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College Football Gambling: Illinois goes with OC Cubit following Beckman's departure

09.01.2015     07:07 AM     Printer Friendly
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By now you've heard the Illinois fired head coach Tim Beckman. The reason at this point is irrelevant as the Illini open their season Friday at home vs. Kent State. Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has been named the interim HC for the season. Not surprising, the player quotes regarding the move were positive: 


"He's like a father to most of us," Lunt said. "He's a really good football coach but he truly cares about his players. We're behind him because we believe in him."



Say what you will about Beckman - and we routinely do on the Podcast - he did improve by two wins each of the last two seasons and somehow got the Illini to a bowl game. However, last year's 3-5 Big Ten mark was perhaps fortunate as Illinois was outgained by 1.65 yards per play vs. the Big Ten.

There are potential wins to be Read more



Tags: College Football Illinois Fighting Illini Big Ten Kent State Golden Flashes MAC




College Football Handicapping: USC's Sarkisian no longer calling plays

09.01.2015     06:40 AM     Printer Friendly
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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian has passed along play calling duties to offensive coordinator Clay Helton. At least one article is viewing the move as a positive.


“I love calling plays that’s what I do ... how I got into this profession and worked my way through it,” he said. “But I want to be a great head coach. I don’t want to set offensive records and finish 8-5 or 9-4. I want to win 13 games and 14 games.

“To do that, me being in defensive meetings, me being in every special-teams meeting, me really understanding the nuances of those things is critical to our success.”






Tags: College Football USC Trojans PAC-12




College Football Gambling: South Carolina looking to get after quarterback

08.31.2015     07:08 AM     Printer Friendly
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A year removed from finishing 94th in total defense (432.7 ypg allowed) South Carolina claims that more pressure will be applied on the quarterback this season. Last year the Gamecocks finished with only 52 tackles for loss (119th) and 14 sacks (119th). Week 1 should serve as a good test as North Carolina returns 105 starts along its offensive line and is projected to have one of the most explosive offenses in the ACC.


“We’re going to get at the quarterback this year,” said Sawyer. “I promise you that. We’re going to really get after the quarterback.”

“Darius English looks like an All-American,” said Spurrier. “He pushed Brandon Shell right back into the quarterback. And he pushed (Christian) Pellage right back into the quarterback.”






Tags: College Football South Carolina Gamecocks SEC North Carolina Tar Heels ACC




College Football Handicapping: Recently named starting quarterbacks

08.31.2015     06:44 AM     Printer Friendly
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Below are some article links for recently named starting quarterbacks.

Bryant Shirreffs named UConn's starting quarterback. Shirreffs sat out last year after transferring from NC State.

Texas Tech released its depth chart but won't say who the starter is for Week 1's game vs. Sam Houston State.

Washington head coach Chris Petersen knows who his starting QB is but won't tell the media.

Ohio is going with senior Derrius Vick at quarterback. Vick took a bulk of the snaps in six games last season (59%, 1,156 yards, 8 TDs, 4 INTs).

Steve Spurrier named sophomore Read more



Tags: College Football




College Football Handicapping: Grading Big XII defenses

08.28.2015     07:37 AM     Printer Friendly
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Article that defends Big XII defenses as "not that bad" because of pace of play and opponents' offensive capabilities. Similar to college basketball, a number of coaches are now using points per possession as a way to better judge their stop units. Below is last season's Football Outsiders' national FEI rankings.

2014 Defensive FEI rankings - Big XII
No. 6 - TCU
No. 10 - Baylor
No. 25 - Kansas State
No. 32 - Oklahoma
No. 44 - West Virginia
No. 73 - Texas
No. 75 - Oklahoma State
No. 87 - Texas Tech
No. 88 - Iowa State
No. 103 - Kansas


"It's completely opposite of what it should be defensively in statistics," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "It should be points allowed per possession. Like our defense, when we were rolling offensively here in those years, our defensive coaches and our team were facing about 16 or 17 possessions a game. There's teams in the league and other leagues that only face 10, or 11 or 12 possessions, so

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Tags: College Football Big XII




College Football Betting: Washington State see turnovers as a way to defensive improvement

08.27.2015     09:18 AM     Printer Friendly
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Article on Washington State's first-year defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. Grinch has never been a DC though spent the last three years coaching Missouri's secondary. There's obviously work to be done as Wazzu sported one of the worst power conference defenses in the country (38.6 ppg allowed). Some of their struggles were no doubt because of a lack of talent/ability/PAC-12 offenses. However, the unit was up against it on a regular basis thanks to an offense that coughed up the football 25 times. Turnovers are a part of who the Cougs are so to remedy that, Grinch is focused on takeaways this season which is nice in theory but something that isn't always controllable. That said, the extra emphasis can't hurt as Wazzu forced only eight turnovers last season; tied for the worst mark in the country. In 2013, they had 30 takeaways but committed 35 turnovers. Basically Washington State is the nation's best team at not being able to get out of its own way. Read more



Tags: College Football Washington State Cougars PAC-12




College Football Gambling: UCLA named true frosh Rosen starting quarterback

08.27.2015     07:41 AM     Printer Friendly
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UCLA named true freshman Josh Rosen the team's Week 1 starter. Rosen, who enrolled in school earlier this year, was regarded as the top QB recruit in the nation. He beat out last year's backup, Jerry Neuheisel, who went 23-of-30 for 178 yards and two TDs in a last minute win over Texas. UCLA is currently -17 home favorites vs. Virginia for Week 1.


“At some point it just becomes apparent to you,” Mora said. “You get a gut feeling. You’ve seen enough. You say it’s time to make a decision and let’s go.”

“We haven’t played one single snap of real football yet, but at this point, he’s living up to that billing,” Mora said.






Tags: College Football UCLA Bruins PAC-12 Virginia Cavaliers ACC




College Football Betting Update: Kansas married to up-tempo attack

08.27.2015     06:52 AM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

Update on Kansas' rebuilding project. Yesterday the Jayhawks named Montell Cozart the team's starting quarterback. Cozart completed only 50% of his passes with a 5-to-7 TD-to-INT ratio last season. And it sounds as if head coach David Beaty is fully committed to running his up-tempo offense from the get-go. Beaty says they won't try to shorten the game despite being at a significant disadvantage both talent and depth wise.


“We won’t shorten the game,” Beaty says. “That’s not how we play the game. We’re going to continue to stay who we are because that’s how we practice every day.”







College Football Betting: Kansas Read more



Tags: College Football Kansas Jayhawks Big XII




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




Teddy Covers talks Philadelphia Eagles and UNLV season over/under wins

08.26.2015     01:31 PM     Printer Friendly
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Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers answers seven questions for vegasseven.com.


I’ve got $100 in my pocket. Which way do I go on the season win total (2½) for the Rebels?

Keep the $100 in your pocket. When you look at their schedule, you don’t see three wins. That being said, the Mountain West stinks this year. UNLV has a quarterback in a league where no one has a quarterback. So that makes them live to pull an upset here, an upset there, maybe steal one. I’ll say this much: UNLV isn’t going to win more than two or three games.






Tags: NFL College Football Philadelphia Eagles UNLV Rebels Las Vegas



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