Week 10 of the SEC football season brought several great games and surprising results, making for a very enjoyable weekend of football. Ryne still maintains the overall lead in our betting challenge, but Jacob and Alex have closed the gap over the last few weeks, as all three of them hold a lead in the other respective categories. Ryne is still the -400 favorite to win the 2021 SEC Bets BSSR Challenge if you're looking to put your money on the results, but we'll see if he can maintain his lead for another week. Week 11 is sure to have a some interesting matchups and intriguing results.
We saw a 4-3 record in week 8 of the NFL season, which was a huge bounce back from our 1-6 performance two weeks ago. We stand at a paltry 25-28 on the year, but watch out, because the Fade of the Week is getting a little hot now at a 3-5 record this season. Let's get into the seven plays I like best in week 9, where I'm on several road teams to cover.
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Over 41.5
Two surprising upsets in the four SEC games last week made for a rather unimpressive betting week for the BSSR experts, but we'll bounce back in week 10 of the college football season. All but one SEC team is in action this week, with the lone team on a bye being Vanderbilt. So, for all intents and purposes, all SEC teams are playing this weekend. Ryne still holds the overall lead and a slight edge in money line bets, while Jacob has moved up to #1 against the spread and Alex maintains a slight lead in point total bets.
We had a frustrating 3-3-1 record last week as the CFB Gods have smited us down again. Our FSU side ended with a push due to a highly improbably scoop and score for Clemson on the last play of the game for the Noles, who started the play at their own 40 yard line. Also, I had a total misread on the MSU/Michigan game, as both of those defenses are highly overvalued. Missouri could've gotten to 41+ if their defense was worth anything at all and could've kept Vanderbilt off the field, but I didn't expect the Dores to actually be able to rush for 260 yards. Also, who of us had Kentucky allowing an SEC single-game passing percentage record on their BINGO boards? I definitely did not. Regardless, we have a new week and a new chance to make some money this week, so let's get to it.
Utah Team Total (TT) Over 29.5 @ Stanford
Well boys, last week was an absolute disaster for us. We went an unprecedented 1-6 in week 7, and only managed to salvage a win on Monday night due to two pathetic offenses in New Orleans and Seattle. The comical aspect of last week is that we didn't just suffer some bad beats; they weren't even close most of the time. It was just one of those weeks where nothing went right. The bad news: our total record for the year has fallen to 21-25. The good news: we have nowhere to go but up this week. We'll definitely have a better record this time around than we did last weekend, and that's a Swatson Guarantee.
The Fade of the Week is 2-5 on the season, so keep fading that pick, or start doing so if you haven't already. Let's run through the 7 picks I like best in week 8 of the NFL season.
Cincinnati Bengals -11.5 at New York Jets
We almost did it last week, fellas. Our very own Micah "The Humble Explosion" Woods nearly achieved our first undefeated week, only missing the over/under for the MSU-Vandy game for an 11-1 record on the week. It was a pretty good week for most of us in week 8 and we'll look to continue that trend this Halloween weekend. As it stands, Ryne still holds the overall and money line lead, while Jacob has emerged as the leader against the spread and Alex maintains his top position in the point total bets. We only have four more games to pick in week 9, so maybe one of us will go undefeated this week for the first time ever.
Last week saw a 4-3 result on our plays. Kent State and Ohio saw almost 1,000 yards of offense and a combined 16-28 on 3rd downs but just 61 points total. There were field goals settled for on the 14-, 6-, 10-, and 3-yard line. Sigh. But, if you see me bet on Clemson again this year please check in about my mental health. Their receivers can't catch, their QB can't throw, and their running backs can't - well, run. South Carolina entered the 4th quarter last weekend with 30 total yards, just to score twice in garbage time and cost us the under. Regardless, we still profited fortunately, and for those that put the extra money with me on the Notre Dame alternate line of -13.5, we made just a bit extra there. That was one of those games where the stats and my feelings towards those two teams aligned perfectly. This week seems to be a fun one though, so let's dive in.
#6 Michigan @ #8 Michigan State Under 51.0
It was a much needed week 6 for us, as we finished with a 5-2 run. That brings the season total to 20-19 as we're finally above .500 on the year. The picks have been on a solid run ever since I switched from giving out six picks to seven picks, so we'll keep that trend going for week 8. It's also important to add that my Fade of the Week actually hit in week 6 and is now 2-4 on the season, so beware if you decide to fade that play this time around.
Baltimore Ravens -6.5 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Last week wasn't a great one for the boys, as there were a few quite unexpected outcomes. Such is the case in SEC, so our confidences won't be rattled heading into week 8. Ryne still holds the lead in all categories except for Over/Unders, where Alex is comfortably ahead of the rest of us.
We only have 4 games to pick in week 8, so let's get to it.*
Last week left us with a respectable 5-3 record. Not bad, but definitely able to be improved upon. Notably, though, I'm now 5-0 on the year in Team Total (TT) points picks, so let's hope to keep that ball rolling through the whole season. We're exactly even at 18-18 so far this year but the gambling gods seem to have lifted their curse on a majority of my bets, so things are looking up for the remainder of the season. Let's get to it.
#13 Notre Dame -7.0 vs. USC