TCU's 2018 season looked bright when they took on Ohio St in Week 3 and the Horned Frogs stood toe to toe for much of the game before some bad turnover luck turned a close game into a 40-28 loss that wasn't at all indicative of how the game played out. Losses in 5 of their last 6 have completely derailed their season and season ending injury to QB Shawn Robinson hasn't helped either with freshman Michael Collins thrust into the starting role. However, Collins showed some good signs in the 2nd half against Oklahoma where he came off the bench for the injured Robinson and last week against Kansas albeit in a loss. We expect Collins to have some success here against a Wildcats defense ranked 109th in the country in passing marginal efficiency. Kansas St has been even worse against the run and we expect the Horned Frogs to lead a balanced attack with their duo of junior running backs, Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua. On the other side, Kansas St brings the #2 rusher in the Big 12 in Alex Barnes and while the Horned Frogs have a solid rush defense, opponents have shown they can pound out yards if they show dedication to the ground game. Despite Barnes' struggle last week against Oklahoma, the Wildcats still maanged 137 rushing yards on 32 carries. While both teams should look to rely on the ground game here, we believe there's enough offense especially with the Wildcats' poor defense that should send this game into the 50's.
Two 5-3 teams square off as Maryland hosts Michigan State. Maryland continued its up and down season last week as they followed up a shutout loss to Iowa with a 63-33 shellacking of Ilinois. However, the most important news has been the brief reinstatement of their suspended coach DJ Durkin who was then promptly fired a day after amidst public outcry. Reports indicate the players nearly led a mutiny against Durkin so we see this as a positive for the players and the memory of deceased Jordan McNair should again motivate the Terrapins much as it did in their season opening win against Texas. Michigan St is coming off a hard fought 23-13 win over Purdue but they've endured a brutal schedule facing Michigan and Penn St in the weeks prior. The Spartans bring a top notch defense but they do tend to give up the explosive play which is where Maryland thrives. We see one team that could be on fumes while another team is recently rejuvenated. Hosts to keep this within a field goal!
SEC showdown between two 5-3 teams as Auburn hosts the No. 20 ranked Texas A&M Aggies. Auburn has experienced a roller coaster season highlighted by an outright loss to a rebuilding Tennessee team two weeks ago but did appear to right the ship somewhat last week at Ole Miss. Texas A&M has the distinction of the closest losses to both the #1 team and the #2 team in the country but their offense has really bogged down in conference play. The Aggies top 10 ranked rush defense should be challenged here against an Auburn rushing attack that's gaining chunks of yardage and opening up passing lanes. RB JaTarvious Whitlow is nursing a shoulder injury and his status is questionable but we believe it's the passing game that the Tigers will have the most success against an Aggies defense that ranks 110th nationally in pass efficiency defense. This will be a coaching rematch of the 2013 National Championship Game that saw Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles come out victorious. We believe for this reason, this game will have that extra significance for Gus Malzahn and we see an all out effort from the Tigers.
Here is a FREE PREMIUM BET - You can get all this weekends for a test price of just €20. Get in touch if you want to get started firstname.lastname@example.org ——— We couldn’t believe when Stefano Pioli decided to start last weeks game (against Torino) with Giovanni Simeone on the bench. For us the Argentinian should be the first name on the team sheet, so here’s hoping Pioli see’s it the same way today! The Violi have been starting games slowly, and they won’t want to do that here against Roma. Afterall, they soon found themselves a goal down in this fixture last season, and they went on to lose that match (2-4). However, Fiorentina did get revenge in the reverse match (0-2), and normally they are reliable at home. On that note, Pioli’s men are 4-1-0 and 13-2 goals at the Artemio Franchi! Roma share the same amount of points has Fiorentina, but they are just 2-1-2 on the road. To be fair, last week Eusebio Di Francesco’s side grabbed a good draw in Napoli, but it should be noted that they were outplayed for large parts of that game. What we don’t get with the visitors is having six strikers under the age of 20, they must make Edin Dzeko feel old. Oh, and he is, and it’s clear that Roma can’t keep relying on the 32 year old! We don’t like the shape of Roma, and they are clearly missing the class of De Rossi!
Hard to see past this fella ————— Peter Atkinson’s stable star IRISH ROE is a mighty good mare, and she should give a good account of herself under conditions she will like. LADY BUTTONS is usually ready for her appearance, but with no rain in sight she is unlikely to have the easy ground she prefers. OSCAR ROSE needs to improve a lot! This is just a 6 horse race, and these odds look big!
Looking forward to todays Breeders cup?, hopefully we can give you a good start———TAYZAR had jumped well and looked the likely winner before sprawling at the second last at Carlisle. Ruth Jefferson’s lightly raced seven year old looks like he’s going to be much better at this game, and compensation awaits! I don’t know what it is with Sue Smith, but she’s joining the list of trainers ‘’never run two races alike’’. That counts ABSOLUTELY DYLAN out, and jockey Bridget Andrews is a negative on WORKBENCH. With all due respect Andrews needs to get some lessons on pacing a race!
