Race to NCAA bowl season and national title game is on

Oct 16, 2012 3:06 AM

Doc’s Sports Service’s hot streak for GamingToday cooled a bit last week with a record of 1-2, but we have still torn things up over the past five weeks with an overall record of 15-7 for a winning percentage of 68.2%. 

Utilizing over 40 years of experience handicapping games, each week of the college football season we put all this insider knowledge to work to come up with our top three selections for GT. 

With the season at its midway point, we have been able to gain a thorough understanding of every major team’s strengths and weaknesses. Having this kind of information at our fingertips will undoubtedly set the stage for a profitable second half starting with Week 8. 

The initial BSC rankings have been released so the race to the bowl season and national title game is on. After carefully dissecting every matchup on this upcoming Saturday’s slate, we are ready to release our three strongest selections for GT. 

Over the past 41 years Doc’s has built a reputation as being one of the premier selection services companies in the sports gaming industry by placing a heavy emphasis on college football and in particular the Big Ten. We are proud to call this our “home conference.” 

By focusing a good deal of our attention on the Big Ten’s matchups each and every week, we have been able to provide proven winners for as long as we have been making picks. A solid sports betting strategy should always revolve around wagering on what you know best and nobody knows the Big Ten like we do. 

That is why you will find that the majority of our picks are normally based on teams from this conference.

Looking back at Week 7, we took the bait on Purdue in its last two games and got burnt both times. We may have overestimated just how good this team actually is which is now evident in two-straight blowout losses at home by a combined score of 82-27. We were right on the money with Michigan in crushing a hapless Illinois team 45-0 as a 24-point home favorite. Notre Dame pulled-out a dramatic overtime victory over Stanford, but the Fighting Irish could not cover as 9½-point favorites at home.

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

Ohio State -17 vs. Purdue: The third time with Purdue will be the charm but this Saturday we are going against the Boilermakers when they take on the class of the Big Ten. Ohio State may be playing for nothing more than pride this season, but make no mistake about it; Urban Meyer is using this season’s perfect 7-0 straight-up (3-4 against the spread) start as a spring board to bigger and better things down the road. 

The Buckeyes’ spread offense should have a field day against a Purdue defense that has suddenly forgotten how to stop the run. Ohio State has one of the most explosive offenses in the nation that is currently ranked eighth in rushing yards per game. 

While 17 points remains a hefty spread in a conference matchup do not be afraid to lay the wood with the Buckeyes this upcoming Saturday afternoon. OHIO STATE.

Kentucky +28 vs. Georgia: Georgia is off to a 5-1 SU start and ranked No. 11 in the initial BCS poll, yet we cannot help but think that the Bulldogs remain one of the most overrated teams in the country. South Carolina exposed numerous weaknesses on both sides of the ball and while quarterback Aaron Murray has put-up some big numbers overall, he continues to come up short in big games.

Kentucky finds itself at the bottom of the barrel in the SEC at 0-4 SU in conference play but it is 2-2 ATS. The Wildcats have covered the spread in four of the last six meetings against the Bulldogs and given the fact that Georgia’s defense is allowing over 24 points a game, are in excellent shape to cover this time around as well getting 28 points at home. KENTUCKY.

Arizona -7 vs. Washington: Arizona is finally starting to come into its own under the guidance of head coach Rick Rod after years of mediocrity. The Wildcats are off to a 3-3 start both SU and ATS but gave both No. 8 Oregon State and No. 20 Stanford all it could handle in two tight losses. This team is just itching to pound somebody in the conference that does not have a number in front of its name.

Washington is also 3-3 SU and ATS and its claim to fame this season is a stunning 17-13 victory over the Cardinal as a 7-point underdog at home. The Huskies followed this up with losses to No. 3 Oregon and No. 10 USC by a combined score of 76-35. 

Look for the Wildcats to run up some more points against Washington this Saturday night behind a new-look offense that is averaging 37 points a game. ARIZONA.

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