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Monday, November 14, 2011

*Results Update* Straight Ca$h Homey - Week 11 NCAA Picks

After a 3-1 start, I finished 1-2 with the late games, setting me at 4-3 for the second straight week and 1.5 games behind Brad, who went 5-2 and won his money game by .5 points as Oregon doubled up the Huskies 34-17.  I did win my money game and a total of $1, pushing my total to $16.  Whoopie.  This week we got #1 LSU vs. Western Kentucky and Gameday travels to Palo Alto along with Oregon.  It's been a crazy week with everything to happen in Happy Valley so I haven't spent much time on this.  I also moved cubes at work and am starting the move process to a new house, so here are just my picks.
Went 5-0-2 with strong covers by Arkansas, Houston and the Pokes.  Wisconsin had a late score to give me the W and Michigan handled a fading Illini squad.  Thought the 'Bama spread was 17.5 so I was pissed but later realized it was 17 and a push is a lot better than a loss.  I won money for the best record and picked up a game on Frye to put me back half a game.  Overall I am 49-25-3 with a winning percentage of .636.  I should really look into converting my picks to SportsBook.com or Bodog.  I could make some serious cayesh.

Picks to click, week 11 edition:

Money Game:
Tennessee at 8Arkansas (-13.5) 6:00 ESPN2
The Vols had to call a kicker from a frat house last week and this week the only kicker they will need is a punter because Arkansas, off a nice win over South Carolina, is going to put up some points and have placed themselves in position to take the third bowl in the SEC West after Bama and LSU take 2 BCS bids.
W Arkansas 49 Tennessee 7

11Houston (-34) at Tulane 8:00 CBS Sports Net THURSDAY
Oh lookie, Houston plays on Thursday night again.  And Craig James isn't doing the game.  Under 70? Check.  Under 5 touchdowns? Hell yes.  Tulane had their head coach Bob Toledo resign a few weeks back and then promptly lost to Memphis.  Let's hope this doesn't turn into another Boise-UNLV.
W Houston 73 Tulane 17
Scoreless after the first, Houston is unstoppable in C-USA.  Under 70? I'm rollling with the Cougs

2Oklahoma State (-17.5) at Texas Tech 12:00 ABC
Quality win over Kansas State, Oklahoma State goes to Lubbock.  Texas Tech has gotten rolled by Iowa State (!) and Texas the past two weeks after their upset of the year in Norman.  I guess Adam James' isn't the best player in the history of college football like his daddy likes to think (#fireCraigJames).  Pokes roll and I enjoy every moment.  Bedlam is one week closer.
W Oklahoma State 66 Texas Tech 6
It was 49-0 at half and Texas Tech sucks.  Sweet upset a month ago.  I hate teams that have one big win and mail it in after.  Thanks for the money though, Red Raiders.

19Nebraska (-2.5) at 12Penn State 12:00 ESPN
Nebraska looks to rebound and the mess at Penn State right now cannot not effect the entire program.  I'm very hesitant to even take this game, but this was posted on Tuesday.  I feel for everyone, especially the families.
T Nebraska 17 Penn State 14
Both entire teams prayed at midfield before the game.  Penn State walked out as one before the game.  The Nittany Lions were down 17-0 and scored twice in the 4th and had the ball to tie/win late.  I'm honeslty suprised that Nebraska didn't win by 40.  Penn State has heart.

16Wisconsin (-27) at Minnesota 3:30 BTN
The Gophers hung out with Sparty and pushed them in the last minutes.  Bucky spanked the Boilers and will destroy Kill's crew by 5+ touchdowns.
W Wisconsin 42 Minnesota 13
The Badgers had to score late to go up by 29.  Minnesota scored a 2nd quarter touchdown on a fake field goal that was run in by the kicker.  He then missed the extra point.  The Golden Gophers everybody!

22Michigan (-1) at Illinois 3:30 ABC
UM looses to Iowa on the road and are a favorite in Campaign.  I'll take the Maize and Blue again this week.
W Michigan 31 Illinois 14
Michigan was in control the entire game and to take Mich as a pick 'em was free money.  Nard dog got hurt though, and after I watched the first half, I expected Michigan to be a lot tougher than they are under coach Hoke.

3Alabama (-17 -17.5) at Mississippi State 7:45 ESPN
The Tide rolls into Starkvegas and looks at a huge spread after a loss, on the road.  However, Bama has no problems and may start out slow (see: Ole Miss) but Mississippi is playing out the string after high expectations and Saban might have a point to make after getting beat by Less and the Bayou Bengals for the 3rd straight time.
T Alabama 24 Miss. State 7
I was at a bar with my dudes after an engagement party and occasionally looked up to see the score.  Bama scored late to get to 17 and I was under the impression it was 17.5  Push goes to Dupe.  Best record goes to Dupe.  $68 goes to Dupe.  Nice little weekend.  Other than Ohio State and the Browns.



Games I like but took off the board:
West Virginia (+3.5) at Cincinnati 12:00 ABC
WVU loses to The Ville and now travel to Nippert as they are in the midst of the Big East gauntlet.  This is a personal pick since I hate the bUCkeye state Bearcats and WVU is my second home.
West Viginia 24 Cincinnati 21
Game was played at Paul Brown with the Bengals' stuff still on the field.  WVU blocked a field goal on the last play that would have sent it into overtime.  UC's starting QB broke his ankle as he was sacked and fumbled into the endzone.

Washington (+13) at USC 3:30 FX #riseandfire
U-dub battled the Ducks and USC isn't mentally strong.  12:30 local start, could be a sleep-walk and I would like to see Wash by more than 2 scores but this could be a 3, 7, 10 margin.  Unless Barkley and Woods lose their minds.
USC 40 Washington 17
I didn't watch one single play nor did I want to, hence this one off the board.  USC has some guys despite their coach.  They travel to Oregon this week.  Coach 'em up, Lane.

7Oregon at 4Stanford (-3.5) 8:00 ABC GAMEDAY
Pac-12 North Championship.  Stanford is too tough for the high-flyin' Ducks.  Their O might put up points but they won't stop Luck and the Cardinal will get a key stop and Stanford will score late to put the game away.  I just hope they don't wear all black.  Oregon can score at any time, any way.  Vegas Insider puts this around 55-45.  Too close to call.
Oregon 53 Stanford 30
Looks like their opening day loss had no effect on the Ducks.  If LSU stumbles against Arkansas or the SEC title game against Georgia and OU beats OSU in Stillwater, Oregon has a chance to make it back-to-back BCS Championship game apparences.  Next up: The Men of Troy at home.