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Picks Against the Spread: Week 12, 2017

Game Spread Pick Info
#3 Oklahoma @ Kansas Okla -37 OU This season started out the same way as they always do as Kansas lost by a lot (including to Ohio and Central Michigan) to everyone (including Ohio & Central Michigan).  Oklahoma gets to prove it can outscore Kansas by the most as Texas Tech currently has the high-water mark of 46: Oklahoma 56 – Kansas 13
#4 Miami (FL) vs Virginia Miami -19.5 UVA I have no idea which Miami team will show up, but odds are it’ll be “we’re playing a bad team” Miami against Virginia.  The Hoo’s can hang around as long as they aren’t allowing too many “turnover chain” transactions this season: Miami (FL) 28 – Virginia 13
#5 Georgia vs Kentucky UGA -21.5  Kent The Bulldogs, one week after losing to Auburn, must refocus and decimate another SEX-iest Eastern Division “rival” in Kentucky.  The Wildcats are (somehow) tied in the loss column for second in the East with a 3.  Fun Fact!  The SEC East is 2-11 against the SEC West.  Good News!  The final game is Mizzeruh against Ar-Kansas: Georgia 38 – Kentucky 17
#6 Notre Dame vs Navy ND -18 Navy Always take the triple-option against the spread: Notre Dame 31 – Navy 20
#18 Michigan @ #7 Wisconsin Wisc -7.5 Michigan The Wolverines are not a bad team despite being completely out of the national picture since losses to ranked team Michigan State and Penn State.  The Wolvs are also the last threat to Ohio State in the Big Ten East and need this win to maintain that status.  Wisconsin is the Big Ten’s last threat in a season where destiny seems against the Big Ten.  Call me crazy, but Michigan is going to Camp Randall and…keeping this close: Wisconsin 24 – Michigan 17 (OT)
#8 Ohio State vs Illinois OSU -41 Illinois Buckeyes will go big in the first half and let some background seniors play in the second half: Ohio State 48 – Illinois 10
#9 Auburn vs Louisiana Monroe Aub -36.5 Auburn Gotta rest those starters for the Iron Bowl, right?  Auburn will take this as a de facto bye and, even though the Auburn reserves might be better than the UL Monroe starters and the Tigers are able to maintain a cover: Auburn 51 – UL Monroe 13
 #10 Southern California vs California Los Angeles USC -16 UCLA Rivalry game in the entirely too competitive Pac-12 and Josh Rosen needs to put on a show against Sam Darnold to prove he should be the #1 pick over the Darnold.  We expect a QB duel with USC managing to pry away a victory: USC 38 – UCLA 35
#11 Penn State vs Nebraska PSU -26.5 PSU Is Nebraska as bad as their  33 point loss to Minnesota last week?  This team isn’t likely to be playing in the spirit of saving dismembered head coach Mike Riley and Penn State might rediscover its offense superiority against the Huskers; meanwhile, I’d be surprised if Nebraska cracked double-figures: Penn State 42 – Nebraska 10
#12 Texas Christian @ Texas Tech TCU -7 TTU The Red Raiders are going to score and I am not sure the Most Horn-ed of Frogs will be able to keep up whether Kenny Thrill plays or not.  Give me Coach Handsome for the victory: Texas Tech 35 – TCU 27
#13 Central Florida @ Temple UCF -14 UCF Temple is bad.  Not trying to break news or disturb anyone’s supper.  I watched the Owls looked like complete trash against South Florida not so long ago.  I know they’ve certainly improved since, but Central Florida will put the lightshow on the in Philly this weekend: Central Florida 48 – Temple 21
#15 Oklahoma State vs Kansas State OK State -20 KSU The Wildcats have looked good against the spread this season (probably) including covering against West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech.  Yes, they lost out to Kansas, but K-State will show up to challenge the Cowboys: Oklahoma State 42 – K-State 31
#16 Michigan State vs Maryland MSU -16 MSU Michigan State looked horrendous against Ohio State last weekend, but Maryland is on a walk-on quarterback and won’t be able to do much on offense: Michigan State 31 – Maryland 7

My Obligatory Thursday Night Pick

Tulsa @ South Florida USF -23 Tulsa What do we do on Thursday nights, kids?  That’s right, we take the double-digit underdog!  The Golden Hurricane has beaten Houston (somehow) while looking bad the rest of the season.  This week, they bring an A+ game against a thoughtless South Florida and keep it close: South Florida 38 – Tulsa 21

The Swanson “Cut The BS” Automatic Pick:

Arizona State @ Oregon State ASU -7 ASU Arizona State is a far superior team to the Oregon State Beavers.  Oregon State has little business keeping this game within seven, but they have surprised more than once this season.  The Sun Devils take down the Beavers in Corvallis by plenty: Arizona State 42 – Oregon State 21

BECAUSE WE HATE EVEN NUMBERS:

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The Real Top 16: Week 11, 2017

#20 Mississippi State: Rank = 19th, SOR = 20th, Power Ranking 5.6554

#19 Stanford: Rank = 20th, SOR = 15th, Power Ranking 5.6784

#18 Michigan: Rank = 19th, SOR = 17th, Power Ranking 5.7130

#17 Memphis: Rank = 16th, SOR = 18th, Power Ranking 5.9622


#16 Michigan State Spartans, 7-3 (5-2, Big Ten)

Rank = 25th, SOR = 14th, Power Ranking 6.2548

Image result for Michigan State spartans logo blank backgroundThe sheer helplessness of Michigan State against the Ohio State running attack stunned all of us here at the Braintrust as the Spartans entered off a six game streak allowing less than 70 yards per game since Notre Dame ran for 182 yards long, long ago.  Ohio State neared the mark of the Spartans previous six opponents with 335 yards on Saturday where Mike Weber appeared as the ghost of season’s past and Ohio State exploded to a 48-3 victory.  Picturing just one week ago where Michigan State battled to a victory over Penn State and Ohio State was flattened by Iowa became difficult as a slightly better Michigan State offense fell apart and the Spartans defense rolled over.  Michigan State has had a very successful season after last season’s 3-9 collapse,   Flipping that to 9-3 with wins over Maryland and Rutgers would complete that turnaround.

#15 Oklahoma State Cowboys, 8-2 (5-2, Big 12)

Rank = 15st, SOR = 16th, Power Ranking 6.2610

Image result for Oklahoma State cowboys logo blank backgroundOklahoma State’s disinterest in defense continued this weekend against Iowa State, but Mason Rudolph was able to beat out the opposition in another massive shootout, this time 49-42 where Iowa State flip-flopped between leading and allowing Oklahoma State to comeback throughout and, eventually, the Cowboys decided they would enjoy winning the football game and soiling the opportunity for Iowa State to earn a Big 12 Championship Game berth where it owns the tiebreaker against both current leaders in the conference (Oklahoma and Texas Christian).  Mason Rudolph looked incredible against Iowa State and the Cowboys are having little trouble against the Big 12’s optional defense.  With games against Kansas State and Kansas in Stillwater in its final two weeks, Oklahoma State will finish with a 10-2 record and watch its SOR collapse them OUT of the RT16.

#14 Washington State Cougars, 9-2 (5-2, Pac-12)

Rank = 16th, SOR = 15th, Power Ranking 6.4203

Image result for Washington State logo blank backgroundIs Washington State the nation’s most undervalued 2-loss team?  Well, there is certainly a plethora of them this season in college football (and we’re likely to add a few more as the season goes along) and Washington State seems completely forgotten with the Apple Cup in TWO WEEKS as they gleefully waltz into a Week 12 BYE prior to playing Washington in Seattle.  The Cougars have never won the Pac-12 North.  Will a second straight opportunity against rival Washington finally give Wazzu the division title?  The Husky offense is spiraling (especially compared to last season), but Washington State has watched one offensive and one defensive implosion result in those two losses.  Washington State needs to put together a complete game to beat its rival, but we’ll have to wait just a bit.

#13 Central Florida Golden Knights, 9-0 (6-0, American)

Rank = 8th, SOR = 13th, Power Ranking 7.0147

Image result for Central Florida Golden Knights logo blank backgroundOur formula seems to be splitting the Top 20 into four tiers this weekend.  The good news for Central Florida after its SOR managed to (mostly) survive its first of two downer games against Connecticut.  UCF gets little help going to play at Temple this weekend, but the following two weeks against Top-25 teams South Florida and Memphis will give the Golden Knights a boost at the end of the season and might just push the Golden Knights back into the Top 10.  Scott Frost, along with Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, will be on the lips of every “analyst” as the favorite to fill big-time opportunities throughout the off-season (or…well…not quite the off-season…more like the Bowl Season).  We already have Tennessee and Florida with openings and we can expect Nebraska to join them before the season’s end.  Where will Scott Frost be come 2018 season?  Our bet is actually Central Florida where he has the best opportunity to win in 2018.

#12 Texas Christian Horned Frogs, 8-2 (5-2, Big 12)

Rank = 13th, SOR = 11th, Power Ranking 7.0151

Image result for TCU Frogs logo blank backgroundThe Most Horn-ed of Frogs all but lost their playoff dreams with the loss to Oklahoma this past weekend, but  potential rematch in the Big 12 Title game could possibly change that fact.  Important reminder for Texas Christian: Texas Tech is never a team to sleep on.  The Red Raiders might be mired in another .500 season, but the ever-present offensive threat of the Red Raiders can threaten the Most Horn-ed of Frogs should Kenny Hill transform into questionable Kenny Hill.  For the most part, the TCU QB has been able to rely on ball control and defense most of the season, but Hill is a similar weakness to TCU that Jalen Hurts is to Alabama; few people see them as a weakness, but if they are going to be relied on to win the game through the air, suddenly the team becomes vulnerable.

