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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

2015 week 2 college football picks & predictions

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week 2, as usual, is pretty much a repeat of week 1. the sisters of the poor and road kill tech are still getting some face time up against far superior teams. maybe the season should be started 2 weeks later and let the kids practice more those 2 weeks. i just don’t get what playing the 7-11 slurpees a&m does for anybody other than large amounts of cash being tossed around and up for grabs. yeah, we did damn good last week. we hung 89 on on pee wee herman rodeo clown tech. boy howdy, we got the offense dialed in now. yup, makes perfect sense don’t it?

i guess the point being is it’s no easier this week to pick 10 games than it was last week. sure, there are some nice match-ups but…

never forget this is for entertainment purposes only. using anything here as sound betting advice would be shear madness. leave your wallet in your pocket where it belongs and nobody gets hurt. that being said…

rock ‘n’ roll.

9-11 utah st @ utah. easy pick here for another early rivalry game. utah wins.

9-12 oregon st @ michigan. this could be an interesting game.

9-12 iowa @ iowa st. both teams beat road kill last week. i’ve always liked the cyclones at home.

9-12 oklahoma @ tennessee. both squads coming off wins. at least the sooners win wasn’t at the expense of some never-never land league school.

9-12 arizona @ nevada. i like the sun devils and i also like nevada. i might move there some day.

9-12 oregon @ michigan st. oregon rolled up some impressive yardage last week against one of the usual week 1 or 2 suspects. they won despite the fact the ducks defense missed the entire game. the spartans had a similar game as well.

9-12 lsu @ mississippi st. very bad weather saved lsu’s road kill opponent from a possibly severe beating. state had some trouble but prevailed in the end.

9-12 boise st @ byu. boise st couldn’t cover the spread last week and the cougars pulled off a hail mary win.

9-12 ucla @ unlv. the bruins roll out for another win.

9-12 ucf @ stanford. the once mighty trees were humbled by northwestern last week. an omen of things to come?

there it is. i got started on this over the weekend, as i didn’t watch any of the games last week and i probably won’t watch any of them this week as well. i guess i’m pretty much done with college football. or so it seems. i might be back or maybe not. more likely not. greed and stupidity have won the day. the game i used to love? i’m done. adios, pilgrims. be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2015 week 1 college football picks & predictions

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another year down the tubes. where do they go? but, hey, college football is back. finally. the long lay off is over and with it comes lazy saturdays, TV remote in hand and college football. it doesn’t get much better than that.

the important thing to remember here is that this mess is for entertainment purposes only along with an irreverent look at the game we all love, college football. using anything here as sage betting advise would be monumentally stupid on way too many levels. don’t do it. leave your wallet in your pocket where it belongs and nobody gets hurt. simple as that.

one thing we should all be breathing a sigh of relief over is the fact the NLRB nixed college football players on being able to unionize. yes, thankfully it’s not going to happen. at least not anytime soon or until gloria allred decides it’s time to mess with the NCAA brass big time. my money is on that happening sooner rather than later. once the cosby circus crashes and burns she’ll be looking for other fish to fry. hell, there’s a couple of new lady army rangers these days. title lX, the SEC and a woman wanting to play college ball. count on it. ah, maybe we should all just let that riff fester on it’s own in the dark for the time being.

just like every other year, week 1 finds most schools playing the sisters of the poor or some other variation of the road kill scenario. sure, one of the sad sisters will more than likely pull off a huge upset or at the very least make it to close. way to close for some FBS squad. thus ensuring talking heads telling us it’s ok for the big time schools to schedule these exhibition games against high school JV teams. when will the insanity end? sadly, not anytime soon.

as usual i’m picking 10 games that i have some sort of interest in either watching or in the out come or both. i’m also still using a point spread conglomeration from several different places. the points here may change over the week but what is here is what i use to determine my win/loss record for the week. last year i ended the season with a 52.7% winning record. nothing earth shaking but this isn’t easy especially when your heart gets in the way while making the picks. something the odds makers and vegas count on. steve wynn didn’t get rich giving money away to gamblers.

rock ‘n’ roll.

9-3 n. carolina vs s. carolina. s. carolina favored by 3 points. it’s nice to see one of the first kick off games is also an attractive rivalry game. i tend to like these games more at the end of november. however, i’ll take what i can get this week. a semi slim line here. hopefully, the old ball coach and the gamecocks get it together this year and they start today. take s. carolina to win and cover.

9-3 michigan vs utah. utah favored by 5.5 points. the utes return a bunch of starters on offense and defense. they’re my sleeper PAC south team this season. and maybe one of the most under rated teams in the country. jim harbaugh’s first game as big blue’s head coach. along with too much going on in ann arbor or so it seems. utes on home turf and the need to start with a win make this easy. take utah to win and cover.

9-3 tcu vs minnesota. tcu favored by 14.5 points. tcu takes their preseason #2 into gopherland. from what i can figure out the coaching staff is counting on gopher faithful to make enough noise to turn the tide in their favor. ok. sure. yes, they had a few good wins last year. they start this season with a loss. take tcu to win and cover.

9-4 washington vs boise st. boise st favored by 12 points. chris petersen and his the huskies head back to his old home and the blue smurf turf in boise for game 1. i like coach petersen but i like the broncos more. yes, it makes no sense but week 1 is always a crap shoot. take boise st to win and cover.

