College 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 strive every Thursday evening on SportsCenter With SVP. And when you do not catch it on TV, nicely, 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 below are the picks!
TCU (-13.5, 46) at Colorado
10 p.m. ET on ESPN, Folsom Area, Boulder
Van Pelt’s choose: Colorado (+14)
We now have to begin to climb the mountain yet again, 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 yr, terrible on offense and catching a bunch of factors at dwelling. That sound enjoyable? Not likely, 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 choosing Colorado in nonconference video games
No. 13 NC State (-11.5, 51.5) at East Carolina
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, North Carolina. What higher method to get your first CFB Saturday began then yelling NO QUARTER on the high of your lungs. NC State is nice, sure, however the Pirates are getting double digits at dwelling and that is how we do issues. At all times has been.
SVP: 35-24 all time choosing 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 celebration? I do not know, Coach Pittman, let’s combine them collectively and take the factors with Cincinnati in opposition to Arkansas, however purchase it up a half-point to 7. If it goes dangerous, we simply punt on the iced tea.
SVP: 16-4 choosing 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 yr, you of us 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 driving with the Roadrunners plus a small quantity in opposition to a scary Houston workforce. Looks as if the world likes the ‘Coogs, I get it, however …Triangle of Toughness. We’re UTSA plus on this one.
SVP: 3-0 all time choosing 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 hold-on-to-your-butts recreation, however I am hanging on for pricey 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 converse to me and this one whispers… Gators.
SVP: 7-3 all time choosing 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 dwelling canines. Syracuse is catching 4.5 vs. Louisville. The Orange misplaced the final two to the Playing cards by a mixed 71-3. Not excellent. I feel the Orange preserve it shut right here. Why? I do not actually have any — ya know — FACTS or something.
SVP: 2-0 choosing 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 will probably be with the Imply Inexperienced, who’re already 1-0 on the yr. I anticipate them to commerce scores with SMU and keep inside 11.5 factors.
SVP: 6-2 all time choosing in opposition to SMU
So, we open with 7. Open street in entrance of us — let’s trip.