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Friday Locks | We Give You Baylor/O-State & Mississippi/Arkansas

Can the Hogs pull off back-to-back upsets? At least one of us thinks so.

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Last week was a solid week for us with a combined 9-3 record. That means we'll probably tank it in this week. We've got differing opinions on a few games which always makes things interesting.

Name

Last Week

Season

Matt

2-1

22-13-1

St. Sooner

2-1

18-18

Donnie

2-1

16-18-1

Rich

3-0

17-19

On to this week's picks

Donnie

Wisconsin over Iowa (+10) 34-27. Wisconsin is not as good as they were against Nebraska and Iowa finds a way to make games stay closer than they should. On paper Wisconsin should run away with the game (pun intended) but something tells me this game will be closer than most expect. 

Baylor over OkState (+28.5) 48-17. The good news for Oklahoma State is that the offense finally scores 17 points. The bad news is that they give up at least 48 to Baylor. This will get ugly fast. Gundy might be on the next flight to Gainesville.

Arkansas (+3.5)over Ole Miss 24-20. Something tells me this is the game where we see the old Bo Wallace. Ole Miss has started to have the wheels come off what was once a magical season. The pigs will also now be bowl eligible.

Rich

Minnesota (+10.5) vs Nebraska - The Golden Gophers have won a single road game this season. Don't get me wrong, I'm not taking them to win this outright. It's more so the idea that I don't think the Cornhuskers cover the spread this week.

UCLA (-3) vs USC - Behind a balanced attack, UCLA's strengths remain on offense. It is the defense that can be shaky at times. USC on the other hand has quite a few playmakers on the roster. Any way you slice it, everything can be thrown out the window in a rivalry game like this. Give me the Bruins to cover.

Baylor (-28.5) vs Oklahoma St. - Style points are all that matters for the Bears as the season nears its close. Trailing TCU in the current college playoff standings with a shot to land inside the top four before it's all said and done, Art Briles unleashes the offense yet again. Combine that with the notion that a blueprint to shutdown OSU has been laid, Baylor comes out with an easy win.

St. Sooner

I'll snag Baylor to cover the 28.5 against OSU.  Baylor's got a committee to impress, OSU has a T. Boone to placate.

As Hans and Franz would say, "Hear me now and believe me later:" Utah State takes care of San Jose State by more than the 13.  The reason why is obvious: Utah is a state, while San Jose is not.

For dessert I'll have the 9.5 of Cincinnati over Connecticut.  Cincinnati is named for famed Roman statesman Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, who demonstrated how leaders can give up near-absolute power once their service to their nation is discharged.  Connecticut has a silent letter "T," and who does that?  Also, they call themselves UConn, which sounds like Yukon, which is either a Canadian territory or a famous golden potato.  Either way, this logic clearly shows why the Bearcats will beat the Huskies.  Because science.

Matt

Penn State (-6.5) at  Illinois - The Illini are 113th in the nation in scoring defense and Penn State is 4th. That's pretty much all you need to know about this one.

Mississippi (-3.5) at  Arkansas - The Hogs are back! Well not really. They've won one conference game, big whoop, so has Kansas. I think this will be a fun game but also take the nation's top scoring defense to cover on the road.

Arizona (+4) at Utah - This is the pick that I'm most nervous on. I could easily see Utah winning this game but I think it'll be by a field goal or less.

Think you can do better at picking games? Well...you probably could. Hit us up in the comments section and let us know what games you like this weekend.

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