We went 4-4 last week. Three in a year. But some games that don’t chart on TV are all hits — you know what we’re doing? We are expanding the list. It’s not too tricky to figure out, is it? Nine choices is too many, Scott. Who says? You are not my boss. It’s a TV show and it’s free. You can ignore them or yell at me if they lose, that’s fine. But there are nine. We are clear.
Virginia at Syracuse (-10, 53.5)
7 pm ET on ESPN, JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse, New York
Van Pelt’s Pick: Virginia (+10)
We’re 0-2 in Friday picks and you know I hate losing on Friday nights, it makes everyone upset. So, shall we happily go against a team that is 2-0? Yes — that’s what we do. Virginia in what is now called the Carrier Dome.
SVP: 5-2 all-time when taking on Virginia
Missouri at Auburn
12 pm ET, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama
Van Pelt’s Pick: Missouri (+7)
Missouri played a road game and was pretty bad. But Auburn is on the fight bus, and we’re taking a little candy and miso at noon on the plains.
SVP: Lost 5 straight Missouri picks
TCU (-2, 70.5) at SMU
12 pm ET on ESPNU, Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas
Van Pelt’s Pick: SMU (+2)
Saw the Ponies last week and I’m a believer. Still don’t know how my Terps won the game, but we’re at home at SMU.
SVP: Taking SMU 3-1 at home
No. 22 Texas (-6.5, 60) Texas Tech
3:30 pm ET on ESPN, Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas
Van Pelt’s pick: Texas Tech (+7)
Let’s go to Lubbock and get guns up and the Red Raiders will get Tuder against Texas.
SVP: 7-1 all-time when picking an unranked team vs. ranked Texas
No. 15 Oregon (-6.5, 57.5) at Washington State
4 p.m. ET, Martin Stadium, Pullman, Washington
Van Pelt’s Pick: Washington State (+6.5)
Where does it get different in Lubbock or Pullman? Rhetorical question…Give us the Kooks, who hosted Oregon, who looked better last week.
SVP: 6-4 all-time record against Oregon
Arkansas State at Old Dominion (-5, 56.5)
6 p.m. ET, SB Ballard Stadium, Norfolk, Virginia
Van Pelt’s Pick: Arkansas State (+5)
Did someone say sun belt? What happens when it’s a conference game? Don’t know, but we’re determined to find out about Old Dominion, Arkansas, in Norfolk. Red Wolves to keep this close.
SVP: 3-1 all-time leading Sun Belt Conference games
Wisconsin no. 3 at Ohio State (-19, 57)
7:30 pm ET on ABC, Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Van Pelt’s Pick: Wisconsin (+19)
Keep it close. That’s a lot to ask when you’re playing Ohio State, which scored 77 last time in Toledo, but the Badgers aren’t the Rockets, with all due respect. Big number on the Sconey Plus shoe.
SVP: 5-2 all-time pick Wisconsin
Kansas State No. 6 Oklahoma (-12.5, 53)
8 pm ET, Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma
Van Pelt’s Pick: Kansas State (+12.5)
are we done No. A couple of states still have to deliver. Kansas State lost to Tulane. Oklahoma destroyed Nebraska. It takes guts to wear purple here, but guts is there. Is it the brain? Not so sure. But double digits in EMAW and KSU and Norman.
SVP: 6-3 all-time pick against Oklahoma in conference games
No. in the state of Oregon. 7 USC (-6.5, 71).
9:30 pm ET, Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Oregon
Van Pelt’s Pick: Oregon State (+6.5)
USC is a machine offense. At some point, giving up all those yards and obscene turnovers has to equalize the difference. Looking for a good one in Corvallis. Beaver Nation — Stand Up.
SVP: Picking a 19-12 All-Time Pac-12 Unranked Team vs. a Pac-12 Ranked Team
It was a 9-er … and there were a few — as always. Can’t give full cover, show is only one hour.