Taking Bets: Week 12 - Professionals Now

The weekly betting column seems to be the place to be as the football season starts to wrap, but don't forget that continuing on Mondays, TD and Greg break down all the big sports happenings on the podcast Takin' On Sports. You can find that podcast streaming here on the site or in any podcast app of your preference. Now, on to the bets that maybe you can consider now!

Dec 6, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

2022 ATS Record
Blaine Duncan:
24-19 (Week Eleven: 4-0)
TD Wood: 23-20 (Week Eleven: 4-0)

Blaine Duncan 
TD's gonna expand on this more, but for the first time in the site's history, both he and I picked perfectly. Name another site where all the bettors had no losses on a weekend.

Western Kentucky at Auburn (-5.5) -- Surely you've heard the online din. Auburn's got a Cadillac at the helm, and for some reason, fans are just super pumped for it. That's got to bleed over to the players. They weren't playing for Bryan "I Don't Give a Shit" Harsin, but they seem to be amped for the interim (full time?) coach. This game's line is a bit of a joke and spit in the face for the Tigers. Y'all need to put a full hundo on it.

Ole Miss (-3) at Arkansas -- I'll continue my trip with the Lane Train. It paid off last week. They'll get a solid win against the Razorbacks and will do so by at least seven. This one feels as safe as the bet above.

UAB at LSU (-15.5) -- LSU is on fire, and arguably the best two-loss team in the nation. UAB is going to meet a buzzsaw of fandom in Death Valley as LSU has some SEC Championship and playoff hopes generating. They'll beat an inferior opponent by three touchdowns at home at night. The fans will love it and will be all the more pumped for the next few weeks.

NFL Game of the Week: Cowboys at Vikings (+1.5) -- Those cats in Vegas always know more than I do, but I don't know that the Vikings aren't playing to a higher standard than the Cowboys right now. Zeke Elliott is still questionable for Dallas and may not contribute much even if he does play. And yeah, Pollard has done well. Still, Dalvin Cook is putting on a show. And don't forget: home dawgs.


TD Wood
Hello folks, it's me, Mr. Moneybags. Not that any of you should bet actual money based on our picks, but if you followed us last week, you're welcome for your newfound wealth. Might I suggest a nice yacht? Perhaps a private jet? Maybe you would like to finance this fine website and all of its wonderful podcasts?

TCU (-2.5) at Baylor -- I will continue to ride the wave of success that is the Horned Frogs march to the CFP. They earned a tough, gritty win in Austin last weekend, and now they travel to Waco to take on a Baylor team that seems a lot better than they really are. The Bears are your typical "Bad-Good Team" in that they beat up on teams they should (save for West Virginia), and lose to better teams (Kansas State, Oklahoma State, BYU). I expect TCU to continue their wonderful season.

Illinois at Michigan (-17.5) -- The Illini started off hot and were a great story, but consecutive losses to Michigan State and Purdue have cost them their hold on the Big Ten West. The Wolverines, meanwhile, are bulldozing teams on their way to next weekend's monumental tilt with arch rival Ohio State. I do not expect Michigan to fall for the trap game, and they will roll behind Heisman contender Blake Corum and their bruising rushing attack.

Utah at Oregon (+2) -- Oregon's CFP chances may be gone after last week's tough loss to Washington, but they still have a shot to make the Pac-12 title game. Moreso, I'm sure a lot of players on the Ducks roster remember the two absolute ass-kickings they got from Utah last season (38-7 in Salt Lake City, 38-10 in the Pac-12 Championship), and want revenge -- not only in the form of a win, but ruining Utah's Pac-12 title chances and whatever slim CFP shot they have.

NFL Game of the WeekEagles (-7) at Colts -- Sure, good for Jeff Saturday and the Colts players; but, the Eagles are sure to be pissed after that loss to Washington on Monday Night Football. Not only that, the pressure of the unbeaten season is off, so they can focus on playing good football and beating the Vikings out for home field advantage in the NFC. Also, as someone who grew up in Baltimore: fuck the Colts and Jim Irsay (and the Mayflower moving company).

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Note: All games are Against the Spread. Odds are taken from the Caesar's Sportsbook.

Blaine Duncan
Blaine Duncan
Editor-In-Chief, Host of Taking It Down
TD Wood
TD Wood
Editor and host of Takin' On Sports