9-5 virginia vs ucla. ucla favored by 17 points. a big day of football here in lotus land. the bruins at home early in the day the the trojans later. the bruins have played virginia in the opener for several seasons. they haven’t lost yet. no reason to think things will be different this time. take ucla to win and cover the points.

9-5 louisville vs auburn. auburn favored by 10.5 points. auburn at home is probably too much for the cardinals. probably too much even on their home turf. take auburn for win and cover.

9-5 arizona st vs texas a&m. texas a&m favored by 3 points. arizona st a preseason 15 and a 3 point under dog against an unranked a&m squad. go figure. be that as it may and a&m’s home field 3, take arizona st for the win or at the very least to crack the meager point spread.

9-5 texas vs notre dame. notre dame favored by 9.5 points. the domers come in at pre season 11. texas has fallen on hard times. touchdown jesus should prevail. take notre dame to win and cover.

9-5 arkansas st. vs usc. usc favored by 29.5 points. ok. sure. the men of troy play arkie st yet again in game 1. at least they aren’t playing them in the middle of november, coach satan. just saying. on the field the trojans look like contenders for the PAC(8)(10)12 title. said title may come down to the crosstown rivalry game in november with the bruins. time tells. off the field, sark is in a bit more than hot water with alums and big time boosters with his drunken antics at a booster shindig week or so ago. for one thing, it’s probably never a good idea for a head coach of a major FBS school to show up for anything while under the influence. you wanna get blown away? fine. stay home and sit in your basement and stay out of sight. at any rate, there is a possibility this could cost him his job. could there be underlying little head issues vs big head issues here? stay tuned. yes, the game. usc at number 8. hopefully, the sarks weirdness hasn’t rubbed off on the kids. a bunch of points but arkie state is once again, road kill. take usc to win and cover. FIGHT ON!!!

9-7 ohio st. vs virginia tech. ohio st favored by 11.5 points. the buckeyes at preseason #1. 3 words on everyone’s mind, can they repeat? if they are they need to start here on the road. i’m taking the buckeyes to win and cover.

there they are. the opening 10 for week 1. all things considered not a bad lot given the rest of the week 1 schedule. plus, it’s labor day weekend. if you actually have a job or are still working it means an extra day off. always a good thing. fire up the barbie and toss on some protein while hoisting a few flagons of dago red along with watching college ball. see you next week. be safe, be semi sane.

jmh

2014 – 15 college football bowl games

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yes, it’s bowl season once again. the tried and true template of post college football season insanity. psst, hey, mister, you want to buy cirque de soil tractor bowl tickets? cheap. ah yes, the clarion call of hucksters far and wide. the make it rain cash cow for everyone involved. that is of course, if you were lucky enough to be invited. no invite? no tickee? no laundry. no money. no nothing. better luck next year. now out of my way, son, i have huckstering to do.

have you ever noticed the half empty stadiums in the early bowls? hell, even some of the later ones as well. TV tries it’s best not to show you that sort of thing but with over 3 or 4 hours of air time it is hard not to catch whole sections of unsold seats at least once or twice during the game. these boondoggle bowl committees struggle along for a few years until they can con some other corporate sponsor into ponying up the cold hard cash for the opportunity to put their name on said turkey bowl. then the TV guys take over and pretend like it’s some brand new bowl instead of a sad cheap re-tread that’s gonna have a blow-out before it hits freeway speeds. the other now dead bowl is tossed on the trash heap of NCAA history. next!!!

we saw something very similar to the above with the PAC 12 championship game. empty seats. tons of them. neutral site games probably need to go away. how can any fan be stupid enough to spend the cash on a neutral site league championship game, a round one game, then maybe the final game? lots of traveling involved along with insane checkbook math, kids. but i guess no one cares because the TV money is so good. hey, let’s add another 4 teams to the mess.

it is just plain hard to work up any desire to sit through bowl games anymore. even if it’s just a TV game at home with a clean private restroom close by and pretty much whatever you want to eat and drink close at hand as well. plus, at prices far below what the hucksters demand. let alone buy a ticket and travel to some lack luster burg and sit on some cold hard plastic seat for four hours wondering if you locked the crappy safe in your hotel room when you left said hotel. say, did we put the laptops and return air tickets in the safe? yeah, when that thought hits you upside the head forget about the game. you might as well start walking home right then and there. walk? sure. wifey is probably not going to wire you any cash. not even bail money if you get even more stupid or crazed because she was never on board for this bowl outing to begin with.

hello?

hi, honey.

hi, are you alright? you don’t sound good.

ah, yeah, well…there’s been a…ah…sorta problem.

what happened? are you in jail?

ah, jesus, baby i’m so sorry…

just get to the point.

yeah, well…someone stole our laptops and return flight tickets out of our room. then this uber car service guy takes sid and me…and…so we…

ended up in jail?

ah, yeah…i guess…

you guess? you are either in jail or not.

um…so…yeah…in jail.

click.

honey? aw come on honey. honey? shit. she hung up, sid.

yep, bowl season. money ball. lots of money ball. more cash than anyone can ever hope to carry. you’ve seen those guys with the furtive beady eyes all glassy and crazed dragging steamer trunks manacled to their wrists. yeah, them, wrestling those cash filled trunks down the street. they’re trying to find the alley they crawled out of and return to their rat holes for the next nine month so they can sit cackling madly as they count their cash windfalls. not a pleasant or pretty sight. you expected something else?

ok. so, the bowl games. i’ll give you some. not all of them because if you’re paying attention or even still reading you know what i think. no points. no spread. just a straight up pick. and just some of the bowls i might actually spend a few minutes watching. or just in passing. hey, it’s a bowl game. isn’t there a seinfeld re-run on somewhere? or what about that slew of house hunters on the DVR?

rock ‘n’ roll.

