After a week off, Calvin and Brandon are back for another episode of the Sharp Edges Podcast. It is a big weekend for football as we have the College Football Playoff Championship Game between #3 Clemson and #1 LSU on Monday night. Before that, we have the NFL Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
Starting with the CFP, Calvin and Brandon discuss who they think will win the National Championship and why. Will LSU put together another big offensive performance like they did against Oklahoma in the semi-final or will that elite Clemson defense find a way to stop Joe Burrow and company. Can Clemson compete with a team like LSU after playing in a soft ACC? Or is this spread over-inflated due to LSU’s performance against Oklahoma?
Looking at the NFL Divisional Round, Calvin and Brandon start with the two Saturday games. The first game this weekend is between Minnesota and San Francisco. After a surprise upset against the Saints in the Wild Card Round, can the Vikings find a way to pull another upset this weekend? San Francisco is looking healthy again, so are they the team to beat now? The second Saturday game is between Tennessee and Baltimore. Like Minnesota, Tennessee pulled a bit of a surprising upset when they took down New England last week. Can Tennessee keep it going or is Baltimore just too good? Should we expect a high-scoring or low-scoring set of games on Saturday?
The first game on Sunday is between Houston and Kansas City. The Chiefs are a big favorite after Houston managed a comeback win against Buffalo after trailing by 16. The total is climbing, should we tail or fade the rise? The final game of the weekend is between Seattle and Green Bay. Seattle is the only road-favorite this weekend, is that the right move or not? The spread keeps climbing in the Seahawks favor, but why is that? Can Green Bay defend their home turf and advance to the NFC Championship game? Will we be seeing more points on Sunday or are we in for another low-scoring week like last week when all four playoff games went under?
Calvin gives out three NCAAB picks for Friday night. After a couple weeks off to tweak and edit, Calvin believes the formula is ready for a strong second-half run. The formula proved it is ready by perfectly nailing it’s two games last night with near perfect score prediction. Can it stay hot? Finally, Brandon and Calvin give out their Best Bets of the weekend. Listen in to hear who you should be betting and why.
6:27 Minnesota/San Francisco
15:17 Houston/Kansas City
19:56 Seattle/Green Bay
23:43 CBB Picks
26:17 Best Bets