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2015 week 5 picks & predictions

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college football week 5 hits TVs across the land with a schedule not un-similar to the previous four weeks. slim pick-ins. i don’t think things will get interesting until probably sometime in november. then there’s also the fact bama has fractured spleen state on the books as a pretend bye week in late november. but maybe by then it will be too late for them. one can only hope.

four games this week. i could have added a couple of others but why? once again entertainment reigns supreme here or what passes for anyway. no points. no lines. and possibly no picks as well.

rock ‘n’ roll.

10-3 mississippi st @ texas a&m. the aggies are lucky this is a homer for them. it should be a close game and they may even win. but probably not.

10-3 arizona @ stanford. this is the trees game to lose. the wildcats haven’t been able to beat anyone other than road kill so far this season.

10-3 arizona st @ ucla. the bruins are rolling right along and seem to be for real. just like utah. i actually watched a few minutes of the ucla game last week. plus, i’m looking forward to their game with utah and usc. at any rate, state is only so so this year. ucla rolls on. i hope this will be another night game as it’s still way too hot for noon time football here in the land of the lotus people.

10-3 alabama @ georgia. georgia just might be the favorite by game time this week. hopefully, that extrapolates into a win over the tide.

10-3 notre dame @ clemson. it’s too bad the pope couldn’t stick around and sit on the bench with touchdown jesus this week. he could have probably even suited up as i’m sure he’s still has some eligibility left. the domers are probably going to wish he had. trouble brewing for the irish.

be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2015 week 3 college football picks & predictions

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yes, i’m back. if only to bash the powers that be in college football. yeah, like they care. there is definitely something wrong with college football when you get to the third week of the season and FBS schools are still playing tweaker st or squads from a league you’ve never heard of. yes, of course, it’s all about the money and padding your win loss record with hopefully, 3 extra wins. because when the end of november rolls around and the christmas lights go up the talking heads, or more to the point, shills for the NCAA will be hoping you’ve forgotten all about the first 3 weeks of the season. why do these games even count?

why indeed? sure some of them should. it’s simple if you played someone who’s an FBS school and they have actually won more games than they lost for a couple of years running then the games count. playing red dwarf nebula moving and storage tech should not count in any sane persons world. right? of course it is. that would be true even if they have a solid winning record against other sisters of the poor schools.

but wait you say, what about the perennial doormats in all of the decent leagues? sure, not much you can do about that except kick them to the curb or perhaps…the big 5. yeah, maybe that one should make another entrance. i wasn’t a fan the first time around but maybe just maybe if they toss out the road kills and only play against each other i probably wouldn’t mind.

i could only find six games to even consider bothering with for this week. a sad thing. there aren’t going to be any points or spreads or any of that nonsense. it’s too time consuming and i just would rather not deal with it any more. i may or may not even pick a winner.

i haven’t watched any of the games so far this year. although that might change this week. we’ll see.

rock ‘n’ roll.

9-19 air force @ michigan st. i’ve always liked the airedales because if they have the right mix of players they can be a joy to watch. are they up for the spartans? very possibly. if the ducks had a smidgen of a defense this year the spartans might be sitting at 1-1. maybe a good game.

9-19 georgia tech @ notre dame. once again georgia tech is a ranked team. i guess we’re already supposed to have forgotten their first two record padding wins. the domers will probably throw up 30 plus. can tech do the same? yawn.

9-19 auburn @ lsu. auburn got lucky last week. very lucky. if a major storm doesn’t hit the gulf coast this week the game may actually be played.

9-19 stanford @ usc. the trojans have trampled their sacrificial lambs in week 1 and 2 with some impressive offensive fireworks. this week brings an old PAC(8)(10)12 nemesis into lotus land. if sc is for real this year it shouldn’t be a problem. one of the games i may even watch.

9-19 ole miss @ alabama. ole miss ran over fresno st last week and left them nothing more than a grease spot on the road. i used to love the tide but not anymore. coach satan rubs me the wrong way. get some ole miss.

9-19 byu @ ucla. it looks like byu is for real this year. well, so far. at least the bruins didn’t go completely road kill st the first 2 weeks. this could be good. another one i may watch.

be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2014 college football picks and predictions week 6

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at first, week 5 looked like it was going to be one of those dismal dark affairs where the only thing you have to look forward to is next week. thankfully, things turned around big time for me. by winning my last 5 games i went 6 for 10 on the week. my over all now stands at 23 for 50. yes, nothing spectacular but moving in the right direction. one week at a time.

i’m particularly proud of my missouri, air force and iowa st picks. the cyclones didn’t win but did manage to get inside the spread as predicted.

this week begins our 2014 great american road trip. the brown eyed girl and i have a road trip that’s been on the books for quite sometime. nothing anywhere near a jack kerouac road trip these days more like a mario batali sojourn with hopefully just enough tony bourdain thrown in to keep things interesting. in that i have a ton of last minute stuff to get ready and/or do i’m not using any points this week. i’ll be picking winners only with no points involved and with any luck things will be back to normal next week.

none the less, remember this is for entertainment purposes only. using anything here as some sort of betting advice would be totally stupid and extremely detrimental to your bank account. do not do it. keep your wallet where it belongs. in your pocket. and nobody gets hurt.

rock ‘n’ roll.

