2015 NCAA Football Predictions: Texas San Antonio Road Runners at Arizona Wildcats.

Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for College Football news and notes.

The (0-0) UTSA Road Runners of Conference-USA West Division will take a trip to the “GRAND CANYON STATE” to face the (0-0) and 22-ranked Arizona Wildcats of the PAC-Twelve South Division in 2015 College Football action. The teams will play on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST. The teams will play at Arizona Stadium on campus in Tuscon, Arizona. 2015 Texas San Antonio Road Runners lost a lot of starter from their 2014 roster. UTSA returned more than twenty starters the season before. The Arizona Wildcats struggled in the Alamodome in a 26-23 victory over the Roadrunners last season. Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez has a roster to compete for the South Division title again in 2015. The opening betting line has Texas-San Antonio as a thirty-one and a half-point Road Underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 54-points for Thursday’s game. Read more on our Texas-San Antonio at Arizona week-one write-up.

The 2015 Texas San Antonio Road Runners are picked to finish at the bottom of the C-USA standings this season. Head Coach Larry Cokers team returns only six starters on both sides of the football. UTSA jumped out of the gates fast in 2014, beating Houston on the road and went on to lose eight of ten. Injuries decimated the squad last year. The Roadrunners are rebuilding. The project shouldn’t take long, there is plenty of talent in the “LONE STAR STATE”. Coker knows how to attract potential recruits to the metropolitan San Antonio area. The Roadrunners have a tough schedule with non-conference matchups against Kansas State, Colorado State and Oklahoma State. Did we mention Thursday Night’s opener? The god news is the team should be ready for Conference opponents. UTSA will have UTSA has the least amount of returning starters of any FBS school. Junior running back Jarveon Williams should get plenty of carries to start the season. Defensive coordinator Neal Neathery only has eight players with starting experience. It could be a long night in Tuscon.

The 2015 Arizona Wildcats could be right in the thick of the PAC-Twelve South hunt. The Wildcats won the South Division in 2014 and split with Oregon last season, beating the Ducks on the road. Sophomore quarterback Anu Solomon (3,793) passing yards is the leader on offense. The Las Vegas native started as a true freshman last year. All-American linebacker Scooby Wright is on the Butkus watch list. The Wildcats lack the five-star recruits of counterparts USC and UCLA. But “RICH ROD” will make the best of what he has. It will take a lot to exceed the success of 2014. Three of the top four receivers return along with running back Nick Wilson. It will still be hard to convince outsiders that last season wasn’t a fluke. The South Division will be ready for the Wildcats this season, they won’t catch anyone off guard in 2015. With Solomon having a years experience under his belt Rodriguez wants the offense to operate and a faster pace than last year. Arizona will cruise the first the first three games before UCLA invades Tuscon.

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Winning College Football Point Spread Picks: Colorado Buffaloes at Hawaii Warriors.

Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for College Football news and notes.

The (0-0) Colorado Buffaloes of the PAC-Twelve South Division will travel to the “ISLAND OF OAHU” to take on the (0-0) Hawaii Warriors of the Mountian West, West Division in 2015 NCAA Football action. The teams will play on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. The 2015 Colorado Buffaloes have upgraded their facilities to attract recruits and expected to get into a bowl game this season. Lofty expectations for a team that went 2-10 overall last season. The Hawaii Warriors will kick off their 40th season playing home games at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Warriors travel across the country to face number-one-ranked. Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, September 12th. The opening betting line has Hawaii as a seven and a half-point Home Underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 57-points for Thursday’s game.

