NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Odds

NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Odds

The 2020 NFL Draft will be one for the history books. Now 32 teams hope they have a Rookie Of The Year contender.

QB Joe Burrow is the +325 moneyline (bet $100, profit $325) betting favorite to be named the Offensive Rookie of the Year after being picked first overall by the Bengals. The second betting favorite to be named the Offensive Rookie of the Year is the 32nd overall pick RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (+800) who landed with the Super Bowl champion Chiefs by request.

Rounding out the top five betting options are QB Tua Tagovailoa (+1000), RB Jonathan Taylor (+1200), and WR Jerry Jeudy (+1500). Currently, there is no indication the Miami Dolphins will start Tua anytime soon even though they used the draft to shore up protection. Taylor lands in Indianapolis who upgraded their offense in a big way this offseason by also drafting WR Michael Pittman Jr. (+4000) and signing QB Phillip Rivers. Jeudy is the top wide receiver on the Offensive Rookie of the Year betting board after being the second pass-catcher drafted behind speedy Henry Ruggs III (+1800) who went to the Raiders.

The biggest Offensive Rookie of the Year long shot is fourth overall pick offensive tackle Andrew Thomas (+15000) who went to the Giants.

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds

  • Joe Burrow +325
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire +800
  • Tua Tagovailoa +1000
  • Jonathan Taylor +1200
  • Jerry Jeudy +1500
  • D’Andre Swift +1800
  • Henry Ruggs III +1800
  • Cam Akers +2000
  • CeeDee Lamb +2000
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn +2000
  • Justin Herbert +2000
  • Jalen Reagor +2500
  • J.K. Dobbins +2500
  • Denzel Mims +3000
  • Justin Jefferson +3000
  • K.J. Hamler +3000
  • Zack Moss +3000
  • Laviska Shenault Jr. +3500
  • Michael Pittman Jr. +4000
  • Tee Higgins +4000
  • Tyler Johnson +4000
  • Lamical Perine +4000
  • K.J. Hill +4000
  • Brandon Aiyuk +4000
  • Chase Claypool +4500
  • A.J. Dillon +5000
  • Jordan Love +5000
  • Joshua Kelly +5000
  • Jalen Hurts +7500
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones +10000
  • Jacob Eason +10000
  • Jake Fromm +10000
  • Cole Kmet +10000
  • Bryan Edwards +10000
  • Brycen Hopkins +10000
  • Anthony Gordon +10000
  • Antonio Gandy-Golden +10000
  • Antonio Gibson +10000
  • Adam Trautman +10000
  • Andrew Thomas +15000
Odds & Analysis UFC 249 Ferguson-Gaethje

Odds & Analysis UFC 249 Ferguson-Gaethje

Love him or hate him, Dana White is finally getting UFC 249 off the ground after failing to launch twice. Click here for updated UFC 249 odds. Last Friday the UFC announced that UFC 249 will take place on Saturday, May 9th at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. And Dana White isn’t planning on disappointing. He has lined up a stacked card headlined by an interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.

COVID-19 forced UFC 249 to be postponed twice. First with Khabib Nurmagomedov defending his lightweight title against Ferguson in Brooklyn. The second after Gaethje stepped in for Khabib UFC and the event was set for Lemoore, California. The state governor went above White’s head to Disney, ESPN’s parent company, and asked UFC 249 not to be broadcast.

Now with Florida starting to open up with the state governor’s blessing, there is little standing in the way of UFC 249. You can watch the main card via ESPN+ Pay-Per-View. The preliminaries will be on both ESPN and streamed on ESPN+.

UFC 249 Betting Odds & Analysis

Charles Rosa +155
Bryce Mitchell -175

33-year-old featherweight Charles Rosa (12-3) has won two of his last three and comes into this bout off a verbal submission (armbar) win over Manny Bermudez in October. 25-year-old Bryce Mitchell (12-0) remained unbeaten in a dozen bouts by putting away Matt Sayles via submission (twister) in December following a trio of decision wins.

Niko Price +240
Vicente Luque -280

30-year-old welterweight Niko Price (14-3, 1 NC) has alternated wins and losses over his last five fights but managed to put away James Vick via a stunning first-round KO (up kick) in October. 28-year-old Vicente Luque (17-7) will be looking to get back in the win column after having his impressive six-fight winning streak snapped in his unanimous decision loss against Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson in November.

Uriah Hall +110
Ronaldo Souza -130

No. 10 middleweight Uriah Hall (16-9) has won two straight including a split decision win over Antonio Carlos Junior in September. No. 14 middleweight Ronaldo Souza (26-8) has lost two straight and a discouraging four of his last six fights overall including a split decision loss against Jan Blachowicz in November.

Michelle Waterson +125
Carla Esparza -145

34-year-old former Invicta Atomweight champ Michelle Waterson (17-7) will be looking to get back in the win column after having her three-fight winning streak snapped in her unanimous decision loss against Joanna Jedrzejzcykinn October. 32-year-old Carla Esparza (15-6) won the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight title back in 2014 by beating Rose Namajunas. She’s won two straight including a majority decision win over Alexa Grasso in September.

Alexey Oleinik +260
Fabricio Werdum -320

No. 12 ranked heavyweight 42-year-old Alexey Oleinik (58-13-1) snapped a two-fight skid by getting past Maurice Greene via second-round submission (armbar) at UFC 246 in January. 42-year-old former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum (23-7-1) had his two-fight winning streak snapped in his fourth-round KO (punches) loss to Alexander Volkov in March of 2018.

Yorgan De Castro +155
Greg Hardy -175

Former NFL defensive lineman turned MMA fighter Greg Hardy (5-1-0, 1 NC) will be looking to get back in the win column following his third-round unanimous decision loss against Alexander Volkov in November. It was the 31-year-old Hardy’s second loss in eight career fights, though his first defeat came by way of DQ for an illegal knee. 32-year-old Yorgan De Castro (6-0) has had his meeting against Hardy canceled twice after beating Justin Tafa via first-round KO (punch) in October.

Donald Cerrone +110
Anthony Pettis -130

The preliminary bouts are headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-14) and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (22-10). The 36-year-old Cerrone is still the No. 6 ranked welterweight and he holds the UFC record for victories with 22. However, he’s also lost three straight fights in horrific fashion. First, he fell to Tony Ferguson via second-round TKO (punches) in June. Then, he suffered a first-round TKO (head kick and punches) against Justin Gaethje in September before getting destroyed by Conor McGregor via 40-second TKO (head kick and punches) at UFC 246 in January.

Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is 33-years-old and is also looking to rejuvenate his career after suffering two straight losses and three in his last four fights overall. Pettis was on the wrong end of a second-round submission (rear-naked choke) loss against Carlos Diego Ferreira in January.

