A fantastic weekend of college football is on the horizon. So many great options to choose from! Gary “The Gut” Goombah is all jazzed up about his options. In fact, Gary’s been having so much fun since his return to civilization that he actually needed to settle down and set aside a few hours of quiet time to concentrate fully on the upcoming gridiron action.
He used his immaculate parlor and elaborate DVR system to watch and analyze tens of hours of last week’s games to make informed selections. Before getting to Gary’s Week 10 picks, let’s recap what happened in Week 9:
Week 9 NCAA Selections:
UPSET SPECIAL: Indiana Hoosiers (+13.5) over Wisconsin Badgers – Freshman phenom RB Jonathan Taylor is questionable with a leg injury. Even if he plays Gary likes the 13.5 points that the Hoosiers (FPI rank: 48th) are getting at home in Bloomington, Indiana. And that spread has been going up all week. Meanwhile, sophomore QB Alex Hornibrook looks shaky. He hasn’t been playing very consistently this year. It all adds up to “The Gut” taking Indiana ATS for sure. If Taylor doesn’t play, “The Gut” likes Indiana S/U. PICK INDIANA! Big Money!
RESULT: Jonathan Taylor played. He showed no ill effects of a supposed leg injury. He had 29 carries for 183 yards and 1 TD. Hornibrook was average, as usual, going 13-20 for 158 yards, 2 TD, and 1 INT. Indiana had an early 10-0 lead. The “Gut” was feeling incredible. Then it all fell apart. FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin rolled to a 45-17 victory. LOSS
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-14) over Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Notre Dame (7-1) has been absolutely rolling since their Week 2 loss to Georgia by one point. We are ND! PICK NOTRE DAME.
RESULT: Notre Dame was awesome. They led 31-10 at halftime. They led 41-16 in the 3rd quarter and 48-23 in the 4th quarter! They led by 25 points with 11:39 left. Wake Forest scored two weak garbage touchdowns including one with just 51 seconds left to clinch a BAD BEAT for Gary and Notre Dame. FINAL SCORE: Notre Dame won by only 11 points, 48-37. BAD BEAT LOSS. Boo! Gary is sick of BAD BEATS!
LSU Tigers (+21) over Alabama Crimson Tide – This is a risky pick by Gary if you ask me. ‘Bama rolls up everybody. Or do they? LSU is one of the few teams that can hang with the Crimson Tide. Gary’s “Gut” feeling is LSU hangs with the Tide and loses straight up but by less than 3 touchdowns. PICK LSU.
RESULT: LSU indeed played tough. Alabama won by only 14 points. FINAL SCORE: Alabama 24 LSU 10. Nice WIN!
California Bears (-7) over Oregon St. Beavers – Cal (4-5) is a much better team than Oregon St. (1-7). The Beavers have lost 6 straight games. This game is at Cal-Berkeley. Why are they only favored by 7 points? PICK CAL
RESULT: Cal indeed covered by more than the 7 points. That was a most curious point spread by Vegas. FINAL SCORE: California 37 Oregon St. 23. WIN!
- Week 1 : 3-0-1
- Week 2 : 1-3
- Week 3 : 3-1
- Week 4 : 3-1
- Week 5 : 0-4
- Week 6 : 1-3-1
- Week 7 : 1-4
- Week 8 : 3-1
- Week 9 : 2-2
- Season Totals: 17-19-2
Week 10 NCAA Selections:
Friday Night Special! Washington Huskies (-6) over Stanford Cardinal – This game is starting in just a few minutes so Gary told me to hurry it up and write this column! Washington (8-1) has just one slip up on the season, that weird night in Tempe, AZ in a loss to Arizona St. Meanwhile, Stanford (6-3) isn’t as good as they usually are. Stanford is starting an inexperienced Sophomore at QB in K.J. Costello. “The Gut” says UW’s defense is TOO GOOD for a young guy to solve. PICK WASHINGTON!
Indiana Hoosiers (-7.5) over Illinois Fighting Illini – I hate it when Gary picks against my alma-mater but hey, I’m not gonna fight Gary. He’s got brass knuckles for gosh sakes. “The Gut” told me my alma-mater stinks. It’s hard to find a comeback for that comment. He’s right. Indiana (3-6) is better than their record indicates. Indiana has faced a gauntlet. Illinois (2-7) is also winless in the B1G but has played much lighter competition. “The Gut” told me he would’ve picked the Hoosiers with 9 or even 10 points. The line in Friday’s Chicago Tribune is only 7.5 points. PICK INDIANA!
West Virginia Mountaineers (+2.5) over Kansas St. Wildcats – We’re all a little surprised by this point spread. Kansas St. (5-4) is good but they are scuffling at QB since Jesse Ertz was injured earlier this season. Now they have an injury to Sophomore backup Alex Delton. So KSU is playing their 3rd stringer half the time. Over in Morgantown, QB Will Grier is quietly having a phenomenal season for WVU (6-3). He’s already thrown for over 3000 yards and 30 TD in just 9 games! Gary likes this underdog. PICK WEST VIRGINIA!
UPSET SPECIAL: Iowa Hawkeyes (+11.5) over Wisconsin Badgers – Gary “The Gut” is determined to pick against Wisconsin (9-0) because each and every week he watches their tape and can’t quite understand how a soft-tossing lefty QB who looks shakier by the week keeps getting it done. Now that his main target WR Quintez Cephus is out for the season with an injury, “The Gut” is even more confident that Wisconsin’ undefeated streak will end soon. Why not to Iowa (6-3)? The Hawkeyes beat Ohio St. last week. Did someone say “beat”? More like a “BEATDOWN!” Iowa won 55-24 over THE OHIO ST!?! That was one of the craziest scores of modern times. However, this game isn’t in Kinnick Stadium. It’s in Camp Randall and Wisky is tough to beat at home. Nonetheless, Gary thinks that 11.5 points is absurd. PICK IOWA ATS and maybe even S/U!
That’s it for Week 10. Good luck to all and we hope you’re as successful as Gary “The Gut” Goombah. And always remember, Go with your Gut!!!