iRacing for eNASCAR is a hit

iRacing for eNASCAR is a hit

NASCAR and sports betting fans have enthusiastically embraced iRacing! With the third race coming up this weekend (click here for the odds on the Food City 500 at Bristol) let’s get you up to speed on how you can bet on the newest iteration of racing!

What is iRacing and how does it work? 

iRacing is an online motorsports simulation platform that was created in 2004  by Dave Kaemmer, the co-founder of Papyrus Design Group and John Henry, the majority owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club as well as co-owner of NASCAR’s Roush Fenway Racing. Now, almost a decade later, has formed several high profile partnerships with NASCAR, IndyCar, McLaren Racing, Williams F1, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche, to name a few.

If you think of iRacing as more of a fun-filled video game experience, think again. It’s more of a simulation that allows everyday Joe’s to register for a race, though there are system requirements you’ll need in order to compete.

“First of all, it is extremely realistic,” current NASCAR Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer said this week after competing in the first NASCAR iRacing Pro invitational Series event. “You’re using the same mechanics, the same forces, the same movements as you use in real life to make your car go fast; and that is your hand-eye coordination, your feet.

“You drive these things so much with the pedals, with the gas, the brake, the steering input. All of those inputs in your mind are the exact same thing, and the same tools we use to put your car to the front of the field on any given Sunday.”

“iRacing has been perfected,” Bowyer said. “The production is good. The camera angles are good. I mean, they have their own series, there are serious races each and every week, just like ours does.”

Each driver has a screen, a steering wheel, and pedals. Most drivers utilize crew chiefs to help with tire and fuel strategy just as they would in a real race. 

What is the NASCAR iRacing Pro invitational Series?

The series was created shortly after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has disrupted life across the globe as we know it. With all three of NASCAR’s racing series on hold, the iRacing series features drivers from its headline MonsterEnergy Cup as well as the Xfinity and Truck platforms.

“Until we have cars back on track, the entire NASCAR community has aligned to provide our passionate fans with a unique, fun and competitive experience on race day,” said NASCAR vice president of racing development Ben Kennedy. “Our long-time partners at iRacing offer an incredible product, and we are excited to see how many of our best drivers will stack up in the virtual domain of competitive racing.”

The NASCAR iRacing series kicked off on Sunday, March 22 with a race at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway and it far surpassed expectations as nearly a million viewers (903,000), tuned in for the inaugural race. 

“We’re overwhelmed by the positive feedback and encouragement sent by industry stakeholders, drivers, partners, media and most importantly, our fans,’’ said NASCAR senior vice president and chief digital officer. Tim Clark. “We are committed to running these eNASCAR iRacing events as long as necessary.”

While you’re going to see many of the familiar names of some of NASCAR’s best drivers, you shouldn’t be stunned if you’re not consistently seeing their names in the winner’s circle.

“If you think we’re good? We’re terrible,” Clint Bowyer said. “You ought to watch some of these iRacing guys that do this each and every week.”

Current schedule for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro invitational Series through May 3

Date Postponed NASCAR Cup race iRacing race iRacing winner
March 22 Dixie Vodka 400 (Homestead) Dixie Vodka 125 (Homestead) Denny Hamlin
March 29 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (Texas) O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 (Texas) Timmy Hill
April 5 Food City 500 (Bristol) TBD (Bristol) TBD
April 19 Toyota Owners 400 (Richmond) ? ?
April 26 Geico 500 (Talladega) ? ?
May 3 Cup race at Dover (Dover) ? ?

The debut NASCAR iRacing event was limited to 35 drivers. The 26 regular Cup Series drivers who entered the race (plus Dale Earnhardt. Jr., Parker Kligerman and Bobby Labonte) were given spots, and the final six spots were given to Xfinity and Trucks Series drivers based on the results of a qualifying race.

Here is a look at some of the notable drivers that will be competing in iRacing.

Drivers with guaranteed spots:

  • #1 Kurt Busch
  • #3 Austin Dillon
  • #6 Ross Chastain
  • #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr
  • #9 Chase Elliott
  • #11 Denny Hamlin
  • #12 Ryan Blaney
  • #13 Ty Dillon
  • #14 Clint Bowyer
  • #16 Greg Biffle
  • #17 Chris Buescher
  • #18 Kyle Busch

The beloved Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been one of the driving forces behind iRacing.

