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2011 college football picks week 14

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call me ishmael. what a great opening line from a classic novel about good and evil. thanks, herman. i don’t know why i got started on this path three weeks ago but i’ll try and steer clear of it from here on out. i had a stellar week to finish off the second to last week of the season by going 8 for 10 with my picks. making my over all stats for the year so far, 70 for 130. a nice bump to be sure in the over all percentage department. with any luck i’ll move it up a little higher with this weeks picks. championship game week, kids. along with the sadness that comes with it. sadness because the college football season is over and done with after this saturday. then it’s nine more months of sitting and waiting for the shortest sweetest season to roll back into our collective lives. yes, there are the bowl games and i’ll get to them next week. the NBA? their season is way too long and i lost all interest during the ‘thug years’. i ain’t going back. MLB? not what it used to be but it’s ok to while away the long hot days of summer. however, in the end it’s a yawn. NFL? nah, not anymore. college football is the only thing myself and plenty of other folks out there have left. sports wise. at least for now any the ways.

picking the 10 games for this week wasn’t that easy. of course, we’ve got the championship games themselves. they were easy enough but there’s just 5 of them. thankfully, there are still a few schools playing some other games as well. the obligatory finishing up the season deals. fine with me as it works in the over all symmetry of things. plus, it gives me something to yammer about other than THE BIG games.

for the last time this year, just remember this is for fun and entertainment purposes only. using anything here for legal or illegal gaming would be insane at best. a really dumb move on multiple levels. don’t do it. keep your wallet in your pocket where it belongs and nobody gets hurt. taking care of your families and even yourself is more important.

the point spreads used here are what i go by in determining my wins and losses for the week. the points may change by game times but what is here is what i use.

rock ‘n’ roll.

12/2 ucla @ oregon. PAC 12 championship. oregon favored by 31.5 points. i may as well jump on the bruins backed into this puppy bandwagon. boy howdy, you can say that again. humiliated by the trojans last week and six days later playing the ducks in the inaugural PAC 12 championship game. amazing. through the glass darkly indeed. hookah smoking caterpillars and all. what is going on here? well, i guess slick rick isn’t going to get one more game and maybe even a bowl game if somebody jerry rigs the flawed BCS deal even more as some are predicting. slick rick was fired by ucla yesterday. adios, slick rick. the timing is a bit odd but slick gets to coach this game friday then he’s gone. no jerry rigged bowl game for him. win or lose. yes, yes. it ain’t over till it’s over and the overweight operatic lady belts one out. however, the bruins winning this little nugget would be along the lines of, well, let’s just say some sort of divine intervention during this christmas season would be needed. though i’m sure visor head kelly will have his hands full this week keeping his kids focused on the game at hand and not down the road on some bowl game with all the related ‘stuff’ involved. he has enough trouble keeping some of them out of the backseat of police cruisers in eugene. it’s a load of points but the ducks should have no problem in covering them and winning. take the ducks. QUACK QUACK!!!!

12/3 s. mississippi @ houston. C USA championship. houston favored by 13 points. unless i’m mistaken this will be the first time all season either team has played a ranked opponent. good old C USA. houston playing at home is pretty much unstoppable. if case keenum is healthy and plays the cougars will probably roll over southern miss. a good game and another chance to watch an outstanding young quarterback. take houston to win and cover.

12/3 iowa st @ kansas st. kansas st favored by 10.5 points. iowa st gets one more shot at screwing up another schools december/january plans. though since their upset victory over oklahoma st things have slid downhill. some wags might even say back to normal. not me. yeah, most years their record blows. however, they are one of the perennial spoilers in the FBS. more often than not the cyclones are apt to screw up just about any other teams saturday. iowa st has also played 7 yes, SEVEN, ranked teams this year. yeah, ok they lost to most of them. however, look to those games as character building or trial by fire. plus, not many schools can say they played SEVEN ranked teams this year or another year for that matter. a let down last week for the cyclones. back in the saddle this week. take iowa st to at least get inside the spread and maybe even win.

12/3 texas @ baylor. baylor favored by 3 points. almost a toss up. home court advantage, the bears. texas righted their ship last weekend. will that be enough? maybe not. baylor has robert griffin lll at qb. take baylor to win and cover the spread.

12/3 georgia @ lsu. SEC championship game. lsu favored by 13 points. the game is supposedly being played on a neutral field. i guess a game played in another venue other than georgia’s sanford stadium is a neutral site for them. i would also guess that said game in atlanta would be considered an away game. i don’t think so. make no mistake this is a home game for the bulldogs. i hope georgia wins for any number of reasons. but i doubt they will. however, take the bulldogs to at least get inside the point spread.

12/3 new mexico @ boise st. boise st favored by 48.5 points. boise st failed, yet again, to cover the spread last week. thanks, wyoming for giving me the win. i probably should have picked the wyoming/colorado st game instead of this possible train wreck in the making game. new mexico has one of the worst FBS programs going. good luck to, bob davie in turning the lobos program around in the next few years. though he just might pull it off. plus, he gets to live in new mexico while he attempts doing just that. win win for him. kellen moore’s last regular season game. one last shot at churning out more smurf turf records. one last shot at impressing the heisman voters. the biggest question being, can he throw enough touchdown passes to cover the boat load of points? i see no reason for boise st not to cover the spread and win. take boise st.

12/3 byu @ hawaii. byu favored by 7.5 points. another filler game. though byu has very quietly come a long way since labor day weekend. even getting dumped on by the big east conference because byu wouldn’t play nice in the big east sandbox. i can’t really blame byu, the big east needed them. byu doesn’t need the big east. though byu does need the almighty big east AQ status. they also need their ninth win of the year to put a nice stamp on their decision to stay an indy and not share their TV bucks with anyone else. if byu’s qb is cleared to play and byu’s defense catches the plane bound for oahu the cougars should win and cover the spread. take them.