#11 Penn State Nittany Lions, 8-2 (5-2, Big Ten)

Rank = 11th, SOR = 12th, Power Ranking 7.0529

Image result for Penn State logo blank backgroundPenn State cruised through Rutgers over the weekend; however, they failed to cover the spread against the Scarlet Knights (quick aside, the Scarlet Knights’ bandwagon leaves Happy Valley en route for Bloomington, Indiana where Rutgers will be a gimmie 11 point underdog).  The Happiest of Valleys is wallowing in the current state of Saquon Barkley’s Heisman candidacy which is nonexistent following a third consecutive bust performance by the former favorite.  Barkley ran for less yards than Trace McSorely and seemed almost uninterested in trying to run against Rutgers with the awful Penn State line failing to create much room.  Penn State welcomes spiraling Nebraska to the Happiest of Valleys on Saturday trying to plant another nail into Mike Riley’s coffin.

#10 Southern California Trojans. 9-2 (7-1, Pac-12)

Rank = 11th, SOR = 9th, Power Ranking 7.4332

Image result for Southern Cal Trojans logo blank backgroundUSC kicks off our next tier of this week’s Top 16.  Southern California began a spiral downward after its victory this weekend with a road victory over Colorado while other teams defeated ranked opponents (See Auburn and Ohio State).  The Trojans are also in the same situation as Washington State where they have an extra data point on the resume with 11 games already played.  Southern California plays again this weekend against UCLA, but will sit silent during the following week while other pick up valuable points for their SOR.  The Trojans are behind many teams in the pecking order for the CFP, and will not be able to jump Ohio State or Auburn if those teams win-out.  Southern Cal, as mentioned, does play this weekend against rival California Los Angeles.

#9 Auburn Tigers, 8-2 (6-1, SEX-iest)

Rank = 5th, SOR = 10th, Power Ranking 7.4495

Image result for Auburn tigers logo blank backgroundAuburn’s victory over Georgia was magnificent and one of the best wins of the season and they were justly rewarded by moving from 12th to the 5th in the subjective rankings; however, mathematics did not weigh Auburn as heavily as we mere humans did.  Auburn’s two-losses both came in close games on the road, but Auburn losing to Clemson has left the Tigers without even the semblance of a helpful non-conference win.  For comparison’s sake, Auburn’s three non-conference games give them .113 points toward its SOR.; meanwhile, Ohio State’s lackluster schedule which includes a loss at home to Oklahoma still gives the Buckeyes ~0.700 points toward its SOR; finally, Clemson, who defeated Auburn, gets over an entire point from the non-conference with only two games and one of those being against MAC cellar-dweller Kent State.  Auburn will likely move toward playoff contention in our rankings by beating Alabama, but the Tigers will need that 13th data point against Georgia in the SEX-iest Conference Championship Game to officially make it (according to our current projections) where they would become #3 in the nation.

#8 Ohio State Buckeyes, 8-2 (6-1, Big Ten)

Rank = 9th, SOR = 7th, Power Ranking 7.5745

Image result for Ohio State logo blank backgroundThe dominating performance by Ohio State managed to keep them ahead of the surging Auburn Tigers, but the Buckeyes are far from back in the playoff hunt after humiliating themselves in Iowa City just two weeks ago to the tune of a 31-point loss.  Ohio State benefits from the ever increasing value of its Army win (the Black Knights are now 7-2, albeit against no one; however, their current 61st ranking is better than the 100’s where they were after OSU) and Penn State thankfully defeating Rutgers.  The Buckeyes can find themselves back in the playoff hunt with some wins down the stretch against Michigan at home and Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship Game.  Illinois SHOULD be savagely dismantled in the Horseshoe this weekend.

#7 Wisconsin Badgers, 10-0 (7-0, Big Ten)

Rank = 6th, SOR = 8th, Power Ranking 7.6948

Image result for wisconsin badgers logo blank backgroundThere are currently 3 undefeated Power Five teams (and Central Florida) left in college football and Wisconsin is the one on the outside looking in.  The Badgers could very well be jumped by Ohio State and Auburn by our mathematical metrics after the season’s final week in SOR if both teams win out.  Wisconsin can exhaust the nonsense and eek into the playoff with a 13-0 record, but I cannot promise the Badgers that 13-0 will have them mathematically ahead of everyone.  Having the Power 5’s worst SOS can certainly hinder the efforts.  Wisconsin needs Iowa and Northwestern to finish out strong while Ohio State is 10-2 and playing well entering the Big Ten Championship Game.  Wisconsin meets with Michigan in Camp Randall this weekend for another big time home game.  The Badgers best road win of the season?  beating either tumbling Nebraska or 1-conference win Indiana.

#6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 8-2 (Independent)

Rank = 10th, SOR = 3rd, Power Ranking 7.7469

Image result for Notre Dame blank backgroundAfter a loss to Miami, the Irish cling to the #6 spot in the RT16 by virtue of its incredible SOR.  Many question marks can now be raised about the Fighting Irish following the loss to Miami, including its ability to score when stuffed on the run.  Notre Dame might struggle to find lanes in Palo Alto in two weeks, and never sell short how much this week’s game against Navy means to the Midshipmen.  Notre Dame will miss out on the crucial “13th Data Point” and should honestly look into scheduling a 13th game on Championship Weekend (maybe Army or BYU?  Unfortunately few options).  As mentioned, the Irish welcome Navy to South Bend on Saturday for one of my favorite annual games.

#5 Georgia Bulldogs, 9-1 (6-1, SEX-iest)

Rank = 7th, SOR = 5th, Power Ranking 7.7811

Image result for Georgia Bulldogs logo blank backgroundRough for the Bulldogs.  While still 9-1 and fifth in the nation according to the RT16, Georgia flopped hard against Auburn in its first test since Mississippi State oh so long ago.  The Bulldogs also lost some ground with Notre Dame’s loss.  The Dawgs don’t have much left to hang its hat on with Notre Dame and Mississippi State going down and the SEC East continuing to look like crap.  Georgia continues with the SEC East on Saturday with Kentucky coming in-between the hedges in Athens.  Georgia’s season clearly hinges on the SEC Championship Game against either Alabama or Auburn; however, a trip to Atlanta against ACC rival Georgia Tech during “Rivalry Week”.

#4 Miami (FL) Hurricanes, 9-0 (6-0, ACC)

Rank = 3rd, SOR = 4th, Power Ranking 7.9820

Image result for miami hurricanes logo black backgroundMiami rocked the college football world and introduced a little…stability? to the playoff rankings.  With the Hurricane victory, there are two spots now locked up, so long as Miami and Clemson win games where they will be big favorites, with the SEC and ACC garnering at least one of the berths in the playoff.  I’d love to tell you about my feelings on multiple teams from the same conference in the playoff, but that seems like a topic for another time.  Miami (FL) is now the favorite to make it out of the ACC, no matter where Clemson is ranked.  It will be a fun game when the two meet in the ACC Championship Game with phenomenal defensive talent facing off against what seems to be very okay offensive talent.  Engage.

#3 Oklahoma Sooners, 9-1 (6-1, Big 12)

Rank = 2nd, SOR = 6th, Power Ranking 7.9889

Image result for Oklahoma Sooners logo blank backgroundOklahoma is the offensive juggernaut looking to prove once and for all that the Big 12’s explosive strategy can be effective enough to lead to a National Championship.  The conference has not won since Vince Young and Texas in 2005, the second longest drought (the Pac-12 has not won since the year before with USC).  Often, the way seasons seem to have went in the past was SEC defenses exposed Big Ten defenses or Big 12 offenses, depending on which played in the title game.  Since the playoff began, Oklahoma appeared once two years ago and promptly lost in Round 1.  While Baker Mayfield and company seem to be the best in a while offensively, it has done so against the colander of Big 12 teams.  Oklahoma has earned a spot this high (despite a 6th SOR), but a sneak attack against West Virginia approaches.  This weekend, Oklahoma might put up 90 against Kansas.

#2 Clemson Tigers, 9-1 (7-1, ACC)

Rank = 4th, SOR = 2nd, Power Ranking 8.6359

Image result for Clemson logo blank backgroundClemson plugs along with a victory over Florida State over the weekend.  The Tigers are standing atop the ACC Atlantic and are out of ACC games for the season, that means the Tigers are the champions of the Atlantic Division once again (a steady 1+1 = Champs there).  Clemson plays an in-state “rivalry” game against The Citadel this weekend before an “in-state” rivalry game against South Carolina remaining on the schedule.  Sounds like a 11-1 season for Clemson once again this season.  Clemson’s entire season comes down to the ACC Championship Game against Miami (FL) where they will either clinch a CFP berth or (hopefully) slide out of the race to make room for a conference champion such as Southern California, Wisconsin, or Ohio State.

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide, 10-0 (7-0, SEX-iest)

Rank = 1st, SOR = 1st, Power Ranking 8.7774

Image result for Alabama Crimson Tide logo blank backgroundAlabama finally hits the 1-1-1 for the first time this season for ANY team, after all, Alabama has stood as #1 in the subjective rankings for much of the season while its SOR has not; furthermore, the Tide have often missed the #1 Power Ranking with its poor SOR.  Finally, Alabama fits into the top spot after beating Mississippi State after one of the saddest attempts to stop mediocre passer Jalen Hurts on Alabama’s final drive that I ahve witnessed in college football.  It was a shameful end to a game Mississippi State had played well enough to stand in the winner’s circle when the clock hit 00:00.  We knew the Bulldogs would have enough offense, but in the end its defense seemed to run out of gas and simply allowed the Tide to convert a 3rd and 15 and then toss the game winner without so much as the semblance of an effort to stop the Tide.  Alabama plays Mercer this weekend instead of another conference game because the SEC is smarter than everyone else.

