Despite some higher expectations coming into the season, Chip Kelly's 2nd year at UCLA has looked very similar to his first year as the Bruins have sputtered in losses to Cincinnati and San Diego State. Meanwhile, the Sooners enter this matchup as the #4 team in the nation after wiping the floor with the Houston Cougars and FCS' South Dakota Coyotes behind Alabama transfer QB Jalen Hurts. Hurts has filled up the stat sheet in his bid for a Heisman but there are still some inefficiencies in his game in our opinion and his throws downfield have been hit or miss. The Bruins had a good week of practice by all accounts and a players meeting was held, indicating that they are intensely focused on this matchup given their poor play in the first two weeks and the quality of their opponent. Bruins' RB Josh Kelley missed part of Week 1 game against Cincinnati and while he returned fully against the Aztecs, he looked less than 100% with a brace on his knee and his 53 rush yards indicated as much. Kelley was still spotted with a brace in practice but looked much more mobile and we believe he should be that much more effective tonight, especially given the opponent. In addition, CB Darnay Holmes participated fully and should be on track to play after missing both games. Receiver Theo Howard's progress has been optimistic as well. This is of course a mismatch on paper but the Bruins' QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson played one of his better games last season in this matchup, throwing for 254 yards on 16/26 with 1 touchdown to 0 interceptions. Oklahoma's defense was historically bad last season and while hiring former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Alex Grinch should pay off in the long run, we didn't see immediate results against Houston especially on the ground where the Sooners allowed 241 yards rushing. The Bruins have the potential to replicate those numbers with their star RB Kelley and Thompson-Robinson's dual threat ability. 24 points is within reach for the hosts in our opinion!
Big Ten vs Big 12 showdown between two programs that are looking to make a statement. Purdue is coming off a nice win over Vanderbilt last week to follow up their meltdown against Nevada in Week 1. TCU wasn't too inspiring in their Week 1 matchup against Arkansas-Pine Bluff but had time to recoup during an early rest week. Having played just one game, coach Gary Patterson's offense will continue to form its identity with the quarterback position still unsettled. Max Duggan had the better performance in Week 1 compared to Kansas State transfer Alex Delton but both should have opportunities against a Boilermakers' defense that hasn't shown much this season. As much as Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm has his offense humming with QB Elijah Sindelar makes nice strides this year, their run game has been virtually nonexistant. Sindelar is expected to play but after suffering a concussion, we're betting the offense won't be as efficient as it was against the Commodores. In addition, Patterson's calling card has always been his defense and we certainly don't take lightly the way he's limited the high flying offenses in the Big 12 during his time with the Horned Frogs. Brohm's offense has a lot of similarities the high powered Big 12 offenses and we would say without a competent ground game, it's highly likely that TCU's defense has the upper hand in this matchup, despite the Boilermakers having one of the most dynamic players on the field in Rondale Moore. We would look to back the Horned Frogs in this situation but their quarterback play was abysmal last season, especially in the red zone and Duggan and Delton doesn't inspire much confidence this year. We can only go about this one way!
STOP PRESS - Want all nine picks for tonight? - Serious about joining a top service - Request ''free trial'' email@example.com --- Mel Tucker has the Buffaloes off to a 2-0 start but the record is a bit misleading in our opinion. In Week 1, the woeful Colorado State Rams still managed to put up 31 points in a final score that wasn't indicative of how close the game was and Nebraska had the Buffaloes dead to rights last week but Colorado's altitude advantage played a major factor in allowing the hosts to close the gap late and win in overtime. Air Force has played just 1 game thus far against FCS Colgate but that just means they've had extra time to prepare for a Buffaloes team that still has much to prove in our opinion after last season's slide. The altitude definitely won't be a factor in this game as the Falcons also call Colorado home and their unique triple option offense is not something the Buffaloes have had much experience with. Buffaloes WR Laviska Shenault can be a serious threat but he was limited to just 53 yards last week and we believe the extra time preparing can make all the difference here against a team that we would remind played extra overtime periods last week. The Buffaloes are just an overrated team to begin with in our eyes but the situation makes this bet even more attractive!
