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Nov 14, 2018 3:00 AM

Smart sports bettors understand the value of gaining an edge over the books which is why they have turned to Doc’s Sports Services for big unit winners since 1971. When it comes to our selection packages for college football, our in-house expert handicappers have a made a name for themselves with a steady stream of winners over all those years, especially in the Big Ten as our home conference given the company’s deep Wisconsin roots. 

The college football season also renews a long-standing partnership with Gaming Today as another leader in the sports betting industry. Each week of the season, we release three free picks just for Gaming Today readers in hopes of helping you cash a few extra winning tickets at your favorite book.

Recapping last week’s trio of free picks, we cashed in on our first game with Rutgers covering with 39 points in a 42-7 loss to Michigan. Things went in the wrong direction with the other two picks when West Virginia blew out TCU 47-10 as a 14.5-point home favorite and Ohio State pasted Michigan State 26-6 as a 3.5-point favorite on the road. The 1-2 mark left us an even 16-16-1 through the first 11 weeks of the season.

Here are this week’s selections: 

Northwestern at Minnesota (+3): With just one S/U loss in their last six games, the Wildcats are at the top of the Big Ten’s West Division standings. They upset Iowa 14-10 on Saturday as 11-point road underdogs to move to 6-4 S/U overall and 5-4-1 ATS. Northwestern has had its issues against Minnesota in the past with a 4-9 record ATS in the last 13 meetings overall and a 2-4 mark ATS in its last six road games against its division rival.

The Golden Gophers have been able to win two of their last three games S/U and they have covered in three of their last five games including a huge 41-10 romp over Purdue on Saturday as 10.5-point home underdogs. They are an even 5-5 S/U with a 6-4 record ATS. Minnesota is now 5-1 both S/U and ATS in its last six games played at home. MINNESOTA

Syracuse (+9.5) at Notre Dame: Clemson may still be the best team in the ACC, but Syracuse is one of the hottest with a S/U four-game winning streak that has the Orange sitting at 8-2 on the year. They have covered in their last three games after beating Louisville 54-23 on Friday night as heavy 20.5-point favorites at home. They have covered in three of four road games this season including the tight four-point loss to Clemson in late September.

Notre Dame is two wins away from securing a probable berth in this season’s College Football Playoff at 10-0 S/U. However, the Irish have had a few close calls down the stretch at 1-2-1 ATS in their last four games. They squeezed by Pittsburgh by five points at home on Oct. 13 closing as 21-point favorites. Syracuse’s power running game could present a challenge to covering the spread. SYRACUSE

Missouri at Tennessee (+5.5): The Tigers have knocked off Florida on the road and Vanderbilt at home in their last two games to improve to 6-4 S/U on the year. They could not cover as 14.5-point home favorites in Saturday’s 33-28 victory against the Commodores to slide to 2-4 ATS in their last six games. Missouri has failed to cover in four of their last five road games.

Tennessee has been able to win its last two contests S/U starting with a nonconference victory at home against Charlotte, followed by Saturday’s big upset win at home against Kentucky in a 24-7 victory as a five-point underdog. The Volunteers are an even 5-5 both S/U and ATS. They have been a tough out at home the past few years with a S/U 17-8 record in their last 25 games played at Neyland Stadium. TENNESSEE

Last week: 1-2

Season: 16-16-1