Big Ten Picks, Week 3: West Division Edition

A quick rundown with predictions on the Big Ten West action tomorrow. Stay tuned for an exciting Big Ten East rundown later in the day!!! IOWA ST AT IOWA, 3:30, ESPN LINES: IOWA -11, OVER/UNDER 49.5 Down 13-3 to Ball State with five minutes to go last week, it looked like Iowa was going to lose to a MAC squad. Again. They lost to Central in 2012 and Northern Illinois last year. But the Hawks side stepped that fate with two touchdowns in the closing minutes to escape with a 17-13 win. Congratulations, Iowa! You avoided losing to a MAC team for the third year in a row!! Not even Indiana has done that.  At least I dont think. Let’s not look that up and just assume it’s true. But we know you didn’t, Iowa. You dodged the bullet at the very end! ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!! Or whatever we’re calling it these days. Regardless, Iowa you may now go back to being the darkhorse in the sloppy Big 10 West race. Try not to use the reprieve to out-derp Iowa State in the annual Cy-Hawk grudge match. I never felt this was going to be on one of those years where Iowa State gives Iowa much

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Thursday Night Football: NFL and College Props

Finally, the football weekend is here. I don’t have a write up on tonight’s props, but here what is available for tonight’s NFL game between the Steelers and Ravens, as well as the college game going on out in Provo between Houston and BYU. The other collegiate tilt tonight–La Tech vs North Texas–doesn’t have any player props available. CUMONG BOOKMAKERS!! Anyway, we’re pondering this board and we’ll be tweeting out thoughts and formal picks later in the day. Do you have a best bet here? Let us know. Let’s beat the Book together, amigos. PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS BEN ROETHLISBERGER Over/Under 267.5 Passing Yards Over/Under 23.5 Completions Over/Under 36.5 Longest Completion Over/Under 1.5 TD Passes LEVEON BELL Over/Under 69.5 Rushing Yards Over/Under 15.5 Longest Rushing Play Over/under 3.5 Receptions ANTONIO BROWN Over/Under 5.5 Receptions Over/Under 87.5 Receiving Yards MARKUS WHEATON Over/Under 4 Receptions HEATH MILLER Over/Under 35.5 Receiving Yards JOE FLACCO Over/Under 254.5 Passing Yards Over/Under 23.5 Completions Over/Under 1.5 TD Passes TORREY SMITH Over/Under 4 Receptions Over/Under 60.5 Receiving Yards Over/Under 24.5 Longest Reception STEVE SMITH Over/Under 3.5 Receptions Over/Under 52.5 Receiving Yards DENNIS PITTA Over/Under 4.5 Receptions Over/Under 50.5 Receiving Yards HOUSTON AT BYU JOHN O’KORN Over/Under 22 Completions KENNETH FARROW Over/Under

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Michigan State at Oregon: A September Rose Bowl

Oregon is a program that always attracts a lot of chalk and a lot of chalk players. They’ve had seven straight winning seasons against the point spread and, most of the time, especially at home, the Ducks are laying upwards of at least 20 points on the Vegas line. A year ago, the smallest number they faced in Autzen Stadium was a -23.5 line against UCLA, ranked in the top-15 at the time, and the Ducks cruised to a win and cover 42-14.  In fact, this is the smallest number they’ve faced at home since being installed as only 6.5-point chalk against Stanford in 2010, a game they won easily 52-31. Since then other “small” lines at home include -14.5 vs ASU (2011), -18.5 vs USC (2011) and -16.5 vs Stanford (-16.5), although it should be pointed out the Ducks lost outright in those last two games. The Ducks are in a couple of spots that their longtime backers like seeing them in: after a win and after scoring at least 40 points. Coming off a win, The Ducks are 13-4 ATS. Coming off a 40 points or more game, the Ducks are 12-4 ATS. What about after games in which they win AND score more than

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