Roll with OSU Cowboys on college football opener

September 01, 2015 3:07 AM


Thundering Herd have gone 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home gamesThe NCAA kicks off a new season of football this week and again Doc’s Sports Services has teamed up with GamingToday to get you into all the action by releasing three of our strongest selections on the Week 1 slate.

Over the past 44 years Doc’s Sports has become synonymous with the Big Ten Conference in the sports selection industry given our Wisconsin roots. Seeing that the Big Ten has been our “home” conference all these years we continue to stay true to the old adage that you should bet on what you know best and no one in the sports gaming industry has a better insight into Big Ten football than we do.

Ohio State comes into the new season as the odds-on-favorite to win the Big Ten again after an amazing run all the way to last year’s national title. Michigan State and Wisconsin may have something to say about that somewhere down the road as the next two favorites to win the conference, but right now it appears the Buckeyes are firmly in the driver’s seat.

Here are this week’s selections:

Take 137 Oklahoma State (-23.5) over Central Michigan (Thursday, Sept. 3): The Cowboys have traditionally gotten off to a slow start covering against the spread with a 2-5 record in their last seven September games, but they come into this season opener with a 7-3 record ATS in their last 10 nonconference games. Last season they went 7-6 straight-up with a 3-1 record outside their conference. The lone loss was a 37-31 setback against Florida State as 18-point underdogs in last season’s opener.

Central Michigan is just 8-20 ATS in its last 28 home games and it has a 2-7 record ATS in its last nine games outside its conference. The Chippewas have been a betting nightmare early in the season with a 3-13 record ATS in their last 16 games played in the month of September. They have also failed to cover in their last four games played on a Thursday.

Take 196 West Virginia (-19) over Georgia Southern (Saturday, Sept. 5): The Mountaineers return a number of starters on an offense that ran up an average of 33.5 points a game last season. They went an even 2-2 SU in four nonconference games last season, including a tough 33-23 loss to Alabama in their season opener as 22-point underdogs. West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns in a season ending loss to Texas A&M in last year’s Liberty Bowl.

Georgia Southern is coming off a 9-3 SU run in 2014 that included a perfect 8-0 SU record in the Sun Belt Conference. The Eagles opened last season with a tight 24-23 loss to North Carolina State as heavy 20.5-point road underdogs. They also lost to Georgia Tech 42-38 on the road as 15.5-point underdogs. Down the stretch, Georgia Southern failed to cover in its last three games while going 2-1 SU.

Take 208 Marshall (-7.5) over Purdue (Sunday, Sept. 6): The Thundering Herd have gone 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games and they have a perfect 4-0 record ATS in their last four nonconference matchups. They are coming off a 13-1 SU record last season with their only loss coming against Western Kentucky in a wild 67-66 defeat as heavy 23.5-point home favorites. Marshall averaged an incredible 45.6 points a game last year.

Purdue went 3-1-2 ATS in its last six road games, but ended last season on a 0-3-1 run ATS in its final four games. The Boilermakers actually lost their last six games of the 2014 season SU to finish the year just 3-9. Defensively, Purdue allowed an average of 31.7 points a game, while scoring an average of just 23.8 points on offense.

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