Fourth Down and Inches
by Doc - 11/01/2006
Our college selections continued to roll, as we went 6-3, +13 units. Of the three losses, the one that I was most disappointed in was Miami (FL). I truly thought the Hurricanes were ready, as my source indicated a great week of practice and a positive morale surrounding the team. Miami is back at the Orange Bowl this weekend hosting Virginia Tech. The game used to feature the best of what the Big East had to offer, but both have struggled to perform well this year. I no longer believe in the Hurricanes, despite the defensive production. The offense cannot score since Ken Dorsey left and they have yet to find a suitable replacement for him at the quarterback position.
This past Saturday, I must admit I had a chuckle as the ticker kept updating the Bowling Green - Temple score. The more the Owls piled it on, the more I loved it. I told a few of my staff members early in the week that Temple would pull the upset, but I must admit I felt a little concerned when the Falcons went up, 7-0. But this was short lived, as Temple would score the next 21 points and won the game by a comfortable margin, 28-14. They are still not getting much respect, as this week they host Central Michigan and enter as an 18-point underdog. Will I go out on a limb yet again? The short answer is no, as I will sit atop my perch for a little bit longer, basking in my glory.
My upset special this week might be a similar team to Temple, as Duke now holds the nation's longest losing streak. They are at Wallace Wade Stadium this week as an 11-point underdog to Navy. The Devils have played a brutal schedule against tough competition (Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Florida State and Miami) but they end with two winnable games at home against Navy and North Carolina. I am thinking they will put forth a solid effort here hoping to notch their first victory of the 2006 campaign. Write it down, the Devils win this game straight-up.
I was really impressed with the effort the Fighting Illini gave against Wisconsin. They took Bucky to the limit and lost by just six points despite being a 21-point underdog. Coach Ron Zook is playing a lot of underclassman and this team is only a couple of years away from rising to the top of the Big Ten standings. The most impressive youngster is QB Juice Williams, who used his speed to frustrate the Badger defense all day long. He is only a freshman and the next three years will be interesting to watch him develop. Illinois returns to Memorial Stadium this week to take on the Buckeyes. State enters this game as a 26.5-point favorite. This game is hard to evaluate, but the dog would be the only side I would consider.
I took Ohio State last week laying the big number against Minnesota. The Buckeyes looked impressive compared to the Gophers, who just looked confused. At the start of the season, I felt Michigan could beat Ohio State in Columbus, but the more I see this Buckeyes team in action I start to doubt this impression. This team has so much talent and is the clear-cut No. 1 in the nation. It will be interesting to see what number they put on the OSU-Michigan showdown, but I suspect State will enter it around a touchdown favorite.
One of the revenge games I am looking at this weekend is the LSU-Tennessee match-up that takes place in Knoxville. Coach Les Miles and the Tigers certainly have not forgotten last year and their three-point overtime loss in Baton Rouge. LSU was up 21-0, before a late second half rally by the Volunteers got them back into the game and eventually gave them the 'W'. The Tigers might have the best pass defense in the country and this game figures to be a dandy. We will have a selection on this game and I am confident it will be on the winning side.
I love horse racing and during the summer I spend a lot of time at Arlington Park. Nothing gives you a better rush then your horse coming down the stretch, knowing that they are destined for the winner's circle. This Saturday features the final big day of racing in 2006 with the Breeders' Cup taking place at the venerable Churchill Downs. I have one of the top handicappers working on our picks and would encourage you to sign-up for our Breeders' Cup package.
Basketball is just around the corner and College Basketball is the focus coming out of this office. The teams are now practicing and we will officially begin our service on Saturday, Dec. 2. I personally will spend the month of November reading up on the information booklets about each team trying to get the ins and outs. The early part of the season is the best time to beat the books and we will be offering a November special all month long. Looking forward to the season and certainly hope you will be aboard.
How can you not be impressed with what the Florida Gators are bringing back in college hoops? They return their top seven players from their championship squad of 2006. This team looked dominating in the postseason, but did show some weaknesses in the SEC Conference at times. I expect teams to key on Joakim Noah and it will be interesting to see how he responds to being The Guy on the best team. He turned down millions to stay in school and I hope he reaches his potential this season. Besides Florida, I would expect Ohio State to make a serious run for the title. Coach Thad Matta did a great job in recruiting and should be the class of the Big Ten this season.
We will be looking for our third impressive week in a row in college football this weekend. We will feature a triple revenge weekend and one of these games will be a six-unit selection. To receive these selections sign-up for one of our many football packages today.
That's it for this week,