Vegas Betting Preview: Maryland vs FIU Spread & Free Pick Prediction

This Friday the Florida International Panthers (FIU) will host the Maryland Terrapins. Kickoff is set for 7:30 EST at FIU Stadium and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. Taking a look at the Week 2 college football odds, Maryland is a 10-point road favorite. The over/under for this matchup is sitting at 60… Read More »

Vegas Point Spread Preview: Panthers vs Broncos Betting Odds & Pick

The 2016 NFL season will kickoff with a Super Bowl rematch from last year. The Denver Broncos will host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:30 EST at Sports Authority Field and will be televised on NBC. Our Week 1 odds show the Panthers listed as a 3.5-point road favorite with… Read More »

Notre Dame Texas Odds

The No. 10 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns. It’s the only game on the Week 1 schedule for Sunday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 EST at Royal Texas Memorial Stadium and will be televised on ABC. Oddsmakers have Notre Dame listed as a 3.5-point favorite… Read More »

Appalachian State Tennessee Odds

The No. 9 Tennessee Volunteers are set to host the Appalachian State Mountaineers in Week 1. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 EST on Thursday, Sept. 1 at Neyland Stadium. Oddsmakers have Tennessee currently listed as a 20-point favorite. The total for this contest is 58.5 points. The Volunteers finished up the 2015 season at 9-4.… Read More »

Oregon Football Predictions

The Oregon Ducks had high hopes going into the 2015 season. Even though they had to replace Heisman quarterback Marcus Mariota. They weren’t able to live up to those expectations and ended up going 9-4. The Ducks would have made it 8 straight 10+ win seasons had it not been for an epic collapse in… Read More »

Colorado Football Predictions

The Colorado Buffaloes are coming off a disappointing 2015 season. There was hope that with 15 starters back they could get to their first bowl game since 2007. Things didn’t go as planned, as they finished up just 4-9. They went just 1-8 in Pac-12 play and are now 2-25 in the conference under head… Read More »

Kansas State Football Predictions

The Kansas State Wildcats have made a living of exceeding expectations under Bill Synder. That wasn’t the case in 2015. The Wildcats suffered their first losing season since 2008 with a mark of 6-7. Kansas State took advantage of an easy non-conference slate to start out 3-0. However, things took a turn for the worse… Read More »

East Carolina Football Predictions

The East Carolina Pirates finished up the 2015 season at just 5-7. Their first losing season in 4 years. That wasn’t a huge surprise. East Carolina lost a lot big time talent from the 2014 squad. They also had their projected starting quarterback suffer a season-ending injury in August. Given the circumstances, most just chalked… Read More »

South Florida Football Predictions

The South Florida Bulls were one of the big surprises of the 2015 season. The Bulls came out of nowhere to finish 6-2 in the American. Just 1-game back of Temple for the top spot in the East. Keep in mind they destroyed the Owls 44-23 late in the year. Part of a 8-1 run… Read More »

Cincinnati Football Predictions

Almost all the experts had the Cincinnati Bearcats winning the AAC East last year. Several of which also had them pegged to take the conference title. Needless to say, things didn’t go as planned. The Bearcats finished the regular season just 7-5 and fell to 7-6 with a 7-42 loss to San Diego State in… Read More »

Penn State Football Predictions

The Penn State Nittany Lions are coming off a 7-6 campaign in 2015. While it was the same record they ended up with in 2014, they did improve from 2-6 to 4-4 in Big Ten play. One of the big downfalls of last year is Penn State was just 1-5 away from home. The only… Read More »

Texas A&M Football Predictions

The Texas A&M Aggies finished up the 2015 season at 8-5. It was a disappointing final record, given they started out 5-0. At which they were ranked as high as No. 9 in the country. The Aggies ended up going just 4-4 inside SEC play. Their only winning conference slate came in their first year… Read More »

Virginia Tech Football Predictions

Last year Virginia Tech was a popular pick to win the ACC Coastal with 16 returning starters. Instead they disappointed and finished just 7-6 with a 4-4 record inside conference play. Despite the record not being what they wanted, it ended up being a special year. That’s because long-term head coach Frank Beamer announced it… Read More »

South Carolina Football Predictions

The South Carolina Gamecocks are coming off a miserable 3-9 campaign in 2015. They finished just 1-7 inside SEC play, which had them tied for last in the East with Missouri. It was the first losing season the Gamecocks have suffered since 2003. During last year’s trying season, head coach Steve Spurrier resigned after 6… Read More »

