Arizona Wildcats vs Stanford Cardinal

This has the makings of a high-scoring affair as the Arizona Wildcats (3-1) play the Stanford Cardinal (3-1). A player to watch in this matchup is the Pac-12’s top rusher, Nick Wilson (570 yards, 5 TDs). It will begin Saturday, Oct 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on PACN.

Stanford beat Oregon State 42-24 last week. Austin Hooper had a good game in the win, totaling two receptions for 50 yards and one TD. Michael Rector finished with 58 receiving yards and a TD on two receptions. Arizona didn’t have the same success as Stanford, losing big to UCLA 56-30. Nate Phillips had a solid outing for the Wildcats, totaling two receptions for 37 yards and one TD. Jared Baker added 58 rushing yards and a TD on 10 attempts.

The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable.

Heading into Week 5 of the college football season, the Cardinal are 3-1 for both Straight Up (SU) and Against The Spread (ATS). A major reason for success this season is the Stanford passing game, where they average 14.7 yards per pass. Transitioning to the Stanford defense, there are a few things to keep in mind when it is on the field. The Stanford defense will be looking to dominate the passing game when it matches up against the Wildcats, who only average 10.9 yards per attempt. Stanford can top most teams in terms of time of possession. The Cardinal have an average time of possession of 34:26 per game for ninth-highest in the nation.

On the other side, the Wildcats have 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS records this season. Yellow flags are typically a rare sight when the Wildcats are playing. They average the 25th-fewest penalties in the nation with five per game.

Predictions: SU Winner – Arizona, ATS Winner – Arizona

Arizona is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games.

Arizona is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona’s last 5 games.

Arizona is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona’s last 7 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona’s last 9 games when playing Stanford.

Arizona is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Stanford.

Arizona is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Stanford.

Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Stanford.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Stanford.

Each team is 3-0 SU when carrying a lead into the fourth quarter.

Based on overall FBS ratings, Stanford holds the upper hand in the passing game. Its passing attack (ranked 61st in the country) will face the 96th-ranked pass defense of Arizona, while its 51st-ranked pass defense will look to limit the 71st-ranked passing game of the Wildcats.

The Stanford rushing attack is ranked 62nd nationally, while the Arizona run defense is only ranked 66th. The Wildcats running game is ranked fifth, compared to the 41st-ranked rush defense of the Cardinal.

2015 NFC East Odds and Predictions

The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are co-favorites to win the NFC East in 2015. The division has been one of the most competitive in the NFL in recent seasons as each of the four teams has won the division in each of the past four years. The Cowboys and Eagles are listed at odds of 6-5 with the New York Giants the third choice in the NFL betting at odds of 4-1 while the Washington Redskins are longshots with odds of 23-1. Let’s look at the 2015 NFC East odds and NFC East predictions.

2015 NFC East Odds

Dallas Cowboys 6-5

Philadelphia Eagles 6-5

New York Giants 4-1

Washington Redskins 23-1

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys won 12 games a year ago thanks to a balanced offense led by quarterback Tony Romo and running back DeMarco Murray. The offense likely won’t be as good this season as Murray is now in Philadelphia. The Cowboys are hoping that someone steps up to take the running back job whether it is Joseph Randall or Darren McFadden. Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant may have to do more in 2015 if this offense is to thrive. The defense for Dallas was solid a year ago but there are concerns in the secondary and in this division any weakness in the secondary will be exploited.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have a new starting quarterback in Sam Bradford who if he stays healthy could put up big numbers. Head coach Chip Kelly runs a fast-paced offense that should be even better with the addition of DeMarco Murray. The Eagles also added Ryan Mathews and they have an exciting rookie receiver in Nelson Agholor. The defense will never be great for Philly because they are on the field all the time but this year’s defense should be improved with the addition of cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond.

New York Giants

The Giants started last season awful but down the stretch they were really good thanks to the heroics of Odell Beckham Jr. If Beckham can have another great season then the Giants should score plenty of points as quarterback Eli Manning will get wide receiver Victor Cruz back to help out Beckham. The Giants added Shane Vereen to what was already a strong backfield led by Rashad Jennings. The defense for the Giants is a concern but perhaps new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo can work his magic and improve the defense enough for New York to make the playoffs. If not, this will likely be the last season for Tom Coughlin as head coach of the Giants.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins are simply a dumpster fire under owner Daniel Snyder. They have all kinds of problems from the top down with a head coach in Jay Gruden who has no clue and a quarterback in Robert Griffin III who can’t read defenses. The offense does have some good players around RGIII like Alfred Morris and DeSean Jackson but unless the Redskins go with Colt McCoy or Kirk Cousins at quarterback they are destined to fail. It doesn’t help that the defense is weak.

2015 Regular Season Win Totals

Dallas Cowboys 9.5 under -125
Philadelphia Eagles 9.5 over -115
New York Giants 8 under -135
Washington Redskins 6 over -160

2015 NFC East Predictions

1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. New York Giants
3. Dallas Cowboys
4. Washington Redskins

The Difference between a “Good” Poker Player and a Winning Poker Player

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I’m pretty sure you noticed the title already and I’m also sure that you have a lot of questions about it. First question would probably be “…what’s the real difference between a “good” poker player and a winning poker player?” Well, based on my experience, a “good” poker player is someone who understands the rules and the technicalities of the game. They understand how to have fun while playing the game. Meanwhile, being a “winning player” means leaving the table with a good amount of winnings most of the time. So if you’ve experienced winning poker majority of the time, then you’re a winning poker player.

Don’t be surprised though; not all good poker players are winning poker players.

Sure, a good poker player may have the capacity to enjoy a good game of poker, but that does not mean that he or she will win the game. What if someone decides to do an underhanded poker trick and no one notices it? Sure enough, the “good” poker player loses while the trickster becomes a winning player, depending if no one has noticed the tricks he/she has been using.
So here’s a question that I’d like to ask you all: would you rather be a good poker player or a winning poker player?

0823-Poker-630x420I once asked this towards a bunch of friends while we were all playing a friendly round of low-stakes poker. Of course, majority of the players wanted to be winning poker players. Who wouldn’t, right? Grabbing your first millions while playing poker inside a casino is enough to convince anyone that winning at high-stakes poker is the best. However, there were also a good number of friends in the table who would rather choose to be good poker players. One of their reasons being that poker is a recreational game for them and is not exactly a lifestyle option that they’d want to look into.

The art of playing poker is meant to be for enjoyment. Sure, there’s a little gambling on the side, but it has evolved from being a simple card game where everyone can have fun and enjoy each other’s company to a multi-billion industry that has changed cities and countries because of the gambling industry. Take a look at Las Vegas, Nevada; what used to be a lifeless, watering hole in the middle of the desert is now the gambling and tourist capital of the United States.

Finally, someone asked if you can become a winning player even if you’re not a good player. This question should be taken seriously though. I’ve known enough people to have tried to cheat their way during a poker game and it never ends well. Being a winning poker player is different from being a greedy poker player, so if your aim is to make a lot of money by playing high-stakes poker, then you should consider it very carefully. Maybe you’ll have a bigger chance once you’ve become a good poker player first before everything else.