Brian Edwards

Edwards: CFB Power Rankings – Week 9

These rankings are based on one criterion only – who we’d make favored over whom on a neutral field this Saturday. There are some injuries impacting a few teams negatively, and those are noted below. 1-Michigan 2-Georgia *Bowers 3-Ohio St. 4-Oklahoma 5-FSU 6-LSU 7-Texas *Ewers 8-Alabama 9-Oregon 10-Washington 11-Ole Miss 12-Penn St. 13-Notre Dame 14-Oregon Edwards: CFB Power Rankings – Week 9

Injury forces Jon Jones to pull out of UFC 295 title fight vs Miocic

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones is out of his first title defense vs. Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 for the heavyweight belt he won earlier this year with a first-round submission victory over Ciryl Gane. According to a late-night tweet from UFC President Dana White, “Jones was training last night, got injured, he was wrestling and tore Injury forces Jon Jones to pull out of UFC 295 title fight vs Miocic

NFL Power Rankings – Week 8

1-Chiefs 2-Eagles 3-49ers 4-Ravens 5-Dolphins 6-Lions 7-Jaguars 8-Bengals 9-Cowboys 10-Seahawks 11-Browns 12-Bills 13-Chargers 14-Steelers 15-Vikings 16-Jets 17-Texans 18-Falcons 19-Saints 20-Buccaneers 21-Rams 22-Colts 23-Commanders 24-Titans 25-Raiders 26-Giants 27-Broncos 28-Patriots 29-Bears 30-Packers 31-Cardinals 32-Panthers

Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall ‘doubtful’ vs Marshall

Coastal Carolina (4-3 straight up, 5-2 against the spread) quarterback Grayson McCall is ‘doubtful’ for Saturday’s home game vs. Marshall. McCall, the four-time first-team All-Sun-Belt selection and the three-time Sun Belt Player of the Year, left this past Saturday’s 27-17 win at Arkansas St. with a head injury after taking a vicious hit. According to Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall ‘doubtful’ vs Marshall

NFL Power Rankings – Week 7

1-49ers: With OT Trent Williams, WR Deebo Samuel and RB Christian McCaffrey going down with injuries and missing significant amounts of playing time in its first loss at Cleveland, we’ll give San Francisco a mulligan, especially since it should’ve won the game despite those factors. The aforementioned trio are considered day-to-day ahead of Monday Night NFL Power Rankings – Week 7

NFL Power Rankings – Week 6

Our rankings are based simply on who we would make favored over whom on a neutral field this Sunday. 1-49ers 2-Chiefs 3-Eagles 4-Dolphins 5-Lions 6-Bills 7-Cowboys 8-Seahawks 9-Ravens 10-Bengals 11-Jaguars 12-Chargers 13-Buccaneers 14-Browns 15-Saints 16-Colts 17-Falcons 18-Steelers 19-Rams 20-Vikings 21-Titans 22-Packers 23-Texans 24-Commanders 25-Jets 26-Raiders 27-Cardinals 28-Bears 29-Patriots 30-Giants 31-Broncos 32-Panthers

Colts’ Richardson out indefinitely with sprained AC joint

Indianapolis rookie starting quarterback Anthony Richardson is out for an indefinite period of time after injuring his throwing shoulder in Sunday’s 23-16 win over Tennessee as a 2.5-point home underdog. The Colts are reportedly still considering whether or not to place Richardson on injured reserve, which would cause him to miss the next four games. Colts’ Richardson out indefinitely with sprained AC joint

Edwards: Week 5 NFL Primer

Let’s hit on some injury intel, ATS nuggets and much more going into Week 5 of the 2023 NFL season. -The Colts and Jonathan Taylor have agreed on three-year, $42 million extension, including $26.5M in guaranteed money. As of Saturday afternoon, most books had Indianapolis (2-2 straight up, 2-2 against the spread) listed as a Edwards: Week 5 NFL Primer

