|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|10-04-21||Raiders +3.5 v. Chargers||Top||14-28||Loss||-115||126 h 26 m||Show|
20* Raiders/Chargers ESPN No-Brainer on Las Vegas +3.5
The Las Vegas Raiders are 3-0 this season and have played three very good teams in the Ravens, Steelers and Dolphins. Those three teams all have great defenses, and this Oakland offense has lit up the scoreboard and the numbers against all three.
The Raiders are scoring 30.0 points per game this season and averaging 471.0 yards per game. Derek Carr has already thrown for 1,203 yards in three games. The Raiders definitely deserved to win all three games as they outgained the Ravens by 85 yards, the Steelers by 94 yards and the Dolphins by 167 yards.
The Chargers are 2-1 this season despite getting outgained in two games. They were outgained by 85 yards by the Chiefs last week. And because they pulled the upset win over such a big rival and defending Super Bowl champ, this is actually a letdown spot for the Chargers. We saw the Ravens nearly lose to the Lions last week after upsetting the Chiefs the week before.
With this game being played in Los Angeles there's going to be a ton of Raiders fans there. It might actually be a home-field advantage for them. So this line makes no sense with the Chargers being 3.5-point favorites considering these are basically even teams. There is value with the Raiders this week because of it.
Las Vegas is 5-1 ATS in its last six games as an underdog. The Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last four Monday games. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The Raiders are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 trips to Los Angeles. The underdog is 18-6 ATS in the last 24 meetings. Bet the Raiders Monday.
|10-03-21||Bucs v. Patriots +7||Top||19-17||Win||100||103 h 32 m||Show|
20* Bucs/Patriots NBC Sunday Night BAILOUT on New England +7
The betting public is all over the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Bucs in this game. They don't believe Tom Brady is going to lose to his former team. But that is where the point spread is the great equalizer, and it's time to 'sell high' on the Bucs here as 7-point road favorites against the Patriots.
The Bucs are fortunate to be 2-1 this season. They overcame four turnovers in the opener and needed a last-second field goal to beat the Cowboys 31-29, failing to cover as 10-point favorites. They only held a 3-point lead over the Falcons at home in the 2nd half before getting two straight pick-6's that turned the game. And last week they lost outright 24-34 at the Rams as 1-point favorites.
The defending Super Bowl champion is almost always overvalued, and that was the case with the Chiefs last year. That's the case with the Bucs this year, especially in this spot with Brady returning to face his former team. While Brady and the offense are humming, the defense has been a problem in giving up 29.3 points and 402.0 yards per game this season. They have been awful against the pass, allowing 338 passing yards per game.
It's a good time to 'buy low' on the Patriots, who are coming off an upset home loss to the New Orleans Saints last week. But the Patriots gave that game away by being -3 in turnovers. It was much closer than the final score, and the Patriots actually outgained the Saints by 48 yards in that contest.
The best unit on the field might be the Patriots defense. They are giving up just 17.0 points per game and 282.3 yards per game this season. Mac Jones has been up against three very good defenses, and this is actually a step down in class from what he has faced thus far in the Dolphins, Saints and Jets. He is primed for his best game of the season.
Tampa Bay is 0-9 ATS in its last nine games after allowing 275 or more passing yards in three straight games. New England is 25-9 ATS in its last 34 games as a home underdog. The Patriots are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Take the Patriots Sunday.
|10-03-21||Browns v. Vikings +2||Top||14-7||Loss||-104||95 h 12 m||Show|
20* NFL Non-Conference GAME OF THE WEEK on Minnesota Vikings +2
The Minnesota Vikings could easily be 3-0 against a very tough schedule thus far. But since they are 1-2 they are undervalued right now. They lost in OT in Week 1 at Cincinnati after fumbling when they were in field goal range for the game-winning kick. They missed an extra point and the potential game-winning 37-yard field goal at Arizona in a 1-point loss in Week 2.
But last week they showed some resiliency and beat the Seahawks handily 30-17 in their first home game of the season. They are a much better home team than a road team under Mike Zimmer through the years. And their offense is hitting on all cylinders this season.
The Vikings are 8th in scoring offense at 29.0 points per game and 3rd in total offense at 425 yards pre game. They didn't miss Dalvin Cook one bit last week as backup Alexander Mattison accounted for 171 yards from scrimmage. But there's a good chance Cook returns this week as he returned to practice.
After losing to the Chiefs on the road in Week 1, the Browns have beaten two of the worst teams in the NFL at home the last two weeks in the Texans and Bears. They basically beat two rookie quarterbacks in those two games as Davis Mills replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor early for the Texans and Justin Fields made his first career start for the Bears.
Now they take a big step up in class here against a motivated Vikings team that wants to get back to .500 on the season. Kirk Cousins is playing some of the best football of his career. Cleveland is 0-8 ATS in its last eight games after a win by more than 14 points. The Browns are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as road favorites. The Vikings are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games as home underdogs. Bet the Vikings Sunday.
|10-03-21||Washington Football Team -115 v. Falcons||34-30||Win||100||95 h 11 m||Show|
15* NFC PLAY OF THE DAY on Washington ML -115
The Washington Football Team has been a disappointment thus far in 2021. They have gone 1-2 SU & 0-3 ATS through three games. It's time to 'buy low' on them, especially considering their two losses came to two of the best teams in the NFL in the Bills and Chargers.
Now Washington takes a big step down in class here against the Atlanta Falcons. This is a Falcons team that was terrible in the preseason and terrible in their first two games, losing 32-6 to the Eagles at home and 48-25 to the Bucs on the road.
But now the Falcons are getting some respect from the books after upsetting the Giants 17-14 on the road last week. That win comes with an asterisk as the Giants lost two of their top receivers during the game and were hamstrung on offense.
Washington has the better defense here, and I wouldn't be surprised if they have the better offense as Matt Ryan has looked washed this season. But I fully expect a rally the troops type of effort from Washington based on comments made by Ron Rivera after the loss to the Bills.
Plays on any teams (Washington) - a good offensive team (5.4 to 5.8 YPP) against a team with a terrible defense that allows at least 5.8 YPP, after being outgained by 100 or more yards last game are 31-6 (83.8%) ATS over the last five seasons.
Atlanta is 2-13 ATS in its last 15 games vs. teams who force 0.75 turnovers or fewer per game on the season. Rivera is 26-9 ATS off a road loss as a head coach. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Roll with Washington Sunday.
|10-02-21||Northwestern +11.5 v. Nebraska||Top||7-56||Loss||-110||29 h 49 m||Show|
20* Northwestern/Nebraska Big Ten No-Brainer on Northwestern +11.5
We see this yearly with Northwestern. Get off to a slow start then turn it on in the 2nd third of the season. You won't get better value on the Wildcats than what we're getting this week as double-digit dogs to the Nebraska Cornhuskers the rest of the way.
Northwestern has losses to Michigan State and Duke, which aren't that bad of losses as both of those teams are improved. Their handled their business in a 24-6 win over Indiana State, then put together their best performance of the season in a 35-6 win over Ohio as 13.5-point favorites last week.
Now they face a Nebraska team that came close to upsetting both Oklahoma and Michigan State on the road each of the last two weeks. I think that works against the Huskers here. This is a hangover spot after coming so close, and I question their motivation after a 2-3 start. I trust Northwestern's motivation this week as they jump back into Big Ten play.
Nebraska has only covered this number once in its last 10 meetings with Northwestern. The Wildcats either won outright or lost by 11 points or fewer in the other nine meetings. Northwestern has gone 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Wildcats are 36-15 ATS in their last 51 games as road underdogs. The Wildcats are 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 conference games. The Huskers are 8-18 ATS in their last 26 home games. Northwestern is 5-0 ATS in its last five trips to Nebraska. Take Northwestern Saturday.
|10-02-21||Western Kentucky +11 v. Michigan State||31-48||Loss||-110||29 h 48 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Western Kentucky +11
The Michigan State Spartans are overvalued due to their 4-0 start this season. This is a bad spot for them now as they step out of conference off their 23-20 (OT) win over Nebraska last week. They get back into Big Ten play next week and will have a hard time getting motivated to play Western Kentucky.
But Western Kentucky is no pushover. The Hilltoppers are close to being 3-0 this season. But they are undervalued due to being 1-2. They only lost 35-38 to at Army as 6-point dogs, and their other loss was a 31-33 setback at home to Indiana as 9.5-point dogs. If they can pay with Indiana, they can play with Michigan State.
The Hilltoppers will never be out of this game due to stud QB Bailey Zappe. He is completing 73.1% of his passes for 1,224 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions through three games. He should be able to pick apart a Michigan State defense that allowed 283 passing yards to Northwestern, 388 to Miami and 255 to Nebraska.
Michigan State is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games as a home favorite of 10.5 to 14 points. The Spartans are 0-6 ATS in their last six home games when paying with 6 or less days' rest. Michigan State is 0-6 ATS vs. good offensive teams that average 5.9 or more yards per play over the last three seasons. Bet Western Kentucky Saturday.
|10-02-21||Louisiana Tech +19 v. NC State||Top||27-34||Win||100||27 h 19 m||Show|
20* CFB Non-Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on Louisiana Tech +19
This is a massive letdown spot for NC State. The Wolfpack upset Clemson 27-21 (OT) as 10.5-point home dogs last week. Now they step out of conference to face LA Tech, and they'll have a very hard time getting up for this game after that massive win.
Louisiana Tech is very close to being 4-0 and underrated right now due to their 2-2 record. They blew a 34-14 4th quarter lead at Mississippi State and lost 34-35 as 20.5-point dogs. They lsot 37-39 on a 33-yard hail mary to SMU as 10.5-point dogs.
Those are two very good teams comparable to NC State. In fact, NC State lost 10-24 at Mississippi State, so Louisiana Tech shouldn't be catching 19 points here. This line should be much closer to 10 points.
There's good news for the Bulldogs too in getting starting QB Austin Kendall back from injury this week. The West Virginia transfer has been great for Skip Holtz, completing 60.6% of his passes for 837 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions, while also rushing for three scores and 5.4 per carry this season.
NC State is 0-9 ATS vs. good passing teams that average 8 or more yards per attempt over the last three seasons. It is losing by nearly 20 points per game in this spot. Holtz is 36-20 ATS as a road underdog in all games as a head coach. The Bulldogs are 28-13 ATS in their last 41 games as road dogs. The Wolfpack are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games following a win. Roll with Louisiana Tech Saturday.
|10-02-21||South Florida +21.5 v. SMU||17-41||Loss||-110||25 h 18 m||Show|
15* AAC PLAY OF THE DAY on South Florida +21.5
The SMU Mustangs are coming off two straight improbable wins to get to 4-0 on the season. They won on a hail mary 39-37 over Louisiana Tech, then followed it up with a 42-34 upset win as 9.5-point dogs at TCU.
This is the ultimate letdown spot for the Mustangs after beating a Big 12 team and fellow Texas team. It's time to 'sell high' on them here as 21.5-point favorites over South Florida. They won't be nearly as motivated to face the Bulls as they were the Horned Frogs last week.
This is a South Florida team that is undervalued due to its 1-3 record. But they have played a brutal schedule of NC State, Florida and BYU. Those are three of the better teams in the country. NC State beat Clemson, Florida nearly upset Alabama, and BYU beat three Pac-12 teams and is unbeaten.
But USF covered against Florida in a 20-42 loss as 29-point dogs. They also gave BYU a run for its money last week, only losing 27-35 as 24-point dogs. And they won't be intimidated by SMU as this is actually a step down in class compared to what they've been facing thus far.
South Florida is 14-4 ATS in its last 18 road games after a game where they forced zero turnovers. The Bulls are 19-6 ATS in their last 25 games after trailing in their previous game by 17 points or more at halftime. The Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a winning record. Roll with South Florida Saturday.
|10-02-21||Ole Miss +15 v. Alabama||21-42||Loss||-110||25 h 57 m||Show|
15* SEC PLAY OF THE DAY on Ole Miss +15
I'm a big fan of Ole Miss this season and they have not disappointed with their 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS start with three blowout victories. Their offense with Heisman contender Matt Corrall gives them a chance to win every game they play.
They are averaging 52.7 points and 635.3 yards per game this season. The improvement on defense has been just as impressive. The Rebels are giving up just 20.7 points and 344.7 yards per game.
They gave defending national champion Alabama their toughest test of the season last year. It was tied 42-42 in the 4th quarter and they eventually lost by 15. This Ole Miss team is improved, and Alabama isn't as strong as they were last year, nearly losing to Florida as a similar 14-point favorite in a 2-point win.
You have to love the fact that Lane Kiffin now has two weeks to prepare for Alabama after having a bye last week. The line has already moved towards the Rebels but I still think there's some value here at 14.5 in a game that should be decided by two touchdowns or less.
Plays against favorites of 10.5 to 21 points (Alabama) - in a game involving two good defensive teams (16-21 PPG), after scoring 20 points or more in the first half of two straight games are 39-13 (75%) ATS since 1992. The Crimson Tide are 1-4 ATS in their last five vs. a team with a winning record. The Rebels are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven vs. a team with a winning record. Take Ole Miss Saturday.
|10-02-21||Michigan v. Wisconsin -120||Top||38-17||Loss||-120||70 h 30 m||Show|
20* Big Ten GAME OF THE MONTH on Wisconsin ML -120
This is a great time to 'buy low' on the Wisconsin Badgers. Their season is on the line after a 1-2 start. But those two losses were to two of the best teams in the country in #4 Penn State & #9 Notre Dame. And both losses were misleading.
They outgained Penn State by 62 yards in their 10-16 home loss. They outgained Notre Dame by 72 yards in their 13-41 loss on a neutral last week. They actually led the Fighting Irish 13-10 early in the 4th quarter after a short field goal. But then Notre Dame returned the next kickoff for a TD. They added two pick 6's late in the game and scored 21 points off non-offensive touchdowns. They outscored the Badgers 31-0 to close the 4th quarter. It doesn't get any more misleading than that.
Wisconsin is favored over a ranked Michigan team for good reason here. The season is on the line for the Badgers if they want to play a factor in the Big Ten title race. They will put their best foot forward this week.
Michigan has feasted on one of the easiest schedules in the country. Their four wins have all come at home over Western Michigan, Washington, Northern Illinois and Rutgers. They struggled in their Big Ten opener against Rutgers last week. They won 20-13 but were outgained by 77 yards. Their offense was held to just 275 yards.
And they will struggle to move the ball on this stout Wisconsin defense that is giving up just 210.3 yards per game and 4 yards per play. Despite the 1-2 start, the Badgers are still outgaining teams by 188 yards per game.
The Badgers have crushed the Wolverines each of the last two years. They won 49-11 on the road in 2020 and 35-14 at home in 2019 as short favorites in both games. The Wolverines are 0-6 ATS in their last six conference games. The Badgers are 6-0 ATS in their last six home meetings with Michigan. You probably won't get better value on Wisconsin for the rest of the season. This is Michigan's first road game. Bet Wisconsin Saturday.
|10-02-21||Duke +20 v. North Carolina||7-38||Loss||-110||21 h 18 m||Show|
15* ACC PLAY OF THE DAY on Duke +20
The North Carolina Tar Heels had huge expectations coming into the season as a Top 10 team. But upset losses to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech have put a damper on that. And I question their motivation the rest of the way.
They were not only beaten by Georgia Tech, they were dominated physically in a 22-45 loss as 14.5-point favorites. That's a bad sign for them moving forward, and I cannot believe they are getting this much respect as 20-point favorites over rival Duke this week.
Duke is quietly improved this season. They are 3-1 SU & 3-1 ATS and really could easily be 4-0. Their lone loss came 28-31 at Charlotte, a game they gained 580 yards of offense in and actually outgained the 49ers by 102 yards. They went on to outgain their next three opponents by 169, 156 and 77 yards in three straight victories.
This Duke offense clearly has the firepower to keep up with North Carolina. In fact, the Blue Devils actually have better season long stats on offense. They average 38.8 points and 544.5 yards per game, while UNC averages 37.5 points and 507.3 yards per game. And it's not like the Tar Heels are stopping anyone, allowing 29.5 points per game this season compared to 26.0 for Duke.
The Blue Devils are 7-0 ATS in their last seven road games after gaining 6.75 or more yards per play in their previous game. David Cutcliffe is 10-1 ATS after gaining 475 or more total yards per game in his last three games as a head coach. The Tar Heels are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. Bet Duke Saturday.
|10-01-21||Angels v. Mariners -150||Top||2-1||Loss||-150||10 h 56 m||Show|
20* MLB Friday No-Doubt Rout on Seattle Mariners -150
The Seattle Mariners have gone 10-1 in their last 11 games overall to pull even with the Boston Red Sox for the second wild card spot in the American League. They aren't about to let up now, and they should handle the Los Angeles Angels tonight.
The Angels have gone just 3-10 in their last 13 games overall. It won't get any easier for them against Marco Gonzalez, who is 10-5 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.165 WHIP in 24 starts this season, including 4-2 with a 3.68 ERA and 1.113 WHIP in 12 home starts. Gonzalez owns the Angels, going 9-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 1.096 WHIP in 17 career starts against them.
Jose Suarez is 4-7 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.303 WHIP in 13 starts this season for the Angels and averaging just 5.1 innings per start. Suarez has posted a 4.38 ERA and 1.338 WHIP in five career starts against the Mariners. He allowed 4 earned runs in 5 innings in his last start against the Mariners on September 24th. Take the Mariners Friday.
|10-01-21||BYU v. Utah State +10||Top||34-20||Loss||-115||14 h 53 m||Show|
20* BYU/Utah State CFB Late-Night BAILOUT on Utah State +10
The BYU Cougars are overvalued right now due to their 4-0 start and No. 13 ranking. I successfully faded them last week and cashed in South Florida as a 24-point underdog in a 27-35 loss, and I'll gladly go against the Cougars again here as double-digit road favorites against Utah State.
Utah State was one of the most impressive teams in the country in the first three weeks. They went 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS with upset road wins at Washington State as 18-point dogs and at Air Force as 9-point dogs.
But now it's time to 'buy low' on the Aggies this week after they lost 27-3 to Boise State last week. That was one of the most misleading finals of the week. Utah State had 443 total yards and only 3 points in that game. That's because they committed three turnovers.
Utah State has one of the best offenses in the country and will never be out of this game because of it. The Aggies average 31.5 points and 514.0 yards per game this season. Blake Anderson brought a ton of talent with him over from Arkansas State, and it is especially paying off on offense.
BYU is also overvalued due to three wins over Pac-12 teams. But they are 4-0 despite only outgaining their opponents by 1.3 yards per game on the season. That's more like a .500 team than one that is 4-0.
BYU is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games vs. poor passing defenses that allow a completion percentage of 58% or worse. The Cougars are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games as favorites. The Aggies are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a double-digit home loss. Utah State is 20-7-1 ATS in its last 28 Friday games. The underdog is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings. Bet Utah State Friday.
|10-01-21||Tigers +234 v. White Sox||1-8||Loss||-100||8 h 52 m||Show|
15* MLB Friday Undervalued Underdog on Detroit Tigers +234
The Detroit Tigers have quietly been one of the most profitable teams in baseball this season. You would be up 26 units backing the Tigers in every game this season. They have gone 11-8 in their last 19 games overall despite being underdogs in every game.
The White Sox don't have much to play for. They are two games behind the Astros for the 2nd seed and would need help to catch them. They shouldn't be this big of favorites considering the situation they are in, more focused on getting ready for the postseason than winning games right now.
