|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|10-31-20||Coastal Carolina v. Georgia State +3||Top||51-0||Loss||-110||51 h 11 m||Show|
25* Sun Belt GAME OF THE YEAR on Georgia State +3
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are 5-0 this season and ranked No. 20 in the country. It’s time to ’sell high’ on this unbeaten team as they lose their first game of the season against a very underrated Georgia State squad Saturday.
Coastal Carolina lost starting QB Grant McCall to an injury last week and were still able to beat Georgia Southern. McCall is doubtful this week, and I don’t give them much of a chance to beat Georgia State without him. McCall has an 11-to-1 TD/INT ratio this season and has rushed for 184 yards and three scores. It’s a huge loss to say the least even though it didn’t matter last week because Georgia Southern wasn’t preparing for backup Fred Payton. Now with a week of game film on Payton, Georgia State will be prepared.
Georgia State is very close to being 4-0 this season. They lost to Louisiana-Lafayette in overtime 31-34. They crushed East Carolina 49-29 as a 2-point dog. They lost to Arkansas State 52-59 on the road in a game they deserved to win. And they went on the road and upset Troy 36-34 as 1.5-point dogs. The markets have mis-priced this team all season as they have been a dog in all four games against a brutal schedule.
Coastal Carolina is a team that prefers to run the football in averaging 44 rushing attempts for 188 yards per game and 4.3 per carry this season. Well, Georgia State has been the best team in the Sun Belt against the run, giving up just 97 rushing yards per game and 3.2 per carry.
I just like Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott who has gotten this team to a bowl game in two of his three seasons on the job. And this is his best team yet with 16 returning starters. The offense has great balance with 237 rushing yards per game and 229 passing yards per game. New starting QB Cornelius Brown is a great dual-threat with 917 passing yards and a 9-to-4 TD/INT ratio to go with 186 rushing yards and four scores.
Plays on home teams (Georgia State) - a great rushing team averaging at least 4.9 yards per rush against a good rushing team averaging between 4.3 and 4.8 yards, after allowing 100 or fewer rushing yards last game are 35-10 (77.8%) ATS over the last five seasons. Bet Georgia State Saturday.
|10-31-20||Boston College +32 v. Clemson||Top||28-34||Win||100||51 h 11 m||Show|
20* ACC GAME OF THE MONTH on Boston College +32
Note: I still like Boston College as a 20* play at the new opening line of +24 since the news that Trevor Lawrence has been announced out with Covid-19. It’s a 20* all the way down to +21.
Boston College just continues to be a money maker every year. They are 4-2 SU & 4-2 ATS this season. They are coming off a 21-point win over Georgia Tech last week. Their only two losses this season came to North Carolina and Virginia Tech, which are two of the best teams in the ACC.
They only lost 22-26 to North Carolina and were only outgained by 48 yards, which was one of their most impressive performances of the season. And their loss to Virginia Tech was very misleading as they were only outgained by 26 yards in that contest, but they committed five turnovers which led to the blowout. They can hang with Clemson here.
Clemson only beat a terrible Syracuse team by 26 last week as a 47-point favorite. And that was even with winning the turnover battle 4-1 for the game. Now this is a terrible spot for Clemson. They have a huge game on deck next week at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are unbeaten and the No. 4 ranked team in the country.
They will clearly be looking ahead to that game. They won’t be looking to play their starters late in this one if it gets out of hand, so the back door will always be open if we need it. But I fully expect Boston College to be covering wire-to-wire and giving Clemson a run for its money. The Tigers’ main goal will be making sure everyone is healthy heading into the Notre Dame game. And obviously, not having the best player in the country in Lawrence is a huge downgrade and worth more than the 7-8 points the oddsmakers have adjusted for his loss.
The Eagles are a sensational 21-6-1 ATS in their last 28 ACC games. Boston College is 19-7 ATS in its last 26 games as a road underdog. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet Boston College Saturday.
|10-31-20||Kansas State v. West Virginia -3.5||10-37||Win||100||51 h 11 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday No-Doubt Rout on West Virginia -3.5
This is the classic unranked team favored over the ranked team situation. Since 2017, unranked teams favored by 4 points or fewer against ranked teams have gone 11-2 SU & 11-2 ATS. I don’t play every one of these situations, but this one makes sense for the following reasons.
Kansas State is 4-1 despite getting outgained in four of their five games this season. And the only team they outgained was Kansas, and that was only by 61 yards last week in a very misleading final score. The Wildcats are getting outgained by 56.2 yards per game on the season.
Unlike Kansas State, West Virginia is much better than its 3-2 record would indicate. The Mountaineers have outgained all five of their opponents this season. They are outgunning teams by nearly 200 yards per game. They are averaging 460.8 yards per game on offense and giving up just 261.8 yards per game on defense. They are probably the single-most underrated team in the Big 12 this season.
Kansas State was able to get past TCU and Kansas without starting QB Skyler Thompson. But this is the game where his loss finally shows up. New starter Will Howard has been able to manage the game without him, but he’s going to have to step up and make more plays if the Wildcats are to win this week. And I just don’t think he has it in him. He completed just 42.1% of his passes for 117 yards with no touchdowns and an interception against TCU.
West Virginia is 4-0-1 ATS in its last five games as a home favorite. The Mountaineers win and win big here to hand the Wildcats their first conference loss of the season. Take West Virginia Saturday.
|10-31-20||Memphis v. Cincinnati OVER 55||10-49||Win||100||51 h 11 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Total DOMINATOR on Memphis/Cincinnati OVER 55
The oddsmakers have set this total too low for Saturday between Memphis and Cincinnati in a huge AAC showdown. The weather looks like perfect scoring conditions with a temperature in the 50s, sunny and only 5-10 MPH winds. This game should sail OVER the total Saturday.
Memphis is a dead nuts OVER team. They score 38.8 points per game and put up 569.8 yards per game this season. They give up 33.0 points per game and 567.8 yards per game on the year. Their style will lead Cincinnati to have to try and get in a shootout with them.
The Bearcats clearly have a great defense and that showed last week in their 42-13 win at SMU. But that was an SMU team that just lost their top receiver to injury. Memphis has an offense that is just loaded with talent everywhere and will find a way to hang a big number on this Cincinnati defense. And the Bearcats can keep pace as they are averaging 37.3 points per game on the season.
The OVER is 12-3 in Tigers last 15 games as an underdog. Take the OVER in this game Saturday.
|10-30-20||Hawaii v. Wyoming UNDER 60||Top||7-31||Win||100||39 h 8 m||Show|
20* Hawaii/Wyoming FS1 Late-Night BAILOUT on UNDER 60
The Wyoming Cowboys have been a dead nuts UNDER team under 7th-year head coach Craig Bohl. They have an elite defense and a terrible offense seemingly year in and year out. And I believe that to be the case again in 2020.
Indeed, Wyoming has scored just 25.4 PPG, 20.7 PPG and 23.5 PPG the last three years, respectively. But the Cowboys have only allowed 17.8 PPG, 22.0 PPG and 17.5 PPG the last three years, respectively, as well.
The 34-37 loss to Nevada in the opener has this total inflated tonight. But Nevada has one of the best offenses in the Mountain West this year under Jay Norvell with 10 starters back on that side of the ball. They lit up this Wyoming defense, which wasn’t prepared for them. And Wyoming had to throw the ball around the yard to try and play catch up, which isn’t their style.
Look for Wyoming to get back to their preferred game plan, which is to run the football and play elite defense. The last two years Wyoming averaged 215 rushing yards per game and only 136 passing in 2019 and 199 rushing and 131 passing in 2018. They clearly have QB problems again this year after starter Sean Chambers went out with a leg injury early against Nevada. Backup Levi Williams went just 16-of-31 passing in his absence and looked very inaccurate.
Hawaii scored 34 points on a bad Fresno State defense in the opener, but their defense came to play in limiting the Bulldogs to just 19 points. The offense is learning a new system under first-year head coach Todd Graham and the defense may have to carry the way early.
The last two matchups in this series went way UNDER the total. They combined for just 30 points in a 17-13 home victory for Hawaii in 2018. And the year prior they were tied 21-21 at the end of regulation before Wyoming won 28-21 in overtime.
Wyoming is 17-3 UNDER in its last 20 home games after playing a game where 60 total points or more were scored. Again, this number is inflated after their 71-point outburst against Nevada last week. It's also going to be cold in Laramie Friday night with 15-25 MPH winds. Bet the UNDER in this game Friday.
|10-29-20||Falcons v. Panthers -2.5||Top||25-17||Loss||-119||70 h 13 m||Show|
25* NFL Thursday Night GAME OF THE YEAR on Carolina Panthers -2.5
The Carolina Panthers are much better than they are getting credit for this season. Matt Rhule is doing a tremendous job of getting the most out of this team, and Teddy Bridgewater continues to be a covering machine dating back to his time with the Vikings and Saints. It was a great fit for the Panthers getting Bridewater, and he has had them competitive in every game they’ve played.
The Panthers are 3-2 SU & 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. They beat the Chargers and Falcons on the road while also topping the Cardinals at home. They only lost by a touchdown to the Bears at home and had a chance to force OT at the end. And last week they were in a tough spot facing a Saints team off a bye on the road, yet nearly knocked them off in a 24-27 loss as 7-point dogs.
And there’s good news on the horizon for the Panthers. Christian McCaffrey returned to practice Monday and there’s a very real possibility he’ll play Thursday. Either way, they have still been winning without him and will continue to do so if he doesn’t play. Getting him back would just be an added bonus. And I like backing home teams on these short weeks when possible, and I think there’s a ton of value getting the Panthers at -2.5 here under a field goal.
It’s going to be tough for the Falcons to get back up off the mat after the way they lost to the Lions Sunday. All Todd Gurley had to do was not score at the end and they could have kicked the game-winning field goal. Instead, they left just enough time for Matthew Stafford and Lions to drive down the field and score the game-winning touchdown on the final play of the game. I just don’t see how they can possibly bounce back from that gut-wrenching loss at the buzzer, especially not a 1-6 team like the Falcons with zero playoff aspirations.
The Panthers already beat the Falcons 23-16 in their first meeting this season in Atlanta. They racked up 437 total yards on the Falcons and held them to 369. They led 20-7 at half and really should have won by more. Bridewater went 27-of-36 passing for 313 yards and two touchdowns, while Mike Davis rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries. Both should have great games against this awful Atlanta defense that is giving up 29.6 points and 425.9 yards per game this season.
It’s also worth noting that this will be just the 2nd outdoor game of the season for the Falcons, who are built to play in a dome. In their first, they lost 16-30 at Green Bay as their offense just couldn’t get anything going. Their speed just doesn’t play nearly as well on a grass field like the one Carolina has. The Falcons are 0-5 ATS in their last five games on grass. Bet the Panthers Thursday.
|10-29-20||South Alabama +4 v. Georgia Southern||Top||17-24||Loss||-109||13 h 54 m||Show|
20* South Alabama/Georgia Southern ESPN No-Brainer on South Alabama +4
I’ve been a lot more impressed with South Alabama than Georgia Southern this season despite both teams having identical 3-2 records. The Jaguars have played the much tougher schedule and have exceeded expectations in four of their five games by going 4-1 ATS.
Georgia Southern is 3-2, but its three wins have come against Campbell, LA Monroe and UMass which are three of the worst teams they could have possibly faced. And they only beat Campbell by a single point 27-26 as 34.5-point favorites. They also only beat LA Monroe 35-30 as 19.5-point favorites.
That gives them a common opponent. Both have faced Louisiana-Monroe this season. South Alabama crushed LA-Monroe 38-14 while Georgia Southern only beat them by 5. The wrong team is favored in this Sun Belt showdown tonight.
Plays against favorite of 3.5 to 10 points (GA Southern) - off a road loss, a good team (60% to 80%) playing a marginal winning team (51% to 60%) are 33-8 (80.5%) ATS since 1992.
The Jaguars are 6-1 ATS in their last seven conference games. South Alabama is 8-0 ATS in its last eight games after allowing more than 280 passing yards last game. Bet South Alabama Thursday.
|10-27-20||Rays v. Dodgers OVER 8||Top||1-3||Loss||-112||27 h 13 m||Show|
25* MLB Playoffs TOTAL OF THE YEAR on Rays/Dodgers OVER 8
The OVER is 4-1 in this series. The first four games went OVER the total with combined scores of 11, 10, 8 and 15 runs. Game 4 went under, but there were five runs scored in the first three innings and only one run after. Both teams just didn’t capitalize on their many scoring opportunities for the first time in this series.
This pitching matchup in Game 6 lends itself to an OVER. The Dodgers will be going with Tony Gonsolin, who is 0-2 with a 9.54 ERA and 1.413 WHIP in two postseason starts this season. He only lasted 1 1/3 innings in Game 2, a 4-6 loss to the Rays that exposed the Dodgers’ bullpen. And this will be another bullpen game for the Dodgers, which is their biggest weakness.
Blake Snell is having a decent postseason, but the OVER is 3-1 in his last four starts. Snell just doesn’t go deep into games and that also exposes Tampa Bay’s bullpen. He is averaging just 4.6 innings per start on the season and 4.9 innings per start in the postseason. The OVER is 11-5 in Snell’s 16 starts in 2020. Gonsolin averages just 4.7 innings per start this season.
Tampa Bay is 92-65 OVER when the total is 7 to 8.5 over the last two seasons. The OVER is 14-3-1 in Rays last 18 games vs. NL West opponents. The OVER is 8-1 in the last nine meetings. The OVER is 6-1 in Dodgers last seven vs. AL East opponents. Bet the OVER in Game 6 Tuesday.
|10-26-20||Bears v. Rams UNDER 45.5||Top||10-24||Win||100||144 h 10 m||Show|
20* MNF TOTAL OF THE MONTH on Bears/Rams UNDER 45.5
Two of the best defensive teams in the NFL square off Monday night when the Los Angeles Rams host the Chicago Bears. Points are going to be hard to come by in this one, so we’ll side with the UNDER 45.5 points here. Both teams are 4-2 to the UNDER this season.
The Bears are 5-1 this season behind a defense that is giving up just 19.3 points and 337.2 yards per game. This defense is the only reason they are 5-1 because their offense has been putrid outside of a couple fourth quarter comebacks against both the lowly Lions and Falcons. The Bears average just 21.3 points and 312.8 yards per game.
The Rams are off to a 4-2 start this season behind a defense that gives up only 19.0 points and 318.5 yards per game. The Rams are also running at a much slower pace this season and not throwing the ball all over the yard. Instead, they have become more of a power running team, averaging 31 rush attempts per game compared to only 32 pass attempts. It’s clear Sean McVey doesn’t exactly trust Jared Goff.
The last two meetings in this series over the past two seasons have been extremely low-scoring. Indeed, the Rams won 17-7 at home last year for just 24 combined points. And the Bears won 15-6 in 2018 for 21 combined points during the Rams’ Super Bowl season.
The UNDER is 10-1 in Bears last 11 games following an ATS win. The UNDER is 6-1 in Bears last seven vs. a team with a winning record. The UNDER is 10-3 in Bears last 13 as road underdogs. The UNDER is 6-0 in Rams last six October games. The UNDER is 13-3 in Rams last 16 games as favorites. Bet the UNDER in this game Monday.
|10-25-20||Dodgers -155 v. Rays||Top||4-2||Win||100||9 h 0 m||Show|
20* Dodgers/Rays World Series No-Brainer on Los Angeles -155
The Clayton Kershaw postseason struggles are overblown. He has righted some wrongs so far this postseason by going 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA and 0.840 WHIP in four starts to improve to 9-3 with a 2.38 ERA and 0.840 WHIP in 14 starts this season.
Kershaw owned the Rays in Game 1, giving up just one earned run and three base runners in 6 innings of an 8-3 victory. He improved to 3-0 with a 1.77 ERA and 0.738 WHIP in three career starts against Tampa Bay.
Tyler Glanow has been rocked in his last two starts, going 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA while allowing 10 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings. He gave up 6 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings opposite Kershaw in Game 1.
The Dodgers are 50-19 in their last 69 games following a loss. Los Angeles is 14-2 in its last 16 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter. The Dodgers are 66-24 in their last 90 games vs. right-handed starters overall. Bet the Dodgers in Game 5 Sunday.
|10-25-20||49ers v. Patriots -2.5||Top||33-6||Loss||-102||116 h 23 m||Show|
25* NFL Non-Conference GAME OF THE YEAR on New England Patriots -2.5
It’s a great time to ‘buy low’ on the New England Patriots this week. They are coming off two straight losses to the Chiefs and Broncos where they also failed to cover. Now we are getting them at a great value as only 2.5-point home favorites over the San Francisco 49ers this week.
The losses are easily explainable. The Patriots have only had one padded practice in the last two weeks due to Covid-19 issues. They just haven’t had the time together they’ve needed. Yet they still gave the Chiefs all they wanted even without Cam Newton. They outgained the Chiefs by 34 yards but lost the turnover battle 4-1, which was the difference.
And last week Newton came back and was a little rusty. The defense did a good job of holding the Broncos to six field goals to give the offense a chance. And the Patriots had the ball with a chance to win it in the end. But they came up short, and you can bet Bill Belichick will have his team playing with a chip on its shoulder. I can’t remember the last time Belichick lost three straight games.
At the same time, it’s a great time to ’sell high’ on the San Francisco 49ers. They got their signature win last week against the Rams to bounce back from their embarrassing 43-17 loss to the Dolphins. But that was a bad spot for the Rams because they were playing their fourth road game in five games with three of those trips all the way out East. They predictably had an off game, and the 49ers took advantage.
Now the 49ers go from facing a fat and happy Rams team to a pissed off Patriots team. And the 49ers still have the same issues that got them off to an ugly start this season that included upset home losses as 6.5-point favorites or more to the Cardinals, Eagles and Dolphins. Their injury report is a mess, and it got worse last week.
