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Intensity has never been lacking in contests between NFC North rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, but it will be a different sort of intensity tonight — let’s call it desperation — as both teams come in with 0-3 records. For the Bengals and new coach Zac Taylor, the struggles are not that surprising, although the fact that they have not been… Read more »

*Check out our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 4 and you can get our latest NFL podcast HERE. New Orleans fans heaved a sigh of relief last week when the Drew Brees-less Saints pulled out a 33-27 win at Seattle. It was the Saints (2-1) first win since Brees went down with a thumb injury and backup Teddy Bridgewater filled… Read more »

*Check out our preview of this week’s Ten To Talk About college football games for Week 5 and our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 4. You can also get our latest college football podcast by clicking HERE  and our latest NFL podcast HERE. Despite losing to Georgia last week, Notre Dame fans felt pretty good about the Fighting… Read more »

*Check out our preview of this week’s Ten To Talk About college football games for Week 5 by clicking HERE. Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 4 by clicking HERE. And make sure to listen to our latest podcast by clicking HERE. Week 5 of the college football schedule got started last night with the Memphis… Read more »

*Check out our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 3 by clicking HERE. After a Week 1 disaster at home against the Tennessee Titans, the Cleveland Browns (1-1) took advantage of a shorthanded NY Jets team to bounce back last week with a 23-3 victory. But Cleveland still has not looked like the title contender many expected to come… Read more »

*Check out our preview of this week’s Ten To Talk About college football games for Week 4 by clicking HERE. You can also listen to our podcast by clicking HERE. And get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 3 by clicking HERE. Two years ago, Georgia went into South Bend and upset Notre Dame in a game… Read more »

*Check out our preview of this week’s Ten To Talk About college football games for Week 4 by clicking HERE. You can also listen to our podcast by clicking HERE. And get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 3 by clicking HERE. It’s been over a century since Utah was able to beat USC on the road,… Read more »

*Check out our preview of this week’s Ten To Talk About college football games by clicking HERE. And get our Five For The Drive NFL preview for Week 3 by clicking HERE. The Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) were rocked in Week 1 when free-agent QB Nick Foles went down with a broken clavicle that will keep him sidelined at least through Week… Read more »

Week 2 in the NFL has not been kind to QBs like Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger were both forced from their games yesterday with injuries. Perhaps an omen of things to come came earlier in the week when it was reported that Jets QB Sam Darnold would be sidelined indefinitely with mononucleosis. The impact on the Vegas line for… Read more »

Week 2 of the NFL schedule is highlighted by a rematch of last year’s NFC championship when the New Orleans Saints travel to LA to take on the Rams this afternoon. LA advanced to the Super Bowl after last year’s 26-23 win in the Superdome, but it was not without controversy as a non-call on pass interference late in the… Read more »

*Check out our preview of this week’s Ten To Talk About college football games by clicking HERE as well as listening to Episode 3 of the Dunkel Index Podcast. And you can get our Five For The Drive NFL preview by clicking HERE. When the schedulers looked ahead at possible trip-ups for the defending champion Clemson Tigers, many circled tonight’s contest against the Syracuse Orange…. Read more »

*Check out our preview of this week’s Ten To Talk About college football games by clicking HERE as well as listening to Episode 3 of the Dunkel Index Podcast. And you can get our Five For The Drive NFL preview by clicking HERE. Week 3 of the college football schedule kicks off tonight with three games, including an offensive showdown between Mike… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. It’s safe to say that Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have been anxiously waiting for all off-season to… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. Last year was a disappointment for Michigan State as the Spartans dropped three of their last four to… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. The St. Louis Cardinals looked strong in taking the first two games of their series with the Milwaukee… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. The Yankees-Dodgers series was expected to be close, so it’s little surprise the teams split the first two… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. The 2019 college football season kicks off tonight in Orlando where the Miami Hurricanes… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. The best records in baseball meet tonight as the NY Yankees (83-46) and LA… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming in to the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE.* It’s been an odd preseason for the Green Bay Packers and Oakland… Read more »

Despite being without injured ace Max Scherzer, the Washington Nationals (67-56) are surging with nine wins in their last 12 games. Yesterday, the Nats closed out a homestand with HRs from six different players during a 16-8 rout of Milwaukee. They’ll hit the road tonight to open a series in Pittsburgh against Pirates (51-72), who have dropped 19 of their… Read more »

