The selection committee has spoken, giving us the Final Four of college football. And, it’s not even March.
Ohio State got in with a powerful performance over Wisconsin with a third string QB who looked like he was a first string NFL QB who snuck in and put on a Buckeyes uniform.
Watching the game I just kept saying to my dog Dino, “Who are those guys?” All he would say is woof woof woof.
Cardale Jones is a redshirt sophomore who played QB in high school for Ohio powerhouse Cleveland Glenville. He is big for a QB at 6-5 and 250 pounds and one of six Glenville players on the team. He was named Scholar-Athlete in the 2012 winter and spring quarters. After his sensational performance, which will mean millions for the university, all he could say was wow! His teammates say he is just as cool as a cucumber.
The opening line in the game is Alabama -9.5, total 57.5, and this bettor has already gone OVER the 57.5. We’ll wait and see if the game goes past 10 and then I’ll bet on the magician Urban Meyer, who just may have another rabbit to pull out of his huge hat, which could get him to that magical championship game on Monday, Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Who will play Ohio State or Alabama? Undefeated Florida State has been the favorite in all of their games this year and will go to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to take on Oregon. The Ducks have been favored in all their games with the only loss coming to Arizona who they crushed in the PAC 12 championship game, 51-13.
The linemakers have made the Ducks an 8-point favorite with a total of 71.5. I already bet the OVER. The 8 just seemed a little high but you never know. Jimmie Winston could disappear by the time this game is played, having too much free time on his hands.
All four teams deserve to be in this spot, having been rewarded for great seasons. That’s what the college bowls should be about.
I just loved watching the Bowl games back in the 60’s and 70’s when there were not all these crazy ones like today when teams are rewarded for being mediocre. Going to a bowl game with six wins is a product of big business now for the university’s coffers. It’s all about getting the bucks, so the world keeps getting mediocre.
One of the best college bowl games I ever watched was the 1965 Cotton Bowl when my friend All American Harry Wilson played for Nebraska against Arkansas. Harry played a great game but the Razorbacks got the win, 10-7.
When Harry went to Steubenville he was one of the greatest runners the Big Red ever had. He sat right behind me in Spanish class, would tap me on the shoulder and say move a little to the left. He needed a good grade to get into Nebraska, and I would move a little to the left.
When Harry got to Nebraska they teased him, saying he was a hot shot from that little high school in Ohio they call Big Red, and he would say, “Before I leave here they will be calling Nebraska the Big Red.” Harry was drafted by the Eagles but got hurt in training camp and never did play in the NFL. That was a shame.
Now we have college bowl games like the Camellia Bowl with South Alabama taking on Bowling Green State. Times do change but an old fart like me just doesn’t care about the Camellia Bowl.
Just one college football game this week with Army taking on Navy and getting 14.5 points, I will pass.
If I could pick a winner in the NFL it would really make me happy. The Saints went into Pittsburgh two weeks ago and beat the Steelers, then go back home and get crushed by the Panthers as a 9.5 point dog. The Steelers go into Cincy and put it to the Bengals!
The 49ers get hammered by the Raiders as an 8 point chalk, the same Raiders team that lost two weeks ago, 52-0, to St. Louis. Do I dare make a selection this week for the NFL? Well I just don’t see myself doing any worse than last week.
Last Week: 0-2 Season: 10-12
NFL Wk. 15
Texans +6.5 at Colts: Indy beat the Texans in first meeting, 33-28, at Houston. Look for the Texans to return the favor in Indy. TEXANS.
Bengals -1 at Browns: Cincinnati got squashed by the Browns at home back last month, 24-3. Bengals get revenge in Cleveland. BENGALS.
Dolphins +7 at Patriots: This looks like one of the best plays of the weekend. Pats seek revenge from season opening loss in Miami, 33-20. The Pats roll even in the snow. PATRIOTS.
Broncos -3.5 at Chargers: San Diego lost the first meeting in Denver, 35-21, in a game much closer than the final score. Maybe they outright win at home. CHARGERS.
Cowboys +3.5 at Eagles: Philly just put it to the Cows in Dallas two weeks ago, 33-10. Now they even the series at Philly. COWBOYS.
It’s not mediocre to make a bet everyday as you just may be walking around lucky and not even know it.
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].