GT takes football picks to new depths

August 28, 2001 6:43 AM
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The Dirty Dozen featured on Thursday nights! What a nice touch on the part of the Mid-American Conference to schedule games each Thursday under the shroud of gaining some national television identity.

Of course, the mighty MAC will have to work hard to keep its teams buried in the rankings. At any rate, there’s plenty of betting information on the plate for college football’s first meal. Last week was just a snack.

Thursday, Aug. 30

(7) Navy at Temple: The highlight is seeing football again at historic Franklin Field, home to the 1960 NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles. Avoiding the Vet is a major coup. Navy lost as a 10-point home favorite last year, 17-6. The Middies are 2-1 ATS in the series since ’91, covering once as an underdog.

(8) Buffalo vs Rutgers: The visiting Bison fell as a 24-point road underdog last year, 59-0. Buffalo, which should look ahead to next week’s conference game against Bowling Green, may provide the home crowd with a few minutes of pleasure.

(9) C. Michigan vs E. Kentucky: First meeting. Central figures playing a 1-AA team is the formula for a 1-0 start. However, a loss would guarantee the Chippewas a top-five ranking. Eastern Kentucky is rated two notches behind No. 11 Connecticut in the Sagarin ratings at No. 150.

Saturday, Sept. 1

(1) Duke vs. Florida State: The unofficial defending champion is certain to keep the top spot by scheduling the Seminoles for the opener. The Blue Devils failed to cover as a 48 ½-point underdog last year, losing by 49. That’s how you get to be No. 1.

(2) UL-Monroe vs Sam Houston St: The host Indians are 3-1 SU against Sam Houston since 1991. UL-Monroe, known then as Northeast Louisiana, won the last meeting 34-31 in 1996. Monroe plays at Florida the following week in a “slightly” tougher game.

(3) Army (idle): The Cadets host Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 8. The players get to study films this week and enjoy the beauty of Michie Stadium. Army is 0-0 ATS in bye weeks. The Cadets are 2-0 ATS vs. Cincinnati.

(4) UL-Lafayette vs. Nicholls St: First meeting. Louisiana-Lafayette is doing its best to move up in the rankings by playing a 1-AA team. Nicholls State is rated No. 204 out of 242 teams from Division 1 and 1-AA in the Sagarin rankings. Definitely a crucial game toward No. 1.

(5) Kent at Iowa: First meeting. The Golden Flashes are 1-4 ATS in their last five opening games, but the win came last year in a 30-7 setback at Pittsburgh as a 25 ½-point underdog. Iowa improved late, going 4-0 ATS in its last four contests.

(6) Arkansas St at Georgia: This was the 1997 opening game matchup, with the Indians losing 38-7 in Athens as a 34-point underdog. Arkansas State is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 season openers. Georgia does not schedule difficult home openers.

(10) Nevada at BYU: First meeting. The Wolf Pack ranked in triple digits in scoring defense and total defense among 114 schools in Division I. Gary Crowton, known for high-powered offenses, takes over as the BYU coach. Nevada is 1-3 ATS in its last four openers. BYU is already playing its second game .

(11) Connecticut at Virginia Tech: UConn’s prayers were answered when Michael Vick decided to leave Virginia Tech for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the rest of the Hokies will show up. The “Big Least” wannabe lost to Boston College as a 28-point underdog last year, 55-3.

(12) Baylor: (idle) hosts Arkansas State on Saturday, Sept. 8. Baylor prepares the dinner table, while Georgia carves up A-State this week.

GT DIRTY DOZEN

(2000 records)  

  

W-L  

ATS

1  

Duke  

0-11  

5-6

2  

UL-Monroe  

1-10  

0-7

3  

Army  

1-10  

4-7

4  

UL-Lafayette  

1-10  

5-3

5  

Kent  

1-10  

3-7

6  

Arkansas St  

1-10  

4-6

7  

Navy  

1-10  

4-7

8  

Buffalo  

2-9  

7-4

9  

C. Michigan  

2-9  

3-8

10  

Nevada  

2-10  

4-8

11  

Connecticut  

3-8  

3-4

12  

Baylor  

2-9  

4-6