Jake Gordon’s locks
After a cooldown last week, I really like the board and have a shipload of picks for you.
Cincinnati versus UCF (o63)
Points, points and more points. This is going to be one of the better early games, and I love what Desmond Ridder & Cincy did.
Clemson (-20, 1H) versus Florida State
Clemson just felt ashamed on prime time TV – they’ll bring their Florida frustrations back into the mix with Trevor Lawrence accordingly.
Indiana (+21) versus Ohio State
I believe in Tom Allen and the Hoosiers; You probably won’t win this one, but as Lee Corso likes to say, “Closer than the experts think.”
Florida (-31.5) versus Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt just can’t score in the red zone. I think Florida could double that line and win at 64.
Oklahoma State (+7) versus Oklahoma
Chaos is always fun, and I think the state of Oklahoma could win that title right away. I’ll take the dots to be sure.
Season record (26-11)
Chase Irles locks
Last week was the toughest in a while and got me back to 500 in the season. Luckily the board is looking good this week.
Florida (-31.5) at Vandy
31.5 looks like a lot, and Florida may not show up, but I’m driving it. Vandy is downright terrible, and Florida has all the talent to win by 40+.
Ohio State (-20.5) versus Indiana
Anytime you have 70% of the public with an underdog with more than 20 points, something is fishy. I’m going to ride the Buckeyes to blow out Indiana.
Arkansas (+2.5) versus LSU
I don’t think LSU should be preferred in any game for the rest of the season so I’ll take the pigs. You should win immediately.
Wisconsin (-7) to the northwest
Is this a possible game of disappointment after a big win over Michigan? I don’t really think so. Northwestern shouldn’t surprise anyone, and the Badgers look real. Place the points.
Georgia (-25) versus Mississippi State
I understand why the Georgia weather has started to cool. They are just not as good as a soccer team. However, they play a roster in the state of Mississippi that consists of third and fourth string players. Georgia should win this by 30+.
Season record (18-18)
Blaine Illes locks
Well well well. Look who came back. You want more winners, don’t you? Was 13-6 not enough for you in the past two weeks? You’re lucky that I’m generous and you’re even more lucky that I love the board this week. I’ll just ask you one thing before we start: Say, “Here you go, may I have a couple of locks with a cherry on them.”
Tulsa (-5.5) against Tulane
Thursday night NFL is literally for the birds. You could spend your Thursday night watching two superstar quarterbacks vying for a spot in the playoffs and a shot at the NFC West crown, or … you can watch Tulane and Tulsa fight for the title of best Weather phenomena fight. I’ll take the golden hurricanes with a touchdown over the green wave in this case. At this point it is clear that Tulane’s formula for success is to get a lot of points against her opponents, which Tulsa’s defense doesn’t particularly care about. I know, I know Tulsa’s defense burned us a few weeks ago, but trust the huge golden hurricane in the sky!
Freedom (+3.5) in the NC state
Speaking of winning formulas, I think I found one of my own to pick out games this college football season. It goes something like this:
- Bet on freedom
- If Liberty is the underdog, sprinkle a moneyline promotion there.
Coastal Carolina (-5) versus App State
That’s just free money. I’m not sure how long Vegas will disregard my chants while backing up the outright scams of the Appalachian State Mountaineers, but until they stop we’re going to be pounding Coastal Carolina. What did i tell you last week App State is 6-1 straight and 1-6 against the spread. SHE. ARE. WOMAN. The Chanticleers should have won us a nice little bag against Troy last week, but the game was canceled. So let’s double up this week.
Cincy (-6) at UCF
This game is eerily similar to the App State vs. CCU game. UCF has dominated the American conference for a long time, and it is the only team in that conference that the public is used to harassing other teams, covering spreads, and competing with power five schools. Here’s the thing; UCF is no longer that team, and Cincinnati has taken that role in the American conference. The I agree The same thing is happening in the sun belt with App State and Coastal Carolina. Don’t be a fool; Take the Bearcats by touchdown too.
