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Sports Plays Of The Day

Sports Plays of the Day 10-10

Sports Plays Of The Day

After going 3-3 yesterday which includes my Rays series pick my figure remains at -1000. With a still light college football board, I have eight plays for today. I was hoping for a big weekend but so far I am just 3-3. Here are my Sports Plays of the day for 10-10.

NCAA FOOTBALL

In a battle of ranked teams, I am going to take the home team North Carolina Tar Heels over the Virginia Tech Hokies laying 3 points

The Red River Rivalry is always a big early-season neutral site game. However, the Texas Longhorns are 2-1 and the Oklahoma Sooners are 1-2. With the Big Twelve conference almost eliminated from the Playoffs(barring a lot of losses by other teams), this game has lost a lot of steam. I hate taking unders but here I am taking the under of 74.

The LSU Tigers lost their first game defending the NCAA Championship but rebounded the next week. The Missouri Tigers has lost its first two games this year. But I Look for LSU to get on a roll and win the battle of the Tigers on the road. Take LSU laying 14.5 in Missouri.

 

I am going to take Liberty over ULM. Liberty is at home and is 3-0 and ULM is 0-4. I am laying the 17 points with Liberty in a game that I am reaching for something to take.

This is a game pitting two winless teams granted FIU has only played one game. Middle Tennessee has already played four games and has not looked good. FIU is at home and I am laying 7 points. Take FIU.

This is an interesting game because UTEP is 3-1 but is a two-touchdown dog on the road. Louisiana Tech is a better team and they are playing at home. So lay the 14 points on LA Tech.

 

Mike Leach has brought his high powered offense to Mississippi State. But I am not picking them to defeat Kentucky today. I am picking the Bulldogs team total over of 27.5

The big game of the weekend has the Clemson Tigers vs the Miami Hurricanes. Both teams are 3-0 and all we are hearing is that the U is back. Well, Miami go into Clemson and beat the Tigers and then you can say we are back. I hate both these teams but I have to take Clemson laying 14.5.

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NCAA Rankings

After last weeks shakeup I have the same teams in the top ten just the order has changed.  Lots of football to be played but one big piece fell.  So here we are.

1.

Last week #1.  Another dominant performance.  No other team should get a 1st place vote.

2.

Last week #2.  Even though they were idle I see no reason to move them down.  Although you could make a case for the # 3 team to move ahead of ND.  Ohio State’s loss directly benefits the Irish more than any other team.

3.

Last week 4. Clemson moves up to the spot vacated by OSU’s loss.  You could make the case for them being #2.

4.

Last Week 5.  Nov 3rd LSU is playing for its potential spot in the playoffs at home vs Bama.

5.

Last week 7.  Big jump for the Wolverines.  Setting up a winner take all game vs OSU in November.

6.

Last week 6.  Georgia had a much needed bye week to re group.  The bulldogs play the Gators in basically an elimination game this coming week.

7.

Last week 3.  Huge loss by the Buckeyes this week.  Could have made a case if they were undefeated and lost the game to Michigan to get into the playoffs.  Now it’s winner take all.

8.

Last week 8.  Favorable schedule down the stretch.  Probably needs a few teams to lose like ND.

9.

Last week 9.  I really feel for them.  Cincinnatti losing yesterday hurts them.  Also this is not a vintage Navy team.  Realistically no shot at the playoffs.

10.

Last week 10.  Elimination game this coming week against Georgia.

NCAA Football Rankings

After another week of upsets with 4 top ten teams losing and 3 of them getting booted out of the top ten here is my rankings with still lots of football to be played.

#1

If Alabama is not your number one team then you are either a homer or a hater.  They should get every first place vote in every poll. While it’s true they have not been tested but those games are coming.  Every game they have played in has been over by half time.

#2

Now you can say this is a homer pick and your right.  But what unbeaten team has as good a win as Michigan?  No one does right now.  Beat soundly an undefeated Stanford team and dominated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg all games Notre Dame was expected to lose.  Now how could they move up while struggling at home to beat Pittsburgh.  Check Pitt’s history.  They have a habit of beating undefeated teams.

#3

You can flip Ohio State and ND if you want.  The Buckeyes are a team that has gone through alot.  Playing without Urban Meyer for 3 games.  Winning in TCU and Penn State sending their seasons into a tailspin.  In fact once the season plays out and if both ND and OSU are undefeated then the Buckeyes will be ranked higher.

#4

Clemson is firmly in the 4th spot.  I won’t mover them up despite their history the last few seasons because they have not beaten anyone yet.  Bama dominated A&M even though it was at home but do you have any doubt they would have done the same thing on the road?  And Clemson benefited from a mistake call from the referee to win that game.

These are the clear cut top 4 no matter the order you put them in.  All are undefeated.  The next 6 gets tricky.

#5.  LSU has a great resume and just dominated Georgia in every phase of the game.  Their lone loss was at Florida who enters the top ten this week.  There is still more work to do here and they can’t lose another game this season and with Alabama still on the schedule and road games at Arkansas and Texas A&M their work is cut out for them.

