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Ahead of the Point Spread: Rife with Opinions Week 5

September 29, 2010 under College Football

Locks Break Ranks and Anger Sports Gods

by CollegeSportsView.com

It could have been worse.  While a 4-4-1 week doesn’t exactly qualify as a loser, it was how the record came about that has Gil Lock busting his bolts with anger.  “I’ve tried to explain to Jill that there are higher powers at work here and they must be respected.  At Ryno Rife Sports Handicappers, we’ve never gotten behind any of our picks financially because, as soon as we do, we know that the sports gods will get pissed and blow up every selection.”  “That was lost on Jill last Friday, as she decided to share some of our expertise with her little friend, Stephanie; one of her pole-dancing colleagues from her days in Vegas.  Worse, she gave out my picks!  So, while she was 2-1, I got smacked.” 

Tough luck, Gil. But if a split week is the price to pay for Jill’s education into the world of handicapping, it’s not so bad.  Let’s just hope she keeps her picks to herself this week. Click here to read more.. »

Ahead of the Point Spread: Rife With Opinions Week Four

September 25, 2010 under College Football, Uncategorized

Locks Stretch Weekly Winning Streak To Three

by CollegeSportsView.com

Don’t know that anything beside the Buffalo Wings at Pipin’s Pub are hotter than our favorite College Football handicappers, the Lock family.  Patriarch Gil Lock, his wife, Jill and nephew Pad, continued their winning ways last week with a 5-3-1 week that raised the season record to 20-5-2 against the spread.  That tie was on Pad’s ledger, as USC coach Lane Kiffin inexplicably attempted a two point conversion that would have put the Trojans up 34-14 with 6:00 left vs. Minnesota.  “I couldn’t believe it”, wailed Pad. “As soon as it happened, I knew Minnesota would score a garbage TD and cost me the win.  Now I’m behind Uncle Gil, something he’s not going to let me forget.”

Tough luck for Pad but, if a little family competition keeps the Locks on their game, so much the better for the rest of us.  Here’s how they see Week 4. Click here to read more.. »

Ahead of the Point Spread: Rife with Opinions- The Finale

December 2, 2009 under College Football

By Eddie Mayrose

Locks Wrap Up Season And Look To Go Bowling

This is it for the Lock family.  The final week of prognostications before their NCAA Football Bowl ryno rifeselections in a few weeks.  It’s been a successful season for the most part, especially since the firing of Gil Lock of Ryno Rife Sports Handicapping.  With wife Jill and nephew Pad picking up the slack, the Locks have forged an impressive record while saving the dignity of the family name.  Many were disappointed that Gil was not included in last week’s column; as they’d come to rely on him as a reverse indicator.  Jill and Pad have taken their protests under advisement and may invite Gil back for the Bowl Season.  With that decision still up in the air, here are the Locks of the Week for the final Saturday of the season.

Locks of the Week

Jill Locks (21-10)

Conference USA Football Championship

Houston -1 over East Carolina-

The Cougars, needing two straight wins for a Championhsip berth, responded by scoring 128 points while drubbing both Memphis and Rice.  They’ll face defending champ East Carolina on the Pirates’ home turf; the main reason the line is so low.  However, while the two didn’t meet in ’09, Houston did ring up over 600 yards of offense last year as the Cougars ran away with a 41-24 win at East Carolina.  Houston QB Case Keenum leads the nation in total offense and will be too much for the Pirates to handle.

ACC Football Championship

Georgia Tech -1 over Clemson

Georgia Tech escaped with a 30-27 win when the two met back in September and Clemson will be looking for revenge. However, that game wasn’t as close as the score would indicate as the Yellow Jackets ran for over 300 yards in dominating the line of scrimmage. Clemson may have the league’s best player in C.J. Spiller but he managed just 18 rushing yards last week in a loss to South Carolina.  Don’t think Tech hasn’t watched that film a few times.

Big 12 Football Championship

Texas – 14 1/2 over Nebraska

–  This doesn’t shape up to be much of a game.  Texas has been rolling along unchallenged for most of the season and then got its wake up call last week courtesy of Texas A&M.  There’s no way they won’t be ready Saturday which is very bad news for Nebraska.

Pad Locks (8-5)

San Jose State vs. Lousiana Tech over 46 1/2-

San Jose State is one of the nation’s most generous teams while Louisiana Tech reminds no one of the Steel Curtain.  La. Tech may go over by themselves.

Boise State vs. New Mexico over 58 1/2-

This week’s “Arifemetic” lesson.  Boise is favored by 47 points so, the line is telling you you’ll probably need just a TD from New Mex.  Plus, I love the fact that Boise needs to run it up to lock up a BCS bid.

California -6 over Washington-

It’s been an up and down year for both teams but California has finally started playing consistently well and has a lot more talent than the Huskies even with Jahvid Best out of the lineup.

Season Record (40-31-1)

First BCS Ratings Out: Bad News for Boise State

October 22, 2009 under College Football, Uncategorized

A look at the first BCS standings of ’09 reveals Texas as the team with the inside track to texas beats outhe championship game, Cincinnati as the team with the largest potential to move up and Boise State as the school dealt the toughest hand.

