2012 College Football and NFL Futures Picks
by Doc's Sports - 7/25/2012
The war drums are beating and with the college and NFL football betting season right around the corner, we at Doc’s Sports are gearing up for another six-month siege of the sportsbooks!
And as a token of our appreciation for past patronage and as a way to get your blood pumping for the upcoming season, we have included six college and NFL futures wagers from some of our top handicappers. Enjoy these and we look forward to having
Free NFL Futures Prediction From Robert Ferringo
Take Chicago Bears ‘Over’ 9.0 Wins (-135)
This one is kind of the en vogue futures wager right now. And there is great reason for it. The Bears season win over/under opened at 8.5 but has already been bet up to 9.0. And I wouldn’t be surprised if this one doesn’t get to 9.5 before the start of the season. Last year I cashed my 7-Unit Rated Futures Play on Chicago ‘under’ 8.5 Wins. I won that one, but even I will admit that I was a little fortunate. The Bears were 7-3 and playing like one of the best teams in football when Jay Cutler was injured. They sputtered to a 1-5 finish and an 8-8 record. Cutler’s injury wasn’t a fluke though; he was playing behind one of the worst lines in football and shackled with one of the worst coordinators in the NFL over the last decade in Mike Martz. However, Martz is gone, the Bears drafted line help and brought in a new offensive philosophy aimed at protecting Cutler. Chicago also has a huge amount of excitement and buzz because of the additions of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, and they were able to lock up Pro Bowl back Matt Forte this summer. Marshall has a chance to be the best wideout the Bears have had in a quarter century and will give them a whole new element to their attack. The Bears also still have the core of a sensational defense, one that has been just a tick below the Ravens over the past decade in terms of having the best stop unit in the NFL. So the pieces are in place for the Bears to be among the NFL’s elite.
But the real reason that I like this play is that their schedule sets up perfectly. The NFC North is an excellent division – one of the best in football. But I think it is reasonable to assume the Bears split with Green Bay and Detroit and they should sweep Minnesota, giving them a 4-2 division mark. Well, the North crosses over with two of the weakest divisions in football: the AFC South (the worst in football) and the NFC West (second worst). The Bears play Indianapolis (2-14), St. Louis (2-14) and Jacksonville (5-11) within the first five weeks. Then they get a bye before home games against Detroit and Carolina. After that is a manageable trip to Tennessee before another stretch of three of four at home (Houston, at San Fran, Minnesota, Seattle). I see the Bears starting 3-2 (at least), then taking AT LEAST two of three from the Detroit-Carolina-Tennessee swing. That would be 5-3 before that key midseason home stretch, and I can see them winning three of four there. That would leave the Bears at 8-4 with a lot of momentum going into December. Their last four games are at Minnesota (win), Green Bay at home, at Arizona and at Detroit. If Chicago has already lost to the Packers and/or Detroit then I think they will even up with a win in the rematch. And the Bears are certainly better than an Arizona team that could be mailing it in at that point. I think I’m pretty conservative with my expectations here and I am seeing at least 10 wins on this schedule. They should only be underdogs in no more than five games and I will call for the Bears to go 11-5, to make the playoffs, and to sail over this total. With their upgrades, changes and schedule I don’t see any way that they aren’t better than last year’s 8-8 mark.
