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Las Vegas Expert Picks: NCAAF Week 8, NFL Week 7, NHL

Las Vegas Expert Picks: NCAAF Week 8, NFL Week 7, NHL

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 — Still BLEEDING pinstripes, but NEVER bet with my heart, so gonna have to take a pass on the Yankees/Astros tonight.


But there is action tonight down south, with Florida Atlantic fighting Marshall, and will take a light ride with FAU -5 points. After looking over their work this season, it looks like Lane Kiffin’s Owls can’t handle the cream but certainly have no trouble with the bottom-feeders. Atlantic lost to Ohio State, only the No. 3 team in the country, and to UCF, only a team that had won 28 in a row before losing at Pittsburgh. So, no surprise, and nothing to be embarrassed about.

When the Owls got to the cupcakery portion of the schedule, they ripped off four straight wins. Including a 28-13 W against Middle Tennessee State last week. Don’t always like to do the comparative score thing, but Marshall lost to Middle 24-13 just two weeks ago. Just sayin’. Put me down for a small handful of chips on the Kiff, or, as some know him, Joey Freshwater! Google it and you’ll get a laugh.

NHL Pick

More action this evening on the ice, where we’re gonna skate with Edmonton to post a W against Detroit. The Oilers have been on fire early, winning six of their first seven, and enjoy a 3-0 perfecto at home. The Red Wings have dropped three in a row and four of the last five, so, we buy OIL!

NFL Pick

On to Sunday, and it’s the 49ers -9.5 points over the Redskins. San Francisco’s master of X’s and O’s, Kyle Shanahan, was the offensive coordinator in Washington for his dad Mike from 2010 to 2013. When Kyle was asked about his favorite memory during his time in D.C., he said “being able to work with my dad and be around some other good coaches.” Then came the followup. What was the worst part? “Everything else!”

The knock against the kid was that he only got the job because of his daddy. Well, maybe, but since then, young Kyle has shown he has chops. He was O-coordinator for the Falcons for two years, and guided the offense to a Super Bowl shot. His first two years by the Bay were kinda crappy, but now that he has Jimmy Garoppolo back and healthy, the Niners are 5-0, with a STOUT defense (allowing fewest yards and 2nd fewest points). Washington limps in on an ugly 0-5 spread run, and even uglier 0-7 straight-up run at home, so there’s only one thing left to say. Yes, this IS my BEST BET, BAABBEEE!!!

And of course, gotta throw down a three-team 10-point teaser. Gonna hook a college team, Penn State, to a pair of NFL games. If you shop carefully, you can grab the Nittany Lions and drop the line from -8 to +2 points against Michigan. On Sunday, gonna try Philly, and bump the Eagles up from +3 to +13 points against the Cowboys. Close up shop with the Chargers and bump the Lightning Bolts up from +2.5 to +12.5 points against the Titans.

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.