Southern Cal also stepped on their organ of regeneration with a loss to Stanford leaving only a handful of teams have a realistic shot at the MNC. The winner of Clemson / Florida State could go from the ACC, Oklahoma has a shot but needs a statement win (Texas – maybe) and perhaps Notre Dame if they clear the table. Oregon also has a chance but we seen what the Quack attack does against the SEC in back to back losses to Auburn and LSU.
In reality, if LSU and Bama stay unbeaten – other than the loss in their head to head – it looks like we are headed to a rematch. That would make for the two teams playing each other 4 times in two years. Not sure if that has ever happened before.
And John L “Slappy” Smith added another classic goofy moment with the "SMILE"
The Big Book of Guesses had another lousy week going 30-41-3. But the Doofus was smiling as he continued his winning ways - going 2-1 with the Mega Bets as:
Best part is I get to see Bruce do his awkward old bald guy Wildcat strut for another week. Go Cats! 3-0 baby!
Utah 24 BYU 21 – This was a wild game. After three quarters Utah led 24-7 and I figured taking BYU and giving 4 was down the porcelain throne. But BYU rallied with two fourth quarter TDs to get within three. Then the fun really kicked in.
BYU drove to the Utah 34 yard line with seconds remaining in the game. A third down pass was incomplete and it looked like time had run out. Nuts. But the refs ruled there was one second left. All right baby! Kick a 51 yd FG and maybe we can get the cover in OT. Damn - the FG was blocked. Wait a minute – what’s this? - penalty on Utah!! The fans had run on the field too early and the Utes were assessed a 15 yd unsportsmanlike. Holy crap Batman! Now it’s only a 36 yarder to go into OT. So what does the BYU kicker do? – doinks it off the left upright. Game over LOSS
Philadelphia 24 Baltimore 23 – Philly continues to win despite Michael Vick. He threw two more INTs on Sunday making it six so far this year. Midway through the 4th quarter, Baltimore went on a nice 5 minute drive kicking a FG to go up 23-17 with 4:43 left.
I was feeling pretty good since even if Philly got a TD they would still only lead by one with little time left. Baltimore would either then get the ball back, score win and cover or Philly would get the ball back and go into a victory formation still leaving me with a Baltimore +2.5 cover. Sure enough Vick leads the Eagle on a nice drive and gets the go ahead TD. Baltimore stalled at their 46 and Philly sits on it to win.
As bad as Vick was Flacco was worse. Chowderhead Joe couldn’t hit an open receiver and kept throwing into tight coverage. Only difference was Philly didn’t pick him off. If Flacco was even half way accurate this would have been a blow out WIN
The Point Whore Parlay went 1-2 as:
Wake Forest +28.0 @ Florida State – Final Score FSU 52 WtF 0. WtF Rock? He was chirping all week about how his Deacs beating up on Ellis’ Tar Heels. That was just plain awful. I don’t know why I listen to these guys. No more picking FPC teams (except Bruce’s Cats of course) LOSS
North Texas +28 @ Kansas State – Final Score KSU 35 Mean Green 21 WIN
UL Lafayette +22.5 @ Oklahoma State – Final Score OSU 65 ULL 24 LOSS
Week 4 started out with the first bar bet loss this year. I’m down a tall IPA beer after taking Buffalo -3.5. Bulls lost 23-7 and the wallet was a little lighter.
Hopefully the rest of the week will play out better. This week I’ll go with
Week 4 Mega Bets:
Utah State -12.5 @ Colorado State – Colorado State is a mess. After an opening week win over an even worse Colorado team, the Rams have lost to 1AA North Dakota St and perennial bottom dweller San Jose State. Meanwhile Utah State has beaten arch rival PAC 12 Utah and was a missed FG from beating Wisconsin in Camp Randall. The Aggies actually outgained the Badgers 308 yds to 234. USU runs a spread offense which will run all over a pathetic Ram defense. That said, a spread of 10-15 has always been a trouble spot for the Doofus. Seems as though giving points in that range has led to a lot of losses for some reason. But I think the Aggies are up to it.
Notre Dame -5.0 vs Michigan – ND’s defense is not as good as Alabama’s but is very similar. The Irish have a solid front seven. The game plan will be the same – contain Shoelace and make him throw. On offense, the Irish will pound away and avoid mistakes - then pounce on short field opportunities when Denard screws up. Normally, I would avoid the Irish in this situation – coming off a huge win against State. And as the Big Guy said – it seems as though when ND beats State they lose to Michigan and vice versa.
But this year, (and it’s a good thing I had a banana for breakfast cause it’s coming back up when I say this), the Irish are good enough to beat Michigan and MSU in the same year. And if they do they will be 3-0 in the Big Ten (and there comes the chili cheese waffle fries from last night – Mark you owe me big time!)
The Irish are going to be fired up, at home, after the loss last year in AA. ND rumbles Saturday night.
Chicago -7.0 vs St Louis – Bettors have overreacted to Chicago’s bumbling in Lambeau last week. Sure – Bear diva QB Jay Cutler started his usual moping when things went south against the Pack. And there is turmoil and the locker room already. But that’s the Bears for you. Preseason, this spread was 10 plus points now it’s down to seven. Cutler will have time to throw this week which can’t be said about Ram QB Sam Bradford. He will be having nightmares about Julius Peppers and the rest of the Bear D.
Chicago will have had 10 days to stew over the loss to Green Bay. Backed by a rowdy crowd at Soldier Field, Da Bears will come out and take their anger out on an outmanned St Louis squad.
For the Point Whore Parlay I’ll take:
UNLV +10.5 vs Air Force
Akron +32.5 @ Tennessee
UAB +36.5 @ Ohio State
And as always here is the Week 4 Bettors Guide