Remember that great Mickey Gilley classic "The Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time?" Well, after last week, we took the bags off our selections.
Iowa, Clemson, Alabama, Washington State and Kent (no, not the cigarette) all lost outright as double-digit favorites. UTEP did the same giving 9Â½. Even Georgia was humbled as a -7 chalk at Kentucky.
In fact, early on, the dogs resembled a runaway train — going 14-4 against the spread. Then the favorites began picking up steam in the afternoon and prime time to close within 27-21. Still an unsatisfactory day for the faves.
Heck, even Ohio State had fits with Illinois. Ditto Michigan with Ball State, but we’ve been down that road with Lloyd Carr too many times. Praise of the dogs wouldn’t be complete without Wake Forest, the undisputed champion of the no respect brigade.
Somehow, we rose from the ashes with a fairly clean suit. We’ll tackle this week’s menu led by an unlikely matchup with major ACC title implications.
Miami, FL +2Â½ at Maryland: All the Terps do lately is win. The Canes are in free fall. Worst offense at the U since Overtown riots of the 80s. Coker’s job hanging on a thread. MARYLAND.
Cincinnati +18 at W. Virginia: The Mounties will need at least another week to get over Louisville. Great cover spot for improved Bearcats. CINCY.
Wake +7 at Florida St: Wake is 8-1 for the first time since 1944. Wasn’t that the year of D-Day? Well it isn’t June 4, but the Seminoles blanked Virginia last week. They have found a QB named Lee and it’s Appomatix for the Deacs. FSU.
Navy +12 at E. Michigan: Middies will be able to overpower this MAC cupcake. No pass plays necessary. NAVY.
Tennessee +5Â½ at Arkansas: The Hogs nearly blew it at South Carolina, but they have a great chance to wind up in the SEC title game against Florida. If the Vols are motivated, they win. Too many points, even trusting D-McFadden. TENN.
S. Carolina +13 at Florida: Give WR Sidney Rice one TD and Florida can have the rest. Revenge is sweet in Gainesville for Gators against Spurrier. FLORIDA.
Minnesota at Mich St: Calling Dr. Phil? MINNY.
N. Mexico St at Fresno St: This is personal. The Mexicans cost me money for a second half collapse. Fresno has a chance to let out all its hostility for one bad season. FRESNO.
Ohio St at N’western: Memo to the Wildcats. Call in sick. OHIO ST.
Cal at Arizona: Yes, we’ll take credit for calling Arizona’s upset of Washington State. Now we’re warning Cal. ARIZONA.
Texas at K-State: Manhattan is not an easy place to play, even with Snyder gone. Colt will be sweating a bit. KANSAS ST.
Oregon St at UCLA: We’re standing in the way of this Beaver stampede to a decent bowl game. OREGON ST.
La Tech at Hawaii: In honor of Election Day, I approved this slaughter. HAWAII.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Louisville at Rutgers: Who said the Big East would collapse when Miami, BC and Virginia Tech left? I burned the tapes on my statement. I think Louisville will be over West Virginia and focused. Rutgers is one-dimensional, meaning their fine running game needs to be in front. Look for the Ville to attack early and keep the heat on. LOUISVILLE.