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RCT Bets the Big 12: Week 4

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Jim Grobe hates points spreads.

Missouri v West Virginia Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Argh... point spreads. Jim Grobe hates them so, so much. I can’t hardly believe people actually do this for a living. The stress must be unbearable. But hey, if you’ve got the coin, you gotta do you I guess.

Starting bank: $500

Last week’s bank: $609

Last week: 4-6

Overall picks: 12-12

Last Week

Baylor -30.5 @ Rice, LOST $40

Kansas +20.5 @ Memphis, LOST $20

Iowa State @ TCU -24, LOST 40

Florida Atlantic @ Kansas State -22.5, and the OVER, WON $152

Pittsburgh +6 @ Oklahoma State, LOST 40

Louisiana Tech @ Texas Tech, OVER, WON $95

Ohio State -1.5 @ Oklahoma, WON $38

Texas -8 @ California, LOST $40

BONUS Parlay, Lost $20 (Gary Patterson hates point spreads too.)

Week 3 Won/Loss: +$85

New bank: $694

So after all that, I MADE money? Sweet. Maybe I should quit while I’m a ahead. Or, maybe this gambling thing will work out for me after all.

Lol I’m kidding, I’m kidding. Standard reminder that this is purely for entertainment purposes only, and if it ever isn’t, never bet more than you can afford to lose.

Not very many games this week with only half of the Big 12 in action. I’m gonna open up this week by once again saying I don’t love any of these games, but let’s see what happens. I won’t be as conservative as I was in Week 2.

Let’s roll.

TCU @ SMU

Line: TCU -21

O/U: 64.5

Man, everybody is putting points up on TCU this year. I think SMU is good enough to get to 21 points or so, now I have to ask myself, will TCU be able to put up 42? I’m gonna go with no, this Battle for the Iron Skillet will be a low(er) scoring affair.

My bet: $40 on the UNDER

Missouri State @ Kansas State

Line: OFF

O/U: OFF

My bet: Bill Snyder runs it up on yet another overmatched opponent. (I didn’t know Taco Bell served cupcakes.)

San Jose State @ Iowa State

Line: Iowa State -6.5

O/U: 54

SJSU has scored a whopping 27 points against teams with a pulse this year, and that’s if you think Tulsa and Utah have pulses. The Cyclones haven’t exactly lit up the scoreboard, but if they’re gonna get a win this year, it’s down to this game and the matchup in Lawrence on November 12.

My bet: $20 Iowa State -6.5

BYU vs West Virginia

(FedEx Field, Landover, MD)

Line: West Virginia -7

O/U: 51

All three of BYU’s games have been decided by three points or less. All three have also easily covered the Under. Meanwhile, West Virginia has only played twice so far this week and was less than impressive against mighty Youngstown State.

My bet: $40 BYU +7 AND $40 on the UNDER

Oklahoma State @ Baylor

Line: Baylor -7.5

O/U: 75.5

Jim Grobe hates point spreads. Mike Gundy likes to score points. The Over is tempting here, but I’m not a believer in Baylor’s offense this year.

My bet: $40 Oklahoma State +7.5

DrCrushALot’s Picks of the Week

Each week, DrCrushALot will provide a maximum of five games that he likes.

Season record: 3-7

Last week: 1-2

Baylor -30 @ Rice LOSS

Navy -6 @ Tulane WIN

Georgia -6 @ Missouri LOSS

Doc took all road favorites last week and had another rough go. Let’s see if he can right the ship this week.

This week:

Florida State -6 @ South Florida. Seems like an overreaction to the Louisville game. USF is good but not that good.

Florida +7 @ Tennessee. Tennessee has lost 11 straight to Florida, plus Tennessee has not played well at all this season.

Nebraska -7 @ Northwestern. Time to start believing in Nebraska, plus, Northwestern has played awful this year with losses to Western Michigan and Illinois State.

Louisville -25 @ Marshall. Can’t figure out why this line is going down and not up.

Feel free to vote in the following poll submitted by yours truly!