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NFL Preseason Betting Podcast 8-31-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers

08.31.2015     10:36 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy and host Andrew Lange recapped NFL Preseason Week 3.

Today's segments 
Teddy Covers - NFL Preseason Week 3 Recap

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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: NFL Preseason impacts Season Over/Under Win Totals

08.31.2015     08:24 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
At this late stage of the preseason, it’s very clear which NFL teams are attracting sharp money prior to the start of the regular season.  In addition, it’s very clear which teams the wiseguys are betting against, early and often.  How do we measure and quantify this support (or the lack thereof)?  Simple – a thorough analysis of the Season Win Totals marketplace.

The markets don’t lie when it comes to measuring wiseguy support, because the results are easy to quantify.  For the purposes of this article, I’m going to focus on the Season Win Total numbers from the Westgate Superbook, where the Supercontest Weekend just brought together bettors from across the Las Vegas Valley as well as across the country.

Rather than use opening numbers from the Superbook, I think the more accurate way to measure the effect of the preseason is to look at post-draft numbers from early June.  When we compare those early June numbers with the bettable numbers that are on display on the last day of August (following the first three weeks of preseason action), we get a fairly accurate picture of market support.

The reasons that I’m starting with early June numbers and not the very first openers are twofold.  First, there is a fair bit of variance with the opening numbers from one sportsbook to the next.  By June, much that variance has been ironed out.  The sharp bettors looking to play Overs will find the lowest number to exploit, while bettors looking to play Unders will find the highest number to play Under.  In that way, the differences between one book and the next slowly get minimized as the markets ‘mature’, and any outlier numbers get bet out of the marketplace. 

Secondly, the very first numbers were posted before the draft and before the free agent signing period, without a full accounting of the roster changes between the end of the 2014 campaign and the start of the 2015 season.  The early June Win Total numbers, however, are post-draft and post-early free agency (where the vast majority of the impact, ‘big name’ players get signed).  They offer a fairly accurate representation of the ‘pre-training camp’ betting market opinion for all 32 teams in the league, and that’s where I like to start my analysis; comparing those ‘pre training camp’ numbers with the numbers that are bettable today.

For the purposes of this article, I’m focusing on the line moves that have been 50 cents or greater.  For example St. Louis was lined at 8 wins with the Under at -130 back in early June.  Today at the Superbook, they are lined at 8 wins with the Under at -180, a 50 cent swing.  The standard wiseguy formula for measuring NFL juice is that fifty cents of extra juice equates to about half a win.  So while the win total of ‘8’ hasn’t moved one iota, the -130 to -180 move on the juice for betting the Rams Under 8 is a fairly significant move.  The wiseguys are clearly betting against St. Louis right now, an unpopular team in the markets.

The single biggest market move has come in support of the Minnesota Vikings; a perfect storm.  At many books this summer, the Vikings were lined at 7 wins.  The Superbook lined them a bit higher, at 7.5.  That 7.5 was at +100 (even money) on June 2nd.  By last week, that 7.5 was bet up to -215.  Today, you can’t find a 7.5 at the Superbook – they’ve made the move to 8 with the Over 8 sitting at -135. 

Why all the love for the Vikings?  Let’s start with their competition within the NFC North.  Green Bay hasn’t had a good preseason, with the injury bug biting their wide receiving corps in a major way.  The markets aren’t particularly bullish on the Lions, expecting a drop-off from last year’s 11 win campaign.  Even Bears fans aren’t excited about Chicago’s prospects for 2015, a team that’s been sinking in the markets in recent weeks.  That leaves Minnesota as the only team in the division that’s attracting Over money.  When there’s only one team in a division that’s taking Over money, they tend to take a lot of it!

Minnesota came into the offseason as a fairly hot commodity.  They have a second year head coach in Mike Zimmer, a guy the markets like, and a second year quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater who the markets like as well.  Zimmer’s systems and personnel are now firmly in place and the markets see Bridgewater primed for improvement in his second year as the starter.  Throw in the somewhat surprise return of Adrian Peterson at running back and from a personnel and coaching standpoint, the markets have been impressed.

Then there’s the Vikings preseason success; winning and covering all four games thusfar.  In particular, Minnesota’s defense has looked phenomenal ; shutting down opposing offenses in every game that they’ve played.  For a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2009, the Vikings are white hot in the markets today, with many bettors expecting that playoff drought to end in 2015.

