Doc's Sports http://www.docsports.com/xml.rss News and information for Doc's Sports en-us Copyright Doc's Sports 2015 2016-08-27T12:00:51-05:00 Doc Sports Handicapping NCAA Football Predictions: Week 1 Opening Line Report and Picks http://www.docsports.com/2016/ncaa-football-predictions-week-1-opening-line-report-picks-284.html Thank you College Football Playoff and ESPN! It used to be that Week 1 of the college football season was cupcake city. But now? Teams know they have to schedule at least one marquee nonconference opponent, and ESPN has ponied up big dollars for power programs to face off Week 1 at neutral sites such as Arlington, Texas, Atlanta, Houston and now Orlando. Thus, this year's opening weekend is the best I can remember in terms of quality matchups. http://www.docsports.com/2016/ncaa-football-predictions-week-1-opening-line-report-picks-284.html 2016 NFL Season Win Totals Predictions http://www.docsports.com/current/nfl-season-win-totals-predictions.html We first looked at NFL season win totals way back in the spring when they were first posted. Since then a lot has changed, and we know a lot more about each team and what we can reasonably expect from them. In some cases that extra knowledge has given us reason to be more optimistic. In others the summer has not been kind to teams and their hopes. http://www.docsports.com/current/nfl-season-win-totals-predictions.html 2016 Chicago Bears Home Schedule Odds and Picks with Win Total Predictions http://www.docsports.com/2016/chicago-bears-home-schedule-odds-picks-win-total-predictions-608.html I wonder how painful it was for Chicago Bears head coach John Fox to watch last year's Super bowl considering his previous two jobs were with the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. And in Fox's second season in those stops, the clubs took a big step forward. In 2002, the Panthers were 7-9 in Fox's first season and then improved to 11-5 the next year and won the NFC title. In 2011 with Tim Tebow as his QB, Fox's Broncos were 8-8 in his first season. They jumped to 13-3 the next year and the AFC's top seed with Peyton Manning under center but were upset in the playoffs by Baltimore. http://www.docsports.com/2016/chicago-bears-home-schedule-odds-picks-win-total-predictions-608.html NCAA Football Betting: Fading the Top 25 Weekly Free Picks - Week 1 http://www.docsports.com/2016/ncaa-football-betting-fading-top-25-weekly-free-picks-week-1-762.html We're bringing back the Fading the Top 25 Weekly Free Picks article for the third straight season. It's been an interesting article with some findings that we believe can help bettors throughout the course of the college football season. http://www.docsports.com/2016/ncaa-football-betting-fading-top-25-weekly-free-picks-week-1-762.html College Football Wagering Advice: 2016 Outlook for Top ATS Teams from Last Season http://www.docsports.com/2016/college-football-wagering-advice-outlook-top-ats-teams-last-season-007.html This is a good time, right on the eve of the college football season, to look back on last season to see what can be learned that can lead to profits this season. One good activity in that regard is to look back at the best teams against the spread last year. Can they be relied upon to be strong for bettors again this year? Or were the conditions that made them successful circumstantial and unlikely to repeat? Here's a look at the Top 6 ATS teams in college football last season (top five and a tie): http://www.docsports.com/2016/college-football-wagering-advice-outlook-top-ats-teams-last-season-007.html NFL Betting Advice: What to Expect from Top 5 ATS Teams Last Season http://www.docsports.com/2016/nfl-betting-advice-what-to-expect-top-5-ats-teams-last-season-486.html There's consistency in the NFL when it comes to strong betting teams. Of the six best teams against the spread last season, five of the six were also among the 14 profitable squads the year before, and the sixth was essentially a break-even team at 8-8 ATS. It isn't easy to cover spreads, but it makes sense that consistent, quality organizations are more likely to do it more often. It only makes sense, then, to look at the teams that were the most successful last year as an indicator of which teams could be betting successes this year, too. http://www.docsports.com/2016/nfl-betting-advice-what-to-expect-top-5-ats-teams-last-season-486.html NFL Handicapping: New Injury Report Guidelines No Help to Bettors http://www.docsports.com/2016/nfl-handicapping-new-injury-report-guidelines-no-help-to-bettors-041.html The NFL has released an official injury report every game week since 1947. It's widely credited as a byproduct of the gambling that takes place on NFL games. This assertion appears to be correct, as multiple online sources report the NFL created the injury report after allegations surfaced of an attempt to fix the 1946 NFL Championship Game. http://www.docsports.com/2016/nfl-handicapping-new-injury-report-guidelines-no-help-to-bettors-041.html College Football Betting Advice: How to Handicap the Worst ATS Teams Last Season http://www.docsports.com/2016/college-football-betting-advice-how-handicap-worst-ats-teams-last-season-435.html Here's the thing - sometimes college football teams that are terrible at covering spreads are more attractive than teams that are pretty good at covering them. A bad team is more likely to be consistently bad, and bettors can take advantage just by consistently betting against them. It takes a long time for a bad team to quit being bad, too, so it only makes sense that we should look at the college football teams that were the worst at covering spreads last year, because there is a good chance that several of them will struggle to cover spreads this year, too. http://www.docsports.com/2016/college-football-betting-advice-how-handicap-worst-ats-teams-last-season-435.html NFL Wagering Advice: How the Worst ATS Teams Last Season Might Fare in 2016 http://www.docsports.com/2016/nfl-wagering-advice-how-worst-ats-teams-last-season-might-fare-482.html This list should really be named in honor of the Titans. Tennessee was tied as the worst team against the spread in the NFL last year. They were outright the worst the year before, and they were far less than profitable the year before that. They have been disastrous to bettors - but a total joy to bet against. But will they again be a terrible betting team, or will they finally turn a corner this year? And will the other bad betting teams from last year improve this year or again be in the cellar? Here's a look at the six worst ATS teams in the league last year - the five worst plus a tie: http://www.docsports.com/2016/nfl-wagering-advice-how-worst-ats-teams-last-season-might-fare-482.html College Football Handicapping: Early-Season Nonconference Major Mismatches http://www.docsports.com/2016/college-football-handicapping-early-season-nonconference-major-mismatches-635.html September is the time in college football for ridiculous matchups. Each year we see countless games between truly elite teams and either mid-level FCS teams or barely competent teams from smaller conferences in FBS. These games are usually played at the home field of the better team, and in almost every case the game is essentially over before it starts. The good teams only play the games because they have to play 12 games, but they don't want every one of them to be tough. The bad teams only play for the paycheck - they typically get paid more for these games than they can make hosting a home game of their own. http://www.docsports.com/2016/college-football-handicapping-early-season-nonconference-major-mismatches-635.html Free NFL Preseason Picks for Week 3 from Expert Pro Football Handicappers http://www.docsports.com/2016/nfl-preseason-picks-week-3-expert-pro-football-handicappers-483.html Late August/early September just might be the best time of year to be an avid sports fan. The NCAA football season kicks off on Friday night in Sydney, Australia. The NFL regular season kicks off just two weeks after that. However, before then I will be breaking down the Week 3 NFL Preseason card for you. http://www.docsports.com/2016/nfl-preseason-picks-week-3-expert-pro-football-handicappers-483.html Five to Follow MLB Betting: Saturday, August 27, 2016, Opening Line Report http://www.docsports.com/2016/mlb-betting-saturday-august-27-opening-line-report-handicapping-284.html Come on Dodgers, send another player to the disabled list before the season is over! Not that I have anything against the Dodgers, but earlier this week they put starting pitchers Brett Anderson and Scott Kazmir on the DL. That tied a big-league record of 27 players put on the disabled list in one season by a team, although statistics for this sort of thing only go back 30 years. http://www.docsports.com/2016/mlb-betting-saturday-august-27-opening-line-report-handicapping-284.html Charlotte at Louisville Free College Football Picks & Odds http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Charlotte-at-Louisville-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-481.html The Charlotte 49ers will matchup with the Louisville Cardinals on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Our matchup report includes analysis on both teams, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win. http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Charlotte-at-Louisville-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-481.html Tulane at Wake Forest Free College Football Picks & Odds http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Tulane-at-Wake-Forest-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-549.html The Tulane Green Wave will matchup with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Our matchup report includes analysis on both teams, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win. http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Tulane-at-Wake-Forest-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-549.html Appalachian State at Tennessee Free College Football Picks & Odds http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Appalachian-State-at-Tennessee-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-773.html The Appalachian State Mountaineers will matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Our matchup report includes analysis on both teams, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win. http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Appalachian-State-at-Tennessee-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-773.html South Carolina at Vanderbilt Free College Football Picks & Odds http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/South-Carolina-at-Vanderbilt-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-978.html The South Carolina Gamecocks will matchup with the Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Our matchup report includes analysis on both teams, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win. http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/South-Carolina-at-Vanderbilt-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-978.html Rice at Western Kentucky Free College Football Picks & Odds http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Rice-at-Western-Kentucky-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-274.html The Rice Owls will matchup with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Our matchup report includes analysis on both teams, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win. http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Rice-at-Western-Kentucky-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-274.html Oregon State at Minnesota Free College Football Picks & Odds http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Oregon-State-at-Minnesota-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-486.html The Oregon State Beavers will matchup with the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Our matchup report includes analysis on both teams, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win. http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Oregon-State-at-Minnesota-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-486.html Ball State at Georgia State Free College Football Picks & Odds http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Ball-State-at-Georgia-State-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-606.html The Ball State Cardinals will matchup with the Georgia State Panthers on Friday, September 2, 2016. Our matchup report includes analysis on both teams, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win. http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Ball-State-at-Georgia-State-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-606.html Army at Temple Free College Football Picks & Odds http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Army-at-Temple-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-826.html The Army Black Knights will matchup with the Temple Owls on Friday, September 2, 2016. Our matchup report includes analysis on both teams, betting trends, injury reports, and a free pick on who we think is most likely to win. http://www.docsports.com/free-picks/football/2016/Army-at-Temple-Free-College-Football-Picks-Odds-826.html