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2017-18 College Football National Championship Odds & Picks

2017-18 College Football National Championship Odds & Picks

As to be expected, the Alabama Crimson Tide are the favorites to win the College Football National Championship. Alabama is a ridiculously low +310. At those odds, Bama isn’t worth a look. There are too many things that can happen to end any team’s march to a National Championship.

If you are looking for a few other options to bet on to win the 2017-18 College Football National Championship, we have three.

2017-18 College Football National Championship Odds & Picks

School Current Odds
Alabama CRIMSON TIDE +310
USC TROJANS +825
Florida St SEMINOLES +850
Ohio St BUCKEYES +875
Oklahoma SOONERS +1300
Penn St NITTANY LIONS +2000
LSU TIGERS +2200
Michigan WOLVERINES +2500
Washington HUSKIES +2800
Auburn TIGERS +3200
Clemson TIGERS +3500
Texas LONGHORNS +4500
Georgia BULLDOGS +5000
Louisville CARDINALS +5000
Florida GATORS +5000
Oklahoma St COWBOYS +5300
Wisconsin BADGERS +5500
Kansas St WILDCATS +7000
Notre Dame FIGHTING IRISH +8000
Miami FL HURRICANES +8500
Virginia Tech HOKIES +8500
Stanford CARDINAL +10000
Tennessee VOLUNTEERS +10000
TCU HORNED FROGS +11500
Oregon DUCKS +12500
Washington St COUGARS +12500
UCLA BRUINS +12500
West Virginia MOUNTAINEERS +15000
NC State WOLFPACK +20000
Texas A&M AGGIES +20000
Nebraska CORNHUSKERS +20000
Colorado BUFFALOES +25000
Iowa HAWKEYES +30000
Utah UTES +30000
Pittsburgh PANTHERS +35000
BYU COUGARS +35000
Northwestern WILDCATS +35000
Baylor BEARS +35000
Arkansas RAZORBACKS +40000
Michigan St SPARTANS +50000
South Florida BULLS +50000
Minnesota GOLDEN GOPHERS +50000
Mississippi St BULLDOGS +50000
North Carolina TAR HEELS +50000
Arizona St SUN DEVILS +50000
Georgia Tech YELLOW JACKETS +60000
Boise St BRONCOS +60000
South Carolina GAMECOCKS +60000
Duke BLUE DEVILS +75000
Kentucky WILDCATS +100000
Indiana HOOSIERS +100000
Texas Tech RED RAIDERS +100000
Missouri TIGERS +100000
Iowa St CYCLONES +150000
Vanderbilt COMMODORES +150000
Boston College EAGLES +150000
Houston COUGARS +150000
Oregon St BEAVERS +150000
San Diego St AZTECS +200000
Navy MIDSHIPMEN +200000
Wake Forest DEMON DEACONS +200000
Memphis TIGERS +200000
Syracuse ORANGE +200000
Colorado St RAMS +250000
Western Kentucky HILLTOPPERS +300000
California GOLDEN BEARS +300000
Maryland TERRAPINS +300000
Arizona WILDCATS +300000
Western Michigan BRONCOS +500000
Central Florida KNIGHTS +500000
Tulsa GOLDEN HURRICANE +500000
Louisiana Tech BULLDOGS +500000
Temple OWLS +500000
Purdue BOILERMAKERS +600000
Virginia CAVALIERS +600000
Illinois FIGHTING ILLINI +600000
Miami Ohio REDHAWKS +750000
Arkansas St RED WOLVES +750000
Army BLACK KNIGHTS +750000
Appalachian St MOUNTAINEERS +750000
Cincinnati BEARCATS +750000
Marshall THUNDERING HERD +750000
Buffalo BULLS +999999
Hawaii RAINBOWS +999999
Wyoming COWBOYS +999999
Rice OWLS +999999
Rutgers SCARLET KNIGHTS +999999
Idaho VANDALS +999999
San Jose State SPARTANS +999999
SMU MUSTANGS +999999
South Alabama JAGUARS +999999
Middle Tennessee St BLUE RAIDERS +999999
Akron ZIPS +999999
Southern Miss GOLDEN EAGLES +999999
Ball St CARDINALS +999999
East Carolina PIRATES +999999
Eastern Michigan EAGLES +999999
Air Force FALCONS +999999
Kansas JAYHAWKS +999999
Nevada WOLF PACK +999999
New Mexico LOBOS +999999
Texas State BOBCATS +999999
New Mexico St AGGIES +999999
Troy TROJANS +999999
Tulane GREEN WAVE +999999
Florida Atlantic OWLS +999999
UAB BLAZERS +999999
North Texas MEAN GREEN +999999
UCONN HUSKIES +999999
UL Lafayette RAGIN’ CAJUNS +999999
UL Monroe WARHAWKS +999999
UMASS MINUTEMEN +999999
UNLV REBELS +999999
Northern Illinois HUSKIES +999999
Utah State AGGIES +999999
Kent State GOLDEN FLASHES +999999
UTEP MINERS +999999
UTSA ROADRUNNERS +999999
Central Michigan CHIPPEWAS +999999
Ohio BOBCATS +999999
Florida International GOLDEN PANTHERS +999999
Charlotte 49ERS +999999
Fresno State BULLDOGS +999999
Old Dominion MONARCHS +999999
Bowling Green FALCONS +999999
Georgia Southern EAGLES +999999
Georgia State PANTHERS +999999
Ole Miss REBELS N/A
‘FIELD’ N/A

