Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Vindy's Picks Week 12-2015

ATHENS, Georgia (MSNBC)…Still in game-time pads, Louisiana State running back Leonard Fournette awaits an NCAA ruling on whether or not his family-enterprise, BUGA Nation, constitutes some unallowable activity. Meanwhile, “between the hedges”, the Bulldogs-faithful have misinterpreted the acronym to mean “Beat University of Georgia” rather than the actual message, “Being United Generates Attitude” and have implored ‘Dawgs’ fans nationwide to rebel. Elsewhere, clothing-retailers in Norman and Eugene, as well as locally, fear a significant drop in holiday sales as others boycott various department stores advertising “Buy One, Get One”, also known as “BOGO” or “Beat Oklahoma, Georgia and Oregon”! 
Enjoying a second straight week of double-digit wins and single-digit losses, we went 12-9 (104-97-3, .517) for Week 11 and are now puttin’ out an APB (All Point-spread Bulletin), tryin’ to locate…

(As seen on the sides of specially-marked Starbucks holiday coffee cups!)
Wake Forest (+30) over #1 CLEMSON: No faith in this pick, given change-of-mind…twice! Didn’t actually toss a coin, but magically-pulled one outta’ our bookie’s ear, just in case. Second-best guess for “wish we had it back”. Wake is now 1-13 in second of consecutive away-tilts and got smoked in 49-point defeat last time visiting Clemson in 2013. Da’ Forest’s youth continues to be apparent, but a non-stellar victory here, lest a serious blow-out of Michigan State, likely yields no damage to CU’s standing atop the CFP rankings with Buckeyes already being perceived as vulnerable and Tide hosting Double-A Charleston Sudden this weekend and down-but-not-out rival South Carolina steppin’ up to the plate vs. Tigers, who beat defense-heavy Boston College by 17 at home, next week…Tigers 31 Deacons 9

#9 Michigan State (+13 ½) over #2 OHIO STATE: UPSET PICK OF DA’ WEEK #1. Buckeyes are averaging less than 9 ppg-allowed over past four and are second nationally at 13.8 ppg, just behind Wisconsin on the year. State’s defense carried it to a cover vs. Maryland, getting five turnovers. QB Connor Cook was injured for the final 30 minutes but is expected to take the gridiron here. Last three in the series have seen scoring extremes….from 17-16 in 2012 to last year’s 49-37 win by Sparty. Considering the other goofy things that have occurred in 2015… Michigan State 24 OSU 23 
Charleston Southern @ #3 ALABAMA: No line.

#4 OKLAHOMA STATE (PK) over #10 Baylor:  Cowboys 38 Bears 31
#5 Notre Dame vs. Boston College (@ Fenway Park, Boston, MA) (under 42 ½): We also lean toward takin’ 16 ½ with BC. Wake Forest, on the road in South Bend, kept the Irish, who needed a pick-six and a 98-yard scoring run to take an early lead, off-balance enough to result in 35-point total and a serious “under” last week. Essentially a home-game for Boston College, we expect the Eagles to take copious notes from the Demon Deacons game-film and force similar results. Irish back-up backfield continues to manage the games efficiently while the stop-squad dominates. Golden bEagles have 7 “under” games in as many FBS contests so far and Phil Steele’s mag notes the past 11 games between these two have ended with an average of 36 total points, dimly-lightin’ the scoreboard. In the shadow of da’ Green Monster, it’s…Leprechauns 24 BC 9

Purdue (+21) over #6 IOWA: Hawkeyes 34 Boilermakers 16
#11 Texas Christian @ #7 OKLAHOMA: OFF

Florida Atlantic (+31) over #8 FLORIDA: With division crown and SEC title game spot already lining their pockets, it would seem to us that keeping guys healthy for finale vs. Florida State next week would take precedence over style-points in this one. Owls are just 2-8 outright and averaging 19 or fewer in each of last six tilts. Until Gators pasted Eastern Kentucky 52-3 in 2014, the three previous opponents (all FCS) ahead of the FSU match all stayed within this number. FAU has gone 2-2 ATS in past four vs. SEC teams, but lost by at least 33 in all of ‘em. UF has covered just 2 of previous 10 as chalk in Gainesville and the D-line is short-staffed due to injuries. Hopin’ there’s some in-state pride motivatin’ the Barnyard Birds’ sideline…Crocs 31 FAU 7
#12 North Carolina (-6) over VIRGINIA TECH: ‘Heels have been on a tear since that opening loss to disappointing Gamecocks, show nice 6-2 ATS run and had a pair of running backs break the century-mark in romp over Miami. Hokies have consecutive road-wins (barely) after losing shootout to Duke. Venerable coach Frank Beamer has announced he’ll call it a career after this season. UNC had tallied only 6 away-victories in 16 tries coming into the year…Carolina 28 VT 14