The 49ers lost starting RB Raheem Mostert and starting C Ben Garland in the win over the Rams. They also had T Trent Williams get injured and his return is questionable this week. They were already missing CB Richard Sherman, C Richburt, DE Bosa, DT Thomas, DE Ford, DE Ansah, LB Alexander and CB Williams. The only team with possibly a worse injury report than the 49ers is the Eagles.
The Patriots are 49-24-1 ATS in their last 74 games following a loss. New England is 42-17-2 ATS in its last 61 October games. Bet the Patriots Sunday.
|10-25-20||Bucs v. Raiders +3||45-20||Loss||-120||116 h 3 m||Show|
15* Bucs/Raiders NBC Sunday Night BAILOUT on Las Vegas +3
The Las Vegas Raiders are better than they are getting credit for this season. That is the case again here as they are coming off their bye week yet they are still 3-point home underdogs to the Tampa Bay Bucs. We’ll gladly keep backing this team until the markets catch up to them.
The Raiders opened the season with a 34-30 win at Carolina and a 34-24 home win over the Saints. Both of those wins have aged well. Their loss to the Patriots wasn’t as bad as the score would indicate as they were only outgained by 31 yards by New England, and that was before the Patriots were hit with Covid-19 and playing well.
Then the Raiders lost 23-30 at home to Buffalo despite outgaining the Bills by 46 yards. And they bounced back with their most impressive win of the season, a 40-32 win at Kansas City as 11-point dogs. There was nothing fluky at all about that victory as they racked up 490 yards on the Chiefs and outgained them by 77 yards.
This team is finally starting to look like what John Gruden envisioned when he took over. They have a high-powered offense that is averaging 30.2 points and 399 yards per game this season. There is a lot of MVP talk surrounding Russell Wilson and others, but no mention of Derek Carr, which is a shame because he’s having a monster season. Carr is completing 73.1% of his passes for 1,442 yards with an 11-to-1 TD/INT ratio through five games.
I cashed in the Bucs last week against the Packers, but now it’s a good time to ’sell high’ on them after their misleading 38-10 win. They basically got 14 of those points off of back-to-back Aaron Rodgers interceptions. Tom Brady didn’t have to do much as he went 17-of-27 for 166 yards with two touchdowns and no picks. Brady is definitely showing his age a little more this season, and the Raiders clearly have the better quarterback in this matchup.
Bruce Arians is 3-13 ATS in road games when playing against a good team with a winning percentage between 60% and 75% in all games as a head coach. The Bucs are 0-6 ATS in this situation over the last three seasons. Tampa Bay is 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven games vs. a team with a winning record. We’ll back the rested, underrated team off their bye week catching points at home this week. Roll with the Raiders Sunday.
|10-25-20||Browns v. Bengals +3.5||Top||37-34||Win||100||113 h 58 m||Show|
20* AFC North GAME OF THE MONTH on Cincinnati Bengals +3.5
The Cincinnati Bengals are much better than their 1-4-1 record would indicate. They have three losses by 5 points or less as well as a tie this season. And their only blowout loss came 3-27 to the Baltimore Ravens, the same team that also beat Cleveland 38-6.
The Browns are way overrated with their 4-2 record right now. Their two losses have come by a combined score of 76-13 to the Ravens and Steelers. Those results have them actually getting outscored by 4.0 points per game on the season. To compare, Cincinnati is only getting outscored by 4.7 points per game. So getting +3.5 with the Bengals at home here is a nice value.
Plus, the Bengals want revenge from their 30-35 road loss to the Browns in their first meeting this season. And the Bengals are healthier since then as they just got AJ Green back from injury. They played great against the Colts on the road last week but couldn’t hold onto their 21-0 lead. Their kicker missed a key FG that could have turned the tide of that game late.
Things have gotten worse for the Browns since. Their lost their best running back in Nick Chubb, and the best thing they had going for them was their rushing attack this season. That’s because Baker Mayfield has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL, and now he’s dealing with a rib injury that limited him against the Steelers last week and eventually saw him replaced by Case Keenum. The Browns are only averaging 189 passing yards per game this season. Mayfield is averaging just 6.4 yards per attempt with a 10-to-6 TD/INT ratio.
Joe Burrow has looked great this season outside that game against the Ravens in which he didn’t have Green or Ross to throw the ball too. He is completing 65% of his passes for 1,617 yards through six games this season, averaging 269.5 yards per game. He torched the Browns for 316 passing yards and three touchdowns without an interception in their first meeting this season, and it should be more of the same Sunday. Burrow is living up to the hype that made him the #1 pick in the draft.
Cincinnati’s defense has improved greatly the last few weeks, especially against the run. They are only giving up 103 rushing yards per game in their last three games. They held the Ravens to just 332 total yards as that game was much closer than the final score would indicate, but unfortunately their offense couldn’t get anything going since Burrow was missing his main weapon in Green. He’s growing a great chemistry with Green, Higgins and Boyd as the Bengals have some of the most underrated weapons in the NFL.
Cleveland is 0-7 ATS in road games after the first month of the season over the last two seasons. The Browns are 16-39-1 ATS in their last 56 games following a loss. Cleveland is 1-8 ATS in its last nine road games. The Bengals are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss. Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall. Take the Bengals Sunday.
|10-24-20||Dodgers -163 v. Rays||Top||7-8||Loss||-163||15 h 8 m||Show|
20* Dodgers/Rays World Series No-Brainer on Los Angeles -163
The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing with a ton of confidence right now. They have won five of their last six with three of those being elimination games against the Atlanta Braves last series. They feel invincible right now.
I definitely am willing to lay the prices with the Dodgers when Kershaw, Buehler and Urias are pitching. Well, Urias takes the ball for Game 4 and is fresh having not pitched in this series yet. He has been lethal as a starter and out of the bullpen.
Indeed, Urias is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.145 WHIP in 2020. He has allowed just one earned run in 16 innings this postseason for a 0.56 ERA. And he has excelled in the postseason over the last four years, going 6-2 with a 2.84 ERA and 0.884 WHIP across 31 2/3 innings. Bet the Dodgers Saturday.
|10-24-20||Michigan v. Minnesota +3||49-24||Loss||-102||68 h 21 m||Show|
15* Michigan/Minnesota Big Ten ANNIHILATOR on Minnesota +3
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are coming off an impressive 11-2 season in PJ Fleck’s third year on the job last season. It concluded with an upset win over Auburn in the Outback Bowl. Fleck is proving he is one of the best coaches in college football with what he did at Western Michigan and now what he’s already doing at Minnesota.
Fleck welcomes back 13 starters this season. He’ll have yet another great offense with nine starters back from a unit that put up 34.1 points and 432 yards per game. The defense will take a step back with only four starters back, but Fleck has fielded a good defense in all three of his seasons here not once allowing more than 26.5 points per game, and roughly 22 points per game in two of the three seasons.
Jim Harbaugh remains one of the most overrated head coaches in the country. Last year Michigan was supposed to win the Big Ten with all they had returning, but they fell flat and finished 9-4 after getting crushed by Alabama in the bowl. Now this is one of his worst, least-experienced teams yet with only 11 returning starters. The Wolverines lose their top three tacklers on defense and QB Shea Patterson. They will be going with Dylan McCaffrey, who did not play well in limited action last year at quarterback.
Since 2006, Michigan is 1-20 SU on the road vs. ranked teams and losing by an average of 15 points per game. The Wolverines are also 6-15 ATS in this spot and failing to cover by 8 points per game. Enough said. Bet Minnesota Saturday.
|10-24-20||South Carolina v. LSU OVER 55||24-52||Win||100||68 h 41 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Total DOMINATOR on South Carolina/LSU OVER 55
Many expected LSU’s offense to drop off dramatically without Joe Burrow this season. But they have been just fine on that side of the ball this season. The problem has been on the defensive side for the Tigers. So I like the OVER 55 points here in this matchup with South Carolina.
LSU is scoring 38.7 points and averaging 467.3 yards per game this season. Defensively, the Tigers have been pitiful in giving up 32.0 points and 494.7 yards per game. So they are combining with their opponents for 70.7 points per game this season, which is much higher than this 55-point total.
South Carolina is improved offensively this season in averaging 30.5 points per game. Their defense has been average in giving up 24.5 points per game. The Gamecocks will get their points against this LSU defense, but they will be up against the best offense they have faced this season maybe outside Florida, which lit them up for 38 points.
The OVER is 8-1 in Gamecocks last nine games after gaining fewer than 170 passing yards in their previous game. The OVER is 4-1 in Tigers last five games overall. The OVER is 4-0 in Tigers last four games after allowing more than 450 yards in their previous game. The forecast is great scoring conditions too with 84 degrees and only 7 MPH wins Saturday in Baton Rouge. Take the OVER in this game Saturday.
|10-24-20||Notre Dame v. Pittsburgh +11||Top||45-3||Loss||-110||64 h 23 m||Show|
20* Notre Dame/Pitt ACC No-Brainer on Pittsburgh +11
It’s a great time to ‘buy low’ on the Pittsburgh Panthers this week. They have lost three straight after opening the season 3-0. Two of the losses came by exactly one point each, so they are very close to being a 5-1 team.
Last week they failed to cover as 11.5-point closing dogs in a 12-point loss to Miami. Me and my clients cashed in Pitt +13.5 earlier in the week, so they cashed for us. And I’m back on them again this week for many of the same reason.
Like I stated before, Pitt could easily be 5-1 right now and are undervalued because of their 3-3 record. They have one of the best defenses in the country, which keeps them in games. They give up just 20.3 points, 275 yards per game and 4.3 yards per play on the season.
Pitt’s offense has been shaky at times, but they are still putting up a solid 29.3 points per game. I know starting QB Kenny Pickett did not play last week and is questionable to return this week. But backup Joey Yellen played well against a good Miami defense last week. He threw for 277 yards and a touchdown in his Pitt debut. Another week of practice here will do the Arizona State transfer wonders. And there’s a chance Pickett plays, which would only be a bonus.
This is as much of a fade of Notre Dame as it is a play on Pitt this week. The Fighting Irish are ranked 3rd in the country right now, but they are nowhere near the 3rd-best team in the country. It has them overvalued being ranked this high.
Notre Dame only beat Duke by 14, failed to cover as 20.5-point favorites against Florida State and only beat Louisville by 5 last week as 15.5-point favorites. That gives Pitt and Notre Dame a common opponent in Louisville. Pitt beat Louisville 23-20 but it was a bigger blowout than the score would indicate. The Panthers outgained the Cardinals by 153 yards. Notre Dame only outgained Louisville by 105 yards in their 12-7 win last week.
So you could make the argument that Pitt is actually the better team based on that head-to-head comparison. And they certainly aren’t 11 points worse than Notre Dame. Their defense will keep them in this game, just as it did last time these teams met in 2018. Pitt only lost 14-19 as 21-point road underdogs. The Panthers are 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings. The underdog is 9-1-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings. Now Pitt gets Notre Dame at home, and this will be the first road game of the season for the Fighting Irish, which is always a tough situation.
Notre Dame is 9-25 ATS in its last 34 games vs. good defensive teams that give up 285 or fewer yards per game. The Panthers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games vs. a team with a winning record. Pitt is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games after scoring less than 20 points in its previous game. There’s a ton of value on the Panthers catching double-digits at home this weekend. Take Pittsburgh Saturday.
|10-24-20||Middle Tennessee State v. Rice -3.5||Top||40-34||Loss||-107||64 h 12 m||Show|
20* Conference USA GAME OF THE MONTH on Rice -3.5
The Rice Owls should be one of the most improved teams in the country this season. Mike Bloomgren came over from Stanford and has turned the Owls into a poor man’s version of the Cardinal. And now Bloomgren is in Year 3 with all of his players in place to run his schemes. They have 17 returning starters.
After starting 0-9 last year with four losses by a single score, the Owls went 3-0 inter final three games with upset victories over Middle Tennessee and North Texas as well as a crushing of UTEP. Now the Owls have a ton of momentum heading into 2020 and can’t wait to show the college football world how improved they are. I like their chances of making a bowl game for the first time since 2014.
Now the Owls finally get to play their opener against one of the worst teams in college football in Middle Tennessee, a team they upset last year as 14-point dogs. Middle Tennessee is 1-5 this season with its only victory coming against a bad FIU team by a final of 31-28. They are getting outscored by 15.7 points per game on the season.
Rice is a power-running team that will be able to run the football at will on a soft Middle Tennessee defense that is giving up 256 rushing yards per game and 5.6 per carry. They allowed 52 points, 768 total yards and 462 rushing yards to a terrible North Texas team last week in a 35-52 loss.
Plays against again team (Middle Tennessee) - a poor team outscored by 7 or more points per game, after scoring 31 or more points in two straight games are 37-10 (78.7%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a losing record. Bet Rice Saturday.
|10-24-20||Iowa State +3.5 v. Oklahoma State||Top||21-24||Win||100||64 h 12 m||Show|
20* Iowa State/Oklahoma State Big 12 No-Brainer on Iowa State +3.5
The Iowa State Cyclones have bounced back nicely from their fluky loss to Louisiana in the opener. They have gone 3-0 in Big 12 play and faced the gauntlet. They took care of TCU on the road, upset Oklahoma 37-30 as a 7.5-point home dog and crushed Texas Tech 31-15 as a 9.5-point home favorite in a game that was a bigger blowout than the final score would indicate. They had 516 yards of total offense and one of Texas Tech’s two touchdowns came on a blocked FG return TD.
Oklahoma State couldn’t have played a much softer schedule to this point. They were actually outgained by Tulsa in their 16-7 win in their opener. Their 27-13 win over WVU was much closer than the final score would indicate as they were outgained by 11 yards by the Mountaineers. And their blowout win over Kansas is nothing to be proud of because everyone is crushing Kansas this season.
Home-field advantage has meant nothing in this series in recent meetings. The road team is 4-1 SU & in the last five meetings. Iowa State won 48-42 as 10-point dogs two years ago at Oklahoma State. And I fully expect the Cyclones to pull the ‘upset’ here. It won’t be an upset to me because the Cyclones are the best team in the Big 12 in my opinion.
Iowa State is 20-7-1 ATS in its last 28 games as an underdog. Matt Campbell is 21-8 ATS as an underdog as the coach of Iowa State. Campbell is 15-2 ATS in October games as the coach of the Cyclones. Iowa State is 7-0 ATS after allowing 125 or fewer rushing yards in two straight games over the last three seasons. The Cyclones only give up 97 rushing yards and 2.9 per carry this season, so they have what it takes to shut down Chuba Hubbard and Oklahoma State’s rushing attack. Roll with Iowa State Saturday.
|10-23-20||Dodgers -145 v. Rays||Top||6-2||Win||100||27 h 58 m||Show|
20* Dodgers/Rays World Series No-Brainer on Los Angeles -145
Walker Buehler has been dominant in the postseason throughout his career. And nothing has changed this season as he is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his last three postseason starts.
Buehler has improved to 2-1 with a 2.44 ERA and 1.030 WHIP in 10 postseason starts over the past three seasons. He has allowed just 15 earned runs and 36 hits in 55 1/3 innings with 73 strikeouts in his postseason career.
Charlie Morton has put up solid postseason numbers as well for the Rays this season, which is why this line is as low as it is for Buehler. But I think Buehler is easily the better starter in this matchup, and he will go deep into this game and set things up for most likely the Dodgers’ two best relievers in Julio Urias and Kenley Jansen.
The Dodgers are 43-13 in their last 56 games after a game where their bullpen threw 6 or more innings. Los Angeles is 49-19 in its last 68 games following a loss. The Dodgers are 42-14 in their last 56 games as favorites. Bet the Dodgers Friday.
|10-23-20||Tulsa -10 v. South Florida||Top||42-13||Win||100||44 h 13 m||Show|
20* Tulsa/USF ESPN No-Brainer on Tulsa -10
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have held their own against two of the best teams in the country in Oklahoma State and UCF. They were 23.5-point dogs to Oklahoma State and only lost 7-16 while actually outgaining the Cowboys. Then they upset UCF 34-26 as 20.5-point dogs and were only outgained by 17 yards.
Now Tulsa is ready to go after having three weeks off in between games. That should have them focused to face a South Florida team that has been a punching bag thus far. USF is 1-4 with its only win over FCS The Citadel in its opener. The Bulls have since gone 0-4 in their last four games while while getting outscored by an average of 23.8 points per game. They even lost by 20 at home to a bad East Carolina team. It will be more of the same here against Tulsa.
The Bulls are 1-8 ATS in their last nine conference home games. The Golden Hurricane are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games. South Florida is 0-5 ATS in its last five games following an ATS win. Bet Tulsa Friday.
|10-22-20||Giants +4.5 v. Eagles||Top||21-22||Win||100||48 h 18 m||Show|
20* Giants/Eagles NFC East No-Brainer on New York +4.5
Few teams have been hit harder by injuries than the Philadelphia Eagles. They are missing nine starters on offense and five backups to injury. Not to mention, they are missing several big names on the defensive side of the ball as well.
It’s no wonder the Eagles are off to a 1-4-1 start this season. And they used everything they had to try and come back against the Ravens last week after they found themselves trailing 24-6 entering the 4th quarter. They outscored the Ravens 22-6 in the final period, but came up a 2-point conversion short.
When teams lose a heartbreaker like that, I like to fade them the next week. And this is the perfect time to do so because now the Eagles are on a short week and will certainly be fatigued and not fully recovered. They already lack depth across the board with all these injuries and should not be this big of a favorite because of it.
The Giants are squarely in the NFC East race, just like the Eagles, because the division has been so bad. What the Giants have going for them is probably the best defense in the division if it’s not Washington. They have held three of their first six opponents to 19 or fewer points and have a defense that can keep them in ball games.
The last three weeks they have played much better than the first three. They took the Rams to the wire on the road, held a late lead against the Cowboys on the road, and beat Washington at home. They will be in this game for four quarters, so getting +4.5 is a nice value.