“I would say the force behind it all, and he doesn’t want any recognition, but it would be Dale Jr.,” Bowyer said. “He’s been the voice behind this the whole time. He’s the one that literally each and every night jumps on and runs around and asks people, ‘Hey, do you want to follow me and get the hang of it?’ So many different things. After a race he’s calling and asking if anybody needs any help or what they can do. I would definitely say that Dale Jr. was probably, if anybody deserves credit, it would probably be him.”

Now, here is a look at the odds for this coming weekend’s next NASCAR iRacing event. 

Opening odds for Food City 500 at Bristol

  • Timmy Hill +450
  • William Byron +450
  • Garret Smithley +550
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr +850
  • Ryan Preece +900
  • Alex Bowman +1050
  • John Hunter Nemechek +1300
  • Denny Hamlin +1400
  • Parker Kligerman +1500
  • Landon Cassill +1800
  • Matt DiBenedetto +1800
  • Michael McDowell +1800
  • Erik Jones +2200
  • Bubba Wallace Jr +2500
  • Clint Bowyer +2500
  • Bobby Labonte +2800
  • Chase Elliott +2800
  • Kyle Larson +3000
  • Kyle Busch +3500
  • Ty Dillon +3500
  • Ross Chastain +4000
NFL Draft Player Projections

NFL Draft Player Projections

In what could be the deepest draft in decades, let’s take a look closer look at the top players available and what their most likely draft position will be.

2020 NFL Draft Player Projections

  • Jerry Jeudy first wide receiver drafted+115
  • Any other wide receiver drafted first -145

The former Alabama standout is almost universally regarded as the first wide receiver that will be taken in this year’s draft one year after he hauled in 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. 

  • CeeDee Lamb first wide receiver drafted +140
  • Any other wide receiver drafted first -170

While some mock drafts are predicting that Alabama’s Henry Ruggs will be the second wide receiver taken in the draft, I like former Oklahoma star CeeDee Lamb after he put up 62 catches for 1,327 yards and 14 scores a year ago. 

  • Henry Ruggs III draft position over 14½ -130
  • Henry Ruggs III draft position under 14½ +100

While Ruggs is definitely talented, he also never caught more than 46 passes for more than 746 yards in three seasons at Alabama. While many NFL draft analysts are predicting that Ruggs could go to Oakland at No. 12, my best guess is that the Raiders take Lamb, leaving Ruggs to fall to Denver at No. 15. 

  • D’Andre Swift first running back drafted -150
  • Any other running back drafted first +120
  • D. Swift drafted in first round +130
  • D. Swift not drafted in first round -170

I love the speedy Swift who put up 1,218 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns for Georgia last season. The fleet-footed Swift is most often compared to veteran LeSean McCoy or Alvin Kamara and that makes him the perfect fit for Bruce Arians, Tom Brady and the new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 14 or possibly Atlanta at No. 16 or Miami at either No. 18 or 26. 

  • J. Taylor drafted in first round +175
  • J. Taylor not drafted in first round -245

Personally, I think former Wisconsin star running back Johnathan Taylor is the best running back in this class and a player that has undeniable superstar potential after becoming the  first running back in FBS history to reach 6,000 rushing yards after three seasons. A 4.39, 40 at 226 pounds shows that Taylor has the size, power and speed that makes him closer to Saquon Barkley than any other back in recent memory, although he’ll have to improve his pass-catching skills moving forward. I’d take Taylor as the first running back in this year’s draft, but hey, that’s just me. Expect some running back needy teams like the Chargers, Falcons, Jaguars, Bears to give him a shot to become their featured back at some point in the near future. Taylor is expected to go in the early or middle portion of the second round, but if I’m Miami, I don’t let him make it out of the first round. 

  • Jalen Hurts drafted in first round +1200
  • Jalen Hurts drafted in any other round -2250

You’ve probably heard of quarterback Jalen Hurts after he took Alabama to the national championship game before losing his starting job in that contest to Tua Tagovailoa. No matter, Hurts transferred to Oklahoma where he lit it up to the tune of 3,851 passing yards and 32 TD passes. While guys like Justin Herbert, Jordan Love and Jake From are likely to go ahead of Hurts, the only quarterback I’d take over him is Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Hurts has a skill set that is perfect for today’s NFL, not to mention the fact that he’s a proven winner, with tons of big-game experience. Tampa Bay could use Hurts as well as teams like

Indianapolis or possibly Detroit. Still, Hurts almost assuredly won’t go in the first round. 

