Riding our luck with Irish, 3 free college football picks

Oct 9, 2012 3:10 AM

Doc’s Sports Service continued its recent hot streak for Gaming Today that has produced a 9-3 record in our last 12 picks for a winning percentage of 75 percent. 

Each week of the college football season, we utilize over 40 years of handicapping expertise to come up with our top three selections for GT. 

Now in our 41st year, Doc’s has earned a reputation as being one of the premier selection services companies in the sports gaming industry with a heavy emphasis on college football especially when it comes to the Big Ten. 

This has become our “home conference” and the added concentration on the Big Ten has paid major dividends for as long as we have been making picks. We went big on Indiana and Purdue last week as two up and comers in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers went toe-to-toe with Michigan State in a tight 31-27 loss to easily cover as 14-point underdogs on the road.

We were a bit too optimistic with the Boilermakers which was evident in a lopsided 44-13 loss to Michigan as three-point home underdogs, but are not ready to give-up on them yet. We ended the week with the correct play on Ohio State, which simply demolished Nebraska 63-38 as a five-point favorite at home.

Here are this week’s selections with opening lines provided by 5Dimes.

Purdue PK vs. Wisconsin: Purdue failed to show up last week against the Wolverines, but to us that is all the more reason to jump right back on the Boilermakers’ train this week. This is still a solid team on both sides of the ball and should be able to move up and down the field both on the ground and through the air against Wisconsin. 

Purdue is 5-1-1 against the spread in its last seven games following a straight-up loss. The Badgers put up a much better effort in last Saturday’s 31-14 win over Illinois as 14½-point favorites at home, but this team is still just a mere shell of last year’s version especially on the offensive side of the ball. 

Wisconsin is ranked No. 101 in the nation in passing the ball and 91 in rushing yards per game. Saturday’s contest is basically for the Leaders Division title with Ohio State and Penn State out of the running. Purdue has the huge advantage against a Wisconsin team that has yet to win on the road this year. PURDUE.

Michigan -21 vs. Illinois: Michigan jumped back into the Top 25 with last Saturday’s win and will look to keep things going against an Illinois team that is dropping like a rock. The Wolverines are undefeated in conference play and still very much in control in the Legends Division race. 

Denard Robinson is starting to show his true form and poised for another big outing this Saturday.

High expectations have turned into a sea of disappointment for the Fighting Illini. They are now 2-4 both SU and ATS and have been blown-out in all four losses. We actually have them ranked at or near the bottom of the entire conference. Things do not get any easier on the road this week against the highly motivated Wolverines. MICHIGAN.

Notre Dame -10 vs. Stanford: It took Brian Kelly a few seasons but he is making good on his promise to return Notre Dame to its former glory as a national power. The Fighting Irish rolled over Miami (FL) this past Saturday 41-3 as 15-point home favorites to improve to 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS. The main point of difference with this team from past seasons is a defense that is ranked second in points allowed (7.8).

Stanford stunned USC a couple of weeks ago to climb into the top 10, but quickly dropped out with an ugly loss to Washington as a seven-point favorite on the road. The Cardinal needed overtime to get past Arizona this past Saturday as 10-point favorites at home. 

The Cardinal are still one of the best in the Pac-12, but does not have the talent on offense to keep this game closer than 10, especially playing in South Bend. NOTRE DAME.

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