Maryland came through with a signature win last week, destroying the then-No. 21-ranked Syracuse Orange, 63-20 to follow up their 79-0 demolition of FCS school Howard. The win catapulted Mike Locksley and the Terrapins to the spot previously occupied by the Orange and marked the first time they have been in the top 25 since joining the Big Ten. Temple has been a bit under the radar as they were off last week following a Week 1 win over FCS Canisius. The Owls underwent another coaching change in the offseason as Geoff Collins left for Georgia Tech and former NIU head coach Rod Carey eventually landed the job, but not before Manny Diaz took the position for a few weeks before unexpectedly taking Miami's head coaching position. The Owls have done well to defy expectations but they will be trotting out the same offense that really held them back last season and their new coach Rod Carey is a bit of a question mark to us. Maryland scored a major coup luring QB Josh Jackson away from Virginia Tech and the Locksley-led offense looks to be the real deal. After all, it's been injuries to the quarterback position that's really held the Terrapins back the last few years. The Terps are loaded with talent in the backfield and it's hard to imagine the Owls keeping up with this high octane offense. There should be a measure of revenge for Maryland as well after the Owls came into College Park and adminstered a 35-14 beatdown. We see the visitors returning the favour tonight!
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Want a Syndicate bet from one of our top performing leagues? . This is one of three for today. Want to get all WEEKEND syndicate football bets for just €50 (should be 21). get in touch email@example.com ————Current odds are wrong and worth a challenge. Yes Genk won last seasons championship, and the new campaign is just six matches old. However, by this time last season the Smurfs had 16 points on the board, whereas this time around they have just 10. In fact, if we return to that last campaign Genk where unbeaten in their first 17 competitive matches. If we add on the end of the previous season plus friendlies, that record went to 27 unbeaten!! To be fair the visitors are unbeaten in the last three. Two of them where wins over Anderlecht (1-0) and Wassland (0-4), and best of all was a draw in Club Brugge. With that said, they met an opponent who had played Champions league qualification in midweek, and on the day they seemed to get a below par opponent! Charleroi have two points less on the board than their opponent, albeit they played a game less. The Zebra’s drew at home with Gent, and in the other match at the Stade du Pay de Charleroi they beat one of the best travelling sides in Antwerp. Before the break Charleroi had won 0-4 in Waasland. The Zebra’s are excellent hosts, and they have a fully clean squad. Genk have five players sidelined with injury!
Boston College began the season in impressive fashion with a 35-28 victory over an always well coached Virginia Tech team. The Eagles followed it up with a routine win over FCS Richmond and Steve Addazio's team hosts a struggling Kansas squad led by Les Miles. Kansas looked woefully unprepared against Coastal Carolina last week, dropping the game 12-7 to the Chanticleers in a game that probably should have won despite their struggles. What we can say about Kansas is that they have two competent running backs and some talent in the secondary but their quarterback play and trench play have both been well below par. Miles' offensive philosophy hasn't helped either and allowed teams to stack the box against ancient and uncreative sets. Addazio won't take this game for granted in part due to Miles standing on the other sideline but aside from that, we don't really see how the Jayhawks will stop the Eagles' monster rushing attack after failing to offer up much resistance against bottom feeder Coastal Carolina who rushed for over 170 yards. Boston College has struggled in the past against other good rushing teams but Kansas's approach makes it rather simple for opponents as they lack versatility in the passing game. Jayhawks' QB Carter Stanley's confidence has to be at an all time low after last week's debacle and it didn't appear he got much support from the coaching staff aside from confirmation that he remains the starter. Against a focused Eagles team, it's difficult to imagine the Jayhawks keeping it within 3 touchdowns!
