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College Football Handicapping: Wisconsin o-line is in shambles

08.27.2015     06:37 AM     Printer Friendly
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Early season injuries for power conference teams aren't always a factor when you're laying three touchdowns against a Sun Belt school. But what happens when you face one of the top teams in the country? Wisconsin's offensive line is currently in disarray with as many as four players on the team's injury list. They are talking about having to start three freshmen. The Badgers are +10 underdogs to Alabama for Week 1's game in Arlington.


“I can’t remember (having so many guys hurt in camp), but it’s the camp at hand,” said Badgers offensive coordinator and line coach Joe Rudolph, according to Madison.com. “That’s all right, just keep going. It’s neat seeing guys jump into different spots and make it work. No one’s alarmed when their name gets called, that’s for sure.”






Tags: College Football Wisconsin Badgers Big Ten Alabama Crimson Tide SEC




Sports Betting Podcast 8-25-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Alex B. Smith and Rob Veno

08.25.2015     09:43 AM     Printer Friendly
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Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Alex B. Smith and Rob Veno. Our newest handicapper, Alex, previewed the Big Ten East division while Rob talked MLB.

Today's segments
Alex B. Smith - Big Ten East Preview

Rob Veno - MLB

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.




Tags: College Football MLB Big Ten Alex B. Smith Rob Veno Andrew Lange




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Recap

08.24.2015     08:14 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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In the NFL Preseason, when coaches almost never play for a late game tie to force overtime, there’s an enormous difference between laying -1 and -2.5.  Games decided by final margins or 1 or 2 points are relatively rare once September rolls around.  In August, they are commonplace.   Three games were decided by a single point this past weekend, in Week 2 of the preseason, with the Bills beating the Browns 11-10, the Chiefs beating the Seahawks 14-13 and the Panthers beating the Dolphins 31-30.

Both Kansas City-Seattle and Carolina-Miami produced a win, loss or push based on betting skills, not handicapping skills, with lines on both games moving up throughout the course of the week.   In addition, the Patriots pulled off the comeback of the weekend to beat New Orleans 26-24, a two point margin.  Meanwhile, there was only one game finishing with a final margin of three points; the Chargers 22-19 win at Arizona. 

It was a similar story in Week 1, with more games finishing with 1 or 2 point final margins than games that were decided by exactly three points.   With two more weeks of these meaningless Read more



Tags: NFL Teddy Covers




College Football Handicapping: Penn State looks to shore up offensive line

08.19.2015     07:43 AM     Printer Friendly
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The fact that Penn State won seven games last season is somewhat of a miracle considering how poor the team's offensive line play was. Between their inability to protect the quarterback and run the football, the Nittany Lions had one of the worst power conference offenses in the country. As a result, shoring up the o-line has been a top priority during fall camp.

Penn State by the numbers (Overall)
101.92 ypg rushing - 120th nationally
2.94 yards per carry - 125th nationally
44 sacks allowed - 124th nationally

Penn State by the numbers (vs. Big Ten)
74.8 ypg rushing - 14th Big Ten
2.21 yards per carry - 14th Big Ten
35 sacks allowed - 14th Big Ten


“Obviously, it was a very frustrating season,” sophomore tackle Andrew Nelson. “You put in a bunch of time, and you want to perform at the highest level possible. And I don't think any of us are gonna use the excuse that we were a young and inexperienced offensive line. We wanted to perform at a

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Tags: College Football Penn State Nittany Lions Big Ten




College Football Betting: Northern Illinois poised for another big season in the MAC

08.17.2015     08:28 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith

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Northern Illinois Huskies (2014 Record:11-3 SU, 6-7 ATS)
5Dimes Season O/U Win Total: 8.5u-165
Head Coach: Rod Carey

The Turn of the Century has brought a world of change to DeKalb as the Huskies of Northern Illinois have spent most of the last decade as a power in the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies pulled off another double-digit winning season in 2014, going 11-3 and winning the MAC title as they crushed Bowling Green 51-17 in a mega revenge spot after their disappointing 47-27 loss to the Falcons in Detroit back in 2013. Head coach Rod Carey returns for his third season in DeKalb and will have a mix of key starters returning, solid depth players, and several key recruits coming in to solidify the future.

Quarterback Drew Hare beat out two other quality arms to win the starting job last season, and Hare will return to helm an offense that averaged 31 points and 441 yards per game. With running back Cameron Stingly now running over tacklers as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the leading returning rusher for NIU is Hare, who put up 900 yards on the ground. Juniors Joel Bouganon and Keith Read more



Tags: College Football Northern Illinois Huskies MAC Alex B. Smith




College Football Handicapping: Rutgers on its sixth OC in as many seasons

08.17.2015     06:36 AM     Printer Friendly
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With Ralph Friedgen stepping down, Rutgers will go with its sixth different offensive coordinator in as many seasons. Former wide receiver coach Ben McDaniels will run an offense that ranked seventh in the Big Ten in total offense last season (390 ypg). The Scarlet Knights must replace quarterback Gary Nove who quietly finished third in the Big Ten in QB Rating (145.3). McDaniels says the team will continue to utilize a "pro-style" attack with "multiple tempos."


