This is bounce-back week on TMG (the media gamblers) Network as Lassie tries to save Tommy from a deep, dark degenerate well of emotional hunches on name-brand programs. The bright spot to last week was my tab on UNLV, an eight-point dog at Idaho’s Kibbie Dome. The Joggin’ Rebels were coming off the worst loss in point-spread history, losing as 45-point home favorites to Howard. Not only did the Rebs cover the 8 in Moscow, they went through Idaho like Putin through Crimea. The moral of this story, in a bookmaker’s biblical sense, is to seek out the mustard seed among the tall weeds. A wise friend of mine from Las Vegas sat me down, on a bench, the way Andy used to do with Opie, and warned me about sucker bets. He liked my UNLV tab and encouraged me to play more little ball. Think about how Gene Mauch used to manage the Angels. Take one for the team to get on base, bunt the runner over and try to score on a bloop single. Also: forget the playoff collapses in 1982 and 1986. And definitely don’t take Mike Witt out of a game when he is about to win the pennant. Anyway, this COULD be my strategy the rest of the way. This week’s touts feature no teams ranked in the top 25.

 

Iowa State giving 10 1\2 at AKRON

Kansas getting 7 1\2 at OHIO

La. Tech getting 7 at WESTERN KENTUCKY

Over\Under

Coastal Carolina at UAB (51)

Ole Miss at Cal (72)

Appalachian State at Texas State (48 1\2) The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.