The Giants have been a great bet on the road over the years, especially recently. New York is 19-7 ATS in its last 26 road games. The Giants are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games as road underdogs. New York is 8-1 ATS as a road dog of 3.5 to 7 points over the last three seasons. Philadelphia is 0-4 ATS in its last four games as a home favorite. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Bet the Giants Thursday.
|10-22-20||Arkansas State +13.5 v. Appalachian State||17-45||Loss||-108||20 h 13 m||Show|
15* Arkansas State/Appalachian State ESPN ANNIHILATOR on Arkansas State +13.5
I’ve seen enough from Arkansas State to know they can hang with Appalachian State this season. They are 3-2 SU & 4-1 ATS so they have exceeded expectations thus far. And I think the oddsmakers are off on them again here as 13.5-point underdogs to the Mountaineers.
The Red Wolves only lost by 13 to Memphis on the road as 18.5-point dogs in the opener. They upset Kansas State 35-31 as 15-point road dogs the next week, and Kansas State is unbeaten in the Big 12 now. Memphis just upset UCF last week. So those two performances have aged well. They also beat Central Arkansas by 23 as 14.5-point favorites and topped a good Georgia State team 59-52 as 3.5-point favorites.
I think you can throw out their performance against Coastal Carolina. They were dealing with Covid and Coastal Carolina played keep away the whole game. They controlled the ball for over 41 minutes in that contest to just 18 and change for the Red Wolves. And keep in mind Coastal Carolina is now ranked No. 25 in the country, unbeaten and coming off a win against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Appalachian State is on its third head coach in three years. At some point, this turnover is going to hurt the program, and it will be sooner rather than later. It appears to be showing this season as the Mountaineers are 2-1 SU but 0-3 ATS. They only won by 15 as 17-point home favorites over a bad Charlotte team. They failed to cover as a 35.5-point favorite against Campbell, which has gotten rolled by everyone. And they lost 7-17 to Marshall as a 6.5-point favorite in their toughest game thus far. This isn’t the same dominant App State team we’ve seen from the past two years, but they are being priced like they are that same team in 2020.
Plays on road underdogs (Arkansas State) - after covering the spread in four of their last five games, winning between 51% and 60% of their games on the season are 32-9 (78%) ATS over the last 10 seasons. The Red Wolves are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as underdogs. Take Arkansas State Thursday.
|10-21-20||Rays +140 v. Dodgers||6-4||Win||140||12 h 49 m||Show|
15* Rays/Dodgers World Series ANNIHILATOR on Tampa Bay +140
I’m taking the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 here at a great underdog value. Unlike Game 1, they actually have the advantage on the mound tonight with Blake Snell over Tony Gonsolin.
Snell posted a 3.24 ERA and 1.200 WHIP during the regular season for the Rays. He has a 2.88 ERA and 1.200 WHIP in seven postseason appearances over the last two years that has included five starts. The guy can handle the big stage.
Tony Gonsolin had a great regular season, but he has really struggled in the postseason thus far. He has posted a 9.95 ERA and 1.737 WHIP with seven earned runs and two homers allowed in 6 1/3 innings. The Rays’ best chance to get back into this series is tonight against Gonsolin and the Dodgers’ bullpen.
The Rays are 16-5 in their last 21 games following a loss. Tampa Bay is 43-18 in its last 61 games overall. Bet the Rays in Game 2 Wednesday.
|10-20-20||Rays v. Dodgers -170||Top||3-8||Win||100||9 h 43 m||Show|
20* Rays/Dodgers World Series No-Brainer on Los Angeles -170
The Los Angeles Dodgers feel like this is their year finally. They came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves in three nail biters in Game 5, 6 and 7. You can only imagine the kind of confidence they are feeling after accomplishing that feat.
Now it’s time for Clayton Kershaw to right some past wrongs in the World Series, starting with Game 1 tonight. Kershaw is 8-3 with a 2.44 ERA and 0.866 WHIP in 13 starts this season, including 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 0.947 WHIP in three postseason starts.
He’ll be opposed by Tyler Glasnow, who is 7-2 in spite of a 4.23 ERA in 15 starts this season. Glasnow is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.350 WHIP in his last there postseason starts.
The Dodgers are 64-24 in their last 88 games vs. a right-handed starter, including 10-1 in their last 11 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter. Bet the Dodgers in Game 1 Tuesday.
|10-19-20||Cardinals v. Cowboys +1.5||Top||38-10||Loss||-110||75 h 47 m||Show|
20* Cardinals/Cowboys ESPN No-Brainer on Dallas +1.5
It’s time to ‘buy low’ on the Dallas Cowboys Monday night. They are 0-5 ATS on the season having not once covered the spread. They were favored in four of their first five games, and now they are home underdogs for the first time all season. That’s why this is a ‘buy low’ spot and a great value on the Cowboys.
A lot is being made of the injury to Dak Prescott, but fortunately for the Cowboys they have one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL in Andy Dalton. And he put up even better numbers than Dak Prescott did in his first four seasons in the NFL. Dalton has the luxury of having arguably the most offensive talent around him of anyone in the NFL.
Dalton used that talent to guide the Cowboys on a game-winning drive to beat the Giants last week, 37-34, after replacing Prescott. He finished 9-of-11 for 111 yards in the win and threw some great sideline routes where his receivers made some great plays for him as well. This offense is going to keep on humming.
The Cardinals are 3-2 this season, but their three wins have come against the Jets, 49ers and Washington who are a combined 3-12 on the season. They also lost to the Lions and Panthers. This is easily the toughest test of the season for the Cardinals, and I think they are getting too much respect from oddsmakers off their blowout win over the hapless Jets last week.
The Cardinals are 1-8-2 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game. Arizona is 1-7 ATS in its last eight Monday night games. Dallas is 4-0 ATS in its last four games as a home underdog. The Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last five Monday night games. The home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. Dallas is 4-1 ATS in its last five home meetings with Arizona. Bet the Cowboys Monday.
|10-18-20||Braves v. Dodgers -139||Top||3-4||Win||100||11 h 12 m||Show|
20* Braves/Dodgers NLCS No-Brainer on Los Angeles -139
The Los Angeles Dodgers have all the momentum now after erasing a 3-1 deficit to come back and tie this series at three games apiece. I expect them to finish the deal in Game 7 at a nice value as this is their smallest favorite role of the entire series at -139.
As of this writing, the Dodgers are undecided on a Game 7 starter. The Braves will go with Ian Anderson. It’s likely to be Tony Gonsolin for the Dodgers, who went 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 0.836 WHIP this season. I’m not concerned with who they name as their starter because the Dodgers are likely to be bigger favorites by game time, so locking in this -139 is the right move early due to the uncertainty at starting pitcher. Bet the Dodgers in Game 7 Sunday.
|10-18-20||Packers v. Bucs +1||10-38||Win||100||47 h 58 m||Show|
15* Packers/Bucs Late-Afternoon ANNIHILATOR on Tampa Bay +1
Not all bye weeks are created equal. Some come at better times than others. And I actually think this is a bad time for the Packers to have a bye. They had a ton of momentum with their 4-0 start, but now that momentum comes to a halt here.
Now the Packers go into their bye week feeling fat and happy instead of hungry. And it’s not the normal advantage for the Packers because their opponent played last Thursday, so it’s a mini-bye week for the Tampa Bay Bucs. And we have a hungry Bucs team coming off a bad last-second loss to the Bears in which they blew a 13-0 lead.
Getting Tom Brady off a loss as a home underdog is a great proposition. I don’t think we’ve ever had a chance to back him as a home dog off a loss, at least not that I can remember. And Brady now should have nearly his full compliment of weapons. Chris Godwin will return from a couple game absence, and Mike Evans and Scotty Miller are both expected to play as well. The Bucs are about as healthy as they’ve been all season.
It’s just a great time to ’sell high’ on the Packers, who have feasted on an easy schedule thus far. Their 4-0 record has come against teams that are a combined 5-14 on the season. This will be their stiffest test yet, and I expect the Bucs to hand them their first defeat.
The Bucs get a lot of praise for their explosive offense, but it is their underrated defense that makes them so good. The Bucs are among the best teams in the NFL in giving up just 298.2 yards per game and 5.2 yards per play. They are holding opponents to 62 yards per game below their season averages. The Packers give up 6.4 yards per play, which is one of the worst marks in the NFL.
Plays on underdogs or PK (Tampa Bay) - off an upset loss as a road favorite, winning between 51% & 60% of their games on the season are 40-14 (74.1%) ATS since 1983. Tampa Bay is 15-4 ATS in its last 19 games off an upset loss as a road favorite. Bruce Arians is 9-1 ATS as a home underdog of 3 points or less in all games he has coached. Roll with the Bucs Sunday.
|10-18-20||Bengals +8 v. Colts||Top||27-31||Win||100||93 h 25 m||Show|
20* AFC GAME OF THE WEEK on Cincinnati Bengals +8
The Cincinnati Bengals played four straight one-score games to start the season. They finally got their first taste of victory in Week 4 against the Jaguars after some tough losses the first three weeks. And I think they exhaled and relaxed last week in their blowout loss to the Ravens.
Cincinnati’s defense played well enough to win that game, holding the Ravens to just 332 total yards and 5.4 yards per play. But their offense couldn’t get anything going and committed three turnovers. Their offense should get back to playing how it was before that game.
The Bengals had averaged nearly 29 points per game in their three games prior to the Ravens. AJ Green sat out last week, but he is expected back this week so Burrow will have his favorite target back. And there’s a good chance the Bengals get John Ross back from a four-game absence at receiver too. He has been upgraded to questionable this week.
The Bengals should be able to hang with a suspect Indianapolis offense that just isn’t very good led by Philip Rivers. He is a shell of his former self, and he doesn’t have nearly the weapons in Indy that he did with the Chargers. Rivers has a 4-to-5 TD/INT ratio on the season through five games.
And keep in mind the Colts have played one of the easiest schedules in the NFL thus far. Their defense was exposed for 32 points by the Browns last week. They were missing their best player on defense in LB Darius Leonard, and he is doubtful to suit up again this week. The Colts have key injuries on both sides of the ball outside Leonard as well.
This line should be less than a touchdown in my opinion, so getting eight points with the Bengals is a nice value considering they have played in four one-score games in five weeks with the lone exception being the dominant Ravens. You want Rivers as an underdog, you don’t want him when he’s laying points, especially not when he is laying more than a touchdown like he is in this game.
The Bengals are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games as road underdogs. Bet the Bengals Sunday.
|10-18-20||Browns v. Steelers -3.5||Top||7-38||Win||100||44 h 33 m||Show|
20* NFL BLOWOUT GAME OF THE WEEK on Pittsburgh Steelers -3.5
The Cleveland Browns are getting too much respect from oddsmakers now after going 4-0 SU & 3-1 ATS in their last four games overall against a soft schedule. They have faced the Bengals, Redskins and Colts at home as well as the Cowboys on the road. It’s time to ’sell high’ on the Browns.
Their big step up in class game came back in Week 1 when they lost 6-38 at Baltimore. And now this is another step up in class here against a Pittsburgh Steelers team that is 4-0 SU & 3-1 ATS this season. But oddsmakers aren’t giving the Steelers the respect they deserve.
Pittsburgh’s offense is back to being as dominant as it was in years’ past. With a healthy Ben Roethlisberger back under center, the Steelers have scored at least 26 points in every game. They have one of the best defenses in the NFL to boot, giving up just 302 yards per game. They are the more complete team and should be more than 3.5-point favorites in this matchup.
The Browns have a soft as butter defense that gives up 29.8 points and 382.6 yards per game this season. The Browns have been able to run the ball offensively, but Baker Mayfield is going to have to do more than he has been asked to do to this point. That’s because the Steelers only allow 64 rushing yards per game and 3.3 per carry. This is where the bad Baker comes out.
Pittsburgh is 16-0 SU in its last 16 home meetings with Cleveland. The Steelers are 23-2 SU in their last 25 meetings with the Browns with Big Ben under center. The Browns are 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games. Cleveland is 7-23-2 ATS in its last 32 games vs. a team with a winning record. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Bet the Steelers Sunday.
|10-18-20||Bears v. Panthers -1||23-16||Loss||-107||44 h 33 m||Show|
15* NFC PLAY OF THE DAY on Carolina Panthers -1
What more do the Carolina Panthers have to do to get some respect from oddsmakers? Teddy Bridgewater has clearly been one of the most underrated starters in the NFL. He has guided the Panthers to a 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS run in his last three starts. And keep in mind the Panthers were competitive with both the Raiders and Bucs in losses to open the season.
It’s time to ’sell high’ on the Chicago Bears, who could easily be 0-5 instead of 4-1. They are the most fraudulent team in the NFL in my opinion. They had a 17-point 4th quarter comeback against the Lions and a 16-point 4th quarter comeback against the Falcons. They had to get a stop to beat the Giants by 4. And they got a last-second field goal to beat the Bucs. In their lone loss, they were dominated by the Indianapolis Colts at home.
The numbers tell the story of which team is a fraud and which is not. The Panthers are outgaining opponents by 44 yards per game on the season behind an offense that is putting up nearly 400 yards per game. The Bears are getting outgained by 20.8 yards per game with a pitiful offense that averages just 323.2 yards per game.
Chicago is 0-6 ATS in road games after the first month of the season over the last two seasons. Carolina is 6-0 ATS off an upset win as an underdog over the last three seasons. The Bears are 1-6 ATS in their last seven vs. a team with a winning record. Chicago is 0-5 ATS in its last five games following an ATS win. Take the Panthers Sunday.
|10-18-20||Lions -3 v. Jaguars||34-16||Win||100||44 h 33 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Detroit Lions -3
The Detroit Lions are coming off their bye and have a chance to regroup and rebound here against a hapless Jacksonville Jaguars team. I love the spot for the Lions, who are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games coming off a bye week.
There’s no question the Lions are better than they have shown. They should be 2-2 right now but blew a 17-point lead in the 4th quarter to the Bears. Their other two losses came to the Packers and Saints, which are forgivable. They also beat a good Cardinals team on the road.
So this is easily a big step down in class for Detroit, which has played one of the toughest schedules in the NFL to this point. They face a Jaguars team that should be 0-5. They were outgained by over 200 yards by the Colts in their lone win, a fluky won. And they’ve gone on to go 0-4 in their last four games overall while getting outscored by 45 points, or by an average of 11.3 points per game. They lost by 18 to the Dolphins, by 8 to the Bengals and by 16 to the Texans, and you could make the argument that the Lions are better than all three of those teams.
Matthew Stafford should have the offense hitting on all cylinders against a soft as butter Jaguars defense that is giving up 29.4 points and 416.8 yards per game. They’ve traded away or lost in free agency almost all of their talent on the defensive side of the ball. Gardner Minshew is a solid quarterback, but he’s in over his head with the lack of talent surrounding him on offense as well.
Plays on any team (Detroit) - a good offensive team averaging 5.4 to 5.8 yards per play against a team with a terrible defense that is allowing 5.8 or more yards per play, after being outgained by 100 yards or more in their last game are 28-6 (82.4%) ATS over the last five seasons. Take the Lions Sunday.
|10-17-20||Astros v. Rays -115||Top||2-4||Win||100||12 h 52 m||Show|
20* Astros/Rays ALCS No-Brainer on Tampa Bay -115
We get to fade Lance McCullers and his terrible road numbers here in Game 7 Saturday. He has some of the most drastic home/road splits in baseball and he has his entire career in Houston.
McCullers is 12-18 with a 4.99 ERA and 1.451 WHIP in his career on the road. In 2020 alone, he is 0-3 with a 7.33 ERA and 1.714 WHIP in six starts away from home.
The Astros are 2-11 in their last 13 games after scoring five runs or more in their previous game. The Rays are 15-4 in their last 19 games following a loss. Tampa Bay is 56-22 in its last 78 games vs. a right-handed starter. Roll with the Rays in Game 7 Saturday.
|10-17-20||Boston College +12.5 v. Virginia Tech||Top||14-40||Loss||-110||76 h 25 m||Show|
20* ACC GAME OF THE WEEK on Boston College +12.5
Virginia Tech’s injury report is a mess. They were missing double-digit players due to Covid-19 last week against North Carolina. They trailed 42-17 early in the 3rd quarter before the Tar Heels let their foot off the gas and resulted in a 56-45 UNC victory.
That high-scoring game had to take a lot out of Virginia Tech. Their soft as butter defense was gashed for 656 total yards by UNC. They will still be feeling the after-affects of that game heading into this showdown with Boston College even if they get a few players back from Covid-19 absences. Either way, they should not be double-digit favorites over Boston College.
The Eagles are off to a 3-1 start this season that includes an impressive upset win at Duke 26-6 and an upset win over Pittsburgh at home. Their only loss came to one of the best teams in the country in North Carolina by a final of 22-26. They were only outgained by 48 yards by the Tar Heels.
That gives these teams two common opponents, and going off that Boston College has fared better against Duke and UNC than Virginia Tech has. They outscored UNC and Duke by a combined 16 points, while Virginia Tech was outscored by a a combined 4 points against those two teams. They only beat Duke 38-31. If anything, Boston College has been the better team to this point and should not be a double-digit dog.
The Eagles are 20-5-1 ATS int emir last 26 conference games. Virginia Tech is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games as a favorite. Boston College is 53-33 ATS in its last 86 games as a road underdog, including 19-7 ATS in its last 26 games as a road dog. The Eagles are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings, including outright wins each of the last two seasons. Bet Boston College Saturday.
|10-17-20||Texas A&M v. Mississippi State +5.5||28-14||Loss||-110||49 h 31 m||Show|
15* SEC PLAY OF THE DAY on Mississippi State +5.5
It’s definitely a good time to ‘buy low’ on Mississippi State this week. I had Kentucky against them last week and didn’t really have to sweat it because Mississippi State just kept making mistake after mistake with six turnovers in their 24-2 loss to the Wildcats. That came a week after committing four turnovers in an upset loss to Arkansas after upsetting LSU to open the season.
