New Point Spread Weekly: 10 specific trends for 10 college and 10 pro matchups

By Steve Makinen  (Point Spread Weekly) 

November 7, 2017 01:28 PM

The new Point Spread Weekly focuses on 10 mid-season trends specific for this week’s top pro and college games.

These trends are handpicked by myself. Along with each trend, I provide a detailed analysis of the angle along with average scores, winning percentages, and ROI. ALL of these trends are relevant to games on this week’s slate and could sway or certify the opinions you’ve already formed on these contests.

This week is a huge one in college football once again. There are crucial games in seemingly every conference, but the biggest might just be a non-conference tilt as Notre Dame and Miami renew their once fierce rivalry with a meeting in South Beach on Saturday. We have honored that game with a Point Spread Weekly cover tribute, recalling the t-shirt that made this rivalry famous when the Hurricanes and Jimmie Johnson squared off against the Irish and Lou Holtz in South Bend in 1988 with national title aspirations on the line. Other top playoff contenders like Georgia and Oklahoma also face what figure to be stiff tests.

In the NFL, the week doesn’t feature any games pitting the league’s best against one another, but several expected contenders such as Atlanta and Denver face tough challenges this week in hopes of staying in the playoff hunt. Dave Tuley’s Takes look at those games and all the others in his weekly feature.

Brent Musburger shares his NFL insights as he looks at some of the top contenders in the hunt for a Super Bowl berth out of the AFC. And don’t fret, Jeff Fogle is also back for us with his increasingly popular Big Money Monday Night feature, looking at the Miami-Carolina showdown in detail.

Last week's issue was a big one for our Strength Ratings. All six systems--three each in college and pro--posted winning records against the spread, combining for an impressive won-lost mark of 12-games over .500. The deeper we get into a season, the more defined the teams become statistically, so the recent surge by our strength indicators couldn’t come as much of a shock. Hopefully the pattern holds for the rest of the season and these ratings can serve as a guide for your late season betting successes.

In terms of our human experts, the guys combined for a strong 15-10 record on Best Bets this week in the NFL. Matt Youmans and Mitch Moss continue to set the pace with 26-18-1 ATS records. In college, the guys struggled as a group but the Strength Ratings carried the day overall. Brett Lawson may be starting to heat up, coming off a 3-1-1 ATS Best Bet week.

The 64-page edition of Point Spread Weekly covers games Thursday through Tuesday.

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