We are still a month away from the two most said words in sports, other then the two words "Super Bowl" and those two words are "MARCH MADNESS"! Some seasons we have had two or three elite teams that you would've been hard pressed to expect one of those 3 to cut down the nets at that years Final 4.
This College Hoops season though has no clear cut team and although teams like Duke and Tennessee are led by two top Lottery Picks each, this years eventual Champ can emerge from as deep as possibly 18 teams. After the Opening night loss by Kentucky to Duke by what seemed like 100 points, the Wildcats have rebounded to now being a solid threat to win it all. Duke dusted off Virginia a second time with it's 1-2 punch of Barrett and Zion the best we've maybe seen in many, many years.
I have to say I really expect this to be the best Sweet 16 we've even seen in March Madness and when you have a team like Villanova (10-0 to start Big East play) was not even in the Committee's first Top 16 ...
Well folks on Saturday December 8th, we get to witness the best sporting event of each and every year, the Army/Navy game. Regardless or each teams record, this is the one game that records don't matter. It's two of our greatest groups of men who sacrifice their lives for our country, and although they already have a very busy schedule, they decided to play a sport as well. For all the Seniors on Navy, this will likely be the very last game they ever play on the Football Field.
In a rivalry that was completely one sided and dominated by Navy with 14 straight wins before the last two meetings, both won by Army. Last year in the snow Army held on for a 14-13 win. The prior year Army snapped that horrific 14 game losing skid to it's hated rival, with a 21-17 victory.
The past matchups since 2011 have all been decided by a Touchdown or less. For the Navy side, 2011 is also the last year they didn't end up in a Bowl game. It's been a terrible season for Navy, winning only 3 and ...
Well folks we have now seen everyone enough to easily get solid grades for everyone out there. This year has seen the loaded and well coaches Rams simply dominate really all it's opponents. Right now easily clear favorite to win the Super Bowl.
As good as this season has gone for the Rams, it's been a different story and bad start for a few teams who expected to be Playoff Caliber teams. The N.Y. Giants are the team playing way under it's potential. They picked stud RB Barkley and he's played very well. Not many other players on his squad have though, especially QB Eli Manning, who just looks slow, old, and possibly on his final weeks if things don't improve fast.
This week we have a few young Rookie QB's heading into some rough terrain as the Jets young QB Darnold will face of the elite Defensive Minds in the NFL for years, Minny HC and really DC as well, Mike Zimmer. This will be a real test and good look at where he is with now half dozen games under his belt.
So far ...
NFL A.T.S. UPDATED RECORDS THRU ALL WEEK 3 GAMES:
UNDERDOGS WHO WON STRAIGHT UP: (20)
DOUBLE DIGIT FAVORITES: (1-3) A.T.S.
GARY'S FINAL THOUGHTS:
Well most shocking loss not just in point spread, but really I've seen in years as the Vikings losing to the winless Bills, who were really bad thru first two weeks, and Rookie starting QB Allen in his first Road game start, was something not many expected. I didn't expect the Vikings to lose straight up, but I am not shocked. Kirk Cousins for 4 straight years flopped in every third game. Rarely did he ever win 3 straight and his 5-24 record vs. winning teams is why. Losing this badly to this really bad Bills team really must have Vikings Exec's crapping their pants. For those who only look at stats, most of Cousins yards were in second half down big and Bills playing Prevent Defense, and passing 59x and ...
NFL A.T.S. UPDATED STATS THRU WEEK 2 - ALL GAMES PLAYED
FAVORITES = 12
UNDERDOGS = 19
PUSHES = 1
DOGS WON STRAIGHT UP = 13
OVERS = 17
UNDERS = 15
DOUBLE DIGIT FAVORITES = (1-1 ATS)
TOP NUGGETS OF THE WEEK FOR CFB - (SAT. SEPT 15TH):
GA TECH - Dud as Road Favorite (0-7) w/4 by DD's, no road fav wins since 2014.
USC HEAD COACH HELTON - (1-9) ATS as Underdog.
