They say you learn more from your failures than your successes. So hey, DPJ and I learned quite a bit last week!
It’s a numbers game folks. Trust the process, don’t be surprised if we go undefeated in Week 10 and always remember to bet smarter, not harder.
Q’s Best Bets (9-11 Overall)
Michigan State @ Purdue – Saturday, 11/6 (3:30 PM EST)
Pick: Michigan State -2.5
When will they learn? This Spartans team put the country on notice weeks ago yet Vegas just doesn’t want to listen. Kenneth Walker is a Heisman hopeful, Payton Thorne has continued to prove his ability to lead this offense and these Spartan wide receivers have been making a case to play on Sundays all season. The Spartans defense has remained stingy and their only real issue thus far has been penalties (from playing too aggressive). That’s a good problem to have. I’m not sure when Purdue was crowned this powerhouse that deserves respect in regards to betting lines but I absolutely don’t buy it. The Spartans keep it rolling and win by a TD+.
Tulsa @ Cincinnati – Saturday 11/6 (3:30 PM EST)
Pick: Cincinnati -22.5
Sheesh… What do the Bearcats have to do to gain some respect from the CFP committee? I think most of the country was surprised to see Cincinnati listed as the #6 team in the country after this season’s first CFP rankings this past weekend. Just for context, Cincinnati has absolutely throttled every single team they’ve played this year (with the exception of Navy) which includes beating both ranked Notre Dame and Indiana by a combined 25 points (Power 5 conference teams if you were curious). It almost feels like the committee has laid down a test for the Bearcats to prove their worth in the face of adversity this week. Will they answer that call against Tulsa at home? I think so. While I don’t think Tulsa is a terrible team within the AAC, they will be facing a highly superior team on both sides of the ball on Saturday determined to separate themselves from their very own conference. This is definitely a hefty spread but, thanks to the CFP committee, Ridder and the Bearcats should come out firing. Banking on a blowout from a team of destiny determined to prove their worth to the entire country after an absolute slap in the face.
DPJ’s Best Bets (7-9-1 Overall)
Oregon @ Washington – Saturday, 11/6 (7:30 PM EST)
Pick: Oregon -6.5
The Ducks fly north to Seattle to take on the Huskies in their annual Pac NorthWest showdown. Typically this game has a lot more hype involved, but a 4-4 Washington team is not gonna get the country out of their seats. The Huskies come in with a highly rated pass defense, allowing just 146 yards per game. However, that is a bit misleading as it seems teams feel they barely need to pass the ball given Washington’s horrible run defense (195th in the FBS, 178 yds per game). Looking across the field the Ducks come in with their typical high power offense and are running the ball as good as anyone in the nation. More than anything this game is crucial for the Ducks and a bit of a nothing-burger for the Huskies. The Ducks need to rattle off some blow outs and keep winning to stay in the CFP hunt. It seems like their Ohio State victory is going to be their only huge win of the year so they need to boost their resume as much as possible. Washington are dead men walking. Fly birdies fly.
Indiana @ Michigan – Saturday, 11/6 (7:30 PM EST)
Pick: Michigan -18.5
This game is gonna stink, and if you watch it without betting on it you are either a Michigan fan or a loser. With that being said, I think Michigan is worth a sizeable wager because I know how Jim Harbaugh operates and it isn’t rocket science. Michigan vs. good teams = bad. Michigan vs bad teams = good. Michigan vs. a bad team after losing to a good team the week prior = very good. Michigan will stupidly think they still have a chance in the BIG 10 East and will come back home to Ann Arbor looking to kick the Hoosiers teeth in. Indiana is god-awful, and even more so on the road. Honestly I would not be surprised if Michigan is covering the -20 by half time. Go Blue or whatever, I’m ready for a Michigan ass kicking.
Best of the Best Bets – DPJ & Q approved (6-9 Overall)
Oklahoma State @ West Virginia – Saturday, 11/6 (3:30 PM EST)
Pick: Oklahoma State -3
This line feels like an overreaction to the Mountaineers success at home so far this season. Sure, they’re 3-1 at home and I’m positive Morgantown is a difficult atmosphere to play in. That said, West Virginia is not a great team and Oklahoma State is very much so in the conversation to win the Big 12 this year. The Cowboys have terrorized the spread this season, especially against subpar defenses. Neither team has an elite defense (although the Cowboys’ defense should probably be considered elite by Big 12 standards) but Oklahoma State’s offense has absolutely thrived in games against exposable defenses and I don’t see West Virginia being an exception. I honestly like the over here as well but I’m only able to digest the spread as of today. Expect points and expect West Virginia’s luck at home to run out on Saturday. – Q
Risky Business (3-12 Overall)
3 Team – 6 Point Teaser (+180 odds): Wisconsin (-7), Oregon (-0.5), Baylor (-0.5)
3 Team – 7 Point Teaser (+130 odds): Ohio State (-7), Wake Forest (+10.5), Michigan (-11.5)
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