If you are looking for a brief summary of what you need to know today to make informed betting choices, you’ve come to the right place! We’ll make sure you’ve got the most up-to-date map before you embark on your sports-betting voyage.
Here’s what you missed yesterday.
1. Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension is legal again
The Louisiana 5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the injunction against Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, so the league is free to suspend Elliot as they see fit.
Dallas is on a bye this week, but squares off with the 49ers in Week 7. They should be favored pretty heavily in that game, regardless of Elliott’s status, but his absence would hamper their ability to run up enough points to cover a huge line. It’s not that Elliott has been particularly scintillating on his own this year, averaging just 3.7 yards per carry, but defenses are still visibly adjusting themselves when he’s in the backfield. Alfred Morris won’t inspire the same.
Betting Tip: Fading the Cowboys early, before Elliott’s definitively ruled out of the next six games, could be profitable. Picking up Alfred Morris in fantasy could be similarly helpful.
2. Texas/Oklahoma is … whew boy
Studious readers of the Things to Know Daily Digest will remember last week, when we cautioned against any kind of involvement on the Michigan/Michigan State game, a nightmare scenario for bettors that yields bizarre results and costs people money. This week, we’re looking at the Red River Showdown, Texas’s annual rivalry game with neighboring Oklahoma. In 2015, when Oklahoma was on its way to (getting blown out of) the College Football Playoff, a 1-4 Texas team beat the Sooners 24-17, and Charlie Strong wore the gold cowboy hat, and it was all around weird. Oklahoma entered the contest as a three-point favorite in 2012 and won 63-21, more or less ending Mack Brown’s career. The year before, Oklahoma was favored by 11 points and won 55-17. This year, the Sooners are favored by nine, which means they could win by 32 or lose by 6.
Betting Tip: Either take the points or stay well, well away, because this game does something weird to both teams.