Hartley vs. The Humans: Week 11 Results — Sad Face Edition

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Week 11 was not kind to Briantology pickers and their teams. Everyone knows about LSU and Alabama, so let’s not dwell on that lest I might cry and/or punch my computer.

To pour salt in the wounds, the picks were not up to Briantology’s normal standards. Only one picker went above .500 in the absolute dismal week. To recap…

LSU vs. Alabama (-12.5)

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Yep, Alabama won by a lot and covered. We all got it wrong. Next.

 

Oregon (-10.5) vs. Stanford

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Sadly for a few Briantology readers who are also big Oregon fans, this game was a another disappointment in Week 11. Oregon came out flat for three and a half quarters. Despite a late surge, the Ducks fell short 26-20, ending their BCS title hopes. Why this brings so much glee to fans in SEC territory is beyond me, but I don’t give much intellectual credit to SEC fans, this one included.

Hartley was the only one to pick the Cardinal. He has consistently picked against the Ducks all season and he finally got the anti-Oregon call correct.

 

Oklahoma vs. Baylor (-15)

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After a sluggish quarter and a half in which Oklahoma led 5-3, Baylor rattled off three touchdowns in seven minutes to basically put the game away by halftime. Baylor’s offense is really, really good, and with LSU and now Oregon out of the title picture, the Bears have surged to my BCS title hopeful.

Katie and I picked correctly, while Hartley went with Bob Stoops and Oklahoma. He apparently does not know about “Big Game” Bob’s reputation, and that came to bite him in the ass.

 

Texas (-6.5) vs. West Virginia

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The end of this game was being played during the LSU/Alabama game, so last I saw, the game was a back-and-forth effort and appeared as though West Virginia would beat the spread. It wasn’t until Sunday afternoon when I finally decided to check back to college football that I saw Texas won in overtime by 7 and covered.

All of us picked Texas, so we all got a win with the Longhorns. Hook ‘Em.

 

 Arkansas State vs. ULM (-4.5)

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This was another game I didn’t know who won until Sunday. After the LSU game, I turned off college football and instead opted to watch Breaking Bad. Some people cope with their team’s losses by taking drugs. I cope by watching a TV show about people making drugs. Whatever works, right?

To my surprise, Arkansas State crushed ULM 42-14. I was the only one to correctly pick the Red Wolves’ win.

 

Overall for the week, I finished 3-2, my second straight week above Mount .500 after six weeks of sucking. Katie, again for the second straight week, went 2-3 – Perhaps my sucking has transitioned to her – and the Humans finished the week 5-5 (50 percent). Hartley also struggled this week with a 2-3 (40 percent) effort. The Humans win the week and tie the series with just four weeks remaining. It’s going to be close.

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Hartley vs. The Humans: Week 11 — Weekday Edition

Yes, it’s a special Thursday edition of Hartley vs. the Humans. With two top-10 matchups taking place on Thursday night, I thought it’d be nice to pick these games and let our gambling addicts get their bets in at the last minute.

With Oregon/Stanford and Baylor/Oklahoma kicking off the college football weekend and LSU/Alabama ending it, it’ll be an exciting few days for football fans around the country.

As always, the points spreads are courtesy of 5Dimes.

 

LSU vs. Alabama (-12.5)

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Brian: I know Alabama is the better team and will probably win this game, but LSU and Alabama always play close games (minus the national championship game). This is how the game will go: Team A (either LSU or Alabama) will jump out to a couple of quick scores and take an early 17-0 lead. Team B will regroup and chip away at the score while shutting down Team A. Late in the fourth, Team B will take a 21-17 lead. Now, Team A might score again to retake the lead or Team B will make the critical stop to win, but either way, the point spread won’t be double digits. Last year, when LSU had no offense and had nothing to play for, Alabama won by 4. LSU will beat the spread and I pray the Tigers win.

Katie: I’m going with LSU out of loyalty and general hatred of all things Alabama.  But I think my birthday present to myself is going to be to forget that this game is happening.  Moving on….

