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    With Christmas right around the corner, there are a bevy of new sports books that could make the perfect gift for the fan on your list. Christmas is quickly approaching and the deadline to buy gifts for loved ones is quickly disappearing. It is often difficult to know what to get someone and in the interest of making your life easier, here is a list of recently released books that may be the perfect fit for the sports fan in your life. After all, even if someone is not a big reader, who doesn’t like to display some books in the living room in the hopes of appearing more literate than they are? It’s the perfect gift!Sports books for readers interested in the intersection of sports and the fight for social justice:Raise A Fist, Take a Knee by John Feinstein Veteran writer John Feinstein takes a look at racism in sports in his new book Raise A Fist, Take A Knee. While the sports world often likes to imagine itself as a meritocracy, it is no revelation that this is...
    40 Animated Christmas Movies for a Perfect Christmas Countdown Sunday Night Football FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice for Week 13 Broncos-Chiefs single-game tournaments Lock In Refi Savings Before Rates Get Too High Ad Microsoft $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Do This Before Your Next Credit Card Payment (It’s Genius) Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/51 SLIDES © Lawrence Turman 50 best college movies...
    PeopleImages | E+ | Getty Images American families grappling with the cost of higher education may consider a 529 college savings plan to lessen the financial burden. But there are several things to weigh when picking a plan. A 529 plan is an investment account offering tax-free growth, as long as the beneficiary uses the money for qualified education expenses, such as tuition, room and board, books and more. Families may also spend a limited amount on private K-12 tuition, apprenticeships and student loans, depending on state rules. While it makes sense to start by exploring home-state options, including tax breaks and other incentives, investors are free to shop beyond their resident 529 plan. More from Personal Finance:Biden administration announces major fixes to public service loan forgivenessThose 529 college savings plans can be a flexible way to transfer wealthConsider these tax moves before paying for college "The tax benefit is certainly important," said Rachel Biar, director of Nebraska's NEST 529 Savings Plan and vice-chair of the College Savings Plans Network, an organization promoting the accounts. "But they should definitely look at all...
    College is the next logical step for many newly minted high school graduates. The National Center for Education Statistics indicated that, in fall 2019, roughly 19.9 million students were slated to attend colleges and universities in the United States. Statistics Canada stated that, for the 2015-16 school year, the most recent for school statistics, just over two million students were enrolled in Canadian universities and colleges. Families need to begin thinking about how to pay for college as early as possible. According to the Wall Street Journal, the average college graduate’s student loan debt is $37,172. And the most recent data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York indicates the overall student loan debt in America alone is roughly $1.3 trillion. The average expense of sending a child to college has been rising at double the rate of inflation for more than a decade, offers CNBC. A robust college savings account can help future students avoid considerable debt. The following are some ways to save for college. – Open a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan. The U.S. Securities and...
    We can make our college football picks for Week 2 but these are the best bets for the week that you can bank on hitting for your wallet. It was hard to look at the college football slate for Week 1 and not be excited. But it was also quite informative for what we can expect for the remainder of the 2021 season. With that said, we have to be careful not to glean too much from the opening week of games, or at least to figure out what is worth taking note and what isn’t. 1. Iowa (+165) at Iowa State There’s a chance that Iowa State’s close call last week against Northern Iowa was a product of not wanting to show too much on film for the CyHawk rivalry game. Having said that Iowa looked downright dominant in the win over Indiana, especially on defense. Frankly, I don’t think the Cyclones have a true next gear on offense and the Hawkeyes are going to exploit that. Their defense is going to suffocate Breece Hall and put the game...
    We could not be happier to see Iowa football fans do the Kinnick Wave once again. After a year without fans in the Big Ten, Iowa football fans made up for lost time by giving the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital the Kinnick Wave. Of all the great traditions throughout college football, this one is the most special. How can you not love this? A bunch of rabid Iowa football fans taking a few minutes of their time to wave at the sick children watching the game right after the first quarter. College football is all about bringing people together, and no tradition in the sport does this as spectacularly as does the Kinnick Wave. If this tradition does not bring you to tears, then you are not human. The Kinnick Wave is back! The Kinnick Wave is back ❤️ (via @CFBONFOX) pic.twitter.com/M9ujQo5oBA — FanSided (@FanSided) September 4, 2021 Iowa football fans do the Kinnick Wave for the first time in over a yearWhat makes this Kinnick Wave even more special is that this could be a special year...
