NFL teams begin to hit their stride

Sep 29, 2009 5:10 PM
Getting Rich with Saber by Richard Saber |

Just another crazy week in college football and another very exciting weekend in the NFL with many games coming down to the wire; like the 49ers and Vikings game. If you had the 49ers on the money line, that was a tough beat on what was a miracle play.

Who would have thought the Titans would be 0-3 or the Jets and Broncos both 3-0? The Ravens, Colts, Vikings, Giants are all playing as expected, but what about the Saints? They are for real with that big road win at Buffalo.

The Chargers and Steelers are overrated as are the Redskins and Titans. The Browns are just a bad team. The Bengals are underrated and the Lions look like they are coming to play every week, as do the 49ers, who should be 3-0.

In college football every week is a mystery, and now with the injury to Florida’s star QB who spent the night in the hospital with a concussion, you just never know.

Southern California horse racing fans will be happy starting this Wednesday as the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita opens, and bedded down in Arcadia is Mine That Bird, who will have two races, including the Breeders’ Cup main event.

We will be covering all the races at Oak Tree here on our  website.

Each and every day of the meet we will be putting out pick threes and pick fours, along with dime super’s and much more; just call 798-1151 or go to our site and get on board for a great ride.

With the Breeders’ Cup on November 6-7, Zack Goldberg, the Rodney Dangerfield of race and sports book directors, and the knowledgeable Vic Vivio, will be hosting our annual BC seminar in the Palace Station race book on Thursday, November 5, at 6 p.m. So put that on your calendar of events as a must attend.

Now let’s move on to some of my early selections in college and pro football.

College football

Friday, Oct. 2

Utah State +24½ at BYU: The Aggies from Utah State have been a very scrappy team this year with a cover over Utah getting +21 and a cover over Texas A&M when getting +17; they have some offense this year and have covered their last seven times on the road against a non conference opponent when getting +35 or less. UTAH STATE +24½

Saturday, Oct. 3

South Florida -7½ at Syracuse: This could be a very good play as the Bulls from South Florida are coming off of that huge 17-7 win over Florida State last week and now must travel to Syracuse and play the much improved Orange who have covered all three of their lined games and come off of back-to-back wins; and they could have beaten Minnesota. SYRACUSE +7½

Florida State -5½ at Boston College: They call it gambling for a reason: the question is which Seminole team will show up this week, the one that beat BYU 54-28 and the one that scored 34 against Miami or the one that could only get 19 vs. Jacksonville State or the one that could only muster a seven spot last week? We will gamble the one that beat BYU, maybe they like playing on the road. FLORIDA STATE -5½

Colorado State -3½ at Idaho: The Rams coming off a hard fought loss at BYU must stay on the road and face a very good Idaho team; the Vandals are 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS. IDAHO +3½

Ohio State -17 at Indiana: Buckeyes appear to be on a mission after disastrous loss to USC as no one has crossed their goal line since. It will be defense once again as they roll on to a one-loss season. OHIO STATE -17


Sunday, Oct. 4

Ravens +2½ at Patriots: This game will signal if the Ravens are good enough to get to the promised land, and after watching them in all three of their games I say yes. Bet the money line. RAVENS MONEY LINE

Bengals -4 at Browns: Are you sure about this line? No but it may be close. If less than -7 just go and bet as the "Dawg’s" are just bad and the cats are a good team. BENGALS -4

Lions +12 at Bears: Two TDs? Give me a break; the Bears are a nice team but are not as yet a two touchdown favorite over anyone in the NFL. LIONS +12

Jets +6½ at Saints: This looks like the game of the week, but you would have never imagined that last month. If you have ever been in New Orleans on a football weekend, you know they rock and roll. Now with a real contender the place will be unbelievable. Saints just may have more "O" than the upstart Jets can handle. SAINTS -6½

Note: I have been getting many inquiries asking how the Big Red is doing. My uncle, Guy Lamantia, was my Big Red link and as loyal a fan as you can be (he slept, ate and lived Big Red). Since he passed away last year I lost a little interest, but their big game with the Massillon Tigers will be coming up on Oct. 9, so I will give some updates starting next week.

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