Georgia  Alabama 

Event Date: 01/08/2018
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

The Bulldogs of Georgia have been special all season, featuring the running of Chubb & Michel (now combined 2,449 yards, when including their 326 yards & 5 TDs in that thrilling double overtime win over Oklahoma last week). QB Fromm is obviously the real deal, with a 20-of-29 showing vs the Sooners, with 2 TDs no picks: 23/5 for the season. The 'Dawgs also feature a stellar defense, ranking 12th, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, & 4th vs the run, pass, scoring, passing efficiency, & total "D". When Georgia grabbed 'Bama's defensive coordinator Kirby Smart in '16, it was a stroke of genius, as his stop unit has proven out, despite last week's less than satisfying display vs the Okiies, allowing 48 points & 531 yards. Oh, by the way, in that only other SEC vs SEC national title game, the 'Tide posted a 21-0 shutout of then 13-0 & Number One LSU. 'Dawgs are superb, but 2nd best to this "D"

Pick: Alabama -3.5


Result: Loss
 
South Florida  Texas Tech 

Event Date: 12/23/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit Bowl Game of the Week


There has only bee two teams that have outplayed every one of their opponents this season, the mighty Sooners of Oklahoma, & the unnoticed Bulls of South Florida. So, moving the ball has hardly been a problem, especially since the prolific Quinton Flowers took over the leadership role in '15. He has amassed 11,201 yards the past 3 years, with USF compiling a 28-9 SU record, while gracing the Miami Beach & Birmingham Bowls, prior to this year's defense of the latter bowl. His worth is nearly impossible to overstate. Just check USF's season finale game with a perfect Central Florida, where he piled up 503 passing yards with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception along with 102 rushing yards, tying it on an 83-yard TD pass in the final 1:41, only to lose on a TD return of the ensuing KO. This marks the Bulls' 3rd straight bowl game, & 9th in the last 13 years. The line on this one is a bit perplexing, as the balanced attack of the Bulls seems to more than counter Tech's one-dimensional offense.

Gold Pick: South Florida -2.5


Result: Won
 
SMU  Louisiana Tech 

Event Date: 12/20/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

The Mustangs of SMU, is in their first bowl under HC Morris, as their steady rise continues on schedule: 2-10, to 5-7, to 7-5. Led by QB Hicks, they are one of only two teams in the nation with a 3,000 yard passer, a 1,000 yard rusher (Jones), & two 1,000 yard receivers (Sutton & Quinn). This offense has now topped 36 points in 14 of its last 17 games.

Pick: SMU -4


Result: Loss
 
Navy  Army 

Event Date: 12/09/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

As we have noted these past recent years, moving this classic meeting to this date, has been a stroke of genius, thereby according these combatants the proper respect & attention that they so richly deserve, especially after being pretty much ignored, as just another contest on the weekly slate. The Middies owned the Cadets, with their last loss in this rivalry coming on Dec 1, 2001. But Army snapped that 14-game losing skein to Navy, with LY's dominating 21-17 win, as 5½ pt dogs. Right, "dominating" may not seem the proper descriptive of a 4-pt edge, but check Knights' 316-112 RY edge, as well as a 40:32-19:28 time edge. This year, they rank 1st & 2nd in the land in rushing offense. Against AF, Army won 21-0, with a 392-95 RY edge, while Navy won 48-45, with a 471-340 RY edge. Army is 5-1 ATS vs Mids of late

Pick: :Army +3


Result: Won
 
Clemson  Miami 

Event Date: 12/02/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Sure, the defending national champs aren't on the same page as last year's edition, offensively, that is. After all, there is only one Deshaun Watson (just ask the Houston Texans). However, defensively, they have few, if any, peers. A week ago, for example, it seemed as if the entire football world was on South Carolina, as a home dog vs CU. Result: 34-10 Tiger win, with a 27-10 first down edge. The 'Canes came crashing down in last weeks shocking loss to Pitt & its 86th ranked defense, managing a mere 14 first downs & 45 rushing yards. Miami has been streaky all season (+52 points ATS previous 2, but -26 points ATS last 2). Tigers!

Pick: Clemson -9.5


Result: Won
 
Ohio State  Wisconsin 

Event Date: 12/02/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

As usual, the Buckeyes of Ohio State have been in the mix for the collegiate playoff for just about the entire season, that is, until their 55-24 loss to Iowa, a 49-point ATS loss. So 2 losses & now 8th in the national polls. Despite that, can't help but note that they rank 5th & 4th in scoring & total offense, as well as 20th & 8th in scoring & total defense. No doubt still an obvious force, especially with Meyer on the sidelines. But the 2nd-ranked Badgers just win (11-0). Are 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 1st in run, pass, scoring, total defense, with solid combination in their backfield: seasoned QB in Hornibrook & nation's 3rd ranked rusher, in frosh Taylor.

Pick: Wisconsin +7


Result: Won
 
USC  Stanford 

Event Date: 12/01/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Second meeting for these 2 annual giants, with Trojans dominating first match, with over 300 yards in both rushing & passing. However, that meeting occurred in week 2, before Cards got in groove, while Troy followed with 6 straight ATS losses, with QB Darnold out of sync. But a solid windup, before squeaking past defenseless Ucla. Love is #2 in the land in rushing (168 yards per game; 8.6 yards per rush). Pac-12 North is 6-0 in title games.

Pick: Stanford +6


Result: Won
 
Central Florida  Memphis 

Event Date: 12/01/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Match of the nation's top 2 scoring teams. The Tigers of Memphis did about as expected in last week's 70-13 destruction of East Carolina's sieve defense, with nearly a 300-yard edge. Memphis, behind QB Ferguson, is averaging 44.2 points per game in its last 5 outings, thus, the Tigers are the real deal. Only 1 loss. Right, that setback came at the hands of this week's opponent, in that 40-13 final in Sept. I've been on the undefeated Knights since the season's beginning, reaping a nice reward, and I'm not about to change.