12/3 oklahoma @ oklahoma st. oklahoma st favored by 3.5 points. home field 3 plus for the cowboys. big time rivalry game here, kids. should be the game of the weekend. oklahoma st has had since november 18 and their loss to iowa st to get ready for this one. i’m assuming they’re ready to rumble. probably more than ready. take the cowboys to win and cover the points.

12/3 wisconsin @ michigan st. Big 10 championship. wisconsin favored by 9.5 points. i don’t get this one. a rematch of the game back in october. the spartans won at home. not a home game for the rematch but wisconsin is favored. is that it? what am i missing here? take michigan st to at least get inside the spread at minimum and more than likely to win again.

12/3 virginia tech @ clemson. ACC championship. virginia tech favored by 7.5 points. clemson is coming off two losses in a row. qb logan thomas is looking to reverse his loss at clemson back in october. he hasn’t lost a game since then. a perfect roll since october 1st. take virginia tech to win and cover the spread.

these games and some others close out the regular college football season. thanks to all of you for reading this year and i hope you find me again next year in september when i start the insanity all over again. you could also come back next week for my take on the college bowls for this year. i hope you do. either way the safe bet is as always, red meat and red wine. be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2011 college football picks week 5

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the interesting thing about college ball is (pick one or as many as you’d like), it ain’t over until it’s over, suppositions are just that – suppositions, home field may or may not mean anything, the gnashing of teeth, yelling at the TV, wondering just why somebody gave a particular somebody a coaching job, or for that matter a scholarship, are the referees for real?, college super conferences have been held at bay if only for the time being, cooler heads prevail(?). yes indeed, college football, ain’t nothing like it nowhere. my personal favorite would be the super conferences have been put on hold. again. the greed heads decided to go with family and said family being able to make a relatively short drive in the family car to see junior play the U of State on state’s home turf. in lieu of the family boarding a plane to fly several thousand miles each way while suffering any number of TSA gropings and assorted other indignities with only 3 ounces of fine brandy in their carry on luggage. plus, spending a boat load of cash for the privilege to go through all of that if not more. yeah, let’s hear it for the greed heads. Thanks, er…um…for now. i guess.

the weekend was abysmal on a couple of fronts. i suffered through a rather nasty sinus infection while waiting for the antibiotics to kick in. which thankfully they eventually did. then there’s the fact, some schools just can’t quite get a grip on covering the spread or winning when they bloody well should. god, the horror. yes, another sad week’s worth of picks. i went 4 for 10 and now stand at 15 for 40 over all. ouch.

as always, this is for fun only. if this were a business i would be unemployed by now. which i suppose technically i am as i’m retired. it must be pretty obvious so far this year for my regular readers, whom i do thank very much, that taking the drivel bandied about here and extrapolating it into any useful betting information would be utterly stupid if not impossible. though in my own defense, even if i were a perfect 40 for 40 i’d still be telling you this: leave your wallet in your pocket and nobody gets hurt. it’s really that simple. or at least a tad simpler than some 12 step gamblers deal. or even worse, explaining to the kids why you’ve squandered not only their college fund but dinner and breakfast money for many months to come. while also telling them the whole family will be celebrating christmas this year and probably the next by standing on the corner holding a tin cup with all the unemployed and homeless folk. oh, boy. merry christmas, little timmy. capisco? i hope so. ok. now that some sort of perspective has been brought to the festivities. onward.

rock ‘n’ roll.

9/30 utah st @ byu. byu favored by 7 points. byu is having one of those years. sort of like the one i’m having doing my picks this year. utah st did well against auburn in their first outing of the year. friday night nationwide spotlight with a rivalry aspect going it. byu has to step it up or it makes going independent look stupid. take byu to win and cover.

10/1 alabama @ florida. alabama favored by 4 points. one of the better match ups for saturday even though i’m not feeling the gators at number 12. be that as it may, take bama to win and cover the points. ROLL TIDE!!

10/1 arkansas @ texas a&m. texas a&m favored by 3 points. both teams coming off good weeks last saturday even in losing. take the razorbacks to win and or get inside the spread.

10/1 nevada @ boise st. boise st favored by 27 points. surf team blue didn’t cover the spread in their win last saturday. though kellen moore shredded the field as usual. nevada had a shot at beating texas tech but couldn’t finish them off. nevada can also put some points on the board. though whats left of last years power house boise st team should want to avenge the loss to the wolf pack at the end of the season. 28 is still a bunch of points against a team that can score. none the less, take boise st to win and cover.

10/1 smu @ tcu. tcu favored by 12 points. the mustangs began the year with a loss against a ranked team. the last three weeks it’s been fighting road kill teams for them. tcu’s record this year sorta mirrors smu’s record. along with all that this is one of those rivalry games. i love june jones but smu is in over their head here. take tcu to win and cover the spread.

10/1 arizona @ usc. usc favored by 13.5 points. the trojans, yet again, took the 4th quarter off last week against the other arizona school. of course by doing so they lost the game. this is getting old but, if the trojans show up and actually play all four quarters against the wildcats, who are a mediocre team at best, they will win and cover. being a home game for them this shouldn’t be a problem if they all catch the bus before the game, don’t leave early and pay some sort of attention if they do stick around for the fourth quarter. a number of “ifs” but take usc to win and cover anyway. FIGHT ON!!

10/1 clemson @ virgina tech. virgina tech favored by 7 points. good game kids and one i hope i’ll be able to watch. clemson is a surprise this year and they’ve done very well against ranked teams at home. tech has gone down the fighting road kill route for the most part so far this year. i’m thinking clemson will do well this saturday on the road. take clemson to at least cover the points and maybe even win.

