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College Football Handicapping: Conference Championship lines move off of key numbers

12.02.2013     06:24 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Early bettors got a jump on some key numbers for Saturday's conference championships. CRIS opened Auburn as a 3-point favorite vs. Missouri but it has since moved to -2/-1.5. In the PAC-12 Arizona State opened -3 vs. Stanford (game in Tempe) and was bet up to -3.5. The Ohio State-Michigan State line has bounced around with the Buckeyes opening -6.5 but down to -5.5. Fresno State hosts Utah State for the Mountain West Championship. The Bulldogs opened -3.5 but were bet down to -3 with juice. Florida State is north of a four touchdown favorite over Duke for the ACC title game. No line yet on C-USA's Marshall-Rice matchup. And on Friday, undefeated Northern Illinois is currently 3-point chalk vs. Bowling Green (game in Detroit).

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College Football Betting Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Wolverines

11.27.2013     01:48 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Ohio State at Michigan
Saturday, 9 am PT - ABC
CRIS Opener:
Ohio State -14 O/U 58
CRIS Current: Ohio State -14.5 O/U 57.5
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Ohio State -14
Teddy Covers' Recommendation: Ohio State

To say that the Buckeyes have a special chip on their shoulder this week is something of an understatement.  That’s very bad news for the Wolverines, especially when we consider Michigan’s significant offensive decline as the season has progressed.

The last time Ohio State visited the Big House, Michigan hung 40 on the Buckeyes in a win that snapped a seven game skid for the Wolverines.  Ohio State got right back on track last year, with a win and cover against Michigan in Columbus.  This series is still called a rivalry but it really hasn’t been much of a rivalry since Lloyd Carr left town.

Ohio State won’t take prisoners in this Read more

Tags: College Football Ohio State Buckeyes Michigan Wolverines Big Ten Teddy Covers

College Football Gambling: Ohio State upset it didn't cover the spread vs. Illinois

11.18.2013     12:17 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Putting to rest the theory that college kids don't know the pointspread of their games...

"We're disappointed by [winning at Illinois] 60-35. We didn't cover whatever spread that we needed to, didn't score enough points to boost up our rating. That's a reason why we're disappointed with the way that we played. It's reality."

Tags: College Football Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten

College Football Betting Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio State Buckeyes

10.22.2013     11:44 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Otto Sports blog entry.
Penn State at Ohio State
Saturday, 5 pm PT - ABC
CRIS Opener:
Ohio State -14.5 O/U 55.5
CRIS Current: Ohio State -14.5 o/U 56.5
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Ohio State -12
Marty Otto's Recommendation: Over

It’s a primetime ABC television tilt between Penn State and Ohio State as they renew their classic rivalry. The unbeaten Buckeyes survived a strong test from Iowa last week and look to keep their slim BCS title hopes alive. In order to do so they need to not only win but likely win by big margins moving forward as well as get a little help in the form of losses from two teams currently in front of them in the BCS rankings. For Penn State this likely represents their “BCS Title” game as they remain banned from the postseason.

Give much credit to Bill O’Brien and the job he’s done as well as to the kids who have played their tails off for him since he took Read more

Tags: College Football Penn State Nittany Lions Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten Otto Sports

NCAA Football Gambling: Ohio State content to milk clock late in games

10.02.2013     12:13 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Ohio State -7 at Northwestern O/U 60

Back when Jim Tressel was coaching Ohio State, second half bets on the under – especially when the Buckeyes had a big lead – were very profitable. We've seen some of that this year under Urban Meyer as OSU has little trouble putting up points in the first half but happy to take its foot off the pedal late in games. Against Wisconsin, Ohio State essentially shut down the offense and tried to milk the clock in the second half. It almost backfired as the Badgers had the ball down seven with over a minute to play. All told, in four games against FBS competition, OSU has scored 120 points in the first half and only 48 in the second half. That may change when/if games become more competitive but Meyer made it clear that it isn't about style points but rather wins.

vs. Wisconsin
1st half: Read more

Tags: College Football Ohio State Buckeyes Northwestern Wildcats Big Ten

College Football Betting News and Notes - Week 5

09.30.2013     07:44 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
I'll admit I was a little turned off by Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster's verbal distaste for having to play Georgia Tech on short rest. I knew Tech's defense was good but the Yellow Jackets are notorious for taking advantage of ill-prepared teams. Foster however may have been sandbagging because the Hokies went down to Atlanta and completely shut down GT's running game (129 yards). And what makes Foster's defense impressive is how they've progressively gotten better against Tech's offense: 2010 - 426 total yards, 2011 - 340 total yards, 2012 - 288 total yards, and last week - 273 yards. Saturday's win marked the Hokies' fourth straight victory over the Yellow Jackets. And I'll throw a little praise Logan Thomas' way. The senior QB came up with arguably his best performance in two seasons: 19-of-25, 221 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 58 yards rushing, 1 TD.

