We thought Tulane had a team this year after hanging with Oklahoma in week 1 but every since that game Tulane has been on a snide and also have been bitten with the injury bug. On the other side Houston has been on a roll since their week 1 loss against Texas Tech, winning in blowout fashion. I like the much hotter team in Houston here and feels like a gift getting this line inside of 7 points.
If you went to bed early on Saturday and woke up to find that Oregon beat Arizona by 22 points, believe me, that game was way closer than the final score. Wildcats quarterback Jordan McCloud threw two interceptions in the end zone, as well as a pick-six, and that series of bad decisions was effectively the difference in what was otherwise a neck-and-neck game.
So now we're left to wonder whether "won at Ohio State" or "barely won a home game against a team now on a 16-game losing streak" is the real Oregon.
Key pieces of the Ducks' defensive front seven have been dropping like flies because of injury, and there's little question that played a major role in their inability to win the battle in the trenches against Arizona. It didn't bury them against the Wildcats, but it could be their downfall at Stanford.
The saving grace for the Ducks is that Stanford's run defense has been quite bad. Both USC and Vanderbilt averaged 5.6 yards per carry against the Cardinal, and those offenses have otherwise had a lot of trouble getting going on the ground this season. The Ducks banged up defense is a concern here for Oregon bettors, but I predict that CJ Verdell runs wild against Stanford on Saturday.
The first two games of the series split the Over and the Under, both also set at 11.5 runs. The Rockies have the fifth-lowest Over percentage at home this season at 43.5%. Only three of the Rockies’ last 13 games have had totals of 12 or more runs. Follow the trends.
The Caps are a good play at home against a Rangers team that just played a hard-fought game in Philadelphia yesterday. The Rangers lost 2-1, and looked a bit sluggish after playing for the fifth time in nine days. Now, they have a sixth game in 10 days. Thatâ€™s tough for even the most well-conditions team.