The AFC North will be an interesting division. The Bengals showed last year that they are back, the Ravens added some new weapons to their team, and the Steelers will miss Ben Roethlisberger for the first six games. The Browns got rid of Brady Quinn, but have a bunch of quarterbacks on their roster. It will be interesting to see who gets to start in Cleveland.
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The AFC East will be a great division to follow. The Jets have been the big spender and are looking to go all the way this season. The Patriots have improved and want back into the top ranks of the league.
Though big changes are on the horizon for the Big 12 as long time conference members Nebraska and Colorado bolt for the Big 10 and Pac 10 respectively next year, expect two things to remain constant this season. One, the Big 12 will still be one of the elite conferences in the country, and the conference title race will come down to three teams Oklahoma, Texas, and Nebraska. Players from the conference were 4 of the top 5 players taken in this year’s NFL draft, a feat never accomplished by any conference in history. Though it is difficult if not impossible to replace such talent as Sam Bradford, Ndomukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Trent Williams, Russell Okung, Dez Bryant, and Colt McCoy, a Big 12 team has a good shot of playing for the BCS national championship. Here is a look at the teams from the Big 12 South Division. Odds to win the division and the conference are in parentheses. Odds are taken from Bodog.
The Iowa State Cyclones and Northern Illinois Huskies hook up in Ames this Thursday night for a game that most people aren’t noticing. The Head Ball Coach and South Carolina open up on ESPN against Southern Miss, Pitt and Utah looks to be a great match-up, and USC travels to Hawaii in the late game. These games feature big-name schools and understandably hoard a lion’s share of the press. Although the Cyclones and Huskies are flying under-the-radar, expect this to be an entertaining game.
The final week of NFL preseason action takes place this Thursday with all 16 games slated for play on September 2. This is the last of week of preseason play, which means the regular season is just around the corner. Check out our NFL betting lines page to see all the updated lines for week 4 and to compare odds from various sportsbooks.
Finally. College football begins. Finally. The wait is over. Life is better. College football begins. Finally. The college football opening point spreads have been out for a few weeks now. Our college football odds page is the place to compare lines from various sportsbooks. Lots of early action has moved some spreads around. Let’s take a look at some of this week’s most intriguing match-ups along with the spreads.
Training camp injuries or suspensions have been the biggest harbinger of line moves for the opening week of the college football season. Here are 7 games that have seen big moves from the opening number to today’s current college football lines.
With the start of college football season, there is no preseason to gauge how a team looks. It’s important for college football handicappers to have the right information and know which team will start off hot or cold. There are a lot ways to analyze the season. From statistical review to how many starters are returning. But like the old saying a fish rots from the head down, it may serve a person to take a look at some of the coaches who have a lot to prove or a lot of pressure. The Big 10 seems to have a lot of coaches facing the wrath of their alumni.
The Yankees will look to continue their recent dominance over the Athletics, as they kick off the longest homestand of the season.
Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees
Oakland sits 7 1/2 games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West divisional race, as they head East for a three-game set in the Bronx. The Athletics still have a legitimate shot at catching them due to a starting rotation that owns a major league-best 3.36 ERA. The club will have dramatically improve against the Yankees due to dropping five of six against them this season and 16 of the last 19 meetings overall. In winning eight of their last 12 games overall, the team now sits a game over .500 for the season (65-64, +230), while remaining in second place in the division for seven consecutive days. Oakland has posted a 13-3 record in its last 16 day games, but it’s a different story at night, compiling a 35-51 mark at night (-1,680). The Athletics are an even 13-13 in August (-20) and the total is 6-19 O/U in those games.
The Braves will look to improve upon their 18-1-2 home series record this season with the first of three games against the Mets at Turner Field.
New York Mets at Atlanta Braves
New York finished off its current homestand with a 3-3 record and now embark on a 10-game trip, which will serve as the team’s longest this season. The Mets record has also not been more than one game above or below .500 since July 31, when they were 53-51. The starting staff has been doing its part, posting a 3.42 ERA since the All-Star break, the fourth-lowest mark in the majors during that span. Only Oakland (2.66), San Diego (3.36) and Atlanta (3.40) have a lower ERA. The club has a 23-29 record against divisional opponents this season (-850) and the total is 23-28 O/U in those contests. New York is winless in eight games this season as a road underdog of +150 to +175 (-800) and 5-12 in this situation the last three years (-390).