Can Louisville be relevant without the services of Lamar Jackson?

Written by College Football ATS Analyst Bobby Wallace.

Charliessports.com produces it for Football Betting. NCAA Point Spread Picks are the best in the industry and will continue through the BCS-title game in January of 2019. Bobby Petrino is in his second stint as head coach at Louisville; his first was in 2003-06 where his offenses set records with high scoring affairs against some of College Football’s elite teams. His success drew attention from the NFL Atlanta Falcons, but he soon realized he was more suited teaching kids and it was off to Arkansas and then Western Kentucky before he landed back at basketball-crazed Louisville. Louisville is coming off of what some would call a disappointing 8-5 season in which they couldn’t compete with the elite in College Football. The Cardinals kick off the 2018 season in Atlanta vs. The Alabama Crimson Tide in Orlando, Florida. Petrino will use the game not only to gauge his team but for recruiting purposes as he’s had tremendous success in the Sunshine State. A trip to Clemson in November could be tightly contested, and they get Florida State along with the Kentucky Wildcats of the SEC at home in 2018.

Louisville finished third in the Atlantic division of the Atlantic Coast Conference last season behind Clemson and North Carolina State last season, but it wasn’t because they couldn’t move the football. Louisville put up (544.9) yards of offense per game in 2017, third nationally and most of it was from 2016 Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson who’s now with the Baltimore Ravens. As much as Petrino like Jackson he’s more intrigued with incumbent Jawon Pass who’s six foot four frame makes him a prototypical type of signal caller. He’ll have plenty of weapons in his arsenal with Seth Dawkins, Dez Fitzpatrick, and last year’s leading receiver Jaylen Smith (980) yards. As much as Cardinal fans will miss the heroics of Jackson in the open field the running backs, especially Dae Williams are elated as they will undoubtedly get more chances to showcase their skills. Massive offensive tackle Mekhi Becton anchors a unit which will get better as the season progresses. Jackson is irreplaceable, but with Petrino’s system they’ll rack up plenty of yards.

Fifty-Nine-year old Brian VanGorder will try to do what Peter Sirmon and Todd Grantham couldn’t do as defensive coordinator under Petrino, and that’s stopping opposing offenses. Louisville allowed opponents (27.4) ppg in 2017; they were terrible by ACC standards stopping the run and pass. Sophomore Dorian Etheridge led the team in tackles as a true freshman last year and is the only returning starter who played in all thirteen games in 2017. Since the departure of Sheldon Rankins in 2015, the Cardinals defense has not had a stud who could take over a football game in the trenches; coaches hope G.G. Robinson along with Jon Greener can get the job done. Three starters in the secondary including first-round draft choice Jaire Alexander must be replaced. If the defense can cut down on mental errors and play within the system their numbers should improve VanGorder got fired by Brian Kelly at Notre Dame shortly into the 2016 season; however, Petrino likes giving coaches a second chance after all he got one. Bovada.Lv, list the Louisville Cardinals at 33/1 to win the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Title.

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First place Phillies travel to the Grand Canyon State for a crucial NL set.

Authored by Winning Major League Baseball Daily Expert Analyst Greg Nelson.

Baseball Expert Picks are winning at a remarkable rate and will continue through the 2018 World Series. Fans in the Delaware River Valley are riding high after their NFL Eagles brought home the 2018 Lombardi trophy, the young 76ers made it to the second round of the NBA Playoffs, and their Phillies are on top in the National League East division. Manager Gabe Kapler is in his first season in the dugout and tonight will have his prize offseason acquisition Jake Arrieta on the pitcher’s mound. Teammates are starting to see flashes of why management signed the former Cubs star to three-year $75 million deal as he was lights out in a 3-1 interleague road victory over Boston his last outing. Philadelphia has stayed under the posted total six of their previous eight games. The (62-51) Arizona Diamondbacks are 30-28 at home and a game over .500 vs. National League East opposition this season but they’re 2-1 against Philadelphia this season. Game time is 9:40 PM EST at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Local Television Networks will be broadcasting. The Opening Betting Line has Philadelphia as a +130 road underdog. The betting odds total is eight and a half runs for Monday’s contest.