"I think one of those pieces that is a part of that (pro-style offense) is playing in multiple tempos, so we absolutely intend on playing in multiple tempos," McDaniels said Sunday at Rutgers media day. "It benefits you. It challenges the defense to have to be ready for that. So not dissimilar to a lot of places, we'll have multiple tempos we'll try and play at."






Tags: College Football Rutgers Scarlet Knights Big Ten




NFL Preseason Free Betting Pick: Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks

08.14.2015     10:25 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Denver +5 at Seattle O/U 36.5
Recommendation: Denver


The betting markets are infatuated with Pete Carroll’s preseason track record in Seattle; installing the Seahawks as five point favorites against the Broncos.  And it’s easy to understand why the markets love Carroll in August, particularly playing at home.  They won their two home preseason games last year by 41-14 and 34-6 margins, won 40-10 and 22-6 in home preseason games in 2013, and won 27-17 and 21-3 in home preseason games in 2012.

But that’s all in the rear view mirror now – the conditions that existed in Seattle in recent years just don’t exist this year.  That makes the Seahawks a poor favorite for their 2015 preseason debut on Friday.   What has changed?  A LOT!

Fresh off back-2-back Super Bowl appearances, the Seahawks have nothing to prove in August.  Seattle has been one of the deepest teams in the league in recent seasons, giving them great depth in the second half of these preseason games.   That’s not the case anymore, with the Seahawks up against the salary cap – this is NOT a Read more



Tags: NFL Denver Broncos Seattle Seahawks Teddy Covers




MLB Handicapper Free Play: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians

08.13.2015     10:01 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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New York (Eovaldi) -120 at Cleveland (Bauer) O/U 7.5
Recommendation: New York


I think we have a good spot and matchup to back the Yankees as short road favorites as they should be poised to bring a level of desperation and intensity as they look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Indians. New York has lost five straight games and can ill afford to get swept by Cleveland with another big series on deck against AL East leader Toronto at the Rogers Centre. Nathan Eovaldi is on an impressive stretch where he’s allowed 3 runs or less in 9 straight outings with the Yankees going 7-2 in those outings. He pitched a gem against the high powered Blue Jays lineup in his last start allowing a single run on 5 hits in 6.1 innings of work and should be able to keep the light hitting Indians in check tonight. Trevor Bauer gets the start for Cleveland tonight and I’ve bet against him a handful of times this season. Bauer has been extremely inconsistent with a 5.60 ERA in 12 home starts this season. He's given up 4+ runs in three of his last five starts and Cleveland is just 1-4 in his last 5 trips to the hill. I’ll support the road Read more



Tags: MLB New York Yankees Cleveland Indians Ian Cameron




MLB Handicapper Free Play: Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers

08.10.2015     10:28 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Washington (Gonzalez) at Los Angeles (Anderson) -125 O/U 7
Recommendation: Over


Both the Nationals and Dodgers have broken out of offensive slumps in a big way over the course of the last week.  Between them, the two teams have scored at least four runs in 13 of their last 14 ballgames. Obviously, if the loser reaches four tonight, we’ll cash our Over ticket with room to spare.  And there’s little reason to expect a shutdown showing from either pitching staff this evening.

The Nationals have been an underachieving offensive team for most of the season, struggling with key injuries and numerous unexpected slumps.  But Matt Williams finally has the key bats in the middle of the batting order healthy and in good form, with Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth combining for five hits including three dingers yesterday.  This team was built to hit and they are showing signs of an offensive resurgence right now.

It’s a similar story for the Dodgers; a team with a potent lineup that is built to hit, despite their underachieving offensive results for most of the campaign.  Sill, LA ranks among Read more



Tags: MLB Washington Nationals Los Angeles Dodgers Teddy Covers




College Football Betting: Michgan's Harbaugh focused on offensive line play

08.06.2015     08:18 AM     Printer Friendly
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A staple of Jim Harbaugh coaches teams has always been their ability to control the line of scrimmage. That appears to be his top priority heading into his first season at Michigan. The Wolverines' o-line will be tested right off the bat in Week 1 with a trip to Utah. The Utes led the nation in sacks last year (55) and racked up over 100 tackles for loss. Notice that the total for last year's meeting was 53 (Utah won 26-10). This year's total is currently priced at 46.5.


"Precision, No. 1," Harbaugh says. "In order for them to be good football players, there has to be precision. That's how it is with all 11. But with those five linemen, working together. Working in conjunction.

"It's the largest position group there is on the football field. Restarting Friday, when we get back onto the practice field, it's critical to our football team that everybody's focused in on doing just that playing precise."






Tags: College Football Michigan Wolverines Big Ten Utah Utes PAC-12



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