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LGG Pick’Em: Week 7 Picks

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Someone throw me a lifeline! What do I have to do to get a win? Hands down, this is my worst season ever, and I’ve got my work cut out for me if I want to get to .500 by the end of the year. Not that .500 is any good, because you still lose money on the juice, but at least it would be something.

Our guest pickers continue to rock it. Sam Mayes from 107.7 The Franchise went 3-2. I have to give him a big thank you for joining us. If you all are in the Oklahoma area, be sure to give his show a listen. Unlike taking any of my picks, you won’t be disappointed.

Week 6 Results

PLAYER

LAST WEEK

OVERALL

1. Zachary Reed 12-8-0
2. Ryan Evans 3-2-0 12-17-1
3. Cameron Jourdan 2-2-1 11-18-1
4. Chris Ross 1-4-0 9-20-1
5. Robert Spradley 8-12-0
6. Derek Morton 4-11-0
7. Sam Hewitt 1-3-1 1-3-1
Guest: Sam Mayes 3-2-0

 

Joining us this week is Cade Webb, site manager of SB Nation’s Oklahoma State blog, Cowboys Ride For Free! If you’re an Oklahoma State fan, or just a fan of things that are awesome, you should really give them a follow.

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

Cade Webb of Cowboys Ride For Free

Kansas State +13 (at Oklahoma)
Texas Tech +2 (vs West Virginia)
Alabama -14 (at Tennessee)
Ole Miss -7.5 (at Arkansas)
Ohio State -11 (at Wisconsin)

I’m going to take Kansas State to cover the spread here against OU. I really like the way the ‘Cats are playing defense right now, and I think they are able to score enough points to keep up with the Sooners on Saturday. Weather is calling for a very windy day in Norman, so I expect both teams to run the ball at length, and I’ll give OU the edge to get the win as the better rushing team.

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Zachary Reed

Pitt -3.5 (at Virginia)
USC -9.5 (at Arizona)
Stanford +3 (at Notre Dame)
Arizona State +12.5 (at Colorado)
Iowa State +14 (at Texas)

Texas and Iowa State are heading in opposite directions. While the Longhorns have been trending down since their opening week win against Notre Dame, the Cyclones are starting to show signs of life under Matt Campbell and his system. Following games against Baylor and Oklahoma State in which the Cyclones had legitimate shots to win, I’ll take Iowa State and the points.

Ryan Evans

Nebraska -3 (at Indiana)
Tennessee +13 (vs Alabama)
Wisconsin +11 (vs Ohio State)
Arkansas +7.5 (vs Ole Miss)
Texas Tech +1 (vs West Virginia)

Bucking my trend of taking road teams, I’ve gone with four home ‘dogs this week. Although I have no confidence right now in my soon-to-be Alma Mater, I’ll go with the Red Raiders and Pat Mahomes’ ailing shoulder over the Mountaineers. There’s just a lot of speed across the board at the skill positions for Tech and this offense usually runs at absurd efficiencies at home.

I like the points spreads in my other three underdogs. Although I wouldn’t necessarily pick any of these teams to win outright, I’m thinking they’ll beat the line at home.

Nebraska jumped out as an obvious pick. The Cornhuskers, out to a 5-0 start, have been rolling pretty well, even if a home win against Oregon has been diminished by the Ducks’ struggles. In front of 90,000 red clad faithful, I have to think our former Big 12 mates will win by more than a field goal.

Cameron Jourdan

Oklahoma -14 (vs K-State)
Clemson -18 (vs NC State)
Nebraska -3 (at Indiana)
Tulsa +21 (at Houston)
Western Michigan -12 (at Akron)

Oklahoma’s offense is clicking now. Clemson is too good at home. Nebraska is back? Is it the ’90s? Tulsa is better than a lot of people think, and could keep it close on H-town. Western Michigan? 6-0? What? That’ll continue.

Chris Ross

Illinois -6 (at Rutgers)
Kansas +35 (at Baylor)
Iowa State +14 (at Texas)
Ball State -10 (at Buffalo)
USF -20 (vs Connecticut)

As long as Kansas doesn’t pick this week to fold, I don’t see Baylor winning by 35. As I pointed out in the Big 12 spreads and picks piece this week, Baylor has only beaten one team by that much all year, FCS Northwestern State.

You know what’s always a great sign? When your players have to call a team meeting to address laziness and not being hungry enough to win. Oh wait, nope, that’s a terrible sign. The Longhorns are in full meltdown mode. We know this because the team they are playing against, the Iowa State team with only one win, has more composure right now.

Samuel Hewitt

Kansas State +14 (at Oklahoma)
Utah -9 (at Oregon State)
Texas Tech +1.5 (vs West Virginia)
Mississippi State +7 (at BYU)
Wisconsin +11 (vs. Ohio State)

Kansas State’s defense stepped up and pretty much won them the game last week against a high-powered Texas Tech offense, and I like that match up against a suspect Oklahoma team.

Texas Tech gets the home-field advantage and beats West Virginia in Lubbock. The single-loss Utes take care of business against the 2-3 Beavers.

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