Jeremy Stephens +210
Calvin Kattar -250

No. 7 ranked featherweight Jeremy Stephens (28-17) has lost three of his last four bouts with one no-contest along the way. He’s also lost five of his last eight overall including a third-round unanimous decision defeat against Yair Rodriguez in October. No. 9 ranked Calvin Kattar (20-4) has split his last four bouts and comes into this affair off a unanimous decision loss against Zabit Magomedsharipov in November. Prior to his last four bouts, Kattar won 10 straight from March of 2010 until April of 2018.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik +240
Francis N’Gannou -280

No. 4 ranked heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik is making a name for himself. He’s 10-0 in his career and 4-0 in a quartet of UFC bouts. The 33-year-old from Suriname stands 6’2” with a 78-inch reach and comes into this bout off a thrilling fifth-round KO (punch) win over Alistair Overeem in December. No. 2 ranked heavyweight Francis Ngannou stands 6’4” with an 83-inch reach. The Cameroon native has won three straight fights including the first-round destruction of former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos in June. Ngannou has won each of his last three bouts by way of first-round knockouts – and for comparison’s sake, he also beat Overeem in 2017 – by way of first-round KO.

Dominick Cruz +200
Henry Cejudo -240

The co-headline bout on the UFC 249 card is a bantamweight title fight between champion Henry Cejudo (15-2) and Dominick Cruz (22-2). The 35-year-old Cruz stands 5’8” with a 69-inch reach. He’s won eight fights via KO, one by way of submission and 13 via decision while suffering one submission loss and one by way of decision. Cruz had his 13-fight winning streak snapped in his unanimous decision loss to Cody Garbrandt at UFC 207 in December.

The 33-year-old Cejudo stands a modest 5’4” with a 64-inch reach. The champ has won seven bouts by way of KO and eight via decision while suffering one KO loss and one decision defeat. Cejudo has won five straight fights including a third-round TKO (punches) win over Marlon Moraes at UFC 238 in June.

Justin Gaethje +150
Tony Ferguson -170

The headline bout of UFC 249 is an interim lightweight championship fight between Tony Ferguson (25-3) and Justin Gaethje (21-2). The 31-year-old Gaethje stands 5’11” with a 70-inch reach. The No. 4 lightweight in the UFC rankings has recorded 18 wins via KO, one by way of submission and two via decision. He’s also suffered four KO losses, 2 by way of submission and one via decision. Gaethje comes into this bout riding the wave of a three-fight winning streak that includes a two of KO finishes including a first-round demolition of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in September.

The 36-year-old Ferguson is the No. 1 ranked lightweight in the UFC rankings. He stands 5’11” with a 76½-inch reach. Ferguson has recorded a dozen wins by way of knockout, eight via submission and five via decision while suffering one submission loss and a pair of decision defeats. Ferguson has won 12 straight fights dating back to 2013 and comes into this bout off a second-round TKO (doctor stoppage) win over ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in June.

The Match: Champions for Charity Odds & Props

The Match: Champions for Charity Odds & Props

After the success of The Match, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are back. This time both top golfers will be paired with a duo of gridiron GOATs in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. With an expected tee-off date of late may, 5Dimes has released the odds not only to win but a heavy dose of fun props.

The Match Tiger/Manning vs. Phil/Brady Betting Odds

  • Tiger/Manning odds: -195 (bet $195 to profit $100)
  • Phil/Brady odds: +160 (bet $100 to profit $160)

The Match Props

Leader after 9 holes:

  • Tiger/Manning -160
  • Phil/Brady +120

Odds to win each hole:

  • Tiger/Manning -130
  • Phil/Brady -110

Will there be a playoff:

  • Yes +220
  • No -300

Who’s football highlight shown 1st?

  • Manning -130
  • Brady -110

Total commercials feature Peyton: 1½

  • Over +120
  • Under -160

Will Tiger wear his signature Red Nike shirt?

  • Yes -350
  • No +250

Will Brady wear a TB12 cap?

  • Yes -380
  • No +260

Will a football be spiked?

  • Yes +325
  • No -475

Will a golf ball be spiked?

  • Yes +110
  • No -150

Will any golfer say? [Yes/No]

  • Deflate +100/-140
  • Gronk -225/+168
  • Omaha +190/-270

This is a super-sized sequel to the original Match from November 2018 in which Mickelson bested Tiger to won $9 million in a playoff.

Can Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning Win The Match: Champions for Charity?

Not only did the now, 44-year-old Tiger Woods stun the world of professional golf by winning his fifth Masters championship, but the superstar also finished off the 2019 calendar year in style by finishing T2 at the MGM Resorts Challenge in October and backing that up with a win at the ZOZO Championships later that month. Woods closed out the 2019 calendar year by finishing fourth at the Hero World Challenge and came into the new year with some high hopes. However, in two tournaments since the start of 2020, Woods has had some mixed results by finishing T9 at the Farmers Insurance Open in January before recording a last place 68th finish at the Genesis Invitational in February. Shortly thereafter Woods announced has wasn’t at full health, though there was nothing serious hindering him outside of the age-old sore back and other minor maladies. Still, Tiger and Manning look like a good bet for a couple of reasons. First, Woods is the best golfer in this event and it’s not even close anymore. Second, Woods has had ample time to rest his body and practice and he should be feeling fitter than ever with so much time off.

Can Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady Win The Match: Champions for Charity?

Make no mistake about it, Phil Mickelson will go down in golf history as one of the best Americans to ever tee it up. However, the now, the 49-year-old lefty has not won a major since 2013 when he took home the hardware at the Open Championship. Mickelson did record one win in 2019 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and he won once in 2018 by taking the title at the WGC Mexico Championship. However, those are his only two victories since 2013 and that doesn’t bode well going up against a rejuvenated Tiger Woods. Still, he and Brady might be the better bet with Woods likely being rusty and maybe not taking the outcome of this event as seriously as he would a regular PGA Tour event. Manning and Brady are both 6-8 handicap golfers, so there’s no real edge for either quarterback. With Mickelson already beating Woods once in a made-for-TV event, it could happen again!

NFL Draft Odds By Position

NFL Draft Odds By Position

The 2020 NFL Draft is the deepest in years. Joe Burrow is the heavy favorite to be drafted first followed by Chase Young. After that its anybody’s guess. Keep reading for 2020 NFL Draft the betting odds on who will be picked based on their position.

NFL Draft Odds By Position

Who Will Be The Second QB Drafted?

  • Tua Tagovailoa -130
  • Justin Herbert +100
  • Jordan Love +3600
  • None of the Above +5500

Former LSU star Joe Burrow is a lock to be the first player – and quarterback – selected in the upcoming 2020 NFL draft. However, it wasn’t that long ago that former Alabama signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa was considered a ‘lock’ to be the first overall player picked. Truth be told…were in not for the unnecessary hip injury he suffered late last season, Tagovailoa would still likely be the top pick in this year’s draft. No matter, Tagovailoa is still almost universally expected to be the second quarterback to be picked in the 2020 draft, although the buzz surrounding former Oregon star Justin Herbert is real and legitimate after he showed out at the Senior Bowl and the NFL combine.

