The rakes were again out in full force last Saturday as the Nevada sports books cleaned the players clocks.
On NFL Sunday, the players regrouped a little as the books were just a small winner — saved by New Orleans whipping the Seahawks in the late NBC game. My little parlay card stand on the strip was again a huge success, especially with almost every parlay and teaser card having the Houston Cougars (-21) on them.
This was one of the two 4 Star picks released by the good Dr. Bob. The other being Oklahoma (-10Â½). Houston was bet up to -27, won 56-48, and all the cards went down the tubes. The Sooners actually looked like they had the cover, but a late Missouri score took it away as Oklahoma only won 41-31. It was another big win for the books as the game was bet up to -13Â½.
But the good Dr. did have some winners. His top picks ended up 3-3, so I can’t award him the "Boob" of the Week award. He will have to wait until next week.
I did hear that the Las Vegas books were going to all get together and send Dr. Bob a real nice Christmas present, even if he doesn’t celebrate the federal holiday. I even heard things like a new caddy or corvette. Wow, I wish people followed my losers like that so I could get a great Christmas present from the books. No such luck.
So who wins the "Boob" of the Week? I was going to award it to the freshman QB from Cal, who with time running out and the Golden Bears in field goal range, let the clock run out instead of just tossing the ball out of bounds. It cost Cal the game and No. 1 ranking. I will have to forgive him since he’s only a freshman and it was his first start. So, we will wait until next week to see what happens.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Penn St -7Â½ at Indiana: Joe Pa’s team just may be looking ahead a little. Next week they get No. 1 Ohio State in Happy Valley. That is, of course, if the Buckeyes can beat Michigan State this week as a -17 point home favorite. Indiana was crushed 52-27 last week by Michigan State and may be in the mood to give the Lions a game. INDIANA.
Kansas -4Â½ at Colorado: KU continues to pour it on, now 6-0 SU, 5-0 ATS, averaging 50 points a game and allowing just over 9. Last week Colorado got beat up (47-20) by Kansas St, a team Kansas defeated 30-24. KANSAS.
Memphis +2 at Rice: My father "Broadway Bennie Saber" once told me "never bet on bad teams. I will go against the advice here and lay the -2 with the Owls, which beat a good So Miss team and took Houston to the limit last week losing late 56-48. Memphis was lucky getting past a poor Marshall team 24-21 at home, then lost to Middle Tennessee at home last week 21-7. RICE.
Tenn PK at Alabama: I was hoping to get a field goal, but I will still go with the Vols, who have won and covered their last three. A win here puts them in contention for a big bowl game if able to beat South Carolina in Knoxville next week. TENN.
Oklahoma -28 at Iowa St: Are you crazy laying 4 TDs on the road? Iowa St has only scored more the two TDs once this year and that was against Toledo in a 36-35 loss. The Sooners love to pour it on. They beat North Texas 79-10, Miami (FL) 51-13, Utah State 54-3, Tulsa 62-21. Here is another. OKLA.
Michigan St +17 at Ohio St: I am a Buckeyes fan through and through, but I just hated to see Cal lose. Now the Buckeyes are No. 1 and have the bullseye on them. The Bucks crushed Michigan State last year 38-7, so there is a little revenge factor here. Ohio State has really played a cake schedule (Youngstown St, Akron, Northwestern, Minnesota, Kent State). The only two half decent teams were Washington and Purdue. I don’t think the Buckeyes will lose, but they could be looking ahead to that huge game next week in Happy Valley against Penn State. MICH ST.
San Jose St +12Â½ at Fresno St: Fresno State playing very good of late and gets a chance to exact some revenge on the Spartans, a team the Bulldogs lost to last year 24-14. This will be Fresno’s first home game after back-to-back road wins and covers. FRESNO ST.
Auburn +11 at LSU: The LSU Tigers will be in a double bad mood after losing to Kentucky last week 43-37. I still don’t understand that last play running the ball up the middle on fourth down? Also, LSU fell at Auburn last year 7-3. Don’t see much scoring, but I do think LSU will be up big time for this one. LSU / UNDER.
Arkansas St +2Â½ at MTSU: Middle Tennessee can play as its last two games can attest — losing to Virginia 23-21 and beating Memphis 21-7. MTSU also played Louisville tough early in the season. Middle Tenn is 5-1 SU and ATS vs Ark St. MTSU.
Sunday, Oct. 21
Patriots -16 at Dolphins: Too enticing to pass up Miami at home getting this many. By the way, the Pats are just 2-8 ATS in Game 7 the past 10 years. Also the Pats are 0-7 ATS away after scoring 35 or more points. The Pats do have a little revenge, having lost to the Dolphins last year in Miami 21-0. I really don’t see New England having any desire here, while Miami has nothing to lose except another game. DOLPHINS.