Pick: Central Florida -7


Result: Tie
 
UAB  UTEP 

Event Date: 11/25/2017
Event Time: 1 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

he UAB Blazers are 5-0 at home this season, 5-2 against conference opponents and 2-2 against non-conference opponents. At home the Blazers are averaging 33.6 scoring. The Texas El Paso Miners are 0-6 while on the road this season, 0-7 against conference opponents and 0-4 against non-conference opponents. On the road, the Miners are averaging 9.2 scoring, and holding teams to 38.5 points scored on defense.

Pick: UAB -20


Result: Won
 
Charlotte  Florida Atlantic 

Event Date: 11/25/2017
Event Time: 2 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Florida Atlantic is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games, and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. While Charlotte 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game, and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Pick: Florida Atlanta -21.5


Result: Loss
 
Fresno State  Boise State 

Event Date: 11/25/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Four straight covers for Broncos, & 6-of-7. Have held 6-of-9 opponents to less than 15 points, while Rypien is now 14 touchdown with only 4 interceptions. Of course, the visitor is now 23-5 ATS in Boise games. Bulldogs held Wyoming scoreless until L2:25, ranking 12th in both scoring & total defense. But lost L2 home games by 36 points ATS.

Pick: Boise State -7


Result: Loss
 
Illinois  Northwestern 

Event Date: 11/25/2017
Event Time: 4 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit Big-10 Game of the Week

Six straight wins for the 'Cats, while on an 8-1 ATS run. Check a 32-point cover at always dangerous Minnesota, doubling Gopher yardage output, & registering 5 take aways. On 16-5-1 spread run. Illinois in off 3-point cover at Ohio State, despite a 438-yard deficit, & 5 first downs. Nine straight losses

Gold Pick: Northwestern -16.5


Result: Won
 
Houston  Navy 

Event Date: 11/24/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit NCAAF Play of the Day

Middies in off crushing loss to Notre Dame, as 17-10 lead evolved into 24-27 loss, despite a 277-163 rushing yard edge vs Irish, who entered with a 304-142 rushing yard per game edge. Houston allowing 31.6 points per game in their L5 tilts, losing to Tulane on 64-yard pass in L 6:13. Visitor is now 12-2 ATS in Navy contests.

Gold Pick: Navy +4.5


Result: Loss
 
Arkansas  Missouri 

Event Date: 11/24/2017
Event Time: 2 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit SEC Game of the Week

Right, Hogs put it to us in narrow loss to Mississippi State, despite a 195-97 rushing yard deficit. But have ceded 38.4 points per game in their last 10 underdog roles. Tigers smoking, with 5 straight wins & 7 straight covers: 260-83 point edge in their L5 games (+126 points ATS). And QB Luck is stratospheric 38 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Lay it.

Gold Pick: Missouri -10


Result: Loss
 
Penn State  Nebraska 

Event Date: 11/18/2017
Event Time: 4 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit Big-10 Game of the Week

Lions seemed to shake off woes of incredible losses to Ohio State & Michigan State, with 35-6 romp of Rutgers, but note just 304 yards, with Bradley now at 33rd in the land in rushing. 'Huskers a 340-rushing yard deficit in 54-21 loss to Minnesota. And note allowing 43.7 points per game in last 9 underdog roles

Gold Pick: Penn State -26


Result: Loss
 
Wake Forest  NC State 

Event Date: 11/18/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit ACC Game of the Week

Deacons something else, with a 734-621 yard edge over Syracuse, with a 43-5 point windup. Wolford last two weeks: 694 passing yards. The dog is 6-2-1 ATS in Wolfpack games this year, but note a 778-424 rushing yard deficit the past 3 weeks. Finley now 15 touchdowns with 4 interceptions, but can't ignore host owning this series.

Gold Pick: Wake Forest -1.5


Result: Won
 
Arkansas  Mississippi State 

Event Date: 11/18/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit SEC Play of the Day

Bulldogs stayed with Alabama, losing in final 0:25. The host has a 255-91 point edge in Mississippi State games this year, but note 'Dogs covering their last road game by 18½. Hogs are barely competitive, with their 2 covers by ½ & 4 points. And they're allowing 39.6 points per game in last their 9 dog role setups.

Gold Pick: Mississippi State -11.5


Result: Loss
 
Indiana  Rutgers 

Event Date: 11/18/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Both of these squads stand at 4-6 SU, with a win here a must if a bowl is to be, thus the importance of it goes without saying. For the Hoosiers, they snapped a 4-game slide with their win over an Illinois squad which has been nothing short of a doormat for just about the entirety of the season, having dropped 8 straight, while covering just twice since week 2. The same can be said of Indy, with its 2 covers since Sept coming bye ½ & 1 point. The Knights are on a 5 game ATS run, & have been competitive vs all opponents, save for Ohio State, as even in their loss to Penn State last week, they had only a 104-yard deficit. Double-digit underdog role just too juicy

Pick: Rutgers +11


Result: Loss
 
Vanderbilt  Missouri 

Event Date: 11/18/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Amazing turnaround for Tigers, who have not only covered 6 straight, but who turned 5-game losing streak, into 4 game winning run, averaging 53.3 points per game! Vanderbilt allowing 46.2 points per game in its 6 losses.

Pick: Missouri -8.5


Result: Won
 
Boise State  Air Force 

Event Date: 11/18/2017
Event Time: 10 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Miracle cover for Broncos last week, who clicked on 2 Rypien touchdown passes in final 1:41, sending it into OT, for a 59-52 win, as 6½ point favorites. Whew! Home now 4-23 ATS in Boise State games. Falcons in their last 4 games: 45, 45, 0, & 14 points, but the dog is 16-1 ATS in Air Force contests. No other way to go in this one.  Take the points.

Pick: Air Force +17.5


Result: Loss
 
Mississippi State  Alabama 

Event Date: 11/11/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit SEC Game of the Week

Alabama not all that impressive in win over LSU, with 151-116 rushing yard & 306-299 total yard deficits. But never down for long, with 59-0 & 41-9 wins off L2 ATS setbacks. Bulldogs peeked to this one in 22 point ATS loss to U Mass. Eleventh in rushing, but Alabama defense will be ready. Lay it

Gold Pick: Alabama -13.5


Result: Loss
 
Louisiana Tech  Florida Atlantic 

Event Date: 11/11/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit NCAAF Game of the Week

Five straight wins for FAU, with a 237-132 point edge (+80½ points ATS). Check Singletary at 140 rushing yards per game & 19 touchdowns. Bulldogs in weekly squeakers, & in off 100-yard deficit vs North Texas. FAU call.

