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I am the widow of Sean “Tony” Creighton. Sean worked incredibly hard to provide the best online sports-betting experience to the 5Dimes community. Other than his children, it was definitely his proudest accomplishment. I am so humbled and gratified by the many loyal customers who love the 5Dimes brand.

Many of you are asking about the brand’s future. I am limited in what I can disclose right now, but there are definitely some positive surprises in store for you. I am working with experts and consultants to make sure that the brand that you have come to love is well represented in the regulated U.S. market.

Based on what I’ve heard, a lot of you want that, too! Stay tuned, and please come back again soon for updates!

Top MLB Games Sept 14-20

Top MLB Games Sept 14-20

With the 2020 MLB regular season nearing the completion of its shortened 60-game schedule and teams in both, the American and National leagues looking to lock down a postseason berth, it’s time to take a look at the week ahead. The week kicks off with a huge, prime time showdown between the top two teams in the AL Central and concludes with a pair of desperate AL West teams looking to make a late run for a potential playoff appearance. 

Top MLB Games Sept 14-20

Monday, September 14

Minnesota at Chicago White Sox at 8:10 PM ET

The Twins and White Six have both gone a red-hot 8-2 over their last 10 games. Minnesota has won four straight as they get set to hand the ball to veteran right-hander Jose Berrios (4-3, 4.40 ERA) who comes into Monday’s matchup having allowed three earned runs in 5.0 innings of a 7-3 win over St. Louis on Tuesday. Chicago right-hander Dylan Cease (5-2, 3.33 ERA) limited Pittsburgh to two earned runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of a 5-4 loss on Tuesday. 

Tuesday, September 15

St. Louis at Milwaukee at 7:40 PM ET

St. Louis has gone 5-5 over their last 10 and sits in second place in the NL Central, four games behind Chicago. Young right-hander Jack Flaherty (3-1, 3.08 ERA) limited Detroit to two runs on four hits in 5.0 innings of a 12-2 win on Thursday. Milwaukee has gone 4-6 over their last 10, though the Brewers have dropped two straight and have yet to announce their starter for this matchup. 

Wednesday, September 16

NY Mets at Philadelphia at 7:00 PM ET

The Mets have split their last 10 games evenly but fell to Toronto 7-3 on Sunday. Veteran right-hander Rick Porcello (1-4, 6.07 ERA) got smacked around to the tune of five earned runs on 10 hits in 4.0 innings of a 7-6 win over Baltimore on Wednesday. 

Philadelphia has gone 4-6 over their last 10 and dropped both ends of a double header against Miami on Sunday. Right-hander Aaron Nola (5-3, 2.40 ERA) has been phenomenal in making two shutout appearances over his last three starts while tossing 7.0 scoreless innings against Miami in an 11-0 win on Friday. 

Thursday, September 17

Minnesota at Chicago White Sox at 2:10 PM ET

Minnesota right-hander Kenta Maeda (5-1, 2.43 ERA) has been outstanding in not allowing more than one run in three of his last five starts. The veteran hurler shut out Cleveland by limiting the Indians to four hits in 7.0 innings of a 3-1 win on Friday. Chicago has yet to name a starter for this matchup. Minnesota is 9-13 on the road this season while the ChiSox have gone 14-9 at home. 

Friday, September 18

San Diego at Seattle at 9:40 PM ET

San Diego has gone a red-hot 8-2 over their last 10 games and a stellar 17-6 at home this season. Veteran right-hander Garrett Richards (2-2, 4.27 ERA) allowed three runs on seven hits in 7.0 innings of a 5-3 win over Oakland on Sunday.

Seattle has won two straight and seven of their last 10. Young left-hander Justus Sheffield (3-3, 4.06 ERA) limited Arizona to two runs on five hits in 7.0 innings of a 7-3 win on Saturday. 

Saturday, September 19

Texas at LA Angels at 9:10 PM ET

The Rangers have lost six of 10, but they’ve won two straight heading into the new week. Veteran right-hander Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.40 ERA) was outstanding in limiting the Halos to one earned run on four hits in 7.0 innings of a 7-1 win on Tuesday. The Angels have won two straight and seven of their last 10 overall. Southpaw starter Andrew Heaney (4-3, 4.02 ERA) gave up five runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of a 7-1 loss against the rangers on Tuesday. 

