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Hartley vs. The Humans: Week 7

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Happy birthday to me!
Saturday marks 30 years since I graced this planet with my presence, and all I want to celebrate the big milestone is a good week picking college football spreads. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, right?
So here goes…
LSU (-7) vs Florida
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Brian: LSU’s offense is really, really good. Florida’s defense is really, really good.
LSU’s defense is really, really bad. Florida’s offense is really, really bad.
Something has to give here, and since it’s my birthday, I say LSU rolls.
Katie: LSU. 
Hartley:
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 What a dick
Missouri vs Georgia (-8)
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Brian: I just found out that Missouri is ranked and is undefeated this year. I had no idea the SEC East Tigers were that good. I also have no idea who Georgia is going to put on the field Saturday as its entire offensive skill corps is injured. Missouri wins and ends Georgia’s national title hopes, or at worst beats the spread.
Katie: It bothers me that this pick gives me pause, because one of the highest ranked SEC teams should not be at risk to lose to Missouri.  That said, Georgia is due to poop their pants any game now because Mark Richt, but I’m going to go with UGA anyway.  I’m still not happy Missouri is in the SEC — go away!
Hartley:
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South Carolina (-6) vs Arkansas
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Brian: After last week, the big question in college football is will Jadaveon Clowney play or not? It should be, who cares if he plays or not?
Clowney, while having the best name in college football, is overrated, and he has done nothing this season to deserve the hype he’s gotten. Arkansas beats the spread.
Katie: I’m going with South Carolina, for no other reason than I can’t name a single player on Arkansas’ team right now, and I”m too lazy to look them up.
Hartley: Photo Oct 10, 11 05 43 PM
Oregon (-13.5) vs Washington
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Brian: ESPN’s College Gameday will be in Seattle for this matchup, giving the Huskies some more motivation to upset the Ducks. But Oregon is arguably the best team is college football. I’m picking Oregon to win, but Washington to beat the spread.
Katie: I‘m going with Washington.  Not sure why.  Just have a feeling.
Hartley: (A lot of people ask us how Hartley makes his pick. Do we assist or push him more to one side? No, we put a treat on each piece of paper at the same time, let him go and he picks whichever team he wants. We filled it so people can see we have no influence over which team Hartley picks.)

Oklahoma (-13.5) vs Texas
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Brian: Wow, that’s three straight underdog picks I made. For this game, though, it won’t even be close. Despite its last two weeks with victories (although one should have been a loss if not for poor officiating), Texas is still a Dumpster fire. The Sooners will take an early lead, and because it’s the Red River Rivalry, Bob Stoops won’t let up on the gas. OU wins big, by at least 28 points, and this is my “Bet the Farm” pick of the week.
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Happy birthday to me?
Katie: Oklahoma. If Texas loses by as many points as I think they will, does Mack Brown have a job on Monday?  I’m thinking no. I will personally volunteer to pack Nick Saban’s bags to get him out of the SEC.
Hartley: Photo Oct 10, 11 02 27 PM
So to recap:
Brian         LSU               Missouri            Arkansas                      Washington          Oklahoma
Katie         LSU               Georgia              South Carolina          Washington          Oklahoma
Hartley     Florida         Missouri           Arkansas                      Oregon                     Texas

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Hartley vs. The Humans: Week 6 Results

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Oh, how I hate picking against the spread sometimes. ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt has a feature on bad beats on his radio show, and on Saturday night he tweeted out after the Northwestern/Ohio State game:

 

I think he meant beat. Yes, it was bad, and I’ll go into detail on that later. For now, the recap of Week 6.

LSU (-9.5) at Miss St

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We all picked LSU to cover, and while it was close at half — with LSU up by five — the Tigers ended up blowing out Mississippi State in the second to win by 33 points and easily cover the spread. LSU is now 3-2-1 in covering the spread this season.

