College football fares well but Steelers fail Sunday

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Last week produced a nice little winner overall in college football but again down the drain in the NFL. It was hard to lose the Steelers game but they found a way not to get the cover.

As I have stated in this column in the past, some of these players are just uncoachable even when they get to the NFL. But we will continue to plug away and try to right the NFL ship.

The undefeated teams in college got smaller last weekend as the log jam at the top of the heap continues with Notre Dame wishing they had Clemson back, a game they should have won but lost, 24-22. The Irish look to have a cakewalk till their last game at Stanford. If they beat the Cardinal they deserve to get into the playoffs. With that said, let’s move on to some plays for this week.

Thursday

Va. Tech +4 at Georgia Tech: So what Yellow Jacket team will show up in this game? After beating Florida State they lost to Virginia and now they play the Hokies, who come to town with revenge off last year’s loss in Blacksburg, 27-24. The host in this series has gone 0-5 against the spread. VIRGINIA TECH.

Saturday

Tulsa +16 at Cincinnati: The Golden Hurricane from Tulsa can put points on the board and will be bowl eligible with one more win. They catch the Bearcats off huge effort last weekend vs. undefeated Houston. Tulsa is 9-0 ATS away after scoring 40 or more points in the previous game. They scored 45 last week. TULSA.

Maryland +17 at Michigan State: Just a horrible spot for the Spartans as they come off their first loss of the season – a brutal beat at Nebraska. The fact they have Ohio State up next week says take the points with a Terrapin team that is trying hard every game. Maryland has covered four in a row vs. Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa and Wisconsin. MARYLAND.

Ohio State -16.5 at Illinois: Even with J.T. Barrett coming back this week we must take the points with the Fighting Illini who will be doing just that. The Buckeyes have only covered three games all season. ILLINOIS.

Kentucky +4 at Vanderbilt: The Commodores came within a whisker of upsetting Florida last week and if that game didn’t take the stuffing out of them, well, Turkey day is right around the corner. They get the win here in what will be a low scoring game as the Commodores are averaging just 10.7 ppg in lined games. They did beat Austin Peay, 47-7, but also hold the opposition to just 13 ppg. Vandy also looks to avenge last year’s loss in Lexington, 17-7. Vandy has gone 9-0 ATS at home with revenge in this situation. VANDY/UNDER.

Washington St. +9 at UCLA: After somehow losing to Portland State in their season opener the Cougars from Pullman have been in every game, and they just failed to upset Stanford. The Bruins have gone 0-8 ATS when coming off a double digit ATS win and playing a conference team leads us to the Cougars. WASH ST.

Alabama -7.5 at Miss St.: Huge revenge game for the Bulldogs as the Tide stopped their unbeaten streak last year beating the dogs 25-20 in Tuscaloosa. The Tide must go into a nasty spot off a huge win last week vs. LSU. Bama is 0-7 ATS as a road chalk of 7 or more points vs. .250 team or higher and 0-4 ATS in games after playing LSU. Revenge is in the Starkville air. MISS ST.

BYU -4.5 at Missouri (at Kansas City): This trend speaks for itself. BYU has gone 15-0 ATS away vs. .333 or higher teams when that team is coming off of back-to-back losses. The Tigers fit the bill and also have gone below the total in 8 of 9 this year. BYU/UNDER.

CFB Last Week: 8-4-0 (correction made to record)

CFB Season: 55-36-1

NFL
Thursday

Bills +3 at Jets: Well, I just will not toss in the towel. The Jets have gone 7-0 ATS when favored by 9 or less points when coming off back-to-back ATS losses. They did win Sunday but did not cover and they lost the previous week. JETS.

Sunday

Panthers -4.5 at Titans: Carolina comes off huge home dog win vs. the Packers and now hits the road. We also see the Titans have gone 1-10 ATS after scoring 28 or more points in their previous game. Tennessee beat the Saints on Sunday, 34-28 in OT. Look for the black cats to stay undefeated. PANTHERS.

Bears NL at Rams: We like this game to go below the total. No line has been posted as yet. Neither team scores much and the Rams have gone UNDER in 6 of their 8 games. UNDER.

NFL Last Week: 0-1-0

NFL Season: 5-9-0

Have a great week and, as always, get off that couch and get out to your favorite casino, play some video keno and bet those 10-team parlay cards. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GT’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Twitter: @SabesBet. Email: [email protected].

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