Thursday, October 07, 2021

Vindy's Picks Week 6-2021


LAS VEGAS, Nevada (MSNBC)…In April, the Las Vegas Aviators minor-league diamond-team joined forces with Aristocrat Gaming to enable the baseball club to play stampede audio-effects from the popular Buffalo slot-machine series after each run-scored. In fact, the experience will include a herd of said-animal charging across the field from the bullpen to the dugout, with players slapping hands and bumping hooves in the process! The University of Colorado lent their mascot, Ralphie, to the NHL VGK to test the effort. In the Spring, the Vegas Golden Knights originally piloted the program upon scoring a goal, but the volume of animals sprawling across the ice led to far-too-many delay-of-game penalties! 


Even the omniscient Zoltan couldn’t save us from a season-wurst 1-4 (12-13, .480) Yes, we said wurst! Oktoberfest has been in-progress and we’re seriously-missin'-us some brats, jagerschnitzel and spaetzle! But we digress! Zoltan made quite the splash in the Strat’s swimming pool after accidentally falling off the observation-deck. Extreme circumstances necessitate extreme measures, so we busted-out the emergency Ouija-board for... 


(“Barely drawin’ iron” during this month’s WNBA playoffs!) 



#4 Penn State (+2 ½) over #3 IOWA: Second-choice fer “lock”. Lions’ last defeat was da’ worst of da’ 0-5 start beatings (by nearly three-TDs!) vs. the Hawkeyes (nine consecutive wins on the scoreboard since then!). In the days prior to the 24-0 whitewashing of Indiana, State’s QB boasted “We’re the best team in the country.” Iowa will make that bulletin-board material. Hopefully, Sean Clifford Da’ Red Dog was referencing the Alma’ Mater’s defense (4-0 “under” and holding all five opponents to 20 or fewer and yielding 7th-best defensive yards per play at 4.3) thus the over/under at miniscule 41 ½, with the O scoring 22.6 ppg vs. Power Five clubs, though to his credit, he tossed three scoring passes vs. the Hoosiers). Birds, who limited YPP on D even better at #3 nationally at 4.1 yards per play, have lost six-straight to PSU, but are posting north of 37 ppg against Power Five foes and have hit the SU dubya-column 11 times following an 0-2 beginning last season...WE ARE 23 Iowa 14 

#10 BYU (-5 ½) over Boise State: “Under fitty-six-and-a-half" looks attractive as well with four of Cougars five contests ending below that number. BYU improved average points against-from 25 to 15 last season.  At 2-3 outright, these ain’t your granddaddy’s Broncos (though we offer props for hangin’ tough in 21-20 defeat at currently #12 Oklahoma State). State comes off 10-point demise vs. UNR and hits the tarmac to Provo to face undefeated Coogs, who boast 6th-year Coach Sitake vs. rookie-HC Andy Avalos. State comes into this one with revenge having been embarrassed 51-14 in ‘20. Mormons show earlier victories over 12-PACK Utah and current #22 Sun Devils. State fell by 10 on the blue-field to UNR and barring significant multiple injury-losses for Brigham Young, we’ll call it...BYWho 30 BSWho 14 

##17 MISSISSIPPI (-6) over #13 Arkansas: LOCK OF DA’ WEEK. “Under 66” wouldn’t be a bad secondary selection. Each contestant had the chance to make a statement last week. Results?...Epic-failure for both. Former Nick Saban assistants suck in games against him and da’ Rebels perpetuated that string. Lane Kiffin ahead of that humiliation asserted “Here we go! Get yer popcorn ready!” If Coach knows what’s good fer him this week, he’ll keep his mouth shut and his Jiffy-Pop in da’ cupboard! No truth to da’ rumor that Sooey-Pigs plan to troll their opponents by lettin’ an Orville Redenbacher-impersonator kick-off to Ole’ Missed on their first-possession. Rebels still have a Heisman-candidate at quarterback. Bacon Bits don’t... Mississippi 31 Tenderloin 20 

