We are 4-2-1 as the Winner starts the new year off well. Trying to maintain the upward momentum from a year ago and prolong the inevitable retracement. We’ve been doing this for years, so you know there will be weeks where the card looks like a trash mosaic. This is one of those weeks. Be glad two states – which are not actual states – San Jose and Kent – didn’t make the final list, because it almost did. These eight people did. Eight.
Van Pelt’s pick: South Carolina (+8)
We have four people here. It’s always scary – as that means for 3:30 p.m. kicks, you might have to scramble for some backup plans. We start with South Carolina – they played Georgia State at home last week, closer than the final scoreline showed. I don’t know if you’ve all decided what you want to call your rooster, just know that I’ve decided to support Cocky on the plus-score path in this contest.
SVP: Pick 5-1-2 against Arkansas
Van Pelt’s Pick: Army (+3)
This next step is going to be tough, because all of you in the triangle of difficulty know that we love Roadrunners. I don’t know if anyone on TV has made it 2-1-0 anymore, but you know what we love more? Americas. Who protects America? The military has. So in this position after UTSA’s brutal home loss to Houston in 3OT, with a trip to Austin next week to play Texas, the position will give the home team extra points.
SVP: First confrontation with UTSA (4-0 in favor of UTSA)
Van Pelt’s pick: Ohio (+25.5)
Penn State escaped West Lafayette with a tough Big Ten victory, and they head to the plains for Auburn next week. They will beat – Ohio – for sure. I say no. Maction plus in Happy Valley.
SVP: 1-5 pick MAC against Big Ten
Van Pelt’s Pick: Georgia State (+7.5)
Remember the State of Georgia that fought with South Carolina? They now play in North Carolina, who was last seen dropping 40 points in the fourth quarter to Application Status. I’m going to put the Panthers, who have some players, at home to hold onto this game, which won’t be easy because UNC can score.
SVP: Pick 6-3 before UNC
Van Pelt’s Pick: South Alabama (+5)
Are there any rules about having more than one Sun Belt team? Dude, I hope it’s not because I miss how much I love America? I had USA against Fire Up Chips. Right now, you’re asking – what the hell are you doing, Van Pelt? I don’t know – give winner? We have South Alabama plus points ahead of Central Michigan. Do I know much about them? I do not. I just know I brought them out.
SVP: Won South Alabama 1-0
Van Pelt’s Pick: Marshall (+20.5)
Are there any rules about making three Sun Belt teams in a row? What is happening right now? Marshall adds points in South Bend. You’re not going to score 55 like you did last week, Marshall, you’re just in the ring, like 20, and we’re good.
SVP: 2-0 last season choose the team under 20 points plus
Van Pelt’s pick: Pittsburgh (+6)
I hope no one told Pat Narduzzi that Vegas didn’t respect his team this week in a serious way. That’s right. The Panthers are Tennessee’s underdog rivals. Do you think I would stand for that? No I dont. I stand with Pat – and Pitt – to greet Pitt. Panthers at home plus points. That must be a good one.
SVP: 18-5 last season picked the lower ranked team
Van Pelt’s pick: BYU (-3)
This must also be a good thing. Baylor versus BYU – as Steve used to say, seat belts. This is a tough game – BYU, the home team veterans – and I’m putting a small number on the night, so here we go.
SVP: Most Favorite Picked in Winner History (Week 2)
Service Academy, Maction, Sun Belt are all over the place and I think the earliest favorites in the history of this segment. I told you, a picture of absolute ridiculousness. What more could you want for free on TV?