The Sharp Pick To Win: USC Trojans +825

USC’s got a lot going for it this season. QB Sam Darnold returns. Plus, the offensive line has 2 seniors in Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler. The defensive line should be one of the best, if not the best, in the nation.

But, the real reason to love USC is the Trojans’ schedule. Western Michigan, Texas, and Notre Dame are the only teams USC plays outside the Pac. They should destroy all 3 of those teams. Western Michigan is a MAC team. Texas is going through yet another rebuild. Notre Dame is so highly-regarded this season that they’re 80 to 1 to win the National Championship.

When it comes to the Pac-12, USC is by far the best team. Neither an Arizona or an Oregon school should challenge USC. Utah is always tough. But, USC is better. Washington and Stanford are also always tough. Both lost too much to challenge USC.

There’s a great chance the Trojans go undefeated this season.

The Public Pick To Win: Oklahoma Sooners +1300

So, Bob Stoops steps down as head coach and Oklahoma’s odds to win the college football national championship go up to 13 to 1 from 8 to 1? That’s a head scratcher. The problem with many of these veteran coaches is that they don’t change with the times.

New head coach Lincoln Riley is only 33-years-old. He knows how to win on today’s gridiron. Riley’s already proven to be a terrific recruiter. Oklahoma’s landed two fantastic wide receivers for 2018.

I think Riley’s going to have Oklahoma under the radar. Also, like USC in the Pac 12, which team truly challenges the Sooners for the Big 12 Championship?

The Longshot Pick To Win: Virginia Tech Hokies +8500

Justin Fuente is as good of a college football coach as any you’re going to find. In his first season at the helm in Blacksburg, Fuente led the Hokies to a 10-4 record and an ACC Coastal Division title.
The Hokies could be much better than that this season. Virginia Tech’s defense should be one of the best in the country. The offense might take some time to gel since Fuente must replace his starting QB, and many skill position players.

But, if Fuente can do that, and if the offense gels by mid-season, VA Tech could sneak into the CFP.

MLB Top Plays Of The Week June 26-July 2

MLB Top Plays Of The Week June 26-July 2

The MLB season is slowly creeping towards the midway point and this week there are a few great games to keep your eyes on.

Ervin Santana and the Minnesota Twins take on the rival Kansas City Royals. Will Jason Vargas and the Royals add to Santana’s woes? On Saturday, I like the looks of another AL Central Division rivalry game when Cleveland heads to Detroit. Can Cleveland maintain first place in the tough AL Central by beating the Tigers? I like this Sunday’s nightcap between Washington and St. Louis. Who wins when the Nationals battle the Cards in Missouri?

Top Plays Of The Week June 26 – July 2

Minnesota at Kansas City
When:  Friday, June 30 at 8:15 pm ET
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Listed Pitchers: MIN-Ervin Santana vs KC-Jason Vargas

Analysis: Jason Vargas’s stats this season are astounding. Vargas is 11-3. His ERA is a ridiculous 2.29. His WHIP is a good 1.13. But, Vargas allows the Twins to bat .317 against him. He’s faced Twin batters 101 times. They have 32 hits. To be fair, 14 of the 32 hits are from Joe Mauer. Vargas has pretty much shut down the rest of Minnesota’s batters.

Ervin Santana’s got Cleveland’s number. In his last 13 innings pitched versus the Indians, Santana hasn’t allowed a single. Too bad he pitches against KC on Friday.

Then again, Santana has also locked down on Royal batters. KC is good for a .227 batting average versus Santana. This is a tough game to handicap, which is why I like it as a Top Play. The odds shouldn’t favor Vargas by much.

That’s the way I’m going. Vargas has been much more consistent than Santana in his last 10. KC has looked good as well.

Cleveland at Detroit
When:  Saturday, July 1 at 7:10 pm ET
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
TV:  FOX
Listed Pitchers: CLE-Danny Salazar vs DET-Jordan Zimmerman

Analysis: Salazar and Zimmerman step to the plate in the second game of a double-header. Salazar goes into this game off the 10-day disabled list. He had a bullpen session last Thursday. He should pitch in a simulated game sometime this week before the Sunday start.

When Salazar was healthy, he wasn’t pitching all that well. His ERA is 5.40. His WHIP is 1.58. Detroit bats a decent .269 versus Salazar. He hasn’t faced the Tigers yet this season.

Detroit’s Jordan Zimmermann has allowed 8 earned runs off 12 hits in his last 10.2 innings pitched. His 5.53 ERA and 1.49 WHIP are on par with Salazar’s ERA and WHIP.

The difference in this game is bullpen. Detroit must keep Zimmermann on the mound until at least the end of the fourth. They’ve got no choice. But, Cleveland can pull Salazar after 1 or 2 innings.

The Tribe’s bullpen is that deep.

Washington at St. Louis
When:  Sunday, July 2 at 8:10 pm ET
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
TV: ESPN
Listed Pitchers: WAS-Max Scherzer vs STL-Carlos Martinez

Analysis: Scherzer’s been on fire in his last 2 starts. On June 16, he pitched 8 innings, allowed 1 earned run, and gave up 4 hits. On June 21, Scherzer threw for 8 innings, didn’t allow a single earned run, and only allowed 2 hits. Scherzer pitches on June 27 against the Cubs.

If he comes out of that well, it’s hard to see St. Louis giving Carlos Martinez the necessary run support to beat Washington in this match up. Yes, the Nationals have one of the worst bullpens, if not the worst, in MLB.

But, Scherzer has been an absolute beast on the mound. The Cardinals only bat .235 against Scherzer. I believe Martinez does an excellent job. But, once the Cards pull Martinez after inning 6, Washington should get something going on offense.

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Mayweather vs McGregor Odds & Betting Analysis

Mayweather vs McGregor Odds & Betting Analysis

Boxing purists may be livid about the upcoming bout between future Hall of Fame legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor, but if you’re thinking about betting on the highly-anticipated matchup, then you should be jumping for joy.

Mayweather vs McGregor Odds & Betting Analysis

What: Floyd Mayweather (49-0-0) vs Conor McGregor (0-0-0)
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Start Time: 10:00 PM ET  
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Stadium: T-Mobile Arena
Moneyline: Mayweather -750 vs McGregor +525
Watch: Showtime PPV
Stream: ShowTime

The two superstars in their own respective sports are set to square off on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather is currently a concrete, -750 favorite to beat McGregor who is a +525 pick to pull off the upset.

Now, let’s find out if McGregor actually has a chance to beat Mayweather.

Why Bet on Conor McGregor Odds at +525

The most obvious reason to bet on Conor McGregor in this matchup is the stunning +700 return should he pull off the win.

Another great reason to back the Irishman is that the 28-year-old brawler has youth on his side, being over a decade younger than Mayweather Jr. McGregor stands 5’9″ and has a 74-inch reach, but more importantly, the reigning welterweight champion has a ton of punching power and has recorded a whopping 18 knockouts in 21 career victories.

McGregor also is about as fearless as they come in either boxing or mixed martial arts, so I certainly don’t expect him to have an ounce of fear heading into this massively huge bout. McGregor has recorded six TKO finishes via punches in his last eight UFC bouts and could ‘get lucky’ if he can find an opening against the defensive-minded Mayweather.

Why Bet on Floyd Mayweather Odds at -750

Why should you bet on Floyd Mayweather?

He is a seasoned boxer and McGregor is just getting his feet wet.

Of course, an even better reason to back the five-division champion is that he’s never been beaten in the ring, even by a handful of likely Hall of Fame opponents.

The 5’8″, 154-pound champion has a reach of 72 inches and will have a decisive advantage when he comes to both, hand and foot speed, not to mention, an even bigger advantage when it comes to boxing IQ. The only negatives that anyone can point to about Mayweather Jr. in this bout is that, at 40-years-old, he’s a dozen years older than his opponent and that he could suffer from ring rust since he hasn’t been in the ring in almost two years since retiring in September of 2015.

Mayweather vs McGregor Betting Analysis

As much as I dislike Floyd Mayweather Jr. and would love to see him lose against Conor McGregor, I just don’t see the undefeated future Hall of Famer putting himself in harm’s way, which, unfortunately, has been his calling card for the better part of the last decade.

Mayweather is also the far more experienced boxer and is so good defensively that I believe it’s going to take a minor miracle for McGregor to land any sort of shot that could really damage the boxing champ. While both fighters are basically taking this fight for money, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a whole lot more to lose than Connor McGregor seeing as how he’s been a lifelong boxer and wants to desperately keep his perfect record intact against a fighter in McGregor that is s likely going to be a one-and-done boxer.

Mayweather may no longer have the punching power that helped him record 26 KO’s in his career, but he’ll also avoid getting in McGregor’s wheelhouse, which means this one will go the distance.

I can see it now, Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins via unanimous decision, only for Conor McGregor to tell everyone how he was robbed by some scandalous boxing judges and wants a rematch.

For the most part, you should expect Mayweather to get a lead on points by the midway mark, before concentrating on defense to get the simple win on points.

MLB Top Games June 19 - 25

MLB Top Games June 19 – 25

There are some hot nationally televised baseball games that should grab your attention this week. They definitely have me intrigued.

Who wins when the Mets travel to Chavez-Ravine to battle the Dodgers? I also have my sights set on the Angels versus Red Sox battle this Saturday. Will Boston’s David Price pitch well enough for the Red Sox to win? The final game I like is on Sunday when Pittsburgh battles St. Louis in a classic NL Central matchup. Who gets the “W” at Busch Stadium on June 25?

MLB Top Games June 19 – 25

NY Mets at L.A. Dodgers
When:  Wednesday, June 12, 2017
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
TV:  ESPN
Listed Pitchers: NYM-Steven Matz, LAD-Rich Hill

Analysis: Steve Matz has pitched in only 2 games this season. He was terrific versus Atlanta. Matz allowed 1 earned run from 5 hits. In his second game, versus Washington, Matz imploded. He got through 7 innings. The problem is he allowed 4 earned runs off 8 hits.

The Dodgers counter with Rich Hill. Hill’s got a 5.14 ERA. His WHIP is 1.57. He’s won 3. He’s lost 3. The problem with Hill is that he hasn’t pitched more than 5 innings in a single start this season. Dodger manager Dave Roberts knows this. The Dodgers are 4-4 in the games that Hill has started.

Matz should bounce back from his terrible performance. I have some faith in Hill. I have more faith in Matz. We know Roberts pulls Hill before inning 5. Heck, Roberts might pull Hill before the end of inning 4.

The Dodgers have a great bullpen. But, you never know what’s going to happen the day before. I know Matz pitches well. I’m not sure about Hill. Plus, I don’t know how fresh the Dodgers’ relievers are going to be.

L.A. Angels at Boston
When:  Saturday, June 24 at 7:15 pm ET
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
TV:  FOX
Listed Pitchers: LAA-J.C. Ramirez, BOS-David Price

Analysis: David Price is 1 and 1 so far not counting his start on June 18. His ERA is 5.25. His WHIP is 1.29. In the past, Price has been great versus the Angels. The L.A. Angels bat .221 against Price.

The Red Sox have limited bats versus J.C. Ramirez. They have 5 hits from 16 at-bats versus Boston’s listed starter. Ramirez could be great on Saturday. He could be terrible.

Both pitchers could be terrible. That means it comes down to the bullpens. I like Boston’s bullpen better than I like the Angels. Red Sox relievers allow a 2.77 batting average. Boston’s bullpen is 13-5 on the season.