College Gameday Drinking Game: Week 11, 2017

Week 7, 2017-2018

To Start:
Take a drink for each person NOT wearing a black suit coat.
My Friend Game: One person is designated “My friend”.  Each time “NOT SO FAST” is said, everyone starts drinking.  The last person to finish his/her drink becomes Lee Corso’s friend.  The friend must drink each time Lee Corso says “My Friend”
Analyst Game: Pick an analyst (Kirk, Lee, Rece or Desmond).  Each time your analyst is shown alone on camera take a drink….if you’re analyst leaves the table, the person who takes his place at the table is now your analyst (for better or for worse)Listen to Lee Game:

Any time Lee Corse says “Listen”, every player must put a finger to his/her ear and lean toward the television.  The last player to do so must drink.

Rock/Paper/Scissors Analyst Game:

When two analysts are shown on-screen together AND both talk during the scene, find someone who has chosen the analyst shown with yours and play them in R/P/S.  The loser drinks.  If there is an odd number, anyone not participating must take a drink. (i.e. if you are following Desmond and he is shown on screen with Rece, play R/P/S with a player following Rece).

Signs and Flag
Take a drink for any sign referring to Brian Kelly
Take a drink for any sign referring to academics
Take a drink for any sign referring to the Catholicism
Take a drink for Washington State flag in the background
The Bear Cheers: Each time the Bear is shown, cheers to “The Bear!” and take a drink.
“To The System”: Each time the college football playoff is mentioned, cheers “To The System” and take a drink.
During the Show:
Make sure to continue following the “My Friend” and “Analyst” games
Take a drink when Matt Campbell, Ed Orgeron, Mason Rudolph, or Scott Frost is shown
Take a drink each time Iowa’s win over Ohio State is mentioned
Take a drink each time the possibility of two SEC teams making the playoff is mentioned
 Take a drink each time Baker Mayfield is mentioned
Take a drink every time an empty or nearly empty stadium is shown.
Take a drink each time “undefeated” is said
Take a drink each time “Group of Five” is said
Take a drink each time “Catholics vs Convicts” is said
If the guest picker is Ray Lewis FINISH YOUR BEER
Perform the Saturday Selections.  Each time you agree with your analyst, take a drink.  Each time you disagree, drink for five seconds.  If you fail to make a pick for a game, drink for ten seconds.  (The Guest Picker may be chosen if wanted).
During the Miami (FL) – Notre Dame pick: If Lee Corso mentions  a previous week’s pick, FINISH A BEER.  If Lee picks Miami (FL), FINISH A BEER

Picks Against the Spread: Week 11, 2017

Game Spread Pick Info
#1 Clemson vs Florida State Clem -15.5 FSU Last week was the first time I’ve picked Clemson against the spread in ACC play (probably) and the Tigers failed to beat the 7.5.  Raise the stakes for a team which lost to Pittsburgh in the REAL DEATH VALLEY last season along with Florida State’s best punch and suddenly Clemson is looking vulnerable in Week 11: Clemson 27 – Florida State 21
#2 Notre Dame @ #8 Miami (FL) ND -3.5 ND The Hurricanes bullied Virginia Tech’s offensive line last weekend and will have better success stopping the Irish running attack than most assume; however, Miami forgets that it needs to score to win the game: Notre Dame 21 – Miami (FL) 13
#3 Alabama @ #18 Mississippi State Bama -13.5  MS ST If there was ever a game on the schedule which looked like a trap game it would be Alabama heading to Starkville one week after having the blueprint to stopping the Tide’s offense exposed by LSU (tip: have as good of athletes as the Tide).  Mississippi State won’t be able to match LSU’s defensive output, but should be able to put up a few more points with dual-threat Nick Fitzgerald steering the ship: Alabama 31 – Mississippi State 24
#4 Georgia @ #15 Auburn UGA -2.5 Auburn Is it blasphemy to think Auburn is the better team in this game?  Georgia’s ground attack should put up some numbers, but will Jake Fromm be able to make the play when it counts to out-duel the SEC’s best pocket passer in Jarrett Stidham?  We don’t think so and we’ll money line the Tigers: Auburn 35 – Georgia 31
#5 Texas Christian @ #6 Oklahoma OU -6.5 OU Baker Mayfield will never reach Connor Cooke levels of arrogance and hate-able-ness, but the Oklahoma Quarterback is doing everything in his power to compete with the former Michigan State QB; however, OU QB seems most vulnerable with a rowdy crowd behind him in Norman, so picking TCU here might be smarter than our experts think: Oklahoma 42 – Texas Christian 28
#7 Southern California @ Colorado USC -13.5 Colorado It would be very Pac-12 of this game for USC to lose on the road against perhaps the South Division’s worst team one year after it was the South Division’s best team (How Pac-12 of you, Colorado), but in this case altitude is only enough to slow down USC: Southern California 33 – Colorado 21
#16 Iowa @ #9 Wisconsin Wisc -12 Iowa It would be so appropriate of Iowa to come out flat and its defense to roll over and its offense to stagnate one weekend after none of those things even came close to thinking about the chance of happening against Ohio State, but Wisconsin just isn’t score-happy enough to beat Iowa by more than 10: Wisconsin 24 – Iowa 16
 #12 Michigan State @ #10 Ohio State OSU -15.5 OSU Urban Meyer has never lost three games in a season as Ohio State’s head coach and if there was ever a game for the Buckeyes to come out angry, this would be the one.  Odds are it snows in Columbus, but bad passing weather might be worse news for MSU (Lewerke threw for 400 againt Penn State last weekend) than the Buckeyes.  JT rediscovers Penn State JT and Dobbins actually gets the ball an appropriate amount of times: Ohio State 38 – Michigan State 21
#11 Central Florida vs Connecticut UCF -40.5 UConn I really want to take the Golden Knights just because laying 40.5 points is like a dream of mine…but laying 40.5 points is often silly especially when its for a team which surrendered 33 to Austin Peay: Central Florida 56 – Connecticut 17
#13 Penn State vs Rutgers PSU -31 Rutgers I’ve been scooped up by Scarlet Fever and I’m not talking Buckeyes anymore.  Rutgers has covered the last four games and three were outright wins.  The Knights have confidence, but it won’t be enough to win in the Happiest of Valleys, but Penn State has almost zero offensive confidence to cover a 31 pointer: Penn State 35 – Rutgers 14
#14 Washington @ Stanford Wash -6 Stanford The rule is to take the point on a Thursday/Friday night spread when its a double-digit number, but the Pac-12 has brewed so much chaos and Stanford has the horses to beat Washington; furthermore, the Trees are just a different team in Palo Alto: Stanford 31 – Washington 28

My Obligatory Thursday Night Pick

Georgia Southern @ Appalachian State Appy -17.5 Appy State Easiest Thursday night pick I’ve had so far.  Appalachian State has had two rough weeks in the Most Fun Belt with losses to UMass and UL Monroe, but they are still the class of the conference and dominate an 0-8 Georgia Southern team: Appalachian State 45 – Georgia Southern 14

The Swanson “Cut The BS” Automatic Pick:
There are a lot of potential options for the SCAP this week.  Here are some of the finalists:

  • Troy (-17) @ Coastal Carolina: the Trojans, along with Appalachian State, is one of the two best teams in the Most Fun Belt; meanwhile, Coastal Carolina is 1-8.  The Chanticleers nearly pulled off a miracle upset against Ar-Kansas last weekend, but there will be no such thing as the Trojans easily cover.
  • Kentucky @ Vanderbilt (-2): Vanderbilt is terrible and should never be an in-conference favorite.  I rate Vegas 0 stars.
  • Florida Atlantic (-4.5) @ Louisiana Tech: The Owls might be the best team in C-USA and have a very nice offense.  Their defense is bad, but they’ve won every conference game by at least five, including against very good Marshall last week.
  • Temple (-2.5) @ Cincinnati: These are two bad teams, both of which are coming off wins.  Temple just beat Navy (somehow) and Cincy beat Tulane.  Nippert Stadium is usually a good weekday atmosphere, but the Bearcats are so awful this season and Cincinnati fans are about as Fickell as they come.

In the end, we could only choose one from our finalists, and we decided on!

Kentucky @ Vanderbilt Vandy -2 UK Vanderbilt is now 0-5 in conference.  Many say the Commodores have faced better SEC competition than the Wildcats, but honestly they’ve looked awful doing it.  Kentucky is good enough to beat bad Vanderbilt for its final win of 2017: Kentucky 35 – Vanderbilt 24

BECAUSE WE HATE EVEN NUMBERS:

Unnecessary as we already have an odd number of picks this week.

