|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|10-07-17||UL-Lafayette +7.5 v. Idaho||21-16||Win||100||94 h 4 m||Show|
4* NCAAF Situational 'UNDERVALUED UNDERDOG' on Lafayette +
I like the value here with the Ragin' Cajuns catching over a touchdown here against the Vandals. Lafayette isn't going to overlook Idaho. In fact, they will be out for revenge from last year's double-digit loss at home.
Last time out the Ragin' Cajuns lost at home to ULM as a 4-point favorite and that puts them in a very profitable spot. Louisiana is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 off an upset loss as a home favorite. They are also 20-7 ATS in their last 27 road games under head coach Hudspeth after playing the previous game against a conference opponent.
I look for Lafayette offensive attack to the be the difference in this one. The Ragin' Cajuns come in ranking in the top 60 in the country in both rushing and passing and are 40th overall. Idaho ranks outside the Top 65 in both rushing and passing and 82nd overall.
I actually think we could see the Ragin' Cajuns win the game outright, which is why I think there's such great value with this spread. Take UL-Lafayette!
|10-07-17||Western Michigan -6.5 v. Buffalo||71-68||Loss||-115||100 h 27 m||Show|
4* NCAAF Small Conference 'GAME OF THE WEEK' on Western Michigan -
We are getting some big time value here with the Broncos laying less than a touchdown against the Bulls. I believe it's a direct result of Buffalo coming into this one with a perfect 5-0 record against the spread. While Western Michigan has won 3 straight, they are just 1-3 ATS in their last 4, failing to cover against bad teams like Idaho and Wagner.
The thing is, the Broncos are coming off an excellent showing in their conference opener, as they destroyed Ball State 55-3. I know this program lost a great coach in P.J. Fleck, as well as great talent from last year's team, but there's still a ton of really good players on this roster and I fully expect them to defend their MAC title this season.
Plenty of reason to believe the Broncos will be able to move the ball against the Bulls defense. Western Michigan comes in with the 36th ranked rushing attack in the nation at 209.0 ypg, which is pretty impressive given two of their games were against USC and Michigan State. Buffalo has the 109th ranked run defense, allowing teams 208.8 ypg and that's with their toughest opponent to date being Minnesota.
Note the Bulls also have the 88th ranked offense in the country against that soft schedule, while the Broncos have the 41st ranked defense. Western Michigan won 38-0 last year and while I don't foresee another shutout on the road, I think they have no problem here winning by double-digits. Take Western Michigan!
|10-07-17||LSU +3 v. Florida||Top||17-16||Win||100||15 h 7 m||Show|
5* NCAAF Afternoon ATS 'VEGAS INSIDER' on LSU +
I really like this spot for the Tigers, who are coming off that embarrassing loss at home to Troy last week. The perception couldn't be any worse on LSU, yet they are only a short dog on the road against a Florida team that is sitting at 3-1 with a 3-0 record in the SEC. That tells me the books also like the Tigers here, as the public will lineup to take the Gators at this price.
There's no excuse for losing to a Sun Belt team, but LSU was without one of their best players in RB Derrius Guice, who is expected to be back on the field for this game. I think he has a big game here against an overrated Florida defense, which comes in ranked 60th against the run and 82nd against the pass.
I also think the Gators are overvalued right now, as they could very easily be 1-3 instead of 3-1, winning on last second plays against both Tennessee and Kentucky. You also have to factor in the injury/suspension situation for Florida. That makes it tough to compete with a team like LSU, who I still think is one of the better teams in the country.
Florida is just 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 home games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 following a game in which they covered the spread. LSU is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games against a team with a winning home record and 27-13 in their last 40 road games after a loss. Take LSU!
|10-07-17||Penn State -14 v. Northwestern||31-7||Win||100||89 h 4 m||Show|
3* NCAAF Early Bird ATS 'NO BRAINER' on Penn State -
I know this seems like a big number for the Nittany Lions to be laying against what many expected to be a strong Northwestern team, but the fact of the matter is, Penn State is even better than anticipated and the Wildcats are a lot worse.
