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Ahead of the Point Spread: Rife With Opinions Week 8

October 23, 2010 under College Football

Gil Stays Red Hot But Jill’s Not Happy

by CollegeSportsView.com

Last week, we reported in this space that, after two winless weeks, Gil Lock of Ryno Rife Sports Handicappers removed his wife, Jill, from the regular rotation of experts and replaced her with a New Jersey torpedo, Johnny Dudaguanda.  “I knew she was going to be ticked but, hey, I have a comfortable couch.  Turns out that things got a little icier in the Lock boudoir as Jill failed to fire on her picks last week, falling short of the 2-1 mark Gil has mandated for her reinstatement.  To make matters worse, our hero turned in his second, consecutive, perfect week while Jill’s replacement, pork store denizen Dudaguanda, went 2-1 to hold his spot in the lineup.  Pad Lock went 3-1 as well, as the Lock contingent recovered from two mediocre weeks and registered an 8-2 record.  “I hope my fans appreciate the sacrifice I’m making.  Jill was a dancer in Las Vegas when I met her while this Dudaguanda guy shaves his back.”  Yes we do, Gil.  Just keep the picks coming. Click here to read more.. »

Ahead of the Point Spread: Rife With Opinions Week 11

November 13, 2009 under College Football, Uncategorized

Locks Struggle But Still Manage Winning Record

It wasn’t the best performance we’ve seen from the Locks but it still produced a winning weekend.  Jill ryno rifeturned in her first losing record, going 1-2, while nephew Pad and husband Gil logged 2-1 Saturdays.  Gil’s was especially sweet, as he had been coaxed out of semi-retirement by his nephew.  “I was happy to be back but I’m still not at the top of my game.  I picked Cincy-UConn under 52 and both teams almost went over by themselves.”

Well, there’s just no pleasing some people but, with a stellar record, the Locks have pleased more than not.  Let’s take a look at this week’s selections.

Locks of the Week

Jill (14-7)

Idaho-Boise State over 63-

I’m staying with Boise but only on the over as they let me down last week. I expect the Broncos to try and run it up on their in-state rival but Idaho can score, too, as eveidenced by the 45 points they scored vs. Nevada that sent Gil over the wall.

Utah + 17.5 over TCU- 

TCU is ranked fourth with an outside shot at the BCS Championship.  They’ve been killing teams lately but Utah’s lost just once in two years and they’ve already beaten Oklahoma.  I think the Utes lose here but not by double digits.

Oregon -17 over Arizona State-

Took a look at Arizona State’s record and, boy, do they give up a lot of points.  Oregon’s going to be real pissed after getting their Ducks knocked off last week and should win going away.

Pad (4-2)

Clemson – 6 over North Carolina  State-

Clemson is really starting to hit its stride and has its sights set on an Atlantic Division title.  NC State is really weak but, somehow, managed to beat Pitt.  That’ll remain their one upset as the Tigers keep rolling.

San Jose State-Utah State over 55.5-

Another case of “Arifemetic”.  Bothe teams can score, neither can defend.  Good bet that one of them will come close by themselves.

Western Michigan -10 over Eastern Michigan-

Eastern Michigan is 0-9 and will get no sympathy from its biggest rival.

Gil (9-11-1)

Cincinnati-9.5 over West Virginia (Friday)-

Playing a hunch here that Cincinnati will take advantage of its second straight week on National TV.  Would feel a lot better about it if they hadn’t given up 45 to UConn but I think that’ll be a wakeup call.

Missouri +2  1/2 over Kansas State-

The Big 12 North is a weak division but Missouri is one of its better teams.  They have more talent than K State so I’m picking the Tigers.

BYU -27 over New Mexico-

Went with Utah over New Mex last week and found out what a generous team they are.  BYU QB Max Hall should have a field day.

