<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Stanford vs. Arizona State - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/30/stanford-vs-arizona-state-9/30/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Arizona State Sun Devils will travel to Stanford Stadium to take on the Stanford Cardinal this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Arizona State Sun Devils improved to 2-2 (1-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Oregon Ducks 37-35, this past Saturday. Arizona State took a 17-7 lead late in the 1st quarter and although Oregon kept the game close, the Sun Devils were able to pull out a victory after a Brian Ruiz 41-yard FG put Arizona State up with 2:33 left in regulation.  . The Sun Devils outgained the Ducks by a 489-401 margin and each team had 1 turnover.…

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The Arizona State Sun Devils will travel to Stanford Stadium to take on the Stanford Cardinal this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Arizona State Sun Devils improved to 2-2 (1-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Oregon Ducks 37-35, this past Saturday. Arizona State took a 17-7 lead late in the 1st quarter and although Oregon kept the game close, the Sun Devils were able to pull out a victory after a Brian Ruiz 41-yard FG put Arizona State up with 2:33 left in regulation.  . The Sun Devils outgained the Ducks by a 489-401 margin and each team had 1 turnover. Leading the way for Arizona State was QB Manny Wilkins who completed 24-39 passes 347 yards and a TD. Wilkins also added 35 years on the ground with 2 TD’s. On the season, the Sun Devils are averaging 34.8 ppg on 431.3 total yards per game (323.0 passing yds/g; 108.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Arizona State is led by QB Manny Wilkins who has completed 66.4% of his passes on the season for 8 TD while averaging 317.8 passing yds/g. Wilkins has talented WR's in N'Keal Harry (7.8 rec/g, 109.0 yds/g, 3 TD), Jalen Harvey (4.0 rec/g, 71.3 yds/g, TD), and Kyle Williams (4.5 rec/g, 57.3 yds/g, 2 TD). The Sun Devils backfield is led by Kalen Ballage (15.25 att/g, 56.5 yds/g, 4 TD) and Demario Richard (12.33 att/g, 37.67 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Arizona State is allowing their opponents to an average of 37.0 ppg on 479.3 total yards per game (323.8 passing yds/g; 155.5 rushing yds/g). The Sun Devils have forced 4 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +1.

The Stanford Cardinal improved to 2-2 on the season after defeating the UCLA Bruins 58-34, this past Saturday. Stanford jumped out to a 23-13 halftime lead and continued to outpace UCLA in the 2nd half on the way to the victory. The Cardinal were outgained by the Bruins by a 595-593 margin however, won the turnover battle by a 4-1 margin. Leading the way for Stanford was RB Bryce Love who carried the ball 30 times for 263 yards and 1 TD. On the season, the Cardinal are averaging 40.3 ppg on 451.3 total yards per game (192.3 passing yds/g; 259.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Stanford is led by RB Bryce Love who averages 196.75 rushing yards per game on 18.25 carries with 5 TD. QB Keller Chryst is completing 52.0% of his passes for 4 TD and 2 INT while averaging 127.3 yds/g. Chryst main targets at the receiver position are Trenton Irwin (3,3 rec/g, 36.5 yds/g, TD) and JJ Arcega-Whiteside (3.0 rec/g, 43.0 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Stanford is holding their opponents to an average of 25.8 ppg on 453.0 total yards per game (269.5 passing yds/g; 183.5 rushing yds/g). The Cardinal have forced 8 turnovers so far in the season and have a turnover margin of +4.

The Sun Devils are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games in September however, are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Cardinal are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in September and 41-19 ATS in their last 60 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.

Arizona State had their best game of the season against Oregon as although they gave up 35 points, holding the explosive Oregon offense to just 401 yards was a major accomplishment for a Sun Devils defense that is not known for being able to slow down anyone. Stanford got back on track against the Bruins and currently rank 25th in the country in scoring offense led by Bryce Love who now leads the country in rushing yds/game. I was impressed by the Sun Devils as I though Oregon was going to score 70 on them, however, I just don’t see the Sun Devils being able to put up another great performance on the road. I think Arizona State hangs around early in this one however, Stanford pulls away in the 2nd half, similarly to what they did to UCLA, and covers this home spread. Take Stanford to cover. 

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:19:23 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95418
<![CDATA[Washington State vs. USC - 9/29/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/29/washington-state-vs-usc-9/29/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The 5th ranked USC Trojans will travel to Martin Stadium to take on the 16th ranked Washington State Cougars this Friday night in College Football action.

The 5th ranked USC Trojans improved to 4-0 on the season after defeating the California Golden Bears 30-20, this past Saturday. USC was tied 13-13 with California at halftime, but scored 17 4th quarter points to pull away late in the game. The Trojans were outgained by the Golden Bears by a 416-356 margin and won the turnover battle by a 6-2 difference. Leading the way for USC was QB Sam Darnold who completed 26-38 passes for 223 yards…

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The 5th ranked USC Trojans will travel to Martin Stadium to take on the 16th ranked Washington State Cougars this Friday night in College Football action.

The 5th ranked USC Trojans improved to 4-0 on the season after defeating the California Golden Bears 30-20, this past Saturday. USC was tied 13-13 with California at halftime, but scored 17 4th quarter points to pull away late in the game. The Trojans were outgained by the Golden Bears by a 416-356 margin and won the turnover battle by a 6-2 difference. Leading the way for USC was QB Sam Darnold who completed 26-38 passes for 223 yards and 2 TD with an INT. On the season, the Trojans are averaging 37.0 ppg on 492.0 total yards per game (306.3 passing yds/g; 185.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, USC is led by QB Sam Darnold who has completed 67.1% of his passes on the season for 9 TD and 7 INT while averaging 306.3 yds/g. Darnold has talented WR's in both Deontay Burnett (8.3 rec/g, 115.5 yds/g, 5 TD) and Steve Mitchell Jr. (4.7 rec/g, 74.2 yds/g, 2 TD). The Trojan backfield is led by Ronald Jones II (19.67 att/g, 107.33 yds/g, 5 TD) and Stephen Carr (11.75 att/g, 74.5 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, USC is holding their opponents to an average of 24.8 ppg on 370.3 total yards per game (216.8 passing yds/g; 153.5 rushing yds/g). The Trojans have forced 11 turnovers so far in the season and have an overall turnover margin of +3.

