The Weekend Spread: Week 5

Bobby: 6-2 (17-14)

Jamison: 4-4 (15-16)

Blake: 5-3 (18-13)

Last Week

Reeeeeeebrand! Welcome to the Weekend Spread, formerly the Prediction Squad. Why? Because we like this name better. Last week, Bobby randomly caught fire, Blake kept the pace and Jamison stayed put with a .500 week. We are fully conference play, so things are now getting interesting in the Big 12. Get ready for the mud. 

(Lines are taken from the beginning of the week)

#7 Stanford @ #8 Notre Dame (ND -5)

Bobby: Despite the narrow overtime win against Oregon, I’m still big on the Cardinal. Even though Bryce Love has had a subpar season so far, I think the passing game changes this team; so much so that I’ve said it basically weekly. They have had a tough schedule so far, so fatigue might finally set in Saturday in South Bend, but I think Stanford finally exposes the Irish. Stanford, +5

JamisonStanford is one of my playoff teams and is somehow still alive after Oregon choked against them last week. Gotta keep rolling with my dark horse playoff team, even though I am irked by this game. I can definitely see Notre Dame doing well, because of their good record at home, but let’s roll with Stanford. I think you will all get used to me saying “screw it” on a lot of my picks for the rest of the year. Stanford, +5

BlakeEverybody is always talking about how ESPN is going downhill now. Many people point to the political stances they take, but I point to the moment when they fired both Mark May and Lou Holtz from their college football coverage. The most electric segment ever was the simulated courtroom with Lou and Mark when they would argue different hot takes surrounding college football and honestly, that segment inspired me to be a lawyer. RIP Lou Holtz and give me Notre Dame. Notre Dame, -5

#4 Ohio State @ #10 Penn State (tOSU -4)

Bobby: Ahh, the annual edition of the Morally Corrupt Bowl. This is a massive game in the Big Ten East (aka “the good division) as it has the potential to be a separation game for the winner. I think Penn State is garbage that has been narrowly skating by on luck. Ohio State is a legit team that is reenergized by their Heisman candidate, Dwayne Haskins. Weird things always happen in Happy Valley, but I think the Buckeyes push through for a comfortable win. Ohio State, -4

Jamison: My Durdy’s Locks of the Week™ haven’t gone too well this year, but here is another one. Penn State has been very disappointing this year (i.e. App State), and Ohio State has looked better than most thought.  I love what tOSU quarterback Haskins has been doing this year, and I am going to ride with them. Ohio State big. Ohio State, -4

BlakeIn the Sweep It Under The Rug Bowl, two teams who are in a deadlocked race to see who can be more hated meet for in a highly contested game that basically determines the Big 10 this year. I hate both of these schools and want them to both to lose so bad, but sadly I have to choose a winner. Ohio State I think takes this one easily. Ohio State, -4

(P.S. Urban Meyer’s wife got triggered on Twitter this week after saying that Penn State fans wearing shirts that say “Urban Liar” on them is offensive and indicative of low moral character. Nothing like someone trying to play the victim when they failed to report multiple instances of domestic violence [insert shrug emoji].)

#20 BYU @ #11 Washington (UW -17.5)

Bobby: The Morman Giant Slayers are back and ready to take down another top 15 opponent in Washington. While I don’t think they will win, BYU is a scrappy squad that will keep this game close, especially against a Washington team that has been underperforming all season. 17.5 points is an absurd amount of points to give to this mediocre Husky team and if this trend continues, I will be raking in the wins this season picking against them. BYU, +17.5

JamisonI am very iffy on this pick. I love how BYU has been doing, and have not been stunned with Washington, but BYU’s schedule has been tough. I do not think BYU can keep it up, and loses by 21. Washington, -17.5 (Side note on BYU, how the hell is Tanner Mangum still in school? He is the Jevon Carter of football.)

