By Micah Roberts
It does happen quite often when they get beat on consecutive weeks like just happened, but when Friday night rolls around, somehow the players always come back firing with a renewed vigor and excitement to get their money back. Sure, they may have to dip into the ATM for a little back up ammo and instead of taking the wife to Outback Steakhouse, she may have to settle for Olive Garden.
Plays have to be made, that‘s just how guys are -- even some girls. Once you get into that regular routine of having action with varied success, it’s hard to take a week off. I’d be willing to bet that no matter how quiet things are at the moment inside the sports books, that after all the final handle is tallied from Saturday and Sunday that it will be equal to what it was last week -- with two less NFL games -- or even last year during the same week.
And going to the game doesn’t give you shot at doubling or tripling your money, all the live football games do is just keep taking money with no return like the slot machines in England Pubs. A live football game’s excitement can easily be duplicated and then some. Hitting a four-team parlay is pretty exciting stuff.
The only problem I have with the Steelers is Charlie Batch coming off a good game, actually it‘s just Batch in any game. He’s always been good enough to not make the big mistake and let the defense dictate field position, but I have hard time seeing him do it again flawlessly this week and I have a time seeing this team being 4-0 without Ben Roethlisberger. The last time he started against the Ravens was a 27-21 loss in 2007. I can’t see the score being that high this time around, but I can see the margin of victory being the same.
The public also has a long term memory that spans to last season where the Colts covered as a road favorite at Jacksonville on a Thursday night isolated game. It was a barn-burner and went to the final moments with a 65 yard scoring play by Reggie Wayne to win by 4, but faith in the Colts added another chapter as just about everyone in the books had a winning two-team parlay with Colts to the over.
The Jets have been pushed from their opener of 4 ½-point favorites to the dead numbers of 5 and 5 ½ in their match at Buffalo. The Bills cover last week with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm has a few people miffed at what to expect this week, but most are all in with the Jets this week as Mark Sanchez has made the public believers the last two weeks by throwing six touchdown passes. Hard to believe he doesn’t have any interceptions through three games.
The Falcons, Chargers, Browns and Titans are gaining support as well. West coast teams traveling to the east coast usually fare very poorly. We saw the Falcons handle the Cardinals quite easily in week two while the Broncos played well, but lost at Jacksonville in their opener. San Francisco couldn’t have got a worse first four games of their schedule if they tried; three road games and home date with the Super Bowl champs.
College Football Action
Some of the Sharp plays this week went with Kentucky, Iowa State and of course a few MAC games with Kent State and Buffalo. The marquee games of Texas-Oklahoma, Florida-Alabama and Stanford-Oregon have all remained basically unchanged with good two way action on each side.
Here’s a look at some of the larger large line movements of the week:
North Carolina moved 2 ½-points to -14 against East Carolina
Temple opened -4 at Army and is now -6 ½
Memphis was getting +12 at home against Tulsa, but is now +9 ½
LSU moved 2 ½-points from their opener against Tennessee to -16 ½
Florida International opened at +20 ½ at Pittsburgh and is now +17 ½
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