Weekend Spread: Week 0

2018 Final Standings

Bobby: 58-53 Ty: 6-3 (In one guest appearance) Boatin’ Blake: 59-52 Jamison (Ret.): 52-59 Hello everyone, and welcome to Season 2 of The Weekend Spread, our weekly spread prediction, totally not gambling, prediction article. Bobby and Boatin’ Blake return for season two, with a new challenger: Ty from The Schooner Pod. Each week, we’ll pick the spread of each Big 12 matchup, as well as three of the best non-Big 12 games in College Football and now the wildcard individual lock of the week, chosen by each picker. We have to start with Week 0, so let’s dive in!

Miami v. Florida (UF -7)

Bobby: I seriously think Miami has the workings of a dumpster fire. I don’t like the prospects of Manny Diaz as head coach, I’m not sold on the Hurricanes quarterback and I’m not certain that defense can win them ballgames. Florida, while I’m not fully sold on them as a legit playoff contender, is just much farther ahead of Miami as a program. Dan Mullin has his system rolling and if Felipe Franks can have another solid year at quarterback, the Gators will be a solid team in the SEC. Their crazy young O-Line will be tested early Saturday, but ultimately Florida’s offense will be the difference-maker here. Florida, -7 Ty: Florida vs. Miami, what a rivalry. It’s like watching Northern Florida-Man face off against Southern Florida-Man. Nobody really cares what happens, and it doesn’t really have any national implications, since Florida wont even win their division. Even though literally no one that matters cares about this game you still know that us degenerates will be putting the monies on it. Where should you put your monies you may ask? Well, certainly not with Robert “Iowa-State-Is-The-Second-Best-Big-12-Team” Howard the 4th. You, the intelligent independent sports “investor” should allocate your investments to the Ty “Mother-F*n” Lee Sports Investing Fund™. Where does Ty put his money though? He puts it with the damn winners, that’s where. Who is going to win this game and cover the 11 point spread? The University of Florida that’s who. It’s literally that easy. Florida EASILY takes the W from “the U” and easily puts up ELEVEN more points than Miami does. Sorry Miami fans, all of whom are reading this from prison and have never attended a university, y’all are taking a fat L tomorrow. Florida, -7 *Quick legal disclaimer: if you do put your money with Ty and go UF -11 I do require a 25% fee of all winnings before taxes. IF you bet on my advice and lose then The information contained in this article was obtained from publicly available sources and has not been independently verified by Ty. Neither Ty nor Schooner Blog Media makes any representation or warranty, as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this article and any liability as a result of this article is expressly disclaimed. The article should not be relied upon to evaluate any potential transaction. Ty is not giving investment advice by means of this article, and this article does not establish a client relationship with Ty unless you win.* Boatin’ Blake*: (The salty seas of education got to The Captain this week, so he is picks only; just insert a spiel about The Turnover Chain or something.) Miami, +7

Arizona @ Hawaii (UA -11)

Bobby: The other important game on Week 0. I love that we are properly starting this season with one of my favorite college football traditions: the late night/early morning Hawaii game. This game is particularly interesting for multiple reasons, primarily, Hawaii’s “on-island effect” when playing at home. The allure of the island and the time jump has been known to bite teams and this Arizona team is a prime upset candidate. The Wildcats were completely unreliable last season and even though Khalil Tate returns at quarterback, I can’t trust this team. But Hawaii? These guys are just awful. Even with the island effect, Arizona will have more time to acclimate to the time and should be ready to roll. Or at least enough to squeak out a cover. Arizona, +11 Ty: Hawaii Golden Rainbow Warriors -or something like that?- (Allegedly a D1 team) vs. the Arizona “I’m-from-SoCal-but-I’m-too-dumb-and-too-poor-to-bribe-a-rowing-coach-to-go-to-a-Cali-school” Wildcats. What a matchup. I personally hate Arizona (the team, the state is beautiful). Arizona is the arch-rival of Arizona State University, an esteemed academic establishment (ASU is probably the hardest school besides UCF to get into tbh) (Ty got in to ASU just saying, not bragging, just letting everyone know). Anyways, Hawaii is playing Arizona on one of the islands out there (I think it’s like the second one or something, definitely not the big one). You the readers do not have a client relationship (only if you win) with Ty for geography advice, its purely for the cash, so let’s get down to business. I am excellent at business, many say the best at business, in fact I’m typing this from the Price College of Business where I type things. Let’s close this deal though: bottom line up front Arizona takes the W here. Hawaii is a one trick pony and that trick is location, their location can really throw off teams, due to the extended travel time. This is Week 0 though, and Arizona is rested and ready to go: a HI trip won’t be the issue that it is in week 7 for example. Hawaii threw the ball well last year, but all you business savvy people know that past results are not always indicative of future results. AZ has a decent offense for the PAC 12 with the PAC’s best rushing game (#frat am I right) they also have a star QB who is supposedly coached by one of the worst coaches for a star QB to have maybe ever, Kevin “I suck but Johnny covered for my absolute inability to be a NCAA HC” Sumlin. Let’s look at what we have now to evaluate, will AZ get 7.5 more points than Hawaii? Well no, that’s literally not possible. It isn’t possible for a few reasons, firstly how are they getting half a point? Secondly Arizona sucks, like actually. Heres that sweet sweet financial advice you’ve been waiting for: Arizona W, Hawaii cover. You heard it here first everyone, when you get that cash just know I need 25% before taxes. Hawaii, +11 Boatin’ Blake*: (insert something probably about Hawaii, islands, crumbs, boats and making the standard late Hawaii pick to save the day.) Hawaii, +11

Game Week: Miami v. Florida

Get hype everyone – IT IS (kinda) GAME WEEK!