Hartley:

 

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Oregon (-10.5) vs. Stanford

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Brian: Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas promised this week that the Ducks would score 40 points against Stanford. But Oregon only managed 14 last year against the Cardinal in a 17-14 upset. Promises aside, Oregon needs to win and win big to get back to No. 2 in the BCS over Florida State, and I think Oregon covers.

Katie: I don’t understand why the PAC12 agrees to put big games on Thursdays.  If your schools can put on a game and then have classes the next day, you’re doing something wrong! Ugh.  That said, I’m going with Oregon.  They have yet to win by fewer than 3 touchdowns, and even though Stanford is better than the other teams they’ve faced, I don’t think they’re -2 TDs better.

Hartley:

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Oklahoma vs. Baylor (-15)

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Brian: Baylor is good and can score a lot of points, plus with this game being on Thursday night in Waco, I’m going with Baylor to keep its high-powered offense going and take down Bob Stoops.

Katie: I don’t like Oklahoma because their fans are whiny, and Bob Stoops is worse.  However, Baylor willingly employees Ken Starr as its president (!!!!).  I’m holding my nose here and picking……Baylor.

Hartley:

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Texas (-6.5) vs. West Virginia

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Brian: After being left for dead, Mack Brown Texas have reeled off some impressive wins to get back in the mix for their Big 12 division. West Virginia, on the other hand, has looked putrid this season. With its recent success, new athletic director and the hopes of landing Nick Saban at the end of the season, I’m going with Texas to win big in Morgantown.

Katie: WVU is really bad this year, so I’m going with Texas.

Hartley:

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Arkansas State vs. ULM (-4.5)

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Brian: No one outside of these two campuses and degenerate gamblers cares about this game. ULM has gotten impressive wins this season against Wake Forest, but also embarrassed themselves with a 70-7 loss against Baylor and a 34-0 loss to Oklahoma. Arkansas State hasn’t fared much better, but it hasn’t lost by 63 yet this season, so I’m going with the Red Wolves to beat the spread.

Katie: ULM.  I don’t mind them, and they annoy ULL, which makes me happy.

Hartley:

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To recap:

 

Brian            LSU          Oregon          Baylor               Texas            Arkansas State
Katie            LSU          Oregon          Baylor               Texas            ULM
Hartley       LSU          Stanford        Oklahoma       Texas            ULM

Happy betting, everyone!

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Hartley vs. The Humans: Week 10 Results — Redemption!

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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Hartley vs. The Humans: Week 10 — The Rebound Starts Now

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Halloween is over, which means college football in November has officially started. This is when championships are made, dreams are crushed and Brian brings respect back to his terrible betting record.

There aren’t many top games this week, as most of the elite teams are on byes for next week’s epic football weekend. Still, I tried to find some decent games that hopefully will at least be fun to watch.

As always, the point spreads are from 5Dimes.

Miami at Florida State (-22)

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Brian: Florida State has looked really good recently, and Miami has looked like crap in the past couple of weeks. Florida State will win this game easily, and I think Jameis Winston continues his dominance and the Noles cover the crazy large point spread.

Katie: I’m going with Miami.  22 points are a lot, and this is going to be Miami’s BCS Championship (This was written before I saw that Miami is ranked #7.  Who knew? I’m really going with Miami now).

Hartley:

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Georgia (-2.5) vs. Florida

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betfarmBrian: It’s the battle of two disappointing SEC East teams. I lived in Georgia for the past six years before moving to Louisiana in January, and this game – no matter how good or bad these teams are – is always a big game. Georgia still has a small, outside shot at taking the SEC East title, so I’ll pick the Bulldogs to win and cover the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. “Bet the Farm” on this one.

Katie: Neither one of these teams is ranked, so this game is for bragging rights only.  I’m going with Florida here.  Maybe Mark Richt will cry after this game, too.

