David Kaplan’s Weekly Football Picks: First BEST PLAY of Year!

David Kaplan

Thursday, October 25, 2018 11:16 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 11:16 PM UTC

Chicago sports radio & TV legend David Kaplan has joined Sportsbook Review and was 2-3 on his football picks last week. Here are Uncle Kappy's Fab Five for NFL Week 8 & NCAA Week 9.

Man, another week where we were so close to a solid performance and instead we finish 2-3. Washington had every opportunity to cover the spread against Colorado, and instead the Huskies settled for field goals. Mississippi State was a bad play by me as they got their butt whipped in Baton Rouge by an LSU team that I have underestimated so far this season.

The Boise State play vs. Colorado State was a good one and was a game that went as I thought with Boise scoring a ton of points. The New York Giants gave us a last-second backdoor cover in Atlanta on Monday, so I guess as the old adage goes you win some and you lose some in thrilling fashion.

This week I have a game I really like as my Best Play and a handful of games that I like. Here we go … Let's make everyone some money!

No. 2 Clemson -16 1/2 at Florida State

Clemson drilled a very solid North Carolina State Wolfpack club last week, and I don't see them stubbing their toe in Tallahassee this weekend. Clemson has designs on another national title, and there is no reason they shouldn't be undefeated come the College Football Playoff in January. The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games, while Florida State is 2-6-2 ATS in past 10 vs. a team with a winning record. The Seminoles are also 2-9-2 ATS in their last 13 conference games. Lay the hefty number and play Clemson as the Tigers win big.

Oklahoma State +3 1/2 vs. No. 6 Texas

The Texas Longhorns are a very good team, but they’re dealing with key injuries (including at quarterback). A night game in Stillwater will not be kind to the Longhorns. Oklahoma State wins outright so I will take the points.

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Chicago Bears -7 vs. New York Jets **BEST PLAY**

The Bears are much better than many of the experts predicted them to be before the season began. However, after starting the season 3-1 they lost a game they needed to win when they fell two weeks ago in OT at Miami. That loss was crucial, because after giving up 14 points on special teams to the New England Patriots in last week's 38-31 loss they are now 3-3 -- making this Sunday's game against the Jets a must win if they truly have designs on being a playoff team.

Seattle Seahawks +3 at Detroit Lions

I am not a big fan of the Detroit defense, their solid pass rush notwithstanding. Seattle is coming off of a solid win over the Oakland Raiders in London, and I expect them to keep the momentum rolling this week off a bye against the Lions in Detroit. The numbers are not in the Lions’ favor as Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is 12-4 ATS as an underdog coming off of a win. I like Seattle as an improving team, and I see them covering here and probably winning the game SU.

New Orleans Saints +1 1/2 at Minnesota Vikings

The sharp money in Las Vegas is on New Orleans, and I am as well. The Saints are a really good team that could win the Super Bowl, and while I like Minnesota's team I believe they are a cut below the Saints. Give me Drew Brees and the Saints’ excellent running game over the banged-up run game of the Vikings, and I see this heavyweight matchup going to New Orleans.

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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