Featuring: Rex Eastwood (@REast_Eazy), Jordan Whitney (@GordonVonDenim), Chris Smith (@WannabeaCPA).
Jordan, Rex, and Chris are here to bring you the Hungry Dogs of the weekend. If you’re looking for an underdog in college or the NFL, we got some options for you!
Rex’s Hungry Dog
Air Force vs. Navy Oct 5, 3:30 p.m.
Line: Air Force (-165), Navy (+150)
We may have found the hungriest dog in a service academy matchup with revenge on their mind. Navy’s season went in a downward spiral after their loss in Colorado last year. Now in Annapolis, the crowd will be sold out and these squads know each other well. Each have had success with the option offense, they rank first and second in rushing yards per game. Therefore, it will come down to the havoc produced by the defense to determine the winner.
Navy has proven they will limit the opposition’s possession. Their defense is having success producing 3 & outs frequently. Opponents are averaging 46 plays per game which ranks in the top-5 in the nation. This will be key to prevent Air Force’s dual threat attack. With two equally powered backs on top of Donald Hammond III versatile abilities at QB, they can have 8 minute possessions ending in touchdowns. The Midshipmen will need to continue getting into the backfield to win this game. They have 22 tackles for loss on the season — which results in 15% of the opposition’s play ending with negative yards.
On the flipside, Air Force has struggled to create negative plays on defense. They have yet to force a fumble along with only creating tackles for loss on 7% of their plays. Navy should be able to control the time of possession battle and wear out the Falcons defense.
The Pick: Navy ML (+150). Half unit play.
Jordan’s Hungry Dog
Arizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals Oct 6, 1:00pm
Line: Cinci (-155), Arizona (+139)
Plug your nose, bite the bullet, and play some Cardinals moneyline with me… After winning last week, I’m going back to the well, this time my cup runneth over with the kool-aid of the Mayor of MunchkinLand (Kyler Murray) and Cleft the Boy Chin Wonder (Kliff Kingsbury). Why am I backing them? One, they’re playing a team that appears to have lost all hope and motivation. Two, Cincinnati is coming off a Monday Night Football game. Three, Cincinnati literally cannot do anything on offense… they have the second worst points per play numbers, a league worst opponent points per play, the second worst turnover margin and second worst scoring margin — woof. My projections have Arizona as 1.5pt favorites, yet they are lined as three point underdogs after looking like complete and utter dogshit this past week. The defense is an utter joke but thankfully they play the hapless Bengals. I like the Mayor to pick up his first NFL win, on the road at Paul Brown Stadium. Let’s ride.
I nabbed this at +143 and +150, make sure to shop for the best line…
The Pick: Arizona (+139).
Chris’s Hungry Dog
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines Oct. 5, 12:00pm ET
Line: Iowa (+150), Michigan (-170)
If you’ve never been to Iowa you aren’t totally missing much. It’s like much of the midwestern states of American, very flat and nothing really there. What is there is a town with a great football team. The Iowa Hawkeyes have been balling out this year. Their defense is ranked third in the nation in points allowed per game,averaging 8.5 points per game. Not to mention, they are ranked in the top 20 against both the run and pass. Their offense is coming off of a clinic with 644 yards against Middle Tennessee State, which is the most yards Iowa has put up in 257 games under Kirk Ferentz. Their offense has also only turned the ball over once through four games.
Ah Michigan, you start the year with so much hype and you let your fans down yet again. It took Rutgers coming to The Big House to get the stink of mediocrity off their uniform. This year is a make or break for Jim Harbaugh as he has yet to get the team to their former powerhouse glory. Michigan has played horrible this year along with getting their teeth kicked in by Wisconsin. What concerns me with Michigan is that they struggled to run the ball against Rutgers. They averaged 3.8 yards per carry…AGAINST RUTGERS. By the way, Rutgers run defense is ranked 110th in the nation. Michigan’s run offense is averaging just 130.5 rushing yards per game which gives them the rank of 95th in the nation.
The Pick: Iowa (+150). Iowa has been on a tear but the only true test they’ve had this year is against Iowa State which they only one by one point. That being said Michigan has played horrible and they aren’t near what they should be with their talent. Iowa is looking to come into The Big House and show the board that Harbaugh’s last year at Michigan should be this year. Give me the Hawkeyes to pull the huge upset and at the very least cover the spread.
Rex: 2-3-0, +2.15u
Jordan: 2-2-0, +0.21u
Chris: 1-2-0, -.55u
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