Blake: In high school, my friend Reilly and I met a Mormon girl through serving on the Oklahoma Junior Classical League executive board (humble brag). She was very attractive and still to this day it is hotly contested whether she was more into me or Reilly. The Fake News media would say Reilly, but all signs pointed to her liking me. Sadly, I didn’t make a move and she ended up marrying a guy a year later. Still bitter, so give me Washington. Washington, 17.5

Iowa State @ TCU (TCU -10.5)

Bobby: It has been a pretty rough two weeks for TCU. While it’s never easy to beat Ohio State, I (and everyone else) thought the Frogs would definitely be good enough to beat Texas in Austin. Instead, what looked to be the second best team in the Big 12 is facing somewhat of a “must win” game here in week 5. Iowa State isn’t really that special, coming out flat last week in a win against Akron. This game has the potential to get messy, but I think TCU gets a much needed comfortable win against the Cyclones. TCU, -10.5

JamisonTCU really upset me with their performance last week. I saw good sparks of their play in the Ohio State game, but it did not transfer that well to the next week. I still love TCU’s team, and I think this will be a good week for them. OU fans, Iowa State is not as good as they showed to be in our game versus them. TCU, -10.5

BlakeLast week, I was depressed that TCU’s season was basically ended by losing to Texas. This week, I am rejuvenated and realized my team can play the most Blake role of all time. Dem Frogz can play the role of the “Agent of Chaos”. Sure we probably will not win the Big 12, but we can burn it down by beating any potential playoff team. As Michael Caine (Alfred) said in the Dark Knight, “Some men aren’t looking f anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn”. Give me the Frogz in this one. TCU, -10.5

Oklahoma State @ Kansas (OSU -17.5)

Bobby: CORN DOG IS WHO WE THOUGHT HE WAS. What an absolute stinker for the Cowboys last weekend against Texas Tech. All it took was one bad weekend for OSU’s season to fall of the verge of tumbling into disaster. The loss was ugly, but the Jalen McClusky exit from the team days later was worse. Luckily for the Pokes, they get a bit of a layup here to hit the reset button. Kansas is improved, but not anywhere close to competing in the Big 12. Oklahoma State, -17.5

JamisonSometimes you got to get lucky. OSU is in turmoil, with their best WR electing to transfer and redshirt this year. But, all things aside, if you saw this line before the season, you’d be stunned how much Vegas has disrespected OSU. Even though there is havoc in the Cowboy’s locker room, you’ve got to think the sheer talent on this OSU team is enough to cover. Oklahoma State, -17.5

BlakeOSU (Oklahoma State) is trying to do their best OSU (Ohio State) impression by trying to show how little they care about people outside their football program. Mike Gundy stooped so low this week to blackmail Stillwater reporters into not asking questions about one of his players who is transferring. These reporters are just trying to do their job and uphold First Amendment rights, while communist Mike Gundy just wants to tear that down. If there is one thing we learn from this college football season is trying to silence people is not the answer to your problems. Sadly, the communist reign supreme in this one and I am going with OSU. Oklahoma State, -17.5

#12 West Virginia @ #25 Texas Tech (WVU -4)

Bobby: If you told me the Red Raiders would be ranked after their disaster in Week One, I would call you crazy. The Tech offense has been reinvigorated under their freshman quarterback and actually look to be a reasonable team in the Big 12. However, I feel like this happens every year; these middle of the pack Big 12 teams get hot, pop into the top 25 for a week and then get shoved down by another middle team. This West Virginia football team looks to finally be the real deal and they are about to face their first big test of the season. I think they pass it. West Virginia, -4

JamisonTexas Tech is hot and ranked. Did not see this one coming. Don’t buy into the hype. Sell Tech stock now. West Virginia humbles them. West Virginia, -4

BlakeRaider Rash v. Cousin Fever. The battle between these two ailments highlights one of my favorite games of the week. I think the Tech is going to alpha West Virginia in a big way. ESPN showed a depressing graphic last week that showed that all of Will Grier’s siblings had more social media followers than him, even though he is a D1 quarterback. I don’t like the fact that the Alpha on a football team is a Beta in his family. Give me the Raiders to win. Texas Tech, +4

#18 Texas @ Kansas State (UT -8.5)

Bobby: So Texas might actually be good. They’ve had an impressive past two weeks and are poised to enter the Red River Shootout ranked for the first time since 2012. So, why do I have the feeling that they are somehow going to mess this up?