12-20 las vegas. sin city, nevada. utah vs colorado st. one of the early games i may actually watch. or part of it. two good teams both with decent records. this game is always a good draw for the folks in utah. sin city, a good place for anyone to kick out the jams. staying true to my PAC 12 homerism i like utah for the win.

12-20 potato. boise, idaho. western michigan vs air force. hey, anytime you can watch a hopefully dialed in falcon offense take the field you probably shouldn’t miss the opportunity. take air force.

12-27 sun. el paso, texas. arizona st vs duke. duke, eh? apparently they played well enough this year to get an offer. i guess we’ll find out if they’re for real or not. that is if the sun devils come to play. i lile the sun devils.

12-27 holiday. san diego, ca. nebraska vs usc. this is one of those bowls whose money name has been changed a few times over the years. with bo gone it will be interesting to see how well the huskers fair here. it will also be interesting to see how good of a job the sark does with the men of troy. usc of course. FIGHT ON!!!

12-30 music city. nashville, tenn. notre dame vs lsu. the domers limp into a bowl with perhaps the longest money title of them all. anyway it’s a good music and food venue. the domers need the win but i don’t see it happening. take lsu.

12-30 foster farms. santa clara, ca. maryland vs stanford. the trees with what is more or less a home game for them. i’m taking stanford.

12-31 peach. atlanta, ga. ole miss vs tcu. one to watch for a bit to see if the horned frogs throw down some points once again. i like tcu here.

12-31 fiesta. glendale, az. boise st vs arizona. a good game here and probably one i’ll watch for a while. a step up for the broncos for a change who i think will be up for the game. as for the wildcats, flip a coin as to whether they’ll show up to play. ok. take boise st.

1-1 cotton. arlington, texas. michigan st vs baylor. possibly a good game and if baylor had played the spartans earlier in the year and won things would have gone differently for them. flip a coin for the winner.

1-1 rose. pasadena, ca. oregon vs florida st. one the brown eyed girl and i will watch. perhaps even the entire game. after all, it is the grand daddy of em all and the ducks are playing in the game where i fell in love with them back in 1958. simple enough. take the ducks. QUACK QUACK!!!!

1-1 sugar. new orleans, la. alabama vs ohio st. after 3 or 4 days of bowl games with a couple more tomorrow i may or may not watch. i’ll probably feel more like watching ‘house hunters’ or ‘the property brothers’ on new years evening. even though one of these teams will be playing the ducks on jan 12. the buckeyes already have a number of fans pissed off because they’re in this game. fine with me. i hope they piss off a few more when they roll back the tide.

1-2 alamo. san antonio, texas. kansas st vs ucla. the L.A. Times did an article about why the bruins should turn down any bowl offers. apparently they didn’t read the paper that day. if the bruins do show up and are ready to play this could be a good game. if they don’t. well, then the Times was right. flip a coin.

1-12 national championship game. arlington, texas. ok. here’s the deal. 1) this game is played well over a month after the end of the regular season. 2) at this point i really don’t care who’s playing in it. unless the ducks are one of the teams. even if that is the case i still probably won’t watch any of it. hours and hours filled with a few seconds of football and much more time spent with TV commercials and blithering analysis than actual football. how anyone could sit through this is beyond me. especially in person. let alone watch live on TV. sure you could DVR the thing but why?? maybe the brown eyed girl and i will hit a local favorite for happy hour instead. a couple of drinks and great bar food. yeah, i’m sure it will be on all the TVs there but i won’t care. neither should you.

i had a few other bowls penciled in but scratched them from the list. yawners and not worth the time or effort. the first year of playoffs will be in the books in a little over a month. which for me is still a major problem. when, not if, they go to an 8 team playoff the championship game will probably be played around valentine’s day. all due to the TV money effect. a sad thing indeed. don’t believe me? i have 9 letters for you MLB, NBA and NFL.

jmh

2014 college football picks and predictions week 15

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the final week of the 2014 regular college football season steams into town with a number of league championships on the line along with a few leftover games to round out the grand finale. all in all, i guess we’ll get our four playoff teams out of the mix along with plenty of stuff to be upset about regarding the four picks. you expected something different? the new boss is a lame as the old boss. the trouble being, the Big 5 Gang signed off on this deal for 14 years and i haven’t heard of any escape clauses. just sayin’.

hopefully, things pick up again for me this week after a dismal 4 for 10 last week. the points being the problem once again. my over all now sits at 74 for 140. an up tick to end the season would be very nice.

never forget this is for entertainment purposes only. taking something read here and trying to use it as some sort of bettors edge would be extremely stupid and very possibly insane. do not do it. leave your wallet where it belongs in your pocket and nobody get hurts. simple as that.

rock ‘n’ roll.

12-4 ucf @ e. carolina. e. carolina favored by 5.5 points. this is here because i wanted a game each day there was one scheduled to end the year. other than that unless your kid plays for either team you probably aren’t that interested. me either. both schools with similar records. i’m taking e. carolina to win and cover.

12-5 MAC championship. n. illinois @ bowling green. n. illinois favored by 5.5 points. the paper trail tells me that this is the huskies game to lose. the game is to be played on a neutral field somewhere but i haven’t a clue as to where that would be as stub hub wasn’t working when i checked. take n. illinois to win and cover the points.