    College football picks and the 10 best bets for your to make during the Week 1 schedule. The college football odds will be in your favor if you read this. The best thing about an appetizer is that it precedes and builds anticipation for the main course. That is also true of college football and the feeling fans have as Week 1 has now arrived after collective whistles were wet by Week 0. And fans are in for a treat in the first full week of the 2021 season. 2. Notre Dame (-7.5) vs. Florida State – Based on what we saw last season and what we know about the rosters entering the 2021 season, Notre Dame should be worse than they were a year ago while Florida State should be better. That still doesn’t mean that the Fighting Irish should be favored by just a half-point over a touchdown. Notre Dame’s stout defense led by Kyle Hamilton and a gifted front seven should push around the Seminoles, especially as they seemingly try to answer quarterback questions on the fly. Throw...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The U.S. Naval Academy is being recognized for having one of the best college mascots. Quality Logo Products identified 128 mascots from schools with an NCAA Division I football team, then asked more than 1,200 people to score them. Bill the Goat from the Naval Academy ranked fifth. The Bird from the U.S. Air Force came in fourth, Pouncer from the University of Memphis was second, and the number one was Willie the Wildcat from Northwestern University.
    Welcome to the Monday episode of “The David Hookstead Show.” On today’s episode, we’re talking about Megan Rapinoe firing back at Donald Trump, Joe Rogan ripping vaccine passports, Bobby Bowden passing away at the age of 91, Peyton Manning gives a great Hall of Fame speech, ESPN says Oxford, MS is the best town in America for college football, the CIA is following multiple celebrities on Instagram, a new “Stranger Things” season four promo is out and I’m headed to Wisconsin! Let’s jump in! TOPICS: ‘Sad’: Megan Rapinoe Hits Back At Donald Trump’s Criticism. Do Her Comments Surprise You? Joe Rogan Rips Vaccine Passports, Says It’s ‘One Step Closer’ To Having A Dictator Legendary College Football Coach Bobby Bowden Dies. Here’s What We Know Peyton Manning Gives Chilling Hall Of Fame Speech. Everyone Needs To Hear His Message The Best Towns For College Football Have Been Revealed. These Two Locations Are Easy Choices For The Top Of The List Why Is The CIA Following Tom Hanks, Jennifer...
    Now hiring: U.S. seen adding 700,000 jobs in June WallStreetBets is dying, long live the WallStreetBets movement HORSHAM, Pa. — The crystallization came at a Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport gate not long after one of the finest individual moments of Kelsey Koelzer’s hockey career. The lesson we should learn from Naomi Osaka going forward USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next The Crossover: Which Eliminated Playoff Team Has the Most Work to do This Offseason? Sports Illustrated Shannon Sharpe: Paul George gets a D- for not showing he was Playoff P in Game 2 performance I UNDISPUTED FOXSports Supreme Court sides with college athletes in antitrust lawsuit against NCAA CBS News The Crossover: Which Player’s Reputation Has Improved the Most so Far in Playoffs? Sports Illustrated Skip Bayless: Marcus Morris Sr.s health determines the Clippers success against the Suns I UNDISPUTED FOXSports With 50 days to go, Japans Olympic President says games will go ahead CBS News Click...
    Alabama football’s Christian Harris and Jordan Battle. (The Montgomery Advertiser) The next crop of outstanding Alabama football NFL Draft prospects are lining up to impress pro scouts during the 2022 season. Alabama football just tied the record for the most first-round draft picks in a single NFL Draft in 2021. They’re definitely not done putting players in the pros. The 2022 draft will be another opportunity for the Crimson Tide to add to their growing list of all-time draftees and Day 1 picks. So let’s have a look at some of the names you’ll need to keep an eye on this fall because they might be the next great Alabama pro.Alabama football prospects for the 2022 NFL Draft5. Jordan Battle, safetyBattle was a Top 50 recruit in the class of 2019 and he’s quickly justified that ranking. Following a solid freshman season as a contributor, he locked down a spot in the starting lineup in 2020 with 66 tackles, three tackles for loss, four pass breakups and an interception returned for a touchdown. He’ll be one of the key defenders for...
