Indulge me for a moment as I share with you the story of a boyfriend who tried to do something nice for his girlfriend and royally jammed himself up in the process.
The girlfriend in this story happens to be a die-hard Buffalo Sabres fan, but for the first time in years, won't be traveling back to New York to catch a game. So the ever-loving boyfriend decides that it would be a swell idea to surprise his girlfriend for her birthday with a weekend trip to Los Angeles and rinkside seats to watch the Sabres play the Kings on Thursday, November 7.
The boyfriend in this story earns massive points for this maneuver.
The boyfriend in this story also happens to love betting on the Oregon Ducks and Baylor Bears (combined 13-1 ATS on the season!), both of which happen to play their biggest games of the season on Thursday, November 7.
The boyfriend in this story was too stupid to look ahead at the college football schedule to recognize this conflict of interest, but is still very excited to make his girlfriend happy.
The boyfriend in this story sounds like a pretty good dude, doesn't he?
On a completely unrelated note, Staples Center has denied my request to play the Oregon-Stanford game on the jumbotron during Thursday night's Sabres-Kings matchup.
Last week: 3-2
Season: 35-22-1 (.614)
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Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-2, 1-1 road) at Michigan Wolverines (6-2, 5-0 home)
When: Saturday, 3:30pm ET Michigan is 6-1 ATS over their last seven home games and is in a bounce back spot this week following last Saturday's 29-6 defeat at Michigan State, which is a situation (see trends below) that has worked out well for Brady Hoke's team in recent years. Nebraska is 2-9-1 ATS over their last 12 road games and could struggle to get up for this one following last Saturday's Hail Mary fluke win over Northwestern.
Notable Trends: Nebraska is 0-8-1 ATS over their last nine road games against teams with a winning home record while Michigan is 4-0 ATS over their last four games following a straight-up loss.
Pick: Michigan (-6.5)
Hawaii Warriors (0-8, 0-4 road) at Navy Midshipmen (4-4, 3-0 home)
When: Saturday, 3:30pm ET Navy in 2013: 6-2 ATS, 5-3 to the UNDER
Analysis: The Midshipmen have covered the number in four of their last five games, are two wins from bowl eligibility and won't find a better matchup on the schedule than this Saturday's showdown with 0-8 Hawaii. Hawaii is 1-6 ATS over their last seven games after surrendering more than 40 points in the previous contest while Navy is 16-5 ATS over their last 21 games against the Mountain West Conference.
Notable Trends: Hawaii is 5-12 ATS over their last 17 games following a straight-up loss while Navy is 5-1 ATS over their last six games following a straight-up loss.
Pick: Navy (-17)
Virginia Tech Hokies (6-3, 2-1 road) at #11 Miami Hurricanes (7-1, 5-0 home)
When: Saturday, 7:00pm ET Miami in 2013: 4-4 ATS, 5-3 to the UNDER
US PRESSWIRE Al Golden's Hurricanes are primed for a big-time letdown on Saturday.
Analysis: This is a big-time letdown spot for the Hurricanes, who fell 41-14 at Florida State last Saturday night in their biggest game of the season. Note that the Hokies are 9-3 ATS over their last 12 games against the 'Canes and 5-1 ATS over their last six trips to Miami.
Notable Trends: The underdog is 4-1 ATS over the last five meetings between these two schools.
Pick: Virginia Tech (+7)
Texas Longhorns (6-2, 2-1 road) at West Virginia Mountaineers (4-5, 3-1 home)
When: Saturday, 7:00pm ET Texas looks to keep it rolling Saturday in a revenge spot against a West Virginia team that won this newfound rivalry game last season in Austin, 48-45. The Mountaineers are just 3-7 ATS over their last ten home games and 3-8 ATS over their last 11 games following an against the spread win.
Notable Trends: West Virginia is 4-14 ATS over their last 18 home games against teams with a winning road record.
Pick: Texas (-6.5)
#13 LSU Tigers (7-2, 2-2 road) at #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 home)
When: Saturday, 8:00pm ET Roll Tide.
Notable Trends: LSU is 2-6-1 ATS over their last nine games following a straight-up win while Alabama is 4-1 ATS over their last five games following a straight-up win.
Pick: Alabama (-12)
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