The Gambler’s Guide To Football 10/17-10/21

A new week deserves a new approach. It is always darkest before the dawn. Tomorrow, tomorrow, there’s always tomorrow. Tomorrow is a new day.

Without further ado – it is time to go down the rabbit hole and look ahead at this week in football.

History

On the season – I am down a significant amount, 33.81 units. I have a 61-90-2 record, which amounts to a 40.4% win rate.

I need a new approach. In the past I have thrown out endless picks, hoping more would be winners than not. Obviously, that was stupid. I enter the week with a new approach – I will only pick games in which I have some idea of what is going on.

Overall, I have no idea what I am doing. Anyways – here are my picks for the upcoming weekend in sports:

College Football

So far this season – I have a 28-36-1 record with college football. Last weekend I was 8-16 – sheesh.

Florida -6 @ South Carolina

  • The Gators are coming off a close loss on the road at LSU. The Gamecocks are coming off a huge win on the road at Georgia. Florida will be looking to bounce back and have a statement game – the Gamecocks will still be riding high from last week – they will be unprepared for the Gators.

Wisconsin -31 @ Illinois

  • Wisconsin is absolutely dominating lesser competition this year. I think they beat Illinois by at least 6 touchdowns.

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Indiana @ Maryland +6

  • Indiana is still Indiana. Maryland has shown signs of a solid offense – and they have cool uniforms.

LSU -18 @ Mississippi State

  • The LSU offense has been unstoppable this year. Mississippi State didn’t show up against Tennessee last week – they have no shot against LSU.

Kentucky @ Georgia -25

  • The Georgia Bulldogs will bounce back in a big way following their surprising loss to South Carolina. I think they are head and shoulders above Kentucky.

Tulane +4.5 @ Memphis

  • Two 5-1 teams battle it out in this one. Tulane has been impressive so far this year – and they have great looking uniforms. I am taking Tulane and the points in this one.

NFL

I am 29-45-1 in NFL action this year. That is very bad. I feel like this may be the hardest sport to bet on.

Kansas City -3 @ Denver

  • The Chiefs are coming off of a loss and a short week. I think they are ready to come out of their brief slump – Mahomes will be slingin’ the ball in this game.

San Francisco -10 @ Washington

  • The 49ers have looked solid so far this season. The Redskins continue to be a dumpster fire – I have the 49ers winning by two TDs on the road in this one.

Philadelphia +3 @ Dallas

  • The Cowboys have been in quite the slump – I think they continue to fall this week. The spotlight of Sunday Night Football and the points makes me want to go with the Eagles.

New England -10 @ New York Jets

  • The Jets looked good last week, but the Patriots are the Patriots.

Wrap Up

I don’t want to make any guarantees, but I think we are looking at a 10-0 week here. I would never tell anyone what to do with their money, however

– Buzz

The Gambler’s Guide To Football 10/9-10/14

I may be the worst gambler in the history of gambling. I currently have a 31-48-1 record. I am down nearly 20 units. If you want to win any money, you need to fade me. Do not follow my advice.

History

  • My first week of betting went fine. I only bet on NFL games. I went 8-6-1.
  • My second week was terrible. I went 9-21 on NFL and College games that week.
  • My third week was also awful – as I expanded into my fourth sport, soccer. I went 14-21 last weekend.
  • You all can read a graph – this is not looking good.

Overall, I have no idea what I am doing. Anyways – here are my picks for the upcoming weekend in sports:

College Football

So far this season – I have a 20-20-1 record with college football. This is my best sport, and I am still down a few units. Let’s get into the positive this week.

