The NFL Begins Thursday

Georgia State Win Over Tennessee Again Proves There Is No Such Animal As A "Lock"

Best Bets Club 7-2, +265 Units Week #1 Of College Football And The Winning Continues In NFL Thursday As Packers Face Bears In Chicago

Kansas City Chiefs Remain 5-1 Favorites To Win Super Bowl...Pats 6-1, Saints, Bears, Eagles 12-1

By Kelso Sturgeon

I have been handicapping and betting sports for more years than many of you have been alive and learned long ago one should never claim to "have seen it all". Bettors understand there are thousands of heart-breaking ways to lose and considerably fewer ways to win. At least that is what our memories tell us, and the numbers expand with each new season. By the way, it is much easier to remember the tough losses than the impressive winners.

"Seen it all?" Not quite.

Those who in October of 1916 thought they had seen it all when Georgia Tech's Engineers crushed the Cumberland College Bulldogs, 220-0, in the most lopsided score in college history. Those who witnessed Prairie View A&M's 80-game losing streak in the 1990s thought they had seen it all, especially in 1991 when the toothless, clawless Panthers lost all their games by an average 56.4 points per game. But the beat goes on.

In modern day college football. Appalachian State's 34-32 win at Michigan September 1 in 2007 was considered the biggest upset of current times. The Wolverines were 33.5-point favorites in that one. Seen it all? Not quite. On September 2 of 2017, Division I newcomer Liberty University rolled into Waco as a 34-point underdog, and upset the Bears, 48-45. And it still was not over. On September 2, 2017, Howard University, a 45-point underdog, beat UNLV, 43-40.

The beat goes on and that brings me to lowly Georgia State's 38-30 victory over Tennessee, a 24.5-point favorite, before 102,455 of the Rocky Top faithful. This just cannot happen, but it did, and being quite familiar with the powerful Southeastern Conference it ranks right up there as one of the biggest upsets in college football history.

It is not a stretch to say Georgia State's victory over the Volunteers was an upset of this magnitude. Here we have Georgia State, 2-10 last year, and picked to finish last in the Sun Belt Conference this season, knocking off one of the most celebrated teams ever. Tennessee even in "down" years has never been anybody's whipping boy, with an all-time won-lost record of 838-390-53, and with six national championships and 16 SEC titles under its belt. This is the university that has given the world the seventh most Hall of Fame players in history, including such superstars as Johnny Majors, Reggie White and Peyton Manning.

Georgia State fielded its first football team ever nine seasons ago, moved into Division I just six years ago and went 1-23 in its first two seasons at that level. The Panthers have an all-time 20-54 record. To put the win in perspective, it amounts to the equivalent of Division III Wabash beating the Green Bay Packers.

The lesson to be learned is that (1) Tennessee football is in major decline and is facing a 10-year rebuilding project to be able to compete with the likes of Alabama, LSU and Georgia, and (2) there is no such thing as a "lock" in any game. In the SEC, by far the most powerful football conference in the land, once down, it is extremely difficult to get back up. "Seen it all?" Not even close.

Just in case you believe the gambling gods pick only on football bettors, may I call your attention to Monday's $300,000 Grade I Del Mar Futurity where the odds-on 1-2 favorite, Eight Rings, lost his rider Drayden Van Dyke. after a rough start and a bumping incident, taking him out of the race seconds after it began. The betting gods never stop working and play no favorites.


The Kansas City Chiefs will begin their season at the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday as the 5-1 favorites to win the Super Bowl. The are -3.5 road favorites in this one. Second choice at 6-1, the New England Patriots, host the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night as 5.5-point favorites.

Three teams are quoted at 12-1 to win the championship - the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. Longest prices on the futures board are the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals at 300-1 and the Miami Dolphins at 500-1.

Some of the more interesting college games this week, all on national TV Saturday, find Ohio State (1-0) hosting Cincinnati (1-0) as a 16.5-point favorite, Clemson (1-0) hosting Texas A&M (1-0) as an 18-point choice, LSU (1-0) a 4.5-point favorite at Texas (1-0), and Southern California (1-0) -2.5 at home over Stanford (1-0).

Best Bets Club 7-2, +265 Units Week #1 Of College Football And The Winning Continues In NFL Thursday As Packers Face Bears In Chicago

The underdog Louisville Cardinals (+19.5) got the cover against 9th-ranked Notre Dame last night in a 35-17 home loss to the Fighting Irish to end the first week of Best Bets Club football with a 7-2 mark, up 265 units - the club's most profitable opening week in three decades. I intend to launch the NFL season Thursday night with another winner as the Green Bay Packers visit the Chicago Bears.
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The Green Bay (6-9-1)-Chicago (12-5) game begins at 8:20 EDT and will be televised nationally on NBC. The Bears currently are a 3-point favorite. I will let my record do the rest of the talking.

Best Bets Club Off To 7-2 Start And Up 265 Units

9/2...15 Units...Louisville (+19.5) 17, Notre Dame 35 (Won)
9/1...15 Units...Houston (+23) 31, Oklahoma 49 (Won)
8/31...200 Units...Georgia (-22.5) 30, Vanderbilt 6 (Won)
8/31...15 Units...Boise State) +6.5) 38, Florida State 31 (Won)
8/31...10 Units...Mississippi State (-19.5) 38, UL-Lafayette 28 (Lost)
8/31...10 Units...Iowa State (-19.5) 29, Northern Iowa 26 (Lost)
8/30...15 Units...Oklahoma State (-14) 52, Oregon State 36 (Won)
8/29...15 Units...Cincinnati (-2.5) 24, UCLA 14 (Won)
8/29...15 Units...Utah (-5.5) 30, BYU 12 (Won)