By Calum Chinchen

The PGA Tour season may have come to an end at East Lake a few weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean that competitive golf has disappeared completely.

The Presidents Cup is an eagerly anticipated team event that takes place every two years, involving the USA taking on an International Team made up of golfers from all around the world, excluding Europeans.

The format of the tournament (four balls, foursomes and singles) is very similar to that of The Ryder Cup and provides equal amounts of excitement.

This year’s offering will be taking place at The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in South Korea and we have produced this in-depth betting guide, packed full of expert tips and insight.

All the odds which have been quoted are an industry average and were correct at the time of publish.

We hope you enjoy the read and remember to stay tuned to myclubbetting.wordpress.com for regular betting guides and previews on a number of sports!


Jay Haas will be captaining Team USA (1.45) at this year’s event. The Americans come into the event as heavy favourites and were narrow winners on home soil back in 2013. Haas has been gifted with a remarkably strong team for this year’s event, with two of this year’s major champions present, however the team won’t contain former world number one and talisman Tiger Woods.

Jordan Spieth has had a remarkable season. The talented young American has won five times during the 2015 PGA Tour campaign, including major championship victories at The Masters and US Open. Spieth also won Tour Championship at East Lake last week, which in turn, allowed him to snatch the FedEx Cup and pocket a cool ten million dollar bonus in the process.

Zach Johnson: Open Champion

It has also been quite a year for the ever consistent Zach Johnson. The Iowa native captured his second major championship by winning this year’s Open Championship at the world famous St Andrews back in July. Johnson has the type of golf game ideally suited for both forms of team golf that will be played during the week. We fully expect him to play in every session during this year’s meeting, making him a great bet to be top points scorer for the American team.

Phil Mickelson is a favourite with fans from around the world, however the man affectionately known as ‘lefty’ had to rely on a captains pick after a wretched 2015 season. Many people feel that his presence on the team is a massive gamble from captain Jay Haas, especially considering his famous inconsistency from the tee. Mickelson made publically negative comments about Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson directly after last year’s tournament, something that Jay Haas will be hoping isn’t repeated in Korea.

Mickelson: Out of form

Fans of Team USA will be hoping that Dustin Johnson can replicate his Major Championship form during the Presidents Cup. The long-hitting American seems to save his best golf for the biggest events, and found himself in serious contention at both the US Open and The Open Championship this year. His nerve under pressure appears to be an issue though, as highlighted when he took three putts on the final green at Chambers Bay to hand compatriot Jordan Spieth this year’s US Open title. That being said, his game is perfectly suited to the four ball format, especially when partnered with a consistent, straight hitter who can take the pressure off him.



No fewer than seven countries will be represented in the playing staff of the International Team (3.25) for this year’s Presidents Cup. Golfing legend Nick Price will once again be captaining the team for this year’s meeting, with South Korean favourite K.J. Choi providing assistance as his vice-captain. On paper, the International Team looks far weaker than their American counterparts, however it is worth noting that their solitary Presidents Cup victory came on home soil back in 1998.

Day: Coming off a fine season

Jason Day has had a marvellous year, winning five times and claiming his first major championship in the process. The determined Australian was phenomenal in his PGA Championship victory back in August, using the win as a springboard for the FedEx Cup campaign that followed. Day finished the year by winning at The Barclays and also at The BMW Championship, en-route to becoming world number one. However, Day was eventually denied FedEx Cup glory after Jordan Spieth won the season ending Tour Championship to get his hands on the trophy and steal the number one world ranking in the process. Adam Scott is expected to partner Day for the majority of the sessions, as both are comfortable in either format. Nick Price will be hoping the two can pick up their form from the 2013 World Cup, where the two were crowned Champions while representing Australia.

Composure and consistency are both vital in team golf, and Louis Oosthuizen possesses both skills in abundance. The South African was runner-up to Zach Johnson at this year’s Open Championship, narrowly losing in a four hole playoff. Oosthuizen is expected to resume his familiar Presidents Cup partnership with fellow countryman and friend Charl Schwartzel at The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club. The two men grew up playing golf together and have played as a team on many occasions, not just in this event, but in numerous World Cup outings too.

Oosthuizen: Solid player

Hideki Matsuyama is one of the best young golfers in the world at the moment. Matsuyama won on the PGA tour for the first time in 2014 and has built on that with a consistent 2015 campaign, managing a top five finish at The Masters in the process. The young Japanese player has one of the best all-round games on the International team and will no doubt be used in all formats during the week.

South Korea are hosting this year’s tournament, and Sang-Moon Bae will be the nation’s sole representative at this year’s meeting, other than his vice-captain. Many people will naturally assume that Bae has been picked to inspire local crowds, but we disagree, especially when considering that the South Korean has won twice on the PGA Tour during his career.



There is no doubt that everything other than home advantage favours the American’s here. They have the better record by a considerable distance and a stronger team on the whole. That being said, we can sense an upset coming and fancy Nick Price to use his experience to overcome rookie captain Jay Haas and in turn, get revenge for the narrow loss he oversaw at Muirfield Village two years ago. We fancy The International team to get their first Presidents Cup victory since 1998.


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NFL PICK SIX – Your betting guide to Week 4

MyClubBetting handicapper and Lindy’s Sports UK Editor Simon Milham takes a look at the betting trends and some of the best bets ahead of Week 4 of the 2015/16 NFL season. The odds are correct at the time of writing and are industry average.

(Handicap is denoted by +/- for the home team)


Friday, 01:25

(+2.5, Total Points 43.5)

Michael Vick

Steelers are dogs: Vick sees the irony

The AFC North division could have an unusual look about it after this clash, which has major ramifications for the AFC playoff race.

Pittsburgh’s defence had plenty of questions to answer heading into the season, but there were no such worries over the offensive juggernaut, led by Ben Roethlisberger.

The quarterback is likely to be sidelined between four to six weeks after straining an MCL and suffering a bone bruise, having initially feared he had suffered a season-ending ACL tear.

The keys to the juggernaut have been turned over to Michael Vick – an experienced backup, who is a 56 percent career passer. Roethlisberger was tallying 75.3 percent in two and a half games this year.

To be fair to Vick, he has not been blessed with such a supporting cast in his career. It may be that Vick suddenly becomes more accurate.

Pittsburgh have a 2-1 record, their only loss coming at the hands of the champion New England Patriots on opening night.

The trail 3-0 Cincinnati in the ultra-tough AFC North and the visiting Baltimore Ravens have got off to their worst start in the John Harbaugh era. Though winless after three games, the Ravens have enjoyed a distinct advantage over the Steelers when Big Ben has not started against them, going 6-1 against them in seven meetings.

Baltimore are already entering must-win territory – all three of their losses have come by less than one score and they are not as bad as their record would suggest. They also have winnable games against Cleveland, San Francisco and Jacksonville upcoming. A win at Pittsburgh and the situation will become much brighter.

