David Kaplan's Cornucopia of Football Picks ... Stay on Bears!

David Kaplan

Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:46 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018 3:46 PM UTC

Chicago sports radio & TV legend David Kaplan has joined Sportsbook Review and was 3-2 ATS on his football picks last week. Here's Uncle Kappy's Fab Five for NCAA Week 3 & NFL Week 2.

Well, one week of the NFL schedule is down and there is plenty to unpack form what we saw, what we wagered on and what we think is to come. As I look back at the college schedule, I see a handful of games that were surprising. When I first looked at the Week 2 slate, I saw Duke at Northwestern and I circled the game because I thought that Northwestern would be razor sharp in a revenge spot after losing to Duke last season. However, a deeper dive into the numbers as the week went on convinced me to stay away from the game, and when my friends in the desert told me they thought Duke was the play I ran for the hills and stayed off the game entirely. Duke won convincingly on the road and left Northwestern with some big questions about their offense.

My best play of the college slate was Oklahoma State over South Alabama, and despite me not wanting to lay 32 points very often I took the plunge and the Pokes did not disappoint en route to a blowout 55-13 victory and easily covering the spread. However, another game that I really liked on the college slate was Colorado at Nebraska with the Huskers laying 3 1/2 points. I thought Nebraska would win comfortably, and for a while it looked like they would but they melted down in the fourth quarter. With new Nebraska head coach Scott Frost making his debut and with the Cornhuskers playing at home, I believed they were the right side to play. Nebraska had control of the game for much of the contest but Colorado refused to go away, eventually scored late and prevailed 33-28 dealing me a tough loss.

So after a 3-2 start on college and NFL games, here we go with this week’s plays.

Ohio State -13 vs. TCU (Arlington)

This is the last of Urban Meyer’s 3-game suspension, but the Buckeyes have been great in his absence. He is still allowed to run practice during his exile, so I expect a fired up Buckeyes team to win this game easily.

Purdue +6 vs. Missouri

Purdue has a tough system to prepare for, and I see them scoring plenty to cover this number over a very mediocre Missouri team.

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— David Kaplan (@thekapman) September 11, 2018
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Colts at Redskins Over 46

I expect a high-scoring affair in DC with the Redskins winning fairly comfortably, but this one should produce a ton of offense through the air between Andrew Luck and Alex Smith.

Giants +3 at Cowboys (Sunday Night)

Saquon Barkley is a going to be a superstar, and I like the Giants talent base although it is not very deep at some key positions. I am not high on the Cowboys' chances in 2018, so I will take the points.

Bears Money Line vs. Seahawks (Monday)

Until the Bears show me that their new offensive system can score without the benefit of scripting the first 15 plays, I am hesitant to lay 3 or 3 1/2 points despite their near-victory and easy cover in Green Bay. However, I do see them winning Matt Nagy’s first home game as Bears coach, so I will lay the juice at -175.

Kaplan hosts a daily radio show in Chicago on ESPN 1000 (WMVP-AM) from 9 a.m. to noon local time and a daily TV show on NBC Sports Chicago at 6 p.m. He hosts Cubs pregame and postgame shows on the same network. He’s a college basketball TV analyst for the Atlantic 10, the Missouri Valley Conference and the Horizon League. And he wrote a book on the Cubs’ rebuild & championship.

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