10/1 texas @ iowa st. texas favored by 9.5 points. iowa st on a roll once again so far and still no respect. however, texas has had two weeks to get ready for this one. take texas to win and cover the spread.

10/1 nebraska @ wisconsin. wisconsin favored by 10 points. the badgers have been solid against the fighting road kill this season. 3 and 0 at home as well. so far to my thinking nebraska has had the tougher schedule. take nebraska to at least cover the spread and maybe even win.

10/1 ucla @ stanford. stanford favored by 21 points. a bunch of points. stanford has had it fairly easy thus far. the bruins beat the beavers on the road last week. slick rick is still alive at least for the time being. stanford isn’t oregon st. stanford also has a quarterback. a very good one. stanford puts a thump on the bruins this saturday on their way to a show down with either the ducks or the sun devils and a share of the rose bowl. take stanford to win and cover the points.

summertime heat lingers here. fall has fell further east. it’s the season of the witch. one month down and only two more to go. enjoy the games while you can. be safe. be sane.

jmh

should college football players get paid to play?

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this little tidbit is getting some play.  it started last week with the big 10 or 12 or whatever commissioner saying he figures football players should get a stipend.  earlier this week the old ball coach, steve spurrier, jumped on the bandwagon saying he thinks college football players should be paid as well.  $300 a game to be exact.  this idea is getting even more play.  no pun intended. 

before i wade into this drama let me remind everyone that i love college football.  it is my favorite sit in front of the tube and watch deal.  it’s been that way for as long as i can remember.  i love the game.

i have trouble with these ideas.  yeah, i’m just a crack pot.  these kids are getting an almost free ride education.  yes, there are exceptions but it’s something most kids don’t get.  and yes some of them, mostly in the sec, might end up on the wrong end of a scholarship for various reasons.  like coaches and schools handing them out like candy at halloween then saying oops we really can’t use you.  sorry, we want it back.  but that is a drift.

these kids playing college football are supposed to be in school to earn a degree or am i missing something here?  let’s just forget about the fact you start paying these guys a rather large can of very nasty stinky worms will be opened.  not unlike pandora’s little box a long time ago.  but with probably pretty much the same consequences, a world turned upside down.

the larger of the elephants in the room would be, title 1X.  i also love women’s college softball.  and i’m quite sure the old ball coach and the comish aren’t thinking about paying them anything at all for anything.  regardless.  then there’s the fact most men’s college baseball scholarships barely cover anything at all.  ok.  so i’m drifting here.  in any case, it’s all relevant.         

why should we pay these guys money to play?  point being we shouldn’t.  the old ball coach says the players should get some cash so they can take their girlfriends out for dinner.  or maybe pay for their parents to fly to a game or something.  yeah, we would all love that.  what about the regular schlumps going to school sans any scholarship?  they’d like to be able to do the same thing.  most end up with a nice little 40 grand or so in student loan debt.  yeah, let’s feel sorry for the poor college football player who had to sell ohio st athletic stuff so they could score some nifty tats all over themselves.  please.

the college game has eroded just like society has in recent years.  they’ve gone hand in hand down the road to madness.  paying kids to play college ball is stupid.  there are so many of them in some sort of trouble every day it makes your head swim.  instead of paying them perhaps the schools should use the money to investigate the little darlings a bit more before they hand them the keys to the university.  they seem to end up pilfering fellow students laptops at some sort of maddening pace or committing even worse crimes against humanity and fellow students.

‘well, gee, i had to steal the laptop and rape those girls because i was drunk and i didn’t have any money left after i bought all that booze.  but i deserve another chance.  i’m a football player.  hoo rah.’  there ya go, pilgrims, that pretty much sums it up right there. 

it’s getting to the point where, and i’ve said this a few times the past few years, us old guys are probably going to abandon the sport we love if the insanity of the kids, coaches, commissioners, and college deans doesn’t get back on track.  they aren’t ozzy osborne and off on some crazy train they are, college football.  it’s become a very sad thing indeed. 

thankfully, it seems i’m not the only crack pot out here.  espn.com is running a poll today about this same thing.  should college football players be paid for playing?  at the time of this writing with 47,899 votes in, 62% of those voting are saying, NO.  cool.  let’s just hope somebody is listening and maybe even paying attention.

jmh                 

2010-11 college bowl game picks

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they’re back.  and i’m sure some of you are very happy they are.  me?  not really but regular readers over the past few years already know this.  what’s to like about football games that come, in some cases, 37 days after the regular season has been put to bed for the next nine months?  indeed.  what’s to like?

especially since ‘bowls are business.’  stewart mandel wrote that a week or so ago in one of his sports illustrated columns concerning the lack of prospects for stanford getting a big time bowl bid, among other things.  though things did change.  stanford got a nice bid even with their lack of traveling alumni willing to head out to some god forsaken place or another and spend way too much money to sit in some stadium someplace and watch a football game.  i get the stanford alums point of view.  why indeed?

bowls are business.  the money tree time of year for college regents and deans alike all over this once great nation.  league commissioners slather all over themselves seeing visions of clean, crisp, unmarked, benjamins dancing in their collective greedy heads.  perhaps the most joyous time of the year turned into a greed head’s nirvana.

local pols and chambers of commerce goons fleece the nattering nabobs of the traveling alumni world.  fan bases far and wide leave home flush with cash only to have it stripped from them in some inglorious hell hole by bastions of local yokeldoms finest greed headed businessmen cum thieves.  god, yes, it’s bcs bowl season.  do you hear what i hear?  indeed.

