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NFL Monday Night Football Betting Consensus: Public shows slight lean toward Steelers and OVER

10.20.2014     01:44 PM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Here are the top consensus bets (side, total, and moneyline) for tonight's Monday Night Football game between the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers courtesy of Bookmaker. The Steelers opened -4 and remained -3 with juice for much of the week. Today, the line continued to drop with a number of offshore sportsbook offering -2.5 with juice. Las Vegas still hanging on to -3 even money.

SIDE 
56.5% - Pittsburgh -3

TOTAL 
57.6% - OVER 44

MONEYLINE 
61.0% - Houston +120

Tags: NFL Houston Texans Pittsburgh Steelers



Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: NFC News and Notes

10.20.2014     11:26 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Atlanta Falcons 
Since blowing out Tampa Bay on national TV in Week 3, the Atlanta Falcons have looked nothing short of awful.  A team that made it to the NFC Championship Game two years ago is now entrenched in a four game skid; picking up right where they left off last year when they went 4-12 and ranked among the most disappointing teams in football.

All four losses during this SU and ATS skid have come by double digit margins.  The Falcons certainly aren’t going to win many defensive struggles – their stop unit has allowed 24+ six times in seven ballgames this year, a mediocre defense on a good day.  But many pundits thought the Falcons would be good enough to trade points with most of their foes.  That simply hasn’t been the case, in large part, due to cluster injuries on the offensive line, with backup center Peter Konz the latest to go down.

Matt Ryan was sacked five times and hit nine times in Atlanta’s loss to Baltimore on Sunday, while throwing for a season low in yards. "When you go out there and get beat soundly, I think everybody knows we've got to play better across the board. We've all played football for long enough to know when you're getting your butt kicked, you've got to do something different and something better. I think across the board -- offense, offensive line, running backs, tight ends, wide receivers -- we've got to do this together. We've got to become better today. Hopefully, we're able to find a way to get that done this week."

WR Roddy White: “It's frustrating because we're going out there and we're digging holes and we're basically putting ourselves in them. We aren't getting out of them. It's hurting our defense. It's hurting our team. Right now, we're just not that good on offense."

The Falcons play in London against the Lions next week, in the midst of a brutal scheduling stretch of four consecutive games away from home.  For a team that is 1-11 SU, 3-9 ATS in their last dozen road tilts (the lone win coming against Buffalo in Toronto last year), the fact that they won’t have another home game until November 23rd cannot be considered a positive sign moving forward.

Chicago Bears 
The Chicago Bears have been remarkably consistent in one aspect of their play this year.  When Jay Cutler avoids turnovers, they win.  When Jay Cutler turns the ball over, they lose.  Through the first seven games of the 2014 campaign, it’s really been just that simple.

In all three of Chicago’s wins this year, Cutler didn’t commit a single turnover.  In all four of their losses, Cutler has committed at least two turnovers, with opposing teams combining to score 37 points off those miscues.  He was credited for three turnovers in their home loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, although one of the three came as the result of RB Ka’Deem Carey dropping a lateral.

WR Brandon Marshall went ballistic after the loss. “We're 3-4. We need to play better. That's unacceptable. That's unacceptable. Unacceptable; shouldn't have lost today, shouldn't be 3-4. [The] offense got to play better. It's as simple as that...Same mistakes, same mistakes, same mistakes. We've got to protect the football. We've got to protect the football. We've got to execute the game plan. We've got to adjust when things don't go as we saw on the film. We've got Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte. We've got a stud offensive line. We've got a great, great group of guys, and this is unacceptable. What did we put up, 14 points? Was it 14 points? That's unacceptable."

Marshall still has faith in his quarterback as the Bears prepare for a trip to New England next Sunday.  "My confidence is still there. Alshon Jeffery's confidence is still there. Martellus Bennett's confidence is there…Jay's a gunslinger. Jay's our guy. Jay's our leader."

Seattle Seahawks 
The Seahawks just lost two consecutive games for the first time since 2012, falling at St. Louis on Sunday.  There’s plenty of blame to go around.  Special teams miscues set up two of the Rams four touchdowns.  The defense forced only three incomplete passes all afternoon and couldn’t get a stop when they needed it most in the fourth quarter.  But the postgame quotes coming out of the locker room were about the play of the offensive line and the emotional impact of the shocking Percy Harvin trade earlier in the week.

