Michigan -40? No problem says Doc's Sports

Michigan -40? No problem says Doc's Sports

August 30, 2016 3:01 AM


Doc’s Sports Services has been recognized leader and trusted name in sports handicapping since 1971 and one of our top sports over all these years has been college football with a heavy lean towards the Big Ten given our Wisconsin roots.

Heading into the start of the 2016 college football season, we have again teamed up with GamingToday to bring you our top three free picks of the week. We offer one of the best values on the Internet when it comes to college football selection packages that are backed by an expert team of handicappers that remain committed to turning your hard earned money into a profitable return on investment.

Here are this week’s selections:

Thursday, Sept. 1

Take TENNESSEE (-20) over Appalachian State: The Volunteers come into their season opener ranked No. 9 in the AP preseason Top 25 and they are third favorite at +400 with BetOnline’s NCAAF futures to win the SEC title this season. Led by quarterback Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee should be able to move the ball up and down the field through the air. Solid runners in Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara gives Tennessee one of the best balanced offensive attacks in the nation.

Appalachian State is coming off an impressive 11-2 straight-up run through the 2015 season, ending up second in the Sun Belt with a SU 7-1 record in conference play. The Mountaineers are stepping way up in class on the road. The size of this stage may be a bit overwhelming right out of the gate considering last year they played Howard at home in Week 1 as 37.5-point favorites.

Saturday, Sept. 3

Take MICHIGAN (-40) over Hawaii: Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines will begin their quest for a national title ranked No. 7 in the initial AP Poll and have the second-best betting odds to win the Big Ten this season at +200. Michigan remains up in the air as to its starting QB with both Wilton Speight and John O’Korn in the mix. The biggest strength could be a veteran defense that boasts one of the best front sevens in the country.

Hawaii will have its hands full a long way from home. Ikaika Woolsey is back as the team’s starting QB joined by Diocemy Saint Juste in the backfield to help anchor the running game. The Rainbow Warriors opened their season with a 51-31 loss to California in Sydney, Australia this past Saturday so the frequent flyer miles are starting to really add up.

Take OHIO STATE (-27.5) over Bowling Green: The No. 6 ranked Buckeyes are favored to win the Big Ten at +150 betting odds and have the fourth-best odds on the board to win a national title. Opening against Bowling Green should amount to little more than a brisk scrimmage given the returning talent on both sides of the ball. QB JT Barrett is back to lead an offense that averaged 429 yards and 35 points a game in 2015. One of the top players on defense is linebacker Raekwon McMillan on a unit that was ranked second in the nation last season in points allowed (14.0).

Give credit to the Falcons for stepping way up in class in their season opener, but they could be way out of their league in this one. Bowling Green did win the MAC title last year, but the season ended on a down note with a 58-27 loss to Ga Southern in the Go Daddy Bowl as part of a SU record of 10-4. BG might be able to hang with Ohio State for a quarter or two, but in the end the losing deficit will just as wide as that ugly bowl loss.

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