yes, kids, once again it’s time for me to ask you to boycott the bowl games.  the first part is easy.  don’t buy a ticket to the damn games.  don’t fill the seats.  simple easy.  the second is a bit harder.  don’t watch the games on the tube.  yes, of course, not as easy as it sounds.  right?  but it is.  just don’t turn on the tv when your favorite team hits the airwaves and probably the skids because they haven’t faced any real football action/competition for over a month.  about the only action the players will have had is robbing fellow students of their lap tops and local 7-11’s of their daily take.  plus, scaring the bejesus out of coeds far and wide.  indeed.

ok.  alright.  you came here to read my picks.  so i’ll give them to you.  just remember they are for fun and entertainment purposes only.  using any of what i write here as a good thing to to take to a sports book or street corner bookie would be the ultimate definition of insanity. 

during the regular season i use and go by the oddsmakers point spreads.  not this time of year.  i’m just picking a winner.  also since most bowl games are stinkers at best, i’m only picking nineteen of the thirty-five games, which could shrink once i get into this.  some of the bowl turkeys aren’t even worth making fun of.  and that, my readers, is a very sad statement.  so without further ado…

rock ‘n’ roll.     

12/18  new mexico: byu vs utep.  the mormons finally get a shot at another holiday travel destination other than vegas after countless trips to sin city this time of year.  not the glitz and glamor of the strip but albuquerque has an old west vibe going for it.  including the gunfire, just stay off the freeways and you’ll probably be ok.  take byu to win.

12/21  beef o’brady’s: southern mississippi vs louisville.  the only reson for picking this game is it’s title.  what the harold is beef o’brady’s any the ways?  there might be some good commercials.  did i just say that?  take s. miss to win.

12/22  maaco: utah vs boise st.  this should be a good game.  maybe.  utah hit the skids then recovered nicely.  boise is still probably smarting from it’s fall from grace.  plus coach peterson is out job hunting.  he’s already upset about boise st dumping the wac to move to the mountain west while utah and byu have bailed out of that conference.  it’s like boise st moved from one sisters of the poor league to a little bit better sisters of the poor league.  boise st, do your homework next time.  homework just might be the reason none of the big boy conferences want you.  hint.  hint.  at any rate, take utah to win.

12/23  poinsettia: san diego st vs navy.  a grandiose fleet week bowl game for san diego just before christmas.  as much as i enjoy good san diego st football you have to take navy in this game.

12/27  independence: air force vs georgia tech.  take air force in this one, kids.

12/28  insight: missouri vs iowa.  a yawner but take iowa.

12/29  alamo: arizona vs oklahoma st.  as i’m a pac 10 or 12 homer take arizona here.  it might be a good game. 

12/30  holiday: nebraska vs washington.  another day another game in san diego.  if you can fly in do so because the roads in and out of there are usually clogged worse than my arteries.  pac 10 or 12 once again.  take washington if only for the fact my wife’s orthopod has a kid playing for the huskies.

12/31  sun: miami vs notre dame.  notre dame off a so so year but the touchdown jesus faithful do love to travel and spend lots of cash.  go with miami and the win.

1/1  capital one: alabama vs michigan st.  michigan st got hosed this year but somebody does every year.  guess it was their turn.  maybe some decent commercials again.  depending on who feels like playing after the big lay-off will determine who’s going to win.  i’m taking michigan st.

1/1  gator: michigan vs mississippi st.  hopefully, state rolls over michigan.  take miss st.

1/7  cotton: texas a&m vs lsu.  take the aggies of texas to win.

1/9  hunger: boston college vs nevada.  only reason i’m doing this game is because of what nevada did this year.  take nevada to win.

now for the so called big games.

1/1  rose: wisconsin vs tcu.  probably a decent game.  tcu will show up to play.  hopefully, wisconsin does as well.  take tcu.

1/1  fiesta: oklahoma vs connecticut.  good game to nap through.  make your own pick.  i don’t care.

1/3  orange: virginia tech vs stanford.  a good game?  take stanford to win.  pac 10 honk honk.

1/4  sugar: arkansas vs ohio st.  the talking heads are already saying this is the best game of the bowl season.  it is?  take arkansas to win.

1/10  BCS championship: auburn vs oregon.  finally, the last game.  as much as i love the ducks i really doubt if i’ll even watch this.  come on, 37 days after the season is over.  get real bcs and ncaa.  yeah, like that’s ever going to happen.  plus, the fact there are going to more commercials than you can shake the proverbial stick at.  i’m not interested in that action at all.  what i want to know is how the ncaa can say cecil newton is a crook and his kid knew nothing about it.  yeah, right.  the ducks have not played well in their last couple of games.  very possibly they won’t here either.  the first betting line for the game had the ducks favored by 3.  that disappeared as soon as someone realized what had happened.  probably a typo or a rabid duck fan who now has no job.  though a few folks did get in on that action.  lucky them because auburn is going to win this ad fest turkey.  sadly, for the ducks and the pac 10 or 12.  none the less, QUACK QUACK!!  yes, take auburn to win.

that’s it.  a few good games mixed in with the crapola games.  but that’s the usual scenario for the college bowl season.  should there be a playoff?  probably but i go back and forth on that idea.  for one, i think it sullies the regular season.  not unlike men’s basketball where nothing much matters during the regular season.  what matters, is march.  just remember these bowl games really aren’t for you, joe fan.  they are about teams getting more practice time and money money money.  not that there’s anything wrong with money.  i just wish the ncaa and college regents, deans, and commissioners would be more honest about the whole sordid deal.  any the ways, is it september yet?

jmh

2010 college football predictions week 14

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college football rivalry week(s) continue(s). plus a few division championship games are on tap. i remember when all the rivalry games were taken care of in just one week. however, with more schools scheduling games with ‘the sisters of the poor’ during the season, rivalry week takes weeks. at any rate, sadly, this is college football’s last week of the regular season. a bitter sweet weekend for college ball fans. next comes the long wait for the bowl season to begin. more on that next week.

some interesting games this past weekend. i went 6 for 10 and now stand 62 for 120 over all. .517 as my average. still nothing stellar but i did manage two nice upsets with arkansas and nevada both winning. if i had only won one or more of my last three games. particularly that dropped pass in the rain at the coliseum sigh.

just remember this is for fun only and taking what i toss out here to any sports book and laying your rent and food money on the line would be total insanity on any number of levels. leave your wallet in your pocket and nobody gets hurt. spreads sited here are by what i go by to determine my wins and losses.

rock ‘n’ roll.

