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College Football Handicapping: Stanford will start QB Hogan vs. Oregon State

11.07.2012     07:03 AM     Printer Friendly
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Oregon State at Stanford -4.5 O/U 45

Stanford announced redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan will start against Oregon State on Saturday. Hogan relieves Josh Nunes in the first quarter last week and finished with 184 yards and two touchdowns. Hogan has been praised for his ability to run the football.


"Kevin gives us that added dimension as a runner," Shaw said. "It's rare to be able to run and throw as well as be able to handle all the things we need him to handle."

According to Shaw, Hogan has a grasp of about 80 percent of the playbook. The coach didn't think that would be a drawback, however, "because what he gives us physically can help offset that."







Tags: College Football Stanford Cardinal Oregon State Beavers PAC-12




College Football Betting: Stanford looks to back-up QB for offensive spark

10.24.2012     07:19 AM     Printer Friendly
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Washington State at Stanford -24.5 O/U 51

With quarterback Josh Nunes' continued struggles, Stanford has found ways to get back-up Kevin Hogan on the field. Hogan's skill set is more suited for the spread-option. He threw a touchdown in last week's win over California and may see more time this weekend with the Cardinal a sizable favorite over Washington State.


"It's kind of like having, excuse me for saying it, but like a Tim Tebow on our team," fullback Ryan Hewitt said. "He relishes the role. He likes it."

"This is not a wildcat. This is not a running back that's just a running back. He's an athletic guy that can pass," Shaw said. "Those are things that we can take advantage of as an offense."







Tags: College Football Stanford Cardinal Washington State Cougars PAC-12




College Football Gambling: Arizona running on fumes after five straight games

10.05.2012     08:06 AM     Printer Friendly
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Arizona at Stanford -9 O/U 54

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriquez talks about the difficulty of playing five games in five weeks with little depth on defense. The Wildcats' stop unit has been on the field for 417 plays this season.


"As you can imagine, playing five straight games and playing a lot of plays, our guys are a little beat up," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said.

"We aren't a very deep team, We aren't very experienced in many positions," Rodriguez said. "Any injury certainly hurts just like a lot of teams are experiencing as well. We are barreling through and hopefully it will be a good week for the guys. If it's not and we have guys who can't play, we will put the next guy in and move on."







Tags: College Football Arizona Wildcats Stanford Cardinal PAC-12




College Football Betting Trends: Mid-week underdogs 6-1 against the spread

09.27.2012     06:19 AM     Printer Friendly
Stanford -6.5 at Washington O/U 51

Underdogs have been the play thus far with these college football mid-week contests. In games played Wednesday-Friday, underdogs are 6-1 ATS including three outright victories. Like the NFL, totals have trended UNDER at 2-5 O/U.

2012 Mid-Week College Football Betting Results Weeks 1-4
Away Team
Home Team
Open
Close
Final
ATS
O/U Close
Kent State
Buffalo
BUF -2.5
BUF -3
KSU 23, BUF 7
Underdog
Under 50
BYU
Boise State
BSU -6.5
BSU -5.5
BSU 7, BYU 6
Underdog
Under 49.5
Baylor
UL-Monroe
BAY -8
BAY -8
BAY 47, ULM 42
Underdog
Over 70
Rutgers
South Florida
USF -9.5
USF -8
RUT 23, USF 13
Underdog
Under 44.5
Washington State
UNLV
WSU -10.5
WSU -9.5
WSU 35, UNLV 27
Underdog
Over 55.5
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
CIN -2.5
CIN -4.5
CIN 34, PIT 10
Favorite
Under 51
Utah
Utah State
UTAH -7
UTAH -7
USU 27, UT 20 OT
Underdog
Under 50.5





Tags: College Football Stanford Cardinal Washington Huskies PAC-12




College Football Handicapping: Are betting consensus websites helpful?

09.26.2012     01:16 PM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Stanford -6.5 at Washington O/U 48

As a bettor, I'm not really sure what to make of betting consensus websites. For starters, everyone has a different number. Thursday's Stanford-Washington game ranges from 56% to 66% on the Cardinal based on the three opinions I found – I’m sure there are many more. Where they are getting these numbers and from whom, I have no idea. Who do they consider to be the "public?" Is it guys who don't bet? Medium-sized players? Credit players at Pinnacle who bet four figures a game? I mean, it is always nice to hear that 65% of the "public" is on a single-event NFL underdog but beyond that profile, I don't think I've ever let a consensus percentage sway my opinion of a game. That being said, I did happen to stumble upon a pretty telling quote from SB Nation's Stanford-Washington preview.


"The 7-point spread was bet down to -6.5 at most shops we track, but we are still seeing near two-thirds of the betting action on Stanford, according to the consensus data we gather from sportsbooks," said Jack Randall of OddsShark.com.