    George Pickens, Georgia Bulldogs. (Mandatory Credit: Joshua L. Jones-USA TODAY NETWORK) Look for these five Georgia football stars to get taken very high in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Georgia football program set a school record with nine players taken in the 2021 NFL Draft, and Kirby Smart’s team is just getting started. Georgia is recruiting at an elite level under Smart. The Dawgs have played in New Year’s Six bowls each of the last four seasons. They have won the SEC East division crown three of the last four years, won the SEC in 2017 and make it to the College Football Playoff in Smart’s second season at the helm. With a big year ahead of them, here are five guys who could get drafted high in 2022. These five Georgia football stars could make any number of NFL teams very happy next spring.Georgia football: 5 2022 NFL Draft prospects 5 Adam Anderson OLB Georgia Bulldogs Adam Anderson is the Dawgs’ next great pass-rushing phenomEven though Azeez Ojulari fell during the draft process, Georgia has a reputation to uphold as Linebacker...
    Even before Ryan Reynolds became everyone’s favourite Canadian, the place and the tag was owned by Celine Dion. The terrific singer who can boast of having a huge fanbase is still regarded as one of the world’s finest singer and artist. Celine had a terrific career in the music industry and her talent is still unmatched. Born in 1968, she celebrates her 53rd birthday on March 30 this year. One of the best-selling artists of all time with record sales of over 200 million worldwide, she was a sensation and her craze was justified. Celine Dion Birthday Special: From Solid Colours to Affinity for Metallic Gowns and Love for Prints, the ‘Unison’ Singer Prefers Having a Variety in her Wardrobe (View Pics). The more we say about Celine, the less it would be. With some chartbuster hits like “Because You Loved Me” and “Where Does My Heart Beat Now”, Dion was a name everyone was obsessed with at one point in time. An icon for so many, she has had a respectable career and continues to have one even today....
    Protesters gather in Tacoma as the officer who drove into a crowd is placed on administrative leave U.K. Mulls Tighter Borders; Japan Cases Ease: Virus Update Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Seniors Are Getting These Unsold 2020 SUVs For Dirt Cheap Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/12 SLIDES © DepositPhotos.com Saving in College Most students attest to not knowing how they squandered their money. It's easy to find out all your money's gone before you even notice your mistake. That's because, at the university, you have so much at your disposal that requires spending money. If you want to have the full college experience, you may find it hard not to spend a lot. As such, it is crucial to save money to secure your life on campus. Start by writing down and using these savings secrets to help you track your money.
    Sometimes it’s the team that didn’t win it all that we remember most. This year marks the 23rd season since the BCS era began in 1998, a system that eventually gave way to the College Football Playoff, but still left us with several teams more remembered for the fact they didn’t win the national title. Ohio State became the latest team to lose the College Football Playoff championship in Monday’s 52-24 loss to Alabama, but Clemson did not make this list. Ohio State did based on our criteria of picking one team per season that didn’t win it all. Is that debatable? Absolutely given the controversy that surrounded the Buckeyes’ 29-23 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.  We’re sticking with our choice, and Ohio State joins a list of could-have-been-champions.  MORE: SN Preason Top 25 for 2021 We did the same exercise for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in March. So, which teams didn’t win it all but remain in our minds this time of year? Here is a closer look: Record: 11-1Points for/against: 34.3 (16th), 21.3 (30th)All-Americans: NoneThat...
    NHL 2021: Avalanche, Lightning top Stanley Cup odds for the season Jodie Turner-Smith Gets Real About Parenting a Newborn amid the Pandemic What are the best college-savings investments? 5 ways to grow your money for the ever-higher costs of higher education © Hello Lovely/Getty Images Many of the best-known college-savings tools are specifically earmarked, educational accounts - but it pays to think outside the box towards certain general investments too. Hello Lovely/Getty Images There are several types of college-savings investments — both specifically education-oriented plans and more general vehicles or accounts. College-specific investments include 529 plans and education savings accounts (ESAs). Other options include target-date funds, savings bonds, and Roth IRAs. Whatever the college-savings investment, good strategies include keeping it low-risk and liquid, starting early, and contributing consistently. Visit Business Insider's Investing Reference library for more stories. The price of higher education seems to get higher every day.  In its 2020 Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid Report, the College Board notes that, between 1990-91 and 2020-21, the average four-year public college's tuition and fees nearly...
