Saturday College Football Open Thread

Today's picks:

Michigan State -6 over Notre Dame (5 units), Georgia -42 over Florida Atlantic (2 units), Houston +17 over UCLA (2 units), LSU -42 over Idaho (2 units), Mississippi +10 over Texas, Utah +3 over BYU (2 units), Boise State -21 over Miami Ohio (2 units), Georgia Tech -10 over Virginia (2 units), Ohio State -17 over California (3 units), Mississippi State -16 over Troy, Northwestern -3 over Boston College (2 units), Virginia Tech -10 over Pittsburgh, USC -9 over Stanford (5 units), Nebraska -23 over Arkansas State, Texas A&M -11 over SMU, Arkansas +20 over Alabama, Connecticut -3 over Maryland, TCU -21 over Kansas (2 units).

EPL specials - Chelsea (-1) and Manchester City (-1).

SEASON RECORD - 19-20 ATS, -4 investment units.

Open Thread.

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    Investment Units? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:41:33 AM EST
    What is this Luntz framing?  I saw the word investment and said to myself, "Hmmmmmm?"

    How about those (none / 0) (#2)
    by fishcamp on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:22:05 AM EST
    Portland State Vikings against the Washington Huskies?  he he.  That game is actually on TV but the fighting Ducks vs Tennessee St. isn't on around here.

    The real suspense will be U. of Mass. (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:48:37 AM EST
    @ Ann Arbor.  

    The Wolverines won, oculus. (none / 0) (#26)
    by caseyOR on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:57:52 PM EST
    Next week the Wolverines take on Notre Dame in South Bend. The Irish will be coming off tonight's win over the Spartans.

    I say the Irish beat the Wolverines next Saturday.


    I was supposed to go to South Bend for (none / 0) (#27)
    by oculus on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:10:01 PM EST
    that game.  But was trumped by a true ND fan (who never attended ND).  

    Ted Olson will be (none / 0) (#4)
    by observed on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:53:29 AM EST
    Ryan's debate practice partner.
    I would love to see that.
    I wonder what the strategy is, with such a hopeless idiot. Do you try to install confidence, and a few talking points? Or do you tear him down and make him cry, so that he'll listen to advice?

    well he went to (none / 0) (#5)
    by fishcamp on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:08:45 PM EST
    U of Cal in Berkley so he must have smoked pot.  Wonder if he inhaled?

    They all did (none / 0) (#7)
    by Dadler on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:20:47 PM EST
    And they never exhaled. It's why they're such tightasses: secretly holding that smoke in.

    Nothing you can do (none / 0) (#6)
    by Dadler on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:12:51 PM EST
    Ryan has too many, and too ready, sociopathic tendencies. His conflations about his own personal athletic accomplishments, his disgusting lies about his college employment to a constituent asking about student loan debt burdens increasing, all of it, the guy will steal your car and then try to sell you the stereo, he's either going to phuck up completely or try so hard NOT to be his usual prevaricating self that the result will be the same. Biden, as irritating as I find him personally and politically, should make mince-meat of that minor league twit.

    They'd be much better off just saying screw it and giving Olsen the VP gig.


    Look, Cal ain't that good (none / 0) (#8)
    by Dadler on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:24:40 PM EST
    But do the refs have to throw THAT many flags in their favor? Jaysus.  They'll easily cover from the looks of it, zebra homer hankies or no.

    flags in OHIO STATE's favor, that is (none / 0) (#9)
    by Dadler on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:25:15 PM EST
    yikes, opposite point achieved. good job.

    I leave for a late breakfast and Cal comes back (none / 0) (#10)
    by Dadler on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 02:20:06 PM EST
    Tie game 28-28.  They can't win this game, can they?

    Stay tuned. I shall.

