By Bob Gaughan, Buffalo Sports Page
Weekly Record 3-2-1, Overall Record 21-14-1
MR. Over/Under: Chargers -6 over Tennessee
Las Vegas is still having problems trying to figure out how many points teams will score. For example, San Francisco with a 1-5 record has gone over 5 out of 6 games. While the LA Rams, with a 6-0 record have only gone over 3 times.
And Tampa Bay, with a 2-3 record has gone over every game. The Chargers, formerly of San Diego, have gone over 5 out of 6 games, averaging 29 points a game. Tennessee is not playing well, averaging 12 points in their last 4 games. With that big of a discrepancy, even though the game is in London, you’ve got to take the Charges -6.
Man in Stripes: Hawaii -2 1/2 over Nevada
Anytime I can get the Rainbows on the island, late game giving under a field goal, I’m jumping on that baby. QB Cole McDonald is back from injury. He has 26 TD passes and only 3 interceptions. Nevada comes into the game after back-to-back losses. We won with Hawaii earlier in the year and will do so again this week. Take Hawaii -2.5
Mono: Penn State -14 over Indiana
Penn State coming off two tough losses at home to Ohio State and Michigan State. I expect them to come out of the gate and hand it to Indiana. This maybe close for a half but McSorley and company will lay it on before it’s over. Indiana doesn’t have the offense to keep up with a pissed off Penn State team. Nittany Lions -14
Slick: Minnesota -3 over Jets
Seems like everyone has faith in the Jets all of a sudden after wins against the Broncos and Colts. I can’t buy it. I think the Broncos and Colts are two bad teams this year that the Jets took advantage of at home. The Vikings aren’t world-beaters, but they are still better than the Broncos and the Jets. With everyone backing the Jets, I’ll be the contrarian in this game. Vikings -3
Mr. Brutal: Hamilton -1 over Ottawa (CFL Friday Night)
In 15 games this year Jerry Glanville’s defense hasn’t given up 300 passing yards. That’s quite a feat for the CFL. June Jones is coaching the offense and head coach. We are taking 77 year old Jerry Glanville to lead the Tiger-Cats to victory. This is for first place in the East. Both teams are 8-7 currently. Ottawa is faltering. Hamilton is the only team in the East that isn’t struggling. Hamilton -1
Bob Gaughan: Temple -3 over Cincinnati
So Cincinnati is ranked 20th in the nation and they are undefeated. Only eight undefeated teams left in the country. Temple has lost three games and they are three point favorites. Doesn’t make sense, but it does. Temple has played the much tougher schedule with losses to UB and Boston College. Cincinnati has wins over UCLA, UCONN and Tulane. This is a huge step up in class for the Bearcats. Anthony Russo has helped the Owls offense the last two weeks throwing for 554 yards and five touchdowns. Temple -3