The 16th ranked Washington State Cougars improved to 4-0 on the season after defeating the Nevada Wolfpack 45-7, this past Saturday. Washington State jumped all over Nevada and had little trouble coming up with the victory after scoring the game's first 45 point. The Cougars outgained the Wolfpack by a 560-151 margin and won the turnover battle with a 3-2 difference. Leading the way for Washington State was QB Luke Falk who completed 36-47 passes for 478 yards and 5 TD. On the season, the Cougars are averaging 43.8 ppg on 504.3 total yards per game (432.5 passing yds/g; 71.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State is led by QB Luke Falk who has completed 76.9% of his passes on the season for 14 TD and 1 INT while averaging 344.5 yds/g. Falk has a pair of talented WR's in Tavares Martin Jr. (6.5 rec/g, 97.5 yds/g, 6 TD) and Isaiah Johnson-Mack (6 rec/g, 59 yds/g, 2 TD). The Cougars backfield is led by James Williams who is averaging 37 yds/g rushing on 9.25 att/g with 1 TD. Williams is also a receiving threat and averages 9.3 rec/g with 66.5 yds/g and 3 TD receiving on the season. Defensively, Washington State is holding their opponents to an average of 18.5 ppg on 262.3 total yards per game (142.3 passing yds/g; 120.0 rushing yds/g). The Cougars have forced 10 turnovers so far in the season and have an overall turnover margin of +4.

The Trojans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games however, just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Cougars are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS win however, are 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.

USC reminds undefeated on the season, however, outside of their victory at home against Stanford, the Trojans have underperformed this season and had to really battle to come away with victories against Texas and California. USC’s Sam Darnold was the QB everyone was talking about coming into this season, however, Washington State also has one of the better QB’s in the country in Luke Falk who set Washington State records in passing yards and total offense earlier this season. USC is the more talented team, however, the Cougars are playing better football right now and as I think the Cougars will be able to put up some points against USC, I’m taking Washington State at home with the points. 

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:03:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95406
<![CDATA[Utah State vs. BYU - 9/29/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/29/utah-state-vs-byu-9/29/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The BYU Cougars will travel to Romney Stadium to take on the Utah State Aggies this Friday night in College Football action.

The BYU Cougars dropped to 1-3 on the season after falling to the 10th ranked Wisconsin Badgers 40-6, this past Saturday. Wisconsin jumped all over BYU and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 24-3 lead with :25 left in the second quarter. The Cougars were outgained by the Badgers by a 491-192 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for BYU was QB Beau Hoge, who started in place of injured Tanner Mangum, and completed…

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The BYU Cougars will travel to Romney Stadium to take on the Utah State Aggies this Friday night in College Football action.

The BYU Cougars dropped to 1-3 on the season after falling to the 10th ranked Wisconsin Badgers 40-6, this past Saturday. Wisconsin jumped all over BYU and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 24-3 lead with :25 left in the second quarter. The Cougars were outgained by the Badgers by a 491-192 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for BYU was QB Beau Hoge, who started in place of injured Tanner Mangum, and completed 11-20 passes for 111 yards and 2 INT. On the season, the Cougars are averaging 9.8 ppg on 221.8 total yards per game (144.3 passing yds/g; 77.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, BYU is led by its RB committee of Squally Canada (6.25 att/g, 29.5 yds/g, TD), Kavika Fonua (6 att/g,29.0 yds/g), and Ula Tolutau (6.33 att/g, 28.67 yds/g, TD). QB Beau Hoge, who replaced Tanner Mangum after the Junior QB rolled his ankle against Utah, has completed 55.0% of his passes for no TD's and 2 INT while gaining 111.0 yards in his first game as a starter. The Cougars receivers are led by Matt Bushman (3.5 rec/g, 39.5 yds/g) and Talon Shumway (3.0 rec/g, 32.5 yds/g). Defensively, BYU is holding their opponents to an average of 23.0 ppg on 405.0 total yards per game (221.8 passing yds/g; 183.3 rush yds/g). The Cougars have 3 turnovers so far in the season and have an overall turnover margin of –3.

The Utah State Aggies improved to 2-2 on the season after defeating the San Jose State Spartans 61-10, this past Saturday. Utah State jumped all over San Jose State, scoring the game's first 55 points. The Aggies outgained the Spartans by a 589-171 margin and won the turnover battle by a 5-3 margin. Leading the way for Utah State was QB Kent Myers who completed 18-24 passes for 181 yards and 2 TD with an INT. On the season, the Aggies are averaging 33.0 ppg on 439.0 total yards per game (264.0 passing yds/g; 175.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Utah State is led by dual threat QB Kent Myers who has completed 66.7% of his passes on the season for 4 TD and 6 INT while averaging 194.3 yds/g. Myers also averages 46 rushing yds/g on 8.25 att/g and has 4 TD on the ground. The Aggies have talented WRs in Gerold Bright (1.8 rec/g, 40.3 yds/g, 2 TD), Ron'quavion Tarver (4.8 rec/g, 40 yds/g, 2 TD) and Jordan Nathan (4.0 rec/g, 33.3 yds/g, TD). Utah State backfield is led by Eltoro Allen (13 att/g, 52.25 yds/g, TD) and LaJuan Hunt (9.25 att/g, 36.5 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, the Aggies are allowing their opponents to an average of 32.0 ppg on 385.0 total yards per game (196.3 passing yds/g; 188.8 rushing yds/g). Utah State has forced 9 turnovers so far in the season and have an overall turnover margin of –1.

The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Aggies are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 Friday games however, are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.