WR Doug Baldwin: "Obviously the shock of the transaction and what took place there made for a bit of an emotional roller coaster. When something that drastic happens, right before we get on the bus [to go to the airport for the trip], there is going to be an emotional impact. I felt we handled it to the best of our ability, but I think it might have been a factor in some way."

"There's obviously a lot of things that went on this week that affected the team in numerous ways. As a competitor, you don't want to admit those things. But as a human, it is human nature. It took us a little while to get on track. I'm just proud we responded the way we did and fought until the very end."

Seattle outgained St. Louis by nearly 200 yards in the defeat, but the offensive line was beaten at the point of attack all afternoon.  Russell Wilson was under duress throughout, the fifth time in six games that he has been pressured on at least 30 percent of his dropbacks.  The line has been flagged for 14 penalties in the past three games, penalties that resulted in four potential touchdowns being called back.

The Seahawks 171 yards rushing against St. Louis is a very misleading stat.  Wilson was forced to scramble out of the pocket repeatedly, resulting in more than 100 yards rushing from the quarterback.  Seattle’s three RB’s combined for less than three yards per carry on 22 attempts.  But Wilson remained confident following the defeat: “I think adversity is opportunity. We have a team full of fighters. You can't look back. I believe in what we'll do moving forward."

Washington Redskins 
Jay Gruden’s squad snapped a four-game losing streak on Sunday, eking out a two point home win against the Titans.  The big news from that contest was the emergence of third string QB Colt McCoy, who led their comeback.

When Kirk Cousins took over for the injured Robert Griffin III there were plenty of pundits and fans alike who were calling him the better of the two quarterbacks and the likely starter moving forward.  Suffice to say that Cousins didn’t live up to the hype.  After committing another two turnovers (11 for the season since replacing RG3), Cousins was booed off the field at halftime; failing to reach the end zone against a mediocre (at best) Titans defense.

Enter McCoy, getting his first meaningful playing time in a win since 2011, when he was starting in Cleveland.  His quote about spending multiple years on the sidelines holding a clipboard: “This league is very unforgiving."

McCoy threw only one incomplete pass in twelve attempts and led Washington to three scores on five drives.  "I like Jay (Gruden) a lot. And when Jay came and told me to be ready to play, I just didn't want to let him down."

The Redskins are 0-2 ATS as favorites since Griffin got hurt, blown out at home against the Giants and barely surviving against the Titans on Sunday.  This might not be a good team to lay points with moving forward either, if we believe this quote from DL Jason Hatcher: “We went through some adversity, changed quarterbacks, and Colt played a hell of a game. I think it's good for us, because I think we forgot how it feels to win. They say it's Tennessee Titans and we're supposed to win, but it's so hard to win."

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Tags: NFL Atlanta Falcons Seattle Seahawks Chicago Bears Washington Redskins Teddy Covers



College Football Betting Alert: Early steam has Miami favored at Virginia Tech

10.20.2014     11:19 AM     Printer Friendly

Weird goings on with Virginia Tech in the betting markets. Last Thursday, the Hokies opened -3 at Pitt. The Panthers were bet up to -2 but VT closed -1. This week, Tech opened -3 for Thursday's game against Miami (the Hurricanes come in off of a bye). We've seen nothing but Miami money with the 'Canes now -3.

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Tags: College Football Miami Hurricanes Virginia Tech Hokies ACC



College Football Handicapping: Golden Nugget GOY vs. CRIS - Week 9

10.20.2014     11:05 AM     Printer Friendly

Week 9's breakdown of Golden Nugget's Game of the Year lines vs. CRIS's current numbers. It's a great tool to spot changes in perception from oddsmakers and the betting markets. Off this week's game, eight are nine points or more off of what they were during the summer.