If you follow me and the Sportsmemo blog's game previews you know that I've been having a field day betting against SMU. The Mustangs put up a little better effort against TCU (10-7 lead at halftime) but once again broke down when times got tough. The Horned Frogs put up 31 in the fourth quarter including a kick Read more

Tags: College Football Andrew Lange

College Football Betting Preview: Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio State Buckeyes

09.25.2013     01:25 PM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Otto Sports blog entry.
Wisconsin at Ohio State
Saturday, 5 pm PT - ABC
CRIS Opener:
Ohio State -7.5 O/U 53.5
CRIS Current: Ohio State -6.5 (-120) O/U 54.5
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Ohio State -6.5
Marty Otto's Recommendation: Over

It will be 8 pm local time in Columbus when the Buckeyes and Badgers play in front of 100,000 screaming fans at “The Shoe” in what shapes up as one of the biggest games of the weekend. ABC will have the coverage as these two Big Ten heavyweights look to take an early stronghold on the Leaders Division.

Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen is in his first year at the helm having come in from Utah State. His Aggies teams were stellar against the number when installed as road dogs going 14-2 ATS in that role during his tenure. He seems like a great fit here for the Badgers and his blue collar approach and willingness to lean on a three-headed monster of a running game should Read more

Tags: College Football Wisconsin Badgers Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten Otto Sports

NCAA Football Handicapping: Injuries the storyline for Ohio State-California

09.12.2013     02:06 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Ohio State -15.5 at California O/U 64

It’s been well documented in the Sportsmemo Posting Forum and today's Sportsmemo Podcast (listen here) that Cal is one banged up football team, particularly on the defensive side of the football. As many as five projected starters from the stop unit missed last week's game against Portland State – Cal hung on for a 37-30 win but the Pilots racked up 553 yards on a staggering 8.1 yards per play. Some of those players are now questionable while others remain out for Saturday's contest against Ohio State.

-"You look out there, and you haven't played with any of those guys. It's a little

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Tags: College Football California Golden Bears PAC-12 Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten

College Football Betting: Week 3 Injury Report

09.11.2013     11:59 AM         Printer Friendly
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Louisiana Tech sophomore running back Kenneth Dixon enjoyed a banner freshman campaign, rushing for 1,194 yards and 27 touchdowns while averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Dixon sustained a knee injury in last week’s 27-14 win over Lamar and he’s questionable Thursday night vs. Tulane. Even if Dixon can’t go, I don’t know that bettors should downgrade Tech’s offense. Before Dixon became the starter last season, fellow freshman Tevin King started three games and rushed for 369 yards and five TDs. King, who averaged 8.0 ypc before suffering a season-ending injury, replaced Dixon when he went down last week. He responded by exploding for 182 yard rushing on 20 carries. As of early Wednesday, most books had the Bulldogs favored by -7.5 over the Green Wave.

TCU senior quarterback Casey Pachall is out until at least late October with a forearm injury. Therefore, sophomore signal caller Trevone Boykin will get the starting nod Thursday night at Texas Tech. Boykin started nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2012. He threw for 2,054 yards with a 15/10 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Boykin also rushed for 417 yards and three TDs. In relief of Pachall in Read more

Tags: College Football Brian Edwards

College Football Betting News and Notes - Week 1

09.03.2013     07:01 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
With Penn State holding a narrow 13-10 lead late in the third quarter of Saturday's game against Syracuse, the Orange came up with a forced fumble on big PSU pass play. Syracuse's Allen Robinson looked like he had a clear lane to the end zone, a score that would have given his team a 17-13 lead. Instead, PSU offensive tackle Garry Gilliam (a converted tight end) made a great open field, touchdown saving tackle. Syracuse took over at the PSU 27-yard line and ended up missing a field goal. Early in the fourth quarter, Penn State kicked a field goal, tacked on a touchdown, and held on for the 23-17 win. The Nittany Lions failed to cover (-8) but had Gilliam not made that play, the straight up outcome of the game may have been different. 

Favored by -34, Ohio State's Urban Meyer was all business (and perhaps all dick) when he went for and converted two, two-point conversions on the Buckeyes' first two touchdowns of the game. Perhaps some karma involved as Buffalo snagged an easy ATS victory in the 40-20 loss. Boosters Beware! Meyer is now 2-6 ATS when laying double-digits since arriving in Columbus.

Last season, Iowa at times toyed with the idea of Read more

Tags: College Football Andrew Lange


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