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Last week we kicked off a new series called Beat The Bookie. How this works is each of us here at the LGG make five picks against the spread with at least one game involving a Big 12 school.

Disclaimer: We are not responsible if you lose money by taking our picks. In fact we would advise you against it. We are probably quite terrible at this.

Before we get into this week’s picks, let’s take a look at how terrible of a job we did last week.


Last Week


Win %

Kyle Lang 5-0-0 5-0-0 100%
Chris Ross 3-2-0 3-2-0 60%
Jake Anderson 3-2-0 3-2-0 60%
Landon Wilson 2-3-0 2-3-0 40%
Matt Turney 2-3-0 2-3-0 40%
Robert Spradley 2-3-0 2-3-0 40%
Tracy Guest 1-3-1 1-3-1 30%


Okay, so not as bad as it could have been! That’s something. Overall we need to get a little better. Kyle came out of the gates on fire! If there’s any similarities between my picks and his this week, it’s purely coincidental. Probably.

Chris Ross

  • Texas Tech -20 (vs UTEP)
  • Texas A&M -30 (vs Ball State)
  • Utah -12 (vs Utah State)
  • Missouri -10.5 (at Arkansas State)
  • Georgia Tech -30.5 (vs Tulane)

Riding a lot of chalk this week, but hey, that’s where I think there’s value to be found. Like, how is Missouri only favored by 10.5? Is this a trap? Last week Southern Cal waxed the Red Wolves 55-6. Now, I hate transitive wins, and Mizzou has work to do up front, but if the Tigers can’t win this game by a couple of touchdowns they are in real trouble entering SEC play.

Matt Turney

  • Utah -12 (vs Utah State)
  • South Florida +28 (at Florida State)
  • Texas A&M -30 (vs Ball State)
  • Ohio State -41 (vs Hawaii)
  • Texas -14 (vs Rice)

Opening day at that newly renovated monstrosity of a stadium for the Aggies added to their brimming confidence from last week means this one will get ugly. Plus, with 10 SEC teams being ranked, style points are as important as ever.

Kyle Lang

  • Rutgers -3.5 (vs Washington State)
  • Fresno State +30 (at Mississippi)
  • California -14 (vs San Diego State)
  • Texas A&M -30 (vs Ball State)
  • Rice +14 (at Texas)

Regardless of the change in play caller on offense I’d like to see the Horns put more than 14 points on the scoreboard before I start to believe that they’re a capable team. Texas might win but it won’t be by much.

Jake Anderson

  • Minnesota -5 (at Colorado State)
  • Notre Dame -12 (at Virginia)
  • Iowa -3.5 (at Iowa State)
  • California -14 (vs San Diego State)
  • Arizona -11.5 (at Nevada)

I did a whole preview on this game and although I feel placing trust in the Hawkeyes is dangerous, I had better put my money where my mouth is. The Hawks use superior line play to grind out a win and cover the spread against their in-state rivals.

Robert Spradley

  • Minnesota -5 (at Colorado State)
  • Florida International +8 (at Indiana)
  • Georgia -21 (at Vanderbilt)
  • Houston +13 (at Louisville)
  • UTSA +16.5 (vs Kansas State)

Kansas State quarterback Joe Hubener will make his first start of the season this week after Jesse Ertz suffered a season-ending knee injury. While not a big time name, UTSA is no slouch. The Roadrunners, and their quick-strike offense, gained 525 yards of offense in their defeat at Arizona last week despite committing some costly turnovers. I like this one to remain tight with Kansas State walking away with a 7-10 point victory.

Tracy Guest

  • Georgia -20.5 (at Vanderbilt)
  • LSU -4 (at Mississippi State)
  • Oklahoma -1.5 (at Tennessee)
  • Stanford -19 (vs Central Florida)
  • UCLA -30 (at UNLV)

The Tennessee defense allowed 557 yards against Bowling Green.  OU will be able to move the ball and will be looking to make a statement against an SEC team.


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