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JD joined the Covers team covering college football for the 2021 season. He eats, sleeps, and breathes the game of college football. Not reading about the South Alabama backfield in the month of March? JD frowns upon your lack of dedication to the game. When it's not college football season, he's a part of Covers' coverage of college basketball and MLB coverage.

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Team: Oregon Ducks
Sport to bet on: College football
Sports movie: The Sandlot
Sports snack: Cherries
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Remember when Michigan State opened the 2021 season as +3 underdogs (and +135 on the moneyline) to Northwestern? An easy 38-21 Spartans win was a great start to the season. Considering the Spartans finished the season 11-2 and the Wildcats went 3-9, it's a reminder that there's always an edge somewhere.
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Toledo vs. Western Michigan in 2020. The Rockets scored a touchdown to go up 38-28 with just under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Naturally, I was feeling good about my Toledo +2 point spread and +115 moneyline tickets. Not so fast — with the help of an onside kick, Western Michigan scored two touchdowns in the final 0:45 for a 41-38 win that spoiled both of my tickets.
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TCU vs Kansas State Odds, Picks and Predictions: Wildcats End Big 12 Skid

Feb 7, 2023 • 10:33 AM ET

TCU may be a Top 25 squad but without leading scorer Mike Miles Jrs., the Horned Frogs have dropped two straight. As such, college basketball odds have the Wildcats slated as a 4.5-point favorite and our betting picks expect them to cover with ease.

Houston vs Temple Odds, Picks and Predictions: Defense Dominates in Revenge Game

Feb 5, 2023 • 12:38 PM ET

Houston seeks to avenge a one-point loss to Temple just two weeks ago, but it may not be easy against an improving Owls team that's playing in their own building. Our college basketball picks are calling for a low-scoring slugfest.

Gonzaga vs St. Mary's Odds, Picks and Predictions: Bulldogs' Defense Will Oblige Over Bettors

Feb 4, 2023 • 9:50 AM ET

Gonzaga finds themselves in an unusual spot as underdogs against St. Mary's tonight. While the betting public has yet to make up its mind on the spread, consensus action is driving this total down. However, our college basketball picks prefer the Over.

Oregon vs Arizona Odds, Picks and Predictions: Ducks Keep Up With Wildcats

Feb 2, 2023 • 10:25 AM ET

The last time these teams matched up this season, Oregon beat the brakes off Arizona with its hot shooting. Now with the Wildcats 9-point faves, our college basketball betting picks think that's too many points.

Oklahoma State vs Oklahoma Odds, Picks and Predictions: Sooners Kick Cowboys off Their High Horse

Feb 1, 2023 • 10:15 AM ET

Oklahoma State was able to beat in-state rival Oklahoma rather handily when they met two weeks ago in Stillwater. But the venue has changed for the rematch, and revenge is on the menu in Norman, as our college basketball selections outline.

Arizona vs Washington Odds, Picks and Predictions: Huskies Can't Hang With Rejuvenated Wildcats

Jan 28, 2023 • 10:38 AM ET

The Wildcats' recent slump has come and gone, and they're again looking like a conference power in the Pac-12. Against an average Huskies team, our picks like Arizona to reassert itself in Washington.

Arkansas vs Baylor Odds, Picks and Predictions: Black Makes Green for Bettors

Jan 28, 2023 • 9:37 AM ET

Arkansas will be in tough against Baylor's guard play — the good news is it can count on a big effort from Anthony Black. Find out why our college basketball picks see numbers on the board from the Razorbacks freshman on Saturday.

UCLA vs USC Odds, Picks and Predictions: Bruins Get Back in the Win Column

Jan 26, 2023 • 2:47 PM ET

Following its first loss since November 20 on Saturday, the UCLA Bruins now head across town to take on their conference rival USC Trojans. We expect the Bruins to get back on track tonight — find out why in our NCAAB betting picks below.

