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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Bowl season has history of controversy

12.08.2014     08:08 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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There was always going to be controversy.  The system is designed to produce controversy or in 21st century parlance, to generate buzz.  And from the beginning, the college football playoffs were fraught with difficult decisions about which schools deserved to play for the title, and which ones would be on the outside of the process, looking in.

1998 was the beginning of the BCS Bowl era.  The 1998 Fiesta Bowl was the first official national title game; coming on the heels of the split national title between Michigan and Nebraska the previous season.  And while there wasn’t much controversy involving the two teams that played for the title (Tennessee and Florida State), the system itself was under fire from the get-go.  One loss Kansas State finished third in the final BCS standings, but the Wildcats were passed over by all the BCS Bowls, relegated to an Alamo Bowl matchup against Purdue.  To the surprise of no one, the system for choosing the BCS Bowl teams was tweaked the following year.

In 1999, Kansas State finished sixth in the BCS standings, yet they were passed over again.  Michigan got a BCS bowl bid over Michigan Read more



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College Football Gambling: Sportsbooks post lines on semifinal playoff matchups

12.08.2014     07:11 AM     Printer Friendly
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The college football four-team playoff is set with top seed Alabama facing fourth seed Ohio State in New Orleans and second seed Oregon taking on third seed Florida State in Pasadena. Once the matchups were announced, various offshore and Las Vegas sportsbooks were quick to post lines. Cantor was one of the first with Alabama -9.5 O/U 56.5 and Oregon -9 O/U 70. CRIS's openers were very similar with Alabama -9.5 O/U 58 and Oregon -8 O/U 71. The only significant move thus far has been on the Crimson Tide with the line now -10 across the board offshore. It will mark the first time since September 2011 that Florida State will play as an underdog.




Tags: College Football Alabama Crimson Tide Oregon Ducks Ohio State Buckeyes Florida State Seminoles




College Football Betting Preview: Missouri Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

12.06.2014     08:35 AM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly
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Missouri vs. Alabama
Saturday, 1 pm PT - CBS
CRIS Opener:
Alabama -14 O/U 48.5
CRIS Current: Alabama -15 O/U 49
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Alabama -11.5
Paul Stone's Recommendation: Missouri

On most of the previous 365 days, the Alabama Crimson Tide had probably heard at least one person reference the improbable "Pick 6," 109-yard missed field goal return by Auburn's Chris Davis which abruptly halted their 2013 national title hopes.

Last weekend, the Tide rallied from a 12-point, second-half deficit to exorcise those demons of the past, scoring a record-setting 55-44 victory over bitter rival Auburn in their regular season finale.

The victory kept Alabama's goal of another national championship in clear focus, but there's one order of business remaining before the Crimson Tide can punch its ticket as one of the entries in college football's inaugural version of the Read more



Tags: College Football Missouri Tigers Alabama Crimson Tide SEC Paul Stone




Sportsmemo's College Football Every Game on the Board Betting Podcast 12-4-2014

12.04.2014     10:37 AM     Printer Friendly
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Here's our Week 15 College Football Every Game on the Board Podcast. Handicappers Paul Stone and Rob Veno joined host Andrew Lange to break down this weekend's slate from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Full Show - College Football Every Game on the Board

Paul Stone - College Football Every Game on the Board Part I

Rob Veno - College Football Every Game on the Board Part II

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory




Tags: College Football Paul Stone Rob Veno Andrew Lange




College Football Handicapping: Fresno tries to ramp up defense vs. Boise

12.03.2014     02:21 PM     Printer Friendly
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Article of Fresno State's defensive preparation for Saturday's Mountain West Conference Championship at Boise State. In the first meeting, also in Boise, the Broncos put up nearly 500 yards on 5.93 yards per play in a 37-27 win. It was actually not that bad of a performance considering FSU allowed 6.22 ypp on the season and 500+ yards on four different occasions. They did however hold their last three foes (San Jose, Nevada, and Hawaii) to an average of 380.6 ypg; all of which resulting in wins and thus a berth in this weekend’s title game.