That makes 14 turnovers for Mississippi State through three games, which is the most int he country. Mike Leach will be preaching ball security this week, and they won’t be committing four-plus turnovers again to give the game away.
This is a tough spot for Texas A&M after playing two of the best teams in the country in Alabama and Florida the last two weeks. I don’t believe they’ll have much left in the tank for Mississippi State this week, and they certainly won’t be as excited to play the Bulldogs as they were Alabama and Florida.
The Bulldogs have too good of stats to be a 1-2 team to this point, which is why it’s a ‘buy low’ opportunity. They are outgaining their opponents by 157 yards per game and 1.2 yards per play thus far. Their defense has been dynamite in holding three SEC opponents to just 286 yards per game and 4.2 yards per play.
Texas A&M is 2-1 despite getting outgained by 0.1 yards per play thus far. They are giving up 6.7 yards per play defensively, which is 2.5 yards per play more than Mississippi State is allowing. And QB KJ Costello should have a big game against a Texas A&M defense that is giving up 71.6% completions, 299 passing yards per game and 10.2 yards per attempt. The Bulldogs average 404 passing yards per game in Leach’s Air Raid attack.
Plays on underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points (Mississippi State) - with a turnover margin of -2 per game or worse on the season, after three consecutive games with a turnover margin of -1 or worse are 33-10 (76.7%) ATS since 1992. This trend just goes to show that it’s a good move to back teams with poor turnover differentials over multiple games in a row. Bet Mississippi State Saturday.
|10-17-20||Duke +4.5 v. NC State||Top||20-31||Loss||-109||48 h 3 m||Show|
20* CFB Saturday UPSET SHOCKER on Duke +4.5
The Duke Blue Devils are one of the best one-win teams in the country. They are much better than their 1-4 record would indicate. The problem for them has been turnovers as they have committed a whopping 19 turnovers already and have a -11 differential on the season. These are the teams that I like to back because there’s some positive regression coming for the Blue Devils.
David Cutcliffe usually coaches a very smart Duke team year after year that exceeds expectations because of playing the game the right way. But that hasn’t happened thus far, though they’ve shown signs of getting things turned around. They covered their last two games, only losing 31-38 to Virginia Tech as 11.5-point dogs.
Then last week they dominated Syracuse worse than the 38-24 score would even indicate. They lost the turnover battle 4-0 in that game yet still won by 14. They outgained Syracuse 645 to 286 in that game, or by 359 total yards. It was worse than anyone had beaten Syracuse yet this season.
While Duke will play hard knowing it has a bye next week to rest, NC State is in a sandwich spot here. The Wolf Pack are coming off three straight road games against Virginia Tech, Pitt and Virginia pulling upsets against the latter two. And now they have a road trip to North Carolina next week on deck. They will be looking ahead to that in-state rivalry and not giving the 1-4 Blue Devils the proper focus they deserve. This has upset spot written all over it.
Unlike Duke, NC State has taken care of the football with only four turnovers in four games. They are due for some negative turnover regression, especially after forcing four turnovers against Virginia last week that aided their upset victory. And while NC State has a decent offense, their defense is soft as butter. They give up 447 yards per game on the season and are getting outgained by 45 yards per game despite being 3-1. Duke is outgaining opponents by 20.4 yards per game despite being 1-4. It’s time to ’sell high’ on the Wolfpack and ‘buy low’ on the Blue Devils.
Duke is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 road games vs. poor defensive teams that allow 425 or more yards per game. Dave Doeren is 0-6 ATS after a game where they forced four or more turnovers as the coach of the Wolfpack, having never covered in this situation in his eight seasons here and losing outright by an average of 16.9 points per game. NC State is 13-29 ATS in its last 42 games off a conference road win.
Plays against favorites of 3.5 to 10 points (NC State) - after scoring 20 points or more in the first half of two straight games against an opponent that scored 24 points or more in the first half last game are 38-11 (77.6%) ATS over the last five seasons. Plays against home favorites of 3.5 to 10 points (NC State) - off two consecutive road wins, in the first half of the season are 41-15 (73.2%) ATS since 1992. Take Duke Saturday.
|10-17-20||Pittsburgh +13.5 v. Miami-FL||19-31||Win||100||44 h 28 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on Pittsburgh +13.5
The Pitt Panthers are two points away from being 5-0 this season. Their consecutive losses to NC State (29-30) and Boston College (30-31) have them undervalued right now. And now they are catching nearly two touchdowns against the Miami Hurricanes this week. It’s time to ‘buy low’ on Pittsburgh.
It’s also time to ’sell high’ on Miami after their 3-1 SU & 3-1 ATS start. The Hurricanes were exposed by Clemson last week in their 17-42 loss that wasn’t even that close. Miami was held to just 210 total yards while committing three turnovers. They gave up 550 total yards to Clemson and were outgained by 340 yards.
It’s going to be hard for Miami to get up for Pittsburgh a week after playing one of the best teams in the country in Clemson, so this definitely has ‘hangover’ written all over it. I like the quotes coming out of the Pittsburgh locker room about how they’ll bounce back this week. I think they will be the more motivated team for sure.
It’s a loaded Pitt team still capable of winning the Coastal with 15 returning starters and an elite defense and passing attack. The Panthers only give up 264 yards per game and 4.2 yards per play through five games this season. They are averaging 284 passing yards per game and 7.5 per attempt on offense.
Plays against home teams (Miami) - an excellent offensive team that is scoring 35 or more points per game after a loss by 21 points or more are 67-31 (68.4%) ATS over the last 10 seasons. Miami’s early wins against UAB, Louisville and FSU don’t look so good now. The Panthers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a loss. Roll with Pittsburgh Saturday.
|10-17-20||Auburn v. South Carolina +3.5||22-30||Win||100||44 h 27 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Early ANNIHILATOR on South Carolina +3.5
The South Carolina Gamecocks are 1-2 this season and it’s time to ‘buy low’ on them here. Their two losses came against two of the best teams in the SEC in Tennessee and Florida, and they actually played well in both losses. They only lost 27-31 to Tennessee and were only outgained by 15 yards. And they lost 24-38 to Florida in a game that was closer than the final score as they were only outgained by 19 yards.
The Gamecocks took out their frustration on Vanderbilt last week in a 41-7 road win and dominated every bit as much as the final score showed. They outgained the Commodores by 236 yards in the win. And keep in mind that’s a Vanderbilt team that only lost 12-17 to Texas A&M in their opener.
Now South Carolina will ‘upset’ an Auburn team that could easily be 0-3 right now. Auburn needed a last-second field goal to beat Arkansas 30-28 last week as a 13.5-point favorite. They lost 6-27 to Georgia the week before and were outgained by 226 yards. And they did not deserve to beat Kentucky in their opener in a misleading 29-13 final that saw them get outgained by 60 yards by the Wildcats. There was a 14-point swing in that game after the refs missed a TD by Kentucky on review that changed the whole game.
Auburn is 0-6 ATS off a home conference win over the last three seasons. South Carolina is 7-0 ATS in its last seven home games off a blowout conference win by 21 points or more. Auburn is a complete fraud as the 15th-ranked team in the country currently and will get exposed by the Gamecocks this weekend. Take South Carolina Saturday.
|10-16-20||BYU v. Houston +5.5||Top||43-26||Loss||-110||30 h 58 m||Show|
20* BYU/Houston Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Houston +5.5
I was very impressed with Houston in their season opener against Tulane last week. They were sloppy early, which I expected, but the way they came back and won with ease from a 24-7 deficit shows they are the real deal this season. They outscored the Green Wave 42-7 the rest the way after they finally quit turning the ball over.
The Cougars lost the turnover battle 5-0 yet still won by 18 points. They outgained the Green Wave by 265 total yards and held them to just 211 total yards. This is one of the most experienced teams in the country as Houston brought back 19 starters in Year 2 under Dana Holgorsen. It’s clear to me after just one game that this is going to be a contender in the AAC.
BYU is getting a lot of credit for beating up on a soft schedule thus far, going 4-0 against the likes of Navy, Troy, LA Tech and UTSA. This is by far BYU’s stiffest test yet. And the Cougars struggled with UTSA as a 34-point favorite last week. They only beat UTSA 27-20 in that game.
Now BYU is working on a short week with five days to prepare for Houston. Meanwhile, the Cougars have seven days to prepare for BYU after playing last Thursday, which is a nice advantage. And BYU has cluster injuries along the offensive line. Three starters in G Tristen Hoge, C James Empey and G Kieffer Longson are all questionable. And backup guard Keanu Salaepaga is doubtful. Offensive line injuries always get overlooked in the point spread in college football, and that is the case in this game.
Kalani Sitake is 0-6 ATS after gaining 475 or more total yards per game in the last three games as the coach of BYU. This is a system that has never lost in the five years that Sitake has been at the helm. After beating up on a soft schedule thus far, BYU meets its match this week. Bet Houston Friday.
|10-16-20||Astros v. Rays -130||7-4||Loss||-130||7 h 55 m||Show|
15* Rays/Astros ALCS ANNIHILATOR on Tampa Bay -130
After getting up 3-0, the Tampa Bay Rays have lost the last two games in this series to the Houston Astros. They will shut the door in Game 6 tonight and move onto the World Series.
Blake Snell is 6-3 with a 3.15 ERA and 1.203 WHIP in 14 starts this season. He held the Astros to one run in five innings of a 2-1 victory in Game 1 and now has a 2.16 ERA in his last two starts against them.
Framber Valdez gave up two runs and eight base runners in six innings opposite Snell in Game 1. He is 6-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 12 starts this season.
The Rays are 32-13 in their last 45 games off a loss by two runs or less. Tampa Bay is 15-3 in its last 18 games following a loss overall. The Rays are 38-13 in their last 51 games vs. a team with a winning record. Take the Rays Friday.
|10-15-20||Dodgers -1.5 v. Braves||Top||2-10||Loss||-139||9 h 49 m||Show|
20* MLB Thursday No-Doubt Rout on Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (-139)
The Dodgers have now scored 22 runs in the past 12 innings. You could say they are feeling it at the plate. I expect them to hang another big number on the Braves here in Game 4 to even this series at two games apiece.
Clayton Kershaw missed his scheduled Game 2 start with back spasms but is good to go for Game 4. Kershaw is 8-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 0.816 WHIP in 12 starts this season. He has never lost to the Braves, going 7-0 with a 1.49 ERA and 0.900 WHIP in 14 career starts against them.
The Dodgers are 37-10 after having lost two of their last three games over the past two seasons. They are winning by 2.8 runs per game in this spot. Take the Dodgers on the Run Line Thursday.
|10-15-20||Georgia State +3.5 v. Arkansas State||Top||52-59||Loss||-108||8 h 40 m||Show|
20* Georgia State/Arkansas State ESPN No-Brainer on Georgia State +3.5
Georgia State is a team on the rise in the Sun Belt. The Panthers went 7-6 last year and made their third bowl game in five seasons. Shawn Elliott is doing a heck of a job with the program as he enters his fourth season with his best team yet. I say that because Georgia State returns its most starters (16) of his tenure and he has all of his players in place now.
The offense welcomes back eight starters. They have four starters back on the offensive line and each of their top three receivers return. They do have to replace their QB and RB, but I like junior RB Destin Coates, who averaged 6.7 yards per carry last year with 546 yards and seven touchdowns and was their most explosive back. The defense has eight starters and 10 of the top 12 tacklers back, so this should be Elliott’s best stop unit yet.
I really like what I’ve seen from Georgia State thus far. They are 1-1 SU and 2-0 ATS through two games. They took Louisiana to overtime, a team that was expected to challenge for the top Group of 5 spot and one that upset Iowa State in Week 1. They lost 31-34 as 17-point dogs. Then they bounced back with an impressive 49-29 win over East Carolina as 1.5-point dogs.
Freshman QB Cornelius Brown is a problem with his dual-threat ability. He has thrown for 434 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 90 yards and a score. Coates has proven he can be the featured back this year with 263 yards and three scores on 57 carries. There is a lot to like about this offense.
Arkansas State played well against Memphis and Kansas State to open the season before Covid-19 hit the team. Then they lost 23-52 at Coastal Carolina as 3.5-point favorites before coming back last week to beat FCS Central Arkansas 50-27.
Georgia State has a huge scheduling advantage in this spot. The Panthers have had two weeks to prepare for Arkansas State. The Red Wolves just played on Saturday, so they have just four days to get ready for Georgia State. And keep in mind Georgia State upset Arkansas State 52-38 last year as 6.5-point home dogs, gaining 722 total yards and 39 first downs on the Red Wolves in a dominant win. I really think the wrong team is favored here.
Plays on underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points (Georgia State) - off a home win, with 16 starters returning are 30-8 (78.9%) ATS over the last five seasons. Bet Georgia State Thursday.
|10-14-20||Coastal Carolina v. UL-Lafayette -7.5||Top||30-27||Loss||-105||10 h 31 m||Show|
20* Coastal Carolina/Louisiana ESPN No-Brainer on Louisiana -7.5
The Louisiana-Lafeyette Rajin’ Cajuns are probably the best Group of 5 team in the country. They returned 14 starters from a team that went 11-3 last season with seven on offense and seven on defense. And they have opened 3-0 this season.
Their 31-14 upset win over Iowa State in the opener looks better and better by the week now that Iowa State is 3-0 in the Big 12. They predictably had a bit of a letdown against a quality Georgia State team the next week, but still won in overtime 34-31. And then they were missing a ton of players due to Covid-19 in their 20-18 win over Georgia Southern.
I think those narrow wins as 17-point favorites over Georgia State and 12-point favorites over Georgia Southern have the Rajin’ Cajuns actually undervalued right now. They will get a lot of players back from Covid-19, including star RB Elijah Mitchell, and they have not played since September 26th. They will be rested and ready to make a statement on this standalone National TV game on a Wednesday night.
Conversely, I think Coastal Carolina is being way overvalued after a 3-0 start against a very easy schedule. They beat lowly Kansas in the opener thanks to winning the turnover battle 3-0. They beat FCS Campbell, and they took advantage of an Arkansas State team that had Covid-19 problems of their own leading into that game.
While I’ll admit Coastal Carolina is improved this year, I don’t think they are improved enough to stay within 7.5 points of Louisiana. They lost 48-7 to Louisiana as 14-point home underdogs last year and were outgained by 328 total yards in that loss. Now they are only 7.5-point road dogs in the rematch this year. There’s clearly value with the Rajin’ Cajuns in this game.
Coastal Carolina is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games vs. a team with a winning record. Bet Louisiana-Lafayette Wednesday.
|10-14-20||Dodgers -1.5 v. Braves||Top||15-3||Win||100||8 h 3 m||Show|
25* MLB Playoffs GAME OF THE YEAR on Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (-114)
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in must-win mode tonight after falling down 2-0 in this series to the Atlanta Braves. I fully expect them to get the job done in blowout fashion tonight. They have gotten through Fried and Anderson, Atlanta’s two best starters, and now will have the advantage on the mound in Game 3.
Julio Urias is 3-0 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.204 WHIP in 10 starts this season for the Dodgers. He’ll be opposed by Kyle Wright, who is 3-4 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.455 WHIP in nine starts this season. The Dodgers went off late in Game 2 for 7 runs in the final three innings and will have some confidence at the plate heading into Game 3.
The Dodgers are 36-10 after having lost two of their last three games over the past two seasons and outscoring opponents by 2.6 runs per game in this spot. Los Angeles is 47-19 in its last 66 games following a loss. The Dodgers are 62-23 in their last 85 games vs. a right-handed starter. Bet the Dodgers on the Run Line Wednesday.
|10-13-20||Rays v. Astros +102||5-2||Loss||-100||11 h 42 m||Show|
15* Rays/Astros ALCS ANNIHILATOR on Houston +102
The Houston Astros have really been unfortunate not to win either of the first two games in this series. They’ve had a combined 19 hits in the first two games but only three runs to show for it due to leaving 21 runners on base. The Rays only have 10 hits and 12 left on base.
Now the Astros actually have the advantage on the mound over the Rays for the first time in this series. Jose Urquidy is 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.044 WHIP in seven starts this season. He’ll be opposed by Ryan Yarbrough, who is 0-4 with a 4.05 ERA in nine starts.
I think we’re getting the Astros at a great value here as underdogs in a must-win game with their season essentially on the line. The Astros are 8-2 in their last 10 playoff games as underdogs. Houston is 48-21 in its last 69 games vs. a left-handed starter. Take the Astros in Game 3 Tuesday.
|10-13-20||Bills -3.5 v. Titans||Top||16-42||Loss||-100||9 h 1 m||Show|
20* Bills/Titans AFC No-Brainer on Buffalo -3.5
What a mess the last couple weeks have been for the Tennessee Titans. They have now received a total of 24 positive Covid-19 tests dating back to September 24th. But they finally went two days in a row without a positive and now will be able to play this game Tuesday night.
All these positive tests have certainly made practice and prep for this game against Buffalo less than ideal to say the least. And I have to think they will be the less prepared team in this game, which is bad news going up against one of the best teams in the NFL in the Bills.
The Titans are very fortunate to be 3-0 against a very soft schedule, too. They have three wins against the Broncos, Jaguars and Vikings by a combined 6 points. Those three teams have a combined record of 3-11 this season.
Most concerning is a Tennessee defense that is allowing 24.7 points and 422.3 yards per game against those three teams, which don’t have great offenses, especially the Broncos and Jaguars. And now they have to face one of the league’s best offenses in the Bills, who average 30.8 points and 409.8 yards per game on the season.
Buffalo’s defensive numbers haven’t been up to par for the level of talent they have, but they’ve still managed to go 4-0. And a lot of that is due to injuries. But the Bills are starting to get healthier on that side of the ball, and having a few extra days here to get ready could get some guys back in the lineup that are listed as questionable.