Northwestern's only two wins this season are against the likes of Nevada and Bowling Green. Neither one of those teams have won a game so far in 2017 and they trailed Nevada 7-17 at the half. The Wildcats were absolutely dominated in a 41-17 loss at Duke and trailed Wisconsin 31-10 with less than 10 minutes to play.
The Badgers play a very physical style of football, which is going to make it that much tougher on Northwestern to bounce back here at home against one of most dynamic offenses the Big Ten has to offer. Look for Heisman frontrunner Saquon Barkley to have another monster game here.
The big key here is the defense for Penn State and it's ability to shutdown the Wildcats struggling offensive attack. So much attention is paid to the offense, people don't realize how good the Nittany Lions are on the defensive side of the ball. They rank 13th in the country, giving up just 289.2 ypg.
Northwestern's strength offensively is their passing game, which ranks 34th at 278.8 ypg (97th in rushing). That plays right into the strength of the Nittany Lions, who are 19th in the nation against the pass (161.8 ypg). Take Penn State in a blowout!
|10-05-17||Louisville v. NC State +4.5||Top||25-39||Win||100||57 h 42 m||Show|
5* Lou/NC State ACC 'GAME OF THE MONTH' on NC State +
I really like the value here with the Wolfpack catching points at home against the Cardinals on Thursday. I actually NC State is the better team in this matchup and should be the ones favored. The thing is the public is drawn to Louisville and reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, so the books have no choice but to inflate their lines.
The Cardinals haven't really been all that impressive so far. They were fortunate to leave with a win over Purdue in their opener, only led UNC by 1-point going into the 4th quarter and were absolutely dominated by Clemson at home. Jackson is still putting up video game type numbers, but the offense as a whole hasn't been as good and the defense is a lot worse. He really struggled against the dominant defensive front of Clemson and NC State has quite a front of their own, who will be playing with a chip on their shoulder after last year's 13-54 loss at Louisville.
The defensive numbers are better than they actually are because of their last two games against Kent State and Murray State, where they allowed a combined 230 total yards. This defense allowed 293 yards passing to Purdue, 384 to UNC and 316 to Clemson. NC State and junior QB Ryan Finley come in with the 24th ranked passing offense in the country at 293.0 ypg. Look for the Wolfpack to big up some big plays through the air that should allow some separation. Take NC State!
|10-04-17||Arkansas State -7 v. Georgia Southern||43-25||Win||100||25 h 25 m||Show|
4* Ark ST/Ga Sou Sun Belt 'ATS ANNIHILATOR' on Arkansas State -
With Red Wolves starting quarterback Justice Hansen upgraded to probable, I don't see this one being close. Georgia Southern is 0-3 and while two of those losses came at Auburn and at Indiana, they also lost 12-22 at home to New Hampshire out of the FCS. The Eagles have scored a whopping 46 points in their first 3 games. I just don't see them being able to do enough offensively to keep this one competitive, even at home.
Arkansas State on the other hand is averaging 35 ppg, having scored 36 in a near upset at Nebraska. The strength of the Red Wolves offensive assault is Hansen and the passing game, which ranks 9th in the country at 351.7 ypg. Not only will they be able to attack the Eagles thru the air, but Georgia Southern's run defense has been atrocious. They are giving up 5.9 yards/carry and 259 yards/game on the ground.
The Eagles passing attack ranks 129th out of 130 FBS teams at just 78.0 ypg. That's going to make it really tough on them to play from behind and should eliminate the back door cover. Georgia Southern lost 17-52 last time out to the Hoosiers and are 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 off a loss by more than 20 points. The Eagles are also 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games an 1-6 ATS in their last 7 against a conference opponent. Take Arkansas State!
|10-02-17||Redskins +7 v. Chiefs||20-29||Loss||-110||14 h 45 m||Show|
4* Redskins/Chiefs MNF 'VEGAS INSIDER' on Redskins +
I like the value here with Washington catching a touchdown against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. Kansas City is getting a ton of respect early on and considered by some to be the best in the NFL, at least in the popular media rankings like ESPN. Oddsmakers aren't nearly as high on this team, who going into Week 4 were tied with 4 other teams with the 5th best odds to win the Super Bowl.
