MLB WORLD SERIES: ASTROS @ NATIONALS PREVIEW ~ GAME 3 (10-25)

CAN ASTROS WIN TONIGHT AND MAKE THIS A SERIES OR DO NATS WIN 9TH STRAIGHT? VEGAS ODDS:   HOUSTON ASTROS (GREINKE) (-$1.35) vs. WASH NATS (SANCHEZ)  ~  TOTAL RUNS: (8) FRIDAY NIGHT OCTOBER 25TH, 2019  ~  GAME 3 OF THE 2019 WORLD SERIES Except for many Nationals fans, and even likely not most of them, very few saw the Nats not just winning Games 1 and 2 in Houston, but beating Cole and Verlander in the process. Streaks happen in all sports, but wow have the Nationals gotten Red-Hot at the right time or what?  Now 8 straight wins in this Postseason, and 18 wins in it's last 20 games. This team is NOT winning by Luck. They have won every way possible and tonight get to finally play a World Series Home game in D.C., and you can be assure the atmosphere will be as loud, crazy and wild as you will ever see. I was at the Knights/Capitols games a few years ago in DC, and after the games the streets were filled like a Title had already been Won. The DC fans are getting no love ... More

CFB FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: USC @ COLORADO PREVIEW (10-25)

TWO OF WORST DEFENSES IN NATION MATCH UP FOR PAC-12 BATTLE IN BOULDER! VEGAS ODDS:   USC (-11 1/2) vs. *COLORADO BUFFALOES ~  TOTAL: (64) GAME TIME TEMPS: Low 40's As we head to Week 8 and the last part of 2/3rd of the CFB season for both teams, the one thing that has been equally "unkind" to both is major injuries to star players. USC lost it's starting QB in week 1 and then last week somehow managed to lose it's #2 (Carr) and #3 RB (Stepp) after losing it's #1 RB (Malepai) the week before. We always hear "Next Man Up" when goes go down, but they normally don't come in with the same talent as the top 3 would (do). USC also got hit hard of late with big injuries on Defense early on, and in past week or two as well. Bad news is S-Hufanga, DE-Jackson, LB-McClain are all out tonight. Good news is they should return 3 on Defensive side of ball, getting CB's Griffin and Stuart back and Nickel back Johnson.  Colorado has also been destroyed by injuries, as the Secondary has ... More

COLLEGE FB OFFENSE/DEFENSE MISMATCHES ACROSS BOARD (OCT. 24-26)!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL MISMATCHES: OFFENSE vs. DEFENSE plus some GREAT vs. GREAT/BAD vs. BAD!   TOP RANKED OFFENSES vs. BOTTOM RANKED BAD DEFENSES: (**all rankings go from team #1 to team (last) #130!) 1). SMU (#7) OFFENSE vs. HOUSTON (#119) DEFENSE 2). CLEMSON (#10) OFFENSE vs. BOSTON COLLEGE (#114) DEFENSE 3). OREGON (#26) OFFENSE vs. WASHINGTON STATE (#105) DEFENSE 4). IOWA STATE (#16) OFFENSE vs. OKLAHOMA STATE (#100) DEFENSE 5). ALABAMA (#9) OFFENSE vs. ARKANSAS (#88) DEFENSE ---- No Bama Tua T. here though this week.   TWO BAD DEFENSES FACING EACH OTHER: 1). USC (#92) DEFENSE vs. COLORADO (#124) DEFENSE 2). U CONN (#98) DEFENSE vs. U MASS (DEAD LAST) DEFENSE 3). LIBERTY (#104) DEFENSE vs. RUTGERS (#108) DEFENSE 4). TEXAS TECH (#109) DEFENSE vs. KANSAS (#121) DEFENSE 5). ILLINOIS (#99) DEFENSE vs. PURDUE (#104) DEFENSE   TWO GREAT OFFENSES FACING EACH OTHER: 1). LSU (#3) OFFENSE vs. AUBURN (#49) OFFENSE 2). ... More

NFL THURS. NIGHT PREVIEW: REDSKINS @ VIKINGS (WK 8):