While recent reports say Miami is now hooked on Herbert with the fifth overall pick, I’m expecting either, the LA Chargers or Jacksonville Jaguars, first and foremost to go after Detroit’s third overall pick in order to land Tagovailoa. Of course, it’s possible Miami could grab Herbert and No. 5 and the Bolts could just wait to land Tua at No. 6, but I suspect one team at the very least will look to move up past the Dolphins to get Tagovailoa as the second quarterback off the board.

Who Will Be The Third QB Drafted?

  • Justin Herbert -130
  • Tua Tagovailoa +145
  • Jordan Love +930
  • Jacob Eason +6350
  • None of the Above +30000

This wager is pretty simple. If you believe recent reports that say Tua Tagovailoa could fall in the draft because of injury concerns, then you should probably pick the former Alabama gunslinger to be the third quarterback picked in this year’s draft. Tagovailoa is a gifted thrower from the pocket and he possesses the mobility required out of quarterbacks in today’s NFL. However, if you think some team will look past his history with injuries to try to leap-frog Miami at No. 5 in order to land Tagovailoa, then you should pick him to be the second quarterback taken while Herbert will be the third QB taken by the Fins at No. 5 after the classic pocket passer threw for 10,541 yards with 95 TD passes in 43 career starts at Oregon.

Who Will Be The First Running Back Drafted?

  • D’Andre Swift -245
  • Jonathan Taylor +270
  • J.K. Dobbins +1040
  • None of the Above +2725

While I personally believe that former Wisconsin star Jonathan Taylor is a generational talent and his three seasons of rushing for at least 1,977 yards certainly backs that up, by all accounts, former Georgia running back D’Andre Swift will be the first running back taken in this year’s draft after rushing for 1,218 yards and 24 touchdowns for the Bulldogs last season and 2,885 yards the last two seasons combined. Former Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins is expected to go in the second round.

Who Will Be The First Wide Receiver Drafted?

  • CeeDee Lamb -110
  • Jerry Jeudy -125
  • Henry Ruggs III +320
  • None of the Above +6600

This wager is undeniably the toughest ’first to be picked’ NFL draft odds prediction. Early on this offseason, former Alabama star Jerry Jeudy was largely expected to be the first wide receiver taken in this year’s draft. Jeudy. Who excels at route running, caught 145 passes for 2,478 yards and 24 touchdowns the last two seasons combined. Now, though, many draft pundits believe former Oklahoma standout CeeDee Lamb will be the first receiver taken. The highlight-reel playmaker hauled in 127 passes for 2,485 yards and 25 touchdowns the last two seasons combined. Lamb and Jeudy are expected to both be picked right around No. 11, 12 or 13, to the Jets, Raiders and 49ers. This one is going to be a close call, even though I thought CeeDee Lamb was by far, the best wide receiver in college football last season.

Who Will Be The First Offensive Lineman Drafted?

  • Tristan Wirfs -140
  • Mekhi Becton +423
  • Jedrick Wills +190
  • Andrew Thomas +700
  • None of the Above +4500

While I just said the race to be the first wide receiver taken was going to be the closest call, picking the first offensive lineman taken is nearly as difficult. Most NFL observers expect former Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs to be the first o-lineman taken and it’s easy to see why. Not only is Wirffs a mountain of a man at 6-5 and 322 pounds, but he’s also one of the most athletic offensive linemen anyone has ever seen and I do mean ever! Wirfs recorded a stunning 4.85 in the 40-yard dash that was better than Sam Darnold’s and Baker Mayfield’s. He also posted a 36.5-inch vertical jump, which is a modern record among offensive linemen. Last, but not least, he recorded a 10-foot-1 broad jump, which ties the all-time mark for an offensive lineman.

Then, there’s former Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton, the largest player in this year’s draft. Despite standing almost 6-8 and weighing 364 pounds, the first All-Team ACC performer recorded a 40 time of 5.10 seconds, which is considered good for an averaged size o-lineman. Last, but not least, there’s former Alabama offensive lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. The 6-5, 320-pound tackle has risen up the boards steadily and now, many believe he will be the second offensive lineman taken, ahead of Becton. Still, this one is Tristan Wirf’s to lose!

Who Will Be The First Safety Drafted?

  • Xavier McKinney -400
  • Grant Delpit +270
  • Jeremy Chinn +950
  • Antoine Winfield Jr +1375
  • None of the Above +3000

The first safety drafted wager is another easy one, which is why former Alabama star Xavier McKinney is such a huge favorite. The 6-1, 200-pounder can cover receivers coming in his area or lay the big stick on opposing runners. He’s expected to be picked, possibly by Dallas at No. 17 or Miami at No. 18. He’s also the only safety expected to be picked in the opening round with former LSU star Grant Delpit expected to go early in the second round.

NFL Draft 3rd Pick Odds & Who the Experts Are Picking

NFL Draft 3rd Pick Odds & Who the Experts Are Picking

Currently, the Detroit Lions are sitting on the third overall pick. With Joe Burrow and Chase Young expected to go first and second, let’s take a closer look at the odds on who will be picked third overall.

NFL Draft 3rd Pick Odds & Who the Experts Are Picking

CB Jeff Okudah drafted #3 +125

After parting ways with veteran Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay during the free-agent signing period, the Lions could use the third overall pick to replace him and Okudah undeniably has the look of a player with future pro Bowl potential. Nabbing the shutdown corner would allow Detroit to address a pass defense that ranked dead last against the pass a year ago.

CB Jeff Okudah not drafted #3 -155

There are also a couple of good reasons why the Lions shouldn’t pick Okudah here. Detroit could probably trade down from this spot and still land Okudah inside the top 10 picks. The Lions also need help at the linebacker position and they probably need to start looking for their next franchise quarterback as Matthew Stafford ages. I say the chances of the Lions keeping the pick and using it on Okudah are fairly high.

QB Tua Tagovailoa drafted #3 +230

While there haven’t been many predictions of Detroit going for the former Alabama star with the third overall pick, there are plenty of positives if they do. Tagovailoa would give them the young quarterback they’ll need in order to move on from Matt Stafford which they’ll be doing in a couple of seasons at most. Tagovailoa looks like a can’t-miss prospect, and they’d take no PR hits because of the selection.

QB Tua Tagovailoa not drafted #3 -290

If the Lions do take Tua here, they’ll be forsaking the chance to pick up another couple of picks via a trade that could help them improve their roster faster than keeping the pick would. Also, with such an uninspiring offensive line, it certainly wouldn’t make any sense to put a young signal-caller behind them. I don’t see Detroit going for Tua here at all!

The teams that should trade up to get Tagovailoa here are the Dolphins and Chargers.

ILB Isaiah Simmons drafted #3 +750

Picking gifted former Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons here certainly wouldn’t be the worst move ever. The Lions, as previously mentioned, were completely horrific on defense a year ago in finishing 26th in points allowed (26.4 ppg) and they need help at all three levels. Simmons is a sideline-to-sideline play-maker that would cover a lot of the Lions’ defensive weaknesses.

ILB Isaiah Simmons not drafted #3 -1370

The downside to choosing Simmons here is that the Lions have a more pressing need in the secondary and Simmons doesn’t address those needs playing linebacker, although he would start right away. The team that should trade up for Simmons are the New York Giants, although I suspect they’ll go for an offensive lineman. Philadelphia could also use some help at linebacker, but they have more pressing needs at wide receiver.

EDGE Chase Young drafted #3 +875

The pros to getting the seriously gifted Chase Young at No. 3 are obvious. He’s a generational talent at defensive end and he could wreak havoc on opponents passing and rushing attacks which would help the Lions’ defense on two fronts.

EDGE Chase Young not drafted #3 -1560

The thought against picking Young here is also evident. First off, he’ll probably be gone by the time the third pick rolls around. His effectiveness could also take a hit with no ‘real’ help on the defensive line and Young can’t cover receivers downfield, which is where the Lions are most vulnerable right now.

The teams that should try to go after Young if he falls this far are the Redskins if they trade back one spot, Carolina who could move up from No. 7 and an Atlanta team at No. 16, that needs help on the defensive side of the ball in a big way.

DL Derrick Brown drafted #3 +1300

Former Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown is seriously gifted and runs faster than both, Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold. His presence along the defensive line would help shore up a run defense that finished 21st in yards allowed per game (115.9 ypg) while providing some push up the middle against opposing quarterbacks.

DL Derrick Brown not drafted #3 -2575

Unfortunately, Brown won’t be able to help defend passes in the second and third tiers of the defense and he just wouldn’t have much quality help on the defensive line. Carolina, Atlanta or even Baltimore could use Brown’s services.

Okudah/Tua/Young/Simmons/Brown #3 -1370

Since I’ve already mentioned all of the aforementioned players in this draft odds wager, it’s time to find out just how possible it is that Detroit could pick another player with the third overall pick. It’s possible that Detroit could favor former Oregon star Justin Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa or maybe even, former Utah State star Jordan Love, although I think that would be a huge stretch. Three offensive linemen, Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirffs and Jedrick Wills, are also looking like top prospects that Detroit could potentially go after if they decide shoring up their offensive line is a bigger are of need than anyone else thinks.

Any other player drafted third +750

The ‘cons’ against picking any player besides one of the aforementioned five players would be a catastrophic fan backlash that takes a backseat only to more years of losing if one of the four players listed in this wager goes n to have franchise-changing success. Just think, Chicago blew it by passing on both, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in favor of the mediocre Mitch Trubisky. If the Lions pass on Tua and take Herbert, or any other player that is not deemed top three worthy, it could set them back for years to come.

The team that needs help at the corners that should probably trade up if they really want Okudah is the Arizona Cardinals. The team the experts at CBS predicted Detroit will nab Okudah at No. 3. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay likes the Lions to keep the pick and get Okudah here while colleague Mel Kiper likes Okudah here in his latest mock draft!

NFL Draft Position Over-Under Odds By Player

NFL Draft Position Over-Under Odds By Player

It is NFL Draft week and you can bet the Over-Under on every top player’s draft position.

NFL Draft Position Over-Under Odds By Player

EDGE Chase Young: 2½
O +650
U -1175

Former Ohio State superstar defensive end Chase Young is a generational talent that is almost universally regarded as the best overall player in this year’s draft. At 6-5, and 265 pounds, Young is a freakish athlete that can blow up offensive lines by bull-rushing interior offensive linemen or he can use his pure speed and athleticism to burn opposing tackles and take down the quarterbacks before they ever knew what hit them.

With former Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera taking over in the nation’s capital and looking to remake the Skins in his defensive-minded image, it’s a virtual lock that Washington will take Young with the second overall pick. Of course, Washington could pass on Young and try to land their quarterback of the future, but I think that scenario is unlikely, seeing as how young quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a ton of potential and Rivera brought in former Panthers signal-caller Kyle Allen, presumably to compete with him for the starting job. I just don’t see Rivera passing on a game-changing defensive talent like Young, who will start and make an impact right away as a rookie!

QB Tua Tagovailoa: 3½
O -260
U +200

The former Alabama star was largely expected to go to Miami with the fifth overall pick in the draft, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore. Reports say that the Fins are in love with former Oregon signal-caller Justin Herbert and now I think Miami will pass on Tua if he’s even on the board at No. 5. Right now, I believe one of the league’s most quarterback-needy teams could try to trade up with the Detroit Lions who own the third pick in the draft. The L.A. Chargers own the sixth pick in the draft and they should be looking to address their long-term needs under center. Jacksonville also needs a quarterback unless you believe they’re all in on Gardner Minshew after his fine rookie season. I’m going to say it probably a 50-50 cal on whether Tagovailoa goes before or after the third overall pick.

QB Justin Herbert: 5½
O -150
U +120

With the most recent draft rumors saying that Miami is locked in on Herbert with the fifth overall pick, I’m going on record right now to say that it’s a near-lock that he goes off the board before the sixth overall pick. While Herbert’s leadership skills and lack of intensity have been much bandied about this offseason, there’s no doubt that he’s supremely gifted. Standing 6-6 and weighing 237 pounds, Herbert has a strong arm and enough mobility to extend plays when he’s forced out of the pocket. He lit it up at the senior bowl and backed that performance up with another stellar showing at the NFL Combine. After Joe Burrow goes first, Herbert will go second at No. 5 if nobody jumps past Miami to land Tua Tagovailoa.

CB Jeff Okudah: 4½
O +100
U -130

Detroit owns the third pick in the draft and they’ve repeatedly been linked to former Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah. Now though, reports say the Lions are engaging in trade talks with teams that would like to move up to No. 3, most likely, to nab former Alabama signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa. I believe the NFC North cellar dwellers are going to pull the trigger on a trade in order to get a few more picks and improve their uninspiring roster. Detroit could probably land Okudah at No. 6 if they trade with the Chargers and I’m going to say there’s a high probability of that happening.

LB Isaiah Simmons: 7½
O +260
U -350

I love Isaiah Simmons’ sideline-to-sideline play-making abilities. With a unique blend of size and speed, the 6-4, 230-pound linebacker and former Clemson star can do it all. From covering tight ends and running backs out of the backfield to stuffing the run and taking down opposing quarterbacks, Simmons is almost literally all over the field. Simmons is a near-lock to go off the board inside the top seven picks. The Giants could easily select him at No. 4 to help improve a defense that finished 30th in points allowed last season (28.2 ppg). New York could also go for Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs to protect franchise quarterback Daniel Jones. At worst, I suspect new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule will look to nab Simmons with the seventh overall pick.

DL Derrick Brown: 8½
O +130
U -160

Former Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown can run over, through or around opposing offensive linemen and that’s not something you see every day out of an interior defensive lineman. The massive, 6-5, 318-pounder has recorded an impressive 22 tackles for loss the last two seasons combined while adding 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He could go to Carolina at No. 7, but if that doesn’t happen I suspect he’ll fall outside the top 10, possibly to Atlanta at No. 16 or Miami at No. 18, particularly seeing as how he had an uneven NFL combine performance.

OL Mekhi Becton: 8½
O -140
U +110

Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton could go 10th to Cleveland or possibly 14th to Tampa bay to help protect Tom Brady. The 6-7, 369-pound behemoth will either be the second or third offensive lineman off the board after Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs and possibly Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr., but he definitely won’t be going inside the top 10.

OL Andrew Thomas: 10½
O -160
U +130

6-5, 320-pound former Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas will be the fourth offensive lineman taken, possibly by Tampa Bay at No. 14 or Denver at No. 15.

OL Jedrick Wills: 8½
O +110
U -140

The 6-5, 320-pound Wills Jr. has risen up the draft boards recently to potentially overtake Louisville’s Mekhi Becton as the second offensive lineman to be picked in this year’s draft. Wills Jr. could end up in Cleveland at No. 10, or the New York Jets at No. 11 or possibly, Tampa Bay at No. 14, though it’s not expected that he’ll still be available then.

WR Jerry Jeudy: 11½
O -145
U +115

Former Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy could be the first receiver taken in this year’s draft by Jacksonville at No. 9, though I think it’s far more likely that he’ll end up with either the Jets, Raiders or 49ers at 11, 12 and 13 respectively.

WR CeeDee Lamb: 12½
O +115
U -145

I’m expecting Lamb to be the first receiver taken in this year’s draft, like Jeudy, most likely at No. 11, 12 or 13, although the Jaguars aren’t out of the question at No. 8 if they really believe Gardner Minshew is the answer under center.

QB Jordan Love: 19½
O -140
U +110

I’ve watched a ton of tape on the 6-4, 225-pound Love and I can see why he’s being viewed as a player with immense potential. Love has a huge arm and great mobility. While he needs to improve his decision-making, Love could go anywhere from inside the top 10, to the middle of the draft or even fall into the 20s. Jacksonville could swing for the fences at No. 8 or hope that he’s still available at No. 20. Oakland could be looking for Derek Carr’s successor at No. 18 and New England could be looking for their heir apparent to Tom Brady at No. 23.

DL Javon Kinlaw: 15½
O +170
U -215

You might not know much about the 6-6, 310-pound former South Carolina star, but he’s a player that has Pro Bowl potential after racking up 15 tackles for loss and 10 sacks the last two seasons combined.

WR Henry Ruggs III: 13½
O -105
U -125

Ruggs III will be the third receiver taken in this year’s draft behind CeeDee Lamb and former Alabama teammate Jerry Jeudy. The 6-0 190-pound speedster will be the biggest target in round one if he slips past the teens.

CB CJ Henderson: 16½
O +215
U -275

The 5-1, 202-pound former Florida cornerback is a versatile defender in the secondary that can play both, cornerback or safety. He could go to Las Vegas at No. 12, Carolina at No. 14, Dallas at No. 17 or he could slip to San Francisco at No. 31.

EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson: 16½
O -145
U +115

The 6-4, 205-pound former LSU linebacker could end up in Atlanta at No. 16 or Seattle at No. 27.

LB Kenneth Murray: 19½
O -300
U +240

The 6-2, 234-pound Murray is one of several gifted linebackers in this year’s draft. Several mock drafts have the versatile defender being drafted by Jacksonville at No. 20, New Orleans at No. 24. or Baltimore at No. 28.

WR Justin Jefferson: 21½
O +100
U -130

6-3, 192-pound former LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson is another player that has risen up on a lot of teams’ draft boards and for good reason. Jefferson has great size, speed, and hands. He could go to Denver at No. 15, Green Bay at No. 21 or Minnesota at No. 22.

CB Kristian Fulton: 24½
O -125
U -105

The 6-0, 200-pound former LSU cornerback won’t be picked before other corners like Jeffrey Okudah, C.J. Henderson and A.J. Terrell and most observers don’t expect him to be picked until the second round, possibly by Carolina with the 38th overall selection.

OL Josh Jones: 25½
O -135
U +105

6-2, 220-pound former Houston tackle Josh Jones has also risen up on a lot of draft boards lately. He’s now predicted to go anywhere between No. 26 to Miami or No. 33 to Cincinnati, although some draft pundits believe the Fins could try to nab the athletic offensive lineman as high as No. 18.

LB Patrick Queen: 25½
O +105
U -135

The 6-1, 227-pound former LSU linebacker has great burst and tackling ability. After racking up 85 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and three sacks a year ago, Queen could go to Philadelphia at No. 21, New Orleans at No. 24 or No. 28 to Baltimore.

S Xavier McKinney: 25½
O +145
U -175

6-1, 200-pound former Alabama safety Xavier McKinney is a versatile defender that can play close up to the line of scrimmage to stop the run or deeper in coverage as a safety to stop opposing receivers and tight ends. McKinney, who recorded a whopping 95 tackles, three interceptions and three safeties a year ago, could go to Dallas at No. 17, Miami at No. 18 or even New England at No. 23 in a worst case scenario.

EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos: 27½
O +140
U -170

The 6-5, 264-pound former Penn State defensive end had a whopping 14.5 tackles for loss last season while adding an impressive nine sacks for good measure. Gross-Matos could go as high as No. 17 to Dallas. Most draft experts, however, expect him to be picked somewhere in the mid-20s, possibly to Minnesota at No. 25 or Tennessee at No. 29.

Which College Will Have The Most 1st Round Picks?

NFL Draft Over-Under Odds By College

Which college will have the most first-round NFL draft picks is the final yardstick each program will measure itself before the start of the upcoming season. Keep reading for the Over-Under odds on the number of first-round picks from each of the top college football programs in the nation.

NFL Draft Over-Under Odds By College

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • O 5½ +115
  • U 5½ -145

The most players ever selected in the first round of the NFL Draft from Alabama – or any other SEC school – is four.

The perennially-powerful Crimson Tide had four players go in the first round in 2011, 2012, 2017 and 2018. This year, southpaw gunslinger Tua Tagovailoa is almost certainly going to be a top-five pick after throwing for 7,442 yards with 87 TD passes and just 11 interceptions in 32 starts.

Joining Tagovailoa as a first-round selection will be 6-5, 305-pound tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. The hulking behemoth is expected to go inside the top 15 picks, possibly to Arizona or the New York Jets. Then, there’s wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. The 6-1, 192-pound expert route runner is expected to be either the first or second wide receiver selected in this year’s draft, possibly to Las Vegas, the Jets or San Francisco at No. 13 if he’s still on the board.

Super speedy wide receiver Henry Ruggs will be the next Alabama player taken in the first round and if he drops past 20, expect a few teams to try to trade up to land the speedy wide-out. The fourth and final Alabama player to be picked in the opening round is safety Xavier McKinney, a cerebral 6-1, 185-pound player that looks like a perfect fit in Dallas with the 17th overall selection.

