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 -7Marshall 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.
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.