Sorry Nevada-Reno, we're taking Arizona in NCAA football
September 09, 2014 3:00 AM
by Doc's Sports
It has been a rocky start for the Big Ten this season after its top two ranked teams went down in defeat this past Saturday. However, Doc’s Sports rallied to a 3-3 record on the year in its top picks for GamingToday with a 2-1 mark this past week.
Doc’s has once again teamed up with GamingToday to give you three of our strongest selections each and every week of this year’s college football season.
Over the past 43 years, Doc’s Sports has been tied at the hip with the Big Ten given our Wisconsin roots. While we continue to offer winning selections for all of college football, we also stay true to the old adage that you should bet on what you know best. For us that's Big Ten football.
We went with Purdue in the first two weeks of the season and after the Boilermakers failed to cover an 11-point opening spread in a nine-point win over Western Michigan, they lost to Central Michigan 38-17 as 2.5-point home favorites. We clicked on our other two picks in Week 2 with UMass covering with the 17 points in a 3-point home loss to Colorado and Utah blasting Fresno State, 59-27, at home as a 10-point favorite.
Here are this week’s selections:
Take W. Michigan (+2.5)
Over Idaho (5 p.m. Saturday): Western Michigan is coming off a bye week after the loss to Purdue and should be well rested for Saturday afternoon. These two have met twice since 2008 with the road team winning both straight-up and against the spread. The thing I like about the Broncos this time around is the tremendous balance they showed on offense against the Boilermakers; passing the ball for 243 yards while gaining 213 yards on the ground.
The Vandals had their season opener against Florida cancelled, so last Saturday’s 38-31 loss to UL Monroe as 12-point road underdogs in a Sun Belt clash is their only game in the books this season. Matt Linehan threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns in that loss, but the concern has to be an Idaho defense that gave-up 534 yards of total offense to the Warhawks.
Take Tulsa (-1.5)
Over Florida Atlantic (7 p.m. Saturday): This is Tulsa’s first season playing out of the AAC and after opening the year with a 38-31 conference win over Tulane as a 4.5-point home favorite it was crushed, 52-7, by Oklahoma this past Saturday as a 24-point underdog at home. This was clearly a case of the Golden Hurricane stepping-up way too high in class, as this is still a solid team that matches-up extremely well against the Conference USA’s Owls.
Florida Atlantic stepped-up even higher in class so far in a 41-0 loss to Alabama as a 42-point road underdog this past Saturday after getting hammered, 55-7, by Nebraska in its season opener as a 20-point underdog on the road. I give all the credit in the world to the Owls for such an ambitious non-conference schedule, but those two beatdowns will actually work against the overall psyche of this team in a much more closely matched contest this Saturday.
Take Arizona (-14.5)
Over Nevada (11 p.m. Saturday): Arizona started out the new season with a routine 58-13 romp over UNLV as a 20.5-point home favorite and squeezed past a pesky Texas-San Antonio team, 26-23, as an eight-point favorite on the road in Week 2. That close call should work to serve notice to Wildcats that they need to stop looking ahead to the Pac-12 schedule and take care of the business at hand.
Nevada is coming off an impressive 11-point victory over another Pac-12 school with this past Friday’s 24-13 win over Washington State as a 3.5-point home underdog. This game will be a much tougher task considering just how poorly the Cougars have looked in their first two games. I am banking on a much better effort by Arizona coupled with a major letdown by the Wolf Pack.
Editor’s Note: Doc’s told us they used the wrong line to grade their Wk. Pre-4 Purdue pick and apologize for the error. Their win/loss record was 1-2 that week. Doc’s assured GT they would grade much more carefully in the future.
Last Week: 2-1 Season: 3-3
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