478 Results for author: FairwayJay

College Football Playoff Debate – 4 Teams or 8?

Debate Continues on College Football Playoff but No Changes Planned The college football season kicks off at the end of August and the college football playoff debate continues. There is a new college football playoff selection committee with six new members appointed to the CFP committee with each serving a 3-year term that started this spring. The CFP Selection Committee is responsible for selecting the top four teams in the playoff and assigning them to semifinal games as well as ... More

Preseason Week 2 – Bookmakers Adjust Totals

Higher-Scoring Week 1 has Bookmakers Adjust Totals by Nearly 5 Points Per Game Sportsbooks have adjusted quickly to NFL Week 1 preseason results after totals went 11-5 on the over last week. Preseason scoring was way up in Week 1 as teams averaged 41.9 points per game with an average posted total of 36. Now in Week 2, the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has posted 16 totals that average 40.68 points. The number is similar at William Hill books in Nevada. Consider the adjustment of ... More

NL East Producing Surprise Playoff Entrant

Braves and Phillies Fighting to the Finish for NL East Title While the Nationals fell seven games off the pace following back-to-back walk-off home run losses, the Braves and Phillies continue to push for the playoffs atop the NL East. The Braves (66-51) lead the Phillies (65-52) by 1-game after Atlanta swept a double-header against the last place Miami Marlins. Those victories improved the Braves to a NL-best 19-units of profit in the betting market. The next most profitable National ... More

Walk-off Home Runs leave Washington Behind NL East Leaders

Back-To-Back Walk-off Home Runs Doom Washington What's going on with Washington? Less than 24 hours after I wrote this piece on the devastating 4-3 walk-off loss to the Cubs via the Ultimate Slam, the Cardinals whacked Washington again with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Nationals 7-6. Cubs Win! https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/1028841261027840002 Washington's bullpen meltdown continued as it allowed 4 runs in the eighth inning to lose a 4-2 lead ... More

PGA Championship Preview, Picks and Projections

Preview and Odds for the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive CC in St. Louis The final major of the season is the PGA Championship, which will be played for the last time in August as it’s moved up to May starting next year. The field includes 108 of the top 111 in the latest Official World Rankings. The field also includes 20 PGA club professionals who qualified for the championship. A total of 16 past PGA champions are in the field including 4-time winner Tiger Woods, who is apparently ... More

NFL Preseason – QB Changes Highlight Depth Charts and Teams Hopes

Preseason Betting Lines and Totals Hinge on QB Playing Time, Depth Charts and Rotations The handicapping tools that are required for profitable NFL preseason betting are completely different then what you would use for your regular season football handicapping. While preseason football isn't as intense as regular season action, the competition is still fierce for many players trying to make the team and others working their way into starting spots. That includes at quarterback, where the ... More

Emotional Letdown and Impact on Performance

Why Athletes and Teams Suffer Letdown and Identifying Situations Following Disappointment This is a multiple part series in which I’m going to evaluate letdown situations in sports. The college football season kicks off later this month, and the NFL follows shortly after the week of Labor Day. Pro football is the most popular spectator sport in the U.S., and along with college football, they make up the largest sports book handle and betting interests of fans. A record $4.87 billion was ... More

Vikings Look Like Top Contender Again in NFC

Addition of QB Kirk Cousins Expected to Make Vikings Primary NFC Threat Following a 13-3 season, NFC North division title and appearance in the NFC Championship game, the Minnesota Vikings are expecting even more in 2018. As the season approaches, head coach Mike Zimmer can count on his defense to be dominant again with nearly everyone returning plus the addition of free agent DT Sheldon Richardson. Last year, the Vikings defense ranked #1 in scoring (15.7 PPG), and were tied for #1 in both ... More