Ho hum just another up and down week, as we wrapped up Week 4 at 6-5 (2 adds via the twitter @BetOppositeOfMe). This moves the BOOMs to 15-13-1 on the young season.
To recap. Week 4 started off well with a Friday night BOOM, on an Over (all three games Friday went Over, just sayin…). We were a Navy 4th down stop in OT from getting to 4-0 on the week, but that was more than made up for when Urban Meyer went for the cover in the last minutes of a blowout in Columbus. Sprinkle in Bama missing the cover (but hitting the over), completely air balling the Texas Tech game, and Oregon choking their way to our Over…and it was one interesting week. While I will never be one to complain about back-to-back winning weeks or being over .500. Enough is enough. It’s time to win big, because while treading water is great…ain’t nobody got time for that!
With Week 5 upon us, it brings some major matchups of ranked teams. Stanford @ ND and Ohio St. @ Penn St. will be two games that shape the landscape of the college football playoff. Make sure you have 2 TV’s (at minimum) hooked up Saturday night because you won’t want to miss this. In terms of the picks, we are going to go with a little smaller card this week. Not because there aren’t more games I like, it’s just that I LOVE these plays. Plus the best way to end the mediocrity is to just go bigger on a smaller number of games. So loosen up the wallet, follow along and go 7-0. Because…
Friday Night Special
8:00pm: Memphis -13.5 @ Tulane
Having watched Tulane @ Ohio State from start to finish last week, the biggest takeaway I have that translates to this game, is that I don’t think Jonathan Banks can keep pace with Memphis. While its probably unfair to judge him solely off a game against the Buckeyes, the passing game just didn’t seem to show much of anything. One thing I know from watching Memphis, is they can and will score. They don’t take their foot off the gas and go for the jugular whenever possible. Banks and Tulane can run, but that isn’t usually what works in keeping pace with the Tigers. While laying points on the road usually isn’t the best idea, it’s been a pretty good week for Tigers…
Final Prediction: Memphis 44 Tulane 24
Noon: WVU @ Texas Tech O75
You might ask, why? Didn’t I learn my lesson last seek? Why, you ask. I’ll tell you why.
Just look at that box score. Sure Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, nor Maholmes are involved. I’ll tell you who is involved though. Will Grier, WVU, and Texas Tech. I remember two years ago debating that Over (which was higher than 75) and at the last minute I clicked submit. Needless to say that game was fun to watch. I couldn’t imagine if I didn’t have the Over. It would have ruined the game for me.
I am betting this Over to avoid that from happening and hopefully capturing the same feeling I had in 2016…
Final Prediction: WVU 54 Texas Tech 48
Noon: Arkansas @ Tex. A&M -21
Pretty cut and dry here. A&M is a very good team, that nearly beat #2 Clemson a few weeks ago. While they didn’t fare quite as well with #1 Bama last week on the road (who would?), they did at least manage to score some points and cover the spread. Kellen Mond is the truth and will be the best player on the field Saturday.
However, the most important piece of information for this game is quite simple.
Final Prediction: A&M 45 Arkansas 17
6:00pm: Florida +7.5 @ Miss. St.
Too many points. That simple. Dan Mullen, in year 1 of his “Rebuild” at Florida, is starting to get things going. QB Feleipe Franks is already reaping the benefits of having Mullen (see Teebow, Dak…etc.) coaching him up. Combine that with the Gators defense starting to get healthy and I just don’t see them getting blown out in Starkville. Also, you have to think Mullen wants to go into his old stomping grounds and get a victory. So long as Florida can withstand the early crowd/atmosphere, I see this going right down to the end. Plus sometimes you just have to back a coach that looks like Cousin Eddie…
Final Prediction: Miss. St. 27 Florida 24
7:30pm: S. Carolina @ Kentucky -1.5
It’s not quite basketball season yet. So Lexington should be ROCKING Saturday night. The Wildcats are off to their best start in quite sometime at 4-0, including wins versus both Florida and Mississippi St. Is South Carolina a better football school? Probably. But let’s ride this wave of momentum, especially at home, because you never know when the next big one will be here…
Final Prediction: Kentucky 27 S. Carolina 20
7:30pm: Ohio St. @ Penn St. O70.5
Ok. You have the #1 offense in the country (PSU 55.5ppg) versus the #2 offense in the country (OSU 54.5ppg). While from a points per game standpoint neither defense is bad, if you have watched them play you will notice one thing. Both are susceptible to big plays. That doesn’t bode well for trying to stop Dwayne Haskins & Co. or Trace Mcsorley & Co. Hammer the over now as it will keep climbing (Opened at 64).
Final Prediction: Ohio St. 45 Penn St. 38
Late Night Special
10:30pm: Toledo @ Fresno St. O62
You remember how I said it would feel awful to have been watching the Oklahoma/Texas Tech game in 2016 and not have the Over.
Well this a reenactment of what I looked like last week when I saw this http://www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=401020685
Not this time. Taking the Toledo Over out of principle to wrap up Week 5
Final Prediction: Fresno St. 40 Toledo 37
There you have it. Only 7 for ya this week. 3 Overs, 3 Favorites, and 1 lonely Dog.
Fade em if you want. But it’s time for some winners. So don’t get mad when I’m eating well and you go hungry this week.
#BOOM #CHEERS #SaturdaysAreForTheOver