NFL Week 2 Early Betting Outlook

NFL Week 2 Early Betting Outlook

NFL Week 2 odds are out after an amazing first Sunday of football action. Here’s a quick look at the games that are worth betting on early!

NFL Week 2 Early Betting Outlook

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

The Lions were on the wrong end of a narrow 27-23 road loss at Chicago in their opener, despite getting 93 rushing yard from ageless future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson. The Packers jumped all over the Vikings in their opener as Aaron Rodgers passed for 364 yards and four touchdowns. Green Bay will look to make it three straight over their NFC North division rivals after sweeping Detroit in 2019. The Lions are a perfect 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings. 

Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts

Minnesota’s defense never showed up in their humbling 43-34 season-opening loss against Green Bay. Indianapolis got 363 passing from veteran Philip Rivers in their opener, but the veteran gunslinger tossed a pair of costly interceptions in their stunning 27-20 season-opening loss against Jacksonville. The Vikings are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Panthers allowed Josh Jacobs to rush for three scores in their narrow, 34-30 season-opening loss at home against Las Vegas. Tom Brady and the new-look Buccaneers got humbled in their 34-23 season-opening loss at New Orleans as Brady tossed two costly interceptions. The Bucs will look to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole, but the road team won both times a year ago in this matchup of NFC South division rivals. The road team has gone 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings. 

Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans

Baltimore throttled Cleveland 38-6 in their opener as reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson passed for 275 yards and three scores while adding 45 rushing yards. Houston got beat from start to finish in their 34-20 season-opening loss against the Super Bowl champion Chiefs on Thursday. The Ravens have won two straight in this rivalry, including an emphatic 41-7 home win last season. Baltimore has gone a bankroll-boosting 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games while Houston has gone 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.

New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks

The Patriots shut down Miami’s offense and got a pair of touchdown runs from new starting quarterback Cam Newton in their convincing 21-11 season-opening win over Miami. Seattle looked even better in smacking Atlanta around en route to a commanding 38-25 season-opening road win over Atlanta as Russell Wilson passed for 322 yards and four touchdowns. The Patriots are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games while Seattle has gone 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.

College Football Week 3 Must Watch Games

College Football Week 3 Must Watch Games

The first “full” Saturday of college football was one for the books. Week 3 gets only bigger with 11 ranked teams in action, two of which go head-to-head as No. 18 Louisville and No. 17 Miami square off in a contest that opens the road for the winner into contending status in the ACC.

College Football Week 3 Must Watch Games

No. 11 Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa:

Tulsa has some decent players, but Oklahoma State is loaded. The Cowboys boast one of the top offenses in college football. Led by legit Heisman Trophy candidate running back Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State should score at will. This will get ugly in a hurry. 

Houston at Baylor

The Cougars were scheduled to take on the Memphis Tigers on Friday, Sep. 18. They canceled that game because Memphis has a coronavirus issue. No problem. Baylor is ready to welcome Houston to Waco for their opener. The Bears have turned into a solid Power 5 Conference squad. There’s an emphasis on defense at Baylor. The Bears allowed just 19.3 points per last season. That should work in their favor on Saturday. 

Boston College at Duke

Duke hung with Notre Dame for a long time on Sep. 12. Eventually, the better team got the victory. Make no mistake, though, the Duke Blue Devils are a decent football team. Boston College’s usually stout defense fell off a cliff last season. The Eagles allow 31.7 points per. That’s not good heading into a game versus a team with a solid offense.  

Navy at Tulane

In Week 2, Tulane barely escaped South Alabama in a 27-24 win. Brigham Young blasted Navy 55-3 in Week 1, though. We must assume Navy plays better on Saturday. The Midshipmen beat the Green Wave 41-38 last season. Navy should turn it around. They’re much better than the BYU pasting implies.  

South Florida at No. 7 Notre Dame

The Bulls hired Clemson’s wide receivers and co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott. South Florida’s offensive line returns three starters while the defense will be okay. Notre Dame was overvalued in Week 2. They figure to be overvalued in Week 3. South Florida looks like the play while Brian Kelly’s defense takes time to gel.  