    No, they can't. (none / 0) (#13)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 05:31:40 PM EST
    FINAL: Ohio State 35, California 28. The Coach Tedford Death Watch begins.

    never shoulda let that kicker... (none / 0) (#21)
    by Dadler on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:24:26 PM EST
    ...try a third one from that same hash mark. And if you knew you were going to kick it if you didn't get the first down, then why aren't you running it to get your kicker the angle he's best from, which certainly wasn't the left hash. I doubt that kid will sleep a wink tonight. Or tomorrow.  Or...

    Lousiana-Monroe Warhawks (none / 0) (#11)
    by CoralGables on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 02:33:20 PM EST
    are they on a roll?

    Going to overtime (none / 0) (#12)
    by CoralGables on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 02:47:05 PM EST
    Louisiana-Monroe vs Auburn. Maybe the win last week over Arkansas was no fluke.

    No, it wasn't. (none / 0) (#17)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:11:07 PM EST
    Even though they lost in OT, their effort at Auburn shows that this is indeed a good Warhawks team.

    Aloha from Pasadena. (none / 0) (#14)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 05:45:29 PM EST
    We had a death in the family this week. My aunt had been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer three months ago, and thank Heavens, she went very quickly and didn't suffer too much. We flew over to L.A. on Tuesday, then drove down to San Diego with my mother the next day for the funeral and burial.

    Southern California is an oven right now, the third day of triple digits temperatures -- absolutely miserable. It was 108 degrees where we were yesterday in El Cajon (15 miles inland from San Diego proper). And because we were gone for three days, when we returned last night to my mother's place in Pasadena (where it was a mere 105), we opened up the door upon our arival and -- Mon Dieu, it was a skullpopping 101 degrees inside the house.

    It's a good thing UCLA is hosting Houston tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Bowl, rather than during the day. Otherwise, I'd fear for the players and fans.

    We return to Honolulu this Tuesday, and then I have to fly back to the Bay Area the following Monday for the week.

    I'm sorry for your loss, Donald; the best (none / 0) (#15)
    by Anne on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 05:49:13 PM EST
    we can ever hope for in these situations is a good death, and it sounds like your aunt was able to have that.

    Peace to her - and to you and your family.


    Thank you for your kind words. (none / 0) (#16)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:05:28 PM EST
    While her death was certainly not unexpected, it's still difficult nonetheless. She was really a sweet woman, and made to one day past her 61st wedding anniversary.

    My uncle is a tough old Tea Party-loving right-wing bird, and she was a Roosevelt Democrat, so I often wondered how they ever lived together sometimes, but this week was the first time I've seen him actually show his age.

    My wife and I offered to clean out my aunt's closet for him yesterday morning and pack up her clothes and other personal belongings, and much to my mother's surprise he accepted. Her death is probably really tough on him; 61 years is a long time to be together.


    It's funny - my mom wasn't ready to (none / 0) (#18)
    by Anne on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:30:29 PM EST
    pack up my dad's things for a couple months after he died; I think his things gave her some comfort - it was like having him there until she was ready to let that part of him go.

    Stuns me to realize that I am now the age my mom was when my dad died - at the time, I know I didn't think of her as being all that young, but now that I'm that age, I realize that, yeah, 59 is young to lose your husband.

    It's going to be tough on your uncle, for sure - after 61 years of being with someone, it's going to be hard to accept her absence.  I'm sure he'll be inundated with food offerings from the widows in his social group, and don't be shocked if, a year from now, he's not planning to get married again.  After over 30 years in the estate business, I see that all the time.

    I hope your uncle has a good support structure to help him through this - it really helps.


    Very similarly, I had (none / 0) (#20)
    by brodie on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 09:04:56 PM EST
    an extended family member in Pasadena also get inop lung cancer and he died w/n a few months.  Twenty-year Pasadena resident --  the San Gabriel Valley is known for its dirty air -- who in recent years had complained to immediate family about his breathing but apparently they didn't take it seriously or didn't make the air quality connection.

    Lived a fairly long but difficult life and in recent years had been evolving politically from the GOP to the Dems.

    As for the local heat, haven't checked but it feels like the most sustained heat in Aug/Sept in my memory.


