I have some advice for you. You are about to read a picks column -- well, it's not really a column, but you're going to read it -- featuring the picks of four different people. However, you are to ignore the picks of three of these people.
The only picks you need to read are Jack Cassidy's, because three weeks into this thing and he is just beating the hell out of the rest of us. He's an unstoppable betting machine. I've even begun wondering if I should just remove him from this feature because he's making me look bad, and damn it, my name is my name.
And I intend to get my name back.
If you are new to You Bet Your Ass and aren't sure how it works, it's not that difficult.
Each participant will bet on every Big Ten game being played that weekend, and they can bet either the point spread or the over/under.
The participant will assign an amount to their bet, which can be either $25, $50 or $100. Each participant is allowed only one $100 bet per week. Everybody starts with a $0 balance, and balances can be negative.
To the picks!
Minnesota (-5) vs. San Jose State, Over/Under: 51
Fornelli: $25 on Minnesota -5
Primiano: $50 on Minnesota -5
Birkhead: $50 on Minnesota -5
Cassidy: $50 on Minnesota -5
From Birkhead: I could see San Jose State quarterback David Fales going in the first round of the NFL Draft despite his lack of arm stregth. Smart quarterback, with good timing on his throws. But I can't see Fales leading San Jose State to a win over Minnesota on the road.
Ohio State (-51) vs. Florida A&M
Fornelli: $25 on Ohio State -51
Primiano: $25 on Ohio State -51
Birkhead: $25 on Ohio State -51
Cassidy: $25 on Florida A&M +51
From Birkhead: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Iowa (-17) vs. Western Michigan, Over/Under: 50
Fornelli: $25 on Iowa -17
Primiano: $25 on Western Michigan +17
Birkhead: $25 on Western Michigan +17
Cassidy: $25 on Western Michigan +17
From Primiano: Prove me wrong, Iowa.
Notre Dame (-7) vs. Michigan State, Over/Under: 40.5
Fornelli: $50 on Michigan State +7
Primiano: $50 on Under 40.5
Birkhead: $50 on Under 40.5
Cassidy: $25 on Notre Dame -7
From Fornelli: Since 2003 Notre Dame is 18-32-3 against the spread as a home favorite. Play the odds.
Northwestern (-28) vs. Maine
Fornelli: $25 on Northwestern -28
Primiano: $50 on Northwestern -28
Birkhead: $25 on Maine +28
Cassidy: $50 on Northwestern -28
From Cassidy: Fitzgerald knows what he's doing. They should handle the Maine Lobster Fisherman and keep their train a rollin'.
Nebraska (-22) vs. South Dakota State
Fornelli: $25 on Nebraska -22
Primiano: $25 on Nebraska -22
Birkhead: $50 on Nebraska -22
Cassidy: $25 on South Dakota State
From Birkhead: South Dakota State is named the Jackrabbits. Even Nebraska should be able to demolish them.
From Cassidy: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A JACKRABBIT.
Penn State (-19) vs. Kent State, Over/Under: 54
Fornelli: $50 on Penn State -19
Primiano: $25 on Under 54
Birkhead: $25 on Under 54
Cassidy: $25 on Penn State -19
From Fornelli: I'm not burying Penn State just yet, and Kent State won't have Dri Archer.
Wisconsin (-24) vs. Purdue, Over/Under: 47.5
Fornelli: $100 on Wisconsin -24
Primiano: $50 on Over 47.5
Birkhead: $50 on Over 47.5
Cassidy: $50 on Wisconsin -24
From Fornelli: Do you want to be playing Wisconsin this week?
UConn vs Michigan (-17.5), Over/Under: 52
Fornelli: $50 on Michigan -17.5
Primiano: $25 on Michigan -17.5
Birkhead: $25 on Michigan -17.5
Cassidy: $25 on Michigan -17.5
From Cassidy: UConn football: the lovable expansion team of the NCAA.
Indiana vs. Missouri (-3), Over/Under: 71
Fornelli: $25 on Under 71
Primiano: $25 on Over 71
Birkhead: $100 on Missouri -3
Cassidy: $100 on Missouri -3
From Primiano: Can we talk about how we now live on a planet where Mizzou is only a three point favorite over Indiana?
From Fornelli: Just like you, players have been playing GTA V all damn week too. Don't for a minute think it won't effect games this week. Unders, y'all. Unders.
Money On The Line This Week
Standings (Last Week)
1. Cassidy 24-12, $550 (8-4, $250)
2. Primiano 18-18 -$50 (4-8, -$175)
3. Fornelli 17-19, -$100 (6-6, $0)
4. Birkhead 13-23, -$250 (3-9, -$175)