Three bottom feeders from last year have attracted some betting marketplace love.  The Oakland Raiders were 5.5 (Over +120) in June, now they are 5.5 (Over -160).  Tennessee is another bottom feeder from last year that is attracting money, from 5.5 (Over +110) to 5.5 (Over -150).  And Tampa Bay has taken Over money as well, moving from 6 (Over +120) to 6 (Over -140).   That trio is a clear indicator that the markets tend look for teams to revert to the mean following a subpar campaign.

But not all bottom feeders from last year are drawing market support here in the preseason.  Look no further than the Cleveland Browns, who have moved from 6.5 (Over +100) to 6.5 (Over +140).   The markets sure don’t like the way Cleveland’s QB competition has played out here in August, and their opposing strength of schedule looks even tougher now than it did during the summer, especially over the back half of the campaign.

A trio of underachievers from last year are being priced as underachievers again this year. The markets have reacted strongly to the endless barrage of injuries that have decimated the Giants defense here in August.  New York was 8 (Over -140) in June, now they are 8 (Over +130).   The Saints were lined at 9 back in June, but the markets aren’t excited about New Orleans, pushing their win total down to 8.5 (Over -140).

And then, of course, there’s the San Francisco 49ers; a team lined as high as 8.5 at some books at the opener, and a team that was still lined at 7.5 with the Under at -160 in early June.  Today at the Superbook that number is all the way down to 6.5 wins, with the Under priced at -150.   Without a doubt, San Francisco has been the #1 wiseguy bet-against team of the summer.  San Fran is now a 2.5 point home underdog to Minnesota on Monday Night Football in Week 1; a game that opened with San Fran as 3.5 point favorites last Spring; clear evidence of the markets STRONG opinion about both of those teams.

Last, but not least, two Super Bowl sleepers have been drawing market love of late.  The Miami Dolphins have moved from 9 (Over +100) to 9 (Over -150) since June.   And the Philadelphia Eagles were 9.5 (Over +120) in June, but you’ll have to lay -150 to bet Philly Over 9.5 at the Superbook today.  Both the Dolphins and Eagles have seen corresponding moves in their Super Bowl odds as well; two hot teams for wiseguy support here in August.

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College Football Gambling: South Carolina looking to get after quarterback

08.31.2015     07:08 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
A year removed from finishing 94th in total defense (432.7 ypg allowed) South Carolina claims that more pressure will be applied on the quarterback this season. Last year the Gamecocks finished with only 52 tackles for loss (119th) and 14 sacks (119th). Week 1 should serve as a good test as North Carolina returns 105 starts along its offensive line and is projected to have one of the most explosive offenses in the ACC.

“We’re going to get at the quarterback this year,” said Sawyer. “I promise you that. We’re going to really get after the quarterback.”

“Darius English looks like an All-American,” said Spurrier. “He pushed Brandon Shell right back into the quarterback. And he pushed (Christian) Pellage right back into the quarterback.”

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College Football Handicapping: Recently named starting quarterbacks

08.31.2015     06:44 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Below are some article links for recently named starting quarterbacks.

Bryant Shirreffs named UConn's starting quarterback. Shirreffs sat out last year after transferring from NC State.

Texas Tech released its depth chart but won't say who the starter is for Week 1's game vs. Sam Houston State.

Washington head coach Chris Petersen knows who his starting QB is but won't tell the media.

Ohio is going with senior Derrius Vick at quarterback. Vick took a bulk of the snaps in six games last season (59%, 1,156 yards, 8 TDs, 4 INTs).

Steve Spurrier named sophomore Connor Mitch South Carolina's starting quarterback for Thursday's opener vs. North Carolina.

Maryland's Perry Hills won a "lengthy battle" to earn the starting QB nod. Hills started seven games as a freshman in 2012, tore up his knee in 2013, and was a backup last season.

Oregon named Eastern Washington transfer Vernon Adams its starting quarterback.

Northwestern names redshirt frosh Clayton Thorson its starting quarterback. Thorson is regarded as one of head coach Pat Fitzgerald's best-ever recruits, earning the "four star" tag.

Florida going with a QB rotation for Week 1's game vs. New Mexico State.

Rutgers going with Hayden Rettig at quarterback. Rettig is a transfer from LSU though never took a snap for the Tigers.



