SPREAD AWARENESS WEEK 3: THINGS HAVE BEEN BETTER

By Nickdo on September 13, 2019 at 8:30 am
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Well! After an 8-3 start to the year, we went 5-6 in week 2. That's bad. The good news is we have to do better this week because if we don't I will be forced to retire from gambling! The board is full of awful games this weekend which is great, this is when we thrive. Week 3 is #WINNERSONLY.

#21 Maryland -7 at Temple (11:00 AM CST, CBSS)

After scoring 79 and 63 points in their first two games of the year, the country is wondering if Maryland is the best team ever established. I imagine the one Maryland football fan is ecstatic right now, it’s probably the first time in years that he can ask someone to go to the game with him and they don’t immediately laugh in his face. Maryland rolls again and sets up a HUGE matchup vs Penn State.

Pick: Maryland -7

Illinois -7.5 vs Eastern Michigan (11:00 AM CST, BTN)

The Fighting Illini are off to another roaring start, winning their first two games for the third year in a row. Unfortunately for them, week 3 is usually where the wheels fall off. Illinois has not won their third game of the season in SIX years! What a random, sad stat. They should get the win here (maybe???), but don’t count on them to cover.

Pick: Eastern Michigan +7.5

#6 Ohio State -16.5 vs Indiana (11:00 AM CST, FOX)

I haven’t had a chance to really watch Ohio State this year, but from the few highlights I’ve seen it appears that sending Tathan Martel to Miami so that Justin Fields could start is working out for them. I don’t think this will be much of a game, and a 52-24 final score seems just about right. Easy OVER here.

PICK: OVER 61

#13 Penn State -17 vs Pitt (ll:00 AM CST, ABC)

BLOW OUT CITY, POPULATION PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA. Penn State won this game 51-6 last season and the 2019 Pitt team appears to be even worse than the 2018 edition. On the other side, if you take out the first half vs Buffalo the Nittany Lions have basically been unstoppable. James Franklin will make sure this game gets ugly.

PICK: Penn State -17

#18 Michigan State -14 vs Arizona State (3:00 PM CST, FOX)

Well, #MSUnders failed in its first week as the official #Hashtag of Spread Awareness, but we will not be defeated that easily. When the going gets tough, double down. These two teams played one of the worst football games ever last season. It ended in a 16-13 ASU win and we should see a similar game this week. MAX BET UNDER 42!

**To be completely transparent, the MACTENCOLORRUSH Newsletter went 0-11 in games involving Arizona State or Arizona last season. Whoops!!!!

PICK: #MSUnders 42

#19 Iowa -2.5 at Iowa State (3:00 PM CST, FS1)

IT IS IOWA STATE WEEK AND I NEED YOU TO GO TO YOUR BANK, REMOVE ALL OF THE MONEY YOU HAVE, DRIVE TO THE NEAREST CASINO, AND PLACE ALL OF THAT MONEY ON THE IOWA HAWKEYES. THIS IS THE STONE COLD LOCK OF THE CENTURY. Iowa has won four in a row against ISU for a reason. As my son would say, the Cyclones are TRASH. Yeah, all of Iowa’s cornerbacks are hurt, but guess what, WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING CORNERBACKS. WE HAVE A.J. EPENESA. 

Does having AJ Epenesa not completely sell you on spending your life savings on the Hawkeyes? Fine, then let's back it up with some FACTS. Since 2013, Iowa is 15-3 ATS as a road favorite. They are 20-10 ATS as the away team, and are 8-4 ATS when the other team has a bye week before the game. Looking good for our Hawkeyes!!! We don't need to talk about ISU's ATS stats because (looks up stats) uhhh... those aren't important. TAKE IOWA -2.5 AND IF THEY DON'T COVER I WILL GIVE YOU YOUR MONEY BACK*!

Pick: Iowa -2.5

Nebraska -14 vs Northern Illinois (7:00 PM CST, FS1)

Is Nebraska back?? NO. Just like Spread Awareness predicted, they let the altitude (and a lack of skill) beat them. The Huskers completed an epic collapse against Colorado and now everyone in Nebraska is asking if Scott Frost is in over his head. The coaching staff spent this week blaming the players for the loss, saying they are not talented enough. I am not a coach, but that seems like a great way to make everyone on your team hate you. Nebraska is a mess, take Northern Illinois and let’s all spend Saturday night rooting for chaos.

Pick: Northern Illinois +14

WEEK THREE GUARANTEES

#17 UCF -7.5 vs Stanford
Virginia -7.5 vs Florida State
Kentucky +8 vs #9 Florida
Purdue +2.5 vs TCU
#5 Oklahoma -23 at UCLA

2019 YTD: ATS 11-7   UNDERS 1-1   OVERS 1-1

Week 1 – 8-3
Week 2 – 5-6

*No money will be given back.

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