Seminoles won, but they still can’t cover

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Thanks to a very nice flag Florida State got by the Fighting Irish to stay undefeated.

Even though the Seminoles are 7-0 they own just one cover and that was against lowly Wake Forest, beating them 43-3 as a 38.5 point favorite. QB Jameis Winston is very good at playing the game and I mean both on and off the field.

The remainder of FSU’s schedule looks more like that of Appalachian State from the Sun Belt Conference, than a school trying to make a four team national title playoff.

The NFL is like a box of chocolates each week, as Forest Gump said, “you never know what you’re going to get.”

The Bengals after looking great in their first three weeks came back from a bye looking like some other team, losing three straight games.

The Browns, after destroying the Steelers, lose to Jacksonville, the worst team in the league, 24-6.

The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks have problems as they have now dropped back-to-back games. And we can’t forget the Saints who are “whodats” once again.

Each week in the NFL we just need to find out whose turn it is.

OK, enough of that. We need winners so let’s get on with the show. Speaking about shows, tune in every Wednesday to 1400 AM and listen to host Ralph Siraco and myself talk horses and sports, plus get my best underdog plays of the week.

The Siraco show airs from 7 to 8 a.m. and, believe it or not, I even give out a winner or two now and then.

College

Friday

BYU +6 at Boise St.: After starting 4-0 the Cougars have dropped three straight and have gone 0-5 ATS in their last five games. The Broncos from Boise are in revenge mood as they were beat up in Provo last year, 37-20, and now get BYU on the blue carpet. Revenge will be sweet. BOISE ST.

Saturday

Miss State -13.5 at Kentucky: The Bulldogs had a week off to digest their big win over Auburn and their hefty ranking. The boys from Starkville just may not be primed for the Wildcats, who they beat at home last year, 28-22 ,as a 12 point favorite. We see a huge effort by Kentucky in Lexington as they hang in and get the cover. KENTUCKY.

Georgia Tech +3 at Pitt: The Panthers got the big and much needed win last week beating Virginia Tech 21-16, the fourth straight game they have played UNDER the total. Pitt has averaged just 17.5 points in the last four games. UNDER.

Oregon St. +14 at Stanford: We have collected some cash on betting the Cardinal UNDER the total and will keep doing it. They have now played 7 straight games below the listed total. When these two met last year the final was 20-12 Stanford. UNDER.

Mississippi -3 at LSU: Just gotta love the Ole Miss defense and they will need to be at their best in this road game. It still will not be enough to win this game in Baton Rouge at Tiger Stadium. LSU in revenge mood as they lost to Ole Miss last year in Oxford, 27-24. The Tigers are 9-0 ATS as dog when in revenge mood. LSU snaps the Ole Miss win streak at 7. LSU.

Arizona -3.5 at Wash St.: Another nice revenge game as the Wildcats who are very unlucky to have lost two weeks ago to USC, 28-26. Otherwise they would be undefeated. The Cats look to avenge last year’s home loss to the Cougars 24-17. ARIZONA -3.5.

West Virginia +3 at Oklahoma St.: Some nice angles in this game. The Cowboys look for revenge from last year’s loss, 30-21, in Morgantown and catch WVU off a huge home dog win last week against Baylor. To make matters worse for the Mountaineers, they have gone 0-10 ATS vs. .500 teams that are coming off a double digit loss. Okie State was buried last week, 42-9, by TCU. All roads lead to Stillwater. OKLA ST.

Ohio St. -13½ at Penn St.: What happened to the Buckeyes after their loss to Virginia Tech? Since that loss they have rattled off four straight wins, covering all four games and averaging 56 points per game, but those wins were against Kent State, Cincy, Maryland and Rutgers.

We will take that into context when laying two TD’s on the road in Happy Valley. Even though the Buckeyes humiliated the Nittany Lions last year in Columbus, 63-14, (one of the worst losses in Penn State history) we find ourselves in a tough position to take the Lions. Ohio State has gone 9-0 ATS in games before playing Illinois, who comes up next. We see Urban and Co. winning out and making that four game playoff. Well, maybe? OHIO ST.

Last Week: 6-2

Season: 35-25-1

NFL

My play went down last week so let’s see whose turn it may be this week. It looks like a no-brainer.

Rams +6.5 at Chiefs: KC comes off the bye week and catches St. Louis off of huge win over the Seahawks last week. It’s KC’s turn. CHIEFS.

Colts -3 at Steelers: No need for any “Luck” to win this game as Pittsburgh is totally over matched on both sides of the ball. We will lay the field goal on the road. COLTS.

Last Week: 0-1

Season: 7-4

Horses

We’re closing in on our huge Breeders’ Cup seminar Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Palace Station race book. It’s free to the public and we will be offering up our Breeders’ Cup selections along with free food and cocktail service. There will be giveaways and much more.

The Seminar will be hosted by Race Day Las Vegas host Ralph Siraco along with the legendary Professor Gordon Jones and my humble self. Palace Station’s Paul Truitt will be the MC. Please come and have a good time.

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].

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