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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.

Team: Oregon Ducks
Sport to bet on: College football
Sports movie: The Sandlot
Sports snack: Cherries
Covers feature: College football betting trends
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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Nationals vs Dodgers Prediction, Picks, and Odds for Tonight’s MLB Game

Apr 15, 2024 • 11:43 AM ET

Tyler Glasnow had a statement performance in his last Dodgers start, fanning 14 Twins on fewer than 90 pitches. While that might point to a new turn against the lowly Nationals, our betting picks don't particularly like his chances at an encore.

Cubs vs Mariners Prediction, Picks, and Odds for Today's MLB Game

Apr 14, 2024 • 1:29 PM ET

The Mariners find themselves in a slide and will look to a struggling Luis Castillo to help turn things around. Our MLB picks believe Castillo isn't as bad as his numbers suggest and we think he'll tame Chicago this afternoon.

Padres vs Dodgers Prediction, Picks, and Odds for Tonight’s MLB Game

Apr 12, 2024 • 10:00 AM ET

The Padres have a talented lineup, but can they foil Yoshinobu Yamamoto and the Dodgers? Our MLB picks have their doubts.

Cubs vs Padres Prediction, Picks, and Odds for Tonight’s MLB Game

Apr 10, 2024 • 10:01 AM ET

An eventful three-game Cubs vs. Padres series comes to a close at Petco Park tonight. Find out why our MLB betting picks believe Nico Hoerner could be key to the Cubs' chances in a game where runs might be precious.

Cubs vs Padres Prediction, Picks, and Odds for Tonight’s MLB Game

Apr 9, 2024 • 10:18 AM ET

The shell-shocked Cubs are playing in San Diego just 24 hours after blowing an 8-0 lead to the Padres, and Chicago's pitching situation is a mess. Our MLB betting picks will rely on Jake Cronenworth and Fernando Tatis Jr. to do damage.

Padres vs Giants Prediction, Picks, and Odds: San Fran Gains Early Lead Behind Webb

Apr 7, 2024 • 11:13 AM ET

It's been an up-and-down start of the season for San Francisco's Logan Webb but Sunday's start looks like a great spot to settle in. Find out why in our Padres vs. Giants betting picks below.

Padres vs Giants Prediction, Picks, and Odds: Winn Whistles Past Pads

Apr 6, 2024 • 2:45 PM ET

Keaton Winn has seemingly added an effective third pitch to his repertoire for the Giants, and that should have the Padres in fits at the plate on Saturday night, per our MLB betting picks.

Padres vs Giants Prediction, Picks, and Odds: No Desisting for Cease

Apr 5, 2024 • 12:07 PM ET

Dylan Cease is looking to bounce back from a bit of a tough season, and our MLB picks think this matchup with a K-happy Giants side will help the new Padres starter find his groove again.

Giants vs Dodgers Prediction, Picks, and Odds: Bats Have Betting Edge at Dodger Stadium

Apr 3, 2024 • 12:17 PM ET

With the Giants 6-0 to the Over this season and the Dodgers not much worse at 5-2, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see us eyeing the total again on Wednesday. Read more in our MLB betting picks below.

Utah vs Indiana State Predictions, NIT Semifinals Picks, and Odds for Tuesday's Matchup

Apr 2, 2024 • 4:06 PM ET

Utah guard Deivon Smith has averaged 8.5 assists since January 11 and has logged 8+ dimes in 11 of his last 15 games. With his assist prop sitting at 7.5 and plus-money odds to boot, our best bet for Utah vs. Indiana State is a no-brainer.

Giants vs Dodgers Prediction, Picks, and Odds: Fireworks at Dodger Stadium

Apr 1, 2024 • 1:20 PM ET

Two NL West foes clash tonight when the Giants take on the Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium. Both teams are sending relative unknowns to the bump and our MLB picks believe both teams will continue trending to the over. Find out why below.

Cardinals vs Dodgers Prediction, Picks, and Odds: Cards Sink Stone on Sunday Night Baseball

Mar 31, 2024 • 2:00 PM ET

The Cardinals offense has been contained by the Dodgers thus far, but our MLB betting picks believe St. Louis has a golden opportunity to get to Gavin Stone tonight.

Elite 8 Parlay Picks: March Madness Predictions for Saturday

Mar 30, 2024 • 11:56 AM ET

Illinois has done well to advance to Elite 8 despite some concerning defensive metrics, but against the defending champion UConn Huskies, our March Madness parlay picks expect those struggles to rear their ugly heads.

Sweet 16 Parlay Picks: March Madness Predictions for Thursday

Mar 27, 2024 • 11:15 AM ET

JD Yonke is attacking the March Madness player prop markets as he makes his best college basketball betting picks for parlays this Thursday night. Find out how to wager on these Sweet 16 showdowns.

Cincinnati vs Indiana State Predictions, Picks, and Odds for NIT Quarterfinals Matchup

Mar 26, 2024 • 6:38 PM ET

The Cincinnati Bearcats had a rude awakening in Big 12 basketball but are looking to end the season on a high note. Unfortunately for them, our college basketball picks believe the Sycamores have much more to offer tonight.

Round 2 March Madness Parlay Picks: Cryer Makes It Rain Against Texas A&M

Mar 23, 2024 • 6:17 PM ET

Round 2 of March Madness concludes on Sunday, and JD Yonke has you covered with a littany of spread and player props that you can combine for a lucrative payout. Read more in our latest college basketball betting picks.

Round 1 March Madness Parlay Picks: Osobor Bullies Inside for Aggies

Mar 22, 2024 • 9:38 AM ET

As the Round of 64 continues Friday, our March Madness picks are targeting two enticing parlays for college basketball bettors to sink their teeth into — featuring Utah State's Great Osobor.

Colorado vs Boise State Predictions, Picks, and Odds: da Silva Hungry for March Madness Ticket

Mar 20, 2024 • 6:16 PM ET

A No. 10 seed is up on the line for the Buffaloes and Broncos, but only one team can make it in. Our college basketball picks have broken down the matchup, and we expect a big from Colorado's Tristan da Silva.

Wagner vs Howard Predictions, Picks, and Odds: March Madness Action Kicks Off in Dayton

Mar 19, 2024 • 4:25 PM ET

Opening up the March Madness action is a First Four tilt between No. 16 seeds Wagner and Howard. The game features a measly 128-point total but our March Madness picks expect both teams to have plenty of success offensively.

Grand Canyon vs UT Arlington Predictions, Picks, and Odds: Grant-Foster Shines for Antelopes

Mar 16, 2024 • 2:40 PM ET

Grand Canyon and UT Arlington should be making the scoreboard put in work with the WAC title on the line, and our college basketball picks like the game's biggest star to make an impact.

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