Weekend Spread: Week 5

Week 4 Standings

Bobby: 3-3 (23-12) [81-65]

Ty: 3-3 (16-119) [22-22]

Boatin’ Blake: 3-3 (23-12) [82-64]

Last Week

Week 4 was a wash for all parties involved. Everyone finished 3-3 (pushes count as wins, don’t ask why) and had a few excruciating personal losses. In Week 5, can the Weekend Spread crew recover?

#18 Virginia @ #10 Notre Dame (ND -11) NBC, 2:30 CT

Bobby: I don’t trust this UVA team one single bit. The past two weeks, the supposed 2nd best ACC team has struggled against lowly Florida State and Old Dominion. Notre Dame on the other hand, looked solid in a tight game against Georgia between the hedges last week. This one feels easy, but don’t be shocked if the Hoos find a way to soil this. Notre Dame, -11

Ty: UVA is coming off a win here, and Notre Dame is coming off of a loss. Both teams are coming into this week disappointed in their performance last week. Many betters, myself included, are also very disappointed in their performance last week.

Virginia is a disappointing team this year and the Irish are the most overhyped team since that team from “Rudy”. ND is the safer bet here though. Notre Dame, -11

Boatin’ Blake: Notre Dame, -11

#21 USC @ #17 Washington (UW -3) FOX, 2:30 CT

Bobby: Once again, the Pac-12 is an utter disaster. With USC’s upset over Utah last Friday, the slim Playoff hopes of the conference lie in the hands of the Cal Golden Bears, something I never thought I would say.

The Trojans looked sharp last Friday, despite playing their backup quarterback, but how will they play without that weird Friday night home game boost?

According to OU graduate/USC fan Ford Branan, the move is Washington after the injury bug hit the Trojans secondary this week. Can’t argue with that. Washington, -3

Ty: USC, what a team. The Trojans looked great last week against Utah, who should be unranked, but this isn’t Utah. Washington is a fairly legitimate team this year, and I personally refer to them as “Kansas State, but in purple”.

USC on the other hand, is a physical manifestation of SoCal. It gets a lot of hype, and it is fun at times but overwhelmingly disappointing.  Washington is the safe bet here. Washington, -3

Boatin’ Blake: Washington, -3

#5 Ohio State @ Nebraska (tOSU -17) ABC, 6:30 CT

Bobby: This is a primetime game purely for the TV demographics. Nebraska was unfairly overhyped this season and has understandably let their fans down as rebounding from 4-8 into a Big Ten contender is a nearly impossible task.

The Huskers have improved this season, but this Ohio State team is a buzzsaw. While the Buckeyes haven’t played anyone good this season yet, their offensive production would be impressive against tackling dummies. This will be a bloodbath. Ohio State, -17

Ty: Ahh yes B1G vs. Big12 North. Wait, This game got Gameday? How?

Anyways, Nebraska is basically turning into the A&M of Nebraska (I was going to say the A&M of the North/B1G, but that’s already Michigan). tOSU is impressing everyone so far, as they haven’t skipped a beat since losing Urban. 

The Buckeyes will put up points, and it will be a footnote in the downfall of Scott Frost who will probably pull a Kingsbury and fail upwards. Ohio State, -17

Boatin’ Blake: Ohio State, -17

Kansas @ TCU (TCU -15.5) FS1, 11:00 AM CT

Bobby: GIMME THE ‘HAWKS! Look, TCU will probably rebound and get a win here, but a cover? No way. Kansas always seems to keep it close against TCU and even won last season. They will have no fear going into Amon G. Carter on Saturday. The Frogs will win this, but I think the Mad Hatter keeps this game within reach long enough to make TCU fans sweat through their PFGs. Kansas, +15.5

Ty: YOU ALREADY F****** KNOW, KU BY 14 BABY! Kansas is already halfway to their four or more wins. Kansas will probably be bowl eligible honestly.  Throw EVERYTHING on KU. Kansas, +15.5

Boatin’ Blake: TCU, -15.5

Iowa State @ Baylor (ISU -3) ESPN, 2:30 PM

Bobby: This is a massive game for determining who will sit atop the mediocre glut of teams in the Big 12. Iowa State has had a tough few weeks, narrowly avoiding an embarrassing UNI upset in Week 1 and losing to the hated Hawkeyes after a disastrous friendly fire play.

Baylor has spent their season to this point rolling through directional Texas schools like it was 2014, just with less…issues. They are the epitome of an untested team and I have no read on them.