The Real Top 16: Week 10, 2017

#20 Oklahoma State: Rank = 15th, SOR = 20th, Power Ranking 5.4701

#19 Washington State: Rank = 20th, SOR = 15th, Power Ranking 5.6593

#18 Mississippi State: Rank = 19th, SOR = 17th, Power Ranking 5.6865

#17 Memphis: Rank = 16th, SOR = 18th, Power Ranking 5.8029

It was a weekend of Big Ten upheaval; although, the conference now ranks the best in terms of Strength of Record following last week’s disaster.  Iowa and Northwestern have helped to add a nice above average tier to a conference which looked like it was going to be defined by its top-heaviness; although, the conference should be pleased with Michigan State’s performance as well.  The conference’s cannibalization has left it with only Wisconsin as a playoff hopeful, but the Badgers need Iowa and Northwestern to stay ranked to be considered a serious playoff contender (their current Strength of Record is one spot worse than American Conference leader Central Florida). Here are some argument points for you entering Week 11:

  • If UCF is the only other undefeated team outside of the SEC Champion, the Golden Knights will earn playoff talk.  They’ll have two wins over a Memphis team which should be ranked, South Florida which should be ranked, and a quality win over SMU.  Navy remaining competitive would have helped, as would a win over Georgia Tech which was cancelled.  The Golden Knights will watch its SOV slump over the next two weeks, but need South Florida and Memphis to bolster that come end of season.
  • This weekend two teams will be eliminated from “Playoff Consideration”: the losers of Texas Christian @ Oklahoma and Notre Dame @ Miami (FL).
  • Georgia has skipped across the horrendous SEC East for the last few weeks since it dominated Mississippi State, but has left many of us here wondering how it will fair against Auburn and (perhaps) the conference’s best Quarterback.  The last player I thought was the SEC’s best QB was Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald and the Bulldogs dominated.
  • Two loss teams Ohio State and Southern California just might be ahead of undefeated teams Miami (FL) and Wisconsin once Championship Weekend arrives.  It sounds insane and crazy, but SOV loves three times a little too much right now for our subjective ranking: Ohio State, Southern Cal, and Clemson while hating the Badgers.
  • Washington plays its three toughest games (by our metrics) the next three weeks.  Perhaps the Pac-12’s best playoff contender lost the chance for a “statement” win against Stanford, but finishing 12-1 with a Pac-12 Championship would all but ensure it hang around the discussion (and ahead of two-loss teams such as Ohio State, Auburn, and anyone else who might hit chaos in the coming weeks).

#16 Iowa Hawkeyes, 6-3 (3-3, Big Ten)

Rank = 21st, SOR = 14th, Power Ranking 5.8079

Image result for Iowa Hawkeyes logo blank backgroundAfter the victory over Ohio State, Iowa claimed its second quality win of the season (by 31 POINTS!?) and has three not-so-bad losses to Penn State, Michigan State, and Northwestern.  The Hawkeyes head to Madison for a game against undefeated Wisconsin this weekend to try and spoil another playoff hopeful’s chances.  Iowa’s offensive explosion against a strong Buckeyes’ team shows promise to be the team to down the Badgers, who have been prone to mistakes and a lack of scoring.  There will be no surprising the Badgers after stunning Ohio State, but the Hawkeyes are that Big Ten team which always seems to hang around and change the postseason picture without being too involved itself.

#15 Auburn Tigers, 7-2 (5-1, SEX-iest)

Rank = 12th, SOR = 19th, Power Ranking 5.9050

Image result for Auburn tigers logo blank backgroundJarrett Stidham established himself as the SEC’s most dangerous QB through the air over the weekend after hitting more than a couple impressive receivers especially deep down the field.  Georgia has not faced many teams capable of playing both on the ground and down the field; after all, there aren’t many SEC teams capable of doing so.  Five straight games against the SEC East where five of the seven teams are power ranked 60 or lower (more on that later).  Auburn just dominated Texas A&M on the road in a series where home teams are 0-6 since A&M joined the SEC with both the air attack of Stidham and Kerryon Johnson on the ground.  The Tigers have the ability to stuff the run, but have yet to face either dominant SEC ramblers Georgia or Alabama.  This is a very entertaining game to think about, but if Auburn leaps into an early lead and forces Jake Fromm to beat them, then the Tigers are a favorite to beat the current -2.5 number.

#14 Washington Huskies, 8-1 (5-1, Pacific 12) 

Rank = 10th, SOR = 16th, Power Ranking 5.9700

Image result for washington huskies logo blank backgroundWashington has not appeared in the RT16 since Week 4, but we welcome them back after the Huskies downed Oregon last weekend.  The Pac-12 has been a spinning disaster this season where teams just seem to lose at the most inopportune time for the conference.  Nothing seems more likely than the Huskies falling victim to the conference’s curse against a Stanford team which just looked atrocious against Washington State last weekend.  The Cardinal have been exceptionally good at home this season, so it’s certainly a game to watch.  In what has been one of the more entertaining seasons in college football, the nation’s most entertaining conference might be giving another fantastic to watch this upcoming weekend.

#13 Penn State Nittany Lions, 7-2 (4-2, Big ten)

Rank = 17th, SOR = 9th, Power Ranking 6.4248

Image result for Penn State logo blank backgroundPenn State’s loss was shocking after watching the game prior to the hours-long delay featuring lightning storms in East Lansing.  The Lions were only up 14-7, but it looked like they were going to be able to move the ball effectively against Michigan State, but Sparty proved once again how tough they are on opposing running attacks ESPECIALLY in the rain.  Michigan State, which upset Michigan during a storm in Ann Arbor, left Saquon Barkley’s Heisman hopes as little more than a fool’s hope and the Nittany Lions season as an overall loss.  Penn State, unlike both Sparty and Michigan State, is completely eliminated from the playoff with the loss because the odds of BOTH Michigan State and Ohio State dropping to three losses in conference seems nil.  Two weeks ago, Penn State was 7-0 and the conference’s front-runner.  One gauntlet later and they might not even have hope for a New Year’s Six Bowl.

#12 Michigan State Spartans 7-2 (5-1, Big Ten)

Rank = 14th, SOR = 12th, Power Ranking 6.4960

Image result for Michigan State spartans logo blank backgroundSpeaking of Sparty, the Spartans triumphantly return after another impressive Big Ten upset in East Lansing over Penn State. MSU is one more win away from completing their version of the Big Ten East’s incredulous gauntlet (Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State).  The Buckeyes will likely have an enormous chip on its shoulder after the loss to Iowa, but Michigan State is the physical and powerful opponent which can suffocate both offense and defense.  Michigan State showed an ability to move the ball against Penn State and Brian Lewerke tossed for 400 yards last week.  Iowa seemed to spread the ball around with ease against the Buckeyes, so Michigan State putting up points is not even close to out of the question.  Michigan State has been a pest in the buttocks of Ohio State since Urban Meyer’s arrival and have another chance to crush Buckeye’s fans once more by handing them Meyer’s first three-loss season in Columbus.

 

#11 Central Florida Golden Knights, 8-0 (5-0, American)

Rank = 9th, SOR = 11th, Power Ranking 6.7959

Image result for Central Florida Golden Knights logo blank background8-0 with some quality wins and the ability to stave off the letdown upset on the road (ahem), Central Florida looks poised to roll into the postseason undefeated and almost untested.  The 7-point margin in Dallas over the weekend was UCF’s closest contest of the season and the first single-digit margin this season.  With Connecticut and Temple next on the schedule, there is little reason to expect UCF to add to that tally where they’ll be favored by 25+.  South Florida waits at season’s end for a game which will decide a trip to the American Conference Championship Game and the opportunity to face Memphis for which American Conference Champion plays in the New Year’s Six.

#10 Ohio State Buckeyes, 7-2 (5-1, Big Ten)

Rank = 11th, SOR = 7th, Power Ranking 6.8448

Image result for Ohio State logo blank backgroundSigh…I know most people across the country are celebrating a humiliating Ohio State loss which left most Buckeye fans questioning reality and wondering what happened to last week’s JT Barrett.   I cannot jump of the JT Train, especially after it cruised back against Penn State, but the Buckeyes cannot help but shake a head after its senior leader seemed a toddler against Iowa Saturday.  The defense was at its worst and lost spirit after so many Barrett interceptions.  The back-breaker came before halftime which allowed Iowa to crawl ahead 31-17 before halftime and was Barrett’s worst throw of the afternoon spiraling directly into the hands of an Iowa defender.  Between the picks and the plethora of batted passes (I honestly believe there were 8 or 9), JT was completely ineffective for the bulk of the game throwing the football.  There’s no excuse for a 108th ranked offense scoring on four of five offense drives in the first half, but JT most shoulder the blame this weekend.  No time for a bottom feeder refresher as Michigan State rumbles into Columbus fresh off a victory over Penn State.

#9 Wisconsin Badgers, 9-0 (6-0, Big Ten)

Rank = 5th, SOR = 12th, Power Ranking 6.9471

Image result for wisconsin badgers logo blank backgroundWisconsin, at #9, celebrates the surging Hawkeyes and Northwestern Wildcats as its SOS only looks terrible and not embarrassing entering Week 11. Wisconsin still has the Power Five’s worst SOS and has to beat Iowa which will likely knock the Hawkeyes from the RT16 and possibly the College Football Playoff (TO THE SYSTEM) rankings.  The Badgers are favored by 12.5 at home, but expect that number to decrease as the week goes along. The Badgers have been offensively ineffective and inconsistent while the defense has proven itself against just awful opposition.  It’s an old story and is getting hackneyed (I’m sure for Wisconsin fans more than anyone), but the good news for Wisconsin is the committee took a Washington team with a bad 13-0 record last season.  If history tells us true, the Badgers should be right in the running assuming they’re able to win the rest of this season’s game.

#8 Miami (FL) Hurricanes, 8-0 (6-0, ACC)

Rank = 8th, SOR = 8th, Power Ranking 6.9762

Image result for miami hurricanes logo black backgroundMiami faced its biggest game of the season, one we here thought they would indubitably lose as the Hurricanes had looked mediocre week-after-week before the defense owned Virginia Tech in Miami.  The Hurricanes once again get to stay home again this weekend as Notre Dame comes calling in the THIRD best game according to our metrics of game score (behind OSU-MSU and TCU-OU).  It’s a de facto playoff elimination game; although, the Irish might still be the two-loss favorite to make the playoff if the Hurricanes take the game.  This represents Miami’s last challenge before the ACC Championship Game (it needs to only beat Virginia OR Pittsburgh OR have the Cavalier lose to Louisville this weekend) where it seems destined to meet Clemson who is only a win or North Carolina State loss away from also clinching its ACC Championship spot.