    Mac Jones is ready to call the Alabama Crimson Tide the best college football team ever after their National Championship Game victory over Ohio State. On the biggest stage of his life, quarterback Mac Jones delivered for the Alabama Crimson Tide. After a tumultuous year of playing football in the midst of COVID-19, the redshirt junior signal-caller stepped under center for another 60 minutes and put forth a masterpiece that led Nick Saban’s team to their sixth National Championship under his watch, beating Ohio State handily, 52-24. Every phase of the game was dominated by the Crimson Tide. Jones threw for 464 yards and five touchdowns, Devonta Smith set records despite being limited to only one half, Najee Harris found the end zone three times and the defense suffocated electric Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields. But dominance was nothing new for Jones and Alabama this season. They quickly emerged as the best team in college football and never gave anyone doubts about that fact. However, Mac Jones doesn’t just think they were the best team this year; the quarterback, fresh off...
    Glenn Adams, retired AP correspondent in Maine, dies at 70 Iran plans to enrich uranium to 20% purity ‘as soon as possible’ Trevor Lawrence had the best reaction to someone accidentally telling him to shave his mustache Trevor Lawrence has a mustache, but you can barely tell. It’s hasn’t quite grown all the way in yet and looks sort of patchy. © Provided by For The Win And because it’s not all the way there, it doesn’t look as great as it could just yet. But it’s a work in progress! These things take time. When facial hair is growing in, it’s always a struggle. After it gets there, though? You’ll never want it to go away. One reporter who sat in on Trevor Lawrence’s media availability after Clemson’s loss to Ohio State wasn’t that patient, though. She accidentally let it slip out that Lawrence needed to shave his mustache and it was hilarious. His reaction was also the best. During Trevor Lawrence's Presser, somebody was unmuted and shared their opinion on Trevor's mustache. His reaction was...
    Who gets Covid-19 vaccine next? Older adults and frontline essential workers, CDC advisers recommend 70-year-old Taco Bell worker gets $6,000 gift from Facebook fans Ranking the 28 college football bowl games from best to worst The weirdest modern bowl season is here.  Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic there’s just two days between the end of the college football season and the start of bowl season. The four teams that were selected for the College Football Playoff have just 12 days between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoff instead of the customary four weeks.  There are also a lot of teams with losing records in bowl games this year. Losing teams are playing in the postseason thanks to bowl contracts and other teams across the country choosing to end their seasons so players can be with their families. A lot of bowls have been canceled too because of the pandemic and a lack of wanting teams. For a full list of the games that aren’t being played this year, click here. Below, we’re ranking...
    College football best bets for Championship Week include action in the ACC, Big 12 and SEC in addition to some other tasty wagers you can bank on.  Some people believe that this line is way too high, that Clemson performed well enough without Trevor Lawrence and several defensive players in the first meeting with Notre Dame that the Fighting Irish deserve more respect than this. I’m not among them, though. Notre Dame is a very good football team but Clemson not only gets better with Lawrence, they’re also motivated after the early-season loss. On top of that, it’s hard for me to believe Ian Book plays the game of his life again in the ACC Championship Game, which should lead to a decisive victory for the Tigers. 1. Alabama at Florida – Over 73.5 Alabama is nearly a three-touchdown favorite over Florida and, for my money, that’s where I’d put my money for this game. Dan Mullen’s team just doesn’t have a shot of stopping Mac Jones and the Crimson Tide offense. But at the same time, Alabama isn’t...
    Our college football best bets for Week 15 include the Army-Navy game, a big ACC over/under and much more action and picks to win with this week. 1. Navy vs. Army – Under 37.5 Frankly, this was a number that should’ve been gotten earlier if you wanted it. The total for the Army-Navy game opened in the 40s, which is a smash spot for the betting market. Because when service academies play, the under is always the best bet. In the last 46 meetings between service academies, unders have hit 36 times and pushed once. Now, 37.5 is a low, low number. But even then, the Army-Navy game would’ve hit the under on that total in four of the last eight years. With the Midshipmen’s challenged offense, I’m still willing to be the under here. Next: Best college football QBs of the 21st century For more NCAA football news, analysis, opinion and unique coverage by FanSided, including Heisman Trophy and College Football Playoff rankings, be sure to bookmark these pages.
