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WEEK 1 THURSDAY NIGHT PICKS (AGAINST THE SPREAD)

By: Jack Fredericks (He/Him/His), Nate Perry (#NoPickNate), and John Fredericks (Godzilla)

Week 1 is upon us and our analysts are absolutely locked in on the two biggest games of the night. Check out our picks below! Disclaimer: Picks were originally published on Saturday, August 27. Odds may have changed. 

THURSDAY, SEPT 1

PENN STATE AT PURDUE (PURDUE +3)

Kickoff: 7:00 PM 

Jack: This is your markee game for Thursday night, folks. It’s almost certain that one of these teams is overrated and that the line is benefitting from the start of the season or last year’s success. We know Penn State should be a functional team with a strong defense, so the wager starts with Purdue. Either you believe the Boilermakers can continue to pass the ball well without their number one receiver last year and can outscore boring Big Ten opponents with an air attack, or you think the defense blows and they’ll win six games. I like Purdue here. I wish I was getting 6.5, but my feeling is that Vegas thinks they may pull away with this one, too. I’m taking Purdue. Purdue +3

Nate: Penn State looks to be strong both running and passing. Offense should score a bundle. Purdue doesn’t have enough weapons on offense to putt the Penn State defense in a tight spot. Both of the guys playing QB are sixth-year players, so let’s just hope those old guys don’t get hurt out there. Penn State -3

Photo By: Justin Berl/Getty Images

WEST VIRGINIA AT PITT (PITT -7)

Kickoff: 6:00 PM

Jack: Both teams are starting the season with the Backyard Brawl, a storied Big East rivalry everyone would always forget was on ESPN on a random Thursday in the fall. Then you’d turn on ESPN and think, “Oh wow – is that Pitt? Does Dave Wannstedt still coach there?” Did you forget Pitt won the ACC last season? I sure did. Did you have to look up which conference Pitt plays in? Me too. The Panthers lost basically all their weapons, including Kenny Pickett, who was…really good. Anyhow, this spread would be -21 if the Panthers still had any of the proven firepower. The Mountaineers are going to be bad. I’m talking stink-a-roo. Even Joe Manchin can’t be bothered to watch these games while he lounges on his houseboat instead of legislating. Give me Pitt in a rout. Pitt -7

Nate: Pitt actually returns a very solid team despite losing Kenny Pickett to the cross-town rivals Steelers who may field a similar level of talent this year playing in the big leagues. Pitt rolls through the Mountaineers. Pitt -7

John: Mountaineers are getting no love in grudge match. Pitt is overrated. Someone will kick a field goal with eight seconds to win. Take the dog and the points. WVU +7

Authors

  • THE JOHN FREDERICKS RADIO SHOW AND OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY TV SHOW – REAL AMERICA’S VOICE The John Fredericks Media Network is the fourth largest independent conservative news/talk radio network in America covering the Mid-Atlantic region from Philadelphia to Atlanta. The John Fredericks Morning Show, heard 6 AM to 10 AM daily, has become must-listen radio. President Trump has been a regular guest since 2015. John Fredericks served as Trump campaign chairman of Virginia in 2016 and 2020 and was elected Trump Delegation Chairman of Virginia in 2020. Fredericks has spent more than 40 years in the media, previously working as a journalist, newspaper editor, and television host. Fredericks is also the Publisher of three Star News Media digital daily newspapers: The Georgia Star News, The Virginia Star, and Pennsylvania Daily Star. He and his wife Anne, the company’s CEO, own a number of radio stations in Virginia, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.

  • Jack Fredericks brings his many years of experience watching lame stream sports in between campaigning for Democratic nominees in the Deep South. His expertise in gambling extends to how to lose thousands of dollars playing video blackjack, how to google “what’s a spread mean, again?” every time he has to write an analysis, and how to pick NBA games with ferocious accuracy. Jack Fredericks contributes frequently to GodzillaWins as one of the Chief Analysts. He combines his unique brand of liberal politics, gonzo humor, and refusal to do research with erudite prose to provide expert picks on games he has no business wagering.

  • Nate Perry is a career bartender and degenerate who makes his living in Reno, Nevada. If you can gamble on it, chances are Nate has tried his hand at it. He’s a former fiction writer who has turned to writing about sports in a desperate bid to get published, much to the chagrin of nearly everyone around him. He is featured here with his extremely large dog, Boatswain.

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