I'm not saying the Chiefs aren't a good team, just that this is too many points for them to be laying against a quality opponent like the Redskins. Washington is 2-1 with their only loss coming to division rival Philadelphia, who is off to a strong 3-1 start. Their win at the Rams looks a heck of a lot better after LA just knocked off the Cowboys in Dallas. They also completely dominated the Raiders a week ago, beating Oakland 27-10 with a ridiculous 472 to 128 edge in total yards.
The Chiefs defense is one that's going to let Washington move the football up and down the field. Kansas City ranks a mere 20th against the run and 25th against the pass and are without one of their best players in safety Eric Berry. If Cousins can take care of the football and convert a couple red zone drives with touchdowns and not field goals, they could win this game outright.
Redskins are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 against a team with a winning record, 10-2 ATS in their last 12 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record. Take Washington!
|10-01-17||Eagles v. Chargers -1||26-24||Loss||-115||72 h 45 m||Show|
3* NFL No Doubt 'ATS BLOWOUT' on Chargers -
I just think we are getting too much value here with San Diego at basically a pick'em on their home field. Not to mention the Chargers are 0-3 and there's no doubt a feeling in the locker room that this is a must win game. We are going to get the best this team has to offer and this team could very easily be 2-1 and should be at worst 1-2.
The Eagles are a team that I think is growing on the public and they have started out 2-1. The thing is, that game against Washington could have went either way in Week 1 and they won last week on a 61-yard field goal as time expired to be the Giants. That New York team was 0-2 and could barely do anything offensively coming into that game.
This Eagles secondary is still without top corner Ronald Darby and have been hit with some injuries at safety and one of their best players, Fletcher Cox, is questionable. Philip Rivers can have success against this defense. I also think the Chargers defense can make life tough for the Eagles, who lost a big part of their offense in running back Darren Sproles. This is also a long way out west for Philadelphia to travel and this is definitely a flat spot. Take San Diego!
|10-01-17||49ers v. Cardinals -6.5||15-18||Loss||-110||43 h 31 m||Show|
3* BEST BET on Cardinals -
I think we are getting great value here with the Cardinals laying less than a touchdown at home against the 49ers. I know San Francisco has a few extra days to prepare and everything looks broken for Arizona after losing David Johnson. The key here is the 49ers aren't a very good team. They are one of thew few that just don't have the talent to win a lot of games.
While they kept it close against the Rams that game wasn't as close as it ended up. That's also the only team they have beat the previous two seasons. They lost by 20 at home in Week 1 against an awful Panthers offense and a little too much love for keeping it close against a Seattle team that always starts out slow. Arizona is going to be pissed off after losing like they did against the Cowboys and I just don't see them playing poorly here in this spot. Reminds me a lot of the spot with Chicago on Thursday, where they looked like they could compete with Green Bay (lot of injuries) and were completely outclassed. Take Arizona!
|10-01-17||Steelers v. Ravens +3||26-9||Loss||-110||69 h 41 m||Show|
4* Steelers/Ravens AFC North 'GAME OF THE WEEK' on Ravens +
I think this is a great spot to jump on Baltimore, as the perception here couldn't be much worse after their 44-7 loss to the Jaguars. The Ravens didn't show up to play and you have to wonder if they overlooked a Jaguars team that has been so bad for so long and just might have turned the corner. Baltimore definitely didn't play like the same team that started out 2-0, especially on defense.
That plane ride home from London had to be the worst. I expect to see a pissed off Ravens team, who isn't going to take lightly to the fact that they have the same record as their division rivals, yet they are home dogs. While the Steelers are 2-1, they haven't played great and just lost to a Bears team that looked awful on Thursday Night Football against the Packers. They were in a dog fight Week 1 at Cleveland, who was starting a rookie QB. They won by 17 at home against the Vikings, but they learned last minute that Bradford wasn't going to and had to go with Case Keenum (hard to get prepared for a start on that short of notice).
