Bowl numbers

Jan 4, 2011 7:05 AM

If you follow the numbers that were plays in the paper last week, you should have full pockets, at least temporarily. It was indeed a great week.

Here come the rest of the bowls with almost all the better teams on both offense and defense. This week will include sides as only six games remain.

Tuesday: Ohio State is -3½ and 56½. Pass the total and take Arkansas with the points. So far the Big 10 has been very disappointing in their performances.

Thursday: I don’t know how these stiffs rate a game after Jan. 1, but it’s there so we might as well bet Miami (Ohio) -1. No play on the total.

Friday: LSU and Texas A&M should be a great matchup with the almost home team Aggies winning by a field goal. My total is 52.

Saturday: Pitt is about a 3½-point favorite but I’m going with Kentucky because I think they can score some. My total is 52, which means no play.

Sunday: Nevada is high scoring and will be ready for a vanilla Boston College bunch that has to travel 3,000 miles to Frisco, right in UNR’s backyard. Look for a blowout.

Monday: I made this total 75 and so did they, so I might just bet the first half OVER and thoroughly enjoy the Heisman winner Cam Newton’s performance as well as the fastest team on earth’s stunning speed from Oregon. The number hasn’t moved much, but I still believe it will go up from Auburn -1.

Here’s some guesswork on the beginning of the NFL’s second season.

Even if Peyton & Co can’t cover -3, you can’t go against him especially at home. The total of 44½ seems somewhat high as the Jets not only don’t score, but they don’t give up much. Jets/Colts UNDER.

The Ravens are -3 and 41 at Kansas City. Take Ravens -3 due to their exceptional defense. I’m aware that Chiefs QB Castle had a great year, but he’s not going to beat Ray Lewis & Co.

The Eagles came out -3 over the Packers and a very huge number of 46½ for a total. If Vick is OK, I’ve got to go with Philadelphia. I can never forgive Vick, but can sure bet on him! Defenses may control this game, especially if it’s cold and windy, which may be a likely scenario in Pennsylvania in January.

Have a great week.

PS: As I’ve done for the last 30 or 40 years, I made a game changing resolution on New Year’s Eve and was totally honest with it. As usual it was to give up smoking those gut wrenching, disgusting cigarettes. I did great until the 9 a.m. Northwestern-Texas Tech game. I couldn’t get through the first quarter, as usual.

Oh well, there’s always next year, I hope!