Ohio St (-7) at Northwestern

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This was the baddest of the bad beats. Northwestern had Ohio State on the ropes. The Wildcats led late in the game until Ohio State scored with 5 minutes left to take a four-point lead. Still down by four, Northwestern tried a last-second attempt for a touchdown and fumbled the ball in its own end zone, which Ohio State picked up to score a touchdown of its own, win by 10 points and beat the spread.

Here’s the video:

I was the only one to pick Northwestern, and I got screwed big time. This is why I don’t put money on bets against the spread.

Oregon (-38.5) at Colorado

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Although 38.5 points is a lot, this was my “Bet the Farm” pick of the week, and I’m happy to announce that after two weeks of getting the “Bet the Farm” picks wrong, I’m happy to announce I got this one right. Oregon ended up winning by 41 points.

Hartley also got it right, while Katie blew it and picked Colorado.

Ole Miss (-3) at Auburn

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Katie’s Ole Miss hate earned her a victory as Auburn defeated theRebels and beat the spread. Hartley and I put too much trust in Ole Miss for the second straight week, and for the second straight week, we suffered a loss.

Georgia (-10.5) at Tennessee

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But then I blew this one as Georgia narrowly avoided a huge upset and won by three points. I picked the Bulldogs, but Katie and Hartley got it right by going with Tennessee.

For the week, Hartley finished an astonishing 4-1 for 80 percent. I went 2-3 and Katie went 4-1, giving the humans a record of 6-4, or 60 percent. Again, Hartley wins the week. Son. Of. A. Bitch.

To go back to the Northwestern game, if the Wildcats don’t fumble the ball on the final play and Ohio State doesn’t score the touchdown with no time left, Katie, Hartley and I all go 3-2 on the week. That one play cost the Humans a tie for the week. I hate Ohio State so much.

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Hartley vs. The Humans: Week 6

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No, I’m not going to write a witty intro about the government shutdown because everyone is tired of hearing about politicians who won’t do their job. I will say, though, that if the federal government would just put its money into betting with the dog, America would have enough cash to pay off the federal deficit and buy healthcare for the world. Just something to consider, D.C.

Now, on to this week’s picks, where there aren’t as many intriguing games as last week, but enough to get you excited. As always, the spread is courtesy of 5Dimes.

 

LSU (-9.5) at Miss St

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Brian: The weather is going to be really nasty on Saturday night in Mississippi as the first real tropical storm of the season makes its way to land. The rain will make it difficult to throw the ball — giving an edge maybe to Mississippi State — but it also rained during the LSU/Auburn game, and the LSU offense was fine. I’ll pick LSU to cover.

Katie: I’m picking LSU.  I think I’ve already made that clear.  Moving on…

Hartley:

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Ohio St (-7) at Northwestern

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Brian: I applied to Northwestern twice for college, once as an undergraduate and once for graduate school. I was rejected both times; well, I was put on the waiting list for undergraduate, which I turned down, so maybe that’s a push. Either way, Northwestern doesn’t want me, but I have a battered wife syndrome with the Wildcats; I keep going back and pulling for them. I’ll pull for them this time, too, and say Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern beat the spread.

Katie: I think a ranked Northwestern team is to the B1G what a ranked Ole Miss team is to the SEC.  It’s adorable to see their fans get all excited and start allowing themselves to believe that this might actually be their year, but eventually those dreams of greatness are crushed when the teams play with the Big Boys.  Ohio State is one of the Big Boys.  Like Ole Miss did last week, I expect Northwestern to come back down to reality after getting crushed on Saturday by Ohio State.

Hartley: 

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Oregon (-38.5) at Colorado

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Brian: Last week I thought there was no way Oklahoma State wouldn’t cover the spread against West Virginia, and I was dead wrong. This week, I say there’s no way Oregon doesn’t cover the spread — even if that means the Ducks need a 39-point win — and it’s my “Bet the Farm” pick of the week. Sorry, Kristen and any Duck fans reading this.

