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Texas Bowl Betting Preview: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas A&M Aggies

12.27.2016     01:07 PM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Kansas State vs. Texas A&M
Texas Bowl - Houston
Wednesday, 6 pm PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Texas A&M -2.5 O/U 58
CRIS Current: Texas A&M -2.5 O/U 57
Recommendation: Under

It's nearly impossible to get involved in a track meet or two playing in the Big XII. Kansas State was the slowest paced team in the league but when given the chance, the Wildcats were able to move the ball and put up big scores. KSU beat Baylor 42-21, Texas Tech 44-38, and lost to Oklahoma State 43-37. Those three teams however were three of the four worst in the Big XII in terms of yards per game allowed in conference play. And despite those three "big" offensive outputs, the Wildcats still averaged less than 400 ypg of total offense and 5.5 ypp in league play.

Texas A&M's defensive numbers aren't strong when compared to some of the elite teams of the SEC but this is still a capable stop unit. In fact, heading into October, the Aggies looked more than capable having held UCLA, Auburn, South Carolina and Arkansas to 19.3 ppg. A&M also held Tennessee to 14 points for three and a half quarters Read more



Tags: College Football Kansas State Wildcats Big XII Texas A&M Aggies SEC Andrew Lange




Holiday Bowl Betting Preview: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Washington State Cougars

12.27.2016     08:40 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Minnesota at Washington State
Holiday Bowl - San Diego
Tuesday, 4 pm PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Washington State -5.5 O/U 60
CRIS Current: Washington State -8 O/U 60.5
Recommendation: Washington State

The Minnesota Golden Gophers had to deal with a lot of non-football related issues in the lead up to tonight's Holiday Bowl against Washington State. First there was the suspension of 10 players. Then there was a team boycott that was eventually "lifted." Now you have a petition going around calling for the firing of head coach Tracy Claeys. It's been a month since the Gophers last played and one has to question how much actual game planning took place during that span.

A number of the suspensions came from the secondary which is obviously not where you want to be thin against Mike Leach's offense led by quarterback Luke Falk. Minnesota will be without two starting cornerbacks (Kiante Hardin and Antoine Winfield Jr.) and two key backups (Ray Buford and Antonio Shenault). Even at full strength, this was a unit that ranked 13th in the Big Ten against the pass. Falk completed 71% of his Read more



Tags: College Football Minnesota Golden Gophers Big Ten Washington State Cougars PAC-12 Ian Cameron




NFL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

12.24.2016     07:46 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Miami at Buffalo
Sunday, 10 am PT - CBS
CRIS Opener:
Buffalo -3 O/U 44
CRIS Current: Buffalo -4.5 O/U 43.5
Recommendation: Miami

The betting markets seem fixated by the series history here.  Yes, Rich Stadium has been a house of horrors in recent years for Miami.  The Dolphins lost by 16 on this field last year, by 19 in 2014 and by 19 in 2013, part of a 1-7 SU run here in Buffalo.  I couldn’t care less about the series history here.  This year’s Dolphins team is better than any recent version; not an apples to apples comparison.

And the markets are convinced that Miami won’t bring their ‘A’ game to this cold weather venue.  But gametime temperatures are expected to be above freezing, and Miami certainly didn’t look all that negatively affected by much nastier conditions in New Jersey against the Jets last Saturday.  It is worth noting that Miami played on Saturday last week – they’ve got a normal prep week, while the Bills are on a short week.

The markets focus on stats, and Buffalo has a solid statistical Read more



Tags: NFL Miami Dolphins Buffalo Bills Teddy Covers




Quick Lane Bowl Betting Preview: Maryland Terrapins at Boston College Eagles

12.23.2016     08:02 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Maryland vs. Boston College
Quick Lane Bowl - Detroit, Mich.
Thursday, 11:30 am PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Boston College pk O/U 45
CRIS Current: Maryland -2.5 O/U 43.5
Recommendation: Boston College/Under

Projected snooze fest as Maryland (88th) and Boston College (115th) boast well below average offensive capabilities. Passing has been a major problem for the Terps (174.0 ypg) and the Eagles (144.2 pypg) which has placed an extreme burden on their respective ground games. Maryland has shown flashes of being a strong rush team and if you remove its sack yardage, the ypc average comes out to a solid 5.59. Boston College hasn’t found any success on the ground and they only averaged 4.0 ypc or more in three of 12 games (Georgia Tech, Wagner and Syracuse). Defensively however, BC has the big edge with the 8th ranked total defense, 8th ranked rush defense, and 32nd ranked pass defense.  

While the overall statistical numbers do not show much separation between these teams, there is one fundamental aspect that could be a difference maker. Throughout the season it has been evident Read more



Tags: College Football Maryland Terrapins Big Ten Boston College Eagles ACC Rob Veno




NFL Gambling News: Bettors should avoid the Minnesota Vikings

12.19.2016     12:01 PM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Last week, I looked at betting strategies for two AFC teams the remainder of the season. We pegged Kansas City as “bet against” and Pittsburgh “bet on” as both teams delivered with the Chiefs losing outright at home to Tennessee and the Steelers getting the win and cover at Cincinnati. This week we’ll use the same format but turn our attention to the NFC.