12/2 arizona st at arizona. arizona favored by 6 points. ‘the duel in the desert’. i’m sure most arizona fans aren’t happy about this made for TV event in the middle of the week. but it does get some national exposure for both football programs. that being said, most fans would rather be stuck on the road game day weekend between whatever city is hosting the game that year. tradition is tradition after all. take the wildcats of arizona to win and cover.

12/3 illinois at fresno st. illinois favored by by 6 points. under normal circumstances i’d probably go with the bulldogs. not this week. take illinois to win and cover.

12/4 connecticut at s. florida. s. florida favored by 2 points. pretty much a toss up. and a game i’d stay away from during the year. just like the last one. slim pickings this last regular season week. alright, connecticut is on some sort of roll. take connecticut to win or cover.

12/4 utah st at boise st. boise st favored by 39.5 points. yeah, probably. it will be interesting to see if boise st can comeback from the end of their dream season loss last week. and it’s boise’s last game in ‘the sisters of the poor conference’. next year they move to ‘the big sisters of the poor conference’. not much of an improvement. any the ways, utah st is hapless. sure it’s a fistful of points but take boise st to win and cover.

12/4 oregon at oregon st. oregon favored by 15 points. ‘the civil war’ game. the ducks got bounced from number one in the BCS poll for beating arizona last week and covering the spread. what’s up with that? yes, after all it is the ‘Bull Crap System’. the beavers were stanford’s door mat last weekend. a regular thumping to be sure. is there anything left in their tank? however, this is a rivalry game. anything can happen. but with any luck at all it won’t. so much for the beavers stellar season. take the ducks to win and cover. QUACK QUACK!!

12/4 auburn at s. carolina. auburn favored by 5 points. the sec championship game. i’m hoping the old ball coach has a few tricks left. i’m tired of the camnewtongate deal and would just as soon see them fade away. so sue me. take s. carolina to cover and maybe even win.

12/4 washington at washington st. washington favored by 7 points. ‘the apple bowl’. and another game where anything can happen. state needs this one badly. the huskies need it too. take washington to win and cover.

12/4 florida st at virginia tech. virginia tech favored by 4 points. the acc championship game. take virginia tech if only for what florida st did to paula deen er, coach bowden. convoluted reasoning at best. take tech to win and cover.

12/4 nebraska at oklahoma. oklahoma favored by 5.5 points. the big 12 championship game. take nebraska to cover and or win.

12/4 usc at ucla. usc favored by 7 points. bragging rights for the city of lost angels. crosstown rivalry and good reason to stay away from pasadena if you’re out and about saturday night. crosstown traffic. it should be dry on saturday so maybe the trojans can hang onto the game winner this week. norm chow got his contract extension approved by ucla but slick rick ain’t saying if he even wants norm round next year. like it’s norm’s fault all the bruin’s qb’s got hurt this season. as the college ball worm turns. if you live here in socal this is THE game of the year. no doubt. these kids run into each other all year long on a regular basis. bragging rights mean something. take the trojans to win and cover. FIGHT ON!!

savor you last weekend of the regular college football season. it’s gone for nine long ass months. we suffer through the never ending nba season and major league baseball month after month. nothing but endless yammering about the dumb ass nba on sports talk shows from now to the end of june. god, the horror. buck up kids. the best sport in the land will be back next september. as always, is it september yet?

jmh

for those that care i went 6 for 10 this week. making me 68 for 130 overall, having missed week 7. .523 is nothing to brag about but i’ll take it. my overall win percentage for the last three years is, .530. beating the spread isn’t that easy. bowl picks this coming week. thanks for reading.

jmh

the other shoe begins to drop or the end of college sports as we know it

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college football, as we once knew it, will begin to lose what luster it once held for us old line watchers today. USC finally gets hit with NCAA sanctions today for the reggie bush years. something that has taken far too long. i guess somebody somewhere wanted to protect pete carroll. he’s out of the picture now and here comes the bus, sans brakes heading for USC.

lane kiffin is said to be pissed. well, kids, if that’s the case he’s dumber than i thought he was and or is. he must have bought mike garrett’s bullshit hook line and sinker. lane, give me a break. you bought the pig and the poke. i guess you can bail out just like you did at tennessee. hell, why even wait for the season to begin? do it today.

as for reggie bush, thanks dumb ass. they should melt your heisman down, hang it around your neck and toss you off the nearest pier. the same should be said of oj simpson as well but that’s for another time.

speaking of today, it’s time for the brass at USC to get their head out of their collective asses and fire mike garrett. they can’t fire pete, who i’m sure knew just as much as mike did or does. time to get with it USC. way past time for mr. mike to be canned. just bleeding do it.

more speaking of today, the ultimate demise of college football also begins today. the f$$$$$$ just don’t give a f$$$ about the fans. that has been obvious for years. today with all the teams beginning to bail out of conferences and diving into other conferences and an even bigger pile of money speaks volumes about the disdain college athletics has for the fan. and the school’s love of money.

