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|10-16-21||Arizona State v. Utah +1||Top||21-35||Win||100||71 h 41 m||Show|
20* Arizona State/Utah ESPN Late-Night BAILOUT on Utah +1
The Utah Utes are in a great spot this week against Arizona State. They had a bye prior to beating USC 42-26 on the road in upset fashion last week. So they are still fresh and ready to go here with Arizona State coming to Salt Lake City in a game that may very well decide the Pac-12 South.
The Utes have been better off since QB Charlie Brewers left the team. The distraction is gone, and that showed in that performance against USC last week. And Utah is one of the toughest places to play in the country, especially in a night game with kickoff set for 10:00 EST.
Arizona State is getting too much respect now after three straight wins and covers against Colorado, UCLA and Stanford. No question this is a good Arizona State team, but they are not better than Utah, and this line would indicate that they are. Home-field advantage isn't being factored into this line enough with the Utes being underdogs. And fatigue for ASU isn't being factored in enough as they will be playing for a 7th consecutive week here.
The Utes are 47-22-2 ATS in their last 71 games as underdogs. The Sun Devils are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games as favorites. Utah is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games off a conference win. The Utes always get better as the season goes along under Kyle Whittingham. Bet Utah Saturday.
|10-16-21||UCLA v. Washington UNDER 55.5||24-17||Win||100||57 h 55 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Total DOMINATOR on UCLA/Washington UNDER 55.5
Washington is a dead nuts UNDER team this season. They are 4-1 UNDER in their five games this year. They have a terrible offense that averages just 24.8 points per game, 375.2 yards per game and 5.4 yards per play.
But the Huskies always have a great defense, and that is the case again this season. They are holding opponents to 19.6 points per game, 326.8 yards per game and 4.8 yards per play. They are holding opponents to 8.3 points per game, 55 yards per game and 1.1 yards per play less than their season averages.
UCLA's offense is run-first as they average 45 rushing attempts compared to 24 passing attempts. That should held keep the clock moving. Dorian-Thompson Robinson is an inaccurate quarterback who is better with his legs than he is with his arm. I just really see points hard to come by in this one. UCLA's defense is above average as they give up 5.7 yards per play against teams that average 6.0 yards per play.
The UNDER is 4-0 in Bruins last four vs. a team with a losing record. The UNDER is 16-6 in Huskies last 22 home games vs. a team with a winning record. The UNDER is 4-0 in Huskies last four games vs. a team with a winning record. The UNDER is 4-0 in Huskies last four games following a loss. Take the UNDER in this game Saturday.
|10-16-21||Red Sox v. Astros -109||9-5||Loss||-109||6 h 18 m||Show|
15* Red Sox/Astros Game 2 ANNIHILATOR on Houston -109
The Houston Astros got their bats going against the Chicago White Sox last series. They scored 6 or more runs in every game and 31 runs total in four games against a very good Chicago staff. The Astros rank 2nd in runs per 9 innings, 1st in average and 2nd in OPS in all of baseball this season.
They showed some resiliency coming back from a 3-1 deficit late in Game 1 to win 5-4 over the Red Sox. Now I expect them to win Game 2 behind Luis Garcia. He is 6-4 with a 2.34 ERA and 1.000 WHIP in 13 home starts this season. He faced the Red Sox once this year, allowing just one earned run in 7 innings of a 5-1 victory on June 1st at home.
Nathan Eovaldi has been great at home for the Red Sox, but it has been a different story on the road. Eovaldi is 5-5 with a 4.21 ERA and 1.303 WHIP in 13 road starts this season. He faced the Astros once this year, allowing 5 earned runs and 14 base runners in 5 2/3 innings of an 8-3 loss.
This line is too low at basically even money due to bettors following the zig zag theory. The Astros should be much bigger favorites. The Red Sox are 5-14 in their last 19 games as road underdogs. Boston is 6-16 in its last 22 games as a dog overall. Houston is 45-21 in its last 66 home games. The Astros are 71-29 in their last 100 home games with a total set of 7 to 8.5 runs. Roll with the Astros Saturday.
|10-16-21||Purdue +12 v. Iowa||Top||24-7||Win||100||89 h 28 m||Show|
25* Big Ten GAME OF THE YEAR on Purdue +12
The Purdue Boilermakers have had two weeks to get ready for the Iowa Hawkeyes. They had a bye last week following their loss to Minnesota. They have been competitive in every game this season, and they always play Iowa tough.
Indeed, the Boilermakers are 3-1 SU & 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings with the Hawkeyes. All four meetings were decided by 9 points or less, including the 6-point loss they suffered in their only defeat as 17.5-point dogs. They pulled two outright upsets and covered as 1.5-point favorites.
Iowa is in a huge letdown spot after its 23-20 win over Penn State last week. The Hawkeyes never would have won that game if Penn State starting QB Sean Clifford didn't get injured. They blew a 17-3 lead. Backup Tre'Quan Roberson was awful in his place, throwing for just 34 yards on 21 attempts with two interceptions.
The Boilermakers are 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 games as road underdogs. Purdue is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games as an underdog. Jeff Brohm is 15-6 ATS as an underdog as the coach of Purdue. Brohm is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. excellent teams that outscore their opponents by 17-plus points per game as a head coach. Bet Purdue Saturday.
|10-16-21||Ball State -1 v. Eastern Michigan||Top||38-31||Win||100||63 h 41 m||Show|
20* MAC GAME OF THE WEEK on Ball State -1
Ball State won the MAC last year and brought back 20 starters including the best QB in the MAC in Drew Plitt. So it was surprising to see them start 1-3 SU & 0-4 ATS this season. But that start has had them undervalued since, and they remain undervalued here as only 1-point favorites against one of the worst teams in the MAC in Eastern Michigan.
Two weeks ago Ball State upset a very good Army team 28-16 as 10.5-point underdogs. Last week Ball State went on the road and crushed Western Michigan 45-20 as 12.5-point dogs. And now they are right back in the MAC title race and won't be overlooking Eastern Michigan here. Look for them to keep their momentum rolling.
Eastern Michigan is overvalued right now due to a 4-2 start with its four wins all coming against suspect competition in St. Francis PA, UMass, Texas State and Miami (Ohio). The losses came to Wisconsin by 27 and Northern Illinois by 7. They were outgained by 128 yards last time out and were fortunate to beat Miami Ohio 13-12. They were outgained by 426 yards by Wisconsin, and by 12 yards against UMass.
The Cardinals have played the much tougher schedule between these teams as well. Ball State is 6-0 ATS off an upset win as an underdog over the last three seasons. Eastern Michigan is 14-31 ATS in its last 45 games off a home win. The Cardinals are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning record, including 7-0 ATS vs. teams with winning records over the last two seasons. Take Ball State Saturday.
|10-16-21||Tulsa v. South Florida +8.5||32-31||Win||100||48 h 25 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Early ANNIHILATOR on South Florida +8.5
South Florida has played a brutal schedule early and is better than its 1-4 record would indicate. The four losses came to NC State, Florida, BYU and SMU which are four teams ranked inside the Top 25. Three losses came on the road, and the last two against BYU and SMU were competitive late in the 2nd half.
Now South Florida comes off its bye week fresh and ready to get that first AAC victory Saturday against Tulsa. The Bulls have found their quarterback in Timmy Mcclain, who is completing 58.7% of his passes and averaging 8 yards per attempt. He has also rushed for 158 yards as a dual threat.
Tulsa is 2-4 this season with its only wins both coming at home over Arkansas State by 7 and Memphis by 6. So the Golden Hurricane haven't won a game by more than 7 points this season. Now they are a tired team playing for a 7th consecutive week after a fortunate 35-29 shootout win over Memphis last week. They gave up 614 total yards to Memphis and were outgained by 198 yards, but were +3 in turnovers to save the day.
The Bulls are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss. South Florida is 19-7 ATS in its last 26 games after allowing more than 40 points last game. The Bulls are 6-0 ATS off an ATS loss over the last two seasons. This is a great spot for the Bulls and they are live underdogs in this one. Roll with South Florida Saturday.
|10-15-21||Red Sox v. Astros -133||4-5||Win||100||10 h 19 m||Show|
15* Red Sox/Astros Game 1 ANNIHILATOR on Houston -133
The Houston Astros got their bats going against the Chicago White Sox last series. They scored 6 or more runs in every game and 31 runs total in four games against a very good Chicago staff. Now they are up against a much weaker Boston Red Sox staff in this series. The Astros rank 2nd in runs per 9 innings, 1st in average and 2nd in OPS in all of baseball this season.
Houston should stay hot at the plate against Chris Sale tonight. Sale allowed 5 earned runs in one inning against the Rays in his lone start last series. He has posted a 4.12 ERA and 1.420 WHIP in 10 starts this season.
Framber Valdez is 11-6 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.266 WHIP In 23 starts this season for the Astros. He has faced the Red Sox twice this season, going 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 0.837 WHIP while allowing just 2 earned runs and 12 base runners in 14 1/3 innings with 18 K's.
The Red Sox are 5-13 in their last 18 games as road underdogs. Boston is 6-15 in its last 21 games as a dog overall. Houston is 44-21 in its last 65 home games. The Astros are 70-29 in their last 99 home games with a total set of 7 to 8.5 runs. Houston is 57-19 in its last 76 games following an off day. Take the Astros Friday.
|10-15-21||Marshall v. North Texas OVER 66||Top||49-21||Win||100||45 h 36 m||Show|
20* College Football TOTAL OF THE WEEK on Marshall/North Texas OVER 66
This game between Marshall and North Texas has all the makings of a shootout Friday night. These are two of the fastest-paced teams in the country as North Texas averages 82 plays per game while Marshall averages 77 plays per game.
Marshall has been impressive on offense this season in averaging 34.8 points and 515.2 yards per game to go along with 6.7 yards per play. North Texas doesn't have great season-long numbers offensively, but they just scored 35 points against an SEC opponent in Missouri and gave up 48. Their defense has been atrocious in allowing 32.2 points per game on the season. Marshall gave up 42 to ECU, 31 to App State and 34 to Middle Tennessee in three of its last four games coming in.
The OVER is 15-6 in Thundering Herd last 21 games following an ATS loss. The OVER is 5-1 in Marshall's last six games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game. The OVER is 4-1 in Mean Green last five games as home underdogs. The OVER is 5-1 in North Texas' last six games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game. Bet the OVER in this game Friday.
|10-14-21||Bucs v. Eagles +7||28-22||Win||100||49 h 59 m||Show|
15* Bucs/Eagles NFC ANNIHILATOR on Philadelphia +7
The Philadelphia Eagles have played a brutal schedule thus far of Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, Kansas City and Carolina. It's safe to say they are battle-tested and ready for this challenge against the Tampa Bay Bucs tonight.
The Eagles have put up tremendous numbers against that brutal schedule, and they are a grossly undervalued team right now. They are averaging 6.3 yards per play on offense and giving up only 5.2 yards per play on defense against teams that normally averaged 6.0 yards per play. So they are outgaining their opponents by 1.1 yards per play, which is one of the best numbers in the NFL.
The Bucs give up 5.9 yards per play against teams that normally averaged 5.7 yards per play, so they have a below-average defense this year. A big reason for that is they are missing several key players in the secondary. They are also without LB Lavonte David. Offensively, both Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski are questionable, and Tom Brady is battling an injured thumb.
It's a great time to 'sell high' on the Bucs off their 45-17 home win over the hapless Miami Dolphins last week. The Bucs haven't fared nearly as well on the road. They lost 24-34 to the Rams and barely escaped with a 19-17 win at New England in their two road games this season.
Plays against favorites (Tampa Bay) - with a great offense that average 385 or more yards per game, after gaining 450 or more yards per game in their last three games are 28-7 (80%) ATS over the last five seasons.
The Bucs are 1-7 ATS in their last eight Thursday games. Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last five games as a road favorite. The Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last six Thursday games. The underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings. Bet the Eagles Thursday.
|10-14-21||Navy +10.5 v. Memphis||Top||17-35||Loss||-100||21 h 6 m||Show|
20* Navy/Memphis ESPN No-Brainer on Navy +10.5
The Navy Midshipmen are improving rapidly this season. After blowout losses to Marshall and Air Force to start the season, they have since gone 3-0 ATS with three straight games against very good competition decided by 8 points or less.
They lost by 8 at Houston as 20-point dogs, beat UCF outright by 4 as 14.5-point dogs and only lost by 7 to SMU as 13.5-point home dogs. Now they are catching double-digits against a Memphis squad that is worse than all three of those teams.
Memphis is 3-3 this season with two of its wins coming by 5 and 2 points over Arkansas State and Mississippi State, respectively. Their only blowout win came against FCS Nicholls State 42-17 in the opener. They have lost three straight games with upset losses to UTSA and Temple, as well as a road loss to Tulsa as a 3-point dog.
Memphis gave up 235 rushing yards to Tulsa, 157 to Temple and 205 to UTSA in each of its last three losses. It isn't going to get any easier here against Navy, which will test their run defense. The Midshipmen are averaging 220 rushing yards per game this season.
This Navy defense has been impressive, too. The Midshipmen are holding opponents to 361 yards per game and 5.7 yards per play against teams that normally average 460 yards per game and 6.3 yards per play. So they are holding opponents to nearly 100 yards per game and 0.6 yards per play below their season averages.
Navy is the fresher team having played just five games while Memphis has played six games. While the Midshipmen had a bye week prior to Week 4, the Tigers have not had a bye week. They will be playing for a 7th consecutive week here and on a short week at that with this game behind played on a Thursday. Navy's physicality will takes its toll and wear out Memphis on both sides of the football.
Navy is 63-29 ATS in its last 92 games as a road underdog. The Midshipmen are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 road games vs. terrible defensive teams that allow 450 or more yards per game. Ryan Silverfield is 2-9 ATS when playing with 6 or less days' rest as the coach of Memphis. Sliverfield is 0-6 ATS after gaining 475 or more yards per game in the last three games as the coach of the Tigers. Memphis is 1-7 ATS in its last eight conference games. The Midshipmen are 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings. Memphis is 0-10 ATS in its last 10 games as a favorite against FBS competition. Take Navy Thursday.
|10-12-21||Appalachian State v. UL-Lafayette UNDER 57||Top||13-41||Win||100||10 h 21 m||Show|
20* Appalachian State/Louisiana ESPN 2 No-Brainer on UNDER 57
Appalachian State and Louisiana are very familiar with one another. They seem to play in the Sun Belt Championship every year. In fact, they have met in the title game in four consecutive seasons now, sometimes playing each other twice. They have played five times in the past three seasons alone.
That familiarity definitely favors defenses and low-scoring games. That has been the case in this series with the exception of one game. Louisiana and Appalachian State have combined for 49 or fewer points in four of their five meetings over the last three seasons. They have combined for 51 or fewer points in seven of their last nine meetings.
Louisiana is 4-1 UNDER this season with combined scores of 56 or fewer points in four of their five games. Appalachian State has seen 54 or fewer combined points in three of their five games this season. And both teams have very good defenses, especially Appalachian State.
Appalachian State is 11-1 UNDER in its last 12 road games after a cover as a double-digit favorite. The UNDER is 10-1 in Louisiana's last 11 home games. The UNDER is 8-0 in Louisiana's last eight home games vs. conference opponents. Bet the UNDER in this game Tuesday.
|10-12-21||Astros v. White Sox -108||Top||10-1||Loss||-108||5 h 58 m||Show|
20* MLB Tuesday No-Doubt Rout on Chicago White Sox -108
The Chicago White Sox improved to 70-32 in their last 102 home games with their 12-6 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 3 to stave off elimination. Look for them to force a Game 5 today with another win behind Carlos Rodon.
Rodon is 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA and 0.957 WHIP in 24 starts this season, including 6-3 with a 2.26 ERA and 0.832 WHIP in 11 home starts. He has owned the Astros, going 2-0 with a 1.55 ERA and 1.036 WHIP in seven career starts against them.
Rodon is 10-1 against the money line as a favorite of -100 to -150 this season. The Astros are 0-5 in their last five road games. The White Sox are 7-1 in their last eight games vs. a right-handed starter. Chicago is 64-28 in its last 92 games as a home favorite. Take the White Sox Tuesday.
|10-11-21||Colts v. Ravens -7||Top||25-31||Loss||-100||130 h 48 m||Show|
20* Colts/Ravens ESPN No-Brainer on Baltimore -7
The Baltimore Ravens have found their groove since an opening loss to the Raiders. They have won three straight since including an upset victory over the Chiefs and a 23-7 road win at Denver. Now they will be playing just their 2nd home game of the season, and they are as healthy as they have been all year. They should get back to being the same old Ravens moving forward.
The Indianapolis Colts are a mess due to all their injuries. They are just 1-3 this season with their only win coming against a bad Miami Dolphins team playing with a backup QB last week. I think they are getting too much respect from oddsmakers because of that victory.
The Colts had previously lost their first three games to start the season. They lost 16-28 to the Seahawks, 24-27 to the Rams and 16-25 to the Titans. They were outgained in all three games, and this is probably going to be their stiffest test of the season on the road at the Ravens.
Baltimore has the numbers to match their 3-1 record. They outgained the Chiefs by 76 yards and had 481 yards of offense, they outgained the Lions by 102 yards and had 387 yards of offense, and they outgained the Broncos by 152 yards behind 406 yards of offense.
Frank Reich is 0-6 ATS vs. AFC North opponents as the coach of the Colts. Baltimore is 6-0 ATS in its last six home games vs. a team with a losing record. They seem to just beat up on bad teams, and that should be the case here under the lights of Monday Night Football. Bet the Ravens Monday.
|10-11-21||Rays +102 v. Red Sox||5-6||Loss||-100||9 h 14 m||Show|
15* MLB Monday Undervalued Underdog on Tampa Bay Rays +102
I'm backing the Tampa Bay Rays to stave off elimination in Game 4 tonight. The main reason for this pick is fading Boston's Eduardo Rodriquez.
Rodriquez is 12-9 with a 4.83 ERA and 1.408 WHIP in 32 starts this season. He is 4-4 with a 5.95 ERA and 1.435 WHIP in 13 home starts. Rodriquez is 2-5 with a 5.35 ERA and 1.493 WHIP in 14 career starts against Tampa Bay. He has allowed 8 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in his last two starts against them this season.
