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Bettors have fallen in love with Pats

Fall has finally arrived and football fever is starting to hit full stride. After three full weeks of college and pro football, a few patterns are starting to emerge.

First of all, the bettors seem to be a few steps ahead of the bookies. The oddsmakers have been reluctant to adjust the point spreads on some teams and the betting public is making them pay. The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots have gotten little respect in their first two games. They were a home dog on opening night and rolled over the Steelers, and then went on the road and crushed the Jets, again getting points.

The public is in love with this team, and the books didn’t respond until week three. But, like Steve Schorr of Harveys said last week, the books will adjust and adjust. They did by making the Patriots a nine-point favorite over Kansas City. Although the Pats won the game, they failed to cover.



Another team that the betting public has made money on is Pittsburgh. In the Steelers’ case the line has shown them too much respect as they opened a three-point favorite over the aforementioned Patriots and lost. Then in week 2 the line was even higher against the Raiders and they got passed off the field again.

This week, the Steelers are again favored by a touchdown. Too much respect, or do the linemakers actually know something?




In college football, the Golden Domers of Notre Dame are the big story. I personally love the coaching style of Tyrone Willingham, but never did I think this team would be 4-0 after beating Michigan and Michigan State on consecutive weeks.

Of course, any nation championship will go through Miami of Florida, but Texas and Oklahoma both will have a say in that.

This is somewhat of a slow week in sports, as most of the baseball races have been decided and most teams will be resting their star players. College football only has a handful of the top teams playing and the NFL has two good matchups. The Panthers play at Green Bay and the 3-0 Pats and Chargers meet in San Diego.

Of course, you can catch all the action in the tavern at Lakeside.

However, even with the light schedule, there still are winners out there. Let’s look at a few.

In college, look for Iowa State to change past history and put Nebraska in the “has been” category. Lay the points with Iowa State. This could be another bad week to be a Rutgers fan. Tennessee will look to run up the score after their embarrassing game last week.

In the pros, a battle of winless teams takes place in Seattle and we think that the Seahawks will get the win here, so lay the two.

That’s your three-teamer for the week. See ya at Lakeside.

— Ron Tipton is the sports book manager at Lakeside Inn & Casino.


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