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Foster Farms Bowl: Nebraska vs UCLA

UCLA Rosen

The 2015 edition of the Fosters Farms Bowl pits the Nebraska Cornhuskers against the UCLA Bruins at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Huskers are one of three teams that hold the unfortunate distinction of being the first crop to compete in a bowl game with a losing record (5-7 SU). 

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<li>UCLA is 20-7 SU in its last 27 games.</li>
<li>The total has gone UNDER in five of UCLA's last seven games after a loss.</li>
<li>Nebraska is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games after an ATS loss.</li>
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Nebraska handed playoff-bound Michigan State its only loss —a 39-38 thriller in early November—but failed to find any consistency this year. Nebraska’s last game of the season (a 28-20 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes) saw quarterback Tommy Armstrong toss four interceptions in a disappointing effort. This team is better than its losing record indicates, however, and head coach Mike Riley has a good track record in bowl games. Riley owned a 6-2 record in bowls at Oregon State.

UCLA started off the season hot, rising to as high as seventh in the AP Top 25 before injuries brought them back down to earth. Despite that disappointment, the future is bright at UCLA. The Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, quarterback Josh Rosen, was electric in his first year with the Bruins, throwing for 3,351 yards while tallying five separate 300-yard passing games. The Bruins have played well against Big 10 opponents, going 4-1 ATS in their last five vs the conference.

Game ID: 
721274
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Week 16 NFL Odds: Eagles vs Redskins

Sam Bradford Eagles

A battle between the 7-7 Washington Redskins and 6-8 Philadelphia Eagles has major playoff implications…and in no way is that depressing. Philly has struggled to cover when they are hosting their NFC East opponents, with the Eagles going just 2-6 ATS in their past eight games at home to the Redskins.

The Eagles were starting to heat up coming into Week 15 with two wins over good teams, only to be thumped 40-17 at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. The Eagles defense is downright awful this season, but somehow it has been even worse lately as the team has allowed 35.6 points per game in their past five contests.

Kirk Cousins put on one of the best performances by a quarterback this season last week against the Buffalo Bills. Cousins completed 78.6 percent of his passes for 319 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Since the Redskins bye week in Week 8, Cousins has thrown for 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

Game ID: 
701260
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Pelicans Covering When Facing Rockets

The New Orleans Pelicans have pretty much fallen flat on their faces this season with a 9-20 SU record and an 11-18 ATS mark. The Pelicans have historically been good at covering against their opponents Saturday night though, as New Orleans has gone 15-7-1 ATS in their past 25 games against the Houston Rockets.

Despite holding the second-worst record in the West, the Pelicans have been slowly coming around with a 6-3 SU record in their past nine home games. However, it continues to be the Anthony Davis show in the Big Easy. Davis had 20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in the first half of the Pelicans Christmas day loss to Miami, a feat that has not been done since the 2002-03 season.

A win Saturday night will move the Rockets to two games above .500 for the first time this season. Houston has been righting the ship as of late with the team going 11-5 SU in their past 16 games. 

Game ID: 
712607
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Clippers Have Been A Terrible Bet

If we have seen one thing in the NBA this season it is that the best teams on the court are usually far from the best bet and the Los Angeles Clippers are one of the proofs. The Clippers are just 10-18-1 ATS this season including 8-14-2 as the faves. Saturday night will see the Clippers pack their bags and head to Utah to take on the Jazz.

L.A. will be looking for retribution after a 102-91 loss to the Jazz on Nov. 25 ended their 13-game reign of dominance over Utah. Blake Griffin put the Clippers on his back in that loss as he scored 40 points while also notching 12 rebounds. And it may get easier for Griffin this time around as he will not need to face Rudy Gobert, who strained his MCL on Nov. 30 and has not played since.

The Jazz are just 2-5 SU in their past seven games with the two wins coming over some less-than-amazing teams. Since Gobert went down, the Jazz have become more reliant on the deep ball as they have averaged nearly five more 3-point attempts per game over the past month. 

Game ID: 
712615
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Stars Have Been Fantastic on the Road

The Dallas Stars have sat atop the NHL standings for a better portion of the season and their stellar road record is a big reason why. The Stars are 12-3-2 outside of Dallas this season, which is good for the second-best road record in the league. A busy Saturday night schedule on the ice will feature the Stars packing their bags and visiting the St. Louis Blues.

Dallas certainly did not slump into the Christmas break as they won four of their past five games while averaging 4.4 goals per game. The Stars are easily the best offense in the NHL as they have scored 123 goals on the season, 21 more than the second-place Montreal Canadiens.

The Blues close 2015 with four consecutive games against Central Division opponents, including back-to-back games against the Stars. If St. Louis wants to climb in the divisional standings, they will need Vladimir Tarasenko to continue his red-hot play. Tarasenko has notched six goals and five assists during a seven-game scoring streak heading into the break.