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MLB Handicapper Free Play: Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers

08.30.2015     07:00 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Otto Sports blog entry.
Baltimore (Gonzalez) at Texas (Holland) -130 O/U 9.5 
Recommendation: Texas

Losers of nine of its last 10, Baltimore's season continues to crumble. They've now dropped 4.5 games out of the Wild Card and are showing signs of quit. Since scoring 18 runs against Oakland back on August 16, the O's have topped three runs only three times. Not a good matchup and venue for Miguel Gonzalez with fly ball tendencies and 24 home runs allowed. He's been especially hittable the back half of the season with a 7.58 ERA over his last six starts. Tossing in the afternoon heat of Texas suggests Gonzo's struggles will continue. All reports indicate that Derek Holland is nearing full strength following a shoulder issue that sidelined him for over four months. He tossed really well against Seattle (6.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 Ks) and has been one of only a few lefties who survived a start vs. Toronto (6 IP, 4 ER). Baltimore shows below AL-average splits vs. lefties (.303/.403/.706/.145) so if Holland can keep the ball in the yard, he'll be primed for a quality start. Two teams headed in opposite directions and a very playable price as we fire with the Texas Rangers this afternoon.

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NFL Preseason Free Betting Pick: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys

08.29.2015     08:10 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Alex Smith blog entry.
Minnesota +1 at Dallas O/U 41.5 
Recommendation: Minnesota

The Minnesota Vikings have been very dominant in the preseason under second-year head coach Mike Zimmer with near flawless marks of 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS. In watching this team it is very clear that Zimmer's attention to detail has rubbed off on his players all the way down to the third and fourth strings. It's a big reason why they've been so successful in these "meaningless" games. Tonight will mark their first true road game this preseason against the injury bitten Dallas Cowboys who return home after back-to-back road games. Defensive back Orlando Scandrick (ACL) is the latest casualty in a long list of key injuries. At this point, the squad can ill-afford another loss. You could see there was little to no interest in competing hard for 60 minutes the first two weeks as Dallas was outscored a combined 40-13. Reports indicate that more focus and effort will be placed on tonight's "dress rehearsal" but I just don't trust this squad will perform for an entire game. We've seen nothing but Minnesota money but still some value at the small underdog price.

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NFL Preseason Betting Podcast 8-28-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Brent Crow

08.28.2015     09:44 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Friday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Brent Crow. Brent and host Andrew Lange broke down Friday and Saturday's NFL Preseason games.

Today's segments 
Brent Crow - NFL Preseason (Friday-Saturday)

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NFL Preseason Free Betting Pick: New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers

08.28.2015     09:43 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
New England pk at Carolina O/U 44 
Recommendation: New England

There’s a very different mentality between the Patriots and the Panthers as they head into their preseason Week 3 matchup tonight.  New England’s starters got crushed by the Saints last week, allowing three TDs and a FG before the offense produced a single point.  Bill Belichick was not amused.  His quote speaks volumes about why the Patriots are worthy of a wager this evening:

 “We weren’t very good on either side of the ball, or in the kicking game. Bad coaching, bad playing, put it all down. We weren’t very good……I think an important week for us in terms of starting to develop a little bit of a routine, especially for players that haven’t been in this program before for them to understand what the expectations are, what the routine is, where they should be at various points during the week leading up to the game.”

Patriots running back Jonas Gray, talking about the sense of urgency for a much better showing tonight: “It’s huge.  We want to go out there and we want to win — just like any game we play. But we know to be a great team and to be a good team, you gotta be able to run the ball, stop the run and cover kicks and we didn’t do any of that well.  This week, the one thing we’re focusing on is just having a better complete game and we’re looking forward to it.”

The Patriots are getting healthier, expected to see a handful of key veterans returning to the lineup tonight after sitting out the first two preseason games.  That stands in stark contrast with the Panthers; a banged up team following a tough run of injuries, particularly thin at wide receiver.  And while Carolina is expected to keep starters on the field into the third quarter, I’m not sensing that same sense of urgency compared to New England.  Linebacker Luke Kuechly: "It’s our best opportunity to get game reps. We’ll understand where we are and see what steps we need to take."

Panthers third string QB Joe Webb has led them to come-from-behind, fourth quarter wins in each of Carolina’s first two preseason games.  I’m willing to bet Webb won’t make it three in a row tonight.   Take the Patriots.