2020 NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Candidates

NFL Draft Odds For First Ten Picks

The Commissioner has spoken and the 2020 NFL Draft will take place on April 23-25. That was enough for 5Dimes’ oddsmakers to drop NFL Draft betting odds. Keep reading for the best bets on who the 1st ten picks will be.

NFL Draft Odds For First Ten Team Teams Picking

1. Cincinnati (2-14)

The Bengals are in desperate need of a true franchise quarterback as they get set to move on from longtime starter Andy Dalton in Year 2 of the Zac Taylor era. The Bengals have already gone on record to say that they are selecting LSU signal-caller Joe Burrow who is a -6000 pick to be drafted first overall.

  • Joe Burrow Drafted No. 1 -6000
  • Joe Burrow Not Drafted No. 1 +2400

2. Washington (3-13)

Riverboat Rivera all but closed the door on bringing in Cam Newton but he did bolster his QB ranks by trading for Panther Kyle Allen to join Dwayne Haskins. That makes Ohio State All-American defensive end Chase Young, generally regarded as the best player in this draft, as the logical pick to go second overall. Young is not expected to fall past No. 2 overall, which is why he’s a whopping +1085 pick not to be drafted third overall.

  • Chase Young Drafted No. 3 Overall +615
  • Chase Young Not Drafted No. 3 overall -1085

3. Detroit (3-12-1)

The Lions need some help on defense after finishing 29th in defensive efficiency a year ago. Cornerback and defensive line help are Detroit’s top two needs and that makes Ohio State corner Jeff Okudah and Auburn interior defensive lineman Derrick Brown the top two picks to land with the Lions. Okudah is a -120 pick to be drafted over the fourth overall pick and a -110 selection to be drafted before the fourth pick.

  • Jeff Okudah Drafted No. 3 Overall +160
  • Jeff Okudah Not Drafted No. 3 Overall -195

4. NY Giants (4-12)

The G-Men need help on the offensive line in the worst way to both, open up holes for super-gifted running back Saquon Barkley while giving franchise signal-caller Daniel Jones some better pass protection. New York could also use some help on the defensive line, making Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirffs a smart choice.

  • Tristan Wirffs 1st O-Lineman Drafted +170
  • Tristan Wirffs Not 1st O-Lineman Drafted -195

5. Miami (5-11)

The Dolphins addressed some of their many needs on the defensive side of the ball in free agency, but their biggest need is at quarterback where Ryan Fitzpatrick is definitely a placeholder and not the long-term answer under center in Miami. With the Redskins, Lions, and Giants almost assuredly going for help on the defensive side of the ball, the Dolphins are in great shape to nab Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick. Here is a look at some of the odds on the former National Championship winning signal-caller.

  • Tua Tagovailoa Drafted No. 3 Overall +140
  • Tua TagovailoaNot Drafted No. 3 overall -170
  • Tua Tagovailoa draft position over 3½ -120
  • Tua Tagovailoa draft position under 3½ -110

6. LA Chargers (5-11)

A lot of folks think the Bolts should draft their future franchise quarterback here after parting ways with longtime franchise signal-caller Philip Rivers and I can see LA taking a chance on either Justin Herbert or Jordan Love. The Chargers also need a new starting left tackle and that could mean that former Georgia star Andrew Thomas is the pick at No. 6. Most experts think this spot is a bit too high for Love and Thomas, making Justin Herbert the pick for LA at No. 6.

  • Justin Herbert second quarterback drafted +490
  • Any other quarterback drafted second -775
  • Jordan Love third quarterback drafted+295
  • Any other quarterback drafted third -385

7. Carolina (5-11)

The Panthers don’t need a quarterback after signing Teddy Bridgewater in free agency, but they do need help on the interior of their defensive line as well as at cornerback and inside linebacker. If Auburn’s Derrick Brown is on the board, Carolina could address their d-line first, but I’m suspecting that former Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons will be the pick here to replace Luke Kuechly if he’s still on the board.

