It is well documented that the Kansas Jayhawks have been at the bottom of the Big XII Conference for quite a while. They have sorted through coached like a deck of cards, but they believe they finally found the one they’ve been looking for. New head coach David Beaty believes that he can turn the program around if he is given the time. He doesn’t have a lot to work with this season, so it will be interesting to see how much he can get out of his players as he navigates through the schedule.
No one is faulting Kansas for having a weak non-conference schedule considering they usually have a hard time getting in the win column. The Jayhawks play their first two games at home against FCS program South Dakota State and Memphis. Beaty should have his players playing hard, so anything can happen in those two games. In fact, we are predicting that Kansas will be able to win at least one of those games before they travel to New Jersey to face Rutgers to finish up their non-conference slate.
Kansas opens up conference play against the team that they have the best chance to beat. They have to travel to Ames to play against Iowa State, but they should be going there with confidence. They may not have a better chance of winning another conference game, so coach Beaty will have them ready to go.
It’s slim pickings to try to find another conference game that Kansas could win. They don’t stand a chance against Baylor, but they do host Texas Tech in what could be an interesting matchup. Kansas plays Tech tough at home occasionally, so they could be able to hang with them for a little while.
It’s hard to imaging the Jayhawks being able to hang around with the rest of the conference. They have to travel to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State, but they get Oklahoma at home. Their final two road trips include games against Texas and TCU. No one is going to give them a legitimate shot in those games.
Kansas finishes their season with two home games against West Virginia and Kansas State. The Jayhawks will be looking for some confidence as they finish up the season. They can beat both West Virginia and Kansas State if things go their way. Neither team will be at the top of the conference at the end of the season, so those last two games will come down to who has the most pride.
We expect Kansas to play with a different attitude this season under a new coaching staff. Coach Beaty has coached at plenty of successful programs, so he knows what it takes to win. This may not be the year that they break through, but expect Kansas to be more competitive than they have in the past. Our expert NCAAF betting predictions have the Jayhawks finishing with a 3-9 record this season.
The non-conference schedule for Baylor is one of the weakest in the country. They start off at SMU, and then have home games against Lamar and Rice. Their conference slate begins with Texas Tech in Arlington, which is usually a pretty entertaining game. They should win that one, along with their next one at Kansas to move to 5-0.
West Virginia provided Baylor their lone regular season loss last year, but now Baylor will get to play them at home. The Mountaineers may be a borderline top-25 team by this point of the season, but Baylor should be able to handle them at home. Iowa State will come in before their bye week that will start a string of tougher games.
After their bye week, Baylor will have to travel to Manhattan to face Kansas State. Not many people believe that Kansas State will have much this season, but you can’t underestimate them. Baylor them will hit a stretch of three straight games that could feature top-10 and top-25 teams. They get to host Oklahoma, who they beat down in Norman last season. Then they have an interesting game on the road against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys will be upset-minded, so look for that to be a potential upset.
But the game that the nation is waiting for is the rematch between Baylor and TCU. It was the highest scoring game of the season last year and carried a ton of importance. There should be no shortage of that again this season. Since they have to play in Fort Worth, the task will be a lot tougher.
Baylor finishes their regular season at home against Texas. The Longhorns are a young team, so they could be pretty good by the end of the season. If the Bears are coming off of a tough loss to TCU, then Texas could surprise them at home with the way they can play defense.
Baylor should easily start off the season with an 8-0 record before they even get challenged. The two games that we will be watching closely are when Baylor travels to Stillwater and Fort Worth. We could easily see them dropping one or both of those games on the road. The Bears should be able to contend for the Big XII Championship again this season, but we believe they will slip up once or twice. We are predicting Baylor to finish 10-2 and in second place in the co
Year two for Charlie Strong won't be much easier than it was in year one. The Texas Longhorns enter the 2015 season with one of the toughest overall schedules in college football. By the time we get to mid-October, the Longhorns could have already played three top-ten teams. With their quarterback situation still in question, it's hard to imagine Texas being much better than their 6-7 record last year.
Texas opens the season on the road against Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are in a much better position than the Longhorns right now, so it's tough to find a way that Texas could win the game. Luckily for them, their next game is at home against Rice, where they should be able to get back to .500. California is the last team on their non-conference slate. If they don't have their quarterback situation figured out by then, then it's not out of the question that Texas could start the season 1-2.