No. 14 UCF at Georgia Tech

If the Big Ten and Pac 12 don’t decide to play football in October, this could be the season where the Central Florida Knights notch a spot in the College Football Playoff. Central Florida is strong across the board. They bring back three players along the offensive line, four of five starters in the secondary, and a proven defensive line. Georgia Tech’s 16-13 win over Florida State impressed, but it didn’t impress enough to consider backing them against the Knights. 

No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville

After a strange first half, the Hurricanes broke the game open in a 31-14 win over UAB in Week 2. The Cardinals are a decent team on both sides of the football. Louisville beat Western Kentucky 35-21 in their first game. The Canes beat the Cards 52-27 last season. Louisville can turn the tables on Sep. 18.  

Wake Forest at NC State

Yes, Clemson dominated Wake Forest 37-13 in the Demon Deacons’ first game of the season. But Wake Forest entered that game a -33 ½ underdog. Wake dominated NC State 44-10 last season. There’s no reason to believe the Deacons don’t perform another beat down and cover on Saturday. 

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. 

NFL 2020 Schedule: Week 1 Games, Where to Watch, Live Stream, TV Channel

NFL 2020 Schedule: Week 1 Games, Where to Watch, Live Stream, TV Channel

Eight months after the Super Bowl the 2020 NFL Season kicks-off this Thursday with a super-sized matchup between the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans.

All 32 teams are on the NFL betting board in Week 1 action, and if you are betting on football this week, you will want to know what games to wager on.

NFL 2020 Schedule: Week 1 Games, Where to Watch, Live Stream, TV Channel

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Week 1 of the regular season.

NFL Week 1 Spreads, Moneyline Odds, Over-Under Totals

Thursday, Sept. 9

  • Houston Texans +350 at Kansas City Chiefs -9, 54½

Sunday, Sept. 13

  • Green Bay Packers +125 at Minnesota Vikings -2½, 45½
  • Miami Dolphins +245 at New England Patriots -6½, 42½
  • Chicago Bears +135 at Detroit Lions -3, 44½
  • Seattle Seahawks -1½ at Atlanta Falcons +103, 49
  • Philadelphia Eagles -6 at Washington Football Team +220, 43
  • Indianapolis Colts -8½ at Jacksonville Jaguars +335, 45
  • Cleveland Browns +305 at Baltimore Ravens -7½, 48½
  • New York Jets +240 at Buffalo Bills -6½, 39½
  • Las Vegas Raiders -3½ at Carolina Panthers +155, 48
  • Los Angeles Chargers -3½ at Cincinnati Bengals +155, 43
  • Arizona Cardinals +255 at San Francisco 49ers -7, 47½
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +165 at New Orleans Saints -3½, 49
  • Dallas Cowboys -3 at Los Angeles Rams +140, 52

Monday, Sept. 14

  • Pittsburgh Steelers -6 at New York Giants +205, 48
  • Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos pk, 41

Week 1 TV Schedule (All times ET)

Thursday, September 10

Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs – 8:20 PM, NBC

Sunday, September 13

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington – 1 PM, FOX
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots – 1 PM, CBS
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings – 1 PM, FOX
Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars – 1 PM, CBS
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions – 1 PM FOX
Las Vegas Raiders @ Carolina Panthers – 1 PM CBS
New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills – 1 PM CBS
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens – 1 PM CBS
Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons – 1 PM FOX
Los Angeles Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals – 4:05 PM CBS
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers – 4:25 PM FOX
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints – 9:25 PM FOX
Dallas Cowboys @ Los Angeles Rams – 8:20 PM, NBC

Monday, September 14

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants – 7:15 PM, ESPN
Tennessee Titans @ Denver Broncos – 10:10 PM, ESPN

TV coverage

The upcoming season, the NFL’s 101st, is the seventh year under the current broadcast contract with ESPN, CBS, FOX and NBC.

Tune into NBC for the season opener and will broadcast the opening game on September 10, as well as every Sunday Night Football game all season. ESPN gets Monday Night Football, while FOX will air Thursday Night Football, which will also be broadcast on NFL Network and Amazon Prime. FOX and CBS will also carry the Sunday afternoon games as usual. CBS also gets Super Bowl LV.

