As I mentioned in a precious article, working in the sports betting industry for over 40 years tends to make one more interested in the dollar-based outcomes of games rather than the individual teams involved.
And it is also probably here in Las Vegas that long-held team allegiances tend to fade as fans become more mercenary with their betting dollars, being willing to bet against the “hometown team” when a favorable line presents itself.
I am not immune from that either. However, that is not to say that as a native of Ohio I don’t also keep an interested eye on my home state Buckeyes. I have to say that I am completely mystified as to the issues surrounding this year’s team in the ‘Shoe.
The defensive backs can’t seem to cover anyone, the linebackers are AWOL with alarming regularity, and when they do manage to get their hands on anyone, the tackling is poor at best.
On offense, the blocking is terrible and they can’t run the ball. Can you imagine an Ohio State team that can’t run the ball? Woody Hayes must be rolling over in his grave. And I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a more penalized team on both sides of the ball. The referees throw so many flags they’re going to need rotator cuff surgery.
My sources back in Columbus tell me that the frustration is growing and the natives are getting a little restless with this team as the date with “That team up North” gets ever closer. Time will tell if Urban Meyer & Co. get this thing sorted out, but time is definitely running short to do so.
And speaking of tackling, we had to ask before “what is a catch?”, now it’s “what is a legal tackle?” Hit ‘em high? Flag. Hit ‘em low? Flag. Hit ‘em too hard? Flag. Maybe someone needs to pull a play form the Bill Veeck playbook and send out a bunch of 3’7” guys to run the ball and dare a defender to tackle them without getting a flag!
I woke up this morning thinking the whole thing has passed me by, we will get into that soon.
Fresno State (-3) at BYU: Since the Bulldogs lost to Minnesota on the road in their second game of the season, they have won and covered seven in a row. FRESNO STATE
Clemson (-20) at Boston College: The Tigers won’t be taking any prisoners as they move on to their BCS matchup with Alabama in the playoffs. CLEMSON
TCU at West Virginia (-13): Love the way WVU went for the two-point conversing to win the game last week on the road at Texas and now looks to sweep the state with big revenge win here as they lost to TCU last year 31-24. WEST VIRGINIA
Auburn at Georgia (-14.5): It’s all about style points now for the Bulldogs; Georgia, which has one loss at 8-1 overall (6-1 SEC East) needs to win this game and win it good to have a shot at the BCS playoffs. Athens will be rocking as the Bulldogs look to avenge last year’s horrible 40-17 debacle at Auburn. GEORGIA
Texas (-1.5) at Texas Tech: This is our trend game of the week as Texas has gone 10-0 ATS in games before playing Iowa State who the Longhorns play next week. They are also looking for revenge from last year’s 27-23 loss at home. TEXAS
Last week: 0-4