The 2018 Fighting Illini are just looking for respect.

Written by College Football Weekly Analyst Greg Nelson.

Charliessports.com produces it for Football Betting. Football Point Spread Picks are the best in the industry and will continue through the BCS-title game in January of 2019. It’ll be eight year’s since Ron Zook was relieved of these head coaching duties at the University of Illinois. Zook had Fighting Illini football on the verge of greatness with his uncanny way of attracting top high school prospects to Champaign/Urbana. Rashard Mendenhall, Vontae Davis, Whitney Mercilus, and Corey Liuget were all first-round NFL draft picks who were recruited by Zook. Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith enters his third season, and he’s struggling to put the pieces together. With five wins in his first twos season’s on the sidelines it’s paramount they do something to rejuvenate a disappointed fanbase. The fighting Illini opens the season Labor Day weekend at home vs. Kent State, and then Western Illinois invades Memorial stadium. Conference foes Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa also visit. Illinois avoids Ohio State, Michigan along with Michigan State but they’ll travel to Wisconsin in October.

The anemic Illinois offense scored just (15.4) ppg, 127th in the nation last season. They were just as pathetic throwing and running the forcing Smith to shake up the coaching staff. First-year offensive coordinator Rod Smith comes over from the University of Arizona where he held the assistant label. He’s got an uphill climb at the quarterback position where one scholarship players returns but incoming freshmen MJ Rivers, Coran Taylor, and Matt Robinson along with Nebraska graduate transfer A.J. Bush will compete to the starting job. Fort Lauderdale, Florida St.Thomas Aquinas high school product Mike Epstein returns for his sophomore season after rushing for a team-best 346 last year. Wideout Mike Dudek missed 2015 and 16 with ACL injuries but returned last season; he expects to be a starter who’ll produce. Nick Allegretti is the leader of an offensive line that returns four first-year students who played the entire 2017 campaign. The Illini offense should improve, but a lot will depend on quarterback production.

Smith hired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Hardy Nickerson as the defensive coordinator, and he’s heard his fair share of criticism around campus. The Fighting Illini were gashed up front last year allowing opponents (218.5) yards per game on the ground, 117th in the FBS. Sophomore ends Isaiah Gay and Bobby Roundtree contributed the previous season, they’ll have more responsibility in 2018. Tackle Tymir Oliver is solid both against the run, and he can also rush the passer from the inside. Linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips will team with Jake Hansen who missed last year with a torn ACL. Sophomore safety Bennett Williams led the secondary with three interceptions as a freshman; he’ll team with Stanley Green. Cornerback Nate Hobbs has NFL talent, and the staff expects him to shut down opposing receivers. A lot of players got time as soon as they stepped on campus for Illinois and it should pay immediate dividends on defense as well as offense. Bovada.Lv, list the Illinois Fighting Illini at 150/1 to win the 2018 Big Ten Conference Championship.

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The Best NBA ATS Betting Predictions, News, and Odds for Tuesday, March 27, 2018: Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat.

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The (44-29) Cleveland Cavaliers of the Eastern Conference Central division are in the “SUNSHINE STATE” for a conference matchup. Cleveland play’s the (39-35) Miami Heat of the Eastern Conference Southeast.

Tip-off is 8:05 PM EST. The game is on Tuesday, March 26, 2018. The teams will play at the American Airlines Arena in beautiful downtown Miami, Florida.

The TNT Television network will broadcast the game. The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to get back to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season.

Cleveland recently lets go of a few veterans for young talent, and the roster seems to be finally coming together.

The Miami Heat are holding on to the final playoff spot; a favorable home schedule could propel the team into the postseason.

The Opening Betting line has the Miami Heat as a four-point home underdog against the spread.

The Betting Odds Total is 218 and a half points for Tuesday’s contest. Read more on our Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat game write-up.

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on top of the standings in the Central division, but will probably end up the third seed in the Eastern Conference come playoff time.

Cleveland has winning road record but is not very efficient to Las Vegas bettors against the spread.

The team is currently on a five-game winning streak and are 4-1 to the number in the span.

It seems the pressure of winning is getting to head coach Tyronn Lue who recently took a leave of absence due to chest pains.

Cleveland ranks fifth in the NBA scoring the basketball, but the defense allows the opposition 110.3 ppg, twenty-seventh in the league.

All-Star Forward LeBron James is the team’s leading scorer. The acquisition of point guard George Hill could pay dividends in the playoffs; the former Indiana Pacers standout has plenty of postseason experience.

Cleveland must match Miami’s intensity at the defensive end of the floor. Bovada.Lv lists the 2017-18 Cleveland Cavaliers at +135 to win the Eastern Conference Crown.