2014 College Football Golden Nugget GOY vs. CRIS - Week 9
Away
Home
Golden Nugget GOY
CRIS Current
Miami (FL)
Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech -1
Miami (FL) -3
Oregon
California
Oregon -34
Oregon -18
South Florida
Cincinnati
Cincinnati -19
Cincinnati -11
BYU
Boise State
BYU -3
Boise State -6
South Carolina
Auburn
Auburn -7
Auburn -17
Oregon State
Stanford
Stanford -13
Stanford -13
Ole Miss
LSU
LSU -7.5
Ole Miss -3.5
Michigan
Michigan State
Michigan State -7.5
Michigan State -16.5
West Virginia
Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State -19
Oklahoma State -2.5
USC
Utah
USC -10
Utah pk
North Carolina
Virginia
North Carolina -14
Virginia -7
Arizona State
Washington
Washington -6
Washington N/L
Texas
Kansas State
Kansas State -3.5
Kansas State -10
Alabama
Tennessee
Alabama -20
Alabama -17
Ohio State
Penn State
Ohio State -9
Ohio State -13.5


Tags: College Football



World Series Handicapping: Kansas City Royals short series favorites over San Francisco Giants

10.20.2014     10:28 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
The World Series gets underway Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals playing host to the San Francisco Giants. Madison Bumgarner and the Giants are short road favorites for Game 1. The Royals however are -115/-120 series favorites. The series has a 2-3-2 format.

Projected rotations 
San Francisco 
Game 1 - Bumgarner 
Game 2 - Peavy 
Game 3 - Hudson 
Game 4 - Vogelsong

Kansas City 
Game 1 - Shields 
Game 2 - Ventura 
Game 3 - TBA 
Game 4 - TBA

Tags: MLB San Francisco Giants Kansas City Royals



Football Betting Podcast 10-20-2014 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Paul Stone and Teddy Covers

10.20.2014     09:16 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
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 recapped college football Week 8.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Paul Stone - College Football Week 8 Recap

Teddy Covers - NFL Opening Line Report Week 8

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



New Jersey says it's taking bets on NFL Week 8

10.20.2014     07:16 AM     Printer Friendly

UPDATE

No fear, New Jersey. No fear.


“We’re going to start taking bets on the 26th and if someone tries to stop us they’re going to need an order from the judge,” said Drazin.






Delusions of Grandeur: New Jersey says it's a week away from taking bets on the NFL

10.17.2014     09:30 AM     View Original Blog
If Vegas were smart, they'd take action on this and price the "no" at -2000.


"We hope that Gov. Christie will sign the bill in time for us to start taking bets Oct. 26," Dennis Drazin, an attorney representing the racetrack, told ESPN.com.

"I believe the leagues' end game is property rights," Lesniak said. "They are going to say that, 'These are our games and by taking bets on them you are violating our property rights.' That would be the basis for them to get to the table and cut a deal."






Tags: NFL



College Basketball Handicapping: Coaching and conference changes

10.20.2014     07:06 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
The college basketball season officially starts November 14. Here's a good article on all of the coaching changes. You might also want to familiarize yourself with the conference changes which always make for great gaffes on the podcast.

Tags: College Basketball



NFL Gambling Update: SuperContest consensus plays now 20-16 YTD

10.20.2014     06:56 AM     Printer Friendly

UPDATE

A winning week for the SuperContest's top five NFL consensus plays. The 3-2 ATS marked upped the YTD total to 20-16 ATS.

Weekly Results 
Week 7: 3-2 
Week 6: 2-3 
Week 5: 2-3 
Week 4: 3-2 
Week 3: 5-1 
Week 2: 3-2  
Week 1: 2-3 
Totals: 20-16 YTD




NFL Gambling: Chiefs and Colts top picks for SuperContest Week 7

10.19.2014     06:53 AM     View Original Blog
Below are the top consensus plays for Week 7 of the NFL SuperContest.

1. Kansas City +5.5 at San Diego 
2. Indianapolis -3 vs. Cincinnati 
3. NY Giants +6.5 at Dallas 
4. Seattle -6.5 vs. St. Louis 
5. Baltimore -6.5 vs. Atlanta

Least picked Sunday side: St. Louis +6.5




Tags: NFL



NFL Gambling: Chiefs and Colts top picks for SuperContest Week 7

10.19.2014     06:53 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Below are the top consensus plays for Week 7 of the NFL SuperContest.

