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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Season Totals

People keep chirping "Hey when are we going to get your season picks?"  I mean I get it.  3-0 last year without breaking a sweat.  Well I'm just here to give the people what they want.  We're doubling down this year and honestly 6-0 is possible, if not likely.

+ Season Total Picks – 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Over 7.5 (-175)
Lock it up and throw away the key.  It’s the same story as last year -- rinse, wash, repeat.  Georgia Tech was listed at -6.5 and finished 10-2.  Bookies should just credit our accounts now.

As a quick recap.... The longtime Streamers will not be surprised here. I’ve picked the Yellow Jackets as much as any other team over the years and they rarely let us down. Paul Johnson’s system is tough to prepare for in a week and they tend to wear teams down during a game.  Paul Johnson has been a college football head coach for 17 18 seasons. In those 17 18 years, his teams have failed to reach the postseason only once.

Central Michigan Chippewas – Over 4 (-150)
Chippewa nation stand up!  Dan Enos is out.  New head coach John Bonamego is in.  The Chips won seven games last year and Cooper Rush, last seen throwing an FBS bowl-record seven touchdown passes in the Bahamas Bowl, is back at QB.  Let's also dig into this one and look at the schedule.  Monmouth, Buffalo, Akron, Kent State, Eastern Michigan.  Tell me the Chips don't get to five wins this year.

Florida State Seminoles – Under 9.5 (-120)
When Jameis Winston met with reporters at the NFL combine, he was asked how difficult it was to leave Florida State and declare for the draft.  Winston responded by pointing out that his top receiver, top tight end, four offensive linemen and a senior running back were invited to the combine as well. Winston asked, “If you were playing quarterback at Florida State, what would you do?”

Now, as for what's left in Tallahassee, they got players hitting women in bars, getting arrested... No bueno.  Give me one upset on top of losses at Georgia Tech and at Clemson and we're hitting the under.

Also, it has to be mentioned that the FSU war chant is the worst thing in sports.  2 yard pass on first down, war chant.  Incomplete pass on defense, war chant.  It's literally all they have.  Well, the chant and Renegade.  I actually sneaky like Renegade.

Boston College Eagles – Over 5.5 (-105)
Since Steve Addazio took over a 2-10 team three years ago, he’s put together back-to-back winning seasons.  And he's also the type of coach is willing to the hit the Chain Gang guy for falling down and getting in his way.

As if the Chain Gang doesn’t get disrespected enough to begin with. Like there was nobody in the stadium who felt worse about falling down than the Chain Gang Guy. Everybody else trying to help him up only to get backhanded by Addazio.

Now, onto the team.  The Eagles aren't flashy but they’ll play everyone tough.  This team punches the clock.  The running game should be solid, led by Jon Hilliman, who gained 860 yards with 13 touchdowns last fall.  But the strength of the team is the front seven on defense.  Expect the Eagles to repeat as one of the top defenses in the country against the run.  A year ago, the Eagles finished second only to Michigan State in rush defense, allowing 95 yards per game.

Northern Illinois Huskies – Under 8.5 (+110)
First things first.  This will be the first season since 2004 that we don't have Diesel, the blue-eyed husky, patrolling the sidelines.  Retired.  Gone forever.  Can’t be overstated.

You also have to think the team has no confidence following their 52-23 defeat to Marshall in the Boca Raton bowl.  Tough to recover from a bloodbath like that.

Washington Huskies – Over 4.5 (-160)
It's Chris Petersen’s second season and oh my are there are a lot of question marks.  Just nine starters return.  The defensive front seven must be completely rebuilt.  A new quarterback needs to be broken in. But while everyone is expecting a rebuilding year, I also see home games against Sacramento State, Utah State, Cal, and Washington State.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

1 Week....

Well this is it.  We made it.  Labor day weekend is the next exit and that means one thing… college football returns.

Big slate of games ahead of us.  Stock the fridge.  Place your bets.  And get ready for a fun weekend.  Mental preparation is key.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Coming Soon....

Sunday, January 18, 2015

2015 Season

See you again in August for next season's over/under bets. (Went 3-0 this year, nbd.)

