Guys ... it's not going great over here. Last two years, we were really good and we peacocked around here because we knew enough to enjoy it. Because there are always stretches like this one. Record stinks. As I've said many times, is it fun hitting 16 against a face card? No. But you have to play the cards. So we trudge on undaunted. Maybe a little daunted.
My kids have like 19 flag football games Saturday morning; go Packers and Texans ... my focus in the a.m. is there. Come afternoon and evening, we buckle up.
Van Pelt's pick: Utah +6.5
Let's ride with the Utes at home getting the points from Oregon in an absolute battle.
SVP: 5-3 all-time when picking Utah
Van Pelt's pick: California +10.5
Stay in the conference of champions. We like Cal at home plus the points from a USC team that feels like it's teetering.
SVP: 9-6 all-time when picking California
Van Pelt's pick: Wisconsin +14.5
Ohio State is not -- they've found solid footing, but Madison at night on Halloween weekend is extra levels of weird. Badgers to keep it close.
SVP: 8-14 all-time when picking against Ohio State
Van Pelt's pick: UCLA -17
We like UCLA over Colorado by a bunch. Bruins defense and run game can grind out a big number, I think.
SVP: 5-2 all-time when picking against Colorado
Van Pelt's pick: Georgia Tech +11.5
Not sure when your neighborhood is trick or treating, but I'm starting right now ... Georgia tech -- it's been a struggle -- at home getting double digits. We will take the candy.
SVP: 3-9 all-time when picking Georgia Tech
Van Pelt's pick: Old Dominion +20.5
Taking Old Dominion against the buzz saw that is James Madison feels awfully spooky -- the Dukes are rolling. They're ranked -- let them be in a bowl game. A good one. But we are on the Monarchs in this in-state rivalry. I think I'm 0-fer in the Sun Belt this year, by the way. America's worst Sun Belt tout.
SVP: 0-4 all-time when picking Old Dominion
Van Pelt's pick: Cincinnati +7
Oklahoma State has it going lately -- three solid wins in a row. Cincinnati has dropped five straight. Naturally, we are on them. Them being Cincy. Why? Exactly. Hit the 16.
SVP: 4-1-1 all-time when picking Cincinnati
Van Pelt's pick: Arizona +3
Let's wrap it up with our ol' pal Tucson Slim, who wasn't in costume when we met him. I think he's like a dad now with kids and a real job. Whatever his deal is, Bear Down for Arizona, Bear Down for Red and Blue. We are on the Cats.
SVP: 10-4 all-time when picking Arizona
Eight picks. Nobody is tailing me, I don't blame ya. It's just bookkeeping for the show at this point.