10-2 arizona @ oregon. thursday night under the lights. the wildcats bring their top 10 passing game into the autzen madness. both teams have had two weeks to get ready. it should be one of the best of the week and one you shouldn’t miss. my beloved ducks at home are almost impossible to beat. well, most of the time. so, set an alarm, sit back and watch a couple of explosive teams blowup the scoreboard. or that’s the hope. take the ducks for the win. QUACK QUACK!!!

10-3 utah st @ byu. the cougars just keep rolling along and winning. things shouldn’t be any different this friday night at home. the aggies are struggling even against lack luster schools. take byu for the win to keep their chances alive for a spot on the big dance dance card.

10-4 alabama @ ole miss. ole miss is playing well but they haven’t played anyone near as good as bama so far this year. if i were using the spreads this week this one would be worth considering taking ole miss depending upon what the spread might be. however, that isn’t an option here this week. take alabama for the win.

10-4 utah @ ucla. the bruins put some points on the board against a pretty good arizona st team last week. i imagine they’ll do the same again this saturday. maybe. as of this writing game time hasn’t been determined. with any luck it will be a night game as the doppler gang are predicting triple digit temps for the lotus land area for the weekend. not the best weather for football. take the bruins for the win.

10-4 arizona st @ usc. the sun devils should feel right at home this saturday when they hit the field at the coliseum along with the predicted sweltering heat. another to be determined start time. once again hopefully it’s a night time game if only to get a few folks into the seats. take the trojans for the win. FIGHT ON!!!

10-4 iowa st @ oklahoma st. wags were predicting baylor was going to throw 70 on the cyclones last week. it didn’t happen. iowa put some of their own on the board as well. another game to consider depending on what the spread is. the cowboys should win but it would be tempting to take iowa st and the points regardless. no points so take oklahoma st for the win.

10-4 texas a&m @ miss st. the aggies were almost embarrassed at home last week by arkansas. the new johnny football pulled one out of the hat in over time. misssippi st is a better squad than the razorbacks and they put the hurt on lsu. the bulldogs at home. good running game and a solid defense. i’m still not on the a&m bandwagon. take miss st for the win.

10-4 stanford @ notre dame. as physical as the trees are they still had a tough time against the huskies last saturday. they travel to the golden dome this week. the domers with a few lapses in defense in the fourth quarter kept things interesting with the orange men. i’m taking touchdown jesus for the win.

10-4 lsu @ auburn. tiger vs tiger. you have to like auburn at home. take auburn for the win.

10-4 nebraska @ michigan st. i think nebraska is a better team than the spartans. even on spartan home turf. look for the huskers to literally run all over michigan st. take nebraska for the win.

a pretty good slate of games for the week. especially with the 2 early games on thursday and friday. no bbq for me this week. it’s a week all about michelin stars. yes!! a perfectly chilled dry vodka martini before dinner. then some red and white vino with dinner. enjoy your week. be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2014 college football picks and predictions week 2

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week one of the season has come and gone. interesting games for sure. however, it just goes to show you that the first week of games are never quite up to the hype or point spreads. two in particular, ucla and alabama. yes, they both won but for my money it wasn’t a pretty picture. no where near pretty. texas a&m? for me the jury is still out. long season and lackluster schedule are a few words that come to mind. how did i do? dismal. a pitiful 3 for 10 opening week. to be correct there is one game left today though i’m not holding out much hope. hence, the 3 for 10. for the most part i had the right teams they just didn’t score enough points.

time for this weeks ten picks. the really sad thing is this weeks games were even harder to find decent match-ups than the openers were. they keep telling me that the practice of playing practice games that count against the likes of, would you like fries with that? state, or road kill is finally on the food pyramid tech is going to end. i pray for that day to come soon if only to make it easier to find something worthwhile to watch during the week and especially on saturdays. if this keeps up we’ll soon be seeing varsity high school teams suiting up against 7th grade flag footballers in games that count. yeah, not a pretty sight. though it will keep ambulance drivers and ambulance chasers very busy on friday nights.

to be honest the ten games here are probably the best of the week. not saying much and, yes, you may have others you’d rather watch or care about but you aren’t writing this.

as always, remember this mess is for entertainment purposes only. looking for some sort of bettors leg up with the big boys in vegas or your local barbershop and handicapping parlor would be exceedingly lame and stupid on your part. do not do it. leave your wallet where it belongs in your pocket and nobody gets hurt. the spreads may change over the week but what i have here is what i use for my wins and losses.

rock ‘n’ roll.

9-5 washington st @ nevada. washington st favored by 2.5 points. the cougars were embarrassed by rutgers last week. the wolf pack eked by one of the hapless big sky schools finally finding their defense again in the fourth quarter. despite washington sts loss they, at the moment, have the number 1 passing offense in the nation. take the cougars to win or at least get inside the small spread.

9-6 kansas st @ iowa st. kansas st favored by 12.5 points. both schools played a couple of patsies last week and both won. not. amazingly enough the cyclones lost at home by 20 points and had no offense in the second half. i don’t think that iowa st is that bad. though i guess we’re gonna find out this saturday. if only for pride i think they’ll get inside the spread this week. take iowa st and the points.

9-6 fresno st @ utah. utah favored by 10.5 points. the utes put some points on the board last week. yes, against idaho st. however, fresno st has another tough road game after their thumping by the trojans. take utah to win and cover the spread.