super conferences are here and i’ll probably stop watching the bastardization of the game i love not too much further down this sad road. screw it. i don’t want to see it. i suppose i’m just as much to blame as the rest of us ultimately are. playoffs. we screamed and hollered about the damn things for years. nobody listened. we were told stuff with apparently a wink and a nod by the humps that run the deal. the money lusting ass hole deans and regents.

well, we’re going to get playoffs not too long from now. and guess what? they will make a mess out of what was the ONLY REMAINING UN-SULLIED COLLEGE SPORT. college football will become college basketball. no one watches college basketball until march and the big dance. no one with half a ******* brain will watch college football after the playoffs start up. why? playoffs will make the regular season games meaningless. pre-playoffs each and every game was important. that won’t be the case very soon.

god, the horror. every school in texas in the pac 10. what the eff? the beginning of the end. and @&%# you NCAA and the board of regents at every damn div 1 school. adios, college football. i’m done after this coming season or the first year the super deal goes into effect. $$$$ you and your super conferences.

jmh

are you ready for some college football? or the big ten expands(?)

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i sure am. the never ending basketball season plods on and on. why anyone watches it is beyond me. way beyond me. i have no use for it. but my regular readers know this. so on to the point. or that’s the hope. the epistle meanders about as i’m sometimes want to do. however, i think you’ll get the points.

college football fans been following the presumed big 10 expansion with great interest since we first heard of it after the regular season last year. the big 10 is looking for maybe 2 or even 4 teams to cash in on their league. or more to the point the big ten to cash in on more teams and perhaps to help recruitment and generate more tv money for the schools.

there have been many rumors just as to which schools might get the invitation to join them. schools such as: notre dame, rutgers, syracuse, nebraska and missouri. however, last week there was a flurry of eamils from the big 10 and said schools that there really wasn’t anything to anything anyone was saying about anything and which schools were being considered. smoke and mirrors from everyone in high places.

all that being said, for my money, the only schools that make any sense if the big ten is to keep any sort of geographical sense to it’s name would be make nebraska and missouri an offer they couldn’t refuse. sure notre dame is in indiana but the irish are enjoying their independence and independent stature. plus their own tv network, nbc. rutgers on the other hand is a new york/new jersey school. it is just an attempt by the big ten to score some tv viewers from the big apple area. only trouble is they really don’t care much for college football there. and rutgers and syracuse come and go as football powers. if powers is even the right word.

well, this whole thing is about money. more big money. the current sad state of college football. i could go on about that but perhaps another time. the next question being: what happens to the big 12 if nebraska and missouri get the call to come on down and join the big 10 and wallow in the greenbacks?

in my mind there are only three possibilities if geography means anything anymore to the big 12. byu, utah, and boise st. and the way boise st has been playing ball the past few years they are the obvious number one choice. the only problem being is their academics. would the big 12 want to sully it’s rep with a third tier school? even if that school is playing lights out football? i’m thinking probably so with a few twists and turns from all the deans involved. things could be worked out. byu and utah don’t have the academic issues. the only real issue there is byu is a religious school. so is notre dame, pilgrim.

it’s all very interesting. it gives us college football fans something to think and write about while we sit and wait for the season to roll out in september. it also gives the pac 10 something to think about as well. expansion. though even with the new commissioner the pac 10 still can’t get a decent tv package. us pac 10 homers have to scramble on most saturdays in order to find and watch pac 10 games that matter. if the pac can’t get a decent tv deal how are they ever going to try to expand? ah, maybe they shouldn’t. though, sadly, at some point they are going to be forced into it.

where do they go to find teams? colorado is the primary place. and utah. once again, byu and utah. boise st isn’t even on the pac 10 radar due to the previously mentioned problem. byu gets discounted again because of the religious deal but i’m thinking that’s just a red herring. at any rate, it’s very interesting that utah is on everyone’s wish list. it just goes to show what an excellent academic and research institution will do for you when big time college football money comes knocking at your door.

what happens if all this stuff comes to pass? schools abandoning one conference for another. long time allegiances thrown under the bus for the almighty dollar. yes, indeed. panties all wadded up into places that make for total discomfort. whining the likes we’ve never heard before. the freaking feds sticking their nose into places they shouldn’t but think they should and can. and they will. sadly.

gliding somewhat under the radar, like a stealth drone, in all of this we need more money madness—the super conferences. the death knell of college football as we old timers know it. the final nail in the coffin of the sport. college football is all i have left. and they just keep pecking at it like a bunch of turkey vultures trying to glean one more mouthful from the rotting corpse. perhaps the analogy is a bit strong. or maybe not. only time will tell.

jmh

2009 college football predictions week 14

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this week’s predictions are a bit different than the usual bill of fare.  fear not, i get there eventually.  i hope you enjoy the ride.  jmh

eddie catalina had weathered worse weekends but nothing quite like the past one.  in some sort of semi delusional death wish he’d taken his car and rent money and bet it all on 10 of the worse college football picks imaginable.  sure, some of them looked good and even made sense in that death wish sort of way.  but he knew he was in big trouble by mid afternoon on saturday.

the odd thing was he really didn’t care.  the third floor walk up in the eastern part of downtown los angeles and his 10 year old car had lost whatever luster was left or ever had been there.  things had tumbled out of control and he was resigned to what would come soon enough. 

another strange thing was he didn’t even have the car or rent money anymore.  after losing the game that tilted the deal below what would mean busting out even he had taken the car and rent money and blown it all and then some.  that was even before the total disaster became, oh so apparent.  all the money he had was blown on a bizarre drunken whore mongering night in the illegal after hours mexican ‘nightclubs’ in his neighborhood.  a long night that found him drunk, alone and asleep at his kitchen table around noon sunday.

the pounding on the door woke him up.  it took a second or two to realize it was morning, the sun was up, and he was still drunk.  very drunk.  stumbling to the door he opened it.  two thugs pushed their way inside.  the larger of the two shut the door and stood by it.

the smaller one spoke.

