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Las Vegas Expert Picks: NCAAF Week 7, NFL Week 6

Las Vegas Expert Picks: NCAAF Week 7, NFL Week 6

Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of experience to make weekly picks in his “Ecks & Bacon” column.

Las Vegas - Two underdogs came through the NLDS, and it was quite a ride. The Cardinals ended Atlanta's dream with an historic 10 run first inning. The Nationals clawed back from a 3-1 deficit, tied it at 3-3 against Clayton Kershaw, then got a grand salami from Howie Kendricks in the 10th inning. So, momentum? Uncle Mo is split right down the middle. The pitching matchup, Miles Mikolas against Anibal Sanchez is a tough call. Both had sweet outings in the Division Series, confusing me even more, so I'll wait for Mad Max in game two.

And as you know, I was born & raised in the Bronx, and BLEED pinstripes, so gonna have to take a pass on the Yankees/Astros.


Tomorrow, we're looking to take a baker's dozen, +13 points, with Hawaii against Boise State. Totally get that the Broncos from Idaho are 5-0 and ranked #14, but look who they've played.

They opened with a 36-31 win against a lousy Florida State team, then beat Marshall, Portland State, whoop, whoop, Air Force and UNLV, maybe the worst team in college football. The Rainbow Warriors from Honolulu come in at 4-1 with wins against Arizona, Oregon State and a 54-3 destruction of Nevada, IN Reno. Come with me as we find a pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow.

NFL Picks

Gonna roll with a double digit dog and try the Bengals +11.5 points over the Ravens. So, we're going back to basics, which means back to Baltimore. The first four weeks, we were on or against the Ravens for our best bets, and it worked out to a 4-0 perfecto. Last week, we put the Cowboys on top as the BB and as we all know, it didn't work out. So, we come back to the Ravens, and do NOT think they're worth 11.5 points, 12 if you buy the hook, against a division rival.

These guys play each other tooth-n-nail. Last season, the Edgar Allan Poes (-7) squeezed out a 24-21 win at home, no cover, then lost 34-23 at Cincy. We looked back five years, and found that the games at Baltimore have been VERY good for the Bengals. They have won three of five and covered four of five. And if you're a trend player, note that the Andy Daltons have covered six of the last seven as an underdog, while the Ravens have managed to cover ONLY two of the last 11 as a double digit favorite. Yes, this IS my BEST BET BAABBEEE!!!

Also gonna take a little taste of the Cowboys -7 points over the Jets. Obviously, painfully so, we were a week early jumping on Dallas. But this is the week. Why? The 'Boys have had trouble against the upper crust in the NFL, losing twice, at New Orleans and home to the Packers. But against the sisters of the poor, the Giants, Redskins and Dolphins, they posted a 3-0 roll, and outscored 'em 97-44. Even with Sam Darnold back in action, the Jets are still BOTTOM of the barrel, winning just ONCE in the last 14 outings.

Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at www.americasline.com. He is beloved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email...ben@americasline.com.