NFL exhibitions mean money if bettors can pick their spots

Aug 13, 2002 12:52 PM

Let’s take a look at some football for the upcoming week. I like to bet exhibitions, but you must search for your spots.

There are always some very good plays such as Washington was in its opener against San Francisco. That’s why the books take a very low wager on these games, compared with the regular season.

During the regular season, a bettor can wager upwards of $20,000 on an NFL side and $2,000 on totals. First of all, we will look at two spots that you will never see in regular season.

Thursday: Saints at Dolphins

The Dolphins played Monday and now must come back in just three days. Not much time to get ready or recover. Take the Saints.

Friday: Bucs at Jaguars

Tampa Bay gets to visit Jacksonville just four days after playing the Dolphins. Who made this schedule? The Jaguars really look like a solid play against the Bucs.

Sunday: Steelers at Redskins

Bill Cowher was steamed at his offense after that debacle against the Jets last Thursday. The proud Pittsburgh defense stated that Spurrier would never blow them away. Take the Steelers.

Monday: 49ers at Broncos

This will be worth watching. I like Denver, mostly because they have been just great of late at home in preseason, going 13-1 SU at home in the last 14 games.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Colorado State visits Virginia in the Jim Thorpe Classic to begin the college football season. Virginia is a 2-point favorite, but I think the line is with the wrong team. State has a superior ground attack and will control the temp. Take the points.

Friday, Aug. 23

Wisconsin hosts Fresno State in a huge revenge match for the Badgers. Wisconsin returns their entire offensive line. Look for a two-touchdown victory for the Badgers.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Features four games of which we like two. Take Texas Tech (+7.5) at Ohio State and New Mexico (+13) against North Carolina State.