9-6 usc @ stanford. stanford favored by 3 points. i’m somewhat surprised the trojans aren’t favored here. especially after they were one of top 25 that actually covered their large spread last week. the trees beat winemakers and veterinarians u (uc davis). yawn. usc was on top of their game for sure as the sark had them up in heady midseason heights last week. if there’s no let down usc will win and or cover the tiny spread. FIGHT ON!!!!

9-6 michigan st @ oregon. oregon favored by 13.5 points. two stellar Pac(8)(10)12 games in a row kids. state is good but i doubt they’re good enough to handle my beloved ducks at home in autzen stadium along with their totally insane fan base. good game regardless. well, probably not if the ducks lose. take the ducks to win and cover. QUACK QUACK!!!!

9-6 memphis @ ucla. ucla favored by 25 points. yes, the bruins are playing the sisters of the poor this week. the ONLY reason they’re here is to see if the offense will make it to the rose bowl in time for the game. they missed the bus last week. more importantly the ucla defense should more than manhandle memphis and probably score enough points themselves to cover the spread. or that’s the hope. i also hope the offense does show up. they had better if any of the bruin pre-season hype is going to come to pass. drink the kool-aid and take the bruins to win and cover.

9-6 michigan @ notre dame. notre dame favored by 4.5 points. a fairly decent match-up. michigan can run the ball. so can the golden domers. big blue trounced a road kill. the domers whipped up on rice. ispso facto take touchdown jesus to win and cover the spread.

9-6 san diego st @ n. carolina. n. carolina st favored by 15 points. apparently all the yelling at halftime by the tar heels coaching staff paid off last week. you could say n. carolina was almost embarrassed. well, OK, i will. the aztecs aren’t a road kill sisters of the poor team. take san diego st to at least get inside the points.

9-6 virginia tech @ ohio st. ohio st favored by 11.5 points. the buckeyes should take this one at home. simple as that. take ohio st to win and cover.

9-6 air force @ wyoming. a toss up. the cowboys weren’t very impressive last week in winning. the falcons put up some amazing rushing numbers against fries with your order, ma’am? st. given the fact it’s a toss up i have to take air force with almost 600 yds rushing on saturday.

there they are as meager as they come. though there are 3 or maybe 4 hopefully decent watchable games. so, light off some charcoal or the butane burners and char up some massive slabs of fatty red protein and chase it with enough dago red to float an aircraft carrier. sure, why not? be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2013-14 college football bowl game picks & predictions

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at long last we finally see the BCS BS drift out to sea with the tide on a flaming funeral pyre worthy of king odin himself. adieu, sweet BCS. we come not mourn it but to bury it. ah well, cheap prose aside, the brinks trucks will still be backing up to off load their small, used, and completely laundered cash to all the deans, AD’s, conference commissioners, TV executives, and all the other assorted college football hangers-on across this once great land. however, one of the great axioms of life, be careful what you wish for, looms around the corner. though that corner won’t be around till next year at this time.

bowl season. the extracurricular college football season meant to line the pockets of everyone far and wide in the land of the halls of ivy. of course, if you haven’t played your cards right you’re left out in the bowl cold. no golden cash cow for you, pilgrim. perhaps next year. or the year after. the carrot is dangled. hope springs eternal in the gloomy halls of the have nots and wannabes. next year, kids. next year.

i used to love bowl games. not anymore. yeah, there’s a handful i’ll tune into every year but the list grows shorter with the passing of time. plus i have a new wrinkle, this year DISH has added HBO on demand to their menu. woo hoo. ‘the sopranos’ in their six seasons of glory all there for the viewing. i have something else to watch now instead of my meager few bowl games. works for me. pass the dago red. i only have until december 31st or that’s what they say before tony and crew vanish. sure, i’ve got the whole thing in a boxed DVD set. but who knows how to run a DVD player anymore? ours just sits there like some brick-a-brack collecting dust so the cleaning lady can make the occasional feeble stab at dusting it.

yes, i know. you aren’t here for that. you want a bowl line-up run down. fine with me. you’ll get one. not all of them but a few i may or may not actually tune into while waiting for the next episode of ‘the sopranos’ to download. another sad fact of life is most of the bowl games are junk junkets at best. crack whores dressed as sexily clad sirens luring hicks and hucksters alike to warmer climes. come. spend your cash. watch your team play some other 6 and 6 team. either team may or may not be into said bowl or even playing football this time of year. but who cares? not us. bring your money on down. be drunken sailors on leave for a few days or better yet, a week. so what if you end up with a DUI or herpes or a six inch gash on the back of your head from that full can of PBR lobbed in your general direction during half time while you stood in line for 25 minutes so you could pee in a trough urinal with 10 or 15 of your new best friends. sweet. it doesn’t get any better than that. right? boy howdy, i’ll wager not.

it’s all about the money, kids. with some other stuff thrown in for good measure. football is on the list. somewhere. you may have to do some digging and if you’re very lucky you may even find it. off the top of my head i’m thinking you’ll probably find jimmy hoffa before you’ll find any football.

i don’t waste my time with points or spreads or whatever with the bowl games. just straight up picks. for those that are still reading and maybe even care a tad my overall percentage for my picks this season ended up at 61.3%. a good 10 points above my usual mediocrity.

rock ‘n’ roll.

12-21 las vegas bowl. fresno st vs usc. i may watch this game. or some of it. to bad cajun ed isn’t still around. the sark hire by the trojans is a head scratcher for sure. take the trojans. FIGHT ON!!!

