Let me tell ya’ll, moving sucks.
That’s not the most groundbreaking of realizations, I know. But it’s still not fun.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my new place — it has a two-car garage and central air — but when you spend an entire weekend shifting around furniture and what feels like thousands of boxes, you become almost entirely unplugged from the sports world.
Though we’ve been without Internet access since Saturday morning, it really hasn’t been all that terrible, minus having the possibility to watch football.
But, in a way, it made keeping an eye on my various bets less stressful. I wasn’t able to keep an eye on any particular games, and heck, by the time I got around to thinking about one score or the other, the final had already been decided.
But let’s be honest, moving in the fall isn’t the most ideal. But thankfully, Iowa and Iowa State both had byes. I was disappointed that I couldn’t catch the Pats/Ravens game though.
Which brings me to my next point, maybe it was a blessing that we weren’t able to monitor our picks, because, boy, did we have another rough weekend. The Home Dawgs were a dismal 2-3 overall, and we threatened back-to-back winless weekends well into Sunday.
It was yet another case of hard luck, as we missed the season’s first parlay thanks to SMU (+5.5) losing by six while Florida (+6) lost by seven. We rolled into Sunday afternoon at 0-3 before catching a break with the Steelers (PK) winning outright and the Pats and Ravens OVER (44.5) hit, letting us redeem ourselves just a little bit.
Overall, we’ve had a pretty rough past two weeks, going just 2-7. Here’s to hoping we can bounce back this weekend.
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Here we go:
Season Record: 16-13
Last week: 2-3
Winners are in bold
1. Iowa at Wisconsin (-9.5)
The public is slamming the Hawks in this one. I think they can keep up, but there’s too much value here with the Badgers. If you’d like, though I’ve been driving the Iowa UNDER all year, I can see OVER 38 happening, too. Maybe make it a parlay if you’re feeling frisky.
2. BHURL’S SPICY MUSTARD HOT DOG LOCK OF THE WEEK: Iowa State (+14) at Oklahoma
This is a funky line and the public is all over Oklahoma for some reason. The Clones have the offense to stick with the Sooners, and as we saw in their loss to K-State, Oklahoma struggles against an up-tempo team that can run the ball. Iowa State’s defense was suspect against Okie State, but I think they bounce back to keep this one within two scores.
3. Purdue (+104) at Northwestern
The Public is all over Northwestern for some reason. Purdue is easily a better team than the 1-7 Wildcats. This is almost like stealing candy from a baby. Take the moneyline and thank me later.
4. Seahawks (+6.5) at 49ers
Here’s a couple stats from Covers that I haven’t listened to enough. Underdogs in general are 76-57-2 this year against the spread while road ‘dogs are 53-35-2. Give me “Russell Wilson Jr. the Third” and Pete Carrol in prime time. Lock it in.
5. Penn State at Minnesota (+7)
While everyone is all jazzed up about Alabama and LSU, and rightfully so, I’m looking forward to this Big Ten battle between a pair of undefeateds. I’m curious to see how Minnesota stacks up against the Nittany Lions. I think they can keep it close enough — the public is slamming PSU — but I just don’t think the Gophers’ schedule has prepared them for this moment.