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Beat The Bookie: Week 5 Picks

Why wait for ESPN GameDay when our picks are here now?

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A quick look at our overall record, and you’re probably already dialing your bookie to bet your house on the other side. Don’t be too quick though, because last week we started a comeback. Four of the five pickers, including guest S11 from SicEm365.com, went 3-2 last week. Not too bad.

Week 4 Results

PLAYER

LAST WEEK

OVERALL

1. Zachary Reed 10-5-0
2. Ryan Evans 3-2-0 8-11-1
4. Chris Ross 3-2-0 7-12-1
5. Cameron Jourdan 3-2-0 7-13-0
3. Robert Spradley 1-4-0 5-10-0
6. Derek Morton 4-11-0
Guest: S11 of SicEm365 3-2-0

 

This week, I am excited to announce that Jeff Postus from ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket will join us for picks. If you missed it, him, and co host Matt Graham, invited me on to their Blue Gold Sports Tailgate Show to talk WVU and our power rankings a couple of weeks ago.

***** GUEST PICKER *****

Jeff Postus of ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket

Clemson +2 (vs Louisville)
Virginia +4 (at Duke)
Cincy +5.5 (vs USF)
Arizona +13.5 (at UCLA)
Oklahoma State -2.5 (vs Texas)

Full disclosure: I haven’t believed in the Longhorns at any point this season. On the road, against a team that is likely better than them on paper and on the field, lay the points and take the Cowboys. Enjoy watching Mason Rudolph take apart the Texas D like Kizer and Webb already have. Conference games are tricky, so I wouldn’t bet my mortgage on it, but you know that friend that is kind of annoying but you’ve known him/her forever so you keep them around? I’d bet their mortgage. Give me the ‘Boys.

*****

Zachary Reed

Syracuse +11.5 (vs Notre Dame)
Wisconsin +10.5 (at Michigan)
Arizona State +10.5 (at USC)
Baylor -16.5 (at Iowa State)
Oklahoma -3.5 (at TCU)

Notre Dame has shown they have trouble stopping spread offenses, and Syracuse runs a mini-Baylor system. They put up a fight against Louisville and will do the same against Notre Dame. Michigan is really good, but so is Wisconsin. I see this game ending on the last possession. Arizona State may be the most underrated 4-0 team in the country. Their offense is really good and will keep them in every game this year. Baylor cruises against a struggling Iowa State team. I like Oklahoma to get back on track in Fort Worth. Despite the numbers, I’m not a believer in Kenny Hill. I don’t know what to make of either defense, so I’m making this pick strictly on offense and I’ll take the Baker, Perine, Mixon trio to get OU in the win column by at least a touchdown.

Ryan Evans

Stanford +3.5 (at Washington)
BYU -3.5 (vs Toledo)
Baylor -16.5 (at Iowa State)
Miami -7 (at Georgia Tech)
Arizona State +10 (at USC)

With what appears to be the Big 12’s best team thus far, the Baylor Bears just have too many weapons for the Cyclones to keep up. I’m expecting a similar game to ISU-TCU last weekend, with Baylor winning by 3 touchdowns or so. Russell and his talented and speedy group of receivers should torch Iowa State all day, and I don’t see the Cyclone offense rising to the challenge.

An undefeated Arizona State squad, just coming off of a home win over Cal, seems a bit out-of-place as double-digit ‘dogs to a 1-3 USC team who’s played sub par football through 4 weeks. Clay Helton’s seat might get hotter on Saturday if the Trojans can’t hold off the Devils at the Coliseum.

Chris Ross

Ball State -4 (vs Northern Illinois)
Colorado State -6 (vs Wyoming)
Rutgers +39 (at Ohio State)
Kentucky +35.5 (at Alabama)
Baylor -17 (at Iowa State)

Some of these lines this week look like they are just begging for you to take the points. Ohio State over Rutgers by 39? Alabama over Kentucky by 35.5? Those lines seem abnormally high, yet Baylor is only favored by 17 over Iowa State. The trip to Ames has derailed a few seasons, but not this week. Not this Iowa State team. Give me the Bears.

Cameron Jourdan

Baylor -16.5 (at Iowa State)
Tennessee -3.5 (at Georgia)
K-State +3.5 (at West Virginia)
Texas A&M -18 (at South Carolina)
Clemson +2 (at Louisville)

Baylor seems like an obvious pick against a struggling Iowa State team. Tennessee is riding momentum after a comeback against Florida. Kansas State’s defense is really good, and they can beat West Virginia for the 5th straight time. Texas A&M is good. South Carolina is not. Clemson is ready for this game. Have been in the big moment. Louisville is just good enough to win though.

Robert Spradley

K-State +3.5 (at West Virginia)
Louisiana Tech -19 (vs UTEP)
Miami -7 (at Georgia Tech)
Utah +2 (at Cal)
Arizona State +10 (at USC)

For weeks now we’ve been asking if West Virginia has been disrespected due to being excluded from the Top 25. The Kansas State Wildcats will prove that hasn’t been the case.

Louisiana Tech, as Red Raider fans can attest to, are an explosive team with quick-strike capability. That doesn’t bode well for a reeling UTEP team that gives up yardage and points in bunches.

The Hurricanes easily handled their road trip to Boone, NC, where they dismantled an Appalachian State team that many pundits picked to trip them up. I can’t see the Yellow Jackets doing any better.

Cal crashed back down to earth last week and Utah will sweep the leg.

USC is a mess. Plain and simple. Arizona State looks the part of PAC 12 dark horse. Arizona State, as Red Raider fans can attest to (sensing a theme here), play enough defense to keep offensive juggernauts from getting the W. USC isn’t an offensive juggernaut.

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