The Advisory Board: Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Advisory Board - 09/18/2007
It was an up-and-down weekend here for the boys at Doc's Sports. Just about everyone collected on the JV division (college football) but it was slow going in Week 2 of the Big Boys. However, just about everyone has shown a profit on the season to this point as just like a savvy veteran squad we just get better and better as the season rambles on! We are the most trusted, most profitable, and most fun group of handicappers in the country and you can expect nothing but the best from the boys at Doc's Sports!!!
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In the meantime, here's the inside scoop into the betting world from the Advisory Board at Doc's Sports:
Week 2 of the NFL season is in the books and the dogs came biting, covering 11 games on Sunday. This is generally the way the NFL goes, as the books realize that the public loves the bet on favorites. Over the last 20 years, if you bet on every underdog, only once would you have not shown a profit in the regular season. Sure you will have games like Pittsburgh/Buffalo, where it looks like the underdog has no chance, but you would surely trade a lopsided game like that for 11 wins. There will be a couple of weeks where the favorites dominate, but over the course of a season, the dogs are the way to go.
Here are a couple of games to look out for next weekend.
Miami, OH at Colorado (3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22)
The Buffaloes have played a brutal schedule to open the season and now look for an easy win against Miami, OH in Boulder. This game reminds me a lot of our free selection last week in Stanford over San Jose State. Stanford needed a lopsided victory to rally the faithful and expect a similar result on Saturday, as I would only have eyes for the chalk.
Milwaukee at Atlanta (Friday-Sunday)
The Brewers are even with the Cubs in the loss column and have managed to stay in contention despite seemingly going into a tailspin two months ago. Now they travel to Atlanta to play the Braves, a team that has a historic past in Milwaukee. The Braves are playing the role of spoiler for a change and the Brewers have everything to lose with a bad performance. Play the Braves in all three games and a profit can be yours.
We look to bounce back in a big way with our football selections this week. We did nail our Big Ten Game of the Week, as Florida Atlantic took down Minnesota despite being a 7-point underdog. Unfortunately that was all we could muster, but nonetheless we will come back strong with the Big Three this Saturday. Click here for Doc's Insider Page.
Three straight winning college football Saturdays and we continue to pick winners at 70 percent over the past five weekends. We are 33-17-2 with our rated plays and a stellar 9-1 with our free picks. Any way you slice it that's a dominant start to the fall football season. We took a pair of brutal beats last weekend in the Seattle and Chicago games, but all that means is that the Gambling Gods are now in our debt. Hopefully we'll cash in with some good fortune this weekend.
As for baseball, this is my least favorite time of the year. We're still finding value in unusual places but I'm always a big believer that the last month of the season is the most difficult time to turn a profit. The numbers are screwy, motivation is tough to measure, and the systems and trends that we've been using show more variance. However, none of that stopped us from posting a +22.5-Unit, +1750 week last week as we continue to prove ourselves as the preeminent baseball handicapper in the country.
Here are a few games I'll have my eye on this week:
Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels (Thursday-Sunday)
This game won't have any impact on the standings but it will be interesting to see how much pride the Mariners have in this series. They aren't playing for the postseason and they're facing a team still chasing home field advantage. Seattle has a bunch of pitchers that don't throw well on the road and are facing an Angels team looking to put an exclamation point on their divisional title. The M's will face Lackey and Escobar, so I don't expect them to take more than one in this series.
Washington at UCLA (10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22)
Here we have two Pac-10 dynamos coming off uncharacteristic blowout losses. I suppose that the young Huskies can be forgiven for losing to Ohio State, but there is simply no excuse for the Bruins' stunning collapse at Utah. Young Jake Locker has the makings of a star, but UCLA has experience, motivation, revenge and home field in this one.
Tennessee at New Orleans (8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24)
This is a difficult game to cap from a situational perspective. On the one hand, New Orleans has looked awful in its two opening road games while the Titans have scored one upset win versus Jacksonville and nearly another against the Colts. But you have to wonder if there will be a letdown factor involved from their near miss against Indianapolis. New Orleans is a tough place to play - or at least it was last year - and we'll see if Tennessee is a true contender or a young team that's a few years away.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
I knew my weekend was in trouble when I was sleeping in my hotel room at Palace Station in Las Vegas and O.J. Simpson and crew busted my door down, guns flying, and asking me where my baby pictures are? Hey, O.J. wrong room! Next door on your right is the room you are looking for. Other then that at least we had another positive unit day on Saturday, as college football has been successful for us. We have cashed two out of our last three Saturday's in college football. Since football season is here baseball has been pushed to the side but we have been rolling lately and creeping closer to our goal of 200 units. There's two weeks left of the regular season in baseball so, just because football is on and O.J. is in jail, we can still watch the men of summer. Heck, maybe my Cubs will even make the playoffs.