  • Isaiah Simmons Drafted No. 3 Overall +850
  • Isaiah Simmons Not Drafted No. 3 overall -1525

8. Arizona (5-10-1)

The Cardinals need a right tackle to help protect undersized franchise quarterback Kyler Murray and they could also use some help on the front seven defensively. I like Arizona to go for Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton if he’s still on the board or Alabama’s Jedrick Wills if he’s gone. The Cards could a pass-catching tight end, but I expect them to look to protect their prized franchise quarterback here.

  • Mekhi Becton first offensive lineman drafted +150
  • Any other off lineman drafted first -180

9. Jacksonville (6-10)

Jacksonville are in full rebuild mode after dumping the majority of the team that went to the Conference Finals in 2017. The Jags could go for Derrick Brown or Andrew Thomas If either is still available at No. 9 or they could look for their future franchise signal-caller in Jordan Love, even though Gardner Minshew II had a solid rookie campaign and is the expected starter moving forward. I’m going to say Jacksonville doesn’t blow it and lands Auburn defensive tackle Derrick brown here.

  • Derrick Brown Drafted No. 3 Overall +2000
  • Derrick Brown Not Drafted No. 3 overall -5000

10. Cleveland (6-10)

The Browns need an offensive tackle to help protect Baker Mayfield and that means Cleveland will choose whoever is left on the board here between Wirffs, Becton and Andrew Thomas, with Thomas ultimately being the pick here.

  • Andrew Thomas draft position over 10½ -150
  • Andrew Thomas draft position under 10½ +120
Updated 2020 Masters date, odds and how to bet

Updated Masters Futures Odds, New Date, How To Bet

The 2020 Masters was postponed over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. It was scheduled for April 9-12. The Masters has been played in April in 81 of its 83 years, with the other two held in March in 1934 and 1939. The only time the Masters was canceled was from 1943-45 due to World War II.

Updated Masters Futures Odds

While no official date has been announced 5Dimes’ oddsmakers have released updated Masters’ odds no matter when the tournament is played in the 2020 calendar year.

  • Rory McIlroy +650
  • Jon Rahm +1100
  • Justin Thomas +1200
  • Tiger Woods +1200
  • Brooks Koepka +1400
  • Dustin Johnson +1600
  • Bryson DeChambeau +2000
  • Patrick Reed +2200
  • Adam Scott +2500
  • Patrick Cantlay +2500
  • Xander Schauffele +2500
  • Hideki Matsuyama +2800
  • Jordan Spieth +2800
  • Justin Rose +2800
  • Rickie Fowler +2800
  • Tommy Fleetwood +2800
  • Tony Finau +3000
  • Bubba Watson +3300
  • Sungjae Im +3300
  • Jason Day +4000
  • Phil Mickelson +4000
  • Webb Simpson +4000
  • Louis Oosthuizen +5000
  • Marc Leishman +5000
  • Matt Kuchar +5000
  • Paul Casey +5000
  • Collin Morikawa +5500
  • Gary Woodland +5500
  • Henrik Stenson +6000
  • Tyrrell Hatton +6000
  • Sergio Garcia +6600
  • Shane Lowry +6600
  • Brandt Snedeker +8000
  • Cameron Smith +8000
  • Francesco Molinari +8000
  • Lee Westwood +8000
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick +8000
  • Viktor Hovland +8000
  • Branden Grace +10000
  • Cameron Champ +10000
  • Charl Schwartzel +10000
  • Danny Willett +10000
  • Ian Poulter +10000
  • Kevin Kisner +10000
  • Scottie Scheffler +10000
  • Thomas Pieters +10000
  • Abraham Ancer +12500
  • Bernd Wiesberger +12500
  • Graeme McDowell +12500
  • Joaquin Niemann +12500
  • Matthew Wolff +12500
  • Alex Noren +14000
  • Billy Horschel +15000
  • Brendon Todd +15000
  • Byeong Hun An +15000
  • Corey Conners +15000
  • Erik Van Rooyen +15000
  • Hao Tong Li +15000
  • Jim Furyk +15000
  • Matt Wallace +15000
  • Max Homa +15000
  • Rafa Cabrera-Bello +15000
  • Robert MacIntyre +15000
  • Thorbjorn Olesen +15000
  • Zach Johnson +15000
  • Charles Howell III +17500
  • Charley Hoffman +17500
  • Eddie Pepperell +17500
  • J.B. Holmes +17500
  • Jazz Janewattananond +17500
  • Keegan Bradley +17500
  • Victor Perez +17500
  • Adam Hadwin +17500
  • Aaron Wise +20000
  • Emiliano Grillo +20000
  • Jimmy Walker +20000
  • Kevin Na +20000
  • Kyle Stanley +20000
  • Lanto Griffin +22500
  • Martin Kaymer +22500
  • C.T. Pan +25000
  • Jason Kokrak +25000
  • Justin Harding +25000
  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat +25000
  • Si Woo Kim +25000
  • Paul Waring +27500
  • Lucas Bjerregaard +30000
  • Fred Couples +50000

