Slay Travis: College Football's Push for the Playoff is Underway and We're Looking to Cash Out in Week Ten

By Ray C. Vitals on November 2, 2017 at 3:05 pm
Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks will have their hands full with Georgia this weekend.

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." -Marilyn Monroe

We had 10 picks on the books for week nine, and it ended being a split right down the middle. We nailed five of our selections and missed on the other five.

A common theme has developed here, and it mostly continued on with last week's submissions. Every week we mention some games we feel good about and some others that we just know are going to be bad news for the bank account. The ones that cause those queasy feelings typically don't work out too well for us. But such is life, and such is this game that we continue to play. #ShootersShoot

Florida State is really bad and the Gators are somehow even worse. The Sunshine State "powerhouses" handed us two of our beats last weekend. I genuinely thought the Seminoles could beat Boston College, and they promptly got destroyed by a score of 35-3. We weren't expecting the Gators to keep it close against Georgia, so that one really wasn't a surprise.

We had the Trojans (-3) at Arizona State, and while many thought this was going to be an upset special, USC handled the Sun Devils with ease. Rutgers was able to keep it close for a bit in Ann Arbor, mostly thanks to Michigan's god awful offense. A quarterback change revived the Wolverines a bit, but Jim Harbaugh and his comrades still weren't able to help us out. We had Michigan (-23.5) and they ended up winning 35-14. 

Weekly reminder:

  • No analysis is involved as we are just making the opposite picks. None of this actually reflects our gambling thoughts, opinions, or insight.
  • For now we are sticking with $10 on each line. Please note that the lines do move throughout the week.
  • Ohio State won't be included on our end.

Clay's Week Ten Picks:

11W Week Ten Picks:

Marshall (+7.5) @ FAU

Tulsa (+12) vs. Memphis

Kentucky vs. Ole Miss, UNDER 64

Vanderbilt (-9.5) vs. Western Kentucky

TCU (-7) vs. Texas

South Carolina (+24) @ Georgia, UNDER 44.5

Miami (+3) vs. Virginia Tech

Florida (+3) @ Missouri 

Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State, UNDER 77

Where things stand:

  • Initial Funds: $500
  • Previous Week: –$4.51
  • Current Funds: $482.45
  • Pending Bets: 10
  • Pending Funds: $100

This weekend looks a tad bit ugly. 

South Carolina covering in Athens is probably a long shot at best. There's a reason the Bulldogs are No. 1 in the CFP rankings, and it's because they typically throttle coaches of Will Muschamp's caliber. Yes, the Gamecocks have been playing fairly well and check in at at a respectable 6-2, but this isn't a bet that I'm particularly fond of. 

The same can be said for the Gators and whoever the heck is coaching their team now. They're +3 on the road at Mizzou, and while I can't name a single player on the Tigers' roster (Maty Mauk?!), this is another worrisome pick. 

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State may combine to score 500 points on Saturday. We are taking the under and I feel that is going to blow up in our face probably in the second quarter sometime. Here's to hoping the Big 12 decides to play a little defense this weekend. 

On the flip side, I really like that TCU pick. Tom Herman's Longhorns have been playing pretty good defense, but one has to think the Horned Frogs will be out for blood following the loss at Iowa State. Miami (+3) against Virginia Tech is another pick that I'm okay with. The Canes are at home so I kind of doubt they lose by more than a few points. Heck, they may even win that one. 

We've hit the home stretch of the 2017 season, but there's still plenty of time to #GetRich. 

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