Rutgers benefit from Michigan already thinking about Ohio State
November 10, 2018 8:52 AM
by Doc's Sports
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In our first free pick for Gaming Today in Week 10, bettors cashed in on Arizona State’s 38-20 upset against Utah as a seven-point home favorite. We rolled the dice against Alabama by taking LSU and the 13.5 point at home, but the Tide proved they are clearly the best team in the nation. The record dropped to 1-2 for the day when Washington State could not cover the 10.5 points at home in a tight 19-13 win over Cal. Our record for the year slipped to 15-14-1.
Here are this week’s selections:
TCU (+14.5) at West Virginia: The Horned Frogs squeezed by Kansas State 14-13 as 10-point home favorites on Saturday to snap a three-game S/U skid. The win pushed their overall record to 4-5 and they are 2-4 S/U in Big 12 play. TCU has not been all that good ATS at 2-7, but it has been able to play West Virginia tough the past several seasons at 4-2 S/U in the last six meetings.
West Virginia is coming off a huge 42-41 win against Texas on the road in a game that ended as a push. The Mountaineers are in excellent position to win the Big 12 this season with a huge showdown against Oklahoma at home on Nov. 23. They will go on the road against Oklahoma State in another test following this Saturday’s contest. It is hard to see West Virginia losing this game S/U, but it is very easy to see it look past TCU while failing to cover. TCU
Michigan at Rutgers (+39): The Wolverines continue to position themselves for a possible berth in the College Football Playoff in the midst of a S/U eight-game winning streak while covering the spread in their last four games. After getting past Wisconsin and Penn State at home wrapped around a 21-7 victory against rival Michigan State as a 7.5-point road favorite, Michigan could easily look at the trip to Rutgers this weekend as a bye.
The Scarlet Knights opened the season with a win over Texas State and it has been nothing but S/U losses ever since. The main reason why they caught our eye in this Saturday’s matchup has been the ability to cover a pair of hefty spreads against Northwestern at home and Wisconsin on the road in their last two outings. RUTGERS
Ohio State at Michigan State (+3.5): Even though the Buckeyes only have one S/U loss on the year, they looked out of sorts in Saturday’s 36-31 win at home against Nebraska. They failed to cover as 17.5-point favorites and they have failed to cover in their last five games. Ohio State still has an outside shot at a playoff berth with Michigan at home on Nov. 24, but it is going to need a much better effort to get past Michigan State this Saturday.
The Spartans are primed to be a thorn in the Buckeyes’ side at 3-1 both S/U and ATS in their last four games. The lone loss was to Michigan as part of a S/U 4-2 record in Big Ten play. Michigan State has not fared all that well against the Buckeyes in recent meetings, but at 7-2 S/U in its last nine home games, it could be catching its bitter rivals at just the right time. MICHIGAN STATE
Last week: 1-2