I will rebound from Cal loss

Oct 11, 2005 3:39 AM

I have taken some tough losses over the years, but like all players you just never get used to them. Especially, when you lose a game like California +2 against UCLA.

There is just no way to lose that game, but you do. So are you going to put your tail between your legs, say you’re so unlucky and quit? Absolutely not! I just burned my hat and dug deep into the vault to get a Steubenville Big Red model. They are undefeated so far this year. I’m firing again!

I may step back a tad, but there will be no quit in this guy.

College football
Thursday, Oct. 13

Clemson +4½ at NC State: The NC State defense put it all together in a big win against Georgia Tech as a 4½-point dog, eking out a 17-14 win. The Pack held off GT late on a first and goal situation. The Clemson Tigers can play a little "D" also and are coming off three straight tough losses (36-30 to Miami, FL, 16-13 to BC and 31-27 to Wake Forest. This could be decided by a late field goal. CLEMSON.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Georgia -15 at Vanderbilt: The "Dores" may have nothing left from a big start after losses to Middle Tennessee (17-15) and LSU (34-6). I just can’t see them getting many points on the board in this game. I will have to lay the points. GEORGIA.

USC —12½ at Notre Dame: Big time double revenge game for up and coming ND after being clobbered the last two years 45-zip and 49-9. I have to cringe a little trying to beat what looks like an NFL team in USC. But if it’s going to happen, this will be the place. Just ask the "Gipper." USC shows no covers in its last two wins and may get a late win. Must take the points and the crazy crowd in Irish land. Only negative is listening to NBC voices. NOTRE DAME.

Nebraska -2 ½ at Baylor: I got to give the Cornhuskers a lot of credit for the comeback against Iowa State and almost victory last week against Texas Tech. Both were at home and if improving Baylor can get the lead, I don’t think there will be a comeback in Waco. Baylor HC Guy Morriss is in his third year and is a solid 17-7-1 ATS. The Bears are 4-1 SU and 4-0 ATS this year, with the only loss coming in OT to Texas A&M. Baylor has been crushed in last five meetings since ’96, but this will be the best shot at the outright win. It would just seem right for the Bears to win and on their way to a bowl bid, especially after the Lady Bears won the NCAA basketball title. BAYLOR

Memphis +9 at Houston: The only game that Houston didn’t cover so far this year was a 38-24 loss to Oregon. I just don’t see the Memphis defense stopping an NFL type offense. Lay the lumber in this shootout. HOUSTON.

Tulsa -7 at Rice: The host Owls are 0-4 SU and ATS, while allowing an average of 50 points per game. Tulsa has been playing great and coming off a big 34-17 win at Southern Miss as a 12-point dog. It looks to be Tulsa time in approaching a bowl bid. TULSA.

Last week: 3-3

Season: 21-26

And now for NFL Week 6

It has been a bit of a struggle so far, but I’m switching my Steelers hat for a newer model. That should improve the mark.

Sunday, Oct. 16

Falcons -5 at Saints: I am betting against the Saints more than on the Falcons in this game in Baton Rouge. N.O. looks to be on a downward trend as a team with no country. FALCONS.

Patriots +3 at Broncos: Injury ridden NE pulled one out last week at Atlanta after blowing a big lead. Pats defense has been giving up points in record fashion. Don’t see the Super champs pulling one out late. Pats could easily be 1-4 if it weren’t for lucky win in Pittsburgh and late victory on a field goal at Atlanta. Broncos in top form and will cover at home. DENVER.

Last week: 3-5

Season: 7-8