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Ahead of the Point Spread: Rife With Opinions Week 13

November 27, 2009 under College Football

Gil Lock Shown The Door At Thanksgiving Dinner

The turkey wasn’t the only casualty at the table this week when the Lock family sat down for their holiday ryno rifemeal.  Jill and Pad decided that it was finally time to show the door to their beloved husband and uncle, Gil.  Apparently taking their cue from the administration at Notre Dame, they decided to let Gil know a little of what Charlie Weis has been going through in South Bend.  The clincher was his third consecutive 1-2 weekend that continued to drag down the family record; one that featured Jill’s perfect 4-0 a week ago.  It wasn’t pleasant; Gil was in a cold sweat through most of the meal, but it was necessary.  After all, 1-2 is not what the Locks expected. 

Locks of the Week

Jill Locks (20-8)

Nevada-Boise State over 72.5-

These are two offensive machines that have been very good to me all year.  Boise needs to keep winning in order to secure a BCS bid and Nevada is on an eight game win streak. 

North Carolina -5 over North Carolina State

– The Tar Heels may be playing better than anyone in the ACC right now as Butch Davis has his team clicking on all cylinders headed into the bowl season. 

Clemson +2 1/2 over South Carolina

– I’m thinking Clemson is a dog because the games at South Carolina and they might be caught looking ahead to the ACC title game.  However, the wheels have come off of the Gamecock’s wagon over the last month and they won’t have enough to stem Clemson’s momentum.

Pad Locks (6-4)

Arkansas State-North Texas over 53.5

  My weekly dose of “Arifemetic” as a tribute to my fallen uncle.  Both teams stink and neither has a good defense.

Arizona -2 1/2 over Arizona State-

  Arizona has got to be pretty pissed at blowing their shot at the Rose Bowl last week.  They’ll take it out on an Arizona State squad that is clearly overmatched.

Texas Tech – 22 1/2 over Baylor

–  Since losing QB Robert Griffin, Baylor has lost 6 of 7 and hasn’t even competed over the last two weeks; being outscored by Texas and Texas A&M by a combined 85-17.  Things won’t be easier this week as Texas Tech looks to pad its Bowl resume.

Season Record (37-28-1)

Ahead of the Point Spread: Rife With Opinions

September 10, 2009 under College Football, Point Spread

It was a rough start for Gil Lock of Ryno Rife Sports Handicappers as his selections were a less than stellar 1-2.  He ryno-rife5won with Oklahoma State and looked good for awhile with Virginia Tech until Alabama decided to run it up in the fourth quarter.  The North Carolina State selection was the one with the most severe consequences, as it forced anyone with a financial stake to stay with the 7-3 yawner through its conclusion. With a week under his belt, Gil seems very confident that he’s approaching his regular season form. We’ll see for ourselves, as he’s got three more for us this Saturday.

Bowling Green + 17 ½ over Missouri–   Here’s one where I really feel the line is valued incorrectly.  In my mind, had this matchup occurred before Missouri had so easily dispatched Illinois, the line would have been 11 or 12.  I’m a big fan of the MAC and think Bowling Green can be competitive against a team that could suffer a letdown after a big season opener.  Take the points.

North Carolina – 4 ½ over UConn– UConn is really feeling the loss of RB Donald Brown.   I don’t think that Huskies’ QB, Zach Frazer, will have any success throwing the ball, as evidenced by his 11-24 performance vs. Ohio.   That’ll allow UNC to put seven and eight players in the box.  This is Butch Davis’ fourth year in Chapel Hill and the first with a team recruited entirely by his staff. I think they’ll be in the conversation for the ACC title, especially after what we saw Monday night from Florida State.  I like Carolina here.

Ohio State +6 ½ over USC– Don’t jump off the Buckeye bandwagon just yet.  At first glance, off of their respective openers, Ohio State doesn’t seem to have a chance.  But, I’m willing to believe they were looking ahead against a Navy team that’s better than a lot of people think, especially with soph John Dowd working his way into the O Line.  Everyone and his brother likes USC, which is usually reason enough for me to go the other way.  And how many times do you see a Top Ten team listed as a 6 1/2 point underdog at home, facing a true freshman QB?  I’ll take the Bucks, especially since they know, given how weak the Big Ten is, that a win here may sew up a BCS title matchup.

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