We mistakenly referred to this game as a conference game last week but it is actually a non-conference game between conference foes due to scheduling quirks. Nevertheless, it's still an important game for both sides as they both enter this matchup at 2-0 and try to navigate a tough schedule towards bowl eligibility. No one expected the Tar Heels to begin the year 2-0 given tough games against South Carolina and Miami but Mack Brown has pressed all the right buttons upon his return to coaching and QB Sam Howell has been efficient and cool under pressure, leading his team to late comeback victories in each of the past two games. Wake Forest survived their Week 1 matchup against Utah State and effectively had a bye week against Rice but Dave Clawson has again done a terrific job given the limited resources he has to work with. Demon Deacons RB Cade Carney returns to a starting role after missing last week due to an injury but WR Kendall Hinton will not play, along with DL Tyler Williams. The Tar Heels will be without their top CB Patrice Rene. Wake loves to push the tempo but we expect a different approach against a Tar Heels team that can apply some pressure, especially given the still questionable nature of the Demon Deacons' offensive line. In fact, even while playing at a fast pace, the Demon Deacons preferred to run the ball more frequently than passing it and this is an ideal situation to make use of Jamie Newman's dual threat ability to keep the Tar Heels' pass rush off balance. Howell has shown good poise despite his inexperience and he would normally have terrific opportunities against a poor Demon Deacons' secondary but the weather should assist the home team as there will be steady rain throughout the game. Look for both teams to get their ground game going and turn this into a slopfest!
FREE PICK - Bundesliga still free! - Want the Syndicate bets, Weekend just €50 (friday - sat - sunday) - Circa 21 tips, some already sent and waiting for you --- Deal - Get a full month for €250 firstname.lastname@example.org -- The hosts are missing 7 players still, whereas Wolfsburg are without 6. The biggest issue we have with any of that is the visitors, they won’t have first choice goalkeeper Casteels. He will likely be replaced by rarely used Pavao Pervan . Add to that defender Brooks is missing, and holding midfielder Schlager is out. Without killing detail, Dusseldorf are playing better than results suggest. They have beaten Werder, and where a tad unfortunate in Frankfurt. Home advantage and decent odds make this an interesting ‘’draw no bet’’.
PREMIUM TENNIS PICK — We are doing nicely thank you. If you want the other picks for today and a whole month, you can get all WTA for a SPECIAL PRICE €100 ————— email@example.com ——————Rebecca Peterson is one of those players who never quite reached her potential. Injuries have been one excuse, but in theory she’s not always winning matches she should. Failing to win softer tournaments suggests their is a mental block at some stage, and she needs to find a cure. Nevertheless, the Swede is half decent, so Magda Linette will need to be at her best! 27 year old Linette is having a really good season. She came into this tournament with a career high rank of 45, and she’s almost certain to trump that in the coming weeks. Linette went through qualification to with the Bronx tournament, with Kanepi, Sasnovich, Giorgi, Blinkova, Siniakova and Muchova all being notable scalps. Earlier on in the campaign she won a W100 in Manchester and a semi final in Hua Hin!
Both sides began the season with losses as the Bucs fell to the 49ers 31-17 and the Panthers to the Rams 30-27. The Panthers probably squandered some winning chances in their game but it's notable how QB Cam Newton's shoulder didn't look 100% and he still appears to be feeling the effects of 2 offseason shoulder surgeries in 2 years. The Bucs' Jameis Winston certainly didn't look any better as he threw 3 interceptions, 2 going for touchdowns, but we saw a lot of improvement on the defensive side of the ball and RB Ronald Jones flashed his potential as well. Short week usually favours the home team but we believe the effect is muted so early in the season. As we mentioned, the Bucs' defense has shown much improvement under new DC Todd Bowles and Winston will face one of the weaker secondaries in the league as well. Newton will have to prove to us his shoulder is 100% as he's yet to show much deep ball potential and so given the circumstances, it's hard for us to pass up the full touchdown here!
PREMIUM TENNIS PICK - Want to join the winners, SPECIAL DEAL €100 for a month from today firstname.lastname@example.org . The only problem we have with Alison Riske is she does tend to make hard work of winning. With that said, she leads todays opponent 4-2 on head to heads, and all of those wins came in straight sets. The 29 year old is a really talented player, and the only thing holding her back is the odd bout of self confidence. Riske did have a real battle in the first round, but that was always expected against former number one Angelique Kerber. Another positive we would like to pick out from the American’s profile is she’s got a really good record in Asia. After a tie breaker in the first set, Saisai Zheng had an easy 2nd set against Bibiane Schoofs. The local girl also won a recent tournament in San Jose, and she’s clearly a good hard court player. Nevertheless, head to heads (4-2) and a solid opponent makes us believe she’s beatable!