Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin College Football Week 4 Preview and Best Bet

 

Graham Mertz #5 of the Wisconsin Badgers throws a pass. John Fisher/Getty Images/AFP

Graham Mertz #5 of the Wisconsin Badgers throws a pass. John Fisher/Getty Images/AFP

 

The Wisconsin Badgers might belong in Saturday’s Week 4 NCAAF picks when they face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Soldier Field.

 

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Wisconsin Badgers

at Soldier Field

 

Something is not quite right with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0 SU, 1-2 ATS). They’ve won all three of their games thus far, but it took some work; last week’s 27-13 win over the Purdue Boilermakers needed a fourth-quarter rally to earn Notre Dame their only cover of the season, cashing them in as 7.5-point home faves on the NCAAF odds board. And yet they somehow managed to hold onto the No. 12 spot on the AP poll. It hasn’t been a smooth start for the No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers (1-1 SU and ATS), either. But they should be the right choice for your Week 4 college football picks – if you can still get them as 4.5-point favorites at DraftKings by the time you read this. That’s a bargain price compared to most online sportsbooks, who have the Badgers laying up to 6.5 points at Soldier Field.

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Alabama vs. Florida College Football Week 3 Preview and Best Bet

 

 Emory Jones #5 of the Florida Gators rushes for a touchdown. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Emory Jones #5 of the Florida Gators rushes for a touchdown. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

 

They rolled in Week 1, but the Alabama Crimson Tide are the wrong NCAAF pick for Saturday’s game against the Florida Gators.

 

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Florida Gators

at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

 

Well, here we go again. Fading the Alabama Crimson Tide can seem like an exercise in futility; they were giving up 20 points in their season opener against the Miami Hurricanes, who were ranked No. 14 in the nation heading into Week 1, and Alabama ended up winning 44-13. The Tide were up 41-3 in the middle of the third quarter before they took their foot off the gas. Epic. But then Alabama came up a bit short in their 48-14 drubbing of the Mercer Bears, who were 54-point road dogs on the NCAAF odds board. Maybe they just need a better opponent to motivate them – like the No. 11 Florida Gators, who welcome ‘Bama to the Swamp this Saturday. Once again, it seems the Tide are giving up way too many points as 15.5-point road faves at Caesars Sportsbook. It will take even more intestinal fortitude to fade them after what they did to the Hurricanes, but fade them I shall.

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Oregon vs. Ohio State College Football Week 2 Preview and Best Bet

Defensive tackle Brandon Dorlus #3 of the Oregon Ducks reacts. Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Defensive tackle Brandon Dorlus #3 of the Oregon Ducks reacts. Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

 

The Ohio State Buckeyes need some help if they’re going to beat the Oregon Ducks and the NCAAF odds this Saturday.

Oregon Ducks vs. Ohio State

at Ohio Stadium

This is the Year of the New Quarterback in college football. With so many talented pivots making their way to the NFL in 2021, there were plenty of job openings among the top contenders on the NCAAF odds board. Some teams have done better than others at filling those positions; the defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide, for example, ruined my Week 1 college football picks when Bryce Young threw four touchdowns passes in a 44-13 romp over the Miami Hurricanes (+19.5).

He’ll be a fine replacement for Mac Jones. The Ohio State Buckeyes, on the other hand, have to be concerned about last week’s 45-31 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers (+14 at home). C.J. Stroud looked a bit nervous in his first start for the Bucks after backing up Justin Fields (now with the Chicago Bears) last year. Stroud eventually found his footing and threw four TD passes of his own, but he’ll have to do better this Saturday versus the No. 12 Oregon Ducks if Ohio State want to cover that massive 14.5-point spread at Caesars Sportsbook.

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No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 14 Miami College Football Week 1 Picks: Hurricane Season

D' Eriq King #1 of the Miami Hurricanes. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

D’ Eriq King #1 of the Miami Hurricanes. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

 

The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide are way too chalky to be the right NCAAF pick for Saturday’s matchup with the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes.

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 14 Miami Hurricanes

 Saturday 4th September 2021 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

There’s only one alpha dog in college football: the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. They’re the defending national champions, and they’ve won six times since Nick Saban took over the program in 2007. That’s insane when you consider there are 130 teams in the FBS. Naturally, Alabama are favored to make it seven titles this year, checking in at +300 on the NCAAF odds board at Unibet. Everyone else is playing catch-up.

That includes the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes (+8000). However, when it comes to Saturday’s season-opener in Atlanta, there’s no question the Hurricanes belong in your college football picks. They’re getting 20 points at BetMGM, which is a lot of points for a Top 25 team that’s poised to challenge for the ACC title. And this is a neutral-site game, too, even if there will be plenty of ‘Bama fans in attendance.

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Dodgers vs. Padres: A Farewell To Arms

David Price #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

David Price #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

The L.A. Dodgers and San Diego Padres have multiple holes in their rotations. Who will beat the MLB odds when they meet this Tuesday?

 

 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres

Tuesday, August 24,  2021 at 10:00 PM EDT at Petco Park

 

There’s only one right way to throw a baseball: sidearm, with your elbow tucked in. Everything else puts unnatural strain on your body, and the more you pitch, the sooner you’re going to break down. For example, check out the starting rotation for the Los Angeles Dodgers, where Clayton Kershaw (forearm), Dustin May (elbow), Danny Duffy (elbow), Tony Gonsolin (shoulder) and Cole Hamels (arm) are all on the injured list as we go to press. That’s not good, especially with Trevor Bauer still on administrative leave. The San Diego Padres haven’t escaped unscathed, either. Their list of missing starters includes Yu Darvish (back), Dinelson Lamet (forearm), Mike Clevinger (elbow), Chris Paddack (oblique) and Jake Arrieta (hamstring). Add it all up, and you’ve got two teams who are struggling to fill out their rotations for Tuesday’s matchup at Petco Park – even though both L.A. and San Diego were off Monday. Does either team belong in your MLB picks?

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