Philadelphia is currently on a five-game winning streak after their four-game home sweep of Miami with intentions of extending their game and a half lead over second-place Atlanta in the NL East. Although the Phillies are the only first-place team in baseball with a losing road record, they hope Arrieta will put them in the right direction with a strong performance tonight. The Phillies play three in Arizona before traveling to San Diego, and it’s back home for Boston and the New York Mets. With a 63-48 record, the Phillies are surpassing all expectations, especially in the betting community where they’re third in profits behind Boston and Oakland. Left Fielder Rhys Hoskins is swinging a hot bat and leads a balanced attack with twenty-two home runs, seventy-two runs batted in along with a .375 on-base percentage. Newly acquired catcher Wilson Ramos is on the injury list but is due back in mid-August which will help the Phillies in the stretch run. It’s paramount that Philadelphia put s some distance between Atlanta and Washington, but they’re second in the wildcard race. Bovada.Lv, list the Philadelphia Phillies at 11/10 to win the 2018 NL East Crown.

The Arizona Diamondbacks want another playoff appearance with different results than they had last season, getting swept by the Dodgers before taking the wildcard game over Colorado. Manager Torey Lovullo is in his second season and has not experienced a sophomore slump but understands just five games separate four team’s in the competitive National League West division. Right-hander Zack Godley (12-6) with a 4.46 earned run average gets the call tonight for the D-backs, the South Carolina native has allowed fourteen hits, giving up eight runs in a total of seventeen and two-thirds innings of pitching with his last start resulting in a 5-0 home win over Texas. Arizona has the pitching advantage for the series, their 3.67 staff era along with relievers led by Brad Boxberger and Archie Bradley ranking second behind Houston as far as the bullpen is concerned. Right Fielder David Peralta and usual suspect Paul Goldschmidt lead Arizona in the batter box. The over was profitable the first three between the teams this season and Arizona has gone over 8 of their las then games. Bovada.Lv, list the Arizona Diamondbacks at 9/1 to win the 2018 NLCS.

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Dodgers look for revenge at home tonight against Houston in Interleague action.

Authored by Winning Major League Baseball Betting Expert Analyst Greg Nelson.

Top MLB Expert Picks are winning at a remarkable rate and will continue through the 2018 World Series. After taking two of three from Seattle, the Houston Astros spent Thursday, August 2nd in Los Angeles with business as usual on their minds in a rematch of the 2017 World Series. The Astros beat the Dodgers 2-1 the next day without Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve who are nursing minor ailments, but Justin Verlander was outstanding allowing four hits with a run in seven and two-thirds innings. Right-hander Lance McCullers Jr.(10-6) with a 4.06 earned run average will get the call tonight, the Tampa, Florida native should be in his comfort zone after beating the Dodgers in both of his starts in the 2017 World Series. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Dodgers need a win as they are now in a first-place tie with Arizona. Los Angeles is 2-3 on their current homestand which ends Sunday with a six-game road trip against surging Oakland and Colorado on the slate it’s crucial for the Dodgers to perform at a high level. Game time is 9:05 PM EST at Dodgers Stadium in the Chavez Ravine section of Los Angeles, California. Local Television Networks will be broadcasting. The Opening Betting Line has the Dodgers as a -140 home favorite. The betting odds total is seven and a half runs for Saturday’s contest.

Manager A. J. Hinch watched in disgust as his team got swept at home by their in-state rivals Texas Rangers getting outscored 22-8 in the span of three games. The reigning World Champions then lost game one of a series in Seattle before righting the ship, and they are now on a three-game winning streak as fans breath a sigh of relief showing why they have the best road record in baseball. Despite their previous homestand, the Astros have the top pitching rotation in baseball with the bullpen being just as effective. Although Hinch watched his team perform at a maximum level last night they aren’t the same without their infield battery of Altuve and Correa, their return is paramount for the stretch run primarily with the red-hot Oakland A’s. The Astros have beaten Los Angeles 4 of their last six meetings with the betting odds under coming in three times over the previous four contests. The total could be tricky tonight with McCullers who got shelled the last time he pitched in Southern California allowing five runs in four innings to the Angels; he’s also lost his three previous starts overall. Bovada.Lv, list the Houston Astros at +450 to win the 2018 World Series.