#6

You could drop Georgia more from 2 if you want.  But yesterday they were blown out.  The bye comes at the right time for them.  The back end of the schedule breaks nicely for them.  A game against Florida will be a great win for them and after that I expect them to run the table all the way to the SEC title game where a win is the only way they get into the playoffs.

#7

I have the Wolverines moving up several spots this week after dismantling Wisconsin.  SInce their opening day loss at ND they have been blowing everyone out except for the game in Northwestern.  Alas there is much work to do starting with a game at Michigan State and also Penn State before they play the Buckeyes in late November.

#8

I only have the Longhorns moving up 1 spot.  I am not sure how good Oklahoma is and they are not in my top 10.  TCU was already broken by the time Texas beat them.  I need to see more from Texas.  I give them credit for maintaining enough poise to win that Oklahoma game 2 weeks ago despite them blowing a large 4th qtr lead.  I just need to see more.

#9

I really feel bad for UCF.  I am moving them up one spot this week despite struggling against an inferior team.  Let’s face it they need to blow everybody out and have to hope that Cincinnatti and South Florida play them with one undefeated and the other having one loss to get any kind of respect.  Still it will not be enough.  Their fan base can cry all they want.  There just isn’t any real competition for them in their conference.  I am sure they have tried to schedule a game vs a power 5 team but no one is biting yet.  The self proclaimed defending champion won’t ever know how good they are until they somehow get into a power 5 conference.  the ACC should come calling.

#10

I have to go with the Gators here.  After losing to Kentucky they have done nothing but win.  I am not sold yet on them and the game at Georgia will be huge for both teams.  It’s an elimination game for both teams.

 

Sports Plays Of The Day

After a 2 day break I am back with 13 picks plus two bonus picks.  My figure stands at plus 150 pigskins.  As you know it’s 50 pigskins on each pick.  So here we go

Let’s start with Maryland.  You can bet against Rutgers every week for the rest of the year and make money.  They are just that bad.  Lay the 25 on the Terps at home against the Scarlet Knights

I have rode Buffalo alot this year and they have covered all but one game.  So lay the 11 on Buffalo at home vs the Akron Zips

In a obscure pick I like Troy who is not a bad team to win big over Liberty.  Lay the 10 on Troy at Liberty.

Old Dominion had it’s moment.  While they may play good every week they are still 1 and 5.  The Thundering Herd will win this one comfortably.  Lay the 3.5 on Marshall at ODU

I like FIU to win at home against a pretty good Middle Tennessee State team.  Lay the 2.5 on FIU at home

I like the Chanticleers today.  Who?  That’s right.  I like coastal Carolina to beat down UL Monroe at home.  Lay the 7.

The next 3 picks are all overs.

The over is 54.  Duke can score and also can’t play defense.

This could be very high scoring.  I like the over of 59 to be made comfortably.

Although I like the over in this game alot and at 46.5 it’s not that high.  I do like the Cavs to cover the spread.  They played Miami tough last year in Miami and should have won the game.

In bonus pick # 1 take the Cavs plus 7 at home to win outright.

In my second bonus pick:

This is a dangerous pick cause they are due to lose.  Central Florida is the self proclaimed defending champions and are overdue for a loss.  I don’t see it happening today.  The Knights know how good Memphis is.  So while I think Memphis could win today and it would not surprise me if they did I am still laying the 5.5 on the road on UCF.

In Game one of this series I like the Astros to win in Boston and I also like the under of 7.5.  Both Verlander and Sale will dominate this game until the bull pens get involved.

Take the Stros and the under of 7.5

I like the Brewers to win this series and even though they have won 12 in a row I am looking for lucky # 13 the bakers dozen tonight.  I also like alot of runs to be scored too.

Take the Brewers and the over of 8.5

 

Sports Plays Of The Day

After going 2-0-1 on Thursday to up my total to plus 300 bulls I have 7 NCAA Football plays today.

buffalo bulls

 

The Black Knights took Georgia to overtime last week.  Buffalo will have better success against the triple option offense Army uses.  Lay the 7.5 on Buffalo at home vs Army.

texas

The Longhorns have burned me plenty of times.   But they might have finally turned the corner.  Lay the 8.5 on Texas on the road against Kansas State.

ecu

This is a classic let down game.  No one gave a damn about Old Dominion football before last week where they shocked Virginia Tech.  That won’t happen this week.  Lay the 7 on East Carolina at home vs ODU

michigan

 

Michigan has been scoring alot of points lately.  Jim Harbaugh can’t afford to take the foot off the pedals with an early season loss. Northwestern isn’t any good and may keep this close until the Wolverines blow it open late.  Lay the 14.5 on Michigan on the road at Northwestern

new mexico

Liberty’s 2 losses were blow outs and the Lobos play better competition.  Lay the 7 on New Mexico at home vs Liberty

notre dame

The Irish are missing a key offensive player but the Cardinal is coming off an emotional road conference win where they should have lost and now are flying cross country to play another prime time game.  If ND has found a QB they could be in the playoff hunt.  Lay the 5 on the Irish at home vs Stanford

indiana

This is more of anti Rutgers pick.  It is possible they won’t win another game the rest of the year.  I am worried about the spread especially with the Hoosiers on the road.  But what the heck.  Lay the 16.5 on Indiana over the Scarlet Knights