Smart Box Series: Behind The 8-Ball
By Marc Lawrence
Game 8 of the College Football season is often a crossroads for most teams. Those who have won more games than they have lost are entertaining thoughts of securing a bowl bid. Those who are reeling and going down for the count are disappointed and their actions on the field confirm those feelings.
According to our powerful database, teams playing Game 8 off three consecutive losses are prime candidates to be dropped into a corner pocket and ignored... especially when they take out as road dogs against an opponent off a loss in this situation. That’s because teams in this scenario are a not-so-pretty 36-70-3 ATS since 1980. This week we’ll be queuing-up against Florida International.
Bring them in as a dog of more than 4 points with a defense that allows 31 or more PPG on the season and they scratch for wins, going 10-38-2 ATS.
And faster than you can say break ‘em, if our qualified ‘play-against’ Game 8 road dog of 4 or more points with a wobbly defense off three straight losses is facing a foe that did not lose its last game by 14 or more points to the spread they scratch with alarming regularity, going 1-35 SU and 5-30-1 ATS.
Yes, FIU figures to get “racked” this week. Go ahead, you make the call. 8-ball in the corner pocket for the win!
- April 17, 2014 - 7:05 PM
- Matt Fargo
- Offered at:
- 5dimes @ -103 Pittsburgh
Fargo is coming off a PERFECT 4-0 SWEEP on Wednesday including MLB Winners on the +140 Indians and +130 Nationals! He has been playing with house money in baseball since opening night and overall he is a BLISTERING +$9,799 in profits YTD with every play being an underdog! The WINING starts EARLY for Thursday so do not miss out! Guaranteed!
The Brewers have gotten off to a great start this season as they are 11-4 which is the bet record in baseball. They had won nine straight before losing two games against the Cardinals but they were able to grab the series finale yesterday and now hit the road where they are a perfect 6-0 and that comes to an end here. The Pirates have been average at 7-8 including losses in five of their last six games but I expect them to rebound at home following a lengthy roadtrip. Pittsburgh sends Edinson Volquez to the hill and he is coming off a very impressive start to the season where he has allowed just two runs on seven hits in 12 innings and he did it in just 174 pitches so his command has been spot on. He has not lived up to his career potential and the Dodgers shipped him off last year which makes this his fifth team in five years which adds to our value here. The Brewers are off to great start and they hope Yovani Gallardo can keep it going and he has been nearly untouchable as he has allowed two runs in 18.2 innings through his first three starts. This is the time to go against that though and while he won the first meeting between these two, I expect a reversal here. The Pirates are 37-16 in their last 53 home games following a road trip of seven or more days. Play (958) Pittsburgh Pirates