Friday, November 22, 2019

Vindy's Picks Week 13-2019

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (UPI)…Officials for the Vegas Golden Knights last week declared plans to honor the 1980 Winter Olympics USA “Miracle On Ice” win against then-defending gold-medalist Soviet Union next February. Vladimir Putin wasted little time taking to Twitter and reminding the world that he nearly posted a hat-trick of hat-tricks, scoring eight goals, in a *friendly* ice-hockey game with former NHL players against high-profile amateurs and several Russian governors back in May. The Communist leader, did however, fail to mention the opposing net-minder “between the pipes” was equipped with only a plastic Michael Myers mask, a pot-holder, roller-blades and a rowboat oar (and was under threat to be transferred to the I-AA icer-squad in Outer Mongolia in the wake of too-few-many saves!) 
As the season progresses, we’re feelin’ da’ wear-n-tear, producing an acceptable-but-not-as-good-as-we-hoped-for 3-2 (21-14, .600) tally last week. Fer da’ Star Wars fans among the readership...we’re droppin’-back into man-to-Mandalorian coverage ahead of... 
(Still compromisin fewer accounts this month than Disney-Plus!) 
SAT. NOV. 23 
#9 Penn State (+18 ½) over #2 OHIO STATE: Money-where-our-mouth-is with a wager on the Alma Mater with the commensurate-buffer! The Number-Nine team a nearly three-TD ‘dog???!!! We hope Coach Franklin has posted that spread prominently all over campus in Happy Valley...especially at the training table, weight-room, locker-room and score-board at Beaver Stadium during practice! Lions have mere two defeats by double-digits, much-less by this many, in three years (both came at the Big House vs. Da' Wolverines). Most-recent loss to Ohio State by this many came in in 2016. Marc Lawrence’s trends suggest Penn State sucks getting less than 25 away from State College. Said-tout has also noted Buckeyes fail ATS regularly prior to Michigan. A win gives WE ARE a shot at the Playoffs. A close-fall prolly keeps PSU in the Rose Bowl discussion. OSU hasn’t allowed more than 21 to any opponent. We’re bolstered by last three-year's MOV for-or-against by 1, 1 and 3. In our hearts, we hope for a serious-upset. In our heads, we’ll portend...Script-Ohio 27 PSU 20 
#12 Michigan @ INDIANA (“under 54”): Indy is outside the rankings this week, but first-on-the-cusp to get back in (and we applaud the Hoosiers fer wearin da’ hashtag long-enuff to give Penn State one more victory over a Top 25 opponent!). IU scoring-D has been widely-varied, recording two goose-eggs and yet conceding fitty-one in Bloomington to Ohio State. Hoosiers show 5-4 “under”, with three of those beneath this total (UConn, Rutgers and Northwestern). Anticipating a turtle’s-pace for Indiana in wake of 34-27 road-loss against the Nifty Lions. Indy fell 31-20 in 2018 last season. Wolverines have gone “above” in 7 of 10, but 5 of those went “under” this number. Big Blue has displayed little-mercy since being vanquished in Happy Valley, but entertains the Scarlet-N-Grey next week...Meeshigan 23 Indiana 20
#13 BAYLOR (-5 ½) over Texas: Bears let early 2nd-Quarter 25-point lead slip-away in ultimate 3-point loss to Da’ Sooners, but won’t be facing Jalen Hurts at quarterback this week. Hurts had been sacked just 14 times. UT QB Sam Ehlinger has been sacked almost twice that. Mere three-point win in slogger over poor Mounted Ears squad is troublesome, but that came on the heels of big victory in Stillwater the week-before. BU lost 23-17 at Austin last season and 35-34 on the road in 2016. Ursines’ defense has finally proven to be worthy (20.5 ppg to-date) after giving-up 32 and 36 ppg, respectively, the last two years. ‘Horns have dropped 3 of last 5 contests, show 0-4 ATS slide as well and have been generous on D, yielding 32 ppg over last 7. In 2018 edition, Cattle were #9 and Baylor was unranked. The cleat’s on the other-foot this time...Waco 34 Steers 24   