Live Stream

Live streams will be available through the four broadcasters’ digital platforms, which include apps on Apple and Android devices as well as via connected TVs. Similarly, NFL Network’s game pass will be available via connected TVs and on mobile devices.

A live stream will also be available via fuboTV and DirecTV, with Amazon Prime carrying a live stream of each Thursday Night Football game.

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.

NFL Week 1 Must Watch Games

NFL Week 1 Must Watch Games

With the start of the 2020 NFL regular season just over two weeks away, now is a perfect time to take a look at the top must watch Week 1 NFL games and which teams are offering the best value in their respective regular season openers. Whether you like one of the top Super Bowl favorites or a longshot playoff hopeful, there’s value everywhere on the Week 1 docket. Now, let’s find out where that value lies.

NFL Week 1 Must Watch Games

Thursday, September 10

Houston at Kansas City at 8:20 PM ET

Houston went 10-6 to win the AFC South by one game over Tennessee, but then head coach Bill O’Brien pulled an absolutely bone-headed move by trading perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Deandre Hopkins to Arizona for aging running back David Johnson. Houston was already too reliant on Deshaun Watson to make plays and now the Texans are facing an uphill battle to get past the same Chiefs team that bounced them out of last season’s playoffs 51-31. 

Sunday, September 13

Seattle at Atlanta at 1:00 PM ET

Seattle went 11-5 a year ago to finish second in the NFC West while Atlanta went 7-9 to finish six games behind NFC South winning New Orleans. While the Falcons finished strong a year ago and are playing at home, I have no doubt that superstar signal-caller Russell Wilson will be the best player on the field in this affair. 

NY Jets at Buffalo at 1:00 PM ET

The Jets and Bills split their to regular season meetings a year ago with each winning on the road, but the Bills are playing at home and have a good shot to claim the AFC east title with Tom Brady down in Tampa Bay. Buffalo’s stout defense and what should be an improved passing attack in 2020 will be the reasons Buffalo gets off to a winning start. 

Chicago at Detroit at 1:00 PM ET

The Lions have starting quarterback Matthew Stafford back after he missed almost the entire 2019 campaign, but Detroit still has problems all over the place, starting with overmatched head coach Matt Patricia. Chicago has an elite defense and the Bears signed Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles to replace mediocre starter Mitchell Trubisky, so they’ll almost certainly be better on offense than they’ve been the last few seasons. 

Green Bay at Minnesota at 1:00 PM ET

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers won a stunning 13 games last season to claim the NC North title, but Green Bay failed to get their future Hall of Fame signal-caller the help he so desperately needs at the skill positions and particularly at wide receiver. Minnesota has an outstanding defense and they made a series of smart offseason additions via free agency and the  draft. The Pack got the regular season sweep in 2019, but that’s not happening again. 

Miami at New England at 1:00 PM ET

The Dolphins stunned the Patriots late last season to deny them the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and Miami is clearly a team on the rise after making a ton of upgrades on both sides of the ball. Still, New England has an elite defense and they wisely signed 2015 league MVP Cam Newton to be their starter under center moving forward. Even without Brady under center, I like the Patriots to stay in every game because of their elite defense. Still, seven pints looks like a number a bit too big for the remade Pats to cover. 

Philadelphia at Washington at 1:00 PM ET

The Eagles swept Washington last season, but there’s a new sheriff in charge in the nation’s capitol as Rom Rivera replaces the overmatched Jay Gruden. Still, the NFC East-winning Birds are much further along in terms of being a legitimate playoff participant while Washington is definitely in a bit of a rebuild in Year 1 of the Rivera era. 

Las Vegas at Carolina at 1:00 PM ET

Vegas went 7-9 last season to tie Denver for second place in the AFC West, but the jury is still out on quarterback Derek Carr and backup Marcus Mariota. Carolina went 5-11 in their final year under Ron Rivera, but the Panthers made a great hire by naming former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule as the guy to lead them into a new era. I’m expecting no-nonsense veteran Teddy Bridgewater to outplay whomever Vegas starts at quarterback while Christian McCaffrey outdoes counterpart Josh Jacobs in what looks like a Week 1 upset just waiting to happen. 

