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Douglas Farmer has covered Notre Dame football for various outlets since 2008. The joke around the Notre Dame press box each home game is to ask Douglas what the spread is on all other games across the country, knowing he spends as much time (if not more) with an eye on the national landscape as he does on the Irish. While the other beat writers may be joking, those answers directly influence what games are on the press box TVs up until Notre Dame's kickoff. Well-versed enough to hold a conversation about any sport short of cricket, his offseason focuses are all forms of basketball.

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Sport to bet on: College football
Sports movie: Finding Forrester
Sports snack: Whiskey
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A "return to living" trip to Vegas before the 2021 football season started by seeing value on Georgia to win the national championship at +800. By then, mid-August, the consensus line was +650. So, I took my entire weekend's bankroll and put it on what I affectionately referred to as "Clifford." The logic was, Georgia should make the Playoff and by then, I'll be sitting on great value to hedge out. Except, I never hedged out. I just added to the investment all season long, including with live odds of +140. The joy was not in the win, but in the five months of vindicated conviction.
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This may seem trivial, but it is the one that still aggravates me years later. There are few better bets in life than fading a Brian VanGorder defense. So when Bowling Green visited Notre Dame in 2019, I trusted the Irish to run it up on their former defensive coordinator, betting the Notre Dame team total Over 54.5. I think I am the only person in the world who vividly remembers Javon McKinley dropping an open crossing route inside the 10-yard line, forcing the Irish to settle for a field goal en route to a 52-0 win.
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Timberwolves vs Nuggets Picks and Predictions: Russell Stays Red-Hot Ahead of Deadline

Feb 7, 2023 • 3:31 PM ET

Ahead of the deadline, D'Angelo Russell's name has been floated in trade talks. On the court, however, he has been scorching as a shooter — and our Timberwolves vs. Nuggets picks expect that form to continue tonight.

Warriors vs Nuggets Picks and Predictions: Golden State's Backups Stand No Chance

Feb 2, 2023 • 3:59 PM ET

The Warriors head to the thin air of Denver to face off against the West-best Nuggets, and will likely take the floor without Steph, Klay, and more. That leaves us with a double-digit spread, but one our NBA picks suspect Denver can handle with ease.

Warriors vs Timberwolves Picks and Predictions: Wiggins Gets His Inevitable Revenge

Feb 1, 2023 • 3:19 PM ET

Few players put it on their former NBA teams like Andrew Wiggins and tonight's matchup with the Timberwolves presents another opportunity for us to take advantage. Find out how in our NBA betting picks below.

Hawks vs Trail Blazers Picks and Predictions: Atlanta Will Push Aside Punchless Portland

Jan 30, 2023 • 4:43 PM ET

The Hawks remain in playoff contention, while the Trail Blazers are falling fast, and not even Damian Lillard can stop the plunge. Find out why we like Trae Young and Atlanta to prevail in our Hawks vs. Trail Blazers NBA picks.

Pelicans vs Bucks Picks and Predictions: Scoring Woes Continue for New Orleans

Jan 29, 2023 • 3:38 PM ET

The New Orleans Pelicans are free-falling down the Western Conference standings, and the return of Brandon Ingram has done nothing to stem the tide. The Milwaukee Bucks won't take it easy on them on Sunday night, as our NBA picks explain.

Timberwolves vs Pelicans Picks and Predictions: Back New Orleans With Ingram Returning

Jan 25, 2023 • 3:41 PM ET

New Orleans is in a current funk but the return of Brandon Ingram to the lineup tonight will be huge, especially since Minnesota should have a hard time guarding the small forward. Read more in our Timberwolves vs. Pelicans betting picks.

Nets vs Warriors Picks and Predictions: Curry's Home Cooking

Jan 22, 2023 • 2:31 PM ET

The Nets look lost without Kevin Durant, while the Warriors have Chef Curry back and are poised to send a message at home tonight. See why our NBA picks are laying the chalk with the champs.

Timberwolves vs Nuggets Picks and Predictions: McDaniels Helps Carry the Load at Altitude

Jan 18, 2023 • 4:51 PM ET

The Timberwolves' previous game ended with Jaden McDaniels' game-winner bouncing off the rim. In a bizarre matchup with the Nuggets, our NBA picks expect Minnesota's other young stud to bounce back from that miss.