#7 Southern California Trojans, 8-2 (6-1, Pac-12)

Rank = 13th, SOR = 5th, Power Ranking 7.0382

Image result for Southern Cal Trojans logo blank backgroundSouthern California will watch itself spiral slightly and slightly even with victories as the Pac-12 begins to fall apart and beat itself to pieces.  It’s a humbling thought, but soon all the teams will sit so close to mediocrity that USC’s SOV will be the victim as opposed to the teams losing the games. If somehow Arizona loses to Oregon State this weekend (ha), the conference will have Washington, Washington State, Southern California and a bunch of teams hovering at or around .500.  Even worse for the Trojans would be Wazzu or Washington losing this weekend.  The Pacific 12 has the three aforementioned teams all ranked in the Top-20 and then a bunch of teams hovering around #35.  Those teams losing this weekend (and some of them will have to playing Washington, Washington State, and Southern Cal), they’ll fall off into the 40’s and maybe soon the 50’s, leaving the Pac-12 in the same realm as the SEC East/ACC.

#6 Oklahoma Sooners, 8-1 (5-1, Big 12)

Rank = 4th, SOR = 10th, Power Ranking 7.0924

Image result for Oklahoma Sooners logo blank backgroundOklahoma has an awful defense.  The game against Oklahoma State was everything I’ve come to expect, but absolutely love about the current Big 12.  Suddenly, the 31-16 win over Ohio State seems like it was absolute offensive ineptitude by the Buckeyes (wait…it was) and had nothing to do with Baker Mayfield’s 31-points.  In the end, Oklahoma looks capable of simply outscoring the bulk of its opponents, but that has become par for the course in the Big 12.  The omnipresent question surrounding the conference has been if the defense looks horrendous because of how incredible the offensive play is, or if the offense looks incredible because of how horrendous the defense is (WITH THE NOTABLE EXCEPTION THAT EVERYONE GETS TO OBLITERATE ALL-AROUND ATROCIOUS KANSAS) For Oklahoma, it is likely a little bit of both, but the Sooners will have a lot to prove against acceptably okay defensive TCU and their opponent come bowl season.

#5 Texas Christian Horned Frogs 8-1 (5-1, Big 12)

Rank = 7th, SOR = 6th, Power Ranking 7.3208

Image result for TCU Frogs logo blank backgroundTexas Christian is simply hanging around, it seems, now one of a shrinking amount of one-loss teams.  It seems ages ago that TCU beat Oklahoma State and even seems years that the Most Horn-ed of Frogs were downed by Iowa State even though that was like 10 days ago.  TCU meets Oklahoma in what is our best game by the metrics used by the Braintrust in Norman.  Normally, a road game is bad, but against Baker Mayfield it almost seems preferable. Last season, Oklahoma lost at home to Ohio State (and on a neutral site to Houston); meanwhile, this season’s loss came in Norman against Iowa State.  In fact, Baker Mayfield has never started a road loss for Oklahoma.  Be excited, TCU.  This might just be your chance to put the Big 12 in a headlock.

 

#4 Georgia Bulldogs 9-0 (6-0, SEX-iest)

Rank = 2nd, SOR = 4th, Power Ranking 7.7738

Image result for Georgia Bulldogs logo blank background9-0 and seemingly unstoppable, Georgia just pushed around South Carolina en route to a predicted spread loss, but game win.  Georgia has not faced any trouble since it limped out of South Bend 20-19, but the game in Auburn this weekend poses a likely threat with the way the Tigers have looked on offense the last two weeks on the road.  Georgia will attempt to keep its impressive and juggernaut rushing attack going, but Jake Fromm, who attempted the third most passes of his college career with 22 on Saturday, will likely have to make plays through the passing game to keep up.  Georgia’s defense has not faced the balanced threat of Auburn since Mississippi State, but those Bulldogs didn’t have the power running attack of Kerryon Johnson.  Georgia, again at 9-0, is only a 2.5 favorite for a reason.

#3 Alabama Crimson Tide, 9-0 (6-0, SEX-iest)

Rank = 1st, SOR = 3rd, Power Ranking 7.9495

Image result for Alabama Crimson Tide logo blank backgroundThe domination of the coward Louisiana State by the juggernaut Alabama added another predictable chapter on Saturday despite the Tigers seeming to have the most success of any team against the Tide, in fact, LSU out-gained Alabama overall and on the ground, doing seemingly everything necessary to beat the Tide.  One long pass by Jalen Hurts and one LSU interception were too many mistakes for the Tigers to overcome as the Tide simply managed the game to victory by playing inside itself and forcing Louisiana State to punt the game away back and forth and back and forth forever.  LSU had one drive for over 20 yards in the second half (Alabama had 2) in what was some unwatchable, NFL-style football.  It was a game epitomizing the bad QB play in the SEC, but Alabama’s defense proved too much and the Tide continue to march toward yet another College Football Playoff.  Buhmuh heads to Starkville for an intriguing game with #18 Mississippi State.

#2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 8-1 (Independent)

Rank = 3rd, SOR = 2nd, Power Ranking 7.9902

Image result for Notre Dame blank backgroundNotre Dame survived Wake Forest and moved to 8 wins to trump the always asked 7.5 O/U which everyone seemed curious about entering the season.  Notre Dame now travels to play Miami as another piece to the tough SOS puzzle Notre Dame has put together this season.  Miami is fresh off a dominating effort against Virginia Tech where the defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage with ease which is a necessity against this powerhouse Notre Dame rushing attack….odd that this season the best teams in college football all seem to be running-heavy attacks with little thought to passing the ball whether that be to lack of desire or necessity.  The Irish and Hurricanes will welcome College Gameday Drinking Game into town for a showdown which might eliminate the loser from the College Football Playoff discussion.

#1 Clemson Tigers 8-1 (6-1, ACC)

Rank = 6th, SOR = 1st, Power Ranking 8.0045

Image result for Clemson logo blank backgroundClemson returns to the #1 spot thanks to the SOV metric absolutely adoring the Tigers.  Clemson’s’ gap between itself and second in SOR (Notre Dame) is the fourth largest gap between any two teams in the Top-40.  Clemson’s victory over North Carolina State was the symbolic moment of Clemson managing to make its best plays in the biggest moments.  It is hard to watch Clemson and Georgia and Alabama skip toward the College Football playoffs when the strengths, weaknesses, and the roadmap seem so clear to the outside eyes, but there is an intangible strength to the teams and an unfathomable ability to consistently bring the best game to the biggest moments even while showing flaws against weaker opponents.  Clemson is all but guaranteed another return trip to the playoff unless Florida State rebounds or South Carolina surprises…speaking of which the Seminoles are in THE REAL DEATH VALLEY this weekend.

 

College Gameday Drinking Game: Week 10, 2017

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To Start:
Take a drink for each person NOT wearing a black suit coat.
My Friend Game: One person is designated “My friend”.  Each time “NOT SO FAST” is said, everyone starts drinking.  The last person to finish his/her drink becomes Lee Corso’s friend.  The friend must drink each time Lee Corso says “My Friend”
Analyst Game: Pick an analyst (Kirk, Lee, Rece or Desmond).  Each time your analyst is shown alone on camera take a drink….if you’re analyst leaves the table, the person who takes his place at the table is now your analyst (for better or for worse)

Listen to Lee Game:

Any time Lee Corse says “Listen”, every player must put a finger to his/her ear and lean toward the television.  The last player to do so must drink.

Rock/Paper/Scissors Analyst Game:

When two analysts are shown on-screen together AND both talk during the scene, find someone who has chosen the analyst shown with yours and play them in R/P/S.  The loser drinks.  If there is an odd number, anyone not participating must take a drink. (i.e. if you are following Desmond and he is shown on screen with Rece, play R/P/S with a player following Rece).

Signs and Flag
Take a drink for any sign referring to Baker Mayfield
Take a drink for any sign referring to Mike Gundy
Take a drink for any sign referring to the College Football Playoff
Take a drink for Washington State flag in the background
The Bear Cheers:Each time the Bear is shown, cheers to “The Bear!” and take a drink.
“To The System”: Each time the college football playoff is mentioned, cheers “To The System” and take a drink.
During the Show:
Make sure to continue following the “My Friend” and “Analyst” games
Take a drink when Jonathon Taylor, James Franklin, Gus Malzahn, Malik Zaire is shown
Take a drink each time Ohio State’s win over Penn State is mentioned
Take a drink each time the first college football playoff committee rankings are mentioned
 Take a drink each time Kelly Bryant’s recovery from injury is mentioned
Take a drink every time an empty or nearly empty stadium is shown.
Take a drink each time a Mike Gundy’s hair is mentioned
Take a drink each time Jim McElwain is mentioned
Take a drink each time “Bedlam” is said
If the guest picker is Barry Sanders FINISH YOUR BEER
Perform the Saturday Selections.  Each time you agree with your analyst, take a drink.  Each time you disagree, drink for five seconds.  If you fail to make a pick for a game, drink for ten seconds.  (The Guest Picker may be chosen if wanted).
During the Oklahoma – Oklahoma State pick: If Lee Corso mentions firing guns into the air, FINISH YOUR BEER, if Lee fires a gun into the air GO SHOT FOR SHOT.