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NFL Preseason Betting: Seattle's Carroll says starters need the work

08.28.2015     07:16 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said there will be no fear when it comes to playing time for his starters in Saturday's preseason tilt at San Diego.

"We will play some more plays this week and look forward to these guys coming out after halftime and playing and getting ready to play this season that's just around the corner," Carroll said.

"No," he said. "We manage our guys the way we do and we're fortunately in pretty good shape right now. These guys need to play. They need the play time. They've got to get ready. You can't hide from it, it's coming, it's right around the corner. They need to be fit and mentally right to play four quarters of football two weeks from now, so we've got to take this next step."

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NFL Preseason Gambling: Ravens dealing with offensive line injuries

08.28.2015     07:09 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Despite a slew of injuries across its offensive line, the playing time for Baltimore's starters won't be impacted according to head coach John Harbaugh. The Ravens (-4) play host to Washington on Saturday night.

“I think if something happens in the game, it possibly could [have an affect], but the way we’re going into the game, to start the game, we’re comfortable with the guys we have playing on the starting offensive line,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “They’ll do a great job.”

“Lord willing, we’ll have enough to play,” offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said Tuesday, only half-joking. “And I say that with great sincerity and hope that we’ll get enough guys that we can play. But we have enough, and we’re excited for them.”

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College Football Handicapping: Grading Big XII defenses

08.28.2015     07:37 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Article that defends Big XII defenses as "not that bad" because of pace of play and opponents' offensive capabilities. Similar to college basketball, a number of coaches are now using points per possession as a way to better judge their stop units. Below is last season's Football Outsiders' national FEI rankings.

2014 Defensive FEI rankings - Big XII 
No. 6 - TCU 
No. 10 - Baylor 
No. 25 - Kansas State 
No. 32 - Oklahoma 
No. 44 - West Virginia 
No. 73 - Texas 
No. 75 - Oklahoma State 
No. 87 - Texas Tech 
No. 88 - Iowa State 
No. 103 - Kansas

"It's completely opposite of what it should be defensively in statistics," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "It should be points allowed per possession. Like our defense, when we were rolling offensively here in those years, our defensive coaches and our team were facing about 16 or 17 possessions a game. There's teams in the league and other leagues that only face 10, or 11 or 12 possessions, so obviously they have a better chance to score points against us than they do against them."

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AFC South Betting Preview Podcast 8-27-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning

08.27.2015     11:12 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Thursday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning. ER and host Andrew Lange previewed the AFC South.

Today's segments 
Erin Rynning - AFC South Preview

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Las Vegas' Red Rock sportsbook gears up for football

08.27.2015     09:31 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Las Vegas' Red Rock Casino upgraded its sportsbook including the installation of new video displays.

“This is the largest display of its kind ever installed in North America,” he continued, “and with football season beginning it’s very exciting for us and for our customers. The Ultra High Definition really brings the action on the screen to life.”

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College Football Betting: Washington State see turnovers as a way to defensive improvement

08.27.2015     09:18 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Article on Washington State's first-year defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. Grinch has never been a DC though spent the last three years coaching Missouri's secondary. There's obviously work to be done as Wazzu sported one of the worst power conference defenses in the country (38.6 ppg allowed). Some of their struggles were no doubt because of a lack of talent/ability/PAC-12 offenses. However, the unit was up against it on a regular basis thanks to an offense that coughed up the football 25 times. Turnovers are a part of who the Cougs are so to remedy that, Grinch is focused on takeaways this season which is nice in theory but something that isn't always controllable. That said, the extra emphasis can't hurt as Wazzu forced only eight turnovers last season; tied for the worst mark in the country. In 2013, they had 30 takeaways but committed 35 turnovers. Basically Washington State is the nation's best team at not being able to get out of its own way.

“He preaches two or more turnovers a game,” linebacker Peyton Pelluer says. “He’s done his own little study, and he says the teams that get two or more a game, 24 total in the season or more, end up with around nine wins. … We had minimal turnovers last year. Pretty pitiful numbers.”

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Meet the world's best card counter

08.27.2015     08:49 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Cool article on a gentleman billed as the world's best card counter.