However, Heinz Field is never an easy place to win, with or without Big Ben. This could come down to whoever runs the ball better and Baltimore’s running game has regressed from last season, averaging 72.6 yards per game. Off a short week, it is arguable offensive coordinator Marc Trestman can get it turned around so quickly.

It is not a game to have too many definite opinions about, but we will side with the hosts to win outright (11-8) and the points are a bonus.



Sunday, 14:30

(+1.5, Total Points 41.5)


Holding pattern: Tannehill needs to improve

We have already discussed the possibility of a UK franchise this week and the first game of this autumn’s three International Series regular-season games is another first for the UK – the first time a division game has been played outside of the United States.

At the start of the season, many were predicting the Miami Dolphins as pretenders for the AFC East title after the addition of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to an already potent Miami pass rush.

As with most big signings the Dolphins make, this one has not come off. Not yet at least.

The Dolphins were walloped 41-14 by Buffalo on Sunday and to many eyes, it appeared as though the team had quit on the coaching staff.

The Dolphins sit at 1-2 and were a Jarvis Landry punt return away from being 0-3.

Ryan Tannehill looks awful behind a line that badly misses tackle Branden Albert (hamstring), but he does himself no favours by waiting for plays to develop instead of getting rid of the ball quickly.

The Jets won their opening two games – against Cleveland and Indianapolis – before starting slowly in a 24-17 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Jets are attempting to win their fourth consecutive ‘road’ game against Miami (who are the hosts at Wembley) for the first time since 1998-2001 and are favourites by 1.5 points to do so.

The Dolphins have looked a mess in their opening three games, while the Jets have shown improvement, although it is clear that veteran passer Ryan Fitzpatrick does not possess an accurate deep ball and the Miami defence may get better results when applying pressure this week.

Miami has the advantage of experience, having play at Wembley last year, but the Jets will relish the experience and many will expect them to feast on the rotting carcass of the Joe Philbin era.

We still hope the Dolphins will have some fight in them. This is a pivotal game for both and we take the Dolphins to sneak it.

BEST BET: MIAMI +1.5 @ 1.91


Sunday, 18:00

(+3, Total Points 44.5)

Week 4 of the NFL season is often a time to re-assess out pre-season forecasts. A little recalibration is often required.

The Oakland Raiders are a case in point. A year ago, they were being thumped on a regular basis but rookie quarterback David Carr threw 21 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions on a team that went 3-13.


Carr: Driving force

To succeed, they will need playmakers like running back Latavius Murray to keep the chains moving and the confidence soaring. So far, so good. Carr, Murray and rookie receiver Amari Cooper have looked very sharp, largely thanks to the arrival of Rodney Hudson, who has been an upgrade at the center position (he was Kansas City’s best lineman last year).

Head Coach Jack Del Rio has still to improve a defence that allowed more points than anyone last season and produced just 22 sacks, but the signs after three weeks have been great.

While they lost to Cincinnati on opening weekend, their victories against Baltimore and Cleveland – while narrow, were fully merited.

The Chicago Bears are 0-3 but have played three of the best five teams in the NFL in Green Bay, Arizona and Seattle, without their starting quarterback Jay Cutler, who is struggling with a hamstring injury. He may well start, as Jimmy Clausen has never looked like an effective back-up, never mind a starter.

Chicago traded away linebackers Jared Allen and Jonathan Bostic in return for draft picks earlier this week and that may be a smart move. Nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff also returns after service a suspension and he is a stout run-stuffing presence.

If Cutler returns and Martellus Bennett is a big part of the Bears’ game-plan, we can see him taking advantage of Oakland’s weakness against decent tight-ends. They have a weakness in mid-field pass coverage, so look for Matt Forte to be targeted from out of the backfield.

While the Raiders are on the rise, we look for the Bears to win a tight game and the points are a bonus.



Sunday, 18:00

(-5.5, Total Points 45.5)

Odell Beckham Jnr

Big talent: Odell Beckham Jr

The manner of Buffalo’s victory over Miami sent shockwaves through the AFC and they are 5.5-point favourites to move to 3-1 for the season when hosting a New York Giants team that is still trying to find its identity.

While the Giants defeated Washington in a crucial NFC East battle last Thursday and have had extra time to prepare, they have to overcome a little history against Buffalo. For the Giants have never won three consecutive games against the up-State upstarts.

Bills fans will not need reminding that ‘wide right’ will remain in football folklore forever, following Scott Norwood’s missed field goal in the 1990/91 Super Bowl, which the Giants won 20-19. The teams have faced each other six times since, with honours even, although the Giants have won two of their last three trips to Orchard Park.

The Giants lost close games to Dallas and Atlanta before downing Washington but they are struggling at the receiver position without their best foil; Victor Cruz is ruled out with a calf injury and with Odell Beckham Jr likely to be double-teamed, the G-men will have to rely more on a sub-standard ground game against one of the best front sevens in football.

We see the Bills rolling to a win, although the handicap line looks high enough, so we chance the Giants to keep within it.

BEST BET: NY GIANTS +5.5 @ 1.91


Sunday, 21:05

(-7.5, Total Points 44.5)

Cleveland are 3-0 in September/October trips to San Diego, who seek a fourth straight home win against the Browns, whose 3-1 odds in some places defy belief.

The Chargers, like the Browns, are 1-2 on the year, having lost to the Bengals and Vikings in successive weeks.

Philip Rivers2

Philip Rivers: Sacked 10 times

The good news is that Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is completing 74.5 percent of his passes and has thrown for 890 yards already this season.

The bad news is they are walking wounded along the offensive line and Rivers has been sacked 10 times already this season. While the Browns’ pass rush has not lived up to the hype, they may well pad their stats this week.

The Chargers also have a major problem in stopping the run. Their defensive line has been a paper tiger and their one sack this season did not come from a defensive lineman. They have conceded 135.7 yards per game on the ground at almost five yards per carry.

Both starting cornerbacks were either missing or limited last week in defeat by the Vikings and starting strong safety Jahleel Addae was also ruled out with an ankle injury.

The Browns have also had problems stopping the run and they will have a bunch of trouble covering slot receiver Stevie Johnson, and fellow wideouts Keenan Allen and Malcolm Floyd.

This is a tough game to call, particularly with the Chargers having some injuries at key positions.

However, we fancy an upset and take Cleveland with the points, in a game where the total points is likely to go over the 45-point mark.



Sunday, 21:25

(+8.5, Over 48.5)

Jarryd Hayne

Bright spot: Jarryd Hayne

This one is easier than most. Despite going across country, we take the high-powered Green Bay Packers offense to cover the handicap with ease against a 49ers team that is starting to look as dreadful as most prognosticators expected them to be.

The Niners have won the last four meetings and last won five consecutive against the Packers when beating them six times in succession from 1956-58.

San Francisco was trounced 47-7 by the Arizona Cardinals last week as quarterback Colin Kaepernick was intercepted four times, with two being returned for touchdowns. He completed just nine of 9 passes for 67 yards.