UF’s leading rusher & 3 other starters ‘questionable’ vs Vandy

When Florida (3-2 straight up, 1-4 against the spread) released its depth chart today for Saturday’s home game vs. Vanderbilt, four starters, including star running back Trevor Etienne, were listed as ‘questionable.’ As of Wednesday night, most books had the Gators installed as 18 or 18.5-point favorites. Etienne is UF’s leading rusher with 358 rushing UF’s leading rusher & 3 other starters ‘questionable’ vs Vandy

NFL Power Rankings – Week 5

1-49ers: San Francisco and Philadelphia are the only undefeated teams remaining going into Week 5. Brock Purdy, Josh Dobbs and C.J. Stroud are the only starting QBs who haven’t been intercepted yet. 2-Chiefs: Kansas City is ranked fifth in scoring defense, giving up an average of only 15.0 points per game. The Chiefs are on NFL Power Rankings – Week 5

NC State announces quarterback change

North Carolina St. (3-2 straight up, 1-4 against the spread) head coach Dave Doeren announced this morning that MJ Morris will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward. This move benches Brennan Armstrong, who started the Wolfpack’s first five games. Armstrong and the NC St. offense struggled mightily in Friday’s 13-10 loss to Louisville as NC State announces quarterback change

Bucks use Holiday to land Lillard in 3-team trade

According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski early Wednesday afternoon, Damian Lillard has been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team deal with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Phoenix Suns. Portland will get Jrue Holiday from Milwaukee, Deandre Ayton and Toumani Camara from Phoenix, the Bucks’ unprotected 2029 first-round draft pick and Bucks use Holiday to land Lillard in 3-team trade

NFL Power Rankings – Week 4

1-49ers: San Francisco is 3-0 straight up and 2-0-1 against the spread, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 90-42. Brock Purdy has completed 67.0 percent of his passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. 2-Chiefs: After scoring just 37 combined points in its first two games, Kansas City’s offense exploded in NFL Power Rankings – Week 4

Edwards: Week 4 Primer

Originally published Friday night, 9/22/23. Updated on Saturday, 9/23/23, at 10:07 a.m. Eastern. What’s up, everybody?! My Week 3 picks were no bueno, as I limped to a 3-5 against-the-spread record. I’m now a mediocre 17-16 ATS for the season (52%, -1.38 Units) in college football. Fortunately, I’ve had a lot of success with some Edwards: Week 4 Primer

CU’s Travis Hunter out for 3 weeks

Colorado star cornerback and wide receiver Travis Hunter will miss the next three weeks, Coach Prime told Carl Reed Jr. (@CoachReedLive) this morning. The Buffaloes’ versatile star was injured when Colorado St. free safety Henry Blackburn hit him late on a dirty play in the first quarter of Saturday’s thrilling 43-35 comeback win in double CU’s Travis Hunter out for 3 weeks

Steelers’ Cam Heyward, Diontae Johnson to miss multiple games

Pittsburgh’s high hopes for the 2023 campaign took major hits in the club’s season opener. As if the 30-7 beatdown from San Francisco wasn’t enough, the Steelers are going to be without two of their best players for several games. Cam Heyward, the team’s six-time Pro-Bowl defensive tackle, has a groin injury that’s going to Steelers’ Cam Heyward, Diontae Johnson to miss multiple games

Week 2 Primer

For the first time since 2007-08 during the Mark Mangino Era in Lawrence, Kansas is looking to go bowling in back-to-back seasons this year. Meanwhile, Illinois is hoping for a second straight bowl bid for the first time since 2010-11. As of Friday afternoon, most books had the Jayhawks listed as a 3.5-point home favorites Week 2 Primer

Chiefs’ Kelce has hyperextended knee, ‘questionable’ vs. Detroit

Kansas City perennial Pro-Bowl tight end Travis Kelce hyperextended his knee at practice today and is now considered ‘questionable’ for Thursday’s opener at home vs. Detroit, head coach Andy Reid revealed early Tuesday afternoon. “The next guy steps in and we roll,” Reid said when quizzed about how the game plan might be altered without Chiefs’ Kelce has hyperextended knee, ‘questionable’ vs. Detroit