2020 NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Candidates

2020 NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Candidates

With the start of the 2020 NFL regular season getting closer by the day, it’s that time of year when we start looking at many of the fun-filled, season-long props odds wagers on the board. With that thought in mind, I’m dishing out the top five candidates to win the AP Offensive Player of the Year award.

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds:

  • Joe Burrow +250
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire +400
  • Jonathan Taylor +900
  • Tua Tagovailoa +900
  • Jerry Jeudy +1500
  • D’Andre Swift +1600
  • Henry Ruggs III +1800
  • Cam Akers +1950
  • 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
  • K.J. Hill +4000
  • Lamical Perine +4000
  • Antonio Gibson +4000
  • Brandon Aiyuk +4000
  • Chase Claypool +4500
  • Jalen Hurts +4500
  • Jordan Love +5000
  • Joshua Kelly +5000
  • A.J. Dillon +5000
  • Bryan Edwards +6500
  • Brycen Hopkins +10000
  • Anthony Gordon +10000
  • Antonio Gandy-Golden +10000
  • Cole Kmet +10000
  • Jacob Eason +10000
  • Jake Fromm +10000
  • Adam Trautman +10000
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones +10000
  • Andrew Thomas +15000

Ranking the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidates

No. 5 CeeDee Lamb +1800

While former Oklahoma star CeeDee Lamb was deemed by most experts as the top wideout in this year’s draft, he somehow managed to fall all the way to the 17t overall pick where the Dallas Cowboys quickly snapped him up after the Raiders took Henry Ruggs at No. 12 and Denver nabbed Jerry Jeudy at No. 15. No matter, everyone else’s loss will be Dallas’ gain in 2020 as the gifted Lamb joins a Cowboys offense that is loaded at the skill positions. 

The 6-2, 189-pound stud caught 62 passes and scored 14 touchdowns as a junior for Oklahoma last season. Now, he’ll play opposite Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper while star running back Ezekiel Elliott keeps defense honest with his powerful rushing. Quarterback Dak Prescott is good and wants to enter elite status and now, he has a full compliment of pass-catchers that could help him get there. 

No. 4 D’Andre Swift +1200

I’ve known about the gifted Swift ever since he was a high school phenom in my native Philadelphia a few years back. More importantly, Swift will move right into the starting running back slot with the Detroit Lions and he should see plenty of action for a team that has been searching for a quality star at the position for years. Swift ran for 1,218 yards and seven scores at Georgia last season while adding 24 catches for 216 yards and another score. He;s elusive and fast and will be joining a unit that should have a solid passing attack with starter Matthew Stafford back under center after missing the majority of the 2019 campaign. Detroit won’t win a whole lot and that could keep him from winning this award, but if he puts up crazy numbers, it might not matter how many games the Lions win. 

No. 3 Jonathan Taylor +2000

I don’t care what anyone else says, I fully believe that Jonathan Taylor should have easily gone in the first round of the NFL draft and that he is the most gifted back in this year’s draft class. Taylor rushed for at least 1,977 yards in each of his three seasons at Wisconsin while finishing with 6,174 yards and 50 career TD’s. Not only that, but last season, Taylor showed he could be a pass-catching option in the future after hauling in 26 passes last season for 252 yards and five scores. More importantly, Taylor will be suiting up for an Indianapolis Colts team that has an excellent offensive-mind in Frank Reich and one that will find ways to utilize his talented rookie back, Taylor currently sits behind starter Marlon Mack and backup Nyheim Hines on the depth chart or else he’d be my No. 2 pick over a Clyde Edwards-Helaire who will start right away in Kansas City.

