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College Football Betting: Virginia Tech adjusts to life at warp speed

08.24.2016     07:07 AM     Printer Friendly
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Virginia Tech is one of a handful of teams that feature a first-year head coach implementing a completely different offensive system. Justin Fuente's plan is for the Hokies to play up-tempo. At no point during former head coach Frank Beamer's tenure did the offense stray from being “conventional.” Some of VT's players hinted that the change is significant and something that will likely take time to adjust to.


“Last year I was playing maybe 70-80 plays a game,” Phillips said, “and in this system, with the things we like to do now, that’s very, very difficult. You could call it unhealthy if you want.”

“I like the faster pace a lot,” Hodges said. “It creates a lot of mismatches. … The tempo is very different from previous years. The play-calling, the play design, are things I haven’t seen.”






Tags: College Football Virginia Tech Hokies ACC




NFL Betting News: New Orleans hopes new DC will spark improvement

08.23.2016     08:37 AM     Printer Friendly
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It's been a revolving door of defensive coordinators in New Orleans and this year is no different as Dennis Allen steps in for Rob Ryan. It was widely accepted that head coach Sean Payton didn't get along with Ryan whose unit allowed a league-worst 29.8 ppg last season. The media claims that Payton and Allen have been buddy-buddy and are on the same page heading into the season. The Saints' defense will be tested early on with five of their first seven games against offenses than ranked in the top 11 in the NFL in yard per game last season.




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College Football Handicapping: Mendendall wants Virginia to pick up pace

08.18.2016     08:27 AM     Printer Friendly
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The Virginia Cavaliers mark another team attempting to play up-tempo with a first-year head coach. Bronco Mendenhall says he wants the offense to "get with the times" and play as fast as possible. This of course will be a significant departure from former head coach Mike London's system. Virginia's offense actually showed flashes of competence last year as it quietly ranked fifth in ACC play in scoring (27.1 ppg) and total offense (400 ypg). However, on a national level, the Cavs ranked 76th at 5.49 yards per play. 


“We train during practice based on the fastest teams in the country,” Mendenhall said. “Our practices are based on who is the very fastest in college football, what is their time between plays. And we mirror that.”

“Basically after a play’s dead, you’ve got to line back up, look at the signal, see what the play is, and get ready and be ready to go,” Eldridge said. “That’s the hardest part, transitioning, because you

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Tags: College Football Virginia Cavaliers ACC




College Football Handicapping: Nowhere to go but up for Wake Forest offense

08.03.2016     08:22 AM     Printer Friendly
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One of our favorite things to blog about during the summer is bad college football offenses. Yesterday, we discussed the Kansas Jayhawks who remain married to the "air raid" offense despite not having nearly enough talent to pull it off. Wake Forest is projected to be far more vanilla in its approach after averaging less than 300 ypg of total offense against the ACC. Despite winning only three games, there were plenty of examples that Wake could be competitive. In four games against Indiana, Florida State, Louisville, and Duke, the Demon Deacons lost each by one score and were outgained by a combined 57 yards. Most of that however had to do with Wake's defense. Take away games against high-powered North Carolina and Clemson and Wake's seasonal defensive numbers (5.16 ypp allowed) were solid. But the Read more



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MLB Handicapping: Updated strength of schedule

07.21.2016     08:10 AM     Printer Friendly
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FanGraphs compiled a MLB strength of schedule chart for the remainder of the season. According to opponent winning percentage, the Pittsburgh Pirates face the easiest slate while the New York Yankees face the toughest. Over the next month, Pittsburgh plays Milwaukee, Seattle, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and San Diego.




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NFL Gambling News: Patriots remain AFC and Super Bowl favs despite Brady's supension

07.19.2016     07:57 AM     Printer Friendly
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While Tom Brady's 4-game suspension will have an impact on the pointspreads of New England's games, it hasn't caused much of a stir in the futures market. According to 5Dimes, the Patriots remain the betting favorite to win the AFC East (-198), AFC (+365), and Super Bowl 51 (+690). Week 1's matchup at Arizona was originally lined as a pick 'em but CRIS reopened with the Cardinals a -5.5 favorite. Following Week 1, New England will play three consecutive home games vs. Miami, Houston, and Buffalo.  




