1. Rio Ferdinand wants to box?
The wildly profitable McGregor-Mayweather fight looks like it’s begetting a whole slew of sportsmen-who-aren’t-boxers wanting to box professionally. The first taker is Rio Ferdinand, a 39-year-old retired soccer player who has no professional boxing experience. These fights are huge PPV draws– because who doesn’t want to see celebrities fight — but lie somewhere outside the realm of sport, dunking head-first into spectacle.
Betting Tip: If you can bet on a professional boxer against someone who isn’t a professional boxer in a boxing match, you absolutely should. The McGregor/Mayweather mania gave sharp bettors unreasonably good lines at the end of the day, and as long as the industry keeps producing these fights, I’ll keep happily accepting that value.
2. Derrius Guice is “very questionable”
When news of an injury comes down the big pneumatic tube system we have here at MyTopSportsBooks headquarters, you ask yourself a few questions. Is this player central to the success of the team? Are they likely to directly affect the scoring potential of this team? Is this player LSU running back Derrius Guice?
The last question checked the box when Ed Orgeron announced that Guice was “very questionable” for this week’s game against Syracuse. The Tigers are heavily favored (-22.5) at home, but it might be time to take another look at that line.
Guice could not be a more central figure in the LSU offense. He accounts for roughly a quarter of LSU’s total offensive yards, and almost half their touchdowns. The offensive system, despite much-touted changes and a million-dollar coordinator, has so far broadly amounted to handing Derrius Guice the ball. Without him, we’ll see how clever Matt Canada really is.
Betting Tip: Syracuse, with their tricky uptempo offense, was already a good bet to cover this massive spread. With Guice out, that bet becomes seriously attractive.