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Outback Bowl Betting Preview: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Auburn Tigers

12.31.2014     06:55 AM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Drew Martin

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Outback Bowl - Tampa, Fla.
Wisconsin vs. Auburn
Thursday, 9 am PT - ESPN2
CRIS Opener:
Auburn -4.5 O/U 61.5
CRIS Current: Auburn -6.5 O/U 63.5
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Auburn -3
Paul Stone's Recommendation: Over

One could certainly question the psyche of both combatants in Thursday's Outback Bowl in Tampa. On one sideline, you have defending national champion Auburn (8-4) which buckled under the weight of the nation's most difficult schedule, losing three of its final four regular season games, including a 55-44 defeat at hated rival Alabama.

On the other, there is a Wisconsin (9-3) squad which was sliced and diced by Ohio State, 59-0, in the Big 10 Championship Game. To add insult to injury, Badger head coach Gary Andersen surprisingly bolted Madison four days later, taking the Oregon State job.

Wisconsin has since hired Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst, who formerly Read more



Tags: College Football Wisconsin Bagders Big Ten Auburn Tigers SEC Paul Stone




College Basketball Handicapping: Big Ten Strength of Schedule

12.31.2014     06:47 AM     Printer Friendly
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Cool article on the Big Ten's schedule format this season due to the inclusion of Rutgers and Maryland. Most coaches are taking an "it is what it is" approach to it. There is however unbalance when you look at it from a strength of schedule standpoint. Northwestern for example plays one of the toughest slates with two games against Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, and Illinois. Ohio State meanwhile has seemingly the easiest schedule with two games against Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, and Penn State. The Buckeyes also get Wisconsin at home and Northwestern and Rutgers on the road.


"One or two games on who you play or don't play can make a two or three-game difference in the standings,'' Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says. "I don't think we want to educate our fans on that.

"We still want to try to win championships, but that's what's a little harder for the coaches, I think, is the concept that there's a reality to it that if you

Read more



Tags: College Basketball Big Ten Northwestern Wildcats Ohio State Buckeyes




College Basketball Gambling: Bettors jump on Kentucky's potentially perfect season

12.30.2014     07:56 AM     Printer Friendly
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We knew this one was coming. Various Las Vegas sportsbooks have been offering a prop bet on whether or not Kentucky will run the table. William Hill chucked up a 50-1 during the summer -- which was in our opinion sorta insulting given the “true” odds of the feat. Fast forward five months and that's looking like the one awesome wager! The current adjusted price is +450. We ask the question, doesn't Calipari WANT to lose a game? Isn't that the type of thing that can be used to benefit the bigger picture? In theory, yes, but there’s also that whole ego thing to contend with.


"It's pretty good six figures, too," William Hill director of trading Nick Bogdanovich said of the liability on the popular prop bet. "They keep betting it."






Tags: College Basketball Kentucky Wildcats




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Top Super Bowl contenders all have flaws

12.29.2014     01:57 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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We’re down to a dirty dozen in the NFL, as 20 of the 32 teams saw their seasons come to a close at the conclusion of another wild and wacky Week 17.  In my Wiseguy Reports over the past two weeks, I’ve been poking holes in the fringe contenders in both conferences.  This week, I’m going to put the four favorites under the microscope.  Guess what – all four are potentially vulnerable to an upset.

Let me start with the defending champs, the Seattle Seahawks.  When Pete Carroll built up his program at USC, the Trojans weren’t a one-and-done type squad for titles -- they were in the mix year after year under his tutelage.  They played fast, they played loose – never tense or uptight -- and they consistently played their very best football down the stretch.

