UMass still searching for first straight-up NCAAF win

Sep 17, 2013 3:04 AM

After a scorching 5-1 start in our first six picks, Doc’s Sports Service fell back to earth this past Saturday with a 0-2-1 record in our college football picks for GamingToday.

Season mark: 5-3-1.

This simply means we have to dig even deeper into the numbers for this week’s picks to get back to our winning ways. Doc’s Sports has remained the recognized leader in the sports selection industry for well over four decades behind the ability to provide a steady stream of winners to our loyal customers.

We provide picks for all of college football, but one conference that has been near and dear to our heart all these years is the Big Ten. Doc’s considers this our “home” conference and staying true to the old adage that you should always bet on what you know best, no one in this business has a better insight into Big Ten football than we do.

One of those Big Ten picks last week was Penn State, but the Nittany Lions came up short as 3-point home favorites in a stunning 34-31 loss to Central Florida. We were able to squeeze-out a “push” in this past Saturday’s biggest game when Alabama outlasted Texas A&M 49-42 by the seven-point closing spread, but were on the wrong side of Wake Forest’s 21-19 loss to Louisiana-Monroe as a 3-point favorite at home.

Here are this week’s selections:

Take UMASS +31½ (over Vanderbilt). UMass is still searching for its first straight-up win of the season, but showed some resiliency this past Saturday in a 37-7 loss to Kansas State as a 37½-point underdog on the road. Getting 31½ at home should enable the Minutemen to keep closer to those 4 TDs.

The Commodores gave No. 12 South Carolina a great battle this past Saturday in a 35-25 loss as 10½-point underdogs on the road. We look for Vanderbilt to be road weary after this tough loss and possibly looking past this contest to upcoming home games against UAB and Missouri. Vandy should win with ease, but struggle to maintain the intensity.

Take MARYLAND -5 (over West Virginia). Maryland ran its record to a perfect 3-0 both SU and ATS with a 32-21 victory over Connecticut as a 4½-point road favorite this past Saturday. The Terrapins have excellent balance on offense with a team that can both pass and run. They are averaging 40.7 points a game to complement a defense that is holding teams to just 13.7 ppg.

The Mountaineers bounced back from a tough 16-7 road loss to No. 14 Oklahoma as 21-point dogs with a 41-7 romp over Georgia State this past Saturday as 41½-point home favorites. They are now 5-10 ATS in their last 15 games and 1-4 SU in their last 5 on the road. We like the revenge factor in this ongoing Big 12/ACC rivalry with the much improved Terrapins avenging last season’s 31-21 loss as 27-point road underdogs with a win at home that covers the 5.

Take TEXAS -5 (over Kansas State). The much maligned Longhorns fell to 1-2 SU with a 44-23 loss to No. 21 Ole Miss this past Saturday as 1½-point home favorites. The intensity in Austin has been turned-up to a whole new level with not only Mack Brown’s future at Texas in question, but the entire direction of the program in general. We are looking for a positive response from a team that not as bad as it has looked in the last two weeks.

Kansas State could be just what the doctor ordered for Texas to get out of this funk. The Cats are coming off that win against UMass and stand 2-1 SU, but 2-4 ATS in their last six games. They opened the season with a stunning 24-21 loss to nonDivision I North Dakota State as 12½-point home favorites and have yet to show that they can win a tough game on the road.

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