Tennessee is 0-7 ATS after a game with a turnover margin of +2 or better over the last three seasons. Plays against underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points (Tennessee) - after allowing 30 points or more in two straight games against an opponent that scored 17 points or more in two straight are 26-6 (81.2%) ATS since 1983. Bet the Bills Tuesday.
|10-12-20||Chargers +8 v. Saints||Top||27-30||Win||100||107 h 59 m||Show|
20* Chargers/Saints ESPN No-Brainer on Los Angeles +8
The Los Angeles Chargers are much better than their 1-3 record would indicate. After going on the road and beating the Bengals 16-13, the Chargers have lost three straight. But they’ve lost to three very hot teams in the Chiefs, Panthers and Bucs all by 7 points or less.
They lost 20-23 (OT) to Kansas City and outgained the Chiefs by 65 yards. That game alone against the defending Super Bowl champs shows what they are capable of. They lost 16-21 to Carolina despite outgaining the Panthers by 134 yards. And last week they blew a 24-7 lead and lost to the Bucs, 31-38.
The Chargers should not be catching more than a touchdown against the Saints. I would argue the Chargers actually have the better quarterback in Justin Herbert, who has impressed as a rookie in his three starts. Herbert is completing 72% of his passes for 931 yards and averaging 8.0 yards per attempt.
Drew Brees has really started to show his age this season. Of course, injuries on offense have not helped matters as the Saints are just 2-2 this season. WR Michael Thomas has been out with an ankle injury since Week 1 and is questionable to return this week. Both starting tackles in Ryan Ramczyk and Andrus Peat are questionable this week, as is TE Jared Cook.
The Saints have also shown a lot of holes defensively this season and a lot of that has to do with injuries as well. Three of their best players in CB Marshon Lattimore, CB Janoris Jenkins and DE Marcus Davenport are all questionable this week. The Saints are giving up 30.8 points per game on the season, so it’s tough to trust them to lay 8 points with that kind of defense.
The Chargers are 23-8 ATS in their last 31 road games off three or more consecutive losses. Los Angeles is 33-15-4 ATS in its last 52 games as a road underdog. The Chargers are 9-3-2 ATS in their last 14 games as an underdog overall. The Saints are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games as home favorites. Bet the Chargers Monday.
|10-12-20||Astros v. Rays -120||2-4||Win||100||3 h 38 m||Show|
15* Astros/Rays ALCS ANNIHILATOR on Tampa Bay -120
Lance McCullers Jr. has had one of the most drastic home/run splits in baseball in his career. That has been the case again this season as McCullers is 0-3 with a 7.57 ERA and 1.792 WHIP in seven starts away from home.
Charlie Morton is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his last three starts. He held the potent Yankees to just one earned run in five innings in an 8-4 victory by Tampa Bay in his most recent outing.
McCullers Jr. is just 3-20 (-19.3 units) against the money line on the road with a line of +125 to -125 in his career. Bet the Rays in Game 2 Monday.
|10-11-20||Vikings +7 v. Seahawks||Top||26-27||Win||100||83 h 4 m||Show|
20* Vikings/Seahawks NBC Sunday Night BAILOUT on Minnesota +7
The Minnesota Vikings are 1-3 this season but their three losses have come to teams that are a combined 10-1 this season. They did not look good the first couple weeks against the Packers and Colts, but they’ve turned it around since.
After a tough 30-31 loss to the unbeaten Titans, the Vikings went on the road last week and crushed Houston 31-23. Their offense has really gotten going the last couple weeks as they had 464 total yards against the Titans and 410 more against the Texans. Justin Jefferson has back-to-back 100-yard games and is clearly a great replacement for Diggs. And Dalvin Cook is simply a playmaker out of the backfield.
It’s a good time to ’sell high’ on the Seahawks, who are 4-0 SU & 4-0 ATS this season. They could easily be 1-3. They got a goal-line stand against the Patriots to preserve a 35-30 win, picked off Dak Prescott in the end zone to preserve a 38-31 win, and held the Dolphins to five field goals which was the difference in a 31-23 win.
Now the Seahawks are in their biggest favorite role of the season, laying 7 points to the Vikings this week. The Vikings can match the Seahawks score for score because Seattle has one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Indeed, the Seahawks rank 32nd in the NFL in giving up 476.8 yards per game. It will catch up with them eventually, and I believe it does this week. Injuries continue to pile up on the defensive side of the football for Seattle. The Seahawks are 2-7 ATS in their last nine home games. Take the Vikings Sunday.
|10-11-20||Lakers v. Heat +6||Top||106-93||Loss||-105||9 h 35 m||Show|
20* Heat/Lakers ABC No-Brainer on Miami +6
The Los Angeles Lakers got a monster game from Lebron James and a solid one from Anthony Davis in Game 5 and still couldn’t beat the Heat. That’s a great sign for the resilient Heat moving forward in this series.
Once again, the Heat are catching too many points in Game 6. They were only getting 4.5 in Game 1, and oddsmakers have adjusted their lines drastically since. They have gone 3-0-1 ATS in the last four games in this series while being anywhere from a 6 to 10-point dog. And now they are 6-point dogs for Game 6.
Amazingly, the Lakers have made more 3-pointers than the Heat in four of five games in this series. They were tied at 14 apiece in Game 5, but the Lakers have still made 12 more 3-pointers in this series than the Heat. And Miami is one of the best shooting teams in the NBA, while the Lakers are one of the worst. Maybe this is finally the game the Heat make more, even though they’ve proven they don’t need to to hang in this series.
Miami is 15-4 ATS in all playoff games this season. The Heat have bee grossly underrated all postseason, and they continue to be in Game 6 tonight. It has to be deflating to LeBron to play as well as he did in Game 5 and still come up short. It’s going to give Miami belief, and it’s going to give LeBron and company doubt. Bet the Heat in Game 6 Sunday.
|10-11-20||Dolphins +8.5 v. 49ers||Top||43-17||Win||100||96 h 13 m||Show|
25* NFL DOG OF THE YEAR on Miami Dolphins +8.5
The Miami Dolphins are 1-3 and desperate for a win. Their three losses this season have comes against three teams that are a combined 10-2 this season in the Patriots, Bills and Seahawks. Both both losses are by the Patriots, who lost to the Chiefs and Seahawks and gave both a run for their money.
The Dolphins had their chances to beat the Patriots but a INT inside the 5-yard line late prevented the comeback. The Dolphins hung right with the Bills and only lost 28-31. And they lost to the Seahawks by 8 last week, but that game was much closer than the 23-31 final would indicate.
The Dolphins had to settle for five field goals on their first five scoring drives, so they couldn’t capitalize in the red zone. They also had a busted coverage right before halftime that turned a 1-point game into an 8-point game going into intermission. The Seahawks got the ball back with 24 seconds left after yet another Miami field goal, and somehow managed to score a touchdown with three seconds left. The Dolphins were only outgained by 26 yards by Seattle.
And while the Dolphins have one of the best injury situations in the NFL, the 49ers have one of the worst. They had two more starters go down with injury last week in CB K’Waun Williams and DE Ezekiel Ansah, and both are out this week. Ansah was signed to replace Nick Bosa and Dee Ford, who are both on injured reserve, as are DT Solomon Thomas, CB Richard Sherman and C Weston Richburn. QB Jimmy G could return this week, but he’s really not much of an upgrade over Nick Mullens. And they have another handful of players questionable.
The 49ers are 2-2 this season with their only wins coming against arguably the two worst teams in the NFL in the Jets and Giants. They lost outright as home favorites of -6.5 or more to both the Cardinals and Eagles, and those losses look worse by the day, too. And this is a role they have struggled in for years.
In fact, the 49ers are 0-9 ATS in their last nine regular season games as a home favorite of 6.5 points or more dating back to 2014. More concerning yet is that the 49ers are 3-6 SU in this role. So don’t even consider using the 49ers in teasers or survivor pools this week. I have a large bet on the Dolphins +8.5 this week and some at +300 on the money line as well. Bet the Dolphins Sunday.
|10-11-20||Bengals +13 v. Ravens||3-27||Loss||-103||76 h 44 m||Show|
15* AFC PLAY OF THE DAY on Cincinnati Bengals +13
The Cincinnati Bengals have been extremely competitive this season and it’s all because of Joe Burrow. All four of their games have been decided by 8 points or fewer and I believe there’s a good chance this one is as well.
After losing to the Chargers by 3 and Browns by 5, the Bengals tied the Eagles 23-23 in Week 3. Then they had their coming out party last week in a 33-25 win over Jacksonville. They racked up 505 total yards in the win behind huge games from Burrow and Joe Mixon. With Burrow and an underrated arsenal of weapons at RB and receiver, the Bengals won’t be out of any game this season.
That’s why I like backing them catching 13 points against the Baltimore Ravens this week. The Ravens let Washington hang around last week and won 31-17 as a 14-point favorite. Cincinnati is a lot better than Washington, so catching 13 points with the Bengals is a really nice value. And keep in mind the Ravens only outgained Washington by 7 yards in that game. In fact, the Ravens are actually getting outgained by 27.2 yards per game on the season. They aren’t as dominant as everyone makes them out to be.
Plays against home favorites of 10.5 or more points (Baltimore) - after having won two of their last three games, in October games are 40-13 (75.5%) ATS since 1983. Cincinnati is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games as a road underdog. Baltimore is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games as a home favorite. The Ravens simply should not be favored by double-digits here. Roll with the Bengals Sunday.
|10-10-20||Mississippi State v. Kentucky -1.5||Top||2-24||Win||100||100 h 25 m||Show|
20* SEC GAME OF THE WEEK on Kentucky -1.5
The Kentucky Wildcats are 0-2 this season and desperate for their first win. They could easily be 2-0. They had a 14-point swing in the Auburn loss where the refs took away a TD from them and it resulted in a TD the other way. And last week they missed and extra point in OT to lose to Ole Miss.
This is still a very strong Kentucky team that returned 15 starters this season. They really want to right the ship this week. They lead the country in 3rd-down conversion percentage, so they are putting their offense in great situations. And have outgained Auburn and Ole Miss by 80 yards per game despite losing those two.
Mississippi State’s 44-34 win over LSU in the opener was clearly fools’ gold. They took advantage of an LSU team that lost 15 players to the NFL. And last week they came back and promptly laid an egg in a 14-21 home loss to Arkansas as 16.5-point favorites. That’s an Arkansas team that had lost 20 straight SEC games prior and is terrible to say the least.
Kentucky is 7-0 ATS after scoring 37 points or more last game over the last three seasons. Mississippi State is 0-6 ATS in road games off one or more consecutive under over the last three seasons. The Bulldogs are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games as road underdogs. The Wildcats are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games. Bet Kentucky Saturday.
|10-10-20||Kansas State +9 v. TCU||21-14||Win||100||97 h 4 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on Kansas State +9
The Kansas State Wildcats have responded nicely from their shocking loss to Arkansas State in the opener. They went on the road and beat Oklahoma outright as 28-point underdogs, and avoided the letdown last week by beating Texas Tech 31-21.
I realize that game against Texas Tech was closer than the final score, but it was a flat spot for the Wildcats and they still came away victorious. And now we have Kansas State in the role I like to back them in, which is the underdog role here against TCU.
I think the Horned Frogs are getting too much respect from oddsmakers now after upsetting Texas 33-31 as 10.5-point road underdogs last week. And now they have to try and come back and win by double-digits to cover this 9-point spread against a feisty Kansas State team that makes you work for everything you get.
The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and three of those were decided by a touchdown or less, including the last two. There’s a very good chance this game is a one-score game in the 4th quarter, which is why there’s a ton of value catching the Wildcats as 9-point dogs in this matchup.
Chris Klieman is 6-0 ATS after a game where his team committed zero turnovers as the coach of Kansas State. Gary Patterson is 2-12 ATS off an upset win as a road underdog as the coach of TCU. Patterson is 2-10 ATS in home games off an upset win as an underdog as the coach of TCU.
The Wildcats are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games after allowing more than 280 passing yards in their previous game. Kansas State is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games as a road underdog. The Wildcats are 41-20-1 ATS in their last 62 games as underdogs overall. TCU is 6-21 ATS in its last 27 games as a home favorite. Roll with Kansas State Saturday.
|10-10-20||Texas Tech +12.5 v. Iowa State||Top||15-31||Loss||-109||96 h 24 m||Show|
20* Big 12 GAME OF THE WEEK on Texas Tech +12.5
The Iowa State Cyclones are in a huge letdown spot. They just pulled off their first home win over Oklahoma in 60 years, which is astonishing. And now they have to try and get up to face a Texas Tech team that is 0-2 in the Big 12. I see the Cyclones coming out flat and for the Red Raiders to give them more than they bargained for.
Conversely, we have a Texas Tech team that is highly motivated for that first Big 12 win. They blew a 15-point lead in the final three minutes against Texas and lost in overtime in their Big 12 opener. And last week they probably deserved to beat Kansas State in a 21-31 loss. They outgained the Wildcats 471 to 404, or by 67 total yards.
Texas Tech starting QB Alan Bowman did get injured early in that loss to Kansas State, but I was impressed by Utah State transfer Henry Columbi, who nearly led them back from a 14-0 halftime deficit. He replaced Bowman and went 30-of-42 for 244 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He also showed a dual-threat ability with 40 yards on eight carries. So I’m not worried at all if Columbi starts over Bowman, who is currently questionable with an ankle injury.
The Red Raiders are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games as underdogs. The Cyclones are 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games as favorites, including their outright loss to Louisiana in the opener as 13-point favorites. Iowa State is 1-5 ATS in its last six home games. The Cyclones just have a way of playing to their competition, and this couldn’t be a worse spot for them off their upset win over Oklahoma. Take Texas Tech Saturday.
|10-09-20||Heat +7.5 v. Lakers||Top||111-108||Win||100||26 h 22 m||Show|
20* Heat/Lakers ABC No-Brainer on Miami +7.5
The Miami Heat were 4.5-point dogs in Game 1 of this series. They are now 7.5-point dogs in Game 5. There’s value with the Heat, just as there has been in each of the last three games as they were 7.5, 9 and 10-point dogs. They went 2-0-1 ATS in those three games.
The remarkable part about this series is that the Heat are one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the NBA while the Lakers are one of the worst. But the Lakers have made more 3-pointers than the Heat in every game thus far and lead with 59 makes compared to just 45 for the Heat. I guess you could say the Heat are due to out-shoot them.
Getting Bam Adebayo back for Game 4 was huge for the Heat and it was a one-possession game almost the entire way. He has two more days to recover and heal up now after they last played on Tuesday. The Heat won’t go down without a fight, and I love them catching 7.5 points in this elimination game. Miami is 14-4 ATS in its last 18 games overall. Bet the Heat in Game 5 Friday.
|10-09-20||Yankees -150 v. Rays||1-2||Loss||-150||12 h 37 m||Show|
15* Yankees/Rays ALDS ANNIHILATOR on New York -150
Gerrit Cole has been the most dominant starter in baseball over the past three seasons. He gets the ball for Game 5 tonight after guiding the Yankees to a victory in Game 1.
Cole has a 42-13 record over the past three seasons with an ERA of 2.88 or better in all three. Getting him at -150 is actually a pretty big discount here. Cole should be closer to a -200 favorite.
That’s especially the case when he’s up against Tyler Glasnow, who is only on two days’ rest after pitching in Game 2. He threw 93 pitchers over five innings in Game 2, giving up four runs and a pair of home runs to Giancarlo Stanton. Roll with the Yankees in Game 5 Friday.
|10-09-20||Louisville v. Georgia Tech UNDER 64.5||27-46||Loss||-110||76 h 55 m||Show|
15* Louisville/Georgia Tech ACC Total DOMINATOR on UNDER 64.5
Two teams desperate for a win who are both coming off two straight losses square off Friday night when the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets host the Louisville Cardinals. It’s also two teams coming off two sloppy performances, so taking care of the football will be a priority.
Georgia Tech has committed five turnovers in its last two games, which has made its defensive numbers look worse than they really are. For example, the Yellow Jackets only allowed 357 total yards to Syracuse last time out, but gave up 37 points. Look for taking care of the football to be a priority.
Louisville has committed six turnovers in its last two games against Miami and Pittsburgh. The defense still held strong and limited the Panthers to just 23 points and 376 total yards last time out. And this Georgia Tech offense isn’t very good, scoring just 19.0 points per game on the season, so the Louisville defense should have some success again.
Georgia Tech is 9-1 to the UNDER in its last 10 home games after a game where they committed four or more turnovers. The Yellow Jackets are 10-2 UNDER in their last 12 games as a home dog of 3.5 to 7 points. The UNDER is 16-5 in Yellow Jackets last 21 games following a bye week. Roll with the UNDER in this game Friday.
|10-08-20||Bucs -3.5 v. Bears||Top||19-20||Loss||-108||11 h 5 m||Show|
20* Bucs/Bears FOX No-Brainer on Tampa Bay -3.5
The Tampa Bay Bucs have really improved rapidly since a season-opening loss to the Saints on the road. And even that game wasn’t as bad as the score as they lost the turnover battle 3-0 and held the Saints to 271 total yards.
The Bucs have reeled off three straight wins by a combined 39 points since. And now they head to Chicago to face a Bears team that really could be 0-4 right now, but they’re 3-1 and overvalued as a result.
The Bears came back from 17 points down in the 4th quarter to beat the Lions in their opener. They had to come up with a defensive stand on the final drive to beat the Giants 17-13. They came back from 16 points down in the 4th quarter to beat the Falcons. And last week they lost 11-19 to the Colts in a game that wasn’t even as close as the score would indicate.
The Colts held the Bears to just 3 points through the first 58 minutes of that game. But the Bears got a garbage TD late and a 2-point conversion to turn a 19-3 game into a 19-11 one. It’s clear that Nick Foles is not the savior and probably not even much of an upgrade over Mitch Trubisky, who at least has a dual-threat ability.
