Er’body likes to pull for an underdog; but smart folk only lay their money on the line when those dogs have a real shot. In this weekly column, I share my thoughts on which dogs will fatten up your wallet…

Week 1 —

 at Opening Thursday night in Stillwater isn’t an easy matchup for Tulsa who will be unveiling a new signal caller. Take the 18.5 points as I expect Philip Montgomery’s team to give Oklahoma State quite a fight, primarily attacking via the ground (combined with some deep shots); but I see OSU with the win.

 at Indiana head coach Tom Allen will not be disrespected Thursday night at home. Allen’s Hoosiers will give Ohio State way more than they want and might just have a shot to shock the Buckeyes at the end. Take the 21 points.

colorado-state.120 vs. Colorado State, getting 5.5 points, is straight up going to beat Colorado in Denver.

 at Maryland is getting 18.5 points at Texas. Take the points and watch the Terps pound the ball at Texas. DJ Durkin’s squad has plenty of fight on defense as well.

at Wyoming is catching 12 points at Iowa. Returning starting quarterback Josh Allen keeps the Pokes in this one, showing the heart & fight we all expect from a Craig Bohl coached, Wyoming leader. Iowa won’t be able to run away with this one. Take the points.

at App State is on the receiving end of 14.5 points at Georgia. All App State does is compete. Ask Tennessee fans if you should take the points. Take the points!

— No line on Youngstown State at Pitt. Two teams ready to go to war in week 1. I expect Pitt to get the win; but trust me, you never know what Bo Pelini will do.

— Also no line on Portland State at Oregon State. No telling how this one plays out; but if Portland State wins the bottom might just fall out in Corvallis.

Hope you all enjoy Week 1! Take my advice and make the grocery / beer store run today. No time for that stuff once the games kickoff!

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Our President since 2008, Scott oversees daily operations. An outstanding high school athlete (he wrote that), he chose to go pro in something other than playing football (i.e. he couldn’t break a 5.0 40 yard dash). Prior to purchasing FootballScoop, Scott served as a vice president of The Shaw Group, a Fortune 500 company, for eight years.