5 Super Bowl LV Matchups You Want To See, 5 You Don’t

5 Super Bowl LV Matchups You Want To See, 5 You Don’t

5Dimes’ oddsmakers have released updated NFL Futures post free-agency!  The next milestone before OTA’s and preseason is the NFL draft. Until then here are the top five Super Bowl LV matchups everyone will want to see and five no one will.

5 Super Bowl LV Matchups You Want To See, 5 You Don’t

Top 5 Super Bowl LV Matchups Everyone Wants

Kansas City vs. Seattle +3850

The Chiefs have the most prolific offense in the league and just won it all behind superstar signal-caller Patrick Mahomes. While Seattle came up short of their Super Bowl hopes last season, the Seahawks have a superstar quarterback of their own in Russell Wilson that can beat any team in the league almost single-handedly. I’d love to see this quarterback matchup, plus Andy Reid’s offensive genius versus Pete Carroll’s defensive intellect would be a sight to see, plus it could happen in 2020!

Kansas City vs. San Francisco +2055

I know a repeat of most Super Bowls isn’t what football fans or betting enthusiasts normally want to see, but watching the Niners and Chiefs go at it again, would be a great thing if you ask me. Frisco’s defense had Patrick Mahomes and company on the ropes through three quarters and they could have managed their final quarter a lot better – had head coach Kyle Shanahan not blown it (again) with some pitiful play-calling. Still, this classic matchup of offense versus defense would be a sight to see for the second straight season.

Baltimore vs. Minnesota +6600

Yeah, Minnesota isn’t the most exciting team around, but Mike Zimmer has a perennially powerful defense that could cause league MVP Lamar Jackson to struggle much as he did in Baltimore’s playoff loss against Tennessee last season. Is Kirk Cousins good enough to lead any team to the Super Bowl? Who knows. Is Jackson ready to make the big postseason breakthrough after consecutive years of postseason struggles? Possibly. Either way, this classic offense vs. defense matchup looks intriguing to me.

Pittsburgh vs. New Orleans +8100

Pittsburgh managed to play some solid football a year ago without longtime franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. New Orleans suffered their third straight playoff heartbreak and time is running out on Drew Brees. Maybe it’s me, but Big Ben versus Brees in a battle of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks that are both nearing the ends of their respective careers make this one a must-see matchup for me.

Houston vs. Dallas +23000

The Battle of the Lone Star State! While it won’t feature DeAndre Hopkins, a Super Bowl LV matchup between the Texans and Cowboys will be one for the ages.

While I have no faith in Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, Houston does have a superstar in quarterback Deshaun Watson while Dallas will turn to their trio of Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper in this all-Texas matchup. Sure, this pairing is not very likely to happen, but it could and the thought of seeing Jerry Jones ‘lose it’ if the Cowboys come up short against their in-state rivals is salivating.

Top 5 Super Bowl LV Matchups No One Wants

New England vs. Dallas +9900

I’m sick of seeing the Patriots in the Super Bowl and nor do I really want to see Jerry Jones proclaiming his franchise to still be ‘America’s Team’. This one would be hyped to no end, but if Tom Brady doesn’t return and Jones doesn’t eventually learn to step aside and let someone else by his team’s GM (he won’t) I wouldn’t expect to see this Super Bowl pairing take place.

Houston vs. Minnesota +34500

The Texans traded away DeAndre Hopkins and the Vikings traded Stefon Diggs making both teams less entertaining and dynamic. Unless both teams improve drastically, a Houston vs Minnesota Super Bowl will be a boring affair.

Tennessee vs. LA Rams +21500

I like Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and I love running back Derrick Henry. I feel the same way about LA’s Sean McDermott and the Rams’ high-scoring offense. Still. If this matchup were to take place, there’s not much star power outside of Aaron Donald. Yeah, this is a Super Bowl matchup almost everyone would pass on seeing.

Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia +10400

This all-Pennsylvania matchup looks intriguing on paper, But who knows which players will be left standing by the time this game goes down. Carson Wentz and an aging Ben Roethlisberger aren’t the healthiest quarterbacks around and neither of these teams possesses much ‘star power’ in the forms of other perennial Pro Bowlers. This looks like a fun matchup on paper, but I don’t know how many people outside of Pennsylvania would watch it.

Houston vs. Chicago +36000

I’m a huge Deshaun Watson fan and I’d love to see the former Clemson star toast the Bears with a monstrous game after they foolishly took Mitch Trubisky over him in the 2017 NFL Draft. Outside of that though, this looks like a ‘boring’ matchup just waiting to happen, Bill O’Brien has underachieved if you ask me and Matt Nagy did as well after winning a dozen games in his first season two years ago. If anyone outside of Chicago or Houston watches these two square off, I’ll be completely stunned.

2020 WWE WrestleMania 36 odds, matches, card, coronavirus plans

2020 WWE WrestleMania 36 odds, matches, card, coronavirus plans

WWE will proceed with WrestleMania 36 with the event moving to Orlando and being televised over two nights in April. Click here for live WWE odds. With gathering restrictions, only essential personnel will be on the closed set during the production of WrestleMania. Moving the event to two nights is unprecedented but again required due to restrictions on large public gatherings.

The biggest free-agent signing of the year, at least until Tom Brady officially signs with Tampa Bay, is Rob Gronkowski joining the WWE. The former New England Patriots’ star tight-end will the hosting the upcoming two-night WrestleMania on April 4 and 5.

While Gronk is not officially scheduled to fight at WrestleMania here are the odds on who he will face first.

Gronk’s 1st WWE Opponent Odds

Cesaro +325
Robert Roode +375
Dolph Ziggler +425
Mojo Rawley +550
Sheamus +550
Jinder Mahal +650
Riddick Moss +660
King Corbin +800

2020 WWE WrestleMania 36 Odds

WWE Championship
Brock Lesnar (c) +235
Drew McIntyre -315

Universal Championship
Goldberg (c)
Roman Reigns

Raw Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch (c) +125
Shayna Baszler -165

NXT Women’s Championship
Rhea Ripley (c) -210
Charlotte Flair +160

The Undertaker
AJ Styles

Kevin Owens
Seth Rollins

John Cena +275
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt -395

Tom Brady Sweepstakes Odds

Tom Brady Sweepstakes Odds

Tom Brady is a free agent! Early this morning TB12 announced that he’s played his last game for the Patriots in a thank you message posted on social media. Click here for odds.

With that news 5Dimes’ oddsmakers have released updated odds on where Brady will sign.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +110
  • Los Angeles Chargers +150
  • San Francisco 49ers +900
  • Miami Dolphins +1000
  • Indianapolis Colts +1400
  • Chicago Bears +2500
  • Dallas Cowboys +5500

Brady has played his entire career, all 20 years, in New England. He led the Patriots to nine Super Bowls, won six of them, and captured three NFL MVPs.

Next, the question will turn to who will Bill Belichick find to fill Brady’s shoes? Currently, the leading contender is last year’s backup Jarrett Stidham. But there are a lot of big names on the free agency AND draft board.

Who will be the next New England Patriots’ next regular-season starter?

  • Jarrett Stidham +250
  • Teddy Bridgewater +300
  • Andy Dalton +400
  • Derek Carr +750
  • Jameis Winston +900
  • Nick Foles +900
  • Jimmy Garoppolo +1000
  • Philip Rivers +1500
  • Tua Tagovailoa +2000
  • Joe Flacco +2500
  • Cody Kessler +3300
2020 College Football Week 1's Top Games

Early Lookahead College Football Odds 2020

The 2020 College Football season is months away from starting but 5Dimes’ oddsmakers dropped the very early, lookahead odds for a handful of college football games including:

  • Navy vs Norte Dame
  • BYU vs Utah
  • Alabama vs USC
  • Michigan vs Washington U

Early Lookahead College Football Odds 2020

Navy vs Notre Dame
When: August 29, 2020 at TBD
Where: Avia Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
NCAAF Odds: Notre Dame -14

Navy had a fantastic 2019 season by going 11-2 while finishing 20th in the national standings, thanks to their powerful triple-option rushing attack. The bad news is that one of their two losses last season was an embarrassing 52-20 smackdown at the hands of…you guessed it…Notre Dame. Still, with star quarterback Malcolm Perry gone, head coach Ken Niumatalolo will have his hands full getting back to being a double-digit winner in 2020.