12-30 alamo bowl. oregon vs texas. the ducks need to win this game in order to quell the ‘it’s a coaching problem’ talk. QUACK!!! QUACK!!!

12-31 sun bowl. virginia tech vs ucla. coach mora got a wagon load of money to stay at ucla. if he hadn’t he would have replaced sark in seattle. take ucla.

12-31 chick-fil-a bowl. miami vs texas a&m. one i’ll probably watch. it’s either johnny boys last college game or he begins his heisman campaign anew. hopefully, the month lay off hasn’t raised more issues with his off field behavior. take the aggies.

1-1 capital one bowl. s. carolina vs wisconsin. i’m hoping the capital one guys will be trotting out some new commercials as they’re generally good for a few laughs. the game? take the badgers.

1-1 the rose bowl. michigan st vs stanford. the grand pappy of em all. one i usually watch or at least some of it anyway. though no matter how snooty the bib and tucker crowd in pasadena tries to make the day it’s just another lackluster stab at debauchery and the dry heaves while running for some faded roses who’s smell was bred out of them years ago. there’s a kentucky derby simile in there some place. le gran pooh bah. the stale old vichy french could do no better. as the day drags on i suppose a game lurks about somewhere. the PAC(8)(10)12 vs the BIG 10(12)(?). the storied rivalry of your great grandparents played on the first day of the new born year. the san gabriel mountains glisten in the winter sun as a backdrop. they actually do turn purple as the sun sinks into the pacific. every year i pray for a deluge of biblical proportions if only to stem the tide of snowbirds fed up with their snow and cold. sadly,rain hasn’t happened in decades on jan 1. besides it’s already to late. that train left the tracks back in the early 60’s. however, it won’t stop me from my yearly ritual. the game? screw it. at this point who cares? not i, pilgrim. not i. however, if you do take stanford for the win.

1-6 BCS championship game. florida st vs auburn. the last one of it’s kind. ever. or that’s the thinking. though i guess there’s a possibility of it returning if the next deal doesn’t pan out. get real, that is a possibility. lots of stuff returns. kinda like the ‘touristas’ if you aren’t careful. hmmm. i don’t much care for this game and haven’t watched it in years. neither should you. why? it happens way too long after the season is over. plus, i’ll be busy getting ready for elvis’ birthday on the 8th. come on over. there’ll be drinks. way way to much fattening food. bowl upon bowl of all manner of pills. maybe even some demerol. that by the way is all a joke. i digress. the game itself is one long TV commercial with a few moments of football tossed in every once in a while. you could DVR it and watch it later but why? meh. let’s see. the rose bowl committee, escorts, and strippers from all over the world get another shot at fleecing the poor folk who come into town for the game. yeah, it off loads plenty of cash into the local economy. but you have to ask yourself, is it all worth it? probably not. yes, the chambers of commerce scalawags would argue otherwise. that’s their prerogative. and job. mine is to avoid them and their ilk whenever possible. i won’t be watching but i’d take florida st to win.

thanks for reading this and all my other football insanity this year. some of you get it. others, well, you know. i hope all of you have a joyous and merry christmas season. i hope santa brings you everything you want. sure why not? right? i also hope you have a healthy and prosperous new year. be safe. be semi sane. i’ll see you in nine months or so.

jmh

2013 college football picks and predictions week 15

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not a great week 14 but i did go 6 for 10 and i had michigan. too bad i didn’t pick auburn. my over all going into league championship week is now, 87 for 140. at least i’m well above 50%. with the way things have been going around here i’m actually glad to see the end of the college football year in my headlights. this then becomes one less thing on my to do list. though i suppose things could be worse. thankfully they aren’t.

as always remember this is for entertainment purposes only. using anything written here as gambling advice would be very detrimental to your financial health. do not do it.

the odds, points, spreads used here may change up or down over the course of the week. it doesn’t matter as i use what’s here to determine my wins and losses.

in general, championship week doesn’t present the greatest of line-ups. but i’ve got to fill up the 10 spots on my dance card.

rock ‘n’ roll.

12-5 louisville @ cincinnati. louisville favored by 3 points. the also ran matchup for the american conference. both schools with similar records. though i suppose you could say louisville had a somewhat more difficult schedule. i’m supposing louisville could still win the conference if ucf losses saturday to smu. like that’s going to happen. i digress. take louisville to win and cover.

12-6 bowling green @ n. illinois. n. illinois favored by 3 points. MAC championship game. this year’s sole remaining BCS darling’s last chance at running the table. my guess is they will. i’m somewhat surprised by the slim point spread. take the northern illini to win and cover.

12-7 oklahoma @ oklahoma st. oklahoma st favored by 10. 5 points. one of the best games of the weekend with oklahoma bragging rights on the line. the big 12’s lack of a championship game sort of makes the actual winner of the conference one of those algebra test questions/equations that used to give you the cold sweats back in the day. to keep things simple i’m taking the cowboys to win and cover.

12-7 utah st @ fresno st. fresno st favored by 3 points. MW championship game. the mountain west still gets little respect from just about everyone. sad but true. i’ll take them over the MAC or american any day but i digress. the bulldogs lost focus last week for their only loss of the year in a wild shoot out the conference was once noted for putting on the board most weeks. utah st is and has been playing fairly well. probably a good game for couch watching. i’m taking fresno st to win and cover.

