Welcome back. You know what stinks? Ok, you know what stinks besides WSU’s defense? Not taking bets you are confident in. One other thing that truly sucks - waffling. Regarding the former, we spotted several lines last week that seemed like a good bet, such as TCU (undervalued after the SMU loss), Oklahoma State (at least a touchdown better at home than Kansas State) and Toledo (BYU was out of gas).
Did we play any of those games? Of course not. Why? We were figured it was ok to keep the amount of picks low. There is no excuse for this. So instead we took a flyer on North Texas, thinking we were taking advantage of a Vegas inefficiency. We got shivved.
Then there’s WSU. As soon as we saw the line at Utah -6.5, we tweeted that we’d take Utah for the legal limit. Well, the anger and disappointment subsided - along with the common sense - and we got back on the Cougar bandwagon. So of course WSU predictably got its ass kicked, and killed my over because they couldn’t score more than 13 damn points. Sigh. Sometimes the gut feeling is the right one.
Onward and upward (Inshallah).
Why I love gambling: Crickets. Crickets. Crickets. I don’t know. I guess I should be happy about nailing ASU-Cal.
Why I hate gambling: How much time have you got? Ok, I’ll pick one I guess. Dear Air Force, I’ve given you nearly 21 years of abject laziness. The least you could do in return is prevent a goddamn backdoor cover every now and again, but I guess that’s asking too much. With five minutes left, Air Force led 41-10. With two minutes left, it was 41-17 and SJSU was clearly content to let the clock roll. So what did Air Force do? Oh, they only decided to go for it on 4th and 1...FROM THEIR OWN 22 YARD LINE BECAUSE WELL I WILL NEVER KNOW WHY. They didn’t make it, San Jose tacked on a second garbage time touchdown and once again we checked in to our hotel in Bad Beat City. I knew there was a reason I never liked academy guys.
Last Week: 3-6
Season Total: 37-34-3
- 425CougFan: 1-5
- BRCoug99: 6-4
- BothwaysUphill: 3-6
- .:R: 3-2
- 89Coug in FL: 5-4 (no need to explain, I assumed your picks were ATS all along)
- stewak: 1-4
Arizona Wildcats at Colorado Buffaloes (-3): One other thing that stinks - not being aware of injury situations, especially when that situation revolves around a guy like Khalil Tate. Tate probably won’t play this week, but neither will Laviska Shenault. I know Colorado is a different team without Shenault, but Arizona is way way way worse without Tate.
The Pick: Buffs
Oregon State Beavers at UCLA Bruins (-6.5): Captivating matchup of the worst teams in the North and South. The Rose Bowl is sure to be rocking! Since I have no idea who is healthy, I have to believe that UCLA can muster enough offense to beat the Beavers by a touchdown. Or not.
The Pick: Beavs
California Golden Bears at Oregon Ducks (-17): Man, this is a tough one. The line opened at 14 and went northward quickly. On the one hand, Cal has a nasty defense and Oregon still hasn’t found its offensive groove. On the other hand, Oregon was idle last week and Cal lost Chase Garbers to some sort of shoulder injury. WHAT TO DO
The Pick: Oregon
The Pick: Huskies
The Pick: Plainsmen
The Pick: Under
The Pick: Ground Pounders
Michigan State Spartans at Ohio State Buckeyes (-20): I am almost certainly late to the Ohio State minus anything train, and I know Sparty always seems to have something up his sleeve in the stadium that used to look like a horseshoe, but Ohio State has been the most dominant team in the nation this year, and I’m on board.
The Pick: Brutus
The Pick: Pitt
First Half Picks Sure To Go Wrong: (WE’RE BACK!)
The Pick: Testudo
The Pick: Hurts so good
The Pick: The school that’s in Ohio even though the city is in Kentucky
TCU Horned Frogs at Iowa State Cyclones (-2.5): The Cyclones are overrated (who ever thought that would be possible!) but they’re at least a first half field goal better than TCU.
The Pick: ISU
Go Cougs even though you’re idle also thank you for not playing this weekend.