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Nov
27
2014

@SickofPaying drops some recreational picks of the #ACC – SEC Rivalry Games

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Greetings!!! It’s Thanksgiving and we have just what you need for ACC Football Week #14 (Rivalry Week).  Our sports handicappers from Ohio – who also run their service in Las Vegas – have joined us at All Sports Discussion.  We’re pleased to have Patrick and Lucky from Sick of Paying.  Sick of Paying is are a Las Vegas Handicappers group.  Please note that their picks are for recreational purposes only.  You can follow them on Twitter at @SickOfPaying.  They are going to drop some picks this week – please note that these are only for recreational purposes – that’s it.

@HokieSmash:  Give us your take and some narrative on Georgia Tech vs. Georgia (known as the “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” game) and your pick.

@SickOfPaying: For tradition, this series dates all the way back to the 1800’s. Your got to like the Gtech fight song including the phrase “to hell with Georgia” this one of the unsung great college rivalries in football. UGA’s offense is hitting on all cylinders now that Gurley is back to pair with Chubb. The defense has a ridiculous group of athletes. In fact, the D embarrased Auburn a couple of weeks ago (although we thought Auburn was over-rated from the get-go) QB Hutson Mason? Nat as impressive as therecruiting services made him out to be.  As far as Georgia Tech is concerned…. Coach Paul Johnson is a flat-witch! If someone would have told us the Georgia Tech would be 9-2 with a squad the lost it’s QB, RB, 3 o-lineman, and 6 D starters, we would have called for a straight jacket.

We like this to be a score for score battle, take Georgia Tech +12, far to many points.


@HokieSmash: Talk about Clemson’s matchup with South Carolina – do the Tigers get the win stop the Tigers streak in the Palmetto Bowl?

@SickOfPaying: We are all over the Gamecocks pre-season. But Spurrier’s bunch is a prime example of why we make daily, and not monthly decisions. SC has just been horrible on the defensive side of the ball (and no.. we’re not giving you credit for holding South Alabama and Florida und 300 yards.) Think about this ; South Alabama ran 21 more plays and gained 201 yard in the first half of last week. South freakin’ Alabama.

Clemson , on the other hand , is exactly right where we had them pre-season: a notch below last year’s squad…. but enough talent to make it interesting. We really like the Clemson D (especially monster DE Vic Beasley). WE also like their young skill position players (WRs Artavis Scott & Mike Williams; RBs Tyshon Dye & Wayne Gallman). However we do not like Cole Stoudt.

This is a great matchup of the Gamecocks’ solid O/bad D vs Tigers’ sold D/suspect QB. However, keep an eye on the availability of Clemson Freshman QB Deshaun Watson. If he is ready Clemson at 4.5. If not …. punt away.

@HokieSmash:  Florida State takes a lot of criticism – but they keep on winning – give us some narrative here – who you got winning and why vs. Florida?

@SickOfPaying: We have been paying really close attention to the FSU schedule because we were sure the Seminoles would not go the season unscathed. Patrick has had this game circled on the calendar for over a month.

Vegas has been beating the hell out of the gamblers with this Florida State squad, who are now 2-8-1 against the spread. But the gamblers keep coming back for more , expecting a break-out at some point because they keep winning.

There is no viable reason that the Gators should be the spoilers. Their offense has been a disaster. They have been utter disappointments this season so  much so that they got their coach fired.  However, the Gators have been a different team when Treon Harris is under center. We also thing the defense matches up well with what Florida State likes to do. That’s especially true with Winston looking like a statue on that bum leg.

If you remember sometime back , we may have been the only people in America besides Buckeye fans to not only pick the Buckeyes to cover against Michigan State…but to win outright. In fact, we have bucked conventional wisdom numerous times this year. We’re going out on a limb again: the 7 is just icing on the cake…..Gators Win.

@HokieSmash:  Let’s close with a Black Friday Commonwealth Cup Matchup:  The loser of this game goes home for the offseason – the winner gets some much needed practice time. and a bowl.  Hokies or Wahoos – who gets the win?

@SickOfPaying: Virginia is coming off a big upset of Miami (which we called). Virginia Tech is coming off an embarrassing 6-3 loss to Wake Forest. Virginia Tech is battered and bruised emotionally and physically. Terrible QB play and a host of injuries on both sides of the ball have the Hokies reeling. All signs point to a Virginia Win, right?

As Lee Corso likes to say , “Not so Fast.”

Vegas has posted the line as UVA -1. That line just doesn’t make any sense even if Virginia Tech is at home. Our statistical data has UVA as a 4 point favorite.

The odds makers typically love to suck gamblers in on national televised isolation games.

Personally , we wouldn’t touch this game with your rich uncle’s money.  Our numbers-crunchers love Virginia but our spidey senses tell us this is a trap. Take Virginia Tech.

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2 comments

  1. John says:

    You forgot one. Louisville plays Kentucky tomorrow.

  2. Hokie Smash says:

    John – gonna try and get our handicapper to give us a post today on that one – we wanted a separate post – I think Jeff will do a post at the end of the season on Louisville’s impact on that ACC, too

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