I think these teams are pretty even, so give me the home dog that hasn’t embarrassed themselves yet. Baylor, +3

Ty: In the words of me, “Baylor is ass”. Iowa State, -3

Boatin’ Blake: Baylor, +3

#24 Kansas State @ Oklahoma State (OSU -4) r/CFBStreams ESPN+, 6:30 CT

Bobby: If you want a prime example of why the Big 12 is a disaster, look no further than this game. These are the two teams who are firmly in the second tier of the conference that are within punching distance of the Red River duo; whoever wins has the best shot at breaking into the Big 12 Championship.

Add in the quality of teams, one of the best atmospheres in the conference with a nighttime Boone Pickens Stadium PLUS the fact this the first game played there since Boone passed and you have a made for primetime game. Despite this, the game isn’t even on TV, relegated to ESPN+.

What a disgrace. I know ESPN+ is easy to get, but the disrespect to put this on a streaming service is a joke.

As for the game, I think Chris Kleman’s Wildcats keep this thing going and get another big road win. The Skylar Thompson-Spencer Sanders duel is going to be amazing, but the K-State defense will be the difference maker here. Kansas State, +4

Ty: This will probably be the most interesting game to watch this weekend. Kansas State is getting some hype on both sides of the ball, coasting from the groundwork laid by Bill Snyder who many expect to be a lock for the Michigan job soon.

Oklahoma State is coming off two losses this week. While OSU’s first loss came at Texas, their second L came when that Poke-Gooner tried to say, “we drink cold beer in Stillwater” and someone hit them with “we win championships in Norman”. Jajajaja sick burn, GOTHIM!

K-State is a legitimate team, as evidenced by their win at Mississippi State, as are the Pokes as evidenced by their performance in their loss in Austin. Personally, I’m betting on Gundy being the difference here. Oklahoma State, -4

Boatin’ Blake: Oklahoma State, -4

Texas Tech @ #6 Oklahoma (OU -27) BIG NUDE SATURDAY ON FOX [11:00 AM]

Bobby: As we inch closer to game day, I feel worse and worse about OU covering this. I know the Sooners will light up the scoreboard, but there is something about that Double T that makes 27 look insurmountable.

However, the Red Raiders are not the offensive juggernaut they once were, scoring just 14 against an awful Arizona team two weeks ago. I think Speed D puts on a show and shuts down this backup led Texas Tech offense, with Jalen and crew handling business as usual. Oklahoma, -27

Ty: As usual catch a great preview on the Schooner Pod/Blog. I thought it over, and I just can’t count on OU to win big here. I’m flipping from my pod prediction and I’m going Tech. The Sooner defense is ass bro. If you don’t believe me, just go look at our secondary’s performance.

The Red Raiders have been scoring a lot this season and OU will have one of the weakest defenses that Tech will face all year.  Texas Tech, +27

Boatin’ Blake: Oklahoma, -27

There Will Be Blood: Beer Available For The First Time at Red River

For the first time in history, beer will be available in the seating area of the Cotton Bowl for OU-Texas.

According to the Dallas Morning News, beer sales will expand from the isolated beer garden to 26 full beer carts throughout the stadium.

From a general perspective, this deal makes a lot of sense. Both Oklahoma and Texas sell beer to the general public in their stadiums.

However, this is a move that will turn the atmosphere up to the next level. While I am okay with throwing hot oil on the most intense rivalry in college football, one has to imagine that things might get pretty intense after the traditional wild Friday night followed by the early morning pregame, a few wax cups and now we are keeping things heated through the game?

Overall, I’m all in favor of this. But please make sure you are aware of what you are getting into. This is a game not for the faint of heart, the elderly or young children.

Expect an atmosphere unlike any other on October 12th.

Game Week: Texas Tech

A preview of Oklahoma’s Big 12 opener.

The first bye week has come and gone and once again, it’s football time in Oklahoma. After three games of cupcakes, the Sooners return from their break to face…another not-so-great team.

Meet the Red Raiders

Two weeks ago, this game actually looked decently entertaining. Texas Tech was rolling with new head coach Matt Wells until quarterback Alan Bowman injured his shoulder against Arizona early in the third quarter.

Bowman finished the game, but the usually potent Red Raider offense looked flat all night in the 28-14 loss. After the game, Tech announced that Bowman would miss several weeks with the injury. 

For years, Texas Tech fans asked for a team with a defense as good as its offense. In 2019, this appears to have come true thanks to a monkey’s paw-like twist that has left both units to be aggressively average. 

