NCAA football's Michigan St. Spartans show renewed fight

Oct 30, 2012 3:02 AM

Doc’s Sports Service’s has gone a profitable 13-7 over the past seven weeks of the college football season, but took a step back last week with a 1-2 record on our top plays for GamingToday.

That is the way it goes sometimes in this business, but after 41 years of providing the betting public with a steady stream of winners week-in and week-out of the football season, we are confident that we will get back on track in Week 10.

The reason why is that Doc’s has the unique ability to leverage an inside knowledge of every team’s strengths and weaknesses to uncover a couple of golden opportunities each week for anyone who enjoys wagering on the games.

The race to the BCS Bowl Series and national championship game took a couple of interesting twists and turns last week but that is common place for this time of year. Looking ahead, we have already dissected every matchup on Week 10’s schedule and are ready to release our three strongest selections. 

Doc’s earned its place at the top of list of selection service companies in the sports gaming business by placing a heavy emphasis on college football and in particular the Big Ten. By mainly focusing on our “home conference” we have been able to provide some healthy dividends over the years with our picks. 

A solid betting strategy should always revolve around wagering on what you know best and nobody knows the Big Ten like we do. This is the reason that the majority of our picks are usually based on teams from this conference.

Looking back at Week 9, we were right on the money with Nebraska taking care of Michigan, but did not see UCLA coming out on top as a six-point road underdog against Arizona State. Another stunner was Notre Dame’s impressive 30-13 victory over Oklahoma as a 10½-point road underdog. The Irish’s performance proved that they are for real and ready to go after a spot in the BCS national title game.

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

Indiana -1½ vs Iowa: The Hoosiers snapped a five-game losing streak this past Saturday with a 31-17 victory over Illinois as a two-point underdog on the road, Despite the 3-5 record straight-up, the Hoosiers have done a great job keeping things close as of late with a 4-0 record against the spread in their last four games.

Iowa has lost its last two games by a combined 35 points as its defense has become completely unhinged in the second half of the season. The Hawkeyes’ offense has not helped the cause with an average of just 20.4 points a game, which is ranked 107 in the nation. I cannot see them hanging with Indiana’s potent offense on the road too deep into the second half of this matchup either. INDIANA.

Michigan State -1½ vs Nebraska: Just when we were ready to bury the Spartans for the season, they regained our undivided attention with a stunning 16-13 overtime upset of Wisconsin as a 4½-point road underdog last Saturday. The Spartans’ offense is still one of the least productive units in the Big Ten this season with an average 19.2 points a game, but their defense has returned to form just in time for a second-half run.

Nebraska certainly had its chances to make some noise in the conference, but that early season loss to UCLA and a 25-point setback to Ohio State will keep the Cornhuskers buried near the higher end of the BCS rankings. This week, look for the Spartans’ defense to expose Nebraska’s offense in what I believe to be highly overrated with Taylor Martinez at quarterback as well as nicked-up with a couple of key injuries. MICHIGAN ST.

Oregon -7½ at USC: Southern Cal’s slim BCS title hopes crashed and burned with last Thursday’s shocking 39-36 loss to Arizona as a 5.5-point road favorite. Now it is the Trojans turn to play spoiler for Oregon’s title hopes.

They matchup very well against the Ducks in this game with an offense that can throw move the ball through the air and stack points on the scoreboard. Oregon has yet to be really tested as its two wins over ranked opponents proved to be less impressive as the season has worn on.

There is no doubt that the Ducks should be able to move the ball on the ground behind Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas, but I just do not see their defense containing USC well enough to cover the 7½-points on the road. USC.

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