NCAAF Week 2 Predictions

Another Saturday and another full day of College Football. The lineup this week is not quite as appetizing as last week but that is to be expected as so many of the top teams opened the season against other powerhouses. Don’t fret though because there are plenty of entertaining matchups to keep you busy as you wait for the opening weekend of the NFL tomorrow.

You will not have to wait long to enjoy the matchup of the weekend as the 11th-ranked Ducks of Oregon travel to the Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio to face the 3rd-ranked Buckeyes of THE Ohio State University. This game may lose some of it’s luster if All-American DE Kayvon Thibodeaux cannot suit up for the Ducks. He is currently listed as day-to-day but fingers are crossed that he will be able to play. Oregon is a quality club without him but they become menacing for opposing teams when he is coming off the edge. On the other sideline, OSU was a tale of two-teams last week. They started slow out of the blocks, scoring only 10 points in the first half before cranking out 31 points in the final 30 minutes. Either way, the Elldee Sports formula is calling for a comfortable Buckeye win and the points to sail over the total.

Another matchup with season-changing implications for both teams is the rivalry game between Iowa and Iowa State. The city of Ames, Iowa and the Iowa State Cyclones will host the Iowa Hawkeyes to see who will take home the Cy-Hawk Trophy this season. Iowa dismantled a top-25 Indiana team last week while ISU snuck by FCS Northern Iowa. Iowa leads the overall series and has won five straight between the two. You can toss history out of the window, though, as this will be the first time that both teams are ranked. To really crank up the heat, they are both in the top-10! The Elldee Sports Formula is calling for more of the same, though, with Iowa pulling off the “upset” and winning by two touchdowns. Although, we all know that rivalries rarely go as predicted.

Hopefully, there are a more than a few close games this weekend to keep us entertained. For a full list of NCAAF predictions, go to the NCAAF tab or Until next time, good luck.

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NFL/NCAAF Early Week Predictions (Thu/Fri)

The NFL season begins tonight and is followed up by a intriguing game in the college world tomorrow. The Dallas Cowboys head to Florida to face the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL opener. In college, the Kansas Jayhawks travel to face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.

The Dallas Cowboys are commonly known as America’s Team but their fans have been tested for most of the last 20 years. Although they own five Super Bowl titles, their opponents from Tampa have won two since the Cowboys last championship. Tampa brought in Tom Brady last year and shocked the league as the 43-year old quarterback pulled off his greatest feat yet, winning the Super Bowl on a team not named the Patriots. Dallas thinks they might be the team that shocks this year as they get the return of their All-Pro quarterback, Dak Prescott. Dallas should be much improved but the rust from Dak and the homefield advantage will prove too much as the Bucs will win and cover.

The Kansas Jayhawks are coming off of their first win in over 2 years! So what if it was against an FCS team and required late game heroics. That is not why I would be worried about them. The problem for Kansas is they are running up against America’s darling in Coastal Carolina. They burst on the scene last year and had an amazing season. They were a breath of fresh air as they treated football like a game and not the hum-drum professional look that we see so often these days. Between faux wrestling matches and mullets, this team stole America’s heart and appears to be humming along again this year. I would expect a big win from the Chanticleers but the Elldee Sports Formula does not have them covering the large 25-point spread.

All of the NFL Week 1 game predictions can be found at the NFL tab or at The projected score for Kansas-Coastal Carolina can be found under the NCAAF tab or at Until next time, good luck.

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NCAAF Week 1 Predictions

We have finally made it! The first full day of College Football has finally arrived. As always, the wait has felt like an eternity but also like the National Championship was just yesterday. Even though there has only been a few matchups prior to the Saturday Gameday, we have already seen our first major upset of the NCAAF season. That is what makes college ball so great…the unpredictability of it all.

North Carolina, the preseason #10, fell on the road at Lane Stadium to the Virginia Tech Hokies. Enter Sandman played as the Hokies entered the stadium and on cue, the VT defense put Sam Howell’s Heisman Trophy hopes to sleep. On top of that, Charlotte upset Duke and Michigan State upset Northwestern, just as predicted by the Elldee Sports Formula. As a whole, the formula has had mixed results. On predictions with percentages of 65% or better, the formula has gone 86% on the moneyline, 60% on the spread, and 50% on over/unders.

What does today’s slate look like? Week 1 of 2021 has quite a few top matchups including an early matchup between Penn St @ Wisconsin, which should be exciting for fans. Mid-day follows that with Alabama vs. Miami in Atlanta and Indiana @ Iowa in two matchups between ranked teams. In the late game slot, the game of the day will be between Georgia and Clemson which takes place in Charlotte for a potential championship-game preview. Don’t worry, there will also be plenty of sneaky good games to switch to during commercials like Louisiana @ Texas and Western Michigan @ Michigan in the Big House.

Sit back and enjoy the festivities. For a list of predictions for all of today’s matchups, go to the NCAAF Tab at Elldee Sports. You can also reach the predictions by going to Until next time, best of luck.

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NCAAF Week 1 Thursday/Friday Predictions

Yeah, yeah, I know! Major College Football started LAST Saturday but with only one matchup between FBS teams, I will venture to say that THIS weekend is the real start to the season. There is a full line-up of games this weekend and by weekend, I mean Thursday through Sunday. Don’t worry, the Thursday and Friday games will not disappoint. Thursday is headlined by a Big 10 matchup between Ohio State and Minnesota, followed by a Friday night ACC battle between North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Those are just the headliners as there are plenty of other quality games each of those nights, as well.

Ohio State comes into the matchup fresh off of two consecutive playoff appearances. The expectations are sky high again this year, even with a new face behind center. Luckily for OSU, it doesn’t matter who lines up at QB as the top two wide receivers may be the best tandem in the country. Minnesota is no slouch themselves. They rely on a great rushing attack and are usually dynamite at home. Compound homefield advantage with a new Ohio St quarterback, then throw 14 points on top of it and Minnesota looks like the pick to cover the spread. The Elldee Sports formula disagrees, though, and believes that the Buckeyes will win handily in this matchup.

Friday night boasts a matchup between the high-flying North Carolina Tar Heels and the Virginia Tech Hokies. Many people are picking UNC as a dark-horse contender for the ACC championship as Mack Brown has turned this team into an offensive juggernaut. Virginia Tech, on the other hand has run into struggles lately. They started last season strong but dropped four of the final five matches. One thing I do know is that Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia is a daunting place to play a night game and one of the best atmospheres in all of America on a game-night. That won’t be enough to save the Hokies, though, as they will run into a buzz-saw in the form of the Tar Heels. UNC covers the 5.5 point spread easily.

For picks on the rest of the Thursday and Friday night games, as projected by the Elldee Sports Formula, go to the NCAAF Tab at Elldee Sports or at Until next time, good luck.

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NCAAF Week 0 Predictions

NCAA Football kicks off another year with a small slate of games in the week before college football is fully underway. There are four games but only one matchup between two power five teams. Do not let that fool you, though, as the other three look to have plenty of intrigue.

VS. The headliner this Saturday is a Big Ten matchup between Nebraska and Illinois which was supposed to take place in Dublin but due to COVID reasons, will take place in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois is getting 7-points at home to a team that they defeated the last time they met, on the road, by 18-points. That seems odd at first glance and appears that the odds makers are trying to take advantage of Nebraska’s name recognition. These two teams appear to be headed in different directions with Scott Frost on thin ice in Lincoln. Even still, the Elldee Sports Formula is calling for a 31-20 Cornhusker win.

UConn vs Fresno State and Hawai’i vs UCLA both have large spreads and the formula agrees with that sentiment, predicting large wins by both Fresno State and UCLA. The size of the spread doesn’t allow for much value, though and could go either way if looking at the matches from that angle.

The final game of the weekend is between UTEP and New Mexico State. This matchup is between what is probably the two most unrecognizable teams. This is also the matchup with potentially the greatest opportunity to beat the spread. The experts are giving NMSU a +10 point spread at home and the Elldee Sports Formula is predicting that UTEP will win straight up but just barely, squeaking out a 27-26 victory!

Time will tell on how accurate these predictions are. All four game predictions for this weekend can be seen under the NCAAF Tab at Do you agree or disagree with any of these predictions? Why? We look forward to hearing from you and until next time, good luck.

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NCAAF Power 5 Predictions

Elldee Sports is predicting all five of the power conferences to have an undefeated member. The sad part is that the playoffs only have room for four. This will be another case of a deserving team not making the playoffs due to preseason poll positioning. The same teams continue to dominate the power conferences and continuously make the final four.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has been ruled by the Clemson Tigers in recent years and Dabo Swinney has built a monster in Clemson, South Carolina. They will once again go undefeated, beating Georgia to open the regular season and outscoring North Carolina at the end during the ACC championship game. The best over/under win total pick in the conference is North Carolina over 9.5. They have the talent to blow past that number of wins en route to a Coastal Division championship.