KIRK COUSINS FACES OLD TEAM AND HOPES TO SAY "YOU LIKE THAT" WITH A VICTORY! VEGAS ODDS:  MINNESOTA VIKINGS (-16 1/2) ---- over WASHINGTON REDSKINS ~   TOTAL: (42 or 42 1/2) Well folks 4 weeks ago Vikings QB Cousins was on verge of being ousted as the Starter with one more horrible game. Then he caught the luck of the schedule maker as he has not gotten Hot, and nobody for now talking bad about Cousins. Cousins was (24-23-1) as a Starter for the Redskins. He won 5 games vs. winning teams. He is now (13-9-1) as the Vikings starter. Three weeks ago he was (10-9-1), making him the most average winning QB to reel in 200+ million dollars ever. Now, thanks to the scheduling Gods he gets to face another horrific Defense for the 4th straight week. Cousins was able to face 3 really bad Defenses the past 3 weeks as he finally got Hot. He faced the Giants (#28) Defense, Eagles (4th worst) vs. Pass, Lions (#31) Defense and (2nd worst) vs. Pass and the Falcons (#27) Defense and (3rd ... More

2019 WORLD SERIES – GAME 1 PREVIEW

NATIONALS TRY TO PULL ONE MORE UPSET OVER LOADED ASTROS TO WIN THE TITLE! VEGAS ODDS:  SERIES PRICE:  ASTROS (-$230)  ~  GAME 1 ODDS: ASTROS (-$1.95) ~ TOTAL: (6 1/2 or 7) RUNS Well this Series was supposed to end up the Dodgers vs. the Yankees or Astros. But the Nationals were having none of that, and beat the mighty Dodgers in deciding game in their own house. Now they will be forced to winning at least one game at Minute Maid Park, a place where the Astros are an incredible (60-21). They are (5-1) in these 2019 Playoffs.  This may be one of the best Pitching match ups in Game 1 we've seen in years. One Cy Young winner vs. this years likely Cy Young winner. Max Scherzer faces Gerrit Cole in a game where runs will be very hard to come. We have stated here a few times at ESB that the Astros Cole was not one to "bet against". Even facing Scherzer in Game 1 is that same thinking. Look Sports will always have Streaks, but we may never see what we have been really lucky to ... More

PATRIOTS @ NY JETS: MONDAY NIGHT PREVIEW (WK 7) ~ (10-21)

CAN THE JETS PULL OFF THE "UPSET" OF THE YEAR ON MONDAY NIGHT PRIME TIME? VEGAS BETTING LINE:  NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (-10) ---- @ NY JETS  ~  TOTAL: (43) The Jets are back. Like the Redskins they are now going to the Super Bowl. QB Darnold is the best QB in 100 years. They say "bring on the Champs, they aint got nothing!" Well of course both those last 3 lines are NOT true. But boy o' boy are the Jets fans happy to see Darnold return. The kid is a nice QB who clearly shows he will be one to watch in years ahead. He will face his toughest test I think as a Pro, facing this Patriots Defense that is playing at a nearly impossible level. It's like the Pats have 12 men on the field. The Pats Defense has allowed 3, 0, 0, 10, 17 and 14 points so far. They are reaching "best all time" levels on 3rd downs: (10-73) (13.7%) allowed and in the earlier win vs. Jets they allowed not one third down conversion. I will note it was Luke Falk's first game as Jets QB and not with Darnold under ... More