12-5 PAC 12 championship. arizona @ oregon. oregon favored by 13.5 points. no doubt the game of the week and a nice way to cap off a friday evening. another neutral game site this one in santa clara at the new home of the 49ers. the ducks don’t get their usual autzen home field home crowd advantage. i don’t think the wildcats care where they are playing. they beat the ducks on the road on oct 2. yes, a rematch. something i usually don’t care for but these teams can put some points on the board so that sorta trumps the rematch thing. i’ve been a duck fan since 1958, no that isn’t a typo, so i’m taking the ducks to win and cover. it’s too late to stop now. QUACK QUACK!!!

12-6 ACC championship. florida st @ georgia tech. florida st favored by 3.5 points. it’s no secret i don’t care for either of these teams. however, push come to shove i’ll take tech any day over state. especially this year. take georgia tech to at the least get inside the spread.

12-6 oklahoma st @ oklahoma. oklahoma favored by 19.5 points. there is no championship game for the BIG 12. that would be too easy. instead they screw around and use math you never paid any attention to in high school gets used to determine the conference champion. i suppose this game could be considered the first algebra equation of the day. pay attention and no cheating, please. this would also be the last of the big time rivalries for the year. the cowboys began the year on a roll but are bringing a 5 game losing streak into town this saturday. never a good sign. the sooners lost to all the other teams with a shot at the title so they have to win this one for the math to even come close to working out. let insanity reign. take the cowboys to at least get inside the points.

12-6 kansas st @ baylor. no line. the second algebra equation of the day. actually it’s the first but with things this convoluted it hardly matters. the bears survived a scare last week against a so so texas tech team. much more on the line this week. take kansas st for the win.

12-6 iowa st @ tcu. tcu favored by 32 points. the third algebra equation of the day. the cyclones drag their horrible record and 5 game losing streak into ft worth this week for a shot at derailing the surging horned frogs at home. that probably isn’t going to happen. even with the boat load of points i’m taking tcu for the win and cover.

12-6 BIG 10 championship. wisconsin @ ohio st. wisconsin favored by 4 points. with the loss of the ohio st starting qb the badgers chances for winning this one got a whole lot better. i like the badgers here because of their running game and their defense. plus, the game is being played in indiana. bobby knight will join the ohio st band for a chair throwing demonstration at half time. something i’d probably pay to see. the game?take wisconsin to win and cover.

12-6 SEC championship. alabama @ missouri. alabama favored by 14.5 points. the tide and tigers clash in the georgia dome for all the SEC marbles. the paper and ink thing has the tide with a distinct advantage. however, i like the spread so i’m taking missouri to at least get inside the points.

12-6 MW championship. fresno st @ boise st. boise st favored by 19.5 points. another rematch and a shot at a slim ticket punching game for the broncos. fresno states marginal record and a win against san diego st backed them into this title game. they also lost by 10 points to boise st on oct 17 in boise. they’re looking at a similar fate again this week. boise st needs the win and hopefully will score something better than another trip to sin city and the vegas bowl yet again. take boise st to win and cover.

that’s all, folks. the 2014 season will be in the books soon. three fleeting months gone with the wind. now we sit and wait for nine months. yes, sort of like giving birth. we sit. we wait. then at last, it’s september again. finally. be safe. be semi sane. see you in september.

jmh

2014 college football picks and predictions week 14

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i went 7 for 10 last week leading up to happy turkey day and happy what used to be rivalry weekend as well. though over the years rivalry weekend has become somewhat diluted with some rivalries being played other weeks of the year. yeah, there’s still a number of the games left to be savored with leftover thanksgiving goodies but it isn’t quite the same as in the old days. but then what is? exactly. none the less, rivalry weekend rolls into town with turkey and stuffing, over eating, drinking and the dreaded relatives this long holiday weekend. at any rate, it’s my favorite weekend of the year.

the 7 for 10 put my over all at 70 for 130 or 10 games over .500 something i’m relieved to finally see. my best picks last week were arizona, minnesota and my personal fave, oklahoma st. all that being said, remember this is for entertainment purposes only. don’t use anything bandied about here and take it to sin city or your local branch of sin city to use as some sort of betting edge. it would be insane. do not do it. you aren’t that stupid now, are you?

rock ‘n’ roll.

11-27 tcu @ texas. tcu favored by 6.5 points. turkey day rolls out with what used to be a pretty good game. this year? meh. though i’d watch this game rather than a pro game. just sayin’. tcu needs kansas st to put down baylor for them to have any shot at the BIG 12 title and a big dance card handed to them. but that may not even seal the deal. the longhorns have been all over the map this season on their train to nowhere. even though it’s a home game for them things probably won’t change much for the longhorns. although the lack of points reflects the rivalry. tcu rolls. take tcu to win and cover.

11-27 lsu @ texas a&m. lsu favored by 2.5 points. the tigers are coming off a two game losing streak. the aggies, as predicted here, finally ran into their real schedule. to be fair, they did out last auburn a couple of weeks ago. probably a pretty good game with the aggies lucky it’s a homer with the points doing another reflection thingy. i’m taking the aggies here to at least cover the points. yeah, i know.

11-28 arizona st @ arizona. no line as of publication. it’s a short busy week and i’m not sitting around waiting for them to figure it out. two thirds of the PAC south title contenders mix it up in tucson on friday at the same time as the other third hits the turf in tree country. this game is on FOX the other on ABC. even under normal circumstances this has always been a good game. this year with a shot at the title and a chance for a go at the ducks makes this game a must watch. yes, both teams lost to ucla so they need the bruins to go belly up. flip a coin. although home turf seals it for the wildcats. take arizona for the win.

