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Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

ROAD TEST. Why are the 2-6 Cleveland Browns favored to beat the 6-2 Buffalo Bills this Sunday? Sure the game is in Cleveland, but the Browns have not won at home this season and the Bills have not lost away from home.

The reason? Oddsmakers trust the Browns will try to save their season and their new head coach’s job. Desperate times means desperate measures.

Freddie sees it this way:

BROWNS 17, Bills 16

HOME teams are capitalized. Teams picked to win are listed first, followed by the expected margin of victory. The official Las Vegas odds are in parentheses.

COLLEGES

Saturday

OHIO ST. +35 over Maryland (+42.5)

MINNESOTA +3 over Penn State (-7)

FLORIDA +19 over Vanderbilt (+26)

Baylor +3 over TCU (+1.5)

SMU +17 over East Carolina (+21.5)

ALABAMA +9 over LSU (+6)

CINCINNATI +24 over UConn (+35)

TEXAS +9 over Kansas State (+7)

Wake Forest +3 over VA. TECH (+2)

WISCONSIN +7 over Iowa (+9.5)

GEORGIA +14 over Missouri (+17.5)

Clemson +28 over NC STATE (+32.5)

Notre Dame +14 over DUKE (+8)

OKLAHOMA +17 over Iowa St. (+14.5)

BOISE ST. +21 over Wyoming (+13)

SAN DIEGO ST. +11 over Nevada (+17.5)

Michigan St. +13 over Illinois (+15.5)

VIRGINIA +7 over Georgia Tech (+16)

OREGON ST. +7 over Washington (+10)

MIAMI +7 over Louisville (+6.5)

WEEK: 16-4 (.800). Vs. line 12-8 (.600).

YEAR: 139-41 (.772). Vs. line 82-78 (.511).

PROS

Thursday

OAKLAND +3 over LA Chargers (-1.5)

Sunday

CLEVELAND +1 over Buffalo (+2.5)

Kansas City +3 over TENNESSEE (+4)

Baltimore +13 over CINCINNATI (+10)

NEW ORLEANS +7 over Atlanta (+12.5)

NY Giants +6 over NY JETS (+1.5)

TAMPA BAY +3 over Arizona (+4)

CHICAGO +3 over Detroit (+2.5)

INDIANAPOLIS +7 over Miami (+10.5)

LA RAMS +1 over Pittsburgh (+3.5)

GREEN BAY +3 over Carolina (+5)

DALLAS +5 over Minnesota (+2.5)

Monday

SAN FRANCISCO +7 over Seattle (+6)

WEEK: 9-5 (.643). Vs. line 6-8 (.429).

YEAR: 86-48-1 (.630). Vs. line 73-62 (.541).

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