I'll gladly back Wily Peralta as this big of an underdog. Peralta is 4-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 17 starts this season. He has gone 1-1 with a 1.02 ERA in his last three starts as well. He'll be opposed by Lance Lynn, who allowed 6 earned runs in 6 innings in a 6-0 loss to the Indians as a -185 favorite in his last start. Roll with the Tigers Friday.
|09-30-21||Jaguars v. Bengals OVER 45.5||Top||21-24||Loss||-105||31 h 31 m||Show|
20* NFL TOTAL OF THE WEEK on Jaguars/Bengals OVER 45.5
Prime time OVERS have been money makers the last couple seasons. And this game sets up to be an OVER game tonight with these two teams in the Jaguars and Bengals. Both have suspect defenses.
The Jaguars have really been poor defensively. They rank 28th in scoring defense at 30.3 points per game and 29th in total defense at 418 yards per game. And they've only played one good offense in the Cardinals, who lite them up for 31 points last week. The other two teams were the Broncos and Texans.
The Cincinnati Bengals have good defensive numbers thus far and may be improved on that side of the ball, but they have played two poor offenses in the Bears and Steelers. They did give up 24 points and 403 total yards to the best offense they have faced in the Vikings.
The Jaguars have been able to move the football with 395 yards against the Texans and 361 yards against the Cardinals. But they have killed themselves with turnovers, committing 10 of them already in three games. That can also help the OVER by setting up easy scores for the Bengals.
Cincinnati does have an elite offense with great skill players. They have played three tough defenses and have fared well against the Vikings, Bears and Steelers. This is a big step down in class for them, and Joe Burrow is primed for his best game of the season. I'm expecting the Bengals to score 30-plus to carry the load on this OVER.
Cincinnati is 6-0 OVER in home games with a total of 45.5 or higher over the last three seasons. We are seeing 56.3 combined points per game in this spot. Bet the OVER in this game Thursday.
|09-30-21||Red Sox -1.5 v. Orioles||2-6||Loss||-142||11 h 5 m||Show|
15* MLB Thursday PLAY OF THE DAY on Boston Red Sox -1.5 (-142)
The Boston Red Sox are trying to hang on to a wild card spot in the American League. They came through with a 6-0 victory yesterday over the Baltimore Orioles. And I expect another blowout victory today due to their advantage on the mound.
Nick Pivetta has been at his best on the road this season, going 5-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 14 starts. Pivetta has posted a 2.51 ERA in his last three starts coming in, and two of those were against the Yankees and White Sox. He has never lost to the Orioles, going 6-0 with a 3.35 ERA and 1.116 WHIP in seven career starts against them.
Alexander Wells is still in search of his first victory this season. He is 0-3 with an 8.13 ERA and 1.677 WHIP in seven starts. Wells faced the Red Sox on September 19th two starts back, allowing 5 earned runs in 5 innings.
Baltimore is 4-28 vs. AL teams scoring 4.9 runs per game or more in the second half of the season this season and losing by nearly 5 runs per game in this spot. The Red Sox are 7-1 in their last eight meetings with the Orioles with all seven wins coming by two runs or more. Take the Red Sox on the Run Line Thursday.
|09-29-21||A's v. Mariners +104||Top||2-4||Win||104||13 h 4 m||Show|
20* AL GAME OF THE WEEK on Seattle Mariners +104
The Seattle Mariners are 9-1 in their last 10 games overall to pull within 0.5 games of the final wild card spot in the American League. They are continuing to battle to try and make the postseason, and they should not be underdogs to the Oakland A's, who are basically eliminated from postseason contention at 3.5 games out.
Logan Gilbert is 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA and 0.982 WHIP in his last three starts for the Mariners. He has allowed 3 earned runs or fewer in all three of his starts against the A's this season.
Frankie Montas is 13-9 with a 3.48 ERA in 31 starts this season. But Montas has lost both of his starts against the Mariners while allowing 7 earned runs and 4 homers in 12 innings for a 5.25 ERA.
Seattle is 11-0 in its last 11 meetings with Oakland. The A's are 6-16 in their last 22 vs. a team with a winning record. Bet the Mariners Wednesday.
|09-28-21||A's v. Mariners +111||2-4||Win||111||11 h 17 m||Show|
15* MLB Tuesday Undervalued Underdog on Seattle Mariners +111
The Seattle Mariners are 8-1 in their last nine games overall to pull within 1.5 games of the final wild card spot in the American League. They are continuing to battle to try and make the postseason, and they should not be underdogs to the Oakland A's, who are basically eliminated from postseason contention.
Chris Bassitt just recently returned from an IL stint and only pitched 3 innings in his first start back. He will be limited again tonight. Bassitt is 1-4 with a 4.06 ERA and 1.335 WHIP in 11 career starts against Seattle.
Tyler Anderson has been at his best at home this season with a 3.16 ERA and 1.142 WHIP in 12 home starts. Anderson has faced the A's twice in his career, going 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA and 0.947 WHIP while allowing just one earned run in 12 2/3 innings.
Seattle is 10-0 in its last 10 meetings with Oakland. The A's are 6-15 in their last 21 vs. a team with a winning record. Take the Mariners Tuesday.
|09-28-21||Brewers v. Cardinals +108||Top||2-6||Win||108||9 h 17 m||Show|
20* NL Central GAME OF THE MONTH on St. Louis Cardinals +108
The St. Louis Cardinals are 16-0 in their last 16 games overall. They now can clinch the 2nd wild card spot in the National League with a win tonight. They will want to go ahead and get that out of the way here against the Milwaukee Brewers, who have nothing to play for the rest of the way as they are locked into the No. 2 seed in the National League.
Adam Wainwright has resurrected his career this season in going 16-7 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.043 WHIP in 31 starts, including 8-5 with a 2.72 ERA and 0.981 WHIP in 18 home starts. Wainwright owns the Brewers, going 19-12 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.088 WHIP in 41 career starts against them.
Brandon Woodruff is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in his last two starts against the Cardinals this season, allowing 7 earned runs in 11 innings. Bet the Cardinals Tuesday.
|09-27-21||A's v. Mariners -107||Top||4-13||Win||100||14 h 49 m||Show|
20* MLB Monday No-Doubt Rout on Seattle Mariners -107
The Seattle Mariners are 7-1 in their last eight games overall to pull within two games of the final wild card spot in the American League. They are continuing to battle to try and make the postseason, and they should be bigger favorites over the Oakland A's here tonight.
Chris Flexen is 13-6 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.240 WHIP in 29 starts this season for the Mariners. Flexen has been at his best at home, going 6-5 with a 3.09 ERA and 1.145 WHIP in 15 starts in Seattle. He is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his last three starts against the A's this season, allowing just 4 earned runs in 19 innings.
Cole Irvin is 10-14 with a 3.99 ERA and 1.411 WHIP in 30 starts this season, including 6-7 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.347 WHIP in 15 road starts. Irvin has never beaten the Mariners, going 0-4 with a 7.56 ERA and 2.160 WHIP in four career starts against them.
The Mariners are 18-4 in Flexen's 22 starts with a total set of 8.5 to 10 this season. Seattle is 9-0 in its last nine meetings with Oakland. The A's are 6-14 in their last 20 vs. a team with a winning record. Bet the Mariners Monday.
|09-27-21||Eagles +4 v. Cowboys||Top||21-41||Loss||-106||143 h 32 m||Show|
20* Eagles/Cowboys ESPN No-Brainer on Philadelphia +4
It's a good time to 'sell high' on the Dallas Cowboys this week. They took advantage of four Tampa Bay turnovers in Week 1 and covered in a 29-31 loss as 9-point underdogs. Then last week they went on the road and upset the Chargers 20-17 as 3-point dogs on a last-second 56-yard field goal by Greg Zurlein.
So now the Cowboys go from being dogs in both of those games and substantial dogs at that to 4-point home favorites here against the Philadelphia Eagles. This is a big overreaction as this game should be lined closer to a pick 'em. There's a ton of value on the Eagles this week for a number of different reasons.
The Cowboys have one of the worst defenses in the NFL again this year after having one of the worst last year. They are giving up 419.5 yards per game and 6.7 yards per play. Compare that to Philadelphia, which is giving up just 283 yards per game and 4.3 yards per play this season, and you can see why I'm siding with the Eagles. They just held the 49ers to 17 points and 306 total yards last week after giving up just 6 points and 260 total yards to the Falcons in Week 1.
The Eagles did struggle offensively last week against a very good 49ers defense, but they had their chances in that game and still outgained them with 328 total yards. The Eagles are averaging 6.2 yards per play this season, which isn't far behind the Cowboys, who are averaging 6.4 yards per play.
And the injury situation is worse for the Cowboys than it is for the Eagles. They are without T La'el Collins, WR Michael Gallup and DE Demarcus Lawrence. They also have seven players questionable heading into this game, including WR Amari Cooper. Jalen Hurts will make enough players to keep the Eagles in this game, and there's no question I trust Philadelphia's defense to get more stops than Dallas in this one.
Plays against home favorites (Dallas) - a poor team from last season that was outscored by 4.0 points per game or more, versus division opponents are 42-15 (73.7%) ATS since 1993. The Cowboys are 22-47 ATS in their last 69 games as home favorites. Dallas is 1-7 ATS in its last eight games as a favorite overall. Roll with the Eagles Monday.
|09-26-21||Packers v. 49ers OVER 49||Top||30-28||Win||100||121 h 35 m||Show|
20* Packers/49ers NBC Sunday Night BAILOUT on OVER 49
The Green Bay Packers gave up 55 combined points to the Saints and Lions the first two weeks. Those aren't two particularly good offenses. And the Packers continue to struggle stopping the run this year, which has always been a problem for them. They rank 26th in the NFL in giving up 4.8 yards per carry.
The 49ers have always been able to run the ball down Green Bay's throats in recent meetings. They will be able to do whatever they want offensively in this one. The 49ers have scored 29.0 points per game in their first two games with a nice balance of run and pass. They'll be up against a 49ers defense that is missing two of its best players in LB Dre Greenlaw and CB Jason Verrett.
The weakness of the entire 49ers team is their secondary, which is bad news going up against a guy like Aaron Rodgers. He got right last week against the Lions in leading the Packers to 35 points and four touchdown passes. He looked like his old self and should build on that this week by matching the 49ers score for score.
These teams met in the 2019-20 playoffs and combined for 57 points in a 37-20 San Francisco victory. Then last year they combined for 51 points in a 34-17 victory by the Packers that saw the 49ers missing several key players on offense due to injuries, including QB Jimmy G. I think they have no problem topping 49 points for a third straight meeting here.
The OVER is 19-10 in Kyle Shanahan's 29 games as a favorite as the coach of San Francisco. The OVER is 4-0 in Packers last four games as underdogs. The OVER is 5-1 in Packers last six games overall. The OVER is 6-0 in Packers last six Week 3 games. The OVER is 36-17 in Packers last 53 September games. The OVER is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings. Bet the OVER in this game Sunday night.
|09-26-21||Bucs v. Rams +1||Top||24-34||Win||100||115 h 43 m||Show|
20* Bucs/Rams NFC No-Brainer on Los Angeles +1
No team has impressed me more than the Los Angeles Rams through two games. After beating the Bears 34-14 at home in Week 1, they went on the road in Week 2 and beat the Colts 27-24. That was even after handing the Colts seven free points on special teams when they snapped the ball into the up man and the Colts recovered it in the end zone.
The Rams are averaging 6.9 yards per play on offense and giving up just 5.0 yards per play on defense, outgaining their opponents by 1.9 yards per play. They have the same elite defense that they've had in years' past, and now they finally have a QB in Matthew Stafford fit for running Sean McVay's offense. Stafford is completing 69.6% of his passes with a 5-to-1 TD/INT ratio while averaging a ridiculous 10.7 yards per attempt.
The Bucs are overhyped after their 2-0 start that has seen them score 31 points against the Cowboys and 48 more against the Falcons. But they needed a last-second field goal to beat the Cowboys, and they got 14 points handed to them by the Falcons on tipped balls that resulted in pick-6's. That was a 28-25 game in the 4th quarter before the Bucs scored three touchdowns without even blinking to put it away. And the Falcons are terrible.
The Bucs put up gaudy offensive numbers against two of the worst defenses in the NFL. Now they take a big step up in class here against the Rams, who led the NFL in total defense last year. And we remember what the Rams did to them last year. They went on the road at Tampa Bay and won 27-24 while limiting the Bucs to just 251 total yards.
Tom Brady had one of his worst games of the season, completing 26-of-48 passes for 216 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Even Jared Goff threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns on this Tampa Bay defense, so you can imagine what Stafford is going to do. That's especially the case with all of the injuries the Bucs have in the secondary that has seen them give up 342 passing yards per game through two games thus far.
The Rams are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss. Los Angeles is 22-8-1 ATS in its last 31 vs. NFC opponents. The Rams are 7-1 ATS in their last eight meetings with the Bucs. Roll with the Rams Sunday.
|09-26-21||Braves +142 v. Padres||4-3||Win||142||8 h 47 m||Show|
15* MLB Sunday PLAY OF THE DAY on Atlanta Braves +142
The Atlanta Braves are 6-1 in their last seven games overall and coming up clutch down the stretch as they try and clinch the NL East. But they still only lead the Philadelphia Phillies by 1.5 games with eight games left. There's still work to be done.
Now they go for the sweep of the lowly San Diego Padres, who were just eliminated from the playoffs yesterday and have nothing to play for now. They have pretty much packed it in for weeks, going just 3-11 in their last 14 games overall.
San Diego starter Joe Musgrove has struggled of late, going 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA and 1.585 WHIP in his last three starts. Musgrove has posted a 5.55 ERA in five career starts against Atlanta. He and the Padres are getting way too much respect from oddsmakers today as more than -150 favorites. Roll with the Braves Sunday.
|09-26-21||Saints v. Patriots -2.5||Top||28-13||Loss||-118||111 h 30 m||Show|
20* NFL Non-Conference GAME OF THE MONTH on New England Patriots -2.5
The New Orleans Saints have been on the road for a month due to the hurricane. It has been a terrible travel situation for them and they have to be getting fatigued both mentally and physically. I think we saw some of that last week in their 26-7 loss to Carolina. And I don't think it's going to get much better for them this week on the road at New England.
After taking advantage of a bad spot for the Packers, who were rusty without Aaron Rodgers most of training camp in a 38-3 win by the Saints, New Orleans came back down to reality last week. Carolina beat them up and down the field. They held the Saints to just 128 total yards in the first meaningful road start for Jameis Winston. He want 11-of-22 for 111 yards with two interceptions in defeat. He was also sacked four times.
I don't think it was any coincidence that the offense struggled considering they were missing as many as six offensive coaches due to COVID. Those guys aren't likely to be back this week. And they are still without WR's Malcolm Thomas and Tre'quan Smith as well as starting C Erik McCoy. Defensively, the Saints are missing LB Kwon Alexander, DE Marcus Davenport and could be without their top CB in Marshon Lattimore again this week.
After giving the game away with a fumble at the goal line in a 16-17 home loss to the Dolphins in Week 1, the Patriots responded with an emphatic 25-6 beat down of the New York Jets on the road in Week 2. That's the same Jets team that only lost by 5 to the Panthers the previous week, a Panthers team that beat the Saints by 19. The Patriots forced four interceptions from Zach Wilson and will likely force a couple more from Winston this week.
The Patriots have been able to run the ball for over 100 yards each of their first two games, and Mac Jones isn't making mistakes. Jones is completing 73.9% of his passes with one touchdown and zero interceptions this season and easily looks like the best of the rookie quarterbacks through two weeks.
This Patriots defense looks much improved this year, too. They got back a handful of players that opted out last year and it has made a big difference. New England is only giving up 11.5 points per game and 297.5 yards per game through two games. They rank 3rd in scoring defense and 5th in total defense.
Bill Belichick is 81-45 ATS off a division game as the coach of the Patriots. Belichick is 23-9 ATS after allowing 6 points or less as the coach of New England. The Patriots are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a win by more than 14 points. Take the Patriots Sunday.
|09-26-21||Chargers +6.5 v. Chiefs||30-24||Win||100||111 h 18 m||Show|
15* Chargers/Chiefs AFC West ANNIHILATOR on Los Angeles +6.5
I've been extremely impressed with the Los Angeles Chargers through two weeks. They really should be 2-0. They dominated more than the final score showed in their 20-16 victory at Washington in Week 1. They racked up 424 total yards on a good Washington defense and outgained them by 165 yards.
Last week, the refs cost them the game against the Cowboys in a 17-20 loss on a 56-yard field goal at the buzzer by Greg Zurlein. They had 408 more yards against the Cowboys, and Justin Herbert is quickly becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He is completing 70.5% of his passes for 675 yards and averaging 7.7 yards per attempt this season.
The Kansas City Chiefs were fortunate to come back from a 9-point deficit late to beat the Browns 33-29 in Week 1. Then last week they stumbled and lost 35-36 to the Baltimore Ravens despite getting a pick-six in that contest. Their defense just cannot be trusted. They rank last in the NFL in total defense at 469 yards per game and last in yards per play (7.6) allowed.
Dating back to last season, the Chiefs are now just 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games overall. They just don't beat teams by more than one score because of their dreadful defense, so getting nearly a full touchdown here with the Chargers is an excellent value. They'll never be out of this game with Herbert. And the Chargers have the much better defense. Holding Washington to 16 points and Dallas to 20 is no small feat.
Last year, the Chargers only lost 20-23 at home as 9-point underdogs to the Chiefs. They had 479 total yards in that defeat. They came back and won 38-21 in Week 17 on the road and had 416 more yards. I would be shocked if the Chiefs won by a touchdown or more here. And we're quickly seeing that the Super Bowl loser hangover is real with the Chiefs off to an 0-2 ATS start. Yet they keep getting priced like they are the best team in the NFL week after week, which just isn't the case with their leaky defense..
Plays on road underdogs or PK (LA Chargers) - an excellent passing team from last season that averaged 275 or more passing yards per game, after allowing 7 or more passing yards per attempt last game are 32-7 (82.1%) ATS over the last 10 seasons. The Chargers are 23-9 ATS in their last 32 road games off an upset loss as a home favorite. Los Angeles is 35-14-4 ATS in its last 53 games as a road underdog. The Chargers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six meetings in Kansas City. Take the Chargers Sunday.
|09-26-21||Washington Football Team +9.5 v. Bills||21-43||Loss||-118||111 h 18 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday Undervalued Underdog on Washington +9.5
Washington hasn't lost a game by more than 8 points in any of their last 14 games dating back to last season. That makes for a 14-0 system backing Washington pertaining to this 9.5-point spread against the Bills. This team has been a money-making machine as an underdog.
I like the spot for Washington getting extra time to prepare after beating the Giants on Thursday last week. Taylor Heinicke was excellent against the Giants. He threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He led the game-winning drive in the final couple minutes. And he should make even more improvements this week with extra practice time to prepare to be the starter.
Washington's defense has too much talent to play as poorly as it has to this point. Ron Rivera called out his defense after that win and they should play with a chip on their shoulder this week. And it's actually a 'buy low' spot on Washington after failing to cover the spread in each of their first two games despite going 1-1 SU.
