Wide open new school football excites this old school guy

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As friends and regular readers know, I am a pretty old-fashion, old-school kind of guy. I generally prefer most things “the way they were,” rather than the way they are.

But one thing that I do like, is the new style, wide-open college football offenses. I love to see lots of passing and scoring and a nice, long run.

However, what continually boggles my mind about these offenses is either their inability or unwillingness on fourth-and-short, even fourth-and-inches situations, to have the quarterback get under center and run the sneak.

It seems most teams today are more comfortable being third-and-7 than they are third and the length of the football. All of a sudden, needing less than a yard is “no man’s land.” I can’t figure it out.

With back-to-back winning 3-2 weeks we will move right into this week’s plays and go on fourth-and-inches.

Friday

Air Force at San Diego State (-10): The Force had their game last week vs. Navy and have gone 0-8 ATS in games after playing the Midshipmen, while the Aztecs have feasted on sub .500 teams going 10-0 ATS. SAN DIEGO STATE

Saturday

Duke at Georgia Tech (-2): Nice revenge spot here as the Rambling Wreck” look to bounce back from last year’s 43-20 drubbing at Duke. We also note that Georgia Tech coming off huge win on the road in Louisville, and have gone 6-0 ATS when coming off a double-digit win. GEORGIA TECH

Central Florida (-4.5) at Memphis: Two teams with high-powered offenses, though UCF’s undefeated this looks like the perfect spot to stop their streak as the Tigers look to avenge last year’s 40-13 loss in Orlando. MEMPHIS

FLORIDA (-7) at Vanderbilt: Vandy’s only win in their last four games came against Tennessee State 31-27, and they will have a hard time crossing the goal line vs. the Florida defense. Our Trend of the Week goes to Florida as they have gone 12-0 ATS when laying less than 20 points vs. losing teams. FLORIDA

Michigan State at Penn State (-13.5): The Lions have had an extra week off since the Ohio State debacle. This line looked high, but we will still go against a Spartans team who lost at home to Northwestern as an -11.5-point chalk and were life-and-death to beat Central Michigan the previous week when laying 28. The Lions looking for revenge from last year’s 27-24 heartbreaking loss in East Lansing. PENN STATE

Last week: 3-2

Season: 17-23

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