I’ve often told people that if I were any good at picking games, especially against the spread, I would have chosen another profession. As my old buddy Wes Durham says: “There is a reason them boys in Vegas live in big houses and drive nice cars. They know stuff.”

Well, with the knowledge that betting on college sports may soon be legal From Sea to Shining Sea, I’m going to have to buckle down and study this stuff. So each week, with the assistance of my fellow Media Guides, I will wade into these uncharted waters without a life jacket. Now I am pretty decent at picking winners and losers straight up. But you factor in the point spread—which means a team can win even though they actually LOSE—and my very limited knowledge of math tends to kick in.

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Tony Barnhart