College Sports Gambling Guide: 01.02.2021

By Tim Birkmeyer Welp, we are one day into the New Year, and I have already learned a few lessons. The first lesson is that maybe I shouldn’t make gambling picks the day before and the second is that bad beats still exist in 2021 as I went 2-3 in the last post, but 1-3 on the New Year’s Day Bowls. Cincinnati had a brutal loss after a questionable call on 3rd down to put the game away and then Notre Dame had a back-door cover with some assistance from a personal foul call against Nick Saban. The third lesson to take away is that today, I can only get better. Let’s take a look at the board. We got a few college football games on today including the final two New Year’s Six Bowls with the Fiesta Bowl and the Orange Bowl as well as over 100 College Basketball games. There’s a top-10 matchup with Texas and Kansas, but someone thought this would be the perfect game to be played at noon. Come on, schedulers! But with over 100 games, there are some decent matchups later on to place some bets. Once again, I’ll be giving you Five (5) picks I think will win, so here are the picks! *Note/Disclaimer: I am not a gambling genius. Please take my picks with a side of caution, and please bet responsibly. Also, these are lines from the day before, so they might be a bit different.* College Football Iowa State Team Total OVER 30.5 Points (-140) Iowa State should win the Fiesta Bowl over Oregon, so feel free to also take the MoneyLine if you want (I’m still not sold on the spread). In their 8 wins this season, Iowa State is averaging 38 points per game and scoring from all parts of the offense. Oregon is giving up 27 points per game defensively and the yards per game given up aligns well with Iowa State’s offense. North Carolina and Texas A&M OVER 65.5 Points (-107) I should really just put “duh” here as the reason why you should take this over, but instead I will give you some reasoning. A&M averages 32 points per game and UNC averages 43 points per game, but the scoring will be coming from the Aggies tonight as they have a stingy defense and can stop teams from scoring. The Aggies are only giving up 92 rushing yards per game while UNC is averaging 250 rushing yards. If the Tar Heels can establish the run early, this could be a fun shootout. Our over last night hit with ease, and hopefully this one will too! College Basketball PARLAY: West Virginia (+2) and Texas Tech ML (+140) I fell for the trap. WVU (+2) looks too good not to take it, so what does Vegas know that we don’t? Oklahoma is 5-2 on the season, but their only legit win is against TCU while the other four have come from teams like Oral Roberts and Houston Baptist. WVU is a top-10 team right now and playing some good basketball with their two losses coming to Gonzaga and Kansas. If this game was in a regular season with a full arena, maybe I go with Oklahoma since there’s nothing like home-court advantage in college basketball. As for the other game? Well, Texas Tech is just the better team and barring a collapse, they will take care of Oklahoma State at home. Illinois (-7.5) vs. Purdue (-107) The Fighting Illini have been a fun team to watch this season as they love to score points, which is what I like to hear when it comes to overs. But they are also very good at putting opponents away. At home, they have won by an average margin of 31 points, but that is very skewed as they beat two teams by 60 points. In their two conference games at home, they won by 27 and 9, which brings the average to 18 points per game. Purdue is a middle-of-the-pack team in the Big Ten. They are capable of a big upset or two, but not on the road. Their last three games have been a road loss by 15, barely beating Maryland at home, and then a road loss by 5. I think Illinois should be able to cover pretty easy tonight. Pac-12 AFTER DARK PARLAY (ft. The MWC): Oregon ML, Nevada (-6), Arizona ML (+240) What do you do when there are three games tipping off after 10:00 on the east coast? Well you parlay them of course! Oregon has Stanford as home and on a 7-game win streak which will continue tonight and Arizona is on the road at Washington State, but should have no problems winning this game. Washington State is undefeated, but mostly all of their wins have been against (insert Direction) State University. The fun one will be Nevada, who is on the road in New Mexico, where they played the other day. Because of COVID, a lot of these smaller conferences are bundling games together, so back to back road games for Nevada against the Lobos. The other day? A 14-point victory for the Wolfpack. I don’t see the Lobos bouncing back and adjusting a full 8-points in this one. And that will do it for the gambling picks in the world of college sports today! Are you going to ride with me or fade me and my picks? What is your LOCK of the day? Comment below and tune in to more picks from college football, college basketball, and the NFL coming to you this weekend!