No. 2 Clyde Edwards-Helaire +700

While former LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire wasn’t expected to be the first back taken in this year’s draft, Andy Reid passed on Deshaun Watson a few years back in favor of Patrick Mahomes and we see how that worked out. Anyway, Reid nabbed the former LSU star with the final pick in the draft and it was widely expected that he’d contribute, particularly in passing situations, behind starter and Super Bowl standout Damien Williams. However, that all changed overnight with Williams announcing he would opt out of the upcoming season for personal reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Now, Edwards-Helaire is suddenly the starter and that means he and his dual-threat skillset will get a ton of work in Kansas City’s absolutely explosive offense. While Edwards-Helaire only stands 5’7” and ran a modest 40-yard time of 4.60, he is exceptionally elusive and is a true three-down back that rushed for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior at LSU last season while adding 55 receptions for an additional 453 yards and a score. Edwards-Helaire will be playing in a high-powered offense centered around the incomparable right arm of Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs plethora of gifted skill positions performers like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Make no mistake about it, Edwards-Helaire will have one of the best chances to win this award given his status as the Chiefs’ starting running back, if nothing else. 

No. 1 Joe Burrow +200

While I’m not as sold on the overall No. 1 draft pick as some, I do like many of the things he brings to the table for a Bengals franchise in full-fledged rebuild mode. Burrow will have free reign to learn on the job as a rookie and really, no matter how bad the Bengals are, no one’s going to blame the former LSU star unless he has a string of absolutely abysmal performances.

More importantly, Burrow might be a rookie, but he’ll step into a great situation as far as his offensive teammates are concerned. His top target will be perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green and Burrow will also have a handful of other capable receivers including former Clemson star and second round draft pick, Tee Higgins. Burrow will also be handing the ball off to now established starting running back Joe Mixon after he recorded his second straight 1,000 yard season in 2019. No, Burrow definitely won’t light up the NFL the way he did the NCAA in record-setting fashion last year, but he clearly has some time on his side and a ton of talent at the skill positions. Burrow will be given every chance to succeed and that makes him a great pick to win the 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. 

2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Honorable Mention List

Tua Tagovailoa +700

The fifth overall pick out of Alabama is clearly the future in Miami, but that future may not start until the 2021 campaign with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick battling to keep his starting job and Miami likely to play it safe for a few weeks as Tua sits and learns while getting more time to get even healthier following his scary hip injury last season. 

Justin Jefferson +2500

Former LSU star Justin Jefferson should move into the starting spot once occupied by Pro Bowler Stephon Diggs and that alone means he’ll have plenty of pass-catching chances in an offense that already features star wideout Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph extensively. While veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins certainly isn’t elite, he is very solid and he could find Jefferson open more often than not f opposing defenses put too much attention on Thielen and Rudolph. 

Henry Ruggs III +1400

The ultra-speedy Riggs will start right away for Las Vegas and head coach Jon Gruden is hounding Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota to actually perform at a high level. If Carr can get back to looking like an elite player and he makes Ruggs once of his favorite targets, it could happen. 

Jalen Reagor +2000

The Eagles passed on a couple of wide receivers that were higher rated than former TCU wideout Jalen Reagor because of what they said was Reagor’s speed on the field. Well, the Birds and their fans will find out early on if Reagor has what it takes to make it in the NFL  as he’s already scheduled to start opposite DeSean Jackson in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia has a really good quarterback in Carson Wentz and a quartet of solid running backs, led by starter Miles Sanders. Tight end Zach Ertz is one of the best in the game, so Reagor should have plenty of chances against one-on-one coverage. 

2020 Heisman Trophy Odds

2020 Heisman Trophy Odds

When it comes down to college football’s most prestigious individual honor, quarterbacks dominate the Heisman race every year. Just three non-quarterbacks have won the Heisman since 2000. That won’t change in 2020 with all but one of the top ten contenders on the Heisman betting board is a QB.

Currently, quarterbacks Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence are the co-betting favorites to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy at +400. Sonner Spencer Rattler (+1200), Bulldog Jamie Newman (+1250), and Longhorn Sam Ehlinger (+1400) round out the top five.

The first non-quarterback on the Heisman Trophy betting board is Clemson rusher Travis Etienne who clocks in at +2500 odds. QB transfer D’Eriq King, who jumped from Houston to Miami, is also listed at +2500 odds. Jaylen Waddle from Alabama is the first wide-receiver Heisman Trophy betting board at +9500.

The first defensive player on the Heisman Trophy betting board is Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons who pays out at +10000 if he wins Heisman honors.