While Notre Dame suffered a pair of losses that ruined their CFP hopes a year ago, the Fighting Irish have a solid quarterback in senior Ian Book that will help them avoid the struggles associated with playing a first-time starter under center. While head coach Brian Kelly needs to find new starters at running back, defensive end and cornerback, the Irish get a ton of elite high school talent each and every year, so I suspect that won’t be much of a problem.

Notre Dame has won three straight and eight of the last nine meetings in this rivalry, including a huge, 50-10 smackdown the last time they met in Dublin in 2012.

BYU at Utah
When: September 3, 2020 at TBD
Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
NCAAF Odds: Utah -4.5

BYU went an uninspiring 7-6 last season while Utah finished with a fine 11-3 record that helped them close out the 2019 season ranked 16th in the nation. BYU closed out their season with consecutive losses against San Diego State and Hawaii and the Cougars have questions at quarterback and several other key positions. Zach Wilson took over as the starting quarterback midway through his freshman season and held onto the job for the remainder of the season despite missing action in a handful of games due to a thumb injury. Still, he’ll have his hands full in trying to beat out challengers Jaren Hall and Baylor Romney. Defensively, BYU has a bunch of question marks along the defensive line and in the secondary

Utah went 8-1 in conference play to win the Pac-112 South, but head coach Kyle Whittingham has question marks on both sides of the ball, starting with who will replace quarterback Tyler Huntley. Redshirt sophomore Cameron Rising and graduate transfer Jake Bentley will battle it out, but Bentley has the huge edge in experience after throwing for 7,527 yards and 55 touchdowns over four seasons at South Carolina.

Alabama vs USC
When: September 5, 2020 at TBD
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
NCAAF Odds: Alabama -16.5

Not only did the perennially-powerful Alabama Crimson Tide fail to reach the College Football Playoff for the first time last season, but Nick Saban’s team has some pressing questions this spring. Saban not only lost a bunch of elite talent on both sides of the ball, but he’ll have a new quarterback under center following the departure of star signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa. Still, the Tide went a fine, 11-2 a year ago and even though they lost to eventual champion LSU and longtime SEC rival Auburn, the Tide capped off their 2019 campaign with a resounding 35-16 smackdown of Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.

USC is coming off a modest 8-5 season that saw the Trojans lose at BYU, Washington and Notre Dame while falling at home against Oregon and capping off their season with a humbling 49-24 beatdown against Iowa in the Holiday Bowl. USC lost starting quarterback JT Daniels for the season, but backup Kedon Slovis would end up winning the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award. Now, both quarterbacks will battle for the starting job this spring.

Michigan at Washington
When: September 5, 2020 at TBD
Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
Michigan -1.5

Washington went an uneventful 8-5 last season, but that’s not the worst part. Making things that much more difficult heading into 2020 is the fact that the Huskies saw widely-respected head coach Chris Petersen abruptly resign when no one saw it coming. Now, longtime assistant Jimmy Lake will take over and although he’s widely known as a top-notch recruiter, no one knows how he’ll fare as a head coach. Still, the Huskies have been elite on both sides of the ball for almost the entirety of Petersen’s five-year stint and they have another top 20 recruiting class coming in again.

For Jim Harbaugh and Michigan, 2019 was another season in which the Wolverines underachieved far more often than not en route to a discouraging 9-4 finish. Now, as they get set for the 2020 campaign, Harbaugh will almost certainly have a first-time starter under center, although no one can identify that player right now. The Wolverines will also have at least three new starters on the offensive line and that tells me they could get off to a rocky start.

Sports Betting Covid-19

Sports Betting Covid-19

When are your favorite sports coming back with official games? If you know then jump in the action now. 5Dimes oddsmakers have set the odds for when your favorite sports league will return.

Next Game Odds for NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS

Odds for which league will be the first to play its next official game.

  • NBA +185
  • MLB +190
  • NHL +245
  • MLS +475

When will the NBA’s next game be played?

