What a disaster Week 4 was for college football. Almost as big a disaster as me updating Hartley vs. The Humans on Mondays like I try to do.
Week 4 featured a host of nail-biters, such as Ohio State’s 76-0 squeak past Florida A&M, Louisville’s 72-0 close call with Florida International and Miami’s 77-0 gutsy win against Savannah State. I realize teams can’t play good competition every week – LSU has yet to play a top-level team this year, though that will change this week – and there are some scheduling drops that force teams to pick up these cupcake games, but damn, Week 4 was a bit much.
For the Humans, at least. Hartley thoroughly enjoyed it. After posting a sub-.500 record last week, he stormed to 4-1 to take Week 4 and even the series at 2-2. Here’s the recap:
Auburn vs. LSU (-17.5)
Hartley was the only creature to pick Auburn, and after the first half, it looked like that would bite him on the butt as LSU led 21-0. Instead, Auburn came back to cover the spread in a 35-21 loss. Hartley was also fortunate with this game in that he was not actually there, out in the rain, like his two stupid, human relatives.
Michigan State vs. Notre Dame (-6.5)
Hartley and I both picked the Spartans in this matchup, and while Notre Dame won, the score of 17-13 was not enough to cover the spread for the Irish. I didn’t watch a second of this game so I have nothing more to add except my belief that Notre Dame is not good this season still holds up.
Arizona State vs. Stanford (-7.5)
This one was easy to pick. Everyone called for a big Stanford win, which the Cardinal was able to get with a 42-28 win against Arizona State.
Tennessee vs. Florida (-17)
This was my “Bet the Farm” pick of the week. Katie and I both thought Florida would destroy the Vols, but thanks to Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel breaking his ankle, the Vols were able to get just enough offense to beat the spread in a 31-17 loss. Hartley called that and is 2-1 when picking Tennessee this year. My “Bet the Farm” pick record is also at 2-1 now.
Tulane vs. Syracuse (-14.5)
Katie was the only one to pick this game correctly, mainly because she really, really hates Tulane. Hartley and I went with the Green Wave, but Syracuse destroyed them 52-17.
In total this week, Hartley went an astounding 4-1 (80%), while Katie and I both went 2-3 to give the Humans a 4-6 record (40%). Ouch. That puts Hartley at 13-7 this year, and I can’t repeat this enough, HE’S A DOG!
Week 5 will have better games as there are a handful of top-25 matchups, most notably LSU/Georgia.