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|1. Three teams battle for ACC title - 2/21/2020|
It's been an unusual season for the usually deep ACC conference. According to most bracketologists, only 3 conference members would be considered locks for the NCAA tournament. This is a conference accustomed to sending 8 or more teams to the tournament on a regular basis. The three locks - Florida State, Duke, and Louisville also happen to be in a tight battle for the regular season title. In what should be a critical week, Louisville hosts a dangerous North Carolina team before visiting FSU on Monday.
|2. 3 Point Shooting Down Due to Rule Change - 2/18/2020|
The NCAA moved back the 3-point line this season to create more room in the lane and cut down on the barrage of 3's in college basketball. Shooting percentages are down, historically low. Attempts also have dropped, slightly. Division I teams are shooting 33.3% so far this season, lowest since the 3-point line was added to college basketball in 1986-87.
|3. B1G leader Maryland visits Michigan State - 2/14/2020|
Riding a seven-game winning streak and alone atop the conference standings, No. 9 Maryland (20-4, 10-3) seeks to keep the momentum going at Michigan State (17-8, 9-5) on Saturday night.The Spartans ended a three-game slide with a last-second 70-69 victory at Illinois on Tuesday night, and now have the opportunity to get within a game of the first-place Terps. The teams meet again on Feb. 29 at Maryland, where the Terrapins are undefeated. So this is pretty much a must-win situation for the Spartans.
|4. Colorado vs Oregon tops Pac-12 this week - 2/13/2020|
The Pac-12 could get a clear front-runner or the conference race could get even more muddled after Thursday's game. The Buffaloes lead the Pac-12 at 8-3 and the Ducks are a half-game back at 7-4. Colorado is atop the Pac-12 for the first time since 2012 and has its highest ranking since 2014. The Ducks have been ranked 15 straight weeks, the program’s second-longest streak since being in the AP Top 25 19 straight weeks from 2016-17.
|5. Duke/UNC Headlines Week in ACC - 2/7/2020|
One of the biggest rivalries in college basketball will be played at the Dean Smith Center on Saturday. 7th ranked Duke is in its customary position near the top of the ACC standings, but North Carolina, sitting at 3-8 in ACC play, is in unfamiliar territory near the basement of the conference. Following Saturday's visit to Chapel Hill, Duke will host Florida State in a battle for 1st on Monday night. So as crazy as it sounds, they will have to avoid overlooking the Tar Heels.
|6. What's Ahead in NFL Offseason - 2/4/2020|
The NFL's centennial season concluded with a championship a half-century in the making. Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have ended that 50-year drought and own their second NFL championship, the focus will turn mostly elsewhere in what could be a very busy offseason. Here are some key story lines to follow before training camps open again in July.
|7. Chiefs, Niners Battle for a Championship - 1/31/2020|
Few Super Bowls in recent memory have appeared as competitive as the San Francisco 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers rolled through the NFC competition this year, blowing out the Vikings and Packers to reach their 1st Super Bowl since the 2012 season. The Niners were 2nd in the NFL in both rushing and total defense, which has proven to be a winning combination in past Super Bowls. With 8 straight wins & spread covers, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs enter Miami on a roll of their own.
|8. Super Bowl LIV Statistical Analysis - 1/30/2020|
The Super Bowl offers some variation from the normal handicapping routine: Two weeks of rest, a neutral field and hundreds of available proposition bets, all of which can make for an overwhelming task of handicapping. Here are some trends and the qualifying play for this year’s Super Bowl based upon teams’ stats headed into the big game.
|9. Past Super Bowl Trends and Systems - 1/29/2020|
Here are some historical Super Bowl trends, stats and other tidbits that you can use to either handicap this year’s game or offer up at your parties to show off in front of game-watching friends. While on that subject, you can start off by wowing your company with this bit of interesting Super Bowl trivia. In the last 19 Super Bowl games, including this one, there have been 12 different NFC representatives, but just seven from the AFC.
