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RCT Bets the Big 12: Week 5


San Jose State v Iowa State Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images

Argh, I KNEW I should have taken the under on that OSU-Baylor game. Oh well, such is the life of a riverboat gambler such as myself. But I’m up pretty big on the year so far regardless of my pedestrian record. Just gotta know where to put the big bucks, I guess!

Starting bank: $500

Last week’s bank: $694

Last week: 3-2

Overall picks: 15-14

Last Week


San Jose State @ Iowa State -6.5, WON $38

BYU +7 vs West Virginia and the UNDER, WON $76 and LOST $40

Oklahoma State +7.5 @ Baylor, LOST $40

Week 4 Won/Loss: +$110

New bank: $804

Season +/-: +$304

I like this making money gig. Maybe I need to do a Kickstarter or something. Will you guys invest in me? It’s a better rate of return than your savings account or money market accounts.

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.

Let’s roll.

Kansas @ Texas Tech

Line: Texas Tech -28.5

O/U: 80

Lol Texas Tech might cover the over on this one by themselves, just to say they can. The Kansas defense has shown some life in 2016 but they haven’t played anyone with an offense anywhere near the quality of Tech’s. I’m fairly confident that the spread will be covered in the first quarter, even with the hook.

My bet: $60 Texas Tech -28.5

Kansas State @ West Virginia

Line: West Virginia -3

O/U: 54

Criminy, I don’t know. I think K-State’s record is smoke and mirrors, what with the quality of their last two opponents and their quarterback play. I don’t think Stanford really opened up the offense against K-State, and thus I think KSU’s defense is being overrated (especially locally). Conversely, I don’t know WHAT to make of West Virginia. I think this will be a really boring game to watch, and I just don’t think K-State will be able to score enough. Of course, K-State has completely owned West Virginia lately, but as we learned a couple of weeks ago, past performance is not indicative of future results.

My bet: $40 West Virginia -3

Baylor @ Iowa State

Line: Baylor -16.5

O/U: 60.5

It really pisses me off that Baylor is winning football games this year. I have confidence that won’t last very much longer. Unfortunately, I don’t see that changing this week. I’m not sure ISU will get much more than 10 or 14 points this week, even at home.

My bet: $50 Baylor -16.5

Texas @ Oklahoma State

Line: Oklahoma State -2.5

O/U: 71.5

I think what we have here is a case of wrong team favored. Texas has the better players, but Oklahoma State (probably) has the better coaching and is at home. We learned in Week 1 not to under-estimate the power of home field advantage. Texas dropped their last matchup at Cal in a shootout, and that’s kinda what I’m thinking here, only this time maybe the Longhorns will be better prepared.

My bet: $50 Texas +2.5 AND $50 on the OVER

Oklahoma @ TCU

Line: Oklahoma -3.5

O/U: 69.5

The Frogs were giving up points in bunches up until last week when they held SMU to three points. Likewise, Oklahoma’s defense has given up it’s fair share of points as well; even UL-Monroe got 17 (granted against the backups, but still). I expect OU to emerge victorious, but I’m banking on a shootout.

My bet: $50 on the OVER

DrCrushALot’s Picks of the Week

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

Season record: 6-8

Last week: 3-1

Florida State -6 @ South Florida, WIN

Florida +7 @ Tennessee, LOSS

Nebraska -7 @ Northwestern, WIN

Louisville -25 @ Marshall, WIN

That was a good bounce back week for the Doc, as he has been struggling so far this year. Let’s see if he can keep the good vibes going.

Doc really seems to have a thing for the road teams. Interesting.

This week:

Alright, this will be the week of continued redemption or disaster.

Stanford +3 @ Washington. I am a firm believer of taking points when a Top-10 team is given them.

Miami -7 @ Georgia Tech. GT was exposed last week and Miami will run laps around them early and often.

Northwestern +14 @ Iowa. Northwestern has an okay defense and Iowa can’t seem to score right now.

Wisconsin +11 @ Michigan. Same reason as above - a Top-10 team getting points (and lots of them).

Congratulations to those who voted for Les Miles in our poll last week, as he was indeed out of a job by Tuesday of this week.