11-28 stanford @ ucla. ucla favored by 4.5 points. the PAC 12 south title up for grabs and the bruins at home, the site of their only losses this year. stanford with a shot at playing spoiler and parlaying that into perhaps a decent bowl bid. what does it all mean? the bruins win and cover. take them. and stay off the 210 freeway anywhere near pasadena.

11-29 miss st @ ole miss. miss st favored by 1 point. of the two, miss st seems to be the only team with any steam and desire left in them this year. maybe the talk of ole miss’ coach freeze heading to florida has put the kids in the dumps. sort of like the kids learning mom and dad are heading for a split. i say that’s fine let him go and bring back coach ed o for a shot of redemption. yuup, works for me. i digress. take miss st for the win and very short cover.

11-29 oregon @ oregon st. oregon favored by 20 points. the civil war game. the beaves have had a dismal season with the exception of beating arizona st at home which is huge. at least in my book. on the other hand, the ducks need this to remain a temporary pick for the playoffs and then a win next week to seal the deal. if state can find what they had on 11-15 again this will indeed be more than their bowl game for the year. never count coach riley out. take oregon st to cover the points.

11-29 notre dame @ usc. usc favored by 7 points. the domers ride a three game losing streak into lotus land for one of the oldest rivalry games going. usc needs the win for a better shot at a bowl bid and to derail the trees and their bid. yes, a bit convoluted but what else is new? at least it’s a home game for the men of troy and another 12:30 game time. which means fresh batteries for the TV remote might be a good idea for this saturday. plus, more clogged freeways in the metro area. take usc to win and cover. FIGHT ON!!!

11-29 minnesota @ wisconsin. wisconsin favored by 13 points. hopefully, this game gets some TV time. just sayin’. the badgers mailed in their win over iowa last week. the gophers played their hearts out in their win against nebraska. did they leave their game in lincoln? i like both teams. however, the short break hurts the gophers more. take wisconsin to win and cover.

11-29 utah st @ boise st. boise st favored by 9.5 points. if the broncos pull this one out they play in the MW championship. simple as that. they’ll probably win that game then get hosed like in the old BCS days. Times have changed??? i’m rushing things a bit. take boise st to win and cover.

11-29 auburn @ alabama. alabama favored by 9.5 points. pretty much everyone in the SEC took a bye last week and scheduled a game which should be classified as an exhibition game and mean nothing in the final standings. yeah, like that’s going to happen. what should happen is the practice of the SEC playing practice games in late november needs to end. the problem being the SEC is too damned arrogant for the practice to go away without some sort of king hell fight going down. the NCAA doesn’t have the stomach for it or for much else or so it seems. the game? i like auburn to at least get inside the points. take auburn.

enjoy your rivalry weekend and the last college football week of the year where it’s just about everybody’s final regular season game for 2014. next week we get a handful of leftover games and a few league championship match-ups. then the usual chaos will ensue. have a happy thanksgiving! be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2014 college football picks and predictions week 13

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after suffering a bout of some sort of lower GI and occasional upper GI thing since saturday evening i’ve finally made it here for this weeks picks. better late than never. i haven’t been that sick since probably my high school or college days. it was a sort of a never ending colonoscopy prep, if you get my drift. at any rate, i’ll be keeping things a bit more simple this week.

ok. so, last week i tailed off some and went 4 for 10. had a couple of my picks who won covered the points things would have been much better. i had two standout picks however with, utah and oregon st. my over all now sits at 63 for 120. nothing stellar.

remember this is for entertainment purposes only. using anything here as any sort of betting advise would be pretty stupid on numerous levels. do not do it.

rock ‘n’ roll.

11-21 air force @ san diego st. san diego st favored by 4.5 points. i honestly don’t get the spread here. the falcons are a much better team. i’ve even checked the odds a couple of times. someone obviously knows something i don’t. not an uncommon thing. be that as it may i’m taking the falcons to at least get inside the spread. maybe even win.

11-22 colorado @ oregon. no line. colorado is abysmal as ever. if colorado wins it will be a sign of the apocalypse so strap yourself in. take oregon for the win. QUACK QUACK!!!

11-22 usc @ ucla. ucla favored by 3.5 points. a crosstown rivalry that most of us here in lala land patiently wait for every year. regardless of how good or bad either school is in any given year pretty much goes out the window for this game. plus, the fact that calls get missed or manufactured out of thin air or some other sort of strangeness goes down effecting the outcome of the game. it just seems to be part of what a rivalry shootout is all about. the bruins are on a 4 or 5 game roll here. Pac south title on the line for the trojans, at least for this week. a close call to be sure. i’ve been using a usc keck hospital pen for my notebook this week so, ipso facto, take the trojans. FIGHT ON!!!

11-22 arizona @ utah. utah favored by 4 points. both schools coming off squeaker wins last week. utah with the home field 3 plus one. another close call. take arizona to beat the points or win.

11-22 minnesota @ nebraska. nebraska favored by 10.5 points. two rushing power houses crack heads in what should be a fun game to watch. minnesota doesn’t get much respect though i like them. out on a limb here but take the gophers to get inside the spread and perhaps even win.

11-22 washington st @ arizona st. arizona st favored by 16 points. i just don’t see pirate mike’s cougars with any shot at all here against the sun devils. yes, i’ve been wrong before. none the less, take arizona st for the win and cover.

