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THE HUNCH BUNCH WEEK RUNS
FROM TUESDAY THRU MONDAY.
HUNCH BUNCH WEEK #13
HUNCH BUNCH for the 2013 Season:
Week #13 was another small loser.
Kittpix won Week #13 with 4-2, +900
Our Hunches: TW: 5-4, +180
Our 2013 Record: 68-63-3, -390
Our 2013 Bank: 9610 Units
Our Picks for 2013
1. Connecticut* +1 over Memphis
This one is all about momentum. With Memphis at 3-8 and UConn at 2-9, the current form of these teams is more different than alike. Memphis is coming off two losses and is only 1-6 in conference games. UConn, with only two wins all season, is riding a 2-game winning streak. Having dumped their head coach in midseason, it would figure to take some time for the change to have any positive impact. Those recent wins over Temple and Rutgers suggest to us that the homestanding Huskies should win here.
2. Stanford +3 over Arizona State*
Two excellent 10-2 teams square off for the Pac-12 championship. These two met in late September in Palo Alto, with Stanford winning, 42-28. The Cardinal relies on its great defense to get the job done. Stanford lost to Utah and Southern Cal. But in the big game against Oregon, they came through with the win. Arizona State is 10-2, but we cannot forget that they stole a win against Wisconsin when the refs blew a decision. High flying offenses seem to often find stout defenses a source of frustration. Taking Stanford to win outright and make it to the Rose Bowl.
3. Duke** +29½ over Florida State
Twenty-nine points. Really? We all know that Florida State is now the odds-on favorite to win the national championship. Is there any real need for Florida State to produce a mammoth win here? Not at all. Poll ball is played by teams in the chase position. The front running 'Noles need merely to win here. Style and margin are no longer a concern. Duke is not chopped liver. They are in this game for a reason ... they have surprising talent and fine coaching.
4. Michigan State** +5½ over Ohio State
This is the time of year when undefeated teams often struggle just to win. We saw Ohio State beat a game Michigan team by one lousy point last week when the Wolverines opted to go for two and fail at 42-41. The Buckeyes are one play from being out of the national championship picture entirely. And here, they face one of the best defensive teams in the country. If the Buckeyes are anything less than at the top of their game, they figure to lose this game.
5. Utah State +2½ over Fresno State*
We were totally shocked to see Fresno State manhandled last week by San Jose State. Another late season undefeated team going in the tank. Utah State seems to have overcome the loss of their extremely talented QB Keeton for the year. Virtually everyone expected to see Boise State in this spot, but the Aggies put it all together with some fine play by their replacement QB and some very solid defense in a league where defense is often an afterthought. Fresno allowed 62 points last week in their bubble bursting loss to San Jose State. QB Carr is a real talent, but the Bulldogs defense was largely nothing more than vapor. With a BCS bowl now out of the question, it will be tough for Fresno State to get back to their earlier level of emotion and play.
6. Kansas City -3 over Washington*
Yes, the once 9-0 Chiefs have fallen to 9-3 following 3 losses. It is important to note that two of those losses were to Denver's potent offense. When KC finally struggled, we saw Reid unleash QB Alex Smith. No need to be overly aggressive when the defense is winning every game. But when facing a strong offensive attack, the Chiefs were forced to become more aggressive on offense. And guess what? Smith has responded by showing that he can play very well in a shootout scenario. Here, he will face a lousy Redskin defense with Reid having increased faith in his abilities. We expect to see a more aggressive offense and a feeble response from shellshocked Washington.
7. Oakland +3 over NY Jets*
Neither of these teams is anything to write home about, but they differ in one odd respect. Oakland is the league's second best first quarter scoring team. The Jets are the worst in that category. What this means is that Oakland figures to take the early lead, then fade late. The question becomes can the Jets even respond if they fall seriously behind yet again. Recent evidence suggests that they cannot. The Jets offensive woes are becoming remarkable in a bad way. Taking the visitors here, even with rookie McGloin under center. Rookie Smith has not been much for the Jets of late. So, the league's worst first quarter team takes a quick 10-point lead.
8. New England* -10½ over Cleveland
Both Weeden and Campbell are questionable at QB for Cleveland this week. If neither can go, we might see our old friend Caleb Hanie trotted out there to the slaughter. Hanie was picked up as a backup QB for Denver when Josh McDaniels was head coach. That told me that McDaniels was not head coaching material. Previously, he had opted for Chris Simms, another disaster of a disaster QB. Such poor judgment was rewarded with walking papers in Denver for McDaniels. Hanie is atrocious. If either Weeden or Campbell can go, this play would be far more likely to fail. Expecting Hanie to flail away at pretending to be an NFL QB once again. Update: Jason Campbell will start at QB for Cleveland. Fully expected Hanie ... such is life.
