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By Kelso Sturgeon
The nation may be in a deep recession but the football bettors were out en mass this morning in the sports books of Las Vegas. Lines were 10-15 players deep an hour before the first game kicked off and they were betting with both hands-the highrollers and the parlay card guys and gals.
Bookmakers said they were getting heavy two-way action on most games and line movement was slight, and it came mostly on totals which moved a point or two when the wiseguys showed up to wager.
Two games in particular caught my attention-Fresno State at Utah State and Iowa at Arizona. Bettors came in on Utah State +8 at the open on Sunday evening and the number as steadily declined to where Fresno State is now a mere 3.5-point favorite. Bookmakers said the money on Utah State first came from the wiseguys and then from the "following" public.
While I have no opinion on this game, just keep in mind the wiseguys got Utah State +8 and +6 and the followers are now taking +3.5-a big difference, my friend.
Confusion seemed to rule tonight's Iowa at Arizona game. In stops at four different Vegas books I found four different prices-Arizona -1, Arizona -1.5, Arizona -2 and Arizona -2.5. For the record, the Hawkeyes opened the -1.5 favorite.
For the sake of the record, the biggest favorite on the board can be found among the five "extra" games on which action is being taken where nationally-ranked Oregon is a 52.5-point favorite over I-AA Portland State. The offshore book, Five Dimes, set the total at 73.
Just in case you think it's difficult to cover 52.5, may I remind you TCU covered 51.5 in its 62-7 win over Tennessee Tech last week.
Bettors need to keep an eye on the weather in games played in the upper Midwest where there is the possibility of rain at many game sites. Brutal heat may also be a factor in the South and far Southwest. For instance, game time temperatures for the Iowa at Arizona game will be in the low 90s in Tucson.
100-Unit College Game Of Month Wins Today
I am off to a blazing start in football this season, highlighted by a 9-1-1 record in the opening week of NFL play. Today's college schedule is an outstanding one and I intend to keep right on taking down the money. Highlight of the day is my 100-unit College Football Game of the Month-a night game. I won my first and only 100-unit play of the season two weeks ago as Michigan State (-22.5) knocked off Western Michigan, 38-14
Here is the complete record for each service through Friday night's games.
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In Every Game Is A Handicapping Lesson
I am off to a 2-1 start in college football this week and here are the games I have released, with the results and the comments clients received when they got the games.
Friday, Sept. 17
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SOUTHERN MISS (1-1) -5.5 over Kansas (1-1)
Prediction: Southern Miss by 9-10
Southern Miss 31, Kansas 16 (Winner)
Comments: The play on Southern Miss is built on several handicapping elements. First and foremost, the Golden Eagles are far dramatically more talented on offense than is Kansas-a giant edge. They also have the edge in experience and are far deeper in quality back-up players. The weather Hattiesburg is also going to be a factor, with temperatures in the high 80s and swamp-like humidity that is stifling, if one is not used to it-and Kansas is not. It is not a question to me as to which Kansas team shows up-the one that opened the season with a 6-3 loss to I-AA North Dakota State or the one that upset 15th ranked Georgia Tech, 28-25-but a question of simply being in the wrong spot at the wrong time. After that embarrassing loss to North Dakota State, Kansas came back and played inspired lights-out football in upsetting Georgia Tech, needing to show the world and the team itself it was better than the opener. Games like that take a tremendous toll on teams and leaves them with little gas left in the tank for their next game, especially on a short work week. Southern Miss should come into this with a full tank of gas, having crushed I-AA Prairie View, 34-7, last week. Do the math. Southern Miss has better talent, is playing at home, has that full tank of gas and is meeting a team that will be running on empty no later than midway through this game.
California (2-0) -2.5 over NEVADA (1-1)
Prediction: California by 10
Nevada 52, California 31 (Lose)
Comments: Nevada is a very good football team and does have two big edges in this contest-the home field and a long history of getting much the best of it by the officials. In fact, playing Nevada in Reno is almost as difficult as playing Hawaii in Honolulu. Officiating should not be a factor anywhere, but it is in these two places. With that said, as good as Nevada is-and it is very explosive offensively (it led the nation in rushing (344.9 yards per game) and total offense (505.6 yards per game) and was second in scoring, averaging 38.2 points per game-it has a long history of not playing well against BCS teams. For instance, it has played two BCS teams in each of the past three seasons and lost at Notre Dame, 35-0, at home to Missouri, 31-21, at home to Texas Tech, 35-19, at Missouri, 69-17, at Nebraska, 52-10, and at Northwestern, 36-31. It covered in only the Northwestern game. California, with 19 players who have started at least five games, and 54, lettermen comes into this off dominating home wins, 52-3 over I-AA Cal-Davis and 52-7 over Colorado. The Golden Bears lead the nation in total defense, giving up an average of 161.0 yards per game, and obviously have an explosive offense. California has most of the edges in this one and there is no reason to think they won't do to the Wolf Pack what over BCS teams have done recently.
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N.C. STATE (2-0) -2 over Cincinnati (1-1)
Prediction: N.C. State by 9-10
N.C. State 30, Cincinnati 19 (Winner)
Comments: This is a matchup of two excellent football teams that on paper appear to be equal in almost every element of the handicapping process, but the edge goes to N.C. State. Cincinnati's junior quarterback Zach Collaros is outstanding-N.C. State's junior quarterback Russell Wilson is better. Cincinnati has an outstanding defense-N.C. State's is better. Last but not least, this will be the third game in just 12 days for these two teams and because Cincinnati had to travel yesterday, the Wolf Pack has had one more day of practice to get ready for this. The figures suggest N.C. State is dramatically under-rated by those making betting lines. The Wolf Pack opened with a 48-7 win over I-AA Western Carolina and on Saturday went to Central Florida and as a 3-point underdog won, 28-21. That game was not as close as the final score indicated, as N.C. State was up 28-7 starting the fourth quarter. It also is of note the Wolf Pack played lock-down defense for most of the game and limited a very good Central Florida team to just 1-of-11 3rd down conversions. There is no question Cincinnati, which has won the Big East championship the past two seasons, will come to play but I looked for N.C. State to take control of this game early and methodically grind out a rather impressive win.
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