This is a great time to 'sell high' on Buffalo off its 35-0 win at Miami last week. The Bills were fortunate that Tua Tagovailoa got hurt in that game and they got to face backup Jacoby Brissett. And the Bills just simply own the Dolphins, so it wasn't a surprise. Remember, the Bills were upset at home by the Steelers in Week 1. And look how bad the Steelers played last week in an upset loss to the Raiders.
Josh Allen has yet to get going. He is completing just 56% of his passes and averaging 5.3 yards per attempt. Washington's defense is good enough to keep him in check. Buffalo is 14-29 ATS in its last 43 games off a division win by more than 10 points. Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last six games as an underdog. Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last five games off a win. Bet Washington Sunday.
|09-25-21||South Florida +23.5 v. BYU||27-35||Win||100||66 h 9 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Late-Night BAILOUT on South Florida +23
A lot of bettors were on Arizona State last week thinking it would be a letdown spot for BYU off back-to-back Pac-12 wins over Arizona and their hated rivals in BYU. But it wasn't a letdown spot at all because another ranked Pac-12 team was coming to Provo, and the Cougars handled their business in a 27-17 win as 3.5-point dogs.
That game was a little misleading though as Arizona State gave the game away by committing four turnovers and actually outgained the Cougars by 65 yards. Keep in mind BYU was also outgianed by 58 yards by Arizona in the opener in a 24-16 win. That win looks even worse now after Arizona went on to lose to San Diego State 14-38 in Week 2 and outright as 26-point favorites to Northern Arizona in Week 3.
This is the letdown spot for BYU. After facing three straight Pac-12 opponents, including the last two being ranked, the Cougars will fall flat on their faces with a poor South Florida team coming to town. There's no way they will be up for USF like they were Utah and ASU. And now BYU is the No. 15 ranked team in the country, and with that ranking comes a point spread tax.
South Florida showed big improvements from Week 1 to Week 2. After losing their opener 45-0 to NC State, they covered as 29-point dogs in a 20-42 home loss to Florida. And Florida nearly beat Alabama last week. They made more strides last week by handling their business in a 38-17 win over Florida A&M. And they will relish this opportunity to go on the road to try and knock off a ranked BYU team this week. I like the fact that they have played a tough strength of schedule with Florida & NC State already so they won't be intimidated by BYU, either.
South Florida is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games following an ATS loss, including 5-0 ATS in its last five games in this situation. The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last four games vs. a team with a winning record. South Florida is 3-0-1 ATS in its last four vs. Independent teams. BYU is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games vs. poor pass defenses that allow a completion percentage of 58% or worse. Roll with South Florida Saturday.
|09-25-21||Giants -137 v. Rockies||7-2||Win||100||20 h 11 m||Show|
15* MLB Saturday PLAY OF THE DAY on San Francisco Giants -137
The San Francisco Giants are trying to fend off the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West. I think we are getting them at a great value here as a short road favorite over the Colorado Rockies Saturday.
The Giants have a big advantage on the mound with Anthony DeSclafini, who is 12-7 with a 3.23 ERA and 1.090 WHIP in 29 starts this season. He owns the Rockies, going 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA and 1.186 WHIP in seven career starts against them.
Jon Gray is 8-11 with a 4.23 ERA and 1.318 WHIP in 27 starts this season for the Rockies. Gray does not enjoy facing the Giants, going 2-7 with a 5.85 ERA and 1.631 WHIP in 15 career starts against them.
The Giants are 42-16 in their last 58 road games, including 24-7 in their last 31 games as road favorites. San Francisco is 5-0 in the last five meetings. Bet the Giants Saturday.
|09-25-21||Indiana v. Western Kentucky +9.5||33-31||Win||100||64 h 53 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday UPSET SHOCKER on Western Kentucky +9.5
Tyson Helton is in his third season at Western Kentucky and appears to have his best team yet. They did go 9-4 in his first season but this edition looks really good thus far. A big reason for that is Houston Baptist transfer Bailey Zappe as their senior quarterback.
Zappe led the Hilltoppers to a 59-21 win over Tennessee-Martin as 22-point favorites in the opener. And he nearly led them from behind in a 35-38 loss at Army as a 6-point dog. That is a very good Army team. Zappe is completing 74.7% of his passes for 859 yards with a 10-to-2 TD/INT ratio in only two games.
That's because Western Kentucky had a bye last week. So that means the Hilltoppers have had two weeks to prepare to face Indiana, which is a huge advantage. It gives them a great shot to not only cover as 9.5-point dogs here, but to win this game outright.
Indiana came into the season grossly overvalued after a surprising 6-2 seasons last year. But keep in mind Indiana was actually outgained by 18 yards per game last year. And they have not come close to living up to expectations this year and remain overvalued this week.
Indiana lost its opener 34-6 at Iowa as a 3.5-point underdog. After beating Idaho 56-14, the Hoosiers came back and lost 24-38 at home as 4.5-point dogs to Cincinnati. Now after a 1-2 start, they will have a hard time getting back up off the mat to face Western Kentucky after blowing that game against Cincinnati.
Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr. came into the season coming off his second ACL surgery. He looks like a shell of his former self. Penix Jr. is completing just 48.3% of his passes for 448 yards with a 4-to-6 TD/INT ratio through three games. He actually has -15 rushing yards on 10 attempts, so his rushing is no longer a factor. He is also battling a hand injury right now.
The Hoosiers are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as road favorites. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as underdogs. Western Kentucky is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games following a bye week. Take Western Kentucky Saturday.
|09-25-21||Akron +49.5 v. Ohio State||7-59||Loss||-106||64 h 34 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on Akron +49.5
The Ohio State Buckeyes continue to be overvalued this week as 49.5-point favorites against Akron. They are 2-1 SU but 0-2-1 ATS. They failed to cover in a 45-31 win at Minnesota as 14-point favorites. They lost outright to Oregon 28-35 as 15-point home favorites. And they failed to cover in a 41-20 win over Tulsa as 24.5-point favorites last week what was a 7-point game with less than four minutes left in the 4th quarter before the Buckeyes tacked on two late touchdowns.
Making matters worse for the Buckeyes is that starting QB C.J. Stroud got injured in that Tulsa game and is doubtful to play Saturday. Stroud had been impressive with 62.4% completions, 963 passing yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions through three games. Whoever is under center for the Buckeyes will be making their first career start here.
Akron is in Year 3 under head coach Tom Arth and is clearly improved this season. Arth welcomed back 18 starters. After losing badly at Auburn in the opener, they lost 24-45 to Temple in a game that was closer than the final score. And last week they crushed Bryant 35-14 as 11.5-point favorites while racking up 514 total yards and holding Bryant to just 146, outgaining them by 368 yards.
Demarcus Irons replaced an injured Kato Nelson at quarterback and was fantastic against Bryant. He completed 19-of-23 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 136 yards and a score. I think Akron will be better off with Irons are QB moving forward if Nelson remains out.
Whoever is under center should be able to move the ball on a leaky Ohio State defense that clearly hasn't improved since last year. The Buckeyes are giving up 471 yards per game and 6.1 yards per play this season. That's bad when you consider Minnesota and Tulsa aren't known for having great offenses, and even both of them put up big numbers. Tulsa had 501 total yards on Ohio State last week.
Favorites of at least 49 points between two FBS teams are just 1-12 ATS since 1996, and 2-16 ATS since 1993. These big favorites just don't seem to cover because it's asking a lot of them to be motivated enough for four quarters to put the opposition away. And many times backups play the majority of the second half and they just try and get out of there with a win instead of running up the score. Roll with Akron Saturday.
|09-25-21||Southern Miss +45.5 v. Alabama||14-63||Loss||-108||63 h 24 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Night Line Mistake on Southern Miss +45.5
Nick Saban just refused to run up the score against these weak non-conference teams. He chooses to get a big lead in the first half, and then to replace his starters in the second half and sit on the lead by running the football and milking clock. That makes it very hard for Alabama to cover these huge spreads.
With Alabama's No. 1 ranking comes a point spread tax, and that has shown up the last two weeks. Alabama only beat Mercer 48-14 as a 54.5-point favorite in Week 2. They came back and barely held on as a 14-point favorite in a 31-29 win at Florida. And now the Crimson Tide have Ole Miss on deck next week, so this is a sandwich spot for them. They just want to get out of here healthy and with a win. They aren't concerned about running up the score.
Southern Miss has impressed me defensively. I think their defense is good enough to hold Alabama in check to 48 points or fewer, just as Mercer did two weeks ago. The Eagles are giving up just 17.3 points per game, 252.0 yards per game and 4.0 yards per play to this point.
Alabama is 4-13 ATS in its last 17 games as a home favorite of 42.5 points or more. The Crimson Tide are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 September games. Alabama is 2-6 ATS in its last eight vs. Conference USA opponents. Bet Southern Miss Saturday.
|09-25-21||Tennessee +20 v. Florida||Top||14-38||Loss||-108||78 h 52 m||Show|
20* SEC GAME OF THE WEEK on Tennessee +20
This is a terrible spot for the Florida Gators. They played their 'Game of the Year' last week against Alabama. They rallied back from a 21-3 deficit and nearly forced overtime. But they came up short on a 2-point conversion and lost 29-31. Now it will be hard for them to get back up off the mat this week to face Tennessee.
I actually like what I've seen from this Vols team. They won their opener by 32 over Bowling Green, gave Pitt all they could handle in 7-point loss, and blasted Tennessee Tech 56-0 last week. The Vols should still be fresh after getting to rest their starters early in that shutout win last week. The Gators are probably still pretty beat up both physically and mentally from playing Alabama.
Florida has relied on its running game to move the football on offense this season. They average 336 rushing yards per game and only 217 passing. That makes this a great matchup for Tennessee. The Vols are only allowing 54 rushing yards per game and 1.7 yards per carry. I know they haven't seen a rushing attack as good as Florida's, but those numbers are impressive nonetheless, and they can hold their own in that department.
Florida only beat Florida Atlantic by 21 and South Florida by 22 in its two games prior to Alabama. Tennessee is better than both those teams and can stay within 20. Florida is 4-15 ATS in its last 19 home games after a loss by 6 points or less. The Gators are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six games as a favorite. I just think they are getting too much respect from oddsmakers this week after giving Alabama all they could handle. This has the makings of a flat spot for the Gators. Take Tennessee Saturday.
|09-25-21||Colorado State +23.5 v. Iowa||Top||14-24||Win||100||59 h 25 m||Show|
25* CFB Non-Conference GAME OF THE YEAR on Colorado State +23.5
The Iowa Hawkeyes are overvalued after opening the season 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS. Now you're paying a tax to back the Hawkeyes since they have a Top 5 ranking next to their name. It's time to 'sell high' on the Hawkeyes this week.
Iowa just doesn't have the kind of offense it takes to cover these big spreads. They are averaging just 298 yards per game and 4.5 yards per play on offense this season. They have simply won with defense by forcing eight turnovers that have resulted in three non-offensive touchdowns and set up several others.
They run a methodical offense eating up most of the play clock before each snap, which is also going to make it hard for them to cover this big number. They are winning in spite of poor play from QB Spencer Petras, who is completing just 58.3% (49-of-84) of his passes and averaging 153 passing yards per game and 5.0 per attempt.
Iowa's 30-7 win over Kent State last week was misleading, just as their wins over Indiana and Iowa State were as well due to the turnovers. Kent State was driving to make it a 2-point game in the 3rd quarter but fumbled going into the end zone. The Golden Flashes never trail by more than 16 until the Hawkeyes scored with 4:07 left in the 4th quarter.
It's a good time to 'buy low' on Colorado State because they had two upset losses to start the season to South Dakota State and Vanderbilt. They were only outgained by 4 yards by a very good FSC team in SDSU and actually outgained Vanderbilt by 103 yards. Their true colors showed last week in their 22-6 upset at Toledo has 14.5-point underdogs, and they will come into this game with Iowa with a ton of confidence because of it. That's a Toledo team that nearly upset Notre Dame the week prior on the road.
Steve Addazio is a Big Ten-type coach who believes in physical football dating back to his time with Boston College, so he will have his players up for this test against a physical Iowa team. The Rams have made it a priority to stop the run, and they've been great at it in allowing just 122 rushing yards per game and 3.7 per carry this season. That gives them an excellent opportunity to slow this Iowa rushing attack and force Petras to try and beat them.
Addazio is 13-3 ATS in road games off a non-conference game as a head coach. The Rams are 19-8 ATS in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Hawkeyes could easily be looking ahead to Maryland and overlooking the Rams this week. They're just not built to cover these big spreads with their weak, methodical offense. They tend to play to their level of competition. Bet Colorado State Saturday.
|09-25-21||Rutgers +20.5 v. Michigan||Top||13-20||Win||100||59 h 25 m||Show|
20* Big Ten GAME OF THE WEEK on Rutgers +20.5
Rutgers went 3-6 last season but was competitive in every game with its biggest loss coming by 22 points at Ohio State. Greg Schiano brought back 21 starters this season, and this Rutgers team remains grossly underrated.
That has shown with a 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS start this season with the Scarlet Knights winnings 61-14 over Temple as a 14-point favorite, 17-7 at Syracuse as a 2.5-point favorite and 45-13 at home against Delaware as a 23.5-point favorite. And they continue to get no respect from the books here as nearly 3-touchdown underdogs to Michigan.
The Wolverines are also 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS with home wins and covers over Western Michigan, Washington and Northern Illinois. But unlike Rutgers, the Wolverines are starting to get some respect from oddsmakers. It's time to 'sell high' on them this week.
You know Rutgers wants revenge from a 42-48 (OT) home loss to Michigan as an 11.5-point underdog last year. They haven't forgotten that game, and you can bet Schiano will be reminding his team this week.
The Scarlet Knights only give up 11.3 points, 259.7 yards per game and 4.2 yards per play this season. So while their offensive numbers aren't impressive outside their 41.0 points per game, they are good enough defensively to keep them in this game for four quarters and make life difficult on Michigan's offense.
The Scarlet Knights are 6-0 ATS in their last six road games. Rutgers is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games vs. a team with a winning record. The Wolverines are 0-5 ATS in their last five conference games. Michigan is 0-4 ATS in its last four vs. a team with a winning record. Schiano is 11-2 ATS in his last 13 road games after scoring 37 points or more last game as a head coach. Roll with Rutgers Saturday.
|09-25-21||Georgia v. Vanderbilt +35.5||62-0||Loss||-110||56 h 56 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Early ANNIHILATOR on Vanderbilt +35.5
You're paying a tax on Georgia due to their No. 2 ranking after beating Clemson in the opener. Clemson nearly lost to Georgia Tech last week. It's time to 'sell high' on the Bulldogs, which I did successfully last week with South Carolina +32 in a 27-point loss at Georgia. I'm fading them again this week with Vanderbilt as a 35.5-point home dog.
The Commodores have at least been competitive statistically this season during their 1-2 start that included a upset win at Colorado State and an 18-point loss to Stanford. Colorado State went on to beat Toledo outright 22-6 as a 14.5-point dog last week. And remember Stanford upset USC 42-28 that led to the firing of Clay Helton. So those were two decent performances.
Georgia hasn't won any of its last seven meetings with Vanderbilt by more than 31 points. That makes for a 7-0 system backing the Commodores pertaining to this 35.5-point spread. And there were some elite Georgia teams in there and some really bad Vanderbilt teams. It's simply asking too much of Georgia to go on the road and win by more than five touchdowns to beat us. Take Vanderbilt Saturday.
|09-25-21||Bowling Green +31.5 v. Minnesota||14-10||Win||100||56 h 55 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Bowling Green +31.5
The Bowling Green Falcons are in the third year of this rebuilding journey under head coach Scot Loeffler. You can already tell this team is greatly improved, yet the oddsmakers and betting public fail to realize it. We'll take advantage this week and cash in the Falcons as 31.5-point underdogs to the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Bowling Green is 3-0 ATS this season. They covered in a 6-38 loss at Tennessee as 37-point dogs in their opener. They covered in a 19-22 loss to South Alabama as 14-point dogs in Week 2. And last week they crushed Murray State 27-10 as 1-point favorites.
I like what I've seen from Bowling Green QB Matt McDonald, a junior who is completing 71.4% of his passes for 716 yards with two touchdowns and only one interception. This Falcons defense looks greatly improved, giving up a respectable 23.3 points, 347.7 yards per game and 4.5 yards per play this season.
It's a great time to 'sell high' on Minnesota off their 30-0 win at Colorado last week as short underdogs. That's a bad Colorado offense that was held to 7 points by Texas A&M the previous week. And they had Texas A&M on the ropes and lost that game 10-7, so it definitely could have been a hangover spot for them against Minnesota last week.
It appears the betting public is quickly forgetting that Minnesota was fighting tooth and nail to beat fellow MAC opponent Miami Ohio the previous week. They only won that game 31-26 as 18-point favorites and managed just 287 total yards in the win. That's the same Miami Ohio team that lost 14-49 at Cincinnati the previous week. I just don't think the Gophers have the firepower offensively to beat Bowling Green by more than 31 points, especially since they lost their best player in RB Mohamed Ibrahim to a season-ending injury.
This is a very low total with a 51-point total, so getting big points on an underdog in a game that is expected to be low scoring is great value. Bowling Green is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 road games with a total set of 49.5 to 52 points. The Falcons are 31-14 ATS in their last 45 games off a home win by 17 points or more. The Gophers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Bet Bowling Green Saturday.
|09-24-21||Dodgers -1.5 v. Diamondbacks||Top||4-2||Win||100||10 h 25 m||Show|
20* MLB Friday No-Doubt Rout on Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (-135)
The Los Angeles Dodgers trail the San Francisco Giants by one game for first place in the NL West. This is a huge series for them against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they won't be taking them lightly. Look for them to win Game 1 by two runs or more to cover this Run Line due to their advantage on the mound.
Tony Gonsolin is 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA in 11 starts this season. Gonsolin is 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last five starts against the Diamondbacks, allowing just 4 earned runs in 18 1/3 innings. He'll be opposed by Humberto Castellanos, who has posted a 4.63 ERA in five starts this season, including a 7.07 ERA in his last three starts while allowing 11 earned runs and 4 homers in 14 innings.
The Dodgers are 14-2 in 16 meetings with the Diamondbacks this season. Los Angeles is 42-9 in its last 51 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Arizona is 34-91 in its last 125 games overall. The Diamondbacks are 1-8 in their last nine home games. Los Angeles is 46-11 as a favorite of -200 or more this season and winning by 2.7 runs per game. Bet the Dodgers on the Run Line Friday.
|09-24-21||Wake Forest v. Virginia UNDER 69||Top||37-17||Win||100||39 h 55 m||Show|
20* Wake Forest/Virginia ESPN 2 No-Brainer on UNDER 69
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Virginia Cavaliers have both put up great offensive numbers this season. That has this total inflated, and there's clearly value with the UNDER in this ACC showdown Friday night.
Virginia is scoring 41.3 points per game this season. But they have played against some poor defenses in William & Mary, Illinois and North Carolina. And that game against UNC is really what has this total inflated because it went way over the number.
Wake Forest is scoring 39.3 points per game this season. But it has come against one of the weakest schedules of opposing defenses in the country with three home games against Old Dominion, Norfolk State and Florida State.
Wake Forest will definitely get more resistance here from Virginia's defense. Conversely, this will be the best defense that Virginia has seen as well. The UNDER is 3-0 in Wake Forest's three games this year because they have been dominant defensively. They have held opponents to just 13.3 points per game, 308.3 yards per game and 4.7 yards per play.
