You might say we’re on opposing ends of the hype train with our underdog parlay beginning with college football. The college football news is all about Deion Sanders and Colorado going against the CFP Championship runner-ups in TCU. While everyone avoids that game, we have a strong lean here along with a big UFC fight and a special CFL game.
Parlay These Dogs Over the Long Weekend
NCAAF: Colorado vs TCU (-20½)
- Total: Over 63½ (-110), Under 63½ (-110)
- Day/Time: Saturday, 12 p.m. ET
- Colorado vs TCU Live Stream: ESPN
Don’t count us as big believers in Coach Prime, Deion Sanders. Colorado might all be “hot garbage” this season even if he and the team dominate all the headlines. This is a brand new Buffaloes team so we can throw out their sports betting records from last season. The same goes for TCU, which is also almost new given its roster turnover.
So what we have here are teams with plenty of new players, including both quarterback positions. This is the type of game most bettors go into blind. But our lean is on Colorado to, at least, cover the spread.
TCU has too many new players on both sides of the ball. And on defense, this team allowed 29 points per game including some 30+ against non-top 25 teams. That’s why folks are betting online on the total to go over, which is now at a bloated 63½. On top of that, Sanders is talking smack about TCU to get in their heads. So win or lose, the Buffaloes will make TCU look bad.
- Pick: Colorado +20½ (-110)
Wow. The lack of respect for the school that gave him his start is wild. The same school that retired his jersey. The same school that let him be Prime.
There is a way to handle this question and this ain’t it. pic.twitter.com/Mw3D0BHmyJ
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) August 30, 2023
UFC: Fiorot (-187) vs Namajunas (+157)
- Total: Over 2½ (-200), Under 2½ (+165)
- Day/Time: Saturday, 4:50 p.m. ET
- Fiorot vs Namajumas Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass
While we might be riding on the Coach Prime bandwagon, we are fading the Manon Fiorot hype train over at the UFC. Fans have gone back and forth on the UFC lines with this and the right side is on the underdog, Namajunas. The former strawweight champion shines brightest when she’s underestimated. Many have written her off due to her atrocious showing in her last fight, which was 16 months ago.
But that’s a mistake. Namajunas is still in her prime at 31 and moving up to flyweight will be a boon for her. She doesn’t need to cut as much weight and will have a significant speed advantage over Fiorot. On top of that, she’s got the better Jiu-Jitsu.
We also can’t ignore the fact that Fiorot is fighting on home soil, which may work against her as she will not be as calm and composed as she tends to be. One small mistake is all Namajunas needs to catch her with a head kick or a submission. We’re betting online on it.
- Pick: Rose Namajunas (+157)
CFL: Elks vs Stampeders (-5)
- Total: Over 46½ (-110), Under 46½ (-110)
- Day/Time: Monday, 7 p.m. ET
- Elks vs Stampeders Live Stream: CFL.ca
Complimenting the college football picks is a Monday night CFL game. This battle of archrivals should favor the underdogs, who are on a bit of a roll. Snapping an historic losing skid will be a huge confidence builder for this team as it rolls into Calgary having covered four of its last five spreads. Calgary, on the other hand, is reeling.
The Stampeders have lost five of its last six games and are just 1-4 at home. This once-prolific franchise’s defense is a mess, having allowed the most points in the league. That is bad news against the Elks, who are putting up nearly 28 points a game in their last three games. Edmonton should get this done.
Pick: Edmonton Elks +5 (-110)