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The books were packed and the parlay cards were flying off the counters in the first week of college football and now the NFL begins this week.

We will take a look at a few games not only in pro football but also in college and see if we can do a little better than last week.

College Football
Friday, Sept. 11

Miami, Fla. -18 at FAU: The Hurricanes travel to Boca Raton to take on the Owls who lost to Tulsa last week, 47-44, in overtime but did cover the +7 spread. Miami beat up on poor Bethune-Cookman, 45-0, but may not find the going as easy this week. Look for Charlie Partridge and his family to be fired up for this one as they have gone 8-0 as dogs after giving up 35 or more points. This leads us to take the points as the Canes have gone 0-4 on weekdays when playing a team under .500. FLORIDA ATLANTIC.

Saturday, Sept. 12

Army +5.5 at UConn: The Black Knights took on Fordham at West Point last week and lost, 37-35, as a -14 point chalk. They now hit the road to East Hartford to play the Huskies who beat a tough Villanova team last week, 20-15, when getting 6.5 points. Army is 0-15 in the last 15 road games and 0-20 SU the last 20. CONNECTICUT.

ECU +18 at Florida: East Carolina from Greenville (NC) had their hands full last week at home playing Towson as a -28 point chalk winning just 28-20. The Pirates now must travel to Gainesville and take on the Gators who rolled over New Mexico State last week, 61-13, as a -36 point chalk. The Gators have gone 12-0 ATS as a non-conference favorite when coming off a double digit win. Lay the points. FLORIDA.

Temple +8 at Cincinnati: Must stick with the Owls, who come off a sizzling defensive effort last week against Penn State, while the Bearcats were hammering Alabama A&M, 52-10, as a 46-point favorite. The home team in this series has not covered the spread in the last five meetings. As Sam Brown would say, my rabbi said Temple is a good bet on Saturday. TEMPLE.

Notre Dame -10.5 at Virginia: The Irish looked good, or did Texas make them look that way last week in a 38-3 crushing. The Irish have not fared well the following game after putting 35 or more points on the board, going 0-7 ATS when favored by 4 or more. We will be taking the points with the Cavs in Charlottesville. VIRGINIA.

Kentucky +8.5 at S. Carolina: Revenge will be the name of the game in Columbia as the Gamecocks fell last year, 45-38, to Kentucky in Lexington. The Wildcats have gone 0-6 ATS when playing teams with revenge. This leads us to Steve Spurrier. SOUTH CAROLINA.

UCLA -29.5 at UNLV: Who were those guys last week dressed up like the Rebels? New head coach Tony Sanchez really had them fired up. The Bruins just may overlook them this week and I know Sanchez will have a game plan to stay as close as he can. UNLV.

CFB Last Week: 3-4-1

CFB Season: 3-4-1

Sunday, Sept. 13

Colts -3 at Bills (47): The Rex Ryan era begins in Buffalo and we all remember what he did in his first two years with the Jets. Look for Buffalo to pull off the upset in Ralph Wilson Stadium. BILLS.

Seahawks -3.5 at Rams: Not the same Seahawks team as we have seen the last two years but will be much the same on the road. They have gone 0-3 in their last three road openers while the Rams have won their last three openers at home. RAMS.

Monday, Sept. 14

Eagles -2 at Falcons: First of the two Monday night games. No Howard Cosell or Dandy Don but we will get MNF with all the glitz and hype. We find ourselves taking Matt Ryan and his Falcons as he has been great in his season openers at home, going a perfect 7-0 SU and against the spread. FALCONS.

Get well wishes: Chris Chavez at Treasure Island, who worked previously for Roxy and Circus Circus, is under the weather. He’s a real good guy in the business and will be out of commission for a few months. All of us at GT wish him a quick recovery.

Huge betting week coming up so get out and make those 10 team parlays. Remember, if you don’t grab a parlay card and take a shot you have no shot. As always, you just could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

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

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