Who to Watch For:

Whoever is at Quarterback. Jett Duffey I Guess?

This is a huge question mark. Tech’s offense will change dramatically depending on who steps in for Alan Bowman. The leader in the clubhouse is probably Jett Duffey, the duel threat backup who saw action last season when Bowman went down with a collapsed lung (twice). Duffey has had his moments of greatness but tends to turn the ball over at the worst possible times. If Wells wants to use his rushing ability to get weird with it, he might be a real threat.

The other option is Rice transfer Jackson Tyner, who is a closer fit style-wise to Bowman but not nearly as good. If Wells is playing to win, he should go full wildcard with Duffey.

Why You Should Be Excited

It’s been a full week without OU football in your life. That’s pretty tough!

Honestly, that’s all I got. Tech is pretty bad and the 11 AM kick doesn’t help. Sooner Football kinda sells itself.

Series History (OU Leads 20-6)

Last time out, OU and Tech got into a classic “I hate this and want to leave” scrap where defense is thrown out the window and nobody goes home happy.

Kyler Murray started off throwing a pick at his own 20, causing OU to go down 14-0 in the 1st. The Sooners recovered, took the lead, and spent the rest of the night trying to beat back the Red Raiders.

Alan Bowman went off before re-collapsing his lung and having to exit the game. Jett Duffey was much less effective.

Oklahoma finally ended the night with a rare defensive 2 point conversion return from Robert Barnes, who ran a pick all the way back for a touchdown, graciously ending the evening for all involved parties.

Weekend Spread: Week 4

Week 3 Standings

Bobby: 7-2 (20-9) [78-62]

Ty: 4-5 (13-16) [19-19]

Boatin’ Blake: 5-4 (20-9) [79-61]

Last Week

After another big week, Bobby has pulled into a tie for the lead with Blake, following a pair of risky picks with Kansas State and Houston. Ty continues to flounder at the bottom, is looking for a spark as his beloved Jayhawks return to the Weekend Spread.

#8 Auburn @ #17 Texas A&M (A&M -3.5)

Bobby: Now that the cupcake games are over and we are into conference season, it’s time to see who will seperate themselves from the pack. I’m not a big believer in making snap judgements from one good or bad performance and with such a low sample size, there are many games I have no clue on. This game, along with all but one of these, is one of those that I really need a few more weeks to have insight on.

Honestly, I think both of these teams are dramatically overrated. Texas A&M and Kellen Mond looked awful in their trip to Clemson and I wasn’t overly impressed by Bo Nix and crew in Auburn’s season opening win against Oregon.

I think this might be as much of a coin flip as you can get. However, I think Kyle Field will be too much for Nix, who is playing in his first true road game. I think that’ll be just enough for an Aggie victory. Gross. Texas A&M, -3.5

(P.S. Buy the half point if you can, just to avoid the half point bad beat on a field goal)

Ty:

LETTER TO SHAREHOLDERS

Finally, we took important steps throughout week three to refocus the entire TSI organization on our business principles, which begin and end with an absolute insistence on winning at all costs.

In particular, we have a major continuing initiative aimed toward ensuring that we exhibit unimpeachable alpha-like behavior in everything we do and reinforcing our culture of winning.

That culture, with its emphasis on winning, bragging, trash-talking and excellence, is our greatest strength, but it requires constant reinforcement, particularly in difficult weeks and under adverse conditions. Safeguarding our culture will continue to be one of our highest priorities in week four. 

RESTORING INVESTOR CONFIDENCE

The continuing after-effects of week two posed significant challenges to the sports outcomes financial markets and our fund. The huge losses associated with the Week 2 collapse severely affected investor confidence—which in turn was further shaken by the large and highly visible successes that emerged from Bobby and Blake. 

The more important point, at least for us at TSI, is that we understand and accept our responsibilities as one of the gatekeepers of the sports outcome financial markets. With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that we all could have done better. We are committed to learning from our mistakes. Against this backdrop, in Week 3 there were dramatic changes in the legal and regulatory environment. The Weekend Spread proposed new corporate governance listing rules and the U.S. Congress passed the Quit F***ing Losing Act in an attempt to strengthen confidence in The Schooner Blog, The Captain’s Log and sports outcome financial markets. 

Even before the public controversy of Week 2 arose, we had taken a series of decisive steps commencing in Week 0 to protect further the integrity of our research and to improve its quality. During the weeks that followed, we worked closely with teams and other sports outcome investment funds in crafting the provisional settlement of Week 3.

