Last week I talked about how the Ohio State–Northwestern game was one which showed how betting on sports and in particular football can be the most soul crushing thing a person can do. That was because the final fluke score by Ohio State meant a good number of people lost on a bad beat. Well last Sunday, as I watched the New Orleans Saints–New England Patriots game yours truly was getting ready to feel great as it appeared the Saints were going to cover the +2.5.
Unfortunately for me and many others in my situation, the Saints decided to play to not lose the game instead of playing to win the game. The end result was them allowing Tom Brady one last chance of having a game-winning drive, and sure enough Brady did just that as he connected with Kenbrell Thompkins on a touchdown pass to see the Patriots pull off a 30-27 win. With that Patriots win, I suffered my latest bad beat which I will certainly remember for a very very long time.
Moving ahead and looking forward to this weekend’s set of games I am really looking forward to watching many of the games slated to play. In NCAA Football, we have reached the halfway mark to the season and with that, we continue to see conference games which have some significance with conference title game and potential BCS implications. This is what we have as UCLA visits Stanford and in the Florida State–Clemson game which is clearly the showcase game of the weekend.
In the NFL, we have several divisional games which almost halfway through the 2013 season will have major implications in determining who potentially wins the division and will also play a role in determining if teams have a chance at a wild card spot come the end of the season. Outside of the college and pro football action, there are plenty of European soccer games of note as in the Italian Serie A we have two games matching the four of the top seven teams in the league standings facing off as AS Roma host SSC Napoli on Friday while Fiorentina hosts Juventus on Sunday.
As if that were not enough sporting action, we have UFC 166 action happening as Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos will renew acquaintances inside the Octagon while in boxing, we have another fight of the year type of fight taking place as Mike Alvarado takes on Ruslan Provodnikov for the interim WBO Light Welterweight title. Clearly there are plenty of sporting events to enjoy watching and potentially to wager on this upcoming weekend.
As far as my picks last weekend, I was headed for my first winning week in my against the spread (ATS) picks until the Saints decided to gag it away to the Patriots. Also, I must say, that’s the last time I pick a Bob Stoops coached team as I got burned (again) as Oklahoma got beat down by Texas. This meant that I went 2-3 in my ATS picks but I again had a winning week in my straight up picks going 4-1 and also hit on my two non-future bonus picks. My record through seven weeks is 13-20-2 in my ATS picks while I am 29-6 in my straight up picks. As always, my ATS picks lines are courtesy of Covers.com and my bonus picks lines are courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Against The Spread Picks
- Missouri (+3) vs. Florida
- UCLA (+6) vs. Stanford
- South Carolina (-7) vs. Tennessee
- Atlanta Falcons (-7) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- New York Jets (+4) vs. New England Patriots
Straight Up Picks
- LSU defeats Ole Miss
- Notre Dame defeats USC
- Florida State defeats Clemson
- Philadelphia Eagles defeat Dallas Cowboys
- Denver Broncos defeat Indianapolis Colts
Bonus Picks: In UFC 166 action, take the prop bet of Cain Velasquez to win by decision +165. In boxing action on between Alvarado and Provodnikov, go with Alvarado to win at -130. Finally in Sunday Bundesliga action between Hamburg SV and Stuttgart, take Hamburg to win at +135.