The Advisory Board: Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Advisory Board - 08/29/2007
This is the first official week of the 2007 Football Season and the Advisory Board is ready for another fall of total domination!!! Our team is incredibly excited for this upcoming college and NFL season and we are set to produce record profits for the site. We would love to have you on board, and right now we are still offering our Early Bird Special for a full season's worth of football selections for just $695. This is an amazing value - with savings of over $250 off the regular price - and with the season upon us it would be wise to lock up your investment at the best possible price. That's just sound money management. That full season's worth of football picks takes you from opening night - of both college and pro football - through Bowl Season, the NFL Playoffs, and the Super Bowl. We've got you covered from late August to early February for the bargain price of less than $140 per month and AN AMAZINGLY LOW $30 PER WEEK!!!
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One of the hardest things for me to watch in sports is a selection playing the UNDER. It is very hard to root for defense, but that is exactly what you need in order for the score to stay low. This was the situation that occurred with our NFLX Game of the Year on Sunday, which was on the 'under' in the Giants-Jets game. This wasn't a nationally televised game, so I was forced to watch the slow, grinding ticker for constant updates. Sure enough: the Jets scored a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. I knew that all the research pointed to a low-scoring game, but after that I couldn't watch. I went to the movies and when I came back I found out that a scoreless fourth quarter gave us the GOTY cash. Like I said, the research all pointed to a low scoring game, but watching the number is just unbearable and you are better off just checking the final score. This is a true story and would not be surprised if any of you felt this same way.
Here are the games we'll have our eyes on this week:
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees (Tuesday-Thursday)
The Yankees are now starting to play better competition and thus have dropped in the standings. They need a sweep of the Red Sox in order to make this a race again. Being a die-hard Red Sox fan, I know it is never over until you hit your magic number. But I must say the pitching between these two teams certainly favors the Sox. The Yankees still have the better offense, but both starting pitching and the bullpen favors the boys from New England. Expect the Yankees to be favored in all three games, but my gut tells me they will only win two of three. Any series victory for the Red Sox gives them complete control of the AL East.
UCLA at Stanford (3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1)
The PAC-10 is one of the few conferences in which everybody in the league plays each other, so you always get a true champion. With the addition of a 12th game most people expected them to increase the number of conference games from eight to nine, but only one conference has done so. When asked why the Big Ten did not do this, something fans would certainly love, Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez said it would cost teams chances for bowl and BSC bids. In other words, they are afraid of good teams and would just like to beat up on MAC squads.
This game will be the debut of Jim Harbaugh, who has been talking trash during the off-season but should struggle to back it up this season with a bunch of Walt Harris rejects. UCLA is giving a lot of points and this may be the best effort the Cardinal gives this season.
The preseason selections are done and now we are set to open up our 36th season of college football and want you aboard for the ride. Week 1 selections will be released on Thursday, Aug. 30, so sign-up now and let Doc's be your all-access winning pass. Check out our Insider's Page for daily updates.
"An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing."
The nervous excitement is coursing through the veins of every capper and gambler in the country as the dawn of a new football season sets upon us. This Great Game has finally returned, and the preparation and expectations for another outstanding season is almost more than I can bear. I have been thinking about this - handicapping and betting NFL and college football - since the day after the Super Bowl ended in bloody, brutal defeat for my Chicago Bears. And here it is. I will accept nothing less than complete and total World Domination, and my goal of being the No. 1 football handicapper in the country is less of a pipe dream and more of a realistic expectation of the things that I'm capable of performing. Jump on board the Victory Train ladies and gentlemen, there's always room for friends.
I will be releasing my first weekend of top-rated college football plays this Thursday, and our Game of the Week will kickoff on Saturday afternoon. I like a few dogs and a couple healthy favorites. We went 6-3 for +6 Units on Opening Weekend last year and are looking for more of the same this time around.
Here are a few games I'll have my eye on this weekend:
New York Mets at Atlanta Braves (Friday-Sunday)
The Mets have an opportunity to drive a stake through the hearts of the Braves. The back end of Atlanta's rotation has been absolutely pathetic, and the Mets get a crack at Lance Cormier and Jo-Jo Reyes. However, they'll have to deal with Tim Hudson and a lively crowd on Friday night in a place that they never, ever play well. I do think that Atlanta takes two of three here and we may have an MLB Game of the Year selection this weekend.
