After last weekend I was thinking of renaming my column after going just 0-4-2, getting slaughtered, crushed like a bug!
Last week College: 0-4-2
Season College: 7-10-2
NFL Season: 1-2-0
As my dear ole dad would tell my mom, “don’t worry, Mary, it’s a long season.” But he was talking about Waterford Park and back then they never took time off. It was season long racing.
Just a quick little tutorial on last week’s plays – I had Cincinnati +7 at home vs. Houston. They were only losing by two points in the fourth quarter and had Houston stopped but some missed tackles allowed the QB to score and after that it was history.
Florida State, who beat Ole Miss, just got humiliated by Louisville and was never in the game. I was totally wrong on that game. We caught a tie with UCLA -3 as they won 17-14. We eked out a win with Okie State in a wild game that was delayed by lightning. Now we get to the Alabama/Ole Miss fiasco, the Tide looked to have put this game away, leading by 18 points with just five minutes left in the game; but Mississippi got a late score and then Bama, the No. 1 team coached by Nick Saban, could not cover an onside kick. Ole Miss scores again and our cover goes down the drain.
Ohio State blasted an overrated Oklahoma team and now the Buckeyes moved to No. 2 in the standings with Louisville No. 3 as Alabama held on to the top spot. Ohio State will travel to Wisconsin in two weeks as things really heat up in the Big Ten (twelve). As for Louisville, read my pick on them below as we move in to recoup this week with some winners.
Thursday, Sept. 22
Clemson -9.5 at Georgia Tech: What a nice Thursday game, and there is a very good trend in the series. The visitor has gone 0-6 ATS in the last six meetings. We also note Clemson has a huge date with Louisville next week. GEORGIA TECH.
Friday, Sept. 23
USC +2 at Utah: Neither team has much on offense and the Trojans have their backs against the wall with a 1-2 record going into Week 4. We see a low scoring game and will take USC on a real nice trend as they have gone 10-0 ATS as a road conference dog when coming off a SU ATS loss. Trojans in an all-out effort. USC.
Saturday, Sept. 24
EAST CAROLINA +10.5 at Virginia Tech: Lots of good trends in this game and all of them point to the Pirates as they have gone 4-0 ATS in games after playing South Carolina. VT has gone 0-7 off a double digit win, they won last week, 49-0, when playing in this situation. The Hokies are also 0-5 at home after scoring 35 or more points. The Pirates keep it close. EAST CAROLINA.
Louisville -24.5 at MARSHALL: The Cardinals have been celebrating all week and now head into dangerous Huntington, West Virginia to take on the Thundering Herd who were upset last week by Akron as a -16.5 point chalk. We see Louisville going through the motions, looking to stay injury free before the huge game with Clemson next week. Looking for a back-door cover. MARSHALL.
FLORIDA +7.5 at Tennessee: The Gators just do not give up many points and the Vols don’t score many. This looks to be a very close, low scoring game. Florida is giving up an average of just 4.6 points per game. FLORIDA +7.5/UNDER.
NEBRASKA -7 at Northwestern: The Huskers are on a nice roll and pulled one out late last week vs. Oregon as the Ducks, with the lead late in the game, had Nebraska stuck with a 4th and 9. But the Huskers got the TD going on to win by three points. This is a big revenge game for Nebraska as the Wildcats beat them in Lincoln last year, 30-28. NEBRASKA.
With Breeders’ Cup just a few weeks away and the racebooks being overwhelmed with not only race bettors but football bettors some of us, like this one, will be in lock down at home with friends watching the games and BC races. Betting will still be as easy as 1-2-3. You could go and get signed up for a race app at any Boyd Group property. You can get an IPT account at Station Casinos and bet on the IPT machine if you are on property or call in and make live wagers.
Now John Avello has jumped into the mix. Wynn has unveiled their race app and it has been added to its mobile friendly app, Wynn Mobile Sports. Just stop over at the Wynn to bet their Kentucky Derby and BC future book. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.
Have a great week.