Wisconsin (-7) to the northwest
Last week I told you all that Northwestern is rightly good, and Wisconsin has a chance to battle for the Big Ten title with Graham Mertz at the center. This week, those two statements stay true, but Wisconsin is simply the better football team. It also helps that a day game in the Northwest is the least intimidating atmosphere in power five football.
Iowa (-2.5) in Penn State
I mean, Penn State is just bad, and Iowa has looked better and better with every game this season. If you’re worried about 2.5 points, take the Hawkeyes money line, but as you know I don’t flinch. I hope you don’t either. We are also a family.
Purdue (-1) in Minnesota
There’s still a lot to be found out in the Big Ten this year, but three things are certain. Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State stink! Get rich while it takes a few more weeks for some idiots to find out too. Purdue showed me enough last Saturday to know that they can hang hard in games.
Rutgers (+10.5) versus Michigan
When I was watching these games on Sunday before the lines came out, I wrote in my notes, “Rutgers, whatever the line is.” Let me tell you boy, I love that line. I love it so much, I think I’ll do something I’ve never done before. Are you ready? OK let’s go…
Rutgers ML (+275)
That’s right, I bet Rutgers to win a game. I never did that and probably never will, so join me and the Schianoman on Saturday night. Full Disclaimer: I hate Jim Harbaugh.
Did someone say bonus parlay? Why not? I know the last two didn’t get a promotion because some games were canceled, but I feel good about this one. I call it the parlay “Everyone has to be an idiot except me” (+1200). 4 games, 4 spreads, can’t lose:
Rutgers +7.5, Wisconsin -7, CCU -5.5, Cincy -6
Season record (14-8)
Turner Skehans locks
After the government pulled $ 1,000 out of my pocket for traffic violations, rest assured that I’ll be as focused and committed as ever to taking the money on the book. In order to strengthen your trust in me, I have to be frank with you: 2020 was not the year I expected. Saying less is robbing you of the honesty you deserve. However, I enter this week with a renewed determination, well studied and ready to take the book for whatever they have. In the immortal words of William Shakespeare: “One more break, dear friends, one more time”.
Florida versus Vanderbilt (u68.5)
Florida and Arkansas scored a lot of points last week. This high-profile competition was largely the result of a tight first half. I don’t expect almost half in this competition. More pathetic than the Florida defense is the anemic Vanderbilt Offensive. I need to remind you there is a reason you are a 31 point dog.
LSU versus Arkansas (o63.5) Unlike the game above, I expect this to pass. LSU’s defense is miserable and while their offense definitely lacks the spark it had with Brennan at the center, I expect their offense to be better adjusted after two straight weeks. Tight games are the most fertile reasons for juicy dubbing. Look at this Mesopotamia.
Alabama vs. Kentucky o58
Saban has spoken tirelessly about the threats COVID poses to teams. I assume that Saban will play as many kittens as possible as early as possible, thanks to COVID. With the game in hand and a young defense on the field, I expect the cats to score a meaningless TD or two to sneak across the territory.
USC (-3) versus Utah State
LA isn’t known for good ball, but USC is 2-0 and plays (relatively) good football. Not playing a game, Utah is going to have some mounting pain. USC wins with 3 or more.
Indiana +21 versus Ohio State
I originally had Wake -4.5 against Duke at this point, but since this game has been canceled and I know that for many of you lifeless gaming addicts my juicy castles are unicorn blood, I’m going to offer you another, possibly juicier, 5U game. Indiana surprised a lot of people and made it into the top 10 nationwide. Although I like it when OSU wins, Indiana +21 feels like a gift. Gift. Do you know with a bow The kind you give your girlfriend after a nasty bender with the boys? Capish?
With that as a farewell castle, who would I be if I didn’t give you a motivational quote from Norman Dale, the coach of Indiana’s own “Hoosiers”, “if you put your effort and focus on playing for your potential to be your best being what you can be, I don’t care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game. In my book we will be winners. “Sorry … wrong quote. Anyway, f ** k Norm Dale, we take care of the score and the Hoosiers cover it !!!
For the most daring: IU ML +750
Season record (7-10)