It’s a bizarre fact, but somehow Texas is just 1-7 in Manhattan all time.

ONE AND SEVEN.

Overall, they are 5-7 against the Bill Snyder teams. So basically, even when Texas, one of the richest football programs on Earth, actually was good they STILL couldn’t beat Kansas State regularly. While the Wildcats look rough this season, I’m going with history. Bill Snyder gets one more random Texas win. Kansas State, +8.5

JamisonI am cursed on picking the lines on both of these teams. I have not won once, but it has to budge. I honestly just have to get lucky and pick one randomly. Screw it. Texas, -8.5

BlakeIn this week’s edition of Blake’s Gambling Tip®, always take whatever team is playing against K State that week. People think that because Bill Synder (#overrated) is head coach, that the will keep games close. This team sucks and will actually make the Kansas v. Kansas State game interesting this year. Sadly, I have to take the Horns in this one. Texas, -8.5

Baylor @ #5 Oklahoma (OU -23.5)

Bobby: While I know last week was a minor disaster, I still think this is a good OU team. People have been pounding the Sooners this week and fairly so. This game against Baylor offers an opportunity for Oklahoma to get back on track and right the ship before heading up to Dallas next weekend. However, a bad showing here could increase the already high stress level even higher. I think Baylor is good enough to cover this spread, but OU will come out impressive. Baylor, +23.5

Jamison: OU is in a severe need of a bounce back game to calm down the Gooners on the chat boards. We are not in panic mode yet. Call me crazy, but I think we match up decently well vs. this Baylor team. I think the defense will come back and have an average, but improved, game. OU narrowly covers, wins by 27. Oklahoma, -23.5

BlakeThe MVP of OU’s season is not Kyler Murray, it is imugentsukuyomi. Many might not know who this, but the few who do know he is a hero. Imugentsukuyomi was the brave soul last week that held up his phone for over an hour to live stream the 4th quarter and OT on Twitch saving over 30,000 viewers the $50+ it costs to buy a game that was supposed to be a blow out. Imugentsukuyomi kept complaining the entire time how he had to go piss, but he stayed strong in the pocket to ensure that all the cheapos out there could watch the game for free. Honestly, his commentary on the game was significantly better than anything any channel could produce, so he was the one who deserved the $50. Imugentsukuyomi probably got kicked off of Twitch after it went viral that he had the second biggest stream of the day by illegally streaming that game, but his efforts will never be forgotten. A true hero in the digital age. OU by a million. Oklahoma, -23.5

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Author: Bobby Howard

Owner at The Schooner Blog. Football, basketball, beer.

3 thoughts on “The Weekend Spread: Week 5”

  1. First off Walmart fans who defend “the sanctity of the game” are braver than post grads from Chicago that drive west into the sunset.

    Blake is not to be trusted. Let’s just make sure that this is known. He will drink more than his fair share of modelo while colluding with another species to sell off his property at an unfair discount. “Grubgate” for those in the know. Also he will say things like “you need to come it’s crazy” “such a big party” “crazy” and when you arrive (after icing each other in the back of a baby blue Ford Escape) you will find that the “crazy” party is exactly 6 high school girls with AN bottle of fruity loops flavored vodka. Which reminds me that a certain host of the Schooner Pod once said “I am judgement” and killed a bird. Crazy times. Don’t trust Blake!

    The real lock of the week is my hometown (temp) ODU Monarchs breaking the spread this week against ECU. ECU hasn’t been the same since they lost Lincoln, and a certain bid day “DJ” lol. The Monarchs come in and ruin the spread which is currently 23.2 (Full disclosure I completely made that number up). I’m joining the Monarch Kaleidoscope mainly because season tickets are like $10. Honestly have no clue where this comment is going just remember no matter what Twitter user @JJOKC “been to more ou games then yiu ever will!”

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