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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Picks of the Week

Well what do you know I started posting these picks after I lost a couple hundred online betting in September and in October when I just made picks but did not bet I ended up hitting 13 out of 20 for a remarkable 65% winning percentage. All the more impressive considering I am a terrible sports gambler so here are this week's picks so I'm sure it'll be time for me to start missing a lot but hopefully the good picks can continue.

Western Michigan -3 vs. Eastern Michigan @ Ford Field

Western has been on a tear as of late and they have the best WR in the country that no one knows about in Greg Jennings. Western demolished Ball St last week after they easily took care of a Omar Jacob-less Bowling Green squad so they are on a roll. Eastern Michigan is just really bad and at only 3 I think Western is going to take this one easy.

Oregon State -3.5 @ Washington

Oregon State is coming off a disappointing loss at home to Arizona which doesn't make me that confident about this pick. What does make me confident is the emergence of Yvenson Bernard who is only 10 yards short of 1000 yards rushing on the year and Matt Moore has been pretty good as well along with the fact that they are playing Washington one of the worst teams in the country who only has one win over the mighty Vandals of Idaho.

NC State +13.5 @ Florida State

Florida State's D is nasty but their O hasn't been that great this year, they are having problems running the ball and NC State has a pretty good D as well that gave Virginia Tech their toughest challenge of the year to date. The main reason I've got this is because Chuck Amato is 11-0 or something like that ATS as a road dog. All that matters is that 0, he has yet to lose a game ATS on the road and NC State always seems to play FSU tight so I definitely like this play here.

Central Michigan (+120) vs. Northern Illinois

CMU is on a roll winning 4 in a row while Northern Illinois is without AJ Harris as well as losing to lowly Ball State last week. Another interesting fact is CMU has yet to allow a second half TD in 5 games only giving up 18 points in the 2nd half total in those games. With this being a home game for the Chippewas I think it's better to forget the points and take the ML.

Iowa @ Northwestern Over 60.5

Northwestern is one of the top scoring offenses in the country, although Michigan surprisingly shut them down. A big part of this was the pressure that the front 4 of Michigan was able to get on Northwestern. Iowa has a very small front 4, their defense's strength lies in the LB corp which includes two probable first round NFL picks in Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge. Northwestern averages just under 35 points per game while Iowa averages just under 30 points per game. Add the averages up that's almost 65 and considering how deep it is into this season I'll take that bet. Both Brett Basanez and Drew Tate could go off at any moment and lead their teams to a bunch of points, hopefully both of them do.


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