Wolf Pack should handle rival UNLV
September 29, 2015 3:05 AM
by Doc's Sports
The new college football season is already four weeks old and Doc’s Sports Services continues to handicap the games with our in-house experts.
Last week’s top picks for GamingToday started out strong with an easy winner, but we ended-up on the wrong end of our next two picks to fall to 5-7 on the year. 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 college football slate.
For the past 44 years, we have gained the reputation for releasing big unit winners for college football and given our company’s roots in Wisconsin we usually save our top plays for games involving the Big Ten conference. Doc’s believes 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.
Doc’s expert handicappers were high on Michigan this past Saturday against the BYU Cougars and the Wolverines came through with a 31-0 shutout as 4.5-point home favorites. We also had Oklahoma State over Texas, but the Cowboys could not cover as 4-point favorites road favorites in a tight 30-27 victory. Our final pick also came up short with Buffalo losing to Nevada in a 24-21 setback as a 2-point home favorite.
Here are this week’s selections:
Take OKLAHOMA ST. -5.5 over Kansas St.: We are going with the Cowboys again this week following this past Saturday’s close call against Texas. Their 4-0 straight-up start has been fueled by a passing game that is ranked 19th in the nation with an average of 321 yards a game. Quarterback Mason Rudolph has already thrown for 1,237 yards and six touchdowns with David Glidden on the receiving end of 15 of those throws for 324 yards and three scores.
Kansas State is also undefeated at 3-0 SU following its 39-33 victory this past Saturday against Louisiana Tech as a 10-point favorite. The Wildcats are 1-2 against the spread in those three games and they are now 1-4 ATS in their last five outings dating back to last season. They come into this contest with a stout defense that has only allowed a total of 36 points in its first three games, but this unit looked extremely vulnerable to the pass in Saturday’s win.
Take CLEMSON -2.5 over Notre Dame: Clemson had a tougher time than expected getting by Louisville its last time out in a 20-17 victory as a 5-point road favorite on Sept. 17, but will be ready and rested to take on the Fighting Irish. The Tigers have been able to roll up an average of 36 points a game this season, but the key to victory in this matchup will be a defense that is ranked 11th in the nation in points allowed (12.3).
Notre Dame is off to a strong start as well at 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS following Saturday’s 62-27 romp against Massachusetts as a 28-point home favorite. The Irish have compiled some solid numbers so far with a balanced offensive attack, but they have yet to really be tested. This game should be a hard-fought battle on both sides of the ball; however in the end the Tigers will prove to be just a bit better.
Take NEVADA -9.5 over UNLV: This week we are going with Nevada following last Saturday’s upset over Buffalo. The Wolf Pack rode the combination of James Butler and Don Jackson in that win. The two backs combined for 290 rushing yards and three scores to help the cause. Nevada is now averaging 210.5 rushing yards a game, which should go a long way toward sealing another win this Saturday night.
UNLV posted its first SU win of the season following three-straight losses with last Saturday’s 80-8 romp against Idaho State as an 11-point home favorite. The Rebels are just 19-43-4 ATS in their last 66 games played on the road and this will not be an easy road trip to try and go against this long running trend. They have failed to cover in seven of their last 10 games against Nevada and the home team in this Mountain West clash is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
CFB Last Week: 1-2-0
CFB Season: 5-7-0
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