Things won't get much easier as the Longhorns start conference play. They host Oklahoma State before traveling to TCU and then facing Oklahoma in Dallas. OSU is expected to be a lot better than they were last year, mostly because they seem to have their quarterback of the future. The brutal three-game stretch to start the conference season will be tough to come out ahead in.
After a bye week, Texas gets a little bit of a break in the schedule. They face Kansas State, travel to Iowa State, host Kansas and travel to West Virginia over their next four games. If the Longhorns are going to make up any ground, they are going to have to do it during this stretch. They are a young team, so they should be getting a lot better by this point.
Texas finishes their last home game on Thanksgiving Day against Texas Tech. The Longhorns have beaten up on the Red Raiders lately, so that should be a game they can win. Their last game will be on the road against Baylor. There's a good chance that Baylor will have a lot on the line in this game, so they will be plenty motivated. Texas likely will be playing as a spoiler in this one.
The Longhorns should be a better team overall in their second year under Strong. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that they are going to have a better record. A lot of young players will highlight the roster, so they are going to need time to grow. Unfortunately for them, their scheduled is front-loaded, so they don't have much time to develop. As a result, our sportsbetting predictions have the Longhorns finishing with a 7-5 record and making it to another average bowl game.
The TCU Horned Frogs will enter the season as the favorites to win the Big XII Conference. Not only do they arguably have the best team in the conference, but they also have a pretty favorable schedule. They won't be catching anyone by surprise this year, so it will be interesting to see how they are able to navigate through their schedule, especially on the road.
TCU doesn't have the most difficult non-conference schedule, but they could be tested. They open up on the road against Minnesota before facing Stephen F. Austin and SMU. Minnesota may be able to test the Horned Frogs briefly, but we don't have a reason to believe that TCU won't go through their non-conference schedule unblemished.
The conference slate for the Horned Frogs is back-loaded, so they should be able to be undefeated deep into the season. They start off against Texas Tech, whom they hung 80 points against last season. Then they face Texas at home, which could be a decent test since the Longhorns will have played a tough non-conference schedule. Road trips to Kansas State and Iowa State shouldn't pose much of a problem as they head into their bye week.
Four out of TCU's last five games could come against ranked opponents. West Virginia gave TCU a fight last season, but the Horned Frogs should be able to handle them at home. The game that could be a potential upset is when they travel to face Oklahoma State. The Cowboys should be better this season and they are known for pulling off some big time upsets at home.
Kansas shouldn't be an issue for TCU, but Oklahoma could be in Norman. TCU barely beat OU last season at home, but it was the game that made everyone take a serious look at them. Oklahoma hasn't been as dominant at home lately, but they will be bringing their best against TCU, who could be a top-three team at the time they play.
The matchup everyone is anticipating is when TCU hosts Baylor. These teams played arguably the wildest game in college football last season, and we shouldn't expect anything different this year. This game could determine the winner of the conference. In fact, there's a decent chance that both teams could enter the game undefeated.
TCU is definitely entering the season with the highest expectations that they've had in their school's history. They return the majority of their starters, so we predict that they will be able to live up to the hype. They will find out how difficult it is to play with a target on your back though. Our expert NCAAF picks have TCU getting upset at least once to either OSU or OU. They will beat Baylor and still end up winning the conference with an 11-1 record.
Fans in Stillwater haven’t been this excited to start a season in quite a while. With their quarterback situation looking pretty promising, the Cowboys could get themselves back into contention sooner rather than later. The only thing that they are hoping is that Rudolph is able to continue the solid performances that he had last season. We’ve seen many times where a quarterback comes in a gives fans a lot of hope, only to not be able to play at that high of a level all season.
Oklahoma State fans are feeling pretty good about Rudolph being able to play at a high level for an entire season. As a true freshman last season, Rudolph looked more like an upper-classman than a first-time starter. The best thing that can happen for the Cowboys is if Rudolph plays at that high of a level for the entire season. He won the hearts of OSU fans when he beat Oklahoma last season, so he will be given a lot of slack. Assuming he plays at the level that he did last season, then we could see Rudolph and Oklahoma State putting together a 10-2 record for their best-case scenario.
