Hail, Hail College ’06

Aug 29, 2006 7:58 AM

I am in my element. The college football season has arrived. All is good in the world and I can feel winners in my bones. Let’s get right to it.

Thursday, Aug. 31

BC-13 at C. Michigan: ACC vs the MAC. The visiting Eagles look to have another nice team. This game opened BC -14, but the early money took it down a peg. I wouldn’t buy into that move and will lay less then 2 TDs as BC gets tuned up for Clemson next week. BC.

N’western -3½ at Miami, O:The Redhawks may be down this year with just seven returning starters. Northwestern has won and covered its first game the past three years. This game opened NW -2½ and bet up. I think the move is correct. N’WESTERN.

S.Carolina -6 at Miss St:Gamecocks have won and covered the last three meetings. They look like a good bet to keep that streak alive. This game opened -7. I think you can lay the -6 and get away with Carolina winning by a TD a probable low scoring game. S.C.

UTEP +1 at SD St: Texas El Paso coach Mike Price one of the best in the business. This could be the year for QB Jordan Palmer, Carson’s little bro. Miners want this win in the worst way. Game opened State -2½ and bet down to -1. Don’t be surprised if the Miners end up as the favorite. UTEP.

Friday, Sept. 1

Nevada +11½ at Fresno St (57): The Bulldogs went into Mackay Stadium last year as a 15½-point favorite and were upset by the Wolf Pack 38-35. No mistakes this time as Fresno is home having to cover less than 2 TDs. Lay the -11½ and go to the bank. Play a teaser at -5. FRESNO ST

Saturday, Sept. 2

Vandy +25½ at Mich: The Wolverines just may underestimate a very solid Commodore team. Don’t see Michigan losing this game, but I think Vandy will hang around. VANDY.

Stanford +11 at Oregon (55): The Cardinal return 10 starters on offense from a team that covered the last 7 out of 8 games last year. Second year HC Walt Harris has bevy of new assistants, but has his team headed in the right direction. His record last year was a very deceptive 5-6, losing several close games late. STANFORD, OVER.

Hawaii +16½ at Alabama: The Warriors when they were called the Rainbows were usually a bet against when coming to the mainland. They have turned that around the past couple of years. These two have met twice with Hawaii getting the cover both times. HAWAII.

ECU +11½ at Navy (52½): The Midshipmen have been one of the best teams ATS in the country the past couple of years. That should continue. East Carolina has a new coach and may get overwhelmed early. BEST BET: NAVY.

Virginia +3½ at Pitt (45½): I was just back in the "burgh" last month and the talk was not about the Pirates or Penn State. It was all Pitt. The hype has made me a believer. but the Panthers will have to get past the Cavaliers before getting WVU at home and a big Bowl game. This game opened Pitt -2½ and moved up. I still believe! BEST BET II: PITT.

USC -8½ at Arkansas (51½): Revenge doesn’t get any sweeter than when the Trojans ride into Fayetteville. If this were 20 years ago, I most likely would go all in on this game. Times have changed and I’ll just make my normal play. The Razorbacks will be fired up to avenge last year’s 70-17 spanking in Los Angeles. ARKANSAS.

BYU +6½ at Arizona (51): Mike Stoops’ Wildcats lost five games last year by a TD or less, going 7-3 ATS. This looks to be Arizona’s come out year. Use the Cats in all your teasers. ARIZONA.