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This will be the final college football weekly recap now that the season is almost upon us. Any big college football news stories that need to be covered from a betting perspective will be featured on their own from here on out. The Maddux Sports handicapping team is locked and loaded for a winning college football pick season and we hope you have taken note of these stories over the summer and filed them away.
Coming off an 8-8 2009 season with a +49 point differential, the 2010 regular season win total on the 49ers has been set at 8.5. Most early action seems to be on the 49ers over with odds of -140 listed on Bodog. Are these early bettors on to something or off the mark? Are the 49ers an inexperienced raw team with an unproven quarterback who will struggle or a talented hard-nosed squad ready to break out? The Bookbeater loves the over.
The Astros are the best home underdog betting opportunity on Tuesday’s MLB card.
Chicago Cubs at Houston Astros
Chicago moved its record to 7-4 since the All-Star break after picking up a 5-2 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. “With this offense we have and the pitching staff we have, we can do some damage,” last night’s starting pitcher Carlos Silva said. Monday’s game was the first of a six-game, seven day road trip, as the club looks to win consecutive series against its own division for the first time since winning seven-straight series last season from July 24-September 13. The Cubs are 4-6 against the Astros this season despite outscoring by four runs, 51-47, in those contests. Chicago has dropped three games to Houston by a single run and another by two runs this season. Against divisional opponents, the team is 19-28 (-2,050) and the total being 19-24 O/U in those meetings.
As the NFL season nears and the anticipation grows, I can’t help but look ahead at the schedule a bit to find the games that really get me excited. I obviously won’t bet a game just because the matchup looks good, but I’ll sure look at it more closely if it’s an exciting game to me, or if it’s a game that is likely to draw heavy public action that could skew the NFL odds and give us some value. Here are 10 games in the first two weeks of the season that I have my eye on:
The Nationals look to make it five straight with their heralded rookie on the mound against the division-leading Braves.
Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
Atlanta enters this series with the second-biggest division lead in the majors, leading the Phillies by 4.5 games, while having a 15.5 game advantage on tonight’s opponent. The Braves have alternated wins and losses over the past six games and managed to lose just its second series since May 10th in dropping two of three games against the Florida Marlins over the past weekend. The club left 11 runners on base in a 5-4 defeat on Sunday. “You led the other team off the hook that many times, eventually they’re going to cash in and beat you,” said third baseman Chipper Jones. From an offensive standpoint, catcher Brian McCann has been doing his part since being named the All-Star Game MVP, hitting three home runs and driving in 14 runs in his last 10 games. Atlanta is 7-4 when playing with a day off this year (+280) and the total is an even 4-4 O/U in those contests.
We have reached the top 10 teams in the nation and the cream of the crop is starting to rise. Here is team #6 and the 2010 TCU Horned Frogs Football Preview. All part of our 31 teams in 31 days college football season preview from Maddux Sports.
The Rays come back from a long road trip and host the struggling Tigers on national television.
Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
Detroit split a day-night doubleheder against the Blue Jays at Comerica Park on Sunday and now begin a seven-day road trip with the first game of four against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tigers have won eight of the last 11 meetings versus the Rays dating back to September 25, 2008. The club has compiled a 10-4 mark against teams from the AL East division. Detroit hopes to turn things around starting with the series, losing nine of its last 12 games and falling two games behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central race. This may prove difficult considering the Tigers are 16-29 away from Comerica Park on the year (-1,350) and have averaged just 2.2 runs in losing six straight on the road. After playing 20 games this month, the Tigers have compiled an even 10-10 record in July (-190).
Despite a surprisingly disappointing start and finish to the 2009-10 NFL season, the San Diego Chargers still find themselves with plenty to look forward to this year as one of the top favorites at 10/1 to win Super Bowl XLV in Dallas. The defending AFC West champion Chargers closed out the LaDainian Tomlinson era with a tough 17-14 divisional playoff loss at home to the New York Jets back on January 17 following 11 straight regular-season wins.
Colorado, Nebraska, Utah, and Boise State will all have one thing in common this year – they will be lame ducks in their current conferences as they prepare to move to new, presumably greener pastures for the 2011 season. The amount of conference shuffling wasn’t nearly as much as it had the potential to be, but it’s still far more than we are used to – especially in the major conferences. When 2011 rolls around the Pac-10, Big Ten, and Big 12 are all going to look significantly different next year than they will this year. The Big Ten and Pac-10 will have three new teams between them, and will be split into divisions for the first time. They’ll both likely have conference championship games to worry about for the first time. The Big 12 is moving in the opposite direction – the departure of two teams will likely mean the end of divisions, and will certainly mean the end of the conference championship game.