12-7 texas @ baylor. baylor favored by 13.5 points. some sort of vague texas bragging rights on the line here. it seems as if baylor has hit the wall for the year. texas on the other hand is on an upswing. sort of. i like texas to get inside the spread. they may even win. take the longhorns.

12-7 duke @ florida st. florida st favored by 29.5 points. ACC championship game. when was the last time you put college football and duke in the same sentence? my point exactly. of course they could win this one. highly doubtful but you never know. once again, florida st’s game to lose. plenty of points make it tempting to take duke. i’m resisting. take florida st to win and cover.

12-7 ohio st @ michigan st. ohio st favored by 6 points. BIG 10 championship. the buckeyes ran into trouble last week against big blue. more trouble looms this week with the other ‘m’ word. yes, as juvenile as that is it does go to show just how lame folks can be. for that reason only take michigan st to win. well, there are other reasons as well but that one is the best reason. take michigan st to at least get inside the points.

12-7 stanford @ arizona st. arizona st favored by 3.5 points. PAC 12 championship. at the beginning of the season i pointed out that the sun devils were a possible PAC south contender. they’ve proved to be just that and obviously more. the trees have slogged on as well. i like the trees but perhaps destiny is on the side of the sun devils this year. take arizona st to win and cover.

12-7 missouri @ auburn. auburn favored by 1.5 points. SEC championship. i’m a tide fan though not a fan of coach satan. however, it is nice to see someone else in this game other than bama. sue me. it’s especially nice to see missouri here. my guess is auburn will be all chest thumpy after spoiling the tide’s season. tiger vs tiger. sort of like mad magazines spy vs spy. or maybe not. i like missouri. take them.

12-7 south florida @ rutgers. rutgers favored by 7 points. like i said earlier, the dance card needed filling out. this game is like dancing with your cousin. yeah, it’s dancing but it really isn’t dancing dancing if you get my drift. take rutgers to win and cover.

the semi official end of the college football year as the BCS heads off into the sunset. enjoy your week and weekend. be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2013 college football picks and predictions week 14

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a rather dismal week 13 in more ways than one. my lone stand out prediction being oklahoma st beating baylor. once again i’ll take what little i can. the worst week of the season for me. i went 4 for 10 making my over all 81 for 130 after last weeks games. still nothing stellar but actually better than i usually am at this point in the year. hey, it’s another week and time to get back on track.

thanksgiving week used to be THE college football rivalry week. i suppose it still is to a certain extent but no where near like it used to be. though there are still enough of the old rivalries around to keep us old timers at least somewhat interested in the games being played this week. back in the days of my youth, and many lifetimes ago, thanksgiving day meant the men and boys in our family went to a juco football game that pitted the two local jc’s playing on turkey day. it was always a late morning game but it meant the family dinner was put off until much later in the day. it went on for a number of years but nona and the moms eventually won out. it also meant no more football games in person on turkey day. history. yawn.

this is for entertainment purposes only. using what’s presented here as legal or illegal wagering advise would be supremely stupid on your part. do not do it. if you really want to blow your paycheck send it to me and i’ll process it into my bank account free of charge. no vigorish either. such a deal. wire paladin, san francisco. i digress.

the points used here may or may not change over the course of the week. it makes no difference as i use what’s here to determine my wins and losses for this week. at the time of this being published there were 3 games with no lines.

rivalry week games. anything can happen which makes it my favorite week of the season. though the last couple of weeks are giving this week plenty of competition.

rock ‘n’ roll.

11-28 ole miss @ mississippi st. no line. there’s no reason for picking this game other than it happens to be on thanksgiving day. ole miss should win but the last few weeks have shown us what should happen and what actually does happen are at times two different things. take ole miss for the win.

11-28 texas tech @ texas. texas favored by 4 points. if the red raiders were having a better season this could be an interesting shoot out. sadly, they aren’t. both schools have had 2 weeks to get ready. the longhorns seem to have turned things around. at least for now. take texas to win and cover.

11-29 oregon st @ oregon. no line. the civil war game. if the beaves were having a better season this would be more interesting. where have we heard that before? as for my beloved ducks we’ll have to wait and see if the they can climb out of their hole and take care of business against state. the once high hopes, well for me, for both oregon teams (especially the ducks) dashed against a rocky sea wall this year. coaching? i wonder. or the wear and tear of the season? speed but no bulk in the lines? at any rate, all things considered anything can happen in this game. i have no other choice for this game. take the ducks for the win. QUACK!!! QUACK!!!

11-30 alabama @ auburn. the iron bowl. alabama favored by 10.5 points. plenty on the line here. bama took last week off by playing road kill state. something i just don’t get. auburn actually had the week off. two weeks to get ready for this home game. it’s nice when you can work the schedule for it to happen. auburn is doing well but i think the tide has to much going for it to drop this game. take alabama to cover and win. ROLL TIDE!!!

11-30 ohio st @ michigan. ohio st favored by 13.5 points. had big blue won last week this game would have had a bit more flavor going for it. still, probably a good game. out on a limb here and probably a crazy idea but i’m taking michigan to get inside the points. take big blue.

11-30 notre dame @ stanford. stanford favored by 14 points. the trees are back in the PAC (8)(10)12 driver seat. look at this game as a tune-up for the PAC championship game. and the domers are a good team to tune-up with. this game could go sideways but i’m taking the trees to win and cover.

