Crimson Tide-USC matchup doesn’t look too promising for Trojans

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First off, I would like to correct something in last week’s column.  I wrote that the Notre Dame/Texas game was on a Monday but it is on Sunday, Sept. 4, and the only game that day.

I have been asked what about Alabama. Well, let’s take a little look at the Crimson Tide and their first game on Saturday, Sept. 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 5 p.m. on ABC TV. The Crimson Tide opened as a 10-point favorite over Southern Cal.

Nick “I always get the players” Saban is in the same situation as Urban Meyer of Ohio State. He needs to retool after losing a lot of top players to graduation and the NFL. Saban, like Meyer, seems to come out smelling like a rose and his 105-18 record in his 10 years at Alabama speaks for itself.

This first game will be a nice warmup for the Tide as they get Western Kentucky at home the following week and then travel to Mississippi in a huge revenge game with the Rebels, who beat them in Tuscaloosa last year in a real doozy of a game, 43-37. We see no reason not to lay the 10 in this game against USC as Saban and company have gone a perfect 8-0 ATS vs. nonconference foes in this price range.

What a way for new head coach Clay Helton of USC to start his first season at the helm. He did coach nine games last year in the continuing shuffling of head coaches for the Trojans. Helton really has a tough job ahead of him as he meets 11 teams on this schedule that went to bowl games last year. He does have a fully loaded team but needs to replace last year’s QB Cody Kessler. USC retains its entire offensive line and we see them competitive vs. Alabama but just don’t see them getting the win. They will keep it close early with the Tide winning by two TD’s late.

We have seen total wins up in certain spots in town and noticed Ohio State is OVER/UNDER 8.5. I have talked with people back in Columbus and they tell me just bet the OVER. One bettor said, “You mean to tell me Meyer will not get a 9-win season!”

The Buckeyes have only one tough game in their first five and that is when they play Oklahoma on the road. The other four games are all at home vs. Bowling Green, Tulsa, Rutgers and Indiana. If they beat the Sooners, over 8.5 wins will be hard not to get. This bettor loves those future bets. You just store them away and it’s like finding money when you win. It’s like you were walking around lucky and never even knew it.

Running Fawcett

The football season officially starts this Sunday with the Green Bay Packers playing the Indianapolis Colts at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. I have not seen a line yet on the Hall of Fame Game but off the top of my head it looks like a pick’em.

We will see very little of Andrew Luck for the Colts or Aaron Rodgers for the Packers. The Packers get Jordy Nelson back this year and will have a very soft schedule on their way back to the playoffs, barring any major injuries, and they will take no chance of losing Rodgers’ favorite target in this game.

Between injuries and just not having a good season, Luck ran out of luck and was finished after Game 9 with an injury. Just like the Pack, the Colts will take no chances. Indy needs a running game and we see them trying to run a lot to test out the new offensive line. The bet will be UNDER the total in what could turn out to be a real ho hum kind of game.

We here at GamingToday continue to try and supply the best betting information we can at such an early date. GT is printed on Mondays and all our writers and handicappers need to do a lot of work to put out winning selections as we continue to be “news you can bet on.” We do have a brand new website at gamingtoday.com and update it on a daily basis with plays on both sports and horses. You can call GT at 702-798-1151 and get a very affordable subscription.

Welcomed change

Palace Station was the Bingo Palace 40 years ago and believe it or not I would go there to bet horses with the great one, Billy Gorman, and the fat guy. Back then it was all non-pari-mutuel and Keith “I can see you” Glantz was running the sportsbook. Station has come a very long way since and they are now taking the next step into the 21st century. State of the art electronic boards in both sports and race will be installed next week for Palace’s 40th anniversary.

For this bettor it will be a sad day and signals good-bye to those professional wallboard guys. It was an art for them to keep up with the boards. Times change and as my old boss Scotty Schettler says, “The times they are changing. Either we change with them or get passed by.”

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