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College Football Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Panthers at Duke Blue Devils

10.20.2017     09:19 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Rob Veno

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Pittsburgh at Duke
Saturday, 9:20 am PT
CRIS Opener: Duke -8 O/U 50
CRIS Current: Duke -8 O/U 50
Recommendation: Duke

It’s been a tough road for Duke's offense the past three weeks having faced three of the ACC’s best defenses. After racking up 425.3 ypg and 40.5 ppg over their first four contests, Duke’s offense has been reduced to just 306.3 ypg and 12.3 ppg after playing Miami, Virginia and Florida State. Despite the offensive struggles, Duke’s defense was able to keep two of those contests competitive but the 0-3 SU and 0-2-1 ATS results leave them feeling a sense of urgency to get a win. Pittsburgh’s 14th ranked ACC defense may be the perfect elixir here since the Panthers have given up at least 446 yards and 27 points in four of its last five games.

Pittsburgh’s offense meanwhile is in their second straight game with backup quarterback Ben DiNucci taking over as the starter after Max Browne went down with a season ending injury. DiNucci has seen snaps in every game this season but as the starter last week he went 19-of-32, 170 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT against the stingy NC State defense. It doesn’t get any easier as the Duke defense is fourth in the ACC at just 312.9 ypg allowed. The fundamental matchups look poor for Pittsburgh across the board in this one mainly due to their ineffectiveness at the line of scrimmage. On the season Pitt has a yards per rush average of -1.5 which figures to be a real problem against the Blue Devils stout and aggressive front line.

Unlike last season, Pittsburgh is not equipped with a potent running game or an accurate passer at QB. Last season’s offense under the direction of ex-OC Matt Canada kept teams off balance and created plenty of spacing on the field for explosive plays. Here, the ground game will likely be overwhelmed by Duke’s defense which should also cause fits (20 sacks this season & allowing just 53.6% completions) for DiNucci. On the other side, expect Duke to find running lanes that they haven’t seen in three weeks against the Panthers 87th ranked run defense. It’s been difficult for Duke’s receivers to get free from the talented secondaries they’ve faced recently but Pitt’s secondary (111th ranked pass defense) plus lack of pass rush (only 9 sacks this season) should allow the Blue Devils passing game to flourish here. Look for dual threat quarterback Daniel “The Truth” Jones to guide Duke to a very productive offensive afternoon while the defense limits Pitt to 17 points or less. Have to lay the -8 here with Duke which will be fully focused on getting a convincing win knowing that a slip up, plus a date at Virginia Tech next week could derail their season.

Tags: College Football Pittsburgh Panthers Duke Blue Devils ACC Rob Veno



College Football Betting Preview: Buffalo Bulls at Miami RedHawks

10.20.2017     09:13 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly

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Buffalo at Miami-OH
Saturday, 11:30 am PT - ESPN3
CRIS Opener: Miami -2.5 O/U 47
CRIS Current: Miami -2.5 O/U 45
Recommendation: Buffalo

Two MAC squads currently dealing with multiple quarterback injuries as Buffalo heads to Miami-Ohio. The Bulls are down to their third-stringer, Kyle Vantrease, who was thrown into the fire during last week's 14-13 loss to Northern Illinois. Buffalo's offense didn't do much with Vantrease under center which was to be expected considering he's a true freshman. Last season, Miami started 0-6 but finished 6-0 thanks in large part to a switch at quarterback. Gus Ragland, who replaced Billy Bahl, finished the season with over 1,500 yards and a stellar 17-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio. Ragland was thus the starter heading into this season but went down with an injury two weeks ago vs. Bowling Green. The RedHawks had no choice but to go back to Bahl who looked lost in last week's embarrassing loss to bottom feeder Kent State. Bahl finished 12-of-29 and threw two interceptions. In the end you have the top two offenses in the MAC in terms of yards per play vs. league foes and yet because of the dire quarterback situations, a total of only 45.

