tannehill did everything he could to punt this money right out of our bank accounts for this game. It's a shame. I had high hopes for the Titans but they are officially dead to me.
L - Packers (-5.5): Why does Harbaugh HATE the best kicker in NFL history? You let him TIE THE GAME and then let Aaron Rogers win it in overtime so we cover this bet. WHO HURT YOU MR. HARBAUGH???
W - Saints (+11): I have no idea what life even is anymore. Tom Brady SHUT OUT against the Saints? Even the Jets scored on the Saints. Hey, the coin was right, so we'll take it.
The coin still has several open picks thanks to Omnicron and we get 2 Monday games and some Tuesday games! Let's see if the coin can finish well above .500.
4 - 1 (with some still open)
W - Carolina (+17.5 o 37.5): We needed every single teased point here to make this a thing, but alas, we did it!
W - Jets (+18.5 o 35.5): The Jets lost, we knew that would happen but I just couldn't see it being a double digit loss... and it wasn't so good calls there!
W - Baltimore & GB o 43.5: Always, always, always bet the over with Rogers. This line just felt low with all the playmakers they had on the field and it turns out it was extremely low. Take the EZZZZ dub here.
W - Jets (+10.5): For the second week in a row, my BET THE HAUS pick has hit. Turning this season around late as we come down the stretch!
L - Bengals o 21: I had very high hopes for the Bengals to score more than 21 points... it even moved to 20.5 when I bet it and that still didn't help us. Tough loss but good win for the Bengals, especially as Baltimore keeps throwing games away late.
UNCLE TONY... YOU ARE NOW 2 - 0 AND DESTINED FOR GREATNESS!
Uncle Tony told us to SLAM the Bills -10 and THANK YOU because that is his second straight winner in a row. We're happy to have you on board my guy.
Welcome back loyal listeners, readers and internet slooths alike. We're here to give you our official update on our picks from the Take The Over Sports Show for Week 5 of the NFL season.
This was a weird week for me (Derrick) because, I lost the most bets of the year up to this point in the show... So I sat down this morning expecting to have to apologize for losing all your money... but it turns out, the show had another amazing week, I'm just an idiot and didn't take the bets I made for the show. I tried to outsmart myself and lost a few units. I shouldn't second guess things and should ride with the show picks because they're over performing at an insane level.
Here's how we did this week 10 - 3 - 1 on NFL games!
W - LA Rams -2.5: Admittedly this was a tough game to pick but in all honesty, I'm glad I went with my gut. The Rams looked like the team they were in the first 3 weeks and Seattle is going to have some major issues moving forward with Russell Wilson sidelined for the next 4 - 8 weeks. Geno Smith looked decent but their defense is bad and they're going to give up some points, I don't know if Smith and the offense can keep up in a shootout.
W - Buccaneers -10: Miami has regressed significantly this year. They were suppose to take a step in the direction of being a contender in the AFC East with Brian Flores and that defense, instead not so much. Brady HANDLED them throwing 5 Tis.
W - Tennessee Titans -4.5: My only regret on Sunday (aside from not drinking more during the Jets game), was that I didn't put a lot more money on this game. The Jaguars and Urban Meyer are on the hot seat to do something. Luckily they have the Dolphins coming to town, so maybe it's their week?
W - Cardinals -5.5: For the first time all year Arizona's offense wasn't clicking like a well oiled machine but they still put it together and held on for a win. More importantly, they covered. What's that saying? Good teams win, Great teams cover. Thank you Arizona.
W - Steelers -1.5: Hey, they did it. That should keep Pittsburgh from throwing Ben in a river for another week. Hopefully they can continue to feed Najee in the upcoming weeks. Also, we get to add another line to the song. We appreciate that.
W - LA Chargers -1.5: Could this have been the game of the year? I mean, if you like offense WOW. Back and forth, a missed extra point, it had everything. But most importantly, it had the Chargers coming out on top, which is all we ever wanted in the first place.
W - Titans/Jags o48.5: Bad defenses and somewhat competent offenses got it done here.