Pittsburgh at St. Louis
When:  Sunday, June 25 at 8:05 pm ET
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
TV: ESPN
Listed Pitchers: PIT-Chad Kuhl, STL-Mike Leake

Analysis: Kuhl’s 5.61 ERA, 1-6 record, and 1.53 WHIP aren’t good. The last time he faced St. Louis, though, Kuhl pitched well. He allowed 2 earned runs from 3 hits in 6 innings. That was way back on April 18.

St. Louis’s Mike Leake has the overall better stats. But, Leake has allowed 4 runs, 5 runs, and 6 runs in 3 of his last 4starts. I’m not sure what’s going on with the Cardinals’ pitcher.

Pittsburgh has a .293 batting average. They’ve faced him 304 times. I think Kuhl’s been throwing well enough for the look.

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2017 US Open Golf Odds & Picks

2017 US Open Golf Odds & Picks

With the start of the 2017 U.S. Open taking place in just over 48 hours, the big question heading into the second major of the year is whether or not anyone can beat out World No. 1 and prohibitive favorite Dustin Johnson to keep him from winning back-to-back U.S. Open championships.

If you’re getting set to place a few betting bucks on the 2017 U.S. Open and you want to know which golfers look like they’re offering some solid value against their odds to win this year’s title as either a top contender or longer shot selection, then let’s find out now!

2017 US Open Golf Odds & Picks

The 2017 U.S. Open gets underway on Thursday, June 15, live from at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wisconsin. The complete odds to win the 2017 U.S. Open are at the end of the post.

The Las Vegas Oddsmakers’ Pick – Dustin Johnson 7/1

Dustin Johnson is the prohibitive favorite heading into the 2017 U.S. Open and for good reason. Not only did the World No. 1 win last year’s championship, but he also finished second in 2015 and fourth in 2014. In 10 events this year, Johnson has made the cut nine times, while recording three wins and a half-dozen top 10 finishes.

Johnson won the Genesis Open in February and the World Golf Championships in Mexico a month later but missed his opportunity to challenge for his first win at the Masters in April because of an injury he suffered just before the start of the world’s most coveted golf tournament.

Johnson will be plenty motivated after finishing 12th at The Players Championship and 13th at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic. Johnson leads the PGA Tour in driving distance (312.02 ypd) and will have a better than average chance of winning his second career major.

The Sharp Pick – Jason Day 12/1

I love the value that World No. 44 Jason Day is offering heading into the U.S. Open despite his erratic year so far. While Day finished tied for 15th at the Memorial but managed to finish second to  Billy Horschel at the AT&T Byron Nelson. More importantly, the sweet-swinging Australian has recorded an impressive four, top 10 finishes in the last five U.S. Opens including his second place finish in 2013, fourth place finish in 2014 and eighth-place finish a year ago.

The Longshot Pick – Daniel Berger 60/1

You many not have heard of Daniel Berger, but I have and I’m fully expect him to challenge for the title seeing as how he’s ranked 10th in the world and will enter the U.S. Open coming off his second straight win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic this past weekend and has recorded three other top 10 finishes this year including a pair of top-five finishes.