COLLEGE FB KEY OFFENSE/DEFENSE MATCHUPS/MISMATCHES (10-19)!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SATURDAY OCTOBER 19, 2019   GEORGIA TECH #120 OFFENSE vs. MIAMI, FLA. #18 DEFENSE ARMY #101 DEFENSE vs. GEORGIA STATE #111 DEFENSE WAKE FOREST #4 OFFENSE vs. FLORIDA STATE #118 DEFENSE ILLINOIS #111  OFFENSE vs. WISCONSIN #1 DEFENSE KANSAS #103 OFFENSE vs. TEXAS #112 DEFENSE NEVADA #86 DEFENSE vs. UTAH STATE #32 OFFENSE ARIZONA STATE #73 OFFENSE vs. UTAH #10 DEFENSE NORTHERN ILLINOIS #83 OFFENSE vs. MIAMI-OHIO #131 OFFENSE  COLORADO #123 DEFENSE vs. WASHINGTON STATE #5 OFFENSE KENTUCKY #89 OFFENSE vs. GEORGIA #12 DEFENSE S. MISSISSIPPI #40 OFFENSE (331 PASS YDS PER GAME) vs. LA TECH #26 OFFENSE (281 PASS YDS PER GAME) WEST VIRGINIA #114 OFFENSE vs. OKLAHOMA #1 OFFENSE BAYLOR #20 OFFENSE vs. OKLAHOMA STATE #8 OFFENSE SOUTH FLORIDA #109 OFFENSE vs. NAVY #16 DEFENSE VANDERBILT #124 DEFENSE vs. MISSOURI #21 OFFENSE VANDERBILT #110 OFFENSE vs. MISSOURI #6 DEFENSE MID TENNESSEE #126 DEFENSE vs. NORTH TEXAS #41 ... More

NFL WEEK 7 – LOTS OF BETTING INFO FOR EVERY GAME ON BOARD!

NFL WEEK 7 - NUGGETS OF BETTING INFO FOR EVERY GAME THIS WEEKEND! We can tell you that once you get thru 6 full games, the stats no longer Lie. Like Cards ex HC Green once said "They were who we thought they were". For anyone stunned the Broncos laid an egg last night, you simply are not watching these games or grasping that the stats are usually very true and tell a clear story on what likely will happen each week ahead. Turnovers are hard to predict and missed FG's too...and of course weather will play a factor in the next 2 months where winter will hit so many cities. Lots of losing bettors use: "team is due to win", where I say "team is likely to lose AGAIN" because they simply stink. There really is no amount of points to make a bad team give you "VALUE", as there are too many games on the betting board each week for you never to need to go bet on a really Bad team. I have said for years, "Good teams will still win on their worst games, and Bad teams have to play great to just ... More

THURS. NITE NFL GAME OF WEEK: CHIEFS @ BRONCOS (10-17)!

CHIEFS LOOK TO REBOUND OFF BACK TO BACK LOSSES AS THEY FACE RIVAL BRONCOS ON ROAD! VEGAS BETTING ODDS: KC CHIEFS (-3) @ DENVER BRONCOS   ~  TOTAL: (49 1/2) Key Betting Line Movement update: Wednesday and early week showed KC (-3 1/2). All big bets on Denver so far to move line to (-3). Majority of bets on "OVER" the Total as line has gone from (48 1/2) to now (49 1/2), with Pinnacle already now at (50).  This is an interesting match up where we get to see a great Offense vs. a great Defense. Handicapping games on these short weeks is always a bit tougher too, as nobody can really gauge how badly many players got banged up Sunday and if 3 days is enough for them to be healthy enough to play at their normal levels. Not many people expected to see King Patrick (Mahomes) lose two in a row and struggle on Offense. But he did, and so now we know he is a mortal like all the rest. It's more fun to bet the "shining star" then the plug nickle, which in this game is the Denver ... More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS AND NOTES AND THOUGHTS FOR NEW WEEK (10-17/19)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BETTING INFO FOR THE NEW WEEK AHEAD (10-17/19)!   KEY "REVENGE" GAME SPOTS FOR THIS WEEK: (All 6 teams I mention are at HOME for this Revenge Spot on Saturday). (Note: these teams lost last year and will surely remember that loss and all should be focused for this week's rematch game): 1).  MIAMI HURRICANES:  Lost to Georgia Tech last year (27-21). GT Offense will surely struggle greatly vs. a very solid #18 Miami Defense (allows only 78 rypg). 2). IOWA HAWKEYES:  Lost to Purdue last year (38-36). Purdue did win last week with 3rd string QB, and the #82 Offense and #105 Defense. Purdue only rushes ball for 64 yards per game which will be very tough on the 3rd stringer and the Purdue Pass attack to go on Road and win at Iowa. Iowa's got real problems though scoring points as the Offense just looks terrible. 3). UTAH UTES:  Lost to Arizona State last year (38-20). Utah comes in with the #10 Defense and the #25 Offense in the nation. Arizona ... More