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College Football Handicapping: Syracuse readies no-huddle offense

07.02.2014     01:06 PM     Printer Friendly
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While not full-fledged up-tempo, Syracuse averaged in the upper third nationally in terms of plays per game (73.7 per game) in 2013. But with a first-year head coach and coordinator, the offense struggled for much of the season (21 points or less in eight games). Quarterback Terrel Hunt is back for his sophomore season after completing 61% of his passes (mostly dink-and-dunk) as well as 500 yards on the ground. He appears to be a decent fit for a no-huddle attack. This offseason, the focus has been conditioning as the team preps to play at a quicker pace in 2014.


"We normally do 45 seconds to a minute and a half (of rest), depending on the (length of the) runs," Hicks said. "We've tried to cut that back to 20 seconds in between. They want to run a play every 17 seconds or something like that. We've adjusted toward that. All the hurry-up offenses around the country do that. You can't run them unless you're trained to run them. That's what you hope happens, that you play a defense

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College Football Handicapping: Big Ten offensive line returning starts

07.02.2014     12:42 PM     Printer Friendly
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Here a link to Phil Steele's returning career offensive line starts and an closer look at the Big Ten's o-lines. Indiana (130) and Minnesota (129) ranked third and fourth, respectively, on a national level. Ohio State (21) and Penn State (20) have the second and third fewest returning career starts nationally.


3. Indiana: 130 career starts
4. Minnesota: 129
19. Northwestern: 100
22. Rutgers: 99
23. Illinois: 96
46. Wisconsin: 74
66. Iowa: 62
T-68. Maryland: 61
T-68: Michigan State: 61
107. Michigan: 37
116. Nebraska: 32
117. Purdue: 31
126. Ohio State: 21
127. Penn State: 20






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College Football Gambling: Week 1 CG Technology vs. Golden Nugget GOY

07.01.2014     07:37 AM     Printer Friendly
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Last weekend CG Technology (Cantor) posted pointspreads on all of college football's Week 1 games. Below is a list of CG's lines compared to that of Golden Nugget's GOY openers.

Texas A&M at South Carolina
CG: South Carolina -11
GN: South Carolina -9

Boise State vs. Ole Miss (Atlanta)
CG: Ole Miss -9.5
GN: Ole Miss -9

UNLV at Arizona
CG: Arizona -21.5
GN: Arizona -23.5

BYU at UConn
CG: BYU -15.5
GN: BYU -16.5

Arkansas at Auburn
CG: Auburn -21
GN: Auburn -24

Colorado State vs. Colorado (Denver)
CG: Colorado -2
GN: Colorado -4

Clemson at Georgia
CG: Georgia -8
GN: Georgia -9

Cal at Northwestern
CG: Northwestern -14
GN: Northwestern -9.5

UCLA at Virginia
CG: UCLA -21
GN: UCLA -21.5

Ohio State vs. Navy (Baltimore)
CG: Ohio Read more



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College Football Betting: NC State's Brissett projected to be Week 1 starting QB

06.27.2014     12:28 PM     Printer Friendly
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NC State will have a new quarterback under center for head coach Dave Doeren's second season. Last year transfers Pete Thomas (Colorado State) and Brandon Mitchell (Arkansas) never panned out (11 TD, 15 INTs combined). This year the Wolfpack will go with another transfer as former Florida signal caller Jacoby Brissett steps in. Brissett has been on campus since January of 2013 and it the unquestioned starter heading into fall camp.


"Most people are going to say, 'Oh just do better than 3-9,'" Brissett said. "That's not a real thing to just say. ... You don't need to be better than every team every day. You just be better than them on Saturday, and make sure what you do Monday through Friday is what's going to make you better on Saturday."







Tags: College Football NC State Wolfpack ACC




College Football Gambling: Duke expected to contend again in ACC

06.26.2014     02:37 PM     Printer Friendly
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Expectations have become relatively high for the Duke Devils off of last season's 10-win season (11-3 ATS) and ACC Coastal Division title. The Blue Devils should once again be potent offensively with a lot of key pieces returning. The schedule is favorable with four likely wins to open the season. They get a bye week before facing Georgia Tech and close out the regular season with three straight home games, including a potentially important showdown vs. rival North Carolina. According to The Greek, Duke is the third choice to win the ACC Coastal at +500. Miami is +125 followed by North Carolina at +150. 5Dimes currently has Duke lined a 8.5un-145 season over/under wins. And the Golden Nugget lined only one Duke game: +3 vs. UNC (11/20).