Kaepernick, who supported the Packers as a boy, is 3-0 against them but even he will struggle to work his magic with such a porous offensive line in front of him.

The lone bright spark for San Francisco this year has been rugby convert Jarryd Hayne, who isn’t getting as many touches as fans would like. His 37-yard punt return against the Cardinals was one of the few Niners’ highlights.

The Packers are a well-oiled machine and those looking for a shock in the last games on Sunday, won’t find it here.

BEST BET: GREEN BAY -8.5 @ 2.00

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Dare we dream about an NFL franchise in the UK?

The New York Jets take on the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on Sunday (Oct 4) – the first of three games in the International Series. It will be the twelfth regular-season NFL game to be hosted on these shores.

So, can we dare to dream about a UK franchise? MyClubBetting.com and Lindy’s Sports UK editor Simon Milham explores the billion-dollar question…

Wembley Dolphins v Raiders

Happy returns: Miami Dolphins back at Wembley

It seems like yesterday since the NFL staged its first regular-season game outside of North America.

October 28, 2007, was to herald a sea-change for pro football. It mattered not that the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants served up a relatively dour affair on a gloomy autumn evening at Wembley Stadium.

Eight years on, the NFL has taken giant strides towards putting in place the building blocks for a UK franchise. Dare we dream?

NFL UK Managing Director Alistair Kirkwood, who joined the NFL in 2000 as Vice-President of Strategic Planning, can take much of the credit. Under his guidance, the NFL has achieved consistent growth in the UK over the past decade and has now staged 11 successful games at Wembley Stadium.

Wembley can look forward three games this year: NY Jets at Miami (Oct 4), Buffalo at Jacksonville (Oct 25) and Detroit at Kansas City (Nov 1).

Alistair Kirkwood

Driving force: Alistair Kirkwood

“Go back to 2007 and it is easy to forget what a major leap forward the NFL took, but even now 50% of the players coming over do not have passports,” says Kirkwood.

“When we started it was a case of saying ‘let’s see what happens – we can’t afford to mess it up’.

“The next year was really about trying to avoid the sophomore slump. Over the next few seasons it was about building credibility in the States.

“Last year we went to three games and are now at a stage where we can try to prove to the stakeholders that we have something viable. In the last year or two it has been interesting seeing if we can accelerate growth and where it can be taken afterwards.

“We are in a period where we can look forward, and I see my role as building up the fan-base so that the ownership can make a decision (on UK franchise).

“Some people forget how seismic it is to bring the game over here. Some people are much more casual about the logistical issues we would have to put a team here. It is going to be extremely difficult. If we were to put an international team based in London into the domestic league in the States, it will have to be in a way that we were absolutely certain it will work perfectly because you can’t risk the success in the States by doing an experiment over here.

“It would have to work in every single way. The League is growing in popularity in the States and it is way beyond my pay-grade to determine what the NFL should or shouldn’t do.”

Frank on wembley way

On the way: The UK is attracting many new fans to the NFL

Last year was another first for the NFL: North America was able to watch its first NFL game live at 9.30am ET and it was such a success that all three International Series games this autumn will start in the afternoon UK time (Sunday morning in the US). Having football shown throughout Sunday and Monday was always the dream of former commissioner Pete Roselle – and that dream appears to have come to fruition.

“NFL fans were able to watch four live games on the same day last year and they will be able to do so again this year,” said Kirkwood. “It is nice to think that in small ways we are contributing to how the League does things and that is exciting.”

With the Olympic Stadium, Wembley Stadium and the Tottenham’s proposed new stadium all capable of staging NFL games, and given strong ticket sales for this year’s London trio on match-ups, can we really expect a UK franchise?

Sky Sports NFL pundit Neil Reynolds believes a deal is only a matter of time.

He said: “Yes, we will have an NFL team we can call our own. There is so much momentum and powerful support for the idea among NFL ownership and Commissioner Roger Goodell. I think we will have a team within the next five or six years.”

His BBC counterpart Mike Carlson remains in two minds. He said: “I’ve always thought it unlikely, but if the NFL wants to get it done, it will. But I wouldn’t expect movement before 2020.”

Mike Carlson

Sage: Mike Carlson

Kevin Cadle, who anchors the Sky Sports NFL team, feels that the biggest hurdle to overcome “is certainly the tax issues”, but adds: “In seven to 10 years, I think here will be a NFL franchise in the UK. The League has to find new money and that means it will have to up its game internationally.”

There are plenty of obstacles to overcome, but Reynolds feel confident that the NFL teams are not merely paying lip service when they say they have enjoyed the experience of playing at Wembley.

He says: “The fan numbers are there and still growing, we have great stadia and the government support is strong, so I would say logistics is the obvious problem to overcome.

“But I think the NFL have taken steps to test the logistical side of the games with considerable success and will continue to do so in the coming years. When you can send Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin home happy, you must be doing something right!

Carlson adds: “There are many obstacles, but the two biggest are: How do you get the players to agree to break up their lives to live in UK, and work/pay taxes under British law (or if not, how do you build around a team that basically flies in for games?) and how do you get fans to give up their teams to support a London team?”

The latter issue is a highly pertinent point.


UK Q&A: Expert panel not surprised a status quo was preferred

At the recent MyClubBetting.com/Lindy’s Sports NFL question and answer session in London, hosted by Carlson and his Channel 4 sidekick Nat Coombs, the question was posed to the audience: Who would like to see a UK franchise, based in London?

Just two people raised their hands.

When asked if they would like to see three or more NFL games involving established franchises competing each autumn – effectively maintaining the status quo – the remainder of those present, some 50-plus people, raised their hands.

It is a small, but quite telling sample. NFL fans in the UK already have an allegiance to their teams. Support for a London franchise is, therefore, open to argument. And the NFL leaves nothing to chance.

However, Kirkwood adds: “If we keep being given these valuable games, we must ensure we make as much progress as possible and grow the fan-base so ownership can decide, probably before the end of the decade, what they want to do.
“If we do everything right in the next three or four years, we stand a very good chance, but we have quite a way to go. ”

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICK SIX – Your guide to Week 5

MyClubBetting handicapper and Lindy’s Sports UK Editor Simon Milham takes a look at the betting trends and some of the best bets ahead of Week 5 of the 2015/16 NCAAF season…

(Handicap is denoted by +/- for the home team)


(-19.5, Total Points 55)

Saturday, 21:00

Auburn failed to bounce back from their loss at LSU two weeks ago, falling to an alarming 17-9 defeat by Mississippi State last weekend as a 1.5-point favourite.

The demotion of quarterback Jeremy Johnson in favour of Sean White was not altogether a surprise, as Johnson had been struggling. Yet he handled that benching with class and if he sorts out his accuracy issues, he still has a future with the Tigers.

