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Todd Fuhrman Bet The Board To Open October

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Week 4 (I think that’s what we’re calling it) didn’t disappoint in the college football realm with a couple of upsets that will have a lasting impact not just on our top 10 but the entire CFB landscape.  For all those that wondered why Oklahoma and LSU weren’t Top 10 teams in our eyes their performances did the heavy lifting for us.  Unfortunately for Texas A&M, they also dropped out of our Top 10 after barely squeaking by a perpetually rebuilding Vanderbilt (Yes, Vanderbilt). 

The focus for this week shifted to a highly overrated outfit from the ACC whose household brand seems to be artificially propping them up in the eyes of pollsters. A familiar team leads our underrated section while our best bet takes us to the SEC where we look to bet against one of the worst defenses in the entire SEC.  As always, thanks for reading and never hesitate to tell us how you hate our rankings and why your favorite team is completely disrespected.

Bet the Board Top 10 Championship Week:

1.) Ohio State
2.) Clemson
3.) Alabama
4.) Georgia
5.) Florida 
6.) Penn State
7.) Notre Dame
8.) Wisconsin
9.) Texas
10.) Auburn

Overrated:  Miami

On the heels of their blowout victory against rival Florida State, Miami makes the jump up to #8 in the AP Poll.  While they may be 3-0 this season, the Hurricanes are more fool’s gold than anything else.  Wins over UAB, Louisville, and Florida State reflect the caliber of opponent more than the actual strength of The “U”.  Back in Week 3 Louisville had 10 more first downs, out-gained Miami by 30+ yards, but unfortunately had 3 turnovers that cost them that game.  This same Louisville team than got dominated by Pittsburgh with an extremely misleading final score.  Last week Miami crushed the Seminoles, but again, this is a Florida State team that is still searching for it’s first win and looks beyond pathetic on offense.  Don’t let the undefeated record trick you, Miami isn’t a Top 10 team despite what the polls are trying to tell you and Clemson will look to prove that out on October 10th.   

Underrated:  Kentucky

It’s rare that we have a team in the underrated section back to back weeks, but the Wildcats fit the bill once again.  There may not have been a more misleading score all weekend than the Kentucky/Auburn game.  Kentucky, down 8-7 with under 30 seconds left in the first half, clearly crossed the goal-line for a TD but somehow the referees didn’t see the same thing everyone else did.  After a wild turn of events they entered the half down a point instead of with the lead.  In the 4th quarter Kentucky was down 2 with the ball and QB Terry Wilson inexplicably fumbled while running iltimately leading to an Auburn TD.  The next possession they faked a punt and turned it over with things spiraling out of control yet again.  Kentucky out-gained Auburn by 60 yards, had 6 more first downs, and 13 more minutes in time of possession.  Despite the 16 point margin, re-watching this game one could tell Kentucky could have easily won the game outright.  We know the polls have them outside of the Top 25 however they didn’t drop in our ratings.

Best Bet: 146 Kentucky -5.5

We discussed why we felt Kentucky has been underrated the past two weeks, and now it’s time to put our money where our mouth is and back the ‘Cats this week against Ole Miss.  Kentucky should dominate the line of scrimmage, specifically on the offensive side of the ball.  Last week, Florida rushed for 6.8 yards per carry, so this Wildcat offense should have uber success on the ground with Kavosiey Smoke and the talented trio of running backs.  That will allow Kentucky to dominate time of possession  and we’re not sure this Ole Miss line, which only registered 1 sack last week, is going to have a whole lot of say here.  Lane Kiffin’s offense looked prepared and impressive last week although now there’s actual film on the Rebels new look attack.  Expect Kentucky to ramp up the pressure here and force QB Matt Corral to get the ball out of his hands quickly.  This number is a bit low, as we expected it to open at the key of “7” or even on the other side of it.  Lay -6/-6.5 the points.

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