Wednesday 21 February 2018 / 05:49 PM

The Captains’ Run

Ok, so I am Australian.

Should I know anything about College Football? No. Do I know anything about College Football? Probably not enough. But that’s not going to stop me from offering up a weekly insight into the frustratingly unpredictable, highly entertaining, sometimes manic, yet always enthralling world of College Football.

More importantly, I am going to give you something to think about when looking for somewhere to lay your money down in an effort to cover your night, the rent, or next beer.

This is not a page you come to for your tips. I am not a ‘tipster’.

These are my personal thoughts on what may present the best opportunity to take monetary advantage of the anti-fragile environment this awesome sport provides. When I say ‘my thoughts’, this is what I am actually putting my money on.

The intention is that what I am putting down here will give you something to either agree with or not and in the process clarify your opinions on the game and allow you to make a better informed bet.

If nothing else, this article will offer you with an excuse for why you didn’t win.

If you’re still reading this, I’m surprised. Next step.


Attention seekers.

Friday morning will be the best day of the week for College Football; perhaps the season. Stanford v Oregon and Baylor vs. Oklahoma will be huge and is as good a reason as any to take Friday off. Alabama vs. LSU is the other standout over the weekend, and as always Johnny Manziel will put on a show.

Where are the biscuits?

Vanderbilt at Florida

I have liked the Commodores all season and their wide receiver weapon Jordan Matthews. They will run into a Gators team who finished strongly against Georgia last week, and only just fall short. This will be a close one; I am taking Vanderbilt at +10.

Mississippi State at Texas A&M

The Aggies will win by plenty. Manziel’s last game at home, a raucous College Station crowd, and a mediocre Bulldogs outfit will ensure A&M cover the line at -19.

Virginia Tech at Miami

The Hurricanes have licked their wounds and will look to jump out of the blocks at home against the Hokies. Tech’s season has slumped with two unexpected losses, however their defense is solid. Combine that with Miami’s loss of Duke Johnson, it gives Hokes fans some promise. Being in Miami will be difficult; this will prove to be their toughest test. Miami by -7.

Texas at West Virginia

The Mountaineers give up too much on rush defense, and the Longhorns love to run. Pool this with the athletic Texas defensive line and I have every confidence that the Longhorns will overcome a long road trip and parochial crowd to get the job done, convincingly. Texas at -6.5.

UCLA at Arizona

This will be a difficult game for the Bruins to win, but they should get the cake. Hundley will be the difference. Taking the -1 line on UCLA.

The multi at $10 should clear $500 and cover a horrible Cup week on the punt.


So what I am about to tell you here is purely based on gut instinct, I don’t know why, perhaps I seek controversy, maybe the last BCS finals in this format tells me it’s bound to be chaotic. Whatever it is, I am going to have Stanford to win against Oregon, roll this into LSU to upset Alabama. Boom.

Go well.

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

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