BYU has struggled on the offensive end this season, even with QB Tanner Mangum at the helm, however their defensive had looked solid outside of their most recent performance against the Badgers and come into this match up ranked 53rd in the country. Utah State has some experience with Kent Myers leading the way, however, the defense has struggled a bit as even with just allowing 10 points against San Jose State, the Aggies rank just 102nd in the country in scoring offense. BYU’s offense has been nonexistent this season, however, the Cougars last three games have come against LSU, Utah, and Wisconsin. Utah State lost by a combined score of 105-20 in their two losses to Wisconsin and Wake Forest, and as I think BYU will finally have some success on the offensive end, I think BYU does enough in this one to cover this small road spread. Take BYU to cover. 

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:01:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95400
<![CDATA[Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool 26 September 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/26/spartak-moscow-vs-liverpool-26-september-2017-ucl-preview-and-predictions#comments Liverpool travels to Russia where they will take on Spartak Moscow in the second round of games in this season UEFA Champions League. This will be a hard game for the side from England as they will away from home and that has not been the best place to be for Klopp and his players this season.

Spartak Moscow drew their first game in this competition which was away from home. That would have been considered a good result since being away from home is not a strength for this side. This side has been doing quite well in the domestic competition although…

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Liverpool travels to Russia where they will take on Spartak Moscow in the second round of games in this season UEFA Champions League. This will be a hard game for the side from England as they will away from home and that has not been the best place to be for Klopp and his players this season.

Spartak Moscow drew their first game in this competition which was away from home. That would have been considered a good result since being away from home is not a strength for this side. This side has been doing quite well in the domestic competition although it is not as easy to win in that league as it is in other leagues in the world due to the nature of Russian football. I think they will be tested in this game and it will be up to the home fans to help get their team an added boost.

Liverpool, on the other hand, dropped points at home in their first game of this competition. As a result of that, this has now turned into a must win game for them. I don’t think this will be an easy win for Liverpool since Russia is a place where playing away from home is not easy and I think this team will have the experience that as well as the cold weather. I think Liverpool will not lose but I do not see them leaving Moscow with all three points.

All in all, I am predicting a draw in this game. We are getting a really good price for that result and as a result, it is the best option in terms of betting on this match.

 

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:43:16 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95520
<![CDATA[Monaco vs Porto 26 September 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/26/monaco-vs-porto-26-september-2017-ucl-preview-and-predictions#comments AS Monaco take on Porto for what will be the first home game for the side from Monte Carlo is this seasons Champions League. Both sides have lost a ton of players over the transfer window and as a result they are both looking to surprise opponents this season. A win is possible of either side in this game and as a result, I am expecting a really good game of football.

Porto lost their first game at home to Turkish side, Besiktas. That will not have done the Portuguese side any good in terms of their confidence. This game will be another test for…

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AS Monaco take on Porto for what will be the first home game for the side from Monte Carlo is this seasons Champions League. Both sides have lost a ton of players over the transfer window and as a result they are both looking to surprise opponents this season. A win is possible of either side in this game and as a result, I am expecting a really good game of football.

Porto lost their first game at home to Turkish side, Besiktas. That will not have done the Portuguese side any good in terms of their confidence. This game will be another test for Porto as Monaco will possess similar threats that they will need to deal with. That being said, this is a team that has won all their games in the domestic league so they are in pretty good form and they should be able to test the Monaco team well.

Monaco on the other hand managed to get a draw against RB Leipzig on matchday one of the Champions League. This side is playing well at the moment and it looks like they are dealing with their new squad really well. I am pretty sure that they will come into this game as the favorites and I think they will show why. The quality and structure of this team is world class and that should be enough to get them a win at home.

As far as betting is concerned, we are getting a really good price on AS Monaco winning this game. Due to that reason, we should make this as our best bet for this game.  

 

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:26:30 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95514
<![CDATA[Monaco vs Porto 26 September 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/26/monaco-vs-porto-26-september-2017-ucl-preview-and-predictions#comments AS Monaco take on Porto for what will be the first home game for the side from Monte Carlo is this seasons Champions League. Both sides have lost a ton of players over the transfer window and as a result they are both looking to surprise opponents this season. A win is possible of either side in this game and as a result, I am expecting a really good game of football.

Porto lost their first game at home to Turkish side, Besiktas. That will not have done the Portuguese side any good in terms of their confidence. This game will be another test for…

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AS Monaco take on Porto for what will be the first home game for the side from Monte Carlo is this seasons Champions League. Both sides have lost a ton of players over the transfer window and as a result they are both looking to surprise opponents this season. A win is possible of either side in this game and as a result, I am expecting a really good game of football.

Porto lost their first game at home to Turkish side, Besiktas. That will not have done the Portuguese side any good in terms of their confidence. This game will be another test for Porto as Monaco will possess similar threats that they will need to deal with. That being said, this is a team that has won all their games in the domestic league so they are in pretty good form and they should be able to test the Monaco team well.

Monaco on the other hand managed to get a draw against RB Leipzig on matchday one of the Champions League. This side is playing well at the moment and it looks like they are dealing with their new squad really well. I am pretty sure that they will come into this game as the favorites and I think they will show why. The quality and structure of this team is world class and that should be enough to get them a win at home.

As far as betting is concerned, we are getting a really good price on AS Monaco winning this game. Due to that reason, we should make this as our best bet for this game.  

 

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:26:30 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95517
<![CDATA[Besiktas vs RB Leipzig 26 September 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/26/besiktas-vs-rb-leipzig-26-september-2017-ucl-preview-and-predictions#comments RB Leipzig will play the second game in the Champions League against Turkish side Besiktas in Istanbul. This will be the first time in the history of the club that the German side will play away from in the Champions League and as a result, I am expecting all the players to be very excited for this game.

Besiktas are a good side and although they are coming off a loss against their cross-town rival, Fenerbahce, they will still be ready for this game. The Turkish side beat Porto in the first round of matches in the Champions League and with that…

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RB Leipzig will play the second game in the Champions League against Turkish side Besiktas in Istanbul. This will be the first time in the history of the club that the German side will play away from in the Champions League and as a result, I am expecting all the players to be very excited for this game.

