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College Football Dog Of The Week: Central Michigan & 'Riot'

College Football Dog Of The Week: Central Michigan & 'Riot'
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In the land of college football betting, the dog is king. That’s why Bookies.com is teaming up with a different animal shelter each week throughout the season to find dogs in need of a loving home.

College football handicapper Dan Kilbridge will start by examining the college football spreads at sportsbooks and picking his favorite underdog to cover the spread or win straight up that week. We then connect with a shelter near that team’s campus to share one lovable dog who could complete your family huddle.

It’s all about cashing bets and rescuing pets with Dog of the Week.

Dog of the Week is feeling good after hitting on three of our last four picks. And we’ve got our eyes on two more winners this week – Central Michigan is a +4.5 home underdog against Toledo on major betting apps, and Riot is a three-year-old Pit Bull/Terrier mix who wants to take it to the house.

Before we dive in, good news to report: Hamburger, the first dog we highlighted, has been adopted from the the Champaign County Humane Society. Fletcher, Billie Jean, Pollo and Bunny, the other dogs we’ve featured, are still looking for a home. Let's get all these pups adopted.

College Football Dog Of The Week: Central Michigan & 'Riot' 1

The Pick: Central Michigan +4.5 over Toledo

Odds are current at publication. Betting sites may indicate odds changes closer to kickoff.

This is not a popular pick.

All the money is on Toledo to cover -4.5 at Central Michigan, but we’re not so sure the Rockets are up for it. Especially after another weak offensive showing in last week’s 22-20 home loss to Northern Illinois.

All the recent trends point to the Rockets taking care of business. Just remember this is not the same Rockets offense that we’ve seen in recent years. At just 393.2 yards per game, this is on pace to be the worst Toledo offense since 2010. And the Chippewas know they have the talent to pull off the upset.

Central Michigan stomped Toledo in a 49-7 win the last time these teams met in Mt. Pleasant. The Chippewas also covered as a two-score underdog and nearly pulled off the upset in a 24-23 loss last year at the Glass Bowl.

Central Michigan freshman quarterback Daniel Richardson has been solid since moving into a starting role and isn’t afraid to take the deep shot – the Chippewas rank 12th in the nation with 37 offensive plays of 20-plus yards.

Toledo is also still stuck in a quarterback shuffle with Dequan Finn now getting the bulk of snaps over Carter Bradley – the latter completed just 6 of 14 attempts for 50 yards in the loss to Northern Illinois. Central Michigan has the second-best rush defense in conference, so it’ll be even more important for the Rockets to get it right at quarterback.

This is a big home game for the Chippewas, they have the better offense and they’re getting more than a field goal. We’re on Central Michigan as a +4.5 underdog. Bet on it with Caesars Sportsbook.

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The Pup: Riot

Riot is a three-year-old Pit Bull/Terrier mix out of Mt. Pleasant who definitely brings the energy. This black and white puppy is great with training and loves to get the playbook right with his human companions, always aiming to please. He could also work well with another teammate in a two-dog household.

You can find out more about Riot at the Humane Animal Treatment Society website.

About the Author

Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com
Dan Kilbridge
Handicapper Dan Kilbridge writes about college football, MLB and other sports for Bookies.com after spending three years covering Tiger Woods’ comeback and the PGA for Golfweek.