9. Seattle +2½ over San Francisco*
Though the betting line reflects a general opinion that San Francisco can still beat Seattle at home, we are not convinced. What we have usually seen is that the Seahawk defense travels well, but the Seattle offense is not as effective on the road. We are leaning on that Seahawk defense to greatly slow down SF QB Kaepernick. When Kaepernick excels, so do the 49ers. When he struggles, so do the 49ers. We expect some difficulties for the Niner QB. Unless he can move the ball and maintain possession, even the Seattle road offense will be enough to grab an outright win for the team that is currently perceived as the best in the league. Sometimes you just squeak by.
TOTAL 27 Stars
* Home Team
** Neutral Field
Now 9-18, -12.40 Units. Kinda pathetic. Our play for Saturday is another 2-Team, 6-Point play at -120. We are taking Duke** +35½ over Florida State and Michigan State** +11½ over Ohio State. Risking 1.20 Units to win 1.00. LOSER. Duke couldn't cover with 35½ points. Ugh. Now 9-19, -13.60 Units. For Sunday, our probably doomed play is a 4-Team, 13-Point Sweetheart play at -130. We are taking New England* +3 over Cleveland, Kansas City +10 over Washington*, Seattle +15½ over San Francisco* and Carolina +16½ over New Orleans*. One of them is bound to screw it up. LOSER. Carolina screwed it up. Now, 9-20, -14.90 Units.
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BC from Cape Cod:
(LW: DNP, YTD: 14-20, -3820, 6180) ...
Red Baron: (LW: 2-4, -1200, YTD: 66-49-3, +2430, 12430) ...
Oklahoma St. -10 vs Oklahoma
Missouri +2½ vs Auburn
Florida St. -28 vs Duke
Ohio St. -5 vs Michigan St.
Dolphins +3½ @ Steelers
Bears +2½ vs Cowboys
Carolina Blue: (LW: 2-7, -2460, YTD: 71-66, -1830, 8170) ...
Marshall -6 4 stars
Texas +16 2 stars
Oklahoma +10 3 stars
Missouri. +2 4 stars
Michigan State +6 2 stars
Kansas City -3 2 stars
New Orleans -3 2 stars
Detroit +3 4 stars
Tennessee +12 3 stars
Arizona -6 4 stars
Jack from Tampa: (LW: 4-4-2, -120, YTD: 42-46-4, -4400, 5600) ...
N. Illinois -3
Michigan St +5½
Pat from San Diego: (LW: DNP, YTD: 68-51-1, +3570, 13570) ...
Gordo the Greek: (LW: DNP, YTD: 36-35-1, -750, 9250) ...
Jamie Z: (LW: 2-2-1, -100, YTD: 18-28-2, -6870, 3130) ...
Mich St +6
OSU/MSU over 51½
Skorebored: (LW: DNP, YTD: 31-27-1, +770, 10770) ...
Sam on the Bayou: (LW: 4-3, +480, YTD: 51-40, +4980, 14980) ...
5* Rutgers -4
5* Fla. St. -29
5* Utah St +3½
4* B.G. +3½
4* Baylor -15
4* Ull +3
3* Stan +3
DONROJAS: (LW: 2-2, -90, YTD: 52-32-4, +8500, 18500) ...
SonnyD: (LW: DNP, YTD: 9-8, +360, 10360) ...
Nuclear Picks: (LW: DNP, YTD: 13-25-1, -4670, 5330) ...
Sim990: (LW: DNP, YTD: 11-16-1, -2670, 7330) ...
Goforsun: (LW: DNP, YTD: 10-8-1, +950, 10950) ...
The Red Zone: (LY: DNP) ...
USA (LY: DNP) ...
Grubbie from Minneapolis (LY: DNP) ...
ARGH: (LY: DNP) ...
- Fitz from San Diego: (LY: DNP) ...
L.A. SMITH: (LY: DNP) ...
John from California: (LY: DNP) ...
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|Sam on the
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|Total - Season
|The group had a decent year in 2012. Your host is proud to have won this competition for the first time. The handicappers here are very talented. Having said that, we all have had our down seasons. For the group, we have had 4 winning season in the last 8 years. That is fairly remarkable, considering we had to overcome -110/100 odds on every single one of thousands of recommended plays over that period. Sam got a late start and had a great season. Sim990 hit the winner's column once again, followed by Tomahawks10 and Pat. Jack just squeezed into the win column with a winning pick on the Super Bowl, but he did garner 4 weekly winners along the way. SonnyD and Skorebored recorded winning seasons, but failed to reach the 50-game requirement. On to 2013. Let's have another great year!!!|
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