College Four-play: Week 12 football picks

If you know the difference between a pointspread and a parlay, you also undoubtedly know the NCAA has more contradictions than the Holy Bible when it comes to gambling.

 

But even knowing that, this week was a little ridiculous wasn’t it?

 

If not for gambling, why else would they have an entire day-long marathon of nationally televised college basketball games beginning at 6 a.m. on a Tuesday in November?

 

This was not an event aimed at the average college basketball fan to drum up interest for the season. It was about betting, plain and simple.

 

Over the past couple of days they have followed that up with a slew of day games in early season tournaments in places like Puerto Rico in half-empty arenas.

 

I highly doubt the average college hoops follower is running to his nearest computer or TV screen to make sure he doesn’t miss a second of the big Canisius-Loyola matchup just because he loves collegiate ball so darn much.

 

On the other hand, on several occasions this week I have found myself madly scrambling to login to betting accounts seconds before tipoff, cursing lightning speed Internet for its snail-like pace, just so I can get a wager placed in time for games like Drexel at Niagra and Arkansas-Little Rock at Tulsa.

 

Anyone who saw what I was doing might have thought it was March and wondered why Easter chocolate hadn’t hit the stores yet. It was madness without the March.

 

I would love to get a comment from the NCAA on all of this to see what they think of the degenerate behavior that is the sole reason their hoops marathon can thrive. But they like to respond to our calls and emails about as much as you want to shake hands with someone who has swine flu. I gave up trying eons ago.

 

Instead, let’s focus our attention on more important matters. Like building our bankrolls back up after college hoops began robbing us of our funds about four months early.

 

I went 2-2 last week (again) to go 23-20-1 on the season. Time to break out of the .500 funk.  

 

Ohio State vs. Michigan (-11.5, 47.5)

I spent a good chunk of time looking for reasons why Michigan might possibly be able to keep this game close. Then I spent a good chunk of more time trying to figure out why I should even care this year. This game is about as relevant as Jay Leno these days and will probably be about as entertaining.

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Posted by terryt6l
5 years ago

StevenGA1011 you actually got two correct a great job of selecting games.
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Posted by mjrojas
5 years ago

allright than
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Posted by MsChicago
5 years ago

LMAO nascarjack.....good luck today!
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Posted by elgordo
5 years ago

JC, Guess that former nun failed to teach you how to spell taught. Good luck with your picks.
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Posted by nascarjack
5 years ago

If Michigan beats the spread the Red Sea will be sure to part again. If Rutgers loses it will rain for 40 days and 40 nights. If Nebraska beats the spread I will walk on water. If TT wins by 7 my leprosy will be cured.
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Posted by StevenGA1011
5 years ago

I don't usually play this many particularly this many favs in 1 day but gotta strike while I'm having my personal best week of the year (72%) since a 6-0 Mon night that started this run. Probably shouldn't do this but hell its Saturday and alot of good looking games going and who knows how long it can go and now I'm probably just covering 1 with another in case I go back to being avg. ha ha! OHST -11.5 FIU +45 TCU -31 WIS -7 CLEM -21 AF +10 ORST -31 STAN -7 TEX -27.5
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Posted by codlocks
5 years ago

Love Rutgers and Kansas State. Like Ohio State. I think Oklahoma wins by 3 or 4 touchdowns.
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Posted by Johnnynumbers
5 years ago

hey stakk.... I'll guess you are Baptist based on a Falcons logo and love the fact that you are calling out someone as a fool on a gambling site for a religious reference. My favorite Baptist joke just to lighten thing up is as follows: You know why you have to take 2 baptists with you when you go fishing? A: Because if you only take 1 he will drink all your beer, but if you take 2 they won't drink any! Morale of the joke...they are hypocrites...... so keep betting and judge all the people in these forums while you are at it. Keep up the good work Campbell....
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Posted by sonvolt
5 years ago

Im sure Jon is a big boy and can handle his own battles, but STAKK, are you for real?? Aside from the obvious, that organized religion is wraught with inconsistencies (with verifiable scientific proof, plus, oh, common sense), but what kind of Christian are you that calls a stranger a 'scum bag loser' over a harmless sarcastic comment on a (gulp) sports wagering site? Answer - a poor excuse of one. Now go pray on the Interstate or something, clown. Disgusted in Canada
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Posted by Jon_Campbell
5 years ago

Beech - my apologies, I honestly missed your friend request. I will remedy that. Enjoyed your comments last week even though we didn't agree. Thanks for posting. Stakk - I don't want to get into a religious argument here but if you're looking for politically correct, you won't find a ton of it here. I was literally tought by a former nun in college about the Bible and spent a lifetime in the Catholic church. If you don't see a lot of contradictions in there, we're not reading the same book. Loving Rutgers a lot too Skubishack. Can't see Cuse slowing them down with all their injuries lately. Good luck this weekend folks. Thanks for reading.
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Posted by stakkibotris
5 years ago

"More contradictions than the Holy Bible". Wow. At least that is a politically correct statement.(sarcasm) Dont they teach you fools something about that in college? What a scum bag loser you must be. Make an extremely controversial statement sound as though it is common sense. What a foooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Johnnynumbers
5 years ago

Always enjoy the column Jon, and happen to agree with all 4.... Will definitely play OSU and Rutgers, and probably K St. BOL
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Posted by Beechernic
5 years ago

What?!?! you cant friend me after my hypoglycemic rant? Good games this week. I actually (not saying we see eye-to-eye yet) had two of these games on my slate of 5. 40% agreeance isnt bad. We'll see how you do and then ill confess my two. I kid I kid... KSt & TxTk, although walk-on kickers usually have a good home in Lubbock. Side note: I think Big10 BBall is going to be ready for a good Campbell thrashing prior to the conference kick-off. YIKES thus far
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Posted by Beechernic
5 years ago

"What?!?! you cant friend me after my hypoglycemic rant? Good games this week. I actually (not saying we see eye-to-eye yet) had two of these games on my slate of 5. 40% agreeance isnt bad. We'll see how you do and then ill confess my two. I k..."