It’s a good thing Parx Casino’s 360 lounge won’t open until Nov. 1 for college football betting.
We would have taken a figurative bath there last week, going 2-3 overall and, more importantly, 1-4 against the spread. We lost when Louisiana Tech (and Skip Holtz) upset North Texas, Northern Illinois beat Eastern Michigan and Middle Tennessee State nipped Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic squad. The Texas State game that was listed on our schedule was not played.
Purdue and North Carolina State won overall as we predicted, but the Wolfpack covered against Virginia so we sit at 7-4 overall, 6-5 for the season.
No matter. When sports betting comes, having that little bit of knowledge is better odds than playing the lottery.
One of the fun things about college football is seeing how you do against the spread so we’re back to another six-pack (that is, for amusement only until Nov. 1). Our picks in boldface:
OLD DOMINION (getting 15) at Florida Atlantic _ The Monarchs not only beat Virginia Tech but gave a good ECU team a tough time in a 37-35 loss. FAU is good, but not 15 points better good. FAU, 24-17.
MARYLAND (getting 17.5) at Michigan _ This is the Temple effect. People think that because Maryland lost to Temple that Maryland must not be any good. I’m still clinging to the hope that Temple will turn out to be very good. Maryland also beat Texas and a good Minnesota team. They will take Michigan into the fourth quarter. Michigan, 34-24.
ILLINOIS (giving 3.5) at Rutgers _ Lovie Smith has a lot of experience head coach. Chris Ash is the epitome of the saying that hiring an assistant coach is a crapshoot and might be the Bob Diaco of the Big 10. Illinois, 31-10.
SAN DIEGO STATE (getting 15) at Boise State _ The Broncos just squeak this one out, 28-24.
LOUISIANA TECH (giving 9) vs. UAB _ Holtz is not only a decent head coach, but he also has coordinators with Power 5 experience (which Temple cannot say). Could be the difference here. La. Tech, 41-19.
NAVY (giving 3.5) at Air Force _ Service academies have two of the top 10 head coaches in the country. Unfortunately for the Falcons, both take part in the Army-Navy game. Navy, 51-35.
Record: Last week 2-3 overall, 1-4 against the spread
Season Overall: 7-4
Season ATS: 6-5
Tomorrow: Temple game analysis