Odds & Top Picks College Football Championship

Odds & Top Picks College Football Championship

Week 0 is behind us. A full slate of college football is days away. Here are the odds and analysis for the top betting picks to win the 2019-20 College Football Championship.

Odds & Top Picks College Football Championship

The Favorite: Alabama Crimson Tide +235

Alabama and Clemson could fight for favoritism all season long. Right now, future bettors are all over Bama. It makes sense. Clemson has little room for error because they play in a lousy football conference. Name another team in the ACC right now, today, before the season starts, who can win more than say, 8 games. Forget making it to the CFP. Name them. Can’t? Darn right, you can’t because there isn’t.

While Clemson plays in a high school conference, Alabama plays in the SEC. The Southeastern Conference. Where football was defined and then redefined. Florida, Georgia, Auburn, all those teams can upset the Crimson Tide’s march to the College Football Playoff. That makes them the preferred choice over Clemson. Why? Because they must earn it.

But, it also makes them a vulnerable favorite. Another smarter choice awaits.

The Smart Pick: Oklahoma Sooners +1500

No doubt, the Oklahoma Sooners defense will scare every single one of their backers. It’s not only non-existent, it feels, looks smells like a paper tiger. Forget paper tiger. Paper rabbit is more like it.

Knowing this, Lincoln Riley hired Alex Grinch to get the defense up to speed. Grinch, no doubt, will do that. He won’t turn the 2019 Oklahoma Sooners into the Legion of Boom, but the defense will be improved. Ah, but that’s not the best part if you’re an Oklahoma fan!

The best part is that Riley convinced Jalen Hurts, Alabama’s former starting quarterback, to join his team. Hurts might have more sheer talent than either Baker Mayfield or Kyler Murray. The odds make Oklahoma an easy slam dunk for the “smart” college football national championship bet.

The Betting Long Shot: Utah Utes +4500

The Pac 12 isn’t loaded by any means. Let’s just say that right now, right here. The P-12 is full of, well, teams that wouldn’t stand a chance against Memphis or UCF, much less really good teams from the SEC and Big 12.

Yeah, but the ACC isn’t much better, and the defending national champions reside in the ACC. Utah is loaded. In every facet of the game, they’re loaded. So, we’ve got a talented team on both sides of the football with a great coach and a soft schedule because they play in a week Power 5 Conference. It sure sounds like a National Championship possibility.

College Football Week 1 Bold Predictions

College Football Week 1 Bold Predictions

The 2019 College Football season is two games old and here are FOUR bold college football Week 1 betting predictions.

College Football Week 1 Bold Predictions

Oklahoma Will Beat Houston out of the State of Texas

The spread looks awfully daunting. Oklahoma hosts the Houston Cougars as a massive, ridiculous, unfathomable -24 ½ favorite. How could Lincoln Riley’s team possibly cover such an enormous spread versus one of the better teams in the American Athletic Conference?

But, this is Oklahoma, the most popular team in the nation. They’ll get at least 30 points through sheer magnetism while the other 24 or so will come via Jalen Hurts’ arm and legs. The rout will be on!

The Irish Will Force Louisville To Say Uncle

Wait, a team can’t tap-out of college football? Does Louisville really want to hit the gridiron versus what’s sure to be one of the top offenses in college? The NCAAF might want to save their top referees or even their mediocre referees, or even the referees they’re considering laying off, for Week 2. No reason to even bother with this one.

Louisville is so awful, their fans should show up with the proverbial bags over their heads without holes for their eyes to peek through. Notre Dame is only favored by 20 ½. If they don’t cover that, the season is already a failure.

Tigers Will Maul Ducks

Oregon is considered a Pac 12 contender and an actual title contender. The Auburn Tigers are considered the fourth-best, if that, team in the SEC. The first question is…how gosh darn awful is the Pac 12?

The second question is, no matter how bad the Pac 12 is, could Auburn really be 3 ½ points better than Oregon? The answer to the first question? Bad. It should be a cheer this season, “Who’s bad? The Pac 12’s bad!”

The answer to the second is, yes. Auburn should be favored by that much because the Tigers might field one of the top defensive lines in the nation. That line could give NFL scouts visions of former Oregon bust Akili Smith every time Justin Herbert steps back to pass.