In addition, we are supportive of a proposed industry initiative that generally would prohibit pirates from picking games, and we support it as an important step towards rebuilding investor confidence. 

We believe that only by putting appropriate corporate governance mechanisms in place and otherwise aligning the interests of management with shareholders, can there be sufficient focus on shareholder interests. In that connection, we refer you to our statements in The Schooner Pod for the Auburn-A&M game. Texas A&M, -3.5

Boatin’ Blake: I have been saying it since the beginning of the year but A&M is the most overrated team in college football. Sure, they have a good pass rush, but their offense is anemic. Watching them get clobbered by Clemson just shows how everything about this school is overrated. From tradition to their performance on the field, A&M is practically the Andrew Wiggins of college football. All bark no bite. Give me dem Tigers to kill the Aggies. Auburn, +3.5

#11 Michigan @ #13 Wisconsin (UW -3)

Bobby: While I don’t want to overreact to Michigan’s struggle against Army as I’ve seen in person what that triple option can do to a team, I’ve been out on the Wolverines since Day 1. Every year it’s the same old song and dance; Michigan is just good enough to send the hype through the roof and always seems to disappoint in the big games.

While I can’t shake the feeling that this one feels like a trap, I feel like Johnathan Taylor and that Wisconsin running game will be too much for Michigan. Add in the fact they are playing in the wasp-nest that is Camp Randall and I feel good enough to pick the Badgers. Wisconsin, -3

Ty: Friends, Investors, readers, lend me your ears; I come to bury Jim, not to praise him.

The championships that men win live after them; Their khakis are oft interred with their bones;

So let it be with Jim. The noble Urban Meyer Hath told you Jim was ambitious: If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Jim answer’d it. Here, under leave of Urban and the rest– For Urban is a National Champion; So are they all, all honorable men– Come I to speak in 

Jim’s funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Urban says he was ambitious;

And Urban won the B1G. Jim hath brought zero trophies home to the Large Home, Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: Did this in Jim seem ambitious? When that the UM fans have cried, 

Jim hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Urban says he was ambitious;

And Urban always beat Jim. You all did see that in the contract I thrice asked him to cover,

Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition? Yet Urban says he was ambitious; And, sure, he is an accomplished coach. I speak not to disprove what Urban spoke, But here I am to speak what I do know. You all did love him once, not without cause, Jim hath dabbed with Migos:

What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,

And men have lost their reason. Bear with me; My heart is in the coffin there with Jim,

And I must pause till they cover. Wisconsin, -3

Boatin’ Blake: This is a do or die game for Jim Harbaugh this weekend. During his tenure at Michigan, he has failed to beat the Wolverine’s rivals time and time again and rarely shows up in big games.

Even with his history, I think Michigan wins outright in Madison. The Badgers have had a great showing so far, but their schedule has been MEH and they live and die by the run.

Harbaugh has had two weeks to prepare for this team and as long as he sells out for the run, then Wolverines should walk away easy from this one. (This pick is 100% me just praying that my Michigan CFP future remains intact). Michigan, +3.5

#7 Notre Dame @ #3 Georgia (UGA -13.5)

Bobby: This is a brutal line that really is asking you whether or not you think Notre Dame is any good. While the Fighting Irish were absolutely embarrassed in their College Football Playoff appearance against Clemson, let’s not forget the Tigers also demolished Alabama the very next week.

Plus, this Georgia team has lost plenty of talent from last season. While I know this UGA team is so flush with talent that they simply reload, I think there is just enough inexperience for Notre Dame to at least cover. I know this is a change from The Schooner Pod, but I think 13.5 is just too many points. Notre Dame, +13.5

Ty: Notre Dame is ass, and Rudy was a crappy made up movie. Georgia, -13.5

Boatin’ Blake: Death, taxes, and Notre Dame not being able to beat real opponents. That is all that needs to be said here. Lock of the week easy money special. Georgia, -13.5

SMU @ #25 TCU (TCU -9)

Bobby: After completely disrespecting TCU with a measly -3 closing line at Purdue, Vegas is back at it again with a WILD -9 line against SMU.

Look, I know SMU isn’t the collection of scrubs they once were. However, this TCU defense is a solid unit that can slow down this SMU offense that has looked good against bad competition.

If this was a random game, I could see the Frogs sleeping on SMU, but they’ll be going all out to defend the Iron Skillet. TCU, -9

Ty: Ahh yes, bitter crosstown Big 12 rivals SMU and TCU meet again, probably for like the 124th time or something.

