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College Football Betting: Cal starts from scratch with new defensive coordinator

07.08.2014     02:11 PM     Printer Friendly
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Cal's defense was historically bad last season (529.6) with only New Mexico State allowing more yards per game. The Golden Bears were thin on talent, hammered by injuries, and playing for a coach in Sonny Dykes who liked to run an up-tempo offense. Heading into his second season, Dykes obviously needed to make a change and hired former Texas Tech and Cincinnati defensive coordinator Art Kaufman. In 2011, Texas Tech's defense under Kaufman ranked 38th nationally in total offense (367.3 ypg) – nearly 120 ypg better than the previous year. Last season, Cincinnati ranked 9th nationally at 315.6 ypg. Here's a good article on what to expect scheme-wise from the Golden Bears under Kaufman.




Tags: College Football California Golden Bears PAC-12




MLB Handicapper Free Play: Miami Marlins at Arizona Diamondbacks

07.07.2014     10:33 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Miami (Koehler) at Arizona (Anderson) -115 O/U 9
Recommendation: Under


After winning his first five Major League decisions, it seems as if the luster is beginning to wear of Diamondbacks rookie Chase Anderson who has now lost four of his last five starts. During this month long stretch heading into tonight, his ERA has gone from 3.14 to 3.91. Other numbers during this winless drought include a 4.61 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 17.48 PPI, and 25-14 K-to-BB ratio. It must be noted however that Anderson’s last five opponents have been above average offensive teams including the LA Dodgers, Milwaukee (twice), Cleveland and Pittsburgh. It should also be noted that Anderson’s last four games have all stayed under the total so lack of offensive support has factored into his losses as well. Miami’s Tom Koehler has been terrific of late chalking up three consecutive quality starts with a combined 0.95 WHIP and 1.89 ERA. The Diamondbacks feeble offense (outside of All-Star Paul Goldschmidt) has Read more



Tags: MLB Miami Marlins Arizona Diamondbacks Rob Veno




MLB Betting News: Astros come back down to earth in a big way

07.07.2014     08:43 AM     Printer Friendly
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On June 14, the Houston Astros beat Tampa Bay 7-3 to move to a respectable six games under .500 and more importantly a profitable mark for their supports. But over the last three weeks, they've regressed in a major way. Check out some of the team's numbers during their last 20 games.

Record: 4-16
Team ERA: 5.36
Team BA: .219
Team OBP: .282
Team OPS: .620
Team Strikeouts: 204
Team Walks: 53


The schedule during that 20-game span wasn't easy with games against Washington (2), Tampa Bay (5), Atlanta (3), Detroit (3), Seattle (3), and Los Angeles (4). It lightens some over the next two weeks with three-game series vs. Texas, Boston, and Chicago. No doubt this squad is better than last year’s edition but this current slide has certainly put out the fire of their early season “success.” Note that the Astros finished last season’s second half 18-50.





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MLB Handicapper Free Play: Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers

07.06.2014     08:49 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Tampa Bay (Price) -115 at Detroit (Porcello) O/U 7.5
Recommendation: Under


Quietly, Detroit Rick Porcello is on pace for a fifth consecutive season of lowering his ERA. This year's numbers are good (3.12 ERA, 3.82 xFIP) even though he's doing it with some smoke-and-mirrors. His K rate is down from 7.22 to 5.22 and despite years of high BABIPs behind a porous infield defense, all of a sudden it's at .266. Last time out was perhaps the most mind-blowing outing of the year as Porcello hung a complete game shutout on the A's despite not fanning a single batter. Porcello is a very interesting case study because he's proven capable of success by pitching to contact but at some point the numbers will flatten out some. Tampa's David Price has been very Porcello-esque of late (2.12 ERA L6 starts) but he goes about it in a much different manner with 63 Ks in his last 46.2 innings. It is that ability to miss bats (and avoid the "due for regression" numbers) that has Price a road Read more



Tags: MLB Tampa Bay Rays Detroit Tigers Andrew Lange




MLB Handicapping: Mariners quietly own league's second-best run differential

07.03.2014     07:40 AM     Printer Friendly
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Winners of four straight and eight of their last 10, the Seattle Mariners (47-38) are actually thinking postseason – it's been 13 years since the famous 116-win season. They've actually played better than their record with a Pythagorean W-L mark of 51-34 thanks to a +70 run differential. Amazingly that's the second-best mark in MLB behind Oakland (+125) and +14 ahead of the Angels (+56).