The 2015 Colorado Buffaloes are optimistic coming into the season. Colorado is picked to finish last again in the South Division of the Conference. Junior quarterback Sefo Liufau has a game breaker in wideout Nelson Spruce and the running attack is solid with Christian Powell. First Year and former South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt brings credibility and experience as the new CU defensive coordinator. The program is heading in the right direction, but lofty expectations may be overstating the teams talent. However Boulder, Colorado has the potential of attracting five-star recruits. Third-year head coach Mike Macintyre has to understand he is on a short leash. The program is still in rebuilding mode, but the offense has a productive passing attack. The problem is that the rest of the South Division is loaded. The Colorado Buffaloes could get off to a great start with their first four games. The Buffaloes host Massachusetts and Nicholls State, sandwiched in between is their annual showdown vs. Colorado State in Denver. The Buffaloes begin Conference play in October, and there is a chance they could go 0-8 in the PAC-12. Colorado also doesn’t have the luxury of having a bye-week in 2015, so no time for healing injuries that will hurt. The Athletic Department is trying to keep up with the elite programs in the conference with upgraded facilities. How does Colorado sound as a 7′-point road favorite ATS to start the season? Not a sexy bet in a totally different time zone.

The 2015 Hawaii Warriors are in a similar position, picked to finish last in the Mountain West, West Division. Head Coach and offensive “GURU” Norm Chow needs another season to implement his system fully. Chow has been successful as an offensive coordinator at the College and NFL level. Seven starters return on the offensive side of the football. The Warriors will run a fast-paced offense and USC transfer Max Wittek is the perfect fit. The Warriors played well in their 21-14, 2014 loss at Boulder. Chow expects his team to put more points on the scoreboard on Thursday. Quarterback Wittek is the key! Chow reminds the faithful in Honolulu it was Wittek that shredded the USC defense as a scout team quarterback. Chow say’s publicly the 6-4 Wittek reminds him of Carson Palmer. It could be a statement to boost team confidence. Tight End Tui Unga will catch plenty of passes on check downs. The Hawaii offense is in good hands, and the defense showed improvement in 2014. Seven starters return this season. New defensive coordinator Tom Mason will attack more.

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Free 2015 Winning MLB Expert Predictions for Tonight: Washington Nationals at St.Louis Cardinals.

Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Monday, August 31st, 2015. At 8:15 PM EST.

The (66-63) Washington Nationals of the National League East Division takes the trip to the “SHOW ME STATE”. For the game-one of a three-day set. Washington takes on the (83-46) St.Louis Cardinals of the NL Central in 2015 Major League Baseball action. The teams will play at Busch Stadium in St.Louis, Missouri. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Washington Nationals must keep their focus and poise as we head down the stretch of the MLB regular season. The Nationals are behind the Mets in the division and on the edge in the wild-card race. The St.Louis Cardinals organization is the model of consistency and will get into the postseason again in 2015. The opening betting line has St.Louis as a -150 Home Favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is seven runs for Monday’s game. Read more on our Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers game-three write-up.

The 2015 Washington Nationals have won three of their last four baseball contests. Washington is second in the NL East, five and a half behind the Mets. The Nationals are 29-37 on the road in 2015 and 12-17 vs. The NL Central.
*Right Fielder Bryce Harper is the team leader in all five major batting categories.
*Starting Pitcher, Max Scherzer has a rotation-best 2.88 ERA, eleven victories and has two hundred and nine strikeouts.
*Relief Pitcher Dew Storen leads the staff with twenty-nine saves.
*Notable injuries: Second Baseman Dan Uggla is on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms.
*Washington returns to the “NATIONS CAPITAL” on September 3rd, hosting Atlanta.
*Washington is 2-7 their last nine MLB games on the road.
*Washington is only 7-19 the last twenty-six between the teams.
*The Washington Nationals are 6-4 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total five times, staying under the betting odds total four times with a push.
*The Washinton Nationals will send “LEFTY” Gio Gonzalez, (9-7) with a 4.11 ERA to the hill. The 6’0″ 200 pounds Miami, Florida native, pitched 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs his last outing. A 6-5 home loss to Dan Diego on August 26th.

*The Washington Nationals are 12/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Title.