“If I’m gonna play, the first thing I do is grow my beard,” he says. “Then I dye it. Then I add earrings. Then a hat.” Once he put his arm in a sling and pretended to be one-armed. “Halloween is the greatest,” he says, estimating that he’s made $300,000 on the holiday where identities are fully obscured.

“The casinos are very hip to that. You have to camouflage a big play in various ways,” says Blaine. “Most card counters play consistent, predictable, they’re like robots. I try to use instincts when I sense I’m being watched. I hit them big, get out of there, and they just think I got lucky.”

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College Football Gambling: UCLA named true frosh Rosen starting quarterback

08.27.2015     07:41 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
UCLA named true freshman Josh Rosen the team's Week 1 starter. Rosen, who enrolled in school earlier this year, was regarded as the top QB recruit in the nation. He beat out last year's backup, Jerry Neuheisel, who went 23-of-30 for 178 yards and two TDs in a last minute win over Texas. UCLA is currently -17 home favorites vs. Virginia for Week 1.

“At some point it just becomes apparent to you,” Mora said. “You get a gut feeling. You’ve seen enough. You say it’s time to make a decision and let’s go.”

“We haven’t played one single snap of real football yet, but at this point, he’s living up to that billing,” Mora said.

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NFL Handicapping: Denver Broncos adjust to new coaching staff

08.27.2015     07:17 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Good article on the Denver Broncos' offensive and defensive scheme changes heading into this season. The Broncos of course have a new head coach in Gary Kubiak as well as two first-year coordinators.

“Hopefully we’re kicking and screaming in all three phases. I am really excited about our defense. We have some great depth on that side of the ball when you look at the linebacker position and you look at the secondary. Obviously, the defensive line has a few concerns . . . I’m very excited about the position. I know that Wade will put these guys in. It’s very simple — they do what they do best. When you have the chance to have the edge players that we have with Von (Miller) and DeMarcus (Ware), and then you go add Shane (Ray) to that mix, we’ll have the ability to make people get rid of the ball very quickly.”

“I love it,” he said. “It’s running back-friendly for sure, but we’re still going to put the ball in the air with D.T. (wide receiver Demaryius Thomas). Manning is obviously going to put it in the air with (wide receiver) Emmanuel (Sanders). So we’re going to throw the football, as well.”

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College Football Betting Update: Kansas married to up-tempo attack

08.27.2015     06:52 AM     Printer Friendly


Update on Kansas' rebuilding project. Yesterday the Jayhawks named Montell Cozart the team's starting quarterback. Cozart completed only 50% of his passes with a 5-to-7 TD-to-INT ratio last season. And it sounds as if head coach David Beaty is fully committed to running his up-tempo offense from the get-go. Beaty says they won't try to shorten the game despite being at a significant disadvantage both talent and depth wise.

“We won’t shorten the game,” Beaty says. “That’s not how we play the game. We’re going to continue to stay who we are because that’s how we practice every day.”

College Football Betting: Kansas Jayhawks should be historically bad

07.23.2015     12:09 PM     View Original Blog
Whoa. If you thought Kansas football was in a bad place just wait to you see the cards they were dealt heading into 2015. For starters, the Jayhawks got rid of Charlie Weis and hired David Beaty during the offseason. Beaty had been an assistant at Kansas under Mark Mangino and more recently at Texas A&M (WR). Because of Weis' last ditch efforts to bolster the program with a slew of JC recruits that never panned out, Beaty heads into this season with only 64 scholarship players. Only five players remain from the 2013 recruiting class. To make matter worse, of those 64, a vast majority are fringe Big XII talent. In looking ahead, it's conceivable that Kansas won't be favored in a single game this year, including Week 1's home tilt vs. South Dakota State who is a top 25 FCS program. KU's two other non-conference affairs are at home vs. Memphis who is projected as one of the top teams in the AAC and at Rutgers. The Iowa State game is in Ames though Texas Tech does come to Lawrence. It's no surprise that sportsbooks have priced Kansas' season over/under wins at 1.5 with juice to the over.

If Cummings’ knee injury sidelines him for the season — which remains a possibility — the Jayhawks will be burdened with replacing 70 percent of their passing yards, 64 percent of their rushing yards and 93 percent of their receiving yards.

They will not feature a pass-catcher who caught a touchdown or hauled in more than eight catches last year. They will not possess a running back who scored a touchdown or rushed for more than 450 yards. They will have zero skill-position players who started more than one game (senior running back De’Andre Mann earned one start last year).