"I don't know how we're doing it," he tells USA TODAY Sports. "We're just so offensively challenged. Other teams have a shotgun. We've got a BB gun. So we shoot them between the eyes and try to get the hell out of town before they know what hit them."







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College Football Handicapping: Syracuse readies no-huddle offense

07.02.2014     01:06 PM     Printer Friendly
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While not full-fledged up-tempo, Syracuse averaged in the upper third nationally in terms of plays per game (73.7 per game) in 2013. But with a first-year head coach and coordinator, the offense struggled for much of the season (21 points or less in eight games). Quarterback Terrel Hunt is back for his sophomore season after completing 61% of his passes (mostly dink-and-dunk) as well as 500 yards on the ground. He appears to be a decent fit for a no-huddle attack. This offseason, the focus has been conditioning as the team preps to play at a quicker pace in 2014.


"We normally do 45 seconds to a minute and a half (of rest), depending on the (length of the) runs," Hicks said. "We've tried to cut that back to 20 seconds in between. They want to run a play every 17 seconds or something like that. We've adjusted toward that. All the hurry-up offenses around the country do that. You can't run them unless you're trained to run them. That's what you hope happens, that you play a defense

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College Football Handicapping: Big Ten offensive line returning starts

07.02.2014     12:42 PM     Printer Friendly
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Here a link to Phil Steele's returning career offensive line starts and an closer look at the Big Ten's o-lines. Indiana (130) and Minnesota (129) ranked third and fourth, respectively, on a national level. Ohio State (21) and Penn State (20) have the second and third fewest returning career starts nationally.


3. Indiana: 130 career starts
4. Minnesota: 129
19. Northwestern: 100
22. Rutgers: 99
23. Illinois: 96
46. Wisconsin: 74
66. Iowa: 62
T-68. Maryland: 61
T-68: Michigan State: 61
107. Michigan: 37
116. Nebraska: 32
117. Purdue: 31
126. Ohio State: 21
127. Penn State: 20






Tags: College Football Big Ten




MLB Handicapper Free Play: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

06.28.2014     07:52 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Atlanta (Santana) -115 at Philadelphia (Hernandez) O/U 7.5
Recommendation: Over


Atlanta's Ervin Santana's overall body of work is solid but we've see the boost of moving from the American League to National League wear off some of late. And not only is the league starting to catch up to Santana but he's showing some absolutely wicked R vs. L splits. Against righties, he's absolutely lights out with a 3.64 K/BB ratio, .210 BAA, and .560 OPS. Against lefties a much different story with a 2.31 K/BB ratio, .335 BAA, .946 OPS. And based on what I saw on the lineup card for today, the Phillies' first seven hitters will come from the left side. So with this being Philly's third look at Santana (second in less than a week), it appears they are in good position to plate some runs this afternoon. Roberto Hernandez's numbers are right in line with who he is as a pitcher at this stage in his career. The 4.41 ERA is real and so is the ugly 62-to-42 K/BB ratio in 79.2 innings of work. Read more



Tags: MLB Atlanta Braves Philadelphia Phillies Andrew Lange




College Football Betting: NC State's Brissett projected to be Week 1 starting QB

06.27.2014     12:28 PM     Printer Friendly
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NC State will have a new quarterback under center for head coach Dave Doeren's second season. Last year transfers Pete Thomas (Colorado State) and Brandon Mitchell (Arkansas) never panned out (11 TD, 15 INTs combined). This year the Wolfpack will go with another transfer as former Florida signal caller Jacoby Brissett steps in. Brissett has been on campus since January of 2013 and it the unquestioned starter heading into fall camp.


"Most people are going to say, 'Oh just do better than 3-9,'" Brissett said. "That's not a real thing to just say. ... You don't need to be better than every team every day. You just be better than them on Saturday, and make sure what you do Monday through Friday is what's going to make you better on Saturday."







Tags: College Football NC State Wolfpack ACC




College Football Handicapping: Switching conferences

06.26.2014     07:19 AM     Printer Friendly
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Good breakdown on ESPN.com of the history of college football teams switching to new BCS conferences – West Virginia (Big East to Big XII) and Texas A&M (Big XII to SEC) two recent examples. In most situations the step up in class resulted in poorer results the first year – Utah, TCU, and Missouri good examples. This year, Rutgers and Maryland join the Big Ten.




Tags: College Football Maryland Terrapins Rutgers Scarlet Knights Big Ten



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