The NFL season is over. Now what do we do as sports bettors?
Fear not, there are plenty of options on the betting menu in the coming weeks before we head to March Madness. There are, of course, daily NBA and NHL games, and football has a wide choice during the week.
How do we fill those weekends? There is still a lot to come. Maybe more than you expect.
Let’s look ahead to the next five weeks to Selection Sunday to see what’s available to bet on and replace that football fix.
Weekend of February 12
In golf, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am started Thursday, but matchups and live outrights are still available over the weekend.
But I bury the party.
Football is really back!
That’s right. Every weekend we have FCS college football to bet on starting Saturday, February 13, with McNeese State in Tarleton State at 6pm ET.
That serves as a nice introduction to it UFC 258 on pay-per-view, with a championship game between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns.
If you haven’t seen it yet, the Australian Open is underway, and it’s not too late to get in on the action.
Week of February 15-21
We have Premier League action all week if football betting is your thing.
In addition, the UEFA Champions League round of 16 starts on Tuesday. The first of two legs consists of four games on Tuesday and Wednesday. As if that wasn’t enough, the UEFA Europa League round of 32 will bring us 16 games on Thursday.
Thursday also starts the Genesis Open on the PGA Tour.
The FCS football program will be expanded to 22 matches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. One of the featured games is North Dakota State vs. Youngstown State.
UFC Fight Night is on Saturday with a main event between Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis.
NASCAR will stay in Daytona on Sunday for a race on the road.
Week of February 22-28
The UEFA Europa League round of 32 return leg has 16 games, 15 of which are on Thursday. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, there are four more UEFA Champions League games for the round of 16.
The PGA Tour is treating us to two tournaments this week: WGC-Mexico and the Puerto Rico Open.
There are 32 more FCS football games, and at this point we will all be experts and show our choices in the Action app to our friends.
On Saturday there will be another UFC Fight Night with a main event of Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane.
NASCAR closes the weekend with the Dixie Vodka 400 on Sunday.
Week of March 1-7
This is going to be a fun one.
Football and hockey are daily options, but the Arnold Palmer Invitational is set to become a major event in the golf world a week ahead of The Players.
We have 34 FCS football matches.
Saturday’s UFC 259 will be a huge card, headlined by the heavyweight championship fight between Israel Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz.
The Pennzoil 400 is NASCAR’s Sunday event.
The week ends with the NBA All-Star Game, which is still figuring out how the dunk game and 3-point game will work.
Week of March 8-14
The PGA Tour will have The Players, who should have most of the biggest names in the field.
The FCS weekend is the busiest so far with 38 games scheduled.
There is a UFC Fight Night on Saturday, although the main event is in the air.
NASCAR heads to Phoenix on Sunday.