W - Saints/WTF o44.5: Good Jameis, Bad Jameis, A double shot of Jameis, whatever it took to get you through this game... We're glad you made it and we're glad the over covered EZZZZ.
W - Bills o27 Team Points: Boy oh boy, furniture stores better stay closed for a while because no table is safe in Buffalo. They look lethal.
W - Parlay Eagles +9.5 o 38.5: Upset alert, the Eagles took care of business and this one was never in doubt.
L - Raiders -5.5: Whatever the next stop is on the Vegas Raiders train, please let me know so I can get off. It was a fun ride while it was here but they've been figured out. Throw pressure at Derek Carr and watch him crumble.
L - Carolina -3.5: I still want to believe in this team but until CMC comes back they're probably a no bet for me. Sam Darnold threw a few picks yesterday and that was that.
L - Tyler Lockett o66.5: I thought for a second this had a real chance of hitting. I should stop lying to myself. Player prop bets have kicked my butt this season... no I won't stop taking them... yes, I'll stop acting surprised when they don't hit.
P - Green Bay -3: Okay, it's not a loss. But it felt like one. Maybe Cincinnati is the best football town in the country right now??? I'll take the push but I really wanted to cash in on this.
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Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to another fun-filled week of student-athletes playing under school logos with millions and millions of television and booster dollars hanging in the balance. But I digress. Here’s some picks from me to you, so you can donate a new library with your name on it to your alma mater and finally make your parents proud.
6 Oklahoma at 21 Texas (+3.0)
Oklahoma is a fraud. There. I said it. I picked them (with the Wizard of Sni) to lose as part of my Hot Take NCAAF parlay, and while NC State did beat Clemson, WVU was unable to close the deal against Oklahoma in a game that ultimately came down to one bad offensive snap for the Mountaineers. I think Texas is amped for another rivalry game after hanging 70 (yes, seventy) on Texas Tech two weeks ago and defeating TCU on the road last week. Horns Up. Texas, +3.
2 Georgia (-15) at 18 Auburn
Two touchdowns is a lot of points for a spread, especially when it comes to two ranked teams. But it’s become evident that Alabama and Georgia are head-and-shoulders above the rest of the field, and that includes an Auburn team that lost to Penn State. More on that in a minute. But I think a Georgia team with maybe the best defense in all of college football (averaging 0 points against in their last two games) can squeak by Auburn by a minimum of two touchdowns. Georgia with the points.
4 Penn State at 3 Iowa (-1.5)
Really? 1.5? I can’t believe the disrespect thrown Iowa’s way for this game. The Hawkeyes are going to score a lot of points and then wave at the kids in the children’s hospital, in that order. Iowa -1.5.
BONUS CFB Hot Take Parlay: Florida State ML + South Carolina ML
Welcome to Take The Over Monday Morning Recap:
Week 3 in the NFL is typically where teams start to show their true colors. We find out who is for real and who was a great September story – this week was tough to pick but here we are.
Last week was electric on the show, it seemed as though we couldn’t miss – touting a record of 7 -2 and maybe the gambling god’s has us right where they wanted because this week was NOT that. We finished the week with a record of 6 – 6.
W – Carolina -7.5: The Panthers found a way to win this game but at what cost? Well, the cost was their best player – CMC who will miss several weeks with a hamstring injury. It’s never something you want to hear because hamstrings just need time to heal, there’s not much treatment you can do for them. The Texans are as advertised this year, especially with Davis Mills at the helm. He’s young, inexperienced and will play like a rookie. There will be flashes of greatness but more so, there will be growing pains. Fade the Texans until further notice.
L – Giants -3: You know what? I deserve this. I am taking this L squarely on the jaw because I should’ve known better than to put money on anything related to New York... The Giants, The Jets, The Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade... they’re all dead to me. The Giants stuck around in the game and at points, looked like they would win and cover but at last, they did exactly what the universe suggested they would... lose and hurt my FanDuel account. I will bet against the Giants from this point forward and I’ll pay some student loan payments with the winnings. The bright spot for the Giants is Daniel Jones has went over in rushing yards the last 3 weeks. If it stays under 30 per game... Please hammer it.
