Every Friday in the fall, ESPN’s Colin Cowherd picks five football games against the spread and calls it his “Blazing Five.”
He’s done this for years, and his handicapping seems to be improving. As far as we can tell, he went 51-37 (.580) against the spread last year picking NFL games all the way through the playoffs.
This year, he’s even better, posting a 24-11 (.686) ATS mark after seven weeks.
How good is that? Well, it’d currently rank in a tie for fifth—only one point off the lead—in the LVH SuperContest standings. The leader, Kurly, has 25 points with a 24-9-2 record.
Cowherd is a polarizing radio figure who some criticize as being overly arrogant at times, but in this case—no matter how you feel about him—it’s time to give credit where credit is due. He’s currently dominating a field composed of 745 of (supposedly) the world’s best NFL handicappers, and he’d be in contention to claim the $447,000 first-place prize.
Cowherd’s record by week:
Week 1: 2-3
Week 2: 4-1*
Week 3: 4-1
Week 4: 3-2
Week 5: 3-2
Week 6: 4-1
Week 7: 4-1
Total: 24-11 (.686)
*Cowherd’s Week 2 “Blazing Five” included a pick of Ohio State -16.5 against California, which lost. So, Cowherd is 24-10 in his NFL picks and could theoretically have 25 wins if he had replaced that losing pick with an NFL winner.
That’s right, if Cowherd had replaced his Week 2 college selection with an NFL winner, he’d currently be in a tie for the lead.
Is it time to ride the hot hand and change your SuperContest strategy?
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Cowherd’s “Blazing Five” for Week 8 in the NFL:
Falcons +3 at Eagles | “Let’s be honest about Philadelphia. They’re five points away from being 0-6.”
Giants -2 at Cowboys | “This game is so obvious it worries me, but I gotta go [with the Giants].”
Browns +3 vs. Chargers | “Brandon Weeden’s got a better arm than anybody thought … In the end, Cleveland’s a team that’s in virtually every game and they’re at home.”
Seahawks +2.5 at Lions | “Seattle has controlled and beaten quality quarterbacks, from Romo to Rodgers and Tom Brady.”
Dolphins +2.5 at Jets | “The Dolphins should’ve beaten the Jets in Week 3. They outrushed ‘em 185 yards to 88.”