Game ID: 
710753
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NHL Betting: Canadiens vs Capitals

Two teams heading in very opposite directions clash Saturday night when the Washington Capitals host the Montreal Canadiens. The Caps have arguably been the best team in the NHL during the month of December with an 8-1-1 while winning their past six games. The Habs have won just two games in the month of December and have registered the loss in five-straight.

The Canadiens have been riddled with injuries over the past two months with Carey Price, Brendan Gallagher and Jeff Petry all finding themselves sidelined. The Habs may be missing Gallagher the most as the offense has completely dried up without the winger in the lineup.  In the 14 games since Gallagher had surgery to repair two broken fingers, the Canadiens have averaged a pathetic 1.9 goals per game.

For years the Capitals were known as pure offense that would need to outscore you to win, but not this season. The Caps have allowed the fewest goals per game in the NHL thanks to Vezina favorite Braden Holtby. The goaltender leads the NHL in wins (21) and goals against average (1.96) while posting a 13-0-1 record in his past 15 starts.

Game ID: 
710750
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Washington State Covering With Ease

Washington state Football

Washington State is known more for their ridiculous passing game more than anything, but they have also been great at covering with the Cougars going 8-1 ATS in their past nine games. Washington State will meet the Miami Hurricanes in the Sun Bowl on December 26.

Washington State finished the season leading the nation in passing yards per game for the second consecutive season on the arm of sophomore Luke Falk. The Cougars signal caller threw for 4,266 passing yards and 36 touchdowns this season, despite missing the team’s regular season closer. Falk is dealing with a concussion so his status will be critical in this game.

Miami has one more game until the Mark Richt era starts, but the Hurricanes would certainly like to introduce him to the team as bowl winners. Quarterback Brad Kaaya has proven adept at protecting the ball this season with just four interceptions, which has led to The U to average 31 points per game.

Game ID: 
721272
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Duke Can’t Get It Done vs the Big Ten

Duke NCAA

The Blue Devils looked like they were on the path to a big game in the bowl season, but Duke lost four of their final five games to finish the season 7-5. Duke now gets the Indiana Hoosiers in the Pinstripe Bowl, which could be bad news as the Blue Devils are 2-12 SU in their last 14 against the Big Ten.

Through their first seven games of the season the Blue Devils were allowing a mere 14.1 points per game, but the defense fell apart and allowed 38 in their final five games of the season. Quarterback Thomas Sirk has been the key to Duke’s offense as he has contributed 21 touchdowns this season.

Indiana may be 6-6, but their record could have looked more impressive. The Hoosiers had a six-game losing streak in the middle of the season that saw them lose by one score or less against Ohio State, Rutgers, Iowa and Michigan. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld has been a stud has he has thrown for five touchdowns and no interceptions in the past three games.

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Game ID: 
721273
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Washington Struggling With Consistency

Washington Football

The Washington Huskies slipped into the Bowl season with a 6-6 record, which reflects their inconsistencies this year. Washington is just 1-3 SU and ATS in their past four games following a win. The Huskies will look to rectify that when they clash with Southern Mississippi in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Extra practice for Jake Browning is not a bad thing for Washington as the freshman is looking to build on his solid season. Browning was the third-highest rated pro-style quarterback coming into college this season and the Huskies offense is going to go as far as his arm will take them over the next few seasons.

Not enough people are talking about Todd Monken this season after he turned a team who has won a combined four games the past two years into a Bowl season team. The Golden Eagles have been good on both sides of the ball and have netted an average scoring margin of +15.8 this season.

Game ID: 
721271
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Jets Hold ATS Edge Over Patriots

Brandon Marshall Jets

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that the Patriots have won eight of their last nine games vs the Jets, but more often than not they’ve come out on the losing end on the ATS side. In their last five games against each other, the Jets have gone 4-0-1 ATS with four of those games being decided by three or less points.

The Jets have been a strong bet at home, going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 at home, and are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five home games in December. If you’re thinking upset here, it might be best to think again as the Jets have struggled in the underdog role, winning just three of their last 13 as underdogs. 

After uncharacteristic back-to-back losses for New England in Weeks 12 and 13, things are back to normal for Brady and company after winning by 21 points and 17 points in their last two games. Being on the road shouldn’t impact the Patriots as they’ve won 12 of their last 16 games in New York vs the Jets, and are a perfect 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS as road favorites vs the Jets in their last five. 

Fans of high scoring games might be in for a treat in this one as 10 of the last 12 games between the teams has gone OVER, including five straight OVERs when the teams play in New York.

 

Game ID: 
701268
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