Here are the OddsShark college football and NFL gambling picks for the week.
The Florida Gators and the Texas Longhorns both covered the spread for us last week. Here are the wagers we’re looking at to continue our winning ways in Week 4 of the season . . .
TCU at Oklahoma State (-12) (Sat, 3:30 p.m. ET) – Matchup Report
Oklahoma State is on the brink of joining rival Oklahoma in the Top 5, with the winner of their Bedlam game down the road getting a good shot at making it to the College Football Playoff. Until then, the Cowboys need to keep winning though, and winning impressively is the best chance for them to keep the attention of the pollsters. TCU is 1-4 straight up and against the spread in the past five meetings, and Oklahoma State will make it 1-5 SU and ATS after another win by more than two touchdowns.
Michigan (-10) at Purdue (Sat, at 4 p.m. ET) – Matchup Report
Michigan and Purdue will be squaring off for the first time since 2012, with the former winning 10 of the previous 13 meetings SU. However, the Boilermakers have covered the spread in three of the last five games between the teams, with two of them decided by less than seven points. We will find out a lot about the Wolverines in this matchup, as they will disappoint with another close victory and fail to cover the spread again. Take Purdue to beat the number as a home dog.
UCLA at Stanford (-7.5) (Sat, 10:30 p.m. ET) – Matchup Report
Stanford is coming off a disappointing 20-17 road loss to the San Diego State Aztecs as 8.5-point chalk last week, and this will finally be the school’s home opener after playing three straight as the visitor to start the season. The Cardinal are a much better defensive team than UCLA, and that will be the difference here again. The Bruins have lost nine in a row in the series SU with a 1-8 mark ATS during that stretch, so look for Stanford to win this one by double digits.
Here are the NFL picks
Like our college football picks, we hit two of three on the NFL gridiron as well last week. And with an ugly slate of games to choose from in Week 3, the pickings appear slim at best. But that will not stop us from selecting three barking dogs that all have a shot to win straight up…
Browns (-1) at Colts (Sun, 1 p.m. ET) – Matchup Report
Are you serious with Cleveland being favored on the road? Come on now oddsmakers, the Browns are simply not worthy, as they have lost seven of the past eight meetings with the Colts straight up, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. Cleveland has lost 14 in a row away from home, and Indy has won three of four after suffering consecutive losses. Of course there is no Andrew Luck for the host, but Jacoby Brissett nearly beat the Arizona Cardinals last week. Take Indianapolis to pick up what could be the team’s only win of the season here at home.
Saints at Panthers (-5.5) (Sun, 1 p.m. ET) – Matchup Report
New Orleans could well begin the year at 0-3, but this is a divisional matchup and should be closer than many believe. The Saints have gone 3-0-1 against the spread in the past four meetings, with the previous three all decided by exactly three points. The Panthers have struggled offensively so far this season and are now without one of their safety valves in tight end Greg Olsen, who suffered a broken foot in a 9-3 win over the Buffalo Bills last week. Look for Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense to be just good enough to cover the spread again.
Seahawks at Titans (-3) (Sun, 4:05 p.m. ET) – Matchup Report
Seattle was a 3-point road underdog against the Green Bay Packers in Week 1, and Tennessee does not deserve to be favored by that much if at all in this spot. Sure, the Seahawks barely beat the San Francisco 49ers last week, but their defense is still very good and should be able to hold the Titans in check better than the Jacksonville Jaguars. Do not judge Tennessee by last week’s performance, instead look harder at the season-opening loss to the Oakland Raiders. Seattle is more comparable to Oakland than Jacksonville and will pull off the upset.