Football! This Weekend's Best Bets (Including Bears-Texans Prediction)
A juicy soap opera continues.
Election season is over, and in my home state of Connecticut, Linda McMahon is left to pick up the pieces of her second failed campaign for Senator. 100 million pieces to be exact.
According to the Associated Press, the wife of WWE patriarch Vince McMahon spent nearly $100 million on her two failed campaigns over the last couple years ($50 million in 2010 and $43 million in 2012).
I don't care if your family fortune is over a billion dollars, $93 million is a LOT of money. Linda McMahon needs to replenish the McMahon coffers stat before Vinnie Mac makes her the next member of the Kiss My Ass Club.
There's one way to get back that money quickly. Three words -- six team parlay. Linda Mac, you're welcome....
OKLAHOMA STATE -9 1/2 over West Virginia
As games between two unranked 5-3 teams go, this one is easily the most compelling of the weekend. (Hell, it might be the only one, I don't know.) The story goes like this -- West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen was brought into Stillwater back in 2010 to jazz up the Cowboy offense by implementing his Mike Leach-ian offensive playbook. It was a big enough story to where anytime things were humming for the Oklahoma State offense, the cameras would show Holgorsen on the sideline. With the amount of camera time Dana got, you'd have thought he was the head coach. If there wasn't actual tension between Gundy and Holgorsen, there was definite perceived tension. Fast forward hundreds of points, thousands of yards, and a Justin Blackmon later, Holgorsen gets the West Virginia head coaching job, the Mountaineers move to the Big 12, and now we get Holgorsen vs Gundy every season! Hooray for realignment!! Add in the fact that Holgorsen took Gundy's top recruiter (Joe DeForest) and made him his defensive coordinator, and this one is soap opera juicy. Here's believing Gundy is going to want to make a statement and take out some quiet envy on Holgorsen's (and DeForest's) young defense.
Notre Dame -18 1/2 over BOSTON COLLEGE
Notre Dame is 9-0 for the first time since 1993. If you remember that season, Notre Dame actually went to 10-0 after defeating Florida State, and only a home game with the Eagles stood in between ND and a national title game. Boston College caught a flat Notre Dame team, got up 38-17 and wound up winning on a last-second field goal, 41-39. In 2002, the Irish had just beaten Florida State in Tallahassee to move to 8-0 when BC came to town again. Five Irish turnovers that day were the story, as BC sprung the season-ruining upset again, 14-7. So with the Irish at 9-0 in 2012, does it happen again? Um, not this time. This is a BAD Boston College team (98th in points for, 87th in points against) that is 119th in the country against the run. That's the bad news for BC. The good news for BC is that Notre Dame appears to be back, so there should be many more undefeated seasons down the road for them to ruin.
Texas A&M +13 1/2 over ALABAMA
All right, Johnny Football. Let's see what you got.
Bills/PATRIOTS OVER 52 1/2
The Patriots and their opponents have gone over the total in five of their last games, and when these two teams played the first time this season in Buffalo, the Patriots scored 52 points themselves (including a 45 point barrage in the second half). The Bills managed to hang around with the Texans in a fairly low scoring game last week, so (much like Mario Williams) I doubt they can sustain it for two weeks in a row.
Cowboys/EAGLES OVER 44 1/2
Tony Romo and Michael Vick in the same game? Are you kidding me? The turnovers, OH LORD the turnovers. I smell a lot of short fields, a pick six, a fumble six, and lots of big plays.
Texans/BEARS UNDER 41
The only thing that scares me on this total is a big special teams play, which the Bears and Devin Hester are perfectly capable of executing and the Texans are perfectly capable of allowing. Outside of that, I expect a lot of play between the 20 yard lines, a rapidly running clock, and at least one (and maybe two) busy field goal kickers. Prediction: Bears 17, Texans 16
Last week: 2-4
Season record: 26-27-1
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