Daily Archives - October 9, 2017

NHL Expert Picks Oct 9-15

NHL Expert Picks Oct 9-15

The 2017-2018 NHL season is here. My expert picks for this week start on Friday, October 13th. That may sound ominous, but bet big and cash in!

Will the Rangers or Columbus stay away from the bad luck that comes from Friday the 13? On Saturday, St. Louis travels to Tampa Bay to battle the hottest team in the Stanly Cup Futures books, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Can Tampa beat a top Central Division team? Sunday’s matchup has the New York Islanders heading to L.A. to battle the Kings. Who is the team to back? The Kings or the Islanders?

NHL Expert Picks Oct 9-15

NY Rangers at Columbus
When:  Friday, Oct. 13 at 9:00 pm ET
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus Ohio
TV: NHL Net

Analysis: As of October 8, Columbus is 1 and 1 after 2 matches. The good news for the Blue Jackets and their fans is that offseason acquisition Artemi Panarin already has 3 points. Zach Werenski has already taken 8 shots.

Columbus beat the Islanders 5 to 0 before losing 1 to 5 to the Chicago Blackhawks. Columbus should be a big favorite in this matchup. The Rangers are already 2 and 0 as of October 8. NYR allowed 8 goals to Toronto in a 5 to 8 loss on Oct. 7.

Although it’s difficult to swallow low odds, I can’t look past Columbus. The Rangers’ defense doesn’t appear any better than Columbus’ while Panarin has had a hot start to the season.

I like the Blue Jackets.

Pick: Columbus

St. Louis at Tampa Bay
When:  Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
TV: FSMW/SUN

Analysis: Tampa Bay has a nice 1 and 1 record after their first 2 games of the season. The Lightning beat Florida 5 to 3. They lost to Florida 4 to 5.

This could be the game where we find out how good Tampa really is. The Lightning battles a hot St. Louis Blues squad. St. Louis is 2 and 0 as of Oct. 8 after beating Pittsburgh 5 to 4 and Dallas 4 to 2.

I think the Blues are for real. Although Tampa Bay has every right to win this match, I’ll take the above even money odds on St. Louis. The Lightning is the fourth game in a 4-game road trip that also includes the Islanders, the Rangers, and Florida.

Since Tampa is the fourth game, St. Louis’ odds should be higher than they should be. It might not be wise to go for it. But, that’s what I’m doing.

Pick: St. Louis

NY Islanders at Los Angeles
When:  Sunday, Oct. 15 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: MSG+/FSWHD

Analysis: The 1 and 1 New York Islanders beat Buffalo 6 to 3 after Columbus embarrassed them 5 to 0. John Tavares, one of NHL’s best players, already has 8 shots on the season.

I don’t have much hope that NYI sticks with the Kings on Sunday. The Islanders must battle St. Louis at home, Anaheim on the road, and San Jose on the road before tackling the Kings in Los Angeles.

It’s also important to note that the Kings are 2 and 0 after their first 2 games. L.A.’s defense has been fantastic. Goalie Jonathan Quick is 2 and 0. He’s yielded only 1 goal in 6 periods of play.

I am betting the Kings win this game on the puck line.

Pick: Los Angeles puck line

Expert Picks College Football Week 7

Expert Picks College Football Week 7

The Houston Cougars will look to extend their modest winning streak while the nationally-ranked Oklahoma Sooners look to rebound from one of the biggest upsets this past weekend. Last but not least, Oklahoma State will look to hold it down at home against a Baylor Bears that is winless this season, but one that has made some small improvements since the start of the season.

If you’re looking for Week 7 expert college football picks, then look no further – I have a trio of them just for you!

Expert Picks College Football Week 7

Houston Cougars (4-1) at Tulsa Hurricane(1-5)
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, Oklahoma
TV: ESPNN
Odds: Houston -13

Analysis: Houston clearly made a smart move by naming offensive coordinator Major Applewhite as head coach once Tom Herman took his act to the University of Texas and now the Cougars are succeeding because of it. Houston rolled SMU in its 35-22 Week 6 win to cover the spread as a 10-point home fave while Tulsa got completely obliterated in its 62-28 road loss to Tulane. Cougars’ quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyle Postma are both completing over 70.0 percent of their passes, but it is Houston’s stingy defense (16.2 ppg) that has been really getting the job done this season.

Tulsa has been limited to 28 points or less in three straight games and just won’t be able to put enough points on the board to keep up with a Cougars team that has plans on winning the American Athletic Conference this season. Tulsa is just 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning road record while Houston has gone 10-1 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 road games. This one’s a no-brainer….Houston is my top Week 7 expert pick!

Expert Pick NCAAF Week 7: Houston -13

No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners (4-1) at Texas Longhorns (3-2)
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
TV: ESPN
Odds: Oklahoma -7.5

Analysis: I know the Sooners just ended up on the wrong end of a stunning 38-31 home loss against Iowa State, but that’s one of the main reasons I like them to rebound in a big way to get the road win against a Texas Longhorns team that narrowly got past Kansas State 40-34 in overtime this past weekend. The Sooners are the better statistical team on both sides of the ball and hold a 9-point scoring edge offensive, not to mention the fact that they have a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Baker Mayfield who played well this past weekend despite the Sooners’ loss.

I love the fact that the Sooners have gone a perfect 7-0 ATS in their L/7 games against a team with a winning record and 7-2 ATS in their L/9 games overall while Texas has gone 1-3-1 ATS in its last five conference games. While Oklahoma has gone 0-4 ATS in their last four games against the Longhorns, I think the spread for this matchup, even as a road favorite, is very manageable for a Sooners team that I expect to be far more focused defensively in Week 7 than they were this past weekend. I think Oklahoma’s stunning loss to Iowa State will serve as a wake-up call for the Sooners this coming weekend, which is why I like Baker Mayfield and company to get the double-digit road win to cover the spread.

