2017 Six-Pick Week 8

VT's back this week, against arguably the most hated team in college football this year. This is one of two games this year I really, really wanted to win. The other was WVU :)

Oklahoma-Texas got almost everybody last week, and Navy-Memphis did get everybody. We finally broke the streak of zero-weeks, at least. SpiderHokie currently has a one-game lead on kosuch8, with lots of time left in the season.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21
Oklahoma State (-7) at Texas
Factoid #1: Between 1960 and 2005 (when Mike Gundy was hired), Oklahoma State finished in the AP poll just 5 times.
Factoid #2: After the opening loss to Maryland, Texas has beaten the spread in every game.
PICK: That comes to an end this week. After a deflating loss in the Red River Shootout last week, they get behind against OSU and don't catch up.

Iowa State at Texas Tech (-6)

Factoid #1: Iowa State is 5-1 against the spread this year.
Factoid #2: Texas Tech is 4-0-1 against the spread this year.
PICK: Well something's got to give here. Texas Tech had WVU on the ropes last week and let them off the hook. They'll keep their foot on the gas the entire time this week and cover.

UCF (-7) at Navy
Factoid #1: As was common in the early 1990's, UCF's mascot was designed as a take on a 1970's Japanese character, Jet Jaguar.
Factoid #2: Navy's loss to Memphis last week was just their second since October 2016. Like, almost a calendar year.
PICK: UCF's already dealing with the Scott Frost-to-Nebraska distractions. That got Memphis two years ago when we poached CJF, and they lost a couple afterward. UCF will this week, too.

Oklahoma (-14)at Kansas State
Factoid #1: Since attempting to plant their state flag in the artificial turf of Ohio Stadium, Oklahoma's 1-3 against the spread, with a couple of scares to inferior Baylor and Texas teams.
Factoid #2: Kansas State's just 3-3 on the season, with only Kansas left as a gimme. They could be looking at being home for the holidays.
PICK: Something's been off about Oklahoma. K-State gives them another scare that they'll survive, but KSU covers.

Kentucky at Mississippi State (-11)
Factoid #1: Kentucky's already sitting at 5 wins on the season, with home games against Tennessee and Ole Miss coming up after this one. They're going bowling for a second straight year.
Factoid #2: After their big blowout over LSU, MSU's gone 1-2, with their only win coming over a BYU team that's given up on the season.
PICK: That's an awfully big line. I'll take Kentucky to at least cover.

Auburn at Arkansas (-15)
Factoid #1: Auburn has two wins over teams with winning records. One was Mississippi State (which is pretty good!). The other was Mercer.
Factoid #2: Arkansas blew a 24-point halftime lead in the Belk Bowl.
PICK: This is another big home dog line, with both of these coaches looking at the housing market, but Arkansas hasn't shown much this year. I'll take Auburn by 17.

USC at Notre Dame (-3)
Factoid #1: USC is 1-6 against the spread this year.
Factoid #2: Notre Dame is 5-1 against the spread this year, with their only loss a 1-pointer to Georgia.
PICK: USC's been escaping over and over this season. They get burned here. Notre Dame wins & covers.

Michigan at Penn State (-9)
Factoid #1: While Michigan's 25-7 under Jim Harbaugh, they're just 1-4 against Michigan State & Ohio State.
Factoid #2: Something something Penn State. I really dislike James Franklin.
PICK: This is Penn State's first game against a team with a pulse, but Michigan is choosing not to play offense this year. Penn State by 10.

DRINK OF THE WEEK:

Not all new things you try in your life are good. The "Not Your (ANCESTOR)'s" line of drinks are often OK, if a little sugary. The Ginger Ale one is actually pretty good. But Mrs. OHokie bought me a six-pack of this stuff unprompted. It's taken me over three months to get through it, and I still have one left. Blech.

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Comments

Just did my picks, and Arkansas is a 15-pt dog. Typo perhaps?

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Yep, 15 is the correct spread. Good catch, I'll fix it.

Oklahoma State (-7) ... UT is getting better but concussing your qb and still playing him ... not a good look. the mullet rides.
Texas Tech (-6) ... would be much more confident if the game were at night, weird shit happens in lubbock at night ... must be the relative proximity to roswell, nm
Navy (+7) ... gimme that home dog
Oklahoma (-14) ... OU isn't out of the playoffs yet ... win out
Kentucky (+11) ... only bama and uga deserve to be double digit faves in the sec
Arkansas(+15) ... Is Auburn Dr. Jeckyll or Mr. Hyde this week?
Notre Dame (-3) ... ND is going to push USC around and jam down their throat
Michigan (+9) ... PSU will be up, but honestly they haven't looked as good beating nobodies as i expected them to look

BotW:
The Virginia Beer Co Green & Gold IPA

Yeah, I know it's not Orange and Maroon, but it's a solid Va brewery and expecting this will drink well during the game.

TotW:

Hey, lets go down to the Esso station and chill with a Green & Gold.

Where is Lawson?!

Picks are in, just posting my beer of the week.

Big Boss Harvest Time is a decent pumpkin ale (if you're into them), but the real way to make the best pumpkin ale ever is to mix it 50/50 with their Bad Penny brown. They call it Pumpnut, and pour it themselves in the taproom. I'll be buying a case of each this week and enjoy them for the rest of the fall.

I picked all home teams because picking based on my own instincts has been utter garbage this year.

Beers of the week with a special thanks to vtnerf. Can't wait to crack these babies open

I'm a man! I'm 43! Hokie thru and thru.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

OSU
TTU
UCF
KState
UK
Auburn
ND
PSU

OK State
Tejas Tech
Navy with the upset
OK
Kain-tuck
Auburn
Notre Dum. (well, thinking a push at -3 here actually.)
Miss-again

Got that trade with BetaEta, as well as some fresh goodies from Tired Hands yesterday. Gonna be a good weekend in the Burg!!!!!! Go Hokies!

I'm a man! I'm 43! Hokie thru and thru.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Man, I know Tenn is trash right now, but 34.5 point dogs to Bammer? Those lines are reserved in the $EC for Vandy, Kentucky, OleMiss....

I'm a man! I'm 43! Hokie thru and thru.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Picks are in, but I'm stealing RealDiehl's idea for my beer of the week.

If you live in Charlotte, get thyself to the NoDa Brewery for Sticky When Wet. They brew it once a year around the end of Sept, and it's a tasty IPA made with wet hops. I picked up six 4-packs last week.

Hey tacotown, get your picks in.

Games are up for Week 9. Post will be up later today.