The rakes were again out in full
force last Saturday as the Nevada sports books cleaned the players clocks.
On NFL Sunday, the players
regrouped a little as the books were just a small winner — saved by New
Orleans whipping the Seahawks in the late NBC game. My little parlay card stand
on the strip was again a huge success, especially with almost every parlay and
teaser card having the Houston Cougars (-21) on them.
This was one of the two 4 Star
picks released by the good Dr. Bob. The other being Oklahoma (-10Â½). Houston
was bet up to -27, won 56-48, and all the cards went down the tubes. The Sooners
actually looked like they had the cover, but a late Missouri score took it away
as Oklahoma only won 41-31. It was another big win for the books as the game was
bet up to -13Â½.
But the good Dr. did have some
winners. His top picks ended up 3-3, so I can’t award him the “Boob”
of the Week award. He will have to wait until next week.
I did hear that the Las Vegas
books were going to all get together and send Dr. Bob a real nice Christmas
present, even if he doesn’t celebrate the federal holiday. I even heard things
like a new caddy or corvette. Wow, I wish people followed my losers like that so
I could get a great Christmas present from the books. No such luck.
So who wins the “Boob”
of the Week? I was going to award it to the freshman QB from Cal, who with time
running out and the Golden Bears in field goal range, let the clock run out
instead of just tossing the ball out of bounds. It cost Cal the game and No. 1
ranking. I will have to forgive him since he’s only a freshman and it was his
first start. So, we will wait until next week to see what happens.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Penn St -7Â½ at Indiana: Joe
Pa’s team just may be looking ahead a little. Next week they get No. 1 Ohio
State in Happy Valley. That is, of course, if the Buckeyes can beat Michigan
State this week as a -17 point home favorite. Indiana was crushed 52-27 last
week by Michigan State and may be in the mood to give the Lions a game. INDIANA.
Kansas -4Â½ at Colorado:
KU continues to pour it on, now 6-0 SU, 5-0 ATS, averaging 50 points a game and
allowing just over 9. Last week Colorado got beat up (47-20) by Kansas St, a
team Kansas defeated 30-24. KANSAS.
Memphis +2 at Rice: My
father “Broadway Bennie Saber” once told me “never bet on bad
teams. I will go against the advice here and lay the -2 with the Owls, which
beat a good So Miss team and took Houston to the limit last week losing late
56-48. Memphis was lucky getting past a poor Marshall team 24-21 at home, then
lost to Middle Tennessee at home last week 21-7. RICE.
Tenn PK at Alabama: I was
hoping to get a field goal, but I will still go with the Vols, who have won and
covered their last three. A win here puts them in contention for a big bowl game
if able to beat South Carolina in Knoxville next week. TENN.
Oklahoma -28 at Iowa St:
Are you crazy laying 4 TDs on the road? Iowa St has only scored more the two TDs
once this year and that was against Toledo in a 36-35 loss. The Sooners love to
pour it on. They beat North Texas 79-10, Miami (FL) 51-13, Utah State 54-3,
Tulsa 62-21. Here is another. OKLA.
Michigan St +17 at Ohio St: I
am a Buckeyes fan through and through, but I just hated to see Cal lose. Now the
Buckeyes are No. 1 and have the bullseye on them. The Bucks crushed Michigan
State last year 38-7, so there is a little revenge factor here. Ohio State has
really played a cake schedule (Youngstown St, Akron, Northwestern, Minnesota,
Kent State). The only two half decent teams were Washington and Purdue. I don’t
think the Buckeyes will lose, but they could be looking ahead to that huge game
next week in Happy Valley against Penn State. MICH
San Jose St +12Â½ at Fresno St:
Fresno State playing very good of late and gets a chance to exact some revenge
on the Spartans, a team the Bulldogs lost to last year 24-14. This will be
Fresno’s first home game after back-to-back road wins and covers. FRESNO
Auburn +11 at LSU: The LSU
Tigers will be in a double bad mood after losing to Kentucky last week 43-37. I
still don’t understand that last play running the ball up the middle on fourth
down? Also, LSU fell at Auburn last year 7-3. Don’t see much scoring, but I do
think LSU will be up big time for this one. LSU
Arkansas St +2Â½ at MTSU:
Middle Tennessee can play as its last two games can attest — losing to
Virginia 23-21 and beating Memphis 21-7. MTSU also played Louisville tough early
in the season. Middle Tenn is 5-1 SU and ATS vs Ark St. MTSU.
Sunday, Oct. 21
Patriots -16 at Dolphins: Too enticing to
pass up Miami at home getting this many. By the way, the Pats are just 2-8 ATS
in Game 7 the past 10 years. Also the Pats are 0-7 ATS away after scoring 35 or
more points. The Pats do have a little revenge, having lost to the Dolphins last
year in Miami 21-0. I really don’t see New England having any desire here,
while Miami has nothing to lose except another game. DOLPHINS.