SMU is not expected to be as good as TCU, I know this because there is no hashtag number next to their name. I believe that SMU is still barred from winning games by the NCAA for buying players corvettes and hookers, or something like that (shout out Hugh Freeze).

SMU is a party school; I know because I’ve partied there. TCU is not a party school, I know this because Blake went there. Blake the Lord of the Grubs (#insidejoke) is a pirate, not a party animal.

What does any of this have to do with this game you may ask? I have no idea, I’m writing this from Fuzzy’s and I’m two margs deep.

Anyways, the Frogs win because “more darts” and I will be betting on them to cover this lock of a line. TCU, -9

Boatin’ Blake: TCU still is rolling with the platoon of QBs, but it showed to be effective on the road against Purdue last week. TCU’s Defense is RAW again this year and shut down one of the best receivers in the nation last week to 3 catches for 25 yards.

On the other hand, SMU has been better this year but they have still yet to play a legitimate football team. I hate this rivalry so much because the Iron Skillet is going to stay in Fort Worth on Saturday just like it has for the past four centuries. Go Frogs. TCU, -9

West Virginia @ Kansas (WVU -5)

Bobby: I have absolutely no idea what to think of either team. I thought both Kansas and West Virginia were awful after losing to Coastal Carolina and getting blown off the field by Missouri respectively. So when both teams then immediately beat at worst mid-tier ACC teams, you can imagine my surprise.

I think this will be a pretty tight contest. If Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley performs like he did against Boston College, I think the Jayhawks have a real shot at this. KU’s loss came against a team that ran the ball well and chewed the clock. West Virginia might be one of the worst running teams in the country.

Another coin flip here. I’ll go with the team that is getting five points with the most momentum they’ve had since Mangino waddled into the sunset. Kansas, +5

Ty: I am contractually obliged to pick KU. Kansas, +5

Boatin’ Blake: Right now, everybody is on the gas and nobody is on the brakes when it comes to Kansas. Last week’s showing was more of how bad Boston College is and not how great Kansas is. People forget that they lost to COASTAL CAROLINA!!!!!!

I could find 11 middle schoolers and throw them up against this Kansas squad and put up at least a few TDs against them. Sorry Ty, but Kansas ain’t winning another game this year. West Virginia, -5

Oklahoma State @ #12 Texas (UT -5)

Bobby: I feel like it happens every year: Texas comes in hot, loses a game before Big 12 play, then screws up at least once before Red River, thus dampening the whole weekend. Face it, a two-loss, Playoff eliminated Texas doesn’t bring the same heat to the Cotton Bowl.

Don’t call me crazy, but I can’t shake the feeling they might slip up here.

Yeah, Oklahoma State looked flat after going up 14-0 on Tulsa, Texas will (should) be revenge hungry, and the lights and cameras will be on the Horns for this ABC primetime matchup.

But still. I can’t shake the feeling the Pokes at least make this a ballgame. Oklahoma State, +5

Ty: Oklahoma A&M is visiting Texas this weekend in another Battle of the Oranges. Side Note: Why do teams pick orange as a color? It is literally ass. Yes I’m looking at you too, Thunder.

Anyways, OU fans seem to know nothing about UT since we literally never play there, so lets refresh some memories here. First off ,their stadium is named after a Sooner, because obviously. Secondly, it won’t be some sort of crazy conspiracy that OSU’s band will be in the upper deck, they always do that. Ok, now everyone is caught up. 

Bobby and Blake may tell you some BS about OSU winning a lot in Austin, being Kryptonite or some other Avengers reference. We here at TSI are professionals, so we know that past performance is not indicative of future results, everyone should know that. The Pokes success at DKR in the past is in no way relevant to this game, the Longhorns will win. Texas will also cover this absolute lock of a spread at -5. Texas, -5

(Note: TSI will be taking a substantial $10.00 USD position in this game.)

Boatin’ Blake: The Captain is going on the road this week and will be attending this game on Saturday night. When I look at this line, I know why it is so low. Herman hasn’t beaten Gundy, since Herman was an assistant coach at Iowa State.

However, I think bettors are overrating this fact and this is an easy opportunity to cash a UT as favorites ticket. This Oklahoma State squad made me sweat out a game against a Tulsa team that had -78 rush yards against MSU. If OSU couldn’t stop the Golden Hurricane, no way they stop the Longhorns. Texas, -5

Weekend Spread: Week 3

Week 2 Standings

Bobby: 7-2 (13-7)

Ty: 1-8 (9-11)

Boatin’ Blake: 7-2 (15-5)

Tough week for Ty and the investors at TSI, as they went winless in standard predictions with the only win coming in the Army-Michigan lock. Bobby and Blake continue to tear it up from last season, going 7-2 and staying close atop the standings. Week 3 features much better matchups in the Big 12 and more challenges ahead.

