TRIPPING UP

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

Week Three of the col­lege foot­ball sea­son is ex­tremely sig­nif­i­cant for teams that are off to a 2-0 start. An­other vic­tory means they’re half­way to be­com­ing bowl el­i­gi­ble. But ac­quir­ing that 3rd straight win is by no means a walk in the park. Let me ex­plain, if I may. Dat­ing back to 1980, there have been a to­tal of 1,276 teams that have started the sea­son 2-0 that have played in a ‘lined’ con­test in Game Three. A to­tal of 778 of them have man­aged to win the game, mean­ing that nearly 39% of the time th­ese 2-0 teams taste their ini­tial de­feat in Game Three of the sea­son. Drilling down, if the 2-0 teams man­aged to beat the spread in each of their first two games, they’ve gone on to beat the spread only 47.1% if the time in Game Three. And worse, if they take to the road in this sce­nario, they are just 60-80 ATS in all games since 1980, in­clud­ing 28-55 ATS as fa­vorites. This week finds Clem­son and Ok­la­homa State each at­tempt­ing to over­come tough odds. And when th­ese teams are squared off against a fel­low con­fer­ence foe, they shrink to 7-27 ATS. Not good news for the de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Tigers this week, that’s for sure. There you have it… no sense in tripping up this week. Sim­ply fol­low our time-trusted ad­vice and en­joy the games.

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