#13 Houston @ UCONN: OFF
PENN STATE (+4 ½) over #14 Michigan: PSU QB Christian Hackenberg got some early-July love from Gaming Today contributor and longtime football prognosticator Chris Andrews, who expected NFL first-round draft pick-potential from Hackenberg if his then-healthy O-line and fully-scholarship-stocked teammates (just 46 of max 85 last season) helped keep his jersey clean this year! Sadly, heading into Week 12, Lions are tied for #120 in sacks-allowed at 34, ahead of just four other FBS squads. Nits, off a bye last weekend, have given up less than 10 ppg in Happy Valley, including 7 to potent Indiana squad, which allowed Michigan to tie as the clock expired last week, and lose in double-overtime. A few other angles defy backing the Wolverines here too. We always get hosed when picking against the Alma Mater ATS, so we’ll chant “Let’s Go, State!”, dream of the upset and suggest…Michigan 20 Penn State 18

#15 STANFORD (-11) over California: Cardinal 38 Cal 21
Chattanooga @ #16 FLORIDA STATE: No line.

#17 Louisiana State (+4) over #25 MISSISSIPPI: Bengals 21 Rebels 19
#18 UTAH (-2) over Ucla: Utes 24 Bruins 20

#19 Navy (-11 ½) over TULSA: LOCK OF DA’ WEEK. Golden Hurricane lost by just 11 at Cincy (cashing one of our Week 11 best bets), lost at home to division co-leader Houston at home by a dozen in early October and sports decent 4-2 ATS run. First of three contests away from the home-harbor for the Ensigns, but Midshipmen show 3-0 ATS run, includin’ upset of Memphis on the road, and though showdown vs. aforementioned Cougars for likely AAC title-game berth is forthcoming, Tulsa, like nearly all of its fellow conference-members, are unfamiliar with the option-attack, and  lost at home by 24 to da’ Tigers!...Salty Dogs 41 Tulsa 24
#20 Northwestern @ #21 WISCONSIN (“over 40”): Badgers 29 ‘Cats 19

#23 OREGON (-4) over #22 Southern Cal: Drakes 34 Men of Troy 29
Colorado (+15 ½) over #24 WASHINGTON STATE: Best guess for “wish we had it back” with Buffs possibly draining themselves in Boulder in light of 27-24 loss to USC last week, but Bison have been competitive in other losses…by 4 at UCLA and by 7 to Arizona, as well as covering 4 of last 5 games overall. Wazzou, who toppled da’ Bruins last week to bring about our “upset pick of da’ week”, now finally move from hunter to hunted and have Apple Cup tilt at Seattle next. Coogs are on very nice 7-0 spread run, but have lost games ahead of UDUB outright in each of past three seasons…Cougars 33 Colorado 20

BTW, DVR stands for…Doesn’t Vindy Rule?!

Vindy sent a pizza-emoji to Domino’s…they delivered an extra-large parlay-card with pepperoni and mushrooms!
Jay Paterno cut a deal with Latrobe Brewing Company to create and sell Paterno Legacy Series beer, tipping his helmet to his famous dad, JoePa. For the long-time readership…we’re still layin’ awake at night doin’ anagrams of coaches’ names and discovered that an alternate rearrangement of “Jay Paterno” yields “Party on, Jae!”

The sole NCAA Division I Independent men’s basketball squad, New Jersey Institute of Technology, garnered itself a berth in the 2015 CollegeInsider.Com postseason tourney. The motto for the NJIT “Highlanders” was, of course, “There can be only one…shining moment!”
Back in June, the Chicago Blackhawks polished off Tampa Bay to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup for the third time in six seasons, making them the Alabama Crimson Tide of the NHL!

“Locked in a Box?”:  The Utes’ loss in 2OT drops the record to 3-8 (.273)     
Black Shirt: This week’s cloth sought-after-spoils is awarded to Wazzou wide-out Gabe Marks for his TD-catch with seconds left to upend UCLA and cement one of Vin’s predicted upset-choices! A Hallmark card, because we care to send da’ best to Spartans’ LB RileyBullough for his 44-yard interception-return for touchdown to lead Sparty to the cover and forecast-win for your nebulous-narrator!

Shoppe Talk: The Spartans (2-4, .333) get a weekend pass following predicted win and cover, but coming back are the Utes on 2-4 slide after loss to AZ in extras cost us a “lock” pick as noted above!
Vindy’s Week 12 Best Bets:  Last Week:  4-4    Season: 32-26-1 (.552)

Indiana +3 over MARYLAND, TEMPLE +1 ½ over Memphis, Weeziana Tech -24 over UTEP, SMU -3 over Tulane, Fresno State-BYU “under” 56, JOJA’-Joja’ Sudden “over” 50 ½, KENTUCKY-Charlotte “under” 55 ½

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