College Football's Game Two Powerful Pooch

by Tom Stryker

As a professional handicapper, it takes two or three games before you truly get a feel for how good (or bad) a team might be in any given year.  That’s why the Team Stryker College Football Database has been our hero early in the season.  
One thing we are able to do with our elite computer program is isolate specific game numbers.  This particular system takes a look at a couple of college teams that check in off their season opener.  Over the years, we have discovered that the second game of the year can be one of the most profitable.  Depending on how well a team gets out of the gate, or stutters, can really have an effect on how they perform in week two.  Take a look at this money-maker that we like to call “College Football’s Game Two Powerful Pooch.”
Since 1980, PLAY ON any game two competitive road underdog priced at +13.5 or less that is not off a blowout win of 10 points or more provided they are matched up against a game two opponent that arrives without steam off a double-digit straight up loss.

 41-Year ATS Record = 39-13 ATS for 75.0 percent
This Week’s Play = VANDERBILT

 The Commodores enter this non-conference battle off a shocking 23-3 home loss to East Tennessee State in their season opener and they’ll be looking to bounce back against a Colorado State squad that arrives off a stunning 42-23 home loss of its own to South Dakota State.  There is one way to make this technical situation even more profitable.  If our “play against” side is not off a crushing defeat of 24 points or more (so off a blemish between 10 and 23 points), this system cruises to a jaw-dropping 26-3 ATS for 89.6 percent and is quietly on a sensational 20-0 ATS run in that tightener over the past 24 years.
Coming off perhaps their worst loss in program history, ‘Dores new head coach Clark Lea will use the strength of this Game Two Powerful Pooch system to give the Rams a game on Saturday.  Good luck with Vandy this week.  TS

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