The Rays are 54-26 in their last 80 games overall. Tampa Bay is 17-7 in its last 24 meetings in Boston. Roll with the Rays Monday.
|10-10-21||Giants +7 v. Cowboys||20-44||Loss||-107||102 h 58 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday Undervalued Underdog on New York Giants +7
The Dallas Cowboys are the only remaining team that is unbeaten ATS, going 4-0 ATS through their first four games. It's time to 'sell high' on the Cowboys now as 7-point home favorites over the division rival New York Giants.
While the Cowboys have an elite offense, their defense isn't nearly as good as it is getting credit for. They simply can't keep forcing turnovers at this rate. They have already forced 10 turnovers in four games. But they rank 30th in the NFL in giving up 6.4 yards per play this season.
The Giants have a sneaky good offense and a decent defense, giving up 5.9 yards per play. The Giants are 8th in the NFL at 6.2 yards per play, barely behind Dallas' 6.4 per play in 7th place. These teams are a lot closer than this line would indicate.
The Giants were coming off two losses to the Falcons and Washington by a combined 4 points before showing their resiliency last week, winning 27-21 at New Orleans. They had 485 total yards against a very good Saints defense, and Daniel Jones is playing the best football of his career this season. He is capable of matching the Cowboys score for score in this one.
The Giants are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 road games. New York is 22-6 ATS in its last 28 games as a road underdog. Joe Judge is a perfect 8-0 ATS in road games vs. NFC opponents as the coach of New York. Roll with the Giants Sunday.
|10-10-21||Rays v. Red Sox UNDER 8.5||4-6||Loss||-100||6 h 17 m||Show|
15* MLB Sunday PLAY OF THE DAY on Rays/Red Sox UNDER 8.5
This has the makings of a pitcher's duel between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox in Game 3 tonight. I like what I've seen from both starting pitchers, and I expect the bullpens to shut each other down.
Nathan Eovaldi is 7-4 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.098 WHIP in 20 home starts this season. He is 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA in his last two starts, allowing just one earned run in 11 1/3 innings against the Yankees and Orioles. Eovaldi 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA In his last two starts against the Rays, allowing one earned run and nine base runners in 14 innings with 18 K's.
Drew Rasmussen is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 0.762 WHIP in 10 starts this season for the Rays, allowing just 9 earned runs, 7 walks and 2 homers in 42 innings. Rasmussen is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 0.923 WHIP in three starts against the Red Sox this season, allowing just 3 earned runs and 12 base runners in 14 innings.
The UNDER is 7-1 in Rays last eight games as underdogs. The UNDER is 7-2 in Rays last nine games overall. The UNDER is 7-1 in Red Sox last eight games as favorites. Roll with the UNDER in this game Sunday.
|10-10-21||Broncos v. Steelers -1||Top||19-27||Win||100||99 h 34 m||Show|
20* AFC GAME OF THE WEEK on Pittsburgh Steelers -1
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in must-win mode now after a 1-3 start. Expect their best effort of the season when they host the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon with their season essentially on the line. It should be enough to win and cover here as a short home favorite.
The Steelers were hampered by injuries in their losses to the Raiders and Bengals, who have both turned out to be very good teams. Their other loss came on the road against the Packers, which is expected. But remember, they upset the Bills in Week 1, so we know what they are capable of. Their four games have come against teams that are a combined 12-4 this season, so they have played one of the toughest schedules in the NFL. And they are getting healthier by the week.
It's time to fade the Denver Broncos, who are 3-1 this season while benefitting from playing one of the easiest schedules in the NFL. Their three wins came against the Giants, Jaguars and Jets. They got put in their place last week in a 7-23 home loss to the Ravens as Teddy Bridgewater was knocked out of the game with a concussion.
Bridgewater is questionable to return this week, and with this pick it doesn't really matter who starts for them, though getting Drew Lock again would be an added bonus. Injuries are really starting to pile up for the Broncos. They could be without as many as nine starters this week, who are either out, doubtful or questionable.
Mike Tomlin is 13-4 ATS after three or more consecutive ATS losses as the coach of the Steelers. It's time to 'buy low' on the Steelers this week as you will probably never get better value with them than you are here at home against the Broncos. Bet the Steelers Sunday.
|10-10-21||Packers v. Bengals +3||25-22||Push||0||99 h 34 m||Show|
15* Packers/Bengals Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Cincinnati +3
The Cincinnati Bengals are greatly improved this season. They are off to a 3-1 start with their only loss coming 20-17 on the road to the Chicago Bears in a game in which they held the Bears to just 206 total yards and were -3 in turnovers.
The Bengals have beaten the Vikings, Steelers and Jaguars. Now they have extra time to prepare after beating the Jaguars last Thursday. Their defense is vastly improved this year, giving up just 18.8 points and 323.0 yards per game. And their offense is loaded with playmakers surrounding the underrated Joe Burrow, who continues to impress week after week.
The Packers are injury-ravaged right now, which is the biggest reason we are fading them. They are without LB Za'Darius Smith, T David Bakhtiari, and WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling. They have five other starters questionable in LB Preston Smith, CB Jaire Alexander, G Elgton Jenkins, LB Krys Barnes and CB Kevin King. Their issues at CB will particularly be a problem against Burrow and company.
The Bengals are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss. Cincinnati is 5-2 ATS in its last seven home games. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Take the Bengals Sunday.
|10-10-21||Eagles v. Panthers OVER 45||Top||21-18||Loss||-104||99 h 34 m||Show|
20* NFL TOTAL OF THE WEEK on Eagles/Panthers OVER 45
The Philadelphia Eagles are clearly an OVER team. They just combined for 62 points with the Dallas Cowboys and 72 points with the Kansas City Chiefs the last two weeks. They won't have any problem combining for 45-plus points with the Carolina Panthers this week.
The Eagles have an electric offense with Jalen Hurts and a ton of young skill talent. They are averaging 397.5 yards per game. But their defense has some significant injuries, and as a result they are giving up 26.5 PPG. This is the worst defense the Eagles have had in years.
The Panthers are coming alive in Joe Brady's offense in his second season as coordinator. They are averaging 387.5 yards per game this season behind the improved play of Sam Darnold, who already has five rushing touchdowns. He is completing 67.8% of his passes and averaging 8 yards per attempt.
Carolina's defense isn't as good as the season-long numbers would suggest. They played three of the worst offenses in the NFL to start the season in the Jets, Saints and Texans. But they met their match last week in a 28-36 loss to the Cowboys in a game that saw 64 combined points.
The OVER is 21-9 in Eagles last 30 games as road underdogs. The OVER is 33-16 in Eagles last 49 road games overall. The OVER is 34-17 in Panthers last 51 games after a game where 60 or more points were scored. Take the OVER in this game Sunday.
|10-10-21||Saints v. Washington Football Team +2||33-22||Loss||-103||99 h 33 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday UPSET SHOCKER on Washington +2
The New Orleans Saints are way overrated this season. They should not be road favorites over the Washington Football Team Sunday. This is a game I expect Washington to win outright, but we'll take the +2 for some insurance.
New Orleans is averaging just 276.8 yards per game on offense and giving up 349.3 yards per game on defense. They are getting outgained by nearly 75 yards per game. And it's not like they have played that difficult of a schedule. They can't figure out who their quarterback is as they are dealing with two below-average guys in Winston and Hill, and they have so many injuries right now on both sides of the ball.
Washington gutted out a 34-30 win in Atlanta last week despite missing two extra points and a two-point conversion chasing those two missed extra points. That's the type of win that will bring this team together, and Taylor Heineke is showing he's not a downgrade at all at quarterback. He is completing 69.5% of his passes with an 8-to-3 TD/INT ratio, while also rushing for 87 yards and a score as a dual-threat.
Ron Rivera is 49-21 ATS after playing his last game on the road as a head coach. Rivera is 10-2 ATS vs. teams who commit 0.75 or fewer turnovers per game as a head coach. The Football Team is 8-1 in their last nine games after gaining more than 350 yards in their previous game. The Football Team is 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a win. The Football Team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. Roll with Washington Sunday.
|10-09-21||New Mexico State +30.5 v. Nevada||Top||28-55||Win||100||55 h 38 m||Show|
20* CFB Saturday Late-Night BAILOUT on New Mexico State +30.5
Nevada is in a big letdown spot this week. They are coming off an upset win over Boise State on the road last week. But they were coming off a bye, so that was a good spot for them. And the Broncos already have three losses this season and are nowhere near the program they used to be.
Now Nevada steps outside the conference to take on lowly New Mexico State. The Wolf Pack probably feel like they just have to show up to win this game. But the Aggies have been feisty since a bad loss to UTEP to open the season. And they should be 'all in' here knowing they have a bye on deck to rest next week.
New Mexico State is 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall and has been competitive in every game, not once losing by more than 20 points. They lost by 18 at San Diego State as 31.5-point dogs and actually outgained the Aztecs by 11 yards. They lost by 9 to New Mexico as 19.5-point dogs. They beat South Carolina State 43-35. They lost by 20 as 17-point dogs at Hawaii. And last week was their most impressive performance yet, losing by just 6 at San Jose State as 26-point dogs.
The Aggies are 6-0 ATS in their last six games following a loss. New Mexico State is 5-1 ATS in its last six vs. Mountain West opponents. Nevada is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games after scoring more than 40 points in its previous game. Take New Mexico State Saturday.
|10-09-21||Braves +114 v. Brewers||3-0||Win||114||8 h 30 m||Show|
15* MLB Saturday PLAY OF THE DAY on Atlanta Braves +114
The Atlanta Braves are 12-3 in their last 15 games overall. They will bounce back from a Game 1 loss to the Brewers with a win in Game 2 behind Max Fried.
Fried is 14-7 with a 3.10 ERA and 1.086 WHIP in 28 starts this season. He is 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA and 0.478 WHIP in his last three starts. He has allowed 3 earned runs or fewer in 12 consecutive starts.
Fried is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA and 1.143 WHIP in three career starts against the Brewers. He'll be opposed by Brandon Woodruff, who allowed 3 earned runs and 9 base runners in 5 1/3 innings of an 8-1 loss to the Braves in his lone start against them this season.
The Braves are 12-1 in Fried's last 13 starts vs. a good team with a winning percentage from 54% to 62% on the season. Take the Braves Saturday.
|10-09-21||Penn State v. Iowa -1||20-23||Win||100||48 h 13 m||Show|
15* Penn State/Iowa Big Ten No-Brainer on Iowa -1
The Iowa Hawkeyes aren't getting the respect they deserve again this week as only 1-point home favorites over Penn State. They are the better football team, they are at home, and it will be the toughest atmosphere of the season that the Nittany Lions have faced yet.
Penn State has been doing all of its damage at home. The Nittany Lions have played four straight home games since their 16-10 win at Wisconsin in the opener. And it turns out Wisconsin isn't very good. And the Nittany Lions were outgained by 62 yards by the Badgers in that game and very fortunate to win with their red zone INT's.
Iowa is 11-0 in its last 11 games overall with 10 wins by double-digits. Maybe this team will finally get the respect they deserve after beating Penn State on Saturday. The Nittany Lions are 8-24 ATS in their last 32 road games after allowing 9 points or less last game.
Plays on home teams (Iowa) - after three or more consecutive wins against an opponent that is coming off five or more consecutive wins are 26-5 (83.9%) ATS over the last five seasons.
Iowa is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games as a favorite of 4 points or fewer. James Franklin is 0-9 SU in true road games against Top 10 teams as a head coach. Bet Iowa Saturday.
|10-09-21||San Jose State v. Colorado State -2.5||Top||14-32||Win||100||48 h 13 m||Show|
20* Mountain West GAME OF THE MONTH on Colorado State -2.5
The Colorado State Rams have been a completely different team in their last two games. They went on the road and upset Toledo 22-6 as 14.5-point underdogs. And they gave Iowa their toughest test of the season in a 14-24 road loss at 24-point dogs.
Now the Rams had last week off and have had two weeks to prepare for San Jose State. They faced a Spartans team that has been extremely disappointing this season. They lost by 23 at USC, failed to cover in a 4-point win at Hawaii, lost by 20 at Western Michigan, and only beat New Mexico State by 6 last week as 25.5-point favorites.
San Jose State could get QB Nick Starkel back this week as he is listed as questionable. But I like Colorado State either way in this spot. The Spartans are overvalued this season after winning the Mountain West last year and should continue to be great fade material all season.
The Spartans are 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games vs. a team with a losing record. San Jose State is 0-4 ATS in its last four games overall. Colorado State is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 home games vs. a team with a winning record. Bet Colorado State Saturday.
|10-09-21||Georgia v. Auburn +15.5||34-10||Loss||-107||48 h 13 m||Show|
15* SEC PLAY OF THE DAY on Auburn +15.5
The stock couldn't be higher on Georgia right now after a 5-0 SU & 4-1 ATS start this season. It's time to 'sell high' on the Bulldogs now that they will be playing their toughest test of the season on the road at Auburn this week.
Georgia has beaten up on teams at home with wins over UAB, South Carolina and Arkansas. Their only true road win came at Vanderbilt. So this will be by far their stiffest test of the season against an Auburn team that is 3-0 at home and winning by 40.7 points per game.
Auburn went on the road and nearly upset Penn State, another team that is currently ranked in the Top 5. So the Tigers have proven they can hang with the big boys. And they should not be more than two-touchdown underdogs to Georgia this week.
Auburn's defense is good enough to keep this game close. The Tigers are only giving up 16.2 points and 298.4 yards per game. Georgia's offense is good, but it's not good enough to hang a big number on this Auburn defense, which is what it's going to take to cover this big of a number.
Auburn is 15-2 ATS in its last 17 home games vs. very good defensive teams that give up 14 points per game or fewer. The Tigers are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 home games. Auburn is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games as a home underdog. The home team is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings. Roll with Auburn Saturday.
|10-09-21||Virginia v. Louisville -2.5||34-33||Loss||-110||48 h 43 m||Show|
15* ACC PLAY OF THE DAY on Louisville -2.5
The Louisville Cardinals have only lost to 2 of the best teams in the country in Ole Miss and Wake Forest. And both of those losses came on the road. They have been great at home with a 27-point win over Eastern Kentucky and an upset of UCF, while also upsetting Florida State on the road.
After two straight road game, the Cardinals are back home here Saturday hosting Virginia. Their offense is hitting on all cylinders with 501 yards against UCF and 522 yards against Wake Forest. They should torch a shaky Virginia defense that gave up 699 yards in a 39-59 loss at North Carolina and 473 more yards in a 17-37 home loss to Wake Forest to give them a common opponent with Louisville only losing 34-37 at Wake Forest.
I think Virginia is getting too much respect for its 30-28 upset win at Miami last time out. But the Hurricanes were without starting QB D'Eriq King in that game, so you have to take it with a grain of salt. This is going to be a much stiffer test for them against Malik Cunningham, who is completing 63.8% of his passes for 1,307 yards with a 7-to-2 TD/INT ratio, while also rushing for 309 yards and 10 scores.
Virginia is 4-15 ATS in its last 19 games after gaining 450 or more yards in two consecutive games. The Cardinals are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games. The home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. Plays against all teams with a line of +3 to -3 (Virginia) - with a poor turnover defense forcing one or fewer turnovers per game, after three consecutive games with a turnover margin of -1 or worse are 40-13 (75.5%) ATS over the last 10 seasons. Take Louisville Saturday.
|10-09-21||Akron +15 v. Bowling Green||Top||35-20||Win||100||71 h 13 m||Show|
20* MAC GAME OF THE MONTH on Akron +15
It's time to 'sell high' on the Bowling Green Falcons. They are 5-0 ATS this season and the last remaining unbeaten team ATS. Now they are being asked to lay 15 points to Akron just a couple weeks after being a 1-point favorite over FCS Murray State. They are clearly overvalued right now.
Everyone knows about Bowling Green's upset win over Minnesota as a 30.5-point underdog. So they automatically assume this team is good. But they also lost to South Alabama and Kent State, and lost to Tennessee by 32. Their only other win came against Murray State at home.
We'll 'buy low' on Akron, which is just 1-4 ATS this season and the betting public wants nothing to do with them. Two of the losses came to Auburn and Ohio State. And they deserved to cover against the Buckeyes. They beat Bryant by 21 and lost to Temple by 21 and Ohio by 17. They can definitely stay within two touchdowns of Bowling Green this week.
Akron has found its quarterback. Demarcus Irons Jr. took over for Kato Nelson three games back and has given the offense life. He is completing 69.1% of his passes with an 8-to-3 TD/INT ratio. But his dual-threat ability is what has been impressive. Irons has rushed for 251 yards and two scores as well.
Akron's problem defensively is stopping the run, but they face a Bowling Green team that can't run the football. The Falcons are only averaging 47 rushing yards per game and 1.7 per carry. Their offense is only averaging 277 yards per game overall and 4.4 yards per play. It's tough to trust them to cover this big of a number with that type of offense.
The Zips are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit home loss. The Falcons are 8-21 ATS in their last 29 home games. Bowling Green is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games as a home favorite. I think home-field advantage is being factored into this line too much as well as the Falcons won't have a big crowd for this early 12:00 EST start. Bet Akron Saturday.
|10-09-21||Oklahoma v. Texas +3.5||55-48||Loss||-113||45 h 43 m||Show|
15* Oklahoma/Texas Big 12 Early ANNIHILATOR on Texas +3.5
The Oklahoma Sooners are fortunate to be 5-0 this season despite playing an easy schedule. They have four wins by one score over Tulane (40-35), Nebraska (23-16), West Virginia (16-13) and Kansas State (37-31). They only outgained Tulane by 40 yards, Nebraska by 24 yards, WVU by 66 yards and were outgained by 28 yards by Kansas State.
Now the Sooners will meet their match against a Texas team that is the real deal and will be their stiffest competition yet. The Longhorns have been impressive in every game outside of their loss at Arkansas, and it turns out Arkansas is pretty good. They beat Louisiana-Lafayette by 20, beat Rice by 58, beat Texas Tech by 35 and handled their business in a 5-point win at TCU.
Texas wants to put an end to a three-game losing streak in this rivalry and will be extra motivated after losing in overtime to Oklahoma last season. This is the worst Oklahoma offense they've had in years, and the defense is not as good as everyone said it was going to be coming into the season. They are ripe for the picking this season and those four one-score wins have shown it.