1. Kansas City +5.5 at San Diego 
2. Indianapolis -3 vs. Cincinnati 
3. NY Giants +6.5 at Dallas 
4. Seattle -6.5 vs. St. Louis 
5. Baltimore -6.5 vs. Atlanta

Least picked Sunday side: St. Louis +6.5

Tags: NFL



College Football Handicapping: 2nd half Kick Off List - Week 8

10.18.2014     07:03 AM     Printer Friendly

To help you with your wagers today, below is a list of teams that receive the kick to start the second half.

2014 College Football 2nd Half Kick Off List - Week 8
Game #
Away Team
Home Team
Receive 2nd Half Kick
313
Marshall
Florida International
Florida International
315
Syracuse
Wake Forest
Syracuse
317
Miami (OH)
Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois
319
Akron
Ohio
Akron
321
Purdue
Minnesota
Minnesota
323
Iowa
Maryland
Iowa
325
Baylor
West Virginia
Baylor
327
Virginia
Duke
Duke
329
Georgia Tech
North Carolina
Georgia Tech
331
NC State
Louisville
NC State
333
Eastern Michigan
Massachusetts
Eastern Michigan
335
Western Michigan
Bowling Green
Western Michigan
337
Ball State
Central Michigan
Central Michigan
339
Georgia
Arkansas
Georgia
341
San Jose State
Wyoming
San Jose State
343
New Mexico
Air Force
Air Force
345
South Florida
Tulsa
South Florida
347
UTSA
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech
349
Southern Miss
North Texas
Southern Miss
351
Cincinnati
SMU
SMU
353
Appalachian State
Troy
Appalachian State
355
Nevada
BYU
 
357
Army
Kent State
Army
359
Stanford
Arizona State
 
361
Washington
Oregon
Washington
363
UCLA
California
UCLA
365
UAB
Middle Tennessee State
UAB
367
Rutgers
Ohio State
Ohio State
369
Texas A&M
Alabama
Texas A&M
371
Colorado
USC
Colorado
373
Michigan State
Indiana
Michigan St
375
Clemson
Boston College
Clemson
377
Kansas State
Oklahoma
Kansas State
379
New Mexico State
Idaho
New Mexico State
381
Georgia State
South Alabama
Georgia State
383
Western Kentucky
Florida Atlantic
Florida Atlantic
385
Utah State
Colorado State
Utah State
387
Tennessee
Mississippi
Tennessee
389
Iowa State
Texas
Texas
391
Missouri
Florida
Florida
393
Kansas
Texas Tech
Texas Tech
395
Oklahoma State
TCU
TCU
397
Tulane
Central Florida
Tulane
399
Nebraska
Northwestern
Northwestern
401
Kentucky
LSU
Kentucky
403
Notre Dame
Florida State
Florida State
405
Hawaii
San Diego State
 


Tags: College Football



Sportsmemo's College Football In-Game Betting Discussion - Week 8

10.18.2014     06:55 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Don't miss Sportsmemo's Posting Forum College Football Week 8 in-game discussion. The Sportsmemo Handicappers and posting forum members share their thoughts, opinions, and second half wagers throughout the day. If you're not a forum member, it's free to sign up! All you need is a username and password. Come be a part of the WINNING action!

Tags: College Football



College Football Gambling Alert: Florida State reopens -10 vs. Notre Dame

10.17.2014     02:17 PM     Printer Friendly

Despite no official work on Jameis Winston's status, various offshore and Las Vegas sportsbooks have hung a pointspread (no total) on Saturday's Notre Dame vs. Florida State game. Below is CRIS's line history since reopening the game earlier this afternoon. Note that Sunday night's opener was FSU -12.5.

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Tags: College Football Notre Dame Fighting Irish Florida State Seminoles ACC



NFL Betting Podcast 10-17-2014 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning

10.17.2014     11:31 AM     Printer Friendly

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Friday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured NFL Week 7 Every Game on the Board coverage. Erin Rynning joined host Andrew Lange to break down the entire slate from a betting perspective.

Today's segments 
Erin Rynning - NFL Every Game on the Board

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: NFL Erin Rynning Andrew Lange



Delusions of Grandeur: New Jersey says it's a week away from taking bets on the NFL

10.17.2014     09:30 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
If Vegas were smart, they'd take action on this and price the "no" at -2000.


"We hope that Gov. Christie will sign the bill in time for us to start taking bets Oct. 26," Dennis Drazin, an attorney representing the racetrack, told ESPN.com.

