Gale Berg feels many things during the course of the football season, and in a new segment, he’ll tell you about them each week …I’m feeling unsettled about taking favorites of 30 points or more. Those teams went 4-4 ATS against the spread in Week One (against D1 foes; 1-AA not included), but it’s impossible to pick and choose which ones make sense. Your friend Gale went 0-1 this week thanks to Michigan State, though Florida State did cover for me at 29.5. You either need to take all of them, or you should stay far, far away.
I’m feeling concerned about the Big Ten’s poor Week One showing against the spread. The Legends and Leaders went 4-5 ATS against D1 opponents, and two of the covers (Northwestern and Minnesota) were by the only two underdogs. Plus, Indiana was beaten soundly by Ball State in a game that several prominent writers felt was a lock for the Hoosiers. Double-digit favorites were only 2-4 despite winning all six games outright. The lines look a bit more manageable this week (Ohio St -19 vs Toledo, Wisco -21.5 vs Oregon St, Iowa -7 @ Iowa St), but Gale Berg is unsure about how to proceed.
I’m feeling nostalgic about Sloan as Entourage approaches its series finale next week.
I’m feeling admiration for Kevin Connolly, who has gotten to hook up onscreen with Sloan for eight seasons. How you pulled that off was anyone’s guess, E … tip of the cap to you.I’m feeling surprised by the results of Wellington Thomas’ first Conference Chalk Cheerleader Poll, as LSU beat Oregon handily. Your friend Gale has always had a soft spot in his heart for the Golden Girls, but I didn’t realize I was in such an overwhelming majority. And as a pseudo hipster, that could make me change my mind.
I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about the new Noel Gallagher record. Three songs have been released early (plus a b-side that I’m choosing to ignore) and they’re all good to great.
I’m feeling absolutely robbed by the Michigan game being called in the third quarter, as one of the weekend’s easiest bets did not pay money out. I would have appreciated the Mayans writing that the crazy weather would start happening 15-18 months before the end of the world (December 21, 2012). It’s impacting my bottom line.I’m feeling irritated that Craig James still has a job. And as Purdue fan, I kind of feel the same about Danny Hope.
I’m feeling excited that the linemakers seem to be overreacting to TCU’s loss to Baylor last Friday. The Horned Frogs’ normally stout D is showing some holes, but they are still going to pay out more often than not, including this week at Air Force.
I’m feeling puzzled about the bottom-feeders in the Big Ten Leaders Division. After Purdue rallied and squeaked out a win against Middle Tennessee State, I figured they might actually be worse than IU under new coach Kevin Wilson. Four hours later, the Hoosiers had been beaten by Ball State. They could both be winless in the conference going into their season finale fight for the Old Oaken Bucket.
I’m feeling worried, in the wake of watching Wisconsin’s 48-point lead Thursday night turn into a 34-point victory (thereby not covering the 35 point spread) that the 2011 Badgers could get off to another poor start ATS, just like last year’s team. The 2010 squad went 0-5 ATS to begin the season, and with all of the Russell Wilson excitement, they’re going to be looking at a lot of inflated early lines.
I’m feeling hopeful that other teams who look like they could mirror last year’s gambling trends include Cal (Jekyll & Hyde last year with their home/road ATS, and coming off a week one home cover against Fresno State) and Ohio State (they just keep covering against everybody).
I’m feeling 100% certain that I will never understand or embrace Girl Talk.
I’m feeling confident that South Florida will trounce Ball State in a matchup of Week One Money Line Darlings. David Mason, you may have finally talked me into BJ Daniels.
I’m feeling intrigued by the fight shown by Minnesota on Saturday in a close loss to USC. Jerry Kill looks like he’s onto something in Minneapolis.
I’m feeling flabbergasted by Lane Kiffin’s continuing obsession with going for two and failing.
I’m feeling anxious to take advantage of the over on the NFL game bet of “shortest touchdown over/under 1.5 yards”. The money-making begins this Thursday.
I’m feeling decent that the following teams will win their NFL divisions: New England, Houston, Pittsburgh, and San Diego in the AFC, and Green Bay, Dallas, New Orleans, and St. Louis in the NFC. Wild cards will be the Jets, Colts, Eagles, and Falcons.