Sean White, Auburn QB

Taking over: Sean White

Auburn moved the ball well but had issues in the red zone, failing to score a touchdown, and while White was having his first experience in college, much less starting, he handled the occasion well. The moment was not too big for him and we expect him to blossom as he becomes more comfortable.

Running back Peyton Barber has been the focus of Auburn’s attack and he is a workhorse whom they will rely upon against San Jose State.

The Spartans are 20-point dogs and will travel across country for the £1.6million cheque they receive for taking their beating.

However, they will fancy their chances. Auburn was a 40-point favourite over Jacksonville State and needed overtime to get past them.

Make no mistake, there are plenty of growing pains for Auburn’s coaches to overcome and the Spartans won’t be overawed, even after last year’s 59-13 pummelling by the Tigers.

Still, we see this is the ideal sub-division foe fillip for Auburn, who are a confident pick to cover the spread.

BEST BET: AUBURN -19.5 @ 1.92


(-4.5, Total Points 51)

Saturday, 17:00

Penalties. Yellow flags. Baby yellow ghosts. They have haunted Virginia Tech in their opening three games as they head into their first ACC game of the season.

The Hokies were flagged 11 times for 89 yards in their 35-28 loss to East Carolina last weekend, their third consecutive game of 10 or more penalties, a first in Frank Beamer’s 29 seasons as coach.

They are the most penalised team at 85 yards per game, which ranks 119th among 127 Bowl Subdivision teams.

James Connor, Pittsburgh

Huge loss: James Connor

Clean games guarantee little. Central Florida are 0-4 and are the Bowl Subdivision’s second-lease penalised team. In 2000, Florida State reached the national championship game and were the most penalised team in ACC football history. Oregon advanced to the title game last year, despite ranking 115th in penalty yards.

Yet it does show a sign of pressing too hard, indiscipline or a combination of both. Either way, it makes life harder to win.

Virginia Tech will have to face Pitt without cornerback Kendal Fuller (knee) and running back Shai McKenzie. They will also miss middle linebacker Sean Huelskamp for the first half, as he was ejected in the fourth quarter of the ECU defeat. Fellow linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka is expected to return just two weeks after spraining an MCL in his left knee.

Pittsburgh have been unsettled at quarterback but Tennessee transfer Nate Peterman appears to have secured the role for the time being.

They are also missing a great running back in James Connor, the 2014 ACC Player of the Year, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in a 45-37 win over Youngstown State. He will be replaced by a committee of Darrin Hall, Chris James and Qadree Ollison.

Pitt defeated the Akron Zips 24-7 last week but the running game has been struggling and they are playing a third away game in succession. That will take its toll.

We will side with the Hokies to cover the handicap in a game where the score may be lower than the current line.



(-6.5, Total Points 58.5)

Saturday, 17:00

In a battle of unbeaten teams, West Virginia travel to Norman, Oklahoma, to take on the Sooners in the Big 12 conference opener for both schools.

Both teams are 3-0 and both have outstanding quarterbacks. West Virginia is anchored by Skyler Howard, a junior college transfer who is 58-of-84 passing for 916 yards. He has tossed nine touchdowns and only one interception. He is also a threat on the ground.

Skyler Howard, West Virginia

Sky high: Skyler Howard

Oklahoma passer Baker Mayfield ranks second among FBS players in points responsible for per game (28.0) and third in total offense (400.3 yards). The Sooners also have a bruising rusher in Samaje Perine, who ran for 242 yards and four touchdowns in last season’s 45-33 victory over the Mountaineers.

No.15 ranked Oklahoma allowed 31 first downs and over 600 yards of total offense against Tulsa just over a week ago – and 427 of those yards were through the air.

That is worry news against an attack that has relied heavily on passing, but the Mountaineers running game needs to be productive. They finally got things going on the ground last week against Maryland, with junior back Wendell Smallwood sharing he load with Rushel Shell and a handful of other backs, as they compiled a season-high 304 rushing yards.

The arrival of the N0.23-ranked Mountaineers is a stiff test for Bob Stoops’ team, despite the lowly level of competition they have faced thus far. They are executing Dana Holgorsen’s offense well and have run the ball nearly 50 times more than they have passed.

Where Oklahoma can cause some damage is on the ground. West Virginia’s defence has allowed only one rushing touchdown this season, but opponents have been forced to play catch-up through the air. If there is a chink, it is that opposing running backs are allowing an average of four yards per carry.

This may well be the best West Virginia side that Oklahoma has faced since the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and the Sooners are in for a dogfight.

It should be a great game to watch and we side with the Mountaineers with the points, even though their run defence has big questions to answer.



(-4.5, Total Points 50.5)

Saturday, 17:30

Louisville has lost five of the last six games when it has been a dog, including a 31-24 loss at Auburn and a 20-17 defeat against Clemson earlier this season. They did, however, cover the spread in three of those five games, including both defeats this term.

While the Cardinals have taken their lumps this season against Auburn, Huston and Clemson, the North Carolina State Wolfpack have built their 4-0 record against the likes of Troy, Eastern Kentucky, Old Dominion and South Alabama. Hardly a murderers’ row.

After routing Samford 45-3 to go 1-3 on the season, they go into this clash in confident mood.

Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals

Dual threat: Lamar Jackson

NC State have padded their numbers against lesser opposition. They are ranked No.3 in total defence (205.8 yards per game) and run defence (45.9ypg). Opponents are averaging just 2.1 yards per carry.

This are pretty much the same defensive unit that went down 30-18 to Louisville in 2014, but they appear to have improved significantly, allowing only 26 plays of 10 yards or more in their four games.

The Wolfpack’s running attack is averaging 259 yards per game behind the combination of Matt Dayes and Shadrach Thornton.

Louisville have something of a quarterback controversy, with freshman Lamar Jackson and Reggie Bonnafon vying for the role. Both are excellent runners and neither are easy to defend.

Jackson has speed and incredible football instincts. He will start against NC State. He broke a 41-year-old school record last week, rushing for 14 yards. He also threw for 212 yards.

We feel Louisville are a better team than their record suggests and that NC State will face their first real test of the season and may well struggle to cover the number.



(-24.5, Total Points 50.5)

Sunday, 03:15

Hawaii were thumped 28-0 by 19th-ranked Wisconsin last week and they look sure to take a few more lumps against a surprising Boise State Broncos team that went to Virginia and came away with a 56-14 victory.

BSU are on the upswing. Head coach Bryan Harsin has done a remarkable job since replacing Chris Petersen, energising the program and attracting some big-name recruits.

Brett Rypien, Boise State

Big test: Brett Rypien

The Broncos have a very deep defensive line and they also have seven seniors, which means opposing attacks are going to wear down, just as Virginia did last week.

While they dropped a close game to BYU in the last second, quarterback Brett Rypien looked good in making quick decisions against Virginia, but he will be pressured by a marauding Hawaii defence, whose strength is at the linebacker position. Rypien was sacked four times last week and BSU still have a few protection issues to overcome.

They also have to get better in third-down situations.

Hawaii (2-2) lost at Oklahoma and Wisconsin, but they should not be underestimated. After all, they did beat Colorado in their home opener and the Buffaloes have since shown they are not a bad outfit.

The Broncos and Warriors know each other well and while the Broncos should win comfortably, we expect Hawai’i to give a good account of themselves. They can keep within the number.

BEST BET: HAWAII +24.5 @ 1.91


(+1, Total Points 54)

Sunday, 01:00

Unbeaten Notre Dame (4-0) take their highly-ranked team to Clemson, who are on an 11-game home-winning streak, in arguably the top college game this weekend.

Clemson (3-0) has not played since a Thursday night game at Louisville on September 17, which has caused the Tigers to slip to No.12 in the Associated Press rankings. The 16-day lay-off, which is the longest in the program history since 1918, means there has been plenty of time to formulate a gameplan to face the sixth-ranked Fighting Irish.

Will Fuller, Notre Dame

On the rise: Will Fuller

This should be a classic match-up between Clemson’s secondary and Notre Dame’s talented receivers, who are big and fast. Will Fuller has 22 catches for 454 yards (a 20.64 yards per catch average) and six touchdowns, so the key for the Tigers’ defence will be to shorten the field and prevent the Irish from getting big chunks of yardage that will quieten the fans in Death Valley.

The Irish have started the season 4-0 for the third time in four years and with games against Navy and USC upcoming, this stretch could define them.

Notre Dame picked up a big win over Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets subsequently lost to Duke – so how good are they really?

Clemson will rely on their defence to keep it close and for their sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has completed 74 percent of his passes this season, to win it for them. He is used to the big stage, having almost guided Clemson to a shock win over Florida State in Tallahassee last season and has competed against Georgia, NC State, Georgia Tech and South Carolina.

This is a massive test for the Fighting Irish and we see them sneaking a home win by a narrow margin.


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Zaha: Full of flair

Saturday lunchtime will see Tony Pulis returning to face his former employers. The Welshman may not have left Selhurst Park on great terms after numerous disputes with owner Steve Parish, but he is still held in high regard by Palace fans after his short but successful tenure at the club.

Pulis has since taken over at West Brom (5.40) who make their first trip to Selhurst Park since April, where they were 2-0 winners.

Crystal Palace (1.80) grabbed a vital away victory at Watford last weekend, with substitute Wilfried Zaha changing the game at Vicarage Road. The England International came off the bench to win his side a penalty, which Yohan Cabaye successfully converted. We expect Zaha to start at the weekend, with Tony Pulis employing a defensive approach to combat the pacey threat posed by the speedy winger and his colleagues.

We see a tight affair ensuing and fancy the home side to grab a narrow win. [CC]





Gestede: Biggest threat

Aston Villa (2.40) are without a league win since the opening game of the season and the pressure is really starting to mount on to-the-point manager Tim Sherwood. In truth, Villa were lucky to only lose by a single goal at Anfield last week and their lack of a natural holding midfield player is still hurting them defensively.

Stoke (3.20) recorded their first league win of the season last time out, grabbing a 2-1 win at home to newly-promoted Bournemouth.

Rudy Gestede netted against Liverpool last weekend and many Villa fans seemed puzzled as to why the powerful striker isn’t starting games on a regular basis. Sherwood has favoured using Gabriel Agbonlahor in a central role, which really hasn’t been successful.

Mark Hughes will be hoping his side can kick on after their first league win. The Potters’ current league position really doesn’t reflect how well they have played at times.

We fancy the visitors to get a point here – at the very least. [CC]




Callum Wilson

Wilson: Facing six months out

The honeymoon period is almost over for both newly-promoted clubs, who have each won two games apiece in their opening seven.

Bournemouth (2.10) have not compromised their attacking style under Eddie Howe and although refreshingly easy on the eye, their 2-1 defeat at Stoke last week leaves them just two places above the bottom three.

Watford (3.50) have lost just two of their opening seven contests but goals have been hard to come by – they’ve managed just five. Contrastingly, they have conceded just six.

Bournemouth have beaten Watford just twice in the last nine meetings, although they have been unbeaten in their last three clashes.  The Cherries won this corresponding fixture 2-0 in the Championship last season.

Bournemouth have suffered a major blow with the loss of top striker Callum Wilson, who suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury at Stoke. Bournemouth are already without their two most expensive signings – full-back Tyrone Mings for the season and winger Max Gradel for six months – after they both suffered knee injuries against Leicester last month.

Neither side is particularly potent and both will be keen to keep things tight at the back.

We reckon the Cherries could be a bit of value at a shade of odds against to steal the points, however. [SM]





De Bruyne: Settled well

Manchester City (1.25) have been bought down to earth with a bang after losing their last two league games. Manuel Pellegrini will have been infuriated with the lack of ball retention in their unconvincing 4-1 defeat away at Tottenham last week.

Newcastle (13.50) are still without a league win under Steve McClaren, however they will take encouragement after their battling draw with Chelsea last weekend.

As bad as Man City were defensively against Tottenham, they will still take encouragement from the amount of chances they created. New man Kevin de Bruyne has settled into English football with ease and looks as though he will be a key man for the Sky Blues this season.

The Newcastle faithful will be under no false illusions following their draw with Chelsea, with the Champions producing a wasteful, below-par performance.

Man City romped to victory in this fixture last season, winning 5-0. We fancy them to return to winning ways on Saturday, with another comfortable home victory over The Magpies. [CC]





Vardy: In great form

Last weekend, Claudio Ranieri saw his Leicester (3.25) side lose in the league for the first time since he took over in the summer. That said, The Foxes won’t be too annoyed as their opponents, Arsenal, were simply fantastic and would have beaten most sides in the league with such a performance.

Norwich (2.30) are benefitting from limited activity in the summer transfer window, already looking like an established Premier League side. The Canaries got a decent draw away at West Ham last week, but will be a little disappointed after conceding a late injury time equaliser at Upton Park.

Jamie Vardy is in fantastic form and Leicester fans will be hoping that continues. The energetic front man is the Premier League’s top goal-scorer after netting twice against Arsenal last weekend to take his league tally to six.

Alex Neil has favoured an attacking style since taking over at Norwich, with players like Nathan Redmond and Robbie Brady flourishing under the Scotsman.

These two sides are yet to record a clean sheet between them in the league this season and with that in mind, we fancy a scoring draw at Carrow Road. [CC]




Pop Robson

Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson: Loved

Sunderland (3.00) are rock bottom of the Premier League and have scored just six goals as they seek a first win of the season. Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson, one of the most prolific marksmen of his generation and a firm favourite with both sets of fans, would probably still do a better striking job – and he’s now aged 69!

West Ham (2.30) have no such problems in finding the net. Along with Leicester, they top the scoring charts with 15 goals in their opening seven matches, which have included wins at Arsenal (2-0), Liverpool (3-0) and Manchester City (2-1). Their two defeats – to Bournemouth and Leicester – both came at home, they have conceded just once on their travels and three of their next four games are on the road.