2020 College Football Week 2 Must Watch Games

2020 College Football Week 2 Must Watch Games

The 2020 College Football season went off without a hitch. Now Week 2 of the college football season is when the big guns come out as the Big 12 and ACC kick off their respective 2020 campaigns. With 21 games this week, seven ranked teams are in action this Saturday including top-ranked Clemson, No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 14 Texas. Keep reading for all of the must watch Week 2 college football games.

College Football Week 2 Must Watch Games Of The Week

UAB at Miami-Fl

Alabama-Birmingham comes into this contest off a 45-35 season-opening win over Central Arkansas on Thursday night as quarterback Tyler Johnson passed for 143 yards with two TD tosses and one pick and running back Spencer Johnson added to his program all-time rushing mark with 127 yards and one score. Miami will be looking to improve on their uninspiring 6–6 record in 2019. The Hurricanes will have a new starter under center in dual-threat former Houston quarterback D’Eriq King, but he’s got talent at the skill positions in tight end Brevin Jordan and running back Cam’Ron Harris. Miami needs to fix an offensive line that gave up 51 sacks a year ago. Defensive end Gregory Rousseau had a whopping 15.5 sacks last season. The Canes have won 11 of their last 13 games against teams from Conference USA while UAB has gone 4-2 ATS in their last 6 road games.

Georgia Tech at Florida State

Georgia Tech is coming off a dismal 3-9 campaign in Year 1 of the Geoff Collins era. The Yellow Jackets averaged a paltry 16.7 points per game while giving up 32.7 points per game defensively. Four starers return on the offensive line, but sophomore quarterback James Graham will need to improve after completing an ugly 45.1 percent of his passes and Georgia Tech needs to improve a defense that gave up a whopping 215.6 rushing yards per game. 

Florida State finished 6-6 out of the ACC Atlantic division a year ago, but will have a new head coach in former Memphis leader Mike Norvell. The Seminoles averaged 29.1 points per game while giving up 28.5 points er contest defensively. Now, Norvell will be looking for a bigger season out of redshirt junior quarterback James Blackman (16 TDs, 7 INTs) while looking to improve an offensive line that will be almost completely new. Florida State also need to fix a defense that allowed six of their 13 opponents last season to reach the 30-point plateau and three to put 40 points or more on the board.

Coastal Carolina at Kansas

Coastal Carolina went 5-7 out of the Sun Belt east last season. The Chanticleers put up a healthy 30.3 points per game, but gave up 30.5 points per contest defensively. Coastal Carolina has question marks at quarterback where either, junior Bryce Carpenter or sophomore Fred Payton will start. Eight starters are back on defense. Kansas limped to a dismal 3-9 finish in the Big 12 under head coach Les Miles a year ago while averaging 23.5 points per game and giving up 36.1 per contest defensively. There are questions at quarterback with junior Miles Kendrick and senior Thomas MacVittie both up for the starting job. The Jayhawks do have a star in running back Pooka Williams, but they’ll be inexperienced on defense in 2020. 

Western Kentucky at Louisville

Western Kentucky went 8-4 to finish third in Conference USA East last season. The Hilltoppers averaged 25.6 points per game while allowing 20.1 per contest defensively (22nd). Four starters return on the O-line, but a new quarterback will be under center in 2020. Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, defensive end, DeAngelo Malone returns after recording 11.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss. Louisville went 7-5 a year ago, but finished a distant second in the ACC Atlantic Coast division. The Cardinals have a combined 15 returning starters back and will be looking for an even bigger season from quarterback Micale Cunningham after he passed for 20 TDs and just five picks a year ago. Defensively, Louisville needs to fix a defense that gave up a generous 33.8 points per game (111th). 

Clemson at Wake Forest

Clemson went a perfect 13-0 last season despite falling to Joe Burrow and LSU 42-25 in the national championship. Still, the Tigers have reached the College Football Playoff in all five years of its existence with four appearances in the national championship game and two victories. Clemson has a pair of stars in quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne, though they must replace four starters on the offensive line. 

