There are lots of firsts in this NCAA season

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One Mississippi, Two Mississippi, M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I!

Lots of firsts in college football and the NFL. This is the first time Mississippi State has been ranked No. 1 in football, and why would Florida State be ranked No. 2 ahead of Ole Miss?

The Seminoles beat Okie State 37-31, a game they should have lost. They beat The Citadel 37-12, just did get by Clemson, 23-17, in a game the Tigers gave away and defeated NC State, Wake Forest and Syracuse. Three powerhouses? Yeah, right. The rest of their schedule should be a walk over after Notre Dame this week in Tallahassee.

Ole Miss beat Alabama and Texas A&M, plays LSU, Auburn, Arkansas and ends the season in the Egg Bowl with Mississippi State in Oxford. The Rebels have gone 5-0-1 ATS while Florida State is 1-5 ATS. Oh well, what do I know? Mississippi State, in order to stay undefeated, must beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa. That will be a barn burner.

Lots of great games in the SEC and not so much in the ACC. One thing I really need to do is give a big shout out to head coach Hugh Freeze who was able to get his team up for the Texas A&M game after their big win over Alabama. He really has his Rebels focused.

Now let’s get on to this week’s early plays. I will need to improve on last week’s games though I did go 2-0 in the NFL.

College

Saturday, Oct. 18

Iowa +3 at Maryland: The 4-2 Terrapins get their first crack at the Hawkeyes in this their first season in the Big Ten Conference. They come off an extra week’s rest and this is a must win game for them as they go on the road to Wisconsin and Penn State the following two weeks. MARYLAND.

Baylor -9.5 at W. Virginia: Undefeated Baylor comes off one of the most exciting games of the weekend when making a miracle comeback to beat TCU 61-58. West Virginia pulled out their game last week also, coming back to beat Texas Tech on the road, 37-34. The Mountaineers where humiliated by the Bears last year in Waco, 73-42. Look for them to come out big at home and get the cover. WEST VIRGINIA.

Georgia -3.5 at Arkansas: Just gotta love the Bulldogs’ dogged win last week when shutting out Missouri 34-0 on the road with star running back Gurley somewhere else. Arkansas had every chance to beat Alabama, losing 14-13 in a gut wrenching performance. They may be spent for this game. We will lay the points. GEORGIA.

Stanford -4 at Arizona St.: The Cardinal have played every game UNDER the total so why should we back away in this game even though the Sun Devils can score. UNDER.

Washington +20 at Oregon: The 5-1 Huskies getting 20 from the quackers, they will get my money. The Huskies can flat out play some football and do have a solid defense with the exception of their game with Eastern Washington when they gave up 52 points in their 59-52 win in Game 2. WASHINGTON.

Tennessee +17 at Miss: The Volunteers will be loose as a goose getting 17 points. They lost to Florida late, 10-9, and just did get beat by Georgia, 35-32. Ole Miss goes to Baton Rouge next week and could be just a little flat. We will take the points. TENNESSEE.

Notre Dame +11.5 at Florida St.: In the Game of the Week we will find out what both of these overrated teams are made of. Just can’t lay the points with the Seminoles who have just covered one time all year. NOTRE DAME.

Hawaii +9.5 at San Diego St.: The Rainbow Warriors’ last win on the mainland came in 2011 when they beat Idaho, 16-14. They have played two mainland games so far this year and failed to cover in both. SAN DIEGO ST.

Last week: 3-6 Season: 29-23-1

NFL

Sunday, Oct. 19

GIANTS +5 at Cowboys: In this no-brainer we will go with the Giants who were shut out this past Sunday night in Philly. The Cows were pulling off a huge upset, which the books loved, in beating the Seahawks in Seattle. Now it’s the New York Giants’ turn for the big upset. GIANTS +3.5

Last week: 2-0 Season: 7-3

 

Horses

Mark this date and time down: Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m.

That’s when yours truly, Race Day radio host the all-knowing Ralph Siraco and legendary race writer/prognosticator Professor Gordon Jones along with Paul Truitt will be hosting a Breeders Cup seminar at the Palace Station race book.

It’s free food and drinks and also cocktail service.

We will be covering all the BC races for Friday and Saturday’s card at Santa Anita.

Also, I will be giving away a beautiful GamingToday baseball cap, so come and have a great time with this crazy group. We even may come up with a few winners.

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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