Seattle did just that down the stretch last year.  And they’ve certainly done that this year; going 6-0 SU and ATS since their loss at Kansas City back in Week 11.  But before we anoint the Seahawks as the first repeat Super Bowl champs since the Patriots did it following the 2004 campaign, we’ve got to put this team under the Read more



Tags: NFL Denver Broncos New England Patriots Green Bay Packers Seattle Seahawks Teddy Covers




NFL Handicapping: Regular Season Over/Under Wins Recap

12.29.2014     01:49 PM     Printer Friendly
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Quick look back at the NFL's Season Over/Under Win results. The numbers were based on the Westgate's from earlier in the summer. The league's biggest "overachievers" were the Dallas Cowboys (+4 differential) and Arizona Cardinals (+3.5). The biggest "underachievers" were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-5) and Tennessee Titans (-5). Four of the five teams lined at double-digit wins went over; the lone exception being the San Francisco 49ers. Of the 12 teams to make the playoffs, only Carolina failed to go over their win total. Miami was the only team to push. And 11 of the AFC's 16 teams went over the total.

2014 NFL Regular Season Over/Under Wins Recap
Team
LVH O/U Wins
2014 Wins
Difference
Arizona Cardinals
7.5ov-120
11
+3.5
Atlanta Falcons
8ov-130
6
-2
Baltimore Ravens
8.5ov-120
10
+1.5
Buffalo Bills
6.5ov-130
9
+2.5
Carolina Panthers
8ov-130
7
-1
Chicago Bears
8ov-140
5
-3
Cincinnati Bengals
9ov-135
10
+1
Cleveland Browns
6.5ov-150
7
+0.5
Dallas Cowboys
8
12
+4
Denver Broncos
11ov-140
12
+1
Detroit Lions
8ov-150
11
+3
Green Bay Packers
10ov-145
12
+2
Houston Texans
7.5ov-145
9
+1.5
Indianapolis Colts
9.5un-150
11
+1.5
Jacksonville Jaguars
4.5ov-150
3
-1.5
Kansas City Chiefs
8ov-120
9
+1
Miami Dolphins
8un-130
8
0
Minnesota Vikings
6un-125
7
+1
New England Patriots
10.5ov-135
12
+1.5
New Orleans Saints
9.5ov-150
7
-2.5
New York Giants
7.5ov-135
6
-1.5
New York Jets
7ov-125
4
-3
Oakland Raiders
5un-150
3
-2
Philadelphia Eagles
9un-135
10
+1
Pittsburgh Steelers
8.5ov-120
11
+2.5
San Diego Chargers
8ov-120
9
+1
San Francisco 49ers
10.5ov-120
8
-2.5
Seattle Seahawks
11ov-120
12
+1
St. Louis Rams
7.5
6
-1.5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7ov-120
2
-5
Tennessee Titans
7ov-130
2
-5
Washington Redskins
7.5un-145
4
-3.5





Tags: NFL




Liberty Bowl Betting Preview: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas A&M Aggies

12.28.2014     08:30 AM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Drew Martin

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Liberty Bowl - Memphis, Tenn.
West Virginia vs. Texas A&M
Monday, 11 am PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
West Virginia -3.5 O/U 64
CRIS Current: West Virginia -1.5 O/U 65
Rob Veno's Power Rating: West Virginia -1.5
Paul Stone's Recommendation: West Virginia

Five games into the season, the Texas A&M Aggies had aspirations of qualifying for college football's inaugural four-team playoff. First-time starting quarterback Kenny Hill was even being mentioned as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate.

As the season played out, however, the Aggies, who rose to as high as No. 6 in the polls, were clearly identified as a pretender, losing five of their final seven regular season games and seeing one-time shooting star Hill replaced under center by ballyhooed true freshman Kyle Allen.