Oklahoma is 0-6 ATS in its last six games after failing to cover the spread in three of its last four games coming in. The Longhorns are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. Texas is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games as an underdog. The Longhorns are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings. The underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings. Roll with Texas Saturday.
|10-08-21||Temple +29.5 v. Cincinnati||Top||3-52||Loss||-110||30 h 36 m||Show|
25* CFB Friday Night GAME OF THE YEAR on Temple +29.5
Even though this is a standalone game on a Friday night, the Cincinnati Bearcats are in a letdown spot. They are coming off a massive 24-13 win over Notre Dame last week. That followed up a comeback win over Indiana the previous week. And they have UCF on deck next week, making this a sandwich spot.
That was a bad spot for Notre Dame last week. They were facing their second straight team coming off a bye. They were a tired team. The Fighting Irish aren't very good either as they were life and death with both Toledo and Florida State, and they beat a Wisconsin team that is not as good as we all thought.
Temple has impressive me this season, opening 3-2 with an upset win as an 11-point underdog to Memphis last week. The only losses came to Rutgers and Boston College in games that were both much closer than the final scores. Rutgers only outgained them by 104 yards and they actually outgained Boston College by 24 yards.
Temple has a bye on deck next week, so they will be 'all in' here trying to upset this Top 5 team on their schedule in Cincinnati. And I think the Owls have what it takes defensively to stay within four touchdowns. They are only giving up 313 yards.4 yards per game and 4.6 yards per play this season.
Cincinnati's numbers don't look like that of a Top 5 team. They are only gaining 38 more yards per game on offense than their opponents normally allow. They are only giving up 8 yards per game less on defense than their opponents normally average. They are built to win low-scoring, defensive games. So that makes it tough for them to cover these huge numbers.
Cincinnati hasn't won by more than 24 points against Temple in any of the last 22 meetings. That makes for a 22-0 system backing the Owls pertaining to this 29.5-point spread. Temple is actually 4-1 SU & 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. The Owls are 21-10 ATS in their last 31 games as road underdogs. The road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings. Bet Temple Friday.
|10-08-21||Braves +145 v. Brewers||1-2||Loss||-100||7 h 48 m||Show|
15* MLB Friday PLAY OF THE DAY on Atlanta Braves +145
The Atlanta Braves have been playing meaningful baseball for the past month. They have risen to the occasion by going 12-2 in their last 14 games overall to clinch the NL East. They come into this series with the Milwaukee Brewers with all the momentum.
The Brewers have had the NL Central clinched for a few weeks now. They haven't been playing meaningful baseball, and it has shown as they have gone 4-10 in their last 14 games overall. It's hard to just flip that switch for the postseason. And I think Game 1 is a good time to fade them because of it.
Of course, I also like backing Charlie Morton, who is 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.039 WHIP In 33 starts this season. Morton is 8-3 with a 2.95 ERA and 1.019 WHIP in 15 road starts. He is 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA and 0.830 WHIP in his last three starts as well.
Corbin Burnes has great season-long numbers. But one of his worst starts of the season came against the Braves on July 30th in his lone career start against them. He allowed 5 earned runs and 11 base runners in 4 innings in that start. The Braves are 7-0 in their last seven vs. a team with a winning record. Take the Braves Friday.
|10-07-21||Rams v. Seahawks UNDER 54.5||Top||26-17||Win||100||34 h 56 m||Show|
20* Rams/Seahawks NFC West Total DOMINATOR on UNDER 54.5
The Los Angeles Rams have played two straight high-powered offenses in the Tampa Bay Bucs and Arizona Cardinals. Both games wen over the total, and that has this total against the Seattle Seahawks inflated. There's definitely value in this UNDER Thursday night.
Seattle has also played three straight very good offenses in the Titans, Vikings and 49ers. That also has this total inflated as both of these teams have better defenses than the numbers would show to this point. And Seattle plays at a slow pace, averaging just 50 players per game. The Rams only average 58 plays per game on offense.
Division games are always played closer to the vest. Teams are more familiar with one another playing each other twice a season. They always tend to be lower-scoring. That has been the case in this series, too.
The Rams and Seahawks have combined for 50 or fewer points in four consecutive meetings. They combined for 50, 29, 39 and 40 points in each of the last four meetings, respectively. That's an average of just 39.5 combined points per game, which is 15 points less than this 54.5-point total.
The UNDER is 20-7 in Rams last 27 games as favorites. The UNDER is 10-3 in Seahawks last 13 games overall. Seattle is 6-0 UNDER vs. teams that allow 375 or more yards per game over the last three seasons. Bet the UNDER in this game Thursday.
|10-07-21||Red Sox v. Rays -141||Top||0-5||Win||100||10 h 12 m||Show|
20* Red Sox/Rays Game 1 No-Brainer on Tampa Bay -141
The Tampa Bay Rays should be bigger favorites over the Boston Red Sox tonight with their advantage on the mound. Look for them to win this Game 1 running away at home.
Shane McClanahan is 10-6 with a 3.36 ERA and 1.273 WHIP in 25 starts this season. He has owned the Red Sox with a 2.81 ERA and 1.250 WHIP in three career starts against them, all of which have come in 2021.
Eduardo Rodriquez is 12-8 with a 4.77 ERA and 1.398 WHIP in 31 starts this season. Rodriquez is 2-4 with a 5.21 ERA and 1.470 WHIP in 13 career starts against the Rays. He allowed 6 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of a 12-7 loss to the Rays in his last start against them on September 7th.
The Rays are 11-4 in the last 15 meetings. Tampa Bay is 7-2 in its last nine home meetings with Boston. The Red Sox are 5-14 in their last 19 games as underdogs. Tampa Bay is 45-17 in its last 62 home games. Take the Rays Thursday.
|10-07-21||Houston v. Tulane OVER 59.5||40-22||Win||100||10 h 41 m||Show|
15* Houston/Tulane ESPN ANNIHILATOR on OVER 59.5
This has the makings of a shootout tonight in Tulane. These are two very good offenses up against two suspect defenses. And based on the series history, this has tended to be a shootout every year.
Tulane has faced a brutal schedule of opposing defenses and has still managed 35.0 points per game this season. The Green Wave are giving up 40.2 points per game against some very good offenses overall. And it won't get much easier for them against Houston tonight.
The Cougars are averaging 36.6 points per game this season. They just hung 45 on a very good Tulsa defense last week. And they have scored 44 or more in three of their last four. But Houston's defensive numbers are skewed because they have played such an easy schedule of opposing offenses with their last four games coming against Rice, Grambling, Navy and Tulsa. They gave up 38 points to Texas Tech in the opener.
Houston and Tulane have combined for 80, 69 and 63 points in their last three meetings, respectively. So we only need to top 59.5 points here. The OVER is 10-4-1 in Cougars last 15 road games. The OVER is 4-0 in Cougars last four games vs. a team with a losing record. The OVER is 5-1 in Green Wave last six games overall. Roll with the OVER in this game Thursday.
|10-06-21||Cardinals +1.5 v. Dodgers||Top||1-3||Loss||-108||12 h 38 m||Show|
20* Cardinals/Dodgers Wild Card No-Brainer on St. Louis +1.5 (-108)
It's rare that I take a team +1.5 on the Run Line, but I think that's where the value is in this wild card game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers. It's going to be a low scoring game, and I can see it decided by one run either way with these two starting pitchers.
Adam Wainwright has resurrected his career this season, going 17-7 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.057 WHIP in 32 starts. Wainwright is 7-6 with a 3.01 ERA and 1.126 WHIP in 17 career starts against the Dodgers. He has allowed 3 earned runs or fewer in eight of his last 10 starts against the Dodgers.
Max Scherzer had a great season, but he really struggled down the stretch. He has posted an 8.71 ERA in his last two starts, allowing 10 earned runs and 3 homers in 10 1/3 innings.
The Cardinals are 11-0 in their last 11 road games. St. Louis is 4-0 in Wainwright's last four starts against the Dodgers. The Cardinals are 13-2 in Wainwright's last 15 starts following a loss. Bet the Cardinals on the Run Line Wednesday.
|10-05-21||Yankees v. Red Sox +114||Top||2-6||Win||114||10 h 16 m||Show|
20* Yankees/Red Sox Wild Card No-Brainer on Boston +114
The Boston Red Sox won three straight to close to get into the wild card. The New York Yankees lost two of their last three and were held to a total of 6 runs in the three games. I think there's value getting the Red Sox as home underdogs in this wild card game tonight.
Nathan Eovaldi has been consistent all season for the Red Sox, going 11-9 with a 3.70 ERA and 1.185 WHIP in 32 starts, including 6-4 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.114 WHIP in 19 home starts. He has had great success against the Yankees, going 4-4 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.057 WHIP in 13 career starts against them.
Gerrit Cole comes in really struggling to find his groove. He is 1-1 with a 7.64 ERA and 1.585 WHIP in his last three starts, allowing 15 earned runs and 5 homers in 17 2/3 innings. Cole is 5-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 11 career starts against Boston.
The Red Sox are 8-1 in their last nine playoff games as underdogs. Bet the Red Sox Tuesday.
|10-04-21||Raiders +3.5 v. Chargers||Top||14-28||Loss||-115||126 h 26 m||Show|
20* Raiders/Chargers ESPN No-Brainer on Las Vegas +3.5
The Las Vegas Raiders are 3-0 this season and have played three very good teams in the Ravens, Steelers and Dolphins. Those three teams all have great defenses, and this Oakland offense has lit up the scoreboard and the numbers against all three.
The Raiders are scoring 30.0 points per game this season and averaging 471.0 yards per game. Derek Carr has already thrown for 1,203 yards in three games. The Raiders definitely deserved to win all three games as they outgained the Ravens by 85 yards, the Steelers by 94 yards and the Dolphins by 167 yards.
The Chargers are 2-1 this season despite getting outgained in two games. They were outgained by 85 yards by the Chiefs last week. And because they pulled the upset win over such a big rival and defending Super Bowl champ, this is actually a letdown spot for the Chargers. We saw the Ravens nearly lose to the Lions last week after upsetting the Chiefs the week before.
With this game being played in Los Angeles there's going to be a ton of Raiders fans there. It might actually be a home-field advantage for them. So this line makes no sense with the Chargers being 3.5-point favorites considering these are basically even teams. There is value with the Raiders this week because of it.
Las Vegas is 5-1 ATS in its last six games as an underdog. The Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last four Monday games. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The Raiders are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 trips to Los Angeles. The underdog is 18-6 ATS in the last 24 meetings. Bet the Raiders Monday.
|10-03-21||Bucs v. Patriots +7||Top||19-17||Win||100||103 h 32 m||Show|
20* Bucs/Patriots NBC Sunday Night BAILOUT on New England +7
The betting public is all over the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Bucs in this game. They don't believe Tom Brady is going to lose to his former team. But that is where the point spread is the great equalizer, and it's time to 'sell high' on the Bucs here as 7-point road favorites against the Patriots.
The Bucs are fortunate to be 2-1 this season. They overcame four turnovers in the opener and needed a last-second field goal to beat the Cowboys 31-29, failing to cover as 10-point favorites. They only held a 3-point lead over the Falcons at home in the 2nd half before getting two straight pick-6's that turned the game. And last week they lost outright 24-34 at the Rams as 1-point favorites.
The defending Super Bowl champion is almost always overvalued, and that was the case with the Chiefs last year. That's the case with the Bucs this year, especially in this spot with Brady returning to face his former team. While Brady and the offense are humming, the defense has been a problem in giving up 29.3 points and 402.0 yards per game this season. They have been awful against the pass, allowing 338 passing yards per game.
It's a good time to 'buy low' on the Patriots, who are coming off an upset home loss to the New Orleans Saints last week. But the Patriots gave that game away by being -3 in turnovers. It was much closer than the final score, and the Patriots actually outgained the Saints by 48 yards in that contest.
The best unit on the field might be the Patriots defense. They are giving up just 17.0 points per game and 282.3 yards per game this season. Mac Jones has been up against three very good defenses, and this is actually a step down in class from what he has faced thus far in the Dolphins, Saints and Jets. He is primed for his best game of the season.
Tampa Bay is 0-9 ATS in its last nine games after allowing 275 or more passing yards in three straight games. New England is 25-9 ATS in its last 34 games as a home underdog. The Patriots are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Take the Patriots Sunday.
|10-03-21||Browns v. Vikings +2||Top||14-7||Loss||-104||95 h 12 m||Show|
20* NFL Non-Conference GAME OF THE WEEK on Minnesota Vikings +2
The Minnesota Vikings could easily be 3-0 against a very tough schedule thus far. But since they are 1-2 they are undervalued right now. They lost in OT in Week 1 at Cincinnati after fumbling when they were in field goal range for the game-winning kick. They missed an extra point and the potential game-winning 37-yard field goal at Arizona in a 1-point loss in Week 2.
But last week they showed some resiliency and beat the Seahawks handily 30-17 in their first home game of the season. They are a much better home team than a road team under Mike Zimmer through the years. And their offense is hitting on all cylinders this season.
The Vikings are 8th in scoring offense at 29.0 points per game and 3rd in total offense at 425 yards pre game. They didn't miss Dalvin Cook one bit last week as backup Alexander Mattison accounted for 171 yards from scrimmage. But there's a good chance Cook returns this week as he returned to practice.
After losing to the Chiefs on the road in Week 1, the Browns have beaten two of the worst teams in the NFL at home the last two weeks in the Texans and Bears. They basically beat two rookie quarterbacks in those two games as Davis Mills replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor early for the Texans and Justin Fields made his first career start for the Bears.
Now they take a big step up in class here against a motivated Vikings team that wants to get back to .500 on the season. Kirk Cousins is playing some of the best football of his career. Cleveland is 0-8 ATS in its last eight games after a win by more than 14 points. The Browns are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as road favorites. The Vikings are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games as home underdogs. Bet the Vikings Sunday.
|10-03-21||Washington Football Team -115 v. Falcons||34-30||Win||100||95 h 11 m||Show|
15* NFC PLAY OF THE DAY on Washington ML -115
The Washington Football Team has been a disappointment thus far in 2021. They have gone 1-2 SU & 0-3 ATS through three games. It's time to 'buy low' on them, especially considering their two losses came to two of the best teams in the NFL in the Bills and Chargers.
Now Washington takes a big step down in class here against the Atlanta Falcons. This is a Falcons team that was terrible in the preseason and terrible in their first two games, losing 32-6 to the Eagles at home and 48-25 to the Bucs on the road.
But now the Falcons are getting some respect from the books after upsetting the Giants 17-14 on the road last week. That win comes with an asterisk as the Giants lost two of their top receivers during the game and were hamstrung on offense.
Washington has the better defense here, and I wouldn't be surprised if they have the better offense as Matt Ryan has looked washed this season. But I fully expect a rally the troops type of effort from Washington based on comments made by Ron Rivera after the loss to the Bills.
Plays on any teams (Washington) - a good offensive team (5.4 to 5.8 YPP) against a team with a terrible defense that allows at least 5.8 YPP, after being outgained by 100 or more yards last game are 31-6 (83.8%) ATS over the last five seasons.
Atlanta is 2-13 ATS in its last 15 games vs. teams who force 0.75 turnovers or fewer per game on the season. Rivera is 26-9 ATS off a road loss as a head coach. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Roll with Washington Sunday.
|10-02-21||Northwestern +11.5 v. Nebraska||Top||7-56||Loss||-110||29 h 49 m||Show|
20* Northwestern/Nebraska Big Ten No-Brainer on Northwestern +11.5
We see this yearly with Northwestern. Get off to a slow start then turn it on in the 2nd third of the season. You won't get better value on the Wildcats than what we're getting this week as double-digit dogs to the Nebraska Cornhuskers the rest of the way.
Northwestern has losses to Michigan State and Duke, which aren't that bad of losses as both of those teams are improved. Their handled their business in a 24-6 win over Indiana State, then put together their best performance of the season in a 35-6 win over Ohio as 13.5-point favorites last week.
Now they face a Nebraska team that came close to upsetting both Oklahoma and Michigan State on the road each of the last two weeks. I think that works against the Huskers here. This is a hangover spot after coming so close, and I question their motivation after a 2-3 start. I trust Northwestern's motivation this week as they jump back into Big Ten play.
Nebraska has only covered this number once in its last 10 meetings with Northwestern. The Wildcats either won outright or lost by 11 points or fewer in the other nine meetings. Northwestern has gone 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Wildcats are 36-15 ATS in their last 51 games as road underdogs. The Wildcats are 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 conference games. The Huskers are 8-18 ATS in their last 26 home games. Northwestern is 5-0 ATS in its last five trips to Nebraska. Take Northwestern Saturday.
|10-02-21||Western Kentucky +11 v. Michigan State||31-48||Loss||-110||29 h 48 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Western Kentucky +11
The Michigan State Spartans are overvalued due to their 4-0 start this season. This is a bad spot for them now as they step out of conference off their 23-20 (OT) win over Nebraska last week. They get back into Big Ten play next week and will have a hard time getting motivated to play Western Kentucky.
But Western Kentucky is no pushover. The Hilltoppers are close to being 3-0 this season. But they are undervalued due to being 1-2. They only lost 35-38 to at Army as 6-point dogs, and their other loss was a 31-33 setback at home to Indiana as 9.5-point dogs. If they can pay with Indiana, they can play with Michigan State.
The Hilltoppers will never be out of this game due to stud QB Bailey Zappe. He is completing 73.1% of his passes for 1,224 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions through three games. He should be able to pick apart a Michigan State defense that allowed 283 passing yards to Northwestern, 388 to Miami and 255 to Nebraska.
Michigan State is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games as a home favorite of 10.5 to 14 points. The Spartans are 0-6 ATS in their last six home games when paying with 6 or less days' rest. Michigan State is 0-6 ATS vs. good offensive teams that average 5.9 or more yards per play over the last three seasons. Bet Western Kentucky Saturday.
|10-02-21||Louisiana Tech +19 v. NC State||Top||27-34||Win||100||27 h 19 m||Show|
20* CFB Non-Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on Louisiana Tech +19
This is a massive letdown spot for NC State. The Wolfpack upset Clemson 27-21 (OT) as 10.5-point home dogs last week. Now they step out of conference to face LA Tech, and they'll have a very hard time getting up for this game after that massive win.