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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: An early look at the AFC East

07.18.2016     07:56 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
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Our NFL Team Previews for the upcoming campaign continues.  This week, I’ll be focusing on the AFC East, and next week I’ll conclude the series with a look at four squads from the NFC East.  Teams are listed in alphabetical order within their division.

We'll start with the Buffalo Bills who are lined at 8 wins for the upcoming season.  Buffalo owns the longest playoff drought in the NFL; now at 16 seasons and counting.  The Bills have at least returned to relevance over the past two seasons, winning nine games in 2014, followed by an 8-8 campaign last year.

Rex Ryan is set to begin his second year on the job.  Rex’s brother, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, coached one of the worst defenses in NFL history in New Orleans last year.  Now Ryan takes over a defense that plummeted from a no. 4 yardage ranking in 2014 to 19th in 2015 as sacks dropped from 54 to 21.  Top two draft choices Shaq Lawson (Clemson), Reggie Ragland (Alabama) are expected to contribute in the sacks department immediately.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman crafted a Super Bowl caliber offense Read more



Tags: NFL Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins New England Patriots New York Jets Teddy Covers




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: An early look at the NFC North

07.18.2016     07:23 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
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Last week in this space, when I previewed the AFC North, there wasn’t a whole lot that I liked in the division.  If I’m going to put an AFC North win total in my pocket, it’s not going to be on an over wager!  But that’s most assuredly not the case in the NFC North, where several teams – including a Super Bowl contender – have the feeling of an undervalued commodity at this stage of the offseason.

Let’s start with the Chicago Bears who are lined at 7 or 7.5 wins; a legitimate split line.  Bettors shopping around for the best price on the Bears (over or under) should remember the standard rule of thumb for converting juice into wins with mid-range totals (teams lined between 6.5 and 9.5 wins). Fifty cents of juice equates to about a half win.  If you like the over, an over 7 -140 trumps over 7.5 at +100.  If you like under, under 7.5 -140 trumps under 7 at +100.

Last year, the Bears went 6-10 SU, 8-8 ATS and 8-8 O/U.  Their mainstream stats were indicative of a sub .500 squad: ranked 21st in total offense, #14 in total defense, #22 in yards per play differential Read more



Tags: NFL Chicago Bears Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings Teddy Covers




College Football Betting Preview Podcast 7-8-2016: Syracuse Orange

07.08.2016     08:44 AM     Printer Friendly
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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Rob Veno. Rob broke down the Syracuse Orange who during the offseason hired former Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ROB'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/8
Handicapper: Rob Veno
Team: Syraucse Orange
2015-16 Record: 4-8 SU, 8-4 ATS, 10-2 O/U
Season O/U Wins: N/A
Odds to Win ACC: +10000
Odds to Win ACC Atlantic: +12500
Odds to Win Title: N/A
Week 1 Line: Syracuse NL vs. Colgate

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.




Tags: College Football Syracuse Orange ACC Rob Veno




College Football Betting Preview Podcast 7-5-2016: Virginia Cavaliers

07.05.2016     10:22 AM     Printer Friendly
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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Rob Veno. Rob broke down the Virginia Cavaliers who during the offseason hired former BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ROB'S ANALYSIS

Date: 7/5
Handicapper: Rob Veno
Team: Virginia Cavaliers
2015-16 Record: 4-8 SU, 8-3-1 ATS, 6-5-1 O/U
Season O/U Wins: N/A
Odds to Win ACC: +5000
Odds to Win ACC Coastal: +5000
Odds to Win Title: N/A
Week 1 Line: Virginia NL vs. Richmond

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.




Tags: College Football Virginia Cavaliers ACC Rob Veno



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