Flacco wasn't good against the Jaguars last week, but I think he's going to show up here against the Steelers, who I think aren't as good on defense as people think. They have just had it easy going so far with 3 games against Kizer, Keenum and Glennon.
As for the Steelers offense, it's no secret that they aren't the same offensive team on the road as they are at home. Most of that coming from poor play from Ben Roethlisberger. I see him struggling here against a very good Ravens defense and Baltimore winning this game outright. Take Baltimore!
|10-01-17||Panthers +9 v. Patriots||33-30||Win||100||69 h 41 m||Show|
4* NFL Situational ATS 'GAME OF THE WEEK' on Panthers +
The Patriots were very fortunate to win at home last week against the Texans, scoring from 25 yards out with just 23 seconds to play for a 36-33 win. A great comeback, but that's not how it's gone in the past with Belichick against a rookie QB. He usually makes them look bad. While Deshaun Watson threw 2 picks, he also threw for 301 yards and 2 scores and rushed for 41 yards.
This Patriots defense didn't look good in the preseason, was torched by Alex Smith and the Chiefs in Week 1 at home in prime time, was okay against the Saints and just gave up 33 points to the Texans. Houston scored 13 points and had just 266 total yards the previous week against the Bengals and 7 in their Week 1 loss to the Jaguars at home.
As bad as Cam Newton and the Panthers have looked this season, you have to think they are going to have some success here against this defense. I'm not sure what happened last week against the Saints, but this Carolina defense was playing lights out the first two weeks and have a ton of talent on that side of the ball. They are going to be locked in here off that ugly showing and a chance to take on the GOAT. Given what we have seen so far from New England, would it really be a surprise if they lost this game? The books are still inflating the Pats line after they owned the books last year. Take the Panthers!
|09-30-17||Iowa v. Michigan State -3||Top||10-17||Win||100||48 h 17 m||Show|
5* NCAAF Vegas Insider 'NO LIMIT' Top Play on Michigan State -
I love the value here getting Michigan State as a slim 3-point favorite at home against the Hawkeyes. This is an ideal spot to fade Iowa off that huge Saturday night home game against No. 4 Penn State, which they let slip through their fingers on the final play of regulation. On the flip side of this, we get Michigan State in an ideal bounce back spot off a blowout loss at home to Notre Dame.
Even if the situation was different, I would lay just a field goal at home with the Spartans. The biggest thing is I just don't think Iowa team is as good as people think. Sure they kept it close against the Nittany Lions, but they also beat Michigan in a similar spot a year ago and weren't that great. Wins over Wyoming, Iowa State and North Texas leave little to be desired.
Also, that game against Penn State could have been a lot worse. Iowa's offense was atrocious for pretty much the entire first half and ran about has as many plays as the Nittany Lions. They could have just as easily lost by 20+. As for Michigan State, they were a lot more competitive against Notre Dame than the final score would lead on, as they outgained the Irish 496 to 355. They come in ranked 9th in the country in total defense, allowing just 254 ypg. If Iowa thought it was tough at home moving the ball against the Nittany Lions, they are in for a really long day on the road against a pissed of Spartans team. Take Michigan State!
|09-30-17||Eastern Michigan +14.5 v. Kentucky||20-24||Win||100||18 h 55 m||Show|
3* BEST BET on Eastern Michigan +
I like the value here with Eastern Michigan catching two touchdowns plus the hook. Chances are you haven't been paying close attention to the Eagles. This program is on the rise. After a 4-year stretch where they went 7-41, Eastern Michigan finished 7-5 and made a bowl last year. This turnaround is a result of head coach Chris Creighton, who will be getting a promotion to a bigger program in the near future. His recruits are finally seeing the field and playing big roles, as this is now year 4 with the team.
