Three more college football picks on the way to BCS

Nov 6, 2012 3:00 AM

We missed the mark a bit in Week 10 with a 1-2 record on our top plays for Gaming Today, but remain a profitable 14-9 over the past eight weeks of the college football season. 

Doc’s Sports Service’s has been providing the betting public a steady stream of winners for over 40 years and the one thing I have learned over all that time is that you are certainly not going to win them all.

The main reason for our incredible longevity in the sport’s selection industry is our ability to leverage a wealth of inside knowledge of every team’s strengths and weaknesses to uncover a couple of solid plays each week for anyone who enjoys wagering on the games.

The race to the BSC Bowl Series and national championship game is starting to come into focus, but anything can still happen over the next few weeks. Turning to this Saturday’s games, we are ready to release our three strongest selections after carefully dissecting every major matchup on the slate.

Doc’s has earned its reputation as one of the top selection service companies in the business by placing a heavy emphasis on college football and in particular the Big Ten. By focusing a good deal of attention on our “home conference” we have been able to provide a consistent stream of winners over the years with our picks.

A profitable 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 a good majority of our picks are based on teams from this conference.

Last week, we started off strong with the correct call on Indiana and its 3-point victory over Iowa as a 2-point home favorite. We clearly over-estimated Michigan State’s defense in a 28-24 loss to Nebraska and came up short on USC against Oregon in what was more like a basketball score.

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

Miami -1½ at Virginia: Miami has been a tough team to figure out this season but last Thursday’s stunning prime-time 30-12 beatdown of Virginia Tech as a 1-point home underdog could set the stage for a late season run. The Hurricanes’ offense led by QB Stephen Morris finally played up to expectations and should be able to move the ball again against a soft Cavaliers’ defense.

Virginia snapped a six-game losing streak with a lopsided 33-6 victory over North Carolina State this past Saturday as a 10½-point road underdog, but that was due more to the poor play of the Wolfpack as opposed to its own play. Count on the Cavaliers getting a good dose of reality against the resurgent Hurricanes this Saturday afternoon. MIAMI, FL -1½.

Cincinnati -11 at Temple: The Big East has been all about Louisville and Rutgers this season, but the Bearcats remain a very solid team at 6-2. They know how to run the ball behind George Winn and can play shutdown defense when they have to. Cincinnati came extremely close to knocking off the Cardinals in overtime a few weeks back and should have little trouble with the Owls in this one.

Give Temple credit in its transition from the Mid American Conference to the Big East this season with a 3-5 record overall, but has faded in recent weeks against the better competition and outscored by a combined 53 points in losses to the Scarlet Knights and Louisville. The Owls will be game in front of the hometown Philly crowd, but will not be able to hang with the Bearcats for all four quarters. CINCY -11.

Penn State +7 at Nebraska: We have been on and off Nebraska all season long and after last week’s performance against the Spartans we decided to climb back on the Cornhuskers’ bandwagon for this Saturday’s matchup against the Nittany Lions. This will be a tough test for Bo Pelini’s bunch, but Nebraska’s offense finally showed some signs of life behind QB Taylor Martinez, who continues to do a much better job with his legs than his arm. They may also get a boost if running back Rex Burkhead is able to return to the lineup.

Taking nothing away from what Penn State has accomplished this season in the wake of an avalanche of adversity, but playing the Cornhuskers on the road is going to be an eye-opening experience as opposed to its previous road games against Illinois, Iowa, and Purdue, which are a combined 9-18 this season. 

The Nittany Lions have wilted against the better competition they have faced so far in the Big Ten and we are counting on it to happen again this Saturday afternoon in Lincoln. NEBRASKA -7.

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