Season Record 27-20-1

Ahead of the Point Spread: Rife with Opinions Week 10

November 5, 2009 under College Football, Point Spread

Pad Lock Nails Point Spreads, Bails Out Uncle Gil, Prompts Return

Despite going AWOL following a winless weekend three days earlier, our boy Gil Lock of Ryno Rife Sports ryno rifeHandicappers still managed to be the impetus for a positive contribution to the family effort.  His nephew, Pad Lock, stepped in for his missing uncle and came up just a field goal shy of a perfect weekend.  He won easily with Cincinnati over hapless Syracuse and used his special version of mathematics, “Arifemetic”, to predict that the Western Kentucky-North Texas matchup would go over by 50 points.  If only New Mexico State had managed a three pointer in its 45-0 shellacking at the hands of Ohio State, Pad would be greeting his returning uncle with a spotless record.  Much like his Aunt Jill, however, Pad has been asked to stay on and continue his streak.  If only the same could be said for Gil.

It’s been a tough year for Mr. Lock, whose 7-10-1 record is dragging down the otherwise stellar performance of his family,  Jill turned in another 2-1 week; putting her mark at an incredible 13-5.  Asked where he disappeared to last week, Gil was vague.  “I was ashamed of myself.  It was my second winless week.  I’ll give it another shot this week but my confidence is waning.”  Touching, Gil.  Now put down the violin and pick some winners.

Point Spreads: Week 10

Jill’s Locks of The Week

Ohio State Buckeyes +4 over Penn State

–  This pick has to do more with cleanliness than anything else.  Gil took me to Penn State for a game once and it smelled like cow chips all weekend.  Besides, that really old guy that coaches Penn State will probably make everyone wear white again.  I mean, really.  White after Labor Day?  The Buckeyes win by ten.

Boise State -20 over Louisiana Tech

I know it seems like I’m picking Boise every week but, hey, they’ve been good to me.  If they’re going to a BCS bowl they have to win big so I’m staying with them.  And their coach is such a cutie.

Texas A&M – 4 1/2 over Colorado

Can’t believe the lines are so small over Colorado.  Not only do they stink, but the football gods have to still be mad at the head coach for benching his own son.  Meanie.  Last week Missouri was laying just 4 and beat Colorado by 19.  Go with the Aggies.

Pad Locks

Pittsburgh -19 over Syracuse

– Two years ago, uncle Gil took me to the Garden to see Pitt vs. Duke.  Pitt’s LeVance Fields blew up Duke’s Greg Paulus so completely that Coach K took him out of the game.  I remember telling Gil that the beating could only have been more embarrassing if Fields had been allowed to hit him.  Well, that’s gonna happen on Saturday when Pitt makes Paulus wish he was still wearing sneakers.  Pitt huge.

Fresno – 6  1/2 over Idaho

–  If there’s a team in the country comfortable playing on the road, it’s Fresno, who travels every year to play real competition.  Besides, how could I not pick against Idaho after their poor showing vs. Nevada sent my uncle over the wall?  Fresno by two touchdowns.

Troy-Western Kentucky over 67  1/2

– Yeah, that’s right.  Over 67  1/2.  Western Kentucky couldn’t stop an offense if they played with fourteen guys.  Last week they gave up 68 points to a North Texas team that was 1-6 coming in.  Troy might go over by themselves.

Gil Locks

Virginia Tech – 12 1/2 over East Carolina

(Tonight)-  Hate picking against ECU because so many hot girls have gone there but Va. Tech really needs the game.  Their athletes are way better, I love Tyrod Taylor and think that they’ll get a score on special teams.  I also like that the game is tonight because I need to get back on the horse.

Utah -27 over New Mexico-

The forgotten BCS buster, Utah has lost just once since 2007.  They still have TCU on their schedule and slim hopes for a BCS bid if Boise slips so they have to run it up on poor New Mexico.

Connecticut-Cincinnati under 52

– UConn has had trouble scoring against good teams all year and that should continue vs. the Bearcats.  Cincy’s offense is not the same without QB Tony Pike so I don’t expect an explosion from them, either.  I’m thinking along the lines of a 31-10 Cincinnati blowout.

Season Record- 22-16-1


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