Auburn Tigers

  • O 1½ +260
  • U 1½ -350

When it comes to Auburn, monster interior defensive lineman and 2019 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Derrick Brown will become the first Auburn player to go in the first round since 2014, when offensive tackle Greg Robinson went at No. 2 to the St. Louis Rams and defensive end Dee Ford went at No. 23 to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Then, there’s cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, a versatile player that is expected to go late in the first round, possibly to Frisco at No. 31. All-SEC and second-team All-American defensive end Marlon Davidson could also be one of the final players picked in the opening round, though only one Auburn player is a first-round lock this year!

Clemson Tigers

  • O 1½ -260
  • U 1½ +200

If you haven’t seen 6-4, 230-pound sideline-to-sideline play-making linebacker Isaiah Simmons, then you missed seeing one of the best linebackers in recent memory this past season. He’s a lock to go inside the top 10, possibly to the Giants at No. 4 or Carolina at No. 7. Fleet-footed Tigers wide receiver Tee Higgins is also widely expected to go somewhere in the first round, possibly to receiver-needy Green Bay with the 30th overall selection. Last, but not least, cornerback A.J. Terrell could also go off the board in the opening round, possibly to New Orleans at No. 24 or Frisco at No. 31 to play opposite of veteran Richard Sherman.

Georgia

  • O 1½ -155
  • U 1½ +125

Virtually every NFL expert and every mock draft have two Bulldogs going off the board in the first round. 6-5, 320-pound tackle Andrew Thomas could go to Tampa Bay at No. 14 to protect Tom Brady or possibly to Denver at No. 15, where their offensive line needs some serious upgrades. Then, there’s ‘swift’ running back D’Andre Swift, pardon the pun. Most experts believe the versatile running back will be the final pick of the opening round, to Super Bowl champion Kansas City.

LSU

  • O 5½ +270
  • U 5½ -360

Quarterback Joe Burrow is a lock t go first overall to Cincinnati after throwing for 5,761 yards with a mind-boggling 60 touchdown passes this past season while leading LSU to the national championship. Then, there’s a trio of other Tigers players that will all go off the board in the first round. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson could go to Philadelphia at No. 21. the Birds could also go for linebacker Patrick Queen, who also looks like he could go to Baltimore with the 28th overall pick. The fourth and final LSU player to go in the opening round will be linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson who could go to Atlanta at No. 16 or possibly to Seattle with the 27th pick.

Ohio State

  • O 2½ +425
  • U 2½ -610

As far as Ohio State is concerned, it’s almost universally expected that the Buckeyes will have just two players picked in the opening round of this year’s draft. However, both, look like top five selections. First, there’s superstar defensive end

Chase Young. The 6-5, 265-pound mountain of a man is mobile, agile and hostile and is widely regarded as the best overall player in the draft. He’ll almost surely go to Washington with the second overall pick. Then, there’s 6-1, 200-pound cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, a player that has height, speed, range, and uncanny cover skills.

Oklahoma

  • O 2 -150
  • U 2 +120

I know there was a polarizing debate until recently, over whether Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy or Oklahoma speedster CeeDee Lamb should be the first wide receiver taken in this draft, but now, the consensus is largely leaning toward Lamb, the guy I believe is the best wide receiver in this year’s draft. Lamb hauled in 62 passes this past season for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging a nation’s best 21.4 yards per catch. Lamb could win up with either the Jets, Raiders or 49ers with the 11th, 12th, and 13th picks respectively. Former 6-2, 234-pound Sooners linebacker Kenneth Murray could go to Jacksonville and No. 20, Philly at No. 21 or New Orleans at No. 24.

Odds On Where The Top NFL Draft Picks Will Land

Odds On Where The Top NFL Draft Picks Will Land

Sure, the Cincinnati Bengals are locks to select former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft, but after that, who knows what could happen! Could Ron Rivera, Jack Del Rio and the new regime in Washington shock everyone by passing on Ohio State defensive end Chase Young with the second overall pick? Could some quarterback-needy team entice the Detroit Lions into trading the third overall pick? Will Tua Tagovailoa end up in Miami as has been widely speculated or could the LA Chargers beat the Fins to the punch?

Odds On Where The Top NFL Draft Picks Will Land

J. Burrow drafted #1 overall -4500
J. Burrow not drafted #1 overall +1800

Will the Bengals bungle it by passing on Burrow after saying they are completely committed to taking the championship-winning former LSU signal-caller? Nope. Believe it or not, this pick is such a lock selection that not even director of player personnel Duke Tobin can mess it up. Burrow played high school football in Ohio he showed some serious NFL talent a year ago while passing for a stunning 5,761 yards with 60 TD passes and six interceptions. No way does Cincy pass on Burrow as they get set to part ways with longtime veteran Andy Dalton. It’s seemingly a good fit for both the player and the team. Sure, it’s gonna’ cost you a cool $4500, but Burrow is a lock to go first overall. 

J. Okudah drafted #3 overall +145
J. Okudah not drafted #3 overall -175

It once seemed like the Detroit Lions were a lock to take former Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah with the third overall pick in the draft, but things have changed recently. Reports say that GM Brian Quinn is listening to offers from other teams. Could Detroit keep the third overall pick and go for Tua Tagovailoa as the heir apparent to Matt Stafford?

Could the Lions find a likely trade partner with a Miami team that owns the fifth overall pick has multiple other early picks? Is it possible the Los Angeles Chargers make an offer that Detroit can’t refuse?  I’m going to say the Lions pass on Okudah at No. 3 and trade back with either Miami or the LA Bolts and get their man at No. 5 or No. 6. 

T. Tagovailoa drafted #3 overall +275
T. Tagovailoa not drafted #3 overall -365

Pretty much every early mock draft had Tagovailoa going to the Miami Dolphins with the fifth overall pick, but that’s no longer the case, even if Dolphins GM Chris Grier and head coach Brian Flores are in love with the former Alabama star. The LA Chargers could make an offer to the Lions that puts them in the driver’s seat at No. 3 or Miami, with a ton of draft capital, could choose to move up two spots to ensure they get their guy. I think its highly likely that the Lions try to acquire a few more picks to help their rebuild by trading back a few spots so either Miami or L.A. lands Tua with the third overall pick. 

C. Young drafted #3 overall +600
C. Young not drafted #3 overall -1050

The Redskins have been widely expected to take Ohio State defensive end, Chase Young, with the second overall pick – and I suspect that’s exactly what they’ll do after hiring no-nonsense former Panthers head coach Ron Rivera who is a defensive-minded leader. However, since the Skins have no GM and they’ve blown it on several occasions with Bruce Allen calling the shots, I guess anything’s possible. The Skins could use the second overall pick to nab a quarterback. They could also trade the pick to a tea desperate for a franchise quarterback while moving back a few spots. In the end though, Rivera will select Young, a player that’s been widely considered to be the best in the entire 2020 NFL Draft. No way do the Skins pass on a player that has perennial Pro Bowler written all over his career. Young is off the board by the time the third pick takes place. 

I. Simmons drafted #3 overall +800
I. Simmons not drafted #3 overall -1475

If you haven’t seen much of the former Clemson superstar, then you should know that Isaiah Simmons is a sideline-to-sideline playmaker of the highest order. Having said that though, I don’t see any way he goes third overall in such a quarterback loaded draft. If Detroit keeps the third overall pick, they could go for Simmons although I think head coach Matt Patricia would be wise to implore GM Brian Quinn to nab cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, particularly after parting ways with Pro Bowl corner Darius Slay during the free-agent signing period. 