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Katie: Oregon is good. I know nothing about Colorado, but historically they’re not good.  That being said, 38.5 points is a big spread.  Once Oregon gets a healthy lead, they’ll probably pull an LSU v Kent State move and put in the second (or third) string.  So I’m picking Colorado to lose badly but still beat the spread.

Hartley:

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Ole Miss (-3) at Auburn

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Brian: Ole Miss has yet to score a touchdown in the state of Alabama this year after the Rebels fell 26-0 last week against Alabama. Ole Miss won’t be shut out again this week, and I think Hugh Freeze will get his team to forget about last week and defeat Auburn at Jordan Hare.

Katie: Ole Miss got its heart (and probably other body parts) broken in last week’s loss to Alabama.  I’m expecting them to play poorly and Auburn to be motivated to play well at home.  I’m going with Auburn to beat a sad Ole Miss team.  At least their fans will have the “Book of Manning” to remind them of when they were semi-relevant.

Hartley:

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Georgia (-10.5) at Tennessee

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Brian: Speaking of trying to forget about last week… I’m expecting a big downer from Georgia after winning the national title, er, a game against LSU last week as the Bulldogs go to Neyland. Still, Tennessee is garbage and the Vols will get crushed by at least three touchdowns.

Katie: This one is giving me trouble.  On one hand, Tennessee couldn’t even beat South Alabama last week by 10 points.  On the other, I expect the LSU effect will be in full force on Saturday and will cause Georgia to be a little banged up and a lot uninspired by this unimpressive Tennessee team.  I’m going to pick UT to lose but beat the spread.

Hartley:

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And to recap…

Brian           LSU            Northwestern    Oregon             Ole Miss        Georgia
Katie           LSU            Ohio State            Colorado        Auburn          Tennessee
Hartley      LSU            Ohio State            Oregon            Ole Miss         Tennessee

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Hartley vs. the Humans: Week 5 Results

It was a sad weekend for everyone in the Briantology household. Not only did everyone finish below .500 with their picks (including one idiot who didn’t get any picks correct), the one game we were invested in turned pan out like we hoped.

I’m still licking my wounds from Saturday, so I apologize if this post is not up to its usual stuff.

 

LSU vs. Georgia (-3)

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All three of us picked LSU to cover the spread, and it looked promising for 58 minutes, but LSU’s defense couldn’t stop the Bulldogs on their final drive and Georgia won by 3. It’s a push, and no harm for anyone.

 

Ole Miss vs. Alabama (-14.5)

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Yikes. I really thought Ole Miss had a chance to keep this game at least somewhat competitive. I was wrong, and Katie and Hartley were right.

We didn’t watch a second of this game, but I understand it was close (9-0) at halftime, and then Bama poured it on in the second half to win 26-0 and cover.

 

Wisconsin vs. Ohio State (-7)

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Another push, thanks to a late Wisconsin score. I only saw the final three minutes of this game, so again, I can’t really comment on this game, but a push hurts no one.

 

Oklahoma State (-18) vs. West Virginia

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Talk about an epic failure. West Virginia not only beat the spread, the Mountaineers won outright over the ranked Oklahoma State.

All three of us took the Cowboys, and we knew we were in trouble in the first quarter and would definitely lose this pick by halftime. Sadly, this was also my “Bet the Farm” pick of the week, and this now puts me at 2-2 on betting the farm this year.

 

Florida (-12) vs. Kentucky

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Why I took Kentucky, I have no idea, but Florida, even without its starting quarterback Jeff Driskell, won 24-7 and covered. I lost this pick, but Katie and Hartley won.

 

Like I said, one idiot didn’t win a game, and that idiot was me. 0-3-2 for the week is just laughably bad. Katie went 2-1-2 and Harley went 1-2-2. Taking out the pushed, Hartley’s winning percentage is 33% (1-2) while the Humans’ is also 33% (2-4) thanks to me 0-fer. Like two of the games this week, it’s a push, and Hartley and the Humans are still tied 2 ½ to 2 ½.

Week 6 isn’t as tantalizing as last week, but hopefully I can recover and get at least one win.

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