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Let’s keep this intro brief. There’s no better feeling than making money during the Holiday season. Amidst the chaos of what can be Thanksgiving Day, I find solitude in focusing on the first bunch of games and setting the tone for my day. When we win, we stuff our face in celebration. When we lose, we stuff our face in defeat. It really is a win-win situation on Thanksgiving.
Let’s get into the picks.
Last Week: 3-3
Colorado State @ Air Force
Thursday 11/22 | 3:30 PM
The Play: Colorado State +14.5
There isn’t much that separates the 4-7 Falcons and 3-8 Rams. With neither team being bowl eligible, in state bragging rights is what’s on the line. The Falcons are great at defending the run, but the Rams strength lies in their passing attack. With such a high spread, in what should be a high-scoring affair, I lean towards the underdog Rams keeping this one close.
Please do not actually watch this game though. Put the NFL on, or spend time with family.
Mississippi State @ Ole Miss
Thursday 11/22 | 7:30 PM
ATS: Mississippi State -11
The Play: Mississippi State -11
Ole Miss has recently found success in this Thanksgiving Day rivalry, but the past is the past. The Rebels have struggled to cover the spread throughout the season, and especially so against strong opponents. Mississippi State has one of the best defenses in the country, ranking within the Top 13 in both passing and rushing. As long as Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald can stay healthy, I do not see this one being close.
There are still some -10’s in the market, but either way, lay the points.
Virginia @ Virginia Tech
Friday 11/23 | 3:30 PM
ATS: Virginia -4.5
The Play: Virginia -4.5
Virginia Tech is in total free-fall right now. They’ve had on and off the field issues dating all the way back to the spring. Virginia hasn’t won this game since 2003. They smell blood in the water. Virginia’s dynamic quarterback, Bryce Perkins, will be able to take advantage of the Virginia Tech defense and have a big game.
UCF @ South Florida
Friday 11/23 | 4:15 PM
ATS: UCF -14
The Play: UCF -14
South Florida started the season strong, but four straight losses has exposed the Bulls for what they really are, a fraud. UCF has finally cracked the Top 10 of the College Football Playoff and plan on moving up. Don’t overthink this matchup. UCF has the talent, motivation, and coaching advantage. That’s enough for me to lay the points.
Oklahoma @ West VIrginia
Friday 11/23 | 8:00 PM
The Play: West Virginia +2.5
As much as this game is about offense and quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Will Grier, the outcome will come down to one thing, Red-Zone defense. Who do we trust more? It’s almost a trick question. In Big 12 play, West Virginia ranks second to last with an opponent touchdown percentage of 64.71, while Oklahoma ranks dead last with a percentage of 86.49.
In what will be a back and forth game, I give the advantage to West Virginia.
As we work our way through another college football season, it’s important for us to take a step back and count our blessings. For me, as an Ohio State fan, this may not be the season that we all thought it would be, but we’re a one-loss team coming into our biggest rivalry game of the season. We may well get shellacked on Saturday, but the last six years haven’t been bad, am I right?
For this weeks edition of The Drinks, I’m looking back on tradition myself. Family has always been a huge part of Thanksgiving for me (coming in second only to my mom’s apple pie), and a couple years back we all made a trip to Lake Erie to spend the entire weekend in a lake house right on the water. My wife and I drew the straw to cook breakfast on Saturday (with The Game, the Battle for the Golden Pants, set to kick off at noon), and I finally got a chance to sit down and eat my own cooking at around 10:30. As I sat watching the pre-game festivities, I consumed the entirety of the delicious feast pictured here.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen…I consumed the four-horsemen of cardiac arrest (bacon, eggs, sausage gravy, and butter). For good measure, I washed it down with some good old-fashioned beer. It wasn’t fancy. It wasn’t complicated. But it was enjoyed with family and it meant the world to me. (While impressed by this undertaking, my family was also very concerned for my well-being.)
From all of us here at Our Sports Report, find your own holiday tradition and stick to it. Thanksgiving, “friends-giving”, a gloriously unhealthy breakfast in the presence of those closest to you. You can’t go wrong. There are no losers here…only winners.
Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!