Picks Against the Spread: Week 10, 2017

 

Game Spread Pick Info
#1 Notre Dame vs Wake Forest ND -14 Notre Dame The Irish are currently 7-1 against the spread this season and the Irish have been favorites in every game thus far in 2017.  Wake Forest is surrendering 183.8 yards per game (89th in the nation) and 4.2 per carry (middling).  Notre Dame’s physical offense should carry the Irish to a three+ score victory: Notre Dame 35 – Wake Forest 14
#2 Georgia vs South Carolina UGA -24 S. Car. The Gamecocks enter as a surprising 6-2 on the season with losses on the road to Texas A&M by a score of 24-17 and at home to Kentucky 23-13.  South Carolina’s defense is good enough to hold down the Georgia running game and with Georgia scoring ~28, it’ll be hard to cover 24.  No upset alert, but South Carolina gives Georgia its first close-ish SEC game of the season: Georgia 27 – South Carolina 14
#3 Ohio State @ Iowa OSU -17  Iowa An emotional victory over Penn State was wind turning the Ohio State ship back in the playoff direction, but they must clear the wasteland of Iowa City before it can cement itself back in the race officially.  Iowa will give the Buckeyes a close game in Kinnick, but once again not moneyline here: Ohio State 31 – Iowa 21
#4 Clemson @ #19 North Carolina State Clem -7.5 Clem I’m thinking “hedging my happiness” here.  Playing in Raleigh, NC with how Clemson’s offense has looked over the course of the season other than a victory in Louisville (a win which looks “meh” since).  Watching NC State struggle against Notre Dame offensively is worrisome…worrisome enough to take Clemson to cover by 10: Clemson 31 – NC State 21
#5 Alabama vs Louisiana State Bama -21.5 LSU Every year I toy in my mind with LSU beating Alabama and every ear it doesn’t happen.  The last LSU win came in 2012 by the thrilling score of 9-6 in overtime before the Tide beat LSU later that season in the National Championship Game <(-.-)>.  If there is a team capable of stopping the Alabama running attack left on the Tide’s schedule, it’s Louisiana State.  Stop the run.  Stop Cameron Ridley.  Stop the Tide offense enough to cover 21.5: Alabama 28 – Lousiiana State 13
#6 Penn State @ Michigan State PSU -7.5 PSU Penn State cannot get caught sleeping through its game in East Lansing following the loss to Ohio State; after all, this is a Spartan’s defense which is dominant against the run AND pass.  The Nittany Lion offense was dominated by the Buckeyes last Saturday and imagining the rebound occurring this weekend seems only imaginative.  Counting on the Penn State DEFENSE for a cover this week: Penn State 24 – Michigan State 13
#7 Texas Christian vs Texas TCU -6.5 Texas The Longhorns, along with Notre Dame, have been the spread champions of the season.  Texas is 7-1 against the number,  but unlike the Irish they’ve done it covering as underdogs as well as favorites.  TCU comes limping home after the loss to Iowa State to play a Texas team running 7-0 in the last seven against the number including covering against Iowa State (as a favorite) and underdog covers versus Oklahoma State and Oklahoma: Texas Christian 28 – Texas 24
 #8 Southern Cal vs Arizona USC -7 Arizona Arizona rolls into Los Angeles looking like one of the better Pac-12 teams with a chance to take control of the south division.  With little trust for Southern Cal (just 2-7 against the number), we believe Khalil Tate can outscore USC en route to our UPSET ALERT (sirens!!) of Week 10: Arizona 42 – Southern Cal 35
#9 Oklahoma @ #12 Oklahoma State OSU -3 Okie State As closet Rasheed Wallace fans, we believe karma just like the beloved NBA bad boy.  OU’s Baker Mayfield has been vocal, loud, and annoying.  The football gawds will smite him via a loss to Oklahoma State in Bedlam.  It’s hard to look by Oklahoma’s inability to stop Baylor, Kansas State, Iowa State, and the comeback for Texas.  Oklahoma State should be able to score, but needs to shore up some special teams before Saturday (i.e. Ohio State): Oklahoma State 45 – Oklahoma 41
#10 Wisconsin @ Indiana Wisc -11 Wisc The Badgers have been waffling between covers and losses in the Big Ten against the number this season (favored in every game).  Wisconsin lost to Northwestern, beat Nebraska, lost to Purude, beat Maryland (albeit by a singular point), and lost to Illinois last week.  That reads as a spread victory in Bloomington: Wisconsin 33 – Indiana 17
#11 Central Florida @ Southern Methodist UCF -14.5 SMU Central Florida has spent 2017 dismembering every team it faces.  Memphis, Maryland, and the rest have been smashed into powder by Scott Frost’s new age offense.  The Golden Knights won’t be able to afford its mistakes from the Austin Peay game against a 6-2 SMU and the Mustangs become the first team outside of Navy to hang around with the Knights: Central Florida 37 – Southern Methodist 28
 #13 Miami (FL) vs #17 Virginia Tech Va-Tech -2.5 Va-Tech Miami might be the least recognized undefeated teams in college football history this late in the season, especially playing in a power conference, but the Hurricanes have been escaping each week with spread losses the last three weeks and its best win (over Florida State) looking worse than anyone could have imagined.  Virginia Tech is simply better: Virginia Tech 31 – Miami (FL) 20
#14 Memphis @ Tulsa Mem -12 Memphis Friday night lights, people, and we know that Friday nights breed upsets/spread covers by underdogs like they’re goddamn hamsters.  Tulsa beat Houston by 28 just two weeks ago…for one of two wins this season.  Memphis losing is almost unimaginable and 2-7 Tulsa surrendering over 550 yards per game: Memphis 45 – Tulsa 24
 #15 Mississippi State vs UMass MSST -28 UMass I cannot help my UMass bias especially after watching my pick against Minutemen come back to haunt me two weeks ago.  Mississippi State will have no business losing to UMass, but the Minutemen have been spread darlings lately (covering 3 straight as underdogs) and can put up points: Mississippi State 35 – UMass 20

 

#16 Iowa State @ West Virginia WVU -2 WVU If you an ardent follower of the team here, you know we fell in love with the people of Ames, Iowa during the basketball season of DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim.  Now, Matt Campbell is making the football team extremely relevant (leading the Big 12 relevant) and it seems strange they’re underdogs at West Virginia.  Picture two weeks ago imagining the Cyclones being only a two point dog in Morgantown…the miracle season hits a speed bump this week thanks to WVU’s offense: West Virginia 35 – Iowa State 27

My Obligatory Thursday Night Pick

Northern Illinois @ Toledo Tol -9 NIU Trying to up your awareness, but Toledo might be the Group of 5 team not getting enough attention.  The season’s MAC darling received only 19 votes for the AP Poll this week and has only one loss this season to Miami (FL) (in Florida) where the Rockets led at halftime before some wheels fell off (notable that Toledo outscored Miami 16-0 in the second quarter?).  This week, they play the MAC’s biggest regular season game against a NIU team which beat Nebraska in Lincoln, run well against San Diego State and has a “not-so-bad-anymore” loss to Boston College.  These are two good teams and Toledo SHOULD be hanging behind the two American front runners (UCF and Memphis) in the Group of Five race just waiting for a loss: Toledo 27 – Northern Illinois 24

BECAUSE WE ONLY BELIEVE IN ODD NUMBERS:

 

Baylor @ Kansas Bay -8 Baylor Baylor, at 0-8, gets its shot at a victory this weekend and should, indubitably, overcome the horrible Kansas Jayhawks and put in a number for our now world famous “Who can beat Kansas by the most?” contest.  Last weekend, Kansas State put up a disappointing 10 point margin.  Can 0-8 do better?  Only if we see WVU or OU version of Baylor…Kansas has a tendency to bring out the best in the opposition: Baylor 35 – Kansas 13

The Real Top 16: Week 9, 2017

#20 Stanford: Rank = 19th, SOR = 19th, Power Ranking 5.0479

#19 North Carolina State: Rank = 15th, SOR = 22nd, Power Ranking 5.0789

#18 Washington: Rank = 13th, SOR = 21st, Power Ranking 5.1785

#17 Virginia Tech: Rank = 14th, SOR = 20st, Power Ranking 5.2024


#16 Iowa State Cyclones, 6-2 (3-1, Big 12)

Rank = 16th, SOR = 16th, Power Ranking 5.4479

↑(28) def. TCU 14-7

Image result for Iowa State logo blank backgroundAmes is more than just the land of magical upsets this season as the Cyclones are sitting atop the Big 12 standings with control of the conference’s regular season crown and Oklahoma State looking like the biggest threat to the Cyclone’s capping off the biggest surprise of the 2017 college football season.  Matt Campbell is likely to be the biggest name of the offseason for head-coaching positions.  Our landing spot for Campbell should he decide to leave Iowa State?  Tennessee seems like the logical spot when Butch Jones is inevitably fired by the Volunteers later this season.  As pro-stick around people, we’re hoping Campbell sticks it out in Ames and tries to become a legend at Iowa State rather than leaping to a bigger program where its harder to succeed and ultimately can lead you down the path of a Butch Jones or Jim McElwain.  Iowa State gets the Cowpokes this weekend in Ames for an opportunity to build on its already blossoming SOR and Cinderella status.

#15 Mississippi State Bulldogs, 6-2 (3-2, SEX-iest)

Rank = 22nd, SOR = 13th, Power Ranking 5.5849

↑(24) def. Texas A&M 35-14

Image result for Mississippi State logo blank backgroundThe Bulldogs notched a second big win of the season over Texas A&M and this one was on the road at Kyle Field in College Station.  Mississippi State looks forward to a game against giant-killer UMass this weekend in Starkville before Alabama comes calling the following weekend.  The Bulldogs and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald are looking like a real threat to the Crimson Tide; although, no one has come too close to making Alabama even sweat this season.  With Fitzgerald’s ability to move the ball both through the air and on the ground, Mississippi State has the offense to hang around with Buhmuh, but they will need to stuff an Alabama ground game that is averaging just a shade under 300 yards per game (298.8) which is good for seventh in the nation.

