Bud's Bets is my column about college football gambling. I’ve had a strong few years including 55 percent against the spread in 2019 with an ROI of 5.1 percent. I had a poor 2020 with my pre-game wagers, though did turn a profit with second-half and live wagers. Be sure to follow the Cover 3 Podcast for more breakdown of the picks. My strategy has been pretty simple: Make my own numbers using a combination of public and private power ratings, plus my own manual adjustments based on personnel, injuries, and matchup knowledge. With my numbers set, the next step is being ready to fire on Sunday when the numbers come out on Sunday or Monday. Betting before the professionals who want to wager tens of thousands per game is normally an advantage because I am getting in before the huge money comes in and moves the line. Lines tend to be sharper later in the week and most of my wagers are made early in the week. Of course, if you’re trying to bet thousands of dollars on . . .
Getty Images Two of the top 15 teams in the nation will square off in a pivotal SEC West matchup on Saturday, Oct. 2 when No. 13 Ole Miss travels to face No. 1 Alabama in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week.While Alabama has dominated the series recently with five straight wins, the arrival of Lane Kiffin has brought some intrigue to a program that did take down Nick Saban in back-to-back seasons in 2014-15. Kiffin's offenses have ranked among the best in the country since he arrived in Oxford, Mississippi, and last season, the Rebels gave the Crimson Tide some trouble on defense in a 63-48 shootout win for Alabama. Though the Tide offense has been tweaked since Kiffin's departure as offensive coordinator, there's no doubt that he's left a lasting impact on the program as Saban looks to capture a second straight national championship. This year's game features two Heisman Trophy contenders at quarterback with Bryce Young and Matt Corral stepping under center for Alabama . . .
CBS Sports graphic Penn State crashed the top five of the CBS Sports 130 in a major shake-up of our comprehensive ranking of every college football team in the FBS. The top four remained the same as last week with Alabama , Georgia , Oregon and Oklahoma all holding serve in Week 3, even if those results were in doubt for a moment on Saturday in the case of the Crimson Tide and the Sooners. Penn State moved from No. 10 to No. 5 after its impressive 28-20 win against Auburn . It was one of nine teams in the top 25 of the CBS Sports 130 to move five or or more spots after Week 3 action. Not all of those movements were improvements as Clemson saw its stock fall severely after a narrow 14-8 win over Georgia Tech . The Tigers were in that No. 5 spot now occupied by Penn State; suddenly, they stand outside the top 10 for the first time in a long time at No. 11. UCLA also took a significant step back from No. 12 down to No. 24 after the thrilling 40-37 upset loss . . .
USATSI Group of Five powers are up first on the Week 4 college football odds board when Marshall visits Appalachian State on Thursday evening. The Mountaineers are 7.5-point favorites, according to the latest Week 4 college football spreads from Caesars Sportsbook. There are then four FBS games on Friday, followed by another loaded Saturday slate. Other college football lines of note this weekend include No. 18 Wisconsin (-5.5) against Notre Dame , No. 11 Florida (-20) against Tennessee and No. 7 Texas A&M (-6) against No. 16 Arkansas in the SEC on CBS matchup. Is there value on any of those Week 4 college football spreads? And which other lines should you target during the Week 4 college football schedule? Before making any Week 4 college football picks on those games or others, be sure to see the latest college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model . The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football . . .
CBS Sports graphic The Big Ten is suddenly fun. By fun, we mean there's variety. Ohio State isn't necessarily dominating the conference like it has the past four years. The latest College Football Power Rankings have blessed the conference with six spots this week, placing almost half the league among the nation's hottest teams. After a stirring win over Auburn at home, Penn State might be the best team in the league ... if the best team isn't Iowa and its stifling defense. The Buckeyes rebounded from that Oregon loss (though not many were interested in seeing it). After a bye week, Wisconsin remains in the middle of the pack. The two biggest surprises might be Michigan and Michigan State. Jim Harbaugh's program finally has a quarterback. Well, so far at least, Cade McNamara has performed quite well. Sophomore Blake Corum is second in the Big Ten in rushing. Meanwhile, Mel Tucker has the Spartans at 3-0 and way ahead of schedule after an impressive win at Miami in the . . .