Odds To Win 2017 U.S. Open
GOLFER OPENING ODDS CURRENT
Dustin JOHNSON 8-1 7-1
Rory McILROY 9-1 9-1
Jordan SPIETH 10-1 10-1
Jason DAY 12-1 12-1
Justin ROSE 15-1 15-1
Jon RAHM 20-1 15-1
Hideki MATSUYAMA 15-1 20-1
Sergio GARCIA 25-1 20-1
Rickie FOWLER 25-1 25-1
Adam SCOTT 25-1 25-1
Henrik STENSON 25-1 25-1
Phil MICKELSON 30-1 30-1
Justin THOMAS 30-1 30-1
Brooks KOEPKA 40-1 30-1
Thomas PIETERS 40-1 40-1
Patrick REED 50-1 40-1
Branden GRACE 50-1 40-1
Matt KUCHAR 40-1 40-1
Paul CASEY 50-1 50-1
Louis OOSTHUIZEN 50-1 50-1
Bubba WATSON 60-1 60-1
Brandt SNEDEKER 60-1 60-1
Martin KAYMER 60-1 60-1
Charl SCHWARTZEL 60-1 60-1
Daniel BERGER 60-1 60-1
Tyrrell HATTON 80-1 80-1
Jimmy WALKER 80-1 80-1
Zach JOHNSON 80-1 80-1
Matthew FITZPATRICK 80-1 80-1
Shane LOWRY 80-1 80-1
Alex NOREN 125-1 80-1
Kevin CHAPPELL 125-1 80-1
Jim FURYK 100-1 100-1
J.B. HOLMES 100-1 100-1
Ryan MOORE 100-1 100-1
Gary WOODLAND 100-1 100-1
Russell HENLEY 100-1 100-1
Kevin KISNER 125-1 100-1
Si Woo KIM 300-1 100-1
Charley HOFFMAN 100-1 100-1
Marc LEISHMAN 100-1 100-1
Adam HADWIN 100-1 100-1
Russell KNOX 100-1 100-1
Jason DUFNER 100-1 100-1
Bill HAAS 125-1 100-1
Tony FINAU 125-1 125-1
Wesley BRYAN 150-1 125-1
Tommy FLEETWOOD 150-1 125-1
Graeme McDOWELL 150-1 125-1
Emiliano GRILLO 125-1 150-1
Rafael CABRERA BELLO 125-1 150-1
Danny WILLETT 125-1 150-1
Bryson DeCHAMBEAU 125-1 150-1
Francesco MOLINARI 200-1 150-1
Byeong Hun AN 150-1 150-1
Billy HORSCHEL 150-1 150-1
Brendan STEELE 150-1 150-1
Webb SIMPSON 150-1 150-1
Kevin NA 200-1 150-1
Bernd WIESBERGER 200-1 150-1
Ryan PALMER 200-1 150-1
Ian POULTER 200-1 150-1
Pat PEREZ 150-1 150-1
Soren KJELDSEN 150-1 150-1
Keegan BRADLEY 150-1 150-1
William McGIRT 200-1 200-1
Ross FISHER 200-1 200-1
Hudson SWAFFORD 200-1 200-1
Jamie LOVEMARK 200-1 200-1
Andy SULLIVAN 200-1 200-1
Scott PIERCY 200-1 200-1
Charles HOWELL III 200-1 200-1
David LINGMERTH 200-1 200-1
Lucas GLOVER 200-1 200-1
Luke DONALD 200-1 200-1
Martin LAIRD 200-1 200-1
Harris ENGLISH 250-1 250-1
Chris KIRK 250-1 250-1
Graham DeLAET 250-1 250-1
Jhonattan VEGAS 250-1 250-1
Patrick RODGERS 250-1 250-1
Chris WOOD 250-1 250-1
Danny LEE 250-1 250-1
Daniel SUMMERHAYS 250-1 250-1
Andrew JOHNSTON 250-1 250-1
Ernie ELS 300-1 300-1
Angel CABRERA 300-1 300-1
Jeunghun WANG 300-1 300-1
Sean O’HAIR 300-1 300-1
Anirban LAHIRI 300-1 300-1
Hunter MAHAN 300-1 300-1
Kiradech APHIBARNRAT 300-1 300-1
Hideto TANIHARA 300-1 300-1
Maverick McNEALY 500-1 500-1
Yuta IKEDA 500-1 500-1
Roberto CASTRO 500-1 500-1
Gene SAUERS 1000-1 1000-1
Brad DALKE 2000-1 2000-1
Scott GREGORY 2000-1 2000-1
Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward 2 Odds

Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward 2 Odds

The first fight between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward ended in drama. Kovalev had no doubt that he won the fight while Ward remained undefeated. The rematch takes place this weekend on Nov. 17. Fight time is scheduled for around 11:00 pm ET, depending on what happens in the preliminary bouts. The fight takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Andre Ward is undefeated at 31-0-0. He has 15 knockouts. Sergey Kovalev is 30-1-1. Kovalev has knocked out 26 opponents. His only loss was to Andre Ward in the last fight.

Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward 2 Odds

Ward is the -153 favorite to beat Sergey Kovalev. Kovalev is at +135 to beat Andre Ward. The over/under on rounds is 9.5.

Can Sergey Kovalev Beat Ward?

Kovalev believes that he won the last fight. Kovalev isn’t the only one who believes it. So, do many boxing analysts and fans. The stats bear out Kovalev’s argument. He landed 126 of 474 punches. Ward landed 116 of 337 punches. Kovalev landed 78 of 232 power punches. Ward landed 61 of 161 power punches. Kovalev won the fight.