Tampa Bay is 21-7 ATS in its last 28 games after scoring 35 points or more last game. This Bucs offense is humming, averaging 32.3 points per game in their last three. Tom Brady threw for 369 yards and five touchdowns against a very good Chargers defense last week. The Bears are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Chicago is 1-8 ATS in its last nine games following a loss. The Bears are 0-6 ATS in their last six vs. a team with a winning record. Bet the Bucs Thursday.
|10-08-20||Tulane +7 v. Houston||31-49||Loss||-118||52 h 25 m||Show|
15* Tulane/Houston AAC ANNIHILATOR on Tulane +7
The Tulane Green Wave already have three games under their belts while the Houston Cougars have yet to play a game due to Covid-19. That’s a huge advantage for the Green Wave, and they should not be catching a full touchdown against the Cougars tonight because of it.
The Green Wave are very close to being 3-0 if not for a blown 24-0 halftime lead over Navy. But they responded very well with a 66-24 win over Southern Miss as only 3.5-point favorites last time out. They replaced the inept Keon Howard at QB in that game and went with Michael Pratt, who threw two touchdown passes while also rushing for 40 yards and a score on seven carries. They are going with Pratt moving forward and I love the move.
Houston is getting a lot of hype due to having 19 returning starters. But the Cougars went just 4-8 last season with their only wins over Prairie View A&M, UConn, North Texas and Tulsa, and I still question the talent on this team under Dana Holgorsen. It’s one of those deals where they are going to need to prove it to me first, and I don’t think they are in a very good position to prove it playing in their first game of the season here.
Willie Fritz is 18-5 ATS off a non-conference games as a head coach. Fritz is 26-12 ATS in the first half of the season as a head coach. The Green Wave are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games on Turf. The Cougars are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning record. Take Tulane Thursday.
|10-08-20||A's -100 v. Astros||6-11||Loss||-100||2 h 18 m||Show|
15* MLB Thursday PLAY OF THE DAY on Oakland A’s +100
The Oakland A’s are now 3-0 in elimination games this postseason. They came back from a 7-4 deficit yesterday in Game 3 and won 9-7. This is a resilient team that has the belief they can come back and win this series, especially after that clutch Game 3 performance.
Frankie Montas will take the ball for the A’s today. He is coming off one of his most dominant starts of the season. He struck out 13 without allowing a single earned run in six innings of a 6-2 win over the Seattle Mariners last time out. Montas has posted a solid 3.55 ERA in seven career starts against Houston.
Zach Greinke hasn’t been great for the Astros this season. He is 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA in 13 starts, and 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA in his last three starts. Greinke has allowed 7 earned runs in 11 innings and 3 homers in his last two starts against Oakland in 2020 for a 5.73 ERA. Roll with the A’s in Game 4 Thursday.
|10-07-20||A's +100 v. Astros||Top||9-7||Win||100||5 h 7 m||Show|
20* MLB Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on Oakland A’s +100
The Oakland A’s will be highly motivated to avoid the sweep tonight against their hated rival in the Houston Astros. They won two elimination games against the White Sox last series, and now they’ll need to win three this season, but it starts with Game 3 today.
Jesus Lazardo is 3-3 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.253 WHIP in 10 starts this season. Luzardo has never lost to the Astros, going 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 0.947 WHIP in two starts against them, both of which came this season.
The Astros are 0-2 in Jose Urquidy’s two career starts against the A’s. And this is a big spot for the youngster that I don’t know if he’ll be able to handle the best. His stuff isn’t great as he has just 20 K’s in 34 innings this season. The Astros should have a coming out party on him today.
The A’s are 29-10 in their last 39 during Game 3 of a series. Oakland is 43-17 in its last 60 games following a loss. Houston is 1-9 in its last 10 games after scoring five runs or more in its previous game. The A’s are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings. Bet the A’s in Game 3 Wednesday.
|10-06-20||Lakers v. Heat +7.5||Top||102-96||Win||100||12 h 35 m||Show|
20* Heat/Lakers ABC No-Brainer on Miami +7.5
What’s amazing is that the Miami Heat still won Game 3 despite making fewer 3-pointers than the Lakers for a 3rd straight game. They won in blowout fashion even 115-104. At some point the Heat being the 2nd-best 3-point shooting team in the NBA is going to show in this series.
The Lakers have now made 45 3-pointers in this series compared to just 34 for the Heat. This should even itself over the course of the remainder of the series considering the Lakers are one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the NBA.
And there’s good news on the horizon for the Heat as Bam Adebayo has been upgraded to questionable for this game, and he’s likely to play. His defense on the inside is huge for this team. And it makes sense that this line has went from 9.5 down to 7.5 for Game 4 with his expected return.
It’s still too high, and there’s not 7.5 points difference between these two teams. Keep in mind the line was 4.5 for Game 1. Bet the Heat in Game 4 Tuesday.
|10-06-20||Yankees v. Rays -115||5-7||Win||100||10 h 19 m||Show|
15* Yankees/Rays ALDS ANNIHILATOR on Tampa Bay -115
The Tampa Bay Rays will bounce back from a Game 1 loss today against the New York Yankees. I like their chances thanks to the big advantage they have on the mound in this one tonight.
Tyler Glasnow is 6-1 with a 3.98 ERA and 1.137 WHIP in 12 starts this season, including 3-0 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.000 WHIP in his last three. Glasnow has posted a 3.70 ERA in five career starts against the Yankees, and a 1.54 ERA in his last two starts against them in 2020.
The Yankees will go with 21-year-old rookie Deivi Garcia, and he just cannot be trusted in this pressure situation. Garcia is 3-2 with a 4.98 ERA in six starts this season, including 2-1 with a 7.02 ERA in his last three starts while allowing 13 earned runs in 16 2/3 innings.
Glasnow is 12-0 (+12.8 units) against the money line when the total is 8 to 8.5 over the last two seasons. The Yankees are 6-20 in their last 26 playoff games as underdogs. The Rays are 13-3 in their last 16 games following a loss. Tampa Bay is 51-20 in its last 71 games vs. a right-handed starter. Roll with the Rays Tuesday.
|10-06-20||Astros v. A's -105||Top||5-2||Loss||-105||7 h 2 m||Show|
20* MLB Tuesday No-Doubt Rout on Oakland A’s -107
The Oakland A’s were down 1-0 against the White Sox last series and won two elimination games. They won’t be phased at all after losing Game 1 to the Astros in a game that completely changed on one error.
The A’s have the clear advantage on the mound today with Sean Manaea, who has a 3.37 ERA and 0.911 WHIP in his last three starts. The Astros are hitting just .226 against left-handed starters this season. Manaea has posted a 3.26 ERA and 1.186 WHIP In 13 career starts against Houston.
Framber Valdez has posted a 4.28 ERA in his five road starts this season. This will be his first postseason start and he cannot be trusted. Plus, the A’s are 12-3 against left-handed starters this season and scoring 5.0 runs per game.
Manaea is 15-3 (+11.9 units) against the money line in day games over the last three seasons. The Astros are 3-8 in their last 11 games following a win. The A’s are 39-12 in their last 51 games vs. a left-handed starter. Oakland is 43-16 in its last 59 games following a loss. Take the A’s Tuesday.
|10-05-20||Falcons +7.5 v. Packers||Top||16-30||Loss||-120||99 h 6 m||Show|
20* Falcons/Packers ESPN No-Brainer on Atlanta +7.5
It’s a great time to ’sell high’ on the Green Bay Packers. They are 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS this season against the Vikings, Lions and Saints, who are a combined 2-7 this season. They are coming off their big upset win over the overrated Saints on Sunday Night Football last week.
It’s also a great time to ‘buy low’ on the 0-3 Atlanta Falcons, who have lost to three teams that are a combined 7-2 on the season. And keep in mind the Falcons were in all three of those games. They had 506 total yards against the Seahawks, then blew a 15-point 4th quarter lead against the Cowboys and a 16-point 4th quarter lead against the Bears.
It’s clear the Falcons can play with anyone if they don’t beat themselves. They have one of the best offenses in the NFL in scoring 30 points per game and averaging 419 yards per game. And there’s a good chance they get Julio Jones back from injury this week.
Speaking of injuries, Aaron Rodgers could be without his top two receivers this week, and there’s really not much talent at all behind Devante Adams and Allen Lazard. Adams missed last week with a hamstring injury and is questionable, while Lazard had surgery on a core muscle and is out multiple weeks. That’s a big blow as Lazard and Adams have combined for 30 receptions for 446 yards and four touchdowns through three games.
The Falcons are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games and 5-0 ATS in their last five games as road underdogs. Atlanta is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games as an underdog. The road team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The Falcons are 5-1 ATS in their last six trips to Lambeau Field. Bet the Falcons Monday.
|10-05-20||Astros v. A's -130||Top||10-5||Loss||-130||7 h 48 m||Show|
25* ALDS GAME OF THE YEAR on Oakland A’s -130
The Oakland A’s have a big advantage on the mound in Game 1 of this series. It’s a series they have dominated this season in winning seven of 10 meetings with the Astros. And it should be more of the same with Game 1 tonight.
Chris Bassitt is 6-2 with a 2.19 ERA and 1.143 WHIP in 12 starts this season for the A’s. That includes 2-0 with a 0.44 ERA and 0.871 WHIP in his last three starts. Bassitt is 3-2 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.178 WHIP in eight career starts against the Astros.
Lance McCullers has had extreme home/away splits in his career. It has continued this season as McCullers is 0-3 with a 7.33 ERA and 1.714 WHIP in six road starts. He has posted a 4.04 ERA and 1.469 WHIP in nine career starts against the A’s.
The Astros are 2-8 in their last 10 games following a win. The A’s are 67-31 in their last 98 games as favorites. Oakland is 45-20 in its last 65 vs. AL West opponents. Bet the A’s in Game 1 Monday.
|10-04-20||Eagles +7.5 v. 49ers||25-20||Win||100||74 h 26 m||Show|
15* Eagles/49ers NBC Sunday Night BAILOUT on Philadelphia +7.5
This is a great time to ‘buy low’ on the Philadelphia Eagles. They have opened 0-2-1 this season despite being favored in all three games. Now they have moved to whopping +7.5-point underdogs to the San Francisco 49ers this week.
It’s also a great time to ’sell high’ on the 49ers, who are coming off two straight blowout victories over arguably the two worst teams in the NFL in the Jets and Giants. The 49ers have the worst injury situation in the entire NFL and have been able to overcome it against those two teams. But they won’t be able to against the Eagles, at least not enough to put them away by 8-plus points, which is what it’s going to take to cover this spread.
The 49ers are without five of their best defensive players in Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Dee Ford, Dre Greenlaw and Richard Sherman. They are without C Richburg, RB Coleman, RB Mostert and they could be without QB Garoppolo and WR Samuel. The Eagles also have some injuries, but they are nowhere near as bad as the situation for the 49ers.
The Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as road underdogs. Philadelphia is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings, including 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in San Francisco. The 49ers are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games as a home favorite. They lost outright as 7-point home favorites over the Cardinals in Week 1. Roll with the Eagles Sunday.
|10-04-20||Lakers v. Heat +9.5||Top||104-115||Win||100||11 h 46 m||Show|
20* Heat/Lakers ABC No-Brainer on Miami +9.5
The Miami Heat are the better 3-point shooting team than the Lakers in this series. Yet, the Lakers have out-shot them in both of the first two games of this series. I have to think the Heat will shoot better than the Lakers in 3 tonight with the law of averages.
The Lakers made 15 3-pointers in Game 1 compared to just 11 for Miami. In Game 2, the Lakers made 16 while the Heat made only 11. And the Heat are having to go small ball now and put more shooters on the floor with their injuries. But there is a chance they get Adebayo back tonight, which would be huge for them.
The Heat are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 games following a SU loss. Miami is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games overall. Miami is 23-8 ATS off a loss this season. Bet the Heat in Game 3 Sunday.
|10-04-20||Seahawks v. Dolphins +7||Top||31-23||Loss||-115||95 h 9 m||Show|
20* NFL Non-Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on Miami Dolphins +7
It’s a good time to ’sell high’ on the Seattle Seahawks. They have opened the season 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS despite having a terrible defense that gives up 28.7 points and 497 yards per game. They just cannot be trusted in this price range with this awful of a defense.
The Seahawks are coming off two straight last-second home wins over the Patriots and Cowboys. They stopped the Patriots at the 1-yard line to preserve that win, and then they picked off Dat Prescott in the end zone to preserve their win over the Cowboys last week.
Now this has the makings of a letdown spot for Seattle going on the road to face the Dolphins. It’s a West Coast team traveling East for that dreaded early 10:00 AM body clock game. It’s just a terrible spot for the Seahawks.
The Dolphins are just 1-2 this season, but they had their chances to win in their opener against the Patriots. And they only lost 28-31 to a very good Buffalo team that is 3-0. And last Thursday they dominated the Jaguars every way you can in a 31-13 road win as 3-point underdogs.
Now the Dolphins are playing on extra rest and will have more time to prepare for the Seahawks after playing on Thursday last week. And this is a team that really believes in Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. He completed 90% of his passes against the Jaguars last week and is still somehow grossly underrated as a starter in this league.
The Seahawks have all kinds of injuries right now. They are missing several players in the secondary and at linebacker on defense. Both starting guards got hurt last week on the offensive line, as did their best running back in Chris Carson. Few teams have been hit harder by injuries early in the season than the Seahawks, and it’s eventually going to catch up to them. Not even Russell Wilson can save the day.
Plays against favorites (Seattle) who are off a home win, in the first month of the season are 81-43 (65.3%) ATS over the last 10 seasons. The Dolphins are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as home underdogs. Miami is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games following an ATS win. The Dolphins are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Bet the Dolphins Sunday.
|10-03-20||Oklahoma v. Iowa State +7||Top||30-37||Win||100||72 h 45 m||Show|
20* Oklahoma/Iowa State ABC No-Brainer on Iowa State +7
Oklahoma just lost outright to Kansas State as a 28-point favorites last week. That was the same Kansas State team that lost as a 15-point favorite over Arkansas State in their opener. And that was an Arkansas State team that was playing without 10 starters due to Covid-19.
So to say that was a bad loss to Kansas State would be an understatement. And it’s clear the Sooners have another soft defense this year after giving up 38 points to Kansas State. Plus they have finally downgraded the QB position going from Mayfield to Murray to Hurts, and now they are left with freshman QB Spencer Rattler, who threw three costly interceptions against Kansas State last week.
Iowa State’s loss to Louisiana in the opener was more forgivable. The Cyclones gave up two special teams touchdowns and it was a misleading 14-31 final. They also gave up a meaningless TD in the closing seconds with the game already over. Louisiana is a Top 25 team and one oft he best non-power 5 teams in the country.
The Cyclones bounced back with a 37-34 win at TCU last week in which they overcame another non-offensive touchdown. It’s a well-coached team that doesn’t make these kinds of mistakes under Matt Campbell. So they should be shored up moving forward.
Now the Cyclones want revenge from a 41-42 loss at Oklahoma last year in which they went for the game-winning 2-point conversion at the end and failed. Few teams have played Oklahoma as tough as Iowa State in recent seasons. The Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their four meetings with the Sooners under Campbell and all four were decided by 10 points or fewer.
After having zero fans in their home opener against Louisiana, the Cyclones will now be playing in front of 15,000 fans this week at home, which will make a difference. And they are going with their favorite black jerseys for this nice game, jerseys that they are 3-0 in recent seasons when they’ve worn them. This is a game the Cyclones can win outright, and at the very least, they won’t lose by more than a touchdown.
Campbell is 10-2 ATS as a home underdog as the coach of Iowa State. Lincoln Riley is 1-8 ATS in road games after a game where they forced no turnovers as Oklahoma’s head coach. Campbell is 20-8 ATS as a dog as the coach of Iowa State. FBS teams coming off a home loss as a 23-point favorite or more where they gave up 30 or more points are 1-15-1 ATS int heir last 17 games when favored in their next game against an unranked opponents. Bet Iowa State Saturday.
|10-03-20||LSU v. Vanderbilt +21||41-7||Loss||-105||27 h 32 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on Vanderbilt +21
The Vanderbilt Commodores returned all 11 starters on defense this season and that experience and talent showed in their 12-17 loss to Texas A&M as 31.5-point underdogs in the opener. Texas A&M is one of the best teams in the country so that effort showed what they are capable of.
Clearly, the Commodores don’t have a great offense but their defense can keep them in games. Plus Derek Mason liked what he saw from true freshman QB Ken Seals, who completed 20-of-29 passes against Texas A&M. And the defense only allowed 17 first downs and 372 total yards to a potent Aggies offense.
“Obviously it’s at the high school level, but what you saw on Saturday is what we saw of Ken coming out of high school; extremely accurate on the move as well as in the pocket, and those are the things that have shown up throughout camp,” Commodores coach Derek Mason said on Tuesday.
LSU lost 14 starters to the NFL draft and their leading receiver from last year in Ja’Marr Chase sat out the season, so that makes 15 draft picks really. And it looks like a clear rebuilding year in Baton Rouge after the Tigers lost 34-44 to Mississippi State as 14.5-point favorites last week. That’s a Mississippi State team in transition with a first-year head coach in Mike Leach, so it was a really bad loss.
The Tigers gave up an SEC-record 623 passing yards to K.J. Costello in the loss. It’s clear their defense isn’t anywhere near it has been in years past, and the offense won’t be anywhere near the record-setting offense led by Joe Burrow last year. New QB Myles Brennan did have 345 passing yards against Mississippi State, but he also threw two interceptions. The running game produced just 80 yards on 38 carries, of course that counts the minus-45 yards on seven sacks. Vanderbilt’s defense will make life even worse on Brennan this week.
If LSU wins this game, they’re going to have to win it ugly. LSU is just 1-6 ATS in its last seven games vs. a team with a losing record. The road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. This is expected to be a low-scoring game, which favors the underdog Commodores with a total of just 50.5 points. If they can play with Texas A&M, they can certainly play with this overrated LSU outfit. Bet Vanderbilt Saturday.
|10-03-20||Virginia Tech v. Duke +13||38-31||Win||100||23 h 1 m||Show|
15* ACC PLAY OF THE DAY on Duke +13
It’s a great time to ‘buy low’ on the Duke Blue Devils, who are 0-3 SU to start the season. But they are coming off two misleading losses in which they turned the ball over a combined seven times against Boston College and Virginia, but were only outgained by a total of 141 yards by those two teams. They showed their potential in their opener, only losing to Notre Dame 13-27 on the road as 21.5-point dogs and getting outgained by 107 yards.
