Purdue vs. Western Michigan
Betting Pick: Purdue -10 (August 30th 2014)
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A pair of 1-11 SU teams from a year ago will do battle in West Lafayette on Saturday. Things didn’t go well for Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell in his first season and he’ll have the Boilermakers ready to make a statement against one of the MAC’s weakest teams.
Technically speaking, this isn’t a bad spot for PU. According to my notes, game one favorites priced at -7 or more are a strong 18-2 SU and 13-7 ATS provided they won two games or less the previous season. That bodes well for the Boilers. Also, double-digit MAC underdogs are a stiff 2-35 SU and 14-23 ATS in their last 37 against Big 10 foes including just 0-13 SU and 3-10 ATS at game two or less. That spells trouble for the Broncos.
Once a force in the “Little Big 10″ Conference (what I like to call the MAC), WMU has struggled something fierce posting a dismal 24-40 SU and 21-36-2 ATS record in its last 64 games including a disturbing 6-25-2 ATS in this set priced as an underdog of +24 or less. Also, against Big 10 opponents, Western Michigan is a woeful 0-12 SU and 3-9 ATS in its last 12 tries and has lost by an average of 19.3 points per game.
The Boilermakers brass has decided to issue free admission for students to Saturday’s game against the Broncos. That means coach Hazell, Morgan Burker and president Mitch Daniels are picking up the tab to fill the stands. Rest assured, PU will look to impress with the Ross-Ade Stadium potentially full. Take Purdue. Thank you and best of luck, Tom Stryker.
Western Michigan vs. Purdue
College Football Pick: Western Michigan +10.5 (August 30th 2014)
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The Purdue Boilermakers finished last season on a dismal 1-11 SU run including 10 straight losses and were punished in those games on the stat sheet getting uncerimoniously out gained by an average 177 yards and 23 points per game. . Meanwhile their MAC conference opponents today Western Michigan also had a horrid season, behind some very inexperienced kids in key positions. These young men are now much more experienced and have enough talent to surprise some folks. Also HC Fleck has done well on the recruiting trail, and landed a few quality options that could make a splash in the MAC this season. Bottom line: Purdue;s HC Hazell after coming over from Kent State was thought to have some weapons at his disposal, but as is evident by his overall numbers unable to utilize them. With that said, I just cant see the Boilmakers as a 10 point favorite right now based on last seasons futility and Im betting the value lays with backing what Im also betting- will be an improved version of the Mustangs in 2014.
Boilermakers are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. MAC.
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Purdue vs. Michigan
Basketball Betting Pick: Purdue +12 -110 odds (January 30th 2014)
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We will be making a play on Purdue tonight. Purdue is a scrappy team that only has lost one game by more than more than 10 points this season. That was by 14 to Wisconsin and the Badgers were overdue for a big win. Looking closer, Purdue has been tough on the road this season. They beat West Virginia, beat Illinois, lost by 3 to Minnesota, and lost by 3 in overtime to Northwestern. Purdue is a deep team with a lot of experience. They have two graduate-student transfers that come off the bench along with some ESPN top 100 recruits as well. Purdue also has a true 7 footer in A.J. Hammons who will be performing in front of NBA scouts tonight. Hammons has been consistent and will have a good game vs. a Michigan team that is not very big down low with McGary not being in the lineup. For Michigan, they are a fan favorite right now after 3 big wins vs. ranked teams. Michigan won on the road @ Wisconsin and @ Michigan State and also beat Iowa at home. After 3 Big Wins, I expect a let-down as this is a trap game as they have a revenger on deck @ Indiana. This will be a game that is played in the 6-8 point range. Look for Purdue to go toe-to-toe vs. Michigan tonight and the Wolverines squeaking one out at the end. Let’s grab the double digits tonight with Purdue and make a solid 5% wager.