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Tigers might look easy but Pittsburgh brings strength as underdog

Nov 28, 2018 3:00 AM

When it comes to making money betting sports with one of the most recognized and trusted names in sports handicapping, Doc’s Sports Service continues to lead the way. This is especially true when it comes to our college football selection packages. Our team of expert in-house handicappers offer value picks with the use of Doc’s Unit Betting System. There is a special emphasis on the Big Ten as our standing home conference for the past 47 years.

Doc’s has been working with Gaming Today as another leader in the sports betting industry all season long to provide three free college football picks for each week of the season. As an added bonus, this week’s final round of free selections will cover the championship games in Conference USA, the Big Ten and the ACC.

As far as last week’s free picks for Gaming Today, we had a strong week, going 3-0. We cashed a winner on Friday night in Oklahoma’s wild 59-56 victory against West Virginia as a slight one-point road favorite. 

Saturday started off strong with Ohio State making a statement in a 62-39 romp against Michigan as a four-point home underdog. Boise State made it a three-game sweep with a 33-24 victory against Utah State as a three-point home favorite.

Here are this week’s selections:

Conference USA

UAB (+2.5) at Middle Tennessee (Saturday): The Blazers finished their season with a 27-3 loss to Middle Tennessee as three-point road favorites after falling to Texas A&M 41-20 the week before as heavy 17-point road underdogs. Prior to that, they reeled off a S/U eight-game winning streak while covering ATS in seven of those games. UAB averaged 29.5 points a game this season.

Middle Tennessee (8-4 S/U and ATS) already has the edge coming into the Conference USA Championship with Saturday’s win. Beating the same team two weeks in a row can be tough, but the Blue Raiders dominated that contest in every phase of the game. Brent Stockstill threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns and they defense gave up a total of 89 yards. ­MIDDLE ­TENNESSEE

Big Ten

Northwestern (+14) vs. Ohio State (Saturday): The Wildcats make an unexpected trip to the Big Ten title game with a S/U 7-1 record in conference play. Their only loss came against Michigan in a tight 20-17 setback as 14.5-point home underdogs. They also beat Michigan State S/U and earned a push against Notre Dame in a 10-point loss on Nov. 3. This team is battle tested over its S/U 8-4 (6-5-1 ATS) campaign.

Ohio State mustered all of its resources to pull off its biggest win of the season on Saturday against Michigan, but that could work to drain some of its energy coming into this contest. 

Prior to that romp against the Wolverines as home underdogs, the Buckeyes struggled to get past Nebraska at home and Maryland on the road as heavy favorites. Saturday was just the second time they covered in their last eight games. ­NORTHWESTERN

ACC

Clemson (-25.5) vs. Pittsburgh (Saturday): Clemson is 12-0 S/U and in the driver seat for a playoff spot at No. 2 with Saturday’s 56-35 victory against rival South Carolina as a 26-point home favorite, but the last time the Tigers faced Pitt (in 2016) things did not go as planned. They had built quite a bit of momentum covering large spreads in the later part of the season, but their overall record ATS stands at an even 6-6.

Much like Northwestern, not too many ACC experts expected Pitt to be in the conference title game before the season got underway. A shaky 2-3 S/U start turned into a 5-2 S/U run that started with a big upset against Syracuse on Oct. 6.  

The Panthers gave Notre Dame a real scare in a five-point loss and they beat Duke and Virginia as underdogs. PITTSBURGH

Last week: 3-0

Season: 19-19-1