The worst-case scenario for Oklahoma State is if Rudolph proves that he can’t handle the stresses of being a quarterback on a weekly basis. Now that he knows he is the leader of the team, he will have to handle a lot of the pressure that comes along with it. Their offense has usually been pretty good under Gundy, but we saw what can happen when they don’t have a solid quarterback. If Rudolph struggles, then we could see Oklahoma State have a record in the neighborhood of 6-6 for their worst-case scenario.
We don’t believe that Rudolph will be the dominant quarterback that we saw in the couple of games he started last season. But we also don’t believe he will be a complete bust. Teams have some game film on him now, so his job is going to be a lot tougher now that he won’t be surprising anyone. He will have some bad games mixed in with the good ones. The Cowboys just hope that his good games happen against the better competition. Our expert NCAAF betting picks have Oklahoma State going 8-4 this season and getting back on track in the conference.
Tyrone Swoopes wasn’t supposed to be the starter last season, but when David Ash was forced to end his career due to multiple concussions, he was thrown into the fire. He showed flashes at times, but he didn’t thrive against equal or greater competition. Now redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard is right on his tail and competing this offseason for the starting job. Strong indicated that the job is wide open, so competition in the locker room should benefit both quarterbacks.
The Longhorns appear to be implementing a spread-style offense this season. From what we’ve seen, Heard may be better equipped to run that offense, but he just doesn’t have the experience that Swoopes has. Texas opens the season on the road against Notre Dame, so they don’t have any time to waste. The best-case scenario for the Longhorns is if Heard takes control of the offense this summer. An offense that can put up points will help out the defense and give them a chance to win some of their toughest games on the schedule. The best record we can see for Texas this season is 8-4.
Things have been pretty bad in Austin over the last four or five years ever since Colt McCoy graduated. With their toughest schedule in years on the horizon, there’s a pretty decent chance that the Longhorns will struggle again this year. The worst-case scenario for the Longhorns is if neither quarterback takes control and they don’t have a leader on offense. If that happens, then Texas could be looking at an even worse season in Strong’s second season. The worst record that the Longhorns could have this season is 5-7.
Texas is an interesting team this season because they have a lot of talent. The one position that they haven’t developed talent at in the past is at quarterback. Unless that changed over the offseason, Texas could be looking at another tough season. They could surprise us all, or they may be at the bottom of the Big XII conference. We believe they will be somewhere in the middle. The Longhorns should appear to be improved, but we don’t think they know how to win games yet. As a result we are predicting that Texas has a 7-5 record for our expert NCAAF picks.
With Russell Wilson as the quarterback for the Seahawks still, you have to consider them the favorites to win the NFC West Division. Wilson made a critical mistake in the Super Bowl that cost his team, but he is the main reason why they got there in the first place. Now he has another weapon with Jimmy Graham at the tight end position to make them even more dangerous in the red zone.
Seattle's defense should be among the best in the league again. Combine that with the efficient offense that they should have, and the Seahawks could be looking at another special season. They haven't had to rebuild in years and they still aren't a very old team. Unless Seattle has some unfortunate injuries to key players, we could be looking at them going 13-3 for a best-case scenario record in the tough NFC.
The NFC West Division is one of the toughest in the league. Arizona is on the rise and St. Louis appears to be headed that way as well. It's hard to tell what San Francisco will have since they have a new coaching staff, but every team in their division will push the Seahawks.
It used to be Seattle and then everyone else in the division, but that's not the case anymore. The worst thing that can happen for Seattle is that the other teams just get a lot better a hand them a couple extra losses. Injuries could be a factor, but we still think they will be a pretty good team. Despite the division improving significantly, we still believe the Seahawks will have a worst-case scenario record of 10-6.
Struggling means something different to Seattle than it does to most other teams in the NFL. When the Seahawks were .500 after six games last season, some NFL experts were overreacting and saying that the dynasty may be over. The fact is that it was just a little bump in the road and they proved that they can turn it on at any time and get back into contention. They are led by their defense, which should be the case again this year. Our expert NFL picks have the Seahawks finishing with a 12-4 record in 2015. Other teams in their division will push them, but they will end up on top and have another chance at making a run through the playoffs and to the Super Bowl.