Besiktas are a good side and although they are coming off a loss against their cross-town rival, Fenerbahce, they will still be ready for this game. The Turkish side beat Porto in the first round of matches in the Champions League and with that win under their belt, they will be full of confidence heading into this game.

That being said, RB Leipzig is an entirely different kind of beast. The German side have some of the most talented young players in the world with the likes of Naby Keita, Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner lining up for them. This side seemed a little nervous in their previous game and that is understandable considering it was their first game in this competition. This time around, I think that RB Leipzig will put up a much better performance. This side is much more talented on paper and I think they will show that this game.

I think that RB Leipzig will win this game and as a result, I think betting on that is the best option for this game. We are getting a great price on this bet and it makes a lot of sense to take it. In addition to this, I am also expecting a high scoring game so the over 2.5 goals is also a bet that I like for this game.   

 

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:15:47 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95511
<![CDATA[APOEL Nicosia vs Tottenham 26 September 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/26/apoel-nicosia-vs-tottenham-26-september-2017-ucl-preview-and-predictions#comments APOEL would have been happy with how well they played against Real Madrid in their last game and although it did not get them any points, it would have given the side a lot of confidence. This week, things don’t get any easier as Tottenham travel to play them at home. This is a big game for both sides, but for completely different reasons.

APOEL will be excited to be able to host Tottenham at their home ground. This is a game that the home side don’t ever expect to win but they will hope that they have what it takes to impress the home crowd and…

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APOEL would have been happy with how well they played against Real Madrid in their last game and although it did not get them any points, it would have given the side a lot of confidence. This week, things don’t get any easier as Tottenham travel to play them at home. This is a big game for both sides, but for completely different reasons.

APOEL will be excited to be able to host Tottenham at their home ground. This is a game that the home side don’t ever expect to win but they will hope that they have what it takes to impress the home crowd and cause the Spurs some headaches. This may not be the case but it will still be a big occasion for the club.

Tottenham, on the other hand, knows that they need to have a big win in this game since goal difference will be a major factor for them in regards to qualifying to the round of 16. There are three top-level sides in this group and that makes it hard for any side. On paper, it is expected that Spurs will win with ease but this might not always be the case since traveling abroad has not always been the best experience for the North London club. That being said, I am sure they will win this game and get a much needed three points on the board.

As far as betting is concerned, this is a game where betting on Spurs to win makes no sense since we are getting a very short price on that bet. That being said, there is still a ton of value in this game. I think this will be a high scoring game and as a result, the over 2.5 goals is a bet which looks very good.

 

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:59:32 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95508
<![CDATA[Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid 26th September 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/26/borussia-dortmund-vs-real-madrid-26th-september-2017-ucl-preview-and-predictions#comments Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League is set to take place this week with the biggest game set to take place at Dortmund as Borussia Dortmund take on defending champions, Real Madrid. This is a game between two of the best teams in the world and as a result, I am expecting a terrific contest.

Real Madrid has not had a great start to their season as they are a long way off the lead in La Liga and just managed to win their opening game in the Champions League. That being said, Ronaldo is back in the side now and with the best player in the world…

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Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League is set to take place this week with the biggest game set to take place at Dortmund as Borussia Dortmund take on defending champions, Real Madrid. This is a game between two of the best teams in the world and as a result, I am expecting a terrific contest.

Real Madrid has not had a great start to their season as they are a long way off the lead in La Liga and just managed to win their opening game in the Champions League. That being said, Ronaldo is back in the side now and with the best player in the world getting some time on the pitch, he is sure to make an impact. This will be a tough game for the team from the Spanish capital as Dortmund is a hard place to visit and the crowd will make it hard for the Madrid side.

Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, has had a terrific start to their season. Their defense is looking great, and the strikers are also contributing. This will be their biggest team as an out of form Real Madrid is still a very dangerous side. They will need to rely heavily on the home crowd since they are no match on pure head to head quality.

All in all, I am expecting a really close game but I think that Real Madrid will be good enough to get the three points. Madrid know how to win in Europe and that makes them so dangerous in this competition. I think they will be tested but with talent like Kroos, Ronaldo and Bale on this pitch, it is hard to see them lose. This might also be a low-scoring affair due to the two strong defenses so the under 2.5 goals is also a good option.   

 

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:49:39 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95505
<![CDATA[Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Edmonton Eskimos CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/30/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfl-picks/2017/09/30/winnipeg-blue-bombers-vs-edmonton-eskimos-cfl-pick-odds-prediction#comments The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos meet Saturday in CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have won three of their last four road games. Matt Nichols is completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 3,606 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Nichols has two or more touchdown passes in four straight games. Darvin Adams and Andrew Harris have combined for 1,598 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Clarence Denmark has 44 receptions.…

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos meet Saturday in CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have won three of their last four road games. Matt Nichols is completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 3,606 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Nichols has two or more touchdown passes in four straight games. Darvin Adams and Andrew Harris have combined for 1,598 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Clarence Denmark has 44 receptions. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers ground game is averaging 112.2 yards per contest, and Harris leads the way with 739 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Winnipeg is allowing 29.4 points and 409.6 yards per game. Taylor Loffler leads the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with 48 tackles, Jamaal Westerman has seven sacks and TJ Heath has four interceptions. 

The Edmonton Eskimos are desperate for a victory to snap a five-game losing streak. The Edmonton Eskimos have won four of their last six home games. Mike Reilly is completing 69.8 percent of his passes for 3,949 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Reilly has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last nine games. Brandon Zylstra and D'haquille Williams have combined for 1,602 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Vidal Hazelton has 42 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 84.2 yards per contest, and LaDarius Perkins leads the way with 319 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 29.5 points and 367.9 yards per game. Kenny Ladler leads the Edmonton Eskimos with 59 tackles, Odell Willis has six sacks and Johnny Adams has two interceptions.