W – Arizona -7.5 & o 30.5: This game was more back and forth than I’d like it to be but Kyler Murray and the team put the slumping Urban Meyers away when they needed to. Jacksonville is a mess. It seems like some sure bets moving forward are Trevor Lawrence over interceptions per game and bet against the Jags.
L – Seattle -1.5: Man, I can’t figure this Seattle team out. I still believe in them for some reason but they don’t have the magic they seemed to have in previous seasons. I’m going to spectate them for a while before laying anymore money on them. The Vikings on the other hand are hotter than that girl that wouldn’t call you back. GEEEZZZ Kirk Cousins is seemingly earning that paycheck... but of course it could all get derailed if he has to go on the covid list because of his vaccination status. Do I like the Vikings? What is life?
L – Baltimore -7.5: This is another head scratcher team. It seems like they’re going to be this year’s version of the Pittsburgh Steelers – they play up in big games and then play down to weaker competition. Hard to bet on them but THANK YOU JUSTIN TUCKER FOR THAT LEGGGGG... That field goal made me hit the teaser parlay I picked this week, so I appreciate you.
L – New England -3: I believed that BB would scheme something against Jameis but it looked like the defense was too good for Mac Jones and the boys. Next week NE invites a familiar face back home and there’s no chance he doesn’t beat the brakes off the Patriots. I don’t know what the line is but Tampa Bay winning that game just feels right.
W – Green Bay ML: Who doubted Aaron Rodgers? Was it you? Was it me? I don’t remember but let’s not do that again. He’s good. This team is for real and if this is his farewell tour in GB he’s making the most of it these last two weeks.
W – Teaser Parlay: Carolina -1.5, Bills -2.5, Ravens -1.5, Chargers +12.5 +210. This helped my unit count on Sunday. Thank you all for doing your part, especially you Justin Tucker... Send me your address, you’re on my Christmas Card Mailing list.
W – HOT TAKE: FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE SHOW, A HOT TAKE HIT. If you’ve been betting them, congrats on the money. Packers ML Parlayed with Chargers ML +762... Let’s GO!
W - Dallas -3.5: The Cowboys have been a pleasant surprise this year with the return of Dak Prescott and the other offensive pieces finally putting it together. The team spent its first 6 draft picks on the defensive side of the ball (the most in NFL history) and it's paying off. This team seems to be for real as they handled the Eagles and Jalen Hurts pretty handily. Gotta like what they're cooking up there in Dallas, especially with their only loss being to the Super Bowl Champs, Tampa Bay... by 2 points.
Welcome to Saturday morning. A glorious time of peace, recuperation, and degenerate behavior after a nice work week. Take a load off, and check out our picks below in this week’s College Footblog for some free winners today. You deserve it.
WVU (+17.5) vs #4 Oklahoma
Who doesn’t love some primetime Mountaineer action? Not to mention against a Sooner squad that’s only managed to beat Tulane and Nebraska by a combined 12 points. The mix between the Sooners lackluster start and the Mountaineers big win at home against Virginia Tech leads me to the only conclusion we can possibly draw: WVU and the points (almost worth a haus, tbh)
#16 Arkansas vs #7 Texas A&M OVER 47.5
Arkansas (pronounced ARK-in-saw for those at home; why it’s not ar-CAN-zis, I’ll never know) is averaging 40 points per game. Both teams have started 3-0 as we’re witnessing the revival of two football programs with diehard fan bases. Texas A&M isn’t having the same luck on offense, points-wise, but I think this SEC clash is capable of getting over 47.5 with relative ease.
Utah State (+9.5) vs Boise State over 69.5
Familiar with the “I believe that we will win” chant? You can thank Utah State for that.
Looking to be on a team averaging 570 yards of total offense per game? You can thank Utah State for that.
Looking for the team that beat Air Force as nine-point dogs? You can thank Utah State for that.
Boise State’s only win in 2021 was in a runaway against UTEP, if that tells you anything. I’m taking Utah State with the points, and then OVER 69.5 total points in this game.
