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Boise State braces for triple option attack, and Friday’s college football bets you need to make in Week 4

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Yeah baby. It’s Friday. That means that we not only have a nice appetizer of college football betting action tonight but a full board of bets coming Saturday. We get you ready for the Week 4 odds, breaking down our favorite picks and predictions: from props, team totals, derivatives, spread and totals. Giddy up!

MORGAN MAGIC

James Morgan is expected to return to action Friday night as Florida International visit Louisiana Tech in Conference USA action. Morgan missed last week’s 30-17 victory over New Hampshire due to injury but should be back under center against the Bulldogs.

That said, he might have a short leash. He completed just 48.9 percent of his passes while watching backup Kaylan Wiggins single-handedly beat the Wildcats, raking up 127 yards through the air and another 187 and two touchdowns on the ground. Wiggins is expected to see at least one series, even if Morgan is fit to return.

Louisiana Tech has struggled with dual-threat QBs but might not have to worry about that here. Add in the fact that the Bulldogs rank 48th in yards allowed per play and boast one of the top DBs in college in Amik Robertson, and we like the hosts to cover.

THEY KNOW WHAT’S COMING

Scheming for the Air Force Falcons’ offensive attack is a simple exercise, at least in terms of what to expect. And that’s the Boise State Broncos have awaiting them as they welcome the Falcons to the blue turf of Albertsons Stadium.

The Falcons, ironically, have a stout ground attack that has seen them average 6.1 yards per carry on 117 rush attempts (compared to just 13 pass attempts on the season). Seven different players have at least five carries on the season; five of them (Kadin Remsberg, Taven Birdow, Joshua Stoner, Christian Mallard, Nolan Eriksen) average more than 6.5 YPC so far.

That all said, Boise State has limited opponents to a 3.5 YPC average in 2019 while racking up a Mountain West-best 27 tackles for loss. Look for the Broncos to do enough on defense to hold Air Force below its 23.5-point team total.

EARLY UPSET?

The Utah Utes will look to continue their incredible start to the season as they visit the USC Trojans in a marquee Friday night encounter at LA Memorial Coliseum.

Getting off to a good start will be critical for the modestly-favored Utes, and they’ve had trouble doing so away from familiar confines, having averaged just nine first-half points in their previous four road and neutral-site games dating back to the latter stages of 2018. USC, by comparison, is averaging 20.5 first-half points in its opening two home games this year, and 19.3 first-half points for the season.

While the Utes might still pull this one out, there’s plenty of value in taking the host Trojans to either cover the +1.5 first-half spread (-110) or win the opening two quarters outright (+120).

SIT WILL START

Artur Sitkowski is in, and McLane Carter is out as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights prepare for a Saturday encounter with rival Boston College.

Sitkowski will take over as the starting quarterback while Carter remains in the concussion protocol after getting knocked out of the Scarlet Knights’ 30-0 loss to Iowa in Week 2. Sitkowski came on in relief but completed just 4 of 11 pass attempts for 19 yards with an interception. Sitkowski wasn’t any better last season, completing just 49.1 percent of his passes while compiling 18 interceptions against just four touchdown passes.

The Eagles might have just given up 48 points to Kansas, but the Jayhawks didn’t have Sitkowski under center. Look to Boston College to cover with ease in this one.

Canucks vs Golden Knights picks and predictions for Game 1

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Perhaps no team has been more fun to follow during the NHL playoffs than the Vancouver Canucks, and hockey bettors can still get the Canucks at +1,300 to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. Vancouver is coming off a thrilling series win against the defending champion St. Louis Blues, but now a much more difficult challenge awaits. The Vegas Golden Knights are +350 favorites to win it all, and they’ve certainly looked the part while dropping only one playoff contest.

Game 1 of this series gets underway Sunday, so we’re here to bring you our NHL picks and predictions in this Western Conference semifinal showdown.

Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights betting preview

Starting Goalies

Canucks: Jacob Markstrom – playoffs – 7-3, 2.44 GAA, .929 SV% (season – 23-16, 2.75 GAA, .918 SV%)

Golden Knights: Robin Lehner – playoffs – 5-1, 2.44 GAA, .904 SV% (season – 19-10, 2.89, .920 SV%)

If this game was actually played in Las Vegas, then Markstrom could easily spend a few hours performing with Cirque du Soleil. The 30-year-old dazzled against Blues with an eye-opening array of acrobatic saves and an impressive 7-3 record. He’ll need to provide more of the same against a dangerous Vegas squad.