On Monday, the Aggies (7-5) of the SEC West seek to end 2014's long and winding road on a Read more



Tags: College Football West Virginia Mountaineers Big XII Texas A&M Aggies SEC Paul Stone




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Tennessee State Tigers at Tennessee Volunteers

12.27.2014     06:52 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Tennessee State at Tennessee -21.5 O/U 127
Recommendation: Under


Despite the coaching change from Cuonzo Martin to Donnie Tyndall, the Vols really haven't changed much with a vast majority of their games of the slow paced, low scoring variety. With the exception of their contest at NC State that went wild the last 10 minutes (58 points), UT's recent game scores have been 126, 129, 122, 119, and 118. Tennessee should have no trouble keeping Tennessee State under wraps offensively. The Tigers are in complete rebuilding mode and feature a roster with little to do DI experience. Against DI foes, they've notched north of 60 points only twice. And when asked to step up in class they scored a combined 82 points vs. Vanderbilt and Virginia with both games going under today's posted total. The concern here is if the home side goes wild and the second half turns into a pick-up game. The Vols however have yet to show the ability to score at will with their biggest win of the season coming by 12 points. On Monday we saw them grind out a 64-54 win vs. Mercer. I look for a similar output this evening.




Tags: College Basketball Tennessee State Tigers Tennessee Volunteers Andrew Lange




Heart of Dallas Bowl Betting Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

12.26.2014     06:56 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Heart of Dallas Bowl
Saturday, 10 am PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Louisiana Tech -5 O/U 62
CRIS Current: Louisiana Tech -6 O/U 57
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Louisiana Tech -3

The Big Ten faces off with Conference-USA in this battle between Illinois and Louisiana Tech in today’s Heart Of Dallas Bowl. Based on various reports, despite losing to Marshall in the C-USA title game, Tech is pleased to be playing in Dallas vs. a Power Conference foe. Illinois too should be excited for the postseason considering the downward decline the program suffered prior to this year’s 6-6 result. Head coach Tim Beckman said it best: "We needed to get to a bowl game, our program needs those types of things to move forward. I cannot tell you the excitement that is in Champaign and in our facility with our athletic department to earn a bowl game down here in Dallas."

Despite the conference affiliation, Illinois rightfully finds itself an underdog in this game. The Illini have the offense to points on the board but questions remain whether or not they can mask multiple defensive deficiencies. Read more



Tags: College Football Illinois Fighting Illini Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Ian Cameron




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: AFC Playoff Contenders

12.22.2014     10:09 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Week 16 of the NFL season is in the books and four teams have emerged as clear co-favorites to win the Super Bowl.  Green Bay and Seattle are at the top of the power ratings spectrum in the NFC while Denver and New England look poised for a rematch from last year in the AFC Championship Game.

Last week in this space, I poked holes in the NFC contenders, explaining why every other live team in the playoff race had at least one fundamental flaw primed to doom their chances in January.  This week, I’m going to point the magnifying glass towards the seven fringe contenders in the AFC.  Can any of them knock off the Patriots in Foxboro or the Broncos in Denver when January rolls around?  Read on to find out. 

The Houston Texans remain one of five teams still fighting for the final two playoff spots in the AFC after knocking off the Ravens on Sunday.  But if the Texans do manage to sneak into the postseason with a Wild Card berth, I’m not expecting them to do any damage. 

Houston’s defense ranks among the league’s elite, as we clearly saw once again this past weekend.  But the Texans average Read more



Tags: NFL Teddy Covers




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: NFC Playoff Contenders

12.15.2014     08:12 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Week 15 of the NFL season is in the books and four teams have emerged as clear co-favorites to win the Super Bowl.  Green Bay and Seattle are at the top of the power ratings spectrum in the NFC while Denver and New England look poised for a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game.

In my Wiseguy Report over the next two weeks, I’m going to poke holes in every other team that is still alive in the playoff chase.  Can any of the fringe contenders knock off the favorites when January rolls around?  Read on to find out.  This week I’ll focus on the second tier contenders in the NFC, and next week, I’ll shift my focus to the AFC.

The Dallas Cowboys have looked good on national TV repeatedly this year.  They are a perfect 7-0 SU on the road, including impressive wins at Seattle and Philly.  But the Cowboys have at least one fundamental flaw – their defense isn’t much better than it was last year when the Cowboys ranked at or near the bottom of nearly every statistical category. 

In 2013, the Cowboys stop unit was ridiculed nationally, allowing 6.1 yards per play (ranked #30 out of 32 Read more



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