Note: I use this column to examine the college football landscape and the weekend ahead. The use of gambling numbers helps to show the public perception of a team and of their respective conferences. Even if you don't gamble, or are against gambling, this is worth a read solely because it will keep you informed of the happenings with many of college football's teams. Think of this as your weekend primer!
Welcome to another edition of For Entertainment Purposes Only! Last year, this rather informal column went 251-190 (57%) +41.0 That's 251 wins and 190 losses for a winning percentage of 57%. If you were wagering $100 fake dollars per game, you would have netted $4100 at season's end. But since these are fake wagers, I refer to our wager amount as "units." First though, a disclaimer:
I want to emphasize that I don't endorse gambling, and anything on here is for entertainment purposes only. Always check with your local, state, or federal laws to determine the legality of wagering.
First I discussed some wagers for conference and division winners. Then I went over season win totals. Vegas set the number, I called it over or under! In Week 1 I went 20-24 (45%), -6.3 Units. Week 2 I went 42-25 (63%), +16.32 Units. Week 3 was 34-27. +4.50 (+5.7 College, -1.2 NFL). Week 4 was 50-34, +13.62 Week 5 I went 50-33 (60%) for +17.48 Units (25-31, -4.42 College, and 24-2, +21.9 Units in the NFL). Week 6 I went 27-21 (56%) +4.23 Last week, I went 39-38 (51%), -1.35. For the season, I sit at 262- 201 (57%), +48.50. If I finish at 56% over 500 selections, I'll be absolutely elated. I like to play a lot of games to grind out the variance. The swings over 500 games aren't nearly as dramatic as they are over 100. It's as simple as grinding out the sample set.
This week, I'll discuss which games I bet on Sunday night when the opening lines come out, and which games I decided to wait out in pursuit of a more favorable line.
Remember that if I bet games before this column comes out, I put them in the comment section of the previous week's column.
As always, if you have any questions as to me favoring one team over another, just ask! Good luck!
Here's what I put in on Sunday night
Tulsa -6.5 (loss)
UNC +1 (loss)
Maryland +7.5 Duke overrated
Clemson +7 Great defense
Purdue -10 Extremely underrated
Northwestern -5.5 Indiana ain't much
Ohio -9.5 Like it
WVU -6.5 Playing for middle.
Alabama -16.5 Misjudged the line, think they win 34-10.
Oregon -7 Play for middle!
Kansas +7.5 OU hangover from cotton bowl?
Ohio State -17
Missouri +14 Texas hangover
Col St -9
Toledo +1 Thought they should be favored.
Fresno State -24
Auburn +10 Play for middle
USC -20 thought USC was sort of anti-public here and was right.
KC +4.5 -105 SD on short rest.
STL +14 2 TD's in the NFL is a lot
Cin -1 Chicago off a Sunday night roadie
Cle +7 Just messed up here
Pitt -4 -105 Minnesota overrated
TB +14.5 +100 2 TD's in England?
Hou -3 San Fran traveling East
Oak +7 NYJ will miss their nose guard a lot.
Mia +7 -105 Like Miami here to chew clock
Dal -3.5 +100 don't like this as much now. (injuries)
Was +7 +100 Don't like this as much now. (coaching)
The throughout the week I hit
FSU Over 46.5 (win)
UTEP +9 +100 (win)
UTEP Under 60 -105 (win)
UCONN +7.5 (other half of a middle)
FSU +3 (win)
UNC Under 49 (loss)
Army Over 39.5 -105
Akron +10.5 -105 Other half of the middle
Akron +10.5 -105 Independent over a fading Cuse team
Duke -4.5 Chance to middle Maryland
Gtech Over 45 All the touts are on the Under and GTech's offense is very good.
Bowling Green Under 61 Bad weather?
Northwestern Over 53.5 Neither them nor Indiana play defense.
Ohst Over 42 Terelle will put up more points.
Pitt -6.5 USF is a very bad offense
Pitt Under 48.5 but they play good defense.
WVU under 48.5 -105 Their QB has a concussion
So Carolina Under 40.5 -105 Missing their defensive captain.
Nebraska Over 51.5 QB experiments in the wind?
EMU Over 43.5
Miami Ohio +11
Miami Ohio Over 46
Baylor +10 OKst overrated
Baylor Under 53 -105 Neither offense is much
Utah State -1 Diggin it
Notre Dame -7 -120 BC on the road? No.
Alabama over 41 Defensive plays set up points
Texas A&M Under 68 Simply too many
Texas A&M +21.5
Michigan +4.5 -110
Michigan Under 47.5 Like the defenses here
Kansas Under 55.5
Missouri Under 50.5
Navy Over 53
Utah Under 41
Arizona -7 -115 Underrated team!
UCLA Over 51 -105
Cal Under 59 I think 45-0 final.
Temple +3 Other side of a middle.
Ole Miss -6
Louisville +17.5 +100
Cincinatti Under 55.5
Michigan State Over 41.5
SMU +17 didn't like Houston as much
LSU -7 -115
New Mexico Under 59.5
Stanford Over 49
ULLAF Under 59.5
ARKST Under 58.5
North Texas +21
UL-Monroe +14.5 -105
Army +11 Army +11 (double play to counteract Rutgers mistake)
Was Under 37.5 +100
NYG Under 46
Dallas Over 47.5
Mia Under 47
Car Under 37 +100
Oak Over 34.5 +100
Hou Under 44
TB Under 45
Cin Over 42
KC Under 44