Kansas vs Baylor Odds, Picks and Predictions: Jayhawks' Slide Continues in Short Turnaround

Jan 23, 2023 • 10:19 AM ET

Back-to-back losses for the defending champion Kansas Jayhawks is a tough look and it definitely won't get any easier in the gauntlet that is the Big 12. Next up: the Baylor Bears — we break down the matchup below.

Temple vs Houston Odds, Picks and Predictions: Owls Hunted on Sunday

Jan 22, 2023 • 9:12 AM ET

Houston's defense is going to make life hell for Temple today, putting the clamps on an already-inefficient offense. See how our college basketball picks are backing the Cougars.

UCLA vs Arizona Odds, Picks and Predictions: Cats Come to Play

Jan 21, 2023 • 6:58 AM ET

This Pac-12 showdown sees two of the nation's top squads going head-to-head... and while oddsmakers are leaning ever-so-slightly toward the streaking Bruins, our college basketball picks are actually on the Wildcats at home.

UCLA vs Arizona State Odds, Picks and Predictions: Bruins Cool off Sun Devils

Jan 19, 2023 • 10:58 AM ET

The Arizona State Sun Devils are on the rise in the Pac-12, but they'll be tested for class in Tempe tonight by the No. 5 UCLA Bruins. Our college basketball picks say points will be at a premium in this one.

USC vs Arizona Odds, Picks and Predictions: Trojans, Wildcats Play to the Under

Jan 19, 2023 • 9:41 AM ET

Arizona's recent struggles reared their ugly heads in a 19-point blowout loss to Oregon over the weekend, but we're expecting a much more spirited defensive effort tonight against an offensively-challenged USC squad. Read more below.

Texas vs Iowa State Odds, Picks and Predictions: Target Over With Texas' Sloppy Defense

Jan 17, 2023 • 10:12 AM ET

Between the market overcorrecting to Iowa State's defense and Texas' defense falling off a cliff in recent weeks, this total is a few points too low. We break down the 131-point Over/Under and more in our college basketball picks and predictions below.

Utah vs USC Odds, Picks and Predictions: How Low Can You Go?

Jan 14, 2023 • 3:17 PM ET

The Trojans and Utes are set to meet up in a matchup of two Pac-12 teams that should be suffocating on defense tonight. Find out why this game has all the makings of a low-scoring affair in our Utah vs. USC betting picks.

Colorado vs UCLA Odds, Picks and Predictions: Bruins Lock Down on Defense

Jan 14, 2023 • 10:36 AM ET

UCLA's an elite defensive unit, one that Colorado will have trouble leveling up to. In particular, one Buffaloes standout has had trouble getting buckets against top foes — find out who to target with our college basketball picks.

Utah vs UCLA Odds, Picks and Predictions: Utes Put Up a Fight

Jan 12, 2023 • 10:04 AM ET

UCLA is an imposing foe at home, but Utah's facing a bloated spread, in a spot where it's probably being undervalued. See why our college basketball picks like a closer game in this Pac-12 tilt.

Colorado vs USC Odds, Picks and Predictions: Buffaloes Stampede Trojans

Jan 12, 2023 • 9:29 AM ET

Colorado has been a hard team to read this season, and now it must face a USC team that's made a name for itself on defense. With that said, our college basketball betting picks believe this spread is too long.

Houston vs Cincinnati Odds, Picks and Predictions: Under Trend Continues for Cougars

Jan 8, 2023 • 11:12 AM ET

Houston has been an unstoppable force this season, but Cincinnati has been no slouch itself. Although both teams have very capable offenses, our college basketball betting picks are eyeing the defensive side of the ball.

Arkansas vs Auburn Odds, Picks and Predictions: Hogs Trample Tigers

Jan 7, 2023 • 12:29 PM ET

Arkansas has ridden its elite defense to a top-tier ranking, and that pressure should travel well against an Auburn squad that our college basketball picks think is getting too much credit at home.

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