The Big Ten is once again led by the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Buckeyes are another team with a marquee non-conference match-up this year as they will easily handle the Oregon Ducks. They will coast through the rest of their schedule on the way to a fifth-consecutive Conference championship. The Iowa Hawkeyes will test them in the championship tilt but will not have enough firepower to hang with the mighty Buckeyes. The top selections for over/under win totals in this league are both under. Wisconsin has a solid team but will fail to reach the predicted 9.5 wins. The Michigan Wolverines have been sliding and will officially implode this season and get nowhere near the total of 7 wins.

The Big Twelve will be won by the Oklahoma Sooners, in a repeat of the past 6-years. The Sooners do not play a particularly strong schedule as they have no big-name out-of-conference matchups. The only team that can challenge them in conference is the Iowa State Cyclones. In fact, ISU beat Oklahoma during the regular season last year, only to fall in the conference championship game. History will repeat itself. Expect the Texas Longhorns to finally turn the corner with a few quality wins and reaching over the win total on a Vegas projection of 8 wins.

The PAC-12 is quite possibly the most unpredictable of all the Power 5 conferences. It seems that the winner of this conference is never who the experts predict. That happens again this season as the Elldee Sports Formula is calling for an unconventional prediction of the UCLA Bruins finishing the season undefeated and with a conference championship over the Washington Huskies. This is a tall order as the Bruins would have to defeat six pre-season ranked teams. Sadly, as an under the radar team, they would still not make the playoffs. The top over/under pick in this conference is, obviously, the Bruins as they will sail over the 7-win Vegas number.

Finally, the Southeastern Conference will be Alabama and everyone else. The Crimson Tide will finish with an undefeated regular season for a second year in a row. Georgia will once again squander a talented roster and lose in the SEC championship game. The over/under projections seem to be spot-on for this conference with the only outlier being the Texas A&M Aggies. Elldee Sports is predicting the Aggies to only have one loss, to Alabama, and finishing the regular season with 11 wins. That allows a 2-game cushion as the current Vegas over/under is 9.5 wins.

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NFL Week 1 Predictions

Week one of the NFL will be quickly upon us. That includes some intriguing matchups such as the Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers. America’s Team vs. the Defending Super Bowl Champions. Also, Green Bay at New Orleans. The matchup of a team replacing a future Hall of Fame Quarterback against a team with a HOF Quarterback that doesn’t want to be there!

The initial week is always a tough week for predictions as there is very little data to analyze. Every year, there are teams that go from last to first in any given division. These moves make projections very difficult at the beginning of a season. Of course, no predictions are 100% accurate and 65% accuracy is considered pretty stellar when predicting the future. 100% is the goal, 65% is acceptable.

Some of the highlights that can be counted on per the Elldee Sports Projection Formula are the NY Jets at Carolina Panthers, Minnesota at Cincinnati, and San Francisco at Detroit. The biggest win, percentage-wise, is Carolina (-4) at NYJ. The Jets are a dumpster fire and just cannot seem to get it right. Take the Panthers at home to easily cover. Minnesota and San Francisco will both feast on perennial bottom feeders. Due to playing on the road, the spreads are lower than they should be, especially during Week 1 where teams are not road weary. Expect both of these teams to win outright by double-digits.

As always, these predictions are for entertainment purposes. If a decision is made to use them for gambling purposes, that is entirely out of our control. The staff at Elldee Sports enjoys trying to predict winners and spark sports-related conversation. Predictions of the complete NFL Week 1 schedule can be found under the NFL Tab at Until next time, best of luck.

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2021 AFC South Prediction

The odd thing about the AFC South is that calling the best team in the division a team from the “south” is questionable. This division is all about one power team and three weak teams. The age-old question in a group like this is whether the power team is actually good or the record is propped up by getting to play the other three teams twice a year. In this case, I believe that Indianapolis is a good team. The Indianapolis Colts are projected to win the division with a 14-3 record by the Elldee Sports Formula. The Tennessee Titans are in a distant second at 9-8, just missing the playoffs. The dysfunctional Houston Texans are projected third with a 3-14 record. In last, again, are the Jacksonville Jaguars at 1-16.

