Free NCAA Picks Review for Week 4 2010: College Football Predictions: (10-7) I had some ups, some downs, some smiles and frowns – what they hell am I doing, this isn’t a Dr. Seuss book, I’m talking the review of the NCAA for Week 4, and I came out on top even though I had to fight through the slop…. Damn it!!!! Here’s the review.
Miami Hurricanes (-3) @ Pittsburgh Panthers (WIN)
The Hurricanes walked all over the Panthers, covering for me easily. It was pretty apparent that these two teams were very different in terms of talent and physicality.
TCU Horned Frogs (-17.5) @ Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (LOSS)
Oh, it’s tough when a missed extra point near the end of the game separates you from a cover. Why does that happen? Non-bettors get to watch a game like this and say, “ha, he missed the extra point, no biggy, they still win by 17” where guys like you and me either jump for joy or kick the wall and hurt your foot. Either way, what a fickle game we play! TCU, by the way, won by 17…
North Carolina State Wolfpack (+8.5) @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (WIN)
NC State was the better team, and Georgia Tech did what they always do, play mediocre football after a good win. The Wolfpack got off to a good start behind Mr. Wilson and they fought off the Yellow Jackets’ surge late.
USC Trojans (-21.5) @ Washington State Cougars (WIN)
Easiest win of the season. Can’t believe this line wasn’t 10-15 points larger.
Alabama Crimson Tide (-7) @ Arkansas Razorbacks (LOSS)
Arkansas played really well in the first half. Or the Tide played like garbage in the first half. Either way, Alabama showed why they are rated #1 by dominating the ball and out-physical-ing the Razorbacks in the 2nd half. I lost, but they held onto #1 with a 4 point victory.
UCLA Bruins (+16.5) @ Texas Longhorns (WIN)
HAHAHAHA!!! This one makes me feel so warm and cuddly inside! #7 Horns go down to my +16.5 bet, that doesn’t happen every week, folks. UCLA sure came to play, and they looked good. Texas, on the other hand, can’t do anything offensively.
Stanford Cardinal (-4.5) @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish (WIN)
Yeah, weird, the Irish aren’t that good. Stanford, on the other hand, can score on any team in the Nation. I hope they get the chance to prove themselves in a big bowl this season, because Andrew Luck is the best pro-prospect quarterback in the Nation.
Idaho Vandals (-7.5) @ Colorado State Rams (LOSS)
How this happened is beyond me. I thought this was an easy one in the bank, then the Vandals came out thinking they didn’t have to play defense against Colorado State – unfortunately for the Vandals, the Rams’ offense has scrimmaged plenty against their own defense, so they were ready for the old no-defense, defense. Idaho not only failed to cover, they gave the Rams what will almost surely be their only win of the season. How kind of them.
Oklahoma Sooners (-13.5) @ Cincinnati Bearcats (LOSS)
The Bearcats played really tough, much better than I thought they had in them, and Oklahoma won but failed to cover. This Sooner team can really climb up and down the charts.
Nevada Wolf Pack (-3.5) @ BYU Cougars (WIN)
Thanks for this one, easy money. BYU isn’t where they once were, which makes sense because they lost some great players last season. Nevada, on the other hand, is one of the Nations’ top 25 teams, don’t read into their name missing from the rankings if they aren’t there again this week.
North Carolina Tar Heels (+1) @ Rutgers Scarlet Knights (WIN)
It was close, but that’s how games are when you don’t have 6 starters on defense and are missing key contributors on offense. But I got it, they won, close is still good in my book.
Georgia Bulldogs (+1) @ Mississippi State Bulldogs (LOSS)
Mississippi State might be for real – there’s more research to do, and a lot of big games yet to be played, but they didn’t just beat Georgia, they made the Bulldogs look bad.
Kentucky Wildcats (+14) @ Florida Gators (LOSS)
Label me wrong here, I get a couple every week – I’ll take this one on the chin.
South Carolina Gamecocks @ Auburn Tigers (-2.5) (WIN)
Auburn’s two touchdown 4th quarter, and South Carolina’s timely turnovers (timely depending on which side you were on, timely for me I guess) ended up being the difference in this one as Auburn took the 8 point lead with 6 minutes left and Steve Spurrier pulled his starting QB (despite the kid going 15-21 with 235 yards 3 touchdowns and no interceptions) and the freshman went 4 for 8 for 70 yards and 2 interceptions, and here I am, calling myself a winner again!
Oregon State Beavers (+17) @ Boise State Broncos (WIN)
Boise State was the better team, and OSU got some help, but they covered – they were in it most of the game – only early did it look like the Beavers wouldn’t be able to hang with Boise. I’ll take it and feel good about it.
West Virginia Mountaineers @ LSU Tigers (-9) (LOSS)
LSU was up 17-0 in the first half, but gave up a touchdown with just 48 seconds to go before halftime. That carried over and early in the 3rd, the Mountaineers scored again. LSU never got into the end zone in the 2nd half but kicked a 4th quarter field goal and held tight on defense to win 20-14. Add that up, subtract this from that, yeah – I didn’t cover that one.
Oregon Ducks (-10.5) @ Arizona State Sundevils (WIN)
Just by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin. But hey, I lost one by a missed extra point, I’ll take this one and not feel like I cheated the jinxed dirt.
NFL Free Picks Review with Post Games Analysis for Week 3 2010: (10-6) Double digit win weeks are good, even if they take place before bye weeks. I’m on to my winning ways carried over from last season (and every other season) so keep following me, making money off my free picks, and enjoying the articles. Here’s the Week 3 review, didn’t end up killing it with my road favorites, but I ended up on top in that regards. It was the week of the underdog as 11 dogs covered in Week 3. This is how it went down.