Louisville (+0.5) @ Florida State
Two firsts for Louisville this week: 1) first game on the road, and 2) first conference game of the season. But they’ve beat UCF as seven-points dogs and lost to Kiffin’s Ole Miss, which the Rebels appear to actually be making an effort this year. On paper, this appears to be a pretty close matchup, however the 2021 Florida State Seminoles are in the process of writing “How To Get a Head Coach Fired For Dummies” book after starting 0-3 for the first time since the Gerald Ford Administration (including a loss to FCS Jacksonville State). This line has moved in favor of FSU throughout the week, but I’m not falling for it. Louisville moneyline, baby.
#20 Michigan State (-4.5) vs Nebraska
I don’t know what exactly they’ve figured out, but Michigan State has figured something out to start the season 3-0. Maybe it’s the zero interceptions? Or perhaps the average of 520 yards on offense? Or that they’re 3-for-3 on fourth down conversions? At any rate, stay hot, Sparty. I expect them to carry the momentum into this game against a Nebraska program that’s only seen one winning season since 2015. Sparty on, Wayne. Michigan State with the points.
Bonus Hot Take: PARLAY NCST ML & WVU ML (+3074). I’m not explaining myself, just do it.
Just like, the smoke cleared and week one of the NFL season was behind us. Here's look at how the Take The Over boys did!
L - Iowa vs Iowa State (-4.5). Iowa State got beat, I thought they'd come out with a little more juice in the game but they just couldn't get anything going and lost the game outright.
W - Pitt (-3.5) @ Tennessee. We were sweating it out in the first half as Tennessee looked like they were going to win the game but in the second half Pitt took control, won the game and covered!
T - Oregon @ Ohio State o/u 63. This Ohio State team just doesn't seem to have it this year. After a slow start against Minnesota, they laid an egg against an Oregon team who was without two of their best players. Like a bad relationship, I got my hopes up only to be let down.
W - Toledo (+17.5) vs Notre Dame. This Toledo team is no joke. They gave this Notre Dame team all they could handle on Saturday and I don't think they're done making noise yet. This was one of those bets that you didn't have to sweat it out till the end, we like those.
NFL Week One:
W - Dallas (+8.5) @ Tampa Bay. Hey, welcome back Dak Prescott. He looked very good in his first game back and they should've won the game if their kicker didn't smoke and upright and duck hook one like Drew off the first tee in a Saturday morning skins game. They proved that they are going to be real contenders in this division and can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the NFC.
W - CeeDee Lamb o 5.5 catches. Another great call by Drew on the podcast. CeeDee had some drops early, got it figured out and rolled the rest of the game with 7 catches and a TD.
L - Zeke Elliott o 13.5 carries. Mike McCarthy completely forgot that he had a running back this game. Asking Dak to throw it 60 times is not going to be a good recipe for success this season. I look for them to try and establish the run a bit more moving forward, control the clock and win some games.
W - Seattle (-2.5) @ Indianapolis. Russell Wilson, in September, is free money.
L - Atlanta (-3.5) vs Philadelphia. Jalen Hurts is looking to make a big leap in year two and this was a great start. Arthur Smith was extremely disappointing in his NFL head coaching debut.
W - Cincinnati (ML) vs Minnesota. It took all of overtime but the Bengals pulled off the upset! Also, Jamar Chase did a little better than I thought - I had him for 75 yards and a TD but he managed to get over 100 in the win. Great news for the Bengals if he can keep this pace up.
L - Tennessee (-3.5) vs Arizona. What is life. Arizona came out and looked great, the same cannot be said for the Titans. This was probably the biggest shock of the weekend.
W - San Fran 49ers o 27. Everybody was scoring in this game, I'm pretty sure 2 guys in section 103 and a security guard scored a TD during the game. Easy money as it went over in the first half!
W - LA Chargers (+1.5) @ Washington. Fitzmagic getting hurt early on, definitely helped the Chargers chances and they were able to pull it out. Another solid contest for Justin Herbert and Brandon Staley gets a win in his first game as a head coach.
W - Chicago vs LA Rams o 47. MATT STAFFORD. GEEEEEEEEEEEZ. Have yourself a day. Rams look like they're going to be stupid good this season.
