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See spot. See spot bet: This week's best spot bet opportunities

Jason Logan
Spot bets are classic handicapping practices that have proven profitable no matter what sport you’re betting. Whether it’s a team looking past this week’s opponent, one coming off a hard-fought victory, or a rough patch of schedule, bettors can find value picking their spots.

Letdown spot

The Bronze Boot is resting safely back in Fort Collins after the Colorado State Rams stomped the rival Wyoming Cowboys, 52-22 as 6.5-point road underdogs, in the Border War Saturday. That win marked CSU’s first victory over Wyoming since 2008 and was a rare high spot for the Rams this season. But what goes up, must come down.

Colorado State could have some trouble in paradise with a letdown looming in Hawaii. A trip to the islands has plagued even the best of football programs. And with CSU overconfident off a rivalry win and focusing more on the tropical surroundings than the Warriors, there is value in Hawaii as a 5.5-point home underdog. The home team has covered in each of the past four meetings between these teams.

Lookahead spot

The Boston Bruins close out a three-game road trip in Buffalo Wednesday, headlining one of two NHL primetime games. With wins in their first two stops on this trek – over Florida and Tampa Bay – the Bruins are 5-2-0-0 and right in the mix in the Atlantic Division. However, the reigning Eastern Conference champs could find themselves looking past the lowly Sabres and to a monster matchup on Thursday’s slate.

A game against last-place Buffalo pales in comparison to a home showdown with the San Jose Sharks, who enter the week with the best record in the NHL. San Jose has picked up points in its first eight games, going 7-0-0-1 out of the gate. Boston struggled against Buffalo last season, losing three of their five meetings. Bettors will get great home moneyline value on the Sabres Wednesday.

Schedule spot

The San Francisco 49ers are a long way from home in Week 8, taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, England Sunday. The Niners, who have to overcome an eight-hour time difference, left Nashville, where they beat the Titans Sunday, and traveled straight to the UK in preparation for this weekend’s contest.

The Niners organization has made this trip before, beating Denver 24-16 as 2-point favorites in Wembley Stadium back in 2010, but was a much more traveled team at that point in the season. This year, San Francisco has only ventured as far east as Tennessee and has played four of its first seven games in the Bay Area. On top of playing on the other side of the globe, the 49ers are hefty 17-point chalk versus the Jaguars Sunday.

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Posted by Spikester
3 years ago

Mr. Logan - if the 49rs left for the U.K. right after the game against the Titans on Sunday, they have six days to get rid of the jetlag. The fact they have not gone east of Tennessee this year would have no bearing on your statement. Where is the relevancy?

Posted by fisherton
3 years ago

that's the whole point of the article greedybastard - 1st off if teams always won "must win" games we'd all be rich - teams lose "must win" games constantly - & the fact you feel this is that type of game for CSU all the more reason for a letdown above & beyond the big win over Wyoming last week - just saying

Posted by Greedybastard
3 years ago

It is the exact opposite at CSU. The Hawaii game is crucial for the Rams and their bowl hopes. They absolutely have to have this game, and they know it.

Posted by jbeamz
3 years ago

did you read a quote from the team somewhere?....already?...just may know it? but does the team?...
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Posted by Greedybastard
3 years ago

"It is the exact opposite at CSU. The Hawaii game is crucial for the Rams and their bowl hopes. They absolutely have to have this game, and they know it."