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YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Oct 19, 2019
Yankees vs Astros
Astros
-125 at betonline
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

At 8:08 PM ET on Saturday, we will be playing the money-line on the Houston Astros (924) versus the New York Yankees as an action play (do not list the starting pitchers). THE SITUATION: New York (108-62) forced a sixth game in the American League Championship Series last night with their 4-1 victory. This series now returns to Houston (113-59) tonight for Game Six and, potentially, Game Seven tomorrow night.

REASONS TO TAKE THE ASTROS WITH THE MONEY-LINE: I think both these managers are making mistakes by going with the trendy opener rather than an established starting pitcher. While these managers may be overthinking things, let’s keep it simple on our end with a solid 20* play against this Yankees team that has lost 20 of their last 25 games on the road as a money-line underdog priced in the +100 to +150 price range. New York has also lost 13 of their last 16 games on the road in the ALCS — and they have lost 11 of their last 15 road games in the playoffs. Manager Aaron Boone will (likely) use Chad Green as his opener — the right-hander is 4-4 with a 4.17 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 69 innings this season. Green has an uninspiring 4.91 ERA in 3 2/3 innings in this series. J.A. Happ will also likely appear at some time tonight — probably as the second pitchers for the Yankees since he is a left-hander. I concede that one of the advantages of the opener strategy is to mess with opposing lineups that like to platoon based on lefty-righty splits. I am less enthralled with this approach against the Astros since their core lineup is stable and so good. Happ has a 4.91 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP this season. The Yankees bullpen has a 4.34 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP on the road. Perhaps Boone is making the most of a bad situation with his only realistic alternative being to start Happ (rather than to use Green first)? Fair enough — and it might have lowered the investment price on the Astros! Houston has won 5 of their last 6 games after a loss — and they have won 7 straight games after failing to score more than two runs in their last game. They return home where they have won 39 of their last 51 games — and they have won 4 of their last 5 home games in the playoffs. They will likely open with Brad Peacock who pitched the last inning for the Astros last night to retire the side with just eight pitches. He is a veteran who had a 7-6 record with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP this season. Perhaps his opening the game takes some of the pressure off Jose Urquidy who will likely appear next. Urquidy had a 2-1 record with a 3.95 ERA in 41 innings of work — and he was more effective at home where he had a 3.80 ERA with a 0.89 WHIP and .210 opponent’s batting average.

FINAL TAKE: Game Four was the critical game in this series for the Yankees. Their loss on Wednesday put them in a 3-1 hole which will be very difficult to overcome. Look for the Astros to advance to the World Series tonight. Don’t list the starting pitchers — we want the action nor matter what given this situation. I do not trust either manager to pull a fast one with a last-minute starting pitcher change. 20* MLB NY Yankees-Houston FS1-TV Special with the money-line on the Houston Astros (924) versus the New York Yankees as an action play (do not list the starting pitchers). Best of luck for us — Frank.

Matchup Selection W/L
CFL  |  Oct 19, 2019
Winnipeg vs Calgary
UNDER 50½ -110 Lost
$110.0
Play Type: Top Premium

At 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, we will be playing Under the Total in the game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (687) and the Calgary Stampeders (688). THE SITUATION: Winnipeg (10-6) enters this game looking to build off their 35-24 win over Montreal last Saturday as a 4-point favorite. Calgary (10-5) looks to build off their 30-28 win over Saskatchewan as a 3.5-point favorite last Friday night.

REASONS TO TAKE UNDER THE TOTAL: The Blue Bombers have played 6 of their last 9 games Under the Total after a straight-up win — and they have played 6 of their last 9 games Under the Total after a point spread victory. And while that game flew over the 46.5 point Total, Winnipeg has then played 5 of their last 6 games Under the Total after a game that finished Over the number. Over their last three games, the Blue Bombers are scoring only 18.0 PPG. Winnipeg has played 11 of their last 15 games Under the Total against teams with a winning record — and they have played 4 of their last 5 games Under the Total against West Division foes. Calgary has played 20 of their last 26 games Under the Total after a straight-up win — and they have played 11 of their last 14 games Under the Total after a win by 8 points or less. Additionally, the Stampeders have played 6 of their last 7 games Under the Total after a point spread loss