D. Brown drafted #3 overall +1350
D. Brown not drafted #3 overall -2775

Derrick Brown, the former star defensive tackle at Auburn is in the same boat as Isaiah Simmons. Brown looks like he has the talent to become a perennial Pro Bowler, but in a draft where Burrow and Young are virtual locks to go first and second and a handful of projected franchise quarterbacks available to several quarterback-needy teams, Brown won’t go off the board until somewhere around the 10th overall pick, although he is a mountain of a man! 

Okudah/Tua/Young/Simmons/Brown #3 overall -2375
Any other player drafted third overall +1250

Even with all of the potential trade scenarios on the board, I don’t think there’s any way that one of the five players featured in this fun-filled wager isn’t going to be picked with the third overall pick. The Lions could keep the third pick and go for Jeffery Okudah or they could look to draft their successor to Matthew Stafford. Detroit could trade the pick to a handful of quarterback-needy teams who would then almost certainly go for Tua Tagovailoa. Last, but not least, if Chase Young doesn’t go second overall, there’s no way he could slip to the third pick right? 

J. Herbert second quarterback drafted +215
Any other quarterback drafted second -275

J. Herbert draft position over 5½ -155
J. Herbert draft position under 5½ +125

There’s been a lot said about Herbert, the former signal-caller at Oregon. However, after the strong-armed signal-caller put on a show at the senior bowl and backed that up with another impressive performance at the NFL combine, there’s almost no way that he doesn’t go inside the top five picks. If the Lions trade the third overall pick, either Miami or the LA Chargers could go for Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa because of lingering concerns about the hip injury he suffered late last season. Herbert has been knocked for a lack of on-field leadership skills, but he can definitely sling the ball as well as any quarterback in this draft. There’s a shot Herbert could be the second quarterback picked, although my guess is that he’ll be the third QB picked. Still, Herbert will almost certainly be off the board by the time the sixth picks rolls around. 

D. Swift first running back drafted -200
Any other running back drafted first +163

J. Taylor first running back drafted +180
Any other running back drafted first -240

I’ve got two wagers in the spotlight here since they’re both centered around the first running back being taken in this year’s draft. Former Georgia star D’Andre Swift and former Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor are universally expected to be the top two running backs picked in the 2020 NFL draft, with almost every draft pundit predicting that Swift will be the first back off the board, followed in short order, by Taylor. While Swift racked up 1,218 rushing yards and 24 scores last season, Taylor has been setting records almost since he walked on to the campus at Wisconsin. Taylor rushed for 1,977 yards and 13 scores as a freshman and backed that up by putting up 2,194 yards and 16 scores as a junior in 2018. A year ago, Taylor ran for 2,003 yards and 21 scores. For me, Taylor is the best back in this year’s draft, but the fleet-footed Swift will still be the first running back taken. Either back is a possibility for Miami at No. 18 or No. 26, Baltimore at No. 28 or the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs at No. 32. 

C. Lamb first wide receiver drafted +170
Any other wide receiver drafted first -215

There’s been a lot of speculation on whether former Oklahoma star CeeDee Lamb will be the first wide receiver taken or whether it will be Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy. Lamb put up 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 scores in 2019 while Jeudy had 77 catches for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns. While Jeudy is known for his exceptional route-running, Lamb is simply explosive and excelled despite not having another first-round talent opposite him as Jeudy did with teammate Henry Ruggs also expected to go in the first round of this receiver-rich draft. I personally think it’s a no-brainer that CeeDee Lamb goes first overall, possibly to the Jets at No. 11 while Jeudy goes to Las Vegas one pick later. 

J. Hurts drafted in second round +155
J. Hurts drafted in any other round round -185

Last, but not least, I’ve got to offer up some thoughts on former Alabama and Oklahoma signal-caller Jalen Hurts. While Hurts won one national championship during his sophomore season at Alabama and helped the Tide reach the national CFP three times before transferring to Oklahoma where he passed for 3,851 yards with 32 TD passes and eight interceptions last season while finishing second in the Heisman Trophy race. I personally think Hurts is a winner of the highest order and one whose skill set would fare well in today’s NFL where mobility is a must for almost every quarterback not named Tom Brady. Still, Hurts has been projected as a third-round pick because he struggles once he gets past his first read. Then again, many pundits believe Hurts could go in the second round, possibly to New England with the 45th pick as the heir apparent to Tom Brady if Jarrett Stidham doesn’t answer the bell this coming campaign. Other possible landing spots could be with Detroit, Indianapolis or Jacksonville. I’m going with Hurts to be picked in the second round even if the third round has generally been the consensus for when he’ll be picked. 

2020 College Football Week 1's Top Games

2020 College Football Week 1’s Top Games

The first week of the 2020 college football season kicks off on Saturday, August 29, but if you’re a collegiate gridiron betting enthusiast, then you know it’s never too early to start preparing for the start of a brand new season. With that here are College Football Week 1’s top games and betting spreads.

2020 College Football Week 1’s Top Games

Hawaii at Arizona
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Spread: Arizona -10.5

Hawaii is coming off an encouraging 10-5 campaign that saw them reach the Mountain West Championship for the first time in program history. However, the Rainbow Warriors saw talented quarterback Cole MacDonald bolt for the greener pastures of the NFL with a season of eligibility remaining. Things haven’t gone well at all for Arizona since Kevin Sumlin took over two years ago. The Wildcats went a pitiful 4-8 last season and could struggle again in 2020 under relatively inexperienced sophomore signal-caller Grant Gunnell.

Navy at Notre Dame – Dublin, Ireland
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Spread: Notre Dame -14

Navy went a fantastic 11-2 last season, but the Midshipmen lost record-setting quarterback Malcolm Perry to graduation and were routed by Notre Dame 52-20 in South Bend. But all eyes will be on the Irish playing in Dublin with returning starter Ian Book under center for one final season, giving Brian Kelly’s team a decided edge in this ‘Week 0’ opener.

Clemson at Georgia Tech
September 3, 2020
Spread: Clemson -26

If you’re worried about perennially-powerful Clemson covering the high point spread in this Week 1 matchup against Georgia Tech, then you should know that, since their 2017 road loss at Syracuse, the Tigers have won 22 straight ACC games by an average of 32.8 points per game, including their 52-14 home win over three-win Georgia Tech last season.

BYU at Utah
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Spread: Utah -4.5

BYU has gone 7-6 in consecutive seasons and the Cougars enter 2020 with questions on both sides of the ball, starting at quarterback where Zach Wilson looks like he’ll be challenged. Utah went a fantastic 11-3 last season and has won consecutive Pac-12 South titles in the last two seasons. The bad news is that the Utes will be in a bit of a rebuild in 2020 after losing crucial starters in quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss. Still, Utah has won nine straight in the ‘Holy War’ series.