The Blue Bombers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Eskimos are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a bye week, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blue Bombers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Edmonton, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Edmonton.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:28:04 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95502
<![CDATA[Montreal Alouettes vs. Calgary Stampeders CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/29/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfl-picks/2017/09/29/montreal-alouettes-vs-calgary-stampeders-cfl-pick-odds-prediction#comments The Montreal Alouettes and Calgary Stampeders meet Friday in CFL action at McMahon Stadium.

The Montreal Alouettes are desperate for a victory to snap their six-game losing streak. The Montreal Alouettes are 0-6 on the road this season. Darian Durant is completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 3,015 yards, 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Durant has just one touchdown pass in his last four games. B.J. Cunningham and Nik Lewis have combined for 1,439 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Ernest Jackson has 43 receptions. The Montreal Alouettes ground game is…

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The Montreal Alouettes and Calgary Stampeders meet Friday in CFL action at McMahon Stadium.

The Montreal Alouettes are desperate for a victory to snap their six-game losing streak. The Montreal Alouettes are 0-6 on the road this season. Darian Durant is completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 3,015 yards, 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Durant has just one touchdown pass in his last four games. B.J. Cunningham and Nik Lewis have combined for 1,439 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Ernest Jackson has 43 receptions. The Montreal Alouettes ground game is averaging 95.4 yards per contest, and Tyrell Sutton leads the way with 604 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Montreal is allowing 28.2 points and 399.1 yards per game. Kyries Hebert leads the Montreal Alouettes with 86 tackles, John Bowman has seven sacks and Jonathon Mincy has two interceptions. 

The Calgary Stampeders look to keep rolling while building on their nine-game winning streak. The Calgary Stampeders haven’t lost a home game since October of 2015. Bo Levi Mitchell is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 3,713 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Levi Mitchell has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last 10 games. Marquay McDaniel and DaVaris Daniels have combined for 1,254 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Marken Michel has 30 receptions. The Calgary Stampeders ground game is averaging 96.6 yards per contest, and Jerome Messam leads the way with 897 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Calgary is allowing 17.8 points and 343.8 yards per game. Alex Singleton leads the Calgary Stampeders with 94 tackles, Micah Johnson has eight sacks and Shaquille Richardson has four interceptions.

The Alouettes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Stampeders are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 home games, 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 Friday games and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Alouettes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Calgary, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:12:27 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95496
<![CDATA[Toronto Argonauts vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/30/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfl-picks/2017/09/30/toronto-argonauts-vs-hamilton-tiger-cats-cfl-pick-odds-prediction#comments The Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats meet Saturday in CFL action at Tim Hortons Field.

The Toronto Argonauts look for another big victory after splitting their last six games. The Toronto Argonauts have lost five straight road games. Ricky Ray is completing 69.9 percent of his passes for 3,749 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Ray has two or less touchdown passes in four straight games. S.J. Green and Armanti Edwards have combined for 1,743 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Anthony Coombs has 47 receptions. The Toronto Argonauts ground game…

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The Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats meet Saturday in CFL action at Tim Hortons Field.

The Toronto Argonauts look for another big victory after splitting their last six games. The Toronto Argonauts have lost five straight road games. Ricky Ray is completing 69.9 percent of his passes for 3,749 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Ray has two or less touchdown passes in four straight games. S.J. Green and Armanti Edwards have combined for 1,743 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Anthony Coombs has 47 receptions. The Toronto Argonauts ground game is averaging 84.9 yards per contest, and James Wilder leads the way with 503 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Toronto is allowing 24.8 points and 345.2 yards per game. Bear Woods leads the Toronto Argonauts with 73 tackles, Victor Butler has eight sacks and Cassius Vaughn has three interceptions. 

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats look for another victory after winning three of their last four games. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have lost five of their last six home games. Zach Collaros is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 1,743 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Collaros and Jeremiah Masoli have combined for 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season. Luke Tasker and Jalen Saunders have combined for 1,377 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Brandon Banks has 26 receptions. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats ground game is averaging 74.8 yards per contest, and CJ Gable leads the way with 309 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Hamilton is allowing 33.7 points and 440.9 yards per game. Larry Dean leads the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with 69 tackles, Justin Capicciotti has five sacks and Richard Leonard has three interceptions.

The Argonauts are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 road games, 3-11 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Tiger-Cats are 1-9-2 ATS in their last 12 home games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 5-14-2 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Argonauts are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Hamilton, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Hamilton.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:11:58 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95499
<![CDATA[Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Ottawa Redblacks CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/29/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfl-picks/2017/09/29/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-ottawa-redblacks-cfl-pick-odds-prediction#comments The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Ottawa Redblacks meet Friday in CFL action at TD Place Stadium.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders look for another victory after winning four of their last six games. The Saskatchewan Roughriders have lost four of their last six road games. Kevin Glenn is completing 69.9 percent of his passes for 3,184 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Glenn and Brandon Bridge have combined for 28 touchdown passes this season. Naaman Roosevelt and  Bakari Grant have combined for 1,689 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Duron Carter has 51 receptions.…

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Ottawa Redblacks meet Friday in CFL action at TD Place Stadium.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders look for another victory after winning four of their last six games. The Saskatchewan Roughriders have lost four of their last six road games. Kevin Glenn is completing 69.9 percent of his passes for 3,184 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Glenn and Brandon Bridge have combined for 28 touchdown passes this season. Naaman Roosevelt and  Bakari Grant have combined for 1,689 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Duron Carter has 51 receptions. The Saskatchewan Roughriders ground game is averaging 70.6 yards per contest, and Cameron Marshall leads the way with 490 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Saskatchewan is allowing 25.8 points and 388.8 yards per game. Henoc Muamba leads the Saskatchewan Roughriders with 59 tackles, Willie Jefferson has seven sacks and Ed Gainey has eight interceptions.

