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Â Cards +3 at Bills (34.5):
Of Arizona's three previous road games, two were in domes and the other
in Frisco. Buffalo can be harsh, even in late October. If Bledsoe stops
throwing INTs in the red zone, Bills should cover. BUFFALO.
Giants +7 at Vikings (48): Minnesota 2-1 ATS at home, but has
been under .500 as a favorite five of the last six years. G-Men off
horrible effort against Lions, but are 2-0 SU/ATS in last two trips to
Metrodome. NY GIANTS.
Colts -1.5 at Chiefs (57): Early money on the Chiefs, who
regained some lost support after 46-point pounding of Atlanta. However,
KC is 0-4 ATS lifetime against Indy. Can't see sorry Chiefs pass defense
stopping Manning. INDY.Â
Dolphins +7 at Jets (36): Miami became last NFL team to break
into the win column with upset of St. Louis. Monday night at the
Meadowlands, plus Jets' 10-2-1 ATS edge on Dolphins in last 13 are too
much to ignore. NY JETS.
Panthers +8 at Seahawks (39): Carolina is strapped of offensive
weapons with Steve Smith out and the ground game banged up. Seattle is
home for first time since blowing a 17-point lead to the Rams. Expect an
Bengals +3 at Titans (40.5): The teams are a combined 3-10 ATS.
Bengals off that big Monday night win over Denver could come in flat
during the short week. Steve McNair (sternum) and Chris Brown (turf toe)
have not practiced, but it's a must game and we think they will play. No
road covers yet for Cincy. TENNESSEE.
Last week: 3-2
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UConn +2.5 at Syracuse: The Orange
has proven to be a far better team in the Dome than on the road. The
Huskies are playing just their second game away from home, losing by
double-digits at BC. SYRACUSE.
at Okla St: Cowboys
have covered the last three meetings in Stillwater and come off big
comeback win over Missouri. Sooners won at K-State by just 10 and Pokes
are better. OKLA ST.
Kansas -4.5 at Iowa St: Tough spot for the Jayhawks giving points
to a school that has a 5-1 ATS mark in the last six matchups. Plus, Kansas
is off a 31-point loss at Oklahoma. Love the home-conference dog upset
play. IOWA ST.
FSU -11.5 at Maryland: Terps return home off a cover, but
last-minute loss to Clemson. Seminoles have owned Maryland in the series
and are playing better with new QB Sexton. FLORIDA ST
TCU +6 at Cincinnati: The Frogs have no defense and Cincy QB
Guidugli finally came out his funk with huge game in stunning blowout win
over Memphis. At 3-4, Bearcats are suddenly in bowl picture with another
impressive win. CINCY.
Kentucky +3 at Miss State: We think HC Croom will have the Bulldogs
back to earth after a week of celebrating the huge upset win over Florida.
Kentucky has been held to 17 points or less in six of seven games. MISS
Texas -13.5 at Colorado: The Longhorns are 1-5 ATS in their last
six games and are faced with giving points at Boulder for the first time
in the series. Buffs played Missouri tough last week and Texas only beat
Mizzu by 8. COLORADO.
Last week: 5-2
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Titans -3 total 40.5: Cincinnati finally got their first win on
national television this past Monday with a very emotional effort. That
emotion just won't carry over into Tennessee so look for the Bengals to
revert back to their losing ways. The Titans in desperate need of a home
win and are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games with Cincinnati. TITANS
Colts at Chiefs +1.5 total 57: Indianapolis lost a heartbreaker
last week at home against the Jaguars and will be all out for this game.