Scroll through the pointspread records of every college football team and you'll notice that Buffalo is a perfect 7-0 ATS. There's obvious concerns that the market will eventually catch up to this squad as well as the precarious situation at quarterback. But I've been impressed with the overall strength of the this team on both sides of the ball. Their statistical profile, particularly on defense in conference play, doesn't look great but bettors should take into account the seven overtime affair they played vs. Western Michigan. Talent-wise, the Bulls have edges on both side of the ball in this matchup. And the dicey quarterback situation isn’t nearly as concerning when you look at Miami's drop-off in production from Ragland to Bahl. There's a reason the market isn't currently showing Miami as -3 home chalk; Buffalo even with a third-string QB is the better of these two squads. I'm on the short road underdog in this matchup.

Tags: College Football Buffalo Bulls Miami-Ohio RedHawks MAC Drew Martin



NFL Gambling Update: Cleveland's Kizer back as starter

10.20.2017     08:32 AM     Printer Friendly

UPDATE

Well, that was quick. No sooner did Cleveland rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer hit the pine, he's now back as the starter. Kevin Hogan played well in relief of Kizer against the Jets but looked very Kizer-esque (20-of-37, 3 INTs) in last week's loss to the Texans. Hue Jackson, who last week said Hogan was "best for our team", claims Kizer "is the guy right now." The Browns are +5.5/+6 home underdogs to Tennessee this Sunday.


 "I'm not going to say the rest of the season, but I know he's the guy right now,'' said Jackson. "I hope he is. I hope there are no more times we have to take him out and let him reset himself.''






NFL Gambling Alert: Cleveland Browns go with Kevin Hogan vs. Houston

10.11.2017     08:18 AM     View Original Blog
The 0-5 Cleveland Browns announced quarterback Kevin Hogan will start Sunday's game at Houston in place of rookie DeShone Kizer. Hogan caught a lot of flak during his career at Stanford but played all four years, attempted over 1,110 passes, completed 66% of those passes, and posted a solid 75-to-29 TD-to-INT ratio. Meanwhile, Kizer played only two years and was notorious for struggling against better competition. Last season, in seven games against teams with a winning record, Kizer completed only 56% of his passes with a QB Rating of 124.1. Is Hogan the long term solution? Almost assuredly not. But the Browns have been able to move the ball with him under center. Following the announcement, the total was bet up from 44.5 to 47. 

 

"I've made the decision to start Kevin this week," Jackson said in a statement. "We've liked what Kevin has been able to do within our offense when he's been in there and he will ‪start on Sunday because that's what we feel is best for our team at this point in time."



 

 




Tags: NFL Cleveland Browns Tennessee Titans



College Football Betting Preview: UCF Knights at Navy Midshipmen

10.19.2017     11:59 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
UCF at Navy
Saturday, 12:30 pm PT - CBSC
CRIS Opener: UCF -6.5 O/U 65
CRIS Current: UCF -7 O/U 65
Recommendation: Over

The UCF Knights have not just beaten the pointspread this season, they have annihilated it by a combined 100 points for an average of 20 ppg. They have an explosive and balanced offense that averages 548 ypg at 8.1 ypp. It’s a unit to I project will give an undersized Navy defense plenty of problems. Despite playing two options teams (Tulane and Air Force), the Midshipmen defense has been average at best (6.2 ypp allowed) this season and heads into Saturday on the heels of back-to-back hard fought barn burners that came down to the last possession. UCF marks a huge step up in class and I could very easily see the Knights wearing down Navy’s defense in the second half which should lead to big chunks of yards.

