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Gene Menez
Gene Menez
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Sports Illustrated's former college football editor, Gene Menez specializes in college sports and horse racing. During his 14-year tenure at the magazine, he served as a reporter and editor, covering an array of sports and providing handicapping analysis of horse racing's Triple Crown. In the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Menez accurately gave out the superfecta (American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund and Frosted), which paid $1,268.20 for a $2 bet. In the '17 Derby, he nailed the winner (Always Dreaming) and hit the Pick 4, which paid almost $6,900 on a $1 bet. Menez has continued to supply winning horse picks since joining SportsLine in 2019. For Gene Menez media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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CFB | Hawaii 26 @ New Mexico St. 45 | 09/25 | 12:00 AM UTC

New Mexico St. -4.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: I'm aware that New Mexico State is one of the worst teams in the country. But Hawaii is an even bigger mess. The Warriors lost their first three games by an average of 45.5 points before topping a 1-2 FCS team, Duquesne, 24-14. Now they have to travel back to the mainland to face the Aggies. Jerry Kill is a good coach who has New Mexico State playing better this season, even though the record may not show it. This is one of the few opportunities for the Aggies to win this season. They'll take advantage of it.

+190 3-1 IN LAST 4 CFB ATS PICKS

CFB | Texas 34 @ Texas Tech 37 | 09/24 | 7:30 PM UTC

UNDER 61

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Both of these defenses are light years better than last season when these teams went up-and-down the field in a 70-35 affair. With backup quarterback Hudson Card, the Texas offense hasn't been able to get big plays through the air. This will be the Longhorns offense's first game away from Austin, which could make communication difficult. Meanwhile Texas Tech also is playing its backup QB, Donovan Smith, and could not generate any offense in a 27-14 loss at NC State last week. I'm taking the Under.

CFB | Arkansas 21 @ Texas A&M 23 | 09/24 | 11:00 PM UTC

Arkansas +110

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The wrong team is favored here. The Aggies haven't looked close to the top 10 team it was labeled in the preseason, thanks to an offense that's stuck in the 1990s. Now they go to Arlington for their first test away from friendly Kyle Field. Meanwhile the Razorbacks can both run the ball (10th in the country) and stop the run (sixth). I like their chances at extending A&M's offensive woes.

CFB | BYU 20 @ Oregon 41 | 09/17 | 7:30 PM UTC

BYU +140

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The Ducks' win over Eastern Washington didn't tell us much about Oregon. This is still the team that wasn't even competitive against Georgia. (To be fair, not many teams would be.) I get the feeling that the Ducks are still adjusting to life under Dan Lanning. Meanwhile, BYU knocked off No. 9 Baylor last week. I trust that Cougars quarterback Jaren Hall won't be spooked on the road. This price on BYU is too good. Cougars on the money line.

CFB | Troy 28 @ App. St. 32 | 09/17 | 7:30 PM UTC

App. St. -13.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: One could argue that this is a trap game for App State, one week after upsetting Texas A&M in College Station. But there are two reasons why I don't expect a letdown from the Mountaineers: 1) This is a veteran App State team that is a couple of plays away from being 2-0 and 2) College GameDay's presence in Boone will assure the Mountaineers are focused on this game. They face a slow-starting Troy team that has scored just 10 first half points this season. Before what is expected to be another wild crowd, App State rolls.

+190 3-1 IN LAST 4 CFB ATS PICKS