NAVY (+13 ½) over 24 Southern Methodist: At first glance, we thought this was a curious line and a lotta’ love for the Middies given two very disappointing losses to start the year (by 42 to Memphis and 20 to Air Force), both at Annapolis. But USN was competitive in 28-20 defeat Houston, then upset Central Florida as a 15-point ‘dog. Undefeated Ponies (3-1 ATS) led to our lone “best bet” loss last, bashing South Florida during Homecoming. SMU leads the American in pass yards and ain’t bad running the ball at 3rd-best, just 11 ypg behind conference-leading Navy. Passing at the Academy is a myth, with Navy dead-last in the ACC at 62.3 ypgroughly a third of next-to-last South Florida. Puttin’ some faith in the Ensigns ...Mustangs 30 Boat People 21 

New Mexico @ #25 SAN DIEGO STATE (“under 42 ½”): Best guess for “wish we had it back”. Lobos, who won just 2 of 7 last season, are under a second-year HC and are more-experienced on D than on offense. Only 7 of their contests have ended below this total over the past three campaigns coming in. UNM has covered just once in five tries vs. ranked opponents, with the last spread-win coming in 2018, and have scored a combined 26 points (including 0 vs. Texas A&M) the last games after beating Houston Baptist and rival NMSU. Only one of Aztecs’ four tilts this season came in “under” this number (thus our “wish” pick trepidations). State has limited mere five to single-digits the past three-plus years. New Mexico might light nary a bulb on the board here, but gets the benefit of the doubt ...Sudzu 29 Land of Encampment 7 



Apparently, da’ sign above the ND home-team tunnel onto the field actually read Play Like a Chandelier Today” just before Leprechauns 24-13 loss vs. Cincinnati!


This week in car insurance, folks attending college in Piscataway, New Joisey are enjoyin’ da’ State Farm Rutgers Rebate!


If a 4th-down kicking-specialist meets a Soviet-submarine-bent-on-defection flick, is it...”The Punt for Red October”???!!


After a Mia Culpa fer the video featurin’ some non-spousal female conductin’ a near-crotch gyration fer Urban Meyer in Columbus not-long after his Jags suffered a 24-21 loss to Cincinnati was broadcast far-and-wide on social-media, Coach made his players run fitty lap-dances around TIAA Bank Field to make himself feel better! (BTW, off-camera, Meyer tripped da’ light-fantasticrockin’ a rendition of da’ “Running Man”!). Upon further review, there was no indisputable evidence suggesting Coach also had a handful of the woman’s backfield. 

If a hockey player gets hip-checked in the deli-section of a grocery-store, does he go “crashin’ into da’ charcuterie boards???!! If a hockey-player lands a body-blow vs. an opponent in a marijuana-dispensary, is it a “hemp-check and a beauty”???!!! 

Black Shirt: The tantalizing-tee goes to BC running back Pat Garwo III for a 3-yard TD just after halftime that kept da’ Iggles well-within +15. 

“Locked in Box”: The ultimate-call-of-da-fortnight mark improves to 5-0 (1.000) with the Golden Eagles covering-nicely (as noted above) and only a bad-snap-turned-lost-fumble on Boston College’s potential late game-winning drive prevented realization of our “upset of da’ week” prediction! 

Vindy’s Week 6 Best Bets: Last Week: 3-1 Season: 11-9-1 (.550)


UConn – 3 ½ over UMESS (Bonus coverage: While this one’s worthy of “crappy-game-of-da'-week” tallies, Huskies have at least recently-shown a pulse and respiration in back-to-back demises by just 2 points each vs. Wyoming and at Vandy while Minute-Rice is anticipating the start of college hoops season!), Texas-San Antonio +2 ½ over WESTERN KENTUCKY, Wyoming @ USAF “under 46”,  Texas Christian @ TEXAS TECH “under 61 ½”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               s wait-out the calendar until basketball-season!), Texas-San Antonio +2 ½ over WESTERN KENTUCKY, South Alabama @ TEXAS STATE “under 53”, Wyoming @ USAF “under 48” 


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