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Want to bet? Here are some plays for the weekend

Want to bet? Here are some plays for the weekend
Look for Texas Tech and West Virgina to hit the over this weekend. Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

Jay K. Stark provides weekly gambling selections for SportsMap and Houstonsportsandstuff:

It's been a crazy last few weeks for me. I apologize for not providing recaps and updating the record. I will update everything this weekend. 2-2 last weekend. 

All plays $55 to win $50 

West Virginia / Texas Tech over 74.5 I think this is about 3 points too low. Both teams have played in primetime spots the last couple of weeks and neither looked great on offense. People forget these teams score points. 2 coaches that really like each other and will break out everything in the play book to get a win. The number is too low. 

Alabama - 19.5 1st half Saban is pissed. When he's grumpy, I'll roll with the tide. I'm not sure who he plays in the 2nd half. Arkansas sucks. I think it gets ugly fast. The Tide should cover three touchdowns in the first half. 

Duke +7 The Duke Miami game was closer than the score indicated. I'm not sure what FSU is playing for here. Duke should be able to hang in this spot. FSU is coming off a monster letdown. 

Chiefs/Texans/Patriots/Astros ML parlay ($25)

As always, any questions or hate mail please direct them to me @jayoff288

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