Last week our Saturday Edge Guest Handicapper Challenge winner produced a perfect 5-0 mark. And it was none other than Week # 8 winner MoMoney, who is now 13-2 in the three weeks that we have been doing the weekly challenge.
Last week’s Featured Guest Handicapper Riley went 4-1 for the second week in a row, and SilkyDiamonds also went 4-1. From the looks of things these past three weeks, we have some really sharp college football handicappers entering the weekly challenge, and a 4-1 record is the minimum requirement in order to have a chance at winning.
Last weeks Guest Handicapper Challenge winner was MoMoney, who went a perfect 5-0 ATS. He is now 13-2 over the past three weeks and has won the Handicapper Challenge 2 of the last 3 weeks. #Smoking.
MoMoney’s Picks for Week # 10
Arkansas St (-4)
Taking a look at the stats ARK ST holds an advantage in just about every critical category. ARK ST has a higher 3rd down conversion rate, they rush for more yards/game, they have a higher completion %, they rack up more total yards/game, they run more offensive plays/game AND they score 12 more points per/game than NTEX does. The only advantage that NTEX holds is that they are playing at home in this one. I see ARK ST winning this one fairly comfortably.
San Jose St(-20)
Idaho is one of the worst teams in all of Div I football. Idahofired their coach last week before the bye and replaced him with 2nd year, former WSU quarterback, Jason Gesser. Idaho also kicked their starting QB off the team and the program seems to be in really bad shape. I live near the school and have heard nothing good coming from the players since the firing of Robb Akey. I don’t see how this team can improve on their already pathetic offensive and defensive numbers. Looking at the stats,Idaho is converting on less than 30% of their 3rd down conversions.Idaho is barley putting up 300 yds of total offense a game and is only scoring 16 ppg. SJST’s defense has actually been pretty good this year giving up only 350 yards of offense to opponents. I just don’t see how Idaho can score enough in this game. SJST is averaging nearly 33 ppg themselves and I look for even more points than that this week.
Back to the well with this one. Indiana has been a good play as of recently for me. Although hard to imagine but Indiana is actually the better team here, they are playing at home, and with a 1 pt spread they basically only have to win the game straight up. These 2 teams are fairly even, but with IND averaging over a 100 yds more of offense per game, I just don’t think Iowa can get the win here.
I made the mistake of betting against ORE on the road at ARZ ST. While I am not expecting ORE to dominate USC like they did ARZ ST, I just can’t see USC keeping this one within a TD. USC’s loss last week to ARZ does scare me a bit into thinking that USC already had their minds on this game. While I don’t see this as a total blow out, I do see ORE winning by double digits. Just too much offense, and a defense good enough to get stops against the Trojans.
Let me start off by saying that PITT has no chance to win this game……but I would be shocked if they don’t cover. ND is coming off a huge emotional game where the whole nation became believes that the Irish are for real. This is a perfect spot for ND to come out flat at home. PITT is not very good, but they are good enough to cover this week. PITT’s weakness as an offense is rushing the ball, and that is okay because they are not going to be able to do that in this game at all. PITT’s strength is throwing the football and they should be able to do this well enough. This is not going to be a high scoring game so covering 3 scores will not be easy for the Irish. PITT is a team that averages over 430 yds of offense a game, so they will move the ball, kick a few FG’s and get into the end zone at least once.
Notre Dame 31 Pittsburgh 17
Here is a quick synopsis of the challenge. Each week, as many college football handicappers that want to can submit 5 games ATS in the comments section below. On Sunday morning I’ll figure out which handicapper had the best record, and the following week that handicapper will be the featured guest handicapper on The Saturday Edge.
He (or she?) can submit 5 selections with detailed analysis the following week. They can submit their bio, picture(s), website address, twitter address, email address, anything that is appropriate.
Anyone can enter. Just place your 5 Best Picks ATS in the comments section below.
2. There cannot be any duplicate cards. So if someone has already selected the 5 games in which you were going to play, you must change at least one of your sides/totals.
3. Please use current spreads and totals.
4. Please do not buy points. If the current spread is +2.5, do not use +3 (-120), etc.
1. Please submit ONE FINAL SCORE for any game of your choice among your 5 picks. Obviously if this game loses, then you automatically lose your chance to be involved in the tie-breaker. So choose wisely which game you will use for your final score.
2. I will then take the actual final score difference of the game you selected, minus your projected final score difference to determine your tie-breaker number. So if LSU beats Alabama this week 24-21 and you predicted LSU to win 21-10, your tie-breaker number would be 8 (actual difference 3 minus projected difference 11 = 3).
3. If there is still a tie, we will than see which combined score is closest to the actual combined score ……. in other words the total.
That’s it for this week. Also, please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions on how we can improve the concept.