"They're playing much more efficiently than they did early in the year, which is to be expected. You have a new coaching staff, new terminology, at first it takes a little while. They're into it now and they're just playing at a much higher rate. The quarterback is playing really well and (Jay) Ajayi is really running the ball fiercely. I mean, he's getting after it. Last week against Utah State, the No. 1 rush defense in the conference, he runs for about 230. He's going to be a

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Tags: College Football Fresno State Bulldogs Boise State Broncos Mountain West




College Football Conference Championship Betting: Bettors show early support for favorites

12.02.2014     02:51 PM     Printer Friendly
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Seen a fair amount of betting market activity for this weekend's college football conference championships. We'll start first with Friday's PAC-12 title game (at Santa Clara) where Oregon opened -13.5 and got popped up to -14.5. Saw a similar move in the SEC Championship with Alabama opening -14 at CRIS, -13 at Pinnacle, but bet up to -14.5 across the board. Per usual, there was anti-Florida State money off the opener of -4. But the Seminoles at -3 was just too attractive to some bettors with the current number back to the original opener of -4. And another favorite being supported with Boise State hit up from -19.5 to -21 in the Mountain West title game vs. Fresno. Still a few -20.5's available both offshore and in Las Vegas. Also looks like Northern Illinois could be headed to -7 vs. Bowling Green after an opener of -6.




Tags: College Football SEC ACC PAC-12 MAC




College Football Handicapping: SEC Championship has produced five straight overs

12.02.2014     06:55 AM     Printer Friendly
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Couple of short term trends for the SEC Championship to be aware of. Obviously the West Division has dominated of late having won five straight and covered four of the five. All five games also went over the total. The current pointspread of Alabama -14.5 marks the highest line since 2004 when Auburn was laying the same price in a 10-point win over Tennessee.

2013: Auburn (+2) 59, Missouri 42 - OVER 59.5
2012: Alabama 32, Georgia (+8) 28 - OVER 49.5
2011: LSU (-11.5) 42, Georgia 10 - OVER 46.5
2010: Auburn (-4) 56, South Carolina 17 - OVER 61
2009: Alabama (+4.5) 32, Florida 13 - OVER 41




Tags: College Football Alabama Crimson Tide Missouri Tigers SEC




Monster October for Las Vegas sportsbooks

12.02.2014     06:40 AM     Printer Friendly
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October was a big month for Las Vegas sportsbooks as they raked in nearly $27 million in profits.


"It was our biggest month in the last couple years in terms of the amount of bets," said Jason Simbal, vice president of race and sports for CG Technology. "The average bet amount is the same, but there's more people betting."

"Sports betting is still a fairly small blip in the radar, but that may not stay the case in the years to come," Rood said. "There might be some winds of change coming down the road, but I see the trend continuing."






Tags: NFL College Football Las Vegas




College Football Gambling: Barrett's injury swings Big Ten Championship pointspread over a touchdown

12.01.2014     11:12 AM     Printer Friendly
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Article on Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones who will start Saturday's Big Ten Championship vs. Wisconsin. Jones has attempted only 17 passes this season but has been a part of the offense at times with 26 carries for 206 yards (7.92 ypc). According to ESPN, the Westgate would have lined the game Ohio State -3.5 with JT Barrett under center. Instead, they opened the Badgers -4.




Tags: College Football Ohio State Buckeyes Wisconsin Badgers Big Ten




Football Betting Podcast 12-1-2014 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Paul Stone and Teddy Covers

12.01.2014     09:00 AM     Printer Friendly
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Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Paul Stone and Teddy Covers. Teddy gave his famed NFL Opening Line Report while Paul and host Andrew Lange talked early lines on this weekend's college football conference championships.

Today's segments
Full Show

Paul Stone - College Football Conference Championships

Teddy Covers - NFL Opening Line Report Week 14

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.




Tags: College Football NFL Paul Stone Teddy Covers



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