Sunderland have won three of their last 18 home league games dating back a calendar year and great support they may have, should they struggle to break down an effective counter-attacking unit, the home crowd will become restless.

West Ham have beaten better teams on the road this season and while they will be expected to take the points, we think the Black Cats can stymie their startlingly good run and the Londoners will do well to take a point. [SM]





Jose Mourinho: Under scrutiny

Something is not quite right at Stamford Bridge. The Champions are suffering a hangover and they have failed to win five of their seven Premier League matches after coming from behind to draw 2-2 at lowly Newcastle.

Southampton (5.00) have won four of the last 27 meetings with Chelsea (1.70) and have won just three times at Stamford Bridge since 1989. They have drawn their three away games this season.

Saints have scored just twice on the road this season – both goals coming at Newcastle on opening day. The failed to register at both Watford and West Brom.

Chelsea have netted in all three home games, but have managed just one win on their own turf and are coming into this off a tough Champions League trip to Porto.

We still think the Blues are a fair price to register a victory and it is only a matter of time before their frustrations are taken out on someone. [SM]




Daniel Sturridge2

Back with a bang: Sturridge

Everton (2.70) have come off worst in the Merseyside derby in recent years. In fact, they have won just one of the last 20 meetings and just three of the last 34.

Brendan Rodgers remains under fire and while Liverpool (2.68) have found their scoring touch since Daniel Sturridge returned from injury, their dodgy defence, which shipped 50 and 48 goals respectively in the last two league campaigns, remains a work in progress.

Everton’s sole defeat came at the hands of Manchester City but they have kept three/four clean sheets in their opening seven games. Liverpool’s three clean sheets at the start of the season seems a distant memory and they have conceded nine goals in their last four games.

There have been five draws in the last six meetings, but we think the Blue half of Stanley Park will be in full voice at the end of this game, in what may well be Rodgers’ last in charge. Both teams to score at 1.70 seems a fair bet. [SM]





Sanchez: Back to his best

It may not be as eagerly anticipated as it was when Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira and Sir Alex Ferguson were present, but Arsenal v Manchester United is still a fixture that gets fans purring.

Both sides are coming off convincing league victories last time out. Arsenal (2.05) ended Leicester’s unbeaten record with their 5-2 win at The King Power Stadium, while Manchester United (4.10) continued Sunderland’s miserable run with a convincing 3-0 home win.

Louis van Gaal got his tactics spot on in this fixture last season, adopting a successful counter attacking style in their 2-1 victory. The Dutchman may need to do the same this year, especially considering the goal-scoring form of speedy Arsenal pair Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott.

Wayne Rooney finally opened his account in the league last weekend, and the powerful frontman has a wonderful record against The Gunners.

We can see the two sides cancelling each other out and like the look of the draw here. [CC]




Heung-Min Son

Instant impact: Heung-Min Son

This is one of the more attractive weekend fixtures and if the form of recent meetings is anything to go by, Swansea (2.63) may well suffer their first home defeat of the season.

For Tottenham have won the last seven meetings and eight of the last nine (with one draw). Indeed, the Swans have won just two of the last 12 meetings.

Tottenham (2.63) have won their last three, having opened the season with a loss and three consecutive draws. They found their form with a bang last weekend, coming from behind to beat Manchester City 4-1.

Swansea have won two of their opening seven games – both at home, but have managed just one goal in their last three league games since dispatching Manchester United 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Spurs look tidy going forward. The signing’s South Korea’s Heung-Min Son from Bayer Leverkusen of and young English midfielder Dele Alli from MK Dons will look significant pieces of business by the end of the season and it can only be a matter of time before the latter gets his first full England cap.

Tottenham have a happy knack of scoring late goals and the last goal to be scored after the 73rd minute may well pay off at around 1.91.

We will take the Londoners to maintain their excellent form in a tough game to call. [SM]



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NFL PICK SIX – Your betting guide to Week 3

MyClubBetting handicapper and Lindy’s Sports UK Editor Simon Milham takes a look at the betting trends and some of the best bets ahead of Week 3 of the 2015/16 NFL season. The odds are correct at the time of writing and are industry average.

(Handicap is denoted by +/- for the home team)


Eli Manning

Mistakes: Eli Manning

Friday, 01:25

(-3.5, Total Points 44.5)

Week 3 of the NFL season gets off to a cracking start with a huge NFC East division rivalry.

Neither team has looked particularly impressive in their opening two games. Washington lost at home to Miami before handling St Louis 24-10, the Rams suffering a let-down after knocking off NFC champion Seattle in their opener.

The Giants have lost their opening two games, holding double-digit leads against Dallas and Atlanta before succumbing. Yet they are not out of the NFC race. The Cowboys may be 2-0, but they are without first-string quarterback Tony Romo, who is ruled out with a broken collar-bone for at least six weeks, while the Philadelphia Eagles have looked offensively poor in their two openers.

The Giants have a great record when hosting the Redskins, having won nine of the last 12 meetings, including the last three, and 14 of the last 18 meetings overall.

Eli Manning should be able to take the game on his shoulders following two games where miss-management of the game clock cost them both times. In both defeats, much of the blame can be laid at his door.

Washington’s running game has been effective in their first two outings, but we still take the Giants to cover the handicap.




Andrew Luck 3

Bounce back: Andrew Luck

Sunday, 18:00

(+3.5, Total Points 45.5)

Something is amiss in Indianapolis. The Colts, who were expected to win the AFC South at a canter, are now staring at an 0-3 start after losing their opener to Buffalo before being upset at home by the New York Jets.

The Colts have had an on-going problems with their offensive line and have done little to rectify it in the offseason. Quarterback Andrew Luck has been blitzed on 47.9 per cent of his dropbacks and has consequently turned the ball over six times – five interceptions and a lost fumble.

The Colts rebounded from an 0-2 start last season to take the AFC South and reach the AFC Championship game. Since they drafted Andrew Luck, the Colts are 6-7 in September. Slow starts are the norm. They are still a best-priced 1.33 to take the division and they face a Tennessee Titans team who looked good in winning their opener at home, but were decisively beaten in Cleveland last Sunday. This is not yet tie to hit the panic button, especially since they face the leagues’ second-weakest schedule, based on last year’s records.

Every team in the AFC South has suffered at least one loss in their first two games, so the Colts are hardly off the pace.

And if history is anything to go by, they should get it, since they have beaten the Titans 12 times in the last 13 meetings.

The Titans are a young team. Young teams can look good one week and bad the next week, but there is universal support for rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, who needs better protection if he is to play up to his vast potential. He was sacked seven times in Cleveland and took a battering. But each time he got up and is, what they call in the trade, a ‘gamer’.

With Chance Warmack a short-term absentee, those line problems will only get worse.

