Clemson has shot at getting into BCS title game

Oct 15, 2013 3:00 AM

Doc’s Sports hit a major bump in the road this past Saturday when it came to our top picks for GamingToday. While two of our teams won their game straight-up, they failed to cover against the spread, which is how we get paid.

It is obviously time to get back to picking some winners.

Doc’s has been the recognized leader in the sports selection industry for well over 40 years. We have been at the top of our game for so long because of our ability to provide a steady stream of winners to our loyal customers for all the major sports especially when it comes to college football.

With our roots based in the great state of Wisconsin, we like to think of the Big Ten as our “home” conference.” Our selections for the Big Ten have always paid huge dividends over the years by staying true to the old adage that you should always bet on what you know best and no one in this business has a better insight into Big Ten football than we do.

Last week we took the bait on Clemson -24 against Boston College, and while the Tigers still pulled out the win, they almost got caught looking ahead to this Saturday’s showdown against Florida State. Wyoming outlasted New Mexico 38-31 but it could not cover the 15½, and Penn State stunned Michigan 43-40 in four overtimes as a 3-point underdog at home.

Here are this week’s selections:

Take Oklahoma State -7 (vs. TCU): Oklahoma State is coming off a bye after beating Kansas State 33-29 as a 12½-point home favorite. The Cowboys are 4-1 straight-up and a perfect 3-0 SU at home this season. Oklahoma State averages 300.4 passing yards and 38 points a game behind the play of quarterback JW Walsh, who went 24-of-38 for 245 yards against the Wildcats while engineering the game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter.

The Horned Frogs evened their mark at 3-3 SU on the year with last Saturday’s 27-17 victory over Kansas as 24-point favorites at home. They are now just 2-4 ATS. TCU has played well on defense, but does not have the horses on offense to keep up with the Cowboys. TCU ranks 80th in the country in scoring with an average of 27.8 ppg.

Take Wyoming -6½ (vs. Colorado St.): We are not giving up on these Cowboys as a solid play, despite last week’s result. We feel they are poised to blow out Colorado State behind an offense that is averaging 37.7 ppg. They have scored 34 or more points in five of their first six games behind a balanced attack that is averaging 310.2 yards passing and 209 on the ground.

The Rams fell to 2-4 SU with a 34-27 loss to San Jose State this past Saturday as 3-point favorites at home. Colorado State is now ranked 97th in the country in points allowed; giving-up an average of 32.5 ppg. The Rams lost the last four meetings against Wyoming straight up in this Mountain West clash and are 1-3 ATS.

Take Clemson +3 (vs. Florida St.): This showdown is not only Clemson’s shot at taking control of the ACC title race, but its chance to put itself right in the middle of the BCS title game picture. The Tigers have been impressive on offense behind Tajh Boyd throwing and running with the ball, but the real strength of this team could actually be on the defensive side. This unit is ranked 10th in the nation in points allowed (16.2).

Florida State enjoyed a week off after pasting Maryland 63-0 on Oct. 5 as a 17-point home favorite. The Seminoles closely mirror Clemson on both sides of the ball with an offense that is scoring 53.6 ppg, complementing a defense that is allowing an average of just 12 points. We are banking heavily on the revenge factor in this contest. The home team has won nine of the last 10 SU and Clemson is 8-2 ATS during that span. Last year’s 49-37 loss as 14½-point road underdogs cost the Tigers their shot at an ACC title and they will return the favor this time around with the SU win at home.

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