Oregon State at Oklahoma State
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Spread: Oklahoma State -16.5

Oregon State has won a grand total of seven games in two seasons under head coach Jonathan Smith while the program has recorded more than six wins just once in the last 10 seasons. Oklahoma State went a modest 8-5 a year ago, but they look poised to improve in 2020 behind gifted redshirt junior running back Chubba Hubbard who led the nation in rushing last season with a jaw-dropping 2,094 yards and 21 scores.

Indiana at Wisconsin
Friday, September 4, 2020
Spread: Wisconsin -12.5

Indiana had one of their best seasons in recent memory by going 8-5 in 2019 and the Hoosiers have a talented dual-threat signal-caller in Michael Penix – if he can stay upright and healthy. For Wisconsin, the Badgers are coming off a solid 10-win season. Wisconsin will be solid defensively in 2020, but Paul Chryst has to decide early on if Jack Coan gives them the best of winning moving forward.

North Carolina at Central Florida
Friday, September 4, 2020
Spread: Central Florida -3

The Tar Heels are coming off an uninspiring 7-6 campaign that saw them finish fifth in the ACC Coastal division. Central Florida went 10-3 in the AAC and the Knights have been one of the nation’s best ‘mid-major’ programs for a few years now, which precedes me saying that I definitely wouldn’t be shocked to see Central Florida take care of business in this Week 1 opener.

West Virginia vs. Florida State – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Spread: Florida State -6.5

The Mountaineers sank to five wins a year ago after winning seven games or more in six of the previous seven seasons under head coach Dana Holgorsen. Florida State will be heading in a new direction under head coach Mike Norvell after posting losing records in each of the last two seasons under Willie Taggart. While there’s no place to go but up for the Seminoles after they went an uninspiring 6-7 a year ago, there are big question marks at quarterback in Tallahassee.

Alabama vs. USC – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Spread: Alabama -15

Nick Saban has boatloads of elite recruits coming in every year, but the Tide will have a new starting quarterback in 2020 whether that will be redshirt junior Mac Jones, five-star recruit Bryce Young or Taulia Tagovailoa, the four-star recruit of brother Tua Tagovailoa. For USC. quarterback Kedon Slovis is coming off a fantastic season where he passed for 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2019. Unfortunately, the Trojans have also finished fifth or worse in the PAC-12 in points allowed in each of the last four years and the last time they played Alabama they were crushed 52-6 back in 2016.

Mississippi vs. Baylor – NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Spread: Mississippi -1.5

There’s a buzz going in Oxford as polarizing head coach Lane Kiffin returns to the SEC where he’ll take over for the forgettable Matt Luke. For Baylor, assistant Dave Aranda replaces former head coach Matt Rhule. Aranda has an experienced quarterback in Charlie Brewer, but he also inherits a defense that will be without eight starters from last season’s 11-win squad.

Michigan at Washington
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Spread: Pk

Michigan went a decent, 9-4 a year ago, but ‘decent’ isn’t what was expected out of Jim Harbaugh when he took the job at his beloved Alma mater, national championship-contending teams were. Now, the Wolverines will enter 2020 with a ton of question marks, starting qt quarterback following the graduation of starter Shea Patterson. Washington will have a new head coach in 20202 as longtime assistant Jimmy Lake replaces former head coach Chris Petersen. Not only that, but the Huskies need to find a replacement under center for Jacob Eason, not to mention a pair of starters on the offensive line and 1,000-yard rusher Salvon Ahmed.

Georgia vs. Virginia – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Monday, September 7, 2020
Spread: Georgia -18

Georgia went a stellar 12-2 last season, but the Bulldogs lost starting quarterback Jake Fromm and elusive running back D’Andre Swift among other key performers. While Virginia went an encouraging 8-5 a year ago, the Cavaliers will have their hands full in this one, seeing as how Kirby Smart has produced an elite defense every season since taking over the program in 2016.

Bet The NBA's HORSE Challenge

Bet The NBA’s HORSE Challenge

NBA H-O-R-S-E Challenge Takes Center Stage in the Basketball Universe

Get ready for some basketball action with current and past stars from the NBA and WNBA. The NBA and ESPN have finalized plans to televise a HORSE shooting competition, featuring NBA stars Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zach LaVine of Chicago as well as women’s roundball Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings and a few other recently retired NBA alumni throwing down in a single-elimination format.

Young will face off against Chauncey Billups while Catchings takes on Utah jazz point guard Mike Conley. LaVine will do battle against former Boston Celtics superstar Paul Pierce while CP3 takes on Allie Quigley of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. Title sponsor State Farm will donate more than $200,000 in support of coronavirus response efforts.

Odds FOR/AGAINST Winning NBA Horse Challenge

  • Trae Young +305/-425
  • Chris Paul +305/-425
  • Zach LaVine +355/-535
  • Mike Conley Jr. +460/-780
  • Paul Pierce +800/-1700
  • Chauncey Billups +850/-1750
  • Allie Quigley +1100/-2300
  • Tamika Catchings +1250/-2750

Trae Young

Young put up a stellar 29.6 points per game this season in just his second year in the NBA. All I can say is that if Young faces an opponent that can’t consistently make shots from long range, then this tournament is an absolute wrap!

Chris Paul

The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard and future Hall of Famer has put up 17.7 points per game this season while owning a career average of 18.5 points and 9.5 assists per game. The aptly-named CP3 is sneaky good from behind the arc, as he owns a career 37.0 percent shooting mark from downtown.

Zach LaVine

The Bulls shooting guard is averaging a career-high 25.5 points per game this season. You may already know that LaVine is one of basketball’s best high-flying dunkers. What you may not know is that he also drained 38.0 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. If dunks are allowed, LaVine will easily win, but since I suspect they won’t be, he’ll have his work cut out.

Mike Conley Jr.

The Utah Jazz point guard has career averages of 14.8 points and 37.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The heady and gifted lefty could surprise!

Paul Pierce

P Squared as he is appropriately known as, put up 19.7 points per game in his career while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from distance. I’m expecting him to pull off a couple of ‘old guy’ Horse shots in this fun-filled affair.

Chauncey Billups

The former NBA champion retired with career averages of 15.2 points and 5.4 assists per game while shooting a modest 41.5 percent from the field. However, Billups, who was once called ‘Mr. Big Shot’ for his propensity for draining timely ‘big shots’ looks like a player that could challenge for the win, even if he hasn’t suited up since hanging up his sneakers following the 2013-14 NBA season.

Allie Quigley

The Chicago Sky point guard is a three-time all-star that has put up 10.3 points per game while shooting a blistering 39.9 percent from beyond the arc. Could Quigley pull off an upset by hitting consistently from deep? I think so!

Tamika Catchings

Former Tennessee and Indiana Fever superstar might be in the Hall of Fame following her 2016 retirement from the game, but she put up a healthy 16.1 points and 7.3 boards per game during her fine career. Catchings is a long shot though that owns a career 41.5 percent shooting mark from the field and 35.5 percent mark from downtown.