Sharpen your pencils and get set to make those 10-team parlay’s as the cards will be out in full force this week with a full schedule of college football games.
Preseason football comes to an end this Thursday and these games can be very dangerous for the bookies and the bettors. I have dug up a few plays that look very betable, and we will take our shot as the dog days of summer wind down with some great pennant races going on. This bettor and fan is rooting for the Pirates to somehow hold on.
Let’s start with some games in college football and then look at the last week in the NFL preseason. (odds c/o Station Casinos)
UNLV +14 at Minnesota: Look for the Rebels to be a lot better this year and give the Gophers all they want, especially after giving it up last year in their home opener. The Rebs have covered their opener three straight years under Bobby Hauck. REBELS +14
Tulsa +3 at Bowling Green: Tulsa has gone 0-3 in their last three openers while the Falcons are 6-0 ATS in their last six openers and 4-0 in their last four weekday games. BG -3
Rutgers +10 at Fresno St.: Looking back, the stats say take the Scarlet Knights with the points as the Bulldogs from Fresno State have gone 0-7 ATS in their first of back-to-back home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four weekday games. RUTGERS +10.
USC -23½ at Hawaii: This looks like a good spot for a Rainbow Warriors cover. Trojans come to the islands and get a good view of the sunset plus beautiful hula girls. They enter this game expected to win, but their 0-5 nonconference ATS record when -17 points or higher says Hawaii gets the cover. HAWAII + 23½
FAU +32½ at Miami: The Owls were 8-3 ATS last year under first year HC Carl Pelini and have gone 6-0 ATS as a nonconference dog of +9 or higher. FLA ATLANTIC +32 ½
Texas Tech -5½ at SMU: The Red Raiders form Lubbock were very good early last year but bad late, so this is a good time to get on the bandwagon. They have won 10 straight home openers SU so the money line looks like a solid play in here, especially with SMU going 1-6 ATS in their last seven home openers. TEXAS TECH -5½
BYU -3 at Virginia: BYU has gone 11-2 ATS in their last 13 openers while Virginia has gone 0-4 ATS in their last four home openers. BYU -3
Alabama -20 vs. Va. Tech (in Atlanta): The Crimson Tide will again be loaded as they look to win another championship. Bama will handle the Hokies, who have gone 0-5 ATS in their last five season openers. ALABAMA -20.
Miss St. +13 vs. Oklahoma St. (at Houston): Playing in Texas still gives the Cowboys home field advantage with the Big 12 fan support. With a very explosive offense, they will light up that scoreboard. OKLAHOMA ST. -13
NFL preseason week 4
(VegasInsider consensus line)
Eagles -4 at Jets (39½): Philly has gone 5-0 away in their last five preseason games and 5-0-1 against the AFC. The Jets got their win last week over the Giants and now just look for the start of the regular season. EAGLES -4.
Lions -4½ at Bills (39½): Must stick with the Lions on the road as they have gone 5-0 SU/ATS in this series and 5-0 in Game 4 of the preseason. Bills 0-9 SU and 1-8 ATS against NFC teams. LIONS -4½.
Saints +6 at Dolphins (36): Miami playing its fifth preseason contest as they opened up in the Hall of Fame game. Looking back, the stats say low scoring. UNDER 36.
Giants +1 at Patriots (39): The Pats have gone 10-0 at home in preseason when facing a team off back-to-back losses. PATRIOTS -1.
Packers +3 at Chiefs (36): KC got a rare preseason win last week in Pittsburgh but the past says no way in this game. Chiefs are 0-6 in their last six preseason home finales, 1-18 off a win and a whopping 0-9 as the chalk. PACKERS +3.
Texans -3 at Cowboys (37½): Cowboys playing their fifth preseason game and we will stick with the low scoring plan. UNDER 37½.
Next week it all hits the fan and we here at GamingToday will be ready for action. Have a great week, and remember to make a bet every day. You 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].