Scott Van PeltHost, SportsCenter with SVP4 minutes of reading
5-3 last week, which qualifies as a heater this season. Can we take advantage of the momentum? What kind of question is that? We are busy, busy, busy during the lunch window, and this is after I remembered that we can never take Rutgers again, even though I want to.
Arkansas Razorbacks at Florida Gators (-5, 50.5)
Noon ET on ESPN2, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida.
Van Pelt’s Choice: Arkansas +5.5
Let’s start with the Bunkie Perkins game, starting with a team that has lost six straight and fired a coordinator. Arkansas, how are we doing? It wasn’t great, but we’re rooting for the Hogs to keep him in Gainesville.
Senior Vice President: 9-2 all-time with the Arkansas pick
Texas A&M Aggies at No. 10 Ole Miss Rebels (-3, 53.5)
Noon ET on ESPN, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Miss.
Van Pelt’s Choice: Texas A&M +3
Do you think this next pick could go that far? Another road dog in the SEC. Better to play this at noon than at night. A&M plus the Grove points in Oxford.
Senior Vice President: 9-8 in picks against top 10 teams this season
#15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-3, 44.5) at Clemson Tigers (+3)
Noon ET on ABC, Memorial Stadium, SC
Van Pelt’s Choice: Clemson +3
Hey coach, this ain’t Tyler from Spartanburg. This is Scott from Washington. I still believe in the home team and root for Clemson at home against Notre Dame plus a small number.
Senior Vice President: 0-1 all-time in Clemson picks
UCF Knights (-3.5, 59.5) at Cincinnati Bearcats
3:30 p.m. ET, Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati
Van Pelt’s Choice: Cincinnati +3.5
Hey, you know what’s less fun than rooting for a team that’s lost six in a row? I support two of them. Historic Nippert Stadium where the Bearcats welcome UCF to town. These teams are finding the road a bit bumpier in the Big 12, as expected. You should try to find the dubs where you can. Find yourself here for Cincinnati to try to grab one as a small dog.
Senior Vice President: 4-2-1 all-time with the Cincinnati pick
No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions (-8, 49.5) at Maryland Terrapins
3:30 p.m. ET, SECU Stadium, College Park, MD
Van Pelt’s Choice: Maryland +8
Every time I pick up this team you call me a homer… it’s not that. Penn State has Michigan next week. The Terps’ season was undone by back-to-back losses as heavy favorites. Back in the Snake Pit — the real ones know — can they fight for 60? If they can, this feels like the window where they will.
Senior Vice President: 3-4 all-time at Maryland selection
No. 5 Washington Huskies (-3, 76.5) at No. 20 USC Trojans
7:30 p.m. ET on ABC, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Van Pelt’s Choice: USC +3
A few more pet dogs to cap it off. I just love the place here for USC, home of undefeated Washington. The Trojans’ defense is a disaster, but Washington looks a little shaky here and ‘SC catching some in the Coliseum is a must-have situation.
Senior Vice President: 4-4 all-time in USC picks
Kentucky Wildcats (-4.5, 45.5) at Mississippi State Bulldogs
7:30 p.m. ET at SECN, Davis-Wade Stadium, Starkville, Miss.
Van Pelt’s Choice: Mississippi State +4.5
And we close in Starkvegas. I’m not doing the Christopher Walken cowbell thing because they went up in smoke when I did it earlier this season. We’re on the dogs as underdogs against Kentucky at home in this one.
Senior Vice President: 8-9 all-time in Mississippi State picks
That’s it. Fast week. There’s a ton more out there. Discipline is the key. Cell. Wheel. Reversed. Whatever you like.