Doc's Sports News and information for Doc's Sports en-us Copyright Doc's Sports 2012 2014-07-24T12:47:38-05:00 Doc Sports Handicapping Doc's Sports Handicapping - Weekly Newsletter July 23-July 30 2014 Doc's Sports has a great newsletter this week as expert handicapper Robert Ferringo explains his futures betting strategy and offers up a free pick for the upcoming season. He is one of the best in the business! Also, free MLB and CFL picks for the weekend, so don't miss out on this week's newsletter! 2014 Odds to Win the SEC Conference for College Football with Picks and Predictions For so many years it has been easy to pick the National Champion months in advance ó just figure out who is going to win the SEC. Florida State finally changed that last year, and there is a growing murmur that perhaps the league isnít as strong as it has been. So, will we see yet another SEC team on top when the playoffs roll around? Or is it time for some much-needed change? Which perennial contenders are vulnerable? Here are the odds to win the SEC for college football, with picks and predictions thrown in: 2014 Odds to Win the ACC Conference for College Football with Picks and Predictions Itís another season of change for the ACC, with some new faces and one missing one. Louisville now takes the place of Maryland ó an upgrade in every sense of the word. Notre Dame also joins the conference ó sort of. They will play five games a year against ACC foes starting this year. They wonít be eligible of the ACC postseason (so donít factor in our discussion here) but get access to all ACC bowl games beyond the playoffs. 2014 Odds to Win the Big 12 Conference for College Football with Picks and Predictions The Big 12 was, not too long ago, a very mighty conference that was always nationally relevant. The last few years have not been particularly kind, though. They lost the conference realignment battle in a big way. The marquee program, Texas, has been a punchline. Oklahoma hasnít done enough to fill in the gaps. Baylor has been a bright light but not yet on a truly national scale. 2014 Odds to Win the Pac-12 South Division for College Football with Picks and Predictions The Pac-12 South is more interesting this year than it has been in the past. There are, at least according to the odds, three teams that have a chance to come out on top and represent the division in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Even better, whichever team wins will have a legitimate shot at winning the conference ó not usually the case in the new Pac-12. UCLA, Arizona State and USC all face brutal schedules, but one team is going to come out on top. 2014 Odds to Win the Pac-12 North Division for College Football with Picks and Predictions Between Oregon and Stanford, the Pac-12 North has been where all the action and excitement has been in the Pac-12 for several years now. The South is getting stronger again, with both USC and especially UCLA looking to threaten the northern supremacy. Whether they can do that or not, it remains clear that whichever team wins this Pac-12 North, which is far from an easy task, will be a major player in the conference. T.J. Yeldon Odds to win the 2014 Heisman Trophy Alabamaís football team under head coach Nick Saban has not only become known has one of the top programs in the nation with three national titles since 2009, but itís also known for producing some of the top running backs in the country. Melvin Gordon Odds to win the 2014 Heisman Trophy There was a time when it was almost a given that a running back would win the Heisman Trophy, which is awarded annually to college footballís most outstanding player. There was a stretch from 1973 to 1983 when running backs made a clean sweep of winning this award. Flash forward to recent times, and the Heisman is now dominated by quarterbacks, with the Heisman going to this position in 12 of the last 14 years. NFL Futures: Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds In what was a very deep draft class, especially on the defensive side of the ball, predicting this year's Defensive ROY won't be easy. No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney comes in as the favorite (+200) and with his freakish athleticism he would not shock many if he won it. But history suggests that it's quite tough for defensive lineman to claim the prize. NFL Futures: Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds The 2014 NFL draft was loaded with offensive playmakers and big names. The biggest of those names (Johnny Manziel) slid in the draft but ultimately went to the team many thought he would (Cleveland) it just happened with their second 1st round pick. He is going to be locked in a QB battle during training camp and will likely be the 'popular' play for those betting this future.