Free NFL Futures Prediction From Strike Point Sports:
Take Detroit Lions ‘Under’ 9.5 Wins (-130)
There is only one way to play the Lions this year: bet against them! Detroit is the “sexy team” in the NFL right now. You always want to bet against the “sexy team”. Last year the two teams getting a lot of buzz going into the year were Philadelphia (8-8 flop) and St. Louis (2-14 mess). Houston and Dallas have also been teams with a lot of hype going into the season the last few years and they have usually fallen on their faces, too. (The Texans only broke through last year because Peyton Manning was out for the year.) The Lions are the type of team that won’t handle success very well. They already haven’t. There have been a bunch of off-field incidents this offseason with Lions getting arrested and that has really created a negative image of this team. They aren’t going to sneak up on anyone this year and they will have a target on their backs. Never in the 78-year history of the Detroit Lions has this franchise won 10 or more games in back-to-back seasons. And just in modern history last year was the first time since 1995 that Detroit won 10 games. I don’t think they will do it twice in a row. Matt Stafford finally stayed healthy last year. But if he goes down this year like he has in two of his first three seasons (he has only played 29 of a possible 48 games) then this team is sunk. The defense is still not very good. And I think teams will be more creative in taking away Calvin Johnson this year. The Lions were last year’s big surprise team. And they have a lot of expectations going into this fall. But at Strike Point Sports we have a very simple rule of thumb about our futures plays: find the teams getting the most buzz in the offseason and bet them ‘under’. This play is our second-favorite total this year and it is a perfect example. Let’s cash this ticket!
Free College and NFL Futures Prediction From Vegas Sports Informer:
Take Oregon Ducks ‘Over’ 10 Wins (-170)
It’s no secret that Oregon will be one of the big favorites in the Pac-12 and circle Nov. 3 as the key game. That day Oregon travels to USC and Oregon should be either 7-1 or even 8-0 going to Southern California for this huge matchup. The Ducks schedule is pretty easy and the Oregon should be a perfect 6-0 heading into their off week. I have the Ducks heading to USC a perfect 8-0, and even if they lose that game they should still be 11-1 heading to a bowl game. The Ducks are fast on both sides of the ball and their offense can score with the best of them. Stanford is down after losing their coach and quarterback the last two years, and other than USC I don’t see anyone on the schedule that should stay within 10 points of the Ducks. Oregon will go bowling with a record of 11-1!
Take South Carolina ‘Over’ 8.5 Wins (-130)
The Gamecocks get stud running back Marcus Lattimore back in the backfield and QB Connor Shaw should be more comfortable playing this season. I see the Cocks winning nine games. Last year South Carolina went 11-2 with a bowl victory over Nebraska and if the Gamecocks get easy wins early this total should have no problem going over 8.5. Their last game on the road against Clemson could make or break this play, but even if that is the case we could set ourselves up for a guaranteed profit with Clemson on the moneyline – then we are a winner either way!
Take Chicago (+450) To Win NFC North Division
Yes, the Green Bay Packers are the big favorites in this division! And you can’t count out the Detroit Lions either in this NFC North. But the Bears have improved the most in this division. Chicago needed an offensive weapon and they got Miami Dolphin/Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall to help out Jay Cutler. The Bears usually win their games on defense and takeaways, but this year look for Chicago to win on the arm of Jay Cutler and I believe the Bears could win this division and maybe even get back to the Super Bowl. These are great odds on a very good team.
Free Futures Play from Doc’s Sports:
Take Wisconsin to Win the Big Ten Championship Game (+200 odds)
The Badgers are not as strong of a team compared to the last two championship teams. However, they have a clear path to the Big Ten title game through the Leaders Division. Their two main rivals, Ohio State and Penn State, are both ineligible and, thus, they only have to finish ahead of Purdue, Indiana, and Illinois. Wisconsin still has the best offensive player in the conference in Monte Ball and he will be able to run behind a big offensive line that is a standard for this program. Wisconsin will likely face Michigan or Nebraska from the Legends Division, and both of these teams have suspect defenses that Wisconsin will be able to exploit. Michigan had a better team that last year. And a brutal 2012 schedule will be their undoing and they will likely have 3-4 losses if they are fortunate enough to reach Indianapolis. Nebraska and Wisconsin play each other in the first game of the Big Ten season and even if Wisconsin losses that game, expect them to play much better in Indianapolis in a revenge spot since the Cornhuskers are a different team away from Lincoln. Getting Wisconsin at 2-1 odds also presents value for a hedge bet in the Big Ten Title Game. This line is too good to pass up, as Wisconsin returns to Indianapolis and makes it two-for-two with Big Ten titles.
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