Louisiana Tech is very close to being 4-0 and underrated right now due to their 2-2 record. They blew a 34-14 4th quarter lead at Mississippi State and lost 34-35 as 20.5-point dogs. They lsot 37-39 on a 33-yard hail mary to SMU as 10.5-point dogs.
Those are two very good teams comparable to NC State. In fact, NC State lost 10-24 at Mississippi State, so Louisiana Tech shouldn't be catching 19 points here. This line should be much closer to 10 points.
There's good news for the Bulldogs too in getting starting QB Austin Kendall back from injury this week. The West Virginia transfer has been great for Skip Holtz, completing 60.6% of his passes for 837 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions, while also rushing for three scores and 5.4 per carry this season.
NC State is 0-9 ATS vs. good passing teams that average 8 or more yards per attempt over the last three seasons. It is losing by nearly 20 points per game in this spot. Holtz is 36-20 ATS as a road underdog in all games as a head coach. The Bulldogs are 28-13 ATS in their last 41 games as road dogs. The Wolfpack are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games following a win. Roll with Louisiana Tech Saturday.
|10-02-21||South Florida +21.5 v. SMU||17-41||Loss||-110||25 h 18 m||Show|
15* AAC PLAY OF THE DAY on South Florida +21.5
The SMU Mustangs are coming off two straight improbable wins to get to 4-0 on the season. They won on a hail mary 39-37 over Louisiana Tech, then followed it up with a 42-34 upset win as 9.5-point dogs at TCU.
This is the ultimate letdown spot for the Mustangs after beating a Big 12 team and fellow Texas team. It's time to 'sell high' on them here as 21.5-point favorites over South Florida. They won't be nearly as motivated to face the Bulls as they were the Horned Frogs last week.
This is a South Florida team that is undervalued due to its 1-3 record. But they have played a brutal schedule of NC State, Florida and BYU. Those are three of the better teams in the country. NC State beat Clemson, Florida nearly upset Alabama, and BYU beat three Pac-12 teams and is unbeaten.
But USF covered against Florida in a 20-42 loss as 29-point dogs. They also gave BYU a run for its money last week, only losing 27-35 as 24-point dogs. And they won't be intimidated by SMU as this is actually a step down in class compared to what they've been facing thus far.
South Florida is 14-4 ATS in its last 18 road games after a game where they forced zero turnovers. The Bulls are 19-6 ATS in their last 25 games after trailing in their previous game by 17 points or more at halftime. The Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a winning record. Roll with South Florida Saturday.
|10-02-21||Ole Miss +15 v. Alabama||21-42||Loss||-110||25 h 57 m||Show|
15* SEC PLAY OF THE DAY on Ole Miss +15
I'm a big fan of Ole Miss this season and they have not disappointed with their 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS start with three blowout victories. Their offense with Heisman contender Matt Corrall gives them a chance to win every game they play.
They are averaging 52.7 points and 635.3 yards per game this season. The improvement on defense has been just as impressive. The Rebels are giving up just 20.7 points and 344.7 yards per game.
They gave defending national champion Alabama their toughest test of the season last year. It was tied 42-42 in the 4th quarter and they eventually lost by 15. This Ole Miss team is improved, and Alabama isn't as strong as they were last year, nearly losing to Florida as a similar 14-point favorite in a 2-point win.
You have to love the fact that Lane Kiffin now has two weeks to prepare for Alabama after having a bye last week. The line has already moved towards the Rebels but I still think there's some value here at 14.5 in a game that should be decided by two touchdowns or less.
Plays against favorites of 10.5 to 21 points (Alabama) - in a game involving two good defensive teams (16-21 PPG), after scoring 20 points or more in the first half of two straight games are 39-13 (75%) ATS since 1992. The Crimson Tide are 1-4 ATS in their last five vs. a team with a winning record. The Rebels are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven vs. a team with a winning record. Take Ole Miss Saturday.
|10-02-21||Michigan v. Wisconsin -120||Top||38-17||Loss||-120||70 h 30 m||Show|
20* Big Ten GAME OF THE MONTH on Wisconsin ML -120
This is a great time to 'buy low' on the Wisconsin Badgers. Their season is on the line after a 1-2 start. But those two losses were to two of the best teams in the country in #4 Penn State & #9 Notre Dame. And both losses were misleading.
They outgained Penn State by 62 yards in their 10-16 home loss. They outgained Notre Dame by 72 yards in their 13-41 loss on a neutral last week. They actually led the Fighting Irish 13-10 early in the 4th quarter after a short field goal. But then Notre Dame returned the next kickoff for a TD. They added two pick 6's late in the game and scored 21 points off non-offensive touchdowns. They outscored the Badgers 31-0 to close the 4th quarter. It doesn't get any more misleading than that.
Wisconsin is favored over a ranked Michigan team for good reason here. The season is on the line for the Badgers if they want to play a factor in the Big Ten title race. They will put their best foot forward this week.
Michigan has feasted on one of the easiest schedules in the country. Their four wins have all come at home over Western Michigan, Washington, Northern Illinois and Rutgers. They struggled in their Big Ten opener against Rutgers last week. They won 20-13 but were outgained by 77 yards. Their offense was held to just 275 yards.
And they will struggle to move the ball on this stout Wisconsin defense that is giving up just 210.3 yards per game and 4 yards per play. Despite the 1-2 start, the Badgers are still outgaining teams by 188 yards per game.
The Badgers have crushed the Wolverines each of the last two years. They won 49-11 on the road in 2020 and 35-14 at home in 2019 as short favorites in both games. The Wolverines are 0-6 ATS in their last six conference games. The Badgers are 6-0 ATS in their last six home meetings with Michigan. You probably won't get better value on Wisconsin for the rest of the season. This is Michigan's first road game. Bet Wisconsin Saturday.
|10-02-21||Duke +20 v. North Carolina||7-38||Loss||-110||21 h 18 m||Show|
15* ACC PLAY OF THE DAY on Duke +20
The North Carolina Tar Heels had huge expectations coming into the season as a Top 10 team. But upset losses to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech have put a damper on that. And I question their motivation the rest of the way.
They were not only beaten by Georgia Tech, they were dominated physically in a 22-45 loss as 14.5-point favorites. That's a bad sign for them moving forward, and I cannot believe they are getting this much respect as 20-point favorites over rival Duke this week.
Duke is quietly improved this season. They are 3-1 SU & 3-1 ATS and really could easily be 4-0. Their lone loss came 28-31 at Charlotte, a game they gained 580 yards of offense in and actually outgained the 49ers by 102 yards. They went on to outgain their next three opponents by 169, 156 and 77 yards in three straight victories.
This Duke offense clearly has the firepower to keep up with North Carolina. In fact, the Blue Devils actually have better season long stats on offense. They average 38.8 points and 544.5 yards per game, while UNC averages 37.5 points and 507.3 yards per game. And it's not like the Tar Heels are stopping anyone, allowing 29.5 points per game this season compared to 26.0 for Duke.
The Blue Devils are 7-0 ATS in their last seven road games after gaining 6.75 or more yards per play in their previous game. David Cutcliffe is 10-1 ATS after gaining 475 or more total yards per game in his last three games as a head coach. The Tar Heels are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. Bet Duke Saturday.
|10-01-21||Angels v. Mariners -150||Top||2-1||Loss||-150||10 h 56 m||Show|
20* MLB Friday No-Doubt Rout on Seattle Mariners -150
The Seattle Mariners have gone 10-1 in their last 11 games overall to pull even with the Boston Red Sox for the second wild card spot in the American League. They aren't about to let up now, and they should handle the Los Angeles Angels tonight.
The Angels have gone just 3-10 in their last 13 games overall. It won't get any easier for them against Marco Gonzalez, who is 10-5 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.165 WHIP in 24 starts this season, including 4-2 with a 3.68 ERA and 1.113 WHIP in 12 home starts. Gonzalez owns the Angels, going 9-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 1.096 WHIP in 17 career starts against them.
Jose Suarez is 4-7 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.303 WHIP in 13 starts this season for the Angels and averaging just 5.1 innings per start. Suarez has posted a 4.38 ERA and 1.338 WHIP in five career starts against the Mariners. He allowed 4 earned runs in 5 innings in his last start against the Mariners on September 24th. Take the Mariners Friday.
|10-01-21||BYU v. Utah State +10||Top||34-20||Loss||-115||14 h 53 m||Show|
20* BYU/Utah State CFB Late-Night BAILOUT on Utah State +10
The BYU Cougars are overvalued right now due to their 4-0 start and No. 13 ranking. I successfully faded them last week and cashed in South Florida as a 24-point underdog in a 27-35 loss, and I'll gladly go against the Cougars again here as double-digit road favorites against Utah State.
Utah State was one of the most impressive teams in the country in the first three weeks. They went 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS with upset road wins at Washington State as 18-point dogs and at Air Force as 9-point dogs.
But now it's time to 'buy low' on the Aggies this week after they lost 27-3 to Boise State last week. That was one of the most misleading finals of the week. Utah State had 443 total yards and only 3 points in that game. That's because they committed three turnovers.
Utah State has one of the best offenses in the country and will never be out of this game because of it. The Aggies average 31.5 points and 514.0 yards per game this season. Blake Anderson brought a ton of talent with him over from Arkansas State, and it is especially paying off on offense.
BYU is also overvalued due to three wins over Pac-12 teams. But they are 4-0 despite only outgaining their opponents by 1.3 yards per game on the season. That's more like a .500 team than one that is 4-0.
BYU is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games vs. poor passing defenses that allow a completion percentage of 58% or worse. The Cougars are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games as favorites. The Aggies are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a double-digit home loss. Utah State is 20-7-1 ATS in its last 28 Friday games. The underdog is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings. Bet Utah State Friday.
|10-01-21||Tigers +234 v. White Sox||1-8||Loss||-100||8 h 52 m||Show|
15* MLB Friday Undervalued Underdog on Detroit Tigers +234
The Detroit Tigers have quietly been one of the most profitable teams in baseball this season. You would be up 26 units backing the Tigers in every game this season. They have gone 11-8 in their last 19 games overall despite being underdogs in every game.
The White Sox don't have much to play for. They are two games behind the Astros for the 2nd seed and would need help to catch them. They shouldn't be this big of favorites considering the situation they are in, more focused on getting ready for the postseason than winning games right now.
I'll gladly back Wily Peralta as this big of an underdog. Peralta is 4-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 17 starts this season. He has gone 1-1 with a 1.02 ERA in his last three starts as well. He'll be opposed by Lance Lynn, who allowed 6 earned runs in 6 innings in a 6-0 loss to the Indians as a -185 favorite in his last start. Roll with the Tigers Friday.
|09-30-21||Jaguars v. Bengals OVER 45.5||Top||21-24||Loss||-105||31 h 31 m||Show|
20* NFL TOTAL OF THE WEEK on Jaguars/Bengals OVER 45.5
Prime time OVERS have been money makers the last couple seasons. And this game sets up to be an OVER game tonight with these two teams in the Jaguars and Bengals. Both have suspect defenses.
The Jaguars have really been poor defensively. They rank 28th in scoring defense at 30.3 points per game and 29th in total defense at 418 yards per game. And they've only played one good offense in the Cardinals, who lite them up for 31 points last week. The other two teams were the Broncos and Texans.
The Cincinnati Bengals have good defensive numbers thus far and may be improved on that side of the ball, but they have played two poor offenses in the Bears and Steelers. They did give up 24 points and 403 total yards to the best offense they have faced in the Vikings.
The Jaguars have been able to move the football with 395 yards against the Texans and 361 yards against the Cardinals. But they have killed themselves with turnovers, committing 10 of them already in three games. That can also help the OVER by setting up easy scores for the Bengals.
Cincinnati does have an elite offense with great skill players. They have played three tough defenses and have fared well against the Vikings, Bears and Steelers. This is a big step down in class for them, and Joe Burrow is primed for his best game of the season. I'm expecting the Bengals to score 30-plus to carry the load on this OVER.
Cincinnati is 6-0 OVER in home games with a total of 45.5 or higher over the last three seasons. We are seeing 56.3 combined points per game in this spot. Bet the OVER in this game Thursday.
|09-30-21||Red Sox -1.5 v. Orioles||2-6||Loss||-142||11 h 5 m||Show|
15* MLB Thursday PLAY OF THE DAY on Boston Red Sox -1.5 (-142)
The Boston Red Sox are trying to hang on to a wild card spot in the American League. They came through with a 6-0 victory yesterday over the Baltimore Orioles. And I expect another blowout victory today due to their advantage on the mound.
Nick Pivetta has been at his best on the road this season, going 5-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 14 starts. Pivetta has posted a 2.51 ERA in his last three starts coming in, and two of those were against the Yankees and White Sox. He has never lost to the Orioles, going 6-0 with a 3.35 ERA and 1.116 WHIP in seven career starts against them.
Alexander Wells is still in search of his first victory this season. He is 0-3 with an 8.13 ERA and 1.677 WHIP in seven starts. Wells faced the Red Sox on September 19th two starts back, allowing 5 earned runs in 5 innings.
Baltimore is 4-28 vs. AL teams scoring 4.9 runs per game or more in the second half of the season this season and losing by nearly 5 runs per game in this spot. The Red Sox are 7-1 in their last eight meetings with the Orioles with all seven wins coming by two runs or more. Take the Red Sox on the Run Line Thursday.
|09-29-21||A's v. Mariners +104||Top||2-4||Win||104||13 h 4 m||Show|
20* AL GAME OF THE WEEK on Seattle Mariners +104
The Seattle Mariners are 9-1 in their last 10 games overall to pull within 0.5 games of the final wild card spot in the American League. They are continuing to battle to try and make the postseason, and they should not be underdogs to the Oakland A's, who are basically eliminated from postseason contention at 3.5 games out.
Logan Gilbert is 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA and 0.982 WHIP in his last three starts for the Mariners. He has allowed 3 earned runs or fewer in all three of his starts against the A's this season.
Frankie Montas is 13-9 with a 3.48 ERA in 31 starts this season. But Montas has lost both of his starts against the Mariners while allowing 7 earned runs and 4 homers in 12 innings for a 5.25 ERA.
Seattle is 11-0 in its last 11 meetings with Oakland. The A's are 6-16 in their last 22 vs. a team with a winning record. Bet the Mariners Wednesday.
|09-28-21||A's v. Mariners +111||2-4||Win||111||11 h 17 m||Show|
15* MLB Tuesday Undervalued Underdog on Seattle Mariners +111
The Seattle Mariners are 8-1 in their last nine games overall to pull within 1.5 games of the final wild card spot in the American League. They are continuing to battle to try and make the postseason, and they should not be underdogs to the Oakland A's, who are basically eliminated from postseason contention.
Chris Bassitt just recently returned from an IL stint and only pitched 3 innings in his first start back. He will be limited again tonight. Bassitt is 1-4 with a 4.06 ERA and 1.335 WHIP in 11 career starts against Seattle.
Tyler Anderson has been at his best at home this season with a 3.16 ERA and 1.142 WHIP in 12 home starts. Anderson has faced the A's twice in his career, going 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA and 0.947 WHIP while allowing just one earned run in 12 2/3 innings.
Seattle is 10-0 in its last 10 meetings with Oakland. The A's are 6-15 in their last 21 vs. a team with a winning record. Take the Mariners Tuesday.
|09-28-21||Brewers v. Cardinals +108||Top||2-6||Win||108||9 h 17 m||Show|
20* NL Central GAME OF THE MONTH on St. Louis Cardinals +108
The St. Louis Cardinals are 16-0 in their last 16 games overall. They now can clinch the 2nd wild card spot in the National League with a win tonight. They will want to go ahead and get that out of the way here against the Milwaukee Brewers, who have nothing to play for the rest of the way as they are locked into the No. 2 seed in the National League.
Adam Wainwright has resurrected his career this season in going 16-7 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.043 WHIP in 31 starts, including 8-5 with a 2.72 ERA and 0.981 WHIP in 18 home starts. Wainwright owns the Brewers, going 19-12 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.088 WHIP in 41 career starts against them.
Brandon Woodruff is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in his last two starts against the Cardinals this season, allowing 7 earned runs in 11 innings. Bet the Cardinals Tuesday.
|09-27-21||A's v. Mariners -107||Top||4-13||Win||100||14 h 49 m||Show|
20* MLB Monday No-Doubt Rout on Seattle Mariners -107
The Seattle Mariners are 7-1 in their last eight games overall to pull within two games of the final wild card spot in the American League. They are continuing to battle to try and make the postseason, and they should be bigger favorites over the Oakland A's here tonight.
Chris Flexen is 13-6 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.240 WHIP in 29 starts this season for the Mariners. Flexen has been at his best at home, going 6-5 with a 3.09 ERA and 1.145 WHIP in 15 starts in Seattle. He is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his last three starts against the A's this season, allowing just 4 earned runs in 19 innings.
Cole Irvin is 10-14 with a 3.99 ERA and 1.411 WHIP in 30 starts this season, including 6-7 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.347 WHIP in 15 road starts. Irvin has never beaten the Mariners, going 0-4 with a 7.56 ERA and 2.160 WHIP in four career starts against them.
The Mariners are 18-4 in Flexen's 22 starts with a total set of 8.5 to 10 this season. Seattle is 9-0 in its last nine meetings with Oakland. The A's are 6-14 in their last 20 vs. a team with a winning record. Bet the Mariners Monday.
|09-27-21||Eagles +4 v. Cowboys||Top||21-41||Loss||-106||143 h 32 m||Show|
20* Eagles/Cowboys ESPN No-Brainer on Philadelphia +4
It's a good time to 'sell high' on the Dallas Cowboys this week. They took advantage of four Tampa Bay turnovers in Week 1 and covered in a 29-31 loss as 9-point underdogs. Then last week they went on the road and upset the Chargers 20-17 as 3-point dogs on a last-second 56-yard field goal by Greg Zurlein.
So now the Cowboys go from being dogs in both of those games and substantial dogs at that to 4-point home favorites here against the Philadelphia Eagles. This is a big overreaction as this game should be lined closer to a pick 'em. There's a ton of value on the Eagles this week for a number of different reasons.
The Cowboys have one of the worst defenses in the NFL again this year after having one of the worst last year. They are giving up 419.5 yards per game and 6.7 yards per play. Compare that to Philadelphia, which is giving up just 283 yards per game and 4.3 yards per play this season, and you can see why I'm siding with the Eagles. They just held the 49ers to 17 points and 306 total yards last week after giving up just 6 points and 260 total yards to the Falcons in Week 1.
