Cincy -2.5: Win. (Thursday.)
Texas -3: Push.
Ohio State -14: Lose. (AARRRGGH. WHAT WAS I THINKING??!?!)
Northwestern -14: Win. (Ahh, the irony!)
Minnesota +17.5: Lose. (Not far off, actually.)
USC -10: Lose. (Foiled by Notre Dame, naturally.)
Georgia Tech -2.5: Win.
Texas/Ohio State parlay: Lose.
Texas/USC parlay: Lose.
In the end, I only lost $20 -- for better or worse, the Texas push took a big chunk of risk off the table.
I had a couple gut feelings -- my "coulda-shoulda-woulda's" that are, obviously, totally useless in hindsight: Houston covering over Tulane, South Carolina using that generous +18 at Alabama.
And, of course, I don't know what I was thinking picking Ohio State to cover. I was talked into it, but I take responsibility for not checking that with "But you think Ohio State sucks, Dan!" internal monologue. And I should have known Notre Dame would come back to eff me.
My one regret is the Texas push. If I had any experience in sports gambling before, say, 48 hours ago, I would have acknowledged that even if I think Texas is going to win by 10 -- let alone 3 -- I should have bought the half point to allow me to put Texas at -2.5, hedging against a FG differential. But whatever: I got my fairly sizable bet back, which is better than losing it.
And, let's be clear: I see all my losses as the karmic balance for Florida's ridiculous escape at home today against Arkansas. As you can imagine, I was flipping out for most of it.
More on that tomorrow, and more on the Vegas trip next week.