The Knights will likely roll with Robin Lehner, who has taken over the spot as Vegas’s starter in the crease—and rightfully so. Still, the Knights have the luxury of having Marc-Andre Fleury as their “backup.” The five-time All-Star matched an NHL record this season with his 14th consecutive playoff appearance.

Injuries

Vancouver: Tyler Myers D (out), Tyler Toffoli RW (out), Micheal Ferland LW (out), Josh Leivo LW (out)

Vegas: Tomas Nosek LW (out)

Betting Trend to Know

Canucks are 0-6 in their last six Sunday games. Find the latest NHL betting trends for Canucks vs. Golden Knights.

MONEYLINE PICK

The Canucks have been a force with the extra man during the postseason, converting 26.2% of their power plays. While the Knights are known for their offensive firepower, it’s their stingy defense that allows them to suffocate opponents—as evidenced by an 86.4% penalty kill during their playoff run. Vancouver is the only team in the league to never beat Vegas in regulation, going 0-11 all time. That’s something I just can’t ignore.

PREDICTION: Vegas ML (-175)

OVER/UNDER PICK

Each team is filled with loads of offensive talent. Vancouver’s Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller have combined for 11 goals thus far. Elias Pettersson has racked up 13 points, tied with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the playoff lead.

The Knights can match Vancouver’s scorers, but they’re more balanced—Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch and Mark Stone have each lit the lamp four times during the postseason. The difference is on defense, where Vancouver has allowed the most high-danger chances of all remaining playoff teams.

PREDICTION: Over 5.5 (-110)

PROP PICK

Though I like Vegas to win, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canucks kept it close and continued their offensive success. I’ll take a flyer on Vancouver scoring at least three goals.

PREDICTION: Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)

Canucks vs Golden Knights Betting Card

  • Vegas ML (-175)
  • Over 5.5 (-110)
  • Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)
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Verlander injury shuffles Astros’ MLB futures odds

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MLB betting got a shake-up Sunday afternoon, specifically on World Series odds and AL pennant odds, with news that Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander could miss the rest of the season – or at least a significant chunk of it – with an arm injury.

Initial reports suggested Verlander had an elbow ailment, but both he and manager Dusty Baker quickly denied that. Baker called it a forearm strain and said that Verlander would be re-evaluated in “a couple of weeks.” The reigning AL Cy Young winner pitched a solid six innings in an 8-2 Opening Day rout of the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Verlander’s injury led oddsmakers to shuffle futures book odds on the defending AL champions. Covers checked in on the MLB odds moves with a couple of Las Vegas sportsbooks.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ World Series odds?

At CG Technology books, risk analyst Rich Zanco said the Astros quickly moved from +1,200 to +1,800 in World Series futures. The SuperBook at Westgate also had Houston pegged +1,200 prior to Sunday’s news and initially went to +1,600, then dialed it a little further to +1,800.

However, there were apparently buyers on the Astros at that point, prompting the SuperBook to reel the price in to +1,400.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ American League odds?

In AL pennant futures, the Astros initially moved from +600 to +800 at The SuperBook, then ticked back to +700.

World Series odds

Team Odds to win
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
New York Yankees +350
Houston Astros +600
Atlanta Braves +1,600
Minnesota Twins +1,600
Tampa Bay Rays +1,800
Washington Nationals +2,000
Cleveland Indians +2,000
New York Mets +2,000
Chicago Cubs +2,000
Oakland Athletics +2,000
St. Louis Cardinals +2,500
Cincinnati Reds +2,500
San Diego Padres +2,500
Philadelphia Phillies +3,000
Chicago White Sox +3,000
Los Angeles Angels +3,000
Milwaukee Brewers +4,000
Boston Red Sox +5,000
Arizona Diamondbacks +6,000
Colorado Rockies +8,000
Toronto Blue Jays +10,000
Texas Rangers +10,000
Pittsburgh Pirates +20,000
Detroit Tigers +20,000
San Francisco Giants +30,000
Seattle Mariners +30,000
Miami Marlins +30,000
Baltimore Orioles +30,000
Kansas City Royals +30,000

Odds courtesy The SuperBook