Hartley:

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Michigan at Michigan State (-6)

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Brian: If it’s a Big 10 game, then I give up and concede the loss. I have been dreadfully bad picking this conference’s games, including last week’s guarantee that Penn State would beat the spread and possibly upset Ohio State (Penn State lost that game 63-14). I think Michigan will be out to prove themselves after losing to Penn State a few weeks ago and the Wolverines beat the spread.

Katie: Every time I pick Michigan to win, they lose and look ugly doing so.  Every time I pick Little Brother to win, they lose.  Neither one of these teams is particularly good, and both are only ranked because this is a weird football season.  That said, I’m going to pick Michigan, because I dislike them more, and I would prefer MSU to win.

Hartley:

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Tulane at Florida Atlantic (-3.5)

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Brian: This game has me scratching my head. Tulane is bowl eligible for the first time in years and is 4-0 in Conference USA. Florida Atlantic lost its football coach this week after it was learned he smoked weed at a party recently. But somehow the Owls are favorites? This has to be a Vegas trap, but I’m falling in and taking Tulane.

Katie: FAU.  I don’t like Tulane.

Hartley:

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Navy at Notre Dame (-16.5)

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Brian: I’m still not sold on Notre Dame as a good team this season, and while Navy historically does not win against Notre Dame, I’m taking the Midshipmen to at least beat the spread.

Katie: Navy.  I don’t like Notre Dame, either. (Brian: Seriously? How the hell am I losing to her with this line of logic?!?!)

Hartley:

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To recap:

Brian              Florida State          Georgia          Michigan                   Tulane        Navy
Katie              Miami                       Florida            Michigan State        FAU            Navy
Hartley         Miami                       Florida            Michigan State        FAU            Navy

So Katie and Hartley picked the exact same this week, which means Hartley vs. the Humans will all come down to me. We’re doomed.

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Hartley vs. The Humans: Week 9 Results

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Ouch, what a bad week for the dog. After rolling to two straight wins, Hartley stumbled last week and absolutely collapsed this week, going a year-worse 1-4. True, I didn’t do much better, but at least I beat the dog and helped the Humans tie up the overall score. To recap the week…

 

Furman vs. LSU (-47) 

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After a shaky first half, the spread of this game was never in doubt. A sure-thing LSU victory, though, was in question, but the Tigers got their shit together in the third and fourth quarters to win 48-16. Still, a 32-point win is nothing near the 47 points LSU needed to cover.

Furman was my “Bet the Farm” pick, and again, I continue to do well with these picks. Katie also picked Furman and was correct, while Hartley went with LSU and lost.

 

Tennessee vs. Alabama (-28)

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Tennessee had been good at beating the spread this year, even if the Vols fail to win most of those games. Sadly for me, Tennessee didn’t even show up against Alabama and lost 45-10. Katie and Hartley took Bama while I lost with my Tennessee pick.

 

UCLA vs. Oregon (-22.5)

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I was sweating this one as Oregon only led UCLA 21-14 after three quarters. Thankfully, Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota decided to put the game away in the fourth quarter and the Ducks won 42-14 and covered the spread. I won, while Katie and Harley lost with UCLA picks.

 

Penn State vs. Ohio State (-14.5)

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I could not have been more wrong with this game. I thought Penn State had a legitimate shot at knocking off Ohio State after the Nittany Lions’ upset of Michigan. Oops.

The Buckeyes took a 42-7 lead at halftime and handed Penn State its worse loss since 1899 with a 63-14 final. Katie was the only one to pick Ohio State.

 

Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma (-7)

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In the best game of the weekend, Oklahoma escaped a back-and-forth game with Texas Tech to win 38-30 and cover the spread. Again, Katie was the only one to pick this game correct.

 

As previously stated, Hartley finished 1-4 (20%) for the week. I went 2-3 and Katie went 4-1 to give the Humans a 6-4 (60%) record. The Humans dominate this week and tie the overall record 4 ½ to 4 ½.

Week 10 will feature some ho-hum games, but hopefully betting against the spread will make it more interesting. We’ll see.

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