The Detroit Lions’ lead in the NFC North fell to just one game following their 17-6 loss at New York and Green Bay’s win at Chicago. New York’s defense is an elite-level unit but Detroit was able to move the football at times and actually outgained the Giants 324-300. Unfortunately for the Lions, they were on the wrong end of some bad bounces with a -2 turnover margin including a key fumble inside New York’s 5-yard line. I however came away impressed with the Lions’ defense as it held its eighth straight opponent to 20 points or less. Sunday’s somewhat misleading result may provide residual betting value moving forward. We’ve already seen this week’s opponent, Dallas, take early money with Detroit now +7.5 road underdogs after opening +7. Read more



Tags: NFL Detroit Lions Minnesota Vikings Ian Cameron




College Football Gambling Alert: Minnesota suspends 10 players for Holiday Bowl

12.14.2016     09:52 AM     Printer Friendly
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'Tis the season for suspensions. Minnesota will be down 10 players for its December 27 Holiday Bowl matchup against Washington State. A number of the those suspended played in the secondary. Prior to the announcement, the Cougars were -6.5/-7 favorites. Oddsmakers reopened the game -7.5 and has since been bet up to -9.


The currently suspended players are Ray Buford, Carlton Djam, KiAnte Hardin, Dior Johnson, Tamarion Johnson, Seth Green, Kobe McCrary, Antonio Chenault, Mark Williams and Antoine Winfield Jr.






Tags: College Football Minnesota Golden Gophers Big Ten Washington State Cougars PAC-12




Camellia Bowl Betting Preview: Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Toledo Rockets

12.13.2016     09:33 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith

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Appalachian State vs. Toledon
Camellia Bowl - Montgomery, Ala.
Saturday, 2:30 pm PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Toledo -1.5 O/U 56
CRIS Current: Toledo -1 O/U 57.5
Recommendation: Appalachian State

Appalachian State won the Camellia Bowl last year with a narrow 31-28 triumph over Ohio. It was the Mountaineers’ first ever bowl appearance at the FBS level. Toledo are playing in its fourth consecutive bowl game having won the previous three. Both clubs enter this game with identical 9-3 records. Two of Appalachian State’s losses coming against power five clubs; Tennessee and Miami (FL). The Mountaineers nearly pulled off a big upset in Knoxville, eventually losing in overtime. After the home blowout to the Hurricanes, the Mountaineers ripped off six consecutive wins and eight of their last nine to clinch a share of the Sun Belt title. Toledo finished second in the MAC West just behind undefeated Western Michigan. They played a relatively easy schedule with their toughest non-conference opponent being BYU on the road (55-53 loss). Both teams are led by strong running backs; Kareem Hunt for Toledo, Read more



Tags: College Football Appalachian State Mountaineers Sun Belt Toledo Rockets MAC Alex B. Smith




College Football Betting: Tennessee says it's motivated to play in postseason

12.13.2016     06:49 AM     Printer Friendly
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 For most bowl games, motivation is a key factor. And for most teams, it's common to claim they are motivated. Tennessee is one of those squads as they take on Nebraska in the Music City Bowl. The Volunteers had their sights set on bigger things, most recently the SEC Championship. But an embarrassing loss to rival Vanderbilt in the regular season finale ended that hope. UT will play a Big Ten squad for the third straight year. In 2014 they blew out Iowa 45-28 and last season hammered Northwestern 45-6.


“Some of them don’t want to be here,” Nutt observed. “They want to be someplace else. They’re not mentally focused on this game, this week, playing the University of Minnesota.

“The result was we got beat.”

“Obviously, we did not finish the way we wanted to finish and that’s unacceptable in our program and I take responsibility for that

Read more



Tags: College Football Tennessee Volunteers SEC Nebraska Cornhuskers Big Ten




NFL Gambling News: Kansas City Chiefs may be a good late season fade

12.12.2016     12:34 PM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are starting to look like that scary team nobody wants to see in the playoffs. They’ve won and covered four straight and have surged ahead of Baltimore for top spot in the AFC North. The health of Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell has played a role in the team’s recent run but the real storyline has been the defense. Pittsburgh has held each of its last two opponents (NY Giants and Buffalo Bills) to below 300 total yards and surrendered 20 or fewer points in all four victories. The Steelers have a very favorable schedule to wrap up the regular season with three very winnable divisional games. They’re currently -3 road favorites at near-dead Cincinnati on Sunday followed by two straight home games against Baltimore and Cleveland. Baltimore will likely be the toughest test of those three. Roethlisberger was very rusty in his first game back from injury (67.3 QB rating) when the Steelers fell to the Ravens in Baltimore, 21-14, back in Week 9. Pittsburgh has been a “bet on” team in both the public and sharp betting communities and they’ve rewarded both groups with an 8-5 ATS mark. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Read more



Tags: NFL Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers Ian Cameron




NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets

12.07.2016     02:40 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Detroit at Charlotte -5 O/U 202
Recommendation: Charlotte


Let me start with the basic concept here.  Yes, Detroit got their starting point guard Reggie Jackson back on the floor for their last two games after Jackson missed the first six weeks of the season due to injury.  But while getting Jackson back running the point is a good thing for Stan Van Gundy’s squad in the long term, in the short term it does NOT make them a better squad.  For at least the next few games, while Jackson gets re-acclimated with his teammates, the Pistons base power rating number must be lowered, not raised.  Yet the markets have moved in the opposite direction.

Van Gundy, following Jackson’s first game back on the floor, a loss to Orlando: “We were terrible defensively, terrible. We didn’t put enough into it to win the game. They deserved to win. I think most nights we bring a decent effort. But we’ve been just too up and down defensively. We looked really slow tonight.”

Jackson’s quote: “It's going to take some time to get acclimated with my teammates again, but (the knee) felt good. I Read more



Tags: NBA Detroit Pistons Charlotte Hornets Teddy Covers



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