Howdy folks and welcome back to another edition of Picks from God. Last week was a much better performance than the week prior as we went 3-1 (4-0 if the refs hadn’t hammered Clemson -2) and now sit at 5-7 (-2U). The next couple of days we have some great college football bowl matchups that have winners written all over them. The Lord has spoketh to me. Here are the Picks from God for 12/31/2019-1/2/19. Enjoy responsibly.
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1. Florida State vs. Arizona State -4: The picture above tells you just about everything you need to know for this game. Yes, that picture was taken earlier this year and is not photoshopped. An FSU receiver actually lined up the wrong way for an offensive snap. That just about sums up the season for this Seminoles squad and gives me complete faith that Herm Edwards and the Sun Devils can take care of business today. Now is either team great? No, but FSU is just that terrible. Coach Willie Taggart was fired midway through the season and at this point I think the Noles would care to be just about anywhere but on a football field. Both teams will have star players who will be sitting out this bowl game due to potential NFL careers. I really liked what I saw from ASU true freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels against Oregon a few weeks ago and I think he has a big game against a very weak FSU secondary. Now you’ll hardly hear the Lord say this, but take the Devil’s side on this one.
2. Utah -7 vs. Texas: Don’t over think this one people. Utah is good and Texas is bad. Plain and simple. Let’s all remember that this is a Texas team, whom in the words of QB Sam Ehlinger, is happy to be 7-5. Yes, the game is in San Antonio, TX which is only a short drive from Austin. However, these longhorns are bad. The offense has struggled to establish the run this season which does not bode well as they will face the top run defense in the country. Thus, while Ehlinger has his moments, he will be forced to throw most of the game against a very stout Utes passing defense. While the Utes don’t have a powerful offensive attack, the Longhorns defense is simply terrible. Look for QB Tyler Huntley to have a big game. Give me the Utes and the points as Texas proves once again that is indeed not back.
3. Georgia vs. Baylor -5.5: Anyone remember what happened last year when Georgia played in the Sugar Bowl? They got stomped by Texas which allowed everyone to think Texas was somehow back again. I really think the same thing happens this year. Matt Rhule is one of the best coaches in college football and this Baylor defense is the real deal. They should have a field day going up against one of the worst QB’s in the SEC, Jake Fromm. Baylor’s offense has had its share of struggles this season which doesn’t bode well going up against a very strong Georgia defense. However, Kirby Smart has yet to say which Bulldog players will miss the bowl game, but it sounds like the list could be incredibly long. In addition, I think Baylor has much more to play for as they look to prove that they can play with the big boys in the SEC. Meanwhile, Georgia once again had its heart broken at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and will have to settle for just another meaningless NY6 bowl. In Matt Rhule I trust. Give me the Bears.
4. Indiana vs. Tennessee -2.5. If you had told Volunteer fans their team would be favored in a bowl game after the 5th week of the season they would have laughed at you. However, Tennessee has gone 6-1 over the last 7 games and head coach Jeremy Pruitt has Rocky Top feeling pretty optimistic these days. QB Jimmy Jarrett Guarantano and WR Jauan Jennings are a formidable duo and the Volunteer defense has established itself as one of the best in the SEC East. The Hoosiers are no slouch themselves and nearly upset Penn State a few weeks back. However, much like my Aggies they really haven’t beaten anyone good this year. Therefore, take the Volunteers who have been playing fantastic football over the last half of the season.
Please remember, I am not a professional gambler. So please do yourself a favor and fade me at all costs. In addition, if you do not have the funds or live in an area where gambling is prohibited by law, please do not gamble. As we conclude this week’s picks, let’s all remember Jeremiah 29:11. Good luck to everyone this week.