UNR won't enjoy its visit to Buffalo
September 22, 2015 3:03 AM
by Doc's Sports
Doc’s Sports Services went with three favorites last week in our picks for GamingToday and while they all won straight-up only one was able to cover against the spread.
Each and every week of this college football season Doc’s teams up with GamingToday to give you three of our strongest selections on Saturday’s slate. We started strong in Week 1 and hope to get back on track.
Recapping last week’s top plays, Miami prevailed in overtime to beat Nebraska, 36-33, barely missing out at covering as a 4-point home favorite. We cashed-in on Florida’s 14-9 victory against Kentucky as a 3-point favorite on the road, but we also lost on UCLA’s 24-23 close call against BYU as a 16.5-point home favorite.
Here are this week’s selections:
Michigan -4.5 over BYU: The Wolverines are starting to gain some traction under new head coach Jim Harbaugh with back-to-back wins at home against Oregon State and UNLV by a combined score of 63-14. This was after they suffered a 24-17 loss to Utah on the road as 5-point underdogs in their season opener. Jake Rudock has thrown for 582 yards and three touchdowns while completing a solid 64.8 percent of his throws as Michigan’s starting quarterback.
BYU gave UCLA all it could handle this past Saturday to move to 3-0 against the spread this season, but freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum did have some issues throwing the ball from the pocket, completing just 13-of-28 attempts. He has replaced an injured Tayson Hill in the Cougars’ starting lineup. Look for Michigan to copy the Bruins’ blueprint on defense to stop BYU again this week. MICHIGAN.
Nevada +2 at Buffalo: Buffalo is off to a 2-1 start straight-up with a 3-0 record ATS following this past Saturday’s 33-15 victory over Florida Atlantic as a 2.5-point road underdog. The Bulls have gotten some solid play from Joe Licata throwing the ball and Anthone Taylor running it. Overall they are averaging 155 yards a game on the ground, which should serve them well in this matchup. The defense also came up big in last week’s win and it should be able to shine again against Nevada.
The Wolf Pack opened the season with a 31-17 victory against UC Davis as heavy 24-point home favorites, but struggled when stepping up in class against Arizona at home and Texas A&M on the road. Their defense allowed a combined 88 points in those two losses. In the 44-27 loss to the Aggies, this unit gave-up 535 total yards and five touchdowns. This game should remain much closer than Nevada’s last two losses, but in the end take we are on the Bulls to prevail at home. BUFFALO.
Oklahoma State -4 at Texas: The Cowboys rolled to a 69-14 victory against Texas-San Antonio this past Saturday as 25.5-point home favorites to improve to 3-0 SU (1-2 ATS) on the year. This high-powered offensive attack is averaging 330.7 yards a game through the air and another 178 yards on the ground. Oklahoma State has averaged 41 points through its first three games while allowing an average of just 11.7 points a game on defense.
Texas is coming off a tough 45-44 loss to California in its last game as a 4.5-point underdog at home to fall to 1-2 both SU and ATS. The Longhorns started the season by getting pushed around by Notre Dame, 38-3, as 9-point underdogs and failed to cover as 14.5-point home favorites in a 42-28 win against Rice in Week 2. The main issue coming into their Big 12 opener is a Longhorns’ defense that is going to have a tough time slowing Oklahoma State down. Stick with the Cowboys on the road. OKLAHOMA STATE.
Last week: 1-2
Season record: 4-5
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