Georgia, Purdue, Wisconsin Still Dominant, Solid Bets in Regional Rivalry Games. SEC heavyweights Georgia and Big Ten members Purdue and Wisconsin continued to dominate their biggest rivals as all three rolled and covered ATS against Georgia Tech, Indiana and Minnesota respectively in Week 13 regional rivalry action on Saturday.
1—Ball State Definitely Fade Material Next Year After Losing 7 in 8 ATS vs. Miami Ohio in Regular Season Finale
Playing a team that was 2-9 ATS heading in, Miami Ohio, in the Regular Season finale in Oxford, Ball State lost 28-7, failing to cover ATS as big 18-point Home Underdogs against the Redhawks in Muncie last Tuesday in a game which saw the hosts get out to a 28-0 lead at Halftime and then go scoreless in the 2nd Half, but still eke out the ATS cover to improve to 5-7 SU while the ratty Cardinals ended the year with 9 straight SU Losses and went 1-9-1 ATS its L10 games on the betting board, only covering in Week 12 geting 17½ points to Buffalo at Home in the Hoosier State. The game went Under the posted Total (53, BookMaker), ending a string of 5 straight Ball State games going Over. The Cardinals played 8 Overs and 4 Unders, playing 4 Overs and 2 Unders both at Home at Scheumann Stadium and on the Road.
Head Coach Mike Neu (6-16 SU) and the Cardinals suffered from Injuries, especially at the critical QB position where Ball State had to use an FBS-high 4 starting QBs this year. Redshirt Freshman Drew Plitt became the fourth QB employed by Neu after third-stringer and Zack Blair, a redshirt Sophomore, broke his ankle against Toledo. And Blair was playing in stead of second-stringer, Senior Jack Milas, who was playing for Junior first-string QB Riley Neal (Leg), so it was quite the struggle in Muncie.
2—Remember to Back Purdue vs. Indiana in Regional Rivalry Old Oaken Bucket Game in 2018
First-year Purdue Head Coach Jeff Brohm (8-4 ATS at Purdue) was successful in his first run at the Old Oaken Bucket in a 31-24 victory at on Saturday in Week 13 play as RB Markell Jones (31 Rushes, career-high 217 yards), RB Jackson Anthros (2 TDs) and the host Boilermakers (6-6 SU, 8-4 ATS) raced out to a 21-10 lead in the 2nd Quarter over rivals Indiana (2-6-1 ATS L9) and then held off the Hoosiers in the 2nd Half at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette in the last Regular Season game for both schools. As small 1- to 2-point closing Home Favorites (51, Bovada), Purdue covered ATS and has now gone a profitable 7-3 ATS the L10 meetings in this regional rivalry game.
Besides the nice 8-4 ATS Record this season, QB Elijah Sinclair and the Boilermakers have also gone 15-3 ATS L18 in role of Road Underdogs (83.3%) and Purdue is registering its first above-.500 ATS Record since 2014 (6-5 ATS). Purdue will be making its first Bowl appearance in 5 years and the victory ended a series-long 4-game Old Oaken Bucket Winning Streak for Simmie Cobbs Jr. and Indiana (5-7 SU, 2-7 Big Ten). Purdue is now 4-2 ATS in the L6 Old Oaken Bucket games (2-4 SU) with next year’s 2018 edition coming at Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf) in Bloomington, more than likely to wrap up the Big Ten Regular Season, again, in mid-November.
3—East Carolina Has Proven to Be a Really Great Team to Bet Against on the Road Last Several Seasons
After getting stepped on by #17 Memphis in Memphis on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Week 13 in its 2017 Regular Season finale, 70-13 (MEMP -30), East Carolina ended at 1-4 ATS on the Road this season and the Pirates (3-9 SU/ATS) are now 19-39 ATS (39.6%) on the Road since 2008 with 2015 (3-2 ATS on Road) being the last season since 2011 (3-2 ATS on Road) that East Carolina had a winning ATS Record on the Road, with ECU actually notching two winless ATS seasons Away in that span (0-6 ATS in 2016, 0-6 ATS in 2008.
