School soccer season is again and which means Scott Van Pelt’s Winners is again! SVP completed 19 video games over .500 final season. That is proper, he received 19 extra video games than he misplaced. Even with the juice on the losses, that is one heck of a revenue for final season. Can he do it once more? Effectively, he’ll attempt every Thursday evening on SportsCenter With SVP. And in the event you do not catch it on TV, properly, we’re right here to present them to you on ESPN.com each Friday morning. We’re kick-starting 2022 on Friday evening in Boulder. Listed here are the picks!
10 p.m. ET on ESPN, Folsom Area, Boulder
Van Pelt’s choose: Colorado (+14)
We’ve to begin to climb the mountain once more, so with that in thoughts, how’d you prefer to climb the mountain in Boulder with me and take a workforce that was 4-8 final 12 months, terrible on offense and catching a bunch of factors at house. That sound enjoyable? Probably not, Scott. Yeah, I do know, however we’re doing it, and we’re shopping for up a half-point. We’re on Colorado on a Friday evening, which places the entire weekend temper in jeopardy. Nothing worse than going to mattress 0-1.
SVP: 2-0 all time selecting Colorado in nonconference video games
12 p.m. ET on ESPN, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville
Van Pelt’s choose: East Carolina (+11.5)
Proper again at it with a midday Saturday kickoff in Greenville, South Carolina. What higher solution to get your first CFB Saturday began then yelling NO QUARTER on the high of your lungs. NC State is sweet, sure, however the Pirates are getting double digits at house and that is how we do issues. At all times has been.
SVP: 35-24 all time selecting AAC groups
No. 23 Cincinnati at No. 19 Arkansas (-6.5, 53.5)
3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville
Van Pelt’s choose: Cincinnati (+7)
Couple of canines that scare the heck out of me subsequent. Am I bringing iced tea or liquor to the occasion? I do not know, Coach Pittman, let’s combine them collectively and take the factors with Cincinnati towards Arkansas, however purchase it up a half-point to 7. If it goes dangerous, we simply punt on the iced tea.
SVP: 16-4 selecting ranked vs. ranked final season
No. 24 Houston (-4, 62) at UTSA
3:30 p.m. ET, Alamodome, San Antonio
Van Pelt’s choose: UTSA (+4)
Final 12 months, you people within the 2-1-0 know that we had been repping the Triangle of Toughness (selfless, excellent effort, integrity, ardour and toughness). Effectively, beep beep, we’re using with the Roadrunners plus a small quantity towards a scary Houston workforce. Looks like the world likes the ‘Coogs, I get it, however…Triangle of Toughness. We’re UTSA plus on this one.
SVP: 3-0 all time selecting UTSA
No. 7 Utah (-3, 51.5) at Florida
7 p.m. ET, on ESPN, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville
Van Pelt’s choose: Florida (+3)
It is a bit of early for a ‘maintain on to your butts’ recreation, however I am hanging on for expensive life Saturday evening within the Swamp. This recreation is legitimately fascinating — The Utes are a top-10 workforce, they’re rugged, and they don’t seem to be afraid. However sure spots simply communicate to me and this one whispers… Gators.
SVP: 7-3 all-time selecting SEC in nonconference video games
Louisville (-4.5, 57.5) at Syracuse
8 p.m. ET, on ACC Community, JMA Wi-fi Dome, Syracuse, NY
Van Pelt’s choose: Syracuse (+4.5)
In a surprising flip of occasions, two extra house canines. Syracuse is catching 4.5 vs. Louisville. The Orange misplaced the final two to the Playing cards by a mixed 71-3. Not superb. I believe the Orange hold it shut right here. Why? I do not actually have any — ya know — FACTS or something.
SVP: 2-0 selecting Week 1 convention video games
SMU (-11.5, 68.0) at North Texas
7:30 p.m. ET, Apogee Stadium, Denton
Van Pelt’s choose: North Texas (+11.5)
We finish our week in Denton, Texas. By no means been there, however my coronary heart might be with the Imply Inexperienced, who’re already 1-0 on the 12 months. I count on them to commerce scores with SMU and keep inside 11.5 factors.
SVP: 6-2 all-time selecting towards SMU
So, we open with 7. Open street in entrance of us — let’s experience.