Ty and Dan make their picks for a week that seems destined to be shootout-y, discuss how Jameis Winston will respond in a hostile setting, and examine Auburn’s potential against Texas A&M. Plus, a Patriot League Lightning Round, a Tommy Rees vs. Cody Kessler conversation and some off-track betting on Ty’s weekend 5k race.
Shootout Central (10/16)
Today on The Solid Verbal, the guys pick the expansive Week Eight slate of game.
Before they get into it, Ty announces he’ll be taking questions from Fancred on Friday and the guys breakdown the announcement of the College Football Playoff selection committee. Ty and Dan take on the Condi Rice haters and glance at a few other committee members.
South Carolina at Tennessee: Ty poses the question: is it safe to bet on South Carolina on the road after last week’s win? Dan thinks it’s reasonable and thinks Mike Davis should smash the Tennessee run defense. Ty doesn’t think the Vols can get up for another game and the Gamecocks stay in Beast Mode.
Texas Tech at West Virginia: The guys disagree. Ty thinks this game feels like a shootout, leaning West Virginia. Dan doesn’t think the Mountaineers can exploit the Texas Tech defense and expects the Red Raiders to successfully run the ball. Ty is suspicious of the low point spread and wouldn’t be surprised if West Virginia won straight up.
TCU at Oklahoma State: Both Dan and Ty are really unsure of who wins this game. Dan points out that statistically they’re very similar on defense. Ty takes the points.
Florida at Missouri: Enter Darth Mauk… the backup to an injured James Franklin. Mauk has the pleasure of facing a good, physical defense this weekend with the Gators. Dan thinks there’s letdown potential for Florida, but still thinks it eeks out an ugly one. Ty agrees Florida wins, but likes the Gators to put some distance between themselves and the Tigers.
UCLA at Stanford: The line opened at Stanford -11 and plummeted to -6. Dan points out the lack of defensive dominance from Stanford that was expected before the season and he really likes the UCLA defensive front. In the end, Ty and Dan both like a bounce back game from Stanford with the Cardinal’s ability to outmuscle the Bruins on defense.
Auburn at Texas A&M: The Tigers are frisky, and with A&M playing so poorly against the run, it seems like a no-brainer for Auburn to exploit this matchup. Dan thinks the spread is too high for how many questions there are around the Aggies and thinks this is the perfect time for a road team to pounce. Ty goes big and declares a shootout.
Indiana at Michigan: Ty is really down on Michigan’s offense, however, not here. Despite Indiana’s improvement, Dan thinks Michigan wins comfortably.
Washington at Arizona State: Weird line on this one. There’s clearly potential for a Washington letdown, but Ty thinks the Huskies are the superior team. Dan really likes Bishop Sankey and really doesn’t like the Arizona State run defense.
LSU at Ole Miss: Ty wonders what Ole Miss has left in the tank after a murderous schedule. Dan thinks Ole Miss loses close and sloppy. They also discuss the Ole Miss girl and, after visiting many tailgates, Dan says finding a girl like that in her natural habitat is truly something special and entertaining.
USC at Notre Dame: Ty says this has all the makings of a horrible football game and thinks it’ll be a treat to watch Tommy Rees throw against the Trojan defense. He takes the Irish straight up. Dan asks Ty if he were starting a football team would he recruit Tommy Rees or Cody Kessler. The biggest thing for Dan in this game is Notre Dame’s defensive line versus USC’s pass protection for Kessler. Dan locks up Notre Dame.
Florida State at Clemson: Jameis Winston is wonderful. However, he’s never played a game where he’s on the road, playing at night and against a really good team. This concerns Ty. Dan thinks Florida State matches up well with Clemson and coming off a bye week is huge. Chris the Capper calls in and takes Clemson +3.
Miami at North Carolina
Georgia at Vanderbilt
Ty retroactively locks up Michigan to slam Indiana.
Alabama at Arkansas
Wisconsin at Illinois
The guys close out with some drum and fife while running through the Patriot League Lightening Round and also talk 5k times.
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