Both of the favorites covered in the NFL Playoffs on Saturday, which didn't really help my "take the points in all four playoff games this weekend" advice. Tough to start to our playoff run. That means at minimum we have to go 6-3 the rest of the way to make a profit, and at least 7-2 to improve from last year.
The Oakland/Houston game was the game of the weekend I was least confident in. Houston had been bad most of the year but Oakland lost Carr and had a shaky QB situation heading into that game. Turns out, "shaky QB siutation" may have been a nice way to put it. I watched a good portion of that game and I don't know if Cook really played that poorly or Oakland just had no confidence in him. The play-calling seemed really, really passive and then his recievers dropped some big passes for him. I think Cook is going to get an unfair amount of blame for that loss, because I don't think the rest of the Raiders helped him out at all.
Then I didn't get to see any of the Seattle/Detroit game because we were at Hilton for Iowa State and Texas, but that seemed pretty one sided. I saw Detroit was down 13 points in the 4th quarter so I thought my backdoor cover prediction was in great shape, but it sounds like Detroit just folded. Disappointing.
Gotta bounce back today. Give me both underdogs and their points again today. I'll take Miami and the points in the first game and the Giants and the points and their moneyline in the second. Need to get em both to come out of the weekend 2-2.
As I said earlier, we went to the Iowa State - Texas game last night at Hilton Colliseum. A nice win for the Cyclones. Gotta take care of the home floor in conference play and Iowa State needs to secure as many wins as they can against the lower half of the conference to make sure they are in the NCAA Tourney this year and not the NIT. But my main takeaway from the game last night: Put your hands down Coach Prohm.
This is something I noticed just a litle bit last year, but not enough to get me upset. And I don't know if you see it while watching the games on TV but it's very noticeable when you are in the arena. Coach Prohm has developed this habit where about 3 or 4 times a game, he will wave his arms up and down in the air to tell the fans to make some noise and get loud. Stop it.
Like I said, I noticed it once or twice last year and didn't think much of it, just something he did sparingly that I never saw the old coach do. Then he did it a couple times during the Cincinnati game, and then again during the first conference game of the year against Texas Tech, and then about four times last night versus Texas. Now it's a full-blown trend or habit of his. Stop it.
First off, you're the coach not the 6th or 7th guy on the bench. You don't need to worry about the atmosphere in the arena, you have enough on your table. Two, it's Hilton Colliseum. I have a couple issues with the fans in Ames at basketball games but the one thing they do really well is try to rally the team when they are on a run or on a drought. If Iowa State has an 11 point lead and the opponent goes on a 5-0 or 6-0 run, Hilton is great and getting loud and trying to change the momentum. Or in big moments, it knows when to turn up the energy. It's one thing I think the fans at Hilton do a great job at. You don't have to signal to the crowd to get into it. If a player does, that's great. Not the coach. Third, you look ridiculous when you do it. And finally, if you are going to do it then save it for a huge moment...don't waste it. Save it for that one stop in the season you think you really need. Maybe once a game. But not with 13 minutes left in the 2nd half, or heading into the under 8 timeout. If you really have to do, once a game max but really let's just get rid of it all together.
Again, Wisconsin Badgers fan here so read the following with all Badger Bias but a huge game for the Big Ten Standings today at the Mackey Arena. Two of the favorites to win the B1G meet in an early conference season matchup. I think if you are a fan of any contender in the Big Ten besides Wisconsin you have to be Boilering Up today. A win for Bucky at Purdue would firmly put them in the driver's seat for the conference title in my opinion. I think going into the season, the general feeling was Indiana/Purdue/Wisconsin would be your favorites in the conference and then Michigan State, maybe Maryland, and maybe some others battling in there as well.
If Wisconsin can win today at Purdue, then they will already have road wins under their belt against both Indiana and Purdue with no conference losses. It would also give each Indiana and Purdue 2 conference losses, putting them two back of Wisconsin only 4 games into the conference season. That's a big hole to be in early in the season. And conference seasons are long and grueling, with upsets frequently occurring that people don't see coming, so it wouldn't be the nail in the coffin by any means. But it would be a sizeable hole to have to try and dig out of early, especially with Wisconsin getting 4 of their next 5 games at home.
If Purdue wins though, which Vegas has them as a 3 point favorite today last I checked, then the Big Ten race really opens up and let's a lot of teams into the mix. That would put Nebraska as the only unbeaten team in conference play, and I don't see the Cornhuskers maintaining that level of play through all 18 games of the conference season. So big, early implications in West Lafayette today. Go Bucky