 

The 2018 Miami Heat are behind Washington in the Southeast division. Head Coach Erik Spoelstra recently became a new father to a son, and he’s excited about his life.

Fans in the “MAGIC CITY” hopes his excitement spill over to the team. Miami is on a two-game losing streak both on the road to Oklahoma City and the Indiana Pacers.

Guard Dion Waiters is out for the season while center Hassan Whiteside is nursing a hip injury and his status Tuesday is uncertain.

The pressure is also on General Manager Pat Riley to upgrade the rosters for attendance.

Miamians only want to come and see a potential NBA championship team, and the 2018 roster won’t get them to the destination.

The key to a Miami victory is to make it into a slow grind out kind of basketball game, while the Cleveland Cavaliers want to run.

Bovada.Lv has the Miami Heat at +150 to win the 2017-18 Southeast Division Title.

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The Best NCAA Basketball March Madness (South Region) Predictions, News, Notes, and Odds for Thursday, March 15, 2018: Buffalo Bulls vs. Arizona Wildcats.

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The (26-8) and Thirteenth Seed Buffalo Bulls of the Mid American Conference are in the largest city of the “POTATO STATE” for their opening round match.

Buffalo the (27-7) and Number Four Arizona Wildcats of the PAC-Twelve. Tip-off is 9:40 PM EST.

The game is on Thursday, March 14, 2018. The teams will play at Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. The CBS Television network will broadcast the game.

The Buffalo Bulls are a high scoring offense and hasone of the brightest young minds in College Basketball leading them. Buffalo won the 2018 MAC regular season and Tournament to get the automatic bid.

Arizona, on the other hand, has some issues off of the court coming into the first round as the program is under a microscope. However, the team remains in focus to advance.

The opening betting line has Buffalo as an eight and a half-point underdog against the spread on a neutral court. The betting odds total is 159′ points for Thursday’s game.

 

The 2018 Buffalo Bulls enter the NCAA Tournament on a six-game winning streak. Buffalo beat Toledo to capture the Mid American Conference Tournament title.

A lot of the credit to success in Western New York belongs to forty-three-year-old head coach Nate Oates who will probably get an offer at a power conference school in the next few years.

The Bulls love to play at a fast pace and will launch the three-point shot with regularity.

Junior Guard C.J. Massenburg and two-time conference sixth man of the year Nick Perkins are two players fans should keep an eye on Thursday Night.

Junior College transfer Jeremy Harris is third on the team in scoring with a little over fifteen points per game.

The “EMPIRE STATE” will have three institutes playing on Thursday with Iona, and St.Bonaventure also taking the floor at various venues.

Buffalo has all of the tools to pull of an epic upset with all of the confusion going on at the University of Arizona.

Bovada.Lv, list the Buffalo Bulls at +16,500 to win the 2018 Men’s College Basketball March Madness South Region Title.

 

The Arizona Wildcats won eight of their last ten straight up and are 6-4 ATS their last ten.

Freshman forward Deandre Ayton is the consensus number-one overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft after his dominance in the conference tournament.

Seattle, Washington native Allonzo Trier, has fans in the “GRAND CANYON STATE” believing in karma as nearly a few decades ago Jason Terry who is another of the “PACIFIC NORTHWEST” helped the Wildcats cut down the nets.

Head Coach Sean Miller understands what is going on internally with the program and insists his innocence.

In the meantime, the University of Arizona will focus on advancing past the first round.

Ayton should have his way with a Buffalo defense that is less the spectacular, but one the Bulls start making baskets from the perimeter it could cause problems.

The key to a Wildcats victory is to play through their talented freshman.

Bovada.Lv lists the 2018 Arizona Wildcats at +475 to win the March Madness South Region.

 

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2018 NFL Super Bowl Betting Predictions, News, Notes, and Odds: Foles vs. The “GOAT” comparison.

Written and authored by National Football League Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for Football Betting news and notes.

Sports Handicapper ATS Picks are again winning at a remarkable rate and will continue through the annual Super Bowl spectacle in February of 2018.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles isn’t your average run of the mill journeyman among football players. The former University of Arizona standout gets his chance to show life can take some strange turns, and when you think you’re down and out, the improbable happens.

On the other side of the spectrum, New England Patriots signal caller Tom Brady has his dilemma. The 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft is making the team’s who passed on him to kick themselves. Everyone in American knows the past of Brady, but they can probably relate to Foles even better.

 

The Philadelphia Eagles are underdogs in Super Bowl fifty-two, it probably wouldn’t be so high of a number in Carson Wentz was going to be under center.

