What a weekend.
It feels good to be back on the winning side, and the entertainment value of it all wasn’t too shabby either.
Don’t forget to listen to the Home Dawgs podcast each week, now available on Spotify and Apple podcasts. This week’s guest is a spicy one – Draftkings co-founder, Mat Kalish.
A 4-1 run across the college and NFL slates broke a dismal 2-7 streak. Though the state’s two Power 5 programs lost in heart-breaking fashion, it was certainly a weekend that lived up to the hype.
Even the Monday Night Football contest to close out the weekend was spectacular. I was certainly enjoying it all, as I’m sure many others were.
I have to toot my own horn even more, too. Miraculously, I somehow hit a seven leg, $15 teaser that I drew up Sunday morning. It was a nice little bow to the weekend festivities.
I’ll say it again, if you’re in the mood to make some money, follow along with the Home Dawgs.
Without further adieu, here we go:
Season Record: 20-14
Last week: 4-1
• Winners are in bold
1. Indiana (+14.5) at Penn State
The Hoosiers are ranked for the first time in forever, which is remarkable, really. And Penn State should still be a bit hungover after their loss at Minnesota (I had Gophers +7, you’re welcome). IU doesn’t win this one, but I think they can keep it at 14 or less, late. Grab it at 14.5 before it moves.
2. Minnesota at Iowa (-3)
The line is at -3 in Iowa’s favor, and honestly, I don’t really know what to think about this one. Can the Hawks actually win a big game for once? The Gophers are red-hot, undefeated, ranked in the top 10 and coming off a huge, monumental victory over a top 5 Penn State squad. The cards are all stacked in Minnesota’s favor, but rarely, if ever, do the Gophers come into Kinnick and win. The crowd will be juiced, and they’ll be ready to motivated Iowa to victory. Bring home the bacon, boys and capture Floyd of Rosedale. Plus, the public is all over Minnesota, which gives me a little more comfort.
3. Texas (+7) at Iowa State
The Cyclones could win this one, but I don’t know if ISU can muster up more miraculous play like they did a week ago. Brock Purdy is a magician, and ISU nearly completed one of the most amazing comebacks in history, but the Longhorns are a tough team. The Clones come out on top, but they don’t win by eight.
4. B-Hurl’s Spicy Mustard Hot Dog Lock of the Week: Texans (+4) at Ravens
This should be the game that was flexed to Sunday night. No one wants the Bears and Rams in that slot. Gross. I want the delicious quarterback matchup of Houston’s Deshaun Watson against Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson. The public is smashing the Ravens, I’m on the other side. I have a strong feeling that the Texans even win it outright. Lock it in!
5. Broncos (+10.5) at Vikings
A double-digit road ‘dog in a season that’s witnessed nearly 60 road underdogs cover? Give me that, PUH-LEASE.
The Vikings are hot right now, and they keep it going, but the Broncos can keep it within two touchdowns. Especially when you get the stats involved.
Per Covers, coming off a bye, the Broncos are 15-7-1 against the spread in their last 23 games. They are also 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
And my favorite stat each week, per Covers: Road teams this year are 80-64-3 ATS while road underdogs are a magical 57-37-3 ATS. Book it and thank me later.
There you have it. Jump on board the train and ride it to the bank. We’ve got more winners than anyone in the surrounding areas.