I am recommending OU as a 5 star Week 7 expert pick.

Expert Pick NCAAF Week 7: Oklahoma -7.5

Baylor Bears (0-5) at No. 14 Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-1)
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Odds: Baylor +22.5

Analysis: Baylor may have been on the wrong end of a humbling 33-20 road loss at Kansas State this past weekend, but the Bears have played decent football the last three weeks and I believe they can keep the final score well inside the three-touchdown-plus spread in this contest against an Oklahoma State team that has played solid, but not outstanding football in splitting their last two games and narrowly getting by Texas Tech 41-34 this past weekend.

More importantly, I like Baylor head coach Matt Rhule a lot and I believe it’s only a matter of time before he gets the disgraced gridiron program back on the map after former head coach Art Briles nearly ruined it by letting a bunch of nonsense take place under his charge. Oklahoma State has given up a whopping 78 combined points over their last two games and that tells me that Baylor should be able to put some points on the board to keep the final score well insides three touchdowns.

Despite the fact that they’ve got a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State is just 1-4 ATS in their last five conference games while Baylor has gone 4-1 ATS in their L/5 games against a team with a winning record. Again, despite their winless record, Baylor has improved in a big way since the start of the season and I believe they can cover the chalk against an Oklahoma State team that has been pretty generous defensively this season.

The Bears won’t win, but ATS Baylor is my Week 7 expert pick.

Expert Pick NCAAF Week 7: Baylor +22.5

College Football Week 7 Parlay Picks

Parlay Picks College Football Week 7

Three nationally-ranked title contenders will look to take down their unranked Week 7 opponents when they take to the gridiron this coming weekend, but only two of them are going to cover the spread in their respective matchups. As usual, if you’re looking to increase your annual college football betting bankroll by stringing some wagers together as part of a potentially payday-producing parlay, then you’ve come to the right place!

2-Team Parlay Pick College Football Week 7

  • Syracuse Orange
  • Washington State Cougars

No. 2 Clemson Tigers (6-0) at Syracuse Orange (3-3)
When: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
TV: ESPN
Odds: Clemson -21.5

Analysis: Clemson wasn’t overly impressive in beating Wake Forest 28-14 this past weekend, but they still managed to get the win as quarterback Kelly Bryant suffered a sprained ankle in the third quarter. For their Week 7 matchup against Syracuse however, I like the Orange to cover the chalk as a three-touchdown home dog, seeing as how they not only got past Pittsburgh 27-24 this past Saturday but have played three straight solid games in losing at NC State 33-25 in Week 5 and falling at Louisville 35-25 one week prior.

While the Orange certainly won’t pull off the outright upset in this ACC matchup, they’re the pick to cover the spread seeing as how they’ve gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning road record while Clemson has gone 2-5 ATS in its last seven conference games.

Bet the Orange in all your Week 7 college football parlays.

Pick: Syracuse +21.5

No. 8 Washington State Cougars (6-0) at California Golden Bears (3-3)
When: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:30 PM ET
Where: California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California
TV: ESPN
Odds: Washington State -14

Analysis: No. 8 Washington State throttled Oregon 33-10 this past weekend just as I predicted a week ago and the Cougars are the easy pick for me here against a Cal team that got smacked around in their humbling 38-7 beatdown loss against Washington this past Saturday.

Cal has not scored more than 24 points in dropping their last three games while Washington State is a scoring machine as they average a stellar 39.7 points per game this season under offensive-minded head coach Mike Leach.

Cougars quarterback Luke Falk doesn’t get mentioned as one of the best signal-callers in the country, but that’s exactly what he’s been in throwing for 2,000 yards with an impressive 19 TD passes and just two interceptions. Washington State has gone 14-3 ATS in their L/17 games following an ATS win and a bankroll-boosting 15-6 ATS in their last 21 conference games.

On the flip side of the coin, Cal is an awful 10-28 ATS in their last 38 games following a straight-up loss and 2-6 ATS in their last eight conference games. Washington State wins and covers the spread.

Washington State is a strong bet for all of your Week 7 college football parlays.

Pick: Washington State -14

3-Team Parlay Pick College Football Week 7

  • Syracuse Orange
  • Washington State Cougars
  • Michigan Wolverines

No. 17 Michigan Wolverines (4-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (3-2)
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Indiana
TV: ABC
Odds: Michigan -5

Analysis: No. 17 Michigan may have suffered their first loss of the season in Saturday’s humbling 14-10 loss against in-state rival Michigan State, but that just makes me believe they’re going to really lay an emphatic smackdown on an Indiana Hoosiers team that isn’t in their same caliber of teams despite beating Charleston Southern 27-0 this past weekend. I know Jim Harbaugh’s team has issues at quarterback where John O’Korn looked pretty awful against the Spartans this past weekend, but Michigan’s defense is so good that they’re going to force Indiana into at least two or three costly turnovers en route to the commanding win in their Week 7 Big Ten battle.

The Wolverines are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following an ATS loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following an SU loss while Indiana has gone 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games. Michigan’s stingy defense is giving up just 13.6 points per game and the Wolverines have won 10 straight in this series dating back to 2003. Combine all of that with the fact that Jim Harbaugh is probably really ticked off and the Spartans become the easy pick in this matchup despite their pitiful play at quarterback this season.

Michigan is my final five star Week 7 college football parlay pick.

Pick: Michigan -5