Brian Edwards

Edwards: Super Bowl LVIII picks

Happy Super Sunday, gang! I took an early look at today’s Super Bowl LVIII 13 days ago. There’s been little to no line movement since then. As of 2:45 p.m. Eastern today, most books had San Francisco (14-5 straight up, 9-10 against the spread) installed as a two-point favorite with a total of 47.5. The Edwards: Super Bowl LVIII picks

Edwards: SEC Basketball Notebook

As of Friday afternoon (2/9/24), FanDuel had Auburn (19-4 straight up, 15-6-2 against the spread) installed as the +130 ‘chalk’ to win the SEC’s regular-season title. The next-shortest odds belong to Tennessee (+165), Alabama (+340), South Carolina (+950), Kentucky (+9500 or 95/1), Texas A&M (130/1), Florida (130/1), LSU (250/1) and Ole Miss (250/1). ESPN’s Joe Edwards: SEC Basketball Notebook

Knicks’ Randle to miss a few weeks with dislocated shoulder

According to a report from the New York Post’s Stefan Bondy, it’s “probably safe” to say that Julius Randle’s dislocated shoulder injury will keep him out for weeks rather than months. However, Bondy’s source also told him that avoiding surgery is “not conclusive” yet. Randle will miss his first game of the season tonight when Knicks’ Randle to miss a few weeks with dislocated shoulder

Ravens, 49ers are both home favorites in conference-championship games

Updated on Sunday, 1/28/24, at 12:40 p.m. Eastern.  As of early Sunday afternoon, most betting shops had Baltimore (14-4 straight up, 12-6 against the spread) installed as a 4.5-point home favorite vs. Kansas City in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Circa had moved the Ravens to -5. The total was 44 or Ravens, 49ers are both home favorites in conference-championship games

QB Rogers withdraws from portal, staying at Washington

When Kalen DeBoer left Washington to replace Nick Saban at Alabama, it left former Mississippi St. quarterback Will Rogers in a difficult situation. Rogers, the SEC’s all-time leader in career pass completions, attempts and completion percentage, transferred to Washington in December with plans of replacing Michael Penix. After DeBoer bolted for Tuscaloosa, Rogers decided to QB Rogers withdraws from portal, staying at Washington

Illini’s Shannon reinstated, scores 16 points in return

Illinois star guard Terrence Shannon Jr. was suspended indefinitely on Dec. 28 following his arrest on a rape charge in Kansas. On Jan. 8, Shannon and his legal representatives filed for a temporary restraining order against the University of Illinois seeking immediate reinstatement to the team. At that time, Shannon’s lawyer, Mark Goldenberg, told 247Sports, Illini’s Shannon reinstated, scores 16 points in return

Michigan’s leading scorer suspended for next 6 road games

Michigan (6-9 straight up, 5-10 against the spread) has suspended sophomore Dug McDaniel for its next six road games, including tonight’s game at Maryland. “We have very high standards within our program, culture and university,” UM head coach Juwan Howard said in a statement. “Serving as mentors, we need to set the standards and pathways Michigan’s leading scorer suspended for next 6 road games

Pacers’ Haliburton out at least 2 weeks with hamstring strain

The Indiana Pacers (21-15 straight up, 21-15 against the spread) have been one of the NBA’s biggest surprises, and star guard Tyrese Haliburton has been the main reason why. However, in Monday’s 133-131 win over Boston as 3.5-point home underdogs, Haliburton injured his hamstring. According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski earlier today, Haliburton Pacers’ Haliburton out at least 2 weeks with hamstring strain

Ja Morant has torn labrum, will have season-ending surgery

Memphis All-Star guard Ja Morant’s season is over. According to a press release from the team Monday night, Morant “suffered a subluxation of his right shoulder” at Saturday’s practice. After complaining of soreness, “an MRI revealed an underlying labral tear. Morant will undergo season-ending surgery and is expected to make a full recovery ahead of Ja Morant has torn labrum, will have season-ending surgery

Illini’s Shannon suspended indefinitely after arrest

Illinois announced Thursday that star guard Terrence Shannon Jr. has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities after his arrest on a rape charge. The Douglas County DA’s office in Kansas issued a warrant for Shannon’s arrest on Wednesday for an incident that allegedly occurred in Lawrence back in September. Shannon turned himself in Thursday Illini’s Shannon suspended indefinitely after arrest

