Last week’s theme, that everything in life is 6-5 against, didn’t go so well—although 3-4 was oh-so-close. Shame on you, Nick Saban, for lifting off the pedal three points short of that 71 O/U with nearly 15 minutes to play.

Then again, while I have seen many coaches score a bit more to cover a point spread, I can’t say I’ve seen any of them try to cover an Over/Under. Whch is why I’m done with that wimpy bet—until the next time I see an O/U I like. (The Wisconsin-Iowa O/U of 44 is very tempting. Please read on.)

The good news: Duke and San Diego State were nice upset specials. You’re welcome. . . And we did learn, the hard way, that there’s no D in Oklahoma.

The theme of this week’s picks is another famous Damon Runyon quote: “The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet.’’

Easy for him to say. He was betting before there were point spreads.

Good luck. Or, as they say at Notre Dame, “Bonne Chance.’’


(Central Flyover Time)

Penn State minus-28 at Illinois, 8 p.m., Friday, FS1

Notre Dame minus-7½ at Wake Forest, 11 a.m., ABC

Georgia minus-14 at Missouri, 11 a.m., ESPN

Texas A&M plus-25½ at Alabama, 2:30 p.m., CBS

TCU minus-3 at Texas, 3:30 p.m., Fox

Wisconsin minus-3 at Iowa, 7:30 p.m., Fox

Wisconsin at Iowa, O/U 44

Arizona State plus-17 at Washington, 9:30 p.m. ESPN

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