Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 8/29/17

  • August 28, 2017

Tuesday blogs during the football season will generally be very brief, with just the daily free play and not much else.

But I do have one quick comment on the apparent decision by the CFL to not go along with the Hamilton Ti-Cats hire of former Baylor head coach Art Briles as an assistant.

Good for them.

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Back Wednesday with some commentary, meanwhile here’s the Tuesday free play. This is on one the weekend college football games.

173 Ball State at 174 Illinois

Take: BALL STATE +7

Several factors have pushed Ball State into the play on column for me as they take on Illinois. First, the Cardinals fit a few arrow up indicators based on a variety of factors.

I tend to like MAC teams as road dogs in what would qualify as winnable games against Big Ten opposition. These games always matter more than any others to MAC teams, and all reports are that Ball State is really excited about this trip to Illinois.

As for the Illini, they’re going to be very young this season, and Lovie Smith’s team certainly looks to be at least another year away from being even reasonably good.

This is also a pros vs. joes duel, with the public firing a large percentage of the tickets on the favorite, but the sharp action clearly on the Cardinals. Figures as a close game, and at a TD or better, Ball State is worth backing.