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints (-4) (LOSS)
I was worried about this game, and for good reason. The Saints haven’t looked great yet this year, and even if they did make that overtime field goal to win it, I still wouldn’t have covered- so I’m not going there. The Falcons played well, and consistently moved the ball enough to win. So they did, by 3, in OT.
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots (-13) (LOSS)
Oh, the Bills got some kickoff return help from their 1st round rookie, CJ Spiller, and while that wasn’t enough, it was enough to jump start the scoring Buffalo needed to get within a couple touchdowns. It was back and forth, but a 37 yard touchdown pass with 4m minutes left got the game within 8, and the Patriots ran the clock out from there.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (WIN)
The Steelers are on a different level than the Buccaneers – I believe I said that prior to this game, and even with Charles Batch at quarterback, I will stand by that statement now.
Dallas Cowboys (+3) @ Houston Texans (WIN)
Weird, the Cowboys put some scores on the board and that defense continued to play solid football. They looked like a team that needed a win more than the Texans. Houston still the best team in Texas, ESPN?
San Francisco 49ers (-1) @ Kansas City Chiefs (LOSS)
I don’t know what to say about this one. Guess I was wrong about the 49ers, a completely different team at home than they are on the road. Watch-out, KC is 2-0 at home with some wins over some pre-season playoff favorites, San Diego (now 1-2) and San Francisco (now 0-3). Interesting.
Cincinnati Bengals (-3) @ Carolina Panthers (WIN)
The Bengals played bad and still won/covered easily. I love it when I think a line is a joke, the team I picked plays like crap, and they still win without a dent in the hard hat.
Cleveland Browns (+11) @ Baltimore Ravens (WIN)
The Browns played tough, and they never turned the ball over. Peyton Hillis may be a white running back (not usually productive), but he runs really hard, breaks tackles, and is more talented than people (me) give him credit for – and that offensive line in Cleveland is underrated. They kept it close and made me look smart.
Tennessee Titans (+3) @ New York Giants (WIN)
So, the Titans didn’t play amazing football, the Giants were just that bad. I don’t hate to say how happy it makes me to see Coughlin and Manning side by side with their stupid losing faces on full display. And I win again! Ha.
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings (-10.5) (WIN)
Oh, they made it close. I think if the Lions don’t throw it 35 times with Shaun freaking Hill, they probably cover. Luckily, the Vikings gave the ball to Adrian Peterson enough to stay away from 0-3, and cover the spread by a few points.
Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (WIN)
Mike Vick > David Garrard and company. How the Jaguars (and about 10 other teams – I’m talking especially to you Seattle, San Francisco, Buffalo, Arizona, Carolina, Cleveland, Oakland) didn’t make a play for Vick is beyond me. The Eagles are sure glad they didn’t give him away for a 4th round pick, but I’m willing to bet all those other teams feel stupid. Vick was dominant again, and not really running all that much, though his TD run was nice, but he sat in the pocket, moved here and there, and threw lasers all over the field in tight places were only his receiver could catch it. I’m impressed – thoroughly.
Washington Redskins (-3.5) @ St. Louis Rams (LOSS)
Interesting. The Rams’ Steven Jackson goes down and they don’t run much and they still throttle the Redskins by a couple touchdowns. After that big opening win over Dallas and the first 3 quarters of the Houston Texans game, the Washington momentum meter has taken a dive for the worse. This Redskins team absolutely can’t run the ball – I’m guessing that hurts them.
Oakland Raiders (+4.5) @ Arizona Cardinals (WIN)
The Cardinals managed a victory while the Raiders managed a cover. Sebastian Janikowski’s 4th quarter field goal was all the scoring the final frame had, and it was a point too short for the Raiders. Oakland was up 20-17 at the half, but couldn’t find the end zone in the 2nd half.
San Diego Chargers (-5) @ Seattle Seahawks (LOSS)
Well, the Chargers threw for a billion yards and the Hawks didn’t do all that much on that side of the ball. But San Diego had some huge turnovers, 5 to be exact, and Seattle’s new addition, Leon Washington, busted two kickoff returns for touchdowns. All that equaled out to a Seattle home win, again – they are tough at home, always.
Indianapolis Colts (-5) @ Denver Broncos (WIN)
Champ played and he took away Reggie for most of the day, but Peyton doesn’t force anything, he just takes what he gets – and Austin Collie was getting a lot of single coverage and he was wide open, so Big Brother Manning took that. The Colts threw the ball all day, and they easily ousted the Broncos in Denver.
New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins (-1) (LOSS)
This game was very tight throughout, but New York held the lead for all but 18 seconds of the ball game. Brandon Marshall’s TD catch midway through the 3rd quarter gave the Dolphins a 3-point lead, but Braylon Edwards, straight out of DUI court, shook Jason Allen and sprinted about 70 yards into the end-zone to give the Jets a 4 point lead 18 seconds later. The Dolphins got close, but the Wildcat slowed Miami down a few times, and the Jets held on, winning by 8 when Tomlinson jumped into the end-zone with 2 minutes left.
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears (+3) (WIN)
Those home teams on Monday Night just find a way to get covers. The Bears played okay, but they sure got a lot of help from the officials and some stupid things committed by the Packers. But at home, a little help from your friends is the way of the sword. Chicago’s win got me my 10th win of the week, always a good sign to reach double digits!