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College Football Picks: Pick Six, 2016 Week 1

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Forecasting the bracket is one thing, but figuring out who wins the games first is another. Presenting our college football picks in the Pick Six segment enters.

Out of the dozens of college football games happening each week, The Bracket Yard selects six FBS contests and offers guesses. Some would make simple straight-up picks, but here in the Pick Six, we pick against the spread. Stick around all season to find out if we can post a winning record and show the bookies what’s what.

College Football Picks #1: South Carolina at Vanderbilt (-3.5)

Thursday, 8pm ET (ESPN)

This is the first game on the 2016 schedule to feature two power conference teams, and that conference is the SEC.

Some would argue that the Gamecocks tanked after the Head Ball Coach quit in the middle of last season, but they were already on their way there. In spite of that, South Carolina made a habit of losing close games in 2015. Five of their defeats were by seven points or less, including the last game they played to date, a loss against #1 Clemson.

The Gamecocks met Vandy last season and prevailed over the Commodores, which was their seventh win in a row in the series. In 2016, Will Muschamp leads South Carolina against Vanderbilt, and both schools are expecting lean years. In a situation like this, you go with the home team.

Pick: Vanderbilt -3.5

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