Fourth Down and Inches
by Doc - 11/08/2006
Our selection service turned in another outstanding weekend in football, picking up +14 units and going 7-1 in college. Unfortunately we lost our top selection, Duke, 38-13, to Navy. The college season is winding down. However, the next two weeks look very attractive and one can expect the success to continue through the month of November. Take it to the bank.
On Sept 22, we went with our "College Game of the Year" selecting Michigan as a two-touchdown favorite over Wisconsin. As we all know, this game ended in a push with Michigan winning, 27-13. As the weeks have passed, I felt that if we could find another exceptionally strong game, we would come back with another, "College Game of the Year" to get a win/loss verdict on the game instead of a push. This coming Saturday, a perfect situation has developed and the GOY is a go.
One certainly has to think there is doom and gloom in the state of Iowa. The state is without a pro team and takes great pride in the amateurs. But both Iowa and Iowa State have fallen on hard times. The Cyclones have had a suspect defense all along, but I felt the offense could carry them to a few victories. They've lost five straight. I knew Coach Dan McCarney when he was here at Wisconsin and what a class guy he is and you would certainly want your son to play for him. I really feel for Coach Mac; however, this is a part of football and his Cyclones are on the road against Colorado. The Buffaloes are having problems of their own, yet I expect them to beat State handily.
Then there is the Iowa Hawkeyes, a team that some predicted could win the Big Ten this year. Iowa has not played well the past few weeks and much of this can be contributed in the injuries of QB Tate. I'm still kicking myself for not going against Iowa as a 20-point favorite. The Hawks have too many problems to lay that kind of wood to any conference opponent, but I just could not trust Northwestern and their lack of offensive production. Iowa is at home again when they welcome in the Badgers. I would be going against them for sure if QB Stocco was healthy, but now I'm hesitant. The game is off the board because of his injury and if he does not play I would expect it to open as a 'pick'. I look for a low scoring game, as the 'under' may be the best chance for success.
One game in the Big Ten that will catch my eyes this week is Purdue traveling to Champaign. I have been waiting a couple of weeks for this game, patiently licking my chops, and wondering how many points the home team will be getting. Then I found that the Illini would be laying a field goal. It is amazing to realize how sharp the oddsmakers are. Illinois has lost five straight and recorded just two victories on the season, yet are expected to beat a six-win Purdue team. What? It is a trap and do not bite. I like this game and will have a selection on either the side or the total.
What a great game last Thursday's match-up between Louisville and West Virginia turned out to be. The Cardinals whooped West Virginia and now go to New Jersey to take on an undefeated Rutgers team. Louisville beat Rutgers 56-5 last year but this is a different Knights team and they will be playing off a bye week. Louisville has played a much more difficult schedule, but this game may go down to the wire as well.
Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema found a loophole in the new timing rules. He had his team twice intentionally go offsides on kickoffs in the last 23 seconds of the first half last week, minimizing Penn State's chances of scoring. Remember the clock starts once the ball is kicked. I personally thought Wisconsin made the wrong choice when naming him the head man instead of OC Paul Chryst, but I must admit that the new coach has done an outstanding job and looks to be well on his way to success. He is not yet a household name, but did get mention across the country for his tactic. His team deserves to go to a BCS Bowl Game. However, a new rule was implemented that only two teams per conference could receive bids and as we all know those two spots are already taken.
The NFL was a struggle for us last week as we went just 1-3. The Monday night game was hard to watch, as Oakland could not muster any offense whatsoever. I am amazed to think that this team has won two games. For 55 minutes of that game I thought we had a chance to cover, but the offense let us down in a big way. The schedule looks much more promising this weekend and we may release a total as our top play selection.
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Don't forget that our, "College Game of the Year" goes this Saturday. It will grab the money keeping a remarkable string of winners intact.
That's it for this week,