The Titans secondary is also suspect and that is not great news entering a game against a frustrated Luck, whose Colts were beset by penalties and turnovers in the first two weeks.

This is the ideal opportunity for Indy to get back on track. They should be heavier favourites and the fact that they are not signals alarm bells. However, we still take them to come out on top.




Ryan Fitzpatrick

Veteran leadership: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Sunday, 18:00

(-1.5, Total Points 46)

This is one of the more surprising handicap lines of the week. The New York Jets are 2-0 after beating Cleveland at home and Indianapolis on the road on Monday night.

The Eagles have never lost to the New York Jets in nine previous meetings, although their four previous meetings in New York have been relatively close affairs.

The Eagles have struggled offensively. The managed 10 points against Dallas at home, managed 21 yards of offense in the first half, and are averaging 35 rushing yards per game. They have converted just five of 23 first downs. Their seven rushing yards against the Cowboys were the fewest since a minus-12 tally against Washington in 1961. Worse still, the eagles lost yardage on 21.2 percent of their carries and running back Demarco Murray left practice on Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

The loss of Jeremy Maclin from the receiving corps has also hampered Chip Kelly’s offense, who go up against one of the best front sevens in the NFL.

The Jets have moved the ball well enough under the veteran leadership of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but they could be without a key receiver in Eric Decker, who has a sprained ankle.

The Jets fly to London to take on the Miami Dolphins at Wembley next week and they fancy their chances of arriving unbeaten.

We see the Eagles just having enough to get by the surprising Jets, who appear to have finally found an identity.




Ryan Tannehill

Lacks composure: Ryan Tannehill

Sunday, 21:25

(-2.5, Total Points 43.5)

Miami have not lived up to pre-season expectations while Buffalo have been every bit as good as advertised, yet both teams come into this pivotal AFC East clash with 1-1 records.

The Dolphins have had their struggles defensively, despite paying defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $114m with $60m guaranteed over six years. The Dolphins defence allowed 396 total yards against a Jacksonville team that, on paper, looked overmatched. They also allowed 123 yards in the ground and failed to sack quarterback Blake Bortles.

The Dolphins knew that if their young players and those coming off injury did not play well, they would have concerns at the cornerback position and a major problem along the offensive line.

Those concerns have come to fruition, yet the lack of leadership by quarterback Ryan Tannehill is also a massive issue, one that is seldom highlighted.

His third-down efficiency is poor, he has yet to prove he can close out games, his deep ball is virtually non-existent and the receiving corps have been recast to his strengths – yet he still can’t get it done. Miami’s dink-and-dunk offense simply hasn’t been effective and they have almost abandoned the running game, because their tackles cannot block well enough.

Tannehill also has a nasty habit of holding onto the ball too long and that has made the offensive line look worse than it is.

Buffalo’s defence was gashed for 40 points by Super Bowl champion New England last week and although they rallied, the 40-32 scoreline was not a fair reflection of the Patriots’ dominance.

Rex Ryan’s defence tests the secondary and Miami may not be able to exploit the fact that Stephon Gilmore is injured, while veteran corner Leodis McKelvin won’t play until Week 7 at the earliest.

While the Bills could be decent this year, the fear is that they will suffer next season, as they have salary cap issues after overpaying for ‘Shady’ McCoy and Charles Clay, and they have aging players like Kyle Wlliams, Mario Williams and McKelvin. Can they sign all of Marcel Dareus, Gilmore and Cody Glenn? The feeling is they won’t be able to.

We fancy the Bills to come out of this with a victory, as Tannehill and the Dolphins’ offense continues to struggle.




Philip Rivers

Road warrior: Philip Rivers

Sunday, 18:00

(-2.5, Total Points 44.5)

The San Diego Chargers are our best bet for an away win this weekend.

They travel to Minnesota hoping to avoid dropping to 2-1 on the season following their defeat in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Vikings dispatched Detroit at home last week and are considered 2.5-point favourites to get off to a 2-1 start. San Diego lost on their last two trips to Minnesota but have never lost on three consecutive visits.

This game is not one on everybody’s NFL radar but San Diego present a decent betting opportunity, particularly with a 2.5-point start on the handicap. The series between the two has alternated W/L for each team in the last 11 meetings. The Chargers won the last meeting and may do so again, bucking this particular trend. We think Philip Rivers will have a big night against a suspect Vikings’ secondary.




Julio Jones

Big threat: Julio Jones

Sunday, 18:00

(+1.5, Total Points 45)

Tony Romo’s broken collar bone means that Brandon Weeden is entrusted with the Dallas Cowboys’ offense against an Atlanta Falcons team who have also started 2-0.

Both teams earned their respective victories against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.

Falcons have won just one of the last six trips to Dallas and they are somewhat surprising favourites, given that their ground game could be ineffective after rookie Tevin Coleman injured his rib against the Giants and may not play.

Julio Jones will still be a major threat. The Falcons leading receiver has 22 receptions for 276 yards and two touchdowns and if the Cowboys fail to get a consistent pass rush on quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons have a big chance.

The Cowboys ae also without star receiver Dez Bryant, but they do have the best offensive line in the NFL and will look to control the tempo on the ground with Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden.

The Cowboys’ defence has allowed just one touchdown in two games and while they are addled by key injuries, they may well overcome the odds.


BEST BET: DALLAS +2.5 @ 1.80

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICK SIX – Your betting guide to Week 4

MyClubBetting handicapper and Lindy’s Sports UK Editor Simon Milham takes a look at the betting trends and some of the best bets ahead of Week 4 of the 2015/16 NCAAF season…

(Handicap is denoted by +/- for the home team)


Dak Prescott

Big threat: Dak Prescott

(-1.5, Total Points 57)

Sunday, 00:30

Auburn received a wake-up call at Tiger Stadium last week when run all over by LSU in 24-point loss.

That is two dismal back-to-back performances in a row but it hasn’t overly affected odds-makers, who have made Auburn favourites for their SEC opener at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn have failed to cover the handicap in all three games this season but we reckon they are the bet of the week to beat a field-goal spread.

As we stated last week, we are not sold on Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson, and it is possible that there could be a change at the key position this week.

Johnson has had issues with accuracy all season, completing 59.7 percent of his passes for 473 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions.

Auburn’s offense was expected to be one of the best in the nation but has yet to live up to its billing and if Johnson fails to improve in a hurry, expect to see redshirt freshman Sean White taking the snaps.

Mississippi State rolled past Northwestern State 63-13 last weekend on the back of dual-threat quarterback Dak Prescott, who completed 10 of 11 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He also became MSU’s all-time leading passer.

MSU’s offensive line is a good unit but there were signs against Northwestern State that their defence can be exploited. There were too many arm tackles and missed tackles and that has to be addressed if they are to make a run on the SEC.

MSU will use the run to set up the pass and spread Auburn’s defence. But we think the Tigers will be a lot stouter against the run than they were last week and Johnson cannot possibly be worse than he was against LSU. We take the Tiers to cover the three-point spread but the sensible bet is to back them in the outright market.