Wake Forest is coming off a solid 8-4 season in 2019 as they put up 32.8 points per game and gave up 29.3 per contest defensively. The bad news is that the Demon Deacons will have to find replacements for their starting quarterback, leading rusher and receiver, three starters on the line, tight end, top linebacker and two starting cornerbacks. 

Duke at Notre Dame

Duke is coming off a 5-7 finish in 2019 while putting up 25.3 points per game and allowing 29.2 points per contest defensively. The Blue Devils are turning over their offense to former Clemson three-star recruit Chase Brice and have four starters returning on the offensive line. Duke looks formidable on the defensive line, but they need to find a competent replacement for leading tackler, linebacker Koby Quanash. 

Independent Notre Dame went 10-2 a year ago while averaging a stellar 37.1 points per game (13th) and allowing just18.7 points per contest defensively (14th). Starting quarterback Ian Book returns for his final season, but the Fighting Irish have to find a handful of replacements on the D-line and in the secondary. 

Louisiana Tech at Baylor

Louisiana Tech went 9-3 in 2019 to finish atop the Conference USA West standings while averaging 34.0 points per game and allowing 23.7 points per contest defensively. The Bulldogs will need to replace thee starters on the offensive line and will have a new and inexperienced starter under center in 2020.

Baylor went a fantastic 11-2 to finish second to Oklahoma in the Big 12 last season, but they’ll have a new head coach in former LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. Starting quarterback Charlie Brewer is back under center, but the Bears have just two returning starters on defense. 

Top MLB Games Labor Day Week 2020

Top MLB Games Labor Day Week 2020

Football is back. Both the NBA and NHL are deep in to bubble playoffs. That doesn’t mean there isn’t some amazing MLB action this week. Keep reading for the top games that I will be watching.

Top MLB Games Labor Day Week 2020

Monday, September 7

Houston at Oakland at 9:00 PM ET

Houston hits the new week riding a four-game losing streak and has gone a dismal 5-13 n the road this season. Oakland is coming off a loss the last time out, but has gone 14-6 at home. Both clubs have gone an identical 4-6 over their last 10 games. Astros right-hander Cristian Javier (4-1, 3.35 ERA) comes into this matchup after limiting Texas to one run on two hits in 6.2 innings on Wednesday. A’s right-hander Chris Bassitt (2-2, 3.72 ERA) got smacked around for four earned runs on six hits in 3.0 innings of a 4-2 loss against Houston on Saturday. 

Tuesday, September 8

Boston at Philadelphia at 4:05 PM ET

Boston has dropped six of their last 10 and has gone 8-17 at home this season. Philadelphia has won seven of their last 10, but the Phils have dropped two in a row entering the new week. Boston’s staring pitcher has yet to be named for this matchup. Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin (2-1, 4.45 ERA) got touched up for four earned runs in 7.0 innings and has allowed an identical four runs in three of his last five outings. Philadelphia is 14-9 at home this season. 

Wednesday, September 9

Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh at 7:05 PM ET

Chicago hits the new week having won four straight and seven of their last 10 games overall. Pittsburgh is already in the cellar of the NL Central despite picking up a rare win on Sunday. ChiSox right-hander Dylan Cease (5-2, 3.29 ERA) gave up three runs on four hits in 5.0 innings on Thursday. Pittsburgh right-hander JT Brubaker (1-0, 3.96 ERA) limited Chicago to one run on seven hits in 5.0 innings on Thursday. While Chicago is just 11-9 at home this season, Pittsburgh has gone an awful 5-13 on the road. 

Thursday, September 10

Baltimore at NY Yankees at 7:05 PM ET

Baltimore has split their last 10 and come into the new week having won three straight. Orioles right-hander Jorge Lopez (5.99 ERA) tossed 5.0 innings of shutout ball against the Yankees on Friday. The Yankees have lost six of 10 and hits the new week riding a three-game losing streak. Staff ace right-hander Gerrit Cole (4-3, 3.63 ERA) limited Baltimore to one earned run in 6.0 innings – after getting smacked around for nine earned runs in each two previous starts combined. New York is 14-7 at home, but Baltimore has gone a surprising 9-6 on the road. 

