By Jeremy Dennis
The Chateau de Menace, much like State College, PA and Tuscaloosa, AL, was reeling at the pick results over the weekend. The first time we were under .500 in awhile, but that happens. On the positive side, we are 7-1 in the last two weeks on the top picks for the NFL. We are coming down the home stretch. It is time to put our money where our mouth is.
College YTD Top Picks: 55-49-5 (52.9%) YTD All College Picks 292-242-9
NFL YTD Top Picks: 26-14 (65.0%) YTD All NFL Picks 75-70-2 (51.7%)
Total YTD All Picks: 367-312-12 (54.1%)
Let’s don the rally caps for the Degenerate Menace Baker’s Dozen Plus One!
Ohio State (-52.5) at Rutgers: What an incredible number this is. However, the Buckeyes just lambasted the Terrapins by 50+ on Saturday. Rutgers is probably in the Bottom 10 in all FBS. When things go south, it is time to get feisty! Let’s roll!
Clemson (-34) vs Wake Forest: You think that Clemson was pissed off after the first College Football Playoff Standings. How about 55-10 thrashing of N.C. State. Wake, on the other hand, just lost by 19 to Virginia Tech. Let the beatings begin!
Boise (-28) vs New Mexico: New Mexico has beaten the number exactly one time this season. Boise at home probably is not the team to end the streak. The Broncos, on the other hand, have not been a moneymaker lately, losing their last three ATS. I am banking on New Mexico continuing to stink.
Ball State (-2.5) vs Central Michigan: If you took each team against the number over the last four weeks, you would have seen a 7-1 record. When in doubt, go with the home team.
Arkansas State (-12.5) vs Coastal Carolina: These teams are going in opposite directions. Arkansas has won the last two, scoring 45 points a contest. Coastal Carolina got trounced by Louisiana. The Red Wolves should win handily at home.
Alabama (-21) at Mississippi State: The Crimson Tide are looking for payback after the 5 point loss to LSU. The Bulldogs’ most notable win has been against Kentucky. Tua and the gang should get healthy in Starkville.
LSU (-21) at Ole Miss: The other participant in the Game of the Century this year is going against the Rebels. At this point, these are but tune-ups for the Tigers as they approach the SEC Championship game. I just don’t think Ole Miss has the horses on offense or defense to prevent LSU from covering that number.
Florida (-7.5) at Missouri: The Gators are looking to get into the New Year’s Six conversation. They also still have a shot at an SEC Championship appearance if Georgia loses their last two conference games. After winning five in a row, the Tigers have lost the last three including to Vandy (ugh…). They have scored exactly 21 points in those three games. It is highly unlikely they will score much more against the vaunted Florida defense.
Notre Dame (-7) vs Navy: Look, I think that it is cool an all that Navy is 8-1. However, the biggest victory they have to their credit is Air Force. Their loss is to a solid Memphis team. I would imagine that the Fighting Irish is too good this year to let this game get close, but it has happened before. At the very least, take the over.
USC (-6.5) at California: Sure I got burned on the Golden Bears against Washington State last week. But the best shooters just keep shooting. Surely, the Trojans will have a better time with it after beating Arizona State in Tempe
Patriots (-3.5) at Philadelphia: After their first loss of the season and a bye week, I would imagine that the Pats are chomping at the bit to get back to their winning ways. The 2019 Eagles have been choppy. However, they have won their last two against the Bills and the Bears. Probably going to be their toughest test on both sides of the ball.
Minnesota (-10.5) vs Denver: Good for Brandon Allen! Winning his first start for the Denver Broncos. Such a heartwarming story. From the gambling perspective, this was against a sub-par Cleveland team. I think he is going to get a rude awakening for his first road start against a scorching hot Minnesota Viking team.
Oakland (-10) vs Cincinnati: Sure, let’s gang up on Cincinnati now. They got crushed by Baltimore last week. The Raiders are a good football team and have covered five of the last six numbers. Should be another runaway at the Black Hole.
Pittsburgh (+2.5) at Cleveland: The Steelers have been money. Since the opening night debacle, the Terrible Towels are 6-1-1 ATS. Cleveland has, shall we say, not met 2019 expectations. Although, it seems that they have found something with the Hunt-Chubb backfield. Pittsburgh’s defense should carry the day.
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