The Eagles did struggle offensively last week against a very good 49ers defense, but they had their chances in that game and still outgained them with 328 total yards. The Eagles are averaging 6.2 yards per play this season, which isn't far behind the Cowboys, who are averaging 6.4 yards per play.
And the injury situation is worse for the Cowboys than it is for the Eagles. They are without T La'el Collins, WR Michael Gallup and DE Demarcus Lawrence. They also have seven players questionable heading into this game, including WR Amari Cooper. Jalen Hurts will make enough players to keep the Eagles in this game, and there's no question I trust Philadelphia's defense to get more stops than Dallas in this one.
Plays against home favorites (Dallas) - a poor team from last season that was outscored by 4.0 points per game or more, versus division opponents are 42-15 (73.7%) ATS since 1993. The Cowboys are 22-47 ATS in their last 69 games as home favorites. Dallas is 1-7 ATS in its last eight games as a favorite overall. Roll with the Eagles Monday.
|09-26-21||Packers v. 49ers OVER 49||Top||30-28||Win||100||121 h 35 m||Show|
20* Packers/49ers NBC Sunday Night BAILOUT on OVER 49
The Green Bay Packers gave up 55 combined points to the Saints and Lions the first two weeks. Those aren't two particularly good offenses. And the Packers continue to struggle stopping the run this year, which has always been a problem for them. They rank 26th in the NFL in giving up 4.8 yards per carry.
The 49ers have always been able to run the ball down Green Bay's throats in recent meetings. They will be able to do whatever they want offensively in this one. The 49ers have scored 29.0 points per game in their first two games with a nice balance of run and pass. They'll be up against a 49ers defense that is missing two of its best players in LB Dre Greenlaw and CB Jason Verrett.
The weakness of the entire 49ers team is their secondary, which is bad news going up against a guy like Aaron Rodgers. He got right last week against the Lions in leading the Packers to 35 points and four touchdown passes. He looked like his old self and should build on that this week by matching the 49ers score for score.
These teams met in the 2019-20 playoffs and combined for 57 points in a 37-20 San Francisco victory. Then last year they combined for 51 points in a 34-17 victory by the Packers that saw the 49ers missing several key players on offense due to injuries, including QB Jimmy G. I think they have no problem topping 49 points for a third straight meeting here.
The OVER is 19-10 in Kyle Shanahan's 29 games as a favorite as the coach of San Francisco. The OVER is 4-0 in Packers last four games as underdogs. The OVER is 5-1 in Packers last six games overall. The OVER is 6-0 in Packers last six Week 3 games. The OVER is 36-17 in Packers last 53 September games. The OVER is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings. Bet the OVER in this game Sunday night.
|09-26-21||Bucs v. Rams +1||Top||24-34||Win||100||115 h 43 m||Show|
20* Bucs/Rams NFC No-Brainer on Los Angeles +1
No team has impressed me more than the Los Angeles Rams through two games. After beating the Bears 34-14 at home in Week 1, they went on the road in Week 2 and beat the Colts 27-24. That was even after handing the Colts seven free points on special teams when they snapped the ball into the up man and the Colts recovered it in the end zone.
The Rams are averaging 6.9 yards per play on offense and giving up just 5.0 yards per play on defense, outgaining their opponents by 1.9 yards per play. They have the same elite defense that they've had in years' past, and now they finally have a QB in Matthew Stafford fit for running Sean McVay's offense. Stafford is completing 69.6% of his passes with a 5-to-1 TD/INT ratio while averaging a ridiculous 10.7 yards per attempt.
The Bucs are overhyped after their 2-0 start that has seen them score 31 points against the Cowboys and 48 more against the Falcons. But they needed a last-second field goal to beat the Cowboys, and they got 14 points handed to them by the Falcons on tipped balls that resulted in pick-6's. That was a 28-25 game in the 4th quarter before the Bucs scored three touchdowns without even blinking to put it away. And the Falcons are terrible.
The Bucs put up gaudy offensive numbers against two of the worst defenses in the NFL. Now they take a big step up in class here against the Rams, who led the NFL in total defense last year. And we remember what the Rams did to them last year. They went on the road at Tampa Bay and won 27-24 while limiting the Bucs to just 251 total yards.
Tom Brady had one of his worst games of the season, completing 26-of-48 passes for 216 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Even Jared Goff threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns on this Tampa Bay defense, so you can imagine what Stafford is going to do. That's especially the case with all of the injuries the Bucs have in the secondary that has seen them give up 342 passing yards per game through two games thus far.
The Rams are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss. Los Angeles is 22-8-1 ATS in its last 31 vs. NFC opponents. The Rams are 7-1 ATS in their last eight meetings with the Bucs. Roll with the Rams Sunday.
|09-26-21||Braves +142 v. Padres||4-3||Win||142||8 h 47 m||Show|
15* MLB Sunday PLAY OF THE DAY on Atlanta Braves +142
The Atlanta Braves are 6-1 in their last seven games overall and coming up clutch down the stretch as they try and clinch the NL East. But they still only lead the Philadelphia Phillies by 1.5 games with eight games left. There's still work to be done.
Now they go for the sweep of the lowly San Diego Padres, who were just eliminated from the playoffs yesterday and have nothing to play for now. They have pretty much packed it in for weeks, going just 3-11 in their last 14 games overall.
San Diego starter Joe Musgrove has struggled of late, going 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA and 1.585 WHIP in his last three starts. Musgrove has posted a 5.55 ERA in five career starts against Atlanta. He and the Padres are getting way too much respect from oddsmakers today as more than -150 favorites. Roll with the Braves Sunday.
|09-26-21||Saints v. Patriots -2.5||Top||28-13||Loss||-118||111 h 30 m||Show|
20* NFL Non-Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on New England Patriots -2.5
The New Orleans Saints have been on the road for a month due to the hurricane. It has been a terrible travel situation for them and they have to be getting fatigued both mentally and physically. I think we saw some of that last week in their 26-7 loss to Carolina. And I don't think it's going to get much better for them this week on the road at New England.
After taking advantage of a bad spot for the Packers, who were rusty without Aaron Rodgers most of training camp in a 38-3 win by the Saints, New Orleans came back down to reality last week. Carolina beat them up and down the field. They held the Saints to just 128 total yards in the first meaningful road start for Jameis Winston. He want 11-of-22 for 111 yards with two interceptions in defeat. He was also sacked four times.
I don't think it was any coincidence that the offense struggled considering they were missing as many as six offensive coaches due to COVID. Those guys aren't likely to be back this week. And they are still without WR's Malcolm Thomas and Tre'quan Smith as well as starting C Erik McCoy. Defensively, the Saints are missing LB Kwon Alexander, DE Marcus Davenport and could be without their top CB in Marshon Lattimore again this week.
After giving the game away with a fumble at the goal line in a 16-17 home loss to the Dolphins in Week 1, the Patriots responded with an emphatic 25-6 beat down of the New York Jets on the road in Week 2. That's the same Jets team that only lost by 5 to the Panthers the previous week, a Panthers team that beat the Saints by 19. The Patriots forced four interceptions from Zach Wilson and will likely force a couple more from Winston this week.
The Patriots have been able to run the ball for over 100 yards each of their first two games, and Mac Jones isn't making mistakes. Jones is completing 73.9% of his passes with one touchdown and zero interceptions this season and easily looks like the best of the rookie quarterbacks through two weeks.
This Patriots defense looks much improved this year, too. They got back a handful of players that opted out last year and it has made a big difference. New England is only giving up 11.5 points per game and 297.5 yards per game through two games. They rank 3rd in scoring defense and 5th in total defense.
Bill Belichick is 81-45 ATS off a division game as the coach of the Patriots. Belichick is 23-9 ATS after allowing 6 points or less as the coach of New England. The Patriots are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a win by more than 14 points. Take the Patriots Sunday.
|09-26-21||Chargers +6.5 v. Chiefs||30-24||Win||100||111 h 18 m||Show|
15* Chargers/Chiefs AFC West ANNIHILATOR on Los Angeles +6.5
I've been extremely impressed with the Los Angeles Chargers through two weeks. They really should be 2-0. They dominated more than the final score showed in their 20-16 victory at Washington in Week 1. They racked up 424 total yards on a good Washington defense and outgained them by 165 yards.
Last week, the refs cost them the game against the Cowboys in a 17-20 loss on a 56-yard field goal at the buzzer by Greg Zurlein. They had 408 more yards against the Cowboys, and Justin Herbert is quickly becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He is completing 70.5% of his passes for 675 yards and averaging 7.7 yards per attempt this season.
The Kansas City Chiefs were fortunate to come back from a 9-point deficit late to beat the Browns 33-29 in Week 1. Then last week they stumbled and lost 35-36 to the Baltimore Ravens despite getting a pick-six in that contest. Their defense just cannot be trusted. They rank last in the NFL in total defense at 469 yards per game and last in yards per play (7.6) allowed.
Dating back to last season, the Chiefs are now just 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games overall. They just don't beat teams by more than one score because of their dreadful defense, so getting nearly a full touchdown here with the Chargers is an excellent value. They'll never be out of this game with Herbert. And the Chargers have the much better defense. Holding Washington to 16 points and Dallas to 20 is no small feat.
Last year, the Chargers only lost 20-23 at home as 9-point underdogs to the Chiefs. They had 479 total yards in that defeat. They came back and won 38-21 in Week 17 on the road and had 416 more yards. I would be shocked if the Chiefs won by a touchdown or more here. And we're quickly seeing that the Super Bowl loser hangover is real with the Chiefs off to an 0-2 ATS start. Yet they keep getting priced like they are the best team in the NFL week after week, which just isn't the case with their leaky defense..
Plays on road underdogs or PK (LA Chargers) - an excellent passing team from last season that averaged 275 or more passing yards per game, after allowing 7 or more passing yards per attempt last game are 32-7 (82.1%) ATS over the last 10 seasons. The Chargers are 23-9 ATS in their last 32 road games off an upset loss as a home favorite. Los Angeles is 35-14-4 ATS in its last 53 games as a road underdog. The Chargers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six meetings in Kansas City. Take the Chargers Sunday.
|09-26-21||Washington Football Team +9.5 v. Bills||21-43||Loss||-118||111 h 18 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday Undervalued Underdog on Washington +9.5
Washington hasn't lost a game by more than 8 points in any of their last 14 games dating back to last season. That makes for a 14-0 system backing Washington pertaining to this 9.5-point spread against the Bills. This team has been a money-making machine as an underdog.
I like the spot for Washington getting extra time to prepare after beating the Giants on Thursday last week. Taylor Heinicke was excellent against the Giants. He threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He led the game-winning drive in the final couple minutes. And he should make even more improvements this week with extra practice time to prepare to be the starter.
Washington's defense has too much talent to play as poorly as it has to this point. Ron Rivera called out his defense after that win and they should play with a chip on their shoulder this week. And it's actually a 'buy low' spot on Washington after failing to cover the spread in each of their first two games despite going 1-1 SU.
This is a great time to 'sell high' on Buffalo off its 35-0 win at Miami last week. The Bills were fortunate that Tua Tagovailoa got hurt in that game and they got to face backup Jacoby Brissett. And the Bills just simply own the Dolphins, so it wasn't a surprise. Remember, the Bills were upset at home by the Steelers in Week 1. And look how bad the Steelers played last week in an upset loss to the Raiders.
Josh Allen has yet to get going. He is completing just 56% of his passes and averaging 5.3 yards per attempt. Washington's defense is good enough to keep him in check. Buffalo is 14-29 ATS in its last 43 games off a division win by more than 10 points. Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last six games as an underdog. Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last five games off a win. Bet Washington Sunday.
|09-25-21||South Florida +23.5 v. BYU||27-35||Win||100||66 h 9 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Late-Night BAILOUT on South Florida +23
A lot of bettors were on Arizona State last week thinking it would be a letdown spot for BYU off back-to-back Pac-12 wins over Arizona and their hated rivals in BYU. But it wasn't a letdown spot at all because another ranked Pac-12 team was coming to Provo, and the Cougars handled their business in a 27-17 win as 3.5-point dogs.
That game was a little misleading though as Arizona State gave the game away by committing four turnovers and actually outgained the Cougars by 65 yards. Keep in mind BYU was also outgianed by 58 yards by Arizona in the opener in a 24-16 win. That win looks even worse now after Arizona went on to lose to San Diego State 14-38 in Week 2 and outright as 26-point favorites to Northern Arizona in Week 3.
This is the letdown spot for BYU. After facing three straight Pac-12 opponents, including the last two being ranked, the Cougars will fall flat on their faces with a poor South Florida team coming to town. There's no way they will be up for USF like they were Utah and ASU. And now BYU is the No. 15 ranked team in the country, and with that ranking comes a point spread tax.
South Florida showed big improvements from Week 1 to Week 2. After losing their opener 45-0 to NC State, they covered as 29-point dogs in a 20-42 home loss to Florida. And Florida nearly beat Alabama last week. They made more strides last week by handling their business in a 38-17 win over Florida A&M. And they will relish this opportunity to go on the road to try and knock off a ranked BYU team this week. I like the fact that they have played a tough strength of schedule with Florida & NC State already so they won't be intimidated by BYU, either.
South Florida is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games following an ATS loss, including 5-0 ATS in its last five games in this situation. The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last four games vs. a team with a winning record. South Florida is 3-0-1 ATS in its last four vs. Independent teams. BYU is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games vs. poor pass defenses that allow a completion percentage of 58% or worse. Roll with South Florida Saturday.
|09-25-21||Giants -137 v. Rockies||7-2||Win||100||20 h 11 m||Show|
15* MLB Saturday PLAY OF THE DAY on San Francisco Giants -137
The San Francisco Giants are trying to fend off the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West. I think we are getting them at a great value here as a short road favorite over the Colorado Rockies Saturday.
The Giants have a big advantage on the mound with Anthony DeSclafini, who is 12-7 with a 3.23 ERA and 1.090 WHIP in 29 starts this season. He owns the Rockies, going 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA and 1.186 WHIP in seven career starts against them.
Jon Gray is 8-11 with a 4.23 ERA and 1.318 WHIP in 27 starts this season for the Rockies. Gray does not enjoy facing the Giants, going 2-7 with a 5.85 ERA and 1.631 WHIP in 15 career starts against them.
The Giants are 42-16 in their last 58 road games, including 24-7 in their last 31 games as road favorites. San Francisco is 5-0 in the last five meetings. Bet the Giants Saturday.
|09-25-21||Indiana v. Western Kentucky +9.5||33-31||Win||100||64 h 53 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday UPSET SHOCKER on Western Kentucky +9.5
Tyson Helton is in his third season at Western Kentucky and appears to have his best team yet. They did go 9-4 in his first season but this edition looks really good thus far. A big reason for that is Houston Baptist transfer Bailey Zappe as their senior quarterback.
Zappe led the Hilltoppers to a 59-21 win over Tennessee-Martin as 22-point favorites in the opener. And he nearly led them from behind in a 35-38 loss at Army as a 6-point dog. That is a very good Army team. Zappe is completing 74.7% of his passes for 859 yards with a 10-to-2 TD/INT ratio in only two games.
That's because Western Kentucky had a bye last week. So that means the Hilltoppers have had two weeks to prepare to face Indiana, which is a huge advantage. It gives them a great shot to not only cover as 9.5-point dogs here, but to win this game outright.
Indiana came into the season grossly overvalued after a surprising 6-2 seasons last year. But keep in mind Indiana was actually outgained by 18 yards per game last year. And they have not come close to living up to expectations this year and remain overvalued this week.
Indiana lost its opener 34-6 at Iowa as a 3.5-point underdog. After beating Idaho 56-14, the Hoosiers came back and lost 24-38 at home as 4.5-point dogs to Cincinnati. Now after a 1-2 start, they will have a hard time getting back up off the mat to face Western Kentucky after blowing that game against Cincinnati.
Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr. came into the season coming off his second ACL surgery. He looks like a shell of his former self. Penix Jr. is completing just 48.3% of his passes for 448 yards with a 4-to-6 TD/INT ratio through three games. He actually has -15 rushing yards on 10 attempts, so his rushing is no longer a factor. He is also battling a hand injury right now.
The Hoosiers are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as road favorites. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as underdogs. Western Kentucky is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games following a bye week. Take Western Kentucky Saturday.
|09-25-21||Akron +49.5 v. Ohio State||7-59||Loss||-106||64 h 34 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on Akron +49.5
The Ohio State Buckeyes continue to be overvalued this week as 49.5-point favorites against Akron. They are 2-1 SU but 0-2-1 ATS. They failed to cover in a 45-31 win at Minnesota as 14-point favorites. They lost outright to Oregon 28-35 as 15-point home favorites. And they failed to cover in a 41-20 win over Tulsa as 24.5-point favorites last week what was a 7-point game with less than four minutes left in the 4th quarter before the Buckeyes tacked on two late touchdowns.
Making matters worse for the Buckeyes is that starting QB C.J. Stroud got injured in that Tulsa game and is doubtful to play Saturday. Stroud had been impressive with 62.4% completions, 963 passing yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions through three games. Whoever is under center for the Buckeyes will be making their first career start here.
Akron is in Year 3 under head coach Tom Arth and is clearly improved this season. Arth welcomed back 18 starters. After losing badly at Auburn in the opener, they lost 24-45 to Temple in a game that was closer than the final score. And last week they crushed Bryant 35-14 as 11.5-point favorites while racking up 514 total yards and holding Bryant to just 146, outgaining them by 368 yards.
Demarcus Irons replaced an injured Kato Nelson at quarterback and was fantastic against Bryant. He completed 19-of-23 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 136 yards and a score. I think Akron will be better off with Irons are QB moving forward if Nelson remains out.
Whoever is under center should be able to move the ball on a leaky Ohio State defense that clearly hasn't improved since last year. The Buckeyes are giving up 471 yards per game and 6.1 yards per play this season. That's bad when you consider Minnesota and Tulsa aren't known for having great offenses, and even both of them put up big numbers. Tulsa had 501 total yards on Ohio State last week.