A lot can change by the time the college football season kicks-off. Kyler Murray wasn’t even listed on the opening Heisman Trophy betting boards. Oddsmakers did wise up to the eventual 2018 winner and added him to the markets weeks before the start of the season. Last year’s winner Joe Burrow was a +12500 long shot a week prior to Game 1 of the season.

2020 Heisman Trophy Odds

Justin Fields (QB Ohio State) +400
Trevor Lawrence (QB Clemson) +400
Spencer Rattler (QB Oklahoma) +1200
Jamie Newman (QB Georgia) +1250
Sam Ehlinger (QB Texas) +1400
Sam Howell (QB North Carolina) +1500
Mac Jones (QB Alabama) +1500
Travis Etienne (RB Clemson) +2500
Kyle Trask (QB Florida) +2500
Ian Book (QB Notre Dame) +2500
D’Eriq King (QB Miami Florida) +2500
Chuba Hubbard (RB Oklahoma State) +2500
Bo Nix (QB Auburn) +3000
Adrian Martinez (QB Nebraska) +3000
Myles Brennan (QB LSU) +3000
Kedon Slovis (QB USC) +3000
Kellen Mond (QB Texas A&M) +3000
Micale Cunnungham (QB Louisville) +3500
Najee Harris (RB Alabama) +4000
Spencer Sanders (QB Oklahoma State) +4000
Dylan McCaffrey (QB Michigan) +5000
Brock Purdy (QB Iowa State) +6000
Tanner Morgan (QB Minnesota) +6000
Sean Clifford (QB Penn State) +6000
Tyler Shough (QB Oregon) +6000
Charlie Brewer (QB Baylor) +6000
Master Teague III (RB Ohio State) +8000
Zamir White (RB Georgia) +8000
CJ Verdell (RB Oregon) +8000
Jayden Daniels (QB Arizona State) +9500
Jaylen Waddle (WR Alabama) +9500
John Rhys Plumlee (QB Mississippi) +9500
Isaiah Spiller (RB Texas A&M) +10000
Kenneth Gainwell (WR Memphis) +10000
KJ Costello (QB Mississippi State) +10000
Micah Parsons (LB Penn State) +10000
Michael Penix Jr (QB Indiana) +10000
Michael Warren (RB Cincinnati) +10000
Justyn Ross (WR Clemson) +10000
Dorian Thompson (QB UCLA) +10000
Penei Sewel (OL Oregon) +10000
Rondale Moore (WR Purdue) +10000
Ja’Marr Chase (WR LSU) +10000
Wan’Dale Robinson (WR Nebraska) +10000
Devonta Smith (WR Alabama) +10000
Dillon Gabriel (QB UCF) +10000
George Pickens (WR Georgia) +10000
Hamilcar Rashed Jr (LB Oregon State) +10000
Brady White (QB Memphis) +10000
Chubba Purdy (QB Florida State) +10000
Alan Bowman (QB Texas Tech) +10000
Hendon Hooker (QB Virginia Tech) +20000
Terrace Marshall Jr (WR LSU) +20000

NFL Week 1 Odds Analysis

2020 NFL Week 1 Odds Analysis

The 2020 NFL regular season schedule dropped on May the 7th and so did the betting odds for the first two weeks of NFL action. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the Chiefs defend their title, Brady and Gronk teaming up in Tampa, and Burrows taking the lead in Cincinnati.

NFL Week 1 Odds Analysis

NFL odds, especially opening odds, for the first week are always interesting because it takes teams and oddsmakers a few weeks to settle into the game. So let’s jump in and take a peek at the NFL’s first week betting spreads and totals.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Houston at Kansas City -10½, 56½

The Texans went 10-6 to claim the AFC South crown a year ago, but they also came up well short in their humbling home playoff loss against Tennessee, and to make matter worse, they gave away Pro Bowl wide receiver Deandre Hopkins for basically nothing. Oh…did I forget to mention that Houston was blown out of the water in its stunning 51-31 road playoff loss against Kansas City – after jumping out to a 24-0 lead against Patrick Mahomes and company? 