Washington Huskies at Syracuse Orange (8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31)
The Syracuse football team has undergone one of the worst falls from grace over the past five years of any traditional eastern football power, ever. They've won just five of 23 games over the past two years and don't have much hope for this season. That being said, they are 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games and 18-2-2 at the Loud House, the Carrier Dome, against a nonconference opponent. Washington will be bringing a redshirt freshman quarterback and inexperience all over the field into this game and I will likely have a side and total play on this one.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
It doesn't get any better than perfect - as in our perfect 6-0 start to the WNBA playoffs!!! I know it's tough to get excited about girls shooting set shots and reverse layups, but my wife has no problem spending the money I earn betting on these games. We have second-round action going down this week and we're looking to continue our success.
Also, we have our first weekend of college football action and, after last year's outstanding fall of football winners, I'm excited about getting back after it. We'll have a full slate of plays going on Thursday and are set for a strong weekend. Also, I'm looking forward to the big series in Chi-Town this week as the Brew Crew comes to take on the FIRST PLACE Cubbies!
Here are a few games I'll have my eye on this week:
Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs (Tuesday-Thursday)
Here's a great opportunity for the Cubs to finally take control of this division, and this is the last time that these two teams will meet this year. Expect a lot of runs in this series (that is as long as the weird winds of Wrigley aren't blowing in) as 12 of the last 16 meetings have gone 'over' the total.
Phoenix Mercury vs. Sacramento or San Antonio
No matter who ends up playing the Mercury they better be ready to play either the best defense of their lives or be ready to run-and-gun their way into the 80s and 90s. Regardless, Phoenix will be a solid favorite against either team and will be a tough team to beat moving forward.
Missouri at Illinois (3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1)
These are two sleeper teams in their respective conferences and this is a great way to kick off the regular season. Juice Williams and Co. will be at a small disadvantage playing in front of a pro-Mizzou crowd in St. Louis. But what's more troubling is that the Illini are 6-17 as a single-digit dog over the past few years and they'll be squaring off against one of the best teams the Big 12 has to offer.
STRIKE POINTS SPORTS
College football is back! Games get started this Thursday and we have plans for a super huge week to open up the season. Our Game of the Week goes on Thursday and we'll have another top play of this caliber on Labor Day. College football has been our No. 1 sport to handicap, watch and enjoy. It's going to be an amazing season, so come along for the ride.
Here are several college football teams we'll be following throughout the year:
This could finally be the year for Lloyd Carr to break through and best Ohio State and have seniors Mike Hart and Chad Henne finish on a high note by winning a bowl game. That final game should likely be a BCS match-up, and who knows, the Maize and Blue could be headed to their second straight Rose Bowl.
Loaded with as much talent as anyone, and just behind USC as the top team in the country, a lot will fall on first-year starter Matt Flynn. Replacing JaMarcus Russell will be no easy task, however he has arguably the best defense in the country and weapons all across the field to help exploit the SEC and fight for a birth in the National Championship game.
One of the four teams we predicted to run the table this season, Hawaii will finally get to show off Colt Brennan. The Warriors get a couple nationally televised games this season. That's a good thing because it means we don't have to rely on ESPN Gameplan and stay up way past our bedtime just to catch the nation's top quarterback. Yeah, they play an easy schedule, but no one questioned Boise State last season. This year it's Hawaii's turn.
College football is here and, just like everyone else, I'm interested in seeing just how good No. 1 USC is. Unfortunately, the Trojans wont get much of a test as they take on an overmatched Idaho team dogged to the tune of 45 points!
Thursday night's schedule offers our first look at one of the Cinderella teams from last year, Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights host Buffalo in their opener and are also heavy (-32) favorites. Also on tap an early SEC matchup with loaded LSU taking on Mississippi State. The word on the street is that this is a make or break season for MSU coach Ed Orgeron.
This is "throwaway" week in the NFL. It's the final week of preseason action and really won't be much more than glorified scrimmages as teams keep the starters safe on the sidelines.
I'll also be keeping an eye on the MLB pennant races and the Wild Card chase. Arizona and New York appear to be the frontrunners in the National League, while Boston is the only real "lock" in the AL. But there's still a month to play and anything can happen!
But the big news for yours truly is the football season has arrived. And the NFL isn't far behind. Check out my Insider Page for more daily and weekly observations and updates.