Doc's Sports News and information for Doc's Sports en-us Copyright Doc's Sports 2012 2014-09-23T23:24:01-05:00 Doc Sports Handicapping NFL Power Rankings Week 4 A cluster of bye weeks sucks the life out of the NFL Week 4 card and offers an early-season challenge for bettors that are just starting to get into a groove. I also suspect that the teams that have been granted the week off arenít all that happy about it as last week was the first time that, league-wide, it looked like things were clicking for most groups. 2014 Winnipeg Jets Predictions and NHL Futures Odds Patience is beginning to wear thin in Winnipeg. Donít get me wrong ó these fans love their team like no other fan base, and that isnít going to change. A team that returned to town with such high hopes, though, has failed to gain any real traction in their time in the NHLís coldest city. They are the same underwhelmingly average team that they were when they arrived, free agents have been very difficult to attract, and young prospects have either disappointed, struggled with injuries, or are slow to develop. NFL Football Predictions: Week 4 Opening Line Report and Picks Hard as it is to believe, there are only three unbeaten teams left in the NFL entering Week 4: Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Arizona. The first two I don't consider a huge shock. The Cardinals most definitely. The Eagles might be the most fortunate 3-0 team in NFL history, and that's not an overstatement. They are the first club to win their first three games of a season by rallying from double-digit deficits in each. 2014 Heisman Trophy Predictions Week 4 did little to shake up the National Championship picture as Auburn held off Kansas State, Oregon survived Washington State, Alabama rolled over Florida, and Florida State somehow escaped Clemson. The Heisman Trophy landscape, however, is fluctuating wildly. Bryce Petty (+1600), Trevor Knight (+1600), and Jameis Winston (+2000) are no longer among the top seven favorites to lift the stiff-arm statue. NFL Survivor Pools Strategy Advice and Predictions: Week 4 Last week was a terrifying one for most remaining survivor pool players. The Patriots were the very obvious choice at home against perhaps the worst team in the league. They got the win we all expected, but they sure didnít win pretty. Their offense is the most flawed it has been under Belichick and Brady, and the Raiders played shockingly well defensively. We canít dwell about how we won, though ó we just have to remember that we did win and figure out how we are going to do it again. NFL Office Pool Picks Week 4 After a completely haywire week of games two weeks ago, last weekís action made a whole lot more sense. Now we are entering into a new phase of the season - -six teams enjoy their bye week this week, so there are only 13 games to pick. That can be good news for our office pools, though it does mean that there is less margin for error. Hereís how I see this weekís slimmer roster of games playing out: Five to Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday September 24, 2014 Opening Line Report Barring coming back on short rest Sunday, which is unlikely, all the starting pitchers going on Wednesday will be throwing their final game of the 2014 regular season (I suppose there could be a Game No. 163 for a playoff spot, which technically would count as a regular-season game). There are some interesting statistical things to monitor with a handful of them. Here's a look at five interesting matchups on the schedule. Bovada will offer six live betting games overall. Weekly Q&A with Docís Sports Expert Handicapper Raphael Esparza Docís Sports: The biggest game on tap in Week 5 of the college football season is a Thursday night showdown between UCLA and Arizona State. We all know what a huge Pac-12 fan you are, so can you give us the inside scoop on which one of these nationally-ranked programs comes away with the win? 2014 Vancouver Canucks Predictions and NHL Futures Odds The enduring theme for this Vancouver squad this year is unquestionably ďchangeĒ. While the change is significant and widespread, there is one that stands out above all others ó new coach Willie Desjardins is, mercifully, not John Tortorella. The Tortorella experiment was a brief, seemingly a bad idea from the start, and it was a complete disaster in the end. NCAA Football Betting: Fading the Top 25 Weekly Free Picks To say that last weekend was a bad week for the Fade the Top 25 selections is an understatement. The picks went 0-3 against the spread for the week. Georgia blew the doors off Troy as the Bulldogs kept the foot on the gas a lot longer than I thought they might. West Virginia deserved to cover against Oklahoma but didnít finish well. The Florida State pick is the one that hurt the most, though. Since this weekly article is done so early each week, I didnít know that Jameis Winston would be suspended for the game by the time the game took place.