"I believe the leagues' end game is property rights," Lesniak said. "They are going to say that, 'These are our games and by taking bets on them you are violating our property rights.' That would be the basis for them to get to the table and cut a deal."



Tags: NFL



NFL Handicapping: Chicago Bears' offensive line expected to be at full strength vs. Miami

10.17.2014     09:22 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Miami at Chicago -3 O/U 48

Positive sign for the Chicago Bears with their offensive line's original starting five expected to play this weekend vs. Miami. The unit hasn't been together since Week 1. The Bears rank 18th in the league in yards per carry (4.2) and 22nd in sacks allowed per game (2.3).

Tags: NFL Chicago Bears Miami Dolphins



College Football Betting Preview: Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Florida State Seminoles

10.17.2014     09:04 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Notre Dame at Florida State 
Saturday, 5 pm PT - ABC 
CRIS Opener:
Florida State -12.5 
CRIS Current: No Line 
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Florida State -12.5 
Ian Cameron's Recommendation: Notre Dame

We have no line posted as of yet for Saturday’s showdown between Notre Dame and Florida State due to the status of Jameis Winston. Winston, who has already been in his share of off the field distractions, is now being investigating whether he accepted payment for signing memorabilia. Winston claims he wasn’t paid. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher maintains that he believes his quarterback. Either way, Winston is “expected” to play but no confirmation has been made as of this writing.

Notre Dame has not had many problems moving the football this season, with the Irish averaging 444.3 yards per game. Everett Golson is completing 62.5% of his passes, for 1,683 yards and 16 TDs to just 4 INTs. Golson is also second on the team in rushing with four scores. Wide receiver Will Fuller has stepped up big time in the receiving corps with 35 receptions, for 504 yards and 7 TDs. The Notre Dame rushing attack is by no means dominating but they still have averaged 163.8 rushing yards per game on 4.3 yards per carry.

Florida State’s defense is still good but not nearly as dominant as last year’s championship team. Eliminate games against The Citadel and offensively inept Wake Forest and the Seminoles have allowed 425 ypg and 5.8 ypp. The big defensive plays have been lacking as well with only 8 sacks and 11 forced turnovers in their first 6 games. I think Notre Dame’s offense is good enough to have success moving the football.

Assuming Winston plays, the offense for the Seminoles under his watch this season has been highly productive in the passing game with over 300 passing ypg. However, their running game has suffered a bit as the Seminoles are only averaging 138.5 ypg. Their mediocre ground game is likely to get a boost this week by the return of Karlos Williams who missed the Syracuse game last week with an ankle injury. Williams has 353 rush yards on 4.8 yards per carry and 5 rushing TDs. Notre Dame’s defense was gashed by North Carolina but they have shown flashes of dominance on that side of the football as they come into this game ranking 8th in the country with 17.2 points allowed per game.

If Winston plays (which I am hoping he will), we will likely see Notre Dame as a double-digit underdog as they were earlier in the week. Florida State has obviously struggled against the spread as well as stepping up in class with one score wins against Oklahoma State and Clemson. The Irish are more complete than both of those squads and will be able to hang with the Seminoles for a full 60 minutes.

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Tags: College Football Notre Dame Fighting Irish Florida State Seminoles ACC Ian Cameron



NFL Gambling: Indianapolis Colts dominating time of possession

10.17.2014     08:45 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Here's the blueprint for why Indianapolis is 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS this season. Since Andrew Luck took over, the Colts have covered 66% (27-14) of their games.


"We're running a lot of plays on offense," coach Chuck Pagano said. "Consequently we're moving the chains and moving the sticks. The yards are adding up and the points are adding up and all those things. Our defense is chewing ice and sitting on the bench a lot longer, playing a lot less.

"Every time we look up, it's 48 plays, 50 plays, 52 plays on defense, so they're a lot fresher," he added. "When you're fresh, especially in the fourth quarter, it makes all the difference in the world."



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NFL Handicapping: Elo Ratings vs. Market Prices Week 7

10.17.2014     07:11 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Link to FiveThirtyEight.com's Elo Ratings and spreads for NFL Week 7. Some of the biggest discrepancies include...