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 19, 2019
Army vs Georgia State
Army
-4 -109 at pinnacle
Lost
$109.0
Play Type: Premium

At 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, we will be playing the Army Black Knights (323) minus the points versus the Georgia State Panthers (324). THE SITUATION: Army (3-3) has lost their last two games with their 17-8 upset loss at Western Kentucky as a 5-point favorite last Saturday. Georgia State (4-2) comes off a 31-21 win over Coastal Carolina as a 3.5-point underdog last week.

REASONS TO TAKE THE BLACK KNIGHTS MINUS THE POINTS: Army should bounce-back with a strong effort as they have covered the point spread in 4 of their last 5 games after a straight-up loss. The Black Knights have also covered the point spread in 15 of their last 20 games after a game where neither team scored more than 17 points. Remember, this is the same team that almost pulled the upset at Michigan in the Big House. Army has covered the point spread in 4 of their last 5 games after failing to score at least 20 points in their last game. They are also 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games against teams with a winning record. Now they stay on the road where they have covered the point spread in 6 of their last 7 games — and they have covered the point spread in 6 straight road games against teams with a winning record at home. The Blacknights will hope they get their ground game going to get their defense off the field. The Hilltoppers gave them a piece of their own medicine by being on offense for almost 39 minutes in that game. But this Panthers’ team is not familiar with the spread triple-option run by the military academies. And, as it is, Georgia State is allowing their opponents to average 200 rushing YPG while averaging 5.6 Yards-Per-Carry. The Panthers are just 1-6-2 ATS in their last 9 games after a straight-up win — and they are 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 games after a point spread win. This team does not possess much of a home-field advantage — they are just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games at home. And in their last 6 games against teams outside the Sun Belt Conference, Georgia State is 1-4-1 ATS.

FINAL TAKE: The Panthers are likely to suffer a letdown after pulling off the upset against a conference opponent. Georgia State has failed to cover the point spread in 6 straight games in the second half of the season. 20* CFB Blowout Bookie Buster with the Army Black Knights (323) minus the points versus the Georgia State Panthers (324). Best of luck for us — Frank.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 19, 2019
Western Michigan vs Eastern Michigan
Eastern Michigan
+10 -110 at sportsbook
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

At 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, we will be playing the Eastern Michigan Eagles (348) plus the points versus the Western Michigan Broncos (347). THE SITUATION: Eastern Michigan (3-3) has lost two straight games after their 29-23 loss to Ball State last week where they opened as a 2-point favorite and closed around a 1.5-point underdog. Western Michigan (4-3) looks to build off their 38-16 win over Miami (OH) as a 12-point favorite last Saturday.

REASONS TO TAKE THE EAGLES PLUS THE POINTS: The Broncos have failed to cover the point spread in 5 straight games after a straight-up win — and they have failed to cover the point spread in 14 of their last 17 games after a point spread win. Western Michigan has also failed to cover the point spread in 5 straight games after not allowing more than 20 points in their last game. Western Michigan was actually outgained by a 365 to 310 yardage margin to the Warhawks but used a +2 net turnover margin and a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown to earn the win. Now the Broncos go back on the road where they are 0-3 this season while getting outscored by -20.0 PPG due to a defense that is allowing their home hosts to average 44.7 PPG along with 534.0 total YPG. Western Michigan has failed to cover the point spread in 5 straight games on the road. We had Eastern Michigan last week after playing four of their first five games on the road but they disappointed with flat effort fueled by a -3 net turnover margin. The Eagles have bounced-back to cover the point spread in 15 of their last 20 games after a straight-up loss — and they have covered the point spread in 12 of their last 15 games after a point spread loss. Eastern Michigan has also covered the point spread in 7 straight games after a loss by a touchdown or less against a Mid-American Conference rival. This remains a team that has covered the point spread in 16 of their last 23 games against teams with a winning record.

