September 21, 2012

Money Bet of the Century - Week #4

Well MBOC is off to an stumbling start to the season at 0-3 and Dave called in one of his field corespondents to right the ship.  Jeff Wood here up in beautiful Bellingham, Washington....the so called city of subdued excitement to give MBOC the old college try. 

There are plenty of quality games on the slate this weekend including Michigan @ Notre Dame, Clemson @ Florida State, and USC hosting Cal.  But the game I am locking in on is UCLA hosting Oregon State at the Rose Bowl.  Now, the only time I have seen a game at the grand-daddy stadium in Pasadena the MBOC founder and I were in a wee bit of trouble to say the least but that is a long story for another day. 

Thanks go out this week to Ganesh Harinath of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania who brings us the LinkedIn Babe of the Week. Claudia Gneiting. Claudia owns her own CPA firm and helps people do their taxes. She also has an MBA from Westminster College. Congrats Claudia on this noble achievement. You should put it on your LinkedIn Profile....

Lets get to the game itself.  UCLA is riding high sitting at 3-0 after wins over Rice, Nebraska, and Houston.  They are led by senior Johnathan Franklin on the ground who averages a NCAA best 180.3 yards per game.  Frosh QB Brett Hundley can also throw the pigskin with precision and that gives the Bruins a dual threat that is hard to handle.  The Bruins also have a ball hawking D that came up with 5 interceptions last week against Houston.  

The Beavers are also off to a great start, having a marquee win in upsetting Wisconsin at the big burrito, Reser Stadium.  And while that win was legit, it was their only game of the year because of a postponement due to Hurricane Isaac.  While they stuffed the Badgers, OSU put up only 10 points and I feel that their offense won't be enough to hang with the firepower of UCLA.  The rust factor also won't help having this game be only the second of the year for OSU while it's UCLA's fourth time strapping it on. 

The line is Bruins MBOC prediction: UCLA 31, OSU 14.

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