The Ottawa Redblacks could use a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Ottawa Redblacks have lost four of their last six home games. Trevor Harris is completing 70.6 percent of his passes for 3,724 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Harris and Drew Tate have combined for 25 touchdown passes this season. Greg Ellingson and Brad Sinopoli have combined for 2,107 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Diontae Spencer has 53 receptions. The Ottawa Redblacks ground game is averaging 86.4 yards per contest, and William Powell leads the way with 556 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Ottawa is allowing 24.4 points and 393.8 yards per game. Taylor Reed leads the Ottawa Redblacks with 77 tackles, Avery Ellis has five sacks and Antoine Pruneau has three interceptions.

The Roughriders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games, 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in September. The RedBlacks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:41:47 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95493
<![CDATA[UCF vs. Memphis - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/30/ucf-vs-memphis-9/30/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Memphis Tigers and UCF Knights meet Saturday in college football action at Spectrum Stadium on ESPN2.

The Memphis Tigers look for another victory to start 4-0 for the second time in three years. The Memphis Tigers have won seven of their last 11 road games. Riley Ferguson is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 783 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Ferguson has has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 10 games. Anthony Miller and Joey Magnifico have combined for 386 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Phil Mayhue has seven receptions.…

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The Memphis Tigers and UCF Knights meet Saturday in college football action at Spectrum Stadium on ESPN2.

The Memphis Tigers look for another victory to start 4-0 for the second time in three years. The Memphis Tigers have won seven of their last 11 road games. Riley Ferguson is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 783 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Ferguson has has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 10 games. Anthony Miller and Joey Magnifico have combined for 386 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Phil Mayhue has seven receptions. The Memphis Tigers ground game is averaging 219 yards per contest, and Darrell Henderson leads the way with 345 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 35 points and 483.7 yards per game. Austin Hall leads the Memphis Tigers with 24 tackles, O'Bryan Goodson has one sack and Tim Hart has one interception. 

The UCF Knights look for another victory to start 3-0 for the first time since 2013. The UCF Knights have split their last eight home games. McKenzie Milton is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 538 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Milton has one or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 12 games. Dredrick Snelson and Jordan Akins have combined for 209 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Tre'Quan Smith has seven receptions. The UCF Knights ground game is averaging 199 yards per contest, and Milton leads the way with 98 yards on nine carries. Defensively, Central Florida is allowing 13.5 points and 266 yards per game. Pat Jasinski leads the UCF Knights with 10 tackles, Jamiyus Pittman has two sacks and Tre Neal has one interception.

The Tigers are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games in September, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Central Florida, the home team is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Memphis continues to shine on the offensive end and has an experienced squad that's used to winning on the road. The confidence will be there for the Tigers entering the ball game. However, UCF has not only been explosive offensively, but the Knights are also a top-15 defensive team that's averaging seven tackles for loss and three turnovers per game. We can't say the same for the Memphis Tigers, a team that's ranked 117th in yards allowed per game. Also, this will be the Knights first home game in a month due to Hurricane Irma, so you can bet the crowd will be out in full force and there will be a certain type of energy in the building. Overall, the difference for me is defensively, so I'm going to lay the reasonable line with the home team.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:20:07 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95490
<![CDATA[Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys - 9/25/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/09/25/arizona-cardinals-vs-dallas-cowboys-9/25/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals meet Monday in NFL action at the U of Phoenix Stadium on ESPN. 

The Dallas Cowboys look for their first road win of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Dallas Cowboys have lost three straight road games. Dak Prescott is completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 506 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Prescott has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Jason Witten and Dez Byrant have combined for 258 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Terrance Williams has 10 receptions.…

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The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals meet Monday in NFL action at the U of Phoenix Stadium on ESPN. 

The Dallas Cowboys look for their first road win of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Dallas Cowboys have lost three straight road games. Dak Prescott is completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 506 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Prescott has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Jason Witten and Dez Byrant have combined for 258 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Terrance Williams has 10 receptions. The Dallas Cowboys ground game is averaging 84.5 yards per contest, and Ezekiel Elliott leads the way with 112 yards on 33 carries. Defensively, Dallas is allowing 22.5 points and 306.5 yards per game. Sean Lee leads the Dallas Cowboys with 17 tackles, DeMarcus Lawrence has four sacks and Anthony Brown has one interception.  

The Arizona Cardinals also look to get a game above a .500 record when they play for the first time at home. The Arizona Cardinals are 3-1-1 SU in their last five home games. Carson Palmer is completing 54.8 percent of his passes for 600 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Palmer has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. J.J. Nelson and Larry Fitzgerald have combined for 258 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jaron Brown has four receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 64 yards per contest, and Chris Johnson leads the way with 44 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 24 points and 316.5 yards per game. Tyvon Branch leads the Arizona Cardinals with 18 tackles, Chandler Jones has three sacks and Justin Bethel has one interception.

The Cowboys are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Monday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Cardinals are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Monday games, 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Arizona, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.

I'm not putting too much stock into the Cowboys blowout loss to the Denver Broncos, as I think that says more about Denver than it does Dallas. The team is really good. The Arizona Cardinals played back-to-back road games, which is never easy, but the fact they barely got by the Colts who aren't a good football team and have a new backup QB, doesn't inspire confidence. Palmer is showing signs that he doesn't have very much left in the tank and the Cardinals have shown nothing of a running game in their first two contests. There's also the fact there will be a good percentage of Cowboys fans in the building for this game, as they travel well and a trip to Glendale is more than manageable. I just don't like what I've seen so far from Arizona and aren't really worried about how the Cowboys have looked in their first two games.

I'll eat the field goal with the better team here.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:59:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94965
<![CDATA[Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/30/texas-tech-vs-oklahoma-state-9/30/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet Saturday in college football action at Jones AT&T Stadium on FOX.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys look for their third road win of their season to rebound from an embarrassing loss to TCU. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have won 10 of their last 12 road games. Mason Rudolph is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,533 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Rudolph has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 10 games. James Washington and Marcell Ateman have combined for 855 receiving yards and…

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet Saturday in college football action at Jones AT&T Stadium on FOX.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys look for their third road win of their season to rebound from an embarrassing loss to TCU. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have won 10 of their last 12 road games. Mason Rudolph is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,533 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Rudolph has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 10 games. James Washington and Marcell Ateman have combined for 855 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Jalen McCleskey has 16 receptions. The Oklahoma State Cowboys ground game is averaging 175 yards per contest, and Justice Hill leads the way with 352 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Oklahoma State is allowing 24 points and 366 yards per game. Chad Whitener leads the Oklahoma State Cowboys with 22 tackles, Jordan Brailford has two sacks and Justin Phillips has two interceptions. 

