Motivation is such an enormous part of athletic competition, particularly in college sports where young players aren’t always as self-motivated as pros, who are playing for a paycheck. This is where coaches play such a huge roll, in harnessing situational spots for opportunities to get their football team supremely focused. Read the rest of this entry »
A few weeks ago a big NFC South matchup took place on national TV between the Bucs and Falcons, two teams with something to prove off 4-12 campaigns. Many were expecting a close duel between these rivals. Atlanta turned the ball over 4 times — at home, no less! So did the visitors hang close as a big dog? No, Atlanta won 56-14!
What happened? Tampa Bay was even worse, turning it over 5 times along with 11 penalties for 110 yards. Throw in the 488 yards the Falcons rolled up and you can see why it was a blowout. Read the rest of this entry »
by Jim Feist
So…are we all set for the Cardinals/Texans Super Bowl? Would be quite a surprise, wouldn’t it, with both combing to go 12-20 last season. They’ve been part of a group of surprise teams so far in the NFL. Atlanta bounced back from an awful campaign by slaying their longtime division rivals (and tormenter) in the opener, a 37-34 comeback over the Saints that may give them some early confidence, though that did’t carry over to Week 2. Read the rest of this entry »
You have to remember that in September it’s more likely that defenses are ahead of the offenses in pro and college football. This might not seem the case when you watch Texas A&M bomb South Carolina, 52-28, or Florida State squeak by Oklahoma State, 37-31, in the first week. However, that’s not always the case, either. Read the rest of this entry »
The countdown continues! Last week we looked at my Top 21-40, this week is my Top 20. The college football season kicks off August 28th and here’s a look at college football’s best! Read the rest of this entry »
Proline Video Free Plays: NFL Week 3 Sports Betting Preview, August 23, 2014
It’s time to kick off a new football season. College football begins Thursday, August 28th and here’s a look at the top teams, starting with my top 21-40.
40. Miami: The Canes started 7-0 last year, then fell apart, finishing 2-4 SU, on a 1-7 ATS run. Al Golden has 5 starters back on offense, 7 on D. Senior QB Ryan Williams (369 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT) has played in nine games since transferring and sophomore Gray Crow is in the mix.
By Razor Sharp Sports
It is time to kick off the football season! A time of the year when so many of us celebrate as much Christmas morning! Whether your game is college or NFL it doesn’t matter because they both get underway for real in the next couple weeks. Because of that it is time for the Freeplays.com Handicappers Football Predictions. 9 of our handicappers have made their predictions for the NFL and BCS. They are Razor Sharp Sports (RS), Jim Feist (JF), #1 Sports (#1), Vegas Steam Line (VS), Arthur Ralph (AR), Easy Money (EM), Teya Sports (TS), Hawkeye Sports (HS) and a brand new handicapper to the Freeplays family, Kevin Todd (KT). I have to warn you that predictions can be tricky and not always work out. Last year was the perfect example as I made possibly the worst Super Bowl Prediction ever with Houston over Atlanta. So lets see if I can redeem myself and she who everyone else likes.
It may be HOT and many folks are still on vacation, but August kicks off the best time of the sports betting calendar: Football season! Competition on the field won’t be as intense as September, of course, as wins aren’t as important as evaluating young talent and trying to keep players healthy. However, there will be betting lines available on preseason pro action and it’s possible to cash winning tickets. Here are some things to keep in mind when watching preseason football as we start Week 2. Read the rest of this entry »
Coaching in football, more than in any other sport, is essential to a team’s success. The Harbaugh brothers are flying high on different coasts, one going to three straight NFC title games and the other winning the Super Bowl (over the other brother, no less). New York fans have called for Tom Coughlin’s ouster a few times over the last six years, but he has helped deliver two Super Bowl titles, while Bill Belichick has had one losing season (his first, 2000) since taking over the Patriots, taking them to five Super Bowls.
The first half of the 2014 baseball season is in the books. There were surprising winners, such as the Blue Jays, Mariners and Brewers, a lack of hitting league-wide again, and several teams good at home and lousy on the road (Cubs, Braves, Rockies, Pirates, Indians). With the surprises out of the way, here’s a look at some teams that might be active at the trading deadline and primed to make a second half surge. Read the rest of this entry »