Both the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to deal with changes to their offensive lineups. For the Chiefs, coach Andy Reid has yet to fix on a replacement for departed running back Kareem Hunt. And in Pittsburgh, coach Mike Tomlin must find a way to pick up the slack for two stars who are no longer there… Read more »

The Baltimore Ravens (1-0) came out of Week 1 of the NFL preseason with the highest Dunkel rating after their 29-0 dismantling of the Jacksonville Jaguars. QB Lamar Jackson looked sharp (4-of-6 for 59 yards and a TD) while playing with the first team for most of the first quarter. The victory also extended the Ravens’ winning streak to an… Read more »

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a mega-contract with the intent on being in the postseason hunt for many years to come. So far, those results have been mixed. On Friday night, Harper delivered in a big way with two HRs in a 9-6 win over the San Francisco Giants. But yesterday, Harper struck out in the ninth inning… Read more »

The Boston Red Sox may have been looking for some divine intervention to get back into the playoff chase and appear to have gotten it in the form of the Angels. LA’s recent woes have continued as the Halos have dropped eight straight and 12 of their last 14 after last night’s 16-4 drubbing in Boston. For the Red Sox,… Read more »

A big opportunity this weekend for the Milwaukee Brewers turned into a dud as they were swept by the Chicago Cubs in three straight. Losers of six of their last seven, the Brewers (57-56) are in desperate need of some wins as they’ve fallen four games behind the Cubs in the NL Central standings. The good news for Milwaukee could… Read more »

It looks like reigning NL MVP Christan Yelich has picked up right where he left off last year. The Brewers’ outfielder hit his fourth HR of the season yesterday, tying a record for starting the season with HRs in four consecutive games held by Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis (2013) and Trevor Story (2016)…. Read more »

After a disappointing, injury-plagued first season in Chicago, the Cubs were hoping for a new and improved Yu Darvish as he made his first start of the 2019 campaign yesterday. Instead, Darvish turned in the shortest outing of his career as he lasted only 2 2/3 innings while walking a career-high seven batters during the Cubs 8-6 loss to the… Read more »

The St. Louis Cardinals were hoping for a power surge when they acquired Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks and it took less than a week into the new season for them to get it. Last night, Goldschmidt connected for 3 HRs and 5 RBI while leading the Redbirds to a 9-5 win over the Brewers that knotted the series up… Read more »

In college basketball, the break between rounds in the NCAA Tournament continues while the focus shifts to the secondary tournaments, including the NIT where tonight two teams will punch their tickets to New York City with quarterfinal matchups between Wichita State (21-14) and Indiana (19-15) followed by Creighton (20-14) and TCU (22-13). To get Dunkel’s picks for these contests as… Read more »

The first two rounds on the NCAA Tournament are in the books with all the top seeds advancing, although Duke needed a last-minute put-back by RJ Barrett and near-miss by UCF at the buzzer to survive the Knights, 77-76, on Sunday. The tourney takes a few days off before resuming with the regional semifinals on Thursday and Friday, but in… Read more »

The second round of the NCAA Tournament started out with some lopsided scores and Cinderella teams like Murray State and Wofford departing. Day 2 could offer up similar mismatches as the top seeds taking the court — Duke, Virginia and North Carolina — are all double-digit favorites in Vegas. The action begins at 12:10 with Iowa (23-11; No. 38 in… Read more »

The first round of the NCAA Tournament is complete with all the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds advancing. The top seed to fall was at No. 4 as Kansas State lost to UC-Irvine, 70-64, on Friday. The highest-rated team in the Dunkel power rankings not to advance was Nevada (No. 18), which fell on Thursday to Florida, 70-61. The… Read more »

The first full day of the NCAA Tournament brought plenty of nail-biting moments and a few upsets. But the top seed in action — Gonzaga — had little trouble putting away Fairleigh Dickinson, 87-49. Day 2 features the other three No. 1 seeds — Duke, North Carolina and Virginia — in their first round matchups and tips off today at… Read more »

The conference tourneys wrap up today with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA’s still a possibility for the Tennessee Volunteers (29-4; No. 4 in Dunkel’s power rankings). Yesterday, the Volunteers overcame an eight-point deficit in the last 2:58 to knock off Kentucky, 82-78. That set up an SEC Tournament final against the Auburn Tigers (25-9; No. 18), who advanced… Read more »

The Big East final tonight features one expected team and one surprise. On the expected front is the Villanova Wildcats (24-9; No. 15 in Dunkel’s power rankings), who advanced with wins over Providence and Xavier. The surprise team is the Seton Hall Pirates (20-12; No. 49), who knocked off Georgetown and Marquette en route to the championship game. The teams… Read more »