Here are three games that I have my eye on this week:
Illinois at Indiana (Saturday, Sept. 22)
You don't have to be a genius to say that the Big Ten this year is overrated! But one team so far has been a surprise to me. The Indiana Hoosiers are 3-0 (2-0 ATS) and playing good football. This home game for the Hoosiers against Illinois could be a make or break contest for the young team. The home team in this series has won four out of five and the loser has finished in the Big Ten basement the last five years.
Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears (8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23)
I'm calling this game, "Twin Bowl"! I'm a Bears fan and my twin brother is a diehard Cowboys fan. This game should be a battle between the Cowboys offense and the Bears defense. If the Bears can control the Cowboys running game, the Bears could win this game at home by at least a touchdown. This game will all depend on the Bears QB play. Rex Grossman again struggled against the Kansas City defense last game.
Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs games! NL Central battle
Who wants to win this division is the question? My heart says my Chicago Cubs but reality will probably be the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee is at Houston Monday through Wednesday and at Atlanta over the weekend. Chicago has Cincinnati at home Monday thru Wednesday and the Pirates over the weekend. One big factor in this race is that Milwaukee has no days off through out the regular season. The Cubs have two more off days.
STRIKE POINTS SPORTS
Another successful college football Saturday in the books, and we continue to back up our label as 'Mr. Saturday.' We cashed our Game of the Week behind Southern Miss and have already started plotting away for this upcoming week. We have now won 12 of the last 13 Saturdays dating back to last season.
Here are several NFL matchups we'll be following for Week 3:
Indianapolis at Houston (1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23)
A pair of undefeated teams collide this Sunday, and most would say they didn't have them sitting pretty at 2-0. Everyone thought the Colts' time had past while the Texans were not supposed to be ready this season. A very underrated defense resides in Houston, and this upstart bunch might be able to give Peyton and company quite a game after routing Carolina on the road in Week 2.
Dallas at Chicago (8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23)
The Cowboys have looked awfully good on offense through their first two games. They will certainly get their most stern test in Solider Field against the Bears. But the biggest issue for Chicago is Rex Grossman and his inability to not to turn the ball over. Coming from a Chicagoan, it's getting rather old and completely pathetic.
Tennessee at New Orleans (8:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24)
Surprise, surprise: the Saints are bad again. Forget the defense, because the offense can't move the ball and that is a problem. They are a finesse team and they cannot rely on pounding the ball forty times a game, and that will not work when your defense cannot stop the opposing team through the air. Oh, and Vince Young continues to show why he is the single-most fun individual to watch in the NFL.
That's three consecutive winning weeks for yours truly as I go 4-2 with my College and NFL plays. For the season we are now 12-5 overall for +29 Units! Here are some observations as we enter Week 3 of the NFL campaign:
We knew the Raiders, Chiefs, Dolphins and Bills all had a chance of starting the season 0-2 and they have. But who would have pegged the New Orleans Saints to start the year 0-2? Right now the Saints resemble the 'Aints. There's no offensive continuity on the team, the receivers look lost, the offensive line is a mess, and they still haven't found a way to use Reggie Bush properly. Maybe he'll develop as time goes on, but right now he's an overpaid "scat back".
How about surprise 2-0 teams? We have Detroit and Green Bay atop the NFC North and Houston in the AFC South. And as far as surprises go - this one is actually a shocker - Cleveland put 51 points on the board against Cincinnati. This is a BAD Cincy defense and the Browns might be better than we expected.
In the college ranks, there is little doubt that USC, LSU, Florida and Oklahoma are the cream of the crop so far. I believe that USC's got the toughest schedule, and if the Trojans complete an undefeated season with games against Oregon and Cal they'll get my vote for No. 1.
Finally, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are now 0-3. This is one of the worst teams to come out of South Bend in recent years. Bring back Bob Davies!