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Year2's Week 9 Picks

I had a decent bounce back week after a disaster, so let's keep the momentum rolling.

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Last week: 5-1 straight up, 3-2 against the spread

Season: 55-11 straight up, 26-27-2 against the spread

Despite this week being almost entirely intra-conference action, the lines are huge because it's almost entirely the top playing the bottom. I would make a comment here about wanting the league office to try to avoid such things, but Mississippi State-Kentucky is the CBS game and that makes all such arguments invalid.

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

Arkansas (-26.5) over UAB 38-20

Coming off a grueling back-to-back set of Alabama and Georgia with Mississippi State up next, Arkansas is not going to be quite ready for an 11 a.m. kick. The Blazers will probably get some cheap points early before their atrocious run defense gives the game to Arkansas over the rest of the way.

Mississippi State (-14) over Kentucky 38-12

This is the Bulldogs' first road game in a month, with two bye weeks and two home games having come in the interim. I don't think it matters, though. These Bulldogs should be able to keep the Wildcats out of the end zone and come away with another dominant win.

Missouri (-22.5) over Vanderbilt 33-0

This week's theme is "I don't know how the losing team is going to score many points, if any". Let's ride it for three games.

Ole Miss (-3.5) over LSU 30-9

I think this line is some kind of overreaction to the Tigers' blowout win over Kentucky last week. I question it strongly. I haven't seem anything from LSU's offense that suggests to me that it'll get more than one touchdown on this Rebel defense, and that won't be nearly enough.

Alabama (-17) over Tennessee 29-3

The three for the Vols is a pity vote. With Justin Worley hampered by injury if he's available at all, I don't see where the points will come from. The UT defense will technically keep the team in the game for longer than it should be, but that's about it.

Auburn (-19) over South Carolina 52-20

You might as well cue up "Yakety Sax" every time Auburn has the ball on offense.