11-22 ole miss @ arkansas. ole miss favored by 13.5 points. despite the fact ole miss went off road and did a preseason road kill thumping last week i still like them here. although arkansas may surprise. it wouldn’t be a first. take ole miss for the win and cover.

11-22 western carolina @ alabama. no line. that is to be expected with this freak show. at least the ducks game is a conference game. for at least the last four years and probably even longer the tide has scheduled some form of road kill for this week. this year it’s western carolina. lovely. i’m sure coach satan has some semi weird sort of explanation for doing this every year. however, the bottom line is for it’s all about the wins. quality be damned. because if you just look at the numbers you’re missing the fact that the tide played some Div ll school in week 13. plus, a couple the first few weeks of the season. it’s bad enough doing it the first couple of weeks of the season and shrugging it off, but this time of the year smacks at an arrogance of epic proportions. and is one of the reasons i’ve fallen off the tides wagon. no line? take the tide.

11-22 oklahoma st @ baylor. baylor favored by 27.5 points. a bundle of points for sure and i’m thinking the cowboys are looking at this game as a bowl game and their shot at redemption for a train wreck of a season. they have it in them. they may not win but i think they will at least get inside the points. take oklahoma st.

11-22 boise at @ wyoming. boise st favored by 12 points. a night game in wyoming the end of november. ouch. things could go off the rails for either team at any point. boise st needs the win. take the broncos to win and cover.

with only a few weeks left in the regular season enjoy your weekend of college ball. be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2014 college football picks and predictions week 12

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going back to using the point spread again after my prolonged vacation didn’t put a damper on picks for week 11. i went 7 for 10. keeping me above .500 with room to spare. my best pick of the week was texas a&m to beat the spread which they did with room to spare and took the win as well. maybe they aren’t that bad after all. at any rate, my overall now sits at, 59 for 110. my average continues its up swing for three straight weeks. finally.

the CFP still has a murky mess on it’s hands and maybe things will work out by december. or maybe not. thing is, will everyone be happy? no, probably not.

just remember this particular murky mess is for entertainment purposes only. using anything here as some sort of advantage with legal or otherwise betting adventures would be really really stupid. yes, i occasionally hit some high notes. be that is it may, do not do it. leave your wallet where it belongs. in your pocket and nobody gets hurt.

the points used here are what i use to determine my wins and losses for the week. it matters not if they change up or down for my purposes.

rock ‘n’ roll.

11-13 cal @ usc. usc favored by 14.5 points. after a week off the trojans get cal at home on thursday night right smack in the middle of rush hour traffic. a perhaps not so brilliant scheduling move on someones part to make an already nasty drive home even worse with the addition of a game at the coliseum. stunningly stupid to those on the freeways going home or going to the game. though it does give the the trojans several extra days to prepare for the bruins on nov 22. yeah, there is that. cal is on a three game losing streak which for them and the time of year is nothing new. the trojans need a win here and on the 22nd then have some other things go down and there will be a log jam for the PAC south title. fun times for sure. i digress. take usc for the win and cover. FIGHT ON!!!

11-15 clemson @ georgia tech. clemson favored by 3 points. the tigers didn’t blow wake forest out of the water last week and they probably should have. though they do have the better half of the ACC schedule going for them. georgia tech plays in the crappy half. take clemson for the win and cover.

11-15 auburn @ georgia. georgia favored by 2.5 points. the bulldogs whipped up on kentucky on the road last week. while the tigers are still wondering what the hell happened when a&m came a calling. i’m sure it was some sort of anomaly, but it’s still a loss and one neither school can afford again. guess what? one of them probably sinks out of the CFP for sure this weekend. or maybe not. the dice haven’t stopped tumbling just yet. i’m taking auburn for the win or at least get inside the slim margin of points.

11-15 nebraska @ wisconsin. wisconsin favored by 6 points. i like the cornhuskers at home and their schedule so far this year looks somewhat better on paper than the badgers’ looks. though neither school seems to impress some wags and some of the talking heads. me? they’re probably both better than georgia tech. i like the badgers at home for this one. take wisconsin to win or cover.

11-15 miss st @ alabama. alabama favored by 7 points. it’s put up or shut up for the bulldogs this week. simple as that. the tide had their hands full with lsu last week in their usual defensive snore fest when the two of them tango. bama at home with a statement to be made should be very hard to beat. take the tide for the win and cover.

11-15 utah @ stanford. stanford favored by 7.5 points. the utes and the trees have pretty much had their tickets punched for the season. their final three games are for pride and the hope for some sort of decent bowling bid. whoever wins this one may put and end to either of those for the loser. the ducks clubbed both squads into submission. it’s another one of those who looks best on paper things. for my money i like the utes. all that being said, if the utah players have no clue where the end zone is even when it’s color coded for them, they deserve what ever happens. the undercurrent of redemption probably runs deep in utah this week. would have, could have and should have running a close second. take utah to at least get inside the points.

11-15 pitt @ n. carolina. n. carolina favored by 2 points. both schools with identical records. the only difference being the tar heels will be down for the count for many years to come. that is if the ever useless NCAA does what they pay their people to do. like look the other way? take extra long 3 martini lunches? naps on the veranda? more martinis along with kobe beef sliders then the chauffeur takes them home? my guess is, sometime into the next century we’ll find out what the NCAA intends to do about the tar heels and their academic issues, stupidity and general insanity. in the end probably nothing. but i’ve been surprised before. the game at hand? take pitt for the win.