11-30 florida st @ florida. no line. this is the noles game to lose. simple as that. take florida st to win.

11-30 ucla @ usc. usc favored by 3.5 points. crosstown rivals. cajun ed has the trojans fired up and they’re playing well and on a roll. ex coach lane thinks coach o should get the job. maybe. the bruins have backed themselves out of the PAC south title picture. will they show up this week ready to play? yeah, more than likely. after all it is lotus land bragging rights for the next year. a vague to slim chance of showers beginning turkey day and right up through saturday game time. it might make a difference if they do show up. not many points. call it a toss up. take the trojans to win and cover. FIGHT ON!!!

11-30 clemson @ s. carolina. s. carolina favored by 5 points. both schools took last week off and played sandlot flag football games against their younger and smaller cousins. a must win situation for clemson. which would be right where the old ball coach wants them on his home turf. another tide spread.
i’m taking the gamecocks to win and cover.

11-30 texas a&m @ missouri. missouri favored by 4.5 points. the tigers need to win. simple as that. johnny boy has probably played his way out of another heisman with a poor showing and a loss last week. another one of those, can they bounce back things. i’m of the mind now that johnny probably doesn’t win it again he’s got his mind and sights set on the NFL for next year. just sayin’. a slim margin for the tigers but take mizz to win and cover at home.

happy turkey day and week, my friends. mine will be rather subdued. an early morning ride out to visit the still recovering brown eyed girl in the hills of beverly then back here for whatever i can throw together resembling something vaguely turkey dayish and some TV football. dago red to be sure as well. be safe and be semi sane. especially out on the road over the holiday. “so, if you’re out tonight, don’t forget, if you’re riding your bike, wear white.”~~ jagger/richards

jmh

2013 college football picks and predictions week 11

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before we get started here, the most important thing happening this week is that the brown eyed girl is recovering very nicely in the hospital after what one of her surgeons called,’major life threatening surgery.’ she’s in good hands but things probably won’t be the same around here for a long time. she’s a life long fighter and a good soldier so with, ‘one day at time’, as the mantra we move forward. continued good thoughts and prayers are welcome. thanks.

all things said it was another good week for me with my picks. another almost perfect week with just a couple of glitches. 8 for 10 for the week making my over all a very nice 66 for 100. i was hoping to get back on track and use the odds/points/spreads again this week. however, it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case once again. there are none this early in the morning on sunday and i’m not sure when i’ll get home today or if i’ll have the energy to deal with them later on. maybe next week.

so, just straight up win or lose once again. no points. pure and simple.

this mess is for entertainment purposes only. why anyone would take what’s bandied about here and use it to place a wager on any game mentioned below gets what they deserve. more than likely abject poverty. do not do it. entertain yourself by setting fire to your cash elsewhere. say like a fire ring down at the beach in here socal if only to piss off the folks living directly to the east of you and just a long wedge shot away. argh. tangents.

as always, these are games i have some interest in watching or in the outcome. they may not be your choices. oh well. they were also picked to appear here over a week ago.

rock ‘n’ roll.

11-7 oklahoma @ baylor. the sooners semi sorta squeaked by the red raiders last week for the win. something they’ve been doing all season so far. not really thumping anyone. just winning. baylor on the other hand is handing their opponents their heads on a plate on a weekly basis. which brings us to the eternal question of ‘the schedule’ and just how important is it? if you’re a baylor fan it doesn’t matter. if you’re anyone else with some sense it matters a lot. kind of like boise st back when they were the one doing the weekly drubbings. seeing as how this is a home court game for the bears it should be close and maybe worth looking at the points. plus, they’ve had two weeks to get ready for this encounter. a close game but oklahoma pulls another win out of their hat. take them.

11-7 oregon @ stanford. my beloved ducks travel to treeland for a PAC(8)(10)12 barn burner. westies say this is the game of the week. hands down. for sure. as a PAC (8)(10)12 homer it couldn’t get much better. so sue me if you live anywhere east of the sierra nevadas. it’s all about north half supremacy here. a close game and the weather might be a factor along with both schools having had 2 weeks to get ready. the ducks start slow but win out. take oregon for the win. QUACK QUACK!!!

11-9 lsu @ alabama. yes, an important game to be sure but nothing like the above game for this guy. and i’ve loved the tide almost as long as the ducks. bear bryant. the tide at one time was the most televised college football program ever. though i have no idea if that’s still true or not. i mean how many of us are left who remember seeing kenny stabler play college ball? exactly. a good game and i hope they put some points on the board this year. bama wins. ROLL TIDE!!!

11-9 virginia tech @ miami(fl). both teams lost on the road this past weekend. a few folks even saw the hokies having trouble taking out boston college. miami took a whipping. who bounces back? i’m taking miami for the win.

11-9 auburn @ tennessee. the volunteers look at times as if they are going to give you big trouble. then for whatever reason they lose steam, gas, or the will to win. or something. auburn may have their hands full winning on tennessee turf. but in the end, auburn wins.

11-9 kansas st @ texas tech. the wildcats coming off two wins and the red raiders coming off two losses. the red raiders right the ship at home this week. take texas tech for the win.

11-9 ucla @ arizona. the bruins had trouble at home with colorado. or at least their defense did. the sun devils had trouble with another lackluster team at home as well. the bruins window of opportunity is getting smaller with each passing week. they need this win in order not to have that window slam shut. take the bruins to win.