The Dodgers will send right-hander Kenta Maeda who usually last five to six inning to the pitcher’s mound. Manager Dave Roberts likes the direction of his team that’s why management didn’t make any significant moves at the trade deadline but the absence of shortstop Cory Seager who’ll miss the remainder of the season could be felt as the season progresses. Left Fielder Matt Kemp is in a bit of a slump in the batter’s box with a single hit in the last ten games, right fielder Yasiel Puig missed last night’s game after driving in four runs batted in the finale vs. Milwaukee, his status is uncertain Saturday. As good as Houston’s pitching staff is the Dodgers are just as productive ranking third in the MLB landscape with a 3.48 earned run average. As usual, Kenley Jansen is one of the best coming out of the bullpen, but the rest of the relievers are having their share of problems this season. Making the under more enticing for bettors is the Dodgers staying under the total seven of their last eight interleague games. Bovada.Lv, list the Los Angeles Dodgers at +500 to win the 2018 World Series Championship.

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Virginia Tech still bringing a Lunch Pail mentality to the gridiron.

 

Written by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace.

Charliessports.com produces it for Football Betting. College Football Betting Predictions are the best in the industry and will continue through the BCS-title game in January of 2019. Since coming to Blacksburg, Virginia from the University of Memphis Justin Fuente has not entirely won over the faithful but a trip to the 2018 Conference title game could quite the critics. In 2016 Virginia Tech won the Coastal division and gave eventual BCS champions Clemson all they could handle before bowing 35-24. Last season they took a step back as Miami took control, but the Hokies ended up with ten victories and a number-sixteen national ranking both in the Coaches and Associated Press polls. The 2018 Hokies will get tested the first game of 2018 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida against the Seminoles of Florida State in Willie Taggart’s debut. The non-conference slate is relatively easy, but they host Notre Dame, Miami, Georgia Tech, Boston College and rivals Virginia which all will be competitive games. A trip to Pittsburgh could have implications.

For the first time in the Fuente era they have an incumbent signal caller, Sophomore Josh Jackson (2,991) passing yards has a year of experience with it came to a vote of confidence from the coaching staff in spring drills. The offensive coordinator has the task of getting the unit to a comfort zone for Fuente which is a balance of scoring plenty of points through the air and on the ground. Wide Receivers Sean Savoy and Eric Kumah must replace the production of the Hokies all-time leading pass catcher Cam Phillips. There’s also senior C.J. Carroll along with Ball State transfer Damon Hazelton. The Virginia Tech rushing attack didn’t scare opponents last season, they ranked fifty-fourth on the national scale and was next to last on average yards per carry in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Massive offensive tackle Yosuah Nijman is the headliner in a group that returns two other starters to block for compact running back Steven Peoples who won’t win many foot races but will run over defenders. Fuente must use disguises in formations; the Hokies aren’t explosive enough to compete for with the elite football institutes in the ACC.

When talking about Virginia Tech defense the first name that comes to mind is Bud Foster who’s twenty-third season serving as the Hokies defensive coordinator is unmatched in College Football. However, two first-round draft selections must be replaced along with stud tackle Tim Settle and defensive back Greg Stroman. Virginia Tech allowed the opposition (14.8) ppg last season, fourth nationally and if they are nearly as good this season, Foster should have a monument on campus. Ricky Walker is the leader of what should be a productive front four, but there is inexperience in the back seven. The coaching staff hopes special teams standout Dylan Rivers will make an immediate impact at linebacker, but he was shaky in spring football. Cornerback and safety will be inexperienced, but Foster has plenty of recruiting connections in the Hampton Roads area which has been a goldmine for Virginia Tech for producing secondary players; look for a couple of first-year students to become immediate starters this season. Bovada.Lv, list the Virginia Tech Hokies at 16/1 to win the 2018-19 Atlantic Coast Conference Crown.

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Happy Valley wants a BCS playoff appearance, and their wish could come true.

Written by College Football Betting Analyst Bobby Wallace.

Charliessports.com produces it for Football Betting. NCAA Football Expert ATS Picks are the best in the industry and will continue through the BCS-title game in January of 2019. Philadelphia area native James Franklin did a respectable job his three seasons in Nashville, Tennessee with Vanderbilt University and entering his fifth season at Penn State things are also looking positive. With the recent scandal involving Urban Meyer at Ohio State the Big Ten East division should be exciting, even with the departure of running back Saquon Barkley Penn State will have their chips on the table. Franklin’s also showing how good he is on the recruiting trail plucking three five-star players who could make an immediate impact; the headliner is a defensive standout, Micah Parsons. A favorable schedule beginning with their season opener against Appalachian State, two weeks later Kent State comes calling, sandwiched in between is a trip to Heinz Field to take on in-state rivals Pittsburgh. Penn State also gets Ohio State, Michigan State and 2018 Orange Bowl champions Wisconsin as well as Iowa from the Big Ten West division. The November 3rd trip to Ann Arbor Michigan will give them a chance for payback from the worst performance in Franklin’s era, but it could as served as the turning point of the program.

