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Posted on: October 21, 2010 2:53 am
 

Week 8 picks by JR -- the Real Expert

Wow, did I get my butt kicked in Week 7. I apologize for posting such garbage on here this past week. I went 14-10 – and this was picking games straight up! Uggggh. I guess we’re all allowed to have a bad week, but this was just brutal.

The 14-10 showing makes me 128-34 on the season. The so-called experts are led by Darst, Dodd & Chip at 127-33.

I need to get back on track, so on to Week 8.

THURSDAY
No. 1 Oregon 41, UCLA 23

SATURDAY
No. 3 Oklahoma 33, No. 18 Missouri 28
No. 4 TCU over Air Force
No. 5 Auburn 32, No. 6 LSU 27
No. 7 Alabama over Tennessee
Northwestern over No. 8 Michigan State (Play the over of 53)

No. 9 Utah over Colorado State
No. 13 Iowa 27, No. 10 Wisconsin 20
No. 11 Ohio State over Purdue (Lay the 23.5)
No. 12 Stanford over Washington State (Play the over of 63.5)
No. 14 Nebraska 45, No. 17 Oklahoma State 40 (Play the over of 60)

No. 15 Arizona over Washington
No. 19 South Carolina over Vanderbilt
No. 20 West Virginia over Syracuse
No. 21 Arkansas over Mississippi
No. 22 Texas over Iowa State

No. 23 Virginia Tech over Duke
No. 24 Mississippi State over UAB
No. 25 Miami over North Carolina

Clemson over Georgia Tech
Texas Tech over Colorado
Georgia over Kentucky

WEEK 7 RECAP (14-10)
Losses  on Ohio State (to Wisconsin; yea, I predicted OSU 33-16. Ouch!), Nebraska (to Texas), South Carolina (to Kentucky), Nevada (to Hawaii), Texas Tech (to Oklahoma State), Texas A&M (to Mizzou),  Florida (to Mississippi State), Air Force (to San Diego State), N.C. State (to East Carolina) & Syracuse (to Pitt)

Handicapping: I was 1-2 on my strong plays; I was correct on the over (closed at 54.5) in Iowa 38, Michigan 28, but missed on the over (closed at 48.5) on TCU 31, BYU 3 & was wrong on taking Florida -9.5 in a 10-7 loss to Mississippi State.

In my small plays, I went 1-1, liking the under (closed at 75.5) in Hawaii 27, Nevada 21 & suggesting the over (closed at 50) in Purdue (28-17).

So I even sucked here after nailing six in a row over the previous two weeks.

Posted on: October 14, 2010 6:37 pm
 

Week 7 pix by JR -- the Real Expert

Yep, I picked South Carolina last week. I was off on the score – I said 20-17 – but I still nailed it when calling for the No. 1 team in the country to go down.

None of the so-called experts had South Carolina winning. This must be why they kicked me, the defending champion, out of their club. They were sick and tired of me embarrassing them every week. Did Dennis Dodd really pick Kansas State last week? KSU lost to Nebraska 48-13. Ouch!

Stick to reporting Dennis. Avoid the predictions, will ya?

However, I did drop the ball on Arizona (to Oregon State), Florida (to LSU), Miami (to FSU), Michigan (to MSU) and my upset call of Texas A&M (to Arkansas).

So I went 17-5 in Week 6, making me 114-24 on the year. That leave me in second all alone, one game back of Facts & Rumors blogger Chip Patterson, who had an impressive 18-4 showing, beating me on my A&M pick with Arkansas and my Michigan pick with MSU.

Now to Week 7

THURSDAY
No. 25 West Virginia over South Florida

SATURDAY
No. 1 Ohio State 33, No. 18 Wisconsin 16
No. 3 Boise State over San Jose State
No. 4 TCU over BYU (play the over of 48.5)
No. 5 Nebraska 31, Texas 17
No. 6 Oklahoma over Iowa State

No. 7 Auburn 28, No. 12 Arkansas 27
No. 8 Alabama over Mississippi
No. 9 LSU over McNeese State (this is just wrong, playing a team like this in October)
No. 10 South Carolina over Kentucky
No. 11 Utah over Wyoming

No. 13 Michigan State over Illinois
No. 15 Iowa over Michigan (I like the over of 53.5)
No. 15 Florida State over Boston College
No. 17 Arizona over Washington State
No. 19 Nevada over Hawaii (a small play on the under of 74)

Texas Tech over No. 20 Oklahoma State
Texas A&M over No. 21 Missouri
No. 22  Florida over Mississippi State (lay the 7.5)
No. 23 Air Force over San Diego State
Washington over No. 24 Oregon State

N.C. State over East Carolina
Syracuse over Pittsburgh
USC over Cal

MORE HANDICAPPING
I like (just a little) Minnesota-Purdue over of 51

WEEK 6 RECAP (17-5)
Losses mentioned in lead-in graphs, but for handicapping purposes, I went 1-0, suggesting to take the 22 points in Minnesota-Wisconsin. That puts me on a six-game win streak!!!!

Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:48 am
 

Week 5 pix by JR -- the Real Expert

Went 21-3 last week, bringing me to 82-16 overall.
That ties me with J. Darin Darst and leaves me three back of the so-called Expert Picks leader Dennis Dodd (85-13).

On to Week 5

THURSDAY
Oklahoma State over Texas A&M

SATURDAY
No. 1 Alabama 28, No. 7 Florida 20
No. 2 Ohio State over Illinois
No. 3 Boise State over – more like quadruple over – New Mexico State
No. 4 Oregon 33, No. 9 Stanford 30 (Possible Game of the Year)
No. 5 TCU over Colorado State

No. 8 Oklahoma 38, No. 21 Texas 28 (Over of 45 looks nice)
No. 10 Auburn over La.-Monroe
No. 24 Michigan State 31, over No. 11 Wisconsin 30 (Like the over of 52)
No. 12 LSU over Tennessee
No. 16 Miami over Clemson (Will ‘Canes burn me again?)

No. 17 Iowa 29, No. 22 Penn State 18
No. 18 USC over Washington
No. 19 Michigan over Indiana (Expect a lot of points. I love the over of 65.5)
No. 23 N.C. State over Virginia Tech (Take the 4 points)
No. 25 Nevada over UNLV

Boston College over Notre Dame (Take the 3 points)
Air Force over Navy

WEEK 4 RECAP (21-3)
Lost on Pitt (boy, do they stink), Texas (I just can’t read UCLA) & Ga. Tech (N.C. State looked pretty good).

Posted on: September 23, 2010 1:49 am
 

Week 4 pix by JR -- the Real Expert

I'm sorry, but I feel like I let you all down last week, going 21-5. Five? That's just terrible, especially when picking just winners & losers and not bothering with the spread.

That leaves me 61-13, three behind leader Dennis Dodd (64-10) and one behind J. Darin Darst (62-12). You can check the picks of the so-called experts here.

WEEK 4 PICKS
THURSDAY
Pittsburgh 27, No. 19 Miami 20

FRIDAY
No. 4 TCU over SMU

SATURDAY
No. 1 Alabama 36, No. 10 Arkansas 24
No. 2 Ohio State over Eastern Michigan
No. 3 Boise State 41, No. 24 Oregon State 21
No. 5 Oregon over Arizona State
No. 6 Nebraska over South Dakota State

No. 7 Texas over UCLA
No. 8 Oklahoma over Cincinnati
No. 9 Florida over Kentucky
No. 11 Wisconsin over Austin (Let's Go) Peay
No. 17 Auburn 27, No. 12 South Carolina 24

No. 13 Utah over San Jose State
No. 14 Arizona over Cal
No. 15 LSU 23, No. 22 West Virginia 17
No. 16 Stanford over Notre Dame
No. 18 Iowa over Ball State (Sorry, Dave)

No. 20 USC over Washington State
No. 21 Michigan over Bowling Green
No. 23 Penn State over Temple (Who? -- as in Owls. Get it?)
No. 25 Michigan State over No. Colorado

Virginia Tech over Boston College
Georgia Tech over N.C. State
Nevada over BYU

WEEK 3 RECAP (21-5)
I lost on Iowa (to Arizona), Georgia (to Arkansas), Houston (to UCLA?), Nevada (to Cal) & UNC (to Ga. Tech).

And I was wrong by a hook on the over in USC-Minnesota and completely wrong on the over in Houston-UCLA. Again, my apologies.

Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: September 16, 2010 1:16 am
 

Week 3 pix by JR -- the Real Expert

I went 18-5 in Week 2, losing on Tennessee (what was I thinking?), Va. Tech (again), Ga. Tech, UCLA & Army.
That  makes me 40-8, tied for the lead with so-called experts.
Now, on to Week 3

SATURDAY
No. 1 Alabama over Duke
No. 2 Ohio State over Ohio
No. 3 Boise State over Wyoming
No. 4 TCU over Baylor
No. 5 Oregon over Portland State (strength of schedule will hurt Oregon if it goes undefeated)

No. 6 Texas 30, Texas Tech 23
No. 7 Oklahoma over Air Force
No. 8 Nebraska 33,  Washington 30
No. 9 Iowa 31, over No. 24 Arizona 24
No. 10 Florida over Tennessee (I’m not getting sucked in by the Vols again)

No. 11 Wisconsin over Arizona State
Georgia over 27, No. 12 Arkansas 25
No. 13 South Carolina over Furman
No. 14 Utah over New Mexico
No. 15 LSU over Mississippi State

No. 16 Auburn 38, Clemson 24
No. 18 USC over Minnesota (Play the over of 53.5)
No. 19 Stanford over Wake Forest
No. 20 Michigan over UMass
No. 21 West Virginia over Maryland

No. 22 Penn State over Kent State
No. 23 Houston over UCLA (Play the over of 60)
No. 25 Oregon State over Louisville

OTHERS
Cal over Nevada (Friday)
North Carolina over Ga. Tech
Florida State over BYU

WEEK 2 RECAP (18-5)
I was way wrong on my Handicapping suggestion of “take the 10 points” in Vandy vs. LSU (27-3). I suck!