The 2015 St.Louis Cardinals are “RED HOT” and are playing San Francisco on August 30th. St.Louis is on top in the Division, four games in front of Pittsburgh. The Cardinals are 46-19 at home this season and 18-8 vs. The NL East.
*Third Baseman Matt Carpenter leads the batting order with nineteen home runs, sixty-eight RBI’S, a .358 on-base percentage.
*Shortstop Jhonny Peralta has a team-best one hundred and thirty-four hits.
*The St.Louis offense has a .392 slugging percentage.
*Starting Pitcher Michael Wacha has a rotation-best fifteen wins and a 2.69 earned run average.
*The St.Louis pitching staff has a 2.63 team ERA.
*The Cardinals will begin a road trip on September 10th in Cincinnati.
*Notable injury: Center Fielder Jon Jay is on the 15-day disabled list with a bad wrist.
*The betting odds over the total are 5-2-3 St. Louis last ten overall.
*The betting odds under the total are 12-2-2 the last sixteen between the teams.
*The St.Louis Cardinals are 7-3 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total five times, staying under the betting odds total three times with two pushes.
*The St.Louis Cardinals will have Right Hander John Lackey. Who is (11-8) with a 2.92 earned run average on the pitchers mound for game one. The Abilene, Texas native threw seven innings, giving up seven hits and a run his last start on August 26th, a 3-1 win at Arizona.

*Bovada.Lv lists the St.Louis Cardinals at 3/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Crown.

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Free 2015 NFL Predictions: Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints.

Written and authored by National Football League Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for NFL news and notes.

The (1-1) Houston Texans of the AFC South Division will take a trip to the “BIG EASY” to take on the (0-2) New Orleans Saints of the NFC South in 2015 NFL Exhibition action. The team will play on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 4:00 PM EST. The 2015 Houston Texans are the 2015 feature on ESPN “HARD KNOCKS”. Houston Head Coach Bill O’Brien recently and the coaching staff has made some decision that will affect the team going forward. Particularly in naming Brian Hoyer the starter at quarterback. The New Orleans Saints are winless in the preseason through two weeks. The NFL is dedicating the 10-year anniversary of “HURRICANE KATRINA”, a storm that went down in the history of our “GREAT COUNTRY”. There is no reason to panic; these games don’t count. New Orleans will be in the thick of the playoff hunt this season. The opening betting line has Houston as a four-point Road Underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 44-points for Sunday’s game.

The Houston Texans recently released safety, Stevie Brown, as NFL organizations are trimming their rosters. Hoyer enters his first season as the starter in Houston after coming over from the Cleveland Browns. O’Brien is familiar with the skill set of Hoyer and backup Ryan Mallett from their day’s in New England. The organization could make a change at any time as a matter of fact Mallett has a higher upside than the starter. The Houston offense will struggle early in the regular season, and changes will be made. Houston will also be without starting running back Arian Foster for a while, there is no timetable for his return. Foster has been often injured since signing a mega contract. All-Pro offensive left tackle Duane Brown will miss the contest wit ha hand injury. There is one certainty on the Houston defense, and that is end J.J. Watt will give everything he has on the field. The former University of Wisconsin star hard work and dedication is paying dividends. 2014 First overall pick Jadeveon Clowney is also back in the mix. Many experts in the NFL, including myself, question the talented defensive end work ethic and love for the game. 2015 first round draft pick Kevin Johnson has impressed the coaching staff and will see extensive playing time Sunday. Safety has been a position of concern, but they will find the right player to fit their schemes. Longtime Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel is one of the best in the league.

The 2015 New Orleans Saints already knows who their starting signal caller will be. Drew Brees is close with the New Orleans community. The former Purdue University All American recently walked home from a Friday Night practice at Tulane University. Brees and head coach Sean Payton want to bring another Superbowl title to New Orleans. The Saints offense is getting used to life without Jimmy Graham, who was dangerous in the “RED ZONE” in the passing game. The Saints have plenty of playmakers at the skill positions. The offseason concern was upgrading the offensive line. The Saints acquired Max Unger from Seattle for Graham and drafted Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat with the thirteenth overall pick. Defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan has more parts to work with including upgrades at linebacker. Dannell Ellerbe comes over from Miami and 2015 second round draft pick Stephone Anthony has impressed in training camp. Veteran cornerback Brandon Browner and safety Kenny Phillips can help in the secondary. The past week the City of New Orleans has been documented, and the Saints want to put an exclamation point on the memory of the disaster.

