Last week brought on another round of games in both college football and the NFL, as well as another winning performance by Doc’s Sports Services. We went 5-3 last week on our featured selections and ended-up +11 units, making this one of the best starts ever in over 40 years of handicapping the games. When it comes to our top plays, we are now boasting a sterling record of 9-1, which puts us at or near the top of the football handicapping industry. That is why the time to jump on this money train could never be better with this week’s much anticipated release of Doc’s 7-Unit “College Football Game of the Year”.
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Before we delve a little deeper into this week’s slate of college games, we would be remiss to not take a moment to reflect back on this past Monday night’s massacre in the NFL. I was hot on the Packers for 3 Units and had the game in the bag until another in a long string of horrible calls by the replacement referees. Even replay could not get this one right as everyone except the refs that were involved in the game knew that the final play on Monday night was an interception for Green Bay as opposed to a game-winning touchdown for Seattle. The money swing on this lone play was enormous, and this one horrible call will now cast a shadow on every future NFL game until the situation is resolved (as I am writing this there have been rumors that the NFL owners and the referees might have reached a new deal). For the average fan, and especially for anyone who enjoys wagering on the games, we can only hope the rumors are true and that the regular officials are back Thursday for the Cleveland vs. Baltimore game.
Big Ten conference play begins this week, and the top game on Saturday’s college football schedule has No.14 Ohio State on the road against No.20 Michigan State. Under new head coach Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes are off to a 4-0 straight up start but are just 1-3 against the spread. This will also be their first road game of the season. The offense has rolled up some impressive numbers so far against the likes of Miami (Ohio), Central Florida, and UAB, so this Saturday will be its first true test against one of the top defenses in the nation. The Spartans are ranked 11th in the country in points allowed, which is the main reason they are off to a 3-1 SU start (1-3 ATS). Michigan State’s offense managed just three points in a loss to Notre Dame and struggled to put 23 points on the board last week against Eastern Michigan. Andrew Maxwell has thrown for 869 yards and three touchdowns, but he is completing just 56.6 percent of his attempts. Le’Veon Bell has done a great job running the ball, but the Spartans’ offense, as a whole, is still struggling with consistency. It should once again have trouble putting points on the board this Saturday against a very good Ohio State defense. This game is just too close to call as far as picking a side, but definitely lean towards the “under” with the total line set at 43.5.
In another intriguing matchup in the Big Ten, the Penn State Nittany Lions open up conference play against Illinois as two-point underdogs on the road. After a rough start with losses to Ohio and Virginia, the Lions have rebounded with victories over Navy and Temple. However, the obvious problems with this team run deep. Matt McGloin is an average quarterback at best, and, despite some lofty early season stats, he is bound to struggle against a much better grade of competition. The issues for Illinois are just as glaring. The Fighting Illini were blown out at home by Louisiana Tech last Saturday, 52-24, as three-point favorites. While you could always count on former head coach Ron Zook to have his team ready to play each and every week, the jury is still out on his replacement’s (Tim Beckman) ability to do the same. We are staying away from this game as it is hard to know what kind of performance to expect from either side come Saturday afternoon.
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