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Friday Locks - We're Going All In On Notre Dame

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A terrible injustice was done last week when we failed to include the one and only SaintSooner in our Friday Locks post. Not because the ole saint is genius at picking games or anything but because he's genius at throwing shade and dropping the snarky comments. We apologize that you were robbed of that last week and are grateful to have the opportunity to share his wit this week.

Last Week

Name Record
Donnie 3-0
Caymen 2-1
Rich 1-2
Joey 1-2
Matt 0-3

This Week's Picks.


Minnesota (-6) at Colorado St. - Maybe I'm buying into the fact that Minnesota gave TCU a challenge and is better than they look on paper. I think it's an easy cover for the Golden Gophers

Notre Dame (-12.5) at Virginia - After a confidence building week one, the Fighting Irish look to continue their dominance. I don't think they slow down in week two as they put distance between themselves and their opponent.

UTEP (+21) at Texas Tech - Lacking a defense combined with multiple penalties offensively, I don't see how the Red Raiders cover the spread. Last season, this was a close game and I expect the same this go around.


Cal over San Diego St. by a score of 42-24. The score makes the game feel closer than it is. The Golden Bears dominate the game but the score doesn't quite bear this out (pun intended)

Memphis over Kansas 38-27. Memphis keeps the Jayhawks losing streak intact, but they fail to cover. Is it basketball season yet?

TTech over UTEP 55-31. I don't expect greatness from either team, but the Red Raiders are quite as bad as UTEP and cover late.


Notre Dame - I'm taking Notre Dame to cover for the second straight week. The Irish looked Uber impressive during Week 1 - especially on offense. I think being able to win by two touchdowns against Virginia shouldn't be too difficult for a Playoff Contender.

Oklahoma - Call it a homer pick if you want. This basically comes down to the fact that Baker Mayfield and the Sooner receivers looked excellent last week (albeit against Akron) and Tennessee's secondary got obliterated by Bowling Green (same conference as Akron). Picking the Sooners to win in Knoxville.

Oregon - Even with the game being in East Lansing, I think Oregon will cover.  Neither team really impressed me during Week 1, but Vernon Adams did. As long as he's healthy, I think the Ducks cover and win.


Gimme the UConn Huskies.  Kathleen Turner has a husky voice.  Kathleen Turner voiced the character of Jessica Rabbit in 1988's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"  Jessica Rabbit was a knockout.  Therefore, Connecticut will knock out Army.

I understand that UTEP's really not very good, but even on the road, 21 points against this year's Texas Tech defense feels too generous.  Miners lose, but cover.

I'll take Notre Dame to cover the 12.5 against Virginia, although I'm a little worried about this pick.  It'll be interesting to see what the Irish can do against a major state school, as opposed to who they played last week.


Oklahoma - The Sooners offensive firepower will prove to be too much for the Volunteers. Tennessee's running game will keep it close though.

Notre Dame - Notre Dame was rolling last time we saw them, and they won't show any signs of slowing down against a Virginia team that lost to UCLA last week. Even with this one on the road, the Fighting Irish should cover.

Minnesota - The Gophers didn't come away with a win last week against TCU, but they should beat Colorado State by at least a touchdown with their stifling defense. CSU has won their last nine home games, but Minnesota will come out desperate for a win.


Notre Dame (-12.5) at Virginia - Let's set aside for just a second what the Irish did against Texas last week and focus on what the Cavilers didn't do against UCLA. UVA ran for less than 100 yards in their 34-16 loss to the Bruins. I'll take the Irish big time in this one.

Maryland (-7.5) at Bowling Green - Don't look too much into the offensive success the Falcons had against Tennessee last Saturday because they are still terrible on defense.

Oklahoma (Even) at Tennessee - I typically stay away from picking games that involve the Sooners but this game is even which makes it a straight up pick'em. I think it'll be too close for comfort but I also think Oklahoma comes out with a win.

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