Welcome back to the Six Pick, the only column written hastily on a Friday when I'm the only one in my office. Pretty sweet game last week, I picked the Hokies by 52, Vegas gave us -5.5 so who is the real line setting mastermind here?
No perfects or skunks last week. Was a very statistically low scoring week with heavy favorites Penn State and Minnesota failing to cover spreads. A+ of the week goes to Smitty who was the only one to notch 5 points. I'll update the master sheet later tonight when I get a chance. Game time now!
@ tOSU (-18)
Nerd Fact 1: We're going with a rivalry theme today. First up is one of many Border Wars.
Nerd Fact 2: OSU leads the all time series 19-14
Pick: -18 may be a little too large. I think Penn State keeps it close enough to cover.
@ USC (-14)
Nerd Fact 1: The unnamed battle for the Victory Bell rewards the winner with the 295 Lbs bell that is painted in their team color after the game.
Nerd Fact 2: USC has a sizeable 47-32 lead in the series, with UCLA taking the last bout.
Pick: I may almost take a push in this scenario but give me UCLA to cover.
@ LSU (-44)
Nerd Fact 1: The Battle for the Golden Boot is the annual feature between the two SEC squads.
Nerd Fact 2: LSU has 7 of the last 10 over Arkansas and has gone 3/3 in the most recent meetings, all time series is at 40-22.
Pick: I'm going to pick Arkansas only as -44 is a huge line to overcome for LSU.
@ Notre Dame (-19.5)
Nerd Fact 1: I'm not exactly sure what trophies are up for grabs here. There are two trophies (I think) but they are very elusive on a google search. The Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl trophy and the Ireland Trophy should both be up for grabs.
Nerd Fact 2: This game is also "technically" titled the Holy Way, which makes it the least popular Holy War I am aware of.
Pick: Irish. In retrospect, our loss to the Eagles was a bad, bad loss.
Nerd Fact 1: BORDER WAR PART TWO: MIDWEST BOOGALOO! Wyoming and Colorado State play for the Bronze Boot.
Nerd Fact 2: This very streaky rivalry sits are 58-47 in favor of CSU. Colorado State owes most of this to Colorado Agricultural and Colorado A&M, their former names, but Wyoming had a nearly 20 year streak of wins from 1956 to 1973.
Pick: I honestly have no idea so give me Wyoming.
@ Virginia Tech (-3.5)
Nerd Fact 1: This is the only featured game that is not a rivalry game.
Nerd Fact 2: Pitt has tried to get this to be a recognized rivalry but VT refuses to play for a giant gold poop emoji.
Pick: Hokies by 27.
Penn State @ tOSU (-18)
UCLA @ USC (-14)
Arkansas @ LSU (-44)
Boston College @ Notre Dame (-19.5)
Colorado State @Wyoming (-7)
Pitt @ Virginia Tech (-3.5)
BEER OF THE WEEK:
That's all football fans. NERD OUT!