Edwards: Clemson at Duke

Week 1 will conclude tonight when Duke hosts Clemson in an ACC showdown. As of Thursday, most books had Clemson installed as a 13-point road favorite with the total in the 55 to 56 range. The Blue Devils were +350 to +400 on the money line. For first-half wagers, the Tigers were favored by seven Edwards: Clemson at Duke

Thursday’s Week 1 Tips

Published on Tuesday, 8/29/23, at 7:19 p.m. Eastern. Updated on Thursday, 8/31/23, at 5:15 p.m. Eastern. Week 1 will start Thursday night with four games that feature at least one program from each Power-Five conference in action. Let’s take a quick look at all four matchups. **Kent St. at Central Florida** -As of Tuesday, most Thursday’s Week 1 Tips

Week Zero Rewind

Underdogs went 5-2 against the spread with two outright wins in Week Zero, while the ‘under’ cashed at a 4-3 clip. Notre Dame jumped all over Navy early and often en route to a 42-3 win as a 20.5-point favorite. The 45 combined points dropped ‘under’ the 49.5-point total. Sam Hartman was outstanding in his Week Zero Rewind

Week Zero Tips, Part II

For my thoughts on the first four games on Saturday’s Week Zero slate, go to Part I of Week Zero Tips here. **Hawaii at Vanderbilt** -As of Friday afternoon, most books had Vanderbilt installed as a 17.5-point home favorite with a total of 55.5 or 56. The Rainbow Warriors were +650 on the money line Week Zero Tips, Part II

Week Zero Tips, Part I

The long wait for football will finally end Saturday in Dublin, Ireland, where Notre Dame will take on Navy at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. You can check out my preview and against-the-spread prediction on the side for the Fighting Irish and Midshipmen right here. Let’s take a quick look at three other games on the Week Week Zero Tips, Part I

Michigan self-imposes 3-game suspension on Jim Harbaugh

Michigan has issued a self-imposed three-game suspension on head football coach Jim Harbaugh to start the 2023 season. The suspension stems from an NCAA investigation alleging various violations committed during a dead period related to COVID-19. There could be additional punishment coming for Harbaugh from the NCAA, which has also alleged that he wasn’t truthful Michigan self-imposes 3-game suspension on Jim Harbaugh

Week Zero: Notre Dame vs. Navy

Published on June 6, 2023. Edited at 9:08 am Eastern on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023. There are seven games on the 2023 Week Zero card scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26. The standalone game is Navy vs. Notre Dame at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, where the Midshipmen and Fighting Irish will collide at 2:30 p.m. Week Zero: Notre Dame vs. Navy

UFC 292 Rewind: O’Malley upsets Sterling with 2nd-round KO

On July 18 of 2017 moments after knocking out Alfred Khashakyan on Dana White’s Contender Series, Sean O’Malley famously pointed at White and said, “Hey Dana. Welcome to The Sugar Show.” Seventy-three months later at Boston’s TD Garden in the UFC 292 main event this past Saturday night, ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley became the undisputed bantamweight UFC 292 Rewind: O’Malley upsets Sterling with 2nd-round KO

UFC 292 Primer with picks

The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its return to Boston’s TD Garden on Saturday night for UFC 292. In the main event, Aljamain ‘Funk Master’ Sterling (23-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) will attempt to successfully defend his bantamweight strap for the fourth time against rising star ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley. As of Friday morning, most books had Sterling UFC 292 Primer with picks

Colts name rookie Richardson as their Week 1 starting QB

The Indianapolis Colts have named rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson as their starter in Week 1, new head coach Shane Steichen announced Tuesday morning. “Honestly, I was shocked,” Richardson said. Indianapolis selected the University of Florida product with the No. 4 overall pick in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Richardson made his preseason Colts name rookie Richardson as their Week 1 starting QB