Last year Wake Forest beat Virginia 40-23 for 63 combined points and went over the 57.5-point total. So they have set this total 11.5 points higher than last year's meeting, which also shows there is value with the UNDER considering both teams return mostly intact.
Plays on the UNDER in all teams where the total is 63 or higher (Virginia) - an excellent offensive team that is averaging 440 yards per game are or against a team with a good defense that allows 280 to 330 yards per game, after gaining 525 or more yards in their previous game are 27-7 (79.4%) over the last five seasons. Bet the UNDER in this game Friday.
|09-23-21||Panthers -7.5 v. Texans||24-9||Win||100||47 h 37 m||Show|
15* Panthers/Texans Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Carolina -7.5
The Carolina Panthers have been as impressive as anyone through two games this season. They are 2-0 SU & 2-0 ATS with a 19-14 win over the Jets as 3.5-point favorites and a 26-7 upset win over the Saints as 3-point underdogs.
That game against the Jets was misleading as the Panthers got off to a 16-0 lead before taking their foot off the gas. They outgained the Jets by 129 yards. The New Orleans win was as dominant as it gets as they held the Saints to just 128 total yards and outgained them by 255 yards.
This Carolina defense is one of the best in the NFL in giving up just 10.5 points and 190.0 yards per game. Now they get to go up against a rookie quarterback in Davis Mills of Houston after Tyrod Taylor got hurt against the Browns last week. The Texans dominated the Jaguars with Taylor and were hanging tough against the Browns with him, but then it went south with Mills in their 21-31 loss.
Mills went just 8-of-18 for 102 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Browns with a 10.1 QBR. Now he is on a short week and will only get in basically one or two practices. This is a terrible spot for the Texans because of their QB situation, and I look for this dominant Panthers defensive line to get after Mills and make life difficult for him for four quarters.
This Carolina offense is humming now with Joe Brady as their offensive coordinator, Sam Darnold at quarterback and a healthy Christian McCaffrey back at running back. McCaffrey makes all the difference for this team. He has already rushed for 170 yards and caught 14 balls for 154 yards through two games. Darnold is completing 68.5% of his passes and averaging 8.0 yards per attempt.
They should feast on a Houston defense that is allowing 26.0 points per game, 475 yards per game and 6.1 yards per play. Even the Jaguars had nearly 400 yards against them, and the Browns completed 19 of 21 passes against them while also rushing for 156 yards on them. Mills and the offense can't be trusted, and neither can this defense.
The Panthers are 7-0 ATS in their last seven road games after going under the total in their previous game. Houston is 1-8 ATS in its last nine games following a road loss. The Texans are 2-13 ATS in their last 15 games after playing their last game on the road. Carolina is 7-0 ATS in its last seven road games. This is simply a terrible spot for the Texans. Take the Panthers Thursday.
|09-23-21||Marshall +7 v. Appalachian State||Top||30-31||Win||100||17 h 26 m||Show|
20* Marshall/Appalachian State ESPN No-Brainer on Marshall +7
I think we are getting some great line value on Marshall tonight against Appalachian State for one reason alone. Appalachian State beat East Carolina 33-19 at home, while Marshall lost to East Carolina 38-42 at home. But a deeper dive into those two games shows they were misleading finals.
For starters, East Carolina had a TD taken away right before half that should have stood against Appalachian State, which would have made it a 7-point game instead of a 14-point game. Marshall had a 38-21 lead over East Carolina with less than 8 minutes to play in the 4th quarter, but gave up 21 unanswered points including an onside kick recovery. That was as fluky a loss as it gets.
If Marshall had won that game by roughly 10 points, which they should have, this line would be closer to a pick 'em. Also note that App State was only a 9-point favorite over East Carolina while Marshall was a 10.5-point favorite in that game. So just last week they had Marshall power rated as a better team than Appalachian State. I still have Marshall power rated as the better team, so they should not be catching 7 points here even with home-field advantage.
Marshall has already committed 9 turnovers this season and still should be 3-0, which is impressive. They committed 3 turnovers in their 49-7 win over Navy in the opener. They committed 3 more in their 44-10 win over NC Central in Week 2. And last week they committed 3 more in their loss to East Carolina. They can only be better in that department moving forward.
Marshall has one of the best offenses in the country, and it is going to be very difficult for Appalachian State to prepare for it on a short week. The Thundering Herd rank 2nd in the country at 603.7 yards per game and 10th in scoring offense at 43.7 points per game. They are 3rd in passing at 419.7 yards per game and 45th in rushing at 184.0 yards per game.
Appalachian State's 23-25 loss at Miami is also giving them more respect than they deserve. That was a bad spot for Miami after their loss to Alabama in Week 1. And they had Michigan State on deck in Week 3, so it was a flat spot for them. Miami went on to get blown out by Michigan State, so the Hurricanes simply aren't very good.
Plays on road underdogs (Marshall) - a team from a second tier division 1 conference, against a team from a weak conference are 23-7 (76.7%) ATS over the last 10 seasons. The Mountaineers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games as favorites. The Thundering Herd are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as road underdogs. They will be highly motivated to get the sour taste out of their mouth from that 17-point blown 4th quarter lead against ECU last week with an upset win at Appalachian State this week. Bet Marshall Thursday.
|09-23-21||Giants -108 v. Padres||Top||6-7||Loss||-108||5 h 52 m||Show|
20* MLB Thursday No-Doubt Rout on San Francisco Giants -108
The San Francisco Giants are just two games up on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West and need to keep winning. The San Diego Padres are 6 games back in the wild card and basically out of it at this point. The Padres have gone just 2-10 in their last 12 games overall and have basically packed it in.
Logan Webb is 10-3 with a 2.81 ERA and 1.096 WHIP in 23 starts this season. The Giants are 16-1 in Webb's last 17 starts. Webb has posted a 2.87 ERA in three career starts against the Padres as well.
Yu Darvish is 8-10 with a 4.13 ERA in 28 starts this season and cannot stay healthy. He just gave up 8 earned runs and 4 homers in 4 innings of a 9-1 loss to the Giants on September 13th in his last start against them. Darvish is now 1-4 with a 7.31 ERA in his last six starts, allowing 23 earned runs in 28 1/3 innings.
The Giants are 41-13 in their last 54 games after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game. The Padres are 1-8 in their last nine games following a loss. Roll with the Giants Thursday.
|09-22-21||Giants -103 v. Padres||Top||8-6||Win||100||11 h 29 m||Show|
20* NL West GAME OF THE MONTH on San Francisco Giants -103
The San Francisco Giants are just one game up on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West and need to keep winning. The San Diego Padres are 5 games back in the wild card and basically out of it at this point. The Padres have gone just 2-9 in their last 11 games overall and have basically packed it in.
I'll gladly fade San Diego starter Vincent Velasquez, who is 3-7 with a 6.05 ERA and 1.419 WHIP in 18 starts this season, including 0-3 with a 16.21 ERA and 2.161 WHIP in his last three starts. He is also 0-5 with an 11.63 ERA in his last six starts, allowing 28 earned runs in 21 2/3 innings. Velasquez is 0-4 in his last four starts against the Giants as well.
The Giants are 40-13 in their last 53 games after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game. The Padres are 1-7 in their last eight games following a loss. Bet the Giants Wednesday.
|09-22-21||Cardinals +120 v. Brewers||10-2||Win||120||9 h 59 m||Show|
15* MLB Wednesday Undervalued Underdog on St. Louis Cardinals +120
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming up clutch down the stretch as usual as they try and get the 2nd wild card spot in the National League. They have won 10 straight and are 12-1 in their last 13 games overall. They are seeing the ball very well right now at the plate.
The Milwaukee Brewers are just 2-5 in their last seven games overall with losses to the Tigers as -210 and -225 favorites, a loss to the Cubs as a -220 favorite, and losses to the Cardinals in Game 1 as a -180 favorite and Game 2 as a -200 favorite. They just can't be trusted as this big of a favorite right now. They are just going through the motions knowing they basically already have the NL Central locked up.
Miles Mikolas is coming off one of his best starts of the season. He pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in an 8-2 victory over the Padres. Mikolas is 4-1 with a 4.29 ERA and 0.981 WHIP in six career starts against the Brewers. He'll be opposed by Brett Anderson, who is 4-8 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.336 WHIP In 21 starts this season. Anderson is coming off an IL stint that has sidelined him since September 1st.
Anderson's teams are 0-8 in his last eight home starts vs. a team with a winning record and losing by 2.9 runs per game on average in this spot. St. Louis is 7-0 in its last seven road games vs. a left-handed starter. Take the Cardinals Wednesday.
|09-22-21||Blue Jays +108 v. Rays||1-7||Loss||-100||4 h 29 m||Show|
15* AL PLAY OF THE DAY on Toronto Blue Jays +108
The Toronto Blue Jays are surging trying to make the wild card. They have gone 19-5 in their last 24 games overall. They have scored 5 runs or more in 15 of their last 20 games and are seeing the ball as well as anyone right now.
The Tampa Bay Rays are 6 games up in the AL East with 10 games to play. They basically already have the division wrapped up and don't have much to play for the rest of the way. That has shown as they have gone just 5-8 in their last 13 games overall and are just kind of going through the motions right now.
I'll gladly fade Luis Patino, who is 3-3 with a 4.96 ERA and 1.408 WHIP in 14 starts this season, including 0-0 with a 6.92 ERA and 1.769 WHIP in his last three starts which have come against the Tigers (twice) and Twins. Patino is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays this season.
The Blue Jays are 39-17 in day games this season. Toronto is 5-0 in its last five games as a road underdog. The Blue Jays are 10-2 in their last 12 road games overall. Roll with the Blue Jays Wednesday.
|09-21-21||Astros -1.5 v. Angels||Top||10-5||Win||100||13 h 43 m||Show|
20* MLB Tuesday No-Doubt Rout on Houston Astros -1.5 (-125)
The Houston Astros have the best run differential in baseball. They have the 2nd-best offense and 4th-best defense. The Astros are 7-2 in their last nine games overall and hitting the cover off the ball right now. They have scored at least 4 runs in each of their last six games and are averaging 7.5 runs per game in their last eight games.
The Astros should win by two runs or more against the hapless Los Angeles Angels, who have lost four straight and are averaging just 1.8 runs per game during this skid. They are missing basically all of their best hitters on offense except Ohtani.
Jose Urquidy should shut down the Angels, too. He is 7-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 0.982 WHIP in 17 starts this season. Urquidy has posted a 1.35 ERA in his last three starts against the Angels. He'll be opposed by Packy Naughton, who is 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA and 1.675 WHIP in three starts this season for the Angels.
The Angels are 6-20 in their last 26 home games after scoring one run or less. They are losing by 2.2 runs per game in this spot. The Astros are 93-43 in their last 136 games after allowing two runs or less in their previous game. Houston is 41-19 in the last 60 meetings. Bet the Astros on the Run Line Tuesday.
|09-21-21||Cardinals +196 v. Brewers||2-1||Win||196||11 h 45 m||Show|
15* MLB Tuesday Undervalued Underdog on St. Louis Cardinals +196
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming up clutch down the stretch as usual as they try and get the 2nd wild card spot in the National League. They have won nine straight and are 11-1 in their last 12 games overall. They have scored 7 runs or more in five of their last seven games and are seeing the ball well right now.
The Milwaukee Brewers are just 2-4 in their last six games overall with losses to the Tigers as -210 and -225 favorites, a loss to the Cubs as a -220 favorite and a loss to the Cardinals in Game 1 as a -180 favorite. They just can't be trusted as this big of a favorite right now. They are just going through the motions knowing they basically already have the NL Central locked up.
The Cardinals have won each of Jake Woodford's last two starts as +160 and +140 underdogs as he has allowed just 3 earned runs in 8 innings. He'll be opposed by Brandon Woodruff, who allowed 6 earned runs in 5 innings of a 4-8 loss to the Cardinals as a -185 favorite in his last start against them on August 19th. Roll with the Cardinals Tuesday.
|09-21-21||Blue Jays +100 v. Rays||4-2||Win||100||10 h 15 m||Show|
15* Blue Jays/Rays ESPN ANNIHILATOR on Toronto +100
The Toronto Blue Jays are surging trying to make the wild card. They have gone 18-5 in their last 23 games overall. They have scored 5 runs or more in 15 of their last 19 games and are seeing the ball as well as anyone right now.
Alek Manoah is another of the many underrated starters in Toronto's rotation. He is 6-2 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.032 WHIP in 17 starts this season. Manoah has owned the Rays this season, going 2-1 with a 0.96 ERA and 0.589 WHIP in three starts against them, allowing just 2 earned runs and 11 base runners in 18 2/3 innings with 29 K's.
The Blue Jays are 5-0 in their last five games following a loss. Toronto is 6-0 in its last six games after allowing 5 runs or more in its previous game. Take the Blue Jays Tuesday.
|09-20-21||Lions v. Packers OVER 48||Top||17-35||Win||100||142 h 19 m||Show|
20* NFL TOTAL OF THE WEEK on Lions/Packers OVER 48
This game has shootout written all over it Monday night. The Detroit Lions showed they are going to be an 'over' team in Week 1. They allowed 41 points and a whopping 8.0 yards per play against the San Francisco 49ers. But they didn't quit, scoring 33 points on their own after a big 4th quarter behind Jared Goff.
The Lions are going to have to play in shootouts all season because of their leaky defense. And things just got worse for them when they lost starting CB Jeffrey Okudah to a season-ending Achilles injury last season. Aaron Rodgers should have a field day against this Detroit defense.
The Packers gave up 38 points to the Saints in Week 1. That's a Saints team that is starting Jameis Winston and without their best receiver in Michael Thomas. That was a very bad showing for the Packers defensively. It was also a poor showing offensively, but I have no doubt they will get it turned around in Week 2. There was clearly going to be some rust for them on offense after Aaron Rodgers sat out most of training camp. And that was a good Saints defense. This will be a much easier test for Rodgers and company this week.
Both meetings between the Lions and Packers were shootouts last year. The Packers won 42-21 at home for 63 combined points. Green Bay also won 31-24 on the road for 55 combined points. I think we are getting a discount on this 48-point total here Monday night.
The OVER is 7-1 in Lions last eight games following a loss. The OVER is 35-17 in Packers last 52 September games. The OVER is 5-1 in Packers last six vs. NFC North opponents. Bet the OVER in this game Monday.
|09-20-21||Cardinals +193 v. Brewers||5-2||Win||193||10 h 10 m||Show|
15* MLB Monday Undervalued Underdog on St. Louis Cardinals +193
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming up clutch down the stretch as usual as they try and get the 2nd wild card spot in the National League. They have won eight straight and are 10-1 in their last 11 games overall. They have scored 7 runs or more in five of their last six games and are seeing the ball well right now.
The Milwaukee Brewers are just 2-3 in their last five games overall with losses to the Tigers as -210 and -225 favorites, and a loss to the Cubs as a -220 favorite. They just can't be trusted as this big of a favorite right now. They are just going through the motions knowing they basically already have the NL Central locked up.
The Cardinals have won each of Jake Woodford's last two starts as +160 and +140 underdogs as he has allowed just 3 earned runs in 8 innings. He'll be opposed by Freddy Peralta, who has never beaten the Cardinals, going 0-2 with a 6.56 ERA and 1.457 WHIP in six career starts against them. Roll with the Cardinals Monday.
|09-20-21||Blue Jays -124 v. Rays||Top||4-6||Loss||-124||10 h 40 m||Show|
20* MLB Monday No-Doubt Rout on Toronto Blue Jays -124
The Toronto Blue Jays are surging trying to make the wild card. They have gone 18-4 in their last 22 games overall. They have scored 5 runs or more in 15 of their last 18 games and are seeing the ball as well as anyone right now.
Robbie Ray deserves the Cy Young in the American League. He is 12-5 with a 2.64 ERA and 1.015 WHIP in 29 starts with 233 K's in 177 1/3 innings. Amazingly, Ray has allowed 4 earned runs or fewer in 30 consecutive starts, including 3 earned runs or fewer in 27 of those.
Ray simply owns the Rays, going 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in his last six starts against them, allowing just 7 earned runs in 39 2/3 innings with 57 K's. Five of those starts have come this season alone. He'll be opposed by Shane Baz, who will be making his first start of the season for the Rays.
Tampa is just kind of going through the motions right now knowing it basically has the AL East locked up. The Rays are 4-7 in their last 11 games overall and coming off two straight losses to the Tigers are -265 and -180 favorites. Take the Blue Jays Monday.
|09-19-21||Padres v. Cardinals -107||7-8||Win||100||2 h 21 m||Show|
15* MLB PLAY OF THE DAY on St. Louis Cardinals -107
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming up clutch down the stretch as usual as they try and get the 2nd wild card spot in the National League. They have won seven straight and are 9-1 in their last 10 games overall. They have scored 7 runs or more in four of their last five games and are seeing the ball well right now.
Conversely, the San Diego Padres are choking away the wild card down the stretch. They are 2-7 in their last nine games overall while scoring 4 runs or fewer in all seven losses, including 2 runs or less in six of them. Manny Machado was in a shouting match with Fernando Tatis Jr. in the dugout yesterday, so this team just has no chemistry right now and is very frustrated.
I'm not backing the Cardinals because of J.A. Happ, I'm backing them because of their positive momentum. And even Happ has been better than Jake Arrieta, who is 5-13 with a 7.05 ERA and 1.729 WHIP in 23 starts this season. Arrieta is 0-9 with a 9.92 ERA in his last 14 starts, allowing 54 earned runs in 49 innings.
Arrieta's teams are 0-11 in his last 11 starts. The Padres are 2-13 in their last 15 games as road underdogs. San Diego is 21-52 in its last 73 meetings in St. Louis. Bet the Cardinals Sunday.
|09-19-21||Dodgers v. Reds UNDER 9||8-5||Loss||-102||1 h 16 m||Show|
15* MLB Sunday Total DOMINATOR on Dodgers/Reds UNDER 9
The Reds have scored 5 runs or fewer in 12 consecutive games, including 4 runs or fewer in 11 of those. The Dodgers have scored 5 runs or fewer in eight of their last 10 games. The UNDER is 32-15-6 in Dodgers last 53 games overall. The UNDER is 9-2-1 in Reds last 12 games overall.
Clayton Kershaw is 9-7 with a 3.33 ERA and 0.985 WHIP in 19 starts this season. It's rare that you'll see a total this high in a game started by Kershaw. He is 4-2 with a 2.33 ERA and 0.965 WHIP in 12 career starts against the Reds, including 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in his last three starts against them while allowing just 2 earned runs in 23 innings.
Wade Miley is 12-6 with a 3.09 ERA in 27 starts this season, including 7-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 13 home starts. Miley has had great success against the Dodgers compared to most, going 4-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 17 career starts against them. Miley is 1-0 with a 0.78 ERA in his last five starts against the Dodgers, allowing 2 earned runs in 23 innings, the same as Kershaw. Take the UNDER in this game Sunday.
|09-19-21||Saints v. Panthers +4||Top||7-26||Win||100||111 h 5 m||Show|
25* NFC South GAME OF THE YEAR on Carolina Panthers +4
Talk about an overreaction. The betting public loved seeing what the Saints did last week to the big bad Green Bay Packers. They beat them 38-3 in an upset. But the Packers had chemistry and injury issues coming into the season due to Aaron Rodgers sitting out training camp. It was more bad Packers than it was good Saints, especially with the Packers giving the game away with three turnovers.
