The Advisory Board: Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Advisory Board - 10/02/2007
Things are picking up as we enter the peak season on the gambling calendar. Obviously, college and pro football are dominating the minds of most bettors, but pro hockey is dropping the puck and the NBA and college basketball are just a month away! It's a wild time and we are happy that you have the foresight to roll with the boys at Doc's Sports and let us help you enjoy all of these sports and put some extra green in your pocket while doing so. 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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What a week it was in college football! Five of the top 10 teams in the country lost, including a couple of shockers at home. The Big Ten now proves to be a three-team race with the edge going to Michigan. Yes, I said Michigan, the same team that lost two straight home games to open the season! But of the Big Three (Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan) the schedule greatly favors the Wolverines, as they have Purdue and Ohio State at home. That would truly be a remarkable accomplishment for Lloyd Carr if he can hang on and win the Big Ten and, mark my words, a trip to the Rose Bowl will save his job. It appears the Nov. 17 meeting with Ohio State will once again decide the conference and it may propel the Buckeyes into the BCS Title Game.
Here are a couple of games to keep an eye on:
New York vs. Cleveland
Being a big Red Sox fan, I was hoping that the New York Yankees would get stuck with the Angels, a team they traditionally struggle against. But that is not the case and they will be favored to win this series with Cleveland despite not have home field advantage. I see this series not going over four games and we will have a selection on it.
Anaheim vs. Detroit (7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3)
The schedule makers have not been doing the Ducks any favors, making them open the season in London and then having only two days offs before playing in Detroit. The Kings also played in London, but do not play their next game until Saturday, giving them time to recover. The Ducks won the Stanley Cup and should be able to open the season in front of their fans, but the NHL head brass just does not get it. This is a perfect spot to play Detroit and it will be interesting to see where the number opens up.
This is going to be a remarkable week for Doc's Sports as we will release our College Game of the Year, a 7-unit selection. Top that off with the opening of the NHL season and the MLB playoffs starting and I will be glued to my TV for the entire week. I want to encourage you to try out our NHL Hockey Picks Service, as this is the sport we have owned the last couple of years. You can view our record on our Insider's Page.
My Mets underwent an Epic collapse. My Bears are a shadow of their Super selves. My College Game of the Month lost in overtime as our team blew leads of 28-7 and 42-28. Even my fantasy football team lost by a fraction of a point. Right now I'm a karmic disaster. But I think I have an idea as to why. I will find out the sex of my first child in just a few weeks and I think God is going to bless me with a boy. But before giving me such a gift The Forces have to test me. Well, we're still here and we're still going at it every day so hopefully I've passed.
Now, back to college football. An associate and I had a conversation last week and decided that it is a complete and total farce how long the college game is. We have games regularly going over four hours, and the fact that the clock stops after nearly ever play means that it's just too difficult to hold onto two-touchdown leads. How can teams not come back with 100 plays to do so? Also, check out the first five minutes of the second half. I swear there are at least 10 points scored in the first four or five minutes of every second half of every game that I wager on. It's uncanny. And it's also absurd that the two teams have had two possessions apiece already at the nine-minute mark in the third quarter. They need to adopt the pro clock rules with one exception: they stop the clock after a first down in the last five minutes of each half. Done and done.
Now, onto our show:
Colorado at Philadelphia (NLDS)
The Rockies have won 15 out of their last 16 games in one of the greatest stretch runs in MLB history. Meanwhile, the Phillies have also carved an improbable path to the postseason, taking advantage of the Mets' implosion by winning 16-of-22 games and playing flawless baseball in the process. Colorado's dirty little secret is that they've played 18 of their last 25 in Coors Field, where they enjoy a unique home field edge. The Rockies are a subpar road team (39-42) and I think they'll be hard-pressed to overcome the Philly Phanatic.
Cincinnati at Rutgers (8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6)
This is a big time Big East matchup with teams apparently headed in opposite directions. The Bearcats have been devastating this season, winning their last four games by an average of 31 points. The Scarlet Knights are suffering from a 2006 hangover and inexplicably blew a lead to ACC punching bag Maryland last week, getting upset at home. Perhaps Rutgers was looking ahead to this huge revenge game against the team that crushed its title dreams last season.
Seattle at Pittsburgh (1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7)
Here we have a clash of division leaders (and a Super Bowl rematch) and a matchup of two of the better defenses in the league. Both D's are in the top five in points allowed and the teams have combined to stay 'under' in five of their eight total games. The Seahawks have some momentum after thrashing their divisional rival, while the Steelers are licking their wounds after a tough loss in the desert. I should have a side and a total on this one and I think they both may surprise you.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
In a count of three sing along with me! 1-2-3…
Baseball season's on the way
Well you better get ready for a brand new day (Playoffs BABY)
Hey Chicago what do you say?
The Cubs are gonna win today
They're singing Go Cubs go, go Cubs go
Hey Chicago what do you say?
The Cubs are gonna win today
What a weekend! Not only did my Chicago Cubs make the playoffs but we also kicked ass and beat up the Vegas sportsbooks in football. This weekend in the pigskin we go 8-3 +24 Units and we cashed our 6-Unit College Football play and our 5-Unit NFL play. My weekend was so good that even my wife said she would like to bring in a Vegas Stripper to bed with us. NOT!!! Playoff baseball starts Wednesday and we will try to have plays on all playoff baseball games so say keep an eye out on our home page. Also, October is here and that means we have 30 days until the NBA starts. Big questions are still out there in the NBA. Will Kobe show up to camp and request a trade still? Does Shawn Marion still want to be traded out of Phoenix? Is Greg Oden only 19 years old?
Here are three situations that I have my eye on this week:
National League Division Series
Cubs against Diamondbacks: Who will win this matchup? I know I'm a homer here but I do believe that Chicago wins this series Why you ask; because they're the more talented team, with a lineup that includes Soriano, D-Lee and 3B Aramis Ramirez. These three should outhit the Diamondbacks. For the Colorado-Philadelphia series, I think the fighting Phillies will win that one.
American League Division Series
Angels against Red Sox: Boston wins this series just because the Angels starting pitching has been struggling. The Red Sox had among the best starting pitching in the AL and the league, they have clearly the best relief pitching, and the Angels can be pitched to. Yankees against Indians: Sorry Yankee fans but Cleveland wins this series. Yes the Yankees have a better lineup but Cleveland has better overall pitching. Sabathia will probably pitch twice in this series and that's why Cleveland wins.
Nebraska at Missouri (Saturday, Oct. 6)
It's a Big 12 North battle this Saturday as the Cornhuskers go to Missouri and face the Tigers. Nebraska is 4-1 but 1-4 ATS and this Nebraska team gave up 40 points to Ball State. Missouri is 4-0 and 3-0 ATS and this Tigers offense can light the scoreboard up quickly. I like the home team here and Missouri can win this game by double-digits.
STRIKE POINTS SPORTS
It's October and who's fired up for some playoff baseball? The Cubs and Phillies bring excitement to their respective cities, while the Indians and Angels have great opportunities to send the big boys packing. Oh, and this Saturday we have our biggest college football play of the season going. Our Game of the Year will help us reach our 13th winning Saturday in the last 16.
Here are several playoff match-ups we'll be following.
Cubs at Diamondbacks
Chicago is in, and they have as good a shot as anyone. But all Arizona does is win, and this young team may continue to do so in the desert. After Zambrano and Webb deal in this battle of aces, this series will come down to the team with the best bullpen.
Indians at Yankees
I said at the beginning of the year the Bombers wouldn't make the playoffs, however they proved me wrong with a strong second half. No worries, cause they'll be done in a week. In this short series, give me C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona against New York pitchers that have been inconsistent all year.
Los Angeles at Boston
And I am sending the Sox home as well. This is the most intriguing match-up in the divisional series round, as both teams are stacked with starting pitching. Both bullpens have been strong throughout the season, but I am much higher on the Angels lineup than a Boston offense that doesn't really excite me. Halos in five.