However, as fate would have it Wentz who would probably have been the league most valuable player.

Enter former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, and the doubters began to write the Philadelphia Eagles off of the playoff landscape.

What most generic fans is don’t know about Nick Foles is that he made the 2013 Pro Bowl with these same Philadelphia Eagles under the tool edge of Chip Kelly.

Like everything in life Foles got shipped of to St.Louis in 2015 and in 2016 he was a backup in Kansas City.

Foles also comes from a high school that produced Drew Brees. Funny how life works out when you persevere, don’t complain and work hard.

Nick Foles has all of these character traits, and this sports handicapper can’t wait to see how he does on the biggest stage of his career.

Bovada.Lv has the Philadelphia Eagles at +155 to win the Super Bowl.

 

Tom Brady is one of the most well-known names in all of the sports. The forty-year-old has one of the most beautiful wives on the face of the earth and is good looking himself.

Brady looks to win his sixth Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles on February 4, 2018.

What an accomplishment for someone who was thought to be a longshot to make an NFL roster but look where he is now.

Tom Brady is already at the Mt. Rushmore among National Football League elite and can separate himself from the rest of the pack with a win in Minneapolis, Minnesota against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brady prepares each game with the vigor of a business executive getting ready to close a make or break deal.

His calm demeanor affects the entire New England Patriots team and the sense of confidence allows them to produce at an elite level.

Good luck to Nick Foles and Tom Brady in Super Bowl 52. Bovada.Lv, list the New England Patriots at -175 to win the 2019 Super Bowl.

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2018 NBA Expert ATS Predictions, News, Notes, and Odds: How Blake Griffin trade impacts Pistons, and Eastern Conference.

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Blake Griffin is now a member of the Detroit Pistons after getting traded to the “MOTOR CITY” from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Los Angeles receives Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, and Boban Marjanovic. Head Coach, and President Stan Van Gundy to reporters he’s serious about bringing an NBA title back to Detroit.

The move certainly makes sense for the Pistons who now have Griffin and Andre Drummond as the cornerstones of the franchise.

Drummond has unreal defensive skills but is a liability on offense. Griffin, on the other hand, can post up or consistently hit the mid-range jump shot.

Detroit will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on the day of the trade and of course LeBron James had to put his two cents in on the deal, which should fall on deaf ears.

 

James is known to be outspoken but should just keep basketball on his mind. Don’t forget his mouth is the reason the most “CRAFTY” point guard in the history of the franchise is now wearing Boston Celtics colors.

Who cares how a multi Billionaire feels about a trade, players perform on the court and management makes decisions that are best for the team.

Right or Wrong owners work hard to keep fans interested and seats filled so players can make huge salaries.

Again it’s the era of sports, everyone is expendable, even LeBron James. Blake Griffin will be just fine; he just signed a one-hundred-and seventy-one million dollar contract over five years, nearly thirty-five million per season.

Most of us would play in Siberia for that kind of money, who cares if fans believe players are spoiled if they want a trade or unloyal if they sign with another team.

LeBron, just worry about playing basketball.

Back to the trade, the Pistons are now a contender, and Van Gundy will get the best out of his frontcourt.

Point Guard Reggie Jackson is a budding star and is easily one of the top six at his position in the Eastern Conference.

Gone is forty points per game with Harris, Bradley, and Marjanovic but Van Gundy now has two dominant forces in the post.

Most fans like the Golden State Warriors, and Houston Rockets high powered offenses who will launch three points shots on a consistent basis.

What they don’t understand is both of these teams concentrate on defense more than ever in the 2017-18 season.

Stan Van Gundy will now play with a slow pace allowing both Griffin, and Drummond touches each time down the court.

The move forces opponents to play defense for the entire twenty-four-second shot clock.

Detroit will stay under the betting odds total for the majority of the rest of the regular season.

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2017 NCAA Football ATS Picks, and Odds: New Mexico Lobos at Boise State Broncos.

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The (1-1) New Mexico Lobos of the Mountain West Conference Mountain Division are in the “GEM STATE” for a week three season matchup.

New Mexico takes on the (1-1) Boise State Broncos also of the MWC, Mountain in 2017 College Football action.

Game time is at 8:00 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network. The teams will play at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

The top NCAA Football Handicapper believes for the first time in nearly two decades the New Mexico Lobos believe they can beat Boise State on a consistent basis.

However they must play better than they did last week, the Lobos beat Boise State back in the 2015 season.

Fans of one of the most popular Mid Major programs in the country are not sold on their Broncos Football squad in 2017.

For the first time in a long time, Albertsons Stadium has not sold out season tickets. The

Opening Betting line has the New Mexico Lobos as a Fourteen and a Half Point Road Underdog Against The Spread.

