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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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Red Sox vs Yankees Picks and Predictions: Judgement Day

Sep 25, 2022 • 8:06 AM ET

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has history within his grasp. Will tonight be the night he finally ties Roger Maris to claim a share of the American league single-season home run record?

Utah vs Arizona State Odds, Picks and Predictions: Thomas Flattens Sun Devils Rush Defense

Sep 24, 2022 • 8:21 AM ET

After Herm Edwards' firing added more dysfunction to an already discombobulated program at Arizona State, the Sun Devils now host a Utah team finding its footing after an opening-week loss. The Utes and RB Tavion Thomas will run all over AZ State.

Wyoming vs BYU Odds, Picks and Predictions: Cowboys Face Reality Check in Provo

Sep 24, 2022 • 8:21 AM ET

Despite three straight wins, Wyoming's offense is one-dimensional and should struggle to score against BYU's defense. As such, our college football betting picks are targeting the first-half Under as we expect both defenses to control this game early on.

USC vs Oregon State Odds, Picks and Predictions: Trojans, Beavers Exchange Blows in West Coast Shootout

Sep 24, 2022 • 8:20 AM ET

The Trojans and Beavers are routinely posting huge offensive numbers and are averaging more than 95 points between the two of them. Expect nothing less than a shootout and hammer the Over — even against the sky-high 70.5-point total.

Boise State vs UTEP Odds, Picks and Predictions: Two Inept Offenses Clash

Sep 23, 2022 • 5:57 PM ET

UTEP and Boise State have both looked disastrous on offense this season. With neither team inspiring confidence to back, we're targeting a bet that fades both feeble attacks for our college football betting picks.

Cardinals vs Dodgers Picks and Predictions: Can Quintana Keep Dodgers at Bay?

Sep 23, 2022 • 8:58 AM ET

The Dodgers and Cardinals are both tearing the ball apart lately, and have two pitchers on the mound with underlying trends to the Over. Can we expect more offense than the books think? Our MLB picks have the answers.

Diamondbacks vs Dodgers Picks and Predictions: Kershaw Keeps Arizona Bats Silent

Sep 19, 2022 • 8:29 PM ET

The Dodgers return home after a successful road trip culminated with a three-game sweep of the rival Giants. Now, they host the Diamondbacks, who haven't hit well all season and are really laboring at the dish in September, particularly vs. lefties.

Dodgers vs Giants Picks and Predictions: Heaney, Dodgers Go For Sweep

Sep 18, 2022 • 11:44 AM ET

The Dodgers have owned the Padres this season and that includes games played at Oracle Park, where Dave Roberts' squad has won six straight. We like LAD to complete the sweep tonight but with two strong pitchers on the mound, you should target the Under.

San Diego State vs Utah Odds, Picks and Predictions: Utah Gets Revenge, Lays Smackdown

Sep 17, 2022 • 8:01 AM ET

This time last year, San Diego State shocked Utah with a 33-31 upset win, but this time around, the Aztecs' prospects of another victory don't look so bright. As our college football betting picks explain, back the Utes to win and win big.

Fresno State vs USC Odds, Picks and Predictions: USC Lacks Defense Needed to Cover

Sep 17, 2022 • 8:00 AM ET

USC's offense looks like one of the best in the nation but its defense has left something to be desired. And while Jake Haener and the Bulldogs might appear overmatched, they'll have enough offensive firepower to stay within the two-touchdown spread.

Duquesne vs Hawaii Odds, Picks and Predictions: Rainbow Warriors Not Worth Your Bankroll

Sep 17, 2022 • 7:58 AM ET

It's hard to imagine a worse start to the season for the now 0-3 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, but they are entering their Week 3 matchup with Duquesne as 6.5-point favorites. Should you trust them to get the job done? Our NCAAF betting picks say no.

Dodgers vs Giants Picks and Predictions: Webb and May Engage in Pitching Duel

Sep 16, 2022 • 10:40 AM ET

With Logan Webb and Dustin May starting on their mound for Los Angeles and San Francisco tonight, we expect a low-scoring series opener in the Bay Area on Friday. Read more in our Dodgers vs. Giants betting picks.

Braves vs Giants Picks and Predictions: Wright Continues Breakout Success

Sep 13, 2022 • 8:39 AM ET

Kyle Wright was once one of baseball's top pitching prospects but found difficulty harnessing command. He's finally broken out for the Braves and headlines our best bet tonight with a low strikeout number vs. the K-happy Giants.

Giants vs Cubs Picks and Predictions: San Fran's Relief Arms Not Built For Bullpen Day

Sep 11, 2022 • 12:36 PM ET

The Giants are opening with John Brebbia in what will be a bullpen day, but are their relief arms good enough to justify backing against Wade Miley and the Cubs? Our MLB betting picks and predictions say no.

Dodgers vs Padres Picks and Predictions: Urias Shines for Los Angeles in Low-Scoring Matchup

Sep 10, 2022 • 10:57 AM ET

Los Angeles has its division lead on lock, but San Diego came away with a win in Game 1 of this series. With two incredible southpaws on the mound tonight, our MLB betting picks see this total staying Under the number.

USC vs Stanford Odds, Picks and Predictions: Trojans Continue Fireworks Show

Sep 10, 2022 • 8:02 AM ET

Lincoln Riley's tenure at USC got off to a great start, but can they keep the momentum going in their first conference game? Find out what our college football picks target as the Trojans take on lowly Stanford.

Hawaii vs Michigan Odds, Picks and Predictions: McCarthy, Wolverines Dominate in Major Mismatch

Sep 10, 2022 • 8:02 AM ET

After a Week 1 stomping of Colorado State, the Wolverines now play host to the lowly Hawaii Rainbow Warriors as huge 51-point favorites, but should that half-century spread scare you away? Our NCAAF betting picks and predictions say no — read more below.

Baylor vs BYU Odds, Picks and Predictions: Back Underdog Bears in Week 2's Only Ranked Matchup

Sep 10, 2022 • 8:02 AM ET

Just last season, Baylor dominated BYU in Waco in a game it led by as much as 21. As our college football betting picks explain, we don't think enough has changed to justify BYU now being a 3.5-point favorite at home.

Dodgers vs Padres Picks and Predictions: Unflappable LA Marches On

Sep 9, 2022 • 11:23 AM ET

L.A. has been the best team in baseball throughout the season, and as NYY falters the Dodgers just keep rolling. With a short trip down to San Diego ahead, our MLB betting picks expect L.A. to roll right through the Padres.

Clemson vs Georgia Tech Odds, Picks and Predictions: Tigers Make Strong Opening Statement

Sep 5, 2022 • 5:01 PM ET

After a bit of a disappointing season in 2021, the Clemson Tigers will be desperate to get back in the saddle with a strong season-opening performance against Georgia Tech. We're backing them to do just that — covering the 22.5-point spread in the process.

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