Gold Pick: Florida Atlantic -5


Result: Won
 
Colorado State  Boise State 

Event Date: 11/11/2017
Event Time: 10 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit NCAAF Play of the Day

Let's see. In this one, we have a Ram team which is -49½ points ATS in its L2 home games, while piling up an 0-4 spread slide, with its only SU wins in its L4 games coming by 2 & 3 points. The visitor is 22-4 in Bronco games, & Boise has a 1,012-581 yard edge L2 weeks.

Gold Pick: Boise Statae -5.5


Result: Won
 
Boston College  NC State 

Event Date: 11/11/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating; 4 Unit ACC Game of the Week

About time that I jumped on this legitimate train that is BC. Not only 6 straight covers, by a combined 119 points ATS, but check +98½ points in their last 3 games, including upsets of Louisville, Virginia, & Florida State, with the latter 2 by 31 & 32 points SU! Are rested, to boot, while facing a Wolfpack outfit that is in off no less than #3 Notre Dame, & #4 Clemson. No questioning the fact that NC State QB Finley is the real deal, but check a 542-203 rushing yard deficit past 2 weeks. Climbing off the carpet vs this oncoming train, is unlikely

Gold Pick:  Boston College +3


Result: Tie
 
Missouri  Tennessee 

Event Date: 11/11/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Tigers suddenly "money", with 5 straight covers (+85½ points), with balanced 227 rushing yard, 228 passing yards vs Florida. Vols snapped 4 game slide, last week, but rank as nation's 5th worst offense, & can't march Tiger's firepower

Pick: Missouri -11


Result: Won
 
Central Michigan  Eastern Michigan 

Event Date: 11/08/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Eagles keep on doing it, with current 17-3-1 ATS run, not affording another slip, with bowl game still a shot. Central Michigan in off 21-0 edge in 4th to take Western Michigan, but 6-12 ATS.

Pick: Eastern Michigan -2


Result: Loss
 
Texas A&M  Auburn 

Event Date: 11/04/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

A week ago, I had the notion that the Aggies would stay with Mississippi State, as slight home dogs, having competed favorably vs Alabama & Florida. Well, it wasn't to be, as the Bulldogs simply wore A&M (+2½) down, in a 35-14 beat down (35-7 in 4th). Must now run into a squad that sits at 6-2 SU, with margins of 49, 36, 30, 25, 38, & 21 points. I backed off the Tigers, after they failed to improve on a 35-3 halftime lead over Ole Miss. But a major bowl awaits, if they can run the table. Series rife with huge road wins & covers.

Pick: Auburn -15


Result: Tie
 
Mississippi State  UMass 

Event Date: 11/04/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

The Bulldogs have been absolutely superb, as far as dominating lesser opponents, is concerned, covering their 4 previous favorite roles by 26½, 2, 26, & 18½ points. In their last 3 games, they have a 115-31 point edge, while ranking 13th in run offense, as well as 6th in the land in total defense. The Minutemen have been decent plays, but are simply out of their league.

Pick: Mississippi State -28


Result: Loss
 
Georgia  South Carolina 

Event Date: 11/04/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Sure, the Gamecocks sit at 6-2 SU so far, missing cover vs Vanderbilt in final 4:50, but rank just 105th in rushing, with QB Bentley undependable. Georgia keeps rolling: 8-0 SU, & 7-1 ATS (4 points). Try 85-43 first down & 1,379-368 rushing yard edges the L4 weeks. Number 3 in scoring & total offense. Georgia call in this one.

Pick: Georgia -24


Result: Loss
 
California  Oregon State 

Event Date: 11/04/2017
Event Time: 5 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit PAC-12 Play of the Day

Home team in California games is 7-0 ATS (+125 points), but Bears just 288 passing yards per game in their L3 home games, while the Beavers suddenly an offensive force (833-607 yard edge vs Colorado & Stanford). However, I am going to the perfect ATS mark for the home team.

Gold Pick: California -7


Result: Won
 
Washington State  Stanford 

Event Date: 11/04/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit PAC-12 Game of the Week

Washington State doesn't fool around when they lose, with setbacks of 34 & 21 points. However, they bounced back from 1st loss with 18-point home cover. 32 first downs & 602 passing yards for naught: 58-37 loss at Arizona. Stanford lucked out (fumble recovery & touchdown in L0:20) vs Oregon State, & lost to Washington State last year.

Gold Pick: Washington State -2.5


Result: Won
 
Notre Dame  Wake Forest 

Event Date: 11/04/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit NCAAF Game of the Week

The Irish are cementing their place by the week. Check 318-50 rushing yard edge over North Carolina State, on the heels of a 377-76 rushing yard edge over Southern California. Deacon QB Wolford blitzed Louisville with 461 passing yards along with 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, with TD passes of 32, 25, 52, 55 yards. No team has topped 20 points vs Notre Dame this year. Give the points.

Gold Pick: Notre Dame -13.5


Result: Loss
 
Kansas  Kansas State 

Event Date: 10/28/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit Big-12 Game of the Week

This is one that Kansas State rarely let get away, with 7-1 & 18-5 ATS margins. Enter off 3 straight losses (2-of-3 in OT, & in L0:07). Check 263 rushing yards vs Oklahoma. Kansas has a 153-19 point deficit in their last 3 games, managing 9 first downs & only 83 yards combined in their last 2 games. Blowout!

Gold Pick: Kansas State -24


Result: Loss
 
Notre Dame  NC State 

Event Date: 10/28/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit NCAAF Inter-Conference Game of the Week

The Irish sure came through in annihilation of Southern California, with 377-76 rushing yard edge, behind both Adams & Wimbush (191, 106). Now at +114½ points ATS this year. But NC State is on 6-0 SU run, ranking 6th in rushing defense. However, no team has scored more than 20 points vs the Irish this year.  The Irish keep on winning.

