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RTT Pick 'Em - Week 5 Trends

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Here's your weekly reminder to lock in your selections in our Rocky Top Talk 2011 group at Fun Office Pools.  Weekly winners receive a $10 gift card to Gameday Depot.  The top three in our overall standings are currently picking winners straight up at over 81%, which is quite impressive through four weeks.  But the choices are a little more difficult this weekend, at least according to our community.  Here's the way our readers are leaning as of Wednesday night:

  • Our community majority vote is undefeated in picking the Thursday night games so far this year.  84% like the road team tonight, as undefeated South Florida travels to recently heartbroken Pittsburgh.
  • The leader for most confident pick of the year remains Boise State over Toledo from a few weeks back, with 94% liking the Broncos at an average of 17.8 confidence points.  The challenger to that mark this week?  The Vols over Buffalo, where currently 98% are taking UT at an average of 17.5 confidence points.
  • Most of us seem to believe very strongly in the outcome of all the SEC action this weekend:  87% like Alabama over Florida, 86% like South Carolina at home over Auburn, 86% like Fresno State to continue Houston Nutt's funeral procession, and most have jumped off the Mississippi State bandwagon even when Mark Richt's tumultuous Bulldogs are on the other sideline:  78% like Georgia in Athens over their Bulldog counterparts.
  • The one SEC* game we're divided on:  59% like Texas A&M over Arkansas in the Jerry Dome.  That joins Clemson at Virginia Tech (63% Hokies) and Michigan State at Ohio State (57% Spartans) as our closest picks of the week.