|There are Big Ugly Dogs. And then there are BIG Ugly Dogs. Backing a team that has won a total of just 3 games the past two seasons against an opponent that has tallied 21 victories over the same span would certainly qualify as repugnant. But when you are contrarian by nature there is seldom a dog that doesn’t warrant a look in our eye. With that we’ll be howling with Rice tonight, a team that ranks No. 5 overall in Returning Production Rankings in the FBS. They’re also 10-5 ATS when taking 20-plus points. With Army off an historic season last year, and likely more focused on a visit to Michigan next week, we’ll hold our nose and grab the three TDs. This BUD’s for you.|
Worst Of All
Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement is an absolute nightmare scenario for the Colts. Indianapolis should be comforted to know, though, that things could still get pretty ugly for every other team around the league. It’s not just the unavailability of an established veteran that can derail a team. The Cardinals are putting their eggs in Kyler Murray’s basket, for instance, and we’ve seen what can happen if a highly touted draft pick goes bust. Just imagine what happens if Andy Dalton and Joe Mixon are rendered useless by a poor offensive line while A.J. Green remains sidelined for much of the season. And God forbid should Patrick Mahomes suffer a sophomore slump as rival defensive coordinators become wise to his act. Kansas City’s defense may also fail to improve with new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme. For more on each team’s worst-case scenario, compliments of Forbes.com‘s SportsMoney.
2-Minute Football Handicap
CFB – Wisconsin 8-2 $ as non-con RFs of 17 or less points, South Florida 0-3-1 $ as HDs of 7 or more points … Tulsa: 6-1 $ as dogs of 20 or more points, Michigan State 0-6 $ as HFs of more than 17 points … Colorado State 5-1 $ as double-digit non-con dog … Nevada: 16-7 $ home vs. non-con foes.