Appalachian State +2 @ Louisiana Lafayette

Virginia +2.5 @ Miami

Colorado +21 @ Oregon

Oklahoma @ Texas +11

Michigan -22.5 @ Illinois

Maryland @ Purdue +3

South Carolina @ Georgia -24.5

Memphis -6 @ Temple

Georgia Tech +17.5 @ Duke

Florida State +27 @ Clemson

Cincinnati -7.5 @ Houston

Washington State PK @ ASU

Alabama -16.5 @ Texas A&M

Michigan State @ Wisconsin -10.5

Iowa State @ West Virginia +10.5

Texas Tech @ Baylor -11

Army -5 @ Western Kentucky

Louisville @ Wake Forest -6.5

Penn State -3.5 @ Iowa

Nebraska +7.5 @ Minnesota

USC +11 @ Notre Dame

Florida +13.5 @ LSU

Hawaii +12 @ Boise State

Washington @ Arizona +6

NFL

I am 24-36-1 in NFL action this year. Yikes.

New York Giants @ New England -17

Carolina @ Tampa Bay +2.5

Houston @ Kansas City -5

Seattle -1.5 @ Cleveland

Cincinnati @ Baltimore -11.5

New Orleans +1 @ Jacksonville

Philadelphia +3 @ Minnesota

Washington -3.5 @ Miami

San Francisco +3 @ Los Angeles Rams

Atlanta -2.5 @ Arizona

Dallas -7.5 @ New York Jets

Tennessee +2 @ Denver

Pittsburgh @ Los Angeles Chargers -7

Detroit +4.5 @ Green Bay

Fútbol

I am 4-9 in Fútbol this year.

Barcelona -1.25 @ EIB

West Ham United @ Everton -0.5

Bayern Munich -2.25 @ AUG

Newcastle @ Chelsea -1.5

Burnley @ Leicester -1

Watford @ Tottenham -1.25

Valencia @ Atletico Madrid -0.75

MGB +1.25 @ Borussia Dortmund

Bologna @ Juventus -1.5

Real Madrid -1.25 @ MRC

Dallas @ Seattle -0.75

Portland +0.25 @ Real Salt Lake

Inter Milan -0.75 @ SAS

Liverpool -0.75 @ Manchester United

Los Angeles Galaxy +0.5 @ Minnesota

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Wrap Up

Good luck out there. Remember – you’ve got to spend money to make money.

– Buzz

Champions League: Defensive Disarray Leads To An All-England Final

I don’t know much about soccer. I played through 5th grade, then I switched to football. What I do know about soccer is – Barcelona and Ajax completely fell to pieces.  In similar fashion too.  They had beyond-epic meltdowns, helping to secure an All-England Champions League Final.

Liverpool vs Barcelona

Barcelona came into this game with a 3-0 lead on aggregate.  That meant that Liverpool would need to lead Barcelona 3-0 – just to tie things up.  If Barcelona were to score an away goal then they would have the advantage on aggregate.  

Things were looking terrible for Liverpool, especially when Mo Salah and Robert Firmino were ruled out for the match. To make things worse, two of my favorite former-Liverpool players were starting for the other side at Anfield. Those players being Suarez and Coutinho.

Barcelona did not look like Barcelona, and Liverpool played an unbelievable game at home. Like I have said – I don’t know much about soccer. However, that last goal was ridiculous. That was an incredibly bone-headed defensive miscue that Barcelona fans will be crying about for the next year.

Tottenham vs Ajax

What a wild semi-final this was. At first glance this seems more like a group stage game than a Champions League Semi-Final. Ajax won the first game 1-0 at Tottenham. I checked the score for this game around halftime. I saw that it was 2-0, 3-0 aggregate, and thought there was no point in turning the game on. I was way wrong.

Lucas Moura turned into superman in the second half, scoring a hat trick. His third and final goal during injury time tied the aggregate, but gave them the edge on away goals and secured Tottenham’s place in the final. That goal was an unbelievable heads up play by Lucas Moura. Ajax will have a tough time bouncing back after allowing that to happen.

On June 1, 2019 in Madrid, Spain we will have an All-England Champions League Final of Liverpool vs Tottenham.

It has to be Liverpool’s year after falling to Real Madrid in the final last year. Do Jurgen and The Reds have what it takes to bring the trophy back to Anfield?

– Buzz