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Vegas Martin’s Two Cents To Brandon

Posted by in College Football Picks on September 21st, 2010 | 5 Comments
Week 3 College Football Picks

Well Played Brandon.

So far, I’ve been cleaning up in college football. The NFL has been pretty damn hard this season, like any, and it just seems that it’s easier to gauge college football thus far this year. In the NFL, I was .500 in week 1 and followed that up going 2-0 for my two big Sunday plays, a lone miss on a small teaser, a stupid bet on the Sunday Night game, and no action on Monday Night. With the winnings from college and the Packers and Falcons plays from week 2, I’ve built up a solid bankroll for the remainder of the year.

As always in college football, you can always expect unprecedented upsets on occasion, but the majority of times, you know how things will typically go down. I would just like to start off by saying that I’m mostly on board with all of Brandon’s Picks. I would say that my favorite plays of his are Nevada and South Carolina. Here are my two cents on his games. I’ll be posting my thoughts on other games later.

  • South Carolina (+3) over AUBURN — I’m loving South Carolina this year as they’re clearly the top team in the SEC after Alabama and Arkansas of course. Auburn is a tough place to play, but I’m thinking this is a “hangover” game for them as they’re spent from their come-back win over Clemson last week. South Carolina is clearly the better team. This one is only a matter of how important home field is a factor.
  • Kentucky (+14) over FLORIDA — Brandon is hating on LSU and Florida this year so this pick doesn’t surprise me although this one isn’t for me. Kentucky is 3-0 this season and their offense has been prolific in their last two “warm up” games against Akron and Western Kentucky. Last year Florida waxed Kentucky 41-7 when they were ranked No. 1, but as Brandon will tell you, this is a whole different Florida team.
  • Central Michigan (+8) over NORTHWESTERN — I like this call. Central Michigan always has a respectable football team and Northwestern is far from an offensive juggernaut. Take the points in what should be a tight, low-scoring game with a lot of running to milk the clock. Central Michigan may pull off an upset, but a Northwestern win by 3, 4, 6, or 7 seems like how this one will end up.
  • BOISE STATE (-17) over Oregon — Brandon’s call on Boise State last week was golden. Coach knows that they must go 12-0 ATS if they want a shot at the National Title and this is Boise’s last “nationally recognized” opponent. After this one, the only statement games Boise can make are against Nevada and Fresno State near the end of the season. However, Oregon State has a very decent team, losing to TCU by just 9 on the road. Boise State has a better defense and a better offense than TCU so hopefully you get enough for the cover. Should be much tighter than their roll over Wyoming.  Oregon State painted their field blue to prepare for this one. We’ll see how that works out for them. Good luck with this one.
  • Nevada (-4) over BYU — I like the call. Nevada’s offense is unreal, averaging over 50 PPG. After BYU beat Washington in their home opener, they dropped two road games to Air Force and Florida State and averaged just 12 PPG in those two games. Their offense has questions and their D didn’t live up to standards in those road contests. It’ll be a different story when they return home where they topped Washington, but I agree, Nevada is the play. I’m not expecting 50 from Nevada in this one, but I think they should score somewhere between 28 and 38 and I don’t see BYU scoring more than 24. I really like this play.
  • Temple vs. Penn State Under — If Penn State only puts up 24 points against Kent State and holds them to 0, I don’t see why anyone would think the over 47 would hit. Still waiting on the line, but B says take the under if anything is posted above 45 and I concur. Defense and running, that’s what Penn State does.

My thoughts on some other games to follow.



5 Responses to Vegas Martin’s Two Cents To Brandon:

  1. Brandon Phillips

    Date: Sep 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    “Oregon State painted their field blue,” Will someone please tell how to factor this into my handicapping? Does OSU get 1 or 2 points for this? If I give them 2 points they inch closer, 41-16 final.

    By the way, how does the coach justify this $11,000 does cost? In this economy, are you kidding me. Plus the additional cost of $11,000 to paint it green again.

    I hope they get destroyed just for that stupid decision. What a waste.

  2. Vegas Martin

    Date: Sep 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Awww, c’mon Brandon, you have to think that this is worth 2 points. I like Boise to win this one by 21. I just think it’s a lot of points to give up against a ranked team. However, Oregon State has a questionable defense that does give up a ton of yards and points. Boise should be due for 38-41. Jacquizz Rodgers is a hell of a runner though and can always break a run or two open against a team that has had some issues in the past against the run. I see Oregon State due for 20-24 points. I think this one ends 41-20. I think you’re on the right side of this pick. It’s just too many points for me and will require a perfect game from Boise.

  3. Arnie

    Date: Sep 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I wouldent touch this game. Boise states hasnt had any real competiton (VT isnt good) and oregon st is definatley underated

  4. Brandon Phillips

    Date: Sep 22, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Arnie: I couldn’t disagree more. Not only do I have much respect for VT, I have put my money where my mouth is by betting recently on VT to win the ACC. VT is a very good team that simply felt that they had little to play for after the Boise loss. They played great vs Boise, and then simply suffered a huge hangover the following week. They rebounded against ECU and I fully expect them to take care of business at BC this weekend. Put me down on record as saying right now VT wins the ACC and still plays in a top bowl.

  5. dan dagerman

    Date: Sep 24, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    va. tech is a good bet this week. will see what coaching is doing at notre dame
    this week as should coover.

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