FINAL TAKE: The Eagles will be motivated to avenge a 27-24 loss at Western Michigan last October 6th. The Broncos have failed to cover the point spread in 7 of their last 10 games in the month of October. 20* CFB Big Dog Surprise with the Eastern Michigan Eagles (348) plus the points versus the Western Michigan Broncos (347). Best of luck for us — Frank.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 19, 2019
Oregon vs Washington
Washington
+3 -110 at Bovada
Lost
$110.0
Play Type: Premium

At 3:30 PM ET on Saturday, we will be playing the Washington Huskies (368) plus the points versus the Oregon Ducks (367). THE SITUATION: Oregon (5-1) has won four games in a row with their 45-3 win over Colorado last Friday as a 23.5-point favorite. Washington (5-2) comes off a 51-27 win at Arizona last Saturday as a 6-point favorite.

REASONS TO TAKE THE HUSKIES PLUS THE POINTS: The Ducks may be due for a letdown after their easy win at home against the Buffaloes. Oregon has failed to cover the point spread in 12 of their last 15 games after a point spread win. Additionally, the Ducks have failed to cover the point spread in 7 of their last 8 games after a point spread win as a double-digit favorite — and they have failed to cover the point spread in 12 of their last 14 games after a win by at least 20 points. The Ducks are averaging 36.0 PPG on offense led by their NFL prospect at quarterback in Justin Herbert. But in their two games on the road — both against quality defenses — Oregon sees their scoring average drop to just 21.0 PPG along with averaging only 326.0 total YPG. A big concern for this team is their Red Zone offense where they rank just 102nd in the nation. The Ducks have failed to cover the point spread in 8 of their last 11 games on the road — and they have also failed to cover the point spread in 5 of their last 7 road games against teams with a winning record at home. Oregon did generate 527 yards of offense against Colorado — but they have failed to cover the point spread in 7 of their last 10 games after gaining at least 450 yards in their last game. Washington has covered the point spread in 5 of their last 6 games after a double-digit win on the road — and they have covered the point spread in 4 of their last 5 games after scoring at least 40 points in their last game. This Washington team also plays very good defense — they rank 28th in the nation by allowing only 19.6 PPG. Visitors are scoring only 17.0 PPG at Husky Stadium while averaging just 336.7 total YPG. The Huskies return home where are 3-1 this season while outscoring their opponents by +19.5 PPG.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 19, 2019
Oregon vs Washington
UNDER 49 -114 Lost
$114.0
Play Type: Top Premium

At 3:30 PM ET on Saturday, we will be playing Under the Total in the game between the Oregon Ducks (367) and the Washington Huskies (368). THE SITUATION: Oregon (5-1) has won four games in a row with their 45-3 win over Colorado last Friday as a 23.5-point favorite. Washington (5-2) comes off a 51-27 win at Arizona last Saturday as a 6-point favorite.

REASONS TO TAKE UNDER THE TOTAL: The Ducks have played 5 of their last 6 games Under the Total after a victory by at least 20 points. Oregon has also played 7 straight games on the road Under the Total after a victory — and they have played 5 of their last 6 games Under the Total after a point spread win. This team is playing outstanding defense under first-year defensive coordinator Andy Avalos who came over from Boise State. The Ducks rank 3rd in the nation by allowing just 8.7 PPG — and they also rank 8th in the nation by surrendering only 267.7 total YPG. Oregon has not allowed more than 7 points in five straight games — and they have played 7 straight games Under the Total after not allowing more than 7 points in their last contest. The Ducks are averaging 36.0 PPG on offense led by their NFL prospect at quarterback in Justin Herbert. But in their two games on the road — both against quality defenses — Oregon sees their scoring average drop to just 21.0 PPG along with averaging only 326.0 total YPG. A big concern for this team is their Red Zone offense where they rank just 102nd in the nation. The Ducks have played 8 of their last 10 road games Under the Total against teams with a winning record at home. Oregon did support their defense last week by rushing for 252 yards against the Buffaloes — and they have played 6 straight games Under the Total after rushing for at least 200 yards in their last game. Furthermore, the Ducks have played 5 of their last 6 games Under the Total against teams with a winning record. Washington has played 6 of their last 7 games Under the Total after a straight-up win — and they have played 5 of their last 6 games Under the Total after a point spread win. The Huskies have also played 8 of their last 9 games Under the Total after a win versus a Pac-12 rival — and the Under is 11-5-1 in their last 17 games after a win by at least 20 points. This Washington team also plays very good defense — they rank 28th in the nation by allowing only 19.6 PPG. Visitors are scoring only 17.0 PPG at Husky Stadium while averaging just 336.7 total YPG. Washington has played 4 of their last 5 home games Under the Total against teams with a winning record on the road. The Huskies’ offense has been inconsistent — they rank just 57th in the nation by averaging 423.1 total YPG. They did rush for 207 yards last week at Arizona — and they have played 6 of their last 8 games Under the Total after rushing for at least 200 yards. Additionally, Washington has played 4 of their last 5 games Under the Total after scoring at least 40 points in their last game — and they have played 19 of their last 26 home games Under the Total after scoring at least 42 points in their last contest.

