5-3 last week, which this season qualifies as a heater. Can we build on the momentum? What kind of question is that? We are busy, busy, busy in the noon window and that’s after I remembered we can’t take Rutgers ever again, even though I want to.
Van Pelt’s pick: Arkansas +5.5
Let’s start with a Bunkie Perkins parlay of games, starting with a team who has lost six in a row and fired a coordinator. Arkansas, how we doin’? It’s not been great, but we are calling on the Hogs to keep it close in Gainesville.
SVP: 9-2 all-time when picking Arkansas
Van Pelt’s pick: Texas A&M +3
Do you think this next pick can get there? Another road ‘dog in the SEC. Rather play this at noon than at night. A&M plus the points on the Grove in Oxford.
SVP: 9-8 when picking vs. top-10 teams this season
Van Pelt’s pick: Clemson +3
Hey coach, this isn’t Tyler from Spartanburg. This is Scott from DC. I still believe in the home team, and I’m backing Clemson at home against Notre Dame plus a small number.
SVP: 0-1 all-time when picking Clemson
Van Pelt’s pick: Cincinnati +3.5
Hey, you know what’s less fun than backing a team who has lost six in a row? Backing two of them. Historic Nippert Stadium, where the Bearcats welcome UCF to town. These teams are finding the road a bit bumpier in the Big 12, as expected. Gotta try to find the dubs where you can. Spot here for Cincinnati to try to grab one as a small ‘dog.
SVP: 4-2-1 all-time when picking Cincinnati
Van Pelt’s pick: Maryland +8
Anytime I take this team, you call me a homer … that’s not it. Penn State has Michigan next week. Terps season has been undone with a couple losses in a row as big favorites. Back in the Snake Pit — the real ones know — can they battle for 60? If they can, this feels like the window where they will.
SVP: 3-4 all-time when picking Maryland
Van Pelt’s pick: USC +3
Couple more home ‘dogs to close it out. Just love the spot here for USC, home to unbeaten Washington. Trojans defense is a disaster, but Washington seems a tad wobbly here and ‘SC catching some in the Coliseum is a must-back situation.
SVP: 4-4 all-time when picking USC
Van Pelt’s pick: Mississippi State +4.5
And we close in Starkvegas. Not doing the Christopher Walken cowbell thing because they got smoked when I did it earlier this season. We are on the Dogs as small ‘dogs against Kentucky at home in this one.
SVP: 8-9 all-time when picking Mississippi State
That’s it. A lean seven. There are a ton more out there. Discipline is the key. Cage. Wheel. Reverse. Whatever ya like.