Best Bets for the Weekend 10-7/10-8
4-3 last week:
Army -11.5 vs Rice: This is one of the better Army teams in recent memory, but they’ve been snake bit so far this season as far as covering the spread goes. This is the week it all comes together as they destroy Rice.
Virginia -2 vs. Duke: The Blue Devils were exposed last week against Miami after a fast start to the season. Meanwhile, Virginia is off to a great start at 3-1 overall and are finally playing their first conference game.
Illinois +17.5 vs Iowa: Illinois is pretty bad. It’ll take Lovie Smith a few years to turn that program around for sure. I just think the line here is too high. Neither team scores a ton and both run a vanilla offense. I see it Iowa 20-10 or something similar.
Virginia Tech -16.5 vs Boston College: The Hokies terrific defense against the Eagles anemic offense is not a good combination for BC, even at home. 34-0 Va Tech.
Philadelphia -6 vs Arizona: I think Arizona is terrible, especially without Johnson. The line worries me a little to be honest, I feel like it should be higher. I’ll still use it here, but would feel more comfortable if the line was 7 or more. Vegas is’t Vegas for nothing.
NY Giants -3.5 vs LA Chargers: Not exactly the marquee matchup of the weekend, but one of these teams will finally get a win. I feel like the Giants are closer to getting in the win column than the Chargers, plus they’re at home.
UNDER 39.5 Baltimore/Oakland: Two weeks ago this looked like it was going to be a great one between two teams that looked like legit contenders. Not so much anymore. Derek Carr is out for a while with a back injury, and the Ravens loom pretty bad offensively. Expect this one to be a snooze fest. Oakland 13-7 or close.
Good luck, enjoy, and remember as always, bet with your head, not over your head.
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