11-9 nebraska @ michigan. both teams were handed their proverbial jocks over the weekend. the cornhuskers being more of a surprise than big blue. if big blue finds a way to score some TD’s michigan comes back for the win at home. take michigan.

11-9 byu @ wisconsin. a nice out of the box match up here. another byu scheduling gem. and as a result more than likely a good game to watch. for my money this is a toss up. i’m taking the badgers at home for the win. you should too.

11-9 fresno st @ wyoming. central valley cali rolls on. it’s taken them a few years to get this done but hats off to the coaching staff for doing so. keep it up and maybe we’ll see a PAC(8)(10)(12)13 one day. hands full this week with the up and down cowboys at their by now very chilly home court. if they were more up than down the cowboys would probably be the perfect PAC (8)(10)(12)14 team. why not? colorado is already in the mix. i digress. if derek carr and his cadre of receivers can handle the cold evening in laramie they win. it’s going to be all about the cold this saturday night with a predicted high of 40 for the daylight hours and a low of 30 overnight. the bulldogs will need to prove their mettle and BCS big dance worthiness in the cold. even with two weeks to get ready wyoming can’t keep up with fresno’s heavy hitter offense. take fresno st for the win.

one more week down the college football road. sadly, the end is in sight. enjoy your week and the games. be safe. be semi sane. i’ll be on the road and off to the hills of beverly again soon.

jmh

2013 college football picks and predictions week 10

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week 9 was rather bitter sweet in seeing me go 9 for 10. yes, my best week of the year so far went into making my over all for the year a very nice 58 for 90. all and all stellar stuff. the bitter part being the brown eyed girl and love of my life is seriously ill. so, instead of doing a happy dance all night things have been kinda subdued around these parts.

due to the fact we may have to dash off to the bowels of the hills of beverly in the land of the lotus very soon for a date with her hopefully surgeon savior i’m afraid i’ll be just doing straight up picks again this week. even if that doesn’t happen today or tomorrow or soon my priorities are somewhere else. as is my head. no time, once again, to deal with the odds and points thing. just win or lose. plain and simple. i’d really rather being doing this with the points but i think you understand. however, the show must go on in some form or another and demons must also be soothed. regardless.

you may also want to understand that this weekly journey into college football picking is for entertainment purposes only. the information presented here is not intended to be used as betting advice. legal or otherwise. do not do it. find other ways and outlets to blow your cash and for you to be totally insane and stupid.

i suppose it also bears repeating that the games that appear here are games i have some sort of interest in. either in watching or in the outcome. yes, there might be games of more importance or interest to you. oh well. look elsewhere, pilgrim. early picks again this week.

rock ‘n’ roll.

10-31 arizona st @ washington st. thursday night trick or treat fun. the sun devils did well against the huskies last week at home in the desert southwest. pirate mike has had two weeks to get ready for this home court shoot out. shoot out? it just might be if his passing game is on and the cougars can run some in between. this is the sun devils game to lose. simple as that. i doubt they will with the points they can put on the board even with pirate mike’s two weeks. take arizona st to win.

11-1 usc @ oregon st. friday night sugar high hangover fun. the men of troy had another one of their lack luster performances against utah last saturday. thankfully, they did manage to win in a semi sort of ugly and inefficient way. mike riley’s beaves made a brave showing against the powerhouse trees in losing. cajun ed has his hands full against the beaves on the road this week. is the trojan barrel heading for the falls? we’ll see. an interesting game if both teams show up ready to play. i’m taking oregon st to win.

11-2 tennessee @ missouri. the volunteers beat the ole’ ball coach and s. carolina. the tigers somehow or another lost steam and lost to the same team for their first loss of the year. a sad thing to be sure. the tigers bounce back. take missouri for the win.

11-2 auburn @ arkansas. the razorbacks are on a losing streak not seen since the stones sang about one back in ’65. ok. so that may be a stretch. or is it? a semi sort of rivalry game that may make some sort of difference. or will it? arkansas has fallen upon hard times. take auburn to win.

11-2 ohio st @ purdue. the boilermakers are riding that losing streak as well. the buckeyes are on the 180 degree circuit and running hard for the tattoo/dumb ass redemption deal. another one of those divine intervention things in order for purdue to pull off a win here. although depending on the points there might be some room to work it. i’m taking ohio st to win.

11-2 michigan @ michigan st. the state of michigan bragging rights on the line. along with it being one of the best college games of the year regardless of records going into the showdown. both schools are winning though i guess you could make some sort of point that big blue has had a tougher schedule so far. the pollsters seem to think so. one of them beat the domers and one didn’t. call me ishmael or crazy though you could make a case for either, i’m taking michigan st for the win.

11-2 oklahoma st @ texas tech. sad to say the red raiders were my only loss last week. oklahoma st seems to have shaken off the SI report of NCAA foul play and has come back strong after losing to west virginia earlier. a good game here, kids. and hopefully an old west shoot em up with plenty of offense. the red raiders ease the loss against the other oklahoma with a win at home. take texas tech to win.

11-2 miami(fl) @ florida st. another good game. two top ten schools head to head in a florida rivalry game. miami held off wake forest last week for a sloppy win. probably after too much celebrating after skating by with the ever worthless NCAA suit and tie douche bags and any sort of meaningful penalties for their sins. i could go on but why at this point???? the noles home court. the noles hold the better stats. the noles hold all the cards. take florida st to win.