The come in off a loss to Ohio, but were in that game and could have just as easily won. The previous week they won on the road at Rutgers as a mere 6-point dog. The big key here is we catch Kentucky in the ideal spot to fade off a demoralizing 27-28 loss to Florida. A very similar spot to Tennessee last week, when they barely held on to beat UMass after losing the Gators on a Hail Mary. This is almost bigger than a bowl game for the Eagles, as they get to show their stuff against a SEC foe. I think they make a game of this and maybe even pull off the upset. Take Eastern Michigan!
|09-30-17||Georgia v. Tennessee +8||41-0||Loss||-110||48 h 31 m||Show|
3* NCAAF Situational 'PUBLIC ANNIHILATOR' on Tennessee +
I like the value here with the Volunteers catching over a touchdown at home against the Bulldogs. I just think we are seeing a huge overreaction here with this line after Tennessee barely scraped by UMass 17-13 as a 28-point favorite. The Vols struggling against the Minutemen was no surprise to most experts.
Tennessee had just suffered an excruciating loss to rival Florida the week before, where they rallied from a 10-point deficit to tie it at 20-20, only to have the Gators connect on a 63-yard Hail Mary as time expired. Just about every team is going to suffer a letdown after a loss like that. Had that Florida came went differently and the Vols were 4-0, I think this line would be a lot closer to 3 or 4 not 8.
Georgia has looked impressive and off a big win over Mississippi State, but it's not easy winning on the road in the SEC, especially against a quality opponent. Let's also not overlook that this Bulldogs team is only 83rd in the country in total offense and offer little to no threat of a passing attack (166 ypg, 112th).
I expect a much more focused and determined Tennessee defense at home on Saturday afternoon and wouldn't be shocked if the Vols won this game outright. The underdog in this series is a perfect 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the Vols are 4-1 ATS the last 5 times they hosted the Bulldogs. Take Tennessee!
|09-30-17||Syracuse +14 v. NC State||25-33||Win||100||15 h 57 m||Show|
3* BEST BET on Syracuse +
Now that this line has got up to 14, think it's worth a shot to take the Orange on the road against NC State. This is a really tough spot for the Wolfpack, who are coming off a huge game and win on the road over Florida State, who they hadn't beat since that crazy 17-16 upset over the then No. 3 Seminoles back in 2012.
Hard to pay a ton of attention to Syracuse when you have another big game looming in just a matter of days, as they host Louisville and reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. I just think they come out flat here and this Orange team can put up some points if you don't give your full respect. We saw that last week when they went on the road and gave LSU all they could handle in a 26-35 loss as a 21.5-point favorite. I think we see a similar type of game here, where they probably don't have a real shot at winning, but do enough to cash the cover. Take Syracuse!
|09-30-17||Northwestern v. Wisconsin -14||24-33||Loss||-110||44 h 2 m||Show|
4* NCAAF No Doubt 'ATS BLOWOUT' on Wisconsin -
This might seem like a big number for the Badgers to be laying at home, but I don't see this one being all that competitive. I'm not buying that Northwestern is just all the sudden back after a blowout win at home over a Bowling Green team that doesn't have a win this season, which includes a loss to a FCS school.
I think the biggest indicator here is the Wildcats game against Duke, which they lost 17-49. Northwestern managed just 191 total yards in that game 7 of those 17 points came in the final minutes of regulation with the game well in hand. Wisconsin's defense is even better than the Blue Devils.
The Badgers are 7th in the nation, giving up just 248.0 ypg and rank inside the Top 20 against both the run and the pass. They have really been good against the run. Wisconsin is allowing just 3.1 yards/carry and holding opponents 1.4 yards/carry under their average. Northwestern is a team that needs to be able to run the ball to have success. That was pretty evident in that loss at Duke, where they finished with a mere 22 rushing yards and 21 attempts.
I don't think the Badgers light up the scoreboard here, but I think they score 24+ and they are going to be in prime position to cover, as I just don't see Northwestern eclipsing 10-points. There's a chance Wisconsin could go for even more, but either way I like them to win by at least two touchdowns. Take Wisconsin!
|09-28-17||Bears +7.5 v. Packers||14-35||Loss||-110||22 h 1 m||Show|
3* Bears/Packers TNF 'VEGAS INSIDER' on Bears +
I like the value here with Chicago catching over a touchdown on the road against a banged up Packers team. I know Aaron Rodgers has had a lot of success against the Bears in his career, especially at home, but he's going into this one with his top 5 offensive tackles not expected to be available. Starters David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga are both listed as doubtful and their top 3 backups are all on IR. Regardless of what the Packers do, that offensive line figures to have a very difficult time blocking.