Posted on: September 9, 2010 12:44 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 1:12 am
 

Week 2 pix by JR -- the Real Expert

I went 22-3 in the first week, losing on Va. Tech, UConn & Fresno.
Ready for Week 2? There are some big games this week.

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

FRIDAY
No. 23 West Virginia over Marshall

SATURDAY
No. 1 Alabama 20, No. 18 Penn State 17
No. 2 Ohio State 34, No. 12 Miami 6
No. 4 TCU over Tennessee Tech (the start of the Frogs’ easy season-long schedule)
No. 5 Texas over Wyoming
No. 6 Nebraska over Idaho

Tennessee over No. 7 Oregon (Notice all the so-called experts like the Ducks)
No. 8 Florida over South Florida
No. 9 Iowa over Iowa State
No. 10 Oklahoma 30, No. 17 Florida State 23
No. 11 Wisconsin over San Jose State

No. 13 Virginia Tech over James Madison (Uggh. At least the Hokies are playing. Boise State taking week off. LAME!)No. 14 Arkansas over La.-Monroe
No. 15 Georgia Tech over Kansas (Jayhawks embarrassed itself last week in 6-3 loss to North Dakota State)
No. 16 USC over Virginia
No. 19 LSU over Vandy (take the 10 points)

No. 20 Utah over UNLV
No. 24 South Carolina 27, over No. 22 Georgia 24 (OT wouldn’t shock me)
UCLA over No. 25 Stanford

Michigan 34, Notre Dame 27
Army over Hawaii
Air Force over BYU

WEEK 1 RECAP (22-3)
Lost one ranked game (Va. Tech) and failed on UConn at Michigan (which resembles a top 20 team, again) Fresno vs. Cincy.

In handicapping suggestions, I was wrong on Ohio State & the under in TCU-Oregon State.

Was correct on taking points in Arkansas State-Auburn and on small hunch of Beavers covering against Horned Frogs.

Posted on: September 2, 2010 4:41 am
 

Week 1 pix by JR -- the Real Expert

Since I, the defending champion and winner 3 of the last 5 years, has been kicked out of the college football Expert Picks groups, I’ll just make my picks here.

They say I wasn’t really kicked out. They claimed I’m too busy with my current position of Producer/Editor of everything MLB & Tennis on this great site of ours, but I know.

I know they were sick of losing to me.

I know I’m not the best expert in the country. Picking without the spread is pretty darn silly and should be pretty darn easy, but I still tend to lose my share of games. However, I lose less than 3 of the so-called experts that are returning. I’m not afraid of them. They’re obviously afraid of me. They’re probably a bunch of St. Louis Cardinal fans.  Let me see how I can do against the recently-hired bloggers. Bring it on guys. Don’t embarrass yourselves.

Anyway, here’s my picks for Week 1.

THURSDAY

No. 2 OSU over Marshall (but take the points. 28? Too much)

No. 13 Miami over FAMU (this game shouldn’t count in the standings. Really?)

Utah over No. 15 Pitt (I love home teams)

No. 14 USC over Hawaii (Don’t love home teams that much)

SATURDAY

No. 1 ‘Bama over San Jose State

No. 4 Florida over Miami of Ohio

No. 5 Texas over Rice

No. 6 TCU 28, over No. 24 Oregon State 17 (Under & a small hunch on taking the points)

No. 7 Oklahoma over Utah State

No. 8 Nebraska over Western Kentucky

No. 9 Iowa over Eastern Illinois (another JOKE of an opponent)

No. 11 Oregon over New Mexico

No. 12 Wisconsin over UNLV

No. 16 Ga. Tech over SC State (come on! – this is why certain teams don’t belong in BCS bowl consideration at the end of the year)

No. 17 Arkansas over Tennessee Tech (they can’t put lines on games like these)

No. 21 LSU 20, over No. 18 UNC 16 (Excluding Va. Tech, ACC is overrated)

No. 19 Penn State over Youngstown State (The Subdivision Penguins have lost their last 3 openers by a combined score of 119-9. Shame on you, JoePa)

No. 20 FSU over Samford (& Son. Seriously?)

No. 22 Auburn over Arkansas State (Take the points)

No. 23 Georgia over La.-Lafayette. (I dare the ‘Dawgs to travel to Bon Temps)

No. 25 WVU over Coastal Carolina (D-I schools should be punished for such scheduling)

UConn over Michigan

KSU over UCLA

Fresno over Cincy

MONDAY

No. 10 Va. Tech 26, Boise State 24 (Of course, you can expect a VT special teams TD)

 
 
 
 
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