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Beat The Bookie: Take The Picks At Your Own Risk

It hasn't been a great season for us, but after a decent week last week, we're trying to turn things around!

David Becker

You would think with as much as all of us follow college football we would be better at this than we are. Much like the Oklahoma State offense, we've been struggling. Only we don't have a guy in the corner playing with Legos that we can blame.

We did better this last week. It's good too, because we're running out of weeks to get this turned around. Here's the results.

Week 10 Results
Rank Player lock Record
1 Evan Jones Won 4-1-0
T-2 Chris Ross Won 3-2-0
T-2 Derek Hatridge Won 3-2-0
T-2 Josh Poteet Won 3-2-0
T-2 Nick Lozanovski Won 3-2-0
6 Thomas Fleming Won 2-3-0
7 Nick Tyler Lost 2-3-0

Hey a week we didn't completely suck! Yay! Although not good for you all. At least before you could count on fading our picks. Now I don't know what you're going to do!

We are introducing a new rule this week. Each staffer has to have participated at least three weeks to get ranked. It's obviously harder to maintain a high winning percentage the more you play, so this will help even it up some.

1 Evan Jones 5 13-11-1 .540 3-2-0 .600
2 Derek Hatridge 5 11-11-1 .500 2-2-1 .500
3 Josh Poteet 3 6-8-1 .433 2-1-0 .667
4 Chris Ross 5 10-14-1 .420 4-1-0 .800
5 Nick Tyler 4 7-12-1 .375 1-3-0 .250
6 Thomas Fleming 5 8-16-1 .340 3-2-0 .600
7 Gerald Tracy 3 4-10-1 .300 1-2-0 .333
NR Nick Lozanovski 2 5-4-1 .550 1-1-0 .500
NR Cory Treece 1 4-1-0 .800 1-0-0 1.000

Between this and the Pick 'Em Challenge, Evan is having a pretty good year. Not sure what is says about the rest of us that he's the only one above .500. Well... Ya I do, I just don't want to think about it! Hopefully we can string a couple of winning weeks back to back. Here's our picks.

Chris Ross
Georgia at Kentucky UGA -10.5
Georgia really let me down last week. Normally I would stay away from this game since the Bulldogs have Auburn up next week, but I think the after the loss the Dawg's come out focused. Kentucky just isn't any good either. After three losses in a row they're ready to pack it in.
Georgia Tech at North Carolina State GT -3.5
Georgia Tech has been proving me wrong a lot this season. I was convinced that as long as they ran the triple option they would be nothing better than mediocre. I was wrong. Somehow, despite the speed of today's defenses, they've managed to make it work. They're 7-2, and literally running over people. NC State better move or get run over, either way they're not stopping the Yellow Jackets.
Duke at Syracuse Duke Lock Of The Week -3.5
Syracuse has won three games this season. They beat Villanova, Central Michigan, and Wake Forest. I have no idea how the spread is this low, which probably means Vegas is setting a trap, but I'll go ahead and take the bait.
Marshall at Southern Mississippi Marshall -25.5
I like Marshall to try and make a statement here. The Thundering Herd are undefeated, and Southern Miss is about as bad as they come. Although three wins on the year is a marked improvement since Larry Fedora's departure sent them into a tailspin. Maybe when Todd Monken is done messing around over there the Pokes just might have a open slot on the coaching staff.
Wisconsin at Purdue Wisc +17
Too many times I have sat on Wisconsin, and they've won big. Not again. I don't really like the spread at 17, but I'm just going to roll the dice on this one.

Thomas Fleming
Idaho at San Diego State Idaho +21
SDSU is yet to win against a D-1 opponent by more than twenty points, and as bad as Idaho is, they've only lost by more than 20 one time. While I think that the Aztecs will win, I don't see them covering, but then again, I'm awful at this prediction thing.
Connecticut at Army Uconn -4.5
Army is coming off of a tough loss to Air Force, and rivalry losses can certainly play with your psyche in the following weeks (see OSU Baylor 2012). Additionally, Uconn's offense has looked much improved as of late, and they're coming off of a solid win against the Knights of UCF.
Notre Dame at Arizona State ND -2.5
ASU's offense hasn't done a whole lot the past couple of games, and Notre Dame has conversely kicked their O into gear. If this one ends in a shootout, I've got my money on Everett and his Irish.
West Virginia at Texas WVU -3
Texas has quite the stout defense, but sooner or later, West Virginia is going to score. The question is, can Texas put up points against an underrated Mountaineer D? I doubt it.
Kansas State at TCU TCU Lock Of The Week -6.5
After going 2-7 in the Big 12 last year, the Horned Frogs find themselves controlling their own destiny on their way to a spot in the CFB playoff. If they beat the Wildcats, chances are they will be representing this conference on the national stage January 1. With K-State being their biggest threat, you can bet that these Frogs will be playing with fire.

Nick Lozanovski
Ohio State at Michigan State MSU Lock Of The Week -3.5
J.T. Barrett has been good, but hasn't seen competition at this level. Michigan State 31-28
Hawaii at Colorado State CSU -18
Hawaii has showed some fight this year but is largely awful. Gimme the Rams 42-21
Penn State at Indiana IU +6.5
Indiana can score the ball and Penn State has such little depth, that all injuries have had a massive effect on the season. Ill take IU outright 34-27
West Virginia at Texas WVU -3
WVU has been great this Big 12 season, and Texas hasn't. Two teams going in opposite directions. WVU 38-17
UCLA at Washington Wash +6
This is an anti UCLA pick. Even though UW lost their top corner, the O-Line cant protect Hundley enough to get the ball out! UCLA 31-28

Nick Tyler
Georgia at Kentucky UGA -10.5
Kentucky has been giving people a tough time in the SEC this year. Georgia has looked impressive these past couple weeks besides an awful loss to Florida. Dawgs roll.
Louisville at Boston College UL -3
Louisville almost beat FSU. Coming off a let down like that is tough but they'll cover versus Boston College.
West Virginia at Texas WVU Lock Of The Week -3
I feel like WVU is getting looked down upon because they loss to TCU but they are a very good team. They are capable of scoring lots of points and I feel like 3 is very low
Baylor at Oklahoma BU +5.5
I feel like Baylor will win this game straight up. Their non-con schedule is what's keeping them out of national conversation but Briles will have the team ready to play. You can't count them out of the Big 12 race either.
Oregon at Utah Oregon -9
I have picked Oregon for the past couple weeks and they haven't failed me. They are a very good team and I think we'll be in the playoffs when its all said and done.

Evan Jones
It's late, I'm tired, and I have to be up in 4 hours. So you're getting the quick version ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy.
West Virginia at Texas Texas Lock Of The Week +3
Iowa State at Kansas ISU -3.5
Duke at Syracuse Duke -3.5
Michigan at Northwestern N'Western +2
Ohio State at Michigan State MSU -3.5