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College Four-Play: Week 5 predictions

So, last week wasn’t exactly what I’d call stellar. Fortunately, there is the warm and caring support provided in the comment section below each of our columns and articles which keeps me coming back.


I went 1-3 ATS last week, in case you couldn’t tell, with Notre Dame pulling out the win and cover to help me avoid an oh-fer. You may want to take the advice of bizkilla and start fading me. If you do and you win, well, I’m happy to help.

I’m now 8-8 ATS on the season. Here are this week’s picks.

South Carolina Gamecocks at Kentucky Wildcats (+21, 48)

Horrible news for Kentucky fans. No alcohol in the non-reserved space at Saturday’s tailgate for this 7 p.m. kickoff. No DJs. No bands. And definitely no fun permitted.

The crackdown is the result of the behavior of some after the 32-31 loss to Western Kentucky a couple weeks ago. Which is what you’d expect after losing to a Sun Belt team when you’re in the SEC.

I don’t like what this does for Kentucky’s value as a home dog. Everybody knows your home-field edge in college relies on your non-reserved tailgate section partiers.

Pick: South Carolina -21

Houston Cougars vs. Rice Owls at Reliant Stadium (+7, 74)

The student newspapers of Houston and Rice exchanged some “verbal jousting” in a couple of columns published in each paper ahead of the Bayou Bucket rivalry this weekend.

It was a close call, but I give the edge to Houston with jabs like this one:


Pick: Houston -7

Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Purdue Boilermakers (-16.5, 63)

Here comes the bandwagon. Purdue is 3-0 against the spread and 2-1 straight up and this week the Journal and Courier was asking if the Boilermakers should be ranked and a few others are talking about them winning the Big Ten

Whoa, last I checked they haven’t even played a conference game yet.

So we know this line is probably a tad inflated. Now they face a disruptive Marshall team that leads the nation in passing and runs the most plays in the nation - 92.7 per game.

Purdue should win coming off a bye, but there could be enough rust and overblown hype to keep things close.

Pick:
Marshall +16.5

Texas Longhorns at Oklahoma State Cowboys (+2.5, 65)

J.W. Walsh looks to be making his first start for the Cowboys Saturday night. As far as backup QBs go, he’s about as much as you can ask for in college football and was expected to be the starter this season until Wes Lunt came along.

But Lunt had a pretty good thing going with this team. As in, he has led it to be the No. 1 total offense and scoring team in the nation so far in 2012.

Pick:
Texas -2.5

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Posted by oldtexx
1 year ago

Purdue loves laying it on the ground too much for me. With no turnovers they should cover, but who knows, unless last week was used on how to hold the ball.
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Posted by ykmichael
1 year ago

Look at bright side: You can lose every play all this year if you want and you'll still have more credibility than Pete Prisco. Hope you go you go 4-0 this week.
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Posted by arubadk
1 year ago

JC HOW CAN YOU GO 1-3 WHEN THERE IS A stat out there that lets you pay off your mortage!!!! silly ! silly silly!!!
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Posted by arubadk
1 year ago

JC HOW CAN YOU GO 1-3 WHEN THERE IS A stat out there that lets you pay off your mortage!!!! silly ! silly silly!!!
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Posted by rxpert
1 year ago

i find it laughable if people actually follow you. you were 1-3...You are DUE. An dartboard will yield 50%. Unfortunatelt we need 52.5%
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Posted by DeuceBoy
1 year ago

What stat do you follow???
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Posted by Laroja
1 year ago

lol
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Posted by DAAKING
1 year ago

?? if your looking at run stats and the average run of 5 yrdfs or more means a win, then you better look at marshals run stat, they actually average more than Purdue does. Marshal 6.1 yrds per carry Purdue 5.1 per carry.
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Posted by DAAKING
1 year ago

"?? if your looking at run stats and the average run of 5 yrdfs or more means a win, then you better look at marshals run stat, they actually average more than Purdue does. Marshal 6.1 yrds per carry Purdue 5.1 per carry."