I like the fact that Duke has three games under its belt, so it should be conditioned well and I can’t foresee the Blue Devils continuing to beat themselves. And I like what I’m hearing from Duke coach David Cutliffe about this team leading up to this game.
“Yes it’s been challenging and it’s going to continue to be challenging,” Cutcliffe told reporters this week. “When you alter anything, you have to increase the quality of everyone you’re doing. You may not believe this, but I think we’re close.”
This is exactly the type of role I like backing Duke, which is the role of a decent-sized underdog. And remember last year Duke blitzed Virginia Tech 45-10 as 2.5-point underdogs. They outgained the Hokies 422 to 259 in that game, so it was no fluke. And they aren’t nearly two touchdowns worse than the Hokies in 2020.
Virginia Tech is coming off a misleading 45-24 win over NC State as a 6.5-point favorite despite only outgaining a bad Wolfpack team by only 109 yards. That was the Hokies’ first and only game this season, so they won’t be in as good of playing shape. They were missing a lot of players and coaches due to Covid-19 and will be without several more again this week. Their depth will be tested here.
“Each week is different, and there is no guarantee that we’ll have the full complement of people coming into the next week,” coach Justin Fuente said. “It was nice for us to get to do it. It was nice for us to play well. Certainly, I don’t want to make too much of it.”
The Hokies are 7-22 ATS in their last 29 games as road favorites. Virginia Tech is 1-5 ATS in its last six vs. a team with a losing record. Duke is 11-3-1 ATS in its last 15 games as a home underdog. The Blue Devils are 23-6 ATS in their last 29 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game. The underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. Take Duke Saturday.
|10-03-20||Texas A&M +18.5 v. Alabama||24-52||Loss||-110||23 h 42 m||Show|
15* Texas A&M/Alabama SEC ANNIHILATOR on Texas A&M +18.5
I’m willing to give Texas A&M a pass here with their 17-12 win as 31.5-point favorites over Vanderbilt. They thought they could just show up and win that game, but Vanderbilt has a great defense and gave them a fight. And it’s clear the Aggies were looking ahead to Alabama.
That ‘bad look’ has Texas A&M way undervalued this week catching 18.5 points against Alabama. This is still one of the most talented teams in the country. Jimbo Fisher is in his third year with the program so he has all of his players in place. And the Aggies returned a whopping 17 starters and 72 lettermen, making them the 10th-most experienced team in the land. They lost by 19 to Alabama last year, but that game was closer than the final score as the Aggies were only outgained by 59 total yards. They should improve upon that result.
Alabama only has 12 returning starters and has to break in another new starting QB. Their 38-19 win over Missouri wasn’t impressive at all as a 28.5-point favorite in the opener. That’s a really bad Missouri team and they only outgained the Tigers by 92 yards. And you know with Nick Saban as a head coach they weren’t looking ahead to Texas A&M, either.
Plays against home teams (Alabama) - after leading in their previous game by 17 points or more at the half against an opponent that scored and allowed 17 points or less in their previous game are 39-13 (75%) ATS over the last 10 seasons. The Aggies are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game. The Aggies will give the Crimson Tide a run for their money this weekend. Roll with Texas A&M Saturday.
|10-03-20||Arkansas State -3 v. Coastal Carolina||Top||23-52||Loss||-110||19 h 2 m||Show|
20* CFB Saturday No-Doubt Rout on Arkansas State -3
The Arkansas State Red Wolves have delivered nine straight winning seasons. They have done so under seventh-year head coach Blake Anderson, who has stabilized the program. Now the Red Wolves returned 15 starters this year and the best QB situation in the Sun Belt.
Logan Bonner had a 10-to-1 TD/INT ratio last year before suffering a season-ending injury after four games. Layne Hatcher took over and played admirably the rest of the way, finishing with a 27-to-10 TD/INT ratio. Both guys split reps in their opener against Memphis.
Arkansas State only lost 24-37 to Memphis as an 18-point underdog. That’s a Memphis team that won a school record 12 games last year and is loaded once again this year. The Red Wolves even committed three turnovers in that game and failed to recover an onside kick when they were trailing by 4, which turned the tide of the game. Memphis only outgained them by 86 yards.
I cashed in Arkansas State against Memphis, and I also cashed them in when they won outright 35-31 at Kansas State as 15-point underdogs. They won that game despite missing 10 starters due to Covid-19. And they should have won by more because they outgained the Wildcats by 115 yards and had 489 yards of total offense.
That’s the same Kansas State team that just went into Oklahoma and won 38-35 outright as 28-point underdogs. So that win looks even better now. And while Arkansas State has played a brutal schedule thus far with those two road trips, they now take a big step down in class against Coastal Carolina.
Coastal Carolina is getting too much credit for its 2-0 start against an extremely soft schedule. Their 38-23 win at Kansas was misleading because they were outgained by 49 yards by the Jayhawks. And they failed to cover as 27.5-point favorites in a 43-21 win over FCS bottom feeder Campbell.
Now Coastal Carolina takes a big step up in class against an Arkansas State team that should have almost everyone back that tested positive for Covid-19. The Red Wolves are clearly threats to win the Sun Belt with all the talent they have this year, and the Sun Belt has looked really good early in the season.
The Red Wolves are 3-0 SU & 2-1 ATS against Coastal Carolina over the last three seasons, outscoring them by a combined 63 points, or an average of 21 points per game. The Chanticleers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 home games, including 1-5 ATS in their last six games as home underdogs. Charlotte is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 home games after playing a game where 60 total points or more were scored. Take Arkansas State Saturday.
|10-02-20||Heat +10 v. Lakers||Top||114-124||Push||0||12 h 4 m||Show|
25* NBA Playoffs GAME OF THE YEAR on Miami Heat +10
This is too big of an adjustment for the injuries to Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic. The Heat go from being 4.5-point dogs in Game 1 to 10-point dogs in Game 2 with the news that Adebayo and Dragic are both doubtful.
The Heat have been one of the deepest teams in the NBA all season. So they have the depth to overcome these injuries, and more importantly the heart to overcome them. You know Jimmy Butler will do more, and I expect his supporting cast to follow his lead in this game.
The Heat are a perfect 4-0 SU & 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss. They winning SU by an average of 9.0 points per game in this spot. The Heat are 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 games following a SU loss dating back further. Bet the Heat in Game 2 Friday.
|10-02-20||Louisiana Tech +25 v. BYU||14-45||Loss||-106||12 h 40 m||Show|
15* LA Tech/BYU ESPN 2 ANNIHILATOR on Louisiana Tech +25
Skip Holtz is doing a tremendous job at Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs have made six straight bowl games under his watch with four 9-plus win seasons and no fewer than seven wins in any of the last six seasons. They are coming off a 10-3 campaign last season.
The Bulldogs are flying under the radar this season because they only returned eight starters. But they only returned 11 last year and still won 10 games. Holtz does wonders with inexperienced teams and does a good job of bringing in transfers while also developing players. 10 starters on offense are juniors or seniors and nine starters on defense are upperclassmen as well.
Louisiana Tech has opened 2-0 SU & 2-0 ATS this season. They went on the road and upset Southern Miss 31-30 as 7-point underdogs and then handled their business in a 66-38 win over Houston Baptist as 23.5-point favorites. That’s the same Houston Baptist team that only lost by 2 points at Texas Tech the week prior.
Holtz always has a great quarterback and stud skill position players, and that has been no different in 2020. Abilene Christian senior transfer Luke Anthony is the next great one here. He has thrown for 463 yards with an 8-to-1 TD/INT ratio through two games. He has found a nice connection with WR Adrian Hardy, who has nine receptions for 148 yards and a score.
It’s a good time to ’sell high’ on BYU, which has covered the spread by a combined 78 points in wins over Navy and Troy, two programs that are clearly down this season compared to where they are normally at. No question those wins were still impressive, but now BYU goes from being a 1.5-point favorite against Navy, a 14-point favorite against Troy to a whopping 25-point favorite against Louisiana Tech. I think LA Tech would beat both of those teams.
Holtz is 35-18 ATS as a road underdog as a head coach. The Bulldogs are 43-21 ATS in their last 64 road games. Louisiana Tech is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games following a win. The Bulldogs are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Bulldogs are 27-10 ATS in their last 37 games as road underdogs. The Cougars are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games as favorites. BYU is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games. Roll with Louisiana Tech Friday.
|10-02-20||Marlins v. Cubs -1.5||2-0||Loss||-100||5 h 7 m||Show|
15* MLB Friday PLAY OF THE DAY on Chicago Cubs -1.5 (+115)
The Chicago Cubs will bounce back in blowout fashion today after losing 5-1 to the Miami Marlins in Game 1 of this series. They have a huge advantage on the mound in this one that’s going to lead to a victory by two runs or more.
Yu Darvish is 8-3 with a 2.13 ERA and 0.961 WHIP in 12 starts this season for the Cubs with 93 K’s and only 14 walks and 5 homers allowed in 76 innings. Darvish has been nothing short of dominant.
While Sixto Sanchez has one of the sweetest names in baseball, he’s no match for Darvish here. Sanchez struggled down the stretch in going 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA in his final two starts, allowing 9 earned runs and 18 base runners in 7 innings in losses to the Braves and Nationals.
The Marlins are 34-71 in their last 105 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cubs are 10-4 in their last 14 playoff games as favorites. Chicago is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings and 16-5 in the last 21 home meetings. Take the Cubs on the Run Line Friday.
|10-01-20||Broncos v. Jets -1||Top||37-28||Loss||-105||11 h 35 m||Show|
20* Broncos/Jets AFC No-Brainer on New York -1
The injury situations for both the New York Jets and Denver Broncos are a mess. I just think the injuries are worse for the Broncos, and the short week will favor Sam Darnold and the Jets over third-string QB Brett Rypien and Denver.
The Broncos had a combined 18 Pro Bowls when the 53-man roster was finalized to begin the season. Now, only Melvin Gordon and his two Pro Bowls are left after Von Miller, Jurell Casey, Courtland Sutton, Phillip Lindsay and A.J. Bouye all went out with injuries. Rypien will be making his first NFL start in place of the benched Jeff Driskel, who took the place of injured starter Drew Lock.
Certainly there hasn’t been much to like about the Jets this season. But they have played one of the toughest schedules in the NFL against the Bills, 49ers and Colts, who are a combined 7-2 on the season. This is a big step down in class for them and a game they can certainly win.
Coach Adam Gase likes the way that Darnold is showing some fire and doing everything he can to get this thing turned around. And Darnold will get back one of his favorite weapons in Jamison Crowder from injury. Crowder had seven receptions on 13 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown in the opener against Buffalo before missing the past two games with injury. Bet the Jets Thursday.
|09-30-20||Heat +5 v. Lakers||Top||98-116||Loss||-115||11 h 17 m||Show|
20* Heat/Lakers ABC No-Brainer on Miami +5
The Miami Heat have been the most impressive team in the playoffs. They dismantled the Pacers in four games, the Bucks in five and the Celtics in six. They just play so well together as a team and don’t have a weakness.
The Los Angeles Lakers pretty much cruised their way to the NBA Finals. They faced a banged up Blazers team, a Rockets team that couldn’t handle their size, and a Nuggets team that was running on fumes after two seven-game series but still gave them a run for their money.
Bam Adebayo is one of the most underrated players in the NBA. He is a Defensive Player of the Year candidate every season and will match up with Anthony Davis as well as anyone. And the Heat have defenders to slow down LeBron James as much as possible in Butler, Iguodala and Crowder. This is actually a great matchup for the Heat, and it should show starting with Game 1.
Miami is 12-3 SU & 12-3 ATS in playoff games this season. Bet the Heat in Game 1 Wednesday.
|09-30-20||Blue Jays +131 v. Rays||2-8||Loss||-100||6 h 23 m||Show|
15* MLB Wednesday Undervalued Underdog on Toronto Blue Jays +131
The Toronto Blue Jays just couldn’t get on the board until it was too late yesterday as they fell 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of this series. Look for the Blue Jays to bounce back in Game 2 at a nice underdog price because they definitely have the advantage on the mound.
Hyun-Jin Ryu has been Toronto’s best starter this season, going 5-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 1.164 WHIP In 12 starts. He has been at his best not he road, going 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA and 0.979 WHIP in six starts away from home. He has posted a 3.72 ERA and 1.034 WHIP in two starts against the Rays this season.
Tyler Glasnow is getting too much respect from oddsmakers here. He is 5-1 with a 4.08 ERA in 11 starts this season, and 2-1 with a 4.85 ERA in five home starts. Glasnow has never beaten the Blue Jays, going 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA and 1.457 WHIP in six career starts against them.
Toronto is 15-6 (+11.3 units) after having lost two of their last three games this season. The Rays are 2-7 in their last nine playoff games as favorites. Roll with the Blue Jays Wednesday.
|09-30-20||White Sox v. A's -116||Top||3-5||Win||100||5 h 26 m||Show|
20* MLB Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on Oakland A’s -116
The Chicago White Sox improved to 15-0 against left-handed starters this season and got to Luzardo early and hung on for a 4-1 victory in Game 1. Now it’s Oakland’s turn for revenge in Game 2.
The A’s are 11-3 against left-handed starters this season and will get their crack at lefty Dallas Kuechel. Look for them to get to Keuchel early and often in this one.
The White Sox are only 21-25 against right-handed starters this season, and they’ll be up against the superb Chris Bassitt, who is 5-2 with a 2.29 ERA and 1.159 WHIP in 11 starts this season. Bassitt has been virtually unhittable at home, going 2-1 with a 0.72 ERA and 1.018 WHIP in six home starts.
Kuechel is 0-1 with a 6.17 ERA in his last two starts against the A’s, allowing 8 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings. Bassitt is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his last two starts against the White Sox, pitching 13 shutout innings. Bet the A’s Wednesday.
|09-29-20||Yankees -101 v. Indians||Top||12-3||Win||100||10 h 38 m||Show|
20* Yankees/Indians Game 1 No-Brainer on New York -101
It’s rare to get the chance to back Gerrit Cole at this kind of price. We’ll take advantage in Game 1 of this series against the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees are as healthy as they’ve been all season and will be dangerous in the postseason.
Cole is 7-3 with a 2.84 ERA and 0.959 WHIP In 12 starts this season. He is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA and 0.619 WHIP in his last three starts. Cole is 3-1 with a 2.50 ERA and 0.750 WHIP in five career starts against Cleveland.
Shane Bieber is getting too much respect from oddsmakers after the two-month regular season he had. But he was hittable down the stretch, and he has posted an 8.30 ERA and 1.615 WHIP in two career starts against the Yankees. Bet the Yankees in Game 1 Tuesday.
|09-28-20||Chiefs v. Ravens -3.5||Top||34-20||Loss||-106||93 h 37 m||Show|
20* Chiefs/Ravens ESPN Monday No-Brainer on Baltimore -3.5
The Baltimore Ravens have had this game circled on their calendars all offseason. And they’ve done a good job of not overlooking their first two opponents to get to it, handling their business in a 38-6 home win over Cleveland as a 7-point favorite and a 33-16 road win at Houston as a 7-point favorite. It’s clear the Ravens are the best team in the NFL, and they’re going to be out to prove it Monday night in a big way.
The Chiefs barely escaped with a 23-20 win at Los Angeles as 9-point favorites last week against a rookie QB in Justin Herbert, who diced them up. The Chiefs allowed 479 total yards to a bad Chargers offense in that game, and they have a mess of injuries up and down their defense that is going to hurt them against the Ravens.
These teams have a common opponent to compare to in the Texans. The Ravens were much more dominant in their 33-16 road win than the score would even indicate. They outgained the Texans by 103 yards. The Chiefs only outgained the Texans by 9 yards in their 34-20 home win that was much closer than the score would indicate. And after that Chargers game, the Chiefs are now getting outgained by 28 yards per game on the season, while the Ravens have outgained their two opponents by an average of 87 yards per game.
Baltimore also wants revenge from a 28-33 loss to the Chiefs last season and a 24-27 (OT) loss in 2018. The Ravens are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. AFC opponents. Baltimore is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games following a win. Bet the Ravens Monday.
|09-27-20||Celtics v. Heat UNDER 214.5||113-125||Loss||-106||8 h 42 m||Show|
15* Celtics/Heat ESPN Total DOMINATOR on UNDER 214.5
The Heat and Celtics have gone over the total in three straight games now. That has forced oddsmakers to set this total 7.5 points higher than it was in Game 2, which was set at 207. Now it’s 214.5 and the highest total of the series. There’s definitely value with the UNDER because of it. Bet the UNDER in Game 6 Sunday.
|09-27-20||Cowboys +5 v. Seahawks||31-38||Loss||-109||65 h 51 m||Show|
15* Cowboys/Seahawks Late-Afternoon ANNIHILATOR on Dallas +5
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off the type of win that could really rally their team this week. They suffered a tough 17-20 loss to the Rams in Week 1. Then they found themselves trailing 24-39 to the Falcons with under five minutes remaining in the third quarter last week.
But the Cowboys kept fighting, got it to a 2-point game, and recovered a great onside kick. They went on to kick the game-winning field goal and beat the Falcons 40-39. I think they carry that momentum into this week against the Seattle Seahawks, who won’t have a home-field advantage at all like they normally do with the 12th man.
And without that home-field advantage, plus having a defense that is soft as better, the Seahawks cannot be laying 5 points this week to the Cowboys. I look at these are pretty much even teams, so I’m going to take the 5 points every time.