Two former Cal Bears will face off as divisional rivals for the first time when Aaron Rodgers ' Packers host Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. While both suffered Week 1 defeats, Goff's Lions looked competitive versus the 49ers , but can you trust them with your NFL DFS picks? Running backs D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams both topped 100 scrimmage yards, while tight end T.J. Hockenson nearly hit the century mark receiving. With the way the Saints carved up Green Bay's defense for 38 points, Lions' skill position players could be attractive for NFL DFS lineups on Monday Night Football. Perhaps you can even find value deeper down the Lions' depth chart with receiver Tyrell Williams (concussion) sidelined. Rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond are the next players up, but can you confidently roster either as part of your NFL DFS strategy? Before locking in any NFL DFS picks for Lions vs. Packers on sites like DraftKings and . . .
The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions are set to wrap up Week 2 in the NFL when these NFC North squads go toe-to-toe during "Monday Night Football.'' Both clubs are still searching for their first win of the season. Aaron Rodgers ' Packers were upset at the hands of the Saints in the opener, managing just a field goal in the loss. Meanwhile, Detroit fell to the San Francisco 49ers , but depending on when you placed your bet they were able to pull off a ridiculous backdoor cover . It's that betting angle that we'll be dissecting here. Below, we're going to go over all the different gambling aspects that this Week 2 finale has in store for us. We'll dive into the line movement throughout the week, take a look at some player props and, of course, give you our picks for how we see this game unfolding. All NFL odds via Caesars Sportsbook. How to watch Date: Monday, Sept. 20 | Time: 8:15 p.m. ET Location: Lambeau Field (Green Bay, Wisconsin) ESPN | . . .
Tottenham, Chelsea and England icon Greaves died on September 19 at the age of 81. A naturally clinical finisher with both feet, who terrorised defences throughout a record-breaking career, the inside forward is the leading goalscorer in the history of the English top flight. The World Cup winner found the back of the net a staggering 357 times in 516 First Division games and ended six seasons as the highest scorer. Former England and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves dies aged 81 He is also Spurs' record goalscorer, having notched an incredible 266 goals from 379 appearances, and is fourth on the list of England's leading scorers, with 44 from 57 matches – including a record six hat-tricks. His status as the highest scorer in the top five European leagues was only lost as recently as 2017, when Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed his haul. Greaves glided past opponents with a sharp turn of pace and exhilarating skills, and would caress the ball beyond goalkeepers with . . .
The final contest of the Week 2 NFL schedule arrives on Monday Night Football, featuring a pair of teams looking to bounce back from Week 1 losses. The Green Bay Packers welcome the Detroit Lions to Lambeau Field just one week after losing in surprising fashion to the New Orleans Saints . The Lions were upended by the San Francisco 49ers and now must face another top-flight NFC opponent. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET at Lambeau Field. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Packers as 11.5-point favorites, while the Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 48.5 in the latest Packers vs. Lions odds. Before you make any Lions vs. Packers picks and NFL predictions, make sure you see what SportsLine NFL expert R.J. White has to say . CBS Sports' Fantasy and gambling editor, White ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks , returning more than $1,400 during that span. It's no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world's most . . .
The NFL hasn't been a walk in the park for Trevor Lawrence , although he's just two games in his young career quarterbacking a team that finished with the worst record in the NFL last year. The Jacksonville Jaguars are off to an 0-2 start, making it the first time in Lawrence's football career he's begun with such a record and he has struggled, throwing five interceptions in two games -- tied with fellow rookie Zach Wilson for the most in the league. "I hate losing, like I said last week, so it's not fun, obviously," Lawrence said. "But at the same time you've got to -- you've just got to realize we're getting better, and each week we've got to keep getting better, and it's a long season. We've still got 15 more games, kind of like I said last week. "That's the mindset in the locker room, too. Everyone is frustrated. Everybody is disappointed. Obviously we worked our tails off to win this game, and we felt like we were prepared. Just got to keep getting better, though. . . .