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  • January 01, 2014 10:04 AM | Anonymous
    December 31, 2013
     
     
    Here are your consensus selections for the college football bowls games of Tuesday, Dec. 31

    STRONG PLAY: Rice +7 Mississippi St.

    REGULAR PLAYS: Duke +12 Texas A&M
                                    Virginia Tech +7 UCLA

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Again I'm going to caution you about opposing teams from the Pac-whatever like UCLA while taking a team like Virginia Tech. I really respect the handicapper who put out  VT but I'm going to sit this game out.  Good luck
     
    Last night: 4-1.....Season: 88-107
     
    NBA
     
    Cleveland +13 Indiana
    Golden St. -6 Orlando
     
    College
     
    Ohio St. -7 Purdue
    Illinois -3 1/2 Indiana
    Georgetown -14 DePaul
  • December 31, 2013 10:05 AM | Anonymous
    December 30, 2013
     
     
    Here are your consensus plays on college football bowl games for Monday, Dec. 30.

    STRONG PLAY: Mississippi -3 Georgia Tech

    REGULAR PLAYS: Texas +14 1/2 Oregon

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: We already put out 4 plays today as picks (Arizona State, Navy, Texas and Arizona State--Texas Tech OVER). But I'm getting a bit queasy about the Texas play. What's bothering me is how teams from the Pac-whatever are beating up bowl opponents.

                   ---USC torched Fresno. It was never a game.
                   ---Oregon State routed Boise. Game over before halftime
                   ---Washington pasted BYU. In control all the way.

            Only a late Washington State collapse against Colorado State (ahead by 15 and fumbled it away in the fourth quarter) has kept this from being a clean sweep by this conference. I am worried about Oregon's mental state. They don't appear to have much to play for. But, if they get it rolling versus the Horns Texas may be one of the worst "play from behind" teams in the country. And, when Texas loses, they REALLY LOSE!!! Their four defeats this season have been by 19, 21, 25 and 20. I'll stay with Texas but I'm suggesting it be a light play at best here.
     
    Last night: 0-3....Season: 84-106
     
    NBA
     
    • Dallas +4 1/2 Minnesota
     
    College
     
    • St. Bona - 4 1/2 Delaware
    • So. Carolina -8 1/2 Marshall
    • Kansas -14 1/2 Toledo
    • Gonzaga -017 1/2 San Francisco  
  • December 30, 2013 10:53 AM | Anonymous
    Last night: 0-3....Season: 84-106
     
    NBA
     
    Dallas +4 1/2 Minnesota
     
    College
     
    St. Bona - 4 1/2 Delaware
    So. Carolina -8 1/2 Marshall
    Kansas -14 1/2 Toledo
    Gonzaga -017 1/2 San Fram
  • December 29, 2013 10:59 AM | Anonymous
    Saturday: 3-2....Season: 84-103

    NBA

    DOUBLE PLAY: Golden St. -6 1/2 Cleveland

    SINGLE PLAY: Houston +4 1/2 OKC

    COLLEGE

    No plays today
  • December 29, 2013 10:58 AM | Anonymous
    VERY STRONG PLAY: Baltimore +6 1/2 Cincy

    STRONG PLAYS: New Orleans -12 1/2 Tampa Bay
                                  New England -7 1/2 Buffalo

    REGULAR PLAYS: Chicago +3 Green Bay
                                     Cincy--Baltimore UNDER 43 1/2
                                     Washington +3 1/2 NY Giants
                                     Minnesota -2 1/2 Detroit
                                     Pittsburgh -6 1/2 Cleveland
                                     Seattle--St. Louis UNDER 43
                                    

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: This is always a tricky weekend in the NFL. Some teams will "phone it in today."  Some "out of it" teams will play their hearts out. The betting public often rushes to wager on teams in "need" and fairly often that strategy burns them because the line has been adjusted far upward to compensate for that "need."  Quite frankly, I was about to give you today that selection of Seattle--St. Louis UNDER when one of the other top handicappers we consult gave it out as a play. More and more I do believe that Philly is the solid side in the Dallas game. Cheers and Happy New Year.
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