2018 Six Pick Week 3

I'd intended to knock this out last night, but instead a migraine ended up knocking me out. So my apologies. Games are up at http://keyplay.football.cbssports.com/opm. If you weren't in the pick'em group last year, you'll need to click this link to join.

Here are Week 1's results. They'll be added to everybody's total (along with the results of Championship Week, which also have to be picked in the comments here) at the end of the season.

VT_Warthog 6
Civil Hokie 6
InEnemyTerritory 6
brickhaus 6
NewportHokie 6
vtnerf 5
Hokie11_DBU 5
HightyTighty 5
ACowne63 5
Chachi 5
Rayo 5
4VPISU 5
kosuch8 5
vtphoenix 5
HokieAlum6144 5
Vtbandit 5
tbhokie1 5
McHokie540 5
8300A_Hokie'12 5
SharkbaitHokie 5
kingkluck 5
josetheguy 4
StineyDraw 4
Koastal Kings 4
Alum07 4
matt7 4
ashore13 4
07Hokie 4
shakeitallabout 4
hokiePOWER 4
Robocop 4
ohherro 4
MaroonX2 4
VT_Fencer 4
popbrmo 4
papilgee4evaeva 4
piercepj 4
BrentwoodHokie 4
NerdMagic 4
hokiejoe11 4
Bragghokie 4
TWick72 4
heuplek 4
tr237462 4
BeerControlOffense 4
vtfly 4
wasknick 4
The Fighting Gobbler 4
macraw83 4
HT 15 Hokie 4
QMaroonQ 4
hoofhearted227 4
smittyvt32949 4
Lozo1016 4
HokieHonor 3
VTYLK 3
VTioLoco 3
MichiganderHokie 3
ferg1010 3
RocketHokie13 3
vtandy 3
BrooklandHokie 3
Marshall Hokie 3
HokieGus 3
chehokie81 3
jgdon3 3
Roll Turkey 3
RealDiehl 3
VTMikeO 3
buhkooh 3
Smlltwnsthrnlwyr 3
04Hokie 3
LifetimeHokie12 3
abarri9 3
VTokie5 3
brockman_148 2
V1118F 2
ElktonHokie 2
Ohokie 2
hokie07ME 2
HorseOnATreadmill 2
2HokiesIn1 2
Hokie101c 2
AssPocketFullOfWhiskey 2
jrvt10 2
eshiben5 2
Sshifflett 2
mitchell 2
VTSluss 2
coldblood4vt 2
GeorgiaHokie 2
HokieJoe3 2
HomebrewHokie08 2
CajunVT 2
Hokie Fireman 1
VTColtTXRangers 1

September 15

Coach O knows I should have posted this sooner

LSU
Auburn (-9.5)

Fun Fact #1: Both these teams beat the spread in their opening games vs. P5 opponents.

Fun Fact #2: Both these teams failed to cover the following week vs. FCS teams.

PICK: I'm a bit surprised the line's that high. I'll take LSU to cover.

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Boise St
Oklahoma St (-2.5)

Fun Fact #1: Boise State's already the early favorite for the G5's NY6 spot. That means the relatively strong AAC could be shutout despite being a much deeper league than the MWC.

Fun Fact #2: This will be Oklahoma State's 3rd game, none of which will have been vs. a P5 opponent.

PICK: Tough call here. I'll take the Cowboys, I guess.

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Kids love Ole Miss' new mascot

Alabama (-21)
Ole Miss

Fun Fact #1: Nobody's given Bama a harder time than Ole Miss the last 4 years. Before last year's blowout, Ole Miss had won 2 of 3, and all were within a single score.

Fun Fact #2: Ole Miss actually trailed Southern Illinois 38-35 last week at halftime.

PICK: I only included this game because WVU-NC State was cancelled. The spread is YUUUGE, but that's for good reason. Bama covers.

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Ohio State (-13)
TCU

Fun Fact #1: Ohio State once hired away TCU's coach in an effort to beat Michigan.
Fun Fact #2: This game was actually supposed to be a home-and-home, before Jerry Jones offered each team $5M to make it a one-off in Arlington. I hate that this has become a thing.

PICK: That's a big spread for an Ohio State team I'm not that confident in. TCU covers, at least.

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According to USC this never happened

USC
Texas (-3)

Fun Fact #1: This game is a rematch of an all-time classic that featured a late score to win.
Fun Fact #2: USC claims they're undefeated vs. Texas, despite that time they met in 2006.

