The Gould Standard Picks: Week 6

Hindsight is a wonderful thing in sports picking. My late Sun-Times deskmate, legendary racing writer Dave Feldman, summed it up best in the title of his marvelous, rambling biography, ``Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda.’’

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Feldman also coined the phrase ``Broken Down Horseplayers,’’ who became universally known as the BDH. Fortunately, I never had that BDH affliction. But I once had that feeling while editing a Feldman column, which began with a lengthy anecdote about. . . a ham sandwich.

Remind me to tell you more about Feldman sometime.

For now, I’m going to tell you about my picks. Last week’s 4-2 gives me a 19-11 record against the spread, including a tidy 14-4 the last three weeks. But I am still humble. Because this week’s games, which look so obvious with hindsight, look like tricky deals right now. I just hope to not be saying, ``Woulda, Coulda Shoulda,'' too often

And so, here goes:

THE GAMES

Minnesota plus-3 at Purdue

Miami minus-3 at Florida State

Maryland plus-30 at Ohio State

Bowling Green plus-14 at Miami (Ohio)

THE OVER/UNDERS

Alabama at Texas A&M (53-1/2)

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THE GAME PICKS

Minnesota plus-3 at Purdue

First-year coach P.J. Fleck, who came into the league with all the hype, is doing a good job. But I’m more impressed with first-year coach Jeff Brohm, and that’s saying a lot. I like the Boilermakers at home, and I like them to dedicate this one to beloved Boilermaker legend Joe Tiller, who passed this week.

The score: Purdue, 30-24

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Miami minus-3 at Florida State

If ever there was a time for the Hurricanes to reassert themselves, this is it. And I ‘m not just saying this because my TMG pal, Miami alum Mark Blaudschun, could use a diversion from his Boston-College-watching. Florida State has had its season turned upside down by the crushing loss of QB Deondre Francois and a schedule ravaged by Florida’s stormy weather. This is a major barometer game for Mark Richt. I’ve thought highly of him since he worked for Bobby Bowden. He didn’t ring the bell at Georgia, but now I think it’s his turn.

The score: Miami,31-27

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Maryland plus-30 at Ohio State

Gee, I hate to keep appearing to disrespect Maryland. Because I’m not disrespecting them. I’m just showing too much love for their opponents—for good reason. And I’m afraid that’s going to happen again. Even though 30 points seems like a lot, that third-QB thing, combined with Ohio State’s need to impress the Playoff Voters, spells trouble.

The score: Ohio State, 52-14

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Bowling Green plus-14 at Miami (Ohio)

One of these weeks, Bowling Green (0-5) is going to get mad and ``stop letting people take your lunch money,’’ to use the imagery once imparted to us by the great philosopher Ron Zook. Or was it Ron Turner? Anyway, this is not that week. Miami is very sound. The RedHawks didn’t have enough gears against Notre Dame. They’ll have more than enough gears here. I’m going with the Miami-Miami parley. That’s Hurricanes and RedHawks to you.

The score: Miami (Ohio), 34-17

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THE OVER/UNDERS PICKS

Alabama at Texas A&M (53-1/2): Take the OVER

There’s a lot of talk about who’s better, Alabama or Clemson. I’ve got no dog in that hunt at this point. But I do think it’s keeping the Crimson Tide motivated. As if Nick Saban’s relentless pursuit of excellence isn’t enough. And we all know that playing in the New Orleans semi-final (rather than the Rose Bowl) is a big carrot for Southeasters ‘Bama and Clemson. Roll, Tide.

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Penn State at Northwestern (52-1/2): Take the OVER

This is the same deal for Northwestern as last week’s trip to Wisconsin. The Wildcats will find a way to make it interesting. Maybe they will cover the 15 points, maybe not. But one way or the other, there will be points.

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LAST WEEK: 4-2 (2-2 ATS, 2-0 O/U).

SEASON: 19-11 (11-6 ATS, 8-5 O/U).[/membership]

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