Friday, September 11

Atlanta at Washington at 6:05 PM ET

Atlanta has gone 6-4 over their last 10 games while Washington has lost eight of their last 10. Braves right-hander Josh Tomlin (2-2, 3.77 ERA) had his best start of the season the last time out by limiting the Nationals to one run on three hits in 6.0 innings on Sunday. The Nationals have gone a dismal 2-8 over their last 10 games and right-hander Erick Fedde (1-3, 5.29 ERA) gave up four runs to Atlanta on six hits – including three home runs – in 3.2 innings on Saturday. 

Saturday, September 12

Houston at LA Dodgers at 8:15PM ET

Framber Valdez (3-3, 3.61 ERA) got completely rocked in allowing eight runs on 11 hits in 7.0 innings of a 9-5 loss against the Angels on Sunday. Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 0.76 ERA) limited Colorado to one earned run on three hits in 6.0 innings of a 5-2 loss on Saturday. The Astros are 5-13 on the road this season while the Dodgers have gone 15-6 at home. 

Sunday, September 13

Cleveland at Minnesota at 4:10 PM ET

Cleveland has gone 7-3 over their last 10 games and hits the new week having won two straight. Right-hander Triston McKenzie (2-0, 1.69 ERA) tossed six shutout innings against Kansas City on Wednesday in a 5-0 win. Minnesota has split their last 10 games 

Veteran southpaw Rich Hill (1-1, 3.86 ERA) limited Detroit to two earned runs on six hits in 5.0 innings of a 10-8 loss on Sunday. The Twins are 17-5 at home this season while the Tribe has gone 14-7 on the road. 

2020 Kentucky Derby Odds

2020 Kentucky Derby Odds

While there won’t be the same raucous fans in attendance at this year’s 2020 Kentucky Derby, this year’s biggest thoroughbred horse race in North America is still offering plenty of value for horse racing betting enthusiasts everywhere. With the 2020 Kentucky Derby set to go down live from Churchill Downs Race Track on Saturday, Sept. 5, let’s find take a closer look at each runner’s odds to win the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

2020 Kentucky Derby Odds

1. Finnick the Fierce, +5000

This three-year-old, trained by Rey Hernandez is a real long shot after finishing third in consecutive races and seventh the last time out in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on July 11. 

2. Max Player, +2850

After finishing first at Aqueduct in February, Max Player, trained by Steven Asmussen, will hit the Kentucky Derby coming off a pair of identical third place finishes, most recently at the Runhappy Travers Stakes on Aug. 8.

3. Enforceable, +4000

Trained by Mark Casse, Enforceable finished fifth and fourth in his last two events while finishing fourth that last time he raced at Churchill Downs as a two-year-old in November. 

4. Storm the Court, +5000

Trained by Peter Eurton, Storm The Court is winless in five starts, but comes into the Kentucky Derby off an encouraging second place finish in the La Jolla Handicap on Aug. 9, following a pair of third place finishes and a sixth place finish in his three previous races. 

5. Major Fed, +6600

Trained by Gregory Foley, Major Fed has one win and two second place finishes in six starts as a three-year-old. Following a disappointing 10th place finish at Churchill Downs in May, Major Fed finished second in the Indiana Derby on July 8. 

6. King Guillermo, +2000

Trained by Juan Carlos Avila, King Guillermo has one win and one second place finish in two starts as a three-year-old and comes into the Kentucky Derby off that second place finish in the Arkansas Derby on May 2. 

7. Money Moves, +5000

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Money Moves won both of his first two races as a three-year-old before finishing second at Saratoga on July 25. 

8. South Bend, +6600

Trained by William Mott, South Bend is winless in eight starts as a three-year-old and comes into the Kentucky Derby off a so-so, fourth place finish at the Runhappy Travers Stakes on Aug. 8. 

9. Mr. Big News, +6600

Trained by Bret Calhoun, Mr. Big News has won two of his four starts as a three-year-old, though he comes into the Derby off a disappointing sixth place finish in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on July 11. 

10. Thousand Words, +1600

Trained by the legendary Bob Baffert, Thousand Words has two wins and one second place finish in five races as a three-year-old. Thousand Words comes into the Derby off a win at Del Mar in the Shared Belief Stakes on Aug. 1, but remember, this thoroughbred also finished a distant 11th at Oaklawn in April. 

