Pa Panayotavich himself
Gambling analyst

It’s hard to believe we’re seven weeks into the football season.

Our best bet (16-5 YTD) is off to a great start and I’ll be playing with four games over the next few days. This space is also not the place for a million picks or a five-team competition. These are the games I love the most.

Let’s get down to business with the odds, please Bet FOX.

Michigan Wolverines in Indiana Hoosiers (12:00 PM ET Saturday, FOX and the FOX Sports App)

Hoosiers can barely stop their noses from bleeding these days.

Indiana is allowing over 30 points and 400 yards of offense per game, and things aren’t exactly improving. Cincinnati scored a 45 on IU two weeks ago, and Nebraska down 35 last week. Shish.

Good luck against this loaded high-octane Michigan offense NFL speed and skill all over the field. This is easily the best offense Jim Harbaugh has worked with in Ann Arbor, and it’s not even close.

The Wolverine line will dominate the trenches and the running lanes will get bigger and bigger for Blake Corum in the second half

It could easily be 49-20 Blue.

CHOICE: Over 59.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet

An army of black knights in Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN3)

I have my doubts about the Wild going up again.

Wake Forest needs to find even more juice after the fall Clemson in double overtime two weeks ago and upset State of Florida in Tallahassee last week. I can’t imagine it will be easy to focus on all the important little details against an army triple option.

Last Saturday, the Black Knights uncharacteristically turned the ball over three times against State of Georgia and lost by 17 despite rushing for 354 yards and winning the time of possession battle 39 minutes to 21.

Army will relish the opportunity to face one of the big boys, and I’ll take the points against Wake in a very sleepy spot.

CHOICE: Army (+17 at FOX Bet) to lose by less than 17 points (or win outright)

North Carolina Tar Heels in Miami Hurricanes (4 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2)

I hate how much I love Miami (FL) to say goodbye.

The last time we saw the Hurricanes, they let it go Middle Tennessee put up over 500 yards of offense and a two-touchdown win at Coral Gables. Miami fans are probably still in shock from this performance, but I expect Mario Cristobal’s club to overcome adversity and bounce back on Saturday.

I still can’t remember that defensive play against MTSU. It makes even less sense when you consider that Miami outplayed, owned and picked up 11 more first downs than Texas A&M a week before.

The Kanes have had two weeks to come up with a game plan for North Carolina and I think they will deliver it at home. And it’s not like the Tar Heels have a strong defense, by all accounts.

Give me a U to right the ship. Hard times don’t last, but hard teams do.

CHOICE: Miami (-3.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 3 points

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Chicago Bears in Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX and the FOX Sports App)

It feels like no one wants to bet Chicago in this spot.


The Bears hit the road to face a Vikings team that narrowly escaped London with a late regulation win against Andy Dalton. Maybe Minnesota is just a little overrated? Also, Kevin O’Connell made enough short field goals to make me think Mike Zimmer was back on the sideline.

Chicago’s defense continues to play with physicality under first-year head coach Matt Eberfluss, and that side of the ball really keeps the team in games. Meanwhile, the Vikings have been terrible in their favored role of late, going 7-13 ATS in scoring over the past three seasons.

Shut up and get a dog.

CHOICE: Bears (+7.5 at FOX Bet) to lose by less than 7 points (or win outright)

Sam Panajotovic is a sports betting analyst for FOX Sports and NESN. He previously worked for WGN Radio, NBC Sports and VSiN. He will probably play against your favorite team. Follow him on Twitter @spshoot.

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