Wow, what a crazy topsy-turvy football weekend we just had.
My little parlay card stand on the Strip had another great weekend as the favorites continue not to cover the spread. In fact most aren’t even able to win the games outright, which gets me to my favorite "Boob" of the Week award.
Two weeks ago professional tout service Dr. Bob was "Boob" of the week. Then, yours truly took down the honors. Dr "Boob" who is becoming the darling of the Las Vegas sports books with his weekly moves continuing to take a dump almost regained the "Boob" with his top plays going 1-6. He released UCLA, Nebraska, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan St, Arizona. His only winner, Florida, beat me. I must give him credit for his opinion games going 7-2 so he did finish at 50 percent (8-8).
My early selections, published Monday mornings, places me at a complete disadvantage. Well, I actually could have hit a seven-team teaser as all my selections won outright, but Army could only win by 3 as a -6Â½ point favorite, Texas A&M won by 1 as a -6 point favorite, LSU won by 4 as a -8 point favorite, Troy won by 18 as a -19 point favorite. A guy came up to me and showed me his seven team teaser that made me decide that the weekly "Boob" award was up for grabs. This week I will spread it out among three deserving people.
First is Pete Carroll, head coach of previously No. 1 USC who lost at home to Stanford as a -41 point favorite. Second, is Karl Dorrell who lost at home 20-6 to previously winless Notre Dame. Third, is the idiot official who reviewed the TD by Missouri at the end of the first half when the play on the field was called no catch. They replayed it at least six times and the announcers all agreed it was a clean catch in bounds. You could see clearly that he had his foot in bounds. But after this idiot looked for about five minutes he let the play stand.
I have now seen this happen on several occasions, so why waste time with the reviews, I think the official that reviewed it should be reviewed.
There is an old saying in horse betting that if you want to stop a runaway horse just bet on him. Well after listening to all the experts this past week and after releasing the Packers at home over the Bears, I knew I had the wrong side. All week it was Brett this Brett that, Green Bay this, Green Bay that. The Bears are finished, the Bears defense gave up, no QB, etc.
The lesson here is Bears 27, Packers 20. Enough said.
I ran into Adam Reisner this past weekend. Reisner was an old employee of mine at the Palace Station and the son of legendary sports book guru Sonny Reisner. Adam worked for me on the phones back in my Stardust days. I asked Adam how he was doing with his betting and he passed this on to me.
"I am one of the best sports bettors in the country," he said. "My only problem is that I do my betting in the city."
Now on to some early selections as I try to keep the "Boob" hat off my head.
Friday, Oct. 12
Hawaii -18 at San Jose St: The Rainbow Warriors can light up the scoreboard, but they also give up a lot of points in the process. Take last week when Utah State put up 37. San Jose plays some defense and in revenge mood. SAN JOSE.
Saturday, October 13
Louisville +10 at Cincy: Louisville getting 10 at Cincy on the surface looks like a lot, but I must stay with the red hot Bearcats. They just keep winning and covering every game so far this year. They are the second best college team in Ohio, just a touchdown behind the Ohio State Buckeyes. CINCY.
Alabama -7Â½ at Miss: The Crimson Tide opened up a 23-0 lead last week at home against Houston and just did hold on to 30-24 as a -11 point favorite. Ole Miss not bad this year as the 30-24 loss to Florida can attest. OLE MISS.
Baylor +23 at Kansas: KU just went into arch rival Kansas State’s home court and beat them 30-24 and now is 5-0 SU and 4-0 ATS. Normally I don’t like to bet these teams off a big win, but I don’t see any let up here. KANSAS
BC -14 at Notre Dame: The rosary beads will be flying in this matchup with undefeated BC coming to town. The Irish got the monkey off their back last week with a huge upset win at UCLA. Their defense has really come alive, holding the Bruins to a measly six points. BC has done everything right so far this year going 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS. That lone no cover was a 37-17 win over Army as a -27 point favorite. The Fighting Irish will come to play this Saturday and getting two touchdowns looks like a real bargain. BEST BET: ND.
LSU -9 @ Kentucky: LSU off great game with Florida winning 28-24 in a real hard hitting bruising affair. Just don’t see them being able to get up for Kentucky. The Wildcats get two extra days rest for this big game, coming off disappointing 38-23 loss at South Carolina last Thursday. UK will also be trying to get some revenge from last year’s 49-0 trouncing at Baton Rouge. KENTUCKY.
Sunday, Oct. 15
Nevada +18 at Boise St: The road team in college football playing on Sunday for some unknown reason just can not cover the spread. This past Sunday it was New Mexico St losing 58-0 on the road at Boise. Now, it’s Nevada who just gave up 49 to Fresno St at home. BEST BET 2: BOISE ST.
Sunday, Oct. 14
Texans +7 @ Jags: The Jaguars defense doesn’t give up spit and the facial score by KC last week came right at the end of the game. Jags lost both games to Houston last year so they will not be taking them for granted. JAGS.
Titans +3 at Bucs: Titans are 5-0 as a dog off back to back wins. TITANS.
Raiders +10 at Chargers: San Diego exploded last week at Denver, romping 41-3. Raiders had the week off and could be coming into a hornets nest. The Chargers may be back. CHARGERS.
Saints +6 Â½ at Seahawks: What looked on paper to be a big game before the season starts now looks like a bust for NBC. Saints 0-4 SU and ATS and my guy in New Orleans Syl Friedman told me he could not ever give his season tickets on the 50 yard line away for free. It could be a good thing that the Saints are marching out of town, but I will just keep betting against them. SEAHAWKS.
BIG RED UPDATE:
Roll Red roll was the cry at Harding Stadium this past Friday as the Steubenville (Ohio) Big Red continued its march to yet another undefeated season, beating a tough Baltimore Maryland St Joe team. Next week, it’s on the road to Wheeling (WVa) to face Wheeling Park.