So how do you know when you are going bad? Well when you bet the Bengals -2.5, the Buccaneers +2.5, the Eagles +5 and Wizards on the money line and all four lose in OT.
Cincy ended up tied, TB lost by 6 when two players couldn’t tackle a guy after a reception, the Eagles fell by 6 in OT and the Wizards could not score in OT. This all happened on Sunday, and if you think that is bad, well, a wager (made by the same bettor writing this article) on the Indians +1.5 runs +115 was finally a winner, but the ticket read Cubs -1.5 runs -135.
Usually all tickets are looked at but this one was not and I guess the ticket writer must have been writing so many on the Cubs run line it was just automatic. Bad days come and go but we hope they go away as soon as possible.
One happy camper with the Cubs 3-2 win was Nick Brando, who owns Brando’s Chicago Bar right down from Silverton. His place has been packed by die hard “cubbie” fans not only in the bar but outside in the parking lot. Hundreds of loyals. If you are a Cub fan it is the place to be.
I am changing my handicapping tactics this week. I did all the games not knowing what the betting lines were and the lines will not change my mind. This could be my break out week in college football.
UCLA +11 at Colorado: If I had seen the line in this game I would have never taken the Buffaloes, but I will not change my mind. Colorado has covered the point spread in all eight of their games this year. Lay the points as the Buffs get revenge from last year’s 35-31 loss to the Bruins. COLORADO.
BYU -8.5 at Cincinnati: The Bearcats are not that good and the Cougars are the best 4-4 team in the country as their losses have come 20-19 to Utah, 35-32 at WVU, 17-14 vs. UCLA and a heartbreaker, 28-27 on the blue carpet in Boise. Now the road warriors go to Cincy and we will lay the points. BYU.
Syracuse +27 at Clemson: The Tigers could easily have several losses as they just did get by Auburn, 19-13, Troy 30-24, Louisville 42-36, NC State 24-17 and somehow got the best call of the week to beat Florida State 37-34. The Orange playing much better and coming off of back-to-back wins vs. Virginia Tech and Boston College. Look for the Orange to cover this huge point spread. SYRACUSE.
Oklahoma St. +2 at Kansas St.: The Wildcats look for revenge from last year’s 36-24 loss in Stillwater and they catch the Cowboys off a huge Big 12 win vs. West Virginia. KANSAS ST.
Georgia -2.5 at Kentucky: The Wildcats have won and covered three straight games after losing to Alabama 34-6, and we also note they have covered six straight games. They look for revenge from last year’s 27-3 loss in Athens. KENTUCKY.
Utah State +6 at Wyoming: Talk about a team playing great, well the Cowboys from Laramie have won and covered four in a row with wins over Colorado St., Air Force, Nevada and Boise last week. This will be the second of back-to-back revenge games as Utah State beat the Cows in Logan last year, 58-27. WYOMING.
Washington -16 at California: Let’s stick with revenge games as the undefeated 8-0 Huskies travel to Berkeley to take on the Golden Bears, who they lost to in Seattle last year 30-24. The Huskies are looking to take no prisoners in trying to remain perfect and get a shot at the final four. WASHINGTON.
Marshall +9.5 at Old Dominion: Imagine laying -9.5 with the Monarchs from Norfolk. That is just what we are going to do here as the Thundering Herd have raised little thunder this year and are flat out bad. ODU.
Alabama -7.5 at LSU: Well, here I go again trying to take down the Tide, but our good friend and scout Syl Friedman in New Orleans has assured this bettor this game will be an all out war in Baton Rouge. The Tigers play this game like it’s for the championship. LSU.
Wisconsin -6 at Northwestern: Badgers defense is great. They just lost two games, 14-7 vs. Michigan and 30-23 vs. Ohio State in OT. Now they look for revenge from last year’s 13-7 home loss to the Wildcats. WISCONSIN.
Last week: 2-3
BC Seminar time
Big week as I will be hosting a Breeders’ Cup breakfast with the handicappers seminar at 8 a.m. this Friday at Palace Station’s brand new racebook along with Dave Valento, who goes by the handicapping name of “The Track Phantom,” and the legendary Professor Gordon Jones. Come and get the info, plus coffee and donuts, then pick up a GamingToday. Dave will be giving out his Breeders’ Cup Track Phantom sheet for free to all those who attend.
You could all be walking around lucky and not even know it.