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Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:47 am
Edited on: December 5, 2010 12:50 am
 

JR, the Real Expert -- final pix tally

I went 8-3 in Week 14. Even though the Hawaii-UNLV game isn't over, I'm counting it as a win since Hawaii leads 31-7 at the half. Plus, all the experts picked Hawaii. If UNLV pulls off a miracle, I'll update the appropriate records.

My losses this week were Northern Illinois (to Miami of Ohio), Nebraska (to Oklahoma) and Florida State (to Virginia Tech). Congrats to the RedHawks on an thrilling victory and an amazing turnaround from last season's 1-11 showing.

Overall, I closed out the regular-season at 230-74.

So I failed to defend my title and even lost to Darst. Chip Patterson finished first at 236-68; Darst was second at 234-70. The rest of the Experts: Dodd 227-77, Jacobi 225-79 & Horowitz 222-82 -- Again, I will fix if Hawaii loses.

I didn't have any handicapping suggestions this past week, so I finished 19-23-1 there. My deepest apologies.

With Auburn and Oregon headed to the title game, I'd like to point out my Auburn comment from my Week 2 picks.

"No. 21 Auburn over Mississippi State (Tigers my sleeper of the year)"

It's one of the few positives I have from this past season. I was also the only expert to pick South Carolina over then-No. 1 Alabama in Week 6, but I should point out I was wrong when I picked USC to knock of then-No. 1 Oregon in Week 9.

I also picked against Auburn, when ranked No. 2, vs. Georgia in Week 11 and vs. Alabama in Week 13.

As for Oregon, I picked the Ducks to lose to Tennessee in Week 2 and to USC in Week 9 ... so I was obviously wrong there.

But what a fun season it has been.

For the bowl season, I'm going to track an underdog moneyline strategy, which I've done in my blog before.

It's simple. Play all the dogs on the moneyline before the Jan. 1 games. In the past, this usually comes out ahead, not by much, but enough to make the bowl season fun … especially if you hit a +400 or better win-outright dog.

To whatever loyal fans I have, thanks for your time & I hope you enjoyed my picks – even if you were only looking to "go the other way."
JR

Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:56 pm
 

Week 14 pix by JR -- the Real Expert

I went 16-7 in Week 13. My losses were Alabama (over Auburn), Boise State (over Nevada), Penn State (over Michigan State), BYU (over Utah), Iowa (over Minnesota), Mississippi (over Mississippi State) and Pitt (over West Virginia).

My overall record is now 222-71, and I actually picked up a game on Chip Patterson, but still trail him in the overall standings by three games.

Overall standings for the Experts: Chip 226-57, Darst 224-69, me 222-71, Dodd 218-75, Jacobi 217-76 & Horowitz 213-80. With a week to go before the bowl season, it doesn’t look like I’ll successfully defend my title. But we’ll see.

On to Week 14

FRIDAY
MAC Championship: Northern Illinois over Miami of Ohio

SATURDAY
No. 1 Oregon over Oregon State
SEC Championship: No. 2 Auburn 41, No. 18 South Carolina 30
No. 9 Boise State over Utah State
Big 12 Championship: No. 13 Nebraska 38, No. 10 Oklahoma 37
ACC Championship: No. 24 Florida State 23, No. 12 Virginia Tech 21

No. 14 Nevada over Louisiana Tech
No. 23 West Virginia over Rutgers
No. 25 Hawaii over UNLV

C-USA Championship: Central Florida over SMU
Connecticut over South Florida

WEEK 13 HANDICAPPING (3-4)
(Sorry, no suggestions this week)

Wins: Over 43½ (closed at 44½) in TCU 66, New Mexico 17; Over 57½ (closed at 58½) in Wisconsin 70, Northwestern 23; Over 53½ (closed at 54½) in Indiana 34, Purdue 31

Losses: Taking Alabama -4½ in Auburn 28, Alabama 27; Over of 47½ in Texas 24, Texas A&M 17 (closed at 48); Over of 54½ (closed at 57½) in Arkansas 31, LSU 23; Taking Penn State +1½ in Michigan State 28, PSU 22

That makes me 19-23-1 on the year.

 
 
 
 
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