Tags: College Football Washington Huskies Stanford Cardinal PAC-12 Andrew Lange




College Football Betting Preview: Alabama Crimson Tide at Arkansas Razorbacks

09.14.2012     07:46 AM     Alatex Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alatex Sports

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Alabama at Arkansas
Brent Crow's Recommendation:
Arkansas
Saturday, 12:30 pm PT - CBS
CRIS Opener:
Alabama -15.5 O/U 52
CRIS Current: Alabama -20 O/U 54
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Alabama -13.5

A week ago Alabama would have been a seven-point favorite in this game, but after Arkansas imploded in last week’s 34-31 loss to UL-Monroe, the Crimson Tide are now nearly three touchdown road chalk in an SEC game. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson got hurt last week and is questionable for this week’s game, but this pointspread may be an overadjustment. Wilson has practiced this week, but head coach John L. Smith said that he has not been cleared to play and the decision is not in his hands. Wilson will play if he is cleared by team doctors, and with him practicing this week, I expect to see him on the field.

The bigger concern for Arkansas may be its defense. The Hogs have allowed 50 Read more



Tags: College Football Alabama Crimson Tide Arkansas Razorbacks SEC Brent Crow




College Football Betting Preview: Texas A&M Aggies at SMU Mustangs

09.14.2012     07:36 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Texas A&M at SMU
Andrew Lange's Recommendation:
Texas A&M
Saturday, 12:30 pm PT - FSN
CRIS Opener:
Texas A&M -10.5 O/U 53
CRIS Current: Texas A&M -12 O/U 61
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Texas A&M -8

Last year, SMU came into the season with five senior offensive linemen and the most career starts of any team in the country. In Week 1, they were absolutely destroyed by Texas A&M 46-14. In that game, the Aggies recorded eight sacks and helped cause two interceptions. This year, SMU has one of the least experienced offensive lines in the country and faces an A&M squad that record eight sacks and held Florida to 3.0 ypc last week. SMU’s offense is noted for being able to pick apart week defenses. Unlikely the case on Saturday.

As we saw in last year's meeting and in Week 1 against Baylor, SMU is prone to sloppy play, mistakes, and an inability to make stops. The Read more



Tags: College Football Texas A&M Aggies SEC SMU Mustangs C-USA Andrew Lange




NFL Gambling Preview: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

09.13.2012     11:20 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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New Orleans at Carolina
Teddy Covers' Recommendation:
Lean towards Over
Sunday, 10 am PT - FOX
CRIS Opener:
New Orleans -3 (+101) O/U 51
CRIS Current: New Orleans -3 O/U 51
Rob Veno's Power Rating: New Orleans -3.5

Not much went right for either of these two teams in their season opener. The Saints defense was picked apart by a rookie QB making his first NFL start; giving up 40 points and 464 yards (a whopping 6.5 yards per snap), unable to stop the run or the pass in Steve Spagnuolo’s first game as the coordinator. Meanwhile, Drew Brees completed less than half of his pass attempts while throwing a pair of interceptions, after throwing only four INTs in his final eight regular season games last year. The Saints gave up on the run rather quickly in a game they trailed from the get-go, with Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram combining for only 32 yards on ten rushing attempts.

Carolina, too, was gashed by Read more



Tags: NFL New Orleans Saints Carolina Panthers Teddy Covers




College Football Betting Preview: USC Trojans at Stanford Cardinal

09.12.2012     11:29 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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USC at Stanford
Rob Veno's Recommendation:
USC
Saturday, 5:30 pm PT
CRIS Opener:
USC -9 O/U 60
CRIS Current: USC -8 O/U 56
Rob Veno's Power Rating: USC -6.5

Without question this is the top revenge game on the board this week as USC lost a heartbreaker in triple overtime last season. It’s very interesting to note that in last year’s contest, USC held Stanford to 3.9 yards per carry (one of only three teams to do so in 2011) but their secondary was shredded by quarterback Andrew Luck for 330 yards. The Trojans sacked Luck twice in that game after he had been sacked only twice in Stanford's previous seven and they did intercept him for a touchdown. This all becomes relevant because no longer are NFL 1st round OG David DeCastro and 2nd round LT Jonathan Martin run blocking and pass protecting and obviously overall Luck is no longer running the offense. Without that trio, Stanford has faced Read more



Tags: College Football USC Trojans Stanford Cardinal PAC-12 Rob Veno




Western Kentucky head coach not phased by 40-point spread vs. Alabama

09.05.2012     06:59 AM     Printer Friendly
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Western Kentucky at Alabama -40 O/U 54

40-point underdogs? Western Kentucky head coach Willie Taggart doesn't want to hear it.


"We’re going out there and we’re gonna go play football," he said. "If anything, let’s go out there and show we’re not gonna lose by 39 points, we’re going to go out there and we're going to win this ballgame.”



We applaud Taggart's fearless nature. Remember, he was on Stanford's coaching staff when the Cardinal beat USC outright as 41-point underdogs back in 2007.

Unfortunately, he also said preparing for Navy's option wasn't that big of a deal heading into last year's meeting. The Midshipmen rolled up 410 yards (7.2 ypc) on the ground and won 40-14 as -9.5 road chalk.





Tags: College Football Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Sun Belt Alabama Crimson Tide SEC



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