(Example of 'Bay Area things')
Good News. Mark went 1-2 last weekend. Bad News. So did I. Damn it!
Time is not something I have a lot of this morning. Teejus will tell you I usually get my picks in well prior to Saturday. Well not this week. Hopefully this will bode well for me but I have no expectations.
Syracuse + 5.5 at Maryland
‘Cuse is in da house again omygod omygod!
Notre Dame -3.5 at Pitt
The fact of the matter is ND plays everyone close. It’s not a terrible thing that they do, because they usually win them. Brian Kelly is tied for 2nd I believe with Knute for games won but decided by less than a TD. Most of us remember what happened last year when ND, thanks to a missed chip shot field goal, beat Pitt by the red hair on their leprechaun’s balls. Pitt wants revenge. They’ve been talking smack this week with one of their players stating publicly his distaste for ND players. But…..they aren’t very good. They’ve averaged 10-11 points over their last 3 games. I don’t see them scoring more than 14 today. Irish get 20+. Irish covers.
LSU +12 at Bama
T minus 2 minutes before I have to get my youngest out of her crib after morning nap. Wife out. Riding solo this a.m. Yes, morning nap. She gets up at 5/530 so, ya know.
Stupid is as stupid does…but TWAALVE points? My tendency is to take too many dogs. And I’m losing. Going w/Bama.
Hey Tide, let’s roll
Mississippi State @ Texas A&M -19.5
I'd be shocked if this isn't Johnny Manziel's last home game in College Station. He has nothing left to accomplish individually as a college QB and College Station sucks. He may not be a 1st round NFL draft pick (Personally, I think somebody will take a flyer on him in the 1st. Hell, Tim Tebow and Christian Ponder were 1st rounders) but he's over the college experience and ready to make some substantial money (see: not just the pocket change he's made from selling autographs). I don't blame John Football one bit. I suspect Manziel will go out in style as he and fellow NFL bound teammate Mike Evans light up the Bulldogs like they have everyone else this year. Mississippi State's dumbed down version of Urban Meyer's spread option offense won't be able to keep up, not even close. Give the points and take the Aggies.
Missouri -13.5 @ Kentucky
Missouri bounced back in style last week against Tennessee. The Tigers are no longer undefeatedbut they still ahve plenty to play for. An SEC East Championship, a shot at (presumably) Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and maybe even a shot at the BCS Championship game if everything fell their way. Kentucky, on the other hand, is 2-6 and everyone in town has officially moved on to basketball. Mark Stoops has actually done a good job in his first year in Lexington. The record doesn't show it but this team is far more prepared and competitive than any Kentucky team since Rich Brooks left town. With that said, Kentucky is the doormat of the SEC for a reason. That reason: They consistently suck. Today will be no different. Missouri's run continues. Take the Tigers.
Arkansas @ Ole Miss -17
Arkansas is awful. So bad that first year coach Bret Bielema is already talking about how bare the cupboard was when he arrived in Fayetville. I don't remember anybody making Bret leave Madison for the SEC West. High Freeze doesn't want to hear about bare cupboards, I'm sure. Not after he took over a program decimated by the mismanagement of Houston Nutt. Ole Miss is legit and have been improving as the season's progressed. Hotty Toddy.
Bonus: Vanderbilt +10 @ Florida
Are you noticing a theme in the bonus pick? I wont bet against Florida but I encourage you to do so. I'm still not sure how Georgia didn't cover the 3 points despite being up 23-3 at halftime. Credit to the Gators, they didn't quit last week when they absolutely could have. Unfortunately, they also didnt quit committing dumb penalties at the most inopportune times possible. Florida isn't a very good football team this year. Some of that is their fault. Some of that is the fault of an epic plague of injuries unlike anything I've ever witnessed. Every week it gets worse. Just this week, Florida lost starting RT Tyler Moore (who was the team's third OT at the beginning of the season) for the year when he crashed his scooter on the way home from practice and ended up with a compound fracture of his elbow. In case you're keeping score at home, that will now make a combined total of 84 starts missed by Gator players due to injury this season. It's tough to win a lot of games that way. Florida might lose to Vanderbilt today (It's okay to drink whiskey at noon, right?). Even if they don't, they won't cover. Thank me. And then pray for me.