    (CBS13) — It’s a question that comes up every four years, and especially after the contentious 2020 election: can we get rid of the Electoral College? “Just like anything, you think it is working if it goes your direction and you don’t if it won’t,” CBS13 Political Analyst Gary Dietrich said. Is the Electoral College the best way to pick a president? It’s a system that was created when slavery was legal and only men could vote. But getting rid of it is no small task, according to Dietrich. “It would mean you would have to do a constitutional amendment. That is not easily done,” Dietrich said. While a candidate could win the popular vote, currently it does not guarantee victory. It happened in 2000 with Al Gore, and again in 2016 with Hillary Clinton. An alternate solution is a compact that determines a president based on the popular vote. Fifteen states including California and the District of Columbia support the idea. It would take states with an additional 74 electoral votes to join the compact before it could take...
    The best bets in college football Week 14 feature an angry Ohio State team, over-ranked Iowa State and much more that you can take to the bank.  The return of Rhamondre Stevenson and quick maturation of Spencer Rattler have the Sooners rolling while Baylor has not found their footing yet in the 2020 season. With this game in Norman, Oklahoma isn’t just going to win but they are going to leave skid marks on the jerseys of the Bears as they blow past them and try to make a statement. 1. Ohio State (-23) vs. Michigan State In the same vein as Oklahoma but with better odds of making the CFP, there are questions about the credentials of the Ohio State Buckeyes for the final four. Many wonder if they’ve been impressive enough while playing so few games to warrant them getting a shot at the National Championship. So it’s on Ryan Day’s team to leave no doubt about that. While I don’t believe that Ohio State is a perfect team, their offense is still lethal and Michigan State...
    College football best bets for Week 13 include a top-five team as a heavy favorite and several other wagers that you can take to the bank this week. With Trevor Lawrence returning to the field this week, this should be a bloodbath in favor of the Tigers. Pitt doesn’t have the offensive firepower to keep up, especially against Clemson’s defense. In fact, I’d venture to say that the Panthers would do well to lose by less than 30 points on Saturday. Next: Best all-time college football QBs from every state For more NCAA football news, analysis, opinion and unique coverage by FanSided, including Heisman Trophy and College Football Playoff rankings, be sure to bookmark these pages.
    The best bets for college football Week 12 feature two heavy favorites in the SEC, a ranked underdog out of the Big Ten and two Over/Under totals. Wisconsin has been dominant in their first two games of the season, beating Illinois and Michigan each by more than 30 points. However, the Illini were in a bad spot with the roster and the Wolverines are clearly in a bad spot as a program right now. Subsequently, the Badgers’ first major test of the season comes with a road trip to face 4-0 Northwestern. Both of these offenses have flashed but the Badgers have not been tested against a defense the caliber of the Wildcats’. Furthermore, neither of these teams are going to try and light up the scoreboard. While the under is somewhat enticing, I think the more likely result is that this is a close game and, if Northwestern does lose, it won’t be by more than a touchdown. 1. Kentucky vs. Alabama (-29.5) After their rivalry game against LSU was called off, Mac Jones and the Alabama Crimson...
    College football best bets for a Week 11 slate that already has multiple SEC cancelations but still plenty of odds that we’re ready to call locks. College football is not immune to the rising COVID-19 numbers in the United States. That’s evident by the number of games that we’re seeing postponed entering Week 11, which thus makes it a bit more difficult to find the best bets for a week. In the simplest terms, there are fewer options to choose from, which feels somewhat limiting. Notre Dame is obviously coming off of a signature win as they knocked off previously unbeaten Clemson last week. That victory vaulted them up to No. 2 in the latest rankings and has everything coming up Fighting Irish, right? Well, this is a perfect spot for a classic letdown game. Not only are the Irish on the road but they have to play a Boston College team that remains dangerous. Furthermore, Eagles quarterback Phil Jurkovec would certainly love some revenge against his former team. It may not be an outright win for BC but...