Former quarterback and tight end coach Ricky Rahne was promoted to offensive coordinator this season. Although running back Saquon Barkley is now playing on Sunday’s there’s still a bevy of talent starting with signal caller Trace McSorley (3,570) passing yards last season, but he’s as dangerous outside the pocket, the Ashburn, Virginia native could be the best playmaker in College Football. Junior running back Miles Sanders gets his chance to showcase his skills with expectations not as high but he’s a proven player that Franklin believes will turn heads. Incoming freshman Ricky Slade also expects to contribute. Wide Receiver Juwan Johnson (701) receiving yards, second on the team last year will be McSorley’s new favorite target with DaeSean Hamilton now in the NFL. Four offensive linemen return to open holes; they are also capable of pass blocking in crucial situations. Theirs continuity in the unit. They must also replace Tight End Mike Gesicki who’s now on the Miami Dolphins, his size, speed, and ability to catch the football in traffic is nearly irreplaceable. Penn State put up over forty-one points per game last season, and they could put up more in 2018.

Nine starters from last season’s seventeenth nationally ranked defense which allowed opponents (16.5) ppg which was number-seven overall in College Football are gone. Nowhere did it hurt most than up the middle. Juniors Kevin Givens and Robert Windsor having the inside track at tackle. Freshman Micah Parsons has been moved from defensive end to outside linebacker and will probably be a starter in the opener with a redshirt freshman Ellis Brooks calling plays at middle linebacker. Defensive coordinator Brent Pry expects defensive end, Shareef Miller, to improve on his team-best five sacks; Penn State led the conference with 3.2 sacks per contest in 2017. No position will be affected more than safety where NFL draftees Marcus Allen and Troy Apke roamed for two season’s making plays in critical moments of big football games. However, cornerback John Reid, a starter in 2016 missed last season but returns fully healthy from a knee injury. Penn State will be point spread underdogs at least twice this season, and they won’t match their 8-4-1 ATS record in 2017-18. Bovada.Lv, list the Penn State Nittany Lions at 6/1 to win the 2018-19 Big-Ten Conference Championship.

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Angels topsy-turvy season continues Wednesday in Tampa.

Authored by Winning Major League Baseball Betting Analyst Al Presto.

MLB Predictions are winning at a remarkable rate and will continue through the 2018 World Series. After winning four in a row, the Los Angels are back to the pattern of losing which has been haunting them all season. Owner Arte Moreno doesn’t mind opening up his wallet to plenty of high priced players but it hasn’t paid dividends, and fans in Orange County are getting restless. The Angels are valued at $1.8 billion according to Forbes magazine which makes them the eighth richest franchise in Major League Baseball. Nick Tropeano will try to stop the bleeding Wednesday when he takes the mound for the (54-54) Los Angeles Angels, and the right-hander has given up a total of twelve runs his last three starts averaging five-inning pitched per contest in the span. Although the Tampa Bay Ray’s are a game over .500, they are twenty games out of first in the American League East division behind Boston. It’s a two-horse race at this point with the Yankees and Red Sox but their a glimmer of hope at a wildcard spot in the 2018 postseason, they currently trail Seattle by nine games for the final position. Game time is 7:05 PM EST at Tropicana Field in suburban St. Petersburg, Florida. Local Television Networks will be broadcasting. The Opening Betting Line has Tampa Bay as a +105 home underdog. The betting odds total is Eight Runs for Wednesday’s contest.

Only San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich has held the title of coach/manager in the four major sports longer than Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia who is in his eighteenth season as manager. The 2002 Angels took care of San Francisco in seven games bringing a World Series trophy back to Orange County, but it’s been tough times since. Center Fielder Mike Trout is a once in a decade type of player, and they must build around his talent. The twenty-six-year-old New Jersey native is one of the top run producers in Major League Baseball; he’s third in home runs and runs scored. Justin Upton is also producing; however, the hype of two-way standout Shohei Ohtani is slowly wearing off of baseball fans. Los Angeles will travel to Cleveland for three games from August 3rd to 5th. Then it’s back home to host Detroit and Oakland. If the Angels can somehow put something together, it could be interesting the next month, but quality pitching is paramount for that to happen. Bovada.Lv, list the Los Angeles Angels at 125/1 to win the 2018 American League Championship series.