Sunday, September 13

Seattle at Atlanta +1, 48½

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks will need to be on guard against Matt Ryan and the Falcons in this affair. While Seattle went 11-5 and reached the playoffs a year ago and Atlanta struggled in going just 7-9 last season, the once, Dirty Birds finished the 2019 campaign by winning four straight and six of their last eight games overall.

NY Jets at Buffalo -5½, 40

The Bills are coming off a solid 10-6 season that saw them reach the playoffs. Buffalo kicked off its 2019 campaign with a narrow 17-16 road win over the Jets, but New York got some revenge by handing the Bills a humbling 13-6 loss at home in their regular-season finale.

Chicago at Detroit -1, 44½

Detroit will have franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford back under center after he missed the vast majority of last season. Chicago will almost certainly turn the reins of their franchise over to veteran Nick Foles in 2020 while looking to extend their winning ways over their division rivals following last season’s sweep.

Green Bay at Minnesota -3, 47

The Packers are coming off a fantastic 13-3 season that saw them reach the NFC Championship before bowing out to San Francisco. Minnesota went 10-6 last season before stunning New Orleans in the wild card round and then falling to Frisco. The Vikes will be out for revenge in this one after getting swept by the Pack a year ago.

Miami at New England -6, 43½

No Tom Brady means every other team in the AFC East will have a shot to exact some revenge against New England in 2020. Oh wait, the Fins smacked the Patriots senseless in their stunning 27-24 Week 17 road win in Foxborough!

Philadelphia at Washington +6, 45

Philly went 9-7 to win the NFC East last season while Washington is coming off a dismal 3-13 campaign that saw them part ways with former head coach Jay Gruden. The revamped Skins made a great hire in naming former Panthers head coach Ron Rivera their new leading man – and Philly blew their draft like no other team in the league if you ask me.

Las Vegas at Carolina -1, 46½

Jon Gruden and the Raiders are getting a bunch of publicity for their roster-altering moves in free agency and the recently completed NFL draft, but I love Carolina’s hire of Matt Rhule and the subsequent moves the Panthers have made since that time.

Indianapolis at Jacksonville +8, 46½

For Indy, it’s Philip Rivers to the rescue as the Colts turn to the longtime former Chargers franchise signal-caller to get them back in the playoffs. Jacksonville had one of the very best drafts of any team in the league, but the Jags are still quite far away from being a winning team again.

Cleveland at Baltimore -8½, 48½

Can former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski get Baker Mayfield on track while succeeding in Cleveland where many others have failed? Will it even matter as the Browns take on a far more dangerous Lamar Jackson and a far more complete Baltimore squad?

LA Chargers at Cincinnati +3½, 46½

Justin Herbert won’t see any action in this affair unless Tyrod Taylor gets injured. What I’m most looking forward to is seeing No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow try to avoid Nick Bosa and the rest of the Chargers stout defense.

Tampa Bay at New Orleans -4½, 50

What a way to kick off Week 1! It’s Tom Brady and the revamped Buccaneers on the road against Drew Brees and the high-scoring New Orleans Saints. It won’t get much better than this NFL betting enthusiasts.

Arizona at San Francisco -7½, 45

The Cardinals went 5-10-1 in Year 1 of the Kyler Murray/Kliff Kingsbury era, but it was the most positive five-win season you’ll ever see as Arizona competed hard in every single contest in 2019. San Francisco narrowly won by a field goal in Arizona last season, but now the Cards have a superstar wide receiver and arguably the best defensive player in this year’s draft in former Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons.

Dallas at LA Rams 2½

One known for their high-scoring ways, the rams took a significant step backward last season. Dallas, on the other hand, is no loaded with talent at the skill positions on offense.

Monday, September, 14

Pittsburgh at NY Giants +3½, 48

The G-Men are at home in their opener following their four-win season in 2019, but Big Ben is back under center for Pittsburgh, making the Steelers the easy favorites in Week 1 despite being on the road.

Tennessee at Denver -2, 42

Broncos quarterback Drew Lock will be tested right off the bat against Tennessee’s sting defense and the Broncos’ own defense will have their hands full trying to stop the runaway locomotive that goes by the name of Derrick Henry!