Who needsHollywood?

Sep 27, 2005 6:05 AM

The sports betting movie 2 For The Money due for release Oct. 7 is about a star college football player, who turns to the gaming industry after blowing out his knee.

That’s the Hollywood version. In Vegas books Sunday, the real storyline involved Philadelphia kicker David Akers booting the winning field goal in the final seconds of regulation to preserve the "under" in the Eagles-Raiders game. The total closed 46½ with Philly prevailing 23-20. This wasn’t a good week for New York fans. Both the Jets and Giants drew heavy late money that drove the line way down from the original. Chalk up two big wins for thebooks.

In college football, there was the shock of seeing Louisville throw away an undefeated season and any hope of a national championship shot with a stunning loss to South Florida — the third and least publicized entry into the Big East.

This week USF visits Miami as a 21-point road underdog, down from an opening 23. The Canes usually spit out these matchups, but just tell that to U of L. The Cardinals were 20½-point road favorites last week in Tampa and loving life. Not so good now, is it?

Here’s one more piece of info to store in the "go figure" category. Southern Cal, the nation’s No. 1 team, is both 3-0 straight up and against the number with a +4 edgein takeaway / giveaways. That figures. What doesn’t is the success of losers East Carolina and New Mexico State.

ECU is 3-0 ATS and a +5 in turnovers despite a 1-2 record. NMSU has a -8 in turnovers, yet has managed to come up with consecutive back door covers against New Mexico and California.

Last week: 4-3

Season: 20-21.

Here’s a toast to rising above the Mendoza line.

Cincinnati +12 at Miami, O: This game was moved back a few days to Tuesday in order for TV purposes. This would have been a real good game two years ago, but now it’s somewhat stale. The points look good. CINCY.

Pittsburgh +1½ at Rutgers: The Panthers have already made Ohio U’s season. Now they can do the same Friday on ESPN for the Scarlet Knights. RUTGERS.

Illinois +18 at Iowa: The Ron Zook "error" won’t last long if the Illini don’t start fighting. The Hawkeyes take out two horrible road results in this mismatch. IOWA.

UNLV +15½ at Wyoming: The Rebels QB sitation is a mess. The Cowboys are rolling and will lasso this nag early and often. WYOMING.

Minnesota -3 at Penn St: The Gophers have Maroney, but which unbeaten team is the phony? Giving Joe Pa points at home in front of a hungry 95,000 at State College? We smell upset. PENN ST.

USC -17 at Arizona St.: The Trojans right now are fearless. Keller may throw 60 passes at the USC defense, but the Trojans will score 60. USC.

Utah St. -2½ at Idaho: Utah St is off a nice win over UNLV. Idaho was blanked by Hawaii, which gave up 200 to USC. Not really, just seemed that way. UTAH ST.

S.Carolina +12½ at Auburn:Alabama whipped Carolina on the road. Imagine what the Tigers / War Eagle will do at home. AUBURN.

Washington +21 at UCLA: If there is anything left of the Huskies after the Notre Dame debacle, the Bruins will devour the rest. UCLA is a growing power. UCLA.

Ark St -2 at UL-Monroe: A-State beat the daylights out of Florida International. Monroe isn’t a whole lot better. ARK ST.

And, now for the NFL.

Chargers +5½ at Patriots: Maybe Marty Ball has finally figured out how to correctly use Tomlinson and Gates in the game plan. Pats have another tough one here. CHARGERS.

Lions +6½ at Bucs: Nobody more than I knows how bad Detroit is on the road. However, the Lions are off a bye week. And, this number is way too high. LIONS.

Seahawks +2 at Redskins:Washington is also off a bye and lucky to beat Dallas. The wrong team is favored. We’ll ride Shaun Alexander into the end zone. SEAHAWKS.

Colts -7 at Titans: Tennessee is playing well for Jeff Fisher, but Indy is a real handful. It’s time Peyton breaks loose Nashville for all those UT fans. COLTS.

Bills PK at Saints: Well, New Orleans finally has a home game in San Antonio, if you can call this Texas city home. Bills are having problems scoring. That’s one thing the Saints can do. SAINTS.