Friday, November 3, 2006

Best Bets of the Weekend

Lets expand our scope and take a look at some different games around the country and what the experts are thinking.

Purdue +2 @ Michigan State
With the firing on John L Smith, this could be a very emotional game for the Spartan players. However, Michigan St has shown in the past emotion can swing them one way or another. The Boilers offense has been absent their last two games and this could be the game they turn it around against a weak defense.

Indiana +260, +6 @ Minnesota
In case you missed it, Indiana has a shot at a bowl game this season and has beat teams like Iowa and Michigan State so far. The Gophers have laid an egg most of the season and have played very uninspired since their OT loss to Penn State.

Miss St +15 @ Alabama
The Tide were up just 7-3 last week at halftime and got a scare against Duke earlier this year. Playing winless teams closes is Alabama's M.O. this season. I have a feeling Sly Croom has a little extra in this game considering he played for Bear Bryant and some thought he was passed up for Mike Shula four years ago.

LSU @ Tennessee Under 45
If Erik Ainge is gimpy in this game, you can forget about the Vols putting 21+ points up against this LSU defense. Meanwhile, LSU is no offensive juggernaut either having pumped their stats up against weak, out of conference teams. Only way this game gets to 45 is if multiple turnovers create short fields for the offenses.

Wisconsin -280 vs Penn St
The Badgers got their scare last week down 24-10 at halftime versus Illinois. The Nittany Lions have a solid D, but their O has been lacking this year. The Badgers are pretty tough to beat at Camp Randell - just ask Michigan and Ohio State.

Ball State +33.5 @ Michigan
In case you have not followed college football this year, Michigan has a pretty big game in two weeks in Columbus, OH. Ball State is just a scrimmage where the Wolverines want to get out of this game healthy. I think it would be very risky for Michigan to play Mario Manningham extended minutes in this game for risk of another injury. The Maize & Blue typically do not cover big spreads.

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