Kansas Football Predictions

The Kansas Jayhawks are coming off a horrific 0-12 campaign in 2015. The Jayhawks were historically bad last year. They managed just 15.3 ppg on the offensive side of the ball, while giving up a staggering 46.1 ppg. The closest they came to a win was in their opener against FCS foe South Dakota State. Which… Read More »

Oregon State Football Predictions

The Oregon State Beavers went into the 2015 campaign knowing it would be a long season. The Beavers had just 9 returning starters and were one of the least experienced teams in the country. Not to mention they were in the first year under new head coach Gary Anderson. Oregon State won 2 of their… Read More »

UCLA Football Predictions

The UCLA Bruins failed to live up the hype in 2015. Many had the Bruins picked to win the Pac-12 and compete for a national title. Instead they finished 3rd in the South and just 8-5 overall. UCLA got off to a strong start at 4-0, but a 23-38 home loss to Arizona State was… Read More »

TCU Football Predictions

The TCU Horned Frogs came into the 2015 campaign with lofty expectations. They had just finished the previous year No. 3 overall with a 12-1 record. Just missing out on making the playoffs. They opened up 8-0, but injuries took their toll down the stretch, as they lost 2 of their last 4 to go… Read More »

Florida State Football Predictions

The Florida State Seminoles are coming off a 10-3 campaign in 2015. For most teams that would be considered a success. However, the Seminoles had just gone 27-1 the previous two years. The small decline was to be expected. FSU had just 11 starters back and lost star quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston.… Read More »

Michigan State Football Predictions

The Michigan State Spartans continued their impressive run under head coach Mark Dantonio. With an improbable win at Ohio State, the Spartans won the Big Ten East. They followed that up with a thrilling 16-13 win over Iowa in the Big 10 Championship Game. That was enough to land Michigan State in the playoffs, but… Read More »

Rutgers Football Predictions

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights surprised everyone by going 8-5 in their first go of things in the Big Ten in 2014. With only 8 starters back in 2015, the Scarlet Knights went just 4-8. It could have been even worse, as one of their wins was an improbable 55-52 win at Indiana. A game in… Read More »

Purdue Football Predictions

The Purdue Boilermakers finished up the 2015 campaign with a record of just 2-10. That gives them an overall mark of 6-30 in the 3 years under head coach Darrell Hazell. To the Boilermakers credit they were close in a number of games. They had a lead with less than 4 minutes to play in a… Read More »

Arkansas Football Predictions

The Arkansas Razorbacks overcame a slow start to finish up a respectable 8-5 in 2015. Things didn’t look good early. The Razorbacks lost back-to-back non-conference games against Toledo and Texas Tech. They then lost their SEC opener to Texas A&M to open up a mere 1-3. They bounced back in a big way with a… Read More »

Ohio State Football Predictions

Ohio State went into the 2015 season as the team to beat. The Buckeyes were coming off a National Championship and had 14 returning starters. Everything looked to be in place after a 10-0 start. Then came a home game against Michigan State without Connor Cook at quarterback. Ohio State shockingly lost 14-17. They would… Read More »

NC State Football Predictions

NC State is coming off a 7-6 season that wasn’t all that impressive. The Wolfpack took advantage of an easy non-conference slate to start out 4-0. They then proceeded to go just 3-6 over their last 9 games. That included an ugly 28-51 loss to Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl. The three ACC wins… Read More »

Boston College Football Predictions

Boston College is coming off a miserable 3-9 campaign, which saw them go winless at 0-8 in the ACC. It was as many conference losses as Addazio and the Eagles had suffered in his first two years on the job (8-8). Boston College simply couldn’t generate enough offense to win games. They had 6 losses… Read More »

Ole Miss Football Predictions

Ole Miss is coming off one of their most successful seasons in over a decade. The Rebels defeated Oklahoma State 48-20 in the Sugar Bowl to finish the year at 10-3. Unfortunately for Ole Miss they have to deal with what could have been. The Rebels had control of the SEC West thanks to a… Read More »

Auburn Football Predictions

Auburn was a popular pick to win the SEC West in 2015 and needless to say the Tigers disappointed. Auburn instead finished last in the West with a 2-6 conference mark. They were able to go 4-0 in non-conference play to go 6-6 overall and get to postseason play. They would go on to destroy… Read More »

Wake Forest Football Predictions

Wake Forest is coming off another season in the basement of the ACC. The Demon Deacons finished up a 1-7 inside conference play and 3-9 overall. The exact same results they had in 2014. On the bright side, Wake Forest was a lot more competitive on the field despite the poor results. The Demon Deacons… Read More »