The Betting Odds Total is Fifty Eight Points for Thursday’s contest.

 

The New Mexico Lobos beat Abilene Christian in their opener but lost to in-state rivals New Mexico State in week two.

Head Coach Bob Davie enters his sixth season on the sidelines in Albuquerque.

New Mexico fell behind early in the “RIO GRANDE RIVALRY” last Saturday, the offense must get off to a faster start Thursday Night in front of a national audience.

Offensive Coordinator Bob DeBesse will use two quarterbacks with Lamar Jordan a running threat and Tevaka Tuioti more of a traditional style signal caller.

Freshman running back and Texas and Texas native Jay Griffin brings game breaking speed to the lineup.

The offensive line must be ready to play a physical football game.

The Lobos defense must get off of blocks and stop a the most potent offense they have faced this season.

The coaching staff wants to chew up clock and keep the high powered Boise State offense off of the field.

Bovada.Lv has the New Mexico Lobos at +2,500 to win the 2017 Mountain West Conference Championship.

 

The Boise State Broncos took care of a good Troy football team in the season opener.

Many College Football Betting experts thought the Troy Trojans would walk into Albertsons Stadium and come away with a victory.

However, the Broncos stood up to the challenge. In week two the Broncos took the lead into the fourth quarter at Washington State only to lose in overtime to the Cougars.

Head Coach Bryan Harsin blamed turnovers for the defeat and making matter worse starting quarterback Brett Rypien will more than likely not play due to a head injury.

Montell Cozart will be under center Thursday night and must take care of the football. The Broncos must also produce in the running game.

Boise State has better talent across the board but the Lobos came into Albertsons Stadium and stunned the Broncos in 2015, the coaching staff has reminded the team of the loss.

The key to a Boise State victory is to take care of the football and grind out first downs the old fashion way.

Bovada.Lv has the Boise State Broncos at +200 to win the 2017 Mountain West Conference Crown.

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Free 2017 MLB Interleague Picks, and Odds: Milwaukee Brewers at Toronto Blue Jays.

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The (2-5) Milwaukee Brewers of the National League Central Division will be “NORTH OF THE BORDER” for interleague series.

Milwaukee play’s the (1-5) Toronto Blue Jay’s of the AL East in 2017 Major Baseball action.

The teams will play at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The First pitch is at 7:07 PM EST. On Wednesday. April 12, 2017.

The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Milwaukee Brewers will again be in the cellar of the NL Central.

Manager Craig Counsell is in his second season as the “SKIPPER, ” and this season he must show progress.

Toronto lost to Cleveland in the 2016 MLB postseason, and hopes are high for a return. However, it won’t be easy in the competitive AL East.

The Opening Betting Line has Milwaukee as a +160 Road Underdog.

The Betting Odds Total is Nine Runs For Wednesday’s matchup.
The 2017 Milwaukee Brewers have lost three of four and are making their first road trip of the season.

Milwaukee will open their interleague series in Toronto on Monday. April 11th.

Third Baseman Travis Shaw leads the offense with a .280 batting average, six RBI’S, a .379 on-base percentage with seven hits.

Left Fielder Ryan Braun has a team-best two home runs. The Brewers are struggling at the plate through the first few weeks of the season.

Milwaukee has not played Toronto since the 2014 season.

The Milwaukee Brewers will send Right Hander Chase Anderson (0-0) with a 1.50 ERA to the hill on Wednesday.

The Wichita Falls, Texas native threw six innings, giving up three hits and a run in his last outing. A 2-1 no decision loss against Colorado on April. 6, 2017.

Bovada. Lv, list the 2017 Milwaukee Brewers at +3,300 to win the 2017 MLB Central Division Crown.

 

The Toronto Blue Jays are off to a sluggish start to the 2017 Major League Baseball season.

Toronto was on the road for the first two series of the season, and the home crowd will finally see this season’s version of the Blue Jay’s.

Toronto is on a three-game losing streak after dropping three of four to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Third Baseman Josh Donaldson leads the team in four of five major batting categories.

Former Kansas City slugger Kendrys Morales has a team-best six RBI’S. Toronto has one of the most potent batting lineups in the league.

Toronto will send Right Hander Marcus Stroman (1-0) with a 1.42 earn run average to the pitcher’s mound Wednesday.

The former Duke University alumni threw 6.1 innings, giving up six hits and a run in his last game.

The key to a Toronto victory is to produce in front of the home crowd. There are high expectations with the addition of Morales to the batting order.

The Toronto Blue Jay’s are listed at +425 to win the 2017 Major League Baseball American League Division Title.

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