Gold Lot Sports Betting Picks NCAA Football Week 9 and NFL Week 8


Brian Torchia - 2021 Overall Record 14-5 (7-3 NCAA, 7-2 NFL)

Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets - Jets +10.5, Sunday 1:00 PM

I hate to go against my fellow writer below, but I just think is too good of a spot to pass up.  Now I know that the Jets lost their new franchise quarterback Zach Wilson to a knee injury last weekend against the New England Patriots.  But that's why this line is double digits.  I'm putting a lot of faith in new quarterback Mike White, a guy I'd never heard of until last week, to lead this offense to some scoring but the total in this game is only 42.5.  It should be a low scoring affair and I'm thinking the Jets can keep this within reach throughout.

As for the Bengals, they've exponentially exceeded expectations so far this season and they're riding high after one of their biggest wins in recent history, thrashing the Ravens 41-17 in Baltimore.  Therefore, this looks like a great letdown spot for the young team.  Not to mention, they could be looking ahead to a big matchup next weekend against division rival Cleveland Browns.  Now I'm not saying the Jets are going to win, but I do think they can keep this close.  If you're looking to celebrate Halloween properly with a scary pick, Jets with the points is the one for you.

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts - Colts ML, Sunday 1:00 PM

I was on the Colts here last week and they came through as straight-up underdog winners so I'm going back to the well again this week.  We have a little more difficult of an opponent on tap with the Tennessee Titans coming to town and Derrick Henry looking like his old self, running people over left and right.  But as I mentioned last week, I think this Colts team has turned a corner.  Also, second-year running back Jonathan Taylor has looked almost as good as Henry anyway.

Antonio Wolfe - 2021 Overall Record: 12-13 (8-8 NCAA, 4-5 NFL)

Green Bay Packers @  Arizona Cardinals - Green Bay +6.5, Thursday 8:20 PM

I told you all last week that the Packers have covered every game since their Week 1 embarrassment against New Orleans.  And I also told you that I would take them every week until they proved me otherwise.  However, that being said, I didn't even like the line last week.  I thought 7.5 was too much to give and the Packers still proved me right.  This week I love the line.  I think the Packers are far too talented to not cover 6.5 against any team in the NFL.  Plus, they still have that streak going.

Miami Hurricanes @ Pitt Panthers - Over 62, Saturday 12:00 PM

This one is easy.  Both offenses are great and both defenses stink.  Well, the Pitt defense does not stink, but their secondary does.  Anyone who has actually watched Pitt knows that, regardless of the box scores, their secondary is weak.  They have been bailed out by errant throws and dropped passes.  The Miami pass game is strong and will not make such mistakes.

Add to that the Panthers having one of the best offenses in all of college football and the best quarterback in the universe (I'm a little biased) and the Panthers win 44-30, or something along those lines, to hit the over.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns - Steelers Moneyline, Sunday 1:00 PM

Mike Tomlin is fantastic out of the bye.  He is 10-4 in his career and three of those losses came in a row from 2014-2016.  Plus, as the Steelers get healthier, the Browns pile up their injuries.  Add all that to Big Ben still being the proud father of the Cleveland Browns organization, and the Steelers win this game straight up as road dogs. 

Cody Flavell - 2021 Overall Record: 0-0 (0-0 NCAA, 0-0 NFL)

Michigan @ Michigan State - Michigan State +3.5, Saturday 12:00 PM

It’s always exciting when in-state rivals take the field against each other. It’s even more prestigious when these two teams play for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. This will be the first meeting since 1964 where both teams are ranked in the top-10 heading into the game. Michigan came out on top of that one 17-10.

Michigan, ranked number six in the country, comes into the game heading full force into the meat of their schedule. They’ll face currently ranked teams in Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State over the final five games. Quarterback Cade McNamara has done a wonderful job managing games for the Wolverines. He’s got two great running backs in Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum leading the charge for Michigan at his disposal.

Michigan State carries the number eighth ranked designation in the country into this contest. Payton Thorne has the ability to throw to two top notch receivers and star tailback Kenneth Walker.

I’d give the edge on defense to the blue and yellow as they allow over 100 less yards/game than Michigan State. However, Michigan State has forced more turnovers than the Wolverines. It will be a tightly contested game.

Ultimately, these high-ranked rivalry games are always close but I’m going to take the home underdogs in this one. More than a field goal spread feels like a sucker bet that I’m willing to take. Currently sitting at +160 on the money line at the time of writing this, I’d even sprinkle something on that. But I’ll be safe and take the points.

Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets - Cincinnati -10.5, Sunday 1:00 PM

I’m a firm hater of betting double digit spreads in the NFL. It just feels wrong to think that two professional football teams can be that unevenly matched. How can we really doubt that here though?

I have bet the Bengals the last three weeks and not been disappointed. While they pushed against Green Bay in that mess of an overtime game, they covered handily against Baltimore last week and Detroit the week before that.

With Zach Wilson going down with the knee sprain, it feels like the Jets will be without firepower. With all due respect to Mike White, the Jets offense was fairly anemic upon his entry into the game outside of his first NFL pass at tamely being a touchdown. They did go out and reacquire veteran Joe Flacco as well.

If Joe Burrow can stay healthy, the Bengals might be the real deal. They’ve finally built a complete team which is scary for the NFL, let alone the AFC.

I have found my team that I’ve been riding for weeks. I won’t be changing that this week despite the lofty points spread on the road. Wilson is out and the Bengals have been decimating opponents.