(Editor’s Note: Blake’s Picks Will Be Coming Later Due To Pirate-Lawyer Stuff)

Stanford @ #17 UCF (UCF -7.5)

Bobby: Stanford is a picture of a team that is riding high off its own brand. To be fair, I believe this is the case with pretty much any good Pac 12 team.

The Cardinal are walking into a buzzsaw here. After two straight undefeated regular seasons that resulted in zero Playoff bids, UCF will be chomping at the bit to take on a Power 5 team in the regular season.

While I don’t think the Knights are as good as they’ve been in the past two years, The Bounce House will be absolutely rocking. UCF, -7

Ty: Stanford vs. UCF is a game that really parallels Oklahoma High School football so let’s jump into a comparison.

Stanford vs UCF is directly analogous to Casady School vs. Heritage Hall, one is a nationally recognized academic powerhouse (Casady/Stanford), the other is basically a for profit daycare for teens (UCF/Heritage).

Basically, Brains vs ‘Muh Sportz’, but not even sports good enough to hold up on the national/state scale. UCF is decent, but they aren’t beating ‘Bama or Clemson, and Heritage sure isn’t winning out against Tulsa Public teams.

Really this is an obvious pick. Heritage Hall UCF wins the game, but we all know who wins at life. Its not like UCF or Heritage have Alumni in The Bee Movie. 🤷‍♂️ UCF, -7

Boatin’ Blake: UCF, -7

#20 Washington State v. Houston (WAZZU -8.5)

Bobby: This is a Spider-Man meme game if I’ve ever seen it. Dana Holgorsen and Mike Leach have history together, similar personalities and practically the same offense. Both Houston and Washington State feature high powered offenses, bright red primary colors and are called Cougars. The two schools, despite being massively far away from each other, are intrinsically tied together. It’s a tough game to pick. However, there is one major difference here: D’Eriq King. While King was decent against OU a few weeks ago, I still think the guy is incredible. The Coogs keep it close with the Cougs and get the cover. Houston, +8.5

Ty: What a matchup of coaches! This should honestly be a recurring rivalry. The ‘Cougs of WSU vs. the UCF of Texas that isn’t TxSt. #TxStGangGangGang (Admittedly, I could have presented a better nickname for Houston but who cares, I hate them.)

Houston is of course, coached by none other than Dana “Rogaine” Holgorsen and because of that its time for a little Deutsche lesson.

Deutsche features many compound words, as many of us are aware. Compound words are able to better articulate in a word, a thought that requires an entire sentence in English. One such compound word is Backpfeifengesicht.

Backpfeifengesicht is a combination of Backpfeife meaning slap in the face, and Gesicht which roughly translates to outward appearance. Backpfeife and Gesicht together make Backpfeifengesicht which translates to a face that needs to be slapped, or a slappable face.

Old Rogaine is a perfect example of this. Das Washington State, -8.5

Boatin’ Blake: *Insert something about how Mike Leach is a fellow pirate* Washington State, -8.5

Texas Tech @ Arizona (Tech -2.5)

Bobby: Texas Tech is the king of narrow covers. They got a garbage-time backdoor touchdown in their first game against FCS South (writing this on the plane so that’s just gonna have to be their name) and got a half point cover against UTEP.

So why on Earth would I ever take Arizona and Kevin Sumlin, who have made a habit of constantly letting me down?

I wouldn’t and will not. Red Raiders by a field goal exactly. Texas Tech, -2.5

Ty: Bruh, Arizona is ass, Kevin Sumlin is ass and Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman hasn’t popped a lung yet. Texas Tech, -2.5

Boatin’ Blake: Texas Tech, -2.5

TCU @ Purdue (PUR -2)

Bobby: Our policy for the Weekend Spread is to grab the lines at opening. While the line has swung completely around to TCU’s side, my take on this game has not changed. TCU, quarterback issues and all, is going to absolutely POUND Purdue. If I was fast enough, I would have placed everything I own on dem Frogs, moneyline. TCU, +2

Ty: *Entire segment redacted by the FBI* TCU, +2

Boatin’ Blake: TCU, +2

Iowa @ Iowa State (IOWA -2)