FINAL TAKE: These two teams have played 4 straight games Under the Total when playing at Washington. And the forecasts call for rain this afternoon which will make both Herbert and the Huskies’ Jacob Eason uncomfortable. 25* CFB Saturday ABC-TV Total of the Month with Under the Total in the game between the Oregon Ducks (367) and the Washington Huskies (368). Best of luck for us — Frank.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 19, 2019
Kent State vs Ohio
Ohio
-7½ -109 at GTBets
Lost
$109.0
Play Type: Free

Take the Ohio Bobcats minus the points versus the Kent State Golden Flashes. Ohio (2-4) needs a win after dropping four of their last five games with their 39-36 loss to Northern Illinois last week. The Bobcats have bounced-back to cover the point spread in 9 of their last 12 games after a straight-up loss. And while Ohio did not commit a turnover last week against the Huskies, they have then covered the point spread in 33 of their last 51 home games after not committing more than one turnover in their last game. Kent State (3-3) has won two of their last three games with their 26-3 win over Akron last week. The Golden Flashes have failed to cover the point spread in 5 of their last 6 games after a win by at least 20 points. Kent State is also just 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 games after not allowing more than 20 points in their last game. Lay the points with Ohio. Best of luck — Frank.

Frank Sawyer’s Hollywood Sports DELIVERED their 25* CFB Friday CBS Sports Network Game of the Year last night on Fresno State minus the points versus UNLV to help continue their SCORCHING 16 of 20 (80%) All-Sports run since Sunday night! Frank owns a 35 of 55 (64%) CFB mark for the ’19-20 season which has continued his RED HOT 48 of 70 (69%) CFB run going back to last season Bowl Bonanza! Now Frank UNLEASHING his 25* CFB Big Ten Game of the Month for Saturday! DO NOT MISS OUT!

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 19, 2019
Purdue vs Iowa
Iowa
-17 -112 at pinnacle
Lost
$112.0
Play Type: Top Premium

At 12:00 PM ET on Saturday, we will be playing the Iowa Hawkeyes (344) minus the points versus the Purdue Boilermakers (343). THE SITUATION: Iowa (4-2) has lost two straight games after their 17-12 loss at home to Penn State last Saturday as a 3.5-point underdog. Purdue (2-4) comes off a 40-14 upset win over Maryland last Saturday as a 4-point underdog.

