The Notebook continues its Saturday morning feature of what I'd do if I went to Vegas with a thousand bucks in my pocket to bet for the entire football season. I started last week and took it on the chin right away, only winning one game and losing $78.50 of the initial bankroll. So down to $921.50, here's how I'd be betting this weekend…
“…the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes, the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big, and then you take the house.”
–-Danny Ocean, Oceans Eleven
$70: Only one NFL game I like, but I like it a lot, and that's Green Bay (-10) over Carolina. The Pack is the best team in football and by a lot, and until I see otherwise I'm going to ride them.
$10: Oklahoma State/Tulsa (Over 69): Okie State can cover 50 of those points themselves without breaking a sweat and Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne doesn't suck.
$10: Texas (-3.5) UCLA: Even in Pasadena, the Longhorn defense is improved and UCLA is struggling.
$10: Florida State (+3) Oklahoma: The 'Noles are a better team than OU all-around, they're at home and they are getting points.
"We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. And their cash flows from the tables to our boxes…This is the end result of all the bright lights and the comped trips, of all the champagne and free hotel suites, and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money. That's the truth about Las Vegas."
–Ace Rothstein, Las Vegas bookmaker