The lookahead line on this game was a pick 'em. Now the Saints are 4-point favorites, a 4-point adjustment. This despite the Panthers winning and covering in a 19-14 win over the Jets, doing what they were supposed to do. And the Panthers led that game 16-0 so it was a bigger blowout than the final score would indicate.
Sam Darnold was solid in his first start with the Panthers, and he should be even sharper in his second start under offensive genius Joe Brady. Darnold went 24-of-35 passing for 279 yards and a touchdown without an interception against the Jets. Having Christian McCaffrey back healthy makes all the difference for this team. He rushed for 98 yards on 21 carries, while also catching nine balls for 89 yards.
Speaking of injuries, the Saints are far from healthy. They are going to be without two of their best defensive players in CB Marshon Lattimore and DE Marcus Davenport. They are already without their best receiver in Michael Thomas., plus fellow receiver Tre'quan Smith is out as well. Starting C Erik McCoy went out last week and will miss this game, and this Saints offensive line will be up against an underrated Panthers defensive line that had 17 QB hurries last week. Jameis Winston just doesn't have many weapons right now, and he still needs to prove to me that he can be trusted to not turn the ball over.
Making matters worse is that the Saints have had eight members of the organization test positive for COVID. The total includes six offensive coaches, one player and a nutritionist. There will definitely be chemistry issues on the offensive side for the Saints, which is another factor working against Winston.
Sean Payton is 5-13 ATS in road games in the first two weeks of the season as the coach of the Saints. They are getting outscored by 2.8 points per game in this spot. New Orleans is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games vs. a team with a winning record. Carolina is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games as an underdog. The underdog is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings. Take the Panthers Sunday.
|09-19-21||Bengals +3 v. Bears||17-20||Push||0||111 h 5 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday UPSET SHOCKER on Cincinnati Bengals +3
The Cincinnati Bengals were very competitive before Joe Burrow went down with an injury last year. His 264 completions were the most ever by an NFL QB through their first 10 career games. His five 300-yard passing games tied a Bengals season-season record. He became the first rookie to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games.
Burrow has returned from his knee injury and actually got to play a drive in the preseason. Reports coming out of camp are that his arm is stronger than it was before and he is fully recovered. Burrow has a plethora of weapons now in WR's Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Ja'Marr Chase to go along with RB Joe Mixon. But the key is the upgrades on the offensive line, where the Bengals didn't allow a single sack in three preseason games.
I cashed in the Bengals last week as +3.5 home dogs to the Minnesota Vikings, and I'm back on them again this week as 3-point road dogs to the Chicago Bears. The Bengals led that game 21-7 in what was a bigger blowout than the final score showed. Burrow looked to be in midseason form, completing 20-of-27 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Mixon rushed for 127 yards and a score, and Chase went over 100 yards receiving in his first game in the NFL.
This is an improved front seven defensively for the Bengals as they held Dalvin Cook to 61 yards on 20 carries. They held the Vikings to just 3.0 yards per rush. That's important here because the Bears are going to be trying to run the ball, which is the only thing they did well last week against the Rams in rushing for 134 yards on 26 carries. But that's where the bright spots ended for the Bears.
They averaged just 4.7 yards per play compared to 7.7 yards per play for the Rams, getting outgained by 3.0 yards per play in their 34-14 loss. Andy Dalton was terrible and refused to try and stretch the field. He averaged just 4.4 yards per pass attempt, throwing for 188 yards on 40 attempts. More alarming may be this overrated Bears defense, which gave up 11.6 yards per pass attempt to Matthew Stafford. Burrow is going to have a field day against this defense, too.
The Bears are without LB Danny Trevathan, RB Tarik Cohen and NT Eddie Goldman. They could also be without T Jason Peters, who got hurt last week. There is just turmoil surrounding this team at the QB position with whether or not Andy Dalton should be the starter, and I just don't trust them right now.
Plays against favorites (Chicago) - after a game with a turnover margin of -2 or worse are 96-49 (66.2%) ATS over the last five seasons. The Bengals are 36-17-2 ATS in their last 55 September games. The Bears are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as home favorites. The underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Roll with the Bengals Sunday.
|09-19-21||Rams -3.5 v. Colts||Top||27-24||Loss||-110||111 h 5 m||Show|
20* NFL BLOWOUT GAME OF THE WEEK on Los Angeles Rams -3.5
The Los Angeles Rams were as impressive as anyone in Week 1. And they're a team I trust to carry it over into Week 2. They beat the Bears 34-14 at home. Matthew Stafford went 20-of-26 passing for 321 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover in his first start with the Rams.
This offense is going to be scary with how big of an upgrade he is over Jared Goff. The Rams averaged 7.7 yards per play on offense and held Chicago to 4.7 yards per play on defense, outgaining them by 3.0 yards per play. They had the top-ranked defense in the NFL last season and it will be dominant again this season.
The Colts are in a world of hurt right now. They lost their opener 28-16 at home to the Seahawks. They got a garbage time TD with two minutes left to make it look closer than it was. They managed just 16 points in Carson Wentz's debut against a bad Seattle defense. The Seahawks averaged 7.2 yards per play while the Colts managed just 4.7 yards per play, getting outgained by 2.5 yards per play.
Wentz has missed most of training camp and is rusty. Not helping matters is the cluster injuries along the offensive line and at receiver. They just lost tackle Eric Fisher to an Achilles injury last week. They are without their best receiver in T.Y. Hilton. This offense is a mess right now, and there are significant injuries on defense as well. This team just can't be trusted early in the season until they show me something.
This is arguably the best team in the NFC West in the Rams in a division that went 4-0 last week with four blowout victories up against the worst division in the NFL in the AFC South that went 1-3 last week. And the one win was the Texans over the Jaguars in a divisional matchup, so they were guaranteed to have at least one victory.
The Colts are 0-6 ATS in their last six games as home underdogs. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Sean McVey is 8-1 ATS in the first two weeks of the season as the coach of the Rams, and they are outscoring opponents by 16.2 points per game in this spot. This might be the public and square side, but it really will be as as easy as it looks in my opinion. Bet the Rams Sunday.
|09-18-21||Fresno State +11.5 v. UCLA||40-37||Win||100||45 h 23 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Late-Night BAILOUT on Fresno State +11.5
I like Fresno State head coach Kalen DeBoer, who took over for Jeff Tedford last year after serving as his offensive coordinator previously. It didn't go great in Year 1 but they did go 3-3 and will make a huge leap in Year 2. DeBoer welcomes back 19 starters, a potent offense and an improved defense.
QB Jake Haener is back after completing 64.7% of his passes for 2,021 yards with a 14-to-5 TD/INT ratio in just six games last year. Ronnie Rivers rushed for 507 yards and 7 TD in five games and made first-team All-Mountain West. All of his top receivers are back as nine starters return in all on offense.
Where the Bulldogs will be most improved is on defense, where they return 10 starters and each of their top 12 tacklers. That showed in their opener as they beat Connecticut 45-0 and held the Huskies to just 107 total yards. They came back the next week and nearly upset Oregon, losing 24-31 as 18-point underdogs. That performance looks even better now after Oregon just upset Ohio State last week on the road. The Bulldogs got back up off the mat and crushed Cal Poly 63-10 last week as 31.5-point favorites.
Haener is completing 73.6% of his passes for 1,009 yards with an 8-to-0 TD/INT ratio through three games. Rivers has rushed for 162 yards and a score. And seven different receivers have caught touchdown passes. This is one of the best offenses in the country, and the defense is so much better in giving up just 13.7 points per game, 246.3 yards per game and 3.6 yards per play thus far.
It's a great time to 'sell high' on UCLA, which is off to a 2-0 SU & 2-0 ATS start. The Bruins beat a bad Hawaii team 44-10 in their opener despite poor play from QB Dorian-Thompson Robinson, who I still have my concerns about with his inaccuracy. Several special teams blunders by Hawaii led to easy scores for UCLA.
Then the Bruins came back and upset LSU 38-27 at home. But that's a down LSU team that is missing more than a handful of starters due to injury, including their QB, RB and three of their best players on defense. The Bruins have had two weeks to hear about how good they are in the media after having a bye last week. They will come out complacent, and the bye week came at a terrible time as they had some momentum going.
The Bulldogs have been covering machines in going 37-17-2 ATS in their last 56 games overall, being grossly undervalued for years. Fresno State is 18-7-1 ATS in its last 26 road games. The Bulldogs are 20-6-2 ATS in their last 28 games following an ATS win. Fresno State is 5-0 ATS in its last five games vs. Pac-12 opponents. The Bulldogs are 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 games as underdogs. The Bruins are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games. UCLA is 1-5 ATS in its last six games vs. a team with a winning record. Roll with Fresno State Saturday.
|09-18-21||Auburn v. Penn State UNDER 53||20-28||Win||100||42 h 30 m||Show|
15* Auburn/Penn State ABC ANNIHILATOR on UNDER 53
Both Penn State and Auburn have been dominant defensively in the early going. This Penn State defense is giving up just 11.5 points per game, 5.0 yards per pass attempt and 2.9 yards per carry against two very good offenses thus far in Wisconsin and Ball State.
Now the Nittany Lions will hold this Auburn offense and Bo Nix in check. Nix has been tremendous at home throughout his career with a 20-to-1 TD/INT ratio at Jordan-Hare Stadium. But Nix has a 9-to-10 TD/INT ratio on the road while completing just 54.5% of his passes.
I know Auburn has played two cupcakes thus far in Akron and Alabama State, but the defensive numbers are impressive nonetheless. The Tigers have allowed just 5.0 points per game, 182.0 yards per game and 3.0 yards per play. This is a Penn State offense that managed just 16 points against Wisconsin, and they will struggle to score points against this Auburn defense as well.
The UNDER is 6-1 in Tigers last seven road games. The UNDER is 15-6 in Tigers last 21 games as underdogs. The UNDER is 4-0 in Nittany Lions last four September games. The UNDER is 5-2 in Nittany Lions last seven vs. SEC opponents. Take the UNDER in this game Saturday.
|09-18-21||Central Michigan +19.5 v. LSU||21-49||Loss||-110||42 h 6 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on Central Michigan +19.5
Jim McElwain is in his third season at Central Michigan, which is when coaches usually do their best work. He came over from Florida and is familiar with the SEC. Now he gets his chance to face a second SEC team in three weeks to open the season, and he and his players will relish the opportunity and look at this as their Super Bowl.
McElwain wasted no time putting his stamp on this program in his first season, guiding the Chippewas to an 8-6 season and a trip to the MAC Championship Game. They did go just 3-3 last year but only had 10 starters back, and all three losses came to three of the best teams in the MAC in Ball State, Toledo (by 1) and Western Michigan (by 8).
But now McElwain has a whopping 20 starters back and will contend for a MAC Championship again this season. I was impressed with their 24-34 loss at Missouri in the opener as they covered as 14-point underdogs and put up 475 total yards on that Missouri defense. Then last week they shut out Robert Morris 45-0 to cover as 37.5-point favorites, avoiding the sandwich letdown. Now they go into LSU with a ton of confidence.
Oh how far the mighty have fallen. After winning the National Championship in 2019, LSU came back last season and went just 5-5. They have not impressed me at all thus far in 2021, either. They lost outright as favorites 27-38 at UCLA while giving up 470 total yards in their opener. Then last week they failed to cover as 38-point favorites in a 34-7 home win over McNeese State.
It's not all Ed Orgeron's fault, but he is probably getting a little complacent with his team. And no team has been hit harder by injuries in the early going than LSU. The Tigers are without starting QB Myles Brennan, starting RB John Emery, starting DE Ali Gaye, starting S Jay Ward and starting DE Glen Logan. Backup RB Armoni Goodwin is out, and starting RT Austin Deculus is questionable.
It's just hard to win by margin with the Tigers missing so much talent and so many starters to injury. Not to mention this is a flat spot for them with their SEC opener against Mississippi State on deck next week. And compound that with the fact that the Chippewas are much better than they get credit for nationally and treating this game like their Super Bowl, and we have a live underdog here Saturday.
LSU is 9-21 ATS in its last 30 games as a home favorite of 14.5 to 21 points. McElwain is 15-6 ATS as the coach of Central Michigan. The Chippewas are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game. Central Michigan is 4-0 ATS in its last four road games. Roll with Central Michigan Saturday.
|09-18-21||Utah State +9.5 v. Air Force||49-45||Win||100||42 h 6 m||Show|
15* Mountain West PLAY OF THE DAY on Utah State +9.5
Utah State went from 11-2 in 2018 to 7-6 in 2019 and just 1-5 last year. Gary Andersen was clearly not the answer over the last two seasons. So Utah State went out and hired Blake Anderson, who comes over from Arkansas State after leading the Red Wolves to six bowls in the past seven seasons.
Anderson brought with him some elite transfers from the Red Wolves in QB Logan Bonner, first-team All-Sun Belt LB Justin Rice and WR Brandon Browning. He inherits some good talent with 19 returning starters as well, so this isn't a rebuilding year. And that has been evident in the early going for the Aggies.
They made their mark in Week 1 with a 26-23 upset win at Washington State as 18-point underdogs. Then they avoided the letdown last week and crushed North Dakota 48-24 as 7.5-point favorites. The offense is averaging 37.0 points and 531.0 yards per game this season. Bonner is completing 66.7% of his passes for 533 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.
Now they take on an Air Force team that hasn't played very good competition thus far. The Falcons only beat Lafayette 35-14 as 40.5-point favorites in their opener. And while a 23-3 win over Navy last week would normally look good, keep in mind Navy lost to Marshall 49-7 in their opener. The Midshipmen are clearly one of the worst teams in the country this season. And this is a letdown spot for the Falcons off that win over their rivals.
Plays on underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points (Utah State) - a team with a poor scoring defense last season that allowed 31 or more points per game, after a game where 70 combined points or more were scored are 31-9 (77.5%) ATS since 1992. The Aggies are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 September games. This will be one of your final chances to 'buy low' on Utah State as the betting public will be catching on soon, so we'll take advantage here. Roll with Utah State Saturday.
|09-18-21||Padres v. Cardinals -115||Top||2-3||Win||100||9 h 48 m||Show|
20* MLB Saturday No-Doubt Rout on St. Louis Cardinals -115
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming up clutch down the stretch as usual as they try and get the 2nd wild card spot in the National League. They have won six straight and are 8-1 in their last nine games overall. They have scored 7 runs or more in four consecutive games and are seeing the ball well right now.
Conversely, the San Diego Padres are choking away the wild card down the stretch. They are 2-6 in their last eight games overall while scoring 4 runs or fewer in all six losses, including 2 runs or less in five of them.
Adam Wainwright has resurrected his career this season and has been one of the best starters in baseball. He is 16-7 with a 2.88 ERA and 1.030 WHIP in 29 starts, including 8-5 with a 2.71 ERA and 0.971 WHIP in 17 home starts. He has allowed 4 earned runs or fewer in 21 consecutive starts, including 3 runs or fewer in 18 of those.
Wainwright is 7-5 with a 2.69 ERA and 1.219 WHIP in 14 career starts against the Padres. He'll be opposed by Yu Darvish, who just cannot stay healthy this season and has struggled of late because of it. Darvish is 1-8 with a 7.67 ERA in his last 11 starts, allowing 46 earned runs in 54 innings. He is also 2-6 with a 6.33 ERA in 11 road starts this season.
The Padres are 2-12 in their last 14 games as road underdogs. San Diego is 21-51 in its last 72 meetings in St. Louis. Bet the Cardinals Saturday.
|09-18-21||South Carolina +32 v. Georgia||Top||13-40||Win||100||42 h 12 m||Show|
20* SEC GAME OF THE WEEK on South Carolina +32
For starters, this is the largest underdog role for South Carolina since 1999. So there's value here with the Gamecocks. Georgia hasn't beaten South Carolina by more than 32 points in any of the last 44 meetings, making for a 44-0 system backing the Gamecocks. You have to go all the way back to 1974 to find the last time the Bulldogs have won by this kind of margin.
I've been impressed with South Carolina's 2-0 start this season beating Eastern Illinois 46-0 and East Carolina 20-17. They've shown me enough to know that they can stay within 32 points of Georgia, a team that isn't looking to run up scores, but one that just wants to stay healthy, win and advance.
Speaking of health, Georgia has some serious injury issues on offense. Both QB's that have started the first two games of the season in JT Daniels and Stetson Bennett are banged up and questionable for this game. They also have cluster injuries at receiver with George Pickens out, Darnell Washington out, Arik Gilbert doubtful, Dominick Blaylock questionable and Arian Smith probable.
It's just a great time to 'sell high' on Georgia, which upset Clemson in the opener in the biggest game of the year thus far. Then they came back and won and covered without Daniels against UAB last week behind a brilliant performance from Bennett. This is the week to go against them now that their stock is as high as it can be.
The betting public wants nothing to do with this South Carolina team. They went 2-8 last year and have a first-year head coach in Shane Beamer. But he was one of the better hires in the country and is getting the most out of this team already. Beamer coached here under Steve Spurrier and was an assistant head coach under Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma, so he has learned under the best. He was also on Georgia's staff in 2016 and 2017 under Kirby Smart, which is a little hidden advantage for him.
Georgia is 6-18 ATS in its last 24 home games off a cover as a double-digit favorite. Smart is 0-6 ATS in home games off a cover as a double-digit favorite as the coach of Georgia having never covered in this role. The Bulldogs are 30-53 ATS in their last 83 games following an ATS win. The Gamecocks are 6-2 ATS in their last eight trips to Georgia. The road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet South Carolina Saturday.
|09-18-21||Georgia Southern +24 v. Arkansas||10-45||Loss||-110||39 h 37 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on Georgia Southern +24
This is the ultimate letdown and sandwich spot for Arkansas. They are coming off a 40-21 upset victory over Texas last week that saw their fans storm the field and tear the goal posts down. Now what's on deck next week? How about their SEC opener against Top 10 opponent Texas A&M. They clearly won't be up for this game, and that will allow Georgia Southern to hang around.
They are looking at a Georgia Southern team that just lost 38-6 at Florida Atlantic last week and thinking they just have to show up to win. But that game could have played out much differently if not for one play. The Eagles were driving in to go up two touchdowns early and turned the ball over in the red zone. It was all FAU from there, outscoring them 38-0 the rest of the way.
Georgia Southern is a sleeper in the underrated Sun Belt Conference this season. Chad Lunsford is in his 5th season here and has gone 10-3, 7-6 and 8-5 over the past three seasons. Four of their five losses last year came by one score with the only exception being their 14-point loss to Coastal Carolina, which was the best team in the conference last year and nearly went unbeaten.
They lost at Louisiana by 2, at Army by 1, at Georgia State by 6 and to Appalachian State by 8. Those were four very good teams last year that all made bowl games. So their only losses last year came to bowl teams. Now Lunsford has 16 returning starters with eight on both sides of the ball to work with in 2021.
It's a great time to 'buy low' on the Eagles after their 0-2 ATS start. The biggest reason for their poor start is that they have been without junior starting QB Justin Tomlin for their first two games. Lunsford said that Tomlin, who was out due to an academic suspension, will start Saturday against Arkansas. Tomlin has played in 16 games, including four starts. So they have had to play a pair of freshmen QB's up to this point.