Can Andre Ward Beat Kovalev?

Ward controlled the fight. Ward didn’t hit Kovalev as often as Kovalev hit him. It doesn’t matter. Ward’s punches were cleaner. He landed the higher percentage of punches. He controlled the fight from Round 4 on. There is such a thing as ring generalship. That’s what Ward showed.

Kovalev vs Ward 2 Analysis

Sergey Kovalev has only himself to blame. After knocking Ward down in Round 2, Kovalev continued to force the matter only until Round 4. He appeared to take it easy on Ward after Round 4.

I don’t expect Kovalev to do the same this time around. Kovalev knows that if he leaves it in the hands of the judges, he’ll lose yet again. He must go right after Andre Ward this time. He must be more aggressive than he was in the first fight.

The question is whether that helps Kovalev. I don’t believe it does. I’m a huge fan of Sergey Kovalev. But, Andre Ward is unbeatable if you play into his hands. Ward feeds off his opponent’s mistakes.

Going right after the crafty Ward should leave Kovalev much more vulnerable than he was in the first fight. Ward hadn’t fought in two years. He still showed that he’s a master boxer.

2017 Belmont Stakes Odds & Picks

2017 Belmont Stakes Odds: Irish War Cry, Gormley & Patch Are The Top Picks

2017 Belmont Stakes odds and post-positions are out. Because Classic Empire’s connection have decided to not run in the Test of Champions, favoritism should fall to Irish War Cry. Irish War Cry is a tepid favorite at best. So which runners are you smart, value, and dark horse plays for the 2017 Belmont Stakes?

2017 Belmont Stakes Odds & Picks

What: 2017 Belmont Stakes
When: June 10, 2017
Post Time: 6:48 PM ET
Where: Elmont, New York
Track: Belmont Park
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

The Favorite To Win The 2017 Belmont:  Irish War Cry 7/2

He was one of the favorites before Classic Empire left the race. Irish War Cry is the most accomplished three-year-old in the race outside of Epicharis, the horse from Japan. Irish War Cry should get the perfect trip tracking Meantime, who figures to get the lead.

That makes Irish War Cry difficult to beat. With that being written, it must be noted that favorites don’t always perform well in the Test of Champions. I’m looking elsewhere for my smart, value, and dark horse plays.

The Sharp Pick To Win The Belmont:  Gormley 8/1

Gormley never quits. He’s one of the hardest trying horses I’ve ever seen run. That’s the first reason I like Gormley. The second reason, the main reason, is because his trainer John Shirreffs, conditioned one of the greatest racehorses to ever live, Zenyatta. Shirreffs is known for taking time with his horses. The fact that Gormley enters the starting gate means that Shirreffs believes his Belmont runner has a shot. Who am I to argue with John Shirreffs?

The Value Choice To Win The 2017 Belmont:  Lookin At Lee 5/1

When looking for a value Belmont Stakes bet, professional horseplayers study odds and compare those odds to a horse’s true odds of winning a race. To me, Lookin At Lee represents value in this race. Sure, 5 to 1 odds aren’t overly generous. But, 5 to 1 on Lookin At Lee represents value. Lookin At Lee finished second in the Kentucky Derby. Two weeks later he finished fourth in the Preakness Stakes.

Irad Ortiz Jr., one of the top riders at Belmont Park, takes the call. Irad wouldn’t jump on board Lookin At Lee unless he felt he could get a Top 3 placing. One of these days, a race is going to set up for Lookin At Lee’s excellent middle move. It could be on Saturday. In any case, he’s almost a must use in all exotics.

The Dark Horse Pick To Win The Belmont Stakes:  Patch 12/1

The only bad thing about betting on Patch is that his odds would be closer to 20 to 1 if Classic Empire had remained in the race. Other than that, there’s not a lot to dislike about Patch. Up until his terrible race in the Kentucky Derby, he had shown up each time trainer Todd Pletcher had put the saddle on him. Patch can get it done.

One thing to note is that his odds should suffer. Patch is so highly-regarded by professional horseplayers that it’s doubtful he holds his 12 to 1 morning line. No worries. If the money chases down his odds, it means he’s got a big shot to win.

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