Indeed, the Seahawks are giving up a whopping 27.5 points and 485 yards per game through two games. The Falcons diced them up for 508 yards in Week 1, and Cam Newton had his best game in years with 397 passing yards last week. Dak Prescott is going to dice them up this week as he has some of the best weapons in the NFL, and that was on display against the Falcons last week as the Cowboys racked up 570 total yards in their comeback win.
The Seahawks are also being overvalued due to all of the MVP talk surrounding Russell Wilson. This is simply the case of the betting public getting mesmerized by the fancy offense the Seahawks have put up so far. And they’re overlooking their atrocious defense. And Wilson faced two soft defenses in the Falcons and Patriots as well. It’s also a bit of a letdown spot after beating the Patriots on Sunday Night Football.
Dallas is 16-4 ATS in its last 20 road games after trailing in its previous game by 14 or more points at halftime. The Cowboys are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 road games after allowing 35 points or more last game. Dallas is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games as an underdog. Seattle is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 home games.
Plays against home favorites (Seattle) - with a poor scoring defense from last season that allowed 24 or more points per game, after scoring 30 points or more last game are 25-3 (89.3%) ATS since 1983. Roll with the Cowboys Sunday.
|09-27-20||Orioles v. Blue Jays -120||7-5||Loss||-120||3 h 15 m||Show|
15* MLB Sunday PLAY OF THE DAY on Toronto Blue Jays -120
The Toronto Blue Jays can improve their playoff positioning with a win Sunday. So they still have something to play for, and they are playing like it by going 6-1 in their last seven games overall. The Orioles are just ready for their season to be over after going 4-14 in their last 18 games overall.
We’re getting the Blue Jays at a discount today because Tanner Roark has been rocked in his last two starts. But his last three starts have all come against the New York Yankees, so that’s understandable. He’ll be much sharper against the lowly Orioles today.
Keegan Aikin has been great at home but terrible on the road this season for the Orioles. He is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA and 1.889 WHIP in three road starts, and now he’s up against this potent Toronto lineup that is on fire right now.
Baltimore is 1-14 in road games when playing against a team with a winning record this season, getting outscored by 2.7 runs per game. Take the Blue Jays Sunday.
|09-27-20||Bears v. Falcons -3||Top||30-26||Loss||-110||95 h 37 m||Show|
20* NFL Sunday No-Doubt Rout on Atlanta Falcons -3
There is a big strength of schedule gap here between the Falcons and Bears thus far. The Falcons are 0-2, but they’ve lost to the Seahawks and Cowboys. The Bears are 2-0, but they’ve only beaten the Lions and Giants by a combined 7 points.
The Bears came back from a 23-6 deficit in the 4th quarter against a depleted Lions secondary in Week 1 that went on to get gashed by the Packers last week. And they only beat the banged-up Giants 17-13 at home, failing to cover as 5.5-point favorites.
The Falcons beat themselves against the Seahawks, gaining 508 total yards and outgaining the Seahawks by 123 yards. And then they blew a 39-24 4th quarter lead against the Cowboys with under five minutes remaining last week. It was a fluky loss as Atlanta had a chance to put the game away, but Julio Jones dropped a wide open TD pass he normally would catch.
Matt Ryan and this Falcons offense is hitting on all cylinders. They have some of the best talent in the NFL at receiver and that has been on display through two weeks. The Bears still have Mitch Trubisky at quarterback, and it’s just hard to trust him to play at anything other than a below-average level week in and week out because he is arguably the worst starting QB in the NFL.
Chicago is 0-7 ATS after playing a home games over the last two seasons. The Bears are 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games with their only win coming with that miracle comeback win at Detroit in Week 1. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings. Bet the Falcons Sunday.
|09-27-20||Washington Football Team +7.5 v. Browns||20-34||Loss||-114||61 h 27 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday Undervalued Underdog on Washington +7.5
I faded the Browns with success last week as I stated they shouldn’t be 6-point favorites against almost anyone in the NFL, and the Bengals came through in a 5-point loss. And now I’m definitely fading the Browns again this week laying a whopping 7.5 points to Washington.
I think it’s a good time to ‘buy low’ on Washington after losing 15-30 at Arizona last week. Arizona just looks like the real deal through two weeks, so it’s not a bad loss. And people are quick to forget they upset the Eagles 27-17 as 5.5-point dogs in Week 1. It’s a Washington team that is consistently going to have its lines inflated because the betting public wants nothing to do with them because they aren’t flashy.
But the Redskins are strong where it counts as they have arguably the best defensive line in the NFL. They sacked Carson Wentz eight times in Week 1 thanks to having five former first-round picks up front. And they will make life difficult on the overrated Baker Mayfield in this one, while also shutting down Cleveland’s solid rushing tack of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, who went off against a soft Bengals defense last week.
The Browns have injuries all over their defense that should lead to the best game of the season thus far for Dwayne Haskins and company. Pass rushers Vernon and Clayborn are questionable, as are defensive backs Ward and Williams. And they’re already missing Delpit in the secondary. We saw Joe Burrow dice up the Browns for 30 points and 285 passing yards last week to keep the Bengals in the game as they just just couldn’t get him off the field.
Ron Rivera is 24-8 ATS off a road loss in all games he has coached. Rivera is 10-2 ATS off a road blowout loss by 14 points or more in all games he has coached. The Browns are 1-4 ATS in their last five games as favorites. Cleveland is 24-50-2 ATS in its last 76 games overall.
Plays against home favorites (Cleveland) with a poor scoring defense from last season that allowed 24 or more points per game, after scoring 30 points or more last game are 25-3 (89.3%) ATS since 1983. Take Washington Sunday.
|09-26-20||Nuggets +5 v. Lakers||Top||107-117||Loss||-105||12 h 48 m||Show|
20* Nuggets/Lakers TNT No-Brainer on Denver +5
The Denver Nuggets have erased two 3-1 deficits already in these playoffs for the first time in NBA playoff history. And here we are again with the Nuggets in this exact same situation, a spot that they are clearly comfortable with.
And the Nuggets seem to have figured out the Lakers since Game 1. They have shot 47.3% or better in every game in this series. They lost at the buzzer in Game 2, won 114-106 in Game 3 and only lost 108-114 in Game 4 after the Lakers got a lot of preferential treatment from the refs down the stretch. They shot a whopping 35 free throws in that game and that is unlikely to happen again.
Denver is 11-1 ATS when trailing in a playoff series over the last two seasons. Bet the Nuggets Saturday.
|09-26-20||Tennessee -3 v. South Carolina||Top||31-27||Win||100||27 h 59 m||Show|
20* Tennessee/South Carolina SEC No-Brainer on Tennessee -3
The Tennessee Vols started just 2-5 last year. But they rebounded in a big way to go 6-0 in their final six games including a bowl win over Indiana. And now the Vols enter their third season under Jeremy Pruitt, who just got a raise and a contract extension.
Pruitt now has mostly all of his players in place and the Vols could be a surprise contender in the SEC East. They are one of the most experienced teams in the country, ranking 12th on that list due to returning a whopping 17 starters.
South Carolina went 4-8 last season and returns just 13 starters. Injuries really hurt the Gamecocks last season and they aren’t going to be very good this season. Will Muschamp has this team headed in the wrong direction, similar to what he did at Florida before he was let go. He is one of the worst coaches in the SEC.
Plays against any team (South Carolina) - in the first month of the season, after closing out last season with two or more straight losses against an opponent that closed out last season with four or more straight wins are 35-10 (77.8%) ATS over the last five seasons.
Tennessee is 18-6 ATS in its last 24 games as a road favorite of 7 points or less. Muschamp is 3-14 ATS in home games with a total of 42.5 to 49 in all games he has coached. The Volunteers are 5-1 ATS in their last six conference games. The Gamecocks are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Vols are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 trips to South Carolina. Take Tennessee Saturday.
|09-26-20||Phillies +101 v. Rays||3-4||Loss||-100||10 h 46 m||Show|
15* MLB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on Philadelphia Phillies +101
The Tampa Bay Rays have already clinched the top overall seed in the American League and have nothing to play for. The Philadelphia Phillies are one game back of the Giants for the final playoff spot in the National League. We’ll back the more motivated Phillies here at an underdog price.
I also like backing the Phillies with their best starter on the mound in Zack Wheeler. He is 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA and 1.109 WHIP in 10 starts this season and averaging 6.4 innings per start. He should be able to go deep into this one and have the Phillies avoid their dreaded bullpen for the most part. Roll with the Phillies Saturday.
|09-26-20||Duke v. Virginia -4||Top||20-38||Win||100||23 h 45 m||Show|
20* CFB Saturday No-Doubt Rout on Virginia -4
Bronco Mendenhall enters his fifth season at Virginia. He led the Cavaliers to the Coastal Division title last year and the Cavaliers went on to play Florida very tough in the Orange Bowl, covering as 14-point dogs in a 28-36 loss.
Now the Cavaliers have 15 starters back and one of the best defenses in the ACC with eight starters and six of their top seven tacklers back. They have seven starters back on offense, and although they do lose QB Bryce Perkins, he was mistake-prone last year and is replaceable.
Duke has looked terrible in its first two games this season. The Blue Devils lost 13-27 to Notre Dame before falling 6-26 at home to Boston College last week. That was a Boston College team with a new head coach playing their first game of the season. And now they face a veteran Virginia team this week. I think because it’s Virginia’s first game while Duke has already played two, that is being factored into the line too much. The Cavaliers will handle it well.
After all, Virginia thumped Duke 48-14 as 3-point home favorites last year. The Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. The home team is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings. The Blue Devils are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a loss. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games. Bet Virginia Saturday.
|09-26-20||Army +13.5 v. Cincinnati||10-24||Loss||-114||22 h 15 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Army +13.5
The Army Black Knights clearly came into 2020 underrated off their 5-8 campaign last year. That followed up back-to-back 10-plus win seasons in 2017 and 2018. But the Black Knights look like they’re back to being a team that can challenge for double-digit wins again in 2020.
Indeed, Army is 2-0 SU & 2-0 ATS this season beating Middle Tennessee 42-0 as 3.5-point favorites and LA Monroe 37-7 as 24-point favorites. They have covered the spread by a combined 44.5 points in their first two games. It’s taking the oddsmakers too long to catch on to how good this team is, and we’re getting value with them again this week as 13.5-point dogs to Cincinnati.
Cincinnati came in among the favorites to win the AAC this season after winning 11 games each of the past two seasons. You are getting no discounts to back the Bearcats this season. And they weren’t exactly a team that blew out their opposition on the regular last season. Indeed, they went 4-1 in games decided by a TD or less to pad their record last year.
The Bearcats failed to cover as 39.5-point favorites in their opener against lowly Austin Peay in a 55-20 win. Austin Peay moved the ball just fine on this Cincinnati defense, finishing with 353 total yards, which is pretty good for a poor FCS program.
Cincinnati didn’t play a triple-option team last year and won’t be prepared for Army in just a week’s time after beating Austin Peay last week. Army has two weeks to prepare for Cincinnati after last playing on September 12th. That’s a huge advantage for the Black Knights, who are 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings with the Bearcats.
Jeff Monken is 15-6 ATS in road games after playing a home game as the coach of Army. The Black Knights are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 September games. The Bearcats are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Roll with Army Saturday.
|09-26-20||Iowa State -2.5 v. TCU||37-34||Win||100||20 h 14 m||Show|
15* Iowa State/TCU Big 12 ANNIHILATOR on Iowa State -2.5
It’s time to ‘buy low’ on the Iowa State Cyclones after their fluky 14-31 loss to Louisiana as a 13-point favorite in the opener. The Cyclones gave up two special teams touchdowns and a TD in the final minute to make the score look way worse than it really was.
I still believe the Cyclones can contend for the Big 12 title with the talent they have on hand. They just have a way of playing to their competition. And they probably read the press clippings and thought they were better than they were in Week 1.
You know head coach Matt Campbell will have his team humbled with two weeks of practice to get ready for this game after playing Louisiana on September 12th. And just having that game under their belt is a big advantage compared to TCU, which still has yet to play a game.
After winning eight games one time in 37 years before Campbell took over, the Cyclones have now had three straight eight-plus win seasons. They were second in the Big 12 in yards per game differential (+62.6) last year and they returned 13 starters from that team. They have eight starters back on D and may have the best stop unit in the Big 12. And offensively they have almost all of their top weapons back led by QB Purdy and RB Hall.
TCU went just 5-7 last season, which included a 24-49 loss at Iowa State. The Horned Frogs aren’t going to be a whole lot better in 2020 with just 12 starters back. Starting QB Max Duggan isn’t going to start due to heart problems and it’s unclear how much he’ll play, if he plays at all.
Plays on road teams (Iowa State) - in the first month of a season, a bowl team from last season that lost their final two games, a game between two teams with five or less offensive starters returning are 32-8 (80%) since 1992. These teams are close to even defensively, but the Cyclones have the huge advantage on offense. Bet Iowa State Saturday.
|09-26-20||Central Florida v. East Carolina +27||51-28||Win||100||19 h 44 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on East Carolina +27
East Carolina went just 4-8 in Mike Houston’s first season on the job. But they almost upset both Cincinnati and SMU, two teams that won double-digit games last year. And they played UCF tough, only losing 28-41 as 35-point road underdogs.
Now ECU is catching 27 points in the rematch, and the Pirates are going to be much better in Houston’s second season on the job. He welcomes back eight starters on offense including the underrated Holton Ahlers at quarterback. He has three receivers back that all had 670-plus receiving yards last season. Ahlers is a dual-threat who rushed for 359 yards and six scores last year. This offense is going to be good, plus five of the top six tacklers return on defense.
UCF had 10 players opt out of playing for personal reasons this season. They also have another five players that are out or questionable with an injury. They aren’t going to be strong enough to put away ECU by four-plus touchdowns, which is what it’s going to take to cover this huge spread.
The Knights are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite. UCF is 2-6 ATS in its last eight conference games. Take East Carolina Saturday.
|09-25-20||Heat v. Celtics UNDER 213.5||Top||108-121||Loss||-110||11 h 34 m||Show|
25* NBA Eastern Conference TOTAL OF THE YEAR on Heat/Celtics UNDER 213.5
Oddsmakers have jacked this total up from 208.5 in Game 3 to 212 in Game 4 to 213.5 in Game 5. There’s now ample value to bet the UNDER in Game 5 tonight and we’ll take advantage.
It’s inflated because Games 3 and 4 went over the totals. But Game 4 was a dead nuts under until late in the game. It was 50-44 at halftime and it took a bunch of 3-pointers and fouls in the final minutes to get over the number. That’s unlikely to happen again.
Elimination games are always more tense, which brings to the table more of a half-court game and poor shooting. It also amps up the defense for both teams as one is trying to advance to the NBA Finals, while the other is fighting to stay alive.
The UNDER is 12-5 in Celtics last 17 games overall. The UNDER is 6-1 in Celtics last seven games following an ATS loss. The UNDER is 5-1 in Celtics last six games following a SU loss. Bet the UNDER in this game Friday.
|09-25-20||Astros -1.5 v. Rangers||4-5||Loss||-110||10 h 52 m||Show|
15* MLB Friday PLAY OF THE DAY on Houston Astros -1.5 (-110)
The Houston Astros can clinch a playoff spot with a win Friday. They got their bats going yesterday and won 12-4 to cash in for us. And we’re back on them again today against the lowly Texas Rangers, who are 1-7 in their last eight games overall.
Jose Urquidy is the better starter in this matchup. He is 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 1.015 WHIP in four starts this season. Urquidy owns the Rangers, going 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 0.357 WHIP in two career starts against them, allowing just two earned runs and five base runners in 14 innings with 16 K’s.
Texas is 6-20 as an underdog of +125 to +175 this season, losing by 2.5 runs per game. The Rangers are 7-25 after batting .225 or worse over a 5-game span this season. The Astros are 35-17 in the last 52 meetings. Take the Astros on the Run Line Friday.
|09-24-20||Lakers v. Nuggets +6||114-108||Push||0||10 h 10 m||Show|
15* Nuggets/Lakers TNT ANNIHILATOR on Denver +6
The Denver Nuggets are so resilient. They came up with a big effort in Game 2 as 5.5-point dogs and lost at the buzzer, 103-105. And they rebounded with a 114-106 victory as 5.5-point dogs in Game 3. Now they are catching 6 points in Game 4 tonight.
The Nuggets are now 11-1 ATS when trailing in a playoff series over the last two seasons. I’m not about to go against this trend, instead I’ll back it as Denver continues coming up big when behind tonight. Bet the Nuggets Thursday.
|09-24-20||Dolphins +3 v. Jaguars||31-13||Win||100||10 h 41 m||Show|
15* Dolphins/Jaguars AFC ANNIHILATOR on Miami +3
The Miami Dolphins will be highly motivated for a victory Thursday after opening 0-2 this season. But they’ve played a brutal schedule facing both the Patriots and Bills, two of the best teams in the AFC. Now they take a big step down in class here against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Dolphins nearly covered as 7-point dogs against the Patriots but lost 11-21 after Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an INT from inside the 10-yard line in the closing minutes. They did cover as 5.5-point dogs in a 28-31 loss to Buffalo last week. And they should not be catching a full 3 points against the Jaguars this week, if catching points at all.
The Jaguars are getting a lot of respect for starting 2-0 ATS. They got a miracle 27-20 win over the Colts as 7-point dogs despite getting outgained by 204 yards. And last week’s performance was much better despite losing, falling 30-33 as 7-point dogs at Tennessee. Then again, I think the Titans are overvalued as well after what they did making a run to the AFC Championship last year.
The Jaguars lost almost all of their best players on defense this offseason, which is why they can’t be trusted in the favorites role. They give up 26.5 points and 399.5 yards per game thus far. Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to find plenty of holes in their D, especially after he led the Dolphins to 28 points against a very good Buffalo D last week.
Plays against home favorites (Jacksonville) - a team with a poor scoring defense from last season that allowed 24 or more points per game, after scoring 30 points or more last game are 24-3 (88.9%) ATS since 1983. Miami is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games overall. Jacksonville is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games as a favorite. Take the Dolphins Thursday.