11-15 iowa @ illinois. iowa favored by 5.5 points. another meaningless game, but one that gives me the opportunity to avoid another SEC match-up and florida st. however, this one is for my late pops. born in iowa but he spent plenty of time on his uncle’s farm up in illinois. dad was known to stash a live turkey in his carry on bag on the train home for thanksgiving dinner in iowa. take iowa for the win and cover.

11-15 san diego st @ boise st. boise st favored by 14 points. this might be a good game however, see above. both schools are in the better half of the mountain west. the aztecs need one more win for a shot at bowling for dollars in december. the broncos are already in that position. boise st at home is a tough nut to crack and they are a seriously better team on paper than the aztecs. take boise st to win and cover the spread.

11-15 arizona st @ oregon st. arizona st favored by 9.5 points. the poor beaves are on a four game losing streak along with meeting the surging sun devils at home this week. a potential train wreck in the making for coach riley. or the opportunity to play big time spoiler here and again in two weeks. although i suppose oregon st could pull off some sort of miraculous biblical type thing and actually win the game. or maybe at least get inside the points. yes, the beaves finally get some satisfaction and get inside the points for what will be a nail biter. take them.

fall seems to be finally making a sort of hesitant appearance, or what passes for it these days, here in the land of the lotus. anyway, enjoy your weekend and the games. be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2014 college football picks and predictions week 11

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things continue to look up, as week 10 saw me going 8 for 10 again. two weeks in a row. sweet. hopefully, there’s another one waiting to happen in the wings. my over all now sits at 52 for 100 marking the first time this year i’ve been over the 50% mark. yes, nothing really news worthy but improving. now, if it could at least just stay there or make an other improvement this week.

the CFP or whatever it is has come up with their very own top 25 list. the question begs and begs…why? are they trying to convince folks they are actually hard at work? more like hard at busy work. you know like when the boss rolls through you have a broom in your hand or you’re at your desk pretending to be working on paperwork or something. we’ve all done it. the ‘committee’ is too. seems like the more things change the more they stay the same.

i’m back to using point spreads again this week. the long vacation is over and things are finally back to normal around these parts. always remember this is for entertainment purposes only. using anything here to gain some sort of insider info to use at your local betting parlor or out in the glitz of the nevada desert would be supremely stupid on your part. do not do it. keep your wallet where it belongs. in your pocket and nobody gets hurt.

the spreads used here are what i use to determine my wins and losses for the week. the odds may change but what’s here is what i use. yeah, there have been times if i’d changed things a day or so before the game things might would been different. point being, i have a life.

rock ‘n’ roll.

11-7 utah st @ wyoming. utah st favored by 6 points. yes, there might be a couple of other games i could have put on this weeks schedule. yes, both teams have a semi sort of dismal record going for them. that’s one reason i picked this game. plus, i like both schools. sue me. on paper the aggies have a distinct edge.
take utah st to win and cover the spread.

11-8 baylor @ oklahoma. oklahoma favored by 4.5 points. a pretty good game. baylor can score some points but they seem to play much better at home. the sooners do well on the road and at home. both have similar records with baylor having a one game advantage. i have to take the sooners at home to win and cover the points.

11-8 kansas st @ tcu. tcu favored by 5 points. this is one of my favorite games of the weekend. possibly one of those scoreboard blow outs. tcu has the paper edge. however, i’m taking kansas st to at least get inside the points.

11-8 notre dame @ arizona st. arizona st favored by 1.5 point. another weekend favorite. the domers travel to the desert southwest for an afternoon in the sun and possibly some heat. take the sun devils to win and cover.

11-8 texas a&m @ auburn. auburn favored by 21.5 ponts. auburn sunk ole miss right out of the playoffs last week. as i predicted weeks ago the aggies schedule would sink them once they hit quality teams and it has.
21.5 is a lot of points for this time of year. for pride only the aggies get inside the spread. take a&m.

11-8 air force @ unlv. air force favored by 6 points. another game that makes no difference other than the falcons need to keep winning in order to go bowling later in the year. and their offense, at times, is worth watching. unlv is dreadful this year. take air force to win and cover the points.

11-8 ucla @ washington. ucla favored by 4 points. as a PAC(8)(10)12 homer this is my favorite game of the weekend. the huskies are doing OK but didn’t play that well in a win against hapless colorado last week. the bruins held on for the win in a rare sort of defensive game for the PAC 12 against arizona at home. a good game. take the bruins to win and cover.

11-8 ohio st @ michigan st. michigan st favored by 3.5 points. the Big Ten(14) game of the year. for sure the easts game of the year. a loss drops one of them out of the CFP or would seem so. i heard some one say no one wants to play the spartans this year. it might be true. michigan st at home on a good year for them you have to take them to win and cover the spread.

11-8 alabama @ lsu. alabama favored by 6 points. the tide travels into bayou country this week for what hopefully won’t be a defensive slug fest. even though the tigers are playing well and this is a home game i have to take the tide to roll on and win or cover the spread.

