5 Bets to Make this Week
This week 5 Bets looks at the Tour Championship, college football, NFL preseason, NASCAR, and MLB. Don’t fill out your betslip without checking 5 Bets first.
It seemed like forever, but college football is back and it’s one of our 5 Bets for this week. There are nine games this Saturday and the one I like is between two Texas teams.
The Tour Championship concludes the PGA Tour season and I like a golfer to repeat his performance from last year.
There is one NFL team that hasn’t lost a preseason game in 21 contests. I believe they will not only win, but cover, when they play this Saturday.
The last race of the regular season for NASCAR is Saturday and two Kyles are battling in a bet to see who finishes higher. Take a look at which one I think will prevail.
Finally, MLB is in the home stretch and a team north of the border has been on a hot streak. They send their best pitcher against a team that has sunk to last place. Guess who I am taking?
5 Bets to Make this Week
- Patrick Cantlay +400 to win Tour Championship
- North Texas Mean Green pick ‘em over UTEP Miners
- Baltimore Ravens -6 over Washington Commanders
- Kyle Busch over Kyle Larson in Coke Zero Sugar 400
- Toronto Blue Jays -145 over Boston Red Sox
Cantlay Repeats at Tour Championship
Patrick Cantlay is the defending champion of the Tour Championship and I like him to be the first-ever repeat champion of the FedEx Cup.
With the eight strokes he’s getting in the unique format only Scottie Scheffler will be ahead of him. Scheffler will have 10 strokes and I believe Cantlay can make that up pretty quickly.
He won the BMW Championship last week and has momentum and history on his side. At +400 I like the odds and the value in backing Cantlay.
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North Texas Continues Dominance Over UTEP
The series between the North Texas Mean Green and the University of Texas, El Paso Miners hasn’t been much of a rivalry in recent years. North Texas is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings between the two programs.
The line started at -5 for the Mean Green and dropped to a pick ‘em at Caesars for Saturday’s game at the Sun Bowl in El Paso.
North Texas shouldn’t have a problem winning. In the 17 victories over UTEP, the Mean Green have won by two or more points in every game but one.
The Mean Green has some questions on the defensive side of the ball after losing two big pass rushers, but should be able to handle the Miners offense even with the losses.
I like North Texas to win another close one on the road.
Baltimore Ravens Make it 23
Will the Baltimore Ravens ever lose in the preseason? I hope not, because I’m going to bet them every time. It’s astounding they are now 22-0 in the preseason. It is even more amazing that they are 20-2 against the spread.
They play the Washington Commanders on Saturday at home and are favored by six points at BetMGM.
The Commanders have serious issues on defense. Their pass rush is abysmal and their pass defense was 29 out of 32 teams last year. The Ravens were 13th in passing last year and were sixth in total offense.
I like Baltimore to cover the six points as the team wins its 23rd straight preseason game.
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Busch Wins Battle of the Kyles
At first glance, it would appear Kyle Larson would be a no-brainer to top of Kyle Busch. But look a little deeper and you can see why Busch might be the pick at Saturday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona.
Busch has better results than Larson on super speedways. At the Daytona 500 in February, Busch was sixth, while Larson was 10th. In April at Talladega, NASCAR’s other super speedway, Larson was 40th and Busch was third.
The season has been more successful for Larson. He sits in second in the Cup Series standings. This is the last race before the playoffs start and Larson might be content working on some things and not be focused on winning.
Busch is currently ninth in the standings, just 11 points behind Kevin Harvick. Getting in the No. 8 spot would be huge for Busch as the pressure is off for the next three races as they cut four drivers in each playoff race.
I think Busch’s success at super speedways and some motivation gets him past Larson.
Toronto Rides Gausman to Victory
The Toronto Blue Jays smell blood in the water as the AL East leading New York Yankees have been struggling for the last month. What seemed like an insurmountable lead in the division now has been trimmed to eight games.
The Blue Jays, who have won eight of their last 10 games, face the floundering Boston Red Sox on Thursday and are sending Kevin Gausman to the mound.
Gausman has been money in three of his last four games, not allowing a run and allowing 11 hits over 21 innings. He’s gotten a victory in three out of the four previous games this season when he faced the Red Sox. The other was a no decision but he still limited them to one run over six innings.
Toronto should feast on Boston pitcher Kutter Crawford, who allowed nine runs over 3.2 innings in a loss to Baltimore in his last start.
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