In NCAA football I like Notre Dame, Oregon and Ole Miss

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I just may find an alias going 0-5 with my college plays. It was disgusting to say the least.

I think it was the first time ever having been blanked. The good thing is the only way do any worse is to pick 7, if I can find that many with big point spreads. At least in the NFL I managed to go 2-1.

A brutal loss was Stanford being down in the red zone so many times without coming away with any points. Also bad was South Carolina, which may not be as good as advertised. We will find out about them this weekend.

We do know Notre Dame is good, Oregon is very fast and good, Ole Miss has a great defense and Vanderbilt has no offense. So was the Ole Miss “D” that good?

In the pros, we will be taking points anytime the Steelers are giving.

Let’s see if we can do a little better.

College

FRIDAY

Toledo +12 at Cincy: The Bearcats look to avenge a 29-23 loss to the Rockets the last time they met when losing as a 5 point favorite at the Glass Bowl. This will be the Rockets third game and first on the road. They were dismantled by Missouri last week. Cincy is 10-0 as a weekday favorite. CINCINNATI.

SATURDAY

NC State -3 at USF: The Wolfpack are playing their third game, first on the road. They beat Georgia Southern, 24-23, and pulled out a late win over Old Dominion, 46-34. South Florida lost by 7 to Maryland as a 11½ point dog. The key trend is NC State 0-14-1 as a road favorite the last 15 times. SOUTH FLORIDA.

ECU +10½ at VT: A great spot for the visiting Pirates as they catch the Hokies off the huge upset win in Columbus. Virginia Tech is 0-8 ATS after scoring 35 points and 0-4 after a 14-point ATS win (they beat Ohio State 35-21). East Carolina is 6-0 as a road dog of 14 points or less when seeking revenge. They lost to VT last year, 15-10. EAST CAROLINA.

GA. SOUTHERN +23½ at GT: After losing to NC State, the Panthers crushed Savannah State, 83-9. Georgia Tech beat Wofford, 38-19, and Tulane late, 38-21. Some of these Southern players may have wanted to play in Atlanta and have something to prove. GA. SOUTHERN.

UMASS +17½ at Vandy: UMass let one get away last week as a 17 point dog when losing late to Colorado, 41-38. The “dores” have scored a total of 10 points in their first two games and only beat UMass last year 24-7. UMass is better this time around. Vandy is worse. UMASS.

Georgia -5 at S. Carolina: A gigantic SEC matchup. Gamecocks have revenge in mind after getting it put to them last year by the Bulldogs, 41-30. They may not be good enough. The Bulldogs looked BCS bound in their win over Clemson two weeks ago. Expect all-out war with the Georgia running game controlling the ball. GEORGIA.

Arkansas +3 at Texas Tech: Razorbacks with plenty of returning starters, and second year HC Bret Bielema played a good game against Auburn in their opener until the fourth quarter. They came back to spank Nicholls State last week, 56-0. The Red Raiders got by Central Arkansas, 42-35, as a 34 point chalk and survived a UTEP scare, winning 30-26, giving up 20. ARKANSAS.

UTSA +16 at Okla St.: Have gained a ton of respect for the visiting Roadrunners, who covered their first two games as a dog, including a narrow defeat against Arizona last week, 26-23, when getting 7 points. UT-SAN ANTONIO.

USC -19½ at BC: Boston College catches the Trojans in a great spot as they travel cross country after a bruising game last week against Stanford. The Eagles are 7-0 as non-conference dogs of 9 or more points when coming off a double digit loss. They fell to Pitt, 30-20. Also, USC is 0-6 ATS as a non-conference favorite of 17 or more points and 0-5 ATS off a straight up dog win vs. a foe off a SUATS loss. BOSTON COLLEGE.

Last Week: 0-5 Season: 3-8

NFL

THURSDAY

Steelers +3 at Ravens: Pittsburgh somehow held on to get the win over the Browns who made a gallant comeback. Baltimore came back and took the lead after a horrible first half against Cincy but blew it late. Harbaugh was fuming. RAVENS.

Last Week: 2-1 Season: 2-1

Horses

It’s very tough to win betting the ponies, but here is a quick story and very true. It happened in Vegas at the M Resort when a bettor in the race book run by CG Technology was playing the rainbow pick 6 at Gulfstream Park. If you have the only winner in the pick six you get the entire pool.

This player looked to have it locked up for the $80k as he had an all going into a race but he played two tickets. On the other ticket his single was scratched and as it turned out he ended up with the winner on both. That cost him the $80k top prize, but he did split the $15k payoff with himself.

Sometimes you win and there is just no justice.

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

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