Last weekend’s NCAA Football and NFL action left a lot to be discussed and analyzed as the contenders and pretenders are starting to be clearly identified and well established as we are either a quarter or a third into the season depending on whether its college or the pros. In college football the big story was related to the Ohio State–Northwestern game. With Ohio State was leading 33-30 with less than 10 seconds remaining and Northwestern had the ball and looking to see if it could somehow pull off a late miracle.
Well in the course of trying to lateral the ball around the field, Northwestern would lateral the ball into the end zone with Ohio State pouncing on it for a late score. Yes, this late score was of either great joy for many who had taken Ohio State to cover the spread anywhere between -6.5 to -7.5 or the worst beat for those who took Northwestern to cover.
Being that the great Brent Musburger was on the call, he knew the significance of the late score and in a way which only Brent can do, described the joy of many and agony of many others with the last score which reports estimate saw a global shift of $200 million dollars as a result. It served as a reminder why betting on football and sports in general can be in many ways the most demoralizing thing many of us can do given that you can go from elation to flat out disgust because of a backdoor cover leading to you suffering a bad beat.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s action, both the college and NFL are now headed into where games take on an ever increasing importance given that in college football, teams are now fully into the conference schedules and as such, a win or loss can play a role in determining if they have a shot at a conference title game or potential of playing for a BCS Bowl game and BCS National Championship game. In the NFL, we are starting to get more and more intra-conference and divisional games, which will certainly have an impact on the playoff picture later on in the season.
Outside of football, things are interesting in soccer as the domestic leagues are on hiatus for the next week because we have final and decisive final World Cup Qualifiers to be played with some teams looking to book their spots for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and some looking to keep their chances alive to qualify by at least qualifying for a playoff. In boxing, we have a fight of the year candidate type of fight as Juan Manuel Marquez takes on Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas for the WBO Welterwieght Title.
As far as my picks last weekend, I am beginning to sound like a broken record. While I did well with my straight up picks by going 5-0, I once again did poorly in my against the spread (ATS) picks by going 1-4 with the Kansas City Chiefs my lone pick to cover. So far through six weeks of me picking, I am 25-5 in my straight up picks and a feeble 11-17-2 in my ATS picks. Hopefully, this is the week that things turn around for me in my ATS picks. All lines for my ATS picks are courtesy of Covers.com and all my bonus picks are courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Against The Spread Picks
- Oklahoma (-13.5) vs. Texas
- Missouri (+7.5) vs. Georgia
- Baylor (-17.5) vs. Kansas State
- BYU (-7) vs. Georgia Tech
- New Orleans Saints (+2.5) vs. New England Patriots
Straight Up Picks
- Wisconsin defeats Northwestern
- LSU defeats Florida
- Oregon defeats Washington
- New Orleans Saints defeat New England Patriots
- Dallas Cowboys defeat Washington Redskins
Bonus Picks: In Sunday soccer action in the Argentine First Division game between Boca Juniors and Rosario Central, take the draw at +240. In Saturday night’s boxing action, take Timothy Bradley to defeat Juan Manuel Marquez at +120. Finally, for a future bet in Rugby, take Toulouse to win the Heineken Cup at odds of 13/2.