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Black Shoe Degenerates: Patsy Week

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There are several mismatches this week, again.

NCAA Football: Utah at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Another good week overall (bad week for the fandom) has me at .500 for the first time this season. Things are looking up! That said, there’s some work left to do this season, and this week provides us with some really large lines that are ripe for the picking. Let’s get to it!

Standings

  1. Hat Chambers | 6,160.99
  2. moyepleasehaveanother | 5,102.05
  3. Gerry Dincher | 5,030.99
  4. Jon Voight’s Car | 4,726.34
  5. papa_wheelie | 4,156.40

Full standings

Huge shakeup in the standings, as confident picks led to losses everywhere, and the top 5 looks decidedly different than it did last week. Should be a fun ride from here on out!

Picks

Rutgers +53 @ Ohio State - It’s not that I doubt Ohio State could cover this massive spread. Is that I think the public (and maybe even Vegas) is overreacting to last week’s score. The Buckeyes were on a mission last week, and it had everything to do with rumors of Maryland’s running backs coach being the reason Chase Young is not suiting up for Ohio State right now. I think the Buckeyes let their foot off the gas after 50, leaving room for a backdoor cover on the table.

UMass +40.5 @ Northwestern - Is Vegas out their ***damned minds? Where has Northwestern shown they can score 40 points in a game, even if it’s against one of the worst teams in the nation? I’m going to take this line every day and twice on Saturday. I don’t care if I’m wrong.

UCLA +21 @ Utah - This is yet another game where I don’t expect the underdog to actually compete, but still, three touchdowns against a UCLA team that’s been looking better and better each week seems a lot to me. Not only that, but the Bruins can actually win the Pac-12 South if they beat the Utes in this game, so I expect a closer game than this line indicates.

Results

Last Week: 2-1
Season: 19-19-0
Stash: $2,543.10

Make your picks.