    Hey, Santorum got something right! (none / 0) (#19)
    by observed on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:55:47 PM EST
    At the Values Voters Summit, which one might call the Dollar Store of Republican ideas, Santorum said that smart people will not vote for conservatives.

    Anytime (none / 0) (#22)
    by CoralGables on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:25:05 PM EST
    Lane Kiffin loses, I comsider it a good thing for college football.

    Yeah Stanford! (none / 0) (#23)
    by womanwarrior on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:37:37 PM EST
    BTD:  saw you didn't invest in that game.  Well, great defense and offense just keeping their cool, mistakes and all.  Shaw is turning into a great coach, imho.  

    I think BTD did invest in the USC-Stanford (none / 0) (#24)
    by caseyOR on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:54:39 PM EST
    game.  He has USC winning with a -9, whatever that means.

    And I do believe, if I understand this betting thing he posts, that BTD also lost money on Notre Dame's win over Michigan State.

    Of course, since I don't really understand what the plus and minus means with his predictions, I could be totally wrong.


    Coral gables has it all figured out. (none / 0) (#28)
    by oculus on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:10:43 PM EST
    Hopefully, CG will explain it (none / 0) (#29)
    by caseyOR on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:16:44 PM EST
    all to me in easy to understand language. I am not a betting person. I guess that is obvious.

    Here ya go (none / 0) (#31)
    by CoralGables on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:34:24 PM EST
    the USC -9 over Stanford for 5 units translates to a $500 bet on USC to beat Stanford by more than 9 points. In a nutshell, it's $500 that is now sitting in a bookie's pocket.

    Just to be sure I get it, one unit (none / 0) (#32)
    by caseyOR on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:43:44 PM EST
    represents $100. Yes? And the spread is the plus or minus number that states how many points the winning team must score over the losers?

    What is the difference between a plus and a minus? I had thought that a +5, for example, meant that the winning team had to score at least 5 more points than the losers. So, what would -5 mean?

    Also, if USC had won, but by 5 points, then would BTD still have lost how $500?


    The difference (none / 0) (#33)
    by CoralGables on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:02:29 AM EST
    if your team is -9  it would mean your team has to win by more than 9 points for you to win your bet. +9 would mean the team could lose by no more than 8 and you still win the bet.

    Yes, If USC wins that game by 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 or 8 the bet is still lost if you take USC -9

    As for the $100, technically the bet could be for any standard figure, but your unit would always be the same amount. $100 is probably the standard unit (although I would yield to kdog's expertise on that part of the question)


    Thank you, CG. Your explanation (none / 0) (#34)
    by caseyOR on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:09:49 AM EST
    was very clear and easy to understand.

    I am going to bookmark it for future reference.


    Go Ducks (none / 0) (#35)
    by CoralGables on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:15:55 AM EST
    Well I do (none / 0) (#30)
    by CoralGables on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:31:19 PM EST
    but it's nothing BTD wants publicized today. I know nothing about the soccer line he posted but with the UCLA, and BYU game still outstanding he's lost his shirt today to the tune of 14 units (or about $1400). Hope he got in on Obama big on Intrade when he was in the low 50's.

    For sure he's well compensated (none / 0) (#36)
    by oculus on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:16:23 AM EST
     for his work For DK radio.

    Oy, Stanford just beat USC (none / 0) (#25)
    by MKS on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:55:50 PM EST
    Barkely lost center Khalid Holmes, who was his offensive tackle at Mater  Dei High School.

    Barkley was bull-rushed up the middle where Holmes would have played.

    Yeah, that is a good-sounding excuse that really doesn't describe the poor tackling of the USC defense and other problems.

    Yep. (none / 0) (#37)
    by womanwarrior on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:05:15 PM EST
    The Stanford defense made that win possible.  They have a lot of spirit.  

    Yikes! Is Colorado really that bad? (none / 0) (#38)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 06:57:46 PM EST
    The Buffaloes got absolutely crushed by Fresno State, 65-14. I bet members of the Pac-12 are having second thoughts about letting them into the conference.