#14 Memphis Tigers, 7-1 (4-1 American)

Rank = 20th, SOR = 14th, Power Ranking 5.6105

↑(17) def. Tulane 56-26

Image result for Memphis Tigers logo blank backgroundMemphis has crawled its way into the RT16 this week, having to work hard following its loss to Central Florida; however, it should be noted that road loss (while a 27-point loss) doesn’t hurt the SOR too badly.  The Golden Knights are coming up later on this list.  Big wins over Navy and Houston (who just upset former unbeaten South Florida this weekend) help bolster Memphis’s strength of victories and there was the early season win over a middling California Los Angeles earlier this season when the Bruins had to travel to Memphis.  Riley Ferguson accounted for 5 touchdowns five touchdowns and the Tigers eased through Tulane before going through its final three games against some lesser opponents; although, be wary of a Southern Methodist Mustang team which sits tied with Memphis atop the American Conference’s West division.  The likely championship game which will be a rematch between the Golden Knights and the Tigers looks like the game to decide the Group of Five representative in the New Year’s Six Bowls.

#13 Miami (FL), 7-0 (5-0, ACC)

Rank = 11th, SOR = 15th, Power Ranking 5.9108

↓(7)  def. North Carolina 24-19

Image result for miami hurricanes logo black backgroundA beaten down North Carolina Tar Heels team hung around with Miami being a weekly spread loser.  Miami has lost three straight as spread favorites; however, they will likely open as underdogs to Virginia Tech even at home this upcoming weekend (I’m going to guess Va-Tech -5.5 or so).  Miami might be the nation’s most overrated team, but if they keep winning we have no choice but to keep them around here in the RT16.  The Hurricanes are one of the nation’s few remaining unbeaten teams and the only one in the Power Five outside of the SEC and Wisconsin.  The Hokies defense will be the toughest test for a Miami offense which hasn’t scored over thirty the last few weeks.  Look for another tight contest, but spoiler pick is Va-Tech over Miami next weekend.

#12 Oklahoma State, 7-1 (4-1, Big 12)

Rank = 7th, SOR = 12th, Power Ranking 6.3170

(-) def. West Virginia 50-39

Image result for Oklahoma State logo blank backgroundOklahoma State is quietly hanging around in Big 12 is now 7-1 and Mason Rudolph has played far better in the last few weeks (although he did struggle against Texas last weekend).  The Cowboys are playing the famous Bedlam game versus the Oklahoma Sooners where College Gameday Drinking Game will be heading for the weekend.  The game might decide one of the participants in the Big 12 Championship Game with the loser taking a massive step backwards and having any hopes for the College Football Playoff (TO THE SYSTEM) eliminated with a loss.  Oklahoma State needs the statement win for both SOR sake and to make this season worth the weight it was given in the preseason.  Lofty preseason expectations for the Cowpokes might be toilet swirling this time next weekend.

#11 Central Florida Golden Knights, 7-0 (4-0 American)

Rank = 12th, SOR = 10th, Power Ranking 6.3258

↑(15) def. Austin Peay 73-33

Image result for Central Florida Golden Knights logo blank backgroundCentral Florida!  The Golden Knights smoked FCS Austin Peay outside of some hiccups during the second quarter with a fumble score and kickoff return for the Governors.  Central Florida is far and away the favorite from the Group of Five following the South Florida loss to Houston AND should even garner some attention from the playoff committee if it remains undefeated in what is a tougher than assumed American Conference.  The Golden Knights will have games against Memphis, Navy, Southern Methodist, South Florida, and likely another game against Memphis in the American Conference…a schedule which looks tougher than Wisconsin’s and Miami’s from the Power Five this season.

#10 Wisconsin Badgers, 8-0 (5-0, Big Ten)

Rank = 6th, SOR = 11th, Power Ranking 6.4209

↓(8) def. Illinois 24-10

Image result for wisconsin badgers logo blank backgroundSo here is Wisconsin and its terrible Strength of Schedule which is only injured by Michigan’s sudden decline in value.  Remember a few weeks back when the Wolverines surprising appeared at #2 in the RT16?  It’s going to be tough for Wisconsin to make it into the Top 4 even with an undefeated record unless we see movement at the top like we saw this past weekend.  Wisconsin tight-roped against Illinois, possibly the worst team in the entire Power 5, and will need to clean up its offensive mistakes with its “toughest” games coming versus Iowa and Michigan (notably both games will be played at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison).  Alex Hornibrook and the Badgers do not look like a playoff team outside of the perfect 8-0 record.  Wisconsin heads to Bloomington, Indiana to play another horrible Big Ten opponent and Cincinnati Elder High School graduate Peyton Ramsey.

#9 Oklahoma Sooners, 7-1 (5-1, Big 12)

Rank = 9th, SOR = 9th, Power Ranking 6.4924

↑(14) def. Texas Tech 49-27

Image result for Oklahoma Sooners logo blank backgroundOklahoma looked much better this weekend against Texas Tech than Kansas State last weekend, especially once the first quarter went by.  Baker Mayfield regained some form from some recent struggles and what looked like an upset possibility (especially after the Red Raiders jumped into a first quarter lead).  Oklahoma will lean on its victory over Ohio State as it attempts to breach the playoff wall; however, the committee will struggle to pick the Sooners over teams like Notre Dame, Clemson, and a possible one-loss SEC Championship Game loser as well as the Buckeyes.  The head-to-head victory matters, but Oklahoma certainly has not looked nearly as much a championship contender as the aforementioned teams since its victory in Columbus.  12-1 with only the loss to Iowa State SHOULD mean the Sooners are in, but Notre Dame might be the spoiler for both OU and Ohio State come December.

#8 Southern California Trojans, 7-2 (5-1, Pac-12)

Rank = 18th, SOR = 4th, Power Ranking 6.5819

↑(10) def. Arizona State 48-17

Image result for Southern Cal Trojans logo blank backgroundSouthern Cal is the beloved sweetheart of our formula, continuing to defy its ranking through an excellent strength of record.  The Trojans slipped slightly over the last two weeks in SOR (and therefore Power Ranking), but cling to a Top-8 standing and the only true hope of the Pacific 12 to make the playoff IF the rest of the nation goes as it should.  Southern Cal needs unimaginable amounts of help to climb back into the sights of the committee starting with a loss by both Ohio State and Penn State, a loss by all the Big 12 frontrunners, and two losses by Notre Dame.  With the Irish looking stout in the running game, Ohio State matching great defense with great offense, and the plethora of contenders in the Big 12; we’re putting USC’s chances at slim to none.  A dangerous Arizona team plays in Los Angeles this upcoming weekend and represents USC’s last chance in the regular season for a big SOR addition.

#7 Texas Christian Horned Frogs, 7-1 (4-1, Big 12)

Rank = 10th, SOR = 7th, Power Ranking 6.7749

↓(2) lost Iowa State 14-7

Image result for TCU Frogs logo blank backgroundTexas Christian felt the sting of a magical Ames atmosphere as the Iowa State Cyclones notched another impressive Big 12 win and left many wondering where the conference now looks for its playoff contender; unfortunately, many eyes should remain on the Most Horn-ed of Frogs as TCU has already beaten Oklahoma State and the Oklahoma Sooners still have to play both Okie State and Texas Christian before season’s end.  A lot will be decided during the Big 12’s stretch run, but the playoff chances are starting to dwindle with Notre Dame, the Big Ten, the SEC, and Clemson all seeming to own a spot for the playoff.  While TCU still owns the best resume in the Big 12, the conference may need to rely on Oklahoma’s win over Ohio State for its playoff bid.

#6 Penn State Nittany Lions, 7-1 (4-1, Big Ten)

Rank = 6th, SOR = 8th, Power Ranking 6.8097

↓(4) lost Ohio State 39-38

Image result for Penn State logo blank backgroundHonestly, the ending of the Ohio State – Penn State game was a Rasheed Wallace “Ball Don’t Lie” moment for us here at the Braintrust.  Notably Ohio State supporters, we spent most of the game wondering how Penn State led for as long and by as much as they did in a game seemingly controlled on both sides of the ball by Ohio State.  The obvious answer is special teams, but the Nittany Lions seemed to only “earn” 14 of its points via special teams.  The rest they can thank Ohio State for with two fumbles (both capitalized for touchdowns), one correct overturn of an interception (a 50-50 overturn after it was ruled an interception on the play, but the right call in the end), and an atrocious pass interference call in the endzone which should have been an interception by Ohio State.  Penn State’s offense looked flat and Saquon Barkley limped himself out of front-runner status in the Heisman as he was rendered useless most of the game outside of a big 36 yard tuddy and the opening kickoff.  In the end, Penn State walked off the field with a close loss, but, and I mean this as truly as I can, bias aside did no look nearly as good as its counterpart in this game.  Not all is lost for Penn State, but unless the SEC falls into disarray, Notre Dame loses, and the Big 12 truly embraces Bedlam, Penn State is all but eliminated from the playoff.  It would need two Ohio State losses to Iowa, Michigan State, and Michigan (or I suppose Illinois) to find its way back to the Big Ten Championship Game.   An unlikely scenario.  It’s disappointing for a team which will likely miss the playoff for a second straight year despite great talent, but so is life when you play in the nation’s best division.  Penn State, still likely to play in a New Year’s Six Bowl, finishes its three-game stretch against the best in Big Ten east with a visit to East Lansing this weekend.

#5 Alabama Crimson Tide, 8-0 (5-0, SEX-iest)

Rank = 1st, SOR = 7th, Power Ranking 7.0836

↓(1) BYE

Image result for Alabama Crimson Tide logo blank backgroundIt’s definitely of note that Alabama simply doesn’t have the resume of the next four teams as we climb the RT16 rankings.  The Tide were voted #1 in the subjective rankings, but its SOR placed it just inches behind both Clemson and Ohio State in power score.  The Crimson Tide’s best win of the season is over Texas A&M (just lost by 21 to Mississippi State) and that big non-conference win over Florida State is looking worse each and every week. Yes, the injury to Francois is costing the Seminoles, but they still lost to Boston College.  The Cardale Jones amendment of 2014 removes injury to a starting quarterback as an excuse for losing to teams you’re supposed to beat.  Anyway, Alabama’s three toughest games and its best chance for improving SOR are in the coming weeks against Louisiana State, Mississippi State, and Auburn (with Mercer thrown in just for fun).  The Tide will earn its way back into the Top-4 by winning those three contests.