11. Necker Island, +9000

Trained by Chris Hartman, this three-year-old is winless in seven starts. Necker Island does come into the Derby off of consecutive third place finishes in his last two races, most recently, at the Runhappy Ellis Park Derby on Aug. 9.

12. Sole Volante, +4000

Trained by Patrick Biancone, Sole Volante has a pair of wins, a second place finish and a third place finish in five starts as a three-year-old. Unfortunately, Sole Volante comes into the Kentucky Derby off a disappointing sixth place finish in the Belmont Stakes on June 20. 

13. Attachment Rate, +5000

Trained by Dale Romans, Attachment Rate has one win, three second place finishes and a third place finish in seven starts as a three-year-old. Attachment Rate comes into the Derby off a solid second place finish in the Runhappy Ellis Park Derby on Aug. 9.

14. Winning Impression, +8500

Trained by Dallas Stewart, Winning Impression is winless in six starts as a three-year-old and comes into the Derby off a pair of identical seventh place finishes in his last two races. 

15. Ny Traffic, +1750

Trained by Saffie Joseph Jr., Ny Traffic has one win, three second place finishes and a third place finish in five starts as a three-year-old. Ny Traffic comes into the Derby off a trio of identical second place finishes, most recently, in the TVG.com Haskell Stakes on July 18. 

16. Honor A.P., +600

Trained by John Shirreffs, Honor A.P. has one win and a pair of second place finishes in three starts as a three-year-old and comes into the derby off a second place finish in the Shared Beliefs Stakes on Aug. 1.

17. Tiz the Law, -145

Trained by Barclay Tagg, Tiz The Law won the Belmont Stakes on June 20 and has recorded four wins in four starts as a three-year-old. 

18. Authentic, +800

Trained by Bob Baffert, Authentic has three first place finishes and a second place finish in four starts as a three-year-old. Authentic won the TVG.com Haskell Stakes on July 18 in his last race. 

2021 Super Bowl Betting Odds Favorites, Value Selections, Long Shot Picks

2021 Super Bowl Betting Odds Favorites, Value Selections, Long Shot Picks

It’s September and that means it is NFL season making it a perfect time to check in on the latest 2021 Super Bowl LV betting odds. The 2020 NFL season kicks off on September 10th when the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans. That game will begin a 16 game, 17 week season with the hopes of making the Super Bowl LV playoffs.

2021 Super Bowl LV Betting Odds Favorites, Value Selections, Long Shot Picks

Which teams stand out better than others? Are there any value 2021 Super Bowl LV futures value selections? Which teams are on the outside looking in? Here we look at the updated 2021 Super Bowl LV betting odds and who the oddsmakers at 5Dimes Sportsbook predict to have a successful season.

2021 Super Bowl LV Odds

  • Kansas City Chiefs +675
  • Baltimore Ravens +700
  • San Francisco 49ers +1100
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1200
  • New Orleans Saints +1300
  • Dallas Cowboys +1500
  • Seattle Seahawks +2000
  • Philadelphia Eagles +2500
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +2500
  • Buffalo Bills +2500
  • Indianapolis Colts +2700
  • New England Patriots +2700
  • Green Bay Packers +2800
  • Los Angeles Chargers +3300
  • Cleveland Browns +3300
  • Minnesota Vikings +3300
  • Arizona Cardinals +3500
  • Tennessee Titans +4000
  • Houston Texans +4000
  • Las Vegas Raiders +5000
  • Atlanta Falcons +5500
  • Los Angeles Rams +6000
  • Denver Broncos +7000
  • Chicago Bears +7500
  • Detroit Lions +8000
  • Miami Dolphins +12500
  • New York Jets +12500
  • New York Giants +13500
  • Cincinnati Bengals +15000
  • Carolina Panthers +15000
  • Washington Football Team +20000
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +25000

2021 Super Bowl LV Betting Odds Favorites

Kansas City Chiefs +675

It’s no wonder the defending Super Bowl champs have been installed as prohibitive favorites heading into the 2020 season. The Chiefs have a future Hall of Fame head coach that may be the best offensive mind in the game today. Oh yeah, Kansas City also has arguably the best quarterback in the game today in Patrick Mahomes, not to mention a plethora of speedy skill position players including Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek and tight end Travis Kelce. Their underrated defense finished seventh in points allowed (19.3 ppg) and the Chiefs have youth on both sides of the ball. As long as Reid and Mahomes are joined at the hip, Kansas City will contend for Super Bowl titles for years to come.