#21 Southern Methodist @ NAVY (“over 67”): We gave a quick-peek at the Boat People laying 3 ½, but we’ve supported SMU all season. Hmmm. Nonetheless, Middies, who were badly-embarrassed last week in the shadow of Touchdown-Jesus (see our “hashmarks” thoughts below on that one!), could still take the AAC West but need some assistance (likely in the form of Cincinnati) and win here and at Houston next to usurp that title from Memphis. Pony Express has its own designs on a conference-crown and potential NY6 berth. But we digress! Ensigns 20-point “effort” last week was just the second-time they were held under 35 and they bang the board for 38+ otherwise. Mustangs haven’t left the gridiron without at least 34 all year and offer-up 36 ppg-against, including (GASP!) 105 the past two contests! Sudden Methadone offense got a stay-cation last week...Navy 41 Equines 37 
Pittsburgh @ #25 VIRGINIA TECH (“over 46”): It’s a rare-occasion in which we call multiple “overs” (in fact, we ain’t sure we’ve done so before) under the current five-game format. After a mediocre 2-2 start that logged a pair of conference-losses and a narrow-win over against I-AA Furman, Hokies have decided there’s a season underway, claiming 5 of 6, including near-miss year-altering match at South Bend and impressive victory over then 7-1 SU and ranked Reprehensible Reverends, while posting almost 37 ppg. Tech owes Panthers for 52-22 demise near the Three-Rivers in 2018 and we figure points will be plentiful here. Playin’ Devil’s Advocate, we note Pitt had shown just two games over 46 and three beyond 44 until Week 12’s overtime game, but we’re gonna’ say...VT 38 Pitt 27 
Notre Dame home-game sell-out run stopped at 273 last week vs. Navy. Just wonderin’ if that fueled the blow-out! Ironically, the previous-streak fell with yet-another academy...vs. Air Force on Turkey Day 1973! 
NY Giants QB Daniel Jones has submitted a trademark-request on the moniker Danny Dimes”. The rookie quarterback has certainly delivered his share of completed-passes. Much-respect from the Vindicator! But our extended-presence on the face of da’ Earth makes us wonder if said-player will eventually-garner his own plaque in Sin City’s Mob Museum. Let’s face notwithstanding, the nick-name could bring to mind a Mafia-figure, whose legal title at birth, was Daniel Dimaggio
On a personal note, we recall being amused by a camera-shot of a “fan” sign during the recent Jets-REDSKINS match that read “Burrow Bowl” as we reminisced about the “Suck For Luck” signage many seasons ago! 
On the telly, engaged-contestants have a designated number of snaps to decide if they should actually tie-da’-knot...or not...on “90-Play Fiancée”! 
Elsewhere on the small-screen...hopeful-contestants belt-out songs while panel-members get flagged for grabbing and yanking the front of their helmets on...”The Face-Masked Singer”! 
Vindy has applied fer a credit card emblazoned with the logo of da’ 1970’s Broad Street Bullies to rack-up points related to da’ Philadelphia Frequent-Flyer-Miles promotion! 
We recently caught a NCAA hoops score that Evansville (yep, those Aces of the Kentucky-upset squad) topped Indiana-Kokomo. Ummm...Hoosiers have a branch-campus in the Caribbean?!!! Cue-up da’ Beach Boys???!!! 
Black Shirt: This fortnight’s prestigious pectoral-cover is awarded to Gophers’ K Brock Walker fer missed PAT on Minny’s final-TD, preserving Iowa’s forecast-win rather than relegating Vindy’s call on that one to a push! A close-second to Clemson coach Dabo Sweeney fer callin’ off da’ dogs against Wake with almost 12-minutes left vs. the Demon Deacons to secure the “under”! 
Shoppe Talk: With a forecast-dubya, the Florida Gators slither away (2-6, .250). But Krikey!...several kin of the late Steve Irwin will be watchin! 
Vindy’s Week 13 Best Bets:    Last Week: 3-1     Season: 27-22-1 (.551) (BTW, our “Best Bets” are 13-4 over the past four weeks! Yer welcome!) 
Michigan State –20 ½ over RUTGERS, Nevada-Reno +13 ½ over FRESNO STATE, TULSA –3 over Houston, Kansas State @ TEXAS TECH “under 55 ½”   

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