The Pi-Rate Ratings

November 8, 2012

PiRate Picks For College and Pro Football–November 8-12, 2012


We have started to warm up in the college selections with a 60% success rate over the previous four weeks, bringing our record against the spread for the season to 56%.


Before we get to our picks this week, here are some interesting college tidbits:

1. If Indiana upsets Wisconsin this week, the Hoosiers would more than likely become the Leaders Division representative in the Big Ten Championship Game.  They would only need to defeat a lowly Purdue team in two weeks to secure the spot.


2. In the event that Louisville, Cincinnati, and Rutgers finished tied for the Big East championship with 6-1 conference marks, the automatic BCS Bowl bid goes to the highest-ranked team in the BCS rankings.  Louisville would more than likely be that team, since they would be 11-1, whereas the other two would be 10-2.


3. There is a possibility that at least four and maybe as many as six SEC jobs could become open at the end of the regular season.  Arkansas and Kentucky already have active job searches going on, while Auburn and Tennessee are almost foregone conclusions.  Add to this the possibility that two hot coaching commodities, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin could be on several short lists, there could be a lot of new faces next year in the top conference in the land.  However, before any hot coach considers applying for these vacancies, they may have to wait to see if another job becomes available.  Texas may or may not decide that Mack Brown is ready to retire, and if that job becomes available, just about every successful coach in the nation could become a candidate, even Nick Saban.  There is also a chance that Southern Cal may wish to end the Lane Kiffin experience.  Look for a lot of interesting and surprising moves.


4. Nick Saban would have nothing left to prove if he wins another National Championship at Alabama.  That would give him four total and three in four years at Alabama.  He still has desires to hoist a Lombardi Trophy, and he cannot do that at Tuscaloosa.  There will be three or four openings in the NFL at the end of the season, and he could be a candidate for any of these positions.  Carolina, New Orleans, and Tennessee come to mind.


Here are this week’s college picks:


1. Louisville -2 ½ vs. Syracuse

2. Central Michigan -3 vs. Eastern Michigan

3. Kent St. -6 ½ vs. Miami (O)

4. Southern Cal -9 vs. Arizona St.

5. Arkansas +14 vs. South Carolina


6. 10-point Teaser

UL-Monroe +17 vs. Arkansas St.

Louisville +7 ½ vs. Syracuse

Miami +11 vs. Virginia


7. 10-point Teaser

North Carolina +1 vs. Georgia Tech

Alabama -3 ½ vs. Texas A&M

Georgia -5 ½ vs. Auburn


8. 10-point Teaser

Penn St. +17 ½ vs. Nebraska

Southern Cal +1 vs. Arizona St.

Texas Pk. vs. Iowa St.


9. 10-point Teaser

San Diego St. + ½ vs. Air Force

U C L A -4 ½ vs. Washington St.

Memphis +11 vs. Tulane


10. 13-point Teaser

Minnesota +10 vs. Illinois

Washington +14 ½ vs. Utah

Missouri +16 vs. Tennessee

Marshall +10 ½ vs. U A B


11. Money Line Parlay @ +106

Wisconsin over Indiana

Iowa over Purdue


12. Money Line Parlay @ -119

North Carolina over Georgia Tech

Kent St. over Miami (O)


13. Money Line Parlay @ -110

Georgia over Auburn

Southern Cal over Arizona St.

Texas over Iowa St.




We removed the totals from our teasers last week, and it worked to the tune of a 4-1 mark against the spread.  So, this week, we are continuing to rely on teasing just sides.  We have isolated a pair of games that we really like, so we are going to key them in three separate selections.  It will be feast or famine, but that’s what makes it so exciting!


1. Denver -3 ½ vs. Carolina

2. Philadelphia +1 ½ vs. Dallas

3. Houston +1 vs. Chicago


4. 10-point Teaser

Indianapolis +7 vs. Jacksonville

New England -1 vs. Buffalo

NY Giants +6 vs. Cincinnati


5. 10-point Teaser

San Francisco -1 vs. St. Louis

Houston +11 vs. Chicago

Pittsburgh -2 vs. Kansas City


6. 13-point Teaser

Denver +9 vs. Carolina

Baltimore +5 ½ vs. Oakland

Tampa Bay +10 vs. San Diego

Miami +7 ½ vs. Tennessee


7. 13-point Teaser

Denver +9 vs. Carolina

Baltimore +5 ½ vs. Oakland

New Orleans +15 ½ vs. Atlanta

Philadelphia +14 ½ vs. Dallas


8. 13-point Teaser

Denver +9 vs. Carolina

Baltimore +5 ½ vs. Oakland

New England +2 vs. Buffalo

Pittsburgh Pk. vs. Kansas City


9. Money Line Parlay @ -117

Pittsburgh over Kansas City

Baltimore over Oakland

New England over Buffalo


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