Last week we rebounded big time with a lot of winners. The one game I am still trying to figure out was losing the Tennessee fiasco.
At one time, football games were decided on the field by the teams. Now it seems the zebras control the zoo. It all comes down to what calls they make. I am sick of all the replays and the five and 10-minute discussions on the field. Just play and let the best team win.
What about the Not So Big Ten taking it in the shorts, losing all five of its games with Northwestern the only team able to cover if you took +7½? The Wildcats lost to Texas Tech by 7. Somehow the regular NFL season is done and it is 2011. Seems 2010 vanished as quickly as it got here.
The Super Bowl and March Madness will be upon us like a flash but before that, let’s look at the upcoming games and produce some winners.
Thursday, Jan. 6
MTSU -1 vs. Miami, Ohio: The GMAC Bowl. The Blue Raiders from Middle Tennessee and its 6-6 record face the 9-4 RedHawks in Mobile, AL. This game opened Miami -2½ but the public money is on MTSU. Miami won its last five playing great defense. We see it happening again. Miami/UNDER 49.
Friday, Jan. 7
Texas A&M +1 vs. LSU: The Cotton Bowl in Arlington, TX. The Aggies from College Station were one of the hottest teams in the country the last half of the season, winning and covering six straight games. LSU had aspirations of a national title. Should be a humdinger as long as the zebras don’t get too involved. TEXAS A&M.
Saturday, Jan. 8
Kentucky +3½ vs. Pitt: Birmingham Bowl. Another Alabama site. The Wildcats are 6-6, while the 7-5 Panthers have more coaching problems than the Dallas Cowboys. We’ll avoid the side and play the ponies until the wild card games start. UNDER 52.
Saints -10 at Seahawks: NFC wild card at Seattle. The Saints may pull this one out late with QB Drew Brees an astounding 24-4 SU as a road favorite. Seattle has home crowd in looking to avenge 34-19 loss in New Orleans. SEAHAWKS/UNDER 45½.
Jets +3 at Colts (44½): AFC wild card at Indy. At first look I really liked the Jets but just can’t find it in me to bet against Peyton Manning in this spot at home. I would like to lay -2½, but I will make a small play on -3 even. COLTS.
Sunday, Jan. 9
Ravens -2½ at Chiefs (41): Baltimore is the best team here. Run to the window and lay the price. RAVENS.
Packers +2½ at Eagles: A real toss-up but we must side with Vick and the home team in this spot. Keep an eye out for the weather. EAGLES/UNDER 47.
BC +7½ vs. Nevada: Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco. In the late show on Sunday we have Boston College, averaged 17 ppg in the last 11 playing Nevada, averaging 43 in the last 12. The Wolf Pack opened -9½ with the total 55. I will be out this morning buying the half point, believing this game can only move back up. NEVADA -7 (-120).
last week since Oct. 25 PCT
13-9 48-41-2 53.9