Gold Pick: Notre Dame -7


Result: Won
 
Illinois  Wisconsin 

Event Date: 10/28/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit Big-10 Play of the Day

Lucky 1-point cover for Badgers last week, with just a 215-143 rushing yard edge. But they have the horses, with Taylor 3rd-rated runner, & Hornibrook 9th-ranked passer. Wisconsin just 12 points from a 19-4 ATS run. Illinois stayed with Minnesota, despite 292-121 rushing yard deficit (cover in L0:23). Maybe last week, but not here.

Gold Pick: Wisconsin -25.5


Result: Loss
 
Arizona State  USC 

Event Date: 10/28/2017
Event Time: 10 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Trojan defense continues as their bane, with 301-rushing yard deficit in Notre Dame debacle (28-0 at half). So have come from a 15-6 ATS run, to 1-7. Multiple turnovers in all 8 games, & Darnold has just 17 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Arizona State came from 120th defense to giving up 14 & 18 first downs in upsets of Washington & Utah.  Yet another "upset" for the Sun Devils.

Pick: Arizona State +3.5


Result: Loss
 
Western Kentucky  Florida Atlantic 

Event Date: 10/28/2017
Event Time: 4 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

The drop in offensive production from the Hilltoppers, who have lost 7 offensive starters from last year's team, is patently obvious. Note ranking 1st & 6th in scoring & total offense in '16, while checking at 79th & 85th in those categories this season. Just 2 covers this year, with 1 by of those 2 by 1½ points, The Owls, on the other hand, have been smoking, with a combined 165-79 point edge in their last 3 games, including a 447 rushing yard, 804 total effort last week. They well remember last year's 52-3 embarrassment.

Pick: Florida Atlantic -6.5


Result: Won
 
Colorado State  Air Force 

Event Date: 10/28/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Rams last week, three 2nd quarter touchdowns, but just 6 points in the other 3 (27-24 escape at New Mexico). The Underdog is now 13-1 ATS in Air Force games, & Falcons at 956 rushing yards the past 2 weeks. They won at final gun last week.

Pick: Air Force +10


Result: Won
 
Texas A&M  Mississippi State 

Event Date: 10/28/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Mississippi State rolled (stat wise) over the Aggies last year, & are in off combined 80-17 point edge in their last 2 games. However, the home team in the last 5 Mississippi State games holds a 197-37 point edge (+166 points ATS). Texas A&M are 2 points from being 6-0 ATS this year

Pick: Texas A&M +1.5


Result: Loss
 
Oregon  Utah 

Event Date: 10/28/2017
Event Time: 5 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Time for the Utes to regroup, after suffering their third straight loss, & first ATS miss, in shocking 30-10 upset at the hands of an underrated Arizona State outfit. For some reason, Utah plays its best ball away from home, covering all 6 of their last half-dozen shots, including a 12-point cover at Southern California, on the heels of a late 3-point setback vs Stanford. Thus, last week's failure could easily be due to the aftershocks of a pair of demoralizing setbacks. The Ducks have been complete flops, since losing QB Herbert. Check a 113-31 point deficit the past 3 weeks, while on 5-14 ATS run.

Pick: Utah -3


Result: Loss
 
Notre Dame  USC 

Event Date: 10/21/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit Inter-Conference Game of the Week

Another win, another spread loss for the Trojans, who are in off stopping Utah's 2-point try in the L0:42, for a 28-27 win. Check Darnold in that one: 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. A rarity this year as he has 15 touchdowns with 9 interceptions for the season. The Irish come in 1 point from perfection and are +63 points ATS, holding all opponents below 21 points. I'll lay small spot.

Gold Pick: Notre Dame -3.5


Result: Won
 
Navy  Central Florida 

Event Date: 10/21/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit NCAAF Play of the Day

Again-&-Again. Check Central Florida's 253-84 point edge so far (+88½ points ATS). Nicely balanced, behind #2 ranked QB Milton (37-of-46 in the last 2 weeks). Navy got the bacon with touchdown & 2-point conversion in last 3:25 at Memphis, despite 5 turn overs. The number 1 rushing offense in Navy, but no matching defense.

Gold Pick: Central Florida -7


Result: Won
 
Wisconsin  Maryland 

Event Date: 10/21/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit Big-10 Game of the Week

Maryland has had their moments, to be sure (29 & 20 point covers vs Texas & Minnesota), but were mauled in each of their 3 losses (32½, 18, 13 point ATS misses), with a 769-177 rushing yard deficit. That being the case, the Badgers (264-79 rushing yards per game edge) could and should have a field day

Gold Pick: Wisconsin -24


Result: Won
 
Baylor  West Virginia 

Event Date: 10/21/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

An emphatic exclamation point to 0-6 SU log of Bears (first 0-6 start since 1969), with 59-point, 747-yard allowance at Oklahoma State, although they did cover their last home game by 20. West Virginia overcame 35-17 3rd quarter deficit, for 46-35 win over Texas Tech. Another 5 Grier touchdown passes and now has 21 touchdowns with 5 interceptions for the year.

Pick: West Virginia -8.5


Result: Loss
 
Texas  Oklahoma State 

Event Date: 10/21/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Many an expert figured that it was going to be a long season for the Steers, when they opened as a 19-point favorite, hosting a mediocre Maryland squad, only to lose outright, 51-41, for a 29-point ATS loss. But that would be their only spread setback, winning 4-of-5 vs the points (+52½ points), slipping only in an OT loss to USC, & in last week's narrow 29-24 setback to mighty Oklahoma, after overcoming a 20-point deficit. Cowboys, behind QB Rudolph, RB Hill, & WR Washington are another true test. But 'Horns are proving themselves by the week.

Pick: Texas +7


Result: Won
 
New Mexico  Colorado State 

Event Date: 10/20/2017
Event Time: 10 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Rams needed super comeback to take Nevada, thanks to Stevens' 384 passing yards 
 and 4 touchdown with 0 interceptions, & Dawkins' 191 rushing yards. Still an 8-1 ATS road play. Lobos in off embarrassing 38-0 loss, with 109 rushing yards (were at 267 per game). Managed 14 & 16 points off first 2 losses, so no bounceback here.

