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VSiN’s Jeff Fogle writes on the big game of today: Michigan-Ohio State (FOX, noon ET):
Today’s blockbuster Big Ten battle featuring #4 Michigan at #10 Ohio State presents a tricky challenge for handicappers. Oddsmakers have known for a while that “everyone wants to bet Michigan” because Ohio State’s looked so vulnerable. That’s why the Wolverines are favored by more than a field goal on foreign soil in Columbus.
How can anyone bet on a Buckeyes team that lost 49-20 at Purdue…missing the point spread by 41 points?! Ohio State is 1-7 its last eight against the spread, with the last four non-covers all being by double digits.
Michigan feels like a sure thing if you focus on their best games and Ohio State’s worst. The problem is, Michigan’s best usually comes in Ann Arbor. Road offense has been an issue vs. bowl caliber opponents.
What will make the difference? Jeff offers his theory.
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Duffel Bag Boy chronicler Patrick Everson of Covers has this report: Duffel Bag Bettor has a $10K four-teamer of Buffalo -15 (win), Memphis -8 (win), Southern Miss -13.5, Notre Dame -11. And a $50K three-teamer of Buffalo/Southern Miss/Notre Dame.
NFL Week 12 resumes . . .
Brent offers his advice for playing the rest of the NFL games this weekend. It ain’t gonna be easy, he writes.
Golf . . .
Phil beat Tiger on the 22nd hole and the match was better than I expected in my humble opinion, especially because TNT had to make it free when the tech broke down.
It was also great to watch because as Darren Rovell reported: High ranking NFL team exec watching Phil-Tiger and talk of live betting on TV screen: “I can’t wait until the NFL can do this.”
Ron Flatter on horse racing
The Thanksgiving week edition of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod previews a pair of traditional, late-November races on opposite sides of the world. Trainer Dallas Stewart talks about Seeking The Soul’s bid to win a second straight Clark Handicap on Friday at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes – a prep for the Kentucky Derby – also gets a preview. Japan racing ambassador Kate Hunter, who grew up in Nashville, discusses this weekend’s Japan Cup. The “Racehorses by the Letters” feature continues with the best horse starting with the letter “C” – and feedback on our selection of Bold Ruler as the best of the letter “B.” Ron also offers a comment on the retirement of Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. Listen here.
Ron’s column: It’s like horse racing’s version of a college basketball program that has capitalized on "one and done." Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has cornered the market on 2-year-olds that will be heavily bet this weekend in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.