Taking another shot at LSU
October 13, 2015 3:07 AM
by Doc's Sports
Doc’s Sports Services continues to crank out the winners for this year’s college football season and we also got back to our winning ways this past Saturday with our top picks for GamingToday. We went 1-1 last week with our LSU selection becoming a no contest due to moving the game from Columbia to Baton Rouge.
The books treat that as a totally different game therefore the selection becomes a no pick. We are back with the usual three selections this week with hopefully no weather issues. Doc’s teams up with GamingToday to give you three of our strongest selections on Saturday’s college football slate.
We have been in the sports selection business for 44 years and during this incredible run we have gained the reputation for releasing big unit winners for college football, especially when it comes to the Big Ten.
Our company’s deep family roots are in Wisconsin so this has always been our home conference and home to our biggest plays throughout the season. 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.
Recapping last week with the toughie regarding LSU, after Central Florida came up well short in a 40-13 loss to Connecticut as a 2.5-point favorite, we ended the day with Nevada beating New Mexico, 35-17, to cover as a 6.5-point favorite.
Here are this week’s selections:
Take LSU (-6) over Florida: We decided to go with the Tigers again after they rolled over South Carolina to improve to 5-0 on the year. This Saturday will be their toughest test of the season so far after also posting victories over Mississippi State and Auburn in conference play. Behind Heisman front-runner Leonard Fournette this offense has pretty much been unstoppable on the ground. LSU is now ranked third in the nation in rushing with 346.4 yards a game.
Give credit to Florida and its 6-0 straight-up (5-1 against the spread) start, but the Gators have yet to be really tested with wins against Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Missouri in their early run through the SEC. They have been able to get it done through the air with an average of 246 passing yards a game, but their inability to effectively run the ball will catch up with them this Saturday night.
Take NOTRE DAME (-4.5) over USC: The Fighting Irish come into this long-standing rivalry with a 5-1 mark both SU and ATS following Saturday’s 41-24 victory against Navy as 15-point home favorites. A trip-up against Clemson the week before cost them dearly in the national rankings, but Notre Dame is still a solid football team that has excellent balance on offense between the pass and the run. This only helps to complement a stout defense that is holding teams to 21.2 points a game.
USC’s rise in the rankings came to a sudden halt with last Thursday’s stunning 17-12 loss to Washington as a 17-point home favorite. This followed a 41-31 loss to Stanford on Sept. 19 as a 9.5-point home favorite that helped to drop the Trojans to just 1-2 in Pac-12 play. They now have to go on the road to South Bend to face a Notre Dame team that is 4-2 ATS in the last six meetings.
Take ARIZONA (-8) over Colorado: Arizona snapped a two-game skid with Saturday’s 44-7 pasting of Oregon State as an 8.5-point home favorite. The Wildcats got a huge effort from quarterback Anu Solomon with 276 yards through the air, but it has been the ground game that has gotten the job done all season long with an average of 298.5 yards a game. Arizona is also averaging 42 points a game, which is tied for 20th in the country.
The Buffaloes just dropped their second-straight game with a 48-23 loss to Arizona State this past Saturday as a 16.5-point road underdog. Things will probably not get all that easier this week given just how bad this defense looked in that loss. The Sun Devils scored five times through the air and ended the day with 491 yards of total offense. Playing the Wildcats at home is not that big of an advantage with a SU 3-8 record in Colorado’s last 11 home games.
CFB Last Week: 1-1-0
CFB Season: 6-11-0
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