Pick: Colorado State -7


Result: Loss
 
Central Florida  East Carolina 

Event Date: 10/14/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit NCAAF Game of the Week

They continue to impress. Knights now own a 190-46 point edge (+82½ points ATS). QB Milton 16-of-19 (374 yards) last week, & nation's 2nd rated passer with 13 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. Solidly balanced offense. Pirates are the pits, allowing no less than 51.8 points per game in their L9 games. Take the Knights no matter the line.

Gold Pick: Central Florida -35

 


Result: Won
 
Marshall  Old Dominion 

Event Date: 10/14/2017
Event Time: 2 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit Conference USA Game of the Week

What happened to that 28 points per game offense of Marshall in 14-3 win over Charlotte & its 102nd defense? Not to worry, they should regain former pizazz vs Old Dominion defense which has 149-51 point deficit in its last three games (-54½ points ATS).

Gold Pick: Marshall -15.5


Result: Won
 
Memphis  Navy 

Event Date: 10/14/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit NCAAF Play of the Day

Navy is 5-0 for just the 2nd time since '79, & why not, with the nation's #1 rushing offense (414.2 yards per game), behind Abey. Memphis can also light it up. QB Ferguson had 431 passing yards with 7 touchdowns vs UConn. However, the Visitor is 8-0 ATS in Navy games. I can't pass that up.

Gold Pick: Navy +3.5


Result: Won
 
Army  Eastern Michigan 

Event Date: 10/14/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

What do you know? An Army favorite cover, & by 25 points in 418-rushing yard effort at Rice (4 touchdowns in 3:04 span). However, Eastern Michigan keeps right on covering, despite 43, 13, 73 rushing yards the last 3 weeks, & Roback at 5 touchdowns with 6 interceptions

Pick: Eastern MIchigan +6.5


Result: Won
 
Fresno State  New Mexico 

Event Date: 10/14/2017
Event Time: 10 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

The Bulldogs have suddenly been a money-maker, with current 6-0-1 ATS run, getting the push vs San Jose State on a 50-yard field goal in the final 6:14. This one pits Fresno's 19th-ranked run defense vs the Lobos' 12th-ranked run offense. The Underdog is on a 9-1 ATS run in New Mexico games. Take the points

Pick: New Mexico +2.5


Result: Loss
 
Hawaii  San Jose State 

Event Date: 10/14/2017
Event Time: 11 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Finally a chance for Hawaii to explode. A 1,176-989 yard deficit in losses to Colorado State & Nebraska, but check Saint Juste with 241 rushing yards last week & at 149 yards per game. San Jose State is at #121 & #120 in total offense & defense.

Pick: Hawaii -17


Result: Loss
 
Iowa State  Kansas 

Event Date: 10/14/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

In  this one you would expect a bounceback win as the norm, however, this one carries the theory that you go against a normally lesser team, following a huge upset win (Blind Hog). However the Cyclones of Iowa State are more than an annual doormat, as they are steadily improving, scoring 41, 41, & 38 points in 3 of their 4 lined games this year. And they are also one of the more dependable home teams, covering 7-2-1 at home, of late. Check QB Kempt last week going 18-of-24 for 343 yards with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Iowa State +156 points ATS 12-of-last-13 games, while Kansas is 0-9 ATS as road dogs of less than 24½ points.

Pick: Iowa State -21.5


Result: Won
 
Cincinnati  Central Florida 

Event Date: 10/07/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit NCAAF Game of the Week

Shades of '13 for Knights in the early going, breezing to a 139-40 point edge so far (+71½ points ATS). Try a sweet 350-75 rushing yard edge over Memphis, with QB Milton a nice 8 touchdowns with only 2 interceptions for the year. Cincinnati QB Moore has thrown for 592 yards the past 2 weeks, but overland game not the best.

Gold Pick: Central Florida -17


Result: Won
 
Vanderbilt  Georgia 

Event Date: 10/07/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit SEC Game of the Week

Yes, I know that the Vanderbilt normally is the series play, but Georgia is riding high: 5-0 ATS (+81 points), 72-3 point edge the last 2 weeks, holding Tennessee to 7 first downs, 142 yards, & ranking 2nd, 3rd, in scoring, total defense. Vanderbilt a 714-86 rushing yard deficit in the last 2 weeks. Home field didn't help vs Alabama and it won't help here either.

Gold Pick: Georgia -17.5


Result: Won
 
Auburn  Miississippi 

Event Date: 10/07/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit SEC Play of the  Day

Once the Tigers get in the groove, they are nearly unstoppable. And a 100-24 point edge over the last 2 weeks (500 passing yards & +49½ points) proves that they are there. Rank 6th & 9th in scoring & total defense. Mississippi has one of the worst rushing offenses in the land. QB Patterson (361.5 passing yards per game) bit that's not enough.

Gold Pick: Auburn -21


Result: Tie
 
Northern Illinois  Kent State 

Event Date: 10/07/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Huskies cooking, despite last weeks loss to San Diego State, which saw NIU with a 429-263 yard edge, but 4-0 turnover deficit. Flashes at 4.75 points per game in lined game, with a 658-394 yard deficit in their last 2 lined games. Northern Illinois in a blowout

Pick: Northern Illinois -23.5


Result: Loss
 
Boston College  Virginia Tech 

Event Date: 10/07/2017
Event Time: 0 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

If Hokies aren't too drained off Clemson war, should get the bacon here. Have won & covered 7-of-8, with 38.8 points per game showing. Two straight covers for Boston College, but still -89½ points ATS in last 7 home games. BC owns the 116th offense, & had the 127th run defense, before last week. None other than a Hokie call here

Picik: Virginia Tech -16.5


Result: Loss
 
Houston  SMU 

Event Date: 10/07/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

SMU came in nicely last week, & now at 59 first downs, 1,078 yards last 2 weeks, with a 532-135 rushing yard edge. Hicks: with 14 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Check Houston with 13-0 deficit at Temple over final 26:36. Houston now -142½ points ATS 10-of-11 games.

