After a thrilling week of College Football action we do it again this weekend, including three teams ranked in the AP Top 25 playing before Saturday. Thursday night sees two Top 25 teams taking the field, however the sportsbooks expect those ranked teams to lose outright.
#22 Temple is a 2.5-point road underdog at East Carolina, and while Temple was able to beat ECU last year as a big 10-point underdog, they did so despite being on the road end of a 432-135 total yardage discrepancy. Owls won that game thanks to a 5-0 turnover margin – something they shouldn’t be counting on this time around.
#20 California is a 3.5-point road underdog at UCLA. The Bruins gave up 310 rushing yards in a blowout loss against Stanford this week, but get a much easier on-field matchup against Cal, who employs a pass-heavy offensive attack. UCLA held a 236-57 rushing edge last year in this meeting while winning by a slim two-point
For the second week in a row, the NFL weekend kicks off with a dud as the 1-3 Houston Texans host the 2-2 Indianapolis Colts. The online sports betting websites have not release an opening line as Colts QB playing status remains in doubt.
Houston was blown out last Sunday in Atlanta, and while Brian Hoyer came in after the Texans fell behind 42-0 to lead his team into the end zone three times, Houston will start Ryan Mallet at quarterback again this week. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Hoyer come in if Mallet struggles again.
Speaking of duds, Jacksonville takes on Tampa Bay this week in a “someone has to win” matchup between two 1-3 clubs.
The online sportsbooks list the Buccaneers as a 2.5-point favorite, almost entirely because of home field advantage.
Not many would have predicted the Colts, Eagles, or Seahawks would have started off the 2015 NFL Regular Season with two straight losses. As it stands, all three of those teams remain winless two weeks into the season, and there is now some causes for concern for these three teams.
The Colts were one of the favorites to win the AFC Title coming off an 11-win season and reaching the AFC Conference Championship a year ago.
A Colts offense led by QB Andrew Luck was supposed to be the catalyst for that success, aided by Indy bringing in stud RB Frank Gore to shore up their lone offensive question mark – the running game.
The third week of the NFL regular season kicks off Thursday night when the New York Giants host the Washington Redskins. New York is still searching for their first win of the season, but despite that 0-2 record they have played pretty well so far and had the lead late in their games at Dallas and at home vs. the Falcons.
This online sportsbook likes the Giants' chances of earning that first “W”, having them listed as a 3.5 point favorite. It should be noted that this is Washington’s first road game of the season, and they were just 1-7 straight up on the road last year.
For the NFL Football betting enthusiast, there are a pair of huge favorites this weekend, with New England a big 13.5-point favorite at home against Jacksonville while Seattle is a monster 14.5-point choice at home against Chicago. The Patriots are off to a fast 2-0 start while the Seahawks are winless in two tries.