Wolfsburg won last weeks league match in Dusseldorf (0-3), albeit beating that team doesn’t amount to much. Since then, the Wolves have made the next stage of the German cup with a 0-2 win in Hannover. However, prior to that Bruno Labbadia’s men hadn’t won any of their previous 6 league games, and they haven’t won in four at home. Todays opponent is unbeaten league leaders Dortmund. In the last round, the visitors dropped points at home to a late Hertha (2-2) penalty, so Lucien Favre will be disappointed with that. However, three straight wins in the champions league, progression in the German cup (beat Union Berlin 3-2 in midweek), and 6-3-0 in the league are big positives. Die Borussen boss made seven changes to his starting team for this weeks cup win, so his best XI should be good to go. On that note, the visitors are still without Piszczek, Diallo, Toljan, Schmelzer and Toljan. On a positive note Akanji is training agains and could be available, while Delaney is fit again and should start! For the record, the hosts are without Azzaoui, Camacho, Guilavogui and Klaus, while Mehmedi is doubtful. Their is a danger that Dortmund have one eye on this weeks Champions league match with athletic, but the other eye should be fixed on maintaining their lead at the top of the Bundesliga - plenty of value here!
Karen Khachanov is making a big name for himself, and he’s clearly best suited by indoor hard courts. In fact, the 22 year old is 18/4 on this surface during 2018, and that includes 4 wins on the way to landing the recent tournament in Moscow. The Russian is also 4-0 this week, and only John Isner took him the distance. Courtest of an higher rank (8), opponent Dominic Thiem didn’t need to play in the first round. The 25 year old also needed three sets against both Jack Sock and Borna Coric, albeit a slow start could be blamed for needing to go the full distance. Thiem is the winner of 53 matches this year, and he’s also 9/1 on indoor hard court. The Austrian was a finalist at the French open, and he recently won St Petersburg. On paper this is an equally balanced match, but the Russian has been really impressive and he can only get better.
Want all football bets for the weekend, SPECIAL PRICE €20/$25 for saturday and sunday - email@example.com ———Bookmakers have priced this match much closer than we expected. Groningen have been showing signs of better to come, but the fact is they are nine games without a win and 4 points from 10 games. Furthermore, The Pride of the North have always been reluctant travellers, and they average just 0.6 goals per game (both home/away). Last but not least, they may have flattered to deceive against in the most recent (1-2) defeat against leaders PSV, because that team took things really easy! Groningen did beat Excelsior 4-0 last season, but the game in this stadium ended 2-0 to the hosts. A look at the stats from that match suggest The Kralingers were a tad fortunate from that score-line. However, that might not be true, because the hosts are happy to give up possession and hit on the break. Excelsior are 2-2-1 at home this season, and they enjoyed back to back home wins against Venlo (1-0) and Vitesse (2-0). And, while they were beaten in the last round at Graafschap (4-1), the result had nothing to do with what we had seen! Yep centre back Jurgen Mattheij is suspended, while Anderson and Caenepeel are doubtful. However, in a game of chess we would swap that for GK Sonny Stevens (returns from suspension), so we don’t see any negative team news!
The Wolves picked up a win on Wednesday night as they took down the Jazz 128-125 in a game that Jimmy Butler was ruled out late. If you remember, we recommended a bet on the Jazz at -2.5 but a large part of the reason was due to the poor chemistry that Butler brings to the team. We of course didn't recommend it after Butler sat out with 'general soreness' and even told some subscribers to buy out or go for a 4 point middle which wouldn't have landed but still would have saved some money. Nevertheless, we should also mention that former MVP Derrick Rose poured in an historic 50 point performance to lead his team to the win but it's worth mentioning that the teams' overall play was much better, especially that of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, who was predictably ruled in once Butler was ruled out. The Warriors are the class of the NBA and enter this game at 8-1 on the year and coming off a double digit win against New Orleans. Jimmy Butler is expected to start again which would cause us to downgrade the Wolves but we still like the matchup issues they can create against a Warriors team that's lacking an inside presence. Towns should pose a nightmare matchup both inside and as he can stretch the floor with his 3 point shooting, not to mention that he won't have to focus much on defense, his liability, against the likes of Damian Jones. Derrick Rose turned back the clock against the Jazz and while he can't be expected this every night, he too should be able to take advantage with drives inside against poor rim protection. This Wolves team is still a dysfunctional one until Butler is traded but their win against the Jazz had to have lifted their spirits and we expect a full team effort tonight that should be able to keep it to single digits!
Just a few weeks ago, Colorado was undefeated and ranked in the Top 25 with aspirations for their 2nd PAC-12 Championship Game in 3 years. However, losses to USC, Washington and a particularly bad loss to Oregon St have left the Buffaloes with some work to do to even ensure bowl eligibility. On the other side, Arizona enters this game at 4-4 but a 44-15 win over Oregon last week have given Kevin Sumlin's team hope to attain their bowl eligibility. Buffaloes WR Laviska Shenault is questionable for tonight after missing the last 2 games but was able to practice on a limited basis early in the week so we consider that a positive sign that leans towards the big wide receiver playing, especially given the magnitude of this game for Colorado. QB Steven Montez has shown flashes of brilliance to go with the poor decision making that marred his 2017 season but we still feel he's shown much improvement and should be able to pick apart an Arizona defense that's not adept at pressuring the quarterback as that's when Montez has been at his worst. Last season's matchup won by Arizona has surely given Buffaloes coach Mike Macintyre some nightmares and he will again have to deal with Khalil Tate but the Wildcats defense was just as bad and Tate has clearly lost some exposiveness this year. We have Colorado rated as the much better team and have them no less than +1 here even without Shenault!
Have it on us - I wouldn’t feel good about taking the 11/10 about POETIC RHYTHM. Afterall, he was pulled-up quickly after being pushed along in his last race. His jockey thought he was lame that day, but the vet didn’t find anything and he’s reappearing just 20 days later. ROCKY’S TREASURE will find this much harder under his double penalty. CRUCIAL ROLE is now with Dan Skelton, and he’s going chasing. The 6 year old should be a natural, and he’s already shown an high level!