Arizona at Oakland 
Elo: Arizona -9 
Market: Arizona -3.5

San Francisco at Denver 
Elo: Denver -3.5 
Market: Denver -6.5/-7

 
Carolina at Green Bay 
Elo: Green Bay -3 
Market: Green Bay -7

Tennessee at Washington 
Elo: Tennessee -0.5 
Market: Washington -5.5

Houston at Pittsburgh 
Elo: Pittsburgh -6.5 
Market: Pittsburgh -4

Tags: NFL



College Football Betting Preview: Baylor Bears at West Virginia Mountaineers

10.17.2014     07:05 AM     Paul Stone     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Paul Stone

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Baylor at West Virginia 
Saturday, 9 am PT - FS-1 
CRIS Opener:
Baylor -9.5 O/U 78 
CRIS Current: Baylor -8 O/U 80 
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Baylor -10.5 
Paul Stone's Recommendation: West Virginia

If Baylor ultimately gains a spot in this season's inaugural College Football Playoff, it will certainly look back on the second Saturday in October as one of its narrow escapes en route to the Final Four.

The fourth-ranked Bears (6-0 on the season) trailed TCU, 58-37, at home last weekend with just 11 minutes remaining before reeling off the game's final 24 points to escape, 61-58, on Chris Callahan's 28-yard field goal as time expired.

The combined 119 points scored by the teams represented the highest scoring game between Top 10 teams in college football history.

After being held mostly in check by Texas' defense the previous week, the Bears erupted for 782 yards and 39 first downs against a respectable TCU stop unit.

Like Baylor, West Virginia, trailing by 14 points in the fourth quarter, snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in Lubbock as Josh Lambert nailed a school-record 55-yard field goal on the game's final play to give the Mountaineers a 37-34 victory.

Two years ago when the teams last played in Morgantown, a Geno Smith-led West Virginia squad out-lasted Baylor, 70-63, in the highest scoring game in Big XII history.

This season, Baylor and West Virginia both rank among the nation's top 10 teams in total offense. The Bears and Heisman Trophy candidate Bryce Petty lead the country at 622.5 yards per game, while the Mountaineers rank eighth at 552.2 yards an outing. 
Saturday's combatants both operate at a break neck pace.

Baylor also leads the nation in offensive plays per game, averaging 94 snaps, while West Virginia is not far behind at fourth at 88 plays per game.

Both teams have weapons all over the field, with none perhaps more explosive than the Mountaineers' Kevin White who leads the NCAA in receiving yards at 888, an average of 148 per game.

The unranked Mountaineers (4-2), whose head coach Dana Holgorsen entered the season firmly on the hot seat, have shown substantial improvement during 2014, with their only defeats coming at the hands of seventh-ranked Alabama (33-23) and 11th-ranked Oklahoma (45-33).

Over the past 10 seasons, West Virginia has hosted a trio of Top 10 opponents, failing to cover on all three occasions. Let's, however, call for the Mountaineers to take an emotionally-spent Baylor team to the wire. Take West Virginia plus 7.5 points.

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Tags: College Football Baylor Bears West Virginia Mountaineers Big XII Paul Stone



College Football Betting Preview: Texas A&M Aggies at Alabama Crimson Tide

10.16.2014     01:44 PM     Alatex Sports     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Alatex Sports

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Texas A&M at Alabama 
Saturday, 12:30 pm PT - CBS 
CRIS Opener:
Alabama -12.5 O/U 58.5 
CRIS Current: Alabama -13.5 O/U 63.5 
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Alabama -6 
Brent Crow's Recommendation: Texas A&M

This matchup consists of two teams that are being widely hailed as major disappointments by the media and even their own fans. Texas A&M has dropped its last two games and needed overtime to edge Arkansas three games back. Alabama has just one loss (vs. Ole Miss) but was very lucky to win last week at Arkansas thanks to a missed PAT by the Razorbacks.

So what is the reality of these teams? To me Texas A&M is about what I expected them to be. Not quite as good offensively as they were in the Johnny Football years, but still pretty good. Any Kevin Sumlin offense is going to move the ball and light up the scoreboard. They just happened to face the top two teams in the country the past two weeks in Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Ole Miss has the best defense in the country and Mississippi State is perhaps the most physical team in the nation. A&M put itself behind the eight ball in both games by turning the ball over three times. They are not good enough to overcome three turnovers a game and beat those two teams, nor will they beat Alabama if they are -3 in turnover margin. Luckily for the Aggies, Bama is not as good defensively as they have been in the past. They have forced just eight turnovers on the year and have some youth in the secondary that can be exploited.

