We've finally made it to Week 1 of the 2023 college football season. And with that, Bucket Squad Sports Reports will begin our fourth annual SEC Betting Challenge to determine which of our five college football experts most accurately predicts each game of every SEC team's schedule.
Like we've done the last three seasons, we'll each predict who we think will win and cover in every game that features an SEC team throughout the year, as well as the over/under on the point total for those games. For those who will be following along for the first time this season, here were the champions for the first three years of the BSSR SEC Betting Challenge.
It wasn't a great betting performance from the Bucket Squad boys in week 2, but we'll look to bounce back in the 9 games we're picking for week 3. Two weeks into the season, we have an overall tie between Micah and Jacob, who also lead the other three subcategories.
There was a slight scoring change that took an over/under win away from Micah and added to the rest of us, as initially a push was counted in Micah's favor and against the other four of us. So the scoreboard is now accurate and will remain that way for the remainder of the season.
Fade my over/under picks. It seems impossible to be as bad as I have been betting the point totals.
Texas Football: not back. I should've known when I saw the picture of the Arkansas fan's house that had mowed the "Horns Down" logo into their yard that the game would be far too hostile for a freshman QB alongside Texas' new head coach. Regardless, a 1-2 week brings us to a ho-hum 4-3 record on the year. On the bright side, however, my leans last week went 4-1 if you happened to tail those. Nevertheless, we move onward en route to our first perfect weekend of the young season right here. Let's dive in. Oh, and please make sure I don't bet too many more away favorites this year unless I'm absolutely certain of a cover as these crowds are raucous and ready for blood.
New Mexico +30.0 @ #7 Texas A&M & Under 50
We're coming off a 3-1 opening week, or 2-1-1 if you weren't able to get the better number on Ohio State (we got it at 13.5 on tuesday but it closed at 14 pretty much everywhere). Regardless, that's cash. Whether you're going for pizza money or rent money, the plan is to take those profits and roll them over this week to double it. And there are certainly a few lines I'm ready to knock out of the park, with all due respect (thanks again Mark Jackson for one of the best sound bites out there).
Florida -29.0 @ USF
We're changing things up a little bit this college football season. While we will still be giving out our collective picks for every SEC game each week (those will be posted every Friday), our college football expert, Alex Hill, will be taking his top weekly bets nationwide. So on every Thursday throughout the college football season, check back in to see which games across the country Alex is putting the most money, and why. I hope you found this article early enough to place your bets on these games, because Alex is going 4-0 in week 1 to start out the season.
Ohio State -13.5 @ Minnesota
The boys of the Bucket Squad Sports Reports (your #1 source for all things sports) are back to kickoff the first big weekend of college football and run back our season long betting competition on SEC football. For those who missed out on last year's contest, Jacob Perry took home the crown with an overall win percentage of 63.3 percent. For the rest of us, hopefully the results will be different in 2021.
Check back every Friday to see our picks for the upcoming SEC games of the weekend.
We're back with our SEC picks in a weekend filled with intriguing matchups. As always, our five college football experts will give you their plays on the money line, point spread, and over/under so you can see multiple opinions when making your picks. Additionally, Alex will provide his best play for each game, backed by data and analytics. The scoreboard below remains tight overall and for the money line, while distance is being created in bets against the spread and on the over/under, which are more difficult to predict. Hopefully the advice of our Bucket Squad experts will help you make lots of money this weekend.
Week 1 of the slate of SEC matchups certainly did not disappoint, and we're just as excited to give you our picks for how things will turn out in week 2. As you can see on the scoreboard below, Alex has taken an early lead overall. We have added an extra college football expert, Ryne Marshall, who will provide an additional voice so you can hear from as many opinions as possible when making your picks this week. Going forward, our scoreboard will be ranked based on win percentage for each category, since Ryne will have fewer total games picked throughout the season.
As always, Alex will also provide his lock for each game with rationale behind it. We hope to make you a lot of money this weekend.
While college football has been going on for three weeks now, it doesn't really feel like college football until the SEC starts playing. With that said, college football is finally back! We didn't know if we'd get to see any football a couple months ago, but with the new SEC conference only schedule, each team will face off against at least a fairly formidable opponent every Saturday (unless they're playing Vandy or Arkansas).
Bucket Squad's college football experts, Nick Swatson, Alex Hill, Jacob Perry, and Micah Woods, will give you their picks on the money line, point spread, and over/under for each SEC matchup every week, so even if your team loses on the scoreboard, you can still win in your bank account. Additionally, Alex Hill will provide detailed information on each matchup, backed by data and analytics, to show you why he picked the way he did, and why you should too.
We'll track our experts' records each week to see how their picks are faring individually. See who has the hot hand after each week and thus who you should side with as the season progresses. Whoever wins at the end of the season will win the greatest prize of all... bragging rights over their friends.