Tomlin is the key to this triple-option attack of Georgia Southern. Arkansas only has one week to prepare for it and isn't used to seeing teams like this. They faced a run-heavy team in Rice in their opener in a game that was much closer than the final score would indicate. That game was actually tied 17-17 in the 4th quarter before Arkansas pulled away late for a 38-17 victory, including two touchdowns in the final four minutes.
The spot is just a terrible one for Arkansas here. They aren't used to having expectations and they are used to being the underdog. But now they have moved into the Top 20 in the polls after that win over Texas. And with the Aggies on deck, they aren't going to be putting their best foot forward here against the Eagles, who are treating this game against an SEC opponent as their Super Bowl. Take Georgia Southern Saturday.
|09-18-21||Kent State +23.5 v. Iowa||Top||7-30||Win||100||72 h 55 m||Show|
20* CFB DOG OF THE WEEK on Kent State +23.5
Sean Lewis has done one of the most underrated coaching jobs in the country at Kent State. He took over a team that hadn't won more than 4 games in any of the previous five seasons. And after going 2-10 in his first season in 2018, he got them to 7-6 in his 2nd season in 2019 and a bowl victory. They went 3-1 in a shortened season last year with their only loss to powerhouse Buffalo.
They returned 18 starters this season, including a future NFL QB in Dustin Crum and 10 starters on offense. Crum threw for nearly 1200 yards last season and accounted for 16 total touchdowns in only four games. He is a dual-threat that will give Iowa problems. Iowa isn't used to going up against these spread teams that run up-tempo offenses.
This is a massive letdown spot for the Hawkeyes if I've ever seen one. They are coming off back-to-back wins against ranked teams in Indiana and Iowa State. They won't be nearly as motivated to face Kent State as they were last week to win the Cy-Hawk trophy and shut up all the hype around their hated rivals in the Cyclones.
Iowa just doesn't have the kind of offense it takes to cover these big spreads. They are averaging just 238 yards per game and 3.8 yards per play on offense this season. They have simply won with defense by forcing seven turnovers that have resulted in three non-offensive touchdowns and set up several others.
They run a methodical offense eating up most of the play clock before each snap, which is also going to make it hard for them to cover this big number. They are winning in spite of poor play from QB Spencer Petras, who is completing just 50% (24-of-48) of his passes and averaging 126 passing yards per game and 5.1 per attempt.
I like the fact that Kent State already played a Top 10 team in Texas A&M in their opener so they won't be phased by playing a team like Iowa. The Hawkeyes are starting to read the press clippings and everything that comes with their Top 5 ranking. This is the week they start to believe the hype and have a flat performance.
The Golden Flashes are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games after accumulating more than 450 yards in their previous game. The Hawkeyes are 2-6 ATS in their last eight vs. MAC opponents. Bet Kent State Saturday.
|09-18-21||Dodgers v. Reds UNDER 8.5||5-1||Win||100||4 h 43 m||Show|
15* MLB Saturday Total DOMINATOR on Dodgers/Reds UNDER 8.5
This game sets up as a pitcher's duel between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds. Max Scherzer is making his case here down the stretch to win the Cy Young award. Sonny Gray has pitched his best down the stretch as well.
Scherzer is 14-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 0.821 WHIP in 27 starts this season with 219 K's in 162 innings. He has gone 7-0 with a 0.98 ERA in his last nine starts, allowing just 6 earned runs in 55 innings. Scherzer is 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA and 0.890 WHIP in eight career starts against the Reds as well.
Gray is 7-7 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.185 WHIP in 23 starts this season. He has gone 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his last five starts, allowing just 6 earned runs in 30 innings. Few starters have had as much success against the Dodgers as Gray, who has posted a 2.18 ERA and 0.726 WHIP in three career starts against them.
The Reds have scored 5 runs or fewer in 11 consecutive games, including 4 runs or fewer in 10 of those. The Dodgers have scored 5 runs or fewer in seven of their last nine games. The UNDER is 7-0 in Dodgers last seven games following a loss. The UNDER is 31-15-6 in Dodgers last 52 games overall. The UNDER is 8-2-1 in Reds last 11 games overall. Take the UNDER in this game Saturday.
|09-18-21||Nebraska v. Oklahoma OVER 61.5||Top||16-23||Loss||-110||35 h 37 m||Show|
25* CFB Non-Conference TOTAL OF THE YEAR on Nebraska/Oklahoma OVER 61.5
Oklahoma has now averaged at least 42.1 points per game in six consecutive seasons. Lincoln Riley has turned the Sooners into an offensive juggernaut. And this total has been set too low today as Oklahoma should put up 42-plus points on Nebraska, and the Huskers should be able to keep pace for the most part.
The Sooners definitely won't be taking their foot off the gas on offense after nearly blowing a 37-14 halftime lead to Tulane in a 40-35 lead. They came back last week and throttled Western Carolina 76-0. And if they get the chance to add on against former Big 12 rival Nebraska they will do just that.
But this Nebraska offense is much improved under Scott Frost. And they have been effective when Adrian Martinez has been healthy. That has been the case through three games this season with the Huskers averaging 34.0 points per game and 513.7 yards per game.
It's going to be a perfect day in Norman, Oklahoma with temperatures in the 90's and light winds. This will be an offensive-friendly atmosphere inside Gaylor Family Memorial Stadium with plenty of offensive fireworks. Oklahoma has two starters in the secondary that are either questionable or doubtful for this one in NB Billy Bowman and CB Woodi Washington, and there are other injuries that will affect their depth on defense.
Plays on the OVER on home teams where the total is 56.5 to 63 (Oklahoma) - an excellent offense from last season that averaged 6.1 or more yards per play, after gaining 6.75 or more yards per play in their previous game are 28-7 (80%) over the last 10 seasons. The OVER is 18-7-1 in Sooners last 26 home games. The OVER is 15-5-1 in Sooners last 21 September games. Bet the OVER in this game Saturday.
|09-18-21||Virginia Tech v. West Virginia -2.5||21-27||Win||100||35 h 36 m||Show|
15* VA Tech/WVU FS1 Early ANNIHILATOR on West Virginia -2.5
This is a great time to 'sell high' on Virginia Tech. The Hokies are 2-0 SU & 2-0 ATS this season. They upset North Carolina at home in their opener 17-10 as the Tar Heels basically gave that game away with three turnovers. They only managed 296 total yards against UNC and were outgained by 58 yards.
Then last week they avoided the letdown with a 35-14 win over Middle Tennessee, barely covering as a 20-point favorite. But that game was much closer than the final score showed. The Hokies only managed 383 total yards against a bad Middle Tennessee defense and only outgained them by 34 yards.
While this Virginia Tech defense is improved, the offense does not impress me at all. The Hokies are only averaging 339.5 yards per game and 5.3 yards per play against two suspect defenses. Now the Hokies will be without their biggest weapon on offense in TE James Mitchell, who had 26 receptions for 435 yards and 4 TD last season. He got hurt against Middle Tennessee last week after having a big TD catch against UNC in the opener.
Now they take a big step up in class here against a West Virginia defense that was one of the best in the country last year, allowing just 20.5 points per game and 291 yards per game, which is no small feat playing in the Big 12.
Neal Brown in now in his 3rd season at WVU and this is his best team yet with 17 returning starters. It didn't show in the opener against Maryland as the Mountaineers lost 30-24, but they gave that game away by losing the turnover battle 4-0. And it's clear Maryland is greatly improved this season with a ton of talent on offense.
That was also a road game for West Virginia. They returned home to beat Long Island 66-0 last week. And the Mountaineers are now 6-0 SU & 5-0-1 ATS in their last six home games, outscoring opponents by an average of 30.1 points per game. You read that right folks. They have one of the best home-field advantages in the country, and it will be a great atmosphere with Virginia Tech coming to town. Take West Virginia Saturday.
|09-17-21||Central Florida -6.5 v. Louisville||Top||35-42||Loss||-105||18 h 6 m||Show|
20* UCF/Louisville ESPN No-Brainer on UCF -6.5
Gus Malzahn made the right choice coming to UCF with the best talent at his disposal of all the Group of 5 teams. UCF has been a juggernaut for years and continues to be under Malzahn. That is already evident after two games this season.
I actually believe UCF to be undervalued due to their non-cover in a 36-31 win over Boise State as a 6-point favorite in the opener. But the numbers show they should have won that game by 20-plus easily. UCF had 573 total yards while holding Boise State to just 283 yards, outgaining them by 290 yards for the game.
The Knights came back the next week and put it on Bethune-Cookman 63-14 while covering as a 45.5-point favorite. They had 671 total yards in that game. Malzahn has elected to keep the up-tempo offense here at UCF that was made famous before him, and it is resulting in gaudy offensive numbers that make me want to lay points with the Knights.
Defensively, Malzahn brought in some transfers and some big-time recruits that has the Knights with one of the best front seven's in the country. That has been evident as they have held Boise State to 20 rushing yards on 26 carries and Bethune-Cookman to 24 yards on 14 carries. They are giving up just 1.1 yards per carry this season.
Louisville needs to be able to run the ball to be effective because the passing game just isn't very good. This is a Cardinals team that went 4-7 last year and only brought back 13 starters. They lost all of their top playmakers on offense in RB Javian Hawkins (822 yards, 7 TD last year) and WR's Dez Fitzpatrick and Tutu Atwell, who combined for 89 receptions, 1,458 yards and 10 TD last year. That leaves too much on QB Malik Cunningham's shoulders.
Louisville was shut out in the first half by Ole Miss. And that game was an even bigger blowout than the final score showed in a 24-43 defeat. They gave up 569 total yards to Ole Miss and were held to 355 total yards. I think we see a similar result here. The Cardinals weren't very impressive in their 30-3 win over Eastern Kentucky as a 30-point favorite last week, either.
Louisville is 7-23-1 ATS in its last 31 games vs. a team with a winning record. The Cardinals are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games as home underdogs. Louisville is 1-5 ATS in its last six games vs. AAC opponents. This is another opportunity for the Knights to make a statement in a primetime National TV game, and I expect them to do just that. Bet UCF Friday.
|09-17-21||Tigers +190 v. Rays||4-7||Loss||-100||9 h 0 m||Show|
15* MLB Friday Undervalued Underdog on Detroit Tigers +190
The Detroit Tigers are 70-77 (+21.7 Units) on the season. They have been one of the most profitable teams to back in all of baseball. They now take on the struggling Tampa Bay Rays, who don't have much to play for the rest of the way with the AL East wrapped up. The Rays are 3-5 in their last eight games and have been held to 4 runs or fewer in five of those.
Casey Mize has been one of my favorite starters to back this season because he is grossly undervalued. The Tigers are 15-12 (+11.5 Units) in Mize's 27 starts this season, in which he has posted a 3.66 ERA and 1.140 WHIP this season.
He'll be opposed by Luis Patino, who is 3-3 with a 4.85 ERA and 1.433 WHIP in 13 starts this season, including 1-0 with a 4.97 ERA and 1.736 WHIP in his last three starts. Patino lost as a -140 favorite in his last start on September 12th to the Tigers while allowing 2 earned runs and 7 base runners in 4 1/3 innings of a 7-8 loss.
Simply put, the Tigers shouldn't be nearly 2-to-1 underdog to the Rays tonight. They are 5-2 in their last seven games overall with wins as +205, +190, +130, +145 and +115 underdogs. Detroit is 7-2 (+12.3 Units) in MIze's nine starts as an underdog of +150 or higher this season. Roll with the Tigers Friday.
|09-17-21||Twins v. Blue Jays -1.5||Top||7-3||Loss||-115||9 h 58 m||Show|
20* MLB Friday No-Doubt Rout on Toronto Blue Jays -1.5 (-115)
The Toronto Blue Jays are 16-3 in their last 19 games overall and the hottest team in baseball. Ten of their last 11 wins have come by two runs or more. They are battling with the Red Sox and Yankees for the two wild card spots in the American League. They need to keep winning and will be highly motivated to do so.
The Minnesota Twins are just 2-6 in their last eight games overall. Now they have to take on a red hot Blue Jays team that has scored 5 runs or more in 13 of their last 15 games, including a combined 58 runs in their last six games for an average of 9.7 runs per game.
The Blue Jays have the advantage on the mound. Hyun-Jin Ryu is 13-8 with a 4.11 ERA and 1.186 WHIP in 28 starts this season. He'll be opposed by Michael Pineda, who is 0-2 with a 12.34 ERA in his last three starts against the Blue Jays, allowing 16 earned runs and 7 homers in 11 2/3 innings.
Ryu's teams are 27-6 in his last 33 starts when working on 5 or 6 days' rest and winning by 2.7 runs per game. Pineda's teams are 1-8 when he's working on 5 or 6 days' rest this season and losing by 1.8 runs per game. The Twins are 6-16 in their last 22 games vs. a left-handed starter. Bet the Blue Jays on the Run Line Friday.
|09-16-21||Giants v. Washington Football Team -3||Top||29-30||Loss||-120||46 h 24 m||Show|
20* Giants/Washington NFC East No-Brainer on Washington -3
The Washington Football Team was a 5.5-point favorite on the lookahead line last week coming into this game. Now they are only 3-point favorites, so there's value here based off of that and a couple other reasons.
The big reason for the move was the loss of Ryan Fitzpatrick to injury early in their 20-16 loss to the Chargers last week. But Washington played well with Taylor Heinicke, who went 11-of-15 for 122 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 17 yards on three carries. I don't think he is that much of a downgrade, at least not as much as it is being made out to be.
Washington was an Antonio Gibson fumble as his own 4-yard line away from winning that game against the Chargers despite getting outgained badly. Washington's defense, which is one of the best in the NFL, held the Chargers to just 20 points and 5.4 yards per play. Washington averaged 5.3 yards per play to compare.
The Giants lost 27-13 at home to the Broncos as 3-point underdogs in their opener. Their offensive line, which is one of the worst in the NFL, was atrocious. They managed just 60 rushing yards on 20 carries and 3.0 yards per carry. Defensively, they gave up 420 total yards and 165 yards and 5.9 per carry on the ground, so the defensive front seven is a problem too.
That's where this game will be won. Washington has the best defensive line in the NFL and will dominate this Giants offensive line, giving Daniel Jones all kinds of issues. Jones is one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL. Washington will be able to run the ball on this weak New York defense just as the Broncos did, which will take some pressure off of Heinicke.
Washington wants revenge after losing both meetings with the Giants by a combined 4 points last season. But they shouldn't have lost either game. They outgained New York 337 to 240 in their 20-19 road loss. They came back and outgained the Giants 402 to 350 in their 20-23 home loss. It's revenge time here Thursday night on a short week, which always favors the home team. Bet Washington Thursday.
|09-16-21||Ohio +21 v. UL-Lafayette||14-49||Loss||-111||12 h 56 m||Show|
15* Ohio/LA-Lafayette ESPN ANNIHILATOR on Ohio +21
The Ohio Bobcats are now way undervalued after starting the season 0-2 with two upset losses. They go from being 2.5-point favorites against Syracuse to 28.5-point favorites against Duquesne and now 21-point underdogs to Louisiana-Lafayette. Talk about an overreaction.
While everyone is burying Ohio, they seem to just be forgiving Louisiana-Lafayette for their two performances to open the season. The Rajin' Cajuns were overmatched in their 18-38 loss at Texas as 8.5-point underdogs. And we saw what Texas did last week, getting upset in blowout fashion at Arkansas.
Then last week Louisiana-Lafayette only beat Nicholls State 27-24 as 25.5-point favorites. They gave up 511 total yards to Nicholls State and were fortunate to win. I just think that loss to Texas after having such big expectations coming into the season has taken lot of steam and intensity out of the Rajin' Cajuns. They had dreams of representing the group of 5 teams in a New Year's 6 bowl. Those were crushed with the loss to Texas.
Ohio hasn't been as bad as the scores would suggest. The Bobcats were only outgained by 39 yards by Syracuse in the opener. They are giving up just 5.3 yards per play on defense while averaging 6.0 yards per play on offense, including 4.9 yards per carry and completing nearly 70% of their passes. They are a great 'buy low' candidate moving forward, especially with 17 returning starters and tons of promise.
Louisiana is giving up 473.0 yards per game and 6.7 yards per play this season. They are only averaging 387.5 yards per game and 5.8 yards per play. They lost some players to the NFL and haven't been able to run the ball like they are used to. They are averaging just 94 rushing yards per game and 3.2 per carry this season.
Plays on road underdogs (Ohio) - a team from a second tier division 1 conference against a team from a weak conference are 23-5 (82.1%) ATS over the last 10 seasons. The Bobcats are 8-0 ATS in their last eight Thursday games. Ohio is 6-0 ATS in its last six road games off a close loss by 3 points or less. The Bobcats are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 road games off a loss by 6 points or less. Ohio is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games as underdogs. The Rajin' Cajuns are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games as favorites. Louisiana is 1-5 ATS in its last six home games. Take Ohio Thursday.
|09-16-21||Tigers +190 v. Rays||2-5||Loss||-100||10 h 8 m||Show|
15* MLB Thursday PLAY OF THE DAY on Detroit Tigers +190
The Detroit Tigers are 70-76 (+22.7 Units) on the season. They have been one of the most profitable teams to back in all of baseball. They now take on the struggling Tampa Bay Rays, who don't have much to play for the rest of the way with the AL East wrapped up. The Rays are 2-5 in their last seven games and have been held to 4 runs or fewer in five of those.
Tyler Alexander is one of the most underrated starters in baseball, and this Tigers rotation is underrated in general, which is why they have been such big money makers this season. Alexander is 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA and 1.205 WHIP in 11 starts this season, including 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.048 WHIP in five road starts.
Louis Head will be making just his second start of the season for the Rays. His first did not go well as he gave up 2 earned runs and one homer in one inning to the Orioles on August 18th. Alexander beat the Rays as a +145 home dog in a 10-4 victory on September 10th in his last start, allowing just one earned run in 4 1/3 innings.
Simply put, the Tigers shouldn't be nearly 2-to-1 underdog to the Brewers tonight. They are 5-1 in their last six games overall with wins as +205, +190, +130, +145 and +115 underdogs. I cash them in each of the last two days in that +200 range, and I'm back on them again today. Detroit is 9-1 (+12 Units) in Alexander's last 10 starts. Roll with the Tigers Thursday.
|09-15-21||Padres v. Giants -103||9-6||Loss||-103||11 h 23 m||Show|
15* MLB Wednesday Late-Night BAILOUT on San Francisco Giants -103
The San Francisco Giants are coming up clutch here late in the season with the NL West division on the line. They are 9-0 in their last eight games with eight wins by two runs or more. They have scored at least 6 runs in all nine wins, so they are stupid hot at the plate right now.
The San Diego Padres are falling flat on their faces while trying to make the wild card. They are 0-5 in their last five games overall while scoring a combined 6 runs in the five losses, averaging just 1.2 runs per game. They can't be trusted right now.
Dominic Leone is just an opener for the Giants but has pitched 5 shutout innings in three starts in this role. Joe Musgrove is getting too much respect here considering he is 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA in four career starts against the Giants. That includes 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in two starts against the Giants in 2021, allowing 9 earned runs and 3 homers in 10 innings.
The Padres are 8-21 in their last 29 games overall. The Giants are 47-23 in their last 70 home games. San Francisco is 41-12 in its last 53 games after scoring 5 runs or more in its previous game. The Giants are 5-1 in the last six meetings. Roll with the Giants Wednesday.
|09-15-21||Rays v. Blue Jays -162||Top||3-6||Win||100||5 h 45 m||Show|
20* AL East GAME OF THE MONTH on Toronto Blue Jays -162
The Toronto Blue Jays are 15-3 in their last 18 games overall and the hottest team in baseball. They are tied with the Red Sox and Yankees for the two wild card spots in the American League. They need to keep winning and will be highly motivated to do so.
