Battle For the Big 12: Sooners vs Cowboys

Not only is the Bedlam Bell on the line when Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet, but so too is the Big 12 crown. The Sooners have been the team to beat in the Big 12 from the early-to-late 2000’s, which has led Oklahoma to go 7-3 SU and ATS in their past 10 against Oklahoma State. 

There may not be a hotter team in college football than the Sooners. Oklahoma is coming off two wins against teams inside the top 20, which culminated in a last second defensive stop against TCU last week. Since their lone loss to Texas, Oklahoma has averaged 51 points and 604.3 offensive yards per game.

The offensive dominance has much to do with the emergence of Baker Mayfield. The two-time walk-on is now a legitimate Heisman candidate as he has completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 33 touchdowns and just five interceptions this season. Mayfield exited Oklahoma’s win over TCU last week with a concussion, but did pass the concussion protocols after the game.

Oklahoma State squandered a massive opportunity with a loss against Baylor last week and could not capitalize after Jarrett Stidham was injured and replaced with third-stringer quarterback Chris Johnson. 

The dual quarterback system the Cowboys have operated this season with Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh being near unstoppable at times. The two signal-callers have combined for 32 passing touchdowns and eight interceptions with another 12 rushing touchdowns.

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Nets Enjoying ATS Success Against Cavs

The Brooklyn Nets have not been very good this season, it is pretty simple, but the team has been excellent at the window. The Nets are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games and have enjoyed long term success against the Cleveland Cavaliers, their opponent Saturday, as they have covered in 18 of the past 25 games between the two teams.

Through eight games at the Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavs are 8-0 SU while beating teams by 9.2 points per game. However, with the Cavs drawing so much money, which has led to inflated spreads that they have failed to cover, as they are just 4-4 ATS at home.

The Nets have been terrible on the road this season as they are just 1-9 SU away from Brooklyn and are currently on a five-game road-losing streak. Thaddeus Young has done everything he can for the team recently as he has averaged 18.7 points and 9.8 rebounds in the last six.

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Faves Covering When FSU & Florida Play

Florida State Cook NCAA

Florida State and Florida clash Saturday to determine who the best team in the Sunshine State is, but it may be hard to trust the underdog in this one. The past 17 matchups between the Seminoles and the Gators have seen the favorites go 13-4 ATS.

How Florida still only has one loss this season is sort of mind boggling. In their past three games, the Gators have played teams with a combined record of 8-22 SU with an average scoring margin of plus-six points. 

You never really know what you are going to get from FSU—are you getting the offense that has scored 40-plus points four times this season or the offense that’s been held to 24 or less four times? Last week was the good offense, with the Seminoles putting up 52 points behind five rushing touchdowns.


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Goals Galore When ‘Hawks, Kings Play

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The Chicago Blackhawks vs the Los Angeles Kings is one of the premier hockey rivalries in the past several seasons, but neither team has brought defense when they face off against one another. The OVER is 8-0-2 in the past 10 games between the Kings and Blackhawks with the teams averaging seven combined goals in those contests.

In case you somehow did not hear, Patrick Kane tied the record for longest point streak by an American-born player on Saturday. Kane has now put up at least one point in 18 consecutive games, a span that has seen him tally 10 goals and 19 assists.

The Kings have been a defensive juggernaut this season, with the team allowing the second-fewest goals and the ninth-fewest shots in the NHL. After a few down seasons, Jeff Carter has found his touch again as he leads the Kings in points and plus/minus.

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Notre Dame Loves Their Trips to Stanford

Notre Dame packs their bags for a difficult battle against Stanford this Saturday but the Fighting Irish have enjoyed their trips to Stanford Stadium. Notre Dame is 7-2 ATS in their past nine games visiting the Cardinal.

Notre Dame will need to prove some sceptics wrong after last week’s game against Boston College at Fenway Park. The Irish surrendered five turnovers and scored their fewest points of the season against a team that is frankly not very good. A loss in this game and Notre Dame can kiss their playoff dreams goodbye, but a statement win will almost certainly get them in the top four.

