College Football Week 9 – Scott Van Pelt’s Winners
6-3 last week, 11 of us are over .500 but… guys? Guys? I just want to warn you, I wrote a lot of things down this week. Like a lot of things. Unfortunately, as nation no. 1 Sun Belt commercial — no one is from that conference. But you can’t force it, it just has to happen. Also, we have double-digit elections. Buckle up.
Van Pelt’s Choice: West Virginia (+7.5)
The midday window is busy. West Virginia gets 7.5 and a hook from TCU. The Frogs are really good, hopefully the Mountaineers don’t end up on their third string QB like everyone else does. Let’s go hiking, let’s have a beer.
SVP: 22-9 all-time in picks against top-10 Big 12 teams
Van Pelt’s pick: Iowa State (+1)
Staying in the Big 12 to take another home team in Iowa State. The Cyclones have lost four in a row, but now it’s time for a Jack Trice Halloween stand.
SVP: 7-3 all-time picking home teams vs. Oklahoma
Van Pelt’s pick: Notre Dame (+2.5)
Things I never thought I’d say for $1,000, please: Notre Dame isn’t getting enough points from Syracuse. The line is a bit suspect. A good Orange team after a heartbreaking loss at Clemson — a good time to root for the Irish in the dome. I’m on them.
SVP: 2-0 all time when we pick Notre Dame
Van Pelt’s pick: Virginia (+2)
Staying in the ACC… we already have West Virginia. Now we’re just taking plain old regular Virginia — thank goodness there’s no Eastern or Southern Virginia because I’d probably have those this week, too. Cavaliers at home plus a small spot again Canes.
SVP: 6-3 all-time when picking Virginia
Van Pelt’s pick: California (+17)
Ready for Halloween HOTYBS? Hold onto your asses, Berkeley Special. Ducks fly — but that’s a lot of Halloween candy we’re handing out to the bears at home. Trick or Treat.
SVP: 7-4 all-time when picking California
Van Pelt’s pick: Louisville (+4)
Do you know what a scary costume is? A demonic deacon. Huge head — just an angry old man. Their team is also terrifying. Really good. This line stinks. We’re backing the Cards to keep this close, which isn’t easy against a top 10 scoring offense.
SVP: 7-3 this season picking unranked teams against top 10 teams
Van Pelt’s pick: Missouri (+3.5)
Scott — that’s six, how many more? So much more, my friend. So much more. Missouri was in the segment back-to-back weeks earlier this year and covered both. We like the Tigers on the road in Columbia against ranked South Carolina. Only 3½, you say? All right. We will take them.
SVP: 19-8-1 this season when picking the same team multiple times (picking Missouri 3rd time)
Van Pelt’s pick: Kentucky (+12)
OK, now we get to the night games — it’s dark outside on Halloween weekend and it’s about to get super spooky because playing against Tennessee is a horror show. But human nature is powerful and who is it on the track? Evil machine in red and black. Next week the Vols get Georgia. And while they know Kentucky is far from a trap game, it seems like this could be a lot to lay on at this point. We’re going to hit the road with double-digit dogs, which are actually cats.
SVP: 6-2 all-time when you picked Kentucky
Van Pelt Pick: Arizona (+16.5)
Have we ever had double HOTYBS? Now we do, as Arizona’s defense has given up 49 in three of its last four games. Against the mighty Trojans, we’ll be holding our butts in Tucson in the hopes that the home team can avoid a blowout. Tucson Slim — you’re 0-1 in this segment, pull yourself together.
SVP: 7-5 all-time in picks vs. Lincoln Riley
Van Pelt’s pick: Texas A&M (+2)
The last couple has been the essence of this segment over the years. You’re going to hate them, that’s okay. You either see the vision – or you don’t. Either way it’s fine. A&M is in shambles right now — the Aggies are an Arkansas FG who have pushed themselves to the top of the uprights away from a four-game losing streak and are just two points at home to top 15 Ole Miss. Do the letters GPG mean anything to you? A game of general principles… and as a general rule, we’re rooting for the Aggies here because I don’t know what else to do.
SVP: 48-34-1 all time when picking an unranked SEC team
Van Pelt pick: Pittsburgh (+3)
Finally, a similar deal in Chapel Hill. Pitt has lost two of three, Carolina is in position, ranked, but gives up only three. Of course. By now you know what to do. Say it with me — Hello Pitt.
SVP: 8-4 all-time when picked against North Carolina
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