On or Before April 18th, 2020: +300
After April 18th, 2020: -420

On or Before June 1st, 2020: -155
After June 1st, 2020: +115

MLS next game odds:

On or Before June 1st, 2020: +160
After June 1st, 2020: -210

NHL next game odds:

On or Before June 1st, 2020: -150
After June 1st, 2020: +110

MLB next game odds:

On or Before June 1st, 2020: -210
After June 1st, 2020: +160

2020 March Madness Cinderella Teams

2020 March Madness Cinderella Teams

In under a week, millions of people will be filling out their March Madness brackets and if you are looking for a few Cinderella to pick here are four that need to be on your radar.

2020 March Madness Cinderella Teams

East Tennessee State Buccaneers (27-4 SU, 15-13 ATS)

Haven’t heard of East Tennessee? That’s okay, you could come to know the Buccaneers very well once March Madness gets underway. East Tennessee State is 27-4 heading into the Southern Conference semifinals. The Buccaneers have won nine straight at the time of this writing and the Buccaneers rank a fantastic 28th in points allowed (63.1) and equally impressive 51st in scoring (75.9 ppg).

What They Do Well

East Tennessee State gave top-ranked Kansas all they could handle before fading late and they took out LSU by 11 points in their only two games against teams from a major conference. The Buccaneers have three double-digit scorers on their roster and they can play at any pace.

What They Don’t Do Well

Shooting free throws is about the only thing ETSU doesn’t do well as they make just 68.8 percent of their collective shots from the charity stripe (250th).

Stephen F. Austin (28-3 SU, 17-10-1 ATS)

The Lumberjacks got on the national map following their stunning 85-83 road win over Duke in their fifth game of the season, but Stephen F. Austin is definitely more than a team that just got ‘lucky’ against the Blue Devils.

What They Do Well

The Lumberjacks force almost 21 turnovers per game to lead the nation in that category. Stephen F. Austin also averages a stellar 80.6 points per game while shooting a blistering 49.1 percent from the field to rank eighth nationally in both categories. The Lumberjacks have won 15 straight at the tie of this writing so they’ll hit March Madness with a ton of momentum.

What They Don’t Do Well

The Lumberjacks also commit a whopping 17 turnovers per game and they don’t shoot it well from the free-throw line by making a collective 69.1 percent from the foul line (240th).

BYU Cougars (24-7 SU, 19-11 ATS)

No. 2 Gonzaga might be the cream of the crop in the West Coast Conference, but BYU looks capable of pulling off at least one or two upsets once the national championship tournament gets underway.

What They Do Well

The Cougars can score the ball with almost any team in the country as they put up a stellar 80.6 points per game (10th) on a scorching 50.4 percent shooting mark from the field (3rd) and incendiary 42.4 percent mark from beyond the arc (first). BYU also defends the three-point shot very well in limiting their opponents to 31.1 percent shooting from downtown (73rd). The Cougars gave San Diego State all they could handle in a five-point loss in their second game of the season and the Cougars split with Gonzaga while beating the No. 2 team in the country by 13 points almost two weeks ago.

What They Don’t Do Well

The Cougars might be one of the best shooting teams in the country, but you’d never know it when they go to the free-throw line. BYU makes just 70.4 percent from the charity stripe to rank an uninspiring 196th in that category. The Cougars are also just mediocre when it comes to rebounding the ball as they give up one more board per game than they pull down.

Northern Iowa Panthers (25-6 SU, 19-8-1 ATS)

You might have already heard of the Panthers thanks to their stunning upset of No. 1 Kansas in the second round of the 2010 NCAA March Madness championship tournament.

What They Do Well

Anyway, this season, Northern Iowa has the look of a Cinderella ballclub because they are elite at both ends of the floor in putting up 75.8 points per game (57th) while limiting the opposition to just 64.3 points per contest defensively (43rd). The Panthers shoot it very well in making 48.2 percent from the field (12th), 39.6 percent from beyond the arc (5th) and 76.0 percent from the free-throw line (29th).

What They Don’t Do Well

On average, the Panthers commit 2.1 more turnovers than they force and they don’t have much of a shot-blocking presence as they average just two per game. The Panthers also have just two double-digit scorers on their roster and just four players that put up more than 9.0 points per contest, so this is a team lacking quality depth on the bench.