The Tampa Bay Rays are 2-4 in their last six games overall. They basically have the AL East wrapped up at this point with not much to play for the rest of the way. Now they have to take on a red hot Blue Jays team that has scored 5 runs or more in 12 of their last 14 games, including a combined 52 runs in their last five games for an average of 10.4 runs per game.
Robbie Ray is neck and neck with Gerrit Cole for the Cy Young award. Ray has allowed 4 earned runs or fewer in 29 consecutive starts, including 3 earned runs or fewer in 26 of those. He is 1-1 with a 1.65 ERA in his last five starts against the Rays while allowing just 6 earned runs in 32 2/3 innings with 44 K's. Four of those starts have come this season.
Michael Wacha is 3-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 20 starts this season. Wacha has been at his worst on the road, going 1-3 with a 5.77 ERA and 1.531 WHIP in 11 starts away from home. The Blue Jays are 6-0 in their last six during Game 3 of a series. Toronto is 6-1 in its last seven games following a loss. Bet the Blue Jays Wednesday.
|09-15-21||Brewers v. Tigers +211||1-4||Win||211||3 h 48 m||Show|
15* MLB Wednesday Early ANNIHILATOR on Detroit Tigers +211
The Detroit Tigers are 69-76 (+20.7 Units) on the season and 38-36 (+11.5 Units) at home. They have been one of the most profitable teams to back in all of baseball. They take on the Milwaukee Brewers, who don't have much to play for the rest the way as they already have the NL Central division title locked up.
Matt Manning hasn't posted great numbers this season, but he has been much more effective at home at 2-2 with a 4.72 ERA in seven starts. The Tigers are 4-3 (+2.1 Units) in his seven home starts this season.
Brandon Woodruff has posted great season-long numbers, but he is coming off a very poor start against the Philadelphia Phillies. He allowed 4 earned runs, 3 homers and 10 base runners in 6 innings of a 12-0 loss to the Phillies on September 6th.
Simply put, the Tigers shouldn't be more than 2-to-1 underdog to the Brewers tonight. They are 4-1 in their last five games overall with wins as +190, +130, +145 and +115 underdogs. Take the Tigers Wednesday.
|09-14-21||Padres v. Giants -1.5||1-6||Win||120||12 h 38 m||Show|
15* MLB Run Line PLAY OF THE DAY on San Francisco Giants -1.5 (+120)
The San Francisco Giants are coming up clutch here late in the season with the NL West division on the line. They are 8-0 in their last eight games with seven wins by two runs or more. They have scored at least 6 runs in all eight wins so they are stupid hot at the plate right now.
The San Diego Padres are falling flat on their faces while trying to make the wild card. They are 0-4 in their last four games overall while scoring a combined 5 runs in the four losses, averaging just 1.25 runs per game. They can't be trusted right now.
Speaking of can't be trusted, Jake Arrieta was a head-scratching acquisition for the Padres at the trade deadline. Arrieta is 5-12 with a 7.03 ERA and 1.722 WHIP in 22 starts this season. He is 0-8 with a 9.70 ERA in his last 13 starts, allowing 51 earned runs in 47 1/3 innings.
Arrieta's teams are 0-10 in his last 10 starts with nine losses by two runs or more. He gave up 6 earned runs in 2 innings in his lone start against the Giants this season. Anthony DeSclafini is 11-6 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.116 WHIP in 27 starts this season. He is 1-1 with a 2.90 ERA and 0.967 WHIP in seven career starts against the Padres.
Arrieta's teams are 1-12 in his 13 starts as an underdog of +125 to +175 over the last two seasons. They are losing by 3.5 runs per game in this spot. Take the Giants on the Run Line Tuesday.
|09-14-21||Rays v. Blue Jays -130||Top||2-0||Loss||-130||9 h 5 m||Show|
20* MLB Tuesday No-Doubt Rout on Toronto Blue Jays -130
The Toronto Blue Jays are 15-2 in their last 17 games overall and the hottest team in baseball. They are one game ahead of both the Red Sox and Yankees for the two wild card spots in the American League. They need to keep winning and will be highly motivated to do so.
The Tampa Bay Rays are 1-4 in their last five games overall. They basically have the AL East wrapped up at this point with not much to play for the rest of the way. Now they have to take on a red hot Blue Jays team that has scored 5 runs or more in 12 of their last 13 games, including a combined 52 runs in their last four games for an average of 13.0 runs per game.
Jose Berrios was a great get for the Blue Jays before the trade deadline to add to their already underrated rotation. Berrios is 3-0 with a 2.21 ERA and 0.836 WHIP in his last three starts, allowing just 5 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings with 26 K's.
Toronto is 8-0 after scoring 7 runs or more in three straight games over the last three seasons. It is coming back to win by 4.5 runs per game in this spot. Bet the Blue Jays Tuesday.
|09-14-21||Brewers v. Tigers +191||0-1||Win||191||9 h 33 m||Show|
15* MLB Tuesday Undervalued Underdog on Detroit Tigers +191
The Detroit Tigers are 68-76 (+18.8 Units) on the season and 37-36 (+9.6 Units) at home. They have been one of the most profitable teams to back in all of baseball. They take on the Milwaukee Brewers, who don't have much to play for the rest the way as they already have the NL Central division title locked up.
I'll gladly fade Freddy Peralta, who is 0-1 with a 9.39 ERA and 1.956 WHIP in his last three starts while allowing 8 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings. He won't go long in this game either, so the Tigers will get into their bullpen early.
Wily Peralta has been grossly underrated here and should not be close to a 2-to-1 dog to Freddy Peralta. Wily is 3-3 with a 3.67 ERA in 14 starts this season, including 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA in five home starts.
The Tigers are 6-1 in their last seven games following an off day. Detroit is 18-7 in its last 25 Tuesday games. Roll with the Tigers Tuesday.
|09-13-21||Ravens v. Raiders +4||Top||27-33||Win||100||91 h 40 m||Show|
20* Ravens/Raiders ESPN No-Brainer on Las Vegas +4
The Las Vegas Raiders went 8-8 last season and nearly beat the Kansas City Chiefs twice. They made big improvements under John Gruden and got even better in the offseason. Look for a big effort for them on Monday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas in front of fans for the first time, which will be a big advantage as this has been anticipated by Raiders fans since the move to Vegas.
The Raiders are loaded on offense and finished 8th in total offense last season at 383.3 yards per game. But the key is the improvement they will make defensively. They brought in one of the best coordinators in the game in Gus Bradley. They also added Yannick Ngakoue and Casey Hayward. And they spent five of their first six picks in the NFL Draft on defense.
The Ravens were celebrating a 20-0 preseason run. But it didn't last long because injuries have taken their toll on this team. They lost their top three running backs in Dobbins, Edwards and Hill to potential season-ending injuries prior to the season. They also lost starting CB Marcus Peters to a season-ending injury in practice this week. They have injuries at receiver right now as well and are a mash unit coming into the season.
Teams have plenty of game film on Lamar Jackson now to know how to stop him. Gus Bradley did just that a couple years ago when the Chargers upset the Ravens in the playoffs and Bradley was in charge of that defense that stopped him. The Ravens ranked just 19th in total offense last year and relied heavily on the run, ranking 1st at 191.9 yards per game on the ground. They only averaged 171.2 yards per game through the air. Without their top three running backs, it's hard to see them having nearly as much success this season, especially to start.
The home team is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings. Roll with the Raiders Monday.
|09-13-21||Rays v. Blue Jays -123||Top||1-8||Win||100||9 h 52 m||Show|
20* MLB Monday No-Doubt Rout on Toronto Blue Jays -123
The Toronto Blue Jays are 14-2 in their last 16 games overall and the hottest team in baseball. They are tied with the Red Sox for the two wild card spots and one game ahead of the Yankees. They need to keep winning and will be highly motivated to do so.
The Tampa Bay Rays are 1-3 in their last four games overall. They basically have the AL East wrapped up at this point with not much to play for the rest of the way. Now they have to take on a red hot Blue Jays team that has scored 5 runs or more in 11 of their last 12 games, including a combined 44 runs in their last three games.
The Blue Jays have the advantage on the mound today with Alek Manoah, who is 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.093 WHIP in seven home starts this season. Manoah is 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 0.937 WHIP in two starts against the Rays this season. He'll be opposed by Colin McHugh, who will only be pitching a couple innings in this one.
Toronto is 7-0 in its last seven games after scoring 7 or more runs in three straight games coming in. Bet the Blue Jays Monday.
|09-12-21||Marlins v. Braves -1.5||3-5||Win||100||2 h 17 m||Show|
15* NL PLAY OF THE DAY on Atlanta Braves -1.5 (-130)
The Atlanta Braves are trying to win the NL East Division. They are coming off a loss as a -250 favorite to the Marlins yesterday and will be highly motivated to bounce back today. I like their chances of winning this game by two runs or more due to their advantage on the mound.
Max Fried has been dominant down the stretch. He has allowed 3 earned runs or fewer in eight consecutive starts, two earned runs or fewer in seven of them and one earned run or fewer in five of them. He has gone 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA in those eight starts while allowing just 10 earned runs in 52 innings.
Edward Cabrera is 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA and 1.501 WHIP in three starts this season. He has allowed 10 earned runs and 4 homers in 12 2/3 innings in those starts, two of which came against the Mets and one against the Nationals.
The Braves are 24-7 in Fried's last 31 starts as a favorite of -110 or higher and winning by 3.0 runs per game in this spot. The Marlins are 3-15 in road games vs. left-handed starters this season and losing by 2.6 runs per game in this spot. Bet the Braves on the Run Line Sunday.
|09-12-21||Brewers -113 v. Indians||11-1||Win||100||2 h 0 m||Show|
15* Interleague PLAY OF THE DAY on Milwaukee Brewers -113
The Milwaukee Brewers continue to play well as they are 10-3 in their last 13 games overall to improve to 88-55 on the season. Cleveland is 2-7 in its last nine games overall to basically eliminate all hopes of them making the postseason. The Indians will likely pack it in the rest the way.
The Brewers won 10-3 over the Indians in Game 1 and came back with a 3-0 combined no-hitter in Game 2. Getting no-hit yesterday says all you need to know about the Indians right now. And starter Aaron Civale will be making just his 2nd start in the last three months after missing a couple months with an injury, so he'll be limited.
Milwaukee starter Eric Lauer is underrated, going 5-5 with a 2.77 ERA and 1.150 WHIP in 16 starts this season. Lauer has allowed 3 earned runs or fewer in 11 consecutive starts. He is 4-2 with a 1.46 ERA in his last 10 starts, allowing just 9 earned runs in 55 1/3 innings.
Milwaukee is 39-16 in its last 55 road games. The Indians are 9-27 in their last 36 games as home underdogs. The Brewers are 14-2 in their last 16 road games with a total of 8 to 8.5 and winning by 4.2 runs per game in this spot. Milwaukee is 10-1 in Sunday road games this season and winning by 3.1 runs per game. The Brewers are 9-0 in road games coming off a shutout this season and winning by 3.6 runs per game. Roll with the Brewers Sunday.
|09-12-21||Steelers +6.5 v. Bills||Top||23-16||Win||100||94 h 19 m||Show|
20* AFC GAME OF THE WEEK on Pittsburgh Steelers +6.5
The Buffalo Bills are getting a lot of hype heading into this season after coming out of nowhere to make the AFC Championship Game last year. They went 9-2 ATS over their final 11 games last year and put up gaudy offensive numbers. So you're now paying a premium to back the Bills to start this season.
I did make a lot of money backing the Bills last year, and I am reasonably high on them. Just not this high. I like Josh Allen, but he's not going to have as big of a season as he did a year ago. And it just seems like everyone is sleeping on the Pittsburgh Steelers after a 12-4 season that ended in a disappointing loss to the Cleveland Browns after the game got out of hand due to turnovers in the playoffs.
The Steelers boast an elite defense that ranked 3rd in the NFL last year at 305.8 yards per game and 3rd in scoring at 19.5 points per game allowed. That defense can carry them this season. Big Ben is motivated at 39 years old for one final Super Bowl run, and when he has been healthy he has been very good. He is also in great shape. He has a bunch of underrated receivers and tight ends, and now the Steelers should have an improved running game with the moves they made along the offensive line while also drafting Alabama RB Najee Harris in the first round.
Buffalo could not run the ball last year unless it was Josh Allen doing it. They will be one-dimensional and easier to stop because of it. They had a middle-of-the-pack defense last year ranking 14th in total defense at 352.5 yards per game. And this line should just be closer to Buffalo -3 when you factor in home-field advantage. I have these teams power rated similarly, so give the Bills 3 points for home-field advantage and that's what the line should be. So we are getting 3 to 3.5 points of value here.
The Steelers are 23-8-2 ATS in their last 33 games as underdogs, including 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games as road underdogs. You would have to go back a few years to find the last time the Steelers were this big of an underdog with Big Ben as their starting quarterback. Take the Steelers Sunday.
|09-12-21||Chargers v. Washington Football Team +1||Top||20-16||Loss||-110||94 h 18 m||Show|
25* NFL Week 1 GAME OF THE YEAR on Washington +1
The Washington Football Team won the NFC East in Ron Rivera's first season. They did so with Dwayne Haskins at quarterback for most of the season, and a hobbled Alex Smith for the majority of the rest of it. That's because they had one of the best defenses in the NFL last season.
That will be the case again this season as Washington is loaded on defense, especially up front with arguably the best defensive line in the league. They ranked 2nd in the NFL behind only the Rams in total defense last season, allowing 304.6 yards per game.
There's going to be drastic improvements on offense this season. They brought in Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was a money making machine with the Miami Dolphins last year and proved he still has it. Studs Antonio Gibson (RB), Terry McLaurin (WR) and Logan Thomas (TE) are all back. They added in WR's Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries to give Fitzpatrick more weapons.
The Chargers are getting a lot of hype because of the rookie year that Justin Herbert had. He has some decent weapons, but he is working behind a revamped offensive line. Herbert and the OLine will have to deal with crowd noise this season, which they didn't have last year. And it will be a packed house in the nation's capital with fans rejuvenated for this team after they won the NFC East last year and their bright outlook.
I just like the chemistry for Washington to open the season with their staff and systems in place for a couple years now. The Chargers are going into this season with a new head coach, new offensive coordinator and a new defensive coordinator. It is going to take them some time to gel. And I certainly worry about them at the point of attack on both sides of the ball, where Washington is going to have a big advantage here.
Plays against favorites (LA Chargers) - in the first month of the season, a non-playoff team from last season that won their final two games are 30-6 (83.3%) ATS over the last 10 seasons. The home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Bet Washington Sunday.
|09-12-21||Vikings v. Bengals +3.5||24-27||Win||100||94 h 16 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday UPSET SHOCKER on Cincinnati Bengals +3.5
The Cincinnati Bengals were very competitive before Joe Burrow went down with an injury last year. His 264 completions were the most ever by an NFL QB through their first 10 career games. His five 300-yard passing games tied a Bengals season-season record. He became the first rookie to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games.
Burrow has returned from his knee injury and actually got to play a drive in the preseason. Reports coming out of camp are that his arm is stronger than it was before and he is fully recovers. Burrow has a plethora of weapons now in WR's Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Ja'Marr Chase to go along with RB Joe Mixon. But the key is the upgrades on the offensive line, where the Bengals didn't allow a single sack in three preseason games.
Speaking of the preseason, the Vikings were terrible. They went 0-3 and scored just 13.7 points per game on offense while giving up 24.3 points per game on defense. You can't make a lot of of the preseason, but it's worth noting that the Vikings were previously great in the preseason under Mike Zimmer, so he clearly takes it seriously.
I'm just not a big Kirk Cousins guy, and until they move on from him I'm not going to trust their offense even though he has some decent weapons in Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. The big concern is a Vikings defense that took a huge step back last year. They ranked 27th in total defense at 393.3 yards per game and 29th in scoring defense at 29.7 points per game. They can only be better with improved health, but I don't think they will be any better than Cincinnati defensively this season.
This line indicates that the Vikings would be favored by 6 or more on a neutral field, and I just don't see it. These teams are much closer power rated in my book with a healthy Joe Burrow for Cincinnati. So getting 3.5 points with the Bengals in front of a raucous home crowd in anticipation of the return of Burrow is a great value here.
The Vikings are 0-7 ATS in their last seven games overall. Minnesota is 0-5 ATS in its last five games as a favorite. Cincinnati is 35-17-2 ATS in its last 54 September games. The Bengals are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. Bet the Bengals Sunday.
|09-12-21||Cardinals v. Titans OVER 52||38-13||Loss||-109||94 h 16 m||Show|
15* NFL Sunday Total DOMINATOR on Cardinals/Titans OVER 52
The Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans will be two of the best offensive teams in the NFL this season. The Titans ranked 2nd in the NFL in total offense last season at 396.4 yards per game and 4th in scoring offense at 30.8 points per game. The Cardinals ranked 6th in total offense at 384.6 yards per game last year.
There's reasons to believe both offenses will be just as good if not better this season. The Titans traded for Julio Jones, and he and AJ Brown form one of the best 1-2 punches at receiver in the NFL. The Cardinals signed AJ Green to pair him with De'Andre Hopkins, giving the Cardinals an elite duo themselves. It appears both Green and Jones have a lot left in the tank.
The Titans ranked 28th in total defense last year at 398.3 yards per game allowed while also giving up 27.4 points per game. They did nothing to improve their defense in the offseason and will be terrible on that side of the ball once again. The Cardinals have a middle-of-the-pack defense and the addition of JJ Watt won't do much other than provide name value.
The OVER is 22-7-1 in Titans last 30 games overall. The OVER is 15-5-1 in Titans last 21 home games. The OVER is 9-1 in Titans last 10 home games against NFC West opponents. Take the OVER in this game Sunday.
|09-12-21||Eagles v. Falcons OVER 48||Top||32-6||Loss||-108||94 h 16 m||Show|
20* NFL TOTAL OF THE WEEK on Eagles/Falcons OVER 48
I like the outlook of both the Eagles and Falcons on offense this season. But I expect these to be two of the worst defenses in the NFL once again this season. Atlanta gave up 25.9 points per game and nearly 400 yards per game last season. They ranked 29th in total defense. Philadelphia gave up 26.1 points per game last season.
The Eagles did get a spark offensively late in the year when Jalen Hurts took over at quarterback, and that experience gained will help him a ton coming into this season. He led the Eagles for 1,312 yards of offense in his final three starts last year, which was 2nd in the NFL to only the Bills during that stretch. I like the talent on offense with RB Mile Sanders, young receivers DeVonta Smith and Jalen Raegor, and a pair of elite tight ends in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.
Speaking of elite tight ends, the Falcons have a pair now themselves in top pick Kyle Pitts from Florida to go along with Hayden Hurst. Calvin Ridley is one of the best young receivers in the NFL now too. The addition of Pitts will help ease the loss of Julio Jones, who just wasn't used right in Atlanta, was always injured and almost never happy here. So it's probably a good thing they moved on from him.
The Falcons should be improved offensively this season with head coach Arthur Smith running the show. He comes from the Tennessee Titans, where he served as their offensive coordinator and helped lead the resurgence of QB Ryan Tannehill and RB Derrick Henry. The Titans ranked 2nd in total offense and 4th in scoring offense last season.