PICK: Why is Texas favored here? I haven't seen anything from them under Tom Herman that makes me think they're progressing. USC wins outright.

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Credit to Swoop for driving a WV Jeep

Washington (-6.5)
Utah

Fun Fact #1: Washington's 0-2 against the spread.
Fun Fact #2: Utah is setting this game up as a blackout game. I have no idea why schools schedule these color-outs for big games. Maybe we can ask FSU, they did something special this year in their blackout game.

PICK: 7 would have been a toss-up, but at 6.5 I'll take Washington to cover.

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DRINK OF THE WEEK


I'm a pretty adventurous drinker, and a lot of craft-type beers use their labels to sucker in people like me. This one caught my eye at the liquor store. I took up disc golf two years ago, and was glad to see their accurate depiction of the sport. Look at the overweight, poorly dressed player in his late 30s, still rocking the Limp Bizkit goatee and ear gauges from his teens. Look at the bland landscape (this stuff's made in Oklahoma, which actually looks like that). Only thing missing was his oversized vape pen and Kroger bag with his discs inside.

BTW, this is one of those intentionally too-hoppy beers that tastes awful. Oh well. At least the label included a scorecard.

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Comments

4VPISU's Beer of the Week:
Tree House Brewing Company: Hold On To Sunshine
Milk Stout with Coffee, Cacao, and Peanut Butter

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4VPISU's Bourbon of the Week:
Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon

I've heard Tree House's stuff is amazing, never can find them anywhere

They don't distribute their beer. You have to go on site to get a hold of it. Or find someone to pick it up for you or trade with.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Because I will not be in Blacksburg this weekend, I will likely end up at Kreggers on Saturday Morning and enjoy some brunch cocktails (although last time I did this we were there for 6 hours drinking mimosas).

Right now though they have a delicious IPA on tap from Wild Wolf: Peaches Be Hazy

Its a good one to give a try. 5/7 would drink again.

Since you agree I ain't gonna let you drive this car to dinner and I agree you ain't gonna let me drive this car to dinner, there's only one way to settle this.

Beer: I'm going to Aslin's 3rd anniversary brew festival on Saturday rain or shine. A lot of great IPA brewers are coming including Final Gravity, Triple Crossing, Commonwealth, Southern Grist, and RAR. I am very excited.
I will also be picking up a couple 4-packs of Commonwealth today to get me through any rain related boredom.

EDIT: I'm also surprised to hear that Prairie Artisinal Ales made a bad saison. Their reputation is incredible.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

I generally don't like heavily-hopped beers, but even people I know who do weren't too impressed with this one. And that's from people who love Prairie.

Be sure to check out Bottle Logic, Equilibrium, Superstition Meadery, Pure Project, and Narrow Gauge.

I would go, but
1) I think Aslin is absolutely terrible at managing events (especially at a location that is being scrapped and will never open)
2) I'd rather watch football
3) wife is out of town and therefore it is not cool to take a 7 month old to a beer festival by yourself.

Enjoy man!

Enjoy! Some good ones for IPA's. (Not sure who will be there from RAR, but guaranteed they are cool dudes!)

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Utah is setting this game up as a blackout game. I have no idea why schools schedule these color-outs for big games. Maybe we can ask FSU, they did something special this year in their blackout game.

Niiiiiiiiceeee. I've got the Utes in this game thought; think they pull it off.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

I've got several variants of these, and we're doing a share this weekend...yummy.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Where did you find the Narwhal variants?

(Not my pic, but I think I have 4 of the 6...)
Mostly, if not all, at Banks on 24 in slower lower Delaware. I think I have 5 or 6 Trip in the Woods and 2 Narwhal.
I've had decent luck finding stuff at Lighthouse Liquors in Rehoboth as well.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

This game was actually supposed to be a home-and-home, before Jerry Jones offered each team $5M to make it a one-off in Arlington. I hate that this has become a thing.

Is this true? I can't even express how annoying that is. If Tech ever did this I'd be dropping my season tickets and all donations. I get that schools like the paycheck, but if yokind u can't offer your fans the big time events that make college football great, why are you even putting a team together? These kind of choices towards short-term profitability over the quality of the product you provide are the ones that ultimately hurt you in the long-run. /rant

Um, WVU last year...