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College Football Handicapping: Switching conferences

06.26.2014     07:19 AM     Printer Friendly
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Good breakdown on ESPN.com of the history of college football teams switching to new BCS conferences – West Virginia (Big East to Big XII) and Texas A&M (Big XII to SEC) two recent examples. In most situations the step up in class resulted in poorer results the first year – Utah, TCU, and Missouri good examples. This year, Rutgers and Maryland join the Big Ten.




Tags: College Football Maryland Terrapins Rutgers Scarlet Knights Big Ten




College Football Betting: It takes three days to put together Games of the Year

06.25.2014     02:16 PM     Printer Friendly
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Sort of generic but worth a read as Bleacher Report talks with the Golden Nugget oddsmaker Aaron Kessler about the creation of College Football Games of the Year.


“I make a list of all the games with computer-only lines in a spreadsheet,” Kessler said. “Then, I'll go through and adjust lines based on my opinion. These adjustments from the raw numbers can be huge.”

“We literally lock ourselves in a room and don't come out until all lines are done,” Kessler said. “The whole of creating the ‘Games of the Year’ takes about 72 hours from beginning to end.”







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College Football Gambling: Rutgers puts offense in hands of Friedgen

06.24.2014     02:10 PM     Printer Friendly
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Rutgers’ Kyle Flood enters the all-important third season as head coach as the team moves from the AAC to the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights went 9-4 in Flood's first season but dropped to 6-7 in the AAC a year ago. In hopes of bolstering the offense – and developing turnover prone quarterback Gary Nova – Flood hired former Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen to serve as offensive coordinator. Rutgers will be playing in the Big Ten's East Division which means games against Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State. They also drew Nebraska and Wisconsin for their two contests vs. the West.


"The thing that's most exciting to me about watching him offensively is to see the multiplicity of where he puts the pieces," Flood said.

"To be a really high quality pro-style offense it doesn't mean you line up with two backs in the backfield in the I the whole game. It should be a multiplicity of personnel groups. It should be a multiplicity of formations, shifts, motions.

"By the end of spring I began to see

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College Football Betting: West Virginia names Trickett Week 1 starter

06.24.2014     01:21 PM     Printer Friendly
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It is pretty apparent that if West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen doesn't win this season he'll be the offensive coordinator of some middle-of-the-road BCS conference team at this time next year. After popping for a 10-3 mark and a trip to the Orange Bowl in 2011, the Mountaineers are 11-14 SU and 6-12 in Big XII play. WVU's defense under Holgorsen has been awful – and a topic for another day – but so has the team's quarterback play since Geno Smith left in 2012. Last year, the trio of Clint Trickett, Paul Millard, and Ford Childress combined for a 16-16 TD-to-INT ratio and 115.52 QB rating. Tricket has shown some ability and wasn't 100% last season (shoulder). Holgoren named him the team's Week 1 starter vs. Alabama.


"He worked hard last season and showed a lot of ability and leadership and deserves the chance to lead the team as a senior," Holgorsen said. "He will be our starter."






Tags: College Football West Virginia Mountaineers Big XII




College Football Gambling: Utah State's Chuckie Keeton back for senior season

06.19.2014     01:14 PM     Printer Friendly
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Remember this guy? Yeah, he was pretty good before he missed eight games last year after tearing his ACL. Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton is expected to start the Aggies' Week 1 game at Tennessee.


"From a health standpoint, I expect a very, very high level of play. I expect him to start right where he left off, which was very, very efficient, very effective, very explosive, very stingy with the football — all of those things. So as long as he gets back to being the same Chuckie, then I expect that that's what we'll see.

"Time will tell; none of us know," Wells said. "Let's be real with it. Every knee is different, every rehab is different; we do feel like he's right on track. And from what I hear, he's doing well. But until that is proven out there on the field in a live game, then we won't know. But I've got full confidence in that kid. There's not a

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Tags: College Football Utah State Aggies Mountain West



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