This is bounce-back week on TMG (the media gamblers) Network as Lassie tries to save Tommy from a deep, dark degenerate well of emotional hunches on name-brand programs. The bright spot to last week was my tab on UNLV, an eight-point dog at Idaho’s Kibbie Dome. The Joggin’ Rebels were coming off the worst loss in point-spread history, losing as 45-point home favorites to Howard. Not only did the Rebs cover the 8 in Moscow, they went through Idaho like Putin through Crimea. The moral of this story, in a bookmaker’s biblical sense, is to seek out the mustard seed among the tall weeds. A wise friend of mine from Las Vegas sat me down, on a bench, the way Andy used to do with Opie, and warned me about sucker bets. He liked my UNLV tab and encouraged me to play more little ball. Think about how Gene Mauch used to manage the Angels. Take one for the team to get on base, bunt the runner over and try to score on a bloop single. Also: forget the playoff collapses in 1982 and 1986. And definitely don't take Mike Witt out of a game when he is about to win the pennant. Anyway, this COULD be my strategy the rest of the way. This week’s touts feature no teams ranked in the top 25.
Iowa State giving 10 1\2 at AKRON
Kansas getting 7 1\2 at OHIO
La. Tech getting 7 at WESTERN KENTUCKY
Coastal Carolina at UAB (51)
Ole Miss at Cal (72)
Appalachian State at Texas State (48 1\2)[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
Iowa State getting 10 1\2 at Akron: This is a now-or-never game for Iowa State, which blew a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead last week against Iowa. If the Cyclones have any Big 12 pride left, they'll win and cover. This won't be like winning the Super Bowl, but to paraphrase Penn State Coach James Franklin, "it'll be just like beating Akron."
Pick: Iowa State
Kansas getting 7 1\2 at Ohio: Kansas continues to be Rutgers of the Big 12. But, you say, it's only Ohio? Last year, Ohio won at Kansas by six points.
La. Tech getting 7 at Western Kentucky: The key for La. Tech this week is staying out of third-and-93 situations, but that still won't be enough to conquer the Hilltoppers in Hilltopper country. Look for WKU to win and cover.
Pick: Western Kentucky
Coastal Carolina at UAB (51): Take OVER
Ole Miss at Cal (72) Take OVER
Appalachian State at Texas State (48 1\2) Take UNDER
Last week: 2-4
Season: 4-8 [/membership]