Favorites of at least 49 points between two FBS teams are just 1-12 ATS since 1996, and 2-16 ATS since 1993. These big favorites just don't seem to cover because it's asking a lot of them to be motivated enough for four quarters to put the opposition away. And many times backups play the majority of the second half and they just try and get out of there with a win instead of running up the score. Roll with Akron Saturday.
|09-25-21||Southern Miss +45.5 v. Alabama||14-63||Loss||-108||63 h 24 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Night Line Mistake on Southern Miss +45.5
Nick Saban just refused to run up the score against these weak non-conference teams. He chooses to get a big lead in the first half, and then to replace his starters in the second half and sit on the lead by running the football and milking clock. That makes it very hard for Alabama to cover these huge spreads.
With Alabama's No. 1 ranking comes a point spread tax, and that has shown up the last two weeks. Alabama only beat Mercer 48-14 as a 54.5-point favorite in Week 2. They came back and barely held on as a 14-point favorite in a 31-29 win at Florida. And now the Crimson Tide have Ole Miss on deck next week, so this is a sandwich spot for them. They just want to get out of here healthy and with a win. They aren't concerned about running up the score.
Southern Miss has impressed me defensively. I think their defense is good enough to hold Alabama in check to 48 points or fewer, just as Mercer did two weeks ago. The Eagles are giving up just 17.3 points per game, 252.0 yards per game and 4.0 yards per play to this point.
Alabama is 4-13 ATS in its last 17 games as a home favorite of 42.5 points or more. The Crimson Tide are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 September games. Alabama is 2-6 ATS in its last eight vs. Conference USA opponents. Bet Southern Miss Saturday.
|09-25-21||Tennessee +20 v. Florida||Top||14-38||Loss||-108||78 h 52 m||Show|
20* SEC GAME OF THE WEEK on Tennessee +20
This is a terrible spot for the Florida Gators. They played their 'Game of the Year' last week against Alabama. They rallied back from a 21-3 deficit and nearly forced overtime. But they came up short on a 2-point conversion and lost 29-31. Now it will be hard for them to get back up off the mat this week to face Tennessee.
I actually like what I've seen from this Vols team. They won their opener by 32 over Bowling Green, gave Pitt all they could handle in 7-point loss, and blasted Tennessee Tech 56-0 last week. The Vols should still be fresh after getting to rest their starters early in that shutout win last week. The Gators are probably still pretty beat up both physically and mentally from playing Alabama.
Florida has relied on its running game to move the football on offense this season. They average 336 rushing yards per game and only 217 passing. That makes this a great matchup for Tennessee. The Vols are only allowing 54 rushing yards per game and 1.7 yards per carry. I know they haven't seen a rushing attack as good as Florida's, but those numbers are impressive nonetheless, and they can hold their own in that department.
Florida only beat Florida Atlantic by 21 and South Florida by 22 in its two games prior to Alabama. Tennessee is better than both those teams and can stay within 20. Florida is 4-15 ATS in its last 19 home games after a loss by 6 points or less. The Gators are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six games as a favorite. I just think they are getting too much respect from oddsmakers this week after giving Alabama all they could handle. This has the makings of a flat spot for the Gators. Take Tennessee Saturday.
|09-25-21||Colorado State +23.5 v. Iowa||Top||14-24||Win||100||59 h 25 m||Show|
25* CFB Non-Conference GAME OF THE YEAR on Colorado State +23.5
The Iowa Hawkeyes are overvalued after opening the season 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS. Now you're paying a tax to back the Hawkeyes since they have a Top 5 ranking next to their name. It's time to 'sell high' on the Hawkeyes this week.
Iowa just doesn't have the kind of offense it takes to cover these big spreads. They are averaging just 298 yards per game and 4.5 yards per play on offense this season. They have simply won with defense by forcing eight turnovers that have resulted in three non-offensive touchdowns and set up several others.
They run a methodical offense eating up most of the play clock before each snap, which is also going to make it hard for them to cover this big number. They are winning in spite of poor play from QB Spencer Petras, who is completing just 58.3% (49-of-84) of his passes and averaging 153 passing yards per game and 5.0 per attempt.
Iowa's 30-7 win over Kent State last week was misleading, just as their wins over Indiana and Iowa State were as well due to the turnovers. Kent State was driving to make it a 2-point game in the 3rd quarter but fumbled going into the end zone. The Golden Flashes never trail by more than 16 until the Hawkeyes scored with 4:07 left in the 4th quarter.
It's a good time to 'buy low' on Colorado State because they had two upset losses to start the season to South Dakota State and Vanderbilt. They were only outgained by 4 yards by a very good FSC team in SDSU and actually outgained Vanderbilt by 103 yards. Their true colors showed last week in their 22-6 upset at Toledo has 14.5-point underdogs, and they will come into this game with Iowa with a ton of confidence because of it. That's a Toledo team that nearly upset Notre Dame the week prior on the road.
Steve Addazio is a Big Ten-type coach who believes in physical football dating back to his time with Boston College, so he will have his players up for this test against a physical Iowa team. The Rams have made it a priority to stop the run, and they've been great at it in allowing just 122 rushing yards per game and 3.7 per carry this season. That gives them an excellent opportunity to slow this Iowa rushing attack and force Petras to try and beat them.
Addazio is 13-3 ATS in road games off a non-conference game as a head coach. The Rams are 19-8 ATS in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Hawkeyes could easily be looking ahead to Maryland and overlooking the Rams this week. They're just not built to cover these big spreads with their weak, methodical offense. They tend to play to their level of competition. Bet Colorado State Saturday.
|09-25-21||Rutgers +20.5 v. Michigan||Top||13-20||Win||100||59 h 25 m||Show|
20* Big Ten GAME OF THE WEEK on Rutgers +20.5
Rutgers went 3-6 last season but was competitive in every game with its biggest loss coming by 22 points at Ohio State. Greg Schiano brought back 21 starters this season, and this Rutgers team remains grossly underrated.
That has shown with a 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS start this season with the Scarlet Knights winnings 61-14 over Temple as a 14-point favorite, 17-7 at Syracuse as a 2.5-point favorite and 45-13 at home against Delaware as a 23.5-point favorite. And they continue to get no respect from the books here as nearly 3-touchdown underdogs to Michigan.
The Wolverines are also 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS with home wins and covers over Western Michigan, Washington and Northern Illinois. But unlike Rutgers, the Wolverines are starting to get some respect from oddsmakers. It's time to 'sell high' on them this week.
You know Rutgers wants revenge from a 42-48 (OT) home loss to Michigan as an 11.5-point underdog last year. They haven't forgotten that game, and you can bet Schiano will be reminding his team this week.
The Scarlet Knights only give up 11.3 points, 259.7 yards per game and 4.2 yards per play this season. So while their offensive numbers aren't impressive outside their 41.0 points per game, they are good enough defensively to keep them in this game for four quarters and make life difficult on Michigan's offense.
The Scarlet Knights are 6-0 ATS in their last six road games. Rutgers is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games vs. a team with a winning record. The Wolverines are 0-5 ATS in their last five conference games. Michigan is 0-4 ATS in its last four vs. a team with a winning record. Schiano is 11-2 ATS in his last 13 road games after scoring 37 points or more last game as a head coach. Roll with Rutgers Saturday.
|09-25-21||Georgia v. Vanderbilt +35.5||62-0||Loss||-110||56 h 56 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Early ANNIHILATOR on Vanderbilt +35.5
You're paying a tax on Georgia due to their No. 2 ranking after beating Clemson in the opener. Clemson nearly lost to Georgia Tech last week. It's time to 'sell high' on the Bulldogs, which I did successfully last week with South Carolina +32 in a 27-point loss at Georgia. I'm fading them again this week with Vanderbilt as a 35.5-point home dog.
The Commodores have at least been competitive statistically this season during their 1-2 start that included a upset win at Colorado State and an 18-point loss to Stanford. Colorado State went on to beat Toledo outright 22-6 as a 14.5-point dog last week. And remember Stanford upset USC 42-28 that led to the firing of Clay Helton. So those were two decent performances.
Georgia hasn't won any of its last seven meetings with Vanderbilt by more than 31 points. That makes for a 7-0 system backing the Commodores pertaining to this 35.5-point spread. And there were some elite Georgia teams in there and some really bad Vanderbilt teams. It's simply asking too much of Georgia to go on the road and win by more than five touchdowns to beat us. Take Vanderbilt Saturday.
|09-25-21||Bowling Green +31.5 v. Minnesota||14-10||Win||100||56 h 55 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Bowling Green +31.5
The Bowling Green Falcons are in the third year of this rebuilding journey under head coach Scot Loeffler. You can already tell this team is greatly improved, yet the oddsmakers and betting public fail to realize it. We'll take advantage this week and cash in the Falcons as 31.5-point underdogs to the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Bowling Green is 3-0 ATS this season. They covered in a 6-38 loss at Tennessee as 37-point dogs in their opener. They covered in a 19-22 loss to South Alabama as 14-point dogs in Week 2. And last week they crushed Murray State 27-10 as 1-point favorites.
I like what I've seen from Bowling Green QB Matt McDonald, a junior who is completing 71.4% of his passes for 716 yards with two touchdowns and only one interception. This Falcons defense looks greatly improved, giving up a respectable 23.3 points, 347.7 yards per game and 4.5 yards per play this season.
It's a great time to 'sell high' on Minnesota off their 30-0 win at Colorado last week as short underdogs. That's a bad Colorado offense that was held to 7 points by Texas A&M the previous week. And they had Texas A&M on the ropes and lost that game 10-7, so it definitely could have been a hangover spot for them against Minnesota last week.
It appears the betting public is quickly forgetting that Minnesota was fighting tooth and nail to beat fellow MAC opponent Miami Ohio the previous week. They only won that game 31-26 as 18-point favorites and managed just 287 total yards in the win. That's the same Miami Ohio team that lost 14-49 at Cincinnati the previous week. I just don't think the Gophers have the firepower offensively to beat Bowling Green by more than 31 points, especially since they lost their best player in RB Mohamed Ibrahim to a season-ending injury.
This is a very low total with a 51-point total, so getting big points on an underdog in a game that is expected to be low scoring is great value. Bowling Green is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 road games with a total set of 49.5 to 52 points. The Falcons are 31-14 ATS in their last 45 games off a home win by 17 points or more. The Gophers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Bet Bowling Green Saturday.
|09-24-21||Dodgers -1.5 v. Diamondbacks||Top||4-2||Win||100||10 h 25 m||Show|
20* MLB Friday No-Doubt Rout on Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (-135)
The Los Angeles Dodgers trail the San Francisco Giants by one game for first place in the NL West. This is a huge series for them against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they won't be taking them lightly. Look for them to win Game 1 by two runs or more to cover this Run Line due to their advantage on the mound.
Tony Gonsolin is 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA in 11 starts this season. Gonsolin is 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last five starts against the Diamondbacks, allowing just 4 earned runs in 18 1/3 innings. He'll be opposed by Humberto Castellanos, who has posted a 4.63 ERA in five starts this season, including a 7.07 ERA in his last three starts while allowing 11 earned runs and 4 homers in 14 innings.
The Dodgers are 14-2 in 16 meetings with the Diamondbacks this season. Los Angeles is 42-9 in its last 51 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Arizona is 34-91 in its last 125 games overall. The Diamondbacks are 1-8 in their last nine home games. Los Angeles is 46-11 as a favorite of -200 or more this season and winning by 2.7 runs per game. Bet the Dodgers on the Run Line Friday.
|09-24-21||Wake Forest v. Virginia UNDER 69||Top||37-17||Win||100||39 h 55 m||Show|
20* Wake Forest/Virginia ESPN 2 No-Brainer on UNDER 69
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Virginia Cavaliers have both put up great offensive numbers this season. That has this total inflated, and there's clearly value with the UNDER in this ACC showdown Friday night.
Virginia is scoring 41.3 points per game this season. But they have played against some poor defenses in William & Mary, Illinois and North Carolina. And that game against UNC is really what has this total inflated because it went way over the number.
Wake Forest is scoring 39.3 points per game this season. But it has come against one of the weakest schedules of opposing defenses in the country with three home games against Old Dominion, Norfolk State and Florida State.
Wake Forest will definitely get more resistance here from Virginia's defense. Conversely, this will be the best defense that Virginia has seen as well. The UNDER is 3-0 in Wake Forest's three games this year because they have been dominant defensively. They have held opponents to just 13.3 points per game, 308.3 yards per game and 4.7 yards per play.
Last year Wake Forest beat Virginia 40-23 for 63 combined points and went over the 57.5-point total. So they have set this total 11.5 points higher than last year's meeting, which also shows there is value with the UNDER considering both teams return mostly intact.
Plays on the UNDER in all teams where the total is 63 or higher (Virginia) - an excellent offensive team that is averaging 440 yards per game are or against a team with a good defense that allows 280 to 330 yards per game, after gaining 525 or more yards in their previous game are 27-7 (79.4%) over the last five seasons. Bet the UNDER in this game Friday.
|09-23-21||Panthers -7.5 v. Texans||24-9||Win||100||47 h 37 m||Show|
15* Panthers/Texans Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Carolina -7.5
The Carolina Panthers have been as impressive as anyone through two games this season. They are 2-0 SU & 2-0 ATS with a 19-14 win over the Jets as 3.5-point favorites and a 26-7 upset win over the Saints as 3-point underdogs.
That game against the Jets was misleading as the Panthers got off to a 16-0 lead before taking their foot off the gas. They outgained the Jets by 129 yards. The New Orleans win was as dominant as it gets as they held the Saints to just 128 total yards and outgained them by 255 yards.
This Carolina defense is one of the best in the NFL in giving up just 10.5 points and 190.0 yards per game. Now they get to go up against a rookie quarterback in Davis Mills of Houston after Tyrod Taylor got hurt against the Browns last week. The Texans dominated the Jaguars with Taylor and were hanging tough against the Browns with him, but then it went south with Mills in their 21-31 loss.
Mills went just 8-of-18 for 102 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Browns with a 10.1 QBR. Now he is on a short week and will only get in basically one or two practices. This is a terrible spot for the Texans because of their QB situation, and I look for this dominant Panthers defensive line to get after Mills and make life difficult for him for four quarters.
This Carolina offense is humming now with Joe Brady as their offensive coordinator, Sam Darnold at quarterback and a healthy Christian McCaffrey back at running back. McCaffrey makes all the difference for this team. He has already rushed for 170 yards and caught 14 balls for 154 yards through two games. Darnold is completing 68.5% of his passes and averaging 8.0 yards per attempt.
They should feast on a Houston defense that is allowing 26.0 points per game, 475 yards per game and 6.1 yards per play. Even the Jaguars had nearly 400 yards against them, and the Browns completed 19 of 21 passes against them while also rushing for 156 yards on them. Mills and the offense can't be trusted, and neither can this defense.
The Panthers are 7-0 ATS in their last seven road games after going under the total in their previous game. Houston is 1-8 ATS in its last nine games following a road loss. The Texans are 2-13 ATS in their last 15 games after playing their last game on the road. Carolina is 7-0 ATS in its last seven road games. This is simply a terrible spot for the Texans. Take the Panthers Thursday.
|09-23-21||Marshall +7 v. Appalachian State||Top||30-31||Win||100||17 h 26 m||Show|
20* Marshall/Appalachian State ESPN No-Brainer on Marshall +7
I think we are getting some great line value on Marshall tonight against Appalachian State for one reason alone. Appalachian State beat East Carolina 33-19 at home, while Marshall lost to East Carolina 38-42 at home. But a deeper dive into those two games shows they were misleading finals.
For starters, East Carolina had a TD taken away right before half that should have stood against Appalachian State, which would have made it a 7-point game instead of a 14-point game. Marshall had a 38-21 lead over East Carolina with less than 8 minutes to play in the 4th quarter, but gave up 21 unanswered points including an onside kick recovery. That was as fluky a loss as it gets.
If Marshall had won that game by roughly 10 points, which they should have, this line would be closer to a pick 'em. Also note that App State was only a 9-point favorite over East Carolina while Marshall was a 10.5-point favorite in that game. So just last week they had Marshall power rated as a better team than Appalachian State. I still have Marshall power rated as the better team, so they should not be catching 7 points here even with home-field advantage.
Marshall has already committed 9 turnovers this season and still should be 3-0, which is impressive. They committed 3 turnovers in their 49-7 win over Navy in the opener. They committed 3 more in their 44-10 win over NC Central in Week 2. And last week they committed 3 more in their loss to East Carolina. They can only be better in that department moving forward.
Marshall has one of the best offenses in the country, and it is going to be very difficult for Appalachian State to prepare for it on a short week. The Thundering Herd rank 2nd in the country at 603.7 yards per game and 10th in scoring offense at 43.7 points per game. They are 3rd in passing at 419.7 yards per game and 45th in rushing at 184.0 yards per game.
Appalachian State's 23-25 loss at Miami is also giving them more respect than they deserve. That was a bad spot for Miami after their loss to Alabama in Week 1. And they had Michigan State on deck in Week 3, so it was a flat spot for them. Miami went on to get blown out by Michigan State, so the Hurricanes simply aren't very good.
Plays on road underdogs (Marshall) - a team from a second tier division 1 conference, against a team from a weak conference are 23-7 (76.7%) ATS over the last 10 seasons. The Mountaineers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games as favorites. The Thundering Herd are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as road underdogs. They will be highly motivated to get the sour taste out of their mouth from that 17-point blown 4th quarter lead against ECU last week with an upset win at Appalachian State this week. Bet Marshall Thursday.
|09-23-21||Giants -108 v. Padres||Top||6-7||Loss||-108||5 h 52 m||Show|
20* MLB Thursday No-Doubt Rout on San Francisco Giants -108
The San Francisco Giants are just two games up on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West and need to keep winning. The San Diego Padres are 6 games back in the wild card and basically out of it at this point. The Padres have gone just 2-10 in their last 12 games overall and have basically packed it in.
Logan Webb is 10-3 with a 2.81 ERA and 1.096 WHIP in 23 starts this season. The Giants are 16-1 in Webb's last 17 starts. Webb has posted a 2.87 ERA in three career starts against the Padres as well.
Yu Darvish is 8-10 with a 4.13 ERA in 28 starts this season and cannot stay healthy. He just gave up 8 earned runs and 4 homers in 4 innings of a 9-1 loss to the Giants on September 13th in his last start against them. Darvish is now 1-4 with a 7.31 ERA in his last six starts, allowing 23 earned runs in 28 1/3 innings.