Orange Bowl Opt-Outs: FSU QB Rodemaker hitting the portal

According to multiple reports on Christmas Day, Florida State backup quarterback Tate Rodemaker is entering the transfer portal and will not play in the Seminoles’ Orange Bowl showdown vs. Georgia. 247Sports college football insider Matt Zenitz is reporting that a source close to the Rodemaker family told him, “This decision to enter the portal was Orange Bowl Opt-Outs: FSU QB Rodemaker hitting the portal

LSU’s Heisman winner Daniels declares for NFL Draft

LSU star quarterback Jayden Daniels, the 2023 Heisman Trophy winner, has declared for the NFL Draft and will opt out of the Tigers’ New Year’s Day showdown against Wisconsin at the ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa. Daniels had a spectacular campaign, completing 72.2 percent of his passes for 3,812 yards with an incredible 40/4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. LSU’s Heisman winner Daniels declares for NFL Draft

Chargers’ Justin Herbert is out for the rest of the season

Los Angeles Chargers star quarterback Justin Herbert will undergo season-ending surgery today on his broken right index finger. His streak of 62 consecutive games started, the second-longest active streak behind only Buffalo’s Josh Allen (84), will end in Thursday night’s game at Las Vegas. With four games remaining, Brandon Staley’s team is 5-8 straight up Chargers’ Justin Herbert is out for the rest of the season

Steelers’ Pickett has ankle surgery, out for several games

Pittsburgh starting quarterback Kenny Pickett underwent ankle surgery this morning to accelerate the healing process in hopes of returning later this year. The second-year signal caller will miss multiple games. Pickett left yesterday’s 24-10 home loss to Arizona late in the second quarter and didn’t return. Before going down, he had completed 7-of-10 passes for Steelers’ Pickett has ankle surgery, out for several games

Edwards: SECCG Preview and Prediction

Published on Wednesday, 11/29/23, at 12:58 p.m. Eastern. Updated on Friday, 12/1/23, at 2:44 p.m. Eastern. As of early Wednesday afternoon, most books had Georgia (12-0 straight up, 5-7 against the spread) installed as a favorite in the -5 (Westgate SuperBook) to -6.5 (BetOnline) range in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama in Atlanta. The Edwards: SECCG Preview and Prediction

49ers’ All-Pro safety Talanoa Hufanga has torn ACL

San Francisco (7-3 straight up, 5-5 against the spread) has responded to its three-game losing streak by posting back-to-back wins, including Sunday’s 27-14 non-covering win over Tampa Bay as a 13.5-point home favorite. The win was bittersweet, though, as the 49ers lost third-year safety Talanoa Hufanga to a torn ACL that will require season-ending surgery. 49ers’ All-Pro safety Talanoa Hufanga has torn ACL

Bengals’ Burrow has torn ligament in wrist, out for the rest of the season

Cincinnati star quarterback Joe Burrow needs season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist. The NFL is investigating the team’s reporting of Burrow’s status going into last night’s 34-20 loss at Baltimore as a four-point road underdog. Before the game, video footage showed Burrow with a soft cast on his right hand Bengals’ Burrow has torn ligament in wrist, out for the rest of the season

NBA suspends Draymond Green for 5 games

The National Basketball Association announced a five-game suspension for Golden State veteran forward Draymond Green on Wednesday night. The five-game ban without pay comes for “escalating an on-court altercation” early in the first quarter of Tuesday’s 104-101 home loss to Minnesota. Green was one of the three players ejected along with teammate Klay Thompson and NBA suspends Draymond Green for 5 games

NFL Power Rankings – Week 11

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

LSU’s Daniels ‘probable’ vs. UF, but RB Diggs ‘doubtful’

LSU (6-3 straight up, 5-4 against the spread) star senior quarterback Jayden Daniels has been upgraded to ‘probable’ and is expected to start in Saturday night’s home game vs. Florida. It wasn’t all good news from Brian Kelly on Thursday night, though, as he shared that RB Logan Diggs has been downgraded to ‘doubtful.’ Both LSU’s Daniels ‘probable’ vs. UF, but RB Diggs ‘doubtful’

FanDuel posts hypothetical lines for conference-championship games

FanDuel has posted spreads for three hypothetical conference-championship games. Let’s start with the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, where the expectation is for yet another Alabama-Georgia showdown. FanDuel had the Bulldogs listed as 5.5-point favorites this morning, but they’ve been adjusted to -4.5. Alabama was +168 on the money line earlier, but that number has FanDuel posts hypothetical lines for conference-championship games

NFL Power Rankings – Week 10

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