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A Week 6 college football gambling guide

Your Freek prop of the week, all the Big 12 lines, and the Haney family gets in on the fun.

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Last week I sat alone in last place but turned it around by being the sole picker to walk away with a winning record in the Week 5 Picks. Yes, I’m proud of myself.[1. Ed. note: Congrats, you’re now tied for last..]

Contributor Last week Season
Aaron Schnautz 2-3 6-4
Kyle Porter 2-3 5-5
Justin Southwell 2-3 5-5
OKC Dave 2-3 5-5
Guest 2-3 5-5
Carson Cunningham 1-4 4-6
Matt Amilian 3-2 4-6

OSU -17 vs Iowa State

It’s crazy to think the difference in lines in OSU’s games against Tech and Iowa State is only 3.5 points. This spread doesn’t seem large enough at first glance, but Iowa State hasn’t lost by more than 21 this season.

That’s surprising considering their schedule has consisted of Baylor, Kansas State, ND State (better than you think) and Iowa, who isn’t worthy of being in the same sentence as the previous three schools.

Iowa State hasn’t played a game in 2014 outside the state of Iowa. We’re in Week 6 of the season! They played, and won, a true road game at Iowa but that’s the worst opponent they’ve faced this season. Ames to Iowa City doesn’t have the traveling effect Ames to Stillwater will have on them.

I’m not impressed with OSU to the point I believe this should be an automatic cover, because I think the Cyclones might be better than we all think. “Better” meaning they might win 2 or 3 games rather than 0 or 1 this year. It’s not a gimme, but OSU is 17 points better than Iowa State.

Revenge Forever.

Pokes to cover -17.

Freek prop of the week

Will his longest play from scrimmage be a rush or reception?

Pick: Give me the reception. It might not look like this, but getting this guy the ball on the run…watch out.

Big 12 lines

Baylor (-15.5) at Texas

It’s sad for Baylor’s strength of schedule to say we’re coming in Week 6 and Texas is their toughest opponent to date. I’ve incorrectly picked Baylor’s opponents to cover the spread in their last two games. Third time’s a charm, right?

Pick: Texas +15.5

OU (-4.5) at TCU

I told my Sooner buddies before the season that I can see OU losing two games this year. I didn’t know which two they were, but I told them the OU-TCU matchup was one to watch. They laughed.

I’m not a believer in TCU and Patterson is overrated in my book, but they have timing on their side. OU has Texas next week. You can tell a bunch of college kids not to focus on next week’s big rivalry (and revenge) game, but can they execute that in their own minds?

My gut is telling me to take OU because they’re better than TCU by more than a TD. Screw it. I want to tell my buddies “I told you so.”

Pick: TCU +4.5

Kansas (+28) West Virginia

I would take the Jayhawks without the coaching change. Although I’m not sure the Weis firing will hurt their chances of covering, I can’t take KU.

Pick: Dana -28

Texas Tech (+14.5) at Kansas State

Apparently Davis Webb is day-to-day after his shoulder injury in last week’s game, but he returned to practice in full pads yesterday. Banking on him being healthy and what I saw on a small phone screen 8 feet in front of me at child-birth class last week, 14.5 is coverable.

Pick: Texas Tech +14.5

PFB Picks ATS

You won’t often see a “Former OU” anything contribute to this site, but thank you to Travis Haney, current ESPN Insider College Football Writer and former OU Beat Writer for the Oklahoman. But what good is one Haney without the other? Brooke, his wife and fellow OK State alum, is getting in on this, too.

OSU (-17) vs Iowa State

Southwell: OSU
Cunningham: OSU
Schnautz: OSU
OKC Dave: Iowa State
Travis: OSU
Brooke: Iowa State
Pistolsguy: OSU
Amilian: OSU

“Bullet will still get to spread his wings, so tell the haters not to hate.” – Brooke

Texas A&M (+2) at Mississippi State

Southwell: A&M
Cunningham: MSU
Schnautz: A&M
OKC Dave: A&M
Travis: A&M
Brooke: A&M
Pistolsguy: MSU
Amilian: A&M

“Close game, but I love that Speedy kid. Is he playing?” – Brooke

“I think it’s tight, but Sumlin still has the upper hand.” – Travis

Bama (-7) at Ole Miss

Southwell: Ole Miss
Cunningham: Bama
Schnautz: Bama
OKC Dave: Bama
Travis: Bama
Brooke: Bama
Pistolsguy: Bama
Amilian: Bama

OU (-4.5) at TCU

Southwell: OU
Cunningham: OU
Schnautz: OU
OKC Dave: OU
Travis: OU
Brooke: OU
Pistolsguy: TCU
Amilian: TCU

“I think this is going to be what the OU-WVU game should have been” – Pistolsguy

LSU (+7.5) at Auburn

Southwell: LSU
Cunningham: Auburn
Schnautz: Auburn
OKC Dave: Auburn
Travis: Auburn
Brooke: Auburn
Pistolsguy: Auburn
Amilian: Auburn

“Primetime. Rowdy environment. First start for the LSU freshman. This won’t end well for LSU.” – Schnautz

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