Second week of NFL and third week of NCAA football start

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This is not a good day for past memories, but as my dear departed mom would say, “life goes on.”

And so we head into Week 2 of the National Football League plus our third week of college.

I watched as many games as possible over the weekend and came away with two thoughts I’ll share before I get into my picks – as my guest handicappers have deserted me.

Thought No. 1: RG III is the real deal. I just hope Griffin can get through the season with no injuries. He is a pleasure to watch having a good time. What I really like about him is I can understand everything he says in his interviews. Robert is not a future star, he is already one.

Thought No. 2: Regular officials were bad, but these replacement refs don’t have a clue! The games were just hard to watch with all the horrendous calls. Please do something, please!

We survived last week and I started the NFL with a winner. That may not be good if you remember how I started preseason, but maybe not. I don’t have a play for this Thursday’s Bears-Packers game, but I do know the Pack may be in trouble. Their pass defense stinks as does their of offensive line.

NCAA

Thursday, Sept. 13

Rutgers +10 at USF: Nice comeback win for South Florida last week in Nevada, but the trends in this game all point to the Scarlett Knights. Rutgers is 9-0 ATS as dogs when coming off a double digit. They won last week 26-0 albeit against Howard, but they have also gone 5-0 ATS on weekdays when playing an opponent coming off a straight up ATS win. RUTGERS.

Saturday, Sept. 15

USC -9½ at Stanford: This is one of my favorite games of the week, which I will use in my parlays and teasers. The Trojans from La La land will get their revenge from last year’s heart thumping 56-48 loss at home. This year the Cardinal will have no luck. USC.

ECU +7½ at So. Miss: This one is just a situational play. Look for the visiting Pirates to hang around and get the cover in this one, getting more than a TD. EAST CAROLINA

Texas -10½ at Ole Miss: The Longhorns defense will be way too much for the Rebels to handle in this game. Texas gets the win and cover in a hostile environment. TEXAS.

Ariz St. +7½ at Missouri: Mizzou gets sandwiched between Georgia and South Carolina (next week) playing the offensive minded Sun Devils. This one should be a high scoring affair ARIZ ST/OVER.

BYU -3 at Utah: The Cougars were crushed last year at home by the Utes 54-10, who did not call off the dogs. BYU catches an injured Utah team off its first loss to Utah State. The boys from Provo get their revenge. BYU.

Alabama -14 at Arkansas: Under normal circumstances I would not lay two TD’s in a game like this. However, NFL-like defense of the Tide will shut down the Razorbacks who lost to UL Monroe last week 34-31 in Fayetteville. ALABAMA.

Florida +2½ at Tennessee: This is my second favorite game of the week. The Vols look to snap their seven-game losing streak at the hands of the Gators. Getting points in Knoxville, they will. TENNESSEE.

Utah St. +14 at Wisconsin: The Aggies venture into cheese land off their huge win over Utah. They will find a very angry Badgers team off a 10-7 loss. WISCONSIN.

Houston +18 at UCLA: Just so impressed with young and fast Bruins. They look to be a power in the making and will score at will against the soft Cougars defense. Houston gave up 30 to Texas State and 56 against La Tech. UCLA.

Don’t forget those 10-team parlay cards. You may just get lucky.

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

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