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The Captains’ Run – Nov 22

If Stanford’s win over Oregon two weeks ago was the exhilarating high, then the loss to USC last weekend has provided the despairing low. Somehow the Cardinal got over run by a tough Trojan outfit that muscled up and beat them at their own game. Just like that the glimmer of National Championship hope was extinguished, perhaps more devastatingly so too has the chances of an appearance at the Rose Bowl one week earlier.

The last game of the year belongs to Alabama and Florida State, barring any stumbles next weekend; the Auburn v Alabama game is the one to look for. I don’t see the Gators troubling FSU. If Auburn get a win in the Iron Bowl then the landscape changes and they come into BCS title reckoning along with Ohio State. Baylor is the other remaining factor in this equation, however, this weekend I think the Bears dreams come to an end. It is the game of the weekend.


The Rewind

Duke were massive last weekend and are setting themselves up for a conference championship tilt (albeit against FSU), likewise Michigan State who went into Lincoln and ran away with a first time win over the Huskers. The Spartans will match up well against Ohio State and give the Big 10 title a shake. Oklahoma State got over the line against Texas, more convincingly then perhaps thought, this weekend they have Baylor. Plenty riding on this one; loving the Big 12.

Attention Seekers

I said it last week, its business as usual for the big boys again as Baylor take a trip to Boone Pickens Stadium. This is going to be a much closer game than many are anticipating. Elsewhere Oregon faces a tricky game at Arizona to stay in touch, Michigan State have another test against Northwestern and the shoot out at Baton Rouge will be a fun game even if it does nothing to exemplify the intricacies of the art of defense. There is a great line up on Sunday with the Mizzou v Ole Miss and Baylor v OK State on ESPN Sunday morning Australian time. This will be a tough weekend to find a win, you better be up for the contest.


Where Are The Biscuits?

Michigan State at Northwestern

Northwestern must have pissed someone off, nothing is falling their way with another heartbreaking loss last week to an atrocious Michigan side. The Wildcats are not that bad. Both teams have their problems offensively, but the Spartans did score 40 points last week and their defense is the best. I have them to cover on the road. Michigan State by -7.

Texas A&M at LSU

Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans versus Mettenberger, Beckham, Landry and co. Manziel is going to win his second Heisman, but he won’t win down this weekend. LSU have some great receivers with loads of interest from the NFL, and that will be the difference. There will be plenty of points. LSU – 4.5.

Arizona State at UCLA

The Sun Devils roll into California with a running back in Grice on the rise and a Bruins team miffed at being installed as underdogs at home. Have we forgotten about the sensation that is Myles Jack? I haven’t. UCLA +2.5.

Kentucky at Georgia

The Bulldogs went agonizingly close to a win last week in a game that was nothing short of fantastic. I was going to leave them out this round, but I needed some value. Coming back to Athens for the final time this season, I pick them to take out the anger from their loss to Auburn. I have convinced myself the -23.5 is not enough for the Wildcats. Dawgs to cover the -23.5.

Missouri at Mississippi

Missouri have to win to keep their SEC hopes alive. Facing Ole Miss at home, who are playing great football, is a big ask. The Tigers are a young team but QB James Franklin is back from injury and has got the run to win by -2.5.

Baylor at Oklahoma State

The Bears are going into Stillwater looking a million bucks, injuries are keeping a couple of this potent offense on the sidelines this week though. Clint Chelf has been steering the improving Cowboys with composure and confidence. This week he can cement a name for himself by taking down a Baylor team determined not to be forgotten in the National Title race. We know what Baylor can do, they are an offensive juggernaut. Oklahoma State are still on the rise and can get the job done at home. I’m taking the Pokes at +10.

The multi at $10 should return close to $500.


Make it exciting; roll the above into 3 extra legs with Bama, FSU and Ohio all covering there huge point spreads. Second teams will be in each game early, but their opponents are still no match.

Go well.

Note: The preceding ramblings should be treated as such. Odds may change.

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