Pick: SMU +7


Result: Loss
 
Texas A&M  Alabama 

Event Date: 10/07/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Alabama sure has come storming back, following that down effort vs Colorado State with 125-3 point, 64-14 first down, & 861-128 rushing yard edges. Incomprehensible. And to make matters worse for the Texas A&M, Alabama plays its best on the road. A&M: #14 rushing offense, & #15 rushing defense. But nothing seems to matter

Pick: Alabama -26.5


Result: Loss
 
Navy  Air Force 

Event Date: 10/07/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Navy came in for me last week with their 421-229 rushing yard edge over Tulsa (Abey: 185 yards). However, Tulsa has worst run defense, & 2nd overall defense in the nation. The Falcons were mauled at New Mexico, 56-38, with a 363-238 rushing yard deficit. However, the dog is now 10-1 ATS in Air Force games, and this has been a dog series.

Pick: Air Force +7.5


Result: Won
 
BYU  Boise State 

Event Date: 10/06/2017
Event Time: 10 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

We have made a habit of jumping on one of the nation's true "moneymakers" namely, the visitor whenever the Broncos of Boise State take the field. That trend currently stands at a highly profitable 18-3. No, this Bronco edition isn't up to their normal standards (15 straight bowl campaigns), which is reflected in the above spread. But neither are the Cougars of BYU, who own a 126-43 point deficit in lined games this season, with a defense that ranks 2nd-worst in the land. So we lay the touchdown, as Boise visitor rises again.

Pick: Boise State -7


Result: Won
 
SMU  UCONN 

Event Date: 09/30/2017
Event Time: 4 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

SMU sure can score. Check last week's 34-7 windup in 44-21 win over Arkansas State, with 31 first downs & 580 yards (Hicks with 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this year). The Huskies are on an 0-7 ATS run (-109 points), with a 209-72 point deficit in L7 lined games.

Pick: SMU -17


Result: Won
 
UNLV  San Jose State 

Event Date: 09/30/2017
Event Time: 10 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Of course, we have to consider the success of the visitor in Vegas games: on 21-9 run. But RB Thomas & Co should have field day vs San Jose State, which has 213-48 point deficit this year (-91½ points ATS L3 games).

Pick: UNLV -12.5


Result: Won
 
Penn State  Indiana 

Event Date: 09/30/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit Big-10 Game of the Week

Penn State had dropped 2-of-3 to the points, but still on an 11-2 spread run. Check Barkley in last week's heart stopping win at Iowa: 211 rushing yards (7.8 yards per rush) & a school-record 358 all-purpose yards. Penn State now at 46.4 points per game in L13 games. Indiana is improved, but owned worst run offense in the land before Georgia Southern.

Gold Pick: Penn State -17.5


Result: Won
 
Kansas State  Baylor 

Event Date: 09/30/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit  Big-12 Game of the Week

The dog is a splendid 11-4 ATS in Baylor games, including last week's near upset of 3rd-ranked Oklahoma, despite a rushing yard deficit of 342-60, but a 463 passing yard (4 touchdowns with 0 interceptions) display from Smith. Rested Kansas State return to friendly confines of Manhattan, resolved to bounce back off 7-point effort at Vandy.

Gold Pick: Kansas State -17


Result: Loss
 
Virginia Tech  Clemson 

Event Date: 09/30/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit ACC Play of the Day

Until they lose. The Hokies have been a study in consistency, with current 7-0 ATS run. Check 85-0 point run since trailing East Carolina, along with frosh QB Jackson's 282 passing yards per game with 11 touchdowns and only 1 interception. Tigers now at 43.9 points per game in their L11 games, with 639 rushing yards in their last 2 games, while owning 3rd best defense.

Gold Pick: Clemson -7.5


Result: Won
Duke  Miami 

Event Date: 09/29/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

A 14-0 4th quarter, including .a pick-6 in the final 4:01, got the Imps past UNC, so are still unscathed. Nicely balanced offense (227 rushing yards per game, 243 passing yards per game) has Duke at a 78-41 first down edge for the year. Miami is 6-0 ATS L6 games, with a 235-120 point edge. However the home team is 10-3 ATS in Duke games

Pick: Duke +7


Result: Loss
 
Iowa State  Texas 

Event Date: 09/28/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Quite a turnaround for Texas, who were -80 points ATS in 2 games previous to +43½ points last two games, including that OT loss to Southern California, although they've run only on San Jose State's sieve defense. Cyclones are +122½ points ATS in 10 of their last 11 home games. And this is a home series. Take the points.

Pick: Iowa +6


Result: Loss
 
Kentucky  Florida 

Event Date: 09/23/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit NCAAF Play of the Day

Kentucky trailed South Carolina 6-0 on the 1st play, but immediately applied the clamps in 20-13 win (184-54 rushing yard edge), with nicely balanced offense. The Gators are doing it with mirrors. Just 14 first downs but a "Hail Mary" to beat Tenn. They've topped 20 points in only 4 of last 11 games.

Gold Pick: Kentucky +3


Result: Won
 
Baylor  Oklahoma 

Event Date: 09/23/2017
Event Time: 6 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Difficult to imagine the Bears the recipients of more than 26 points at home. They've recently been absolute kings of the host. Stayed with Duke via 44, 73, 79 Smith TD throws, but still on 1-9 ATS run. Enter Oklahoma, with its 46.8 points per game in the L13 games. Mayfield: 10 touchdowns with 0 interceptions this year (77%). Covered last road game by 22½.

Pick: Oklahoma -27


Result: Loss
 
Central Michigan  Miami-Ohio 

Event Date: 09/23/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Killer loss for 'Hawks (a pick-6 by Cincinnati in the last 1:07). Miami-Ohio 7-3 SU lately, with losses by 2, 3, 4 points. Central Michigan allowed 31 unanswered points to wind up at Syracuse, & are 0-5 ATS at home.

Pick: Miami-Ohio +2


Result: Won
 
Purdue  Michigan 

Event Date: 09/23/2017
Event Time: 4 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

The improved Boilers now +96 points ATS in early going, with a 468-230 rushing yard edge in the past 2 weeks (43:43-16:17 time edge last week). QB Blough: 22-of-28 vs Missouri. Michigan led Air Force just 16-13 in 3rd, before 29-13 final, 'though managing only 1 offensive TD (same vs Cincinnati 2 weeks ago). An upset.

