Last Week: 2 for 5
YTD: 4 for 10
|Iowa State||-1 1/2||N. Illinois|
|N.C. State||+1 1/2||Ohio State|
|Notre Dame||-2 1/2||Michigan State|
|Washington State||-23 1/2||Idaho|
For those of you who don’t know what this is: It’s college football. I try to pick five games every week by the spread. My goal is to pick 3 winners, on average, per week.
The spread is what the Las Vegas handicappers determine the margin of victory will be. For instance, they think Notre Dame will beat Michigan by 2 1/2 points. If you wanted to bet Notre Dame, they would have to win by 3 points in order for you to win the bet. If you bet Michigan, they would have to lose the game by less than 3 points (or win the game) for you to win your bet. If the margin of victory is exactly the spread, then the bet is off – it’s called a push. All my points are 1/2 points so that I never have pushes. If I were betting in Vegas, I could not, of course, change the spread. But since I do it just for fun, I make sure there can be no pushes.
I’m picking the teams on the left, the spread is in the middle, and their opponent is on the right. So for my first pick to be a winner, Iowa State has to beat N. Illinois by 2 or more.