The Indianapolis Colts have had a revolving door at the quarterback position in recent years and I can’t say that I believe an often injured Carson Wentz is going to bring stability to the position. Luckily for the Colts, the team is bolstered by a balanced offense and strong defense that includes last season’s #2 rush defense, allowing only 90.5 yards per contest. Tennessee on the other hand had the league’s #2 rushing offense. The issue with the titans was not their rushing attack but rather the complimenting pieces. The passing attack was poor at best and the defense was one of the worst in the league. It appears that the Titan GM recognized this and went hard after some help in this year’s draft class. The real question is how long it will take for these players to make an impact.

Houston has gotten itself into a deep hole as they have lost the playmaking ability of Deshaun Watson. He was the only thing the franchise really had left to keep them afloat. Off the field allegations and on the field dysfunction has driven a wedge between management and their lone remaining star. I expect him to be gone soon and the Texans in full rebuild mode. Speaking of rebuild mode, it seems as if the Jacksonville Jaguars have been in it for 10 years. I know that is not entirely true but they have had a serious rough patch. This times things may be different, though. The owners and general managers have gone all in with a great college coach in Urban Meyer, of course the college to NFL switch rarely works. Even if he isn’t the coach that they hope he is, they have started building a solid foundational core with #1 overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence, his Clemson partner-in-crime Travis Etienne, and are even sprinkling in Tim Tebow at Tight End for the headlines. Only time will tell if the new circus in town will work.

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2021 NFC South Prediction

This division will be the strongest in the entire NFL this year. The NFC South is home to the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers but also has two other playoff contenders. The Elldee Sports Formula is calling for another strong year for the Buccaneers as they will finish 16-1. There only loss comes to fellow South Division rival New Orleans Saints who will finish second, only due to strength of schedule, at 16-1 as well. The Atlanta Falcons finish third but earn a 7th seed playoff spot at 11-6. The Carolina Panthers will finish 6-11, in part due to the monster schedule they face of playing in the NFC South.

Tampa Bay are projected to top the division and end the season the same as last year, with a Super Bowl championship. They return all 22 starters from a championship team and are led by Tom Brady, quite possibly the greatest quarterback of all time. The Bucs will not have an easy ride, though, as the Saints will give them a run for their money. Even though Drew Brees has retired, New Orleans had a higher ranked rushing attack last year than passing. In fact, they were actually led last year by their defense.

The Atlanta Falcons will finish third in the division with 6 losses but 4 of them will come in their own division. The Falcons are out to prove that the last few years were an aberration. They had one of the worst rushing attacks and defense last season but addressed it in the draft by getting three defensive picks, an O-lineman, and a once-in-a-decade prospect in Kyle Pitts. The Panthers are still rebuilding after reaching the Super Bowl with Cam Newton a half-decade ago. Injuries derailed that career and Christian McCaffrey cannot carry the team by himself. This will be another lackluster year for Carolina but the future looks brighter.

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2021 AFC North Prediction

The AFC North has been a huge let down the past few seasons. They have had stellar teams that have had massive expectations and great regular seasons. Each time, the top dog in the AFC North has failed to follow through. In fact it has been 9 years since this division last represented the AFC in the Super Bowl. This year, the Baltimore Ravens are once again the team with high expectations as they are predicted to finish the regular season at 16-1 according to the Elldee Sports Formula. In a strong second place, the Cleveland Browns look to finish 12-5. The Pittsburgh Steelers roll in at 8-9 in third. Bringing up the rear are the Cincinnati Bengals at 3-14.

The Baltimore Ravens were picked to win the Super Bowl the past two seasons by the formula but have failed to reach the big game either time. Once again, the Ravens, led by Lamar Jackson, are picked to carry the top seed into the playoffs but this year they are picked to lose in their first game! Baltimore relies on an old-school style of power running and a stout defense. It has not been enough to beat the elite teams in the NFL, though. Cleveland will make the playoffs, too! They will face the same fate as Baltimore as both teams are projected to lose to Indianapolis. On paper, the Browns look great as they are led by Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry, and OBJ on offense and also have big names in Jadaveon Clowney and Myles Garret on defense. Expect this group to be a surprise team this year.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have gotten older and older each season and have just not replaced the lost talent at a level high enough to keep them competitive in this division. Their overall age is probably why they have struggled to keep players healthy and this has affected their finishes in recent years. Ben Roethlisberger has been playing since 2004 and isn’t getting any younger. What can be said about Cincinnati? The Bengals made a move from Marvin Lewis due to his inability to win playoff games. It also didn’t help that the team was on a downward trajectory at the time. In came Zac Taylor to right the ship but so far that move has not worked out. It makes you wonder if it is just a string of poor coaches or if the ownership should take more of the blame.

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