PAC 12 Championship: Utah @ Oregon

PAC-12 Logo     What a great College Football season that this has been.  There have been so many twists and turns and we at Elldee Sports do not think the twists are finished just yet.  The PAC-12 Championship game, in Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium, is a de-facto playoff play-in game for the Utah Utes so they will be playing with everything to gain.  With that being said, The Oregon Ducks would love nothing more than to crash the Utes party and deny them a playoff berth!

Utah’s Kyle Whittingham is, quite possibly, the most underrated coach in all of college football.  He has a team built from cast-offs, players who are by no means average but not considered the cream of the crop by the “big schools”.  In fact, the Utes have made it to #5 and only 7 points from perfection with a team that has consistently received a lower recruiting ranking than this week’s opponent.  That is because these players have not let arbitrary rankings define them.  Leaders Tyler Huntley and Zack Moss, both from Hallandale High School in Florida, have bought into this program and the coach.  They have had amazing seasons and the offense has been supported by the #3 defense in the country.  Expect these guys to give their all and hope to reach heights never before seen by this program.

What can be said about the Oregon Ducks?  They came into the year with sky high expectations, great recruiting classes, beautiful facilities, and a future 1st-round NFL pick at QB to lead them.  What else could you want?  Well, turns out that they could’ve used two more wins.  They opened the season in dominating fashion, handling a highly-touted Auburn team at a neutral site until crumbling in the 4th quarter and dropping the opening game.  Yes, they should have beaten Auburn, the same team that just beat Alabama.  The Ducks handled the adversity well and reeled off nine consecutive wins before letting complacency take hold once again.  They dropped a game at Arizona State after positioning themselves in the driver’s seat for the playoffs.  For Oregon players and fans, this has got to be extremely frustrating.  It is clear they have one of the best teams in the country but cannot seem to keep their heads right.  All is not lost, though, as QB Justin Herbert has another chance to impress the NFL scouts and lead his team to the Rose Bowl during his Senior year.  The defense is top 25 caliber and the offense is averaging the exact same amount of yards as the Utes so this game should be an all out brawl.

So who wins this matchup?  The Utah Utes with a shot at the playoffs or the Oregon Ducks with nothing to lose?  After running the numbers through the Elldee Sports Formula, it appears that the bright lights and pressure of the situation will be too much for Utah.  Oregon will win this convincingly, even though they come in as the underdog!

Oregon 43 – Utah 26

Oregon +6.5 and Over 46

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Turkey Day Blowout

NFL LogoThanksgiving is a time for reflection.  A time for showing appreciation for things you are grateful for.  A time for FOOTBALL!  This year’s slate is anchored by the usual suspects, the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys.  These Thanksgiving main-stays are joined by their opponents, the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills plus a third game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons.

The crew here at Elldee Sports have run the numbers for the Thanksgiving games and the formula has come up with some pretty confident predictions.  We have strong leans on the winners of all three matchups.  Can the Lions turn the corner after an awful defeat at the hands of the Washington Redskins or will the Bears continue to scratch and claw towards the playoffs like a wild animal backed into a corner?  Will the Cowboys return to form on a short week or will Buffalo trip the home team?  Are the Atlanta Falcons just the next team to fall victim to Drew Brees and the Saints or will they prove last week’s loss to Tampa Bay was a fluke?

Come to Elldeesports.com for a complete score prediction and the win percentage for each game per the Elldee Sports Formula.  While you are there, you can look at the NCAAF, NBA, and NCAAM predictions.  We would also like to point out that on the year so far, the NCAAM predictions are 19-0 on the Moneyline for games with an 80% or higher projection!  Until next time, good luck.

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Weekend Full of Meaningful Matchups

Elldee Logo Original     The seasons are winding down on the gridiron and heating up on the courts.  This weekend is ready to provide some excitement on the turf and the hardwood, though, as we have Top-10 matchups in NCAA Football, heavyweights swinging in the NFL, early-season tourneys in NCAA Basketball, and teams jockeying for position in the NBA!

Starting things off on Friday night are College Basketball tournament action and big-time NBA matchups.  These are highlighted by the #1 Duke Blue Devils vs. the Georgetown Hoyas in the 2K Empire Classic in the world-famous Madison Square Garden.  Duke is favored by 13 and should easily cover that number in this early season test.  On the pro side of the sport, the Los Angeles Lakers are heading to Oklahoma City to put their 12-2 record on the line against the Thunder.  LA has the better record but OKC has home court advantage and 4.5-points on their side.  Look for OKC to stay within the spread and possibly even steal this one outright.

Saturday is the day where College Football is King!  The season is almost over and every game is important.  Any false moves now and there is no time for recovery in the playoff discussion.  There are no more impactful games this weekend in any sport than when the Penn State Nittany Lions travel to the Horseshoe to face THE Ohio State.  Although, not a de-facto playoff game, it may as well be as the loser will not make the 4-team tournament.  In a matchup of Top-10 teams, one would expect a tight game but that’s not the way Vegas sees it.  OSU is an 18-pt favorite in this one.  James Franklin is too good of a coach with too good of a team to get beaten that soundly.  Penn State and the points is what the Elldee Sports Formula is calling for.

