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Five for Futon: November 8th Edition
by Raineman

elephant headNormally I reserve my college football picks for the Twitterverse but the Judge asked me to stop by here and give my thoughts on how I will be a degenerate this Saturday:

Public service announcement, if you ever wanted to get yourself out of “cuffin season” aka the Holiday Gauntlet from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day where you are an insensitive bastard for dumping a girl, this weekend might be the one to do it.  3 Top 15 vs Top 15 games kick off between 7:30 and 8.  You have a top 10 game at 3:30 and then Oregon at Utah closes out what to date, will be the best Saturday of the year.  So- before you your girl makes you go for a hike or you get sucked into some terrible double date you do not want to go on, there is always time to call up your chicken and say, “Listen babe, I just don’t think this is going to work- I’m going to go drop a dime on LSU and hang out at the bar with the boys.”

On to the picks:

Notre Dame/ASU OVER 61 (1 Unit):

I really wanted to have the guts to take Notre Dame straight up in this spot- but after the screw job that I took in Tallahassee (one of my biggest losses ever on Notre Dame ML- I’m resisting the urge to get burned again.  I do love the over in this game however.  ASU’s offense can put up points against anyone.  The defense has been much better after putting up one of the worst performances ever on a Thursday night versus UCLA, but the defense improved by blitzing over 50 pct of the time.  This in turns, will play right into Brian Kelly’s (the best playcaller in the nation) hands.  I think the Irish will be able to adjust to the pressure and put up POINTS POINTS POINTS.

VANDY +14 vs Florida (1 Unit):

Both these teams stink if you ask me but Florida had their season last week versus a Georgia team that still had national title aspirations.  This game has let down written all over it and Derek Mason’s boys have been playing better off starting the season off poorly.  I’m going to hold my nose and take the points here.

OREGON -9 at Utah (1 Unit):

I feel like I’m cheating on the Utes here as they have made me a ton of money this year.  Michigan, UCLA, USC and ASU were all games that I hit earlier this year and the later games also brought in teases and parlays for me.  I love the Utes this year! The problem is Oregon might be the best team in the nation right now and with the improved offensive line play, I just don’t see the Utes being able to keep up with the probable Heisman winner Marcus Mariotta.  I’m sorry Utah.

BAMA -6.5 at LSU (1 Unit) and Bama/LSU UNDER 46 (2 Units)

Two things shock me in this world right now.  Alabama being 1-8 versus the spread as a road favorite in their last 9 and Forrest Whittaker playing a prominent role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  I really need to get over both.  Bama and LSU have both come a long way this year since Bama struggled at Ole Miss and Arkansas and LSU got whipped at home by Miss St.  The problem I see for LSU here is that Bama’s main weakness is in the secondary and LSU can’t throw the ball.  I think this is going to be a low scoring affair but I ultimately see the duo of Blake Simms and Amari Cooper making enough plays to cover but not enough plays to push that over total to 46.  ROLL TIDE!


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