    College football best bets for Week 10 as the Pac-12 is welcomed back to the mix along with two critical top-10 matchups out of the ACC and SEC.  For my money, Memphis has a better offense and a better defense than the Houston Cougars. And what did Desmond Ridder and the Cincinnati Bearcats do to the Tigers last week? They absolutely boat-raced them. This feels like an easy call. Cincinnati has earned their distinction as a top-10 team with their performance to this point while Houston is a fun but flawed team. The result is going to be heavily in favor of Luke Fickell’s squad, especially at home. 1. Nebraska vs. Northwestern (-3.5) This is one of the most perplexing lines of college football Week 10 to me, which is obviously why I’m jumping all over it. Not only is the only time we’ve seen Nebraska this season a 52-14 blowout at the hands of Ohio State where they failed to score in the second half but they had an unscheduled week off due to cancelation and Northwestern has...
    College football Week 9 best bets that you can bank on cashing out as the point spreads and over/under lines can be had this week.  If we knew that Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman was for sure going to play in this matchup on Saturday, I would be running to the window for this bet. But even with the uncertainty there, it’s hard to see how this game doesn’t follow the Big 12 formula and hit the over pretty comfortably. These are two offenses more than capable of putting big numbers on the scoreboard but, more importantly, they are opposed by defenses that offer little-to-no resistance to such efforts. This should be an all-out blitz to put up a big number on the scoreboard, not dissimilar to Texas Tech’s 63-56 overtime loss to Texas. That should easily hit the over at this total. 1. Michigan State vs. Michigan (-24.5)Buying in early on the Michigan Wolverines has undoubtedly bitten many people before. But I’m ready to do exactly that — at least against rival Michigan State. Because with what we saw...
    Man who supplied guns to San Bernardino terrorists sentenced to 20 years A 24-year-old engineer created a website that tells you if your McDonalds has a working ice-cream machine Ranking the 5 best college football games to watch on Saturday Four of college football’s Power Five conferences will be in action this weekend, as the Big Ten kicks off its shortened, conference-only schedule – making for one of the best slates of games we’ve had all year. Illinois and Wisconsin will play the first Big Ten game of the year on Friday night, and College Football Playoff hopeful Ohio State will take the field at noon on Saturday. © Provided by For The Win There are four ranked matchups on the schedule for Saturday – but not all of them made the cut for our top five games of the week. You can see the full list of games involving Top 25 teams, including kickoff times, channel listings and point spreads, here. MORE:Illinois vs. Wisconsin: NCAA college football live stream, TV channel, start time, odds, predictions World Series, Game...
    The best bets in college football Week 8 as we continue to bet big on Alabama, fade Auburn and take on some Big Ten debut action. We’re inching closer to full college football slates on Saturdays as the Big Ten will debut in the 2020 season for Week 8. But as we’ve been trying to tackle the college football best bets for each week, how much can we bank on a conference that we haven’t seen play in 10 months when there’s so much uncertainty still with teams we have a sample size of this season? Because Boston College is coming off of a 40-14 loss to Virginia Tech, the oddsmakers are clearly reacting to that by making them narrow favorites at home in Chestnut Hill against a 2-3 Georgia Tech team. But the Eagles are better than what they showed last week and, naturally, just better than the Yellow Jackets. Phil Jurkovec isn’t Trevor Lawrence by any stretch but he’s been one of the ACC’s most pleasant surprises this season. He and Zay Flowers should thrive against a porous...
    Finding the college football best bets for Week 7 that you can bank on as top-10 teams are losing every week and seemingly nothing is certain.  College football has been a world of uncertainty through the first six weeks of the 2020 season. The best measure of that has been that a top-10 ranked team has lost to a team outside of the top 10 in each of the last three weeks. So the question now becomes if that trend will continue in Week 7 — and, more importantly, if we can identify where that will happen and make it the best bet. 2. Cincinnati vs. Tulsa – Under 45.5This AAC showdown between No. 8-ranked Cincinnati and Tulsa opened with the total at 49 and has been precipitously dropping since. That shouldn’t shock anyone as both the Bearcats and Golden Hurricane have been at their best in the young season when they are controlling games with defense. After all, Tulsa held UCF to just 26 points in that upset win. Points are going to be at a premium in this...
