We have hit the mid-point of October. The 2018 College and NFL campaigns have been for the record books. Scoring is up. Competition is leveling the playing field. Parity is spreading. With that in mind, I have eleven top games for you to watch and bet on based on entertainment and betting value. Happy hunting!
Must Bet Football CFB Week 8 & NFL Week 7
Denver Broncos -1½ vs Arizona Cardinals
State Farm Stadium, Glendale
8:20 PM ET, Thursday, October 18
While this game has little entertainment value if you aren’t a Broncos or Cardinals fan, I believe the 1.5-point spread is a sure bet.
This past week, the Broncos almost upset the undefeated Rams and head to Glendale to face the one-win Cardinals led by rookie QB Josh Rosen. Von Miller and company will be hungry to take down to the cocky first-year player.
Michigan Wolverines -7½ +105 vs Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing
12 PM ET, Saturday, October 20
A Wolverine vs Spartan showdown on the grid-iron is everything that makes football great. Michigan is 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten. Michigan State is 4-2, 2-1.
The Spartans have won eight of the last 10 games against the Wolverines. Michigan State has won four of the last five, including a 14-10 victory last year. Michigan last beat the Spartans in 2016. The game ended in East Lansing by a score of 32-23.
NC State Wolfpack vs Clemson Tigers -17
Memorial Stadium, Clemson
3:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 20
Third-ranked Clemson hosts #16 NC State this Saturday afternoon in Death Valley. Which undefeated ACC Atlantic Division squad will keep their 2018 winning streak going?
The Wolfpack have played Clemson well over the past couple of years, losing to Clemson 24-17 in overtime in 2016 and 38-31 last year. Moreover, both teams are coming off a bye week and will be healthy and well-rested.
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs LSU Tigers -7 +100
Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge
7 PM ET, Saturday, October 20
LSU is coming off a HUGE upset of the formerly second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. Mississippi State is coming off of their own upset, beating #8 Auburn before their bye-week. Now the two meet this Saturday in Death Valley.
Oregon Ducks -1½ vs Washington State Cougars
Martin Stadium, Pullman
7:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 20
West coast college football fans will get to feast on a battle between the Oregon Ducks and Washington State Cougars.
The Ducks pulled off a 30-27 upset this past weekend with an OT victory over the Washington Huskies. On the flip side, the Cougars are coming off a bye week after beating Oregon State two weeks by a 56-37 score.
Tennessee Titans vs Los Angeles Chargers -6½
Wembley Stadium, London
9:30 AM ET, Sunday, October 21
The second Wembley Stadium game of the season features the 3-3 Tennessee Titans facing the 4-2 Los Angeles Chargers. Kick-off is scheduled for 9:30 AM ET this Sunday. The Titans are coming off a shutout home loss to the Ravens and the Chargers beat down the Browns in Cleveland 38-14.
New England Patriots -3 vs Chicago Bears
Soldier Field, Chicago
1 PM ET, Sunday, October 21
The New England Patriots are coming off a handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season. Now they visit Soldier Field to face Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears. Will the young Bears bounce back after a tough OT loss to the Dolphins? Or are the Pats going to continue building an on a three-game winning streak?
Cleveland Browns vs Tampa Bay Bucs -3 -115
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
1 PM ET, Sunday, October 21
Tampa Bay has lost three in a row after a 2-0 start while Cleveland has alternated losses and wins after a Week 1 tie. The Ravens and Chargers exposed Baker Mayfield’s weakness. Get to the rookie QB fast. Mayfield is a quick decision maker and gets the ball out fast. In the past two weeks opposing defenses have blanketed pass-catchers long enough for the defensive line to get to Mayfield. Combine that with a fast start and the Browns will be forced to throw the ball even more. But the Bucs defense is a far cry to that of the Ravens and Bolts.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs -6
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
8:20 PM ET, Sunday, October 21
Both the Bengals and Chiefs stormed out of the gates with big wins over big teams. Both lost to rivals this past week in the final seconds of their games. Cincy lost at home to the Steelers with 10 ticks left on the clock. KC lost at Foxboro when the Pats kicked a field goal as the clock hit all zeros.
I expect a blowout!
New York Giants vs Atlanta Falcons -5½
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
8:15 PM ET, Monday, October 22
Monday Night Football will be in Atlanta when the Odell, Saquan, Eli and the one-win Giants visit. The 2-4 Falcons are better than their record while the G-Men are worse than their 1-5 record if that’s even possible.