6-3 last week, we’re 11 over .500 but… guys? Guys? I just want to warn you, I wrote down a lot of things this week. Like a whole lot of stuff. Sadly, as the nation’s No. 1 Sun Belt tout — none are from that conference. But you can’t force it, it just has to happen. Also, we have double-digit picks as it is. Buckle up.
Van Pelt’s pick: West Virginia (+7.5)
Noon window is busy. West Virginia is getting 7.5 and the hook from TCU. The Frogs are really good, hopefully the Mountaineers don’t end up on their third-string QB like everyone else does again them. Let’s go Mountaineers, let’s go drink some beers.
SVP: 22-9 all time picking against Big 12 teams in top 10
Van Pelt’s pick: Iowa State (+1)
Staying in the Big 12 to take another home team in Iowa State. Cyclones have lost four in a row, but now is the time for a Halloween stand in Jack Trice.
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. Line is a little suspicious. Good Orange team off a heartbreaking loss at Clemson — good time to back the Irish in the dome. I’m on ’em.
SVP: 2-0 all time when picking Notre Dame
Van Pelt’s pick: Virginia (+2)
Staying in the ACC… we already have West Virginia. Now we are taking just plain old regular Virginia — thank God there isn’t an East or a South Virginia because this week I’d probably have them, too. Cavaliers at home plus a small spot again the Canes.
SVP: 6-3 all time when picking Virginia
Van Pelt’s pick: California (+17)
Ready for Halloween HOTYBS? Hold On To Your Butts Special from Berkeley. Ducks are flying — but that’s a whole lotta Halloween candy we are handing out to the Bears at home. Trick or Treat.
SVP: 7-4 all time when picking California
Van Pelt’s pick: Louisville (+4)
You know what’s a scary costume? The Demon Deacon. Enormous head — just a furious old man. Their team is scary, too. REALLY good. This line stinks. We are backing the Cards to make this a close one, which is not 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 many more, my friend. So many 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? Fine. We’ll take ’em.
SVP: 19-8-1 this season when picking the same team multiple times (3rd time picking Missouri)
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 going against Tennessee is a horror show. But human nature is powerful and who’s that coming down the track? A mean machine in red and black. Next week the Vols get Georgia. And while they know Kentucky is far from a trap game, seems like this might be a lot to be laying in this spot. We’ll take the road double-digit dogs, who are actually Cats.
SVP: 6-2 all time when picking Kentucky
Van Pelt’s pick: Arizona (+16.5)
Have we ever had a double HOTYBS? We do now, because Arizona’s defense has given up 49 in three of its past four games. Against the mighty Trojans, we are going to be holding on to our butts in Tucson hoping the home team can avoid the blowout. Tucson Slim — you’re 0-1 in this segment, get your act together.
SVP: 7-5 all time picking against Lincoln Riley
Van Pelt’s pick: Texas A&M (+2)
Last couple are the essence of this segment through the years. You’re going to hate them, it’s fine. You either see the vision — or you don’t. It’s fine either way. A&M is a mess right now — the Aggies are an Arkansas FG that hit the top of an upright away from being on a four-game losing streak and they’re only a two-point ‘dog at home to top-15 Ole Miss. Do the letters GPG mean anything to you? The General Principle Game… and on general principle, we back 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’s pick: Pittsburgh (+3)
Finally, similar deal in Chapel Hill. Pitt has lost two of three, Carolina is on a roll, ranked, yet giving just three. Sure. By now you know what to do. Say it with me — Hail to Pitt.
SVP: 8-4 all time when picking against North Carolina