Betting on College Football

2009 Predictions by Eduardo Lorenzo Capitan


 Week 1   Iowa is fresh off a luckout win at home over Northern Iowa. This week they're going to Ames to take on another instate rival, the Iowa State Cyclones. The Hawkeyes are a 6 1/2 point favorite, and EL Capitan likes them to bounce back with a convincing win. Make the final score 35-10 in favor of Iowa. Actual Score: Iowa 35 Iowa State 3   W (excellent pick)

More than 100,000 Tennessee fans will watch their Volunteers host the UCLA Bruins. It appears that all 100,000 have bet on the Vols, as the line has moved from 7 to 10. Look for "Rocky Top" to be played often as UT cruises to a 34-17 win. Actual Score: UCLA 19 Tennessee 15   L (horrible pick)

The Houston Cougars travel to Stillwater to take on a tough Oklahoma State team. The spread is 15 1/2 points and that's just too much to resist. Take the Cougars to cover. Predicted score: Okie State 34 - UH 24 Actual Score: Houston 45 Oklahoma State 35   W (decent pick - shocked that OSU lost the game)

 Week 2  Navy almost knocked off Ohio State in their opener. We'll take the Middies plus 7 1/2 on the road against the Pitt Panthers. Predicted score: Pitt 27 Navy 24. Actual Score: Pitt 27 Navy 14 L (at least I got Pitt's score right)

Oregon is -4 1/2 at home against Utah. Look for the Ducks to circle the wagons and bounce back from that disaster at Boise. Oregon wins 34-24. Actual Score: Oregon 31 Utah 24 W (also got Utah's score right)

Kansas is a 23 point home favorite against Duke. CATM why Duke is great in basketball and horrible in football? Take the Jayhawks to roll to the tune of 41-13. Actual Score: Kansas 47 Duke 16 W

The Golden Bears of California travel to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers. Think about the matchup. Golden Bears versus Golden Gophers. You'd have to be an idiot not to pick a bear to beat a gopher. Take Cal minus 13 1/2 to crush Minnesota 49-27. Actual Score: California 35 Minnesota 21 W (barely, or should I say bearly?)

It's payback time for the Texas Longhorns as they host the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. EL Capitan says lay the lumber and go with Texas to cover the 18 point spread. Final looks to be Texas 49 Texas Tech 24. Actual Score: Texas 34 Texas Tech 24 L (Dios! Got Texas Tech's score right too!!) [IG: Big deal. You lost the bet. And the Navy game too. Stop bragging about losing.

 Week 3  EL Capitan likes two games this week. UNLV is a 3 1/2 point road favorite at Wyoming. I like the Cowboys to cover by a score of 27-24.   W

Dios! Did you see that USC is a 45-point favorite against Wazoo? EL Capitan will take an El Paso on that one. In other PAC 10 action, I'll take Oregon State to cover as a 2 1/2 point home favorite versus Arizona. Buena suerte!  L


 Week 4  LSU travels to Georgia to play between the hedges. Neither of these teams has lived up to EL Capitan's expectations so far. Not sure why, but Georgia minus 3 1/2 looks like the play here. The game just sort of keeps tugging at me. Bet Georgia...bet Georgia...bet Georgia. Can't avoid it so go with the flow and go Bulldogs!   L

In Pac-10 action, Washington State travels to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks. WSU easily covered that humongous 45-point line last week at USC but you know what? EL Capitan is going with the Ducks to cover this week's big 35-point spread. So put on your checkered flannel shirts and lay the lumber!   W


 Week 5   Virginia Tech is a 13 1/2 point favorite at home over Boston College. The Hokies are looking better and better every week. Take Va Tech to roll it up big time.  W

The total in the Houston at Mississippi State game is a whopping 65. I may regret this pick, but take the under and hold your breath for three hours.   W


 Week 6   It's time for the Red River Rumble! The Longhorns are favored by 3 and I like them to beat the Sooners 30-24.   T

In Big Ten action, Wisconsin is a 2 1/2 point home favorite against Iowa. Look for the Badgers to squeak by 27-24.   L

EL Capitan loves the Army! They're getting 10 1/2 points on the road against Temple. The Black Knights will win the game straight up 20-17. Shop around for the best price, I still see a +330 at one of the books.   L

In our final selection, Brigham Young is going to annihilate San Diego State. The Cougars are a 17 point road favorite and will cover with ease 41-14.   L

IG: Condolences on some horrible picks, especially that last one. Remember, if you don't finish above .500, you'll need to find a new job.

 Week 7   Iowa got me good last week, upsetting Wisconsin. This week they're visiting East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans. Iowa started as a 1 point favorite but the bettors have made the Spartans a small favorite. Let's go with the money and take Michigan State -1. The final figures to be 24-17.   L

One of the great things about college football is the action that goes on all day long. There always seems to be another game starting every hour. EL Capitan lives in the Mountain Time Zone, so the fun begins at 10:00 AM. After a zillion games, it's 6:30 at night and on comes PAC 10 action to close out the day. Sweeeet. But the best is happening this week: a game in Hawaii! You guys back east will be up to 2:00 AM! Boise State has gone to the Islands as a 25-point favorite and EL Capitan is going to lay the lumber. The Broncos will have a luau and win the game 48-17.   W

 Week 8   We have one and only one selection this week: Texas -9 to beat up on Oklahoma State. That's it!   W

 Week 9   Last week's win moved the ELC record to 11-9-1 and you know what? I QUIT. I was promised some things in exchange for writing this column. Promises weren't kept. Kind of like the Obama adminstration. Ciao, or adios, whatever.


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