Since Joe Maddon departed to manage the Chicago Cubs, there has been little to cheer about in Tampa Bay. Kevin Cash took over in 2015 with hopes to keep the momentum, but it’s been tough sledding. Tampa Bay is 30-20 when playing at Tropicana Field, they also have a winning record vs. American League West opposition. The Rays have taken down the Los Angeles Angels in four of five games this season with hopes of notching another win tonight. Relief Pitcher Tyler Glasnow who just came over from Pittsburgh in a trade for Chris Archer plus a player to be named later finds himself in a starting role in game two for the three-game set Wednesday. The Newhall, California native has 5.79 earned run average mostly coming out of the bullpen. Tampa Bay can gain some ground in the wildcard race with lowly White Sox followed by Baltimore visiting Florida’s Gulf Coast from August 3rd through the 9th. Infielder Matt Duffy, C.J. Cron, and Daniel Robertson are productive in the batter’s box for Tampa Bay. Bovada.Lv, list the Bovada. Lv, register the Tampa Bay Rays also at 125/1 to win the 2018 ALCS.

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Bucs are looking to get first win against Lester as they entertain the Cubs.

Authored by Winning Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Greg Nelson.

Top Baseball Daily Picks are winning at a remarkable rate and will continue through the 2018 World Series. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is looking for a way to kick-start his team so they can put some distance between second-place Milwaukee in the National League Central division. What better way to begin a two-day set in Pittsburgh than to send their ace lefty Jon Lester who’s (7-1) with a 3.16 earned run average on the road this season to the hill, more impressive is his 2-0 record vs. Pittsburgh in three starts. Chicago holds a 5-4 advantage in nine meeting with the Pirates thus far in 2018. The Pittsburgh Pirates are third in the division just seven games out of the top spot as we enter August, although the Pirates have a winning record at home manager Clint Hurdle believes they must take it up a notch in their next five in their friendly confines. Game time is 7:05 PM EST at PNC Park where the Three Rivers meet in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Local Television Networks will be broadcasting. The Opening Betting Line has Chicago as a -110 road favorite. The betting odds total is Seven, And A Half Runs for Tuesday’s contest.

After two in the Steel City Chicago will travel back to Wrigleyville to entertain San Diego for a four-game series before heading to Kansas City for interleague play and, then it’s back home for five games against Washington and Milwaukee. Major League Bettors have already begun to move the line as Pittsburgh started as a favorite but they’re doing their homework and now Lester who tops MLB pitchers with $1,246 in profits. As good as Lester has been performing the bullpen ranks third in baseball with a 3.21. Infielders Javier Baez and Kris Bryant are one of the primary reason’s the Chicago lineup rank second in Major League Baseball with a .266 team batting average. However, Bryant is Bryant was recently but on the disabled list which puts Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward in position to take their performance in the batter’s box to another level. Maddon understands he’s got a team capable of bringing home a World Series title, but they must give a maximum effort each game, especially against the lesser talented competition. Bovada.Lv, list the Chicago Cubs at 8/1 to win the 2018 World Series.

Clint Hurdle has been in the dugout for eight seasons in Pittsburgh making the playoffs in 2013-15, but they’ve had two straight seasons without a postseason appearance. It all could turn around quick, and Hurdle has decided to put his best hurler Jameson Taillon on the mound in which should be the best pitching matchup of the night in either league. Taillon is 7-8 this season with one hundred and fourteen strikeouts to his credit; it’ll be his first outing against the Cubs this season. Pittsburgh is playing lights out vs. Divisional opponents this season, their twenty-six victories to ten defeats is the best of any team in the NL Central. With Corey Dickerson and Josh Bell out of the lineup with various injuries Gregory Polanco, David Freese, and Josh Harrison must carry to load against the top money pitcher in the business. Pittsburgh is 13-3 their last sixteen overall but 1-8 when playing on Tuesday’s, another reason the money is going in favor of the Cubs. Bovada.Lv, list the Bovada. Lv, register the Pittsburgh Pirates at 16/1 to win the 2018 NL Central Crown.

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