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Against the Spread: XFL Week 1 best bets and Oscars breakdown

As soon as the Super Bowl came to an end, Pro Football Network and the trusty betting crew turned their attention to the inaugural season of the XFL. Against the Spread co-hosts, Ryan Gosling and Jason Sarney returned to record an action-packed episode breaking down each of the four XFL matchups and even threw out their DFS lineups for the week. With a limited slate in Week 1, they were still able to find some best bets for the show. With a light betting card, the guys took the opportunity to break down the next big betting event this weekend, the 92nd Academy Awards!

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the XFL will once again take its rightful place on our televisions. With Vince McMahon guarantying us that he has a three-year plan, at least, we can embrace the league without the fear of being put through another AAF fiasco. Ryan made it clear that he has the most confidence in the Dallas Renegades this weekend. With an experienced winner at the helm in Bob Stoops and the “godfather of the air-raid” Hal Mumme calling the plays, the Renegades have set themselves up for success. Jason, on the other hand, finds being a Dolphin fan stressful enough, so he will watch and enjoy the XFL. The duo agrees that the Tampa Bay Vipers have the best uniforms in the league, but they cannot come to terms on the Wildcats team name. 

Then, when the first week’s games were broken down, the guys decided to hand out some of their favorite Oscar bets. Yes, you can bet on the Oscars. With some inside information coming from Ryan, the hosts decided that the Joker could shock the world and upset 1917 come this Sunday. They disagree on the Irishman, but that doesn’t stop Jason from sharing some of his famous random facts. If you like Joe Pesci, then you will love this episode. It might not be the NFL, but the Academy Awards will definitely bring the heat!

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