The Texas Tech Red Raiders look for another win here to start 4-0 for the first time since 2013. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have won six of their last nine home games. Nic Shimonek is completing 73.6 percent of his passes for 1,248 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. Shimonek has moved the chains 51 times through the air this season. Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell have combined for 675 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Derrick Willies has 12 receptions. The Texas Tech Red Raiders ground game is averaging 149.6 yards per contest, and Justin Stockton leads the way with 196 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing 26.3 points and 407.3 yards per game. Dakota Allen leads the Texas Tech Red Raiders with 27 tackles, Eli Howard has 1.5 sacks and Willie Sykes has one interception.

The Cowboys are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Texas Tech, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 meetings and the over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

I was all over Oklahoma State last week due to the offense being possibly the most talented in the country and thinking the defense had improved from years past. Yeah, um, Oklahoma State needs an offense to lead the way or things get ugly quickly, and the Cowboys now have some serious offensive line issues. Texas Tech is coming off a really solid road victory over Houston in which it allowed just 110 rushing yards and held the Cougars to 6-18 on third down. We know the Red Raiders are an offensive team as well, but if the defense can step up, this is a scary team in the Big 12. Also, last years meeting was decided by just one point. So, while I still love Oklahoma State's explosiveness on the offensive side, I'm going to have points in my pocket for this contest. 

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:38:40 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95487
<![CDATA[Rutgers vs. Ohio State - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/30/rutgers-vs-ohio-state-9/30/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at High Point Solutions Stadium.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look for a third straight victory to improve on 3-1 start to the CFB season. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 10 of their last 11 road games. J.T. Barrett is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 966 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception. Barrett has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last nine games. Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill have combined for 499 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Terry…

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The Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at High Point Solutions Stadium.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look for a third straight victory to improve on 3-1 start to the CFB season. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 10 of their last 11 road games. J.T. Barrett is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 966 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception. Barrett has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last nine games. Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill have combined for 499 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Terry McLaurin has 12 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 229.7 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 520 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 20 points and 367.3 yards per game. Damon Webb leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 25 tackles, Nick Bosa has three sacks and Jordan Fuller has one interception. 

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for a monster upset victory to climb out of a rough 1-3 hole. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost seven of their last eight home games. Kyle Bolin is completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 642 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions. Bolin has one combined touchdown pass in his last three games. Damon Mitchell and Jerome Washington have combined for 257 receiving yards and one touchdown while Janarion Grant has 12 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 163.2 yards per contest, and Gus Edwards leads the way with 259 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 18.3 points and 298.3 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 29 tackles, Darnell Davis has two sacks and Kiy Hester has two interceptions.

The Buckeyes are 43-20-1 ATS in their last 64 road games, 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September, 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 conference games. The under is 6-1 in Scarlet Knights last 7 games overall and the over is 4-1 in Buckeyes last 5 conference games.

We've been fading Ohio State to start the season and it's paying off, as the Buckeyes have covered just one of their last seven games. I'm going to try my luck once again by taking the points with Rutgers. While the Scarlet Knights have been the laughing stock in years past, they did hang around with Washington in their season opener and lost by just 10 points on the road against Nebraska. A 1-3 SU record on paper is ugly, but Rutgers has held its own against good comp and should be motivated to do the same here after getting torched by these Buckeyes last year, 58-0. Ohio State is winning games, but this isn't a team that's blowing lesser squads out of the water like you'd expect. I'll take my chances with the points, especially considering we're getting a point above four touchdowns, which could be key when we're sweating this out.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:16:54 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95484
<![CDATA[Wisconsin vs. Northwestern - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/30/wisconsin-vs-northwestern-9/30/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Northwestern Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday in college football action at Camp Randall Stadium on ABC.

The Northwestern Wildcats look for their first road win of the season to make a statement to the rest of the Big Ten. The Northwestern Wildcats have won five of their last eight home games. Clayton Thorson is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 842 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Thorson has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Bennett Skowronek and Garrett Dickerson have combined for 406 receiving yards…

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The Northwestern Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday in college football action at Camp Randall Stadium on ABC.

The Northwestern Wildcats look for their first road win of the season to make a statement to the rest of the Big Ten. The Northwestern Wildcats have won five of their last eight home games. Clayton Thorson is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 842 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Thorson has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Bennett Skowronek and Garrett Dickerson have combined for 406 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Flynn Nagel has 10 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 160.3 yards per contest, and Justin Jackson leads the way with 248 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 22.7 points and 410.3 yards per game. Paddy Fisher leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 29 tackles, Joe Gaziano has one sack and Montre Hartage has one interception.

The Wisconsin Badgers look for another victory to start the season 4-0 in back-to-back years. The Wisconsin Badgers have won five straight home games. Alex Hornibrook is completing 70 percent of his passes for 701 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Hornibrook has moved the chains through the air 30 times this season. Troy Fumagalli and Quintez Cephus have combined for 370 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Danny Davis III has three receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 275.3 yards per contest, and Jonathan Taylor leads the way with 438 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 10 points and 248 yards per game. Chris Orr leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 17 tackles, Andrew Van Ginkel has two sacks and T.J. Edwards has two interceptions.

