Giant collapse eases pain for books

Nov 15, 2005 5:42 AM

Favorites continue to pay bettors well in the NFL, but the house can thank Green Bay and Minnesota from making last Sunday a total loss.

"It was basically a break even weekend for us," said Eric St. Clair, race and sports director at The Rampart in Summerlin. "The Vikings and Packers results knocked out all the teasers. However, we took a loss on the Sunday night game with Pittsburgh. Just about all the money was on the Steelers."

St. Clair said that nearly all the betting action at his book involves the NFL.

"The NBA nobody bets except for a few wiseguys who play the totals," St. Clair said. "Bettors are doing what they always do — play favorites. Fans don’t care what the line is, they are fearless in betting on their favorite team. There are a lot of bandwagon jumpers out there and they are winning betting favorites."

Favorites were 10-3 SU and 8-5 ATS for Week 10. Double digit favorites were 0-2 ATS

As for the colleges, we broke into positive numbers for the year. Too early to celebrate.

Last week: 6-4

Season: 55-54

N’western -14 at Illinois: There’s no fight left in the Illini, who can’t even display their Indian mascot. Maybe the NCAA is doing him a favor. The Wildcats were whipped last week at Ohio State. Here’s some fresh meat. N’WESTERN.

Kentucky +27 at Georgia: The Auburn loss between the hedges won’t heal in just one week. Dawgs are ripe for major letdown, which another group of Wildcats pounce upon. KENTUCKY.

Clemson +1 at S. Carolina: If Spurrier doesn’t beat Clemson, the win over Florida won’t mean a thing to Gamecock fans. Likewise for the Tigers after spanking Florida State in the Bowden Bowl. .CLEMSON.

Cincinnati +18 at USF: South Florida is off a nice road shutout of Syracuse and in a far better frame of mind than Cincy. USF

Alabama +7 at Auburn (37½): The Tigers are much better on offense than at the start of the year. Bama coming off that bitter OT loss to LSU. Pure hatred here. UNDER.

Tulsa -14 at Tulane (56):If Rice-Tulane can produce 76 points, imagine what Tulsa can do. Tulane is the perennial road team thanks to Hurricane Katrina. OVER.

Va Tech -7½ at Virginia: The Hokies have had plenty of time off to recover from the Miami defeat. Virginia too inconsistent to pull off the upset. . VA TECH.

Wyoming +7 at SD State: A few weeks ago, Wyoming would have been favored. WYOMING.

Ohio St. -2½ at Michigan (46): Just wouldn’t be right to leave this beauty out. Both teams playing their best ball offensively. Taking the higher ground. OVER.

Fresno St at USC: Biggest game in the history of Fresno State. The Bulldogs have nothing to lose, unlike the Trojans. Still it will be tough for Fresno to stay within two touchdowns at the end. USC.

Back to the pros, which have been kind to us.

Eagles +3½ at Giants: Look for Wellington Mara II. HC Coughlin will light a major fire under the G-men after self-destructing last week. Eagles off Monday night and short week. Bad timing. GIANTS.

Bills +10 at Chargers: Old time AFL matchup. Where’s Jack Kemp, Tobin Rote, Tom Sestak, Lance Alworth? Give LT two weeks and I’ll show you a rout. CHARGERS.

Panthers —3 at Bears (34½): It’s not all about the O here in Chicago. UNDER.

Colts —4½ at Bengals: Fully expect Chad Johnson to predict a Bengals win. You saw what the Steelers did at Cincy? This will be worse. COLTS.

Bucs +6 at Falcons: Except for Michael Vick, this is the year of the left-handed QB. Chris Simms became a man last week. Bucs have always had the answer to Vick on defense. BUCS.