11-8 oregon @ utah. oregon favored by 9.5 points. possibly a very high octane game. the ducks make the short trip to provo where they will hopefully make short work of the utes in their seemingly last game against a seemingly high quality opponent. december 5th being the exception. and then there’s the civil war game where anything can happen. the utes won against usc and ucla earlier in the year. can they do it again? the ducks need this one and with mariota on a high i’m taking the ducks to win and cover the points. QUACK QUACK!!!

another fine week for college ball. if you close your eyes and breathe deep you can almost smell the roasted turkey and stuffing in the air. enjoy your weekend. be safe. be semi sane.

jmh

2014 college football picks and predictions week 10

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a stunning week 9 turned out to be my best week of the year so far. i hit 8 for 10 something i usually do a couple of times a year but hadn’t yet this year. with any luck at all i’ll hit another one for week 10. my over all now sits at a semi respectable 44 for 90.

the UNC “daisy cutter” hit with hopefully enough force to make some changes in college athletics. that is if the ever useless NCAA even noticed the flash, concussion and smoke from the bomb exploding. yes, it’s nothing new but the imbeciles at UNC were caught red handed with their collective hands in the cookie jar. busted like one of the thugs they coddle and protect then send off to real life still unable to read.

can or will the NCAA just look some other way and pretend all is well like they usually do? they will if folks let them. that’s how it works in the good old boy halls of ivy. a nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse. thanks for that one ronnie wood. anyway, it’s SOP for the suit and tie crowd that runs things in college and TV land. i’ve hammered on this for years…money is sinking college athletics. money and stupidity walk hand in hand down the hallowed ivy halls of higher education. TV and the money tree that grows there is just too tempting for the loons and lame brains running college athletic programs.

sex or money. the two bottom lines in life, politics and in college ball. follow the money or the hot babes. it’s where you’ll find the answers. simple as that. sure you’re gonna find some answers THEY don’t want you to find but that’s what being a real journalist is all about. not being some talking pet parrot getting hand fed news items then squawking them to the masses with nary a waver or iota of guilt. the party line must be held at all costs. the masses are too stupid to govern themselves. sorry, that was veer and for another time.

all of this nonsense is primarily going down in FBS or DIV 1 schools. though i’m sure where ever you find a clutch of boosters or alumni at say roto-rooter poly tech or windshield replacement & car bondo state you’ll find paper bags with a couple of greasy fried chicken stains on them being passed around. but there ain’t no fried chicken in the bag, kids. no, there be money in them bags. lots of it.

so, the question is, do you want sports along with something we all can be proud of or do you want a sports culture where decency and decorum are laughed at or spit upon for the sake of the money? a college sports roman bacchanal as it were? what’ll it be? we’ve come to that fork in the road. or a crossroads in robert johnson terms.

another week of just straight up winners for me because of the vacation that lingers. things should be back to normal next week. as always, this is for entertainment purposes only. nothing more. finding anything here to be used for legal or illegal sports betting would be very stupid and detrimental to your bank account. leave your wallet where it belongs. in your pocket and nobody gets hurts.

rock ‘n’ roll.

11-1 air force @ army. on the surface this would seem like an easy pick. however, strange things do happen when a rivalry kicks in. army has been on a losing streak for what amounts to years. that streak should continue here. take air force for the win.

11-1 tcu @ w. virginia. the horned frogs dumped a ton of points on texas tech last week at home. the mountaineers on the other hand are quietly winning and staying semi sort of under the radar. if being a top 25 team is staying under the radar. i like tcu’s winning record better and if they didn’t run the tank dry last week they should have no trouble with w. virginia. take tcu for the win.

11-1 oklahoma @ iowa st. the cyclones at home with a so so win loss record against the sooners. if i were doing points this week it would be very tempting to take them regardless what the spread is. but that isn’t the case here. so, take the sooners for the win.

11-1 purdue @ nebraska. purdue is it’s usual doormat self this year. what else can you say? nebraska has abdullah running circles around just about everybody. literally. if he stays healthy and gets the ball enough he should hit 2,000 yards for the season. this game at home should be a doozy for him and definitely a fun game to watch. take the cornhuskers for the win.

11-1 auburn @ ole miss. ole miss lost a heartbreaker to lsu last week. which i semi predicted but didn’t follow up on. the SEC west looks like L.A. rush hour traffic and this game should clear things up a bit. ole miss at home turns things around and keeps thier playoff hopes alive. take ole miss.

11-1 arkansas @ mississippi st. the razorbacks can’t seem to win against a ranked team this year. that tradition continues here. take miss st for the win.

11-1 stanford @ oregon. the ducks porous defense showed up again last week against cal. if it happens again this week they will sink into to the sunset for the year playoffs wise. if the trees pull this one out they’re back on top in the PAC north. a good game that so far no one has picked up for TV. interesting. i have to stay with my beloved ducks. take oregon for the win. QUACK QUACK!!!

11-1 usc @ washington st. even though they are losing more than they are winning the cougars have an impressive passing game. plus the fact the trojans are having some trouble playing on the road this year. all of that make this a good game to watch. that is if you have the PAC 12 network. hopefully, the trojans pull it together for the win. take usc. FIGHT ON!!!

11-1 arizona @ ucla. the bruin defense slept late last saturday and missed most of the game against colorado. they can’t let that happen again this week. with pretty much everyone with the exception of colorado in the hunt for the PAC south crown both teams need the win. i have to take the bruins in what will probably be another nail biter for them.

11-1 utah @ arizona st. the utes are quietly picking their way through the PAC 12 this season. their job is far from over but things begin to get a bit dicey this week on the road against the sun devils. a good game and another one with no TV coverage. take utah for what will probably be another slim win.

college football weekends dwindle and soon there will be none until next september. where hopefully things will be much different. time tells. enjoy your weekend. be safe. be semi sane.

jmh