Thanksgiving is over but this bettor is sort of thankful the regular college football season is over, with the exception of the lone game this week – the Army/Navy game. Then it’s the Bowl season and we hope to recoup some of our losses with the Bowl games.
Here are some of the early lines.
Friday, Dec. 30
ORANGE BOWL: Michigan opened as a -6.5 point favorite vs. Florida State.
Saturday, Dec. 31
(Please, if you are going out to party and have bets on these games, don’t start too early. These games could be good or maybe not?)
PEACH BOWL: Alabama opened as a -14 point favorite over Washington and promptly moved to -16.
FIESTA BOWL: Ohio State opened up as a -3 point favorite vs. Clemson and it has stayed there.
Monday, Jan. 2
COTTON BOWL: Wisconsin sits at -7 vs. high-scoring Western Michigan. What a huge game for the undefeated Broncos who have already beaten two Big Ten teams this year.
ROSE BOWL: USC is sitting at -7 vs. Penn State. This could be one of the best bowl games of them all.
SUGAR BOWL: Oklahoma is -5.5 favorite vs. Auburn.
A real fantasy
This past Sunday, with no real opinion on the NFL, I decided to reach out to our Fantasy Football expert Alan Berg for his opinion on some props USFantasy was offering.
I had never gotten involved in betting fantasy in the past but had been looking at the sheet and cards they put out. Being a horse bettor it really looked interesting as they offered $1 exactas and 50-cent trifectas set up like a horse racing card, which made it very easy for this old fogy to understand.
Using Berg’s suggestions, I played some exactas, trifectas and made some straight bets. After the smoke cleared and the Seahawks crushed the Panthers, I say thank you, Mr. Berg. Yes, he is Mr. Berg to me now and not just Alan. I cashed the Seahawks Prop 8 and 12 that they would score the most and win by 21 or more – both with double digit payoffs.
I am now an official USFantasy-every-week bettor but only with Mr. Berg’s assistance. Do you think he wants a piece?
How tweet it is!
In my article last week about how horse players like to bet the races with their friends, some response to that was, if your buddy is sick and you hit a big ticket are you obligated to split with him or her? My answer is, if or she put up half the wager, yes; if not, well you know that answer.
There is no hotter team in the NFL than the Oakland Raiders, with maybe the exception of the Dallas Cowboys who have won 11 straight games. This week they play the only team who beat them this year when the Giants defeated in Dallas, 20-19, to open the season. Revenge will be sweet as the Cows catch the Giants off a brutal battle in Pittsburgh. COWBOYS -3.5
The Raiders are the surprise of the NFL, winning 9 of their last 10. This week they get a rematch with the Kansas City Chiefs, who beat them 26-10 in Oakland on Oct. 16. This will be a real good Thursday game and we suggest taking the points. RAIDERS +3.5
This Saturday will be the annual Army-Navy game at M&T Stadium in Baltimore. Navy has sailed past the Army the last five years, but in those five games they have only covered one time. Last year the Navy was a -21.5-point chalk and won 21-17. The Navy is listed as an early -8.5-point chalk and taking on a rested and able Army team plus the points. ARMY +8.5
Last week: 3-5
1 for Wednesday
Georgia Tech, which has more problems than my tax man trying to figure out my taxes, travels to VCU in this 4 p.m. ESPN U televised basketball game. This will be the third straight road game for the Yellow Jackets after losses at Penn State and Tennessee. VCU taking down an ACC team would be good for recruiting. Parry’s Power Guide in GamingToday says VCU by 11. I say by at least 15, so lay it! VCU
Note: Yes, it’s true I am back to betting the NFL, mostly thanks to Mr. Berg, but when that fantasy money is gone, so will my NFL wagers. So, Mr. Berg, keep those USFantasy winners coming, and horse and sports bettors stop at your local book and check out all the cool bets USFantasy has each week. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.