Walters: Mickelson bet more than $1 billion on sports in 30 years

In his soon-to-be-released biography, “The Gambler,” famed sports bettor Billy Walters claims that Phil Mickelson wagered more than $1 billion on sports over a 30-year stretch. Walters’ book, co-authored by Armen Keteyian, will be released on Aug. 22. The details of Mickelson’s gambling were revealed in an excerpt from the book that was published today Walters: Mickelson bet more than $1 billion on sports in 30 years

SEC Power Rankings

I think we can break the SEC into five different tiers this season. The top tier is comprised of the legit contenders for a College Football Playoff berth. I believe that group consists of Georgia, LSU, Alabama and Tennessee. The second tier has four teams – Ole Miss, Arkansas, Kentucky and Texas A&M – that SEC Power Rankings

Criminal charge filed against Iowa St. QB Hunter Dekkers in betting probe

According to a report Tuesday from Travis Hines and Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register, the Story County Attorney’s Office in Ames has filed a criminal complaint against Iowa St. quarterback Hunter Dekkers, charging him with tampering with records related to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s probe into sports gambling. Dekkers, who started Criminal charge filed against Iowa St. QB Hunter Dekkers in betting probe

UFC 291 Rewind: Gaethje tops Poirier with head kick KO, wins ‘BMF’ belt

Justin ‘The Highlight’ Gaethje won the ‘BMF’ belt by scoring a second-round knockout win over Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier in Saturday’s UFC 291 headliner at Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gaethje landed a head kick that dropped Poirier and it only took one follow-up punch before referee Herb Dean intervened to stop the UFC 291 Rewind: Gaethje tops Poirier with head kick KO, wins ‘BMF’ belt

Report: NCAA expected to suspend Jim Harbaugh for 4 games

According to sources for Yahoo’s Ross Dellenger, the NCAA and Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh “are working toward a negotiated resolution that is expected to see him suspended four games this season [for] penalties stemming from alleged false statements he originally made to investigators.” The agreement hasn’t been finalized yet and still needs approval Report: NCAA expected to suspend Jim Harbaugh for 4 games

UFC 291 Primer

Mixed martial arts fans in Salt Lake City are loving life! The Ultimate Fighting Championship is in town and has brought with it an electric card with a main event that’s one of the most anticipated rematches in recent years. Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier and Justin ‘The Highlight’ Gaethje waged an all-time battle that was UFC 291 Primer

Edwards: NFL Preseason Power Rankings

1-Bengals 2-Chiefs 3-Eagles 4-49ers 5-Bills 6-Ravens 7-Dolphins 8-Chargers 9-Cowboys 10-Seahawks 11-Jets 12-Lions 13-Steelers 14-Jaguars 15-Vikings 16-Patriots 17-Titans 18-Browns 19-Giants 20-Saints 21-Broncos 22-Falcons 23-Panthers 24-Packers 25-Bears 26-Commanders 27-Raiders 28-Rams 29-Buccaneers 30-Colts 31-Texans 32-Cardinals

AJC fires reporter, issues corrections to UGA football story

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has fired investigative reporter Alan Judd for “violating the organization’s journalistic standards” in an article, first published on June 27, about how the University of Georgia’s football program rallied around two players accused of sexual assault in recent years, the newspaper announced Wednesday. The AJC issued corrections to the story, changed the AJC fires reporter, issues corrections to UGA football story

Jamahal Hill has ruptured Achilles, relinquishes belt

Jamahal ‘Sweet Dreams’ Hill has a ruptured Achilles tendon and needs surgery. He will relinquish the UFC light heavyweight title while he recovers. Hill announced the unfortunate news late last night on his YouTube channel. “I’ve ruptured my Achilles,” Hill said. “It’s just one of those things that happens. It’s one that will require surgery Jamahal Hill has ruptured Achilles, relinquishes belt

UFC 290 Rewind: Volkanovski KOs Rodriguez in Round 3

Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski scored a third-round knockout win over Yair Rodriguez as a -380 favorite in Saturday’s UFC 290 headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Volkanovski successfully defended his featherweight title for the fifth time and improved his overall record to 26-2. The 145-pound kingpin hooked up his backers for the following prop UFC 290 Rewind: Volkanovski KOs Rodriguez in Round 3

