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 may have missed yesterday.)
1. Brandon Wimbush is a maybe
Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush is apparently a game-day decision for the Fighting Irish, a tough situation heading into a road game against North Carolina. Notre Dame is heavily favored (-14.5), and without their starting quarterback, they’ll have a tough time putting up that kind of lead. Furthermore, even if Wimbush is healthy enough to play, he might be limited on the ground, where he’s accounted for 402 yards of offense this season. Wimbush isn’t the best passer in college football, and a Brandon Wimbush that defenses don’t have to worry about as a run threat is a very different Brandon Wimbush than Brian Kelly is used to fielding.
Betting Tip: I’m not sure why this line is so far in Notre Dame’s favor in the first place, and now that their most important player is only a maybe, I have little confidence in the Fighting Irish. Hop on the Heels.
2. The Colts secondary is out
The Indianapolis Colts are going into this week without starting safety Matthias Farley and rookie cornerback Nate Hairston. Hairston has made himself indispensable as the team’s nickel corner, a fiendishly difficult position to replace. Combined with Andrew Luck’s continued absence, betting on the Colts to cover as 1.5-point favorites against the 49ers is like a lot to ask, even if the Niners are still winless. They’ve played good teams close (Rams, Seahawks) and narrowly missed picking up a road win at Arizona last week, falling in OT. They have a speedy front seven that can limit Jacoby Brisset’s scrambling and a Kyle Shanahan offense that, while not stocked with playmakers, has enough at the skill positions to victimize a depleted Indy secondary.
Betting Tip: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there’s money to be made betting against the Colts this season.