‘so where were you last night?  it looks like getting drunk on your sorry ass.  and that’s no excuse.  there are no excuses.  you know the rules.  payment is due on bets at midnight sharp.  pay up now plus another $1,000 in vig for our trouble.  don’t fucking piss don vincenzo off any more than he already is.’

standing there in his under ware, head down looking at the floor he thought, ‘good thing i’m still drunk.  maybe the broken bones won’t hurt so bad.’

broken bones or maybe.  just maybe.  yes, a mad hangover haze grab for the rusty but loaded .357 under the three day old newspaper on the table.  for you see, as dawn had broke that sunday morning, lonely broke drunken dreams made him pull it out of the bottom of his old army duffel bag.  he’d passed out before he could use it.  now maybe.  just maybe.  he could make use of it for some other purpose.

the smaller man slapped him to the floor.  eddie used the table to help himself to his feet.  his hand slipped under the paper.  he gripped the pitted and splintered walnut pistol butt.  he spun around firing.  his finger pulling the trigger as fast as he could.  sound, smoke and the smell of cordite filled the small room.

the two mobsters lay on the floor bleeding their last seconds of life out onto the cracked yellowed linoleum floor.  eddie catalina’s troubles had only just begun.   

yep.  there ya go.  the sad almost coda to the story of eddie catalina.  eddie thought he was smart.  smart enough to beat the spread every saturday during the college football season.  eddie did ok but no one ever does more than ok.  because they usually end up just like eddie.  broke and hungover on a minor level.  on a higher level, staring at a murder one rap straight in the face.  worse yet were the two dead mob soldiers.  that fact wasn’t going away.  ever.  no matter what the state decided.

see, kids?  it ain’t easy.  vegas and others know the only thing that matters is their money.  it’s all they care about.  and they take very good care of their money.  vegas palaces aren’t built on winners dreams.  they’re built on the sad dreams of every eddie catalina out there.  yours and mine.

this past weekend i went 2 for 10 for the week. i took week 6 off.  which means i’m now, 62 for 120, over all.  not looking good.  but still a tad over .500.  however, be that as it may.  onward and forward.  don’t look back because something might be gaining on you.  like an angry wife packing a five iron at 2:30am and swinging it at your head.

ok.  so, it’s the last week of regular season college football.  a bitter sweet week for those among us who love the game.  bitter because the short sweet season is over almost as soon as it began.  or so it seems.   sweet because we can begin the count down to next year and the first week in september.  the sweetest week of the year.  don’t be eddie catalina.  leave your money in your wallet.  right where it belongs.

i’m early again and some of the odds weren’t up yet.  i’m going by what’s here.  as usual. 

rock ‘n’ roll.

12/3  oregon st at oregon.  oregon favored by 9.5 points.  civil war time and it’s take no prisoners.  the game of the week for sure.  now you folks back east get a taste of the fine football being played by the pac 10 this year.  two of the best go head to head at the loudest stadium in the country, autzen stadium.  the home of the ducks and a more rabid fan base would be harder to find than the duck home crowd.  this game might reach over a hundred total points.  powerhouse offenses from both schools.  the beavers run it pretty much like no one else can.  the beavers, jacuizz rodgers is something to watch and almost impossible to catch.  the ducks, jeremiah masoli is one of the best qb’s in the country.  tight game.  a bunch of points on the board.  last one in wins.  take the ducks to win but not by the 9.5 points.  QUACK QUACK!!!!

12/5  w. virginia at rutgers.  w. virginia favored by 2.5 points.  that might as well be even up.  home game for ozzie nelson’s alma mater.  take rutgers to win.

12/5  new mexico at boise st.  boise st favored by 46.5 points. boise st should win but not by 46 plus points.  take new mexico to get inside that huge spread.

12/5  arizona at usc.  usc favored by 7.  this is going to be a good one.  the trojans are having a hard time putting points on the board.  despite the last second td of last week.  bruins blew it.  arizona has a good defense.  take the trojans because they are at home to win and cover.  FIGHT ON!!!

12/5  california at washington.  california favored by 6.5 points.  if the bears are up for this one they will win.  if not the huskies will walk all over them.  it’s tedford’s call and coaching that will make the difference here.  good one to watch.  i’m taking the huskies to win or get inside the spread.

12/5  cincinnati at pittsburg.  a toss up.  i’m taking cincinnati to win.

i hope i have the last four games and teams right. 

12/5  conferance usa championship.  huston at e. carolina. toss up.  i really don’t care much about this one so i’m taking huston.

12/5  sec championship game.  florida at alabama.  florida favored by 4.5 points.  i thought this would be bama’s year for a national title.  i don’t think so anymore.  too much trouble trying to put points on the board.  florida wins and covers.

12/5  acc championship game.  georgia tech at clemson.  toss up.  i’m going with clemson here.