The Wildcats are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in September, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 conference games. The Badgers are 15-3 ATS in their last 18 games following a bye week, 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 conference games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Wisconsin, the home team is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The last three meetings between these two teams have been decided by 14 or less points, and Northwestern has been on the winning side in two of those games. However, Northwestern hasn't been the team I expected to see this season, as the defense is ranked 90th in yards allowed per game and Justin Jackson, one of the top running backs in the country, has been held in check for the most part. We also saw the Wildcats get smoked by Duke on the road. Meanwhile, Wisconsin has been hot out the gate and just waxed BYU on the road the last time the Badgers played, which is always an impressive victory given how tough and well coached the Cougars are. Usually I'd consider the points with Northwestern. The talent is still there, but I haven't been impressed the first three weeks. I'll take Wisconsin by two touchdowns.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:59:33 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95481
<![CDATA[Tulsa vs. Navy - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/30/tulsa-vs-navy-9/30/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Navy Midshipmen and Tulsa Golden Hurricane meet Saturday in college football action at Chapman Stadium on ESPNU.

The Navy Midshipmen look for their second road victory to start 4-0 for the second time in three years. The Navy Midshipmen have won six of their last nine road games. Zach Abey is completing 36 percent of his passes for 295 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Abey has just 25 pass attempts under his belt this season. Tyler Carmona and Darryl Bonner have combined for 280 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Craig Scott has one reception.…

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The Navy Midshipmen and Tulsa Golden Hurricane meet Saturday in college football action at Chapman Stadium on ESPNU.

The Navy Midshipmen look for their second road victory to start 4-0 for the second time in three years. The Navy Midshipmen have won six of their last nine road games. Zach Abey is completing 36 percent of his passes for 295 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Abey has just 25 pass attempts under his belt this season. Tyler Carmona and Darryl Bonner have combined for 280 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Craig Scott has one reception. The Navy Midshipmen ground game is averaging 393 yards per contest, and Abey leads the way with 471 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Navy is allowing 24 points and 342.3 yards per game. Sean Williams leads the Navy Midshipmen with 22 tackles, D.J. Palmore has 1.5 sacks and Micah Thomas has one interception. 

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane could use a feel good victory here after a rough 1-3 start to the CFB season. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have won eight of their last 10 home games. Chad President is completing 55.9 percent of his passes for 677 yards, one touchdown and one interception. President has zero touchdown passes in his last two games. Justin Hobbs and Keenen Johnson have combined for 525 receiving yards and one touchdown while Josh Stewart has seven receptions. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane ground game is averaging 311.5 yards per contest, and D'Angelo Brewer leads the way with 578 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Tulsa is allowing 42.8 points and 590.3 yards per game. Manny Bunch leads the Tulsa Golden Hurricane with 30 tackles, Jeremy Smith has three sacks and Craig Suits has two interceptions.

The Midshipmen are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games in September. The Golden Hurricane are 7-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The road team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.

This line is really confusing to me, as Tulsa is one of the worst defensive teams in college football and just lost to New Mexico last week as double-digit home favorites. Only East Carolina is allowing more yards per game than the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Meanwhile, Navy continues to play clean football and is a running machine behind Abey, as the Midshipmen just ran for 569 yards on Cincinnati last week. This isn't the same Tulsa team from years past that can outscore any team it plays, as the defense is too brutal to help create that sepration. Not to mention it's tough for teams to prepare for the triple-option in just one week. Navy and the small line even on the road may be one of the best bets for Saturday's card. 

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:40:25 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95478
<![CDATA[Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - 9/25/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/09/25/texas-rangers-vs-houston-astros-9/25/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We kick off the final Lone Star Series of 2017 as the Houston Astros visit the Texas Rangers to start a three game AL West division set.

The Houston Astros will try to keep their momentum going after winning eight of their last ten games, however the ‘Stros fell to the Los Angeles Angels by a final score of 7-5 on Sunday Night baseball to close out their series over the weekend. Alex Bregman went 1 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs, while Evan Gattis added two RBIs of his own, going 2 for 4 with a double. George Springer added a solo home run of his own to round out the scoring for…

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We kick off the final Lone Star Series of 2017 as the Houston Astros visit the Texas Rangers to start a three game AL West division set.

The Houston Astros will try to keep their momentum going after winning eight of their last ten games, however the ‘Stros fell to the Los Angeles Angels by a final score of 7-5 on Sunday Night baseball to close out their series over the weekend. Alex Bregman went 1 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs, while Evan Gattis added two RBIs of his own, going 2 for 4 with a double. George Springer added a solo home run of his own to round out the scoring for Houston in the losing effort. Jose Altuve went 2 for 3 while Carlos Correa, Cameron Maybin and Carlos Beltran each added a base knock in the loss. Lance McCullers Jr gave up two runs on four hits while striking out four over 3.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Chris Devenski took the loss, falling to 8-5 this season. Collin McHugh will start the opener and is 3-2 with a 3.44 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. In his career, McHugh is 4-1 with 4.71 ERA and 36 strikeouts against Texas.

The Texas Rangers will try to keep their narrowest of playoff hopes alive after being swept by the Oakland A’s, including an 8-1 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Nomar Mazara belted a solo homer, his 20th of the year, as the lone run for the Rangers in the loss. Delino DeShields and Elvis Andrus each contributed a base hit, as Texas logged just three hits in the loss. Martin Perez took the loss, falling to 12-12 this season after giving up five runs on six hits while walking four and whiffing a pair over 4.2 innings of work. Andrew Cashner will start game one and is 10-10 with a 3.44 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cashner is 3-6 with a 4.02 ERA and 43 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 31-6 in McHugh’s last 37 division starts and 8-3 in their last 11 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 road games. Texas is 0-4 in Cashner’s last 4 home starts and 1-7 in their last 8 games following a loss while the under is 6-1-1 in Cashner’s last 8 starts against a team with a winning record. Houston is 6-2 in McHugh’s last 8 starts against Texas while Texas is 1-4 in Cashner’s last 5 starts against Houston.

Normally in a situation like this, I’d back Texas because their postseason hopes are hanging in the balance and Houston has already clinched. However, Texas blew it for me on Sunday and that was the final straw. McHugh hasn’t been the most reliable this season, but he has gotten the Ws when they count against Texas which can’t always be said for Cashner against the Astros, so I’ll take Houston to win game one and possibly close the door on Texas’ hopes for October baseball.

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