|10. Super Bowl Stat Angles (1 of 3) - 1/28/2020|
Miami, Florida, hosts this year’s Super Bowl LIV matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. First, a word of caution always has to accompany an article about Super Bowl handicapping: Remember that it is one game, the most wagered event in all of sports, and thus heavily weighted by oddsmakers to attract public action. Wager wisely, as no one game should outweigh a season’s worth of hard work. The Super Bowl offers some variation from the normal handicapping routine.
|11. Florida hosts Baylor in marquee matchup - 1/24/2020|
A lot of attention will be focused on Gainesville and whether host Florida can upend top-ranked Baylor. The Gators are 2-16 all-time against the No. 1 team in The Associated Press poll, but an upset could result in an eighth team atop the rankings next week. Here are a few things to watch as most Southeastern Conference schools face off against the Big 12 in the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge.
|12. USC/Oregon keys week in Pac-12 hoops - 1/23/2020|
The Pac 12 standings are up for grabs one third of the way through the conference season. USC and Stanford share the top spot. Preseason favorite Oregon sits a 1/2 game out with Colorado and Arizona trailing by just one game. According to the StatFox Power Ratings, 5 teams are bunched at the top of the conference within 3 points of each other. The standings will begin to sort themselves out when the Trojans and Ducks meet Thursday night.
|13. 49ers Seek 7th Super Bowl Appearance - 1/16/2020|
The 49ers are at home, extremely confident, and ready to capture the franchise's 7th NFC Championship. In order to do so, they'll have to beat a Packers team that they handled 37-8 back in November. San Francisco has lost just 3 games this season, all by 7 points or less. Their statistics are just as impressive, outscoring their opponents by 11 PPG and outgaining them by over 100 total yards/game. Green Bay has won 6 straight themselves, led mostly by an improved defense.
|14. LSU looks to dethrone Clemson - 1/13/2020|
Defending Clemson has won 29 straight and yet find themselves a 5.5 point underdogs to LSU in Monday's National Championship game. Led by star QB Trevor Lawrence and a star studded defense that allowed 20 or less points in every regular season game, Clemson faces it's biggest challenge in the LSU offensive juggernaut and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. Incredibly, LSU scored 35+ points in every game except one and generated historic offensive numbers such as 10.7 yards per pass and nearly 8 total yards per play.
|15. Packers face Seahawks in Divisional Round - 1/10/2020|
Two teams very familiar with each other face off in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs Sunday evening at Lambeau Field. Green Bay finished strong with 5 straight wins to capture the #2 seed, despite being outgained by their opponents in total yards. The Seahawks advanced past Philadelphia in the Wild Card round and enter this game with numerous key injuries. The Packers have beaten in Seattle 8 of their 9 meetings at Lambeau field, including 3 straight with Aaron Rodgers at QB by an average margin of 27-12.
|16. Eagles Look To Continue Playoff Success - 1/4/2020|
The Philadelphia Eagles have been playing must-win games for a month to get to this point. After winning 4 straight to capture the NFC East title, the Eagles host Seattle as a 1.5 point dog. Philadelphia is very familiar with the underdog role in the playoffs. Including Sunday, they've been a dog in 6 consecutive playoff games, including all 3 games in route to their Super Bowl XXXIX title. Seattle travels across country after a gut wrenching loss to the 49ers last Sunday night which cost them the NFC West division championship.
|17. Shorthanded Georgia Seeks Redemption - 12/31/2019|
Last January, Georgia played with questionable motivation and was blown out by Texas in the Sugar Bowl. If recent news is any indication, their 2020 Sugar Bowl game could be a repeat performance vs. Baylor. 13 Bulldogs are expected to miss the game due to injury or simply risk of injury. Of the missing players, 12 of them were represented on the Bulldogs’ two-deep, including six starters, three on offense and three on defense. After their best season under Matt Rhule, Baylor will need no motivation to bring forward their best effort.