Baltimore Ravens +700

Like their AFC counterparts in Kansas City, Baltimore has an excellent head coach in John Harbaugh that already has one Super Bowl title to his name. The Ravens also have a superstar at quarterback in the record-setting Lamar Jackson and both, youthful exuberance and veteran leadership on both side of the ball. Last but not least, Baltimore has an outstanding defense that finished third in points allowed (17.6 ppg). 

San Francisco 49ers +1100

The Niners have a phenomenal defense that finished eighth in points allowed last season (19.4 ppg) and a powerful rushing attack that finished second in yards per game and an offense that finished an identical second in scoring (29.9 ppg). Frisco also has arguably the best tight end in the game today in George Kittle and a young superstar defensive end in Nick Bosa. Unfortunately, the 49ers’ biggest question mark is at quarterback where Jimmy Garoppolo is good, but certainly not great. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1200

The Bucs are listed as one of the top Super Bowl favorites, but I’m not sure that should be the case right now. Yes, Tampa Bay added future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, but the man often called the greatest signal-caller in NFL history looked like an aging signal-caller in New England last season and no matter how good he is in 2020, he can’t help a defense that finished 30th against the pass and 29th in points allowed (28.1 ppg). 

New Orleans Saints +1400

The Saints have a superstar future Hall of Fame quarterback in the ageless Drew Brees and a dual-threat star in running back Alvin Kamara. New Orleans also has arguably the best wide receiver in football in Michael Thomas and an underrated defense that finished a respectable 13th in points allowed (21.3 ppg) and some serious motivation after having their Super Bowl hopes excruciatingly crushed in stunning fashion in each of the last three years. 

Dallas Cowboys +1500

The underachieving Cowboys have moved on from former head coach Jason Garrett in favor of Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike McCarthy. Dallas has a very good, if not great, quarterback in Dak Prescott and some serious talent at the skill positions in running back Ezekiel Elliott, pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper and now, rookie wideout CeeDee Lamb. Dallas finished sixth in scoring in 2019 (27.1 ppg) and 11th in points allowed (20.1 ppg). Hey might not be getting mentioned as a legitimate Super Bowl favorite, but I think the Cowboys should be. 

2021 Super Bowl LV Betting Odds Value Selections

Seattle Seahawks +2000

I don’t think there’s a better ‘value’ pick on the board than the Seahawks. Seattle has a superstar quarterback in Russell Wilson that is as good as any signal-caller in the game today and already has one Super Bowl ring in his pocket. The Seahawks have an excellent running back in Chris Carson (1,230 yards) and another underrated star in veteran wide receiver Tyler Lockett (1,255 yards). Last, but not least, Seattle has a beloved head coach in future Hall of Famer Pete Carroll and some young talent on defense that should help them improve in 2020 after finishing 22nd in points allowed a year ago (24.9 ppg). 

Pittsburgh Steelers +2500

Another team that I believe is a great value pick in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be back on the field after missing almost the entire 2019 campaign. Pittsburgh has an outstanding defense that finished a stellar fifth in points allowed a year ago (18.9 ppg) and a head coach that was the youngest in NFL history to win a Super Bowl title in Mike Tomlin. The Steelers also have great ownership that has helped the franchise have sustained success that dates all the way back to the 1970s. If Pittsburgh contends in 2020, I won’t be surprised at all and you shouldn’t be either. My other top value picks are the New England Patriots, (+2700), Indianapolis Colts, (+2700), Minnesota Vikings, (+3300) and the Tennessee Titans, (+4000). 

2021 Super Bowl LV Betting Long Shot Picks

Chicago Bears +7500

The Bears have an excellent defense that finished in the top 10 across the board last season, including a stellar fourth in points allowed (18.6 ppg). While Chicago struggled mightily on offense in finishing 29th in scoring (17.5 ppg), I believe the addition of Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles will remedy the offensive woes that were mostly due to quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s awful play under center. No one has Chicago on the radar as a Super Bowl contender, but maybe they should. 

