Last week I was just two games away from hitting my 10 teamer and my GT college selections went 7-2, losing my play on UNLV. I’m pitching the Rebels for the rest of the season.
The other loss was BYU, which fell late, so we hope to continue our winning ways with the start of the NFL. I know it is hard to watch the games when you’ve got to listen to all the talking heads on how great the NFL is because they are paying around a billion (yes, a billion) dollars to all the players who suffered head injuries while playing for millions.
The amount sounds huge but it only comes down to a little over $100,000 per player, while the lawyers who filed the class action suit made millions. The NFL is great and as some of the talking heads were saying before I turned the sound off, the NCAA should follow the path the NFL did. Before long they will be playing flag football with dresses on!
There is a big schedule and parlay cards to be put together so let’s get started before I go ballistic.
FAU +20 at E. Carolina: Must take the points in this game as the Owls from Boca Raton got me the money last week when covering against Florida. Florida Atlantic now 6-0 ATS away off a nonconference game. FAU.
Wake Forest +3 at BC (47): The Demon Deacons from Winston-Salem, N.C., have a top notch defense and BC could only muster 24 points last week in a 10-point victory over Villanova. UNDER.
Florida -3 at Miami: The Florida offense was ranked last in the SEC last year and displayed why in their lackluster win last week when putting up 24 points against Toledo. Miami made some good progress last year under second-year HC Al Golden, no relation to Mel Golden, due to a solid offense. They will score in this game and have a shot at the upset. MIAMI.
USF +23½ at Michigan St.: The Spartans could not blow out Western Michigan last week as a 28-point favorite, winning 26-13, but if they ever can blow a team out it’s against South Florida. The Bulls couldn’t beat McNeese State in Tampa, losing 53-21. MICH ST.
Houston -3 at Temple: My Rabbi told me the Owls were a good bet on Saturday last week or was that Mike at Palace Station. Anyway, he was correct as they covered the +34 at Notre Dame. The bad news is this is another Saturday and they face the Cougars, which have an explosive offense. They will not be able to keep up. HOUSTON.
W.Va. +19½ at Oklahoma: No Geno (Smith) this time around and no 50-49 score like last year in Morgantown when the Sooners pulled it out. OU will be playing big time defense and get the cover. OKLAHOMA.
S. Carolina +3 at Georgia: The Bulldogs were crushed in Columbia last year, 35-7, as their vaunted offense was shut down. They can ill afford to lose another game after last week’s loss to Clemson. Look for QB Aaron Murray to pass them silly. GEORGIA.
San Diego St. +28 at Ohio St.: Hate laying all these points but all I can say is, if E. Illinois could beat the Aztecs 40-19 in San Diego, the Buckeyes should be able to do at least that. OHIO ST.
S. Alabama +6 at Tulane: The Green Wave are looking for big things from their new QB Nick Montana, who brought a 38-3 career record. Nick was 27-1 at the high school level, 0-1 at Washington and 11-1 at Mt. San Antonio. His dad, Joe Montana, has been his tutor and he comes off a good win last week beating Jackson State 34-7. Our good friend Syl Friedman, who is our scout in New Orleans, tells us Nick is looking great. TULANE.
Syracuse +12½ at N’western: The Orange come off a tough loss last week against Penn State but did get the cover, while the Wildcats had their way with California, winning 44-30 at Cal. In this game we get the ACC vs. the Big Ten. Taking the points is a must, especially with Syracuse looking for revenge from last year’s 42-41 loss. SYRACUSE.
Texas -7 at BYU: The Longhorns look to have too much on both sides of the ball for BYU, which could only score 16 last week in Charlottesville in a 3-point loss to Virginia. Look for the Horns to hook ‘em good. TEXAS.
BG -7 at Kent St.: The Falcons come off a real nice 34-7 win against Tulsa last week and look to avenge last year’s 31-24 loss to Kent in Bowling Green. BG.
Notre Dame +3 at Michigan: Just did not like what I saw last week when watching the Irish win over Temple. Now they must travel to Ann Arbor in a very hostile atmosphere and face the upstart Wolverines, which are looking for big time revenge from last year’s 13-6 loss. MICHIGAN (BEST BET).
Bengals +3 at Bears: Cincy thinks they can win the division and so do we. One thing we do know is the Bears are not that good. BENGALS.
Raiders +9 at Colts: The Raiders may be a little better than these points indicate. We will go with the dog. RAIDERS.
Giants +3 at Cowboys: Eli Manning has gone 4-0 SU and ATS on the road at Dallas with three straight wins as a dog. Nuff said as Jerry will be steamed again with his boys. GIANTS .
Have a great week, and don’t forget, you could be walking around lucky so make a play a day; it is a good vitamin.
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]day.com.