Bobby: Biiiig shouts to our friends in Ames for getting their first College Gameday. As such, I believe Jack Trice Stadium will be absolutely raucous with farmer loaded up on Busch Light and chili. Is this a “let ‘er fly” pick? Of course. I still don’t care. Iowa State, +2

Ty: Iowa does the wave to the children’s hospital, while ISU is coached by Matt Campbell, who is just an off-brand, cowardly version of Bo Pelini. Iowa, -2

Boatin’ Blake: Iowa State, +2

Oklahoma State @ Tulsa (OSU -14)

Bobby: I was completely in on the Pokes earlier in this week before Boone Pickens passed. Now I’d consider it an absolute lock. OSU rolls big for Boone. This line never any sense in the first place. Oklahoma State, -14

Ty: This was going to be a segment on Tulsa’s annual beatdown by OSU and/or OU, but we have more important things to talk about.

On September 11th, 2019, T. Boone Pickens passed away. T. Boone was an alum of OSU, and a lifelong fan. OSU owes nearly everything they have today to T. Boone.

T. Boone is a classic American corporate raider. In the 1980s he was a pirate to energy companies, first with his energy company Mesa Petroleum and later his hedge fund BP Capital (Boone Pickens Capital, not British Petroleum). He developed celebrity status, not unlike many other prominent corporate raiders, such as Michael Milken, the fictional Gordon Gekko, and to a lesser extent, OU’s Michael F. Price.

He even graced the cover of Time Magazine in March of ’85, which was a huge deal in the age of print magazines.

T. Boone remained a raider through the 80s and 90s, before founding BP Capital in 1997. Through BPC’s two subsidiary funds, T. Boone made substantial gains through energy investments.

BPC was known to have large positions in Halliburton, ExxonMobil, and other major energy names. In 2006, T.Boone earned $990 million from BPC and earned $2.7 BILLION in 2007 as BPC grew 24% in just one year.

As he stepped back from his raiding days, T. Boone remained in the public eye by becoming an active and outspoken donor to politics, universities, and various other humanitarian causes. It is estimated that T. Boone gave over a billion dollars to charity, with over $500 million going to Oklahoma State.

Most notably, T. Boone gave Mike Gundy $30 to get a haircut in his will.

This game against instate rival Tulsa will be the first time that OSU takes the field without T. Boone flying in on his G550 to cheer them on. The Pokes will be playing in his honor and wearing helmet stickers all season long to commemorate him.

Oklahoma State has a potent offense, and in T.Boone’s honor they are going to thump Tulsa. I would bet OSU by 90 if I could. Oklahoma State, -14

Boatin’ Blake: Oklahoma State, +14

North Carolina State @ West Virginia (NCST -7)

Bobby: West Virginia STINKS. While I was on the fence a bit last week about whether or not that James Madison game was just a tough early challenge or proof that the Mountaineers were going to be bad, Missouri confirmed my suspension.

I don’t know if NC State is any good, but I know they are at least seven points better than this dumpster fire. North Carolina State, -7

Ty: MY NC State Wolfpack travels up country roads to the land of fat and sadness. This pick is purely personal to me, as WVU has screwed me for the last time. NC State (really cool campus btw) takes the W in Morgantown and covers easy. North Carolina State, -7

Boatin’ Blake: North Carolina State, -7

Kansas State @ Mississippi State (MSU -8.5)

Bobby: I can’t believe I’m saying this and I know it’ll probably probably doom this team, but I’m a believer in this Kansas State team. Skylar Thompson has been incredibly sharp, leading the country in QBR so far.

We will see if the ‘Cats can keep it up or not, mainly because both teams they’ve faced were awful, but I like them to cover against a not very good Mississippi State team. Don’t be shocked if they pull off the W in Starkville. Kansas State, +8.5

Ty: The wily cats travel to Starkvegas to take on the cowbell ringin’ Bulldogs. Starkville isn’t a particularly difficult place to play, but Mississippi State isn’t exactly a pushover either. KSU has been promising, but I don’t think that they will pull out a W against an SEC West team (sorry not sorry, but KSU ain’t s***). MS. St. by at least ten. Mississippi State, -8.5

Boatin’ Blake: Mississippi State, -8.5

#5 Oklahoma @ UCLA (OU -22.5)

Bobby: The early line of OU -17 might have been one of the biggest misfires I’ve ever seen. UCLA isn’t just bad, they might be one of the worst Power 5 teams in the country.

