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College Four-Play: Week 7 predictions

Last week was a week to forget. Unless you faded me, in which case you’re still basking in the afterglow of your winnings and lighting cigars with C-notes you find lying around on the floor.

Sadly for me it was an 0-4 week, prompting this Tweet from a reader: 



Actually, I did work at a grocery store part time in high school. Didn't particularly like it, but I was good at it. Nobody faced a cookie aisle or stocked a soda shelf like this mutha.

And it is hard to go 0-4. If I knew I could pick four losers every week, I’d be the most popular columnist on the Internet. 

The good news is, traffic was great last week. (Though I have a feeling it will be down this week.)

Fear not, I have some picks so hot for this Saturday they’re making me sexist. Hence the shameless and unnecessary use of cheerleaders in my column this week.

(If you don’t get my Flight of the Conchords reference, see the video below. If you don’t get my reference after that, I can’t help you.)





I’m now 11-12-1 on the season. Good luck and God help me. Boom.

Nevada at UNLV (Projected +12.5, 66.5)

Nevada starting QB Cody Fajardo is questionable (which is why this line was off the board Friday). Unfortunately, for UNLV that just means they’ll see more of the nation’s leading rusher, Stephfon Jefferson.

You gotta think sooner or later though that UNLV will get sick of giving up over 600 yards a game in the Fremont Cannon game. Which they’ve done in three of the last four meetings and gave up over 500 in the other one.

Pick: UNLV

Oregon State at BYU (-5.5, 37)


This BYU defense is wayyyy too much for a Beavs QB who’s never started a game before. Bee tee dubs – if you haven’t read J-lo’s story this week on 5-point spreads, you should.

Pick:
BYU -5.5

Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech (+7.5, 80.5)


If you circled this game at the start of the season expecting it be a top 25 clash with the highest over/under of the season to this point, you my friend, are a dirty liar. 

I like fading teams who unexpectedly enter the top 25 for the first time in a long time because they’ve typically heard about how awesome they are all week and they start to believe it. But what we should remember is that La. Tech hasn’t faced a defense yet that is anything much better than dog crap.

Pick: A&M

Utah State at San Jose State (-3, 50)

These teams are a combined 10-0-1 against the spread this season, so this is a matchup that brings a tear to the bettor’s eye. I’m kind of hoping for a push.

San Jose State is coming off a bye and has lost the last three seasons to the Aggies. Don’t see the Spartans dropping this one in this huge WAC matchup.

Pick: San Jose State

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Posted by hogintx
2 years ago

It's really amazing how consistently bad you are at this. I've gone against your picks the last two weeks and it's been great. How do I get a job like this? I can show up and write every day without any research or accuracy.
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Posted by GoogsVL3
2 years ago

Jon... Lick a hairy Beaver
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Posted by Skubishack
2 years ago

UNLV up 27-0 over Nevada (Reno) early in the 2nd Q... just can't trust Nevada football... and I mean the STATE. Too much influence from gambling... UNLV better slow down or it will look too obvious. Yikes.
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Posted by Skubishack
2 years ago

Now ESPN's site says 21-0... ???
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Posted by brokenleg
2 years ago

Okalahoma are a bunch of sisiz.... Texas OVER!!!
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Posted by Skubishack
2 years ago

Your leg ain't the only thing broke... Current 4th Q score is Oklahoma-56 Texas-15... The doctor will see you now.
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Posted by pickstreet
2 years ago

Wow! It sure does look like her Eh?
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Posted by fisherton
2 years ago

the most moronic comments i've ever heard from htrain34 & jaylumen - seriously - if it's not top 25 don't even look at it i guess - insane - i'm always looking for diamonds in the rough - a winner is a winner - don't care if it's professional tiddleywinks or roller derby - my play of the day is those awesome Hawaii Warriors at home +2 over the Lobos - how's that for a barnburner - hang in there Jon - it'll come around
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Posted by Skubishack
2 years ago

Nevada -12.5 pts... ORE-State +5.5 and Under 37... TX-A&M vs La.Tech Under 80.5 pts... Utah State +3 and Over 50 pts... Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom. Bada-Bing Boom.
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Posted by boto
2 years ago

Just put all ur faken money on New Mexico...... Kabooom Bitches
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Posted by KasperNV
2 years ago

Dang I have all opposites.
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Posted by jahc420
2 years ago

I don't think you could put together anymore stretch picks than these... wow. looks like you have skipped desperation, and went straight to I don't give an f- -- It;s still early man, don't give up yet. hey, if this is where things are headed, can I write this column?
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Posted by mike7942
2 years ago

Jon last week was rough on everyone. Be wary of USU. Solid defense and Chucky are both very underrated. Same holds true for BYU, which seems to be the smart money this weekend.
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Posted by htrain34
2 years ago

I have to question anyone's expertise when you make UNLV one of your best bets of the week. All the games to choose and from and you pick UNLV??? I don't care if they do cover it's just moronic.
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Posted by JayLumen
2 years ago

So true. There are plenty of games out there where you'd have more knowledge of the teams than the UNLV's of the world. Degen's bet games like that. Take a look at the forums. People betting 6+ games a day for the action.
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Posted by Jon_Campbell
2 years ago

Thanks for posting folks. I have seen Utah State a couple times this year and they play very tough. SJ State had a chance to heal up some key players with the bye and I think Utah State has to be running out of gas a little after a tough schedule for them to start the season and very physical game vs. BYU last week. Top_5_guy - you need to get on with a new dream girl, bro. Pining will only hold a man back. Googs - yes, I am desperate. That's what an 0-4 week will do to you, lol! Was hoping the hot chicks would help make up for my performance. Guess not. CRS - too funny, you stole my response. cts99 - thanks for reading and nice little run you have going. Good luck this weekend guys. Thanks for reading. Hope it's a better week for me.
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Posted by johntruong911
2 years ago

San Jose State and over!
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Posted by cts99
2 years ago

I like you post I read each week but I do my own picks. I have run off 10 wins in a row I have never had that happen to me.Pros this year since the preseason 15-2. I think i would mention I do not bet on bad teams and play not lose coaches.Your games this week are bad john. good luck
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Posted by GoogsVL3
2 years ago

You must be desperate if you need to use a picture of hot chicks just to get people to read your article. Im glad you're on BYU because I know my Beavers will win outright.
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Posted by CRS
2 years ago

shark_apreza Make sure you spell check before you send in your column.
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Posted by shark_apreza
2 years ago

respected colimnist LMFAO --- this guy is just like the covers staff... 100% fade material --- even i do way better write ups and analisis
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Posted by Top_5_Guy
2 years ago

Wait.. is that Sarah J Phillips in the middle of the three girls?
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Posted by beshcooper
2 years ago

In the match thread for UNLV this week I posted take UNLV as a joke...I can't believe I am reading it from a respected columnist! It would be cool to see the Rebels win at home. It'd also be cool to hear anyone say they've been to a Las Vegas Locos game. But neither are realistic.
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Posted by UHQB
2 years ago

Jon, you are bad. Just like UNLV is BAD. Too many weapons for UNR. The rout is on. Both QB's are out OSU/BYU. Under plus points. San Jose ? Have you watched Utah St at all this year? I'll take the SU.
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Posted by shark_apreza
2 years ago

"respected colimnist LMFAO --- this guy is just like the covers staff... 100% fade material --- even i do way better write ups and analisis"