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Winning NFL Picks For Tonight: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys.

Written and authored by National Football League Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NFL news and notes.

The (3-0) Minnesota Vikings of the NFC North Division will take a trip to “THE METROPLEX” to take on the (0-2) Dallas Cowboys of the NFC East in 2015 NFL Preseason action. The team will play on Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at 7:00 PM EST. The Minnesota Vikings have a flawless record so far in the 2015 NFL Exhibition season. Did I mention these games are meaningless, but the coaching staff wants to instill a winning environment? The Dallas Cowboys are winless but are one of the favorites to win the 2015 NFC title. The opening betting line has Dallas as a one-point Home Favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 42-points for Saturday’s game.

The 2015 Minnesota Vikings open the regular season in San Francisco and there is plenty of work to do in the next two weeks. Starting Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and backup Shaun Hill have been precise in the passing game. Minnesota also has Mike Kafka and rookie Taylor Heinicke; both will get looks from other teams on the waiver wire. Star running back Adrian Peterson will probably be held out of Saturday’s game. The coaching staff has made it clear Peterson is on hold until the regular season opener. The Vikings are also trying to find a replacement for offensive tackle Phil Loadholt, lost for the season in the Hall of Fame game. The coaching staff is impressed with 2015 second round draft pick Eric Kendricks. The former UCLA linebacker has speed and is physical in the run game. First rounder Trey Waynes needs some work at the cornerback position. Head Coach Mike Zimmer is the perfect person for Waynes to listen too. Zimmer is a defensive specialist and knows what techniques work. Zimmer was instrumental in turning Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “PAC-MAN” Jones career around. Waynes must trust what Zimmers is teaching. Kicker Blair Walsh is having a tough time in the 2015 NFL preseason. The coaching staff is sure he will find a rhythm before the regular season begins.

The Dallas Cowboys broke camp this week in Oxnard, California and are back in North Texas. There is still plenty of work to be done before the season opener. The Cowboys made headlines with the amount of fights they had at training camp. Wide Reciever Dez Bryant, who recently signed a contract extension, has been in the middle of the drama. Head Coach Jason Garrett is looking for his starters to dominate in the week three matchup. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick was recently lost for the season with an ACL tear. The Dallas offense will be without starters, Zack Martin and Bryant. Backup quarterback Brandon Weeden is out with a concussion. Starting linebacker Anthony Hitchens is also unlikely to play, he’s recovering from an ankle sprain. Joseph Randle looks to be the starter at running back, while often injured free agent Darren McFadden try’s to make his way back. Lance Dunbar is more than a capable backup. The coaching staff doesn’t know how much the starters will play. Starting linebacker Rolando McClain will see action, but is suspended for the first four games of the season.

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2015 College Football Predictions: Illinois Athletic Department Fires Head Football Coach A Week Before Opener.

Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for Football news and notes. It should never have gotten to this point at the University of Illinois. The Fighting Illini got rid of head coach Tim Beckman on Friday, August 28th. Former Western Michigan and current Illini offensive coordinator Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit takes over on an interim basis. The 50-year old Beckman was the head coach at the University of Toledo from 2009-2011 and was sued by a former player. Beckman was let go at Illinois for abuse but lets not even go there. The problem is the University of Illinois firing of former head coach Roon Zook. The Ohio native and former University of Florida coach had Illinois playing competitive football from 2005-2011. Zook’s ability to win recruiting battle over Big Ten powerhouses was why the administration should never have let him go in the first place.