While the extra 5.5 does make me pause for a second, I think the Sooners are too good, too focused and too willing to stomp out a major brand on national TV. Oklahoma, -22.5

Ty: OU travels to sunny Los Santos to take on the UC-L-L-A Bruins (wtf is a bruin?). UCLLA is a proud university, with a rich football tradition. OU scheduled UCLLA thinking that they would be a huge top 10 marquee matchup, that has not come to fruition. OU easily takes the W and covers a measly 22.5 point spread. Oklahoma, -22.5

Boatin’ Blake: Oklahoma, -22.5

A Look At UCLA

A preview of Oklahoma’s first game against South Dakota.

For the first time this season, the Oklahoma Sooners are heading on the road. Stop number one? The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

While the venue is grand, the opponent is…not so hot.

The UCLA Bruins are in quite a tough spot. Chip Kelly, who was hired in 2018 to try to turn things around in Westwood, finds himself 0-2 in his second season. Since Kelly has arrived, things have seemingly gotten worse.

Now, the Bruins must turn it around against the #5 team in the country, or continue to sink into the abyss.

Meet the Bruins

UCLA is a team with an anemic offense and a wet paper towel of a defense.

However, when a team is at its lowest, they go to two places: they either sink lower, or make a stand.

UCLA’s performance Saturday will tell us what type of team they will be this season. Do they have the heart to make this game close? Frankly, I don’t know if they have the talent.

Who to Watch For:

Demetric Felton, WR #10

Through two games, UCLA ranks as one of the least explosive offensive teams in college football. One has to wonder how much worse this unit would be if Demetric Felton wasn’t on the team.

Felton leads the Bruins in both receiving and rushing yards, despite being a wide receiver. Here’s the thing: both races aren’t even close. Felton has double the yards of both guys in second.

Honestly, this guy was selected in this category by default.

Why You Should Be Excited

It’s OU at the Rose Bowl, quite possibly the greatest venue in college football. How can you not be excited? Even if this isn’t the much more notable game on New Year’s Day, the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains at sunset with palm trees peeking over the ancient bowl will still be on full display. Even if you are watching at home, it’ll be a fantastic scene.

Series History (OU Leads 4-1)

This is the third game against UCLA in the Rose Bowl for the Sooners, with the last meeting in 2006 providing the one loss in the series.

Maurice Drew, UCLA’s star running back had lost his grandfather during their game against Rice. In order to honor him, he added his grandfather’s surname to his jersey.

He took the field as Maurice Jones-Drew for the first time that day against the Sooners and never looked back.

There is a ton of other OU-UCLA history, which can be found in last season’s OU-UCLA article.

Delay of Recap: South Dakota

You can stop holding your breath now: my thoughts on OU-South Dakota are here. Clearly you have all been waiting for them.

Seriously though, there isn’t much to talk about here as the Sooners took care of business against South Dakota Saturday, 70-14. There isn’t a ton to dissect here, so here are my five main takeaways from Saturday.

All Three Keys Were Successfully Met

Big win here! Everyone looked like they had fun, nobody got hurt and I assume everyone stayed hydrated. Let’s hope this trend continues.

The Offensive Line Showed Some Cracks

This is something that happens with a young unit. There were a bit of discipline issues with holding calls and other depth issues that can be addressed. Thankfully, the schedule allows for time to gel, so let’s hope for improvement in that factor.

Bookie Actually Played Great!

Probably the most maligned player in 2018, Bookie Radley-Hiles has been under the microscope since arriving as a 5-star. While I fully understand this was against FCS South Dakota, Bookie had a standout game with two turnovers forced, including his first career interception in a pick-6. Whether or not Bookie will carry this performance over into games against stiffer competition is yet to be seen, but for one day Bookie looked worth the hype. 

The Three Freshman Wideouts Went Off

One of the things I was looking forward to this week was seeing more opportunities for OU’s young wideouts and they certainly did not disappoint. Each had a touchdown catch and Jaden Haselwood particularly impressed as someone poised to be the breakout star of the group this season.

Spencer Rattler Looks GOOD

Speaking of freshman, Spencer Rattler impressed in his long awaited debut at quarterback, going 4-4 with 50 yards and a touchdown. He showed poise, sharp throwing and a very solid running ability. It was only a drive, but Rattler gave plenty of Sooner fans some excitement for the future.

MVP: Brendan Radley-Hiles

LVP: The North Endzone, for going 0-2 on throwing the ball out. Be better.

Up Next: A trip to the Rose Bowl* against UCLA.