|Taking A Knee |
In one of the freakiest finishes in college football this season, the Thursday night underdog certainly looked promising in AAC action last week when D’Eriq King sparked Houston to a 28-7 edge over Tulane just a few minutes into the second quarter. Tulane took the lead late in the 4Q before Houston put together a lengthy drive looking for the win in regulation. The Cougars reached the Tulane 4-yard-line with 30 seconds remaining but ultimately had to settle for a short tying field goal with 21 seconds remaining. However, a fake kneel-down from Tulane led to an 18-yard gain to give the Wave a chance for a late score and Jalen McClesky then made a catch in traffic around the 25-yard-line and scampered into the end zone in the final seconds as the Green Wave improbably won the game and slid past the favorite spread in a dramatic finish.
On Today’s Scorecard
From this week’s Playbook Totals Tipsheet Newsletter: The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-0 OVER away versus NFC North opponents and 4-1 OVER on Thursdays. The Green Bay Packers are 5-0 OVER in the 2nd of consecutive home games.
Grinding Out The Profits
On the Marc Lawrence Against The Spread podcast this week, co-host Victor King commented on the fact that the word was the NFL front office told referees to back off on “holding” calls on the offensive lines, with there being far too much whining from fans about all the laundry on the playing field. Lo and behold, the squeaky wheel got the grease when only 2.9% of the plays that were run last week were flagged for “holding” as opposed to 5.7% of the time in the first two weeks of the season. As a result it led to higher scoring games which of course the fans crave.