The final record was 54-64-2 (45.8%).  If I had to describe this season via gif:

In the long run, this was a bump in the road.  A bump that definitely caused a few flat tires but a bump nonetheless.  We'll be back this fall and put Mainstream back on the map.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bowl Games Recap

What Oregon did to Florida State in the Rose Bowl:

+ Bowl Winners -- 
Ohio State (+9.5) - Alabama
South Carolina (+4) - Miami FL

+ Bowl Losers -- 
Florida St (+9.5) - Oregon


Last Week: 2-1
Season: 54-64-2 (45.8%)
Net Units: -8
Win/Loss: $-1454.48

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bowl Games

Update on the Stream's climb to 50%:

If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times, always bet on Urban Meyer when he's an underdog.  I mean everyone knew that his team would come to play in the Big Ten championship and Cardale Jones would sling it all over the field.  Now the question has to be asked, does Ohio State cover against Bama or do the Buckeyes win outright?

+ Bowl Picks --

1 Unit
Ohio State (+9.5) - Alabama
Florida St (+9.5) - Oregon
South Carolina (+4) - Miami FL


Lines: 12/16/2014 8:00pm

Monday, December 15, 2014

Week 15 Recap


+ Week 15 Winners -- 

+ Week 15 Losers -- 
Florida St (-3.5) - Georgia Tech
Ohio State (+4) - Wisconsin


Last Week: 0-2
Season: 52-63-2 (45.2%)
Net Units: -9
Win/Loss: $-1536.30

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Week 15 Picks

In a first for the Stream, my algorithm found no value on a college football Saturday.  In the model's view, the lines are priced correctly across the board.

With that said I have a slight lean in two games, and by slight lean I mean that I will be getting aggressive at the sportsbook.  My gut feeling is that Florida State and Wisconsin both cover.

With Georgia Tech losing their best receiver, I think they become one-dimensional and FSU's defense shuts them down.  DeAndre Smelter had 715 receiving yards for the Yellow Jackets this year.  The next closest was Darren Waller with 255.  That's for the year.  The entire year.  It pains me to bet against Zach Laskey, I mean the guy is just a touchdown machine (9 total TDs this year), but this is business.

FSU -3.5

With Ohio State, first thing's first.  Cardale Jones can't pass.  Cardale Jones can't run.  The question mark is how much of an impact Jalin Marshall will have on the game.  Either way, there's the chance that the Buckeyes offense just implodes and if that happens, I want to be on the other side.

Wisconsin -4

Monday, December 1, 2014

Week 15 - Championship Week

The Stream's performance this year summarized in one gif:

Some interesting games on the slate this weekend.  How will Ohio State's offense look without JT Barrett?  Will Oregon look to make a statement after getting embarrassed by Arizona the last two years?  Should the line in the SEC title game really be 14.5 points?

Check back on Thursday.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Week 14 Recap

Saturday was exactly why you don't mess with college football in November.  I woke up on Saturday thinking all of my calculated plays were going to go undefeated.  Before I know it, up is down, down is up and I can't make sense of anything.  I mean look at the Michigan - Ohio State game.  Gardner's first pass of the game sails right into the hands of an OSU safety, Vonn Bell.  Unrelated but kinda related, it may have been Bell's second best catch of the game.

Anyways, OSU scores a few plays later.  I got 75 texts from friends all saying the same thing... This is going to be a blowout!!!  Fast forward and the game has turned into a battle.  If not for a few coaching blunders by Hoke, Michigan would be leading in the 3rd quarter and there's no chance OSU covers the 21 points.  Oh wait, the Buckeyes score two touchdowns in 50 seconds and now lead 42-21.  But there's still a few minutes left and yep, Michigan backdoors the cover with a minute to go.  Vintage November football.  Almost impossible to predict.

+ Week 14 Winners -- 
Virginia Tech (+1.5) - Virginia

+ Week 14 Losers -- 
Massachusetts (+2) - Buffalo
Penn State (+13.5) - Michigan St


Last Week: 1-2
Season: 52-61-2 (46.0%)
Net Units: -7
Win/Loss: $-1336.30

PS - Hey Coach Hoke,