Stanford can once again thank Christian McCaffrey for a win last week as the sophomore totalled 389 total yards and two touchdowns. After a mediocre performance in their last loss, Stanford did not seem to trust quarterback Kevin Hogan as he only threw the ball 12 times against Cal.

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Road Team Struggling in the Egg Bowl

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Ole Miss and Mississippi State will do battle for the Egg Bowl once more Saturday when the Rebels travel to Starkville. Ole Miss may not be in an enviable position as the road team is a lowly 1-10 SU in the last 11 Egg Bowl’s.

This season has just been bizarre for Ole Miss. Three losses pretty much have Ole Miss out of the conversation for a meaningful bowl game, but three of their wins have come against Alabama, LSU and Auburn. The Rebels can still win the SEC West if they win the Egg Bowl and ‘Bama losses to Auburn.

Mississippi State is coming off one of the most exciting games of the week with a 51-50 victory over Arkansas. Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 508 yards and five touchdowns, but the Bulldogs defense allowed Brandon Allen to throw seven touchdown passes.

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Maryland Struggling To Cover After Wins

The Maryland Terrapins have been great on the court, but not so much at the window this season. The Terps are 5-0 SU, but just 2-3 ATS and, dating back to last season, the team is just 1-4 ATS in their past five following a win. Maryland will take on the Cleveland State Vikings Saturday.

There is no doubt that the buck starts and stops with Melo Trimble for Maryland, but his last outing was astounding. The sophomore guards shot a perfect 7-for-7 on field goals while going 3-for-3 from the free throw line. The rest of the starting five has been more than adept offensively for the Terrapins, with four of the five starters averaging 12.2 points or more this season.

Cleveland State is 2-3 SU, but oddly enough, all but one of those games have been decided by at least 12 points.

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NCAAB Betting: Purdue vs Leigh

The Leigh Mountain Hawks would have an uphill battle to beat the Purdue on a good day, but the Boilermakers will be extra rested for their game Saturday. Purdue is coming into the game with five days rest with the team winning the past three in that situation.

Purdue has been steamrolling their competition so far this season with an average scoring margin of plus-28.2 points per game. The Boilermakers defense has been their bread and butter with the team eighth in the nation in points allowed and have held two of their opponents to 40 points or less.

Leigh has been pretty much a doormat so far this season, going 0-5 SU with all but one of the losses coming by double-digits. 

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Wild Dominating When Hosting Stars

Minnesota Wild Ryan Suter

The Minnesota Wild will be hosting the Western Conference leading Dallas Stars Saturday, but they should not be worried, as they have decimated the Stars when playing at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild have won the last five games when they have hosted the Stars, with Minny averaging over four goals per game.

The Stars have had no problem travelling this season as they are a staggering 9-2 record, which includes a current five-game winning streak outside of Dallas.

The Wild have excelled at home this season, posting an 8-2-0 record at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild have averaged 3.2 goals per game at home this season, a full half-goal more than their road games.

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OVER is Trending Between MSU and PSU

Michigan State Football

Michigan State and Penn State will once again clash for the Land Grant Trophy this Saturday in East Lansing. The OVER has been the smart play when the Spartans and Nittany Lions have met in the past, with the teams topping the closing total in 13 of their past 16 meetings.

Michigan State is coming off their biggest win of the season when they knocked off Ohio State 17-13 on a last second field goal. That win gave the Spartans control over their own fate in the Big Ten East, and they will more than likely meet Iowa in the Big Ten championship now.

Penn State fans have had a lot less to talk about, as the Nittany Lions were looking like they could finish the season ranked, but two consecutive losses (albeit to two ranked teams) has them on the outside looking in. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg was shut down for a second week in a row as the junior now has completed just 47.9 percent of his passes in that span.

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