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First of all let me wish everyone a very happy, safe and prosperous Thanksgiving! This is a huge week in college football, especially with only two undefeated teams left after last week.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have no place to go except to make a point with a perfect season. The Notre Dame fighting Irish are in charge of their own fate at USC this week. 

This is also rivalry week with the Buckeyes hosting Michigan, Arizona State at Arizona, Georgia Tech at Georgia, Virginia at Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State at Oklahoma and Oregon at Oregon St. I will get to a few of those games and cover all four of the Thanksgiving Day games.

I planned on staying up to watch the Ravens-Steelers. In the beginning, as the Good Book says, I took the Ravens +3½, but then there was no Big Ben and the line switched to Baltimore -3½. That put me on automatic as I took the Steelers +3½.

As I wrote in last week’s column this game would come down to a field goal and lo and behold the perfect middle. but I wish it would have gone the other way.

Any way, as I poured myself a glass of grape and got comfy with Dino the dog on the couch, the Steelers showed up in their penitentiary garb. I just could not take it as even Dino kept barking at the television. It’s high definition and he thought we were about to get mugged. 

I grabbed the remote, put on the Mentalist and it was all she wrote.

NFL Thursday, Nov. 22

Texans -3½ at Lions (49½): The parlay cards go out early this week so you can go to your favorite sports book Wednesday and make your plays just in case you will be basting that Turkey on Thursday morning. The Lions really had the game won on Sunday and I still don’t believe they lost. That defeat could have a lasting effect. The main trend in this game is the Lions have gone 0-8 ATS in their last eight Thursday games. TEXANS.

Redskins +3½ at Cowboys (47½): A real toss up but the Cowboys are just not that good. The Skins are healthy again and will come to give their best so take the points. REDSKINS.

Patriots -7½ at Jets (50½): The Turkey and wine will be kicking in about now. This is a must watch for at least the first half as the Jets look to avenge a 29-26 loss at New England back on Oct. 21 when getting +10½ points. New York is coming off a good win this past Sunday at St. Louis. A win here with the rest of their schedule not that tough puts the Jets back in the playoff picture. JETS.

NCAA college football

TCU +8½ at Texas: When the total comes out just run to the window! I searched for a play and found some good trends on both sides. The most telling is that the Longhorns have gone 11-0 ATS when coming off a SU win and facing a team that is .500 or better off a straight up loss. OVER.

Friday, Nov. 23

W. Virginia +1 at Iowa St.: The Mountaineers come off a grueling loss to Texas and now have dropped five straight after winning their first five. The Cyclones have six wins and with one more could be looking at a nice post season bowl. IOWA ST.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Wisconsin +3 at Penn St.: Wisky left it at home last week. This is the Nittany Lions’ bowl game and it will be a white out in the stadium! PENN ST.


Sunday, Nov. 25

As the NFL season winds down the QB injuries wind upward but these are a few games I will be looking to play on:

49ers -1½ at Saints: No points are needed. Saints are back in the hunt going 3-0 SU and ATS in their last three. SAINTS (money line).

Packers +2½ at Giants: The Giants are in a funk while the Pack will be seeking revenge from getting crushed in the playoffs last year at home 37-20 by these same G-men. PACKERS (money line).



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

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