Welcome to Week Nine of the college football season. Thank you so much for starting your Saturday morning off with the Perfect Saturday newsletter. I hope after reading it you'll know today's best games to watch in each broadcast window. Before getting to the games, though, here are a few things that I have produced over the last week that you may have missed.
- UT-Martin at Tennessee Scheme Session Video: Available Here
- UT-Martin Postgame Video: Available Here
- Kentucky at Tennessee Pregame Article: Available Here
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Also, I love taking your questions! If you have a question about the Kentucky vs. Tennessee game tonight at any point please send it my way at this link. I'll be sure to answer it either on Twitter, in a YouTube video, or in my postgame article.
Alright so last week's game picks were decided by an average of 11.3 points. That's easily my worst week yet, but I promise it wasn't that bad! Syracuse put up a much better fight than many, including myself, expected in Death Valley. The Orange really should have won that game, but Clemson's defense was lights out in the second half and the Tigers clawed their way back to a win. Texas at Oklahoma State was possibly the game of the day. Like Syracuse, the Longhorns jumped out to a big early lead before the Cowboys came roaring back in the second half. Blown double digit leads is starting to become a concern down in Austin. What really destroyed last week's picks was the night game between UCF and ECU. As I mentioned in the article, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is a difficult place to play again. UCF found that out the hard way. Even though that game was, let's face it, mostly a snoozer it still offered some intrigue in the American Athletic Conference race. The Pirates now sit at 3-2 in conference, but still have Cincinnati and Houston remaining on the schedule. If ECU can run the table, and get just a tiny bit of help, they can make it to the AAC title game for a likely rematch with Tulane.
Now, my goal is to pick games that are all decided by no more than one score. I'm happy to have hit that mark with two of the three picks, but 11.3 points is just way too high of a number for me. Let's get things back on track today. I have to admit, the schedule isn't particularly good on paper. But, any time that happens in this sport we're usually blessed with an absolutely insane day.