This is not about the firing of Beckman for player abuse. Every coach in the College Football landscape would be fired if that was the case. Beckman was 12-25 in his tenure in Champaign/Urbana. Zook hit the trail recruiting in his initial season in 2005 and the next year he hit the Washington D.C metro area. Bringing in talents such as NFL players Arrelious Benn and Vontae Davis. Both top high school recruits at their positions. He also invaded Chicago to bring in highly touted quarterback Isiah “Juice” Williams and linebacker Martez Wilson. He didn’t stop there, in the coming years he went to the Sunshine State to get NFL first-rounder Corey Liuget. The talented players produced a win over #1 ranked Ohio State at Columbus, Ohio in the 2007 season. Ohio State went on to play in the National Championship game while the Illini went to the Rose Bowl where they lost badly to USC. So Why did the University of Illinois get rid of Zook in the first place? This should be the question, it just goes to show the incompetence of a lot of athletic department. Zook’s Illinois teams has just as much talent if not more than the traditional Big-Ten powerhouses.

Getting back to Beckman. The University of Illinois knew he had a lawsuit hanging over his head when they lured him from Toledo. His teams were mediocre at best. There was a steady improvement from 2012-2014 and the Fighting Illini lost by double-digits to a Conference USA team in the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl. Louisiana Tech dominated the Fighting Illini 35-14. Just another case of people in charge of a big time College Sports program who don’t understand the landscape. Roon Zook landed on his feet in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, and he’s doing a fine job. A class organization like the Packers know a little more about football and people than the administration at the University of Illinois. We also hope Beckman lands on his feet. Both Zook and Beckman have Ohio roots, and Charliessports.com is also a native Ohioan. We are hope Bill Cubit has success and Illinois, but with the current athletic department who know what will happen.

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Free 2015 Football Picks ATS: Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs.

Written and authored by National Football League Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for NFL news and notes.

The (1-1) Tennessee Titans of the AFC South Division will travel to the “SHOW ME STATE” to play the (2-0) Kansas City Chiefs of the AFC West in 2015 NFL Preseason action. The team will play on Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 8:00 PM EST. The Tennessee Titans organization believes they have found their franchise quarterback. 2015 second overall draft pick Marcus Mariota is a natural leader with a level of maturity beyond his years. The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to overtake the Denver Broncos in AFC West supremacy. Everything is in place for one of the most talented teams in the NFL. The opening betting line has Tennessee as a five and a half-point Road Underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 43-points for Friday’s game.

The 2015 Tennessee Titans beat St.Louis 27-14 in their week two home opener. The Titans are sold on their Mariota, who threw for fifty-nine yards before giving way to Zach Mettenberger, Charlie Whitehurst, and Alex Tanney. The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner has already been named the open day starter. Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt praises Mariota as a scrambler but wants him to keep his eyes downfield. Offensive Coordinator Jason Michael will hold nothing back from the signal caller. Marcus will get plenty of looks against a tough Kansas City defense on Friday Night. The Titans organization has upgraded the skilled positions. In particular the wideouts. Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas and veteran Hakeem Nicks will help tremendously. Second round draft choice Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright add depth and speed. Former Chiefs Running Back/Punt Returner Dexter McCluster is also an option of offense. 2014 draft pick Bishop Sankey is expected to have a breakout season. Tennessee is going to be better than expert predict. The Titans defense was terrible in 2014, but linebackers Derrick Morgan, Brian Orakpo and Wesley Woodyard are exceptional. Former 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox returned an interception for a touchdown against St.Louis. Safety Michael Griffin is the signal caller in the secondary and is underrated.

Head Coach Andy Reid enter his third season on the sidelines in Kansas City. The team has all the makings to contend for a Superbowl title. Quarterback Alex Smith and running back Jamaal Charles are as athletic as any players in the league. The team also signed wideout Jeremy Maclin, who Reid drafted in Philadelphia. Macklin brings speed to a position that many say have been the team’s liability the past few seasons. Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson plans to use Maclin in a variety of ways. The offense will be more creative with the St.Louis, Missouri native lining up all over the field. The Kansas City defense has the talent to dominate each and every game. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston can get to the opposing quarterback at will. Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson is one of the best at his position in the NFL. The University of Texas product missed the entire 2014 season after suffering an Achilles injury. The Kansas City secondary welcomes Eric Berry back into the mix. 2015 first round draft pick Marcus Peters has the potential to be great.

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