“Beat the Bookie”

Joe Fortenbaugh's picks for the week

Joe Fortenbaugh
November 22, 2017 - 8:47 am

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Since I’m out of the studio on Wednesday, I figured the best place to post this week’s college football and NFL selections would be here on the website. Best of luck to you all and please have a safe and healthy holiday weekend.

Last week: 3-4-1 (1-2-1 NFL, 2-2 CFB)

Overall: 36-48-3 (17-26-1 NFL, 19-22-2 CFB)


[FRI, 11:30am PST] Missouri Tigers (-10) at Arkansas Razorbacks: Back to the well for the third week in a row with the Tigers, who have won five straight games while covering the point spread in seven consecutive contests. Additionally, Missouri has won their last five contests by the staggering average of 35.4 points per game. Any chance Arkansas had of qualifying for a bowl game went up in smoke in last week’s 28-21 loss to Mississippi State, so I expect the Tigers to cruise here.

Pick: Missouri (-10)

[SAT, 1:30pm PST] Arizona Wildcats at Arizona State Sun Devils (O/U: 73.5): Neither team plays any defense and the OVER is 5-0 in the last five meetings between these two programs. Khalil Tate for Heisman in 2018!

Pick: OVER 73.5 total points

[SAT, 4:30pm PST] South Carolina Gamecocks (+14) vs. Clemson Tigers: I think Clemson gets caught looking ahead to next week’s ACC Championship Game against undefeated Miami, which has a spot in the College Football Playoff on the line. South Carolina is 5-0 against the spread in its last five home games against Clemson.

Pick: South Carolina (+14)

[SAT, 5:00pm PST] Washington State Cougars (+10) at Washington Huskies: Washington State has had two weeks to get ready for this showdown and qualifies for next Friday’s Pac-12 Championship Game against USC with a win in this year’s installment of the Apple Cup. Meanwhile, Washington has no chance of making it back to the Pac-12 title game after Stanford defeated Cal last weekend, so we could be looking at a potential letdown spot here for the Huskies.

Pick: Washington State (+10)

[SAT, 5:00pm PST] Stanford Cardinal (+2) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Notre Dame’s 41-8 loss to Miami two weeks ago carried over into a razor-thin 24-17 victory over Navy last weekend, leading me to believe that the Irish have checked out just a bit now that their National Championship dream is over. Take note that the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings between these two schools.

Pick: Stanford (+2)


[THURS, 1:30pm PST] Los Angeles Chargers (PK) at Dallas Cowboys: Big D is a big mess in the wake of the Ezekiel Elliott suspension. As for the Chargers, the smart guys in Las Vegas love betting on this team when they play on the road, as evidenced by the fact that this matchup opened with Dallas as a 2-point favorite.

Pick: Chargers (PK)

[THURS, 5:30pm PST] Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants (O/U: 44.5): The OVER is 24-7 in Washington’s last 31 games overall.

Pick: OVER 44.5 total points

[SUN, 1:05pm PST] San Francisco 49ers (+7) vs. Seattle Seahawks: The Niners have had two weeks to get ready for this game while the Seahawks travel to Santa Clara on a short week after falling to the Atlanta Falcons this past Monday night. Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman, this is a vastly different and far more susceptible Seattle defense.

Pick: 49ers (+7)






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