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College Football Gambling: Alabama takes steps to stop up-tempo offenses

09.14.2016     09:32 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
If there's been one knock against the Alabama Crimson Tide in recent years it's their "inability" to stop high powered up-tempo offenses; particularly against this week's opponent, Ole Miss, who has won the last two meetings. Looking over the last three seasons, the Crimson Tide is 7-5 SU and 5-7 ATS against teams that are noted for using an up-tempo/spread system.

2013 (2-2 SU, 1-3 ATS)
vs. Oklahoma - 45-31 SU/ATS loss
at Auburn - 34-28 SU/ATS loss
vs. Ole Miss - 25-0 SU Win/ATS win
at Texas A&M - 49-42 SU win/ATS loss

2014 (2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS)
vs. Ohio State - 42-35 SU/ATS loss
vs. Auburn - 54-44 SU/ATS win
vs. Texas A&M - 59-0 SU/ATS win
at Ole Miss - 23-17 SU/ATS loss

2015 (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS)
vs. Clemson - 45-40 SU win/ATS loss
at Auburn - 29-13 SU/ATS win
at Texas A&M - 41-23 SU/ATS win
vs. Ole Miss - 43-37 SU/ATS loss

But according to Ole Miss, Bama is already starting to morph its stop unit Read more

Tags: College Football Alabama Crimson Tide Ole Miss Rebels SEC

College Football Handicapping: Penn State still trying to figure out who it wants to be

09.14.2016     09:12 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Interesting quotes coming out of State College in regards to Penn State's offense. Head coach James Franklin probably likes concept of playing "up-tempo" but there are already signs he's not 100 percent on board. Franklin stated that there are certain offensive plays that he will need to "sign off on." This despite the fact that he went out and hired a highly regarded FCS offensive coordinator noted for playing at a fast clip.

"Tempo is based on what we're anticipating from the defense, what we've seen on film, that we can get up and run our tempo where we just get up and snap the ball," he said. "We have the check-with-me plays. So a lot of it has to deal with, based on our game plan and what we've seen on film, do we feel like we have plays that we can call and get up and run in a quick tempo?"

Franklin also said that the team's tempo will be based on the opponent. 

"So we're going to have some weeks where we go really, really

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Tags: College Football Penn State Nittany Lions Big Ten

College Football Betting Podcast 9-13-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno

09.13.2016     10:35 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down line moves for College Football Week 3.

Today's segments
Rob Veno - College Football Line Moves Week 3

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Tags: College Football Rob Veno Andrew Lange

College Football Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Panthers at Oklahoma State Cowboys

09.13.2016     09:13 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno blog entry.
Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State
Saturday, 12:30 pm PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Oklahoma State -6.5 O/U 61.5
CRIS Current: Oklahoma State -6 O/U 59
Recommendation: Oklahoma State

Opposite game ending reactions for these teams last week as Pitt was in jubilant mood after defeating Penn State while Oklahoma State was in complete disbelief as a 27-24 victory celebration turned into an unbelievable 30-27 loss. Heading into this contest the most important question is which team will able to erase Saturday’s results and fully focus on their weekly preparation.

Pittsburgh placed extreme emphasis on last week’s game as head coach Pat Narduzzi drilled into his coaching staff and team that they were going to treat the Penn State game as a rivalry. The Panthers came out of the chute fired up and they were up 28-7 just over three minutes into the second quarter. From there, Penn State outscored Pitt 32-14 the rest of the way and had the ball in field goal range with a chance to tie but an interception sealed the deal. 

Offensive balance has been problematic for the Panthers who have Read more

Tags: College Football Pittsburgh Panthers ACC Oklahoma State Cowboys Big XII Rob Veno

College Football Betting Preview: Duke Blue Devils at Northwestern Wildcats

09.13.2016     08:45 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith blog entry.
Duke at Northwestern
Saturday, 5 pm PT - Big Ten Network
CRIS Opener:
Northwestern -6 O/U 43
CRIS Current: Northwestern -6 O/U 43.5
Recommendation: Northwestern

Both clubs enter this contest off bad losses to weak opposition with Duke losing a 24-14 conference decision to Wake Forest and the Wildcats falling to FCS Illinois State 9-7 on a last second field goal. It’s early, but the outcome of this game could go a long ways in determining whether or not either of these teams reach the postseason.