In the NBA, Golden State Warriors (43-19) are on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers (40-22). The Warriors find themselves in a bit of a slump after losing four of their last six games, including losses to the Magic and Heat. The Sixers have won six of their lat eight games and will be looking for a third straight victory… Read more »

Heading east has not been a problem so far for the Portland Trail Blazers, who have started their seven-game road trip with a 4-0 record. Overall, the Blazers (38-23; No. 9 in Dunkel’s power rankings) are 18-4 against Eastern Conference opponents. But both those trends will get a test tonight as the Blazers face an equally hot Toronto Raptors club. … Read more »

In the NBA,  the Washington Wizards (24-36) are on the road against the Brooklyn Nets (32-30). The Wizards have been in a slump as they’ve lost seven of their past nine games, including a current four-game skid, after losing to the Pacers in a 119-112 home loss on Saturday. The Nets have won three of their last four games and… Read more »

In the NBA, the Boston Celtics (37-21) are in Milwaukee to face the Bucks (43-14). The All-Star break is over and tonight we have a matchup between two top five teams according to Dunkel’s Power Rankings. The Celtics have won seven of their last nine games overall. The Bucks are currently at the top of the Eastern Conference standings and… Read more »

The Process has given way to a win-now mentality in Philadelphia where the 76ers made a number of moves to bolster their lineup around established stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The biggest piece of the new puzzle was the acquisition of Tobias Harris from the Clippers. Harris had 14 points in his Philly debut on Friday as the new-look… Read more »

In the NBA, the Phoenix Suns (11-44) are on the road against the Utah Jazz (30-24). The Suns are winless since January 12th, losing 11 straight games in that time. The Jazz will look to bounce back from a tough loss to the Rockets in Utah, where they have been strong this season, winning 10 of their last 13 games…. Read more »

In the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder (26-18) take on the 76ers (30-16) in Philadelphia. Westbrook and the Thunder have struggled lately, dropping five of their last six games overall. The Sixers have looked great, winning seven of their last nine and will be going for their fourth straight win today. Philadelphia has gone 2-5 ATS in their last seven games… Read more »

Saint Nick Vs. New Orleans

In the NFL playoffs, the Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) are in New Orleans to face the top seeded Saints(13-3). New Orleans finished the regular season as the best team in our rankings, winning six of their last seven home games. The Saints have not lost a home playoff game since 1993, when they lost to the Eagles 36-20. Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Oh Henry

The Tennessee Titans (9-6) have put themselves in position to make the playoffs in large part to the recent running of Derrick Henry. The former Heisman winner has racked up 492 rushing yards and 7 TDs over the last three games, all of which have resulted in Tennessee victories. They’ll need every bit of that effort tonight as the Titans… Read more »

Sweet Lou

Lou Williams career in the NBA has been marked by instant offense. The Clippers missed that energy recently when Williams was sidelined with a hamstring injury and averaged only 104 points per game. But since Williams return, the Clips (19-14) have gotten back to their high-scoring ways and come into tonight’s contest against the Sacramento Kings (18-15) averaging 128 ppg… Read more »

Collapsing Star

The Dallas Cowboys were hoping to avoid the drama that came with last year’s losing season, but it looks to be back again after Dallas looked flat in a 28-14 loss to Tennessee on Monday night that dropped the Cowboys record to 3-5 on the season. In need of some signs of life, the Cowboys head to Philadelphia tonight to… Read more »

Rocket Booster?

The Houston Rockets came up just short in their attempt to unseat the Golden State Warriors last year as the dominant team in the Western Conference. In an effort to get over that hump, the Rockets made an interesting move in the off-season by acquiring Carmelo Anthony. Anthony didn’t exactly mesh with superstars Russell Westbrook and Paul George during his… Read more »

Lone Warriors

After back-to-back championships and three in the last four seasons, it’s clear the Golden State Warriors stand alone atop the NBA. Beginning tonight, the Warriors will try to become the first team since the 2000-02 LA Lakers to win three straight titles as they open the regular season at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Happy Days

Happy Valley is truly happy once again under the leadership of coach James Franklin, who has Nittany Lion fans believing this is the year they make the CFP playoff. But to do that, Franklin and his team will likely have to beat Ohio State tonight as the Nittany Lions (4-0; No. 5 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) host the Buckeyes… Read more »