Jerrod Heard

Jerrod Heard: Spark

(+3.5, Total Points 61.5)

Saturday, 20:30

Donald Trump is set to make an appearance on Friday at the Oklahoma State Fair. We feel their pain.

In other news, the OSU Cowboys crushed UTSA 69-14 last Saturday, forcing seven turnovers to give them a 17-2 record against non-conference opponents since 2010. They take a perfect 3-0 record into the start of conference play this weekend.

Yet that record has not come without a few rocky moments. They certainly did not look like Big 12 contenders in their 24-13 win over Central Michigan, as their offense was sub-par and its kicking game was awful (two missed field goals).

They also have a sophomore quarterback in Mason Rudolph, who has only played five games. He looked uncomfortable in the pocket at times and missed some big plays with inaccurate throws.

Texas struggled mightily against the run in a heart-breaking 45-44 defeat to California last weekend, showing great character to come back from a large deficit.

The change to redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard appears to have provided the Longhorns with a much-needed spark. He set a school record of 527 yards of total offense (364 yards passing and 163 yards on the ground), with his scrambling skills giving the Cal Bears’ defence fits.

The lack of depth at the safety position and an inexperienced secondary means that Texas start as underdogs for the Big 12 opener.

However, they are worth chancing, as the Longhorns appear to have found a quarterback for the future who can lead the team.

BEST BET: TEXAS +3 @ 1.91


Jalen Hurd

High and tight: Jalen Hurd

(-2, Total Points 48.5)

Saturday, 20:30

Tennessee (2-1) and Florida (3-0) will face each other for the 45th time and the Gators hold a 25-19 edge in the series. They have also won the last 10 meetings since losing 30-28 thanks to a late field goal on Sept, 18, 2004.

The Vols are coming off a 55-10 home win over Western Carolina, while Florida won their SEC opener 14-9 over Kentucky.

Tennessee has scored 138 points over its first three games and 50-plus in two of their three games, with the ground game leading the charge. Jalen Hurd is averaging over 100 yards per game and Alvin Kamara 65ypg.

Jim McElwain’s Gators had home wins over New Mexico State and East Carolina before winning at Kentucky last weekend – a game in which they struggled offensively. They sit at No.40 in the Associated Press Top 25 and while Tennessee began the year in the top 25, they have dropped to No 28 after blowing out a 14-point lead on its home field to Oklahoma.

Tennessee, touted as SEC contenders, need to get over the Florida hump after a decade of losing. The Gators are playing with the house money as a team a new head coach and no real expectations, but their defence is ranked in the top three of the SEC in eight defensive categories, including scoring (15.3 points per game), rushing (55.3 yards per game) and total defence (258ypg).

The Vols are no sure thing, having given up almost 600 yards in the opener to Bowling Green and their defensive line has registered just two sacks through three games.

However, we look for the Vols to gain a massive psychological fillip by laying the bogey. The fact that they receive 2.5 points is an added bonus and they can be backed at 1.90 to keep within that handicap.



Caleb Rowe

Interceptions: Caleb Rowe

(-15.5, Total Points 59.5)

Saturday, 20:00

We were burned by a couple of underdogs who were not expected to keep within lofty handicaps last week and given the history between West Virginia and Maryland, the percentages would suggest that taking the Terrapins with a 15.5-point start in Morgantown could pay off.

The Mountaineers have won eight of the last nine meetings but recent meetings on their own patch have been relatively close encounters. WVU have won by 10, 14, 21, 3, 3 22 17 and 13 points in their last eight meetings in Morgantown, mostly when favoured by more than two touchdowns against their unranked opponents.

This will be West Virginia’s first real test of the season after beating Georgia Southern and Liberty by a combined 68 points in its first two games.

Maryland rebounded from a 48-27 loss to Bowling Green two weeks ago with a 35-17 win over South Florida, with Caleb Rowe passing for 297 yards and four touchdowns. However, he was also picked off three times.

That could be a major factor in the game. He has now been picked off five times this season and the Mountaineers’ decent defence will provide a stiff test for Rowe.

We are not putting our faith in the trends on this occasion. West Virginia should roll to a comprehensive victory and we look for a scoreline of around 38-17, with the hosts covering the spread.



Tanner Magnum

Impressive: Tanner Magnum

(-5.5, Total Points 45.5)

Saturday, 17:00

This is potentially one of the games of the week for the neutral. BYU are the Leicester City of College Football, having made a habit of coming back from deficits to win.

They came up with last-minute victories against Nebraska and Boise State but last week, again as underdogs, fell short, going down 24-23 to then-No.10 UCLA. Tanner Magnum, a true freshman quarterback, has been impressive. He led them on a 43-yard dive in the fourth quarter only to be intercepted with 58 seconds remaining.

BYU will have to do a better job of defending the run against a Michigan team who have been surprisingly good on the ground. While they limited their first two opponents to 2.8 yards per carry, they received a wake-up call last time, surrendering 296 yards on 38 carries.

Michigan have struggled to move the ball through the air but have averaged 239.5 yards on the ground in victories against Oregon State and UNLV.

Iowa transfer quarterback Jake Ruddock has been up and down for Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, throwing five interceptions. The BYU defence is tied for the FBS lead with seven interceptions and that opportunistic group could have an impact.

The x-factors are the vast crowd, which is expected to top 100,000, and the exertions of BYU going on the road for the third time on four weeks.

Still, we take a chance on the Cougars, who have kept things close on each outing. Michigan are still in a rebuilding mode and until Harbaugh gets the shaky QB position under control, the Wolverines will remain vulnerable.

BEST BET: BYU +5.5 @ 1.90


Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson: Not pleased

(+7.5, Total Points 56.5)

Saturday, 17:00

A measure of revenge and a wake-up call are the two factors that sway us to backing Georgia Tech when they play their ACC opener at Duke.

Duke upset Georgia Tech in Atlanta last season and suffered a set-back last week when losing 30-22 to Notre Dame in South Bend last week.

There were plenty of blown assignments from Paul Johnson’s team who looked a little wide-eyed early on in front of a big crowd. In particular, the offensive line were vulnerable to the Notre Dame pass rush and the blocking was awful at times.

A couple of inexperienced backs missed some gaping holes and the secondary missed a few tackles, yet they were still within a score of Notre Dame at the death.

Duke pulled off a stunning 31-25 upset at Bobby Dodd Stadium last season and are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season, a 1910 defeat at home to No.17-ranked Northwestern.

The Blue Devils are allowing just 93.3 yards on the ground per game and their defence will provide a stiff test for the Yellow Jackets, who annually rank among the best rushing teams in the country. Georgia have rolled up over 300 yards in all but one of their victories over Duke since 2008, but were held to 282 rushing yards in last season’s defeat.

We see Georgia Tech making some strides and correcting mistakes this week, as they roll to an easy victory.


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