|18. Buckeyes, Tigers Meet CFB Playoff Semis - 12/26/2019|
Undefeated teams Clemson and Ohio State meet in the feature matchup of the CFB Playoff SemiFinals. The Buckeyes enter the Fiesta Bowl game as 2.5 point underdogs, despite being regarded by the experts as the best team in college football most of the season. Defending champion Clemson is on a 22 game winning streak and features star Sophomore QB Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence sports a stellar 176.5 QB rating with 34 passing TD's vs. just 8 interceptions.
|19. Familiar Foes Face Off in Las Vegas Bowl - 12/18/2019|
Outgoing coach Chris Petersen was in disbelief with the way things shook out regarding Washington's bowl opponent - his former team: Boise St. The Broncos defeated Washington 16-13 back in '15 in Petersen's only previous matchup. Despite a 12-1 record, the MWC champions are 3.5 point dogs to a Washington team which opened the season ranked #13 but underachieved. The Huskies 7-5 record was its poorest showing since that 2015 team. Boise's only other appearance as a dog this year resulted in a 36-31 win at Florida St.
|20. Saints Look to Bounce Back on MNF - 12/14/2019|
New Orleans hosts Indianapolis on Monday night in their last home game of the regular season. The Saints are hoping for more home games in the post season but they suffered a set back in the race for the #1 seed with last week's 48-46 to the AFC West leading 49ers. Indianapolis, despite losing 3 straight, will not be an easy task however. The Colts have covered 10 of 12 games vs teams who gain 350+ yards per game and are 8-2 ATS vs. teams with winning records under coach Frank Reich.
|21. Army aims for 4th straight win over Navy - 12/11/2019|
Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia will host the 120th installment of the Army-Navy Game on Saturday. From 2002 through 2015, Navy owned a 14-game winning streak in the historic rivalry, the longest in the series dating back to 1890. Army ended the streak in 2016 and has won all three matchups since. Neutral field dogs who outrush their opponents by 100+ RY/game have covered the spread 37 of 49 times since '15, which sets up well for the Cadets to cover as 10 point dogs.
|22. Top Ranked Buckeyes Seek B1G Title - 12/4/2019|
Ohio State has been the undisputed top team in the Big Ten for years and this season appears to be the top team overall in college football. The Buckeyes are outscoring the opposition by a historic 50-12 margin in route to a 12-0 season in which their closest game was an 11 point win vs. Penn State. It will be a tall task for Wisconsin who claimed the Big Ten West title with a 38-17 road thrashing of previously 8th ranked Minnesota. The Badgers have not beaten Ohio State since 2010.
|23. Chiefs and Chargers Meet in Mexico City - 11/18/2019|
Two teams who topped the AFC West in 2018, but have fallen on hard times in 2019 meet in Mexico City in the latest edition of Monday Night Football. Both teams are coming off tough road losses and have dropped 4 of their last 6 games overall. Neither team has lost a game by more than a TD this season, so this has the potential to be a very tight game. Kansas City will need to fix a leaky rush defense which allows 148 RY/game on 5.1 yards per rush, including 225 rushing yards in last week's loss to the Titans.
|24. 49ers Host Seahawks in Huge MNF Battle - 11/11/2019|
The undefeated 49ers face their toughest test of the season when they host red hot Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson is a leading MVP candidate with 22 TD passes on the season against just 1 interception. San Francisco owns the league's best defense and 2nd best running game in route to a perfect 9-0 start. Seattle has won and covered 66% (24-12) of the matchups in this series dating back to 1992.
|25. LSU and Alabama Renew Rivalry Saturday - 11/8/2019|
Alabama will try to extend it's winning streak over LSU to 9 when they host the Tigers Saturday with 1st place in the SEC West on the line. It won't be easy however as LSU sports its best team in the Ed Orgeron era. The Tigers have already beaten ranked foes Texas, Florida, and Auburn en route to an 8-0 start. This game will feature two of the top Heisman Trophy candidates in QB's Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa. Combined, these two QB's have thrown for 57 TD's against just 6 picks.