Pick: Purdue +10


Result: Loss
 
Georgia  Mississippi State 

Event Date: 09/23/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit SEC Game of the Week

The Mississippi State scoring machine proved its worth vs Lsu's always rock solid defense: 25-13 first down and 285-133 rushing yard edges. Mississippi State's last 4 covers: 19, 44, 26½, 37 points. Ten returning defensive starters have the Georgia stop unit at #16 in land, but note their offense coming in at 85th. Can't give points in a conference battle.

Gold Pick: Mississippi State +6


Result: Loss
 
Oklahoma State  TCU 

Event Date: 09/23/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit NCAAF Game of the Week

Oklahoma State's Rudolph is now at 378 passing yards per game with 11 touchdowns and only 1 interception (5 touchdowns last week). Try an average of 41.8 points per game in Oklahoma States L24 regular season games. TCU counter with balanced attack, behind QB Hill (8 touchdowns with 2 interceptions), & 245.7 passing yards per game. Tcu covered its last road game by 18 points, but is on a 4-9 spread slide.

Gold Pick: Oklahoma State -13.5


Result: Loss
 
Arizona  Utah 

Event Date: 09/22/2017
Event Time: 10 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Nice Arizona comeback off killer loss to Houston, with 63-16 rout of Utep. Arizona has allowed only 3 TDs the past 2 weeks, but its defense now at 39.3 points per game in their L10 lined games. Utes turned 37-16 lead over San Jose State, with 11:21 left, into 54-16 romper, & don't forget that Utah plays its best on road.

Pick: Utah -3.5


Result: Won
 
New York  Detroit 

Event Date: 09/18/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Lion QB Stafford tossed up a pick-6 in the first 3:36, of battle with the Cards. But that was about it as he finished with 4 touchdown passes, no more picks, & 71% (29-of-41). Trailed Arizona 10-0, but led 35-17 in 35-23 final. Giants were mauled by the Cowboys. Just 3 points, with Eli at no touchdowns with 1 interception. Detroit is 8-1 as an avenging road dog of less than 6 points. In addition, 11 of NY's last 12 home games have been decided by 6 points or less SU. So only one way to go. Take the points. 

Pick: Detroit +3


Result: Won
 
Alabama  Colorado State 

Event Date: 09/16/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

The Tide's easy win over Fresno was by the book. Alabama has now held 25-of-32 opponents to 16 points or less. Sure, the Rams have had little trouble lighting up the scoreboard (35 points per game last year), with QB Stevens topping 300 passing yards the last 5 games. But this is a horse of a different color. Not even close!

Pick: Alabama -28.5


Result: Loss
 
Florida  Tennessee 

Event Date: 09/16/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

No semblance of former classic stature lately. Sure, the Gators have held 16-of-26 opponents under 15 points, but note Florida topping 20 points in just 3 of last 10 games. Volunteers defense looked lost at Georgia Tech (535-148 rushing yard deficit), & miss many of last year's "skill" players. This one is going to the wire, so take the points.

Pick: Tennessee +5.5


Result: Loss
 
Mississippi State  LSU 

Event Date: 09/16/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

The Mississippi State Bulldogs served notice as to their authenticity, with rout of always dangerous Louisiana Tech. But just 3-6-1 ATS, but those covers have come by 19, 44, & 26½ points. But the LSU Bengals are another matter, with a smothering defense, with balanced offense behind RB Guice, QB Etling (22-of-31 this year).

Pick:: LSU -7


Result: Loss
 
Duke  Baylor 

Event Date: 09/16/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit NCAAF Game of the Week

The Baylor Bears are fast approaching pre-RG3 status. A home loss to UTSA, with greater than a 100-yard deficit is simply unfathomable, on heels of allowing 48 points and 585 yards to Liberty. Duke comes in with a nicely balance 538-191 yard edge in 26-point cover vs Northwestern (41-10 in 4th). I just can't see any other outcome.

Gold Pick: Duke -14


Result: Tie
 
Iowa  North Texas 

Event Date: 09/16/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit NCAAF Mismatch of the Week

The Hawkeyes don't let this type get away. QB Stanley has 8 touchdowns in his 1st 2 starts, tying Iowa State in the final 1:09, winning it in OT. North Texas has a 288-164 point deficit in their last 7 lined games. They trailed SMU 54-17 in the 4th. No brainer here!

Gold Pick: Iowa -21


Result: Loss
 
Boise State  New Mexico 

Event Date: 09/14/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit NCAAF Play of the Day

The Boise State Broncos must regroup off blowing a 31-10 lead in the 4th vs Washington State, losing in OT (had won 110 straight, with 21+ point lead in 2nd half). And QB Rypien is ailing.. The New Mexico Lobos turned a 30-5 deficit after 3 vs New Mexico State into 30-28 loss (missed 2-point try in final 1:11). The visitor is 16-3 ATS in Boise State games

Gold Pick: New Mexico +17


Result: Won
 
USC  Stanford 

Event Date: 09/09/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit PAC-12 Game of the Week

Series is full with classic outcomes so why not another on tonight? Rested Cardinals got 180 rushing yards from Love in rout of Rice (led 55-0 in 4th). USC found itself in dogfight (they were tied 21-21 in 4th) before disposing of Western Michigan, 49-31. Jones had 159 rushing yards) and Darnold again. However, the visitor is a perfect 8-0 ATS in Stanford games.

Gold Pick: Stanford +6.5


Result: Loss
 
Oregon State  Minnesota 

Event Date: 09/09/2017
Event Time: 10 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Resurgent Beavers couldn't stay with Colorado State, & outplayed by Portland (28-18 first down & 515-389 yard deficits) winning in final 1:08. Minnesota in off 17-7 struggle with Buffalo, & that's the norm for Gophers, as dog is now 23-7-2 ATS & guest is 10-1-2 when they take field.

Pick: Minnesota +2.5


Result: Won
 
UMass  Old Dominion 

Event Date: 09/09/2017
Event Time: 3 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Just 15 first downs for Monarchs in anemic opener. But catch 'Men off pair of killer losses. UMass didn't run last year (124th) & in off 321-79 rushing yard deficit vs Charlotte. Favorite is 10-1-1 ATS in ODU games.

