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Sooners have ATS blues

Nov 21, 2018 3:00 AM

Doc’s Sports Services has been one of the most recognized and trusted names in sports handicapping since 1971. Fueled by our expert in-house handicappers, College football has always been one of our most popular selection packages, especially when it comes to those big-unit winning picks for the Big Ten given the company’s deep roots in Wisconsin.

The college football season also gives us a chance to partner with Gaming Today as another leader in the sports betting industry. Each week of the season, we release a trio of free picks for Gaming Today as a small sampling of everything we have to offer for today’s avid sports bettor.

Recapping this past Saturday’s free picks, we started in the Big Ten with Minnesota but the Golden Gophers came up short as three-point home underdogs in a 24-14 loss to Northwestern. We also went with Syracuse and the 9.5 points against Notre Dame in a 36-3 loss for a rough start on the day. Thing stayed south for this week’s picks with Missouri hammering Tennessee 50-17 as a 5.5-point road favorite. Unfortunately, this is the way things go sometimes in this game. The three losses dropped our overall record for the season to 16-19-1.

Here are this week’s selections: 

Friday

Oklahoma (-1) at West Virginia: The Sooners come into their regular season finale riding a S/U five-game winning streak after beating Kansas 55-40 on Saturday as heavy 35-point home favorites. They have failed to cover in their last three games as favorites against a double-digit spread in a couple of close matchups against Kansas State at home and Texas Tech on the road.

West Virginia came up short in Saturday’s 45-41 road loss to Oklahoma State as a six-point favorite to pretty much end its already slim bid for a spot in the College Football Playoff. This was the Mountaineers’ second loss of the season after falling to Iowa State on the road on Oct. 13. They are 0-5 S/U and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Sooners. OKLAHOMA

Saturday

Michigan at Ohio State (+4): Michigan moved itself into position to earn a berth in the CFP with a 31-20 victory against Indiana on Saturday as a 28-point home favorite. The Wolverines only S/U loss of the season was in Week 1 against Notre Dame. They have failed to cover ATS in their last two games against a pair of hefty spreads and their record on the road this season is 1-3 ATS.

Even with a costly road loss against Purdue and a couple of close calls against Nebraska earlier this month and Maryland on Saturday, the Buckeyes can put themselves in excellent position for a playoff spot by winning this game and the Big Ten Championship. Ohio State has beaten Michigan nine times in the last 10 meetings SU including the last five matchups in Columbus. OHIO STATE

Utah State at Boise State (-3): Utah State is a perfect 7-0 S/U in the Mountain West after escaping with a 29-24 road victory against Colorado State on Saturday as a heavy 29.5-point favorite. The Aggies’ lone loss of the season was against Michigan State in their season opener. They come into this Mountain Division showdown averaging 49.3 points per game.

The Broncos are in position to win the Mountain Division with a win on Saturday night at 6-1 S/U in conference play. They have won their last six games S/U with a 3-1-1 record ATS in their last five games. Boise State is a perfect 5-0 SU in its last five home games against Utah State and it has a 6-2 edge ATS in its last eight games at home in this heated rivalry. BOISE STATE

Last week: 0-3

Season: 16-19-1