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Opening NFL Lines: Raiders Chargers

This week’s NFL action is loaded with important matchups including four rivalry games in which at least a share of first place in the division is on the line. It starts early with Thursday night’s game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers.

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RedHawks vs Owls in MAC odds tilt

For the second straight Wednesday night, the Temple Owls will look to earn bowl eligibility, this time at home against the Miami-Ohio RedHawks.

The Owls are 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS in their last four games against the RedHawks. Temple quarterback Chris Coyer rushed for 184 yards and passed for 123 yards and a touchdown in last Wednesday’s loss to Ohio.

The Owls currently sports a record of 5-4, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-3 ATS. The RedHawks are 4-5 and 5-4 ATS.

Betting totals have seen the Owls post a 2-7 over under record this season, while the RedHawks have gone 5-4 against the number.

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CFL Betting Odds: Division Semis

Division semifinal opponents have now been determined and it’s time for the opening round of CFL playoff betting action on Sunday.

The East semifinal will go in Montreal with the Alouettes (10-8) hosting the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-10) in the opening CFL betting matchup on Sunday. The Alouettes are the 5.5-point favorites at 5Dimes, while the total is sitting at 55.5 points.

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NASCAR Betting: Kobalt Tools 500

Tony Stewart has taken the checkered flag in each of the last two Sprint Cup Series races, and he's now tied with Carl Edwards atop the NASCAR betting board to win the championship with just two events left in the season.

Stewart has earned back-to-back wins at Martinsville and Texas and now sits just three points back of Sprint Cup leader Edwards in the driver standings. Edwards retained the lead by finishing second behind Stewart in the AAA Texas 500 over the weekend.

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Opening Odds: Oregon Stanford Betting

Four games this week feature two ranked teams, and all four are rivalry games with conference implications on the line. None is bigger than No. 6 Oregon at No. 3 Stanford, which figures to have a whole lot more scoring than last week’s LSU at Alabama matchup.

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Bears vs Eagles in Monday Night Bet

Philadelphia has begun looking like the team oddsmakers thought they were coming out of training camp, with back-to-back victories against division foes.

They get a Monday Night Football challenge from the Chicago Bears, a team that has covered the spread four of their past five visits to Philly. The Bears come off their bye week, a situation that has seen them play UNDER 5 of the past 7 seasons.

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Toledo vs Western Michigan Preview

After a wild shootout loss to Northern Illinois last week the Toledo Rockets once again play host for the Tuesday night game, this time against the Western Michigan Broncos.

Western Michigan is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five meetings against Toledo, but the Rockets won and covered last year in Western Michigan. Austin Dantin threw for 322 yards and five touchdowns in Toledo’s 63-60 loss last Tuesday.

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College Hoops Opening Week Lines

The college basketball season is kicking into gear as the Valparaiso Crusaders tip off against the Arizona Wildcats in season-opening betting action on Monday night at the McKale Center.

Valparaiso went 23-12 last season, while Arizona finished a solid 30-8 and went to the Elite Eight at the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are a big 13.5-point favorite at home at 5Dimes, while the opening total is sitting at 136.

Arizona defeated Valparaiso in their only head-to-head matchup, but it was the Crusaders who covered the point spread.

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Kings, Sharks on NHL lines

Los Angeles was looking good in the early going, but has since dropped four in a row as they head up the highway to meet state rival San Jose in NHL betting action on Monday night.

The Kings have lost three one-goal games and were shut out in the other loss in recent history but they should have no trouble getting up for the Sharks, who ended the Kings' playoffs last season.

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Steelers Ravens AFC North Odds Pick

The Steelers will be looking for big-time revenge after their Week 1 humilation at Baltimore and many bettors believe they will get it on the Week 9 NFL wagering menu.

Pittsburgh upset the Patriots last week while the Ravens were lucky to beat Arizona. The last eight times these AFC North rivals met here, the OVER prevailed with a 6-1-1 mark.

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