Pick: Old Dominion -3.5


Result: Won
 
Kansas  Central Michigan 

Event Date: 09/09/2017
Event Time: 4 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Solid production for Jay QB Bender in 1st start: 364 passing yards, 3 touchdowns. KU just 3-24 SU, but on nice 4-0 ATS run lately, covering last home game by 27 points. Chips are just 10 points from an 0-10 ATS run.

Pick: Kansas -5.5


Result: Loss
 
Clemson  Auburn 

Event Date: 09/09/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit NCAAF Inter-Conference Play of the Day

Star RB Pettway should return for Eagles, who needed no help in last week's 41-7 undressing of Georgia Southern, with 351-70 rushing yards and 535-78 total yard edges. Bryant for Watson last week: 16-of-22, 236 passing yards & 77 rushing yards. A 56-3 win, & 34-5 first down edge. Champs obviously still loaded.

Gold Pick: Clemson -4.5


Result: Won
 
NC State  Marshall 

Event Date: 09/09/2017
Event Time: 6 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit NCAAF Game of the Week

'Herd killed us last week, with a pair of kick off returns for touchdowns and a pick-6 in 31-26 (2-point cover) win over Miami-O (25-15 first down, 429-267 yard deficits). 'Pack did everything but win at South Carolina (29-12 first downs, 504-246 yards, and 36:41-23:19 time edges), behind Finley's 415 passing yards. Give the points in a romp.

Gold Pick: NC State -24


Result: Loss
 
Georgia Tech  Tennessee 

Event Date: 09/04/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Units NCAAF Game of the Week

Vols give you your money's worth, topping 37 points 8 times last year, while allowing more than 30 points 7 times. Replacing QB Dobbs & RB Kamara not an easy task for HC Jones. Jackets always among top rushing teams (#9 in '16), while Vols came in at 103 in containing the run.

Gold Pick: Georgia Tech +3


Result: Won
 
Alabama  Florida State 

Event Date: 09/02/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 4 Unit Inter-Conference Game of the Week

Preseason's 1st & 3rd ranked teams. The 'Noles retain 10 starters from last years 21st ranked defense, so moving it against this unit quite a task for "normal" opponents. However, the 'Tide, despite losing 10 starters, simply reloads, with QB Hurts & RBs Scarbrough & Harris true elites. Florida State QB Francois first to test latest Saban stop unit

Gold Pick: Alabama -7


Result: Won
 
Illinois  Ball State 

Event Date: 09/02/2017
Event Time: 12 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 3 Unit NCAAF Play of the Day

Five straight losing seasons for the Illini, (allowed more than 30 points in 8-of-11 lined games last year) so any improvement will be gradual. Return only 10 starters, with Crouch QB replacement for Lunt. Cards play their best on the road , with visitor on a 12-0-1 ATS run in Ball State games.

Gold Pick: Ball State +7.5


Result: Won
Marshall  Miami - Ohio 

Event Date: 09/02/2017
Event Time: 6 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

- 'Hawks in off unbelievable season in which they lost their first 6 games, & won their last 6, before 1-point bowl defeat (13-point cover). Return 17 starters, including QB Ragland. 'Herd defense came from 36th ranked defense to 106th last year, & lost last home game by 30 points ATS.

Pick: Miami - Ohio +2


Result: Loss
 
Middle Tenn State  Vanderbilt 

Event Date: 09/02/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Would you believe that the previously doormat Commodores have gone to 4 bowls in the last 6 years? That, despite the fact that they are at just 10.9 points per game in 26 of their last 32 lined games. Raiders are led, of course, by prolific QB Stockstill (3,233 yards & 33 TDs). Topped 40 points 7 times laslt year, although 'Dore defemse is solid, I'll take home standing dog.

Pick: Middle Tennessee State +3.5


Result: Loss
 
Colorado  Colorado State 

Event Date: 09/01/2017
Event Time: 8 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Buffaloes covered first 7 games last year, before final 9-4 ATS slate, marred by 41-10 & 38-8 losses in final 2 games (-56½ points ATS). Lose 8 starters from 19th ranked defense. Rams score (48 points per game L6 games last year), but gave up 43 points per game in their L4. Opened impressively last week, with 41-10 windup vs Oregon State, behind 334 Stevens passing yards. This could be a classic shootout. Take the points

Pick: Colorado State +5.5


Result: Loss
Standord  Rice 

Event Date: 08/26/2017
Event Time: 10 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

Rice has an experienced O-Line that should make for a potent running game. The offense will be rock solid, but the passing defense needs to improve. Rice allowed more YPG passing than all but six teams last year. Stanford comes in trying to replace the production of RB Christian McCaffrey, but the Cardinal could choose to air it out more this season. QB Keller Chryst is recovering from a torn ACL, but he is the most talented QB they've had since Andrew Luck. Lots of points to cover for the first game of the year.

Pick: Rice +31


Result: Loss
 
San Jose State  South Florida 

Event Date: 08/26/2017
Event Time: 7 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

USF lost Willie Taggart, but the team replaced him with the successful Charlie Strong. Strong inherits an offense that is led by Heisman hopeful QB Quinton Flowers. The Bulls should put up a ton of points. San Jose States Projected starter QB Josh Love appeared in five games in 2016-17, completing 51.7% of his passes and throwing for only two TDs with five INTs. His play leaves a lot to be desired for an offense that features some dangerous weapons. Defensively, the Spartans are going to struggle.

Pick: South Florida -21


Result: Loss
 
Colorado State  Oregon State 

Event Date: 08/26/2017
Event Time: 2 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

The Rams are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on field turf, 14-4-1 ATS in their last 19 non-conference games, and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Pick: Colorado State -3.5


Result: Won
 
UMass  Hawaii 

Event Date: 08/26/2017
Event Time: 6 PM est
Pick: 

Rating: 2 Units

The Over is 6-0 in Rainbow Warriors last 6 non-conference games, 5-1 in Rainbow Warriors last 6 vs. INDEP, 6-2 in Rainbow Warriors last 8 road games, and 10-4 in Rainbow Warriors last 14 games on field turf. While the Over is 5-1 in Minutemen last 6 games overall, 4-1 in Minutemen last 5 non-conference games, and 4-1 in Minutemen last 5 games on field turf.

Pick: Over 60


Result: Won

Win:47 Losses:47 Tie:5

 

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