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College Football Handicapping: Houston starts over with former Ohio State OC Herman

07.21.2015     09:12 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
After a 35-17 record under the watch of Kevin Sumlin, the Houston Cougars weren't satisfied with three years of slightly above average football under Tony Levine. They let Levin go and hired up-and-comer Tom Herman who spent the last three years as Ohio State's offensive coordinator. Herman gutted the coaching staff and brought in two very highly regarded coordinators in Major Applewhite (OC, Texas) and Todd Orlando (DC, Utah State). The Cougars return 16 starters and are the second pick (+175) in the ACC behind Memphis (+105).

Tags: College Football Houston Cougars AAC

College Football Betting: Summer pointspreads offer varying opinions

07.10.2015     09:00 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Some noteworthy opinions on Week 1's matchup between Purdue and Marshall. When it comes to posting a midsummer lines, a vast majority is based on last year's results, this year's returnees, and whether or not your team has a quarterback with experience. In the case of the Thundering Herd, they return only 12 starters and lost quarterback Rakeem Cato (3,903 yards, 40 TDs, 13 INTs) and wide receiver Tommy Shuler (92 catches, 1,138 yards). Marshall won 13 games with its only loss coming in overtime vs. Western Kentucky. Purdue meanwhile returns 18 starters but that is perhaps not a good thing as the Boilermakers won only three games last season and suffered a 21-point to Central Michigan at home.

As for the Week 1's pointspread, check out the varying opinion:

BetOnline opened Purdue as a -2.5 road favorite but a flood of Marshall money had the Herd -4 as of earlier this week. Las Vegas' Stratosphere opened the game Marshall -4. Cantor had a far different opinion, opening the Herd as -10 home favorites. Some Purdue money drove the line down to its current price of -7.5 while BetOnline adjusted its line to -6.5.

Tags: College Football Purdue Boilermakers Marshall Thundering Herd Big Ten C-USA

College Football Gambling: Sportsbooks jumping at chance to offer Week 1 pointspreads

07.09.2015     08:55 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
With a little work, July is a great time of year to pick off a few soft college football lines due to varying market opinions. Check out some of the differences with Cantor, Stratosphere, and BetOnline for the opening night of Week 1.

South Carolina vs. North Carolina (at Charlotte)
Strat: South Carolina -3.5
Cantor: South Carolina -2.5
BetOnline: South Carolina -2.5

Florida International at UCF
Strat: UCF -17
Cantor: UCF -17.5
BetOnline: UCF -17

Oklahoma State at Central Michigan
Strat: Oklahoma State -20.5
Cantor: Oklahoma State -21
BetOnline: Oklahoma State -20.5

Michigan at Utah
Strat: Utah -3.5
Cantor: Utah -4.5
BetOnline: Utah -3.5

TCU at Minnesota
Strat: TCU -16
Cantor: TCU -14.5
BetOnline: TCU -14.5

Duke at Tulane
Strat: Duke -13.5
Cantor: Duke -12
BetOnline: Duke -13

Ohio at Idaho
Strat: Ohio -7
Cantor: Ohio -8
BetOnline: Ohio -7.5

UTSA at Arizona
Strat: Read more

Tags: College Football

College Football Gambling: BetOnline hangs pointspreads on Week 1 games

07.02.2015     08:52 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
While you were sleeping, BetOnline tossed up pointspreads on all of college football's Week 1 games. Below are some of the more prominent contests.

South Carolina -3.5 vs. North Carolina (Charlotte)

Michigan at Utah -3

Washington at Boise State -11

Virginia at UCLA -14.5

Stanford -10 at Northwestern

Louisville vs. Auburn -10.5 (Atlanta)

Arizona State vs. Texas A&M -3 (Houston)

BYU at Nebraska -7.5

Texas at Notre Dame -9

Wisconsin vs. Alabama -10 (Arlington)

Ohio State -14 at Virginia Tech

Tags: College Football

College Football Gambling: 2015 Coaching Changes

06.29.2015     09:00 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Quick look at college football's head coaching changes for the upcoming 2015 season.

Out: Jeff Quinn
In: Lance Leipold
Quick Take: Leipold won six D3 titles in eight years at UW-Whitewater.

Central Michigan
Out: Dan Enos
In: John Bonamego
Quick Take: Bonamego is a CMU grad and spent the last 15 years serving as a special teams coordinator in the NFL.

Colorado State
Out: Jim McElwain
In: Mike Bobo
Quick Take: Bobo served as Georgia's OC since 2007.

Out: Will Muschamp
In: Jim McElwain
Quick Take: McElwain helped rebuild Colorado State where he went 22-16 during a three-year stint.

Out: Tony Levine
In: Tom Herman
Quick Take: Herman served as Ohio State's OC for three seasons.

Out: Charlie Weis
In: David Beaty
Quick Take: Beaty marks the third head coach in six years for the Jayhawks. He most recently served as Texas A&M's wide receiver coach and previously coached at Read more

Tags: College Football

College Football Betting Update: Golden Nugget GOY early line moves

06.29.2015     08:11 AM     Printer Friendly

ESPN's Chalk has a recap of some of the early line moves for the Golden Nugget's Games of the Year.