Finally, the NFL is providing a game or two worth watching on Sunday to finish out the weekend.  There are only a few games with national appeal this weekend for the professional football league but boy are they whoppers!  In the early games, the cream of the crop has to be the Seattle Seahawks heading East to face the Philadelphia Eagles.  The numbers in the formula say the ‘Hawks by 8 but my mind says be wary of a team traveling from the West Coast for an early game.  In the afternoon slate, the Dallas Cowboys head to Foxboro to face the New England Patriots in what should be the game of the week.  The showcase should be the offense of Dallas vs the defense of NE in this mega-matchup.  The cold weather and travel is probably too much to overcome for the Cowboys with a prediction of a close 1-pt loss.

There are plenty of great options to choose from this weekend.  Sit down, grab a bag of popcorn and stay entertained!  Until next time, good luck!

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Prediction Recaps

NFL LogoNBA LogoNCAA LogoNCAA Logo 2Here at Elldee Sports, we are back up and running.  This includes all four sports that we predict, Professional Football and Basketball plus College Football and now College Basketball Top 25 games.

The NCAA Men’s Basketball world simply has too many teams and games to predict every single matchup.  I do not have enough time currently to run each individual game although we can run any matchup upon request.  This will be the first week that College Basketball will be posted and the rest of the season will be covered from this point on.

NBA matchups have been started to mixed results.  The formula had to have a minor tweak so that every game was not predicting the under.  After the first week, the NBA picks are not doing so hot.  Vs the Money Line, the picks are hitting 46.7% of the time.  Vs the Spread, the formula has been right only 45.5% of the time.  Vs the Total, we are finally in the positive, hitting on 52.8% of the games.  On a bright note, overall Spread and Total numbers have hit just on the plus side at 51.1% of the time.  Mind you, this has been a very small sample size and we fully expect these numbers to climb rapidly.

NCAA Football has been all over the place so far this season.  As the sample size grows, the formula becomes more accurate but due to a recent move, we have not been able to run numbers for the past 3 weeks.  Based off of the numbers that have been run so far, Elldee Sports has predicted a 77.3% Money Line win percentage.  Vs the Spread we have hit on 52% even.  Totals have gone 48% for the formula.  This has equaled a total of 49.8% overall with a strong chance to make a push here at the end of the season to end profitable in the college ranks.

Finally, the NFL has been our bread and butter.  Professional sports are much easier due to the fact that all teams are similar in talent and a small percentage of players move from team to team each year.  Keeping that in mind, the Money Line win percentage has been 65.2%.  The Money Line numbers are not eye-popping but the Spread covers have been a whopping 59.1% which has been absolutely stellar!  The Over/Under wins are rocking a 52.4%.  Additionally, the Overall win numbers have amounted to a solid 55.4%, good enough to be respectable.

Continue to follow Elldee Sports as all of the major sports are now in full swing.  Until next time, good luck!

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Back In A Limited Capacity

NBA LogoNFL LogoElldee Sports couldn’t be held out of commission for too long.  Although the NCAAF portion has still not been updated, the NFL numbers for Week 10 are up.  Take a look at what the formula is calling for as we try to maintain a win percentage vs the spread above 60%.

On top of the NFL numbers provided, the team at Elldee Sports has been able to update the numbers to run the first NBA games of the season under the NBA tab on the front page.  Take a look and enjoy.  Until next time, good luck!

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NFL Week 6 GotW: Carolina @ Tampa Bay (+2)

Carolina Panthers Logo     We have a revenge game for the Elldee Sports Game of the Week.  Back in Week 2, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went into Charlotte and outmuscled the Carolina Panthers.  That was a different Panther team and Carolina wants to prove it to the nation.

Tampa Bay is off to a 2-3 start, alternating wins and losses, so far this season.  If the trend holds true, this week is a “win-week” for the Buccaneers.  It also bodes well for the Bucs that one of their two wins came against these very same Panthers just 3 weeks ago.  Now, Tampa are underdogs in their own house and are feeling disrespected!  This is not all that surprising though as they have yet to win a home game this season.  Jameis Winston has not looked horrible this year when he has time to thrown.  The common factor in the losses this season are the number of sacks taken and turnovers committed.  In the three losses, Winston has been sacked 13 times and thrown 4 picks.  Look for Carolina to try and get pressure early and often.

Stated above is the fact that Carolina has not looked like the same team since Week 2 ended.  All-Pro Quarterback Cam Newton revealed his preseason foot injury was worse than known and it affected his ability to transfer weight while passing causing too many overthrows and ultimately an inconsistent offense.  Since lesser known Kyle Allen has taken the reins of the offense, the Panthers are 3-0.  With the passing game becoming a threat again, Christian McCaffrey has finally had room to maneuver.  Carolina is hoping to continue the win streak.

The Elldee Sports team believes that the Panthers will indeed win this matchup.  They have revenge on their minds for a close Week 2 loss and how else to repay the Buccaneers than to return the favor and defeat them on THEIR home turf.  The play this week is to take the Panthers to win on the road.  Until next time, good luck.

Carolina 21 – Tampa Bay 15

Carolina -2 and Under 48

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