12/5  big 12 championship game.  texas at nebraska.  texas favored by 13.5 points.  take the horns to hook em. texas wins and covers.

that’s it for this year and the regular season.  there will be at least one more blog on the college bowl season coming from me.  i hope you come back around to read it or them as well.  you’ve made this a banner year for me here.  i hope you come back next year to take the college football trip again.  thanks for reading and your support.  ah, i’m not going anywhere.  i’ll be right here writing about other stuff while i wait for september 2010.

jmh
story and predictions copyrighted by john hauge 2009

college football week 15 picks

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yeah, i changed the title format. yep, sure did.  at any rate, i was a tepid 5 for 10 last week.  i would have done better but i got bit by the point spread on a couple of games.  life, as it were.  my totals for the year are, 77 for 140.  i’m getting closer to the dreadful 50% mark.  like i said before, your pet chicken could do 50% easy.

sadly it’s the final week of the regular college football season.  only thing left are the bowl games.  more on that when the bowls get dealt out.  just remember that taking anything you read here is borderline insanity  if you go to somebody who will take your action and you give them my ‘action’ you are just lame and probably should be put away for your own good.

i’m only doing 6 games this week.  only 6 because the rest of what is left i could care less who wins or why or what the harold.  capice?  all that being said let’s get down with the last week of regular season college football.  damn, i miss it already.  is it september yet?  let’s rock ‘n’ roll.

louisville at rutgers.  rutgers favored by 11 points.  probably a good game.  i’ll be at a holiday party with the brown eyed girl.  maybe the tv will be on and tuned to espn.  one can only hope.  if louisville or rutgers played boise st’s dance card they would be 12 and 0 as well.  take rutgers to win and cover the points.

navy at army.  navy favored by 11.5 points.  the yearly pentagon bowl.  ok.  i was army back in the day.  just a draftee but army none the less.  the old man was army as well.  ww2 wise.  yeah, take army to cover.  they may not but, yeah, this one is always for the ages. 

boston college at virgina tech.  boston college favored by 1 point.  a toss up, kids.  and a stellar game as well.  the deal?  deal is boston college wins the game.

alabama at florida.  florida favored by 9.5 points.  sadly the game is over for the tide.  they finally meet their waterloo this year. take florida to win and cover.  yeah, ok.  the tide might actually win this but i doubt it.  wait till next year bama.  florida wins and covers.

usc at ucla.  usc favored by 32.5 points.  tons of points once again for the battle for the city of lost angels and bragging rights there of.  norm chow meets pete in the rose bowl for some sort of homecoming.  the bruins don’t have the players.  usc has more than enough to seal the deal and a rose bowl bcs bid.  or maybe more if the big 12 turns to dust.  at any rate, that old weez about any team and any given saturday especially a rivalry as hot and heavy as this one is any thing could happen.  take the trojans to win and cover.

just remember to keep your wallet in your pockets and things will turn out ok.  enjoy the games.

that’s it, the sad end of the regular season 2008 for college football.  nine months of wandering the desert of no college football await.  yeah, there’s the bowl games but they ain’t the same.  is it september yet?

jmh

2008 college football predictions week 14

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it’s only tuesday and folks are already up in arms over this weeks continuation of rivalry weekend.  only two more weeks left in the college regular season.  these games this week mean the difference between hanging out at home and getting into trouble or going out on the road to a bowl game this december or january and getting into trouble.  any more it seems like the kids are up for either.  but i digress.

last week i was 5 for 10.  a semi sorry record.  your pet chicken could probably do as well.  my over all record now stands at 72 for 130.  barely decent.  just remember that the point spread that is here is the one i go by in determining if i win or not.  the spread might change but unless its a big bounce and i notice it, what’s here is here.

also taking any of what i toss out here as sage advice is and would be insanity and stupidity at its highest level.  all that being said, let’s rock ‘n’ roll.

texas a & m at texas.  texas favored by 35 points.  a ton of points and the game is a homer for the longhorns.  that is the only reason i’m taking texas to cover.  well, that and if they don’t win and win big they get to stay home over the holidays.  take texas.

fresno st at boise st.  boise st favored by 20.5 points.  i was really looking forward to this game at the beginning of the year.  sadly fresno st has lost a good number of starters and their backups just haven’t been that good.  regular readers know that i don’t care much for boise st and their cupcake schedule.  smurf turf and all.  fresno st steps up here and covers the points.  they may not win but they will cover.  take fresno st.

maryland at boston college.  boston college favored by 7 points.  a number of things on the line in this one, kids.  boston college is finally playing some ball.  take boston college to win and cover the spread.

virgina at virgina tech.  virgina tech favored by 8 points.  take tech to win and cover.

oklahoma at oklahoma st.  oklahoma favored by 7 points.  i like oklahoma st in this one.  home game and not many points in a rivalry game that can end up anywhere.  take oklahoma st to win or cover the points.

georgia tech at georgia.  georgia favored by 8.5 points.  take georgia to win or cover.

auburn at alabama.  bama favored by 14 points.  if auburn had played up to their potential this year this game may have been a good one.  they still might this saturday but it might not matter.  take alabama to win and cover.  roll tide.

florida at florida st.  florida favored by 16.5 points.  i’m thinking florida st will make a good enough showing here to cover the points.  they may not win but they will cover the spread.

oregon at oregon st.  oregon st favored by 3.5 points.  if they game wasn’t at state it would be a toss up.  my beloved ducks need to win this civil war game and keep the beavers out of the rose bowl.  please.  this one will probably be one of the best games of turkey weekend.  count on it.  take oregon to win or cover.  GO DUCKS!!!!!

notre dame at usc.  usc favored by 30 points.  a huge point spread.  with rain comiong today and tomorrow.  a damp field come saturday?  no idea if it will be covered during the rain.  huge old time rivalry here.  though pete plays it like any other game.  trojans have had trouble with bye weeks and coming back strong.  charlie needs to make a statement here or the golden domers alumni will turn him into the next ty willingham.  pete will also be making a statement saturday.  usc wins and covers the spread.

everyone have a happy thanksgiving and enjoy the games.  just remember to leave your wallets alone and in your pocket.  taking it out and peeling off some greenbacks would be insanity at best.  don’t do it. 

jmh