Alabama and Clemson Will Show Rust…and Still, Win by Over 30

Neither the Clemson Tigers nor the Alabama Crimson Tide should be as sharp in Week 1 as they will be later on in the season. Dabo Genius and Saban Superman don’t gear their teams up for Week 1 victories.

But, the Tide and the Tigers play some overmatched squads this Saturday. Bama takes on Duke. Not on the basketball court, FYI. The Tigers battle Georgia Tech. Tech has a new offense, new defense, new everything.

So, while both Clemson and Alabama will show rust, both will also dominate by at least 30. That’s what happens when David shows up without his best stones.

MLB Top Games of the Week August 24 – August 30

MLB Betting Analysis Aug 26 – Sept 1

Yes, football is back, but there is money to be made mining on MLB. In fact, I bet you were already salivating at a couple of games on my list of bettable MLB games this week.

MLB Betting Analysis Aug 26 – Sept 1

Monday, August 26

St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

6 years ago or so, Adam Wainwright versus Gio Gonzalez would have been the matchup of the week. Not anymore. Both pitchers have performed well, though. Give the edge to the Cardinals’ Wainwright because Gio allows St. Louis to bat .351 against him.

Pick: Milwaukee Brewers

New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners

Yankees should be vulnerable on Monday. J.A. Happ has a 5.58 ERA and allows the Mariners to bat .321 against him.

Pick: Seattle Mariners

Tuesday, August 27

Atlanta Braves at Toronto Blue Jays

Braves pitcher Mike Soroka continues to impress. Soroka is 10-2 with a 2.41 ERA. However, the ATL is only 1-3 in his last 4 starts. Can Jays pull off the upset? Yep.

Pick: Toronto Blue Jays

Texas Rangers at L.A. Angels

At the age of 31, Mike Minor has had a resurgence of sorts with the Rangers. His ERA is 3.17 while Texas is 4-1 SU in his last 5 starts. Angels lose their halo.

Pick: Texas Rangers

Wednesday, August 28

Chicago Cubs at New York Mets

Hendricks has a decent 3.20 ERA. However, his road ERA is 4.76 and he’s got a 4-7 road record. The Mets and “Thor” look tough here.

Pick: New York Mets

L.A. Dodgers at San Diego Padres

Is there a chink in Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu’s armor? The likely Cy Young winner is still 12-4 with a 2.00 ERA, but look at that? LAD has lost his last two starts. Take a swing on the Friars to berate Hollywoodland.

Pick: San Diego Padres

Thursday, August 29

Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros

Rays are undecided. They should face Zack Greinke on Thursday, though. Greinke is 4-0 in his 4 starts with the Stros. Run line is the play here.

Pick: Houston Astros run line

Cincinnati Reds at Miami Marlins

Alex Wood’s stats aren’t much better than Miami listed starter Jordan Yamamoto’s. But, the Marlins have lost 5-of-6 Yamamoto starts. Wood and the Reds win this.

Pick: Cincinnati Reds

Friday, August 30

Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays

The Tribe is 6-1 in the last 7 games Mike Cleavinger has started. The Rays are undecided, but it shouldn’t matter in this matchup.

Pick: Cleveland Indians

Boston Red Sox at L.A. Angels

Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has mostly been in relief duty this season. He could be vulnerable on Friday because the Angels hit .298 against him.

Pick: L.A. Angels

Saturday, August 31

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Mets starter Steven Matz hasn’t dominated. But, he’s thrown much, much better this season than Phillies listed starter Zach Eflin. Mets take this one.

Pick: New York Mets

Chicago White Sox at Atlanta Braves

Dallas Kuechel’s throwing well. He’s allowed a single earned run off 11 hits in his last12 innings pitched. That gives Atlanta a big edge here. Go run line.

Pick: Atlanta Braves run line

Sunday, September 1

Oakland A’s at New York Yankees

Mike Fiers and the A’s have been hot. Every time Fiers has stepped to the mound, Oakland has responded. They’ve won Fiers’ last 6 starts. The Yankees send Domingo German to the mound. So bet on moneyball over the big bad wolf

Pick: Oakland A’s

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Marcus Stroman has gelled with his new team since being shipped to the Mets instead of Yankees. He steps to the mound, throws strikes, and his teammates respond with runs. So far, Stroman-Mets or 4-0. They’ll add another win on Sunday.

Pick: New York Mets

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