Sept. 4: Washington plus-13 to plus-8.5 at Boise State
Sept. 12: BYU plus-6 to plus-1 versus Boise State
Sept. 19: Colorado minus-1 to minus-5 at Colorado State
Sept. 26: Texas A&M plus-6.5 to plus-1.5 versus Arkansas (Arlington, Texas)
Oct. 10: Florida plus-10 to plus-5.5 at Missouri
Oct. 24: Auburn plus-6.5 to plus-1.5 at Arkansas
Nov. 14: LSU minus-1.5 to minus-5 versus Arkansas
Nov. 14: BYU plus-12 to plus-7.5 versus Missouri (Kansas City, Mo.)
Nov. 28: North Carolina plus-6 to plus-1.5 at NC State

"We put in a lot of time on these line and we stand by our numbers," he said. "We're 6-2 in doing this (six winning years out of eight) so we'll take our chances and see how it turns

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Tags: College Football

College Football Betting: Golden Nugget Releases its 2015 Games of the Year

06.29.2015     07:58 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Thursday, Sept. 3
Michigan at Utah -4
TCU -18 at Minnesota

Friday, Sept. 4
Washington at Boise State -13

Saturday, Sept. 5
Wisconsin vs. Alabama -10 (Arlington)
Louisville vs. Auburn -11.5 (Atlanta
Arizona State vs. Texas A&M -3 (Houston)
Texas at Notre Dame -7.5
Virginia at UCLA -17
BYU at Nebraska -6

Monday, Sept. 7
Ohio State -16 at Virginia Tech

Saturday, Sept. 12
LSU -3 at Mississippi State
UCLA -32 at UNLV
Oklahoma at Tennessee -3
Notre Dame -9 at Virginia
Oregon State at Michigan -14
Iowa -4.5 at Iowa State
Marshall -3.5 at Ohio University
Boise State -6 at BYU
Oregon at Michigan State -1

Thursday, Sept. 17
Clemson -3 at Louisville

Saturday, Sept. 19
Auburn at LSU -4
UNLV at Michigan -33
Ole Miss at Alabama -9.5
South Carolina at Georgia -11
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame -2
Nebraska at Miami, Fla. PK
Stanford at USC -4
BYU at UCLA -14
Colorado -1.5 vs. Colorado State (Denver)

Thursday, Sept. 24
Cincinnati at Memphis -2

Friday, Sept. 25
Boise State -9 Read more

Tags: College Football

Ringleader of Toledo point shaving scandal gets 5-year prison term

06.18.2015     10:39 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Damn. The guy at the heart of the Toledo point shaving scandal got a 5+ year prison term. And we can't help but chuckle at running back Quinton Broussard who purposely fumbled against UTEP in the 2005 GMAC Bowl. It didn't exactly help as the Rockets rolled 45-13 as 3-point chalk.

"He was the prime actor in those conspiracies," the judge said. "The result of his actions was not simply to degrade those sport or athletic events. He also ended up destroying the careers of the people he bribed, the athletes at the University of Toledo and at least one jockey."

Tags: College Football Toledo Rockets

College Football Gambling: An early look at season over/under wins

06.18.2015     10:18 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
The college football regular season over/under wins markets has yet to mature but sportsbooks like 5Dimes are offering lines on various teams. Here's a look at some of their current numbers with brief schedule analysis. Yes, it's early but we broke down the schedules into "wins" and competitive/short lined games.

Alabama 9.5ov-145
Wins - vs. MTSU, vs. ULM, vs. Arkansas, vs. Tennessee, vs. Charleston Southern
Competitive - vs. Wisconsin (Arlington), vs. Ole Miss, at Georgia, at Texas A&M, vs. LSU, at Mississippi State, at Auburn

Arkansas 8.5un-190
Wins - vs. UTEP, vs. Toledo, vs. Texas Tech, vs. UT-Martin
Competitive - vs. Texas A&M, at Tennessee, at Alabama, vs. Auburn, at Ole Miss, at LSU, vs. Mississippi State, vs. Missouri

Baylor 10un-125
Wins - at SMU, vs. Lamar, vs. Rice, vs. Texas Tech, at Kansas, vs. West Virginia, vs. Iowa State
Competitive - at Kansas State, vs. Oklahoma, at Oklahoma State, at TCU, vs. Texas

Florida State 9.5
Wins - vs. Texas State, vs. USF, at Boston College, at Wake Forest, vs. Syracuse, vs. NC Read more

Tags: College Football

NFL Handicapping: Week 1 lines are up but no one's betting...yet

05.21.2015     06:29 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Two weeks ago, CRIS posted lines on every Week 1 NFL game -- not the first sportsbook it do so but arguably the most important. Betting on the NFL is really popular -- way more so that the current lineup of MLB, NBA and NHL Playoffs and Arena Football. And despite providing bettors with a 3+ month head start, there has been literally no movement in the betting markets. Sure, the limits are reduced and a lot of teams still have various questions regarding personnel. But unlike college football, everyone has a pretty good understanding of who's going to take the field in Week 1. Yet, of the 16 lines games, not one has moved off of a key number both side and total -- we're not counting the Tom Brady fiasco. There are currently nine games sitting on 2.5, 3, and 6 -- numbers that typically lend themselves to opinion. And while CRIS obviously knows what they are doing when it comes to hanging an NFL line, one would think bettors would want to jump in and take advantage. Not the case. Based on last year's line history most Week 1 games started to move in July and even more so after preseason play got underway. Until then, if you see something you like, take a shot, but if you think Read more

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