Monday’s Lead: Biggest Gambling Upsets, Power 5 Futures, and Big Brother Picks


Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports; Pictured: Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13)

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MLB: Super Dogs

The Royals — 32-73 this season with an MLB-worst -196 run differential — beat the Yankees on Saturday as enormous +360 underdogs. For shame, Luis Severino! It marked the second-biggest MLB upset in our database, which inspired Matt LaMarca to look back at the most unexpected outright wins in the four major sports since 2006, with guest appearances from Chad Cordero and Bruce Gradkowski…

CFB: Wilson’s Favorite Power 5 Bets

Collin Wilson has well-researched value plays for Texas StateTroy, and South Alabama, but for those more interested in the big boys, Wilson’s compiled his five favorite futures bets for the Power 5. He’s bullish on the Buckeyes, cool on Scott Frost’s Huskers, and has an intriguing 20-1 Heisman pick. Not all heroes wear capes, but Collin does with a matching mask…

SCOTUS: Brett Kavan-odds

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a heavy -500 favorite to get confirmed two weeks ago, but his odds are getting worse. Bryan Mears is the rare breed of person who doesn’t mind being judged, which makes him the perfect candidate to judge when the judgment will come down on Judge Kavanaugh…


NFL: Preseason Week 1 lines are out, and the largest point spread is -4.5

Gonna Eat Those Tots? Man City is favored to win the Premier League, but there are some intriguing options in the middle tier, including Tottenham. Michael Leboff thinks the Spurs and this La Liga underdog can challenge for league titles…

Dez-erted: Former Cowboy Dez Bryant popped off on Twitter against his former team, which led Ian Hartitz to recall the times where bettors wanted to unleash social media fury on Dezzy B

Stateside Circuit: WTA tournaments in San Jose and Washington D.C. start Monday to kick off the U.S. Open prep circuit. Brett Farrenkopf has full analysis of each draw, plus three underdogs to back in the first round…

TV: Oh, Brother

Not knowing Big Brother is still on the air (for Season 20, nonetheless), is forgivable. Not checking out Brett Farrenkopf’s picks, is not. Farrenkopf believes the odds on the ageless reality show are “incredibly mispriced,” most likely because the oddsmaker relied on the not-totally-accurate televised narrative

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