REASONS TO TAKE THE HAWKEYES MINUS THE POINTS: Iowa has faced a difficult track as of late with a trip to Ann Arbor to face Michigan in which they lost by a 10-3 score where they were 4.5-point underdogs before hosting the Nittany Lions last week. The Hawkeyes outplayed Penn State for most of that game as they outgained them by a 356 to 294 yardage margin. A -2 net turnover margin played a large role in dooming Iowa last week. Iowa should respond with a big effort this afternoon. The Hawkeyes have covered the point spread in 9 of their last 13 games after a point spread loss — and they have covered the point spread in 7 of their last 9 games after only covering the point spread once in their last three games. Iowa should get their offense going again against this suspect Boilermakers' defense after facing two of the toughest defenses in the nation. The Hawkeyes have covered the point spread in 5 of their last 6 games after failing to score more than 20 points in their last game. Iowa has only rushed for 71 combined yards over their last two games — but they have covered the point spread in 4 straight games after failing to rush for at least 125 yards in two straight games. Iowa is still averaging 32.0 PPG at home this season where they are generating a robust 475.7 total YPG. Senior quarterback Nate Stanley is leading an offense that is averaging a healthy 256.0 passing YPG. Purdue may be just what the proverbial doctor ordered as they are allowing 29.8 PPG — and they rank 104th in the nation by allowing 444.5 total YPG due to a porous pass defense that is giving up 278.0 passing YPG which is 112th in the nation. The strength of this Hawkeyes team is their defense — they rank 5th in the nation respectively by allowing only 10.2 PPG and just 260.8 total YPG. At home in Kinnick Stadium, Iowa is limiting their guests to just 8.5 PPG along with 220.0 total YPG. The Hawkeyes did not force a turnover last week — but they have covered the point spread in 20 of their last 26 home games after failing to force at least one turnover in their last game. Iowa has also covered the point spread in 4 of their last 5 games against teams with a losing record — and they have covered the point spread in 5 of their last 7 games when favored by 10.5 to 21 points. Purdue came off a surprising performance at home against the Terrapins — but they have failed to cover the point spread in 3 straight games after an upset victory by at least three touchdowns. The Boilermakers have also failed to cover the point spread in 4 straight games after a straight-up win — and they have failed to cover the point spread in 4 of their last 5 games after a point spread victory. Additionally, Purdue has failed to cover the point spread in 7 of their last 9 games after a win by at least 20 points. This Boilermakers team is ravaged with injuries right now — headlined by their senior quarterback, Elijah Sindelar, out the season with a collarbone injury and their All-American wide receiver, Mondale Moore, still out with a leg injury. Redshirt freshman Jack Plummer stepped up last week by completing 33 of 41 passes for 420 yards with three touchdown passes to lead an offense that generated 547 total yards. But the assignment is much tougher this week on the road against this Hawkeyes defense. Purdue has failed to cover the point spread in 5 of their last 7 games after gaining at least 450 yards. And the Boilermakers have failed to cover the point spread in 14 of their last 22 road games with the Total set in the 45.5 to 49 point range.

FINAL TAKE: Purdue is also undermanned on defense with senior defensive tackle Lorenzo Neal and senior linebacker Markus Bailey (who bypassed leaving early for the NFL last year) out for the season. These absences hurt a defense that is giving up 34.5 PPG. Iowa should come close to scoring at least 35 points in this game — and their defense will not allow many points to a freshman quarterback. 25* CFB Big Ten Game of the Month with the Iowa Hawkeyes (344) minus the points versus the Purdue Boilermakers (343). Best of luck for us — Frank.

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Frank Sawyer has been the handicapper for the stars ever since he started working in the film industry over 20 years ago. In 1997, Frank decided to make his personal bets available to the public and his Hollywood Sports was born. His service has been ranked #1 by the Sports Monitor in Oklahoma City. Frank's style combines his veteran handicapping instincts with cutting edge statistical metric analysis to make him one of the most distinct, diverse and reliable handicappers in the business. One look at his Game Reports illustrates the difference he brings to the betting window. Frank bets football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer and horse racing (he has been a professional racehorse owner). He ranks his plays with a simple 10*, 20* and 25* rating system that serves as a money management guide: 10* plays warrant a standard bet; 20* plays are strong enough to warrant a doubling of a standard bet; 25* plays are Frank's highest rated play and it is recommended to invest 2.5 to 3 times a standard bet. Frank's signature play is his *A-List* release which is reserved for only the most rare and elite betting situations. You can follow his daily sports trials and tribulations (with few jokes thrown in) on Twitter: FrankSawyer_HS