As good as Rodgers is, he can only be so effective when he doesn't have time to throw. Keep in mind last week he was sacked 6 times by the Bengals. Chicago's defensive front has been impressive, as they are 8th against the run (83.7 ypg). They are also 12th overall in total defense.
I know the offense hasn't been great under Mike Glennon, but I like their 1-2 punch out of the backfield with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. The two have combined for 354 yards and nearly 5.0 yards/carry on the season. Cohen is also a big time threat in the passing game, as he actually leads Chicago with 20 receptions for 126 yards.
Green Bay also has some injuries concerns on defense. Linebacker Nick Perry and defensive tackle Mike Daniels are both questionable and corner Davon House has been ruled out.
Lets also give the Bears some credit. They hung with Atlanta in a 6-point home loss in Week 1, lost 29-7 at Tampa Bay, but were more competitive than the final score and last week they didn't just hang around with the Steelers, they beat them outright. I also think it's a low-scoring game, which adds even more value to Chicago at this price. Take the Bears!
|09-25-17||Cowboys v. Cardinals +3.5||Top||28-17||Loss||-120||11 h 39 m||Show|
5* Cowboys/Cardinals MNF 'NO LIMIT' Top Play on Cardinals +
I like the value here with Arizona catching a field goal, plus the hook at home against the Cowboys. Arizona was able to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start with an ugly 16-13 win at Indianapolis in Week 2. While that's not what you would expect from Arizona against a bad Colts team, the Cardinals have really not been a good road team the last few years. They are much better at home and I think that's where the value is here, as this will be the Cardinals home opener on Monday Night Football.
We are also getting value because of how big a public team Dallas is. Even after an awful showing last week at Denver, the public is pounding the Cowboys and will continue to do so. I wouldn't be shocked if this line started to move and would still recommend taking Arizona as a dog of any price here.
The Cardinals run defense has been on point early on, as they held the Lions to just 82 yards on 27 attempts and the Colts to 75 on 29 attempts. I don't expect them to shutdown the Cowboys rushing attack, but I do think they slow them down and that all you have to do to give this Dallas offense problems. As for the Cowboys defense, we saw what Trevor Siemian did to them last week and would expect similar numbers here from Carson Palmer.
Dallas is just 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 following a loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after giving up 350 or more yards in their previous game. Cowboys are also a miserable 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games played on Monday Night Football. Take Arizona!
|09-24-17||Raiders v. Redskins +3.5||10-27||Win||100||40 h 2 m||Show|
3* Raiders/Redskins SNF 'HEAVY HITTER' on Redskins +
The Raiders are one of the biggest publicly backed teams going right now and I love fading the public in these Sunday Night games, as we know we are getting a good price on the other side. That's certainly the case here with Washington as a 3.5-point home dog.
Washington was better than the final score in their opener against the Eagles, as they actually had the ball driving for the game-winning score and lost a fumble that was returned for a TD and lost by 13. They responded very well in Week 2 at LA, taking down what I think is a very improved Rams team. I expect a big time effort here with them getting no love at home in a prime time game and could also see the Raiders coming in with a bit of a big head after that 25-point blowout win against the Jets.
I still have a lot of concerns with that Oakland defense and that really makes them hard to trust as a road favorite. Let's also not forget how fortunate this team was in close games last year. Washington is a solid 6-1 ATS in their last 7 against a team with a winning record and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game. Take Washington!
|09-24-17||Bengals +8 v. Packers||24-27||Win||100||36 h 57 m||Show|
4* NFL No Doubt ATS 'BLOWOUT' on Bengals +
The Bengals have looked as bad as any team to start the season and I believe it has them way undervalued here as a big road dog against the Packers. Cincinnati fired their offensive coordinator and simply can't be as bad as they have been on offense going forward. The Bengals red zone efficiency is in uncharted territory and is going to improve.