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

I didn't like that either, and I hope we don't do any more in the future, but there's a big difference. In our situation, there was a hole in the schedule for a single game, which we filled knowing from the beginning it would be a one-off. There was the added factor of this being a trial run between fan-bases to set up a future home-and-home (which we did). (I also didn't go to this game despite having already traveled to the area that weekend, i'd rather watch at home than support game's at FedEx).

For this game, Ohio State and TCU had a home-and-home already scheduled and set-up, then Jerry Jones offered a paycheck and they called it off. This after donors had started joining and increasing their giving to secure better standing, at least according to the one Star Telegram article I read. Even worse is they only got $5 million, a marquee game is worth far more than that in tickets, athletic department giving to secure tickets/priority, and an entire morning of free advertising that Game Day would have offered.

Neutral site games are always garbage, but when you cancel a home-and-home because someone dangles a couple bucks, it's far worse.

I think WVU and Cincinnati come to mind.

Again, big difference between a single neutral site one-off, and cancelling an already scheduled home-and-home for a neutral-site. That said, those sucked too.

IIRC the Cincy game at FedEx was actually their "home" portion of a home-and-home series.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

LSU (+9.5) gimme the bayou bengals getting those points, i think it will be a touchdown game for auburn

Boise St (+2.5) win outright based only on a hunch

Alabama (-21) typically i don't like bama by 3tds, but they can O this yr. welp for erryone else

TCU (+13) the frogs aren't trifling, make them an almost 2 td homedog, it will be a contest

USC (+3) an open hand slap fight, i prolly should be safe and take the home team, but i think usc has better talent and will win

Utah (+6.5) UDub is the sexy P12 pic, but utah should be pretty damn solid too. Will be a close huskies win.

BOW

no daughter softball rec or travel, i am going gas up the family truckster and make a beer run to triple crossing and the veil, you guys.

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

I know I have stated this before, but TC is putting out the best beers in VA right now, alongside Benchtop (and probably Commonwealth). A solid choice, as always sir.

those are my top 3 for ipas right now.

tcb berliners, stouts and sour game isn't veil's top end yet. same with the other 2. hoping benchtops next stout, an imperial walters brunch takes them to the next level.

BT just released the best fresh hop ipa i have ever had yesterday. was on point.

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

I work 5 minutes from Triple Crossing. It's a great problem to have.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

You going to the ND game by chance?
I work <5 minutes from RAR........

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Nice! Pardon my ignorance, but you're referring to RAR Brewery in MD right?

No, I can't make it that weekend to the game unfortunately.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Yup, that the one.
Welp, we'll have to trade sometime soon. Got a trade coming up with BetaEta at the ND game.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

If you need Beer from Richmond I'll always be happy to pick it up and bring it to Blacksburg.

Since you agree I ain't gonna let you drive this car to dinner and I agree you ain't gonna let me drive this car to dinner, there's only one way to settle this.

Gracias. Appreciate the offer. Might hit you up at some point. I think BE and I are gonna be doing a mixed case for mixed case swap, or close to it. All new to both of us. Definitely looking forward to more Triple Crossing!!!

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

We'll make it work sometime. The Veil, Ardent, and Hardywood have got some really good ones too. Hell, all the breweries around here have some great selections.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Auburn -9.5 - When I first saw this line I was shocked it was so big...yet here I am picking Auburn.
Boise +2.5 - My game of the week. Boise wins outright, they are a fringe playoff team this year (they won't get in, mind you, but they'll cause lots of arguments).
Alabama -21 - I really want to take Ole Miss here...but they lost 66-3 last year, and Bama looks better than they've ever been. Always pick Bama and you're usually right
TCU +13 - Gary Patterson brings out every trick he's got and makes this a game.
Texas -3 - I think Herman rights the ship...I don't know why I think this, and I already regret it, yet here we are
Washington -6.5 - Huskies shot themselves in the foot in Atlanta, but are on the warpath towards a playoff berth, and they have the coaching and talent to do it.
Beer
Pink Fluffy Unicorn from Commonwealth Brewing. Little neighborhood market keeps getting top-notch Commonwealth beers and I'm loving it. Usually don't go for triple IPAs, but this one is top-notch (and I imagine the hops are going to start fading fast, so gonna have to burn through these this weekend).

I really need to mosey on over to Commonwealth to check that one out. They really kill it with the IPA selection. I just wish some of their beers weren't so damn hard to pronounce...

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

Updated with Week 1's results

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

4-2, 2-4, 4-2.

I am not good at this game. Why do I play.

5-1, 4-2, and 5-1 is my best start ever!