In knocking off Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout, the Longhorns vanquished the toughest opponent on their schedule and will need to fall victim to an enormous upset if they’re to be kept out of the Big XII championship game. They’ll be heavily favored over the North division champ and a victory would guarantee an invite to the BCS title game.  Their current position at #3 in the rankings is of little consequence as both Florida and Alabama are guaranteed a loss as SEC foes.

Should each of the aforementioned Southeast rivals get knocked off before then, so much the better for Cincinnati, who’ll leapfrog Boise as long as they continue to win.  The Bearcats still have BCS-ranked opponents in Pitt and West Virginia while the Broncos have no such matchup.  For Boise, the one slim hope to hold on to is that Oregon, a team Boise beat handily in its season opener, wins out in The PAC Ten.  Even if that happens, Boise’s chances are remote. Once Texas beat Oklahoma, the door slammed on the Broncs.

Game of the Week

TCU vs. BYU–  The Horned Frogs travel to Provo looking to enhance their BCS resume and, somehow, claw their way past Boise State and into a BCS Bowl invitation.  Currently ranked #8 in our poll, TCU knows that it can point to a decisive victory over the Cougars as a signature win as BYU has already hung a loss on Oklahoma.  It’s a tall order in BYU’s building, with QB Max Hall comes off his best game of the season. Hall however, struggled vs. the Horned Frogs last season in a two interception, seven sack performance.  Look for TCU All- American DE, Jerry Hughes, to wreak havoc on the Cougars.

CollegeSportsView Top 25

1) Florida 6-0
2) Texas 6-0
3) Alabama 7-0
4) Boise State 6-0
5) Cincinnati 6-0
6) USC 5-1
7) LSU 5-1
8 )TCU 6-0
9) Oregon 5-1
10)Iowa 7-0
11)Miami 5-1
12)Georgia Tech 6-1
13)South Florida 5-1
14)Virginia Tech 5-2
15)Oklahoma State 5-1
16)Houston 5-1
17)South Carolina 5-2
18)Penn State 6-1
19)BYU 6-1
20)Kansas 5-1
21)Ohio State 5-2
22)Notre Dame 4-2
23)Utah 5-1
24)Pitt 6-1
25)Texas Tech 5-2

Five to Watch

Oklahoma (3-3)
Nebraska (4-2)
Wisconsin (5-1)
Auburn (5-2)
Nichols (3-4)

SI Cover Jinx Alive and Well

September 13, 2009 under College Football, Uncategorized

Well, that didn’t take long.  No sooner did Oklahoma State appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated than they got their jocks knocked off by Houston.  Fresh off a big, season opening win vs. Georgia, the Cowboys found themselvessi cover down 24-6, at home, to the Cougars.  They stormed back to take a 28-24 third quarter lead and then, amazingly, allowed Houston three more TD’s; dropping them all the way to # 20 in the CSV weekly poll… Just when it looked like Notre Dame might be turning the corner, up pops a fourth quarter like Saturday’s at Michigan.  Wonder if Wolverine coach Rich Rodriguez took the 800 lb gorilla off of his back and presented it to Charlie Weis when the two shook hands after the game… Texas Tech didn’t seem to miss Michael Crabtree and Graham Harrell too much as QB Taylor Potts threw seven TD passes vs. Rice… In what has become an annual, early season ritual, the Mid America Conference had another weekend that proved the big boys aren’t the only ones who can play football.  Missouri needed a fourth quarter rally to beat Bowling Green, (just as Gil Lock had predicted), Toledo beat Colorado like they stole something and Central Michigan walked into East Lansing and hung a loss on Michigan State… Even at this early stage of the season, it’s fun to speculate how the BCS bozos will handle the possible situation of FOUR non-BCS schools ranked in the Top Ten at the end of the season.  Though it’s unlikely they’ll finish that way, BYU and Boise State are currently in the CSV Top Ten while TCU and Utah are # 13 and #16… Not a great time for college grid fans in the Northwest.  Washington was winless last year, a feat that might be equaled by Washington State in ’09.  Saturday, Hawaii, a team that always struggles on the road,  blew the Cougars off of their own field in Pullman… One peripheral item you can take away from the closely contested USC-Ohio State matchup is that Navy, who pushed the Buckeyes to the brink in last week’s opener at The Horseshoe,  must be a pretty good team… Tough loss in Knoxville for new head coach Lane Kiffin. Despite all of the tough talk that followed his arrival at Tennessee, his Vols couldn’t hold off a UCLA team that will almost certainly finish no better than the middle of the PAC Ten.

CollegeSportsView Top 25

1       Florida     2-0
2       California    2-0
3       USC            2-0
4       Texas        2-0
5       Alabama     2-0
6       Ohio State    1-1
7       Brigham Young    2-0
8       LSU         2-0
9       Boise State    2-0
10    Oklahoma    1-1
11    Mississippi    2-0
12    Penn State    2-0
13    TCU        1-0
14    Virginia Tech   1-1
15    Georgia Tech    2-0
16    Utah        2-0
17    Kansas        2-0
18    Georgia        1-1
19    Houston        2-0
20    Oklahoma State  1-1
21    North Carolina    2-0
22    Miami (FL)    1-0
23    Nebraska    1-0
24    South Florida   2-0
25    Cincinnati    2-0

Five to Watch:
Missouri        2-0
Oregon State    2-0
Michigan    2-0
Texas Tech     2-0
Florida State    0-1


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