Almost Perfect Picks Department had a tough time with Alabama prediction

We wondered if the Nerds in the Almost Perfect Picks Department had a record of getting better as the season went along since they had more information to digest. The Grand Geek didn’t answer us directly.

“We’re about to run out of weeks,” he observed.

We didn’t say what we were thinking – that this would be good news for anyone taking their advice for investment purposes.

“There are a lot of things at play,” the Geek continued. “For instance, teams that are so inconsistent, like Kentucky and Vanderbilt. And they played each other! You could do as well just flipping a coin.

“And then there was Georgia. Some No. 1 team they were.”

Alabama didn’t come through like you wanted, either, we noted.

Devonta Smith scores winning TD vs. Mississippi State (Photo: Stuart McNair, 247Sports)

“Well, we got the Crimson Tide score of 31 right on the money,” GG protested. “Who could have suspected the defense would let us down?”

The Nerds were 6-2 selecting the winning team, 5-3 against the points spread, and 4-4 vs. the over-under (points scored by both teams).

For the year, the APP has a record of 73-20 in selecting winners, 43-37 vs. the line, and 42-39 against the over-under (number of points to be scored by both teams).

Here are last week’s Southeastern Conference games with odds supplied by the local newspaper:

  • Arkansas at LSU. LSU -16 ½, o-u 56. Prediction, LSU 38, Arkansas 17. Actual, LSU 33, Arkansas 10. Correct on winner, vs. the points spread, and against the o-u.
  • Louisiana-Lafayette at Ole Miss. Ole Miss -20 1/2, o-u 68. Prediction, Ole Miss 42, Louisiana-Lafayette 21. Actual, Ole Miss 50, LaLa 22. Right on winner and against the line, wrong vs. o-u.
  • Florida at South Carolina. South Carolina -7, o-u 45 1/2. Prediction, South Carolina 24, Florida 14. Actual, South Carolina 28, Florida 20. Right on winner, right vs. the spread, wrong on o-u.
  • Georgia at Auburn. Georgia -2 1/2, o-u 47. Prediction, Georgia 24, Auburn 17….

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