LSU Football Predictions

The LSU Tigers are coming off a disappointing 9-3 campaign which saw them finish 1-3 after a 7-0 start. The Tigers were able to build some momentum with a 56-27 blowout win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl. Still, a lot more was expected than a T-3rd in the SEC West. LSU’s perfect season came… Read More »

USC Football Predictions

USC went into the 2015 season with expectations of winning the Pac-12 and making the playoffs. Those hopes were thrown out the window after a 3-3 start. It also marked the end of the era for head coach Steve Sarkisian less than two years after getting hired. Sarkisian was let go due to a drinking… Read More »

Louisville Football Predictions

Louisville is coming off a promising 8-5 season. Normally 8-wins isn’t anything special, but given the circumstances it was. The Cardinals only had 9 returning starters and lost 5 All-ACC players. Getting to 8 wins was even more impressive given that Louisville started the year 0-3. The first time they got off to that bad… Read More »

Utah Football Predictions

Utah is coming off it’s best season since joining the Pac-12 back in 2011. The Utes got off to an impressive 6-0 start, which included a shocking 62-20 win at Oregon. They were ranked No. 3 in the country when their perfect season came to an end at USC. They would later lose at Arizona… Read More »

Nebraska Football Predictions

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are coming off a 6-7 campaign that could have been so much better. Nebraska suffered a 28-33 loss to BYU in their opener on a last-second Hail Mary. Heartbreaking defeats would end up being the theme of the season. The Cornhuskers suffered a staggering 5 losses in the final seconds. They also had… Read More »

Northwestern Football Predictions

Northwestern is coming off a roller coaster 10-3 campaign in 2015. The Wildcats opened the season 5-0 with an upset win at home over Stanford and upset victory at Duke. They were ranked No. 13 in the country when they visited Ann Arbor and get destroyed 38-0. The very next week they lost at home to… Read More »

Iowa State Football Predictions

Iowa State is coming off a 3-9 campaign in 2015, but it could have been a lot better. The Cyclones had four defeats where they were tied or had the lead in the 2nd half. With a 8-28 record over the last 3 years, Iowa State decided it was time to part ways with head… Read More »

UCF Football Predictions

Everything that could have gone wrong for the UCF Knights in 2015 did. After going 31-9 over their previous 3 seasons, the Knights didn’t win a single game. Finishing up at 0-12. Just two seasons prior they were the talk of the small conferences at 12-1. That included a 52-42 win over Baylor in the… Read More »

North Carolina Football Predictions

It finally all came together for North Carolina in 2015. After failing to live up to expectations, the Tar Heels finished up the regular season at 11-1. That included a perfect 8-0 mark inside the ACC. The lone loss came in the first game of the season against South Carolina. They would give Clemson all… Read More »

Vanderbilt Football Predictions

Vanderbilt may have only improved by 1-game from 2014, but were much more competitive. The Commodores finished up the 2015 season with a record of 4-8. They did manage to win two conference games after going winless in the SEC the previous year. They also went from getting outgained by 169 ypg in conference play… Read More »

Oklahoma State Football Predictions

The Oklahoma State Cowboys opened up the 2015 season with a perfect record of 10-0. They were were ranked as high as No. 4 in the country with just two games left on the schedule. That’s when things took a turn for the worse. The Cowboys lost 35-45 to Baylor at home with the Bears… Read More »

Mississippi State Football Predictions

Last year Mississippi State was coming off a dream season in 2014, where they went 10-3 and nearly won the West. With just 7 returning starters, most expected the Bulldogs to struggle. Oddsmakers set their win total at just 7 games. Mississippi State proved their doubters wrong by going 9-4. That included a 51-28 beating… Read More »

Tennessee Football Predictions

The Tennessee Volunteers overcame a heartbreaking 3-4 start by winning their final 5 games. They then proceeded to destroy Northwestern in the Outback Bowl 45-6 to finish up at 9-4. It marked the first time the Volunteers won more than 7 games since going 10-4 in 2007. That’s definitely something to be excited about. However, most… Read More »

Alabama Football Predictions

The Alabama Crimson Tide are coming off yet another National Championship. Their third in the last five years and fourth under head coach Nick Saban. Alabama earned at least a share of the SEC West title for a fourth straight year, but needed some help to do so. An early 37-43 loss at home to… Read More »

Cal Football Predictions

The California Golden Bears continued their uphill climb under head coach Sonny Dykes. After going just 1-11 in his first season on the job in 2013, the Golden Bears improved to 5-7 in his second year. This past season Cal went 8-5, which included a 55-36 beatdown of Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl. Cal… Read More »