#4 Clemson Tigers, 7-1 (5-1, ACC)

Rank = 8th, SOR = 2nd, Power Ranking 7.0871

↑(6) def. Georgia Tech 24-10

Image result for Clemson logo blank backgroundWe don’t believe in Clemson.  We’ve made it clear weekly in our picks against the spread.  We continue to make it clear with our subjective ranking.  It appears as if we’re the only ones who don’t believe in the Tigers as the rest of the nation continues to put them in the playoff regardless of the rest of the three teams AND seemingly picks the Tigers to appear in the National Championship Game against (usually) Alabama.  The Tigers returned starting quarterback Kelly Bryant this week and logged less points than Miami (FL) did against Georgia Tech; meanwhile, the defense continues to stifle the triple-option soundly and this recovery game following the Tiger’s loss to Syracuse was needed after the Orange moved the ball extremely well.  Clemson has another chance to prove us wrong with a visit from North Carolina State this weekend.

#3 Ohio State Buckeyes, 7-1 (5-0, Big Ten)

Rank = 3rd, SOR = 5th, Power Ranking 7.0981

↑(13) def. Penn State 39-38

Image result for Ohio State logo blank backgroundAll it took was one win and Ohio State leapt from the middle teens to the Top 4 simply by climbing over some losers (TCU, Clemson, and Penn State) and watching its SOR go from 17th to 5th in the blink of an eye.  Ohio State’s strength uses Penn State as a foundation and the loss to Oklahoma is only a small subtracting figure from its overall SOR.  The wins over middling teams aren’t helping much, but Rutgers has climbed ever so slightly (from the bottom 120 to now ranked in the top 90) and UNLV/Army also sit just high enough to make them more valuable than wins over the FCS.  The Buckeyes have three more chances to buttress the SOV with WINS against Michigan State, Iowa, and Michigan.  If the Buckeyes play on the level they did Saturday then there is absolutely nothing to worry about, but Iowa already took Penn State to the brink of defeat in Kinnick this season, so they will need to come out motivated against Iowa next week.

#2 Georgia Bulldogs, 8-0 (5-0, SEX-iest)

Rank = 2nd, SOR = 3rd, Power Ranking 7.3276

↑(3) def. Florida 42-7

Image result for Georgia Bulldogs logo blank backgroundGeorgia’s domination of Florida left Jim McElwain (who just always rubbed us at the Braintrust the wrong way…he felt…like a bad father figure) without a job and now Georgia controls the SEC East without anyone on its tail.  The Dawgs have South Carolina visiting on Sunday, but the biggest test comes the following week with a visit to Auburn.  Georgia dominated Mississippi State earlier this season and squeaked a win out in South Bend, but the rest of the schedule isn’t nearly as tough as the rest of the nation would have you believe (I mean it is the SEC East).  Don’t sleep on currently 6-2 South Carolina, but Georgia knows that Auburn is the biggest threat to its playoff position (outside of a potential SEC title fight with Alabama).

#1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 7-1 (IND)

Rank = 4th, SOR = 1st, Power Ranking 7.4245

↑(5) def. North Carolina State 35-14

Image result for Notre Dame blank backgroundSurprise, surprise as Notre Dame’s #1 ranked SOS finally pushes the Irish into the driver’s seat of the RT16.  Notre Dame took care of business at home and the rest of the schedule looks a little easier than the surface tells. Stanford in Palo Alto is always tough and they still visit Miami (FL) in a playoff elimination game, but Notre Dame knows it can make the playoff simply by winning out (unless the committee favors either Oklahoma or Ohio State).  An unstoppable physical play has Notre Dame reminding us of Irish teams from long ago rather than the stomped flat Brian Kelly and Charlie Weis Notre Dames we have come to know over the last decade.  The Irish still have some work to do in 2017, but outside of Iowa State they are the biggest surprise of the college football season.

College Gameday Drinking Game: Week 9, 2017

Week 9, 2017-2018

To Start:
Take a drink for each person NOT wearing a black suit coat.
My Friend Game: 

One person is designated “My friend”.  Each time “NOT SO FAST” is said, everyone starts drinking.  The last person to finish his/her drink becomes Lee Corso’s friend.  The friend must drink each time Lee Corso says “My Friend”

Analyst Game: 

Pick an analyst (Kirk, Lee, Rece or Desmond).  Each time your analyst is shown alone on camera take a drink….if you’re analyst leaves the table, the person who takes his place at the table is now your analyst (for better or for worse)

Listen to Lee Game:

Any time Lee Corse says “Listen”, every player must put a finger to his/her ear and lean toward the television.  The last player to do so must drink.

Rock/Paper/Scissors Analyst Game:

When two analysts are shown on-screen together, find someone who has chosen the analyst shown with yours and play them in R/P/S.  The loser drinks.  If there is an odd number, anyone not participating must take a drink. (i.e. if you are following Desmond and he is shown on screen with Rece, play R/P/S with a player following Rece).

Signs and Flag
Take a drink for any sign referring to Trace McSorely
Take a drink for any sign referring to James Franklin
Take a drink for any sign referring to Urban Meyer
Take a drink for Washington State flag in the background
The Bear Cheers:Each time the Bear is shown, cheers to “The Bear!” and take a drink.
“To The System”: Each time the college football playoff is mentioned, cheers “To The System” and take a drink.
During the Show:
Make sure to continue following the “My Friend” and “Analyst” games
Take a drink when Jonathon Taylor, Mark Richt, Will Grier, or Tom Herman is shown
Take a drink each time Bryce Love’s injury is mentioned
Take a drink each time last season’s Ohio State – Penn State game is mentioned
 Take a drink each time Notre Dame’s win over USC is mentioned
Take a drink every time an empty or nearly empty stadium is shown.
Take a drink each time a Mike Gundy or Dana Holgosen’s hair is mentioned
Take a drink each time Jacksonville is mentioned
Take a drink each time a coach’s job is mentioned to be in jeopardy.
If the guest picker is Troy Smith FINISH YOUR BEER
Perform the Saturday Selections.  Each time you agree with your analyst, take a drink.  Each time you disagree, drink for five seconds.  If you fail to make a pick for a game, drink for ten seconds.  (The Guest Picker may be chosen if wanted).
During the Penn State – Ohio State pick: If Lee Corso mentions his picking of Ohio State during the Oklahoma weekend FINISH A BEER if Corso mentions how he picked Penn State last weekend FINISH YOUR BEER.  If Lee dons the Brutus head FINISH YOUR BEER

College Gameday Drinking Game: Week 8, 2017

Week 8, 2017

To Start:
Take a drink for each person wearing a black suit coat.
My Friend Game:One person is designated “My friend”.  Each time “NOT SO FAST” is said, everyone starts drinking.  The last person to finish his/her drink becomes Lee Corso’s friend.  The friend must drink each time Lee Corso says only “My Friend”
Analyst Game:Pick an analyst (Kirk, Lee, Rece or Desmond).  Each time your analyst is shown alone on camera take a drink….if you’re analyst leaves the table, the person who takes his place at the table is now your analyst (for better or for worse)

The friend must drink each time Lee Corso says only “My Friend”

Listen to Lee Game:

Any time Lee Corse says “Listen”, every player must put a finger to his/her ear and lean toward the television.  The last player to do so must drink.

Rock/Paper/Scissors Analyst Game:

When two analysts are shown on-screen together, find someone who has chosen the analyst shown with yours and play them in R/P/S.  The loser drinks.  If there is an odd number, anyone not participating must take a drink. (i.e. if you are following Desmond and he is shown on screen with Rece, play R/P/S with a player following Rece).

Signs and Flag
Take a drink for any sign referring to Saquon Barkley
Take a drink for any sign referring to Jim Harbaugh
Take a drink for any sign referring to Ohio State
Take a drink for Washington State flag in the background
The Bear Cheers:Each time the Bear is shown, cheers to “The Bear!” and take a drink.
“To The System”: Each time the college football playoff is mentioned, cheers “To The System” and take a drink.
During the Show:
Make sure to continue following the “My Friend” and “Analyst” games
Take a drink when Mike Gundy, Jimbo Fisher, Kirk Farentz, or Tom Herman is shown
Take a drink each time Lamar Jackson scoring a touchdown is shown
Take a drink each time last week’s upsets are mentioned
 Take a drink each time “Top 4” or “Top 6” is said
Take a drink every time an empty or nearly empty stadium is shown.
Take a drink each time a previous USC – Notre Dame game is mentioned
Take a drink each time Louisville’s win over Florida State last season is mentioned
Take a drink each time a coach’s job is mentioned to be in jeopardy.
If the guest picker is Keegan-Michael Key, punch yourself in the throat and then FINISH A BEER.  If the guest picker is Ali Krieger, FINISH A BEER
Perform the Saturday Selections.  Each time you agree with your analyst, take a drink.  Each time you disagree, drink for five seconds.  If you fail to make a pick for a game, drink for ten seconds.  (The Guest Picker may be chosen if wanted).
During the Penn State – Michigan pick: If Lee Corso mentions “Hail to the Victors”, FINISH A BEER, if Corso mentions how vicious wolverines are FINISH A BEER, if he asks “What is a Nittany Lion” FINISH A BEER.  If Corso picks Michigan, FINISH A BEER

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