UFC 290 Picks

Published on Friday, July 7, at 12:42 p.m. Eastern. Updated on Friday, July 7, at 8:20 p.m. Eastern. Alexander Volkanovski (25-2 MMA, 12-1 UFC) will be in bounce-back mode Saturday night for the UFC 290 headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, as the featherweight champion returns to the division to defend his strap against UFC 290 Picks

NBA Free Agency Notes

After a ton of offseason moves via free agency and trades, FanDuel has the Boston Celtics currently listed as +470 ‘chalk’ to win the 2023-24 NBA championship. The Denver Nuggets are at +480 odds to repeat as NBA champs. The next-shortest odds belong to Milwaukee (+550), Phoenix (+600), Miami (+1000 or 10/1), Golden St. (14/1), NBA Free Agency Notes

RIP: Ryan Mallett (1988-2023)

At the way-too-young age of 35, former Arkansas and NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett drowned Tuesday while vacationing in Destin, Florida. The Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office said that first responders were called to the scene at 2:12 p.m. Central yesterday behind the 700 block of Gulf Shore Drive. A group of people near the second sand bar RIP: Ryan Mallett (1988-2023)

Edwards: UFC Jacksonville picks

Published on Thursday, 6/22/23, at 11:55 a.m. Eastern. Updated on Saturday, 6/24/23, at 9:20 a.m. Eastern. JACKSONVILLE – The Octagon returns to Jacksonville for the sixth time since April of 2020 on Saturday for UFC on ABC 5. With the exception of Las Vegas, no city in America has hosted more UFC events in the Edwards: UFC Jacksonville picks

NCAA suspends Penny Hardaway 3 games for recruiting violations

The NCAA has suspended Memphis head basketball coach Penny Hardaway for the first three games of the 2023-24 season for recruiting violations committed during the fall of 2021. The violations committed were dubbed as Level II-mitigated. The panel for the Committee on Infractions found that Hardaway and an assistant coach that is no longer at NCAA suspends Penny Hardaway 3 games for recruiting violations

UF lands 7 commitments in 3 days, but there are still questions galore about Billy Napier

Since Florida’s failed two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter of a 31-29 home loss to top-ranked Alabama in mid-September of the 2021 season, not much has gone right for the Gators. On that play, one player lined up wrong and another went the wrong way. From there, Dan Mullen’s tenure at UF went the UF lands 7 commitments in 3 days, but there are still questions galore about Billy Napier

Report: Wizards trading Beal to Phoenix in package that includes Paul

According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Sunday afternoon, the Washington Wizards are finalizing a trade that’ll send Bradley Beal to the Phoenix Suns for Chris Paul, Landry Shamet and several second-round picks and pick swaps. Beal, a three-time All-Star, has been in Washington for his entire career that began when the Wizards Report: Wizards trading Beal to Phoenix in package that includes Paul

Amanda Nunes dominates Aldana at UFC 289, retires as women’s GOAT

Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes successfully defended her women’s bantamweight belt for the final time last night in the UFC 289 headliner, dominating Irene Aldana in a unanimous-decision win (50-44, 50-44, 50-43) as a -340 favorite in Vancouver. Bets on Nunes to win by decision cashed +300 tickets, while gamblers backing ‘over’ 4.5 rounds were winners Amanda Nunes dominates Aldana at UFC 289, retires as women’s GOAT

Edwards: UFC 289 Picks

The Octagon makes its return to Canada for the first time since 2019 on Saturday for UFC 289. The promotion’s sixth trip to Vancouver will feature double-champ Amanda Nunes (22-5 MMA, 15-2 UFC) defending her women’s bantamweight belt against Irene Aldana. The Early Prelims start at 7:00 p.m. Eastern and are on both ESPN+ and Edwards: UFC 289 Picks