HAWAII - (12-1) ATS last 13 games vs. Military schools.
NOTRE DAME - (0-6) ATS following a straight up win.
FRESNO STATE HC TEDFORD - (2-10) Straight up vs. Pac-12 opponents.
DUKE - QB JONES is out, also all ACC CB Gilbert out for this weeks game.
MINNY GOPHERS - Stud Sr. RB Smith out. Only 2 Sr's left on Starting Offense.
FLORIDA STATE - (0-6-2) ATS vs. ACC opponents last year.
ARIZONA STATE - looks to avenge loss to SD State last year that ended 17 game home non conference winning streak. Also Sun Devils DC now was Aztecs DC last 3 seasons.
E.MICHIGAN - (12-1) ATS Last 13 on Road as an Underdog.
RED ZONE WOES:
SMU and IOWA STATE - both inside Red Zone only one time all season.
WESTERN KENTUCKY - (0-4) in their 4 trips inside the Red Zone.
HERE ARE SOME NFL - WEEK 2 BETTING NUGGETS
RAVENS - Seeking Revenge for last minute loss to Cinci in 2017 season finale knocking them out of the Playoffs.
INDY - with Andrew Luck as QB they are (23-5) S/Up following a Loss.
INDY - (10-1) ATS as Underdog L/11 off a Loss week before.
GREEN BAY QB A.RODGERS - (42-14) Straight up in Division play and (11-0) Straight up first 6 games of the season.
MINNY VIKES HEAD COACH ZIMMER - (12-11-1) ATS in Division play.
TENNESSEE TITANS- (1-5) ATS last 6 Home games.
MIAMI DOLPHINS QB TANNEYHILL - (8-1) Straight up last 9 games.
JAX JAGUARS - Seeking Revenge for heartbreaking loss in AFC Title Game to Patriots.
ATLANTA FALCONS QB MATT RYAN - (9-1) Straight up and ATS in Home Openers.
NY GIANTS QB ELI MANNING - (12-3) ATS in Division Play off Loss.
DALLAS COWBOYS HC JASON GARRETT - (23-38-1) ATS at Home at Jerry's World.
NEW YORK JETS - (6-1-2) ATS last 9 meetings vs. Miami Dolphins
SAN FRAN NINERS ...
For many folks a road trip is a fun time to enjoy the sights and scenery of a different area. For 4 teams in Football this weekend won't be a fun one unless they pull off a win in a very tough situation.
The NFL schedulers were not kind to the Seattle Seahawks, sending them not just on the road for it's first two games, but to: Denver and now across country to Chicago, facing a team off the most crushing loss of the week 1 slate.
For the Detroit Lions, they surely can't play worse then week 1, so it's all uphill from here. But what do they get for their game 2 assignment as they travel cross country to later time zone on a short week to play a SF team that lost it's opener and it's Cinderella QB off his first ever loss as a starting QB.
San Diego gets faced with the always horrible west coast to east coast trip and early start time. Lucky for them the hapless Bills team is the team awaiting their arrival. The Bolts will likely be without their stud DE and elite pass rusher ...
Well folks the NFL welcomed 7 new Head Coaches to the league and they all went home on the short end of the stick. Seven disappointing debuts and for a few, that same experience will be the norm every Sunday night as they walk off the field.
You have to feel bad for Titans HC Mike Vrabel, who had to endure 2 delays and 7 plus hours before the game was decided. Now he has a mess on his hands with Mariota already injured. I am not a Mariota fan at all, but facing this one week in for a new HC trying to get some things in motion is just terrible news for Vrabel. He also lost his top TE for the season in Game 1, and trust me folks, veteran guys who can play don't grow on trees to pick up in week 2.
The long awaited return of Jon Gruden to the Raiders was great for a half, heck even 3 quarters, until the bottom fell out in the fourth and a close game turned quite ugly. Trading your best player (K. Mack) a few days before opener is as asinine as I've ever seen and now knowing your QB ...