It had been six straight weeks since I went above .500 in my against the spread week. A month and a half since I picked more right than wrong choices. That streak is over.
After dragging down the Humans for more than half of the season, I finally made some decent picks and finished above .500 for the first time since Week 3. Celebrate!
What has happened since September 14, my last winning week betting college football? Well, the federal government shut down and then restarted, Healthcare.gov launched and gave three people the opportunity to pick their Obamacare, LSU hadn’t yet to lose to Georgia and Ole Miss and the finale of Breaking Bad had yet to air.
To recap this week’s awesome Brian picks:
Miami at Florida State (-22)
22 points is a crapload of points for a top-10 matchup, but I put all my faith in the Seminoles, and Famous Jameis Winston did just enough to win 41-14 and cover the spread. Hartley and Katie went with the Canes and lost.
Georgia (-2.5) vs. Florida
This was my “Bet the Farm” pick, and I escaped by the skin of my teeth. Florida rallied with 17 second-half points, but Aaron Murray led a late drive that killed the clock and gave Georgia the 3-point win. Katie and Hartley again lose with their Florida picks.
Michigan at Michigan State (-6)
For all my genius in the previous two picks, I fell hard with this one. I thought Michigan would come out hot and beat down the Spartans. Nope. Michigan State dominated the entire game en route to a 29-6 win. Only Hartley got this pick right.
Tulane at Florida Atlantic (-3.5)
FAU had no coach, a swell of controversy surrounding it and a bad football team. Still, this is why you shouldn’t bet on Tulane. The Green Wave got hammered 34-17, giving Hartley and Katie the wins and me the loss.
Navy at Notre Dame (-16.5)
I was on the fence with this game late in the week but ultimately went with Navy. Boy, am I glad I did. The Midshipmen led late in the game, and while Notre Dame ultimately won 38-34, Navy beat the spread and gave me, Katie and Hartley the win.
Ta-da! 3-2 might not be the most impressive week, but I needed to start somewhere. For the week, Hartley went 3-2 (60 percent), while the Humans, thanks to Katie’s crappy week, went 5-5 (50 percent). Hartley wins the week and regains his overall lead in the competition.
Now, let’s see if I can carry this momentum into next week’s games.