We are now into the top 5 teams in the nation and these are the best of the best likely BCS contendors. Here is team #2 and the 2010 Ohio State Buckeyes Football Preview.
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The week 1 NFL lines have been posted at most sportsbooks for a few months now, but before the regular season games take place one of the best betting opportunities for sports handicappers comes first. I am talking about preseason football betting. The NFL preseason odds for the hall of fame game through the Giants/Jets game on August 16th opened at Bookmaker yesterday and are now ready to hammered out by the sharp players. The opening and current point spreads are listed below. Continue reading “NFL Preseason Betting Odds Now Live”
The Atlanta Falcons could very well have the best blend of youth and experience in the NFL led by third-year QB Matt Ryan, who regressed a bit in his sophomore season. Ryan still managed to help the Falcons post their first back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history even though they did not get back to the playoffs. This year, anything less than a return to the postseason will be disappointing, especially with future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez playing on borrowed time.
The top two teams in the AL East division get ready to battle in a three-game series this weekend.
New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
The Houston Texans had the top QB-WR tandem in the NFL statistically last season with Matt Schaub (4,770 yards passing) and Andre Johnson (1,569 yards receiving). Unfortunately, the Texans did not even have a 500-yard rusher on the roster, otherwise they likely would have been a playoff team. With a respectable young defense that keeps getting better, the running game could again hold the key to whether or not Houston makes its first-ever trip to the postseason.
The Red Sox return home after a 10-game road trip and face off against a banged up Tigers club.
Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
Detroit has lost 13 of its last 16 games and has fallen into third place in the AL Central race. “We’re in emergency mode,” manager Jim Leyland said after Thursday’s loss in Tampa. “When I say that, I’m saying we just have to fight our tails off every day.” This three-game series at Fenway will cap an 11-game stretch against the AL East foes for the club. The Tigers are currently 2-6 in that span and 10-8 against the division this season. Detroit may find itself as a +225 to +250 road underdog for just the second time in three years, while they are a dismal 16-33 overall away from Comerica Park (-1,750). The team has lost 22 of its last 30 games in Boston and has dropped 10 straight overall on the road.
The Cincinnati Bengals will be more exciting this season thanks to the signing of WR Terrell Owens, but whether or not that will result in back-to-back playoff appearances remains to be seen. The Bengals will have a very difficult time duplicating last year’s perfect 6-0 record in the AFC North, but the good news is that the Pittsburgh Steelers will be without starting QB Ben Roethlisberger for up to six games. The bad news is Roethlisberger will still play them twice.
The problem right now for most sports bettors is that the football season is so close that’s alluring, camps are underway, week 1 NFL lines are posted, but there is still a whole pile of time to kill between now and the first meaningful kickoff. Far too long. In an attempt to kill some of that time while still being productive, I thought I’d take a look back at the teams that have been consistently good against the spread over the last five season, and those that have been consistently bad. The reasoning is that the five year time frame smooths out some of the flukes and unexplainable one year glitches – like the year Cleveland was actually good – and gives us a more meaningful long term picture. Before we look at what I found, I’m going to be like a bad comedian and tell the punchline before the joke – it’s really striking here that the teams that have been consistently solid against the spread are the teams that have been consistently very good, and the ones that have consistently burned money are the terrible teams. In this regard at least, the betting public is right in their NFL pick loyalties:
This afternoon’s series finale features two of the hottest hurlers in all of baseball.
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
Los Angeles managed to win Tuesday’s opener despite being held to five hits and only collected four in Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. “Unfortunately, when you are not scoring a lot of runs, you’re putting a great deal of stress on the pitching,” manager Joe Torre said. The Dodgers have still won five of seven contests and sit six games back of the Padres in the division. The club is a dominating 25-9 against NL West opponents (+1,630), which is by far the best intra-division mark in baseball. Los Angeles made a move just before last night’s game, acquiring outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Kansas City Royals. He’s among the major league leaders with 30 steals and batting .379 during a current 15-game hitting streak. The Dodgers are an even 13-13 in day games (-190) this season and the total is 10-14 O/U in those contests.
We are now into the top 5 teams in the nation and these are the best of the best and likely BCS contendors. Here is team #3 and the 2010 Oklahoma Sooners Football Preview. All part of our 31 teams in 31 days college football predictions season preview from Maddux Sports.