Duke's offense is going through some transitional issues as starting quarterback Thomas Sirk was lost for the year with a torn Achilles and two new offensive lineman try to gel within the rotation. The Blue Devils were held to just 37 rushing yards last game, and in return allowed 239 yards on the ground and three touchdowns to Demon Deacons freshman tailback Cade Carney. Note that last year, Duke held Wake to only 112 yards on the ground. Duke’s rush defense surrendered only 3.61 ypc in 2015 thanks in large part to do-everything hybrid linebacker Jeremy Cash who was arguably the most Read more

Tags: College Football Duke Blue Devils ACC Northwestern Wildcats Big Ten Alex B. Smith

College Football Betting Preview: Utah Utes at San Jose State Spartans

09.13.2016     08:05 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Utah at San Jose State
Saturday, 7:30 pm PT - CBSC
CRIS Opener:
Utah -12.5 O/U 50.5
CRIS Current: Utah -13 O/U 50
Recommendation: Under

Last season, quarterback Travis Wilson, running back Devontae Booker, receivers Britain Covey and Kenneth Scott, and a top-tier defense, helped the Utah Utes post an impressive 10-3 record. The offense wasn't always pretty but the team's balanced attack (180 ypg passing/183 ypg rushing) and a +13 turnover margin led to a fairly impressive 30.6 ppg. Through two weeks, it's clear that this year's edition of the offense is going to need more time to develop as all of the aforementioned offensive playmakers have departed. 

Here are a couple of quotes from Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham following last week's 20-19 win over BYU.

"Troy's still learning," Whittingham said. "He's got some things to learn. You can't put the ball particularly in the red zone in that kind of traffic. If we don't turn it over six times, it's a whole different game."

"The drive we ended up kicking the field goal — that's Read more

Tags: College Football Utah Utes PAC-12 San Jose State Spartans Mountain West Andrew Lange

College Football Gambling: Northern Illinois drops to 0-2, loses starting QB

09.12.2016     09:55 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Tough start to the season for Northern Illinois who dropped to 0-2 following a blowout loss at South Florida. To make matters worse, starting quarterback Drew Hare left the game following what was called a "gruesome" ankle injury. It's likely backup Ryan Graham will start Saturday's home game vs. San Diego State. Graham filled in for an injured Hare last season (55-of-102, 54%). NIU hasn't been a home underdog since 2007 (+9.5 vs. Ball State). They are currently catching +10.5 against the Aztecs.

The betting markets have really keyed in on playing against the Huskies. In Week 1, they opened -10.5 at Wyoming and closed -7 only to lose outright 40-34 in triple OT. Then in a horrible scheduling spot, NIU turned right around and went from elevation to the heat of Florida and got blasted by South Florida, 48-17. Once again, there was a ton of anti-NIU money as USF opened -11 and closed -14.5.

“It’s not anything new,” Graham said after the game about taking over for Hare. “I

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Tags: College Football Northern Illinois Huskies MAC San Diego State Aztecs Mountain West

College Football Handicapping: Week 3 early line moves

09.12.2016     09:32 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Checking in on some the betting market early side moves for college football's Week 3 action.

Houston at Cincinnati
CRIS Opener: Houston -6
CRIS Current: Houston -7.5

Eastern Michigan at Charlotte
CRIS Opener: Charlotte pk
CRIS Current: Eastern Michigan -3

Middle Tennessee State at Bowling Green
CRIS Opener: Middle Tennessee State -3
CRIS Current: Middle Tennessee State -6

South Florida at Syracuse
CRIS Opener: South Florida -12.5
CRIS Current: South Florida -14

CRIS Opener: UCLA -1.5
CRIS Current: UCLA -3.5

USC at Stanford
CRIS Opener: Stanford -6
CRIS Current: Stanford -8.5

Texas at California
CRIS Opener: Texas -5.5
CRIS Current: Texas -7.5

Tags: College Football

College Football Handicapping: Golden Nugget Game of the Year vs. CRIS - Week 3

09.12.2016     09:25 AM     Printer Friendly
Week 3's breakdown of Golden Nugget's Game of the Year lines vs. CRIS's current numbers. It's a great tool to spot week-to-week changes in perception from oddsmakers and the betting markets.

2016 College Football Golden Nugget GOY vs. CRIS - Week 3
Golden Nugget GOY
CRIS Current
Houston -2
Houston -7.5
Ohio State
Oklahoma -6.5
Ohio State -2.5
Michigan State
Notre Dame
Notre Dame -6
Notre Dame -7.5
Texas A&M
Auburn -5.5
Auburn -3.5
Mississippi State
LSU -11
Ole Miss
Alabama -6
Alabama -9.5
Stanford -6
Stanford -8.5
Nebraska pk
Nebraska -3
Florida State
Florida State -3
Florida State -3
UCLA -3.5

Tags: College Football

Sportsmemo's College Football In-Game Betting Discussion - Week 2

09.09.2016     08:23 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Don't miss Sportsmemo's Posting Forum College Football Week 2 in-game discussion. The Sportsmemo Handicappers and posting forum members share their thoughts, opinions, and second half wagers throughout the day. If you're not a forum member, it's free to sign up! All you need is a username and password. Come be a part of the WINNING action!

Tags: College Football


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