August 4, 2021

The Early 4 are Here!

I just can’t wait any longer to tell you my picks because the Dodgers and Angels unfortunately have given me no reason to watch MLB. Here are my “Early 4” pix for Saturday.

Pitt -6.5 vs So Fla

This is one of the games I told you about in my Big East preseason review
which would be the one to watch. Of course I didnt know Matt Grothe
was not going to be playing becuase then it would have been a difficult choice.
Pitt is 6-1 coming off a trap game at Rutgers where Schiano usually finds
a way to beat Wannstedt, but not this time. Pitt runs for over 225 and So Fla
gives up 120 per game. Panthers go 7-1, which will mark their best start
since 1982 by a team quarterbacked by Dan Marino.
I am betting Pitt at home -6.5


Michigan +4.5 vs Penn St

Penn State is a very weak 6-1. Their only tough game was at home against Iowa and they lost. They have played teams that are a combined 19-21 including Ill, E. Illinois, Akron, Temple and Syracuse. Illinois was the only game on the road. Michigan on the other hand did lose to Iowa and scored 28 pts, but it was on the road. Michigan has played a great schedule well and after scoring 63 last week I think they are pumped and I’m getting 4.5 at the Big House.

I am betting Michigan to cover +4.5 at home


LSU -7 vs Auburn

This is the game where Les Miles introduces Gene Chizik to real SEC football.
Auburn has gotten crushed at Arkansas and lost at home to a lousy Kentucky team in the last 2 weeks.  Chizik has a poor playing QB and LSU has had 2 weeks to prepare after giving Florida all they wanted. LSU is at home and will crush the Tigers this week. Then LSU can rest the starters next week against Too-Lame and be ready to play at Alabama in 2 weeks fully healthy.

I am betting LSU to cover -7 at home


Houston -16 v SMU


If it wasn’t for a tremendous brain fart at UTEP three weeks ago this would be 24 pts instead of 16 pts. Houston averages over 600 yards per game with 400+ in the air. SMU gives up 350+ total yards per game so this coudl get ugly. SMU played well against TCU in the annual grudge match until TCU won out and last week they gave Navy all they could handle, but I think there is trouble this week. Houston is coming home after 3 straight and 4 out of 5 road games including a win at Okie St with Dez Bryant and at Miss St with plus a home victory against a hot Texas Tech team. Never forget SMU lost to Wazzu, nuff said.

I am betting Houston to cover -16

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