Colts are 6-0 SU and ATS in six meetings with KC. Last year's game between
these two was won by the Colts 38-31 and see about the same result here in
another high scoring game. COLTS and OVER.Â
Patriots at Steelers +3 total 42.5: I really tried to find a
reason to bet the Steelers here but just couldn't. Yes Pittsburgh has won
all four games that Big Ben has started but they were against Miami,
Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dallas, four teams with losing records. The
Steelers just haven't faced a team of this caliber with a Super Bowl
defense that can stop two "Busses". I see Roethlisberger
in big time trouble here as the Pats keep the streak alive. PATS $$$$$
Last week: 2-0
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Penn State at Ohio State
-5: Buckeyes got back on the winning track last week as the beat
Indiana 30-7 after three straight losses. Buckeyes need to win final four
games if they want to get to a good Bowl game. Just can't see Penn State
coming into Columbus and beating Ohio State. Penn State has come here four
times and lost all four games SU and ATS. OHIO STATE
Washington at Oregon -20: Huskies are 0-7 ATS this year. Enough
said. The Ducks have won and covered their last three games and are 5-2
ATS this year including a very nice win over a good Stanford team last
week. Oregon also looking for double revenge after being thumped the
last two years by the Huskies 42-14 and 42-10. OREGON
Stanford at UCLA -5.5: The Cardinal still in the Bowl mix and this
will be a must win for them. They have a superior defense and the Bruins
play little or no defense. Stanford has been the underdog in this series
the last six meetings and has covered all six. Look for the seventh
straight here. STANFORD
Utah at San Diego State +18: The Utes have turned into a scoring
machine and when they get in front they don't let up. Utah is 7-0 SU and
6-1 ATS and looking for a BCS Bowl bid so don't look for any mercy here.
San Diego State is 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four games while averaging
11.5 points a game. That won't get the cover here. UTAH
Last week: 2-1
Cardinals at Buffalo -3.5:
The Cardinals proved they were legit with their win over the Seahawks.
And Buffalo has one of the weakest offenses in the league. Give Arizona a
chance to keep it close. ARIZONA.
NY Giants at Minnesota -7, total 48: The Giants came out flat after
its bye week, a common occurrence for NFL teams. They'll be able to move the
ball through the air against lackluster Viking defense. The Vikes will get
their scores as well in this high-scoring contest. GIANTS and the OVER.
Colts -2 at Chiefs 57: Talk about lighting it up. After their loss,
the Colts will come out throwing. But the Chiefs have the firepower to keep
pace. Both defenses have enough holes to allow for some big numbers. CHIEFS
and the OVER.
San Francisco +2 at Chicago: It may be the most horrible match-up of
the day, but it's probably the most likely winner. The Niners blasted this
team last year 49-7, and the Bears appear to be headed toward oblivion again
this season. SAN FRANCISCO.
Miami at NY Jets -7: Four weeks ago the Dolphins lost 17-9 to the
Jets, but they made too many mistakes, turnovers and penalties. Miami
actually out-gained the Jets and they're playing better now. MIAMI.
Last week: 2-4
Purdue -9 at Northwestern:
Boilermakers need a win after back-to-back home losses, but Wildcats are
playing better and can move the football on the ground. Can't see Purdue
pulling away in this one. NORTHWESTERN.
Penn State at Ohio State -6: Penn State held Iowa to two field goals
last week, which should have been enough to win. But it wasn't. But the
Nittany Lions will find some offense this week after being blanked last
week. Ohio State offense doesn't scare anyone and Penn State "D"
can keep them in check. PENN STATE.
Missouri -2.5 at Nebraska: As bad as Nebraska has been, it's hard to
believe this game is for control of the Big 12 North Division. The Huskers
attack was pitiful against K-State last week (9 first downs and 3 pass
completions!) and the offense has turned the ball over 27 times this season.
Oklahoma -12.5 at Oklahoma State: The talking heads are fawning all
over OU's Adrian Peterson for his seventh straight 100-yard game last week.
But the Sooners actually struggled for most of the game to get past Kansas.
The Cowboys have a solid rushing attack of its own, though their passing
attack is suspect. Nevertheless, Okie State has won two of the last three
meetings and will play hard here. OKLAHOMA STATE.
Air Force at Wyoming -2.5: Air Force gave up more than 350
yards/passing last week versus BYU. Wyoming's Bramlett should post similar
numbers. Plus, the 'Pokes have a strong home field; they've won and covered
all three games this year. WYOMING.
Arizona State at California -15.5: Both teams have high-octane
offenses, but Cal has a defense ... something UCLA didn't have last week.
Cal is getting short shrift in BCS hunt so this could be chance to bolster
its stock. CALIFORNIA.
USC -24.5 at Washington State: The So Cal schools always seem to have
problems in the Northwest at this time of the year. Cold, dank, slippery
when wet type fields spell tough sledding for golden-haired favorites. Plus,
the Cougars can put up some points of their own. WASHINGTON STATE.
Last week: 6-4