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REASON FOR PICK: Play - Temple. Edges - Owls: 8-1 ATS dogs 8 or more points with coach Matt Rhule; and also 6-1 ATS as road dogs with Rhule.  Knights: 2-7 ATS as favorites of 8 or more points; and 2-5 ATS versus .666 or less opponents.  The Owls added 5 and 4-star recruits TE Colin Thompson (Florida) and WR Keith Kirkwood (Hawaii) to the roster last week, both of whom are considered impact players.  With UCF losing the stats an average -79 YPG against fellow FBS foes this season, the points become the play here today.  We recommend a 1-unit play on Temple.  Thank you and good luck as always. • It doesn’t get any better than this: Marc’s famous 5* College Football Game of the Month… and it goes this Saturday.  Documented 63-28-3 on this huge play since 1990, including 5-0-1 the last two years, today’s 5* play is supported with a pair of awesome angles from Marc’s powerful database that are each 17-0 ATS since 1980.  Go get it!
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Saturday, October 25th comes in college football as Wyoming and Colorado State battle it out in the Mountain West. Wyoming (3-4) is winless on the road and the Cowboys are 2-8 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, plus 17-36-1 ATS following a spread loss. The Wyoming Cowboys are ranked 115 on offense. The Colorado State Rams are 3-0 at home this season, 2-1 against conference opponents and 4-0 against non-conference opponents. The Rams are on an 18-7-1 ATS run, including 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. At home the Rams are averaging 35.7 scoring, and holding teams to 17.0 points scored on defense. The home team is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings and the Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Colorado State. Play Colorado State!
REASON FOR PICK: We're going to play the psychology angle here, though Dr. Phil might wonder why we are going into the teeth of the "lost father" syndrome at Troy with longtime HC Larry Blakeney announcing his retirement, effective end of season, so he can move full-time to his vacation retirement home on the Gulf. But expect Trojans to display some spunk after blowout home loss vs. App State. And road teams are 6-0 vs. spread in South Alabama games this season (Jags 0-3 vs. line in Mobile). Play Troy
REASON FOR PICK: My free play is on the Col Avalanche at 9:05 ET.

Vancouver raised its record to 5-2-0 last night with a 4-1 upset win in S Louis against the Blues. Despite that surprising victory, the Canucks have still lost 17 of their last 24 games away from home. Vancouver has also lost EIGHT of its last nine games played without rest. The Canucks’ big offseason acquisition of Ryan Miller certainly paid off last night as he made 31 saves to lead them to victory. However, Miller will likely be given the night off tonight which means second-year goalie Eddie Lack will be asked to make his second start of the season. Lack has a subpar 3.13 GAA along with a .872 save percentage so far this year.

He will face a desperate Colorado team that has gotten off to a very disappointing 1-4-2 start this year after a 4-3 loss in overtime to Florida earlier this week. Being on their home ice for just the third time this season should help this Avalanche team tonight. More importantly, Colorado looks to get Semyon Varlamov back between the pipes tonight after he missed the last three games to a groin injury. Varlamov led the NHL last year by securing 41 victories for the Avalanche. He was 2-0 with a 1.98 GAA against the Canucks last year as well. Take Colorado.

Good luck …Larry

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REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #NCAAF play on ORE@CAL to go UNDER the total. The Oregon Ducks will be in Santa Clara Friday night, taking on a much improved California team. Both these teams rank in the Top 10 in the nation in scoring, and because of that bettors are expecting this to be a high scoring contest. The total for this game opened at 77 (already sky high), but has been bet up as high as 80. That's an awful lot of points for a game that has the potential to be a one-sided affair. Cal has scored an awful lot of points against soft defenses, putting up 60 versus Washington State, 59 versus Colorado, and 45 in a loss at Arizona. They lost at home to the Washington Huskies by a score of 31-7 two weeks ago, and Oregon's defense is at least as capable as Washington's. These teams play every year, and six of the last seven meetings have gone under the total. None of the last 10 games between these two teams has seen a combined 80 points. None of Oregon's seven games so far this season have seen 80 points scored. California has only seen 80+ points in one of it's four home games, and of course those were all at Memorial Stadium in Berkley, while this game is in Stanta Clara at the home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. Take UNDER. GL, Jesse Schule
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Friday, October 24th comes in NBA action as the Suns and Jazz meet in Utah. Phoenix overachieved last season and it's hard to see this group getting fired up to finish out the preseason. In Jeff Hornacek's first year as the Suns coach last season, Phoenix was the NBA's most improved team. The Suns improved by 23 games, finishing with 48 wins Phoenix plays its third straight road game here and comes off a loss at the Clippers allowing 108 points and 49&% shooting. Phoenix forward T.J. Warren suffered a thumb injury in Tuesday's win against the Lakers and won't play. That game against the Lakers was in OT, so this team is more interested in getting home than playing all out tonight. Utah (5-2) is a hungry young team that has had a strong preseason, off an easy win at Oklahoma City. Utah's Enes Kanter 6-foot-11 center scored 27 points, made 12 of 17 shots and pulled down seven rebounds to help the Jazz defeat the Thunder 105-91 in preseason action. Trey Burke had 23 points, Alec Burks scored 15 and Derrick Favors had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz, who are 5-2 in the preseason under new coach Quin Snyder after finishing 25-57 last season. They are home from a 4-game road trip and have won their only 2 home preseason games by 19 and 13 points. Play the Utah Jazz.
REASON FOR PICK: Massachusetts is just 2-6 on the season but it is much better than that record shows. Four of those losses have been by five points or less including three by a field goal or less so a few breaks here and there and the record could be a lot better. The Minutemen won just one game in each of the past two seasons but have already surpassed those totals thanks to its current two-game winning streak. Defeating Kent and Eastern Michigan may not be overly impressive but both wins were blowouts and they outgained the two opponents by 141 and 282 yards respectively. Toledo is coming off its bye week following a loss at Iowa St. which snapped its three-game winning streak. The Rockets are now laying their biggest number of the season which I feel is unjustified against one of the better teams in the MAC that are getting a different perception by the public. They have been outgained on four of their six games against teams from the FBS as their defense has been horrendous. That is not a good sign for a Massachusetts team that is starting to hit its stride offensively, averaging 39.8 ppg over its last four games. We don't need the outright victory here as getting this many points against a horrific defense is a sure take. That defensive ineptness is backed up by a situation where we play on road underdogs in the second half of the season that are averaging between 5.6 and 6.2 yppl going up against teams allowing between 5.6 and 6.2 yppl. This situation is 31-7 ATS (81.6 percent) over the last five seasons. Play (149) Massachusetts Minutemen

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