Pelicans vs Cavaliers Picks and Predictions: Slow Start in Cleveland

Jan 16, 2023 • 10:32 AM ET

Despite a big-time lineup of NBA matchups on MLK Day, these early afternoon tip-offs so often mean teams need some time to wake up and get going. That's pointing us to the first-half Under — read more in our NBA betting picks below.

Mavericks vs Trail Blazers Picks and Predictions: When It Rains It Pours in Portland

Jan 15, 2023 • 3:49 PM ET

The Dallas Mavericks dropped Saturday night's tilt in Portland by double-digits, and there's no reason to think the Trail Blazers will take it easy on Luka Doncic & Co. less than 24 hours later, as our NBA picks explain.

Mavericks vs Trail Blazers Picks and Predictions: Back Doncic & Co. in Portland

Jan 14, 2023 • 5:04 PM ET

Luka Doncic has been on absolute fire lately and should give Portland some trouble when Dallas pays a visit tonight. Read why the wrong team may be favored by checking out our Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers betting picks.

Bucks vs Heat Picks and Predictions: Bucks Attack Shallow Heat

Jan 12, 2023 • 3:01 PM ET

The Bucks are sitting Giannis tonight, but the Heat's roster is hanging on by a thread, and won't be able to match Milwaukee's depth. See why the underdogs have plenty of value in tonight's NBA picks.

Pelicans vs Celtics Picks and Predictions: Pels Continue Scoring Sprints

Jan 11, 2023 • 3:30 PM ET

The Pelicans have been getting off to hot starts of late, consistently and disproportionately scoring more in the first half. We're banking on the trend to repeat itself against the Celtics — find out why with our NBA picks.

TCU vs Georgia CFP National Championship Game Prop Bets: Duggan Finds Paydirt Against the Bulldogs

Jan 9, 2023 • 4:50 PM ET

Max Duggan will attempt to lead TCU to an upset win over the Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff national championship on Monday. Headlined by the Horned Frogs' QB, find out our favorite college football prop picks for TCU vs. Georgia.

Mississippi State vs Illinois Prediction: ReliaQuest Bowl Odds and Picks

Jan 2, 2023 • 8:54 AM ET

The Bulldogs enter the ReliaQuest Bowl with heavy hearts, following the sudden passing of Mike Leach. Nothing defined Leach quite like an explosive offense, and it'll show up here. Our Mississippi State vs. Illinois picks have more.

Tennessee vs Clemson Prediction: Orange Bowl Odds and Picks

Dec 30, 2022 • 6:00 PM ET

Both Clemson and Tennessee come into this (literal) Orange Bowl with backup QBs... except the new guy is an upgrade for the Tigers and a step backward for the Volunteers — so our free college football picks love the Tigers, who should be more than -5.

Notre Dame vs South Carolina Prediction: Gator Bowl Odds and Picks

Dec 30, 2022 • 1:24 PM ET

South Carolina enters this game coming off two big upsets, but opt-outs and injuries have transformed this roster into a skeleton crew. Our college football betting picks acknowledge that and fade the Gamecocks team total.

Maryland vs NC State Prediction: Duke's Mayo Bowl Odds and Picks

Dec 30, 2022 • 9:59 AM ET

Opt-outs have sunk both Maryland and NC State coming into this game, opening the door for the narrow spreads we're seeing. With that said, our college football betting picks believe the Wolfpack have enough to get the job done.

Buffalo vs Georgia Southern Prediction: Camellia Bowl Odds and Picks

Dec 27, 2022 • 10:21 AM ET

The Camelia Bowl on Tuesday features the Buffalo Bulls taking on the Georgia Southern Eagles on Tuesday. Read more to find out where the betting edge lies in our Buffalo vs. Georgia Southern betting picks.

Wake Forest vs Missouri Prediction: Gasparilla Bowl Odds and Picks

Dec 23, 2022 • 3:27 PM ET

With Sam Hartman under center, Wake Forest and its high-flying offense have been able to pile up points with the best of them. In what may be his final game as a Demon Deacon, our college football betting picks are expecting one more explosion.

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