Doc's Sports News and information for Doc's Sports en-us Copyright Doc's Sports 2012 2014-10-01T07:13:36-05:00 Doc Sports Handicapping Free Expert NCAA Football Picks: Texas A&M Aggies at Mississippi State Bulldogs Odds Itís a strange time in college football indeed when Mississippi State is ranked in the Top 15 and hosting a Top-10, very high-profile squad, yet it is only the second biggest game being played in the state of Mississippi that afternoon. A proud, football-loving state that has gone through some low times is now, for one weekend at least, the epicenter of college football. NFL Football Predictions: Week 5 Opening Line Report and Picks I know the NFL loves parity and that it presumably gives every team -- other than Jacksonville and Oakland, clearly -- some hope for the playoffs. Did you know that 30 of the 32 teams, other than those two clubs just mentioned, have at least one win? That's tied for the most through four weeks in a season since 2002 realignment. Free Expert NCAA Football Picks: Alabama Crimson Tide at Ole Miss Rebels Odds The big time will be making a relatively rare appearance in Oxford, MS, this weekend as the Ole Miss Rebels play the biggest game they have played in far too long against Alabama. Hugh Freeze pulled in an impossibly-good recruiting class two years ago, and as those players mature and the momentum of that success builds the results are showing up on the field. Suddenly ó at least through four games ó a team that was very easy to forget is nationally-relevant. With a win here at home they could really launch themselves into the big time. Free Expert NCAA Football Picks: Arizona Wildcats at Oregon Ducks Odds We have a much more compelling matchup awaiting us for Arizona at Oregon than you might think if you just looked at these two rosters on paper. Both teams are unbeaten through four games, so the prospect of a first loss for one squad is always exciting. Both teams are more than capable of scoring points in bulk, too, so chances are good that youíll be rewarded for staying up late with a fun game to watch. NFL Power Rankings Week 5 Of 12 spreads on the board in Week 4, only three of them were posted at a touchdown or higher. Two others were posted at 5.5 and 4.5. But the remaining seven spreads were at a field goal or less, which is generally an indicator that even the sportsbooks are unsure of who is going to win. 2014 Heisman Trophy Predictions Week 5 threw a wrench into the National Championship odds, with Florida Stateís second scare in as many weeks, dropping it to the third favorite. Alabama is now the favorite at +600, and Oklahoma is close behind at +700 ahead of the Seminoles (+750). As for the Heisman picture, it remained the same at the very top but is fluctuating wildly behind Marcus Mariota. Todd Gurley and the similarly-impressive Kenny Hill are hot on Mariotaís trail. NFL Office Pool Picks Week 5 I am man enough to admit that I have been mostly clueless about the NFL this year. It isnít through a lack of effort. It just seems like every time I figure that I have a team figured out they pull a 180. Iím not alone in this -- scores have been lopsided, and sportsbooks have certainly not hated September. All you can do in a case like this -- a season with two completely forgettable weeks worth of picks in the books already -- is just work harder next time out. Free NCAA Football Pick for Thursday: Arizona vs. Oregon We've got three games this Thursday to start the week of college football action, but it's a Pac-12 showdown between two undefeated ranked rivals that will have everyone's juices flowing that night. The Arizona Wildcats head up to Eugene to play the Oregon Ducks after both teams had last week off and it's the Ducks who will be out for revenge. NCAA Football Betting: Fading the Top 25 Weekly Free Picks Week 5 is in the rear view mirror, and the calendar is flipping over to October. Last weekís selections split with USF and Washington winning and New Mexico State and Cincinnati losing. For the season overall, the Top 25 teams have 50 wins and 50 losses against the spread. There were two ties last week (Ole Miss and Baylor). Itís a very interesting week to keep an eye on the Top 25 this weekend since there are far fewer big-name teams on a bye week this Saturday. There will be plenty of action, and I expect a bunch of great games. European Tour Picks: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Odds and Predictions With the PGA Tour dark ahead of the 2014-15 opening event next week, the eyes of the golf world will remain on Scotland this week for the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Before I look at that, let's do a quick recap of last week's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland.