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Monday marked the opening of the Hollywood Casino in Columbus and it made me quite angry that a sportsbook wasn't included in the construction. DAMN YOU GAMBLING LAWS!
If there was sportsbooks in Ohio, I bet Penn National Gaming wouldn't have setup shop a few miles away from me on Broad/Georgesville had they known that every Saturday I would empty their vaults. To add insult to injury I would have emptied out their buffet in celebration after. But I digress.
Introducing "Money, Cash & Joe's". We aim to please, mostly through providing some friendly betting advice (for leisure purposes only) on which games are worth taking a flyer on and which you should avoid like the plague.
Without further adieu, here are some of the key games on Saturday along with your B1G dance card:
#15 Texas vs. # 13 Oklahoma (-3) - 12:00 EST - ABC
It is pretty rare that both Oklahoma and Texas come into the Red River Shootout Rivalry with a conference loss already on their record, as this will only be the 2nd time since 1997 that it has happened. The Longhorns D has been gashed so far this year and I think more of the same will be in store for them in Dallas this week. Oklahoma's balanced offense should give Texas problems and the Sooner D will be a step up from anything the 'Horns have faced so far this season.
Oklahoma 35 Texas 24
#5 West Virginia (-4) vs. Texas Tech - 3:30 EST - ABC/ESPN
When the lines for the week were released I was shocked at how little the 'Neers were favored by. Maybe I'm a sucker for biting on this line but I can't lay off West Virginia in this one. I know West Virginia can't stop anybody but nobody can stop them either, and I can't see Texas Tech being the first this year. I see this being something like how Baylor/WVU was earlier this year and had the spread been anything above 7 I probably would have went with TTU.
West Virginia 49 Texas Tech 42.
#17 Stanford vs. #7 Notre Dame (-8) - 3:30 EST - NBC
Stanford reminds me a lot of Michigan State. Team that relies on it's defense to create opportunities for their offense. Both Sparty and Stanford have a good RB and a young QB. You already saw what happened this year when Notre Dame went up to East Lansing and smothered Sparty. I see a lot of the same in store for the Cardinal as they head into South Bend. Also hurting Stanford is that their top WR Ty Montgomery will likely miss this Saturday's game.
Notre Dame 23 Stanford 10
#3 South Carolina vs. #9 LSU (-2.5) - 8:00 EST - ESPN
I know that after watching South Carolina destroy Georgia and LSU look totally inept against Florida last week that this should be an easy pick. South Carolina is in the middle of a tough 3 game stretch with Florida on deck next week. For some reason I just can't go against Les Miles with such a short line at home. This should be a defensive struggle and I could see it playing out like the LSU/Florida game did last week, except in the Tigers favor at home.
LSU 17 South Carolina 10
#23 Texas A&M (-7.5) vs. Louisiana Tech - 9:00 EST - ESPNU
This game, which was originally scheduled for the first night of the college football season, might be one of the most exciting games of the week. Texas A&M turned the ball over 6 times last week against Mississippi, and if they do the same this week they might not be able to recover and get the victory. Louisiana Tech hasn't scored less than 44 points so far this season and is currently undefeated.
Texas A&M 51 Louisiana Tech 47
Iowa at Michigan State (-9.5) - 12:00 EST - ESPN
Mark Weisman has been great for Iowa in 3 games since becoming the starter, 507 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns. By the laws of AIRBHG, Wiseman will have some strange health issue like nickel poisoning in the near future. I haven't been impressed by either team this year so I'll be happy to take the points in this battle.
Michigan State 23 Iowa 20
Northwestern (-3) at Minnesota - 12:00 EST - ESPN2
Until last week Northwestern had been a force running the football on their opponents this year, our rushing their previous 3 opponents by over 200 yards/game. I think that Jerry Kill has the Gophers headed in the right direction but they aren't quite there yet.
Northwestern 34 Minnesota 20
Wisconsin at Purdue (-2.5) - 12:00 - BTN
I have absolutely no idea on what to think about this game. Remember when people were talking about Montee Ball as a Heisman candidate before the year? That was cute. Joel Stave hasn't been bad for Wisconsin in the action he has seen, but really all the Wisconsin passing game should be is to just chuck it up and let Jared Abracadderis come down with it. I thought Purdue had a real shot to beat Michigan last week before the game. Then the game started and I was proven to be very wrong. In a game that I'm completely lost on I'll take the points.
Wisconsin 27 Purdue 23
Illinois at #25 Michigan (-23.5) - 3:30 EST - ABC/ESPN
Illinois is a dumpster fire. If there is one thing that Denard and company do well it is running all over dumpster fires. How do you think Denard won all those September Heismans?
Illinois 10 Michigan 41
#8 Ohio State (-17) at Indiana - 8:00 EST - BTN
Under Jim Tressel I feel that this would have been the classic "letdown game". Under Urban Meyer I'm not quite as worried about that. I'm excited to see how the Buckeyes play going on the road after their big win Saturday versus Nebraska. While technically this is a road game for the Buckeyes I'm sure it will feel like a home game, as Buckeye fans always travel well to Bloomington. Will also be interesting to see how Indiana responds after what should have been an upset against Michigan State. Indiana is giving up nearly 200 yards/game rushing and I think that number is going to only get worse after Saturday's game for the Hoosiers.
Ohio State 52 Indiana 21