2010 Pick'em Gauntlet: WVU vs. Louisville

We here at The Smoking Musket do not recognize the Charlie Strong regime at Louisville. Steve Kragthorpe will forever be the head ball coach of the Louisville Cardinals. His regime was celebrated throughout the Big East and the meth community in the Louisville area.

I wonder what he is doing right now? The world may never know and it is probably better that way. One thing the world should know, are the lines our experts will pick this week:

  • Ohio State (-3) @ Iowa
  • Virginia Tech (-2) @ Miami
  • Arkansas (-3) @ Mississippi State
  • Syracuse (-3.5) vs. UConn
  • Nebraska (-2) @ Texas A&M
  • West Virginia (-4.5) @ Louisville

There is still a tie atop the leaderboard, but others look to make it interesting in the closing weeks. Let's get to the picks...

5th Year Senior (4 wins last week, 30 overall)

  • Ohio State (-3) @ Iowa
  • Virginia Tech (-2) @ Miami
  • Arkansas (-3) @ Mississippi State
  • UConn (+3.5) @ Syracuse
  • Nebraska (-2) @ Texas A&M
  • West Virginia (-4.5) @ Louisville

JP Fanshawe (4, 30)

  •  Iowa (+3) vs. Ohio State - the Hawkeyes got caught looking ahead last week. Will that terrible loss to Northwestern beat them twice? No, it won't. Iowa ruins Wisconsin's hopes of a three-way tie atop the Big Ten.
  • Virginia Tech (-2) @ Miami - did anyone else hear those pricks at ESPN making fun of the Big East while they were calling the the Alabama-Georgia State game? Newsflash, the ACC is no great-shakes, either. Tech owns Miami against the number...4-0 the last four, and 8-1 in the last nine. History repeats.
  • Arkansas (-3) @ Mississippi State - Poor Mississippi St. This is the seventh straight year they have had to face Arkansas the week after playing Alabama. The Bulldogs are 1-5 straight-up, and 3-3 ATS in those games, with the home team covering each time. The Razorbacks have covered four-straight, which means I want to go against them, but three points ain't enough. Hogs over Dogs.
  •  Syracuse (-3.5) vs. UConn - this game has BE title implications? Really? Proof that prognositcation, or expectation is futile. The closest thing a statistical advantage in this game is Syracuse's pass defense against UConn's horrid passing O. Otherwise the teams are uniformly mediocre by the numbers. The Cuse finally has something to play for, and likely dashes our hopes of a three-way tie atop the BE. Even though I am not taking them, GO HUSKIES!
  • Nebraska (-2) @ Texas A&M - I like Mike Sherman. I thought he got jobbed as the head man in Green Bay. Here, he has a chance for a signature win. But the only thing the Aggies do well is throw, while the Huskers are No.1 in Pass Efficiency Defense. Also, A & M has covered four straight, while Nebraska has failed to cover its last two.
  • West Virginia (-4.5) @ Louisville - Bill Stewart on the road: 5-8 straight up, and 6-7 against the spread. No clear statistical advantages...but how is this for going inside the numbers? WVU is 5-0 ATS when when playing an opponent who was favored and lost the previous week. LET"S GO MOUNTAINEERS!

Charley West (3, 28)

  • Iowa (+3) vs. Ohio State
  • Virginia Tech (-2) @ Miami
  • Arkansas (-3) @ Mississippi State
  • Syracuse (-3.5) vs. UConn
  • Texas A&M (+2) vs. Nebraska
  • West Virginia (-4.5) @ Louisville

WVUIE97 (5, 27)

  • Iowa (+3) vs. Ohio State
  • Miami (+2) vs. Virginia Tech
  • Arkansas (-3) @ Mississippi State
  • Syracuse (-3.5) vs. UConn
  • Texas A&M (+2) vs. Nebraska
  • Louisville (+4.5) vs West Virginia

Country Roads (3, 21)

  • Ohio State (-3) @ Iowa
  • Virginia Tech (-2) @ Miami
  • Mississippi State (+3) vs. Arkansas
  • UConn (+3.5) @ Syracuse
  • Texas A&M (+2) vs. Nebraska
  • Louisville (+4.5) vs. West Virginia
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