In what has become a tradition unlike any other, I am back after quite the long break. Many rumors of my demise have been circling the interwebs for several months. However, last week whispers of my return began to pop up across social media platforms. Those whispers were proven true when I dusted off The Ol’Twitter Account (@BetOppositeOfMe). Went 3-1 during the rehab stint…won enough money to buy a new laptop…said new laptop led me to log-in…the rest will be history.
For those that are new or in case you have forgotten. There are three rules of BOOM:
1. Bet the opposite of me if you wanna win (But if you do I hope you lose)
2. Friends don’t let friends bet unders
3. Saturdays Are For The Overs
As we dive into Week 2, Let’s be FRANK, this slate of games is ugly. Really, really ugly. But that is why gambling is the best. Even the ugliest of Weeks of College Football is better than no college football. Before we know it, it will be bowl season and then the off-season. So let’s enjoy it. With all that out of the way, it’s time to get to the picks.
12pm: GTECH @ USF O61
No better way to start things off than with an Over. What we have here are two teams that utilize specialized offenses. First you have Paul Johnson’s Triple Option attack of Georgia Tech, led by returning starter, TaQuon Marshall (Senior). Marshall, who ran for over 100 yards 6 times last year, will be joined in the backfield by a stable of capable runners. The leader of that pack is KirVonte Benson. Expect to see some long time consuming drives by the Yellow Jackets but also a few long TD runs.
On the other sideline, Charlie Strong’s offense is led by Sterlin Gilbert. You might ask, Who? I’ll tell you who. Gilbert is part of the Art Briles coaching tree and brings the veer and shoot offense with him to South Florida. While replacing Quinton Flowers at QB (one of the best USF players of all time) will be a tough ask, Blake Barnett, a former 5 Star from Alabama, seems up for the task.
Let’s start the day off right. I’m ready to rock the over.
Final Prediction: GTECH 41 USF 38
12pm: Nevada @ Vandy O62
Every week I sit down and look at all the matchups. Usually a game or two just scream over to me. This week as a was scanning the schedule, I came across the Nevada/Vandy game. There it was.
While Vandy likes to Ground and Pound it, Nevada should dictate the pace in this one. The Pack like to air it out and put pressure on opposing defenses. I see this one going down the wire. Who cares who wins though. Just need those points.
Final Prediction: Vandy 40 Nevada 35
12pm: Mississippi St. @ Kansas St +7.5
Live look at my brain as I battled between the Mississipi St/Nick Fitzgerald hype and Bill Snyder’s history as a home dog.
In the end I settled on backing Bill Snyder and Kansas State. You just can’t argue with history. Early Kick. In Manhattan. Coming off a bad week. All the ingredients for a sleepy start for Mississippi State. I don’t know how the old man will do it, but expect him to get his squad ready to play and nearly pull the “upset”.
Final Prediction: Miss. St. 27 Kansas St. 24
3:30pm: Colorado @ Nebraska O64.5
Scott Frost’s offense, back home. Delayed homecoming due to weather last week. Sit back and enjoy.
Final Prediction: Nebraska 41 Colorado 37
3:30pm: Rutgers @ Ohio St. -34.5
The Dwayne Haskins Era is here and it is very much real. While it was just Oregon State, that Buckeye offense sure did look impressive. Haskins’ ability to throw opens up the offense and adds an element that hasn’t been present since the Cardale Jones 3 Game Championship run. What may be even more important is the fact that Haskins is not asked to run the ball. This equals more carries for JK Dobbins and Mike Weber. Watch out. As for Rutgers, well…
2014: Ohio St. 56 Rutgers 17
2015: Ohio St. 49 Rutgers 7
2016: Ohio St. 58 Rutgers 0
2017: Ohio St. 56 Rutgers 0
Live look at Rutgers entering Columbus Saturday afternoon. Watch out for the train.
Final Prediction: Ohio St. 59 Rutgers 10
3:30pm: Georgia @ South Carolina +10
I’ve gone back and forth on this one all week. Not on which team, but if I want the points or the Money Line. South Carolina has to win a game like this eventually. I think its Saturday at 3:30pm. Alas, I chose the points and will be hitting myself when I lose out on that juicy money line pay out.
Final Prediction: South Carolina 31 Georgia 24
7pm: Clemson @ Texas A&M +11
This is the game that will either make me feel real smart or realllllly stupid. I feel like the public is picking up steam on Texas A&M, which makes me hate it even more.
I’m putting my money on Jimbo in his first big spot as the Aggies’ coach.
I’m putting my money on the 12th man.
I’m putting my money on a home dog, playing at night.
I’m also putting my money against Clemson and that defense. That scares me and is something I may regret 5 minutes into the game. But in the end this is the choice I have made.
Final Prediction: Clemson 24 Texas A&M 17
7:30pm: Fresno St. @ Minnesota O48.5
Don’t over think this one. Minnesota may not be rowing the boat quite yet, but the boat is at least floating now. The offense is starting to hum. The defense isn’t there yet, but that is perfect for the over. Fresno should be able to hang with the Gophers here. Shooting fish in a barrel. Points, points, points…
Final Prediction: Minnesota 34 Fresno St. 27
8pm: Penn St. @ Pitt. O55 (Heinz Field)
End it with another Over. While I won’t overreact as much as others after last week’s Appalachian State game. One take away is that the PSU defense has it’s issues. These are issues that their offense should be able to overcome for now though. There will be a lot of pride on the line at Heinz Field, as these two rivalries square off. I don’t think this will be an easy Over but there is value to be had at 55. I expect a competitive game that Penn State pulls off in the 4th quarter. Rivarly games typically provide sparks, so a Pick 6 and/or big special teams play, could be the difference makers for the game and our bet.
That’s the 5th over of the week…
Final Prediction: Penn St. 37 Pitt 27
That will do it for Week 2. 9 plays. 5 Overs. Few home dogs. And the Buckeyes.
Fade these picks and get rich….but as always I hope you lose then.
And FRANKLY I don’t care
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