11-2 utep @ texas a&m. yes, the miners are abysmal this year. yes, johnny boy is back at full speed. why this game? it is a rivalry of sorts and maybe one of note if both schools are playing well. i guess i just miss FX’s ‘the bridge’. sue me. johnny and the aggies roll. take a&m to win.

11-2 nevada @ fresno st. the bulldogs are this year’s boise st. the big time small school BCS buster team. stuff needs to happen in order for fresno to hit the big time for other than being raisin famous. one of said ‘stuffs’ is the fact they need to win out. that shouldn’t be too much of a problem at home against nevada. the other stuff is up to other teams and out of their control. they should control this game. take fresno st to win.

enjoy your weekend and the start of turkey season. be safe. be semi sane. any and all good thoughts, prayers, and sundry other things to the deity of your choice regarding the brown eyed girl would be most welcome on our part. thank you.

jmh

2013 college football picks and predictions week 9

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we all knew this was coming. it had to at some point or another. i was even feeling it as i was writing last weeks picks. week 8 my worst week of the year so far. ouch. a sub par 4 for 10. making my overall a 49 for 80 for the season. still above water but taking some in for sure. most of my picks won but didn’t or couldn’t cover the spread. something the casino’s and betting mavens count on. though i did have a couple of nice underdog wins.

yes, my picks are early for week 9. they will also be just straight up picks with no points due to our having to do an overnighter in jed clampett’s old stomping grounds in order for us to be somewhere early monday morning in said general area. the thought of sitting two to three hours in lala land’s monday morning bumper to bumper traffic is not my idea of fun along with the fact i don’t want to rely on hotel wifi that may or may not work very well. so, just straight up picks for this weeks games. win or lose. no points or spread to deal with. hopefully, things get back to normal for week 10.

the most important thing to remember is that these picks and predictions are for entertainment purposes only. using any of the insanity presented here as gambling advice would be pretty bloody stupid on your part on about a bazillion levels. do not do it. find another outlet for you to throw your cash away.

rock ‘n’ roll.

10-25 boise st @ byu. boise st had a little trouble getting started last week. byu had a little trouble stopping houston from scoring. even with all that this should be a good game with plenty of offense to liven up any fall friday night. i just don’t see boise pulling this one off on the road. i’m taking byu to win.

10-26 texas tech @ oklahoma. another barn burner or that’s the hope. probably another case of who has the ball last wins. this should be a close one regardless. i’m taking the red raiders to win because of their passing game.

10-26 utah @ usc. both teams are all over the map this year. one week surprise surprise and the next WTF? the trojans were disappointing in their lose to the golden domers on the road. a semi sort of sleep walk to no where. the utes pound the trees then make a poor showing against a PAC also ran the next week. cajun ed needs to turn things around yet again this week for the trojans. i like the guy and the kids seem to like him as well as do the ‘daily trojan’ sports writers. he needs to keep winning and garner some sort of crappy bowl game in order to have a real shot at staying where he is next year. the trojans at home get things together for the win. FIGHT ON!!!

10-26 ucla @ oregon. the bruins semi imploded last week in palo alto. way too many penalties along with a deer in the headlights sort of look that never went away. they can’t afford either this week against my beloved ducks. i suppose they never really had a chance at winning this one on the ducks insane home turf. though with a better showing against the trees hope might have sprung eternal. the bruins have a ton of work to do this week if they want to make this a close game. none the less, regardless, take the ducks to win. QUACK QUACK!!!

10-26 s. carolina @ missouri. the gamecocks third week in a row on the road along a tough loss against the volunteers last week. missouri continues to roll and one of my upset winners from last week as well. this is the tigers game to lose. the SEC’s team from out of the blue. take mizz to win.

10-26 penn st @ ohio st. it’s beginning to look like the buckeyes will run the table then head somewhere in late december or early january. penn st is doing ok but unless the wheels fall of the buckeyes wagon they don’t have much of a chance here. take ohio st to win.

10-26 texas @ tcu. if you look at the horned frogs record you’ll see a pattern. one that will more than likely be broken this week as the longhorns have had 2 weeks to get ready for this game. tcu has lost only once at home this year. this game will be their second home court loss along with the pattern ending. take texas to win.

10-26 stanford @ oregon st. the trees try to stay in the race for the roses or more on the road against the beaves. the state of oregon gets to host the two best PAC(8)(10)(12) games of the week. oregon st begins their toughest part of their schedule with this game. ending with the ‘civil war’ game the day after turkey day. but that’s for then. they should make a game of it against the trees this saturday. if i were going by the point spread here i’d take oregon st. however, i’m not so take stanford to win.

10-26 tennessee @ alabama. tennessee surprised at home last week. they do have a fairly good running game but the tide at home won’t be their next victim. too much of everything for the volunteers to handle. the tide rolls again. alabama wins. ROLL TIDE!!!

10-26 clemson @ maryland. clemson got schooled last week by the noles in a pretty much one sided contest. maryland clunks along, at best, against a yawner of a schedule. clemson makes up for the embarrassment of last week with a win on the terps home field.

there they are week 9’s gifts. ok. yeah, sure. at any rate, enjoy the waning few weeks of the college football season. eat and drink well. be safe. be semi sane.

jmh