Virginia Football Predictions

The Virginia Cavaliers finished up the 2015 regular season at 4-8. It was their fourth straight losing season and seventh in the last eight years. While Virginia only won 4 games in 2015, they were competitive against a lot of quality teams. They had 5 losses by a touchdown or less. The most painful of… Read More »

Michigan Football Predictions

When Michigan hired Jim Harbaugh last offseason, there was overwhelming excitement in Ann Arbor. Most believed it was only a matter of time before Harbaugh returned them to elite status. After going 5-7 in 2014, the expectations were limited in Harbaugh’s first year. Apparently they shouldn’t have been. Michigan proceeded to go 10-3. It was… Read More »

Temple Football Predictions

The Temple Owls have made quite a splash since joining the newly formed AAC in 2013. That first year in their new conference the Owls finished just 2-10 with a 1-7 record in league play. The improved to 6-6 with a 4-4 record in the American in 2014. They continued their uphill climb in 2015.… Read More »

Clemson Football Predictions

The Clemson Tigers continued their impressive run under head coach Dabo Swinney. The Tigers went a perfect 12-0 in the regular season and were ranked No. 1 in the country. They held on for a 45-37 win over UNC in the ACC title game and put away Oklahoma 37-17 in the playoffs. That set up… Read More »

Georgia Football Predictions

The Georgia Bulldogs finished up the 2015 regular season with a record of 10-3. For most schools that would be considered a successful year. That wasn’t the case for the Bulldogs, who failed to win the SEC East for a third straight year. Georgia got off to a 4-1 start, but their season took a… Read More »

Duke Football Predictions

You have to be impressed with what head coach David Cutcliffe has been able to accomplish at Duke.  He’s taken a program that wasn’t respected at all to a legit threat in the ACC. Last year the Blue Devils finished 8-5, giving them a 27-13 record over the last 3 seasons. During this stretch they have… Read More »

Iowa Football Predictions

The Iowa Hawkeyes are off a dream season, in which they finished the regular season a perfect 12-0. They would go on to lose 13-16 in the final seconds to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game. Ultimately keeping them out of the 4-team playoff. There were plenty of Iowa skeptics throughout the year,… Read More »

Florida Football Predictions

Most weren’t sure what to expect from the Florida Gators in 2015. The expectation was that they would be better under new head coach Jim McElwain. Just how much better was up in the air. Things couldn’t have started out much better. Florida opened up 6-0 and had just recently destroyed No. 3 Ole Miss… Read More »

NBA Key Numbers

A lot of attention is paid to key numbers in the NFL and college football, but what about basketball? I thought it would be a good idea to check on what the key NBA numbers are. Doing so will allow us to see which numbers, if any, it makes sense to buy on to or off of based… Read More »

How to Handicap Sporting Events

My goal at Boyd’s Bets has always been to help clients make money through following my picks.  But, I also want every one of my visitors and clients to gain knowledge about beating the books. Below I’ve listed some important general tips to be aware of when breaking down games.  I’ve also added links to more information for… Read More »

SportsBetting Sportsbook Review is one of the more respected online sportsbooks in the industry. This wasn’t always the case. The site was originally launched in 1999 under the name Prior to selling the company to BetOnline in 2012, this was not a book I would have recommended. With BetOnline running the show, SportsBetting is now one of… Read More »

BetDSI Sportsbook Review

BetDSI continues to be one of the top online sportsbooks in the industry. Since they opened in 1998, BetDSI has made quite a name for themselves. They are partnered with, but provide their own unique experience. Most importantly, BetDSI is a safe and secure place to open an account. For those of you who aren’t… Read More »

Sports Betting Myths

It’s time to bust some sports betting myths that I continue to hear year after year after year. These kinds of rumors are taken at face value simply because they “sound right.” But, you need to get rid of these biases when handicapping sports. Sometimes these beliefs are accepted because it serves some purpose in explaining losing wagers.… Read More »

Sports Betting Online Sportsbook Review

SportsBettingOnline was created with the idea that betting should be simple.  For the most part, they’ve succeeded.  At this sportsbook you’ll find wagering options on just about anything you can imagine. CLICK HERE to sign up for a NEW account at SportsBettingOnline ***If you use the link above to create a new account, we will give… Read More »

GTBets Offshore Sportsbook Review, Payouts, & Deposit Bonuses is one of the biggest up-and-coming sites in the sportsbook/online casino industry. When this book first launched in 2011, there were plenty of skeptics. It’s safe to say that’s not the case anymore. GT Bets has cemented itself as one of the best and most trusted online sportsbooks available today. Providing comprehensive sportbook reviews is something… Read More »

