Let’s talk The Game and what the biggest factor is when it comes to Ohio State and Michigan. Can the Wolverines make it three in a row against their arch rival? Plus there’s a battle in the bluegrass state between Kentucky and Louisville for the Governors Cup and the Bengals try to move on without Joe Burrow against the Steelers who are trying something new on offense.
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CFB: Ohio State at Michigan Best Bet:
I’ve gone over this match-up for days in my head. Does all the off-the-field stuff mess with Michigan? Are the Wolverines due for some bad karma? Can Michigan stop Marvin Harrison Jr.?
But then I come back to one thing that tells me Michigan will win. The Wolverines are better up front. They have pushed Ohio State around the last two years and will do so again. Ohio State couldn’t stop Notre Dame’s running game, or Rutgers running game, so there’s no way they can stop Blake Corum and the Wolverines. It’s a lot easier to game plan for a great WR like Harrison Jr. then a team that will run the ball down your throat.
And you know Michigan will score as many points as it can for 60 minutes. No let up. America is stuck with Michigan for a few more weeks.
CFB: Kentucky at Louisville Best Bet:
First-year Louisville coach Jeff Brohm has made the Cardinals one of college football’s biggest stories. The Cardinals own a win over Notre Dame and have already locked up a spot in the ACC title game.
Quarterback Jack Plummer (no relation to Jake) has thrown 19 TD passes and engineered four fourth quarter comebacks. The offense puts up 33.1 points a game.
Kentucky was riding high midway through the season. It was 5-0 and then went down to Georgia…and well, they got clobbered and haven’t been the same. They’ve lost five of six and the offense has struggled.
Kentucky has won four in a row in this series, but they have nothing to play for. Louisville has everything going its way.
NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals Best Bet:
Steelers -1 (-108) at DraftKings
Even though they’re winning, the Steelers fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada this week, trying to jumpstart an offense that has been sluggish to say the least.
The truth is the Steelers don’t have many playmakers on offense. Quarterback Kenny Pickett is limited, the offensive line is average, WR George Pickens is about the only big play threat the Steelers have.
Meanwhile things are horrible in Bengal Land. Quarterback Joe Burrow is out for the rest of the season with a wrist injury. So the Bengals will turn to former U. of Washington star Jake Browning who will make his first start.
This one may be ugly, but I think the Steelers will be amped up on offense and their good defense will harass Browning all day long.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Darren Cooper has a fond appreciation for bayous, Mardi Gras beads and the sports betting industry. Darren has worked for multiple print and online publications since 1998, primarily as a sports columnist in the Northeast. He’s covered a Super Bowl (it was a blowout), the World Series (same) and the NBA Draft (man, those guys are tall). For the last few years he’s dug deep into the sports gambling industry as it exploded across America, learning how the legal sausage is made and how while all the sportsbooks look the same, they all have different identities and styles. He’s learned to always bet within his means -- and take the under. When not in front of his computer creating, Darren spends time with his three boys. He runs, reads and is always looking for the next big thing to write about.