#CheddarBay Week 15, all the B1G: OSU/Sparty.
- UCF -10.5 at SMU;
- Browns +11 at Pats;
- Falcons +3.5 at Packers.
Weekly lines linked here.
All-play: Ohio State -5 vs. Michigan State at Lucas Field, Indy; 8:15 PM Saturday on Fox.
The Council of Elders evaluated the great games this weekend. The obvious: Auburn/Mizzou, Niners/Seahawks; the also pretty-darn-good: Colts/Bengals, Texas/Baylor, BGSU/NIU, OkST/Oklahoma. But ultimately the ultimate put up or shut up game won out.
Ohio State vs. Michigan State at Lucas Stadium, Indy.
The obvious angle to watch is OSU’s rush attack (#2) versus MSU’s rush defense (#1). That’s like last week’s Auburn offense versus Bama defense matchup except moreso. But also interesting is whether Sparty can conjure an offense and how will the Bucks’ D re-group after some scary moments last week.
Final stop for the revenge tour: MSU lost five Big Ten games by a total of 13 points last season, and the Spartans have paid back four of those teams so far —Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska and Northwestern. Ohio State is the fifth.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner: Concierge.
Dammit DQuatts, one week off. Cheddar newbie Concierge posted a seven pointer (Curse you Terry Bowden!) to claim the weekly award last week. This also places him back in the hunt for the regular season top spot as the top four are forming an interesting bunch for the homestretch.
Two pro games will be delayed due to uncertain QB situations. Green Bay may be starting Aaron Rodgers at Atlanta; Browns may be starting Alex Tanney against the Patriots.
Right, so we’ll post the lines here and in the scoreboard when that’s settled.
Essays: One hour before kickoff.
Friendly reminder that your essays need to be posted one hour before the kickoff. I had to dock thatsfine on his winning WMU +35 essay last week and naturally it was a winner. Nobody wants that outcome. So be sure to note your essay’s kickoff (that was the problem for WMU… was an odd 7pm start time instead of the 8pm from earlier weeks) and get em in on time.
Skanky Fish with @ClevTA.
28-25-2 ATS YTD;
2-1 last week: UConn (win, straight-up), Iowa (win, straight-up), Idaho (damn you Perfecta killer Vandals).
Random Auburn happiness.
Found a cool photo of Toomer’s Corner post-Bama (click to enlarge) and a mind-blowing Dee Ford talent (piano). Liked em, passing em on.
Feel free to take a swing at the ranker poll in the sidebar. The thing’s a bit kludgey but I’m surprised and pleased at how the reader rankings are coming in pretty on target. Good luck this week.