Football lines that make you go hmmm...

Oct 22, 2013 |
Football lines that make you go hmmm...
An angry Saints squad is under two-touchdown favorites at home to Buffalo.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
An angry Saints squad is under two-touchdown favorites at home to Buffalo.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
The New Orleans Saints aren’t the type of team to let things slide.

The Saints, fueled by last year’s “Bounty Gate”-bogged season and suspension of head coach Sean Payton, seem destined to make a run at the Super Bowl – throwing it in the face of the NFL.

The next step in their revenge plot is a home win over the Buffalo Bills, who unfortunately walk into a buzz saw in Week 8. New Orleans has been fuming for two weeks after letting a win slip away against New England in Week 6 and has had a bye week to make sure it never, ever happens again.

Despite this motivation, oddsmakers are only giving the visiting Bills 12.5 points Sunday, keeping the high-powered Saints below two-touchdown favorites. Tight end Jimmy Graham is still questionable with a foot injury but Brees has plenty of other weapons to choose from, including emerging rookie WR Kenny Stills.

Sure, Buffalo has shown some fight in recent weeks and is coming off a win over Miami, but New Orleans is the class of the NFC and has the firepower and new-founded defensive prowess to turn this non-conference clash into a blowout.

The Saints aren’t taking it easy on the Bills in the “Big Easy” this weekend.


Texas Longhorns at TCU Horned Frogs (-1.5)

Big 12 bettors aren't the only ones going "hmmm..." when it comes to the spread for Texas at TCU Saturday.

“I heard we were picked to lose,” Texas QB Case McCoy told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, questioning Saturday’s spread, which has come down from TCU -3 to -1.5.

The Longhorns are picking up steam after a huge victory over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry two weeks ago and bring a three-game winning streak into Fort Worth. Texas is still going with McCoy under center. He's doing a good job managing the passing game while allowing the Horns rushing attack to set the pace. Texas stampeded over OU for 255 yards and is averaging just over 200 yards on the ground since McCoy took over for the injured David Ash.

Texas Christian fell to Oklahoma State last weekend and hasn’t been able to hang with the conference elite this season, losing to OSU, OU, and Texas Tech. Yet, books are setting the Horned Frogs as slight home favorites Saturday night.

“People are always doubting us,” Texas CB Quandre Diggs told reporters. “It motivates me a lot. We were the underdog against OU. We’ll be the underdog against TCU. That’s even better. We just need to go out with the same energy. If we do, it should be a good one.”

Who said teams don't pay attention at the pointspread?

Oklahoma State Cowboys at Iowa State Cyclones (+13)

Oklahoma State’s offense isn’t living up to stats of past seasons. After ranking among the most powerful scoring attacks in the land, the Pokes are mustering only 35.7 points per game this fall – a bleak average compared to last season’s production of 44.7 points per game.

However, the Cowboys have a real chance to open up the playbook against Iowa State, which just got rolled for 71 points versus Baylor last Saturday. The Cyclones rank 111th in points against, giving up 36.7 per game and have lost three straight, dropping to 1-5 on the year.

Oklahoma State is coming off a big win over TCU, defeating the Horned Frogs 24-10 as a 6-point home favorite, and is just under two-touchdown road chalk in Week 9.

The Cowboys could roll with two QBs again Saturday, splitting snaps between J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf. Whoever is throwing the ball should have plenty of space to operate against an ISU defense that is last in the Big 12 with only 10 sacks and just two interceptions.

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