Urban shows his legend against Harbaugh and Michigan

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I guess we now know who the best college football head coach is between Jim Harbaugh and the Urban legend Meyer. As they say here on TV, nuff said.

A big thanks to all those at Hazel Park in Michigan where they pick up GamingToday at the track and also to Candice “The Bsho” for emailing me about how much they all love GT.

My question is, what NFL head coach can lose more games by his play calling? I make it a tie between Tom Coughlin of the Giants and Mike Tomlin of the Steelers. Again, nuff said.

This will be a huge week for the final college standings. Much could change if Florida could beat Alabama. Won’t happen.

Or, if North Carolina could beat Clemson. Can happen.

And, if Michigan State can beat Iowa. Could happen.

We will take a look at the seven conference championship games and offer our opinion. I would like to know who gave Nick Saban a call and told him he didn’t have the pointspread covered, call a time out and go for the TD? Maybe no call and Nick already knew? In any case it was good for this bettor.

We almost pulled off our Turkey day five teamer but lost our last game in OT. It was exciting even though my ticket is in the trash.

Ok let’s get to some plays.

CFB Conference titles

SATURDAY

C-USA, Bowling Green, Ky.

So. Miss +8 at W. Kentucky (71): The Hilltoppers from Western Kentucky only lost two games this year, at Indiana 38-35 and at LSU 48-20. They averaged 50.5 ppg in their last four. The Golden Eagles from Hattiesburg, Miss. lost just three (34-16 vs. Mississippi State, 36-28 at Nebraska, 31-10 at Marshall). They have been on a rampage since the Marshall loss winning 6 in a row, covering 5 and averaging 48.1 PPG. OVER.

AAC, Houston

Temple +6 at Houston: The Owls from Philly don’t know what following they will have. The majority of the fans in the TDECU Stadium will be rooting for the Cougars who are coming off a thumping win over a real good Navy team. If the Owls have a shot they will need to do it with defense but just don’t see them stopping the high powered Cougar “O.” Houston beat Temple last year 31-10 as a -9 point chalk. HOUSTON.

PAC 12, Santa Clara, Calif.

USC +4.5 vs. Stanford: Interesting game. We get the Cardinal coming off a huge comeback win vs. the Irish and the Trojans off a 40-21 victory vs. UCLA. In the first meeting USC was a 10 point favorite albeit in Los Angeles. With a neutral field we have a two TD turnaround. Stanford did not cover against the Irish, while USC has gone 7-0 ATS away when seeking revenge vs. a team who did not cover in their previous game. USC.

SEC, Atlanta

Florida +17 vs. Alabama: The Gators could only get two points vs. Florida State and we believe the Tide defense is better. The fact that they went for the TD to get the cover last week vs. Auburn tells us to lay the lumber with a team that beat Florida last year, 42-21. The Tide rolls to the final four! ALABAMA.

Mountain West, San Diego

Air Force +6.5 at San Diego St.: The Falcons showed some cracks in their wings last week when losing as a 10 point favorite to New Mexico, 47-35. The Aztecs have been on a major roll winning eight straight games and covered all except their last game when winning by 17 points as a 17.5 point favorite. They beat Air Force last year, 30-14, and will handle them again. SAN DIEGO ST.

ACC, Charlotte, N.C.

N. Carolina +6 vs. Clemson: This will be a good one as we get the undefeated Tigers battling the Tar Heels whose only loss came in the first game of the season when dropping a close game to South Carolina 17-13. The Heels have run the table since and we believe they will give Clemson all they want. We see this going into OT. Now that’s a prediction! Let’s take the points and if the Heels come up with the win we know they will want a spot in that final four. UNC.

Big Ten, Indianapolis

Michigan State -3.5 vs. Iowa: Undefeated Iowa is a dog vs. the one-loss Spartans who lost its only game to Nebraska, a team the Hawkeyes beat in their last game. Michigan State gets here off a 17-14 win vs. Ohio State who for some reason was a no show in that game. We will never know how but Ohio State came back and crushed Michigan in the Big House last week and Michigan State beat Michigan by just a TD. Even though we believe this will be a close game we think it will be decided by defense and both teams can play some. UNDER.

CFB Last Week: 3-2-0

CFB Season: 68-46-3

NFL

THURSDAY

Packers -3.5 at Lions (47): Who woke up the sleeping Lion? Detroit has gone 3-0 SU and ATS in their last three, including an 18-16 win at Lambeau on Nov. 15. The cheese heads were not a happy group.The Pack came back roaring in their next game crushing the Vikings on the road and then it was another rare home loss, this time to the Bears. Green Bay will be very angry in this big revenge game. Just don’t see the Lions beating GB two times in four weeks. PACKERS.

SUNDAY

Colts NL at Steelers: The old guys rule as Matt Hasselbeck a so-called washed-up, 40-year-old quarterback has come on the scene four times this year replacing Andrew Luck and he has won all four games. We know Luck could come back and we know that Big Ben went out with a concussion. COLTS.

NFL Last Week: 3-0-0

NFL Season: 11-11-0

Have a great week, especially all our friends at Hazel Park, and always remember to get off that couch, get out and make a bet. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GT’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Twitter: @SabesBet. Email: [email protected].

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