Los Angeles Chargers +3300

Last, but not least, I think the L.A. Chargers are also a good Super Bowl longshot selection. Yes, the Bolts are coming off a dismal 5-11 campaign in 2019, but they’ve moved on from aging quarterback Philip Rivers and have a young stud in former Oregon signal-caller Justin Herbert that will take over for mistake-free veteran Tyrod Taylor at some point in the very near future. The Chargers also have a ton of talent on the defensive side of the ball that should be a lot better than they were a year ago in finishing a respectable 14th in points allowed (21.6 ppg). No, they won’t beat out Kansas City for the AFC west division crown, but the Bolts could surprise in a big way in 2020 if you ask me. 

2020 College Football Week 1 Odds & Analysis

Everything you wanted to know about the 2020 College Football Week 1 Season

College Football Week 1 is here! Click here for live odds. It won’t look like any other college football season due to COVID-19 postponements, however there are storylines aplenty for any football fan including a College Football Playoff scheduled for this year and with several major rivalry games.

The FCS kicked off Division I football on Saturday, Aug. 29 with Central Arkansas beating Austin Peay. Now the FBS starts its season on Thursday, Sept. 3.

2020 College Football Week 1 Odds & Analysis

The first FBS college football game of the 2020 season kicks-off this Thursday when UAB (Conference USA) will host FCS opponent Central Arkansas, followed by South Alabama (Sun Belt) traveling to take on Southern Miss (C-USA).

The first fall Saturday games kick off two days later on September 5th with 6 more contests comprising independent, Group of 5 and FCS teams. The opening weekend of the 2020 college football season will conclude on Labor Day as Navy (AAC) hosts independent BYU.

Thursday, Sep 3

South Alabama at Southern Mississippi – 9:00 PM

Southern Miss is a massive two touchdown favorite over South Alabama. Although the South Bama Jaguars went 2-10 SU, they weren’t bad against the spread, going 7-5 ATS. Southern Miss went 7-5 SU and 6-6 ATS. 

Saturday, September 5

Middle Tennessee State at Army – 1:30 PM

Army went 5-8 both straight up and against the spread. The Black Knights averaged 297.2 rushing yards per, though. Army might have an edge in this game. Middle Tennessee State averaged 26.8 points per in 2019. They also allowed 29.9 points per. More importantly? Opponents averaged 194 rushing yards each game versus Mid-Ten State. 

SMU at Texas State – 4:30 PM

In 2019, 10-2 Southern Methodist went 7-5 against the spread. The better wager could be on SMU and Texas State to play an over game. Southern Methodist runs a wide-open offense. The over was 9-3 in Mustang games last season. Texas State played in 4-of-11 over games. If the Bobcats’ offense improves this season, they should score over 20 per. Texas State allowed close to 33 per in 2019. 

Arkansas State at Memphis – 8:00 PM

Like so many teams in the Sun Belt, Arkansas State is well-coached. The Red Wolves went 7-5 SU. Their ATS record was 5-7. State beat Florida International 34-26 in their bowl game. Last season, Arkansas State bowed to the Memphis Tigers 31-7. Memphis went 12-1, which made them the top non-Big 5 Conference squad of 2019. Before dumping on the Tigers to dominate the Wolves in 2020, though, realize that Memphis’ coach Mike Norvell is now at Florida State. 

Monday, September 7

BYU at Navy – 8:00 PM

BYU projects as one of the most improved teams in college football. Quarterback Zach Wilson returns. Zach missed four games in 2019. He still threw for 2,382 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Cougars also return all five starters along the offensive line.

Navy has won at least 9 games in 3 of the past 5 seasons. The Midshipmen lost just 3 players from their defense. This should be a nice game between one of the better defense’s in college football versus a much-improved BYU offense.

Thursday, September 10

UAB at Miami Florida – 7:00 PM

Alabama-Birmingham shouldn’t stay on the field with the Miami Hurricanes. But, Miami has had so many issues, and so many changes since Manny Diaz took over that we can’t blindly back the Canes versus anybody against the spread.

If you do like Miami, read up on quarterback D’Eriq King. The dual-threat signal-caller transfers from Houston. He’s a viable Heisman Trophy contender as evidenced by the +1100 odds. As King goes, so will the Miami offense.

