UNDERDOG FOOTBALL PICKS FOR SEPTEMBER 18TH-19TH 2010
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Each week during football season, we will supply four or five underdog plays that have the best chance of cashing your tickets. We got off to an ugly start last week going 1-4, cashing in only with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. We have four underdog plays this week with two apiece in CFB and NFL.
Arizona State +14 over Wisconsin: Now, we realize that Camp Randall is a difficult place to play, especially for a Pac-10 team. However, the Wisconsin pass defense looked weak vs. San Jose State, and the ASU passing attack is far more potent. On the other side of the ball, the Wisconsin offense has become very predicable, averaging well over 200 yards on the ground but only throwing for one touchdown pass all year. The Badgers have become rather easy to defend in the red zone, and that will continue to be the case until they diversify the offense.
New Mexico State +14½ over UTEP: Why would anyone want to give more than two touchdowns with a UTEP defense that surrendered six rushing touchdowns vs. a Houston team that is primarily a passing team? Now we realize that New Mexico State is a drop in class, but the concern of the UTEP run defense has existed the entire off season. Also, the Aggies offense looked improved last week over last season, as new starting quarterback Matt Christian impressed and should only get better.
Miami Dolphins +5½ over Minnesota Vikings: This is a poor situational spot for the Vikings, who had their season opener vs. the New Orleans Saints in a huge revenge spot circled on their calendar, and they exerted a ton of energy in that contest. The fact that they came up short has to be disheartening and they should have an extremely difficult time getting up for this unfamiliar non-conference foe. The Vikings were surprisingly weak against the run in the fourth quarter, and Miami has an excellent running game that can take advantage. Plus, nobody runs the Wildcat as well as the Dolphins do.
Arizona Cardinals +6½ over Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons lost to a third string quarterback last week because they could not score a touchdown, and their questionable run defense was shredded for 120 yards by Rashard Mendenhall. It may be that the fine season Atlanta had two seasons ago was a fluke. Now it used to be that Arizona was an automatic fade when they travelled east, but that all changed with a couple of big road wins outside of their time zone last season, and Derek Anderson was the right choice at quarterback this year. He still has a great receiving corps to throw to, and he becomes more dangerous if Arizona establishes a running game, which is entirely possible here.
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