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Year 2's Week 5 Picks

It's a decent set of games. I'll try not to screw this up.

John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

Last Week: 9-0 straight up, 5-4 against the spread

Season: 38-4 straight up, 20-13 against the spread

As always, the lines come from the Yahoo! pick 'em game except where noted.

South Carolina (-7) over UCF 24-21

This is a dangerous, dangerous game. UCF is really good once about every three to four years, and this seems to be one of those years. It's a bad time to be playing this one on the road.

Tennessee (-19) over South Alabama 49-20

The Vols seem to have no trouble firebombing cupcakes this year, so I'll take them to do so for the third time on the season.

Alabama (-14) over Ole Miss 33-23

It'll be a close game and a fun game, but as with two weeks ago, the Tide will survive and advance. The game doesn't have a line for this for some reason, but the consensus is Bama by 14.

Florida (-13) over Kentucky 30-6

Backup quarterback on the road at a place where Teddy Bridgewater only won by 14, and I'm taking Florida to cover? Even without Dominique Easley, UK will have big problems scoring. The Gators should pick up enough points here and there to cover.

Texas A&M (-14.5) over Arkansas 48-27

Arkansas's defense does seem improved over last year, but it'll take more than a year to be able to handle this flying circus. Plus, it's offense can't keep up with the Aggies.

Missouri (-21.5) over Arkansas State 44-20

Lots of people are sleeping on Mizzou, and Vegas seems to be included. No matter. I'll keep taking advantage for as long as I can.

Vanderbilt (-19.5) over UAB 41-17

Did I say that James Franklin's Vanderbilt is always good at running up the score on cupcakes? I meant to say it's always good for doing that at home.

LSU (+3) over Georgia 39-35

I'll have more to say on this later, but I do like the Tigers in this one.