Led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, it seems like the luster of the Niners has worn off. They had a lot of issues in the locker room last season that could have been a reason why they finished with just an average record. When teams started keying in on Kaepernick and making him one-dimensional last season, the Niners lost a lot of their offensive firepower. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where San Francisco is better off without Harbaugh, but they do have the talent to be pretty good this year.
The best scenario for Niners fans is if they find out that the players really didn’t respect Harbaugh last season and they didn’t play hard as a result. If that’s the case, then we could see them play harder than ever and get back to being like the team that made it to two straight NFC Championship games. Tomsula may not be as good of a strategic coach as Harbaugh, but if he is more personable, then it could go a long way towards their success. If that happens, then we could see the Niners going 10-6 this season.
Unfortunately for San Francisco fans, the worst-case scenario will be the most likely outcome this season. Tomsula could prove that he isn’t cut out to be an NFL head coach, even though he was a pretty good coordinator. The players may like him, but if he doesn’t put them in a position to win, then it’s not going to look good in the standings. Despite all the talent they have on their roster, we could still see the Niners going 7-9 this season as a worst-case scenario record.
We don’t believe the Niners will completely plummet this season, but we definitely don’t see them contending for the NFC West division title just yet. We will have to see how Tomsula fits in as an NFL head coach before we make any bold predictions on the future of 49ers football. As for this season, we expect it to be an up-and-down ride. They are capable of beating anyone, but will likely lose a couple of games that they shouldn’t. As a result, our NFL betting predictions have the 49ers going 8-8 again this season.
Probably the main reason why you aren't winning is simply because you haven't played enough hands. Online poker requires a lot of time and effort to get good at it. If you've only played a thousand or so hands and expect to be winning consistently, you need to think again. That consistent winning probably won't happen until you get around ten thousand plus hands under your belt.
Online poker is awesome because you can play multiple tables at once. However, you may be losing more because of it. You have to be a consistent winner before you can be any good at multi-tabling. If you're losing consistently, then you need to stick with a single table so you can improve on your skills before going after the quantity of the games you play.
Just because you're playing online poker doesn't mean you can avoid studying the game offline. If you haven't read any books or articles about the nuances of poker in general, then it will probably take you a long time to win. There's a reason why you are losing and other people are successful playing online poker. A big reason is probably because they have studied more than you.
This goes back to the point about studying the game, but you may be losing because you make too many calls. Online betting advantage tips experts report that if you are confident that you don't have the best hand, then just fold. There's no sense in paying just to see your opponent's cards. You may get lucky once or twice, but the majority of the time you are going to lose and wonder why your chip stack can't get replenished.
What ultimately hurt Arizona last season in the playoffs was the lack of offense. Their defense should be able to keep them in most of their games this season, but they aren’t going to improve unless they are able to generate more points offensively. To their defense, they had to deal with the injury to Carson Palmer last season and never really recovered. Arizona is hoping that Palmer will be able to remain healthy this season so they can keep up with teams in their division and the rest of the NFC.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, even having Palmer healthy again may not be enough to get their offense clicking. Palmer would have Larry Fitzgerald to throw to, but even he is aging. Andre Ellington is a decent option at running back, but he isn’t good enough to be able to keep some consistency within the offense. It just seems like the Cardinals have more questions than answers on offense, so we believe that their worst-case scenario record this season could be 6-10.
The encouraging part about the Cardinals entering the season is that they were able to weather the storms of injuries and adversity all last season and still come away with a good record. They should start the season healthy, and they will hope to remain that way throughout the season. If that happens, then there’s a chance that the Cardinals could contend for the NFC West Division. It may be difficult to contend with the Seahawks, but with their defense being one of the best in the league like they were last year, they don’t need a very high-powered offense in order to compete. For that reason, we have the best-case scenario record for the Cardinals at 11-5.
As much as the signs point to the Cardinals being a great team this season, we just aren’t that high on them. You can’t doubt how good their defense is going to be this season, but we are going to have to see their offense in order to believe that they will be any better. Our expert NFL picks for betting could change throughout the season, but for right now, we have the Cardinals taking a little step back and finishing with a 9-7 record and barely missing out on a wild card spot.