Philadelphia signed an offensive mind in Nick Sirianni as their head coach. He served as offensive coordinator under Frank Reich over the past three seasons. Reich guided the Eagles to a Super Bowl under Doug Pederson. So you have to like the OVER when both head coaches are offensive-minded.
The Eagles have a terrible secondary that the Falcons should be able to exploit, and there's just not much to like at all about this Falcons defense outside of maybe linebacker. The conditions will be perfect for a shootout inside the dome in Atlanta. The OVER is 32-15 in Eagles last 47 road games. Roll with the OVER in this game Sunday.
|09-11-21||Utah -7 v. BYU||Top||17-26||Loss||-110||42 h 22 m||Show|
20* Utah/BYU ESPN Late-Night BAILOUT on Utah -7
Kyle Whittingham is one of the best head coaches in the country. He should have one of his best teams ever with 19 returning starters. The Utes both the best offensive and defensive lines in the Pac-12, and teams that are strong at the point of attack are good 'bet on' teams. And they bring QB Charlie Brewer from Baylor to run the offense.
Utah beat Weber State 40-17 as a 28.5-point favorite in the opener. While that may not seem that impressive since they failed to cover, keep in mind Weber State is one of the best FCS teams in the country. They were ranked as the 6th-best FCS team coming into the season. The racked up 450 yards and held Weber State to 270 yards, outgaining them by 180 yards in the game.
Weber State would beat Arizona, which is who BYU played last week and barely snuck by. The Cougars won that game 24-16 and failed to cover as 13.5-point favorites. They managed just 368 yards and were actually outgained by 58 yards by Arizona. That's a bad Arizona team that went 0-5 last season and is in rebuilding mode under first-year head coach Jedd Fisch.
After a huge 11-1 season last year, BYU was due for some regression with all that they lost. They brought back just 11 starters this season, which among the fewest in the country. Only four starters are back on defense, and they allowed 426 yards to the Wildcats last week. They lost QB Zach Wilson as a Top 5 pick in the NFL Draft after a 33-to-3 TD/INT ratio last year. He is simply irreplaceable. They also lost leading receiver Dax Milne (70 receptions, 1,188 yards, 8 TD last year).
Utah is 9-0 SU & 6-3 ATS in its last nine meetings with BYU with five of the last eight wins coming by 7 points or more. That includes a 30-12 in their most recent meeting at BYU in 2019. The Utes play the big brother role very well in this rivalry and always bring their 'A' game when they meet the Cougars. That 'A' game will be more than enough to win by more than a touchdown here tonight. Roll with Utah Saturday.
|09-11-21||Washington v. Michigan UNDER 48.5||10-31||Win||100||40 h 14 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Total DOMINATOR on Washington/Michigan UNDER 48.5
Two teams with elite defenses and suspect offenses square off in this Pac-12 vs. Big Ten showdown when Washington travels to face Michigan Saturday night. This has all the makings of a low-scoring game, especially with it expected to be windy in Ann Arbor Saturday night.
Washington just lost 13-7 to Montana last week as 22.5-point favorites. Montana is a good team from the FCS, but it was still a bad loss nonetheless. While the Huskies have an elite defense under defensive guru Jimmy Lake, their offense is a problem. They managed just 291 total yards and committed three turnovers in the loss. But they did hold Montana to 232 yards defensively.
Michigan put up a dominant 47-14 win over Western Michigan in the opener. They took advantage of a bad Broncos defense, but holding their high-powered offense to just 14 points and 319 total yards was no small feat. It's clear the Wolverines have made some big improvements on defense already this season under first-year coordinator Mike Macdonald, who comes over from the NFL's Ravens where he served under Jim's brother John Harbaugh.
Injuries at the skill positions for both teams will also help us cash this UNDER. Michigan just lost leading receiver Ronnie Bell to a season-ending knee injury last week. Bell led the team with 26 receptions for 401 yards last year and is a big-time talent. Washington is missing four receivers, including three of its top four on the depth chart in Rome Odunze, Terrell Bynum and Ja'lynn Polk.
The UNDER is 9-1 in Huskies last 10 games as road underdogs. The UNDER is 8-0 in Huskies last eight games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game. The UNDER is 14-6 in Huskies last 20 games vs. a team with a winning record. The UNDER is 4-1 in Wolverines last five vs. Pac-12 opponents. Bet the UNDER in this game Saturday.
|09-11-21||Yankees v. Mets OVER 8||8-7||Win||100||14 h 37 m||Show|
15* MLB Saturday Total DOMINATOR on Yankees/Mets OVER 8
I'm shocked this total is as low as it is today. The wind is expected to be blowing out to center at 9 MPH at Citi Field tonight. That will help aid in cashing this OVER a day after the Mets beat the Yankees 10-3 for 13 combined runs.
The Mets should have another big day at the plate against Corey Kluber, who just recently returned from injury. He missed three months of action and returned a couple weeks ago. Kluber has posted an 8.21 ERA in his two starts since returning, allowing 7 earned runs, 2 homers and 16 base runners in 7 2/3 innings.
Taijuan Walker is 7-9 with a 4.10 ERA in 25 starts this season. Walker has really struggled of late as well, going 0-2 with a 6.61 ERA in his last three starts while allowing 12 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings.
Kluber is 28-11 OVER in his 39 career road starts with a total set of 8 to 8.5. The OVER is 5-1 in the last six meetings with combined scores of 13, 15, 11, 16 and 15 runs in the five OVERS. Roll with the OVER in this game Saturday.
|09-11-21||Brewers -1.5 v. Indians||Top||3-0||Win||100||12 h 4 m||Show|
20* MLB Saturday No-Doubt Rout on Milwaukee Brewers -1.5 (-112)
The Milwaukee Brewers continue to play well as they are 9-3 in their last 12 games overall to improve to 87-55 on the season. Cleveland is 2-6 in its last eight games overall to basically eliminate all hopes of them making the postseason. The Indians will likely pack it in the rest the way.
The Brewers won 10-3 over the Indians yesterday and there's reasons to believe they will win in a blowout again. The wind is expected to be blowing out to center at 16 MPH today at Progressive Field. So we want the ground ball pitcher over the fly ball pitcher.
Well, Corbin Burnes is a ground ball pitcher who is having a fantastic season. Burnes is 9-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 0.951 WHIP in 24 starts this season with only 5 homers allowed and 196 K's in 144 innings. He is also 6-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 0.845 WHIP in 11 road starts. Zach Plesac is 10-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 21 starts this season for the Indians, allowing 20 homers in 119 1/3 innings with only 85 K's.
Milwaukee is 38-16 in its last 54 road games. The Indians are 9-26 in their last 35 games as home underdogs. The Brewers are 14-2 in their last 17 road games with a total of 8 to 8.5 and winning by 4.2 runs per game in this spot. Take the Brewers on the Run Line Saturday.
|09-11-21||UAB +24.5 v. Georgia||7-56||Loss||-110||36 h 41 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Undervalued Underdog on UAB +24.5
Bill Clark is one of the best head coaches in the country. UAB didn't have a football program in 2015 and 2016. Clark took over and guided them to an 8-5 season in 2017, 11-3 in 2018, 9-5 in 2019 and 6-3 in 2020. The Blazers have just four losses by more than 24 points in those four seasons.
I fully expect them to be competitive with Georgia Saturday. The Blazers return 17 starters and are one of the best teams in Conference USA. They waxed Jacksonville State on September 1st 31-0 in their opener, gaining 518 yards and limiting them to 152 yards, outgaining them by 366 yards. Now they've had nine days in between games to get ready for Georgia.
This is an awful spot for Georgia. The Bulldogs are in a letdown spot off their huge win over Clemson last week. They have their SEC opener against South Carolina on deck, so this is a sandwich spot. And not to mention the Bulldogs are dealing with COVID issues right now and will be missing several key players due to that and injuries.
They are really thin at receiver, and QB JT Daniels is battling an oblique injury. The Bulldogs just want to get out of here with a win and aren't worried about getting margin. This is UAB's Super Bowl. Georgia is 29-53 ATS in its last 82 home games off an ATS win. Take UAB Saturday.
|09-11-21||Georgia Southern +7 v. Florida Atlantic||Top||6-38||Loss||-110||36 h 32 m||Show|
20* CFB DOG OF THE WEEK on Georgia Southern +7
Georgia Southern is a sleeper in the underrated Sun Belt Conference this season. Chad Lunsford is in his 5th season here and has gone 10-3, 7-6 and 8-5 over the past three seasons. Four of their five losses last year came by one score with the only exception being their 14-point loss to Coastal Carolina, which was the best team in the conference last year and nearly went unbeaten.
They lost at Louisiana by 2, at Army by 1, at Georgia State by 6 and to Appalachian State by 8. Those were four very good teams last year that all made bowl games. So their only losses last year came to bowl teams. Now Lunsford has 16 returning starters with eight on both sides of the ball to work with in 2021.
I think the fact that Georgia Southern only won 30-25 as a 28.5-point favorite against Gardner Webb last week has them undervalued coming into this week. They are a triple-option team built for close games. They rushed for 365 yards on Gardner Webb and will certainly be able to run the ball on Florida Atlantic here to keep this game close, possibly pulling off the upset.
Willie Taggart has been a big disappointment, failing at Oregon and Florida State before coming here to Florida Atlantic last year. He had to fill the big shoes left behind by Lane Kiffin and didn't do a very good job. The Owls went just 5-4 last year with their only wins coming against Charloote, WKU, FIU, UMass and UTSA.
One of their losses last season came to Georgia Southern by a final of 20-3. Georgia Southern rushed for 269 yards on them in the win. And they should have similar success here, especially after Florida Atlantic just allowed 400 rushing yards on 46 carries in a 35-14 loss to Florida last week. They are beat up from that physical loss, and they only get a week to prepare for the Eagles' triple-option this week.
Florida Atlantic is 6-17 ATS in its last 23 games as a home favorite of 7 points or less, including 2-12 ATS in its last 14 games as a home favorite of 3.5 to 7 points. The Eagles are a perfect 8-0 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss. The Owls are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games vs. Sun Belt opponents. Take Georgia Southern Saturday.
|09-11-21||California +11.5 v. TCU||32-34||Win||100||36 h 30 m||Show|
15* CFB Saturday Non-Conference KNOCKOUT on California +11.5
Justin Wilcox is one of the most underrated head coaches in college football. He improved Cal from 5-7 in his first season to 7-6 in his second season and 8-5 in his third season. Then Cal got a late start last season due to COVID and their first game was against UCLA, which was scheduled just three days prior to playing it.
Cal went on the road with a defensive line that wasn't able to practice with the team for two weeks and loss. Then they lost by 4 to Oregon State and had a PAT blocked in a 1-point loss to Stanford. After the 0-3 start, the Bears showed some heart with their upset win over Oregon in their finale. The Ducks went on to win the Pac-12.
Cal has now had a normal spring and is off to a way better start than they were last season because of it. Wilcox welcomes back 17 starters, and 28 of 33 players who made starts last season. This will be one of the best defenses in the country, and the offense should be the best of the Wilcox era behind third-year starting QB Chase Garbers and nine returning starters on offense.
I think we're getting good value on Cal this week after getting upset by Nevada at home last week. But Nevada is one of the best teams in the Mountain West with an NFL QB in Carson Strong, who led the Wolf Pack to a 22-17 victory. The Bears holding that offense to 22 points is no small feat. And because of their defense they just tend to play in close, low-scoring games. I expect more of the same here against TCU.
The Horned Frogs made easy work of Duquesne 45-3 last week. But they were 42-point favorites so they didn't even cover against one of the worst FCS teams in the country. I think the fact that Cal play a legit opponent in the opener will have them more prepared for this game than TCU will be after playing Duquesne.
California is a sensational 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games as a road underdog of 10.5 to 14 points. California is 18-7-1 ATS in its last 26 games as an underdog. The Golden Bears are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games as road underdogs. The Horned Frogs are 6-21-1 ATS in their last 28 games as home favorites. This is simply too many points. Roll with California Saturday.
|09-11-21||Rutgers -2 v. Syracuse||Top||17-7||Win||100||71 h 52 m||Show|
20* CFB BLOWOUT GAME OF THE WEEK on Rutgers -2
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are a team I'm high on in the Big Ten. The Syracuse Orange are a team I'm way down on in the ACC. So it makes sense that I'm on Rutgers here where they basically just have to win the game as 2-point favorites to cover.
It's a team that went 3-6 in Greg Schiano's first season last year but was competitive in every game. Now they return 21 starters and I just think Schiano is one of the best coaches in the country. The Scarlet Knights are off to a great start with their 61-14 beat down of Temple.
Clearly it was a misleading final as they won the turnover battle 5-0. But they were dominant nonetheless and could be vanilla on offense not having to show much. They held Temple to 8-of-27 passing in the win.
Syracuse did pick up a good win itself in a 29-9 victory at Ohio last week. And I think the Orange are now getting some respect from oddsmakers after that upset victory. But that win was also misleading as Syracuse only outgained Ohio by 39 yards. That's a down Ohio team this season as well.
Syracuse went 1-10 last year and were outgained by nearly 200 yards per game, and I don't expect them to be much better this year. So we're getting a middle of the pack team from the Big Ten up against a bottom feeder in the ACC, and I'll take the Big Ten in this matchup almost every time.
Syracuse is 2-13 ATS in its last 15 games off an upset win as an underdog by 14 points or more. Dino Babers is 0-6 ATS after allowing 9 points or less as the coach of Syracuse. The Scarlet Knights are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Orange are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a win. Bet Rutgers Saturday.
|09-11-21||Western Kentucky v. Army OVER 51.5||35-38||Win||100||32 h 32 m||Show|
15* WKU/Army CFB Early ANNIHILATOR on OVER 51.5
Western Kentucky clearly wants to chuck it around the yard this season and score some points. That was evident in their 59-21 win over Tennessee-Martin in the opener. Houston Baptist transfer QB Bailey Zappe is the real deal. He threw for over 10,000 yards and 78 touchdowns in his four years there.
Zappe went 28-of-35 for 424 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception in the opener. The Hilltoppers threw for 478 yards as a team. And they should be able to move the ball through the air at will on this Army defense, which isn't used to preparing for these types of wide open passing attacks.
Conversely, Army should be able to run the ball at will on this soft WKU defense that allowed 201 rushing yards on 34 carries to Tennessee-Martin last week. Army rushed for 258 yards in its 43-10 win over Georgia State in the opener. The Black Knights are up against an inexperienced Hilltoppers defense that returned just four starters this season.
Western Kentucky is 16-4 OVER in its last 20 games after gaining 375 or more passing yards in its last game. The OVER is 4-0 in Hilltoppers last four games overall. The OVER is 10-4-1 in Black Knights last 15 September games. Bet the OVER in this game Saturday.
|09-10-21||UTEP +26 v. Boise State||Top||13-54||Loss||-107||19 h 7 m||Show|
20* UTEP/Boise State FS1 Late-Night BAILOUT on UTEP +26
The UTEP Miners finally have some stability as they have stuck with head coach Dana Dimel. After going 1-11 in each of his first two seasons, Dimel guided the Miners to a 3-5 season last year. They were competitive in every game outside their losses to Texas from the Big 12 and the best team in Conference USA in UTSA.
Now Dimel is in his fourth season and brings back 19 starters this season, including all 11 on offense. And the Miners are off to an impressive 2-0 start. They beat New Mexico 30-3 as 9.5-point road favorites, racking up 452 total yards and outgaining the Aggies by 262 yards. Then they beat Bethune-Cookman 38-28 last week, racking up 473 total yards and outgaining them by 140 yards.
The win over New Mexico State looks even better now after the Aggies went into San Diego State last week and outgained a very good Aztecs team by 11 yards. They gained 374 yards on a very good San Diego State defense after only managing 190 yards against UTEP. So this is a big 'buy on' sign on the Miners.
Boise State failed to win the Mountain West last year. Head coach Bryan Harsin bolted for Auburn. That leaves Andy Avalos to try and pick up the pieces. He was the defensive coordinator at Oregon the past two seasons. And I just think this is a Boise State program that is finally on the decline under Avalos.
The 31-36 loss to UCF last week was extremely misleading. Boise State only managed 283 yards against UCF and was outgained by 290 yards after giving up 573 total yards to the Knights. The Broncos managed just 20 rushing yards on 26 attempts, and they gave up 255 rushing yards on 48 attempts.
I think UTEP can run on this Boise State defense and shorten the game. The Miners are averaging 246 rushing yards per game and 5.3 yards per carry through two weeks. QB Davin Hardison has played well, completing 64.1% of his passes for 432 yards with three touchdowns and only one interception while averaging 11 yards per attempt. Hardison can make some plays if he has to.
The Miners are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as underdogs. UTEP is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games. Boise State is 1-4 ATS in its last five games off an ATS win. Keep in mind this is a tough spot for Boise coming off that huge game against UCF and with Oklahoma State on deck next week, making this a sandwich spot. Bet UTEP Friday.
|09-10-21||Brewers -135 v. Indians||Top||10-3||Win||100||8 h 41 m||Show|
20* MLB Friday No-Doubt Rout on Milwaukee Brewers -135
The Milwaukee Brewers continue to play well as they are 8-3 in their last 11 games overall to improve to 86-55 on the season. The Brewers are rested having yesterday off, while the Indians had to play yesterday against the Twins and are a tired team. Cleveland is 2-5 in its last seven games overall to basically eliminate all hopes of them making the postseason.
The Brewers have a big advantage on the mound tonight with Adrian Houser, who is 7-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.260 WHIP in 22 starts this season. He is coming off a complete game shutout against the Cardinals last time out.
Eli Morgan is 2-6 with a 5.48 ERA in 14 starts this season for the Indians. Morgan has been atrocious at home, going 1-5 with a 7.53 ERA and 1.558 WHIP in eight home starts this season.
The Brewers are 6-1 in their last seven games following an off day. Milwaukee is 37-16 in its last 53 road games. The Indians are 9-25 in their last 34 games as home underdogs. Take the Brewers Friday.
|09-10-21||Yankees -117 v. Mets||3-10||Loss||-117||8 h 39 m||Show|
15* Yankees/Mets Interleague ANNIHILATOR on New York Yankees -117
I've successfully faded the New York Yankees with the Toronto Blue Jays as underdogs in four straight games. They handed the Yankees their first four-game series sweep at home since 2003. But I think this is where it's time to jump back on the Yankees against the struggling New York Mets.
The Yankees now lead the Blue Jays by just 0.5 games for the final wild card spot. They have no margin for error any more, and they'll be putting their best foot forward. The Mets trail the Braves by five games in the NL East after losing four of their last six. They are struggling offensively and just can't be trusted here.
The Yankees have a big advantage on the mound with Jordan Montgomery, who is 5-5 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.193 WHIP in 25 starts this season, including 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA in his last three starts. He'll be opposed by Tyler Megill, who is 2-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 14 starts this season.
The Yankees are 58-31 in night games this season. New York is 11-3 in Montgomery's 14 night starts this season. The Yankees are 8-0 in their last eight interleague games. The Yankees are 10-1 in their last 11 road games with a total set of 7 to 8.5. The Mets are 8-22 in their last 30 games as underdogs. The Mets are 0-7 in their last seven home games vs. a team with a winning record. Roll with the Yankees Friday.