L - Green Bay vs New Orleans o 50. I think this game would've gone over a million out of a million times if the Packers would've helped out AT ALL. Ugh. Tough one. Lots of questions are going to be coming out of Green Bay if they look like this in week 2.
Overall 9 - 5 - 1. Not our best week but anytime you're making money in sports betting, it's a good day. Looking forward to week 2!
Is this thing on? Do we have to test keyboards the same way we do microphones? This is strange. Am I making this blog using only speech-to-text? Maybe.
WELCOME to the first written content from your friends at Take The Over, the only podcast that records on Wednesdays and gives you free money. Only one of those is true, but I digress. This week’s blog is almost exclusively college football (aka: a college footblog) and is sure to make your Saturday *that* much more enjoyable. Without further ado, here’s the scoop:
Iowa Hawkeyes @ Iowa State Cyclones (-4)
Ever find yourself wondering what two cornfields would look like clashing on a football field? Well, wonder no more as this Saturday we can all witness the Battle of the Corn out in the Midwest. Actually, I’ve read that this game is sometimes affectionately referred to as “El Assico.” Neither of these offenses was great in Week 1, with Iowa beating Indiana thanks to two defensive scores (Indiana’s offense ain’t so hot, neither). Iowa’s QB managed to complete only 47% of his passes, which doesn’t sound so bad to me considering I earned a 39% on my 9th-grade geometry final, but in NCAA Division I Football terms, it’s not great. Iowa State has gained a reputation as a well-coached team under current Head Coach, and former University of Pittsburgh (H2P) defensive lineman, Matt Campbell who has held the reigns since 2016, and it’s about time we all give the Cyclones their due respect and stop acting shocked when they whoop ranked teams, especially at home. I’m taking Iowa State to win the Cy-Hawk Trophy, with the points.
Pitt (H2P) (-3.5) @ Tennessee
This game started at -2.5 and is now at -3.5 at the time of writing this blog, if that tells you anything (for the newbies: the lines can move for several reasons, but one of the more common reasons is the movement as a result of the money being wagered, so in this case, it appears Pitt has received the lion’s share of the wagering). 23-year-old Redshirt Senior Kenny Pickett has been legally drunk for two years now and you would expect him to have the faith of his teammates as he enters his last hurrah with the Panthers. *Knock on wood* Pitt actually covered in their first game of the season and I think can carry that offensive momentum into a friendly-hostile environment (Tennesseans are so polite and hospitable) and score enough touchdowns in the orange-and-white checkered end zones to cover the spread. I’m taking Pitt, with the points.
Oregon @ Ohio State, o/u 63
If you watched the first half of the Ohio State v. Minnesota game, I’d like to apologize on behalf of every Ohio State Football Booster. That wasn’t a great effort. Maybe some nerves, maybe a lack of focus, who knows? CJ Stroud looked like a rookie to the big stage in the game, but then the receiving corps realized they were much faster than the defense and started calling “Four Verticals” every play for big chunks of yards. It seemed both teams made halftime adjustments and points were being scored in bunches. The Buckeyes’ Offense seems to have the ability to adapt their game to the more-recent “speed” philosophy where they want points and they want them now, and that could turn into a shootout with my beloved Oregon Ducks. Well, I hope it turns into a shootout at least. Since the Ducks will be kicking off at 9:00am Pacific, I can envision a scenario where Ohio State scores 50+ and the Ducks end up with 13 BUT, but….but….we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. TAKE THE OVER in this one.
NC State @ Mississippi State, o/u 51
I had a chance to become intimate with spectating the Mississippi State Football Program about a decade ago during the Dan Mullen Era, and even said under my breath one time that I thought college-Dak would be a nice replacement for Big Ben in Pittsburgh (shoutout to me for having an eye for talent). But I did learn that there’re two things that are consistent: 1) the Bulldogs can score a lot of points, and 2) the Bulldogs can give up a lot of points. They are very good at both. Just like how they gave up 34 points to Louisiana Tech last week, meanwhile NC State hung 45 on USF. If we can score one point for each cowbell rung is Stark Vegas this weekend, we’ll be just fine. TAKE THE OVER in this ACC/SEC clash.
BONUS HOT TAKE
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