Badgers our Big 10 strong suit

October 20, 2015 3:06 AM


NCAA football Wisconsin BadgersDoc’s Sports Services is off to another strong year with our overall college football selections, but we have been taking it on the chin a bit.

The good news is this past Saturday we were able to turn the corner with a 2-1 record with our three plays.

This is our 44th year in the sports selection business and over all that time we have earned our keep by releasing big unit winners for college football, especially when it comes to the Big Ten.

Here are this week’s selections.

Take WISCONSIN (-6.5) over Illinois: The Badgers improved to 5-2 straight-up on the year with Saturday’s 24-7 victory against Purdue, but they fell to just 2-5 against the spread after failing to cover as heavy 21.5-point home favorites. This matchup has a much more manageable spread to cover on the road for a team that is ranked third in the nation in points allowed (10.9). They also have a fairly potent passing attack with Joel Stave under center.

Illinois covered as a 10-point road underdog in this past Saturday’s 29-20 loss to Iowa. The Fighting Illini are now 4-2 on the year both SU and ATS. Interim head coach Bill Cubit has his team playing well on both sides of the ball, but it is hard to see Illinois having all that much success against this stout Wisconsin defense. Things should stay fairly close all game long, but not closer than a touchdown.

Take CINCINNATI (-12.5) over Connecticut: The Bearcats are an even 3-3 SU on the year, but have looked fairly solid in their last three outings as underdogs with a 2-1 record ATS. Things should definitely lighten-up this week after facing Memphis, Miami (Fla.) and BYU in that three-game span. Cincinnati comes into this game ranked seventh in the nation in passing yards per game (358.2) and overall it is averaging 36 points a game.

The Huskies started the season 2-0, but it has been a struggle ever since with just one SU win in their last five games. A late score against South Florida in Saturday’s 28-20 loss as 1-point home favorites kept that game closer than it actually was and their only win during this run came against 0-7 Central Florida. Cincinnati is by no means a power in the AAC this season, but still a much better all-around team than UConn.

Take UTAH (+3) over USC: The Utes continue to make their way to the top of the list in the national rankings with their perfect 6-0 SU start and they are now No. 3 in the AP’s latest Top 25. They also remain a solid play with bettors with a 4-2 mark ATS. This past Saturday, Utah waxed Arizona State, 34-18, as a 4-point home favorite by staying true to an offense that is averaging 36 points a game and a defense that is allowing 19.5 points.

USC’s troubled season took another turn for the worse with Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame. The Trojans are now an even 3-3 both SU and ATS. This latest loss followed a stunning 17-12 setback to Washington as a 17-point home favorite on Oct. 8. The Trojans’ defense had no answer for the Fighting Irish down the stretch of that game and this unit will again be overmatched against the Utes.

CFB Last Week: 2-1-0

CFB Season: 8-12-0

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