Adam Kramer’s College Football Locks and Top Bets for Week 9 | Bleacher Report

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Perfection. It’s what I strive for. The goal of this weekly staple isn’t to just hit enough winners to be respectable. The goal is to be perfect with these college football picks against the spread, week after week, despite knowing how unrealistic that goal may be. 

Last week, however, Locks of the Week were perfect.

Five wins, zero losses.

Not a single blemish.

If you thought we were hot heading into last weekend, well, things have escalated quickly. This season, Locks of the Week are now 11-3. I’ll pause momentarily so everyone can let that soak in. 

Take your time.

Overall, our total picks last week finished an exquisite 7-2. For the year, they are now a lovely 16-10. At the moment, business is good. 

Before we move on to this week’s selections, let’s digest the good and the bad from the week that was.

The Good, ALL OF IT OR AT LEAST MOST OF IT: Fine. I’ll narrow it down some. The most satisfying win last weekend was the Ohio State-Nebraska over. To hit it, it required the Buckeyes to score a touchdown with their backup quarterback in a blowout with only 18 seconds left. Head coach Ryan Day actually apologized for running plays rather than taking a knee after the game. No need to apologize here, Ryan. Job well done. 

The Bad, VERY LITTLE, OBVIOUSLY, BUT I’LL GO WITH FRESNO STATE: There were only two losses on the card, but this was the worst one. I thought we’d see a much better Fresno State at home to start the year, although Hawaii was in complete control the entire game. Not going to dwell on it, but this one missed the mark. We can do better.

Is perfection a possibility for an encore? Let’s find out. 

Here are the Week 9 selections, using point spreads provided by DraftKings.


Week 9 Locks of the Week

West Virginia (-4) vs. Kansas State 

Ask the most dedicated college football fan in your life to name three players featured in this game. In fact, ask them to name both head coaches—or even just one. You will likely be greeted with dead air.

But this is a solid, important Big 12 game that is slightly less important after West Virginia fell last week to Texas Tech. Kansas State is cooking after dropping its opener to Arkansas State.  

Here’s why I believe that ends. For starters, the game is in Morgantown. This won’t be the normal couch inferno that is pretty much all of West Virginia’s home games, but it is an environment in which this team seems to thrive. 

I also like the two-man punch that QB Jarret Doege and running back Leddie Brown can offer for the Mountaineers. They were one late fumble away from making this a matchup between ranked opponents.

Don’t let the No. 16 ranking attached to Kansas State scare you; the Wildcats are deserving of their current status, but West Virginia is plenty

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Adam Kramer’s College Football Locks and Top Bets for Week 7 | Bleacher Report

Nick Saban's statue stands among fewer fans than normal as Alabama, playing against Texas A&M, and its fans adjust to the new 'Covid normal' on NCAA college football game day, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. A restricted number of fans were allowed to attend the game, meaning many did not travel to the city, while others sought social opportunities at restaurants and bars. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

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The Game of the Century. It’s upon us. Sure, we say that about one game—sometimes more than one game—each season. It’s more like the Game of the Century of the Year. Whatever it is to you, the title feels appropriate here. This is a doozy. 

Alabama and Georgia will play the most interesting and important football game of the 2020 season. And the game will come with a twist as Nick Saban will not be coaching due to a positive COVID-19 test. 

First and most importantly, we wish nothing but good vibes and good health to Saban moving forward. Second, moving back to the football field, Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will now be at the helm.

This move has indeed had an impact on the point spread, and we’ll get to that momentarily. Alabama-Georgia is indeed featured in this latest installment of Locks of the Week. 

Before we explore that pick and this week’s other picks against the spread, let’s first look back on the good and the not-so-good from the week before. 

The Good, Texas A&M: This one felt lovely. Not just because I had Texas A&M (+6.5) against Florida. But because I nudged you to take that money line as well. For a while, it didn’t feel like such prognostication would be realized. But the end result worked out masterfully.  

The Bad, Auburn: Oh, the Arkansas fans have let me have it, and I can’t blame them. I liked the Tigers (-14), and it looked good for about 12 minutes. Then the Hogs battled back, Auburn’s offense unraveled and the pick fell apart. Side note: I’m really sorry about that loss, Arkansas. You got absolutely jobbed.

Overall, Locks of the Week finished 3-2 in Week 6. (Solid.) Total picks finished 4-5. (Not solid.) 

We have room to grow, and grow we shall. Here are the Week 7 selections, using point spreads provided by DraftKings. We’re underdog heavy, which is the way we like it.


Week 7 Locks of the Week

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Alabama (-4) vs. Georgia

I liked Alabama as a six-point favorite with Saban. I like the Crimson Tide as a four-point favorite without him on the sideline.

That’s not to say his loss won’t be felt. (And again, I cannot reiterate my support for Saban enough as we navigate his absence and its impact on a point spread.)

He’s the greatest coach of all time. Of course not having him on the sideline will have an impact.

But this offense is Sarkisian’s. That’s what makes this team really go, and this particular offense might be historic. Alabama’s defense? Maybe historic in the other direction. It’s been bad, and Ole Miss was able to move the ball in a way we’re not used to seeing against Alabama.

Here’s the other thing, though. As gifted as Georgia’s offensive players are, this won’t be the same kind of constant, overwhelming attack that Ole Miss delivered in Week 6. It’ll still be difficult,

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