It was a good week for Get Rich but a bad week for the books.
I was just one game away from my 10-team parlay as North Carolina only could win by a TD, but I did go 8-1 with my chalk college football picks as the bad teams stay bad and the good teams keep pouring it on.
I may stick to that trend of thought this week but it just doesn’t look as easy as last week’s games did. As my buddy John the sports ticket writer said to me after reading my column “you got more chalk than a classroom.”
There were some steam games in the NFL as the money on Sunday came in on the Bengals as the Jags went from a -2 point favorite to the Bengals -2. I played the Jags and it looked good early, but the money was right this time as the steam won.
The pipedream Eagles went down the tubes as Vick self destructed and I was really impressed with the second half comeback of the Packers. Green Bay is without a doubt the cream of the NFL. Who can beat them? Nobody.
Let’s move on and get some winners as I try to hit that elusive 10-team parlay.
Va Tech -7 at Wake Forest: The Hokies are as phony as the Eagles while the Demon Deacons have won and covered four straight, including last week’s 35-30 win over Florida State as a 13 point dog. WAKE.
Utah +6½ at Pittsburgh: The Utes have just one ATS cover this year and that was at BYU. Pitt looks to avenge last year’s 27-24 loss in Salt Lake and will be out for blood after getting thrashed by Rutgers last week. PITT.
Colorado +14 Washington: Believe it or not the Huskies have covered four straight. The Buffaloes continue their West Coast venture after losing to Wash State and being crushed by Stanford last week. They may like West Coast girls but not a trip to Seattle. WASHINGTON.
Louisville +14 at Cincinnati: The Bearcats have won and covered three straight using power running, good arm of Zack C. from Steubenville Big Red and a stingy defense. Cross state rival Louisville has little or no offense. The stats say Zack & Co. get the money. CINCY.
Alabama -25 at Ole Miss: Now if you love defense the Crimson Tide is for you. Bama is allowing 7 per game with its only non-cover against North Texas and that was a 40-0 win as a -45 point favorite. Ole Miss may get their 7, but the Tide will get 40. ALABAMA.
Stanford -20 at Wash St: The Cardinals are 5-0 SU and ATS. They never call off the dogs and won’t this week on the road in Pullman facing the improved Cougars who are 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS. The lone ATS loss was a 42-24 defeat by San Diego State. STANFORD.
Georgia -12 at Vanderbilt: Unless there are some late time changes the books may not have a lot of jeopardy. There are no big chalks in the late show except for Tulsa being a -21 point favorite over UAB. This looks like the main game to bet, parlay and use as a key teaser team. The Bulldogs come off a big 20-12 win in Knoxville and are 4-0 SU and ATS since the narrow loss to South Carolina. The Commodores could only muster a field goal against S.C. and were shutout last week at home by Bama. Could get blanked again. GEORGIA (BEST BET).
Vikings +3½ at Bears: This is the perfect situation game as the Bears come off big Monday night game against the Lions. The Vikings, who could easily be 4-1, got a needed win last week. They had the Chargers on the ropes, and gave games away late to Tampa Bay, Detroit and the Chiefs. VIKINGS.
For you horse players, don’t forget Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. inside Palace Station where we’ll have our fourth annual Breeders’ Cup seminar. I will represent GT with all my wit and we may even have a winner or two. Ralph Siraco will offer all of his wisdom and the well informed Vic Vivio seems to always come up with a few gems.