The Giants are 41-13 in their last 54 games after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game. The Padres are 1-8 in their last nine games following a loss. Roll with the Giants Thursday.
|09-22-21||Giants -103 v. Padres||Top||8-6||Win||100||11 h 29 m||Show|
20* NL West GAME OF THE MONTH on San Francisco Giants -103
The San Francisco Giants are just one game up on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West and need to keep winning. The San Diego Padres are 5 games back in the wild card and basically out of it at this point. The Padres have gone just 2-9 in their last 11 games overall and have basically packed it in.
I'll gladly fade San Diego starter Vincent Velasquez, who is 3-7 with a 6.05 ERA and 1.419 WHIP in 18 starts this season, including 0-3 with a 16.21 ERA and 2.161 WHIP in his last three starts. He is also 0-5 with an 11.63 ERA in his last six starts, allowing 28 earned runs in 21 2/3 innings. Velasquez is 0-4 in his last four starts against the Giants as well.
The Giants are 40-13 in their last 53 games after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game. The Padres are 1-7 in their last eight games following a loss. Bet the Giants Wednesday.
|09-22-21||Cardinals +120 v. Brewers||10-2||Win||120||9 h 59 m||Show|
15* MLB Wednesday Undervalued Underdog on St. Louis Cardinals +120
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming up clutch down the stretch as usual as they try and get the 2nd wild card spot in the National League. They have won 10 straight and are 12-1 in their last 13 games overall. They are seeing the ball very well right now at the plate.
The Milwaukee Brewers are just 2-5 in their last seven games overall with losses to the Tigers as -210 and -225 favorites, a loss to the Cubs as a -220 favorite, and losses to the Cardinals in Game 1 as a -180 favorite and Game 2 as a -200 favorite. They just can't be trusted as this big of a favorite right now. They are just going through the motions knowing they basically already have the NL Central locked up.
Miles Mikolas is coming off one of his best starts of the season. He pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in an 8-2 victory over the Padres. Mikolas is 4-1 with a 4.29 ERA and 0.981 WHIP in six career starts against the Brewers. He'll be opposed by Brett Anderson, who is 4-8 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.336 WHIP In 21 starts this season. Anderson is coming off an IL stint that has sidelined him since September 1st.
Anderson's teams are 0-8 in his last eight home starts vs. a team with a winning record and losing by 2.9 runs per game on average in this spot. St. Louis is 7-0 in its last seven road games vs. a left-handed starter. Take the Cardinals Wednesday.
|09-22-21||Blue Jays +108 v. Rays||1-7||Loss||-100||4 h 29 m||Show|
15* AL PLAY OF THE DAY on Toronto Blue Jays +108
The Toronto Blue Jays are surging trying to make the wild card. They have gone 19-5 in their last 24 games overall. They have scored 5 runs or more in 15 of their last 20 games and are seeing the ball as well as anyone right now.
The Tampa Bay Rays are 6 games up in the AL East with 10 games to play. They basically already have the division wrapped up and don't have much to play for the rest of the way. That has shown as they have gone just 5-8 in their last 13 games overall and are just kind of going through the motions right now.
I'll gladly fade Luis Patino, who is 3-3 with a 4.96 ERA and 1.408 WHIP in 14 starts this season, including 0-0 with a 6.92 ERA and 1.769 WHIP in his last three starts which have come against the Tigers (twice) and Twins. Patino is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays this season.
The Blue Jays are 39-17 in day games this season. Toronto is 5-0 in its last five games as a road underdog. The Blue Jays are 10-2 in their last 12 road games overall. Roll with the Blue Jays Wednesday.
|09-21-21||Astros -1.5 v. Angels||Top||10-5||Win||100||13 h 43 m||Show|
20* MLB Tuesday No-Doubt Rout on Houston Astros -1.5 (-125)
The Houston Astros have the best run differential in baseball. They have the 2nd-best offense and 4th-best defense. The Astros are 7-2 in their last nine games overall and hitting the cover off the ball right now. They have scored at least 4 runs in each of their last six games and are averaging 7.5 runs per game in their last eight games.
The Astros should win by two runs or more against the hapless Los Angeles Angels, who have lost four straight and are averaging just 1.8 runs per game during this skid. They are missing basically all of their best hitters on offense except Ohtani.
Jose Urquidy should shut down the Angels, too. He is 7-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 0.982 WHIP in 17 starts this season. Urquidy has posted a 1.35 ERA in his last three starts against the Angels. He'll be opposed by Packy Naughton, who is 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA and 1.675 WHIP in three starts this season for the Angels.
The Angels are 6-20 in their last 26 home games after scoring one run or less. They are losing by 2.2 runs per game in this spot. The Astros are 93-43 in their last 136 games after allowing two runs or less in their previous game. Houston is 41-19 in the last 60 meetings. Bet the Astros on the Run Line Tuesday.
|09-21-21||Cardinals +196 v. Brewers||2-1||Win||196||11 h 45 m||Show|
15* MLB Tuesday Undervalued Underdog on St. Louis Cardinals +196
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming up clutch down the stretch as usual as they try and get the 2nd wild card spot in the National League. They have won nine straight and are 11-1 in their last 12 games overall. They have scored 7 runs or more in five of their last seven games and are seeing the ball well right now.
The Milwaukee Brewers are just 2-4 in their last six games overall with losses to the Tigers as -210 and -225 favorites, a loss to the Cubs as a -220 favorite and a loss to the Cardinals in Game 1 as a -180 favorite. They just can't be trusted as this big of a favorite right now. They are just going through the motions knowing they basically already have the NL Central locked up.
The Cardinals have won each of Jake Woodford's last two starts as +160 and +140 underdogs as he has allowed just 3 earned runs in 8 innings. He'll be opposed by Brandon Woodruff, who allowed 6 earned runs in 5 innings of a 4-8 loss to the Cardinals as a -185 favorite in his last start against them on August 19th. Roll with the Cardinals Tuesday.
|09-21-21||Blue Jays +100 v. Rays||4-2||Win||100||10 h 15 m||Show|
15* Blue Jays/Rays ESPN ANNIHILATOR on Toronto +100
The Toronto Blue Jays are surging trying to make the wild card. They have gone 18-5 in their last 23 games overall. They have scored 5 runs or more in 15 of their last 19 games and are seeing the ball as well as anyone right now.
Alek Manoah is another of the many underrated starters in Toronto's rotation. He is 6-2 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.032 WHIP in 17 starts this season. Manoah has owned the Rays this season, going 2-1 with a 0.96 ERA and 0.589 WHIP in three starts against them, allowing just 2 earned runs and 11 base runners in 18 2/3 innings with 29 K's.
The Blue Jays are 5-0 in their last five games following a loss. Toronto is 6-0 in its last six games after allowing 5 runs or more in its previous game. Take the Blue Jays Tuesday.
|09-20-21||Lions v. Packers OVER 48||Top||17-35||Win||100||142 h 19 m||Show|
20* NFL TOTAL OF THE WEEK on Lions/Packers OVER 48
This game has shootout written all over it Monday night. The Detroit Lions showed they are going to be an 'over' team in Week 1. They allowed 41 points and a whopping 8.0 yards per play against the San Francisco 49ers. But they didn't quit, scoring 33 points on their own after a big 4th quarter behind Jared Goff.
The Lions are going to have to play in shootouts all season because of their leaky defense. And things just got worse for them when they lost starting CB Jeffrey Okudah to a season-ending Achilles injury last season. Aaron Rodgers should have a field day against this Detroit defense.
The Packers gave up 38 points to the Saints in Week 1. That's a Saints team that is starting Jameis Winston and without their best receiver in Michael Thomas. That was a very bad showing for the Packers defensively. It was also a poor showing offensively, but I have no doubt they will get it turned around in Week 2. There was clearly going to be some rust for them on offense after Aaron Rodgers sat out most of training camp. And that was a good Saints defense. This will be a much easier test for Rodgers and company this week.
Both meetings between the Lions and Packers were shootouts last year. The Packers won 42-21 at home for 63 combined points. Green Bay also won 31-24 on the road for 55 combined points. I think we are getting a discount on this 48-point total here Monday night.
The OVER is 7-1 in Lions last eight games following a loss. The OVER is 35-17 in Packers last 52 September games. The OVER is 5-1 in Packers last six vs. NFC North opponents. Bet the OVER in this game Monday.
|09-20-21||Cardinals +193 v. Brewers||5-2||Win||193||10 h 10 m||Show|
15* MLB Monday Undervalued Underdog on St. Louis Cardinals +193
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming up clutch down the stretch as usual as they try and get the 2nd wild card spot in the National League. They have won eight straight and are 10-1 in their last 11 games overall. They have scored 7 runs or more in five of their last six games and are seeing the ball well right now.
The Milwaukee Brewers are just 2-3 in their last five games overall with losses to the Tigers as -210 and -225 favorites, and a loss to the Cubs as a -220 favorite. They just can't be trusted as this big of a favorite right now. They are just going through the motions knowing they basically already have the NL Central locked up.
The Cardinals have won each of Jake Woodford's last two starts as +160 and +140 underdogs as he has allowed just 3 earned runs in 8 innings. He'll be opposed by Freddy Peralta, who has never beaten the Cardinals, going 0-2 with a 6.56 ERA and 1.457 WHIP in six career starts against them. Roll with the Cardinals Monday.
|09-20-21||Blue Jays -124 v. Rays||Top||4-6||Loss||-124||10 h 40 m||Show|
20* MLB Monday No-Doubt Rout on Toronto Blue Jays -124
The Toronto Blue Jays are surging trying to make the wild card. They have gone 18-4 in their last 22 games overall. They have scored 5 runs or more in 15 of their last 18 games and are seeing the ball as well as anyone right now.
Robbie Ray deserves the Cy Young in the American League. He is 12-5 with a 2.64 ERA and 1.015 WHIP in 29 starts with 233 K's in 177 1/3 innings. Amazingly, Ray has allowed 4 earned runs or fewer in 30 consecutive starts, including 3 earned runs or fewer in 27 of those.
Ray simply owns the Rays, going 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in his last six starts against them, allowing just 7 earned runs in 39 2/3 innings with 57 K's. Five of those starts have come this season alone. He'll be opposed by Shane Baz, who will be making his first start of the season for the Rays.
Tampa is just kind of going through the motions right now knowing it basically has the AL East locked up. The Rays are 4-7 in their last 11 games overall and coming off two straight losses to the Tigers are -265 and -180 favorites. Take the Blue Jays Monday.
|09-19-21||Padres v. Cardinals -107||7-8||Win||100||2 h 21 m||Show|
15* MLB PLAY OF THE DAY on St. Louis Cardinals -107
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming up clutch down the stretch as usual as they try and get the 2nd wild card spot in the National League. They have won seven straight and are 9-1 in their last 10 games overall. They have scored 7 runs or more in four of their last five games and are seeing the ball well right now.
Conversely, the San Diego Padres are choking away the wild card down the stretch. They are 2-7 in their last nine games overall while scoring 4 runs or fewer in all seven losses, including 2 runs or less in six of them. Manny Machado was in a shouting match with Fernando Tatis Jr. in the dugout yesterday, so this team just has no chemistry right now and is very frustrated.
I'm not backing the Cardinals because of J.A. Happ, I'm backing them because of their positive momentum. And even Happ has been better than Jake Arrieta, who is 5-13 with a 7.05 ERA and 1.729 WHIP in 23 starts this season. Arrieta is 0-9 with a 9.92 ERA in his last 14 starts, allowing 54 earned runs in 49 innings.
Arrieta's teams are 0-11 in his last 11 starts. The Padres are 2-13 in their last 15 games as road underdogs. San Diego is 21-52 in its last 73 meetings in St. Louis. Bet the Cardinals Sunday.
|09-19-21||Dodgers v. Reds UNDER 9||8-5||Loss||-102||1 h 16 m||Show|
15* MLB Sunday Total DOMINATOR on Dodgers/Reds UNDER 9
The Reds have scored 5 runs or fewer in 12 consecutive games, including 4 runs or fewer in 11 of those. The Dodgers have scored 5 runs or fewer in eight of their last 10 games. The UNDER is 32-15-6 in Dodgers last 53 games overall. The UNDER is 9-2-1 in Reds last 12 games overall.
Clayton Kershaw is 9-7 with a 3.33 ERA and 0.985 WHIP in 19 starts this season. It's rare that you'll see a total this high in a game started by Kershaw. He is 4-2 with a 2.33 ERA and 0.965 WHIP in 12 career starts against the Reds, including 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in his last three starts against them while allowing just 2 earned runs in 23 innings.
Wade Miley is 12-6 with a 3.09 ERA in 27 starts this season, including 7-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 13 home starts. Miley has had great success against the Dodgers compared to most, going 4-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 17 career starts against them. Miley is 1-0 with a 0.78 ERA in his last five starts against the Dodgers, allowing 2 earned runs in 23 innings, the same as Kershaw. Take the UNDER in this game Sunday.
|09-19-21||Saints v. Panthers +4||Top||7-26||Win||100||111 h 5 m||Show|
25* NFC South GAME OF THE YEAR on Carolina Panthers +4
Talk about an overreaction. The betting public loved seeing what the Saints did last week to the big bad Green Bay Packers. They beat them 38-3 in an upset. But the Packers had chemistry and injury issues coming into the season due to Aaron Rodgers sitting out training camp. It was more bad Packers than it was good Saints, especially with the Packers giving the game away with three turnovers.
The lookahead line on this game was a pick 'em. Now the Saints are 4-point favorites, a 4-point adjustment. This despite the Panthers winning and covering in a 19-14 win over the Jets, doing what they were supposed to do. And the Panthers led that game 16-0 so it was a bigger blowout than the final score would indicate.
Sam Darnold was solid in his first start with the Panthers, and he should be even sharper in his second start under offensive genius Joe Brady. Darnold went 24-of-35 passing for 279 yards and a touchdown without an interception against the Jets. Having Christian McCaffrey back healthy makes all the difference for this team. He rushed for 98 yards on 21 carries, while also catching nine balls for 89 yards.
Speaking of injuries, the Saints are far from healthy. They are going to be without two of their best defensive players in CB Marshon Lattimore and DE Marcus Davenport. They are already without their best receiver in Michael Thomas., plus fellow receiver Tre'quan Smith is out as well. Starting C Erik McCoy went out last week and will miss this game, and this Saints offensive line will be up against an underrated Panthers defensive line that had 17 QB hurries last week. Jameis Winston just doesn't have many weapons right now, and he still needs to prove to me that he can be trusted to not turn the ball over.
Making matters worse is that the Saints have had eight members of the organization test positive for COVID. The total includes six offensive coaches, one player and a nutritionist. There will definitely be chemistry issues on the offensive side for the Saints, which is another factor working against Winston.
Sean Payton is 5-13 ATS in road games in the first two weeks of the season as the coach of the Saints. They are getting outscored by 2.8 points per game in this spot. New Orleans is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games vs. a team with a winning record. Carolina is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games as an underdog. The underdog is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings. Take the Panthers Sunday.
|09-19-21||Bengals +3 v. Bears||17-20||Push||0||111 h 5 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday UPSET SHOCKER on Cincinnati Bengals +3
The Cincinnati Bengals were very competitive before Joe Burrow went down with an injury last year. His 264 completions were the most ever by an NFL QB through their first 10 career games. His five 300-yard passing games tied a Bengals season-season record. He became the first rookie to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games.
Burrow has returned from his knee injury and actually got to play a drive in the preseason. Reports coming out of camp are that his arm is stronger than it was before and he is fully recovered. Burrow has a plethora of weapons now in WR's Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Ja'Marr Chase to go along with RB Joe Mixon. But the key is the upgrades on the offensive line, where the Bengals didn't allow a single sack in three preseason games.
I cashed in the Bengals last week as +3.5 home dogs to the Minnesota Vikings, and I'm back on them again this week as 3-point road dogs to the Chicago Bears. The Bengals led that game 21-7 in what was a bigger blowout than the final score showed. Burrow looked to be in midseason form, completing 20-of-27 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Mixon rushed for 127 yards and a score, and Chase went over 100 yards receiving in his first game in the NFL.
This is an improved front seven defensively for the Bengals as they held Dalvin Cook to 61 yards on 20 carries. They held the Vikings to just 3.0 yards per rush. That's important here because the Bears are going to be trying to run the ball, which is the only thing they did well last week against the Rams in rushing for 134 yards on 26 carries. But that's where the bright spots ended for the Bears.
They averaged just 4.7 yards per play compared to 7.7 yards per play for the Rams, getting outgained by 3.0 yards per play in their 34-14 loss. Andy Dalton was terrible and refused to try and stretch the field. He averaged just 4.4 yards per pass attempt, throwing for 188 yards on 40 attempts. More alarming may be this overrated Bears defense, which gave up 11.6 yards per pass attempt to Matthew Stafford. Burrow is going to have a field day against this defense, too.
The Bears are without LB Danny Trevathan, RB Tarik Cohen and NT Eddie Goldman. They could also be without T Jason Peters, who got hurt last week. There is just turmoil surrounding this team at the QB position with whether or not Andy Dalton should be the starter, and I just don't trust them right now.
Plays against favorites (Chicago) - after a game with a turnover margin of -2 or worse are 96-49 (66.2%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Bengals are 36-17-2 ATS in their last 55 September games. The Bears are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as home favorites. The underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Roll with the Bengals Sunday.
|09-19-21||Rams -3.5 v. Colts||Top||27-24||Loss||-110||111 h 5 m||Show|
20* NFL BLOWOUT GAME OF THE WEEK on Los Angeles Rams -3.5
The Los Angeles Rams were as impressive as anyone in Week 1. And they're a team I trust to carry it over into Week 2. They beat the Bears 34-14 at home. Matthew Stafford went 20-of-26 passing for 321 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover in his first start with the Rams.
This offense is going to be scary with how big of an upgrade he is over Jared Goff. The Rams averaged 7.7 yards per play on offense and held Chicago to 4.7 yards per play on defense, outgaining them by 3.0 yards per play. They had the top-ranked defense in the NFL last season and it will be dominant again this season.
The Colts are in a world of hurt right now. They lost their opener 28-16 at home to the Seahawks. They got a garbage time TD with two minutes left to make it look closer than it was. They managed just 16 points in Carson Wentz's debut against a bad Seattle defense. The Seahawks averaged 7.2 yards per play while the Colts managed just 4.7 yards per play, getting outgained by 2.5 yards per play.
