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Ahead of the Point Spread: Rife With Opinions- Week 6

October 15, 2009 under College Football

Not a bad week for the Locks, as both Jill and Gil posted 2-1 records while regaining aryno rife level of harmony that had been missing since Gil shamed the family with an ohfer a few weeks back.  Jill had expected that this would be her last week but, with her stellar 7-2 record since jumping into the fray, CollegeSportsView readers demanded that she continue.  Who knows?  If she keeps it up, maybe she’ll replace Gil at Ryno Rife Handicapping.

LOCKS of the WEEK

Jill’s Picks

Minnesota +16 over Penn State

Why is Penn State so highly rated every year?  Are the voters just nice to the coach because he’s been at Penn State longer than the smell of the cow chips?  Whatever the reason, there’s no way they should be favored by this much. Their record is 1-1 vs. college teams and 4-0 vs. high school teams.  Last week they crushed Eastern Illinois of the powerful Ohio Valley Conference.  Eastern Illinois?  In Week 7?  Gimme a break. Paterno’s boys are a fraud, as is the big spread.  Go with the Gophers.

East Carolina – 18 over Rice

Rice is 0-6 and has given up an average of 47 points in three road games.  East Carolina has fared well against tough opponents and Gil has a buddy that says all ECU girls are hot.  Sure.  It’s always a buddy.   He may find himself duct taped to a telephone pole for that one.

Fresno State -19  1/2 over San Jose State-

The pick is Fresno because they play a lot on TV and I like the coach, Pat Hill.   He’s a tough guy who’s not afraid to play good schools,(note to JoePa), and his team always plays hard. They’re home for the first time in a few weeks, Ryan Matthews is one of the best backs in the nation and San Jose State stinks.  Oh, and their bulldog mascot reminds me of our dog, Neckbolts.

Gil’s Picks

Idaho – 9 over Hawaii

I actually had Idaho in a huge win a few weeks ago but my picks never made it into print.  The Vandals have been playing well and, as Jill pointed out last week, Hawaii really stinks.  Even when they’re good, they struggle on the mainland.  I like Idaho by three TD’s.

Arkansas + 25 over Florida

I love going against a team due for a letdown and Florida is just that.  They’re coming off a big win at LSU and they’ll probably be a little cautious with Tebow if they get a lead. Arkansas is no slouch, having knocked off an unbeaten Auburn team last week.  I think Florida wins fairly easy but not by 24.

Washington + 7  over Arizona State

This one’s just a hunch.  Washington’s been playing well and they’ve got some momentum off last week’s win.  Besides, I don’t like anything Arizona since an exchange student from my high school had a beef with some desert muscle who broke his ankle and locked him up.  So, as Klaus von Fremer always says, “Arizona is punks.”  Go with the Huskies.

Season Record : 12-9

Ahead of the Point Spread: Rife With Opinions

September 23, 2009 under College Football, Point Spread

That was certainly a stinker of a weekend thrown at us by Gil Lock as he proceeded toryno rife go a pathetic 0-3 with his selections.  He started out well enough, as Army took a noon kickoff from Ball State and marched down the field on its opening drive for a 7-0 lead.  However, Ball State answered with a TD of its own and things went south from there for our good Mr. Lock.  Army won the game 24-17 but failed to cover the 7 1/2 point spread.  Baylor, matched up with one of Gil’s least favorite teams; Connecticut, turned everything around as the Bears lost by ten as a ten point favorite.  Memo to Gil: Maybe UConn isn’t so bad.  Finally, the Toledo Rockets failed to fire in their battle with Ohio State.  The Buckeyes dominated to the tune of 38-0 and made a mockery of Mr. Lock’s affinity for the Mid America Conference.  Maybe they’ll send their Men’s football team to Columbus next time.  So, if you’re scoring at home, or worse; with your bookie, old Gil came up one short of the famous “blind squirrel.”  It’ll take a lot of work to restore our faith and get back in our good graces but Lock assures me he’s up to the task.  Let’s see who he’s chosen to lead him out of the darkness and into the light.  Go ahead, Gil.  Let out the leash.

TCU + 3 over Clemson

When BYU got knocked off by Florida State it cleared the way for TCU to rise out of the Mountain West and claim a BCS Bowl bid.  The # 12 Horned Frogs know it’ll take an undefeated season to get there so they’ll be ready for Clemson in Death Valley.  Take the points.

Rutgers – 3 over Maryland

In the BCS food chain, the ACC and Big East clearly find themselves at the bottom. (Although, I think they’re both better than the Big Ten.)  The two conferences butt heads in this matchup with Rutgers looking to make a post season statement.  I’m not a huge fan of the Sacrlet Knights but they’re Opening Day loss to Cincinnati doesn’t look so bad anymore and Maryland lost at home last week to Middle Tennessee.

Virginia Tech + 2 over Miami

While the Hurricanes have made a huge impression with wins over ranked teams in their first two games, the Hokies haven’t exactly been playing the Little Sisters of the Poor.  They hung with #4 Alabama into the 4th QTR and knocked off # 21 Nebraska last week.  I think Va. Tech is the better team, they’re at home and everyone likes Miami.

Ahead of the Point Spread: Rife With Opinions

September 17, 2009 under College Football, Point Spread, Uncategorized

Have to say, our boy, Gil Lock, was Rife with some accurate opinions last week.  ryno rifeBowling Green led into the fourth quarter against Missouri before losing by seven; the final margin much closer to Lock’s line of 11 than the 19 you’d have had to lay in Vegas. Then, despite most of the world expecting a big USC victory, Ohio State was in command of their matchup until the final minute when USC found the end zone and escaped The Horseshoe with a narrow 18-15 win. A tough decision for the Buckeye faithful to handle but a pretty one for those like Lock that took the 6 1/2. The only blemish on the record was North Carolina, who registered a 12-10 win over UConn but failed to cover the 4 1/2 point margin.  Let’s see if Gil can grab that elusive three game sweep this week.

Toledo +20  1/2 over Ohio State- I’m letting my bias for the MAC Conference show, I know, but I’m really impressed by Toledo.  They crushed Colorado last week; mainly because their three receivers are lightning quick.  I don’t think the Buckeye corners are fast enough to shut them down and Big Ten teams historically struggle against the spread offense.  It’s also probable that Ohio State will suffer a bit of a letdown after last week’s heartbreaker vs. USC.  They’ll win, but not by three TD’s.

Baylor -10  1/2 over Connecticut- If it isn’t already obvious, I don’t think much of UConn.  They did little to change that opinion last week when they only managed what amounted to a defensive TD vs. North Carolina.  Baylor is a solid team flying under the radar in a conference loaded with Top 25 teams.  I’m counting on the fact that the line is off because no one knows them.  In another conference, Baylor QB Robert Griffin would be First Team.  Go with the Bears.

Army -7  1/2 over Ball State- Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith.  I don’t know much about Ball State and even less about Army but I don’t think the Black Knights of the Hudson have been favored by that much over anyone since my Grandpa Rife wore his coonskin coat to West Point to see Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis.

Season Record 3-3


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