From ’Dust rises GVR’s gem

Oct 17, 2006 1:07 AM

The first time walking into the Stardust Race book, I thought I had died and went to heaven.

It was the most spectacular Race book that had ever been built. With its high tech boards and horseshoe shape, this was the only place to play the ponies. How ironic that in the 21st century, the legendary "Dust" is about to become that and the new Green Valley Ranch book is like deja vu.

The new race and sports book at GVR is just spectacular. The horseshoe shape of the boards just did me in, just like the old Dust. Now Station Casinos has the two gems in the desert, Red Rock and GVR.

Back when I first started playing ponies at the old Waterford Park, there was an old saying that if you wanted to stop a runaway horse all you had to do was bet on the nag. That’s exactly what I did this past week betting college football. First, it was undefeated Missouri going into Texas A&M as a small two point favorite, only to get beat 25-19.

Then there was the undefeated Florida Gators going into Auburn as a two point dog and actually bet up to a two point favorite. I said I wouldn’t lose this game. Final score: Auburn 27-17. I was on East Carolina , 5-0 against the spread, getting points. Not enough, however, as ECU was never close in a 31-10 home loss to Tulsa.

My best bet, San Jose State at home, gave 13½ against lowly Utah State. When the game went all the way to -17, I knew it was trouble. Sure enough, San Jose played too late and won by just seven, 21-14.

Enough of this college football venting.

Thursday, Oct. 19

BG -7 at C. Mich: The host Chippewas look to exact revenge from the 38-14 thumping they got from the Falcons back in ’04. This year the Chippewas have been playing great and were competitive against Boston College and Michigan. Central Mich has gone 6-1 ATS and this looks like another good spot. C. MICH

Saturday, Oct. 21

Rutgers +6½ at Pitt: The only Pitt loss was to Michigan State early when the Spartans were playing good. Pitt blew a 10 zip lead in that game and has played well since. Rutgers is in the zone. The only time the Scarlet Knights didn’t cover was when they beat South Florida as a four point favorite, 22-20. I had the Scarlet that day so you can take this with a grain of salt. RUTGERS.

Indiana +31½ at Ohio St: Hoosiers’ fairy tale season with late wins over Illinois and Iowa is about to end abruptly. Heading into Columbus to facing No. 1, look for the super Buckeyes defense to shut IU down. OHIO ST.

UNLV +28½ at BYU: The host Cougars are on a roll. Don’t see the Rebels slowing them down, especially after a heartbreaking loss at home in OT last week. Just lay the wood here. Could be similar to last year’s 55-14 romp. BYU

Washington +22½ at Cal: The Golden Bears would really like to have another shot Tennessee after getting overwhelmed in the season opener in Knoxville, 35-18. Since then, it has been all Cal. The Bears have won six straight games and covered all five that had lines. I don’t see anyone stopping them as they head to the big USC on Nov. 18. CAL.

Fresno St +32½ at LSU: The ESPN2 network would probably like to change this game as things just get worse for the Bulldogs. If Hawaii can score 68 on them, LSU should be able to pour it on. The Tigers usually do if they have the chance, especially in Baton Rouge at night. LSU/BEST BET

Marshall +7½ at UAB: The Herd are 0-5 ATS. UAB, with revenge on its mind, should add to that dismal record. UAB.

Tulsa -12 at Memphis: My get even game of the week! How bad is Memphis losing to Arkansas State at home! The Tigers have only one straight up win to date and that was against Chattanooga. The visiting Golden Hurricane come in with three big wins in a row over three very good teams (24-23 over Navy, 20-6 over So Miss, 31-10 over East Carolina). Tulsa rolls to a Bowl. TULSA

As for the NFL, here’s who we endorse in Week 7. Patriots -5½, Dolphins -3½, Buccaneers +4, Browns +4½, Redskins +9½, Seahawks -7.