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College Football Handicapping: Wisconsin o-line is in shambles

08.27.2015     06:37 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Early season injuries for power conference teams aren't always a factor when you're laying three touchdowns against a Sun Belt school. But what happens when you face one of the top teams in the country? Wisconsin's offensive line is currently in disarray with as many as four players on the team's injury list. They are talking about having to start three freshmen. The Badgers are +10 underdogs to Alabama for Week 1's game in Arlington.

“I can’t remember (having so many guys hurt in camp), but it’s the camp at hand,” said Badgers offensive coordinator and line coach Joe Rudolph, according to “That’s all right, just keep going. It’s neat seeing guys jump into different spots and make it work. No one’s alarmed when their name gets called, that’s for sure.”

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College Football Gambling Alert: East Carolina loses starting quarterback to injury

08.26.2015     01:26 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
A week removed from being named East Carolina's starting quarterback, the team announced sophomore Kurt Benkert will miss the season due to a torn ACL. Benkert was slated to replace Shane Carden who threw for 4,736 yards and 30 TDs last season. Head coach Ruffin McNeill said that juniors Cody Keith and Blake Kemp will now compete for the job. Neither attempted a pass in 2014. The Pirates open the season at home vs. Towson and then travel to Florida in Week 2.

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Teddy Covers talks Philadelphia Eagles and UNLV season over/under wins

08.26.2015     01:31 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers answers seven questions for

I’ve got $100 in my pocket. Which way do I go on the season win total (2½) for the Rebels?

Keep the $100 in your pocket. When you look at their schedule, you don’t see three wins. That being said, the Mountain West stinks this year. UNLV has a quarterback in a league where no one has a quarterback. So that makes them live to pull an upset here, an upset there, maybe steal one. I’ll say this much: UNLV isn’t going to win more than two or three games.

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Football Betting Podcast 8-26-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Ian Cameron and Teddy Covers

08.26.2015     09:51 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Ian Cameron and Teddy Covers. Ian tackled Week 10 CFL and Teddy previewed the AFC West.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Ian Cameron - CFL Week 10

Teddy Covers - AFC West Preview

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College Football Gambling: Georgia Southern suspends starting quarterback

08.26.2015     08:08 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Georgia Southern announced that starting quarterback Kevin Ellison will be suspended the first two games of the season including Week 1's game at West Virginia. Ellison was instrumental in two spread covering/near upset losses to NC State and Georgia Tech last season. He combined to go 16-of-26, 348 yards passing, 223 yards rushing, 7.7 ypc, 2 TDs passing, and no INTs. The Eagles however have a capable backup in Favian Upshaw who saw plenty of playing time in 2014. Upshaw played in all but one game and finished with 385 yards on the ground (9.6 ypc) and 285 yards passing (176.1 QB rating). The betting markets don't appear particularly fazed by the loss of Ellison as West Virginia opened -19 and was bet up only slightly to -19.5/-20.

“I’ve been preparing to be a starting quarterback ever since I got here,” Upshaw said. “You never know what’s going to happen. You’re always one play away from being in the game. I had some pretty big situations last year that I was in, just a little more playing time now.”

“He’s just a good quarterback,” Ruse said. “He can do a lot of things. He’s a versatile guy. He’s one of the fastest players we have on the team, but he’s just as comfortable sitting back there in the pocket.

“He’s knows when to sit in there and go through his progression. He also has that sense of when to tuck it and make it happen with his feet. We need that out of all our quarterbacks. That’s part of our scheme.”


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Paddy Power and BetFair may join forces

08.26.2015     07:47 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
UK sportsbooks Paddy Power and BetFair are in talks about a potential merger.

"We fundamentally believe this industry is all about scale. By putting together two distinct but phenomenally strong brands, we'll have a market leading position in the UK, Ireland, Australia and in the United States."

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New Jersey sports betting takes yet another hit

08.26.2015     07:41 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Seriously, New Jersey. Just quit. You have no chance. It wasn't meant to be, man. Quit wasting everyone's time and money with this whole legalized sports betting pipe dream.

“Our hopes are certainly lessened by this decision, although not extinguished,” said Lesniak, a Democrat who has hoped sports betting would attract business to New Jersey’s flagging casinos. “I’m looking forward to working aggressively with other state leaders to get Congress to do it right.”

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