Wentz has missed most of training camp and is rusty. Not helping matters is the cluster injuries along the offensive line and at receiver. They just lost tackle Eric Fisher to an Achilles injury last week. They are without their best receiver in T.Y. Hilton. This offense is a mess right now, and there are significant injuries on defense as well. This team just can't be trusted early in the season until they show me something.
This is arguably the best team in the NFC West in the Rams in a division that went 4-0 last week with four blowout victories up against the worst division in the NFL in the AFC South that went 1-3 last week. And the one win was the Texans over the Jaguars in a divisional matchup, so they were guaranteed to have at least one victory.
The Colts are 0-6 ATS in their last six games as home underdogs. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Sean McVey is 8-1 ATS in the first two weeks of the season as the coach of the Rams, and they are outscoring opponents by 16.2 points per game in this spot. This might be the public and square side, but it really will be as as easy as it looks in my opinion. Bet the Rams Sunday.
|09-18-21||Fresno State +11.5 v. UCLA||40-37||Win||100||45 h 23 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Late-Night BAILOUT on Fresno State +11.5
I like Fresno State head coach Kalen DeBoer, who took over for Jeff Tedford last year after serving as his offensive coordinator previously. It didn't go great in Year 1 but they did go 3-3 and will make a huge leap in Year 2. DeBoer welcomes back 19 starters, a potent offense and an improved defense.
QB Jake Haener is back after completing 64.7% of his passes for 2,021 yards with a 14-to-5 TD/INT ratio in just six games last year. Ronnie Rivers rushed for 507 yards and 7 TD in five games and made first-team All-Mountain West. All of his top receivers are back as nine starters return in all on offense.
Where the Bulldogs will be most improved is on defense, where they return 10 starters and each of their top 12 tacklers. That showed in their opener as they beat Connecticut 45-0 and held the Huskies to just 107 total yards. They came back the next week and nearly upset Oregon, losing 24-31 as 18-point underdogs. That performance looks even better now after Oregon just upset Ohio State last week on the road. The Bulldogs got back up off the mat and crushed Cal Poly 63-10 last week as 31.5-point favorites.
Haener is completing 73.6% of his passes for 1,009 yards with an 8-to-0 TD/INT ratio through three games. Rivers has rushed for 162 yards and a score. And seven different receivers have caught touchdown passes. This is one of the best offenses in the country, and the defense is so much better in giving up just 13.7 points per game, 246.3 yards per game and 3.6 yards per play thus far.
It's a great time to 'sell high' on UCLA, which is off to a 2-0 SU & 2-0 ATS start. The Bruins beat a bad Hawaii team 44-10 in their opener despite poor play from QB Dorian-Thompson Robinson, who I still have my concerns about with his inaccuracy. Several special teams blunders by Hawaii led to easy scores for UCLA.
Then the Bruins came back and upset LSU 38-27 at home. But that's a down LSU team that is missing more than a handful of starters due to injury, including their QB, RB and three of their best players on defense. The Bruins have had two weeks to hear about how good they are in the media after having a bye last week. They will come out complacent, and the bye week came at a terrible time as they had some momentum going.
The Bulldogs have been covering machines in going 37-17-2 ATS in their last 56 games overall, being grossly undervalued for years. Fresno State is 18-7-1 ATS in its last 26 road games. The Bulldogs are 20-6-2 ATS in their last 28 games following an ATS win. Fresno State is 5-0 ATS in its last five games vs. Pac-12 opponents. The Bulldogs are 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 games as underdogs. The Bruins are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games. UCLA is 1-5 ATS in its last six games vs. a team with a winning record. Roll with Fresno State Saturday.
|09-18-21||Auburn v. Penn State UNDER 53||20-28||Win||100||42 h 30 m||Show|
15* Auburn/Penn State ABC ANNIHILATOR on UNDER 53
Both Penn State and Auburn have been dominant defensively in the early going. This Penn State defense is giving up just 11.5 points per game, 5.0 yards per pass attempt and 2.9 yards per carry against two very good offenses thus far in Wisconsin and Ball State.
Now the Nittany Lions will hold this Auburn offense and Bo Nix in check. Nix has been tremendous at home throughout his career with a 20-to-1 TD/INT ratio at Jordan-Hare Stadium. But Nix has a 9-to-10 TD/INT ratio on the road while completing just 54.5% of his passes.
I know Auburn has played two cupcakes thus far in Akron and Alabama State, but the defensive numbers are impressive nonetheless. The Tigers have allowed just 5.0 points per game, 182.0 yards per game and 3.0 yards per play. This is a Penn State offense that managed just 16 points against Wisconsin, and they will struggle to score points against this Auburn defense as well.
The UNDER is 6-1 in Tigers last seven road games. The UNDER is 15-6 in Tigers last 21 games as underdogs. The UNDER is 4-0 in Nittany Lions last four September games. The UNDER is 5-2 in Nittany Lions last seven vs. SEC opponents. Take the UNDER in this game Saturday.
|09-18-21||Central Michigan +19.5 v. LSU||21-49||Loss||-110||42 h 6 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Central Michigan +19.5
Jim McElwain is in his third season at Central Michigan, which is when coaches usually do their best work. He came over from Florida and is familiar with the SEC. Now he gets his chance to face a second SEC team in three weeks to open the season, and he and his players will relish the opportunity and look at this as their Super Bowl.
McElwain wasted no time putting his stamp on this program in his first season, guiding the Chippewas to an 8-6 season and a trip to the MAC Championship Game. They did go just 3-3 last year but only had 10 starters back, and all three losses came to three of the best teams in the MAC in Ball State, Toledo (by 1) and Western Michigan (by 8).
But now McElwain has a whopping 20 starters back and will contend for a MAC Championship again this season. I was impressed with their 24-34 loss at Missouri in the opener as they covered as 14-point underdogs and put up 475 total yards on that Missouri defense. Then last week they shut out Robert Morris 45-0 to cover as 37.5-point favorites, avoiding the sandwich letdown. Now they go into LSU with a ton of confidence.
Oh how far the mighty have fallen. After winning the National Championship in 2019, LSU came back last season and went just 5-5. They have not impressed me at all thus far in 2021, either. They lost outright as favorites 27-38 at UCLA while giving up 470 total yards in their opener. Then last week they failed to cover as 38-point favorites in a 34-7 home win over McNeese State.
It's not all Ed Orgeron's fault, but he is probably getting a little complacent with his team. And no team has been hit harder by injuries in the early going than LSU. The Tigers are without starting QB Myles Brennan, starting RB John Emery, starting DE Ali Gaye, starting S Jay Ward and starting DE Glen Logan. Backup RB Armoni Goodwin is out, and starting RT Austin Deculus is questionable.
It's just hard to win by margin with the Tigers missing so much talent and so many starters to injury. Not to mention this is a flat spot for them with their SEC opener against Mississippi State on deck next week. And compound that with the fact that the Chippewas are much better than they get credit for nationally and treating this game like their Super Bowl, and we have a live underdog here Saturday.
LSU is 9-21 ATS in its last 30 games as a home favorite of 14.5 to 21 points. McElwain is 15-6 ATS as the coach of Central Michigan. The Chippewas are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game. Central Michigan is 4-0 ATS in its last four road games. Roll with Central Michigan Saturday.
|09-18-21||Utah State +9.5 v. Air Force||49-45||Win||100||42 h 6 m||Show|
15* Mountain West PLAY OF THE DAY on Utah State +9.5
Utah State went from 11-2 in 2018 to 7-6 in 2019 and just 1-5 last year. Gary Andersen was clearly not the answer over the last two seasons. So Utah State went out and hired Blake Anderson, who comes over from Arkansas State after leading the Red Wolves to six bowls in the past seven seasons.
Anderson brought with him some elite transfers from the Red Wolves in QB Logan Bonner, first-team All-Sun Belt LB Justin Rice and WR Brandon Browning. He inherits some good talent with 19 returning starters as well, so this isn't a rebuilding year. And that has been evident in the early going for the Aggies.
They made their mark in Week 1 with a 26-23 upset win at Washington State as 18-point underdogs. Then they avoided the letdown last week and crushed North Dakota 48-24 as 7.5-point favorites. The offense is averaging 37.0 points and 531.0 yards per game this season. Bonner is completing 66.7% of his passes for 533 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.
Now they take on an Air Force team that hasn't played very good competition thus far. The Falcons only beat Lafayette 35-14 as 40.5-point favorites in their opener. And while a 23-3 win over Navy last week would normally look good, keep in mind Navy lost to Marshall 49-7 in their opener. The Midshipmen are clearly one of the worst teams in the country this season. And this is a letdown spot for the Falcons off that win over their rivals.
Plays on underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points (Utah State) - a team with a poor scoring defense last season that allowed 31 or more points per game, after a game where 70 combined points or more were scored are 31-9 (77.5%) ATS since 1992. The Aggies are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 September games. This will be one of your final chances to 'buy low' on Utah State as the betting public will be catching on soon, so we'll take advantage here. Roll with Utah State Saturday.
|09-18-21||Padres v. Cardinals -115||Top||2-3||Win||100||9 h 48 m||Show|
20* MLB Saturday No-Doubt Rout on St. Louis Cardinals -115
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming up clutch down the stretch as usual as they try and get the 2nd wild card spot in the National League. They have won six straight and are 8-1 in their last nine games overall. They have scored 7 runs or more in four consecutive games and are seeing the ball well right now.
Conversely, the San Diego Padres are choking away the wild card down the stretch. They are 2-6 in their last eight games overall while scoring 4 runs or fewer in all six losses, including 2 runs or less in five of them.
Adam Wainwright has resurrected his career this season and has been one of the best starters in baseball. He is 16-7 with a 2.88 ERA and 1.030 WHIP in 29 starts, including 8-5 with a 2.71 ERA and 0.971 WHIP in 17 home starts. He has allowed 4 earned runs or fewer in 21 consecutive starts, including 3 runs or fewer in 18 of those.
Wainwright is 7-5 with a 2.69 ERA and 1.219 WHIP in 14 career starts against the Padres. He'll be opposed by Yu Darvish, who just cannot stay healthy this season and has struggled of late because of it. Darvish is 1-8 with a 7.67 ERA in his last 11 starts, allowing 46 earned runs in 54 innings. He is also 2-6 with a 6.33 ERA in 11 road starts this season.
The Padres are 2-12 in their last 14 games as road underdogs. San Diego is 21-51 in its last 72 meetings in St. Louis. Bet the Cardinals Saturday.
|09-18-21||South Carolina +32 v. Georgia||Top||13-40||Win||100||42 h 12 m||Show|
20* SEC GAME OF THE WEEK on South Carolina +32
For starters, this is the largest underdog role for South Carolina since 1999. So there's value here with the Gamecocks. Georgia hasn't beaten South Carolina by more than 32 points in any of the last 44 meetings, making for a 44-0 system backing the Gamecocks. You have to go all the way back to 1974 to find the last time the Bulldogs have won by this kind of margin.
I've been impressed with South Carolina's 2-0 start this season beating Eastern Illinois 46-0 and East Carolina 20-17. They've shown me enough to know that they can stay within 32 points of Georgia, a team that isn't looking to run up scores, but one that just wants to stay healthy, win and advance.
Speaking of health, Georgia has some serious injury issues on offense. Both QB's that have started the first two games of the season in JT Daniels and Stetson Bennett are banged up and questionable for this game. They also have cluster injuries at receiver with George Pickens out, Darnell Washington out, Arik Gilbert doubtful, Dominick Blaylock questionable and Arian Smith probable.
It's just a great time to 'sell high' on Georgia, which upset Clemson in the opener in the biggest game of the year thus far. Then they came back and won and covered without Daniels against UAB last week behind a brilliant performance from Bennett. This is the week to go against them now that their stock is as high as it can be.
The betting public wants nothing to do with this South Carolina team. They went 2-8 last year and have a first-year head coach in Shane Beamer. But he was one of the better hires in the country and is getting the most out of this team already. Beamer coached here under Steve Spurrier and was an assistant head coach under Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma, so he has learned under the best. He was also on Georgia's staff in 2016 and 2017 under Kirby Smart, which is a little hidden advantage for him.
Georgia is 6-18 ATS in its last 24 home games off a cover as a double-digit favorite. Smart is 0-6 ATS in home games off a cover as a double-digit favorite as the coach of Georgia having never covered in this role. The Bulldogs are 30-53 ATS in their last 83 games following an ATS win. The Gamecocks are 6-2 ATS in their last eight trips to Georgia. The road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet South Carolina Saturday.
|09-18-21||Georgia Southern +24 v. Arkansas||10-45||Loss||-110||39 h 37 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on Georgia Southern +24
This is the ultimate letdown and sandwich spot for Arkansas. They are coming off a 40-21 upset victory over Texas last week that saw their fans storm the field and tear the goal posts down. Now what's on deck next week? How about their SEC opener against Top 10 opponent Texas A&M. They clearly won't be up for this game, and that will allow Georgia Southern to hang around.
They are looking at a Georgia Southern team that just lost 38-6 at Florida Atlantic last week and thinking they just have to show up to win. But that game could have played out much differently if not for one play. The Eagles were driving in to go up two touchdowns early and turned the ball over in the red zone. It was all FAU from there, outscoring them 38-0 the rest of the way.
Georgia Southern is a sleeper in the underrated Sun Belt Conference this season. Chad Lunsford is in his 5th season here and has gone 10-3, 7-6 and 8-5 over the past three seasons. Four of their five losses last year came by one score with the only exception being their 14-point loss to Coastal Carolina, which was the best team in the conference last year and nearly went unbeaten.
They lost at Louisiana by 2, at Army by 1, at Georgia State by 6 and to Appalachian State by 8. Those were four very good teams last year that all made bowl games. So their only losses last year came to bowl teams. Now Lunsford has 16 returning starters with eight on both sides of the ball to work with in 2021.
It's a great time to 'buy low' on the Eagles after their 0-2 ATS start. The biggest reason for their poor start is that they have been without junior starting QB Justin Tomlin for their first two games. Lunsford said that Tomlin, who was out due to an academic suspension, will start Saturday against Arkansas. Tomlin has played in 16 games, including four starts. So they have had to play a pair of freshmen QB's up to this point.
Tomlin is the key to this triple-option attack of Georgia Southern. Arkansas only has one week to prepare for it and isn't used to seeing teams like this. They faced a run-heavy team in Rice in their opener in a game that was much closer than the final score would indicate. That game was actually tied 17-17 in the 4th quarter before Arkansas pulled away late for a 38-17 victory, including two touchdowns in the final four minutes.
The spot is just a terrible one for Arkansas here. They aren't used to having expectations and they are used to being the underdog. But now they have moved into the Top 20 in the polls after that win over Texas. And with the Aggies on deck, they aren't going to be putting their best foot forward here against the Eagles, who are treating this game against an SEC opponent as their Super Bowl. Take Georgia Southern Saturday.
|09-18-21||Kent State +23.5 v. Iowa||Top||7-30||Win||100||72 h 55 m||Show|
20* CFB DOG OF THE WEEK on Kent State +23.5
Sean Lewis has done one of the most underrated coaching jobs in the country at Kent State. He took over a team that hadn't won more than 4 games in any of the previous five seasons. And after going 2-10 in his first season in 2018, he got them to 7-6 in his 2nd season in 2019 and a bowl victory. They went 3-1 in a shortened season last year with their only loss to powerhouse Buffalo.
They returned 18 starters this season, including a future NFL QB in Dustin Crum and 10 starters on offense. Crum threw for nearly 1200 yards last season and accounted for 16 total touchdowns in only four games. He is a dual-threat that will give Iowa problems. Iowa isn't used to going up against these spread teams that run up-tempo offenses.
This is a massive letdown spot for the Hawkeyes if I've ever seen one. They are coming off back-to-back wins against ranked teams in Indiana and Iowa State. They won't be nearly as motivated to face Kent State as they were last week to win the Cy-Hawk trophy and shut up all the hype around their hated rivals in the Cyclones.
Iowa just doesn't have the kind of offense it takes to cover these big spreads. They are averaging just 238 yards per game and 3.8 yards per play on offense this season. They have simply won with defense by forcing seven turnovers that have resulted in three non-offensive touchdowns and set up several others.
They run a methodical offense eating up most of the play clock before each snap, which is also going to make it hard for them to cover this big number. They are winning in spite of poor play from QB Spencer Petras, who is completing just 50% (24-of-48) of his passes and averaging 126 passing yards per game and 5.1 per attempt.
I like the fact that Kent State already played a Top 10 team in Texas A&M in their opener so they won't be phased by playing a team like Iowa. The Hawkeyes are starting to read the press clippings and everything that comes with their Top 5 ranking. This is the week they start to believe the hype and have a flat performance.
The Golden Flashes are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games after accumulating more than 450 yards in their previous game. The Hawkeyes are 2-6 ATS in their last eight vs. MAC opponents. Bet Kent State Saturday.
|09-18-21||Dodgers v. Reds UNDER 8.5||5-1||Win||100||4 h 43 m||Show|
15* MLB Saturday Total DOMINATOR on Dodgers/Reds UNDER 8.5
This game sets up as a pitcher's duel between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds. Max Scherzer is making his case here down the stretch to win the Cy Young award. Sonny Gray has pitched his best down the stretch as well.
Scherzer is 14-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 0.821 WHIP in 27 starts this season with 219 K's in 162 innings. He has gone 7-0 with a 0.98 ERA in his last nine starts, allowing just 6 earned runs in 55 innings. Scherzer is 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA and 0.890 WHIP in eight career starts against the Reds as well.
Gray is 7-7 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.185 WHIP in 23 starts this season. He has gone 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his last five starts, allowing just 6 earned runs in 30 innings. Few starters have had as much success against the Dodgers as Gray, who has posted a 2.18 ERA and 0.726 WHIP in three career starts against them.
The Reds have scored 5 runs or fewer in 11 consecutive games, including 4 runs or fewer in 10 of those. The Dodgers have scored 5 runs or fewer in seven of their last nine games. The UNDER is 7-0 in Dodgers last seven games following a loss. The UNDER is 31-15-6 in Dodgers last 52 games overall. The UNDER is 8-2-1 in Reds last 11 games overall. Take the UNDER in this game Saturday.