MLB Umpire Over Under Stats

The table below lists the over/under results for active MLB home plate umpires.  The numbers include all games through the 2015 regular season. For each ump you will see the number of seasons and games included in their sample.  We have also calculated the average runs scored in their games and how often they go… Read More »

How the Best and Worst NBA Teams Finish the Season ATS

When it comes to NBA handicapping, experts are constantly looking for edges to over the NBA odds. Today we take a look at handicapping the NBA best and worst teams over the final quarter of the season. We determined the best and worst teams byt number of double-digit wins/losses. We feel the number of blowout wins… Read More » Review is one of the top online books in the industry today. It’s considered to be the largest sportsbook/casino in the world. They are believed to have over 1 million members, who wager close to $3 billion each year. I think it’s safe to say that this is one of the most trusted sportsbooks you are… Read More »

MLB Player Props

The oddsmakers at 5Dimes have recently released their 2016 MLB player props.  I’ve put together a full list of the available prop bets below. All of the prop bets on this page are based on results for the entire season. That means these are only available for a short time. Once the new season starts, these betting options… Read More »

Final Four Commercial Prices

It’s no secret that the NCAA Tournament is one of the biggest sporting events in the world today. For three weeks fans are glued to their TVs and mobile devices to catch the action. This creates a huge platform for companies to advertise their products to consumers. You aren’t going to believe just how much… Read More »

Complete List of NCAA Tournament Expert Bracket Picks

Below you will find Final Four and National Championship bracket picks from several of the top experts from around the web.  The top table shows the consensus picks for each region and the championship and you can find links to the full brackets from each expert in the second table. Michigan State is currently the… Read More »

BetOnline Sportsbook Review

BetOnline is one of the most popular choices for betting on sports.  They have received excellent reviews from almost every major review site.  We consider it one of your top options. Click here to sign up for a new BetOnline account! How It Got Its Start This book started as Best Line Sports back in… Read More »

NCAA Basketball Ratings

College basketball can be tough to handicap.  There is a wide range of player talent on the court each night.  No matter what people think, it’s tough to see based on the eye test.  You might think a team looks extremely athletic, when in reality their opponent is just not. Another reason it’s difficult to beat the… Read More »

Odds to Make the NBA Playoffs

We are in the home stretch of the 2015-16 NBA regular season. Playoffs start on April 16 and the regular season set to concluded on April 13. Several teams have all but secured their spot in the postseason. Others are hoping they can do enough over the final 20-25 games to punch a ticket. Oddsmakers have released… Read More »

Bookmaker Sportsbook Review

Near the top of any review of sports betting sites you will find Bookmaker’s name.  This site was a front runner in the world of betting online.  They have since become an industry leader. Their motto is: “Where the Line Originates”.  Why?  Most books do not release their odds until they have had a chance to check first.… Read More »

Best Betting Guide with Tips on How to Handicap NCAA Basketball

Prepare to take your college basketball betting to the next level with the most comprehensive handicapping guide ever assembled. Using our complete list of tips and resources you will be extremely well-equipped to take on the sportsbooks from the regular season to the NCAA Tournament! Handicapping College Basketball: Information is Power You need to gather… Read More »

NFL Spread to Moneyline Converter

For those of you who aren’t familiar with betting the money line in the NFL it’s simple.  You are essentially  wagering on who you think will win the game.  There’s no point spread involved.  There is just an increase in the juice based on the percentage chances of a team winning outright. For example, the money line on a… Read More »

Highest Paid MLB Players

Below you’ll find the top 25 baseball player salaries for this season.  We calculated each player’s salary by dividing the size of their current deal by the number of years left on that contract. This is slightly different than what each player’s base salary might be for the season.  Yet, this average salary gives a better representation of… Read More »

Situational Handicapping

One way to handicap games is to use situations.  Not surprisingly this method is called situational handicapping.  Situational handicapping is one of the best ways to beat the NBA and NFL odds. What Are Situations? There are circumstances surrounding every single game.  Some simple examples are previous game, upcoming game, weather, time of day, and… Read More »

Home Field Advantage By Sport

Home field or court advantage doesn’t always mean talking about who wins most often at home. That’s part of it.  But, what we really want to quantify when handicapping sports is how much it influences the score.  The best way to figure this out is to compare the home/road splits from comparable schedules.  This gives us an idea of how many… Read More »