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The Harvey-impacted gambling plays for Week 1

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This has been an unbelievable week for so many people. I hope this post provides some type of relief from Hurricane Harvey. My heart hurts for our community and I pray you and your family are safe, and if needed, have a speedy recovery.

No promises this week as I am still high off the Tulsa/OK State over, and the ridiculous halftime line (-10) they put up in the Ohio State/Indiana game. We will win longterm. Stay the course and be disciplined.

This year we will be playing everything at $55 to win $50 unless otherwise noted.

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Originally appeared on houstonsportsandstuff.com.

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Wyoming +12 @ Iowa 

I have no idea why Iowa pays Kirk Ferentz to coach. I think he is an idiot. Iowa typically does not perform well as a DD favorite at home, and they also have Iowa State next week. This is not a great spot for them. This is one of the biggest games Wyoming will play all year. They did lose some talent at key positions but they return QB Josh Allen- who will be a top 10 pick in next years draft. A lot of money is coming in on Iowa and the line is moving. I played it at 12- if it gets to 14 I might play it again. I’ll take my chances here with the Cowboys.

Florida State +7 @ Alabama (Neutral site game)

Florida State ML +225 ($25)

Listen, I love the SEC. I think Alabama could lose this game and win out the rest of the year. Much like Ohio State did a few years ago. If they lose this game I will make a future play on them next week  to win the National Championship. I think Florida State wants this game. They know the committee favors the SEC and a win over Alabama would be a huge feather in their cap. Add a couple of wins over Florida and Clemson and you are looking at the #1 team in the Country. Alabama lost a lot of players on defense. These are two evenly matched teams. I’ll take my 7 points and also make a play on Florida State to win straight up.

 

Western Michigan/USC Over 58

USC can name their score here. Even if they pull their starters in the 2nd half, they can still score. If Western Michigan gets 2 or 3 scores this game should go over. A 50-20 final would get us there. As a side note, I also have a ticket on USC to win the National Championship at 9-1.

Good luck this week. Remember it is a long season- do not go crazy in Week 1.

 I apologize for not having this up sooner. Thank you Harvey.

Any questions please hit me up on Twitter. @Jayoff288

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Kyle Tucker had a big day at the plate on Sunday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games of the series, with one team or the other putting on a solid offensive performance in each, the Astros tried to win their fourth series in their last five by taking the rubber game on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Thanks in part to a big day from Kyle Tucker, who played a significant role in the early offense they used to power to the win, they would accomplish their mission.

Final Score: Astros 7, Blue Jays 4

Astros' Record: 18-16, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Nate Pearson (0-1)

Kyle Tucker helps lead the offense to seven unanswered runs

Houston did not go easy on Nate Pearson in his 2021 debut. After a scoreless first, the Astros loaded the bases on two walks and a single, then brought the first run of the day home on an RBI walk by Michael Brantley. Another walk opened the door in the bottom of the third, and Kyle Tucker capitalized with an RBI triple to make it 2-0, followed by an RBI single by Robel Garcia to make it a three-run lead, ending Pearson's day one out into the bottom of the third.

Things didn't get easier for Toronto's pitching in the next inning, as Jose Altuve would lead off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer. A single and a walk then set up another big hit for Kyle Tucker, a three-run dinger to make it seven unanswered runs and giving Tucker four RBI on the day.

Blue Jays pound Greinke in the fifth

After four shutout innings to start his day on the mound, working around a few hits along the way, Zack Greinke tried to cash in on his team's offense to get another win on his record. He wouldn't be able to get it done, though, as Toronto would get after him in the top of the fifth. They would score four times amongst five batters that came to the plate, with a solo homer by Rowdy Tellez, a two-RBI double by Bo Bichette, and an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

That made it a 7-4 game, and with Greinke still not having recorded an out in the frame, Dusty Baker would lift him at 88 pitches in favor of Bryan Abreu, who would get a pop out and a double play to end the inning and keep the lead at three runs. Greinke's final line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 88 P.

Houston takes the series

No more runs would come on either side the rest of the way, with Kent Emanuel working around a single for a scoreless sixth, Ryne Stanek getting a 1-2-3 seventh, and Andre Scrubb doing the same in the eighth to set up Ryan Pressly for the save. Pressly would get the job done, sending the Blue Jays down in order, including two strikeouts to wrap up the win and giving Houston the series victory.

Up Next: The Astros will stay at home to continue this homestand, welcoming in the Angels for three games starting Monday at 7:10 PM Central. The opener will feature a pitching matchup of Alex Cobb (1-2, 5.48 ERA) for Los Angeles and Luis Garcia (0-3, 3.28 ERA) for Houston.

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