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Final exhibition spreads full of uncertainty

Aug 28, 2007 4:34 AM

The NFL preseason ends with the most volatile week of spreads for the bookmakers and bettors.

Some teams will not use many starters, others may try for an easy win before the real season starts, just to get the fans excited.

So here’s a 4-pack to go.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Bills +3½ at Lions (36½): Detroit won two games before getting crushed by the Colts. A sold out hometown crowd is the difference. LIONS

Skins +4 at Jags (34½): Skins not very good, but except top effort here. SKINS

Browns +5 at Bears (35½): You won’t see Bears HC Lovie Smith take any chances with his top players. Cleveland wants a win. BROWNS

Friday, Aug. 31

Colts NL at Bengals (NT): Colts have absolutely no interest in winning. BEST BET: BENGALS.

Last wk: 9-6. Best bets: 2-1

Preseason record: 27-26


On to college!

The start of college football this week means the return of parlay cards, teasers, super teasers, first half cards, money line and reverse teasers.

I love betting the reverse teaser with its very high payouts. The only problem is that I have only cashed one time. It was for some good dough, probably enough to keep me ahead for the year. Reverse teasers are at the MGM Mirage properties and the Hard Rock sports book.

Thursday, Aug. 30

LSU -17 at Miss St: I would usually stay away from a game like this, but since it is on ESPN I think the LSU defense will play big time to prove a point. Miss State will be fortunate to get 7 points. LSU.

Friday, Aug. 31

Navy -21 at Temple: The Midshipmen have been great in covering the point spread (32-14) the past several years. My rabbi friend said Temple was a good bet on Saturday. Well, this game is on a Friday. NAVY

Saturday, Sept. 1

Virginia -4½ at Wyoming: Good revenge spot for the Cowpokes. Virginia edged Wyoming in OT last year at Charlottesville, where the Cavs are 16-6 ATS the last 22 home games. Traveling to Laramie means few distractions and boredom. WYOMING.

Wash St +14 at Wisconsin: The Badgers are loaded and the Camp Randall faithful are thinking Big Ten title. Money line strong with Badgers 18-1 SU the last 19 games at home and 12-6 ATS. Big time Badger defense shuts WSU down. BEST BET: WISCONSIN.

W. Forest +6 ½ at BC: The Deacons exploded on to the scene last year winning 11 games and going 8-1 ATS as a dog. Wake has played the Eagles four times, going 2-2 SU and 4-0 ATS — all as a dog. BC

Arizona +5½ at BYU: The Cougars look to revenge a 16-13 loss in Tucson, where they had several chances to win. Now Zona must play in Provo. BYU.

Tenn +5 at Cal: The Game of the Week. Cal had high expectations last year until they went into Neyland Stadium and were overwhelmed early in front of 104,000 crazed Vols fans. Now it’s a chance at redemption. The Bears are thinking they have a shot at the Pac Ten if they can get to Southern Cal, a 44-point favorite in its opener with Idaho. CALIFORNIA.

Big Red update:

Steubenville’s mighty Big Red won 49-0 in their home opener. There was a National TV crew in Ohio filming the entire week up to the game. The footage will be aired as a special in the very near future. I will definitely keep you posted on date and time for airing.

This week is one of the toughest games on Steubenville’s regular season schedule — Akron Buchtel. Big Red won by a TD last year.