Football season is back on Saturday, courtesy of a rare Week 0 matchup between in-state rivals, Miami and Florida (Hawaii and Arizona are also playing, but let’s be real, this one is way more interesting).

Sure, neither team is in the Big 12 or has anything to do with this year’s OU team, but football is back and this is the only good game on, so we are giving this moderately interesting non-conference game the full Game Week treatment.

Series History (29-26-0, Miami)

When you think of rivalries in Florida, more than likely Florida State is involved. The Seminoles play both Florida and Miami yearly in two of college football’s biggest rivalries, which begs the question: why don’t Miami and Florida ever play?

Unfortunately, the rivalry between Miami and Florida, like so many others, is one that has been buried in the sands of time by conference expansion. From 1938-1987, the Canes and Gators played each other yearly, completing the triangle of hate in Florida. However, the SEC’s expansion to 8 conference games forced Florida to choose between non-conference foes Florida State and Miami.

They stuck with the Noles.

Despite being two of the major powerhouses in Florida, this is only the seventh time the Gators and Hurricanes have met, with two of the meetings occurring in unplanned bowl matchups. Prior to ending the yearly matchup, the series was somehow even closer than it is now: Florida held a 25-24 edge.

Since going dormant, Miami has dominated the series, going 5-1 in the previous six matchups, mostly thanks to the combination of the Hurricanes early 2000’s dominance and the dreadful Ron Zook era of Gator Football. The one win Florida captured? A 26-3 spanking in Tim Tebow’s 2008 national championship season.

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Two UF Players Paddle The Canoe. Courtesy, University of Florida

Probably the biggest casualty of the rivalry going dormant is the loss of one of the best rivalry trophies in College Football: the Seminole War Canoe, which is a strange name for a non-FSU related trophy. The canoe is full-sized, six feet long, hand-carved, and I cannot stress this enough, sourced from a 200-year-old tree that was struck by lightning. In a true act of cowardice, Miami has retired this trophy as “it was intended for the home and home series” and did not give it up after their 2008 loss to the Gators. Free the canoe, you cowards!

Despite the lack of contests, this is very much a heated rivalry. While it might be one of College Football’s biggest Cold Wars, Saturday gives the two sides a chance to vent some emotion on a neutral site.

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A Look At The Florida Gators

Florida is coming off a red hot first season from head coach Dan Mullin, who took the Gators from a 4-7 record to a 10 win season in just one year. The Gators season was capped by a 41-15 Peach Bowl beatdown of the Michigan Wolverines. While the leap back into relevance was impressive, can the Gators take the next step and become a threat to take the SEC?

The Gators offense is anchored by the much-improved quarterback, junior Feleipe Franks. Much like Florida as a whole, Franks ramped up production under Dan Mullin, throwing for 24 touchdowns, up from a measly nine in his first season. Helping Franks out is a stable of receivers and tailback Lamichel Perine, who yes, is related to former Sooner back Samaje Perine. Florida’ O-Line is losing four starters from that Peach Bowl-winning unit. On defense, Florida swarmed the ball last season, racking up the 7th most turnovers in College Football. Their corners are staunch, young and impressive, as is tradition.

While the Gators have improved, getting past Georgia in the East will be a tall task, as well as any potential SEC Championship matchup against Alabama. I’m not fully sold on Florida being a legitimate SEC and Playoff threat, but if they continue their development ahead of schedule, lookout.

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A Look At The Miami Hurricanes

After their revitalization in 2017 under Mark Richt and the Turnover Chain, the Hurricanes promptly decided to collapse in a way rarely seen in College Football. While the chain remains, Richt bailed on his alma mater at the end of last season.

The replacement? Manny Diaz, who was the Hurricanes defensive coordinator under Richt, taking the head coaching reins for the first time in his career.

Miami’s offense was a lackluster mess in 2018, headlined by a revolving door of mediocrity at quarterback. The much-hyped transfer of Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell was supposed to signal a quality change in the position; he didn’t even win the starting position. Instead, sophomore Jarren Williams will have to lead the Canes this season, who has shown promise in his days as a prospect but has extremely limited snaps.

This is a major season for Miami in order to keep any momentum potentially lingering around the program. Their defense will need to take over games in order for the Hurricanes to do anything substantial in the ACC.

The Case For Why You Should Root For…

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Miami and Oklahoma have long had a hated past with each other. The Canes famously toppled the Sooners in several pivot games throughout the 1980s, oftentimes being the single thing standing between Barry Switzer and more national championships. While the swaggering days of “The U” remain just a benchmark yet to be reached, those cueball helmets with the two-tone U  still make the blood boil for OU fans of a certain age.

As for Florida themselves, they have that great OU connection with Lamichel Perine, as well as the fact that Miami is unfairly having a very cool boat kept from them.

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We’re all sick of the SEC narrative right? A Florida win here would put a major feather in the SEC’s non-conference game before Week 1 even starts. Plus, while the Gators still have plenty of hurdles to go before being a real CFP threat, a Miami win here would damper Florida’s resume if they did end up performing well in the SEC.

As for reasons to actually like Miami? Well…

Oh look here’s a Tebow highlight!


First Game Week Blog is in the books!

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