    Eyeing the college football odds for Week 5 to find the five best bets that you can count on hitting this week. The first four weeks of the 2020 college football season have been anything but predictable; that’s just about the only certainty heading into Week 5. And last week stands as a testament to that. There were the obvious upsets of LSU and Oklahoma but, even beyond that, the college football odds proved to be difficult to decipher, at least from my end. There are two things at play when it comes to taking Alabama by 17.5 points in this top-15 matchup on Saturday. First is that the Crimson Tide looked phenomenal in the season-opener. Mac Jones and Najee Harris barely broke a sweat to jump out to a big lead and they won’t rest on their laurels against the Aggies. More importantly than that, Texas A&M looked downright bad in their own season-opening win, beating a lowly Vanderbilt team by just five points. Kellen Mond has struggled in big games and this one qualifies. I expect the Aggies...
    Finding the best bets for college football Week 4 as the SEC schedule gets underway in the 2020 season. As the SEC will get its 2020 season started on Saturday in Week 4, you could say that college football is officially getting started. It’s the conference that, as any fan will remind you, just means more. That may well be the case this year though as there are six top-10 teams in the conference that will get their campaigns underway this week. But here’s the thing — everyone may not be available. While talking to the media this week, Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente said that the Hokies will not have a full roster in Week 4 and that he hopes they’re even able to play the game on Saturday. That’s not a good sign for them in this matchup and we’re going to take advantage with taking the Wolfpack on the moneyline. 1. Georgia (-26.5) at Arkansas There are probably going to be some sharps who are going to jump on Arkansas to cover this spread as...
    Divided We Fall David French (nonfiction, St. Martin’s Press) The country is divided, and the polarity will only continue if left unchecked, says French, who presents a vision for how the country can come together again and embrace national unity. These Violent Delights Micah Nemerever (fiction, Harper) Two college students meet on a college campus…
    The best bets for college football Week 3 that you can most definitely count on to cash out. While we’re entering the third week of the 2020 college football season, last week was the first true return of the sport as it was the first time that Power 5 teams and squads ranked in the AP Top 25 were in action. And with that, we are off and running, even getting our first upset of the year with Louisiana-Lafayette knocking off Iowa State. Moneyline bets can be a bit tricky, especially when calling them best bets. To get real value on a moneyline, you either have to be confident in an upset so you can get plus-odds or parlay a handful of favorites together. But college football Week 3 offers an interesting proposition with Georgia Southern as an underdog at home to Florida Atlantic. Georgia Southern was without nearly three-dozen players last week due to positive COVID-19 tests but they are seeing the opposite of that in Week 3. Florida Atlantic had to cancel practice on Tuesday due to...
    Taking aim at the five best college football bets for Week 2 of the 2020 season as Power 5 teams get back in action from the ACC and Big 12. No mistake about it, the 2020 college football season is going to be unlike anything we’ve seen before. Whether it’s players missing games due to COVID-19, coaches being mum about positive tests for the virus within the program or the lack of offseason preparation compared to normal, this year is an unprecedented venture. And that especially applies to betting on games. You don’t have to look far to find people taking the underdog in the Syracuse-North Carolina matchup on Saturday. Part of that is respect for Dino Babers and, to a lesser degree, Tommy DeVito, but a seemingly bigger part is concern that the Tar Heels are being coronated too prematurely. Maybe that’s true about Mack Brown‘s club but they have superior talent or experience at every position group outside of the defensive backs. Quarterback Sam Howell is the real deal and should have all day for his speedy receivers...
    Clemson football has won a title and been a national runner-up over the past two seasons but the Tigers could be historically great in the 2020 season. Dabo Swinney and Clemson football saw firsthand what one of the best college football teams of all time looks like. Matching up with Joe Burrow and LSU last season, a team that had a record-setting offense led by a record-setting quarterback and that earned a perfect record, Swinney’s group got a glimpse of what happens when dominance and perfection meet. Clemson, of course, lost that game as Burrow and LSU completed their unblemished season at the expense of the other Tigers vying for the title. But now the 2020 season has arrived and, though both teams from last year’s title game are part of the conferences playing in the fall, it’s Swinney’s program with the opportunity to do something special. The Tigers enter the 2020 college football season as the odds-on favorites to win the National Championship, which would’ve been the case even if the Big Ten and Pac-12 were playing. After all,...
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