Week 6 Picks
Homecoming ticket challenge!
In the spirit of NY gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan let me say this:
“Get your DAMN Homecoming tickets NOW! And don’t wait another DAMN minute!”
The weather forecast is holding up! 64 degrees and now upgraded to sunny from partly cloudy! A lovely day for a game!
Homecoming Rooting Points
-Freshman Luke Eddy needs to hit just six more PAT’s to tie Larry Walsh’s 27-year-old record of 22 successful extra points in a row. With the way the Columbia offense has been playing at home, a five-TD game is very possible.
-Despite Columbia’s relative success in recent years against Dartmouth, there are still two losses that stick in my craw. First, the 1987 loss that extended the infamous losing streak with Dartmouth kicked a late FG and Columbia missed a late kick that would have won it. Second, the 1989 game that Columbia lead 12-3 for most of the game only to give up 10 points in less than two minutes. Those were two of the toughest losses I have ever experienced at Wien Stadium. It’s not that the Big Green did anything dirty to win, but can’t we make the other guys go home sad this time?
Picking the Winners
Once again, the injury “news” failed me last weekend, but I’ll make no excuses for my second subpar week in a row.
Here’s how I did:
Fordham +7 at Yale
Jake Said: "I think Fordham wins this game outright.”
Result: Yale squeaked by with a 7-6 win. 0-1 overall, 1-0 against the spread.
Lehigh +11 ½ at Harvard
Jake Said: “I think the Crimson win and cover the spread too if Andrew Hatch starts and I’m just guessing he will.”
Result: Hatch didn’t play and Harvard lost. Thanks for the heads up, Coach Murphy! 0-2, 1-1 ATS
Colgate -15 ½ at Cornell
Jake Said: “Cornell is improving, but the Raiders win this by 17.”
Result: Colgate won by 17,000. 1-2, 2-1 ATS
Brown -14 at Princeton
Jake Said: “Take the Bears and lay the points.”
Result: Princeton made it very close. 2-2, 2-2 ATS
Holy Cross +4 ½ at Dartmouth
Jake Said: “I like the Big Green to win this game, but not to cover the spread.”
Result: A late defensive TD pushed Dartmouth beyond the spread. 3-2, 2-3 ATS.
So, on the season I am now 18-10 overall and 18-10 against the spread.
On to this week…
Lafayette +8 at Fordham
The Leopards are bouncing back and are underrated. They will cover the spread, but Fordham should eke out the win.
Cornell +19 at Brown
Brown got a wakeup call after that near loss at Princeton, and they should cruise in this game. I think the Bears win by 20 or 21.
Harvard -10 at Princeton
Harvard has been sputtering, but the Crimson should bounce back and cover the spread here.
Penn -3 at Yale.
Am I missing something? Yale’s great RB Mordecai Cargill is out, and Penn is riding high. Take Penn and give the points here before the bookies come to their senses and make the Quakers the 10 point favorites they deserve to be.