It’s easy to overact with such a small sample size. One game cannot make a season, but it can sure break it. So, after week one let’s pump those brakes and patiently watch a little more football before we declare certainties that may or may not exist. Pac 12 North and ACC had horrendous starts to the season. Florida St showed a lot of heart against Notre Dame. And how great was the McKenzie Milton story?
My first trip to the Mercedes Benz Dome in Atlanta was a success. Great facility where it does not look like there’s a bad seat in the house. However, the bathrooms on the 200 level are a bit small. Alabama played a great first half of football before falling victim to scoreboard watching. We’ll see how that plays out over the year. It does not appear that Miami is going to let Bama beat them twice, but App St will be ready to play Saturday.
Thursday saw me lose to the hook. Minnesota gave Ohio St all it could handle, but once Ibrahim went down with injury the game changed. Texas surprised me against a very strong Louisiana team. I felt that game would be much closer. The Pirate made me sweat a bit, but Miss St and La Tech finally scored enough points to make me happy. UGA handled Clemson. I expected the outright win, but who says no to points? Funny thing is that all the analysts I heard talking about the game talked how great it was and such. There were no offensive touchdowns and 13 points scored. The LSU @ Bama game in 2011 also had no offensive touchdowns, but 15 points scored. Those same analysts talked about how boring that game was, yet both defenses were sideline to sideline with NFL players. Let’s see if that’s the case with UGA v Clemson. I think there is NFL talent for both on that side of the ball, it is nowhere near what we saw in 2011.
I’m sitting at 4-3 in straight picks on the season as I snuck in a bet on the Monday night game. I took Ole Miss and lay the 10 points. This week in college my straight bets are Arkansas +7 as they host Texas, Under in both Missouri at UK (56) and Iowa at Iowa St (46). I have Oregon +14.5 at Ohio St and Northern Illinois +6.5 as they host Wyoming. I grabbed a 5 Leg Teaser on these also. So I get an extra 6 points for each on the parlay for a lower payout. I also took a 4 Leg Parlay with each team on the money line: ND over Toledo, TCU over Cal, North Illinois over Wyoming, and Temple over Akron.
For the NFL this week I went with the Over (51.5) in the Dallas at Tampa game and Green Bay -4 at New Orleans (game played in Jacksonville). And a 6 Leg Parlay each game on the Money Line: Titans, Packers, Panthers, 49ers, Seahawks, and Bucs.