There was an old television commercial with these two old ladies sitting there eating a hamburger that was mostly all bun and no burger and they would say "Where’s the beef?"
Well they would be in the 100s today, but I can tell them the beef was on the sidelines last Friday coaching in the Kansas/Toledo football game. I think HC Mark Mangino of KU won the battle. Mangino looked like he may have topped off at 400 pounds, never meeting a plate of pasta he didn’t like. Toledo HC Tom Amstutz wasn’t far behind, saying he had just trimmed 50 pounds off his enormous figure.
As far as the NFL, it was a bad week for the books. Most of the big favorites got there (11-4 ATS) with a few exceptions like the Dolphins and the Broncos. Just watching Miami game was like watching someone in a dream world. QB Daunte Culpepper looked like this was his first ever NFL start. He really stunk it up out there. HC Saban may be wishing he was back at LSU couching kids that want to play.
In fact, it was a sad weekend for the entire state of Florida as the Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles both went down in college ball. Tampa Bay looked like the Dolphins, continuing its no offensive ways. The only place where the sun seeped through the clouds was in Tennessee where the Florida Gators pulled out a big 21-20 win. However, they could not cover the -3Â½ point spread and took me down the tubes.
Well, I like a lot of games this week so let’s get on with it.
Thursday, Sept. 21
Virginia +17 at Ga Tech: UVa has had a very good ATS record against GT. Getting 17 here looks like a must take. But I will just have to lay it this time. The Cavaliers outright stink, scoring just 36 points in three games. GA TECH.
Saturday, Sept. 23
Wisconsin +14Â½ at Mich: The Badgers are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and catch Michigan coming off big win at Notre Dame. A must take as the Wisconsin defense keeps it close. WISCONSIN.
Minnesota -2Â½ at Purdue: The Boilermakers gave up 35 points to Indiana State, 31 points to Miami,Ohio and 28 points to Ball State. This is not a very good defense. The chalk in this series has gone 8-2 ATS in last 10 meetings. MINNY.
Miami,O +6Â½ at Syracuse: Just maybe the Orangemen are not that bad. They have played three straight good games, going 3-0 ATS with a nice win on the road last week. Miami-Ohio is not very good this year as the 16-14 home loss to Kent would indicate. SYRACUSE.
Ohio +20 at Missouri: This is the third straight road game for Ohio and that won’t bode well traveling into Columbia. Look for the Tigers to light it up for the hometown fans. MISSOURI.
UNC +16 at Clemson: How bad is North Carolina? The Tar Heels barely got by Furman last week 45-42 and now faces a Tigers team that should be undefeated except for a bad luck loss to BC. This would be my best bet if it weren’t for Clemson coming off a big win at Florida State. CLEMSON.
Kent +7 at Bowling Green: The Golden Flashes are much improved. The dog has been the play, going 7-2 ATS in the series. KENT.
Cincinnati +26 Â½ at Va Tech: I have suffered back-to-back hard luck beats with the Bearcats so I just give up on them. My choice is the home side, covering both games that have had spreads. The Hokies have given up only 10 points. VA TECH.
Utah State +30 Â½ at BYU: Cougars coming off a hard fought tough loss in OT at Boston College. BYU has found a real patsy here. Utah State has scored 7 in three games. BYU.
Penn St +16 Â½ at Ohio St: Revenge Game II on the Buckeyes schedule, following Texas. Now it’s time to take care of Penn State, who just caught Ohio State at a perfect time last year to win 17-10. There will be no place like Columbus this Saturday. I give the Nittany Lions no shot here and don’t see coach Tressel letting up. BEST BET OHIO ST.
UCLA -3Â½ at Wash: Bruins 7-2-1 ATS and the better team here. UCLA.
Air Force -1 at Wyoming (51Â½): The Cowboys have a big time defense, holding Boise State to just 17. The Boys also have covered the last five meetings. WYOMING.
BC -7 at NC State: Only -7! What are the lines makers thinking? Who in their right mind would bet on the Wolfpack. Not me. BC.
Colorado +26Â½ at Georgia: Things go from bad to worse for the Buffaloes and HC "Diamond" Dan Hawkins. Imagine heading into Athens and facing a defense that doesn’t give up anything. In fact the total on this game is listed some places at 36Â½. Could be another shutout. GEORGIA.
Temple +27 at W. Mich: If Temple was in Division 1-AA, it would still be one of the worst teams ever. If I were still running a book, the Owls would never be on the board. I’d rather put up Steubenville’s Big Red. Temple has managed 3 points this year — and that was against Buffalo! The Owls are off two straight 62-0 defeats, and they could have been worse. W.MICH.
Miss St +10 at UAB: Miss State is just a bad team that couldn’t get by Tulane at home. UAB is very solid and should get the cover. UAB.
Utah -6Â½ at San Diego St: Solid Utes will dominate on defense, get the win and cover in San Diego. UTAH.
Notre Dame -4 at Mich St: The dog in this series is 8-2 ATS. The Irish may not be as good as advertised. Michigan State proved something with blowout win last week in Pittsburgh. MICH ST.
Fla Atlantic +29 at S.Carolina: The Owls have no offense whatsoever and face a team that is all defense. If South Carolina scores 30, it will cover. S.C.
Now my pro football picks that all have been drooling for:
BENGALS +3 over the Steelers; BEARS -3 over the Vikings, UNDER 33; CARDS -4Â½ over the Rams; GIANTS +3Â½ (BEST BET) over the Seahawks; PATRIOTS -6Â½ over the Broncos