Well you just knew it was going to happen sooner or later, but it happened a little sooner.
The Vegas sports books recouped some of their college football losses with the help of two previously undefeated teams going down in flames, thus damping their BCS championship hopes.
The sooner started with the most unpredictable losses of the weekend when, believe it or not, the “Sooners,” who left too early in the land grab from Oklahoma, got beat at home – as a -28 point favorite – by Texas Tech 41-38.
Then previously undefeated Wisconsin fell in East Lansing to Michigan State 37-31 as a -8 point road favorite. Thus, the Vegas books happily took down the money.
Next week’s game between LSU and Alabama will be the telling tale. It’s one to just sit at home to watch as both teams have brutal defenses and great offenses. I know who I like but tune into GT next week and get the skinny.
The “Sooner” results really open up some good plays so let’s get right to what I believe will be a big winning week for Saber as I look to lay some wood.
College Football Thursday
Virginia +14 at Miami, Fla.: The Hurricanes have really picked it up after a narrow loss against Virginia Tech, winning and covering their last two. They keep rolling and get revenge from last year’s loss in Charlottesville. MIAMI.
Rice +26½ at Houston: The host Cougars are a scoring machine and 7-0 SU/5-2 ATS. Look for them to run another score up as they avenge last year’s loss in Houston when Rice beat them 34-31 as a 9½ point dog. HOUSTON.
Clemson -4 at Ga. Tech: The Tigers look to keep their BCS hopes alive and stay undefeated. They look to have way too many weapons for Georgia Tech to handle. CLEMSON.
Purdue +14 at Michigan: The Wolverines had a week off after suffering a big loss in East Lansing. They look to get back on the winning track, catching Purdue off an upset win over Illinois. MICHIGAN.
Kansas +27½ at Texas: KU was just crushed at home and will find the Longhorns in a very ugly mood after back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Horns had a week to regroup so lay the wood. TEXAS.
Colorado +30½ at Arizona St.: There is not much to say about the Buffaloes at 1-7 SU/2-8 ATS. As teams jockey for Bowl bids, this sure looks like another blowout. ARIZONA ST.
Tulane +15½ at ECU: The Green Wave were crushed at home by one of the worst teams in college football last week. The host Pirates have won and covered two straight games as they look to be putting it together. EAST CAROLINA.
Wash St. +34 at Oregon: The books won’t like this game as the Ducks, looking for a big BCS game, will not call off the dogs against the Cougars. OREGON.
Oklahoma -13½ at Kansas St.: This game looked like it would be between two undefeated teams but now the Wildcats are the perfect team and a dog at home! Is this some kind of a trap that the linemakers have layed out for the bettors? Logic says bet on Kansas State; I say an end comes to the Wildcats’ dreams. Besides, this number will drop. OKLAHOMA.
Stanford -9 at USC: How can you bet against the Cardinal? They have won and covered all seven games, are a scoring machine and have a top notch defense. I would not want to look at all the parlays and teasers ending up on this side come 5 p.m. Saturday evening. USC only lost by 2 last year in Stanford and playing great football. The books get saved. USC.
I was 0-2 last week so we look for a reprieve.
BILLS -4 have a home field advantage playing in Toronto.
PATS -2½ just have way more guns than the Steelers.
CHARGERS -3½ rebound on Monday night off of last week’s loss.
A few lines to congratulate Head Coach Reno Saccoccia of Steubenville (Ohio) Big Red for his 300th career win. Appropriately it came at home against the tough Massillon Tigers as the Big Red kept their undefeated season intact. GO RED!
We’re closing in on our huge Breeders’ Cup seminar at Palace Station. The date is Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in the race book. There will be free food, cocktail service and some special guests from the hit radio show Bad Beats.
These guys may even be giving out some Bad Beat T shirts in a little question and answer trivia. Be there for some fun, food, drink and horse talk. We may even give out some big price winners for the BC.
CFB NFL overall Pct
36-30-2 1-4-1 37-34-3 52.1