Alabama is also struggling on offense suddenly. After moving up and down the field against a decent Florida defense, the Tide has been terrible over the past two weeks at Ole Miss and at Arkansas. They only managed 227 total yards last week against an Arkansas defense that allowed 523 yards to A&M the week before. Injuries have been a factor in the Tide’s decline the past two weeks as has playing on the road. The biggest factor this week may be Blake Sims’ confidence. He didn’t look like the same quarterback last week, instead of being confident he was tentative and hesitant. If he is hearing the criticisms and footsteps of backup Jake Coker, he might wind up on the bench this week. Bama needs a strong performance by Sims, and the A&M defense has holes that can be exploited.

Texas A&M gets the nod this week with the +13.5 that is available. This offense has given Saban’s defenses fits in recent years and this defense isn’t as talented as the ones that were abused in the past. We have already seen West Virginia have success against Alabama this year and if not for some dropped passes by wide open receivers, the Mountaineers could have pulled the upset. Look for this one to go down to the wire.

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Sportsmemo's College Football Every Game on the Board Betting Podcast 10-16-2014

10.16.2014     09:35 AM     Printer Friendly

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Here's our Week 8 College Football Every Game on the Board Podcast. Handicappers Paul Stone, Brent Crow, and Teddy Covers 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

Brent Crow - College Football Every Game on the Board Part II

Teddy Covers - College Football Every Game on the Board Part III

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College Football Handicapping: Iowa State not married to new found up-tempo offense

10.16.2014     07:09 AM     Printer Friendly

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Through its first five games, Iowa State averaged a very pedestrian 67 plays per game. Last week against Toledo, they incorperated some up-tempo, ran 87 plays, and scored 37 points in the win. But heading into Sunday's game on the road against Texas, it appears that the Cyclones are going to revert back to a more controlled style of offense.


“It can be a real detriment to your defense if you are not (successful) and coming off the field quite quickly,” Rhoads said. 



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College Football Betting Alert: Indiana down to third string quarterback

10.15.2014     02:55 PM     Printer Friendly

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Well, this isn't good. Following the loss of Nate Sudfeld to a season-ending injury, Indiana's best case scenario at quarterback was true freshman Chris Covington who was originally slated to play linebacker. And head coach Kevin Wilson said Covington was, "hands down the team's best option." News however just broke that Covington won't play this weekend vs. Michigan State. Why he won't play isn't known outside of his mother saying so (huh?). Next in line is fellow freshman Zander Diamont. Line headed Sparty's way as we speak.




College Football Gambling: Indiana loses starting QB Sudfeld, turns to true frosh

10.13.2014     11:42 AM     View Original Blog
Indiana starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld is out for the season with a shoulder injury. The Hoosiers now turn to true frosh Chris Covington who in relief duty vs. Iowa completed only 3-of-12 passes for 31 yards and two interceptions. Not a huge sample size, but Indiana's next four opponents (Penn State, Michigan, Rutgers, and Michigan State) all rank seventh or worse in passing defense in Big Ten play. IU is currently a +13.5/+14 home underdog to Michigan State for Saturday.




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College Football Gambling: Rutgers isn't happy about how big of underdogs it is to Ohio State

10.15.2014     01:35 PM     Printer Friendly

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We've said this before; college football players and coaches know the pointspreads of their games. Here we have 5-1 Rutgers who is apparently pretty pissed about the +19.5 they're catching at Ohio State this weekend.


The lopsided line caught the attention of junior captain Darius Hamilton, who simply tweeted "19.5 underdogs...remember that...#choposu" on Monday night.

“It shows how disrespectful it is, but then again, we come in, we strap on the helmet and everybody bleeds just like how we bleed," Carroo said. "Everybody is the same. We just have to go out there and play, listen to coaching and go out there and know that we’re playing for each other and everything will take care of itself out there on the field.”



Tags: College Football Rutgers Scarlet Knights Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten






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