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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt picks LSU vs. Arkansas Razorbacks football

ESPN broadcaster Scott Van Pelt made college football predictions Thursday during his “SportsCenter” segment “Winner$.” He made predictions about eight games, and one of the games was Arkansas at LSU. 

The game is scheduled to start Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

LSU enters the matchup 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the SEC. The Arkansas Razorbacks come into the game 6-3 overall and 2-3 in the SEC.

On Thursday night, Arkansas is a 2.5-point favorite against LSU, according to Tipico Sportsbook

Scott Van Pelt picks LSU vs. Arkansas football

Sportscaster Scott Van Pelt chats with fans courtside in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Maryland and Michigan State, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Scott Van Pelt picked LSU to cover the 2.5-point spread. 

“I can’t pass on the Bayou Bengals getting some candy at home at night in Baton Rouge,” Van Pelt said. 

Van Pelt then played an audio clip of LSU head coach Ed Orgeron saying, “Go Tigers.” He followed that with an audio clip of Arkansas head coach

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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt picks Louisiana vs. Texas Longhorns football

During Thursday night’s “SportsCenter,” ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt did a “Winner$” segment focused on college football. 

One of the games he picked is the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, ranked No. 23 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, against the No. 19-ranked Texas Longhorns. The teams are scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday in Austin, Texas. 

Texas is coming off a 2020 season that the Longhorns went 7-3 overall. The UL Ragin’ Cajuns finished the 2020 season at 10-1 overall. 

As of Friday morning, the Texas Longhorns are a 9.5-point favorite against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, according to Tipico Sportsbook.

Scott Van Pelt prediction for Louisiana, Texas Longhorns football

Scott Van Pelt witnessed it as a first-time Gala attendee at the 16th Annual Dick Vitale Gala held at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Friday evening May 7, 2021.

ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt picks the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns to cover the spread against the Texas Longhorns. 

“Louisiana is plenty capable,” Van Pelt said. “They’re ranked. A lot of pressure on the Longhorns to start fast,

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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt owes debt to Justin Thomas for Alabama basketball beating Maryland

ESPN broadcaster Scott Van Pelt went to Maryland.

Professional golfer Justin Thomas went to Alabama.

So when Thomas appeared on “SportsCenter” with Van Pelt the night that the NCAA Tournament bracket was chosen, Van Pelt noted that Maryland and Alabama could play in the second round. The two joked about a wager on the potential game that involved Thomas’ $2.7 million purse for winning The Players Championship.

Alabama and Maryland ended up meeting Monday night in the round of 32. Alabama won comfortably, 96-77.

Van Pelt tweeted Monday night during the game, “I’m going to owe @JustinThomas34 2.7”

They settled on something more reasonable — lunch at The Masters.

Thomas replied to Van Pelt on Tuesday, “:) it’s ok. The win was enough for me. Buy me lunch at @TheMasters we’ll call it even.”

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Scott Van Pelt Reveals He’ll Be Back On ESPN Tonight

Scott Van Pelt talks about the College Football Playoff.
Scott Van Pelt talks about the College Football Playoff.

ESPN host Scott Van Pelt gave fans quite a scare earlier this month when he revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 and had some symptoms. But he had some good news for everyone today.

On Sunday, Van Pelt announced on Twitter that while he still can’t smell or taste, he’s able to talk and has tested negative for COVID-19. As a result, he is able to do his show and will resume his SportsCenter duties tonight.

“Can’t smell. Can’t taste. Don’t need to be able to do either to do a show. I can talk and I tested negative,” Van Pelt wrote. “See you at midnight.”

The announcement comes 10 days after Van Pelt announced his positive test for COVID-19. He noted at the time that he wasn’t feverish and pledged to get back quickly.

Van Pelt has worked at ESPN

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