Top MLB Games Sept 14-20

Must Watch Baseball Games Aug 31- Sept 6

The 2020 MLB season is cruising along while the focus is on the upcoming football season and current NBA and NHL playoffs. Keep reading for the top must watch baseball games of the week.

Must Watch Baseball Games Aug 31- Sept 6

Monday, August 31

St. Louis at Cincinnati at 6:30 PM ET

St. Louis is one game under .500 in the NL Central, but still three games and two spots up on fourth place Cincinnati. Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson (0-2, 3.32 ERA) limited Kansas City to two runs on three hits in 6.0 innings the last time out. Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.71 ERA) gave up two runs on three hits in 41 innings in his last start, but got lit up for a whopping nine earned runs on nine hits and three homers in his previous start. Yikes! 

Tuesday, September 1

Oakland at Seattle at 9:40 PM ET

The A’s are off to a sizzling start as they sit atop the AL West standings heading into the new week. 22-year-old right-hander Jesus Luzardo (2-1, 3.74 ERA) gave up three earned runs in 6.2 innings against Texas the last time bout but tossed 6.1 innings of shutout ball against Arizona in his previous start. Seattle is already eight games under .500 as reliever Ljay Newsome (2.57 ERA) makes his second start of the year after giving up one earned run on three hits and one home run in 4.0 innings of a 10-7 loss against San Diego on Thursday. 

Wednesday, September 2

Washington at Philadelphia at 7:05 PM ET

The defending champion nationals are off to a slow start and come into this matchup having lost seven of their last 10. Veteran right-hander Max Scherzer looked rock-solid in limiting Boston to one earned run on one hit in 6.1 innings on Friday – after getting smacked around for nine earned runs in his two previous starts combined. Philadelphia was en route to its sixth straight win late Sunday night and veteran right-hander Zack Wheeler (3-0, 2.58 ERA) has pitched like a staff ace all season long. Wheeler limited Atlanta to one earned run on just two hits in 5.2 innings on Friday. 

Thursday, September 3

San Diego at LA Angels at 7:10 PM ET

The exciting Padres have won seven of 10, but veteran right-hander Garrett Richards (1-2, 5.17 ERA) hasn’t helped the club much as evidenced by the fact that he comes into this affair off an embarrassing performance in which he got smacked around for six earned runs on four hits – including two homers – in just 0.2 innings against Seattle on Thursday. The Angels are nine games under .500 and have the same problems as always – a lack of competent pitching. The good news is that veteran southpaw Andrew Heaney (2-2, 4.62 ERA) comes into this one off a fantastic effort after limiting Seattle to one earned run on four hits in 7.2 innings on Friday. 

Friday, September 4

Detroit at Minnesota at 2:10 PM ET

The Tigers have won seven of 10 and sit at .500 heading into the new week. Left-hander Matthew Boyd (1-4, 7.27 ERA) has an ugly ERA, but he’s been fantastic in his last two starts and limited Minnesota to one earned run in 6.0 innings of an 8-2 win on Saturday. Minnesota has dropped five straight, but they’re also a blistering 12-3 at home this season. Right-hander Randy Dobnak (3.12 ERA) will look to rebound after he got touched up by Detroit for six earned runs on a dozen hits in 4.1 innings of an 8-2 loss on Saturday. 

Saturday, September 5

NY Yankees at Baltimore at 7:35 PM ET

The Yankees have gone 3-7 over their last 10, but they head into the new week riding a four-game winning streak. They’ll send staff ace right-hander Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.51 ERA) to the mound in this one, but the highly-paid star got pounded for five earned runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of a 5-1 loss against Atlanta on Wednesday. The Orioles have lost eight of their last 10 and have yet to name a starter for this matchup, but the O’s are also a surprising 8-6 on the road this season. 

Sunday, September 6

St. Louis at Chicago Cubs at 7:00 PM ET

St. Louis has gone 8-7 at home this season and right-hander Dakota Hudson (0-2, 3.32 ERA) has been outstanding in giving up just three earned runs over his last three combined starts spanning 14.2 innings. Hudson limited Kansas City to two runs on two hits in 6.0 innings on Wednesday. The Cubs have dropped six of 10, but have gone 8-6 on the road this season, though they haven’t named a starter for this affair.