Against the Tigers—who will be playing unbeaten and No. 13-ranked Central Florida (11-0 SU) in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game this coming Saturday (Dec. 2) at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando (ABC) in a rematch of last season’s title tilt—the Pirates walked the plank to a 49-0 1st half deficit and then saw 22 more points scored on them to fall to 128th of the 129 FBS teams in Scoring Defense, giving up 42.7 ppg in a series which saw the series Trends strongly favoring East Carolina heading in with the Pirates a mind-boggling 15-3 ATS the L18 meetings (ECU 12-6 SU into Loss on Saturday). The dream is over.
4—Bet Georgia in The Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Rivalry, Especially in Atlanta
Once again, the visitors got the money at the betting window in Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate rivalry between #7 Georgia and Georgia Tech, with the Bulldogs easily winning 38-7 on Saturday in Week 13 play in the Regular Season finale for both at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, making Road teams an insane 17-2-1 ATS the L20 meetings (89.5%). The game saw Nick Nick Chubb and the SEC representative Bulldogs get out to a 17-7 Halftime lead before Georgia (14.4 ppg, #5 scoring Defense) went up 31-7 after three quarters, putting the decision out of reach. ATS, the Dawgs were giving 11½ to 12½ points Offshore.
So 2nd-year Head Coach Kirby Smart (14-10 ATS) and Georgia (11-1 SU) got the money and are now have beaten Georgia Tech 9 in a row SU as a visitor, covering ATS the L10 straight at Bobby Dodd and backing the SEC representatives Georgia (11-1 SU L12 vs GT) against ACC underdogs Georgia Tech, no matter what the number is in 2018 and 2019, is highly recommended. Like Purdue, Georgia is an impressive 8-4 ATS right now and will also be playing in a Bowl game, (as will Georgia Tech, 5-6 SU), after the Dawgs face #6 Auburn in the SEC Championship Game Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in one of the biggest games of the 2017/18 NCAA Football season.
5—Defensive-Minded Wisconsin Totally Owns Rivals Minnesota in Their Annual Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe
Heisman Trophy candidate Jonathan Taylor (1,806 Rushing yards, 3rd most by Freshman in FB history, 12 TDs) and #5 Wisconsin (11-0 SU, 8-4 ATS) defeated Minnesota (5-7 SU, 4-7-1 ATS) on Saturday afternoon in Week 13 Big 10 play at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, 31-0 (WIS -19, 47, Heritage), in a game which saw the Badgers (#2 Scoring Defense, (#2 FBS)—now very much in the 2017/18 CFP Playoffs championship conversation—jump out to a 17-0 Halftime lead in The Land of 10,000 Lakes en route to the easy Road victory and shutout in the last game of the Regular Season for both schools. With the Win and ATS cover, 3rd-year Head Coach Paul Chryst (22-15-1 ATS) and Wisconsin (8-4 ATS, W4 ATS) is now 10-1 ATS the L11 as a visitor in this Upper Midwest series and regional rivalry and the last time the Golden Gophers actually won Paul Bunyan’s Axe was way back in 2003 when 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” was a hot song. So, it’s been ages and the Badgers will likely be able to name their score again next year—even if Taylor leaves or stays—especially with the game at Home in Madtown.
The Badgers are now an eye-opening 17-6 ATS the L23 ATS (73.9%) on the board and Wisconsin will next lock horns with #9 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday (Dec. 2) at Lucas Oil Stadium (FOX)—home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts—in a game which could send the winner to the CFP Playoffs Semifinals, either the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 with the Big Ten no doubt likely only getting one school to play for the 2018 College Football FBS championship, and maybe none if Wisconsin loses and everything goes wrong. This will easily be the toughest year yet to be on the Selection Committee after #1 Alabama and #2 Miami were knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten by game hosts Pitt (Friday) and Auburn (Saturday) in Week 13.
NCAAF WEEK 14 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES PICKS: Ohio State over Wisconsin, Auburn-Georgia Under