Green Bay gets a lot of love because of Aaron Rodgers, but I see a lot of concerns with this team. They got a ton of key guys injured and are not putting up near the offensive numbers you would expect given they got Rodgers. They didn't score an offensive touchdown until the final minute of the 3rd quarter in their opener against the Seahawks and had just 10-points against the Falcons before adding on a couple late scores with the game basically out of reach.
While the offense has struggled, Cincinnati's defense has played well to start the year. I think they give the Packers trouble here. We also know we are getting a desperate Bengals team that doesn't want to start out 0-3. I don't know that they can avoid that, but I do expect them to keep this close. Take Cincinnati!
|09-24-17||Steelers v. Bears +7.5||17-23||Win||100||33 h 31 m||Show|
3* NFL Situational 'UNDERVALUED UNDERDOG' on Bears +
I really like the value here with Chicago catching over a touchdown at home against the Steelers. Pittsburgh comes in 2-0 and are a big public team, which has this line inflated. What people continue to overlook with this Steelers team is they don't play as well on the road. Most notably quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. If you look back to Week 1, they barely held on to beat the Browns 21-18 in Cleveland and that was with the Browns spotting them a touchdown on blocked punt.
Chicago got rolled last week by the Bucs on the scoreboard, but it was a more evenly matched game than the 29-7 final would indicate. The total yardage was nearly identical with Tampa Bay at 311 and the Bears at 310. The difference being Chicago finishing with a -3 turnover margin. We saw the Bears keep it within a TD at home against the Falcons in Week 1 and expect them to do the same here.
This has historically been a good spot to back the Bears, as they are 38-22 ATS in their last 60 home games after 2 or more consecutive losses and have actually won these games on average by nearly 3 ppg. Steelers are 6-15 ATS under Tomlin in road games in the first month of the season, while Bears head coach John Fox is 18-4 as a head coach when his team trailed in the previous game by 14 or more points at the half. Take Chicago!
|09-24-17||Broncos v. Bills +3.5||Top||16-26||Win||100||33 h 33 m||Show|
5* AFC Vegas Insider 'GAME OF THE MONTH' on Bills +
I really like the value with Buffalo catching over a field goal at home against the Broncos. This is a big time letdown spot for Denver, who has started out 2-0 and off that huge win at home over the Cowboys.
The Bills on the other hand are just 1-1 and not a team the public wants a whole lot to do with, but they have played well early on. Buffalo handled the Jets at home in rather convincing fashion and despite an offense that couldn't move the ball, hung in their with the Panthers on the road in week 2.
The Bills managed just 176 total yards in last week's game against Carolina, but that's actually a positive when it comes to covering the spread this week. Buffalo is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a performance where they totaled less than 250 yards.
Denver on the other hand is just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a win by more than 14 points and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against the Bills. Take Buffalo!
|09-24-17||Ravens v. Jaguars +3.5||7-44||Win||100||29 h 6 m||Show|
4* Jaguars/Ravens NFL London ATS 'NO BRAINER' on Jags +
I like the value here with the Jaguars in Sunday's early game in London. These are two very similar teams that want to run the football and let their defense do the work. Both have been really strong defensively and I just think the 3.5-points is too good to pass up here.
Baltimore has looked great to start, but let's not overreact to beating up on a Bengals team that might have the worse offensive line in the NFL and taking down the Browns at home. Turnovers have really aided both wins for the Ravens, who have a ridiculous 10 takeaways (8 interceptions) in two games.
What's getting overlooked is the Ravens offense hasn't been good and this team will struggle to win if they don't get those turnovers. Baltimore was actually outgained by the Browns last week and only had a 268-221 edge in total yards in their 20-0 win over the Bengals. Another thing here with Baltimore is the injuries are really starting to pile up and they will be without several key pieces for this one.
Ravens are 0-6 ATS over the last 2 seasons after 2 straight games in which they held their opponent to 99 yards or less. We also find a strong system in play on the Jaguars. Teams that had a turnover margin of -1/game or worse the previous year are an impressive 24-8 (75%) the last 10 seasons against the spread the next year in conference games. Take Jacksonville!
|09-23-17||Mississippi State v. Georgia -4||3-31||Win||100||36 h 24 m||Show|
3* NCAAF Situational ATS 'NO BRAINER' on Georgia -
After an impressive 37-7 win at home over LSU last week, the public is going to be on the Bulldogs here as dog against Georgia, who despite being ranked No. 11 isn't a team getting a lot of publicity either. I just don't see Mississippi State being able to bounce back from that near perfect performance with a similar one on the road against a much better Georgia team.
For me this one comes down to Georgia's defense under Kirby Smart and Mel Tucker being too much for Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald to overcome. A lot of what Mississippi State does offensively is built around their ability to get Fitzgerald going on the ground. Georgia has already faced a talented mobile quarterback and passed with flying colors. That would be Notre Dame's Brandon Wimbush, who they limited to 1 yard on 16 attempts. Wimbush has rushed for 313 yards and 5 scores in his two other games this season, including a always strong BC defense.
I just see too much value here in Georgia at home laying less than a touchdown. Keep in mind Georgia is 51-14 at home SU over the last 10 years and the home team in this series has gone 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Take Georgia!
|09-23-17||TCU +14 v. Oklahoma State||44-31||Win||100||33 h 55 m||Show|
3* NCAAF Afternoon 'ODDSMAKERS ERROR' on TCU +
I just think we are getting too much value on TCU to pass up a play on the Horned Frogs. No question Oklahoma State has looked impressive, but let's not get too carried away with how easy it's been. This team is going to be tested and it's a lot harder to blow teams out inside conference play. Especially a talented team like TCU, who has had a pretty impressive start of their own.
The Horned Frogs outgained Jackson State 542 to 65 in a 63-0 blowout win to start the year, followed that up with a convincing 28-7 win on the road over Arkansas and then beat SMU by 20. I know it's early, but they are ranked inside the Top 20 in both total offense and total defense.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson will put together a game plan here to slow down the Cowboys' high-flying offensive attack. Part of it will be the scheme defensively. The other will be the offense sustaining drives and keeping them off the field.
Dating back the Horned Frogs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 on the road against a team with a winning home record, 20-10 ATS in their last 30 as a dog of 10.5 to 21 points and 3-1 ATS in their last 4 as a road dog. Take TCU!
|09-22-17||Utah -3.5 v. Arizona||30-24||Win||100||16 h 59 m||Show|
4* Utah/Arizona CFB Late Night 'BAILOUT' on Utah -
I look for the Utes to go into Tucson and lay a beating on the Wildcats tonight. Utah is a team that I feel is flying under the radar right now, as not much was expected out of the Utes with just 9 starters back from last year. Kyle Whittingham has done a tremendous job in Salt Lake City and there's a lot of excitement about this year's team.
Utah has always had a strong defense due their ability to recruit and develop kids on that side of the ball. In year's past they have just tried to let their defense win them games by grinding out games. This year's team has a different feel, as they are taking a different approach on offense behind maybe the best kept secret in college football in sophomore quarterback Tyler Huntley, who beat out last year's starter Troy Williams (Sr) and Alabama transfer Cooper Bateman.
Huntley has been electric so far, throwing for 868 yards with an impressive 72% completion rate and 7.82 yards/attempt. However, it's his ability to run the ball that really makes him special, as he's already got 212 yards and 3 scores on the ground (puts him on pace for just under 1,000 yards rushing). He threw for 300 yards and rushed for 89 against BYU and while the Utes only won that game 19-13, they outgained the Cougars by almost 200 yards (had to settle for 4 field goals).
I think he has a big game here against an average Arizona defense and most importantly, I see Utah's defense making life miserable for a Wildcats offense that relies so much on their ability to run the ball. The Utes are built to stop the run defensively behind arguably the best d-line in the Pac-12 and one of the best in the country. Take Utah!