UCF's defense has also looked the part this season (16.8 ppg allowed) but the schedule comes up a little light with four of its five opponents currently ranked 75th or worse in total offense. Navy is arguably the modest capable offense (18th total offense) the Knights have seen thus far. Note that Navy’s 27-point output against Memphis last week was a bit deceiving. The Midshipmen had 334 total yards of offense on 4.4 ypp but were plagued by five turnovers. Without the luxury of a recent previous meeting, UCF’s defense isn’t likely to post some of the dominating numbers they did against inferior competition. Tough to step in front of UCF with its strong track record of outpacing the betting markets but this is a dangerous matchup and the pressure of an undefeated season is starting the mount. I think the more appropriate play is on the over as both offenses should have success.

Tags: College Football UCF Knights Navy Midshipmen AAC Ian Cameron



Sportsmemo's College Football Every Game on the Board Betting Podcast 10-19-2017

10.19.2017     10:40 AM     Printer Friendly

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Here is Sportsmemo's College Football Every Game on the Board Podcast for Week 8. Handicappers Ian Cameron, Teddy Covers, and Rob Veno joined host Andrew Lange to break down Saturday's slate from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Full Show - College Football 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: College Football Teddy Covers Ian Cameron Rob Veno Andrew Lange



Sports Betting Podcast 10-18-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Drew Martin and Erin Rynning

10.18.2017     12:36 PM     Printer Friendly

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Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Drew Martin and Erin Rynning. Drew and host Andrew Lange broke down all six mid-week college football games while ER gave his thoughts on some of tonight's NBA action.

Today's segments
Drew Martin - College Football (Thu-Fri)

Erin Rynning - NBA

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 NBA Drew Martin Erin Rynning



College Football Betting Preview: BYU Cougars at East Carolina Pirates

10.18.2017     10:09 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange

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BYU at East Carolina
Saturday, 4 pm PT - CBSC
CRIS Opener: BYU -7.5 O/U 55
CRIS Current: BYU -5.5 O/U 58
Recommendation: Under

East Carolina has played a really tough schedule thus far, particularly when it comes to opposing offenses. West Virginia and UCF are tied for fifth nationally in total offense. South Florida ranks 13th. Virginia Tech ranks 25th. And UConn ranks a respectable 49th. You can't use the schedule alone as a reason for ECU's horrific defense numbers but BYU's offense is arguably one of the worst in the country meaning the Pirates are in position to put up at least some resistance in this matchup.

You can make a strong argument that BYU's opposing defense SOS is just as strong as ECU's opposing offense SOS. The Cougars have faced the likes of LSU, Wisconsin, Utah, and Boise State. But even when pitted up against softer stop units like Portland State and Utah State, BYU still struggled to move the football and put points on the board. The other thing to consider is pace. East Carolina typically plays at a fast clip in part because they are always playing behind. BYU has also played a lot of its football trailing on the scoreboard but the Cougars are still a "huddle up" team (one offensive snap every 27 seconds).

East Carolina's one "under" against FBS competition this season came against Temple in a 34-10 loss (total closed 58.5). The Owls and Cougars are very similar in a number of attributes which suggests we can look that same way for Saturday's contest.

Tags: College Football BYU Cougars East Carolina Pirates AAC Andrew Lange



College Football Gambling: Cal loses leading tackler; Arizona steamed to -3

10.17.2017     10:41 AM     Printer Friendly

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California's defense has been one of the biggest surprises in college football this season. For the year, the Golden Bears have allowed only 5.35 yards per play; a 1.3 ypp improvement over 2016. And they haven't been racking up numbers against soft competition with four games against teams currently ranked in the top 35 nationally in total offense. But now they'll without the team's leading tackler, linebacker Devante Downs, who will miss the remainder of the season due to injury. The loss of Downs could be especially costly this week with the Golden Bears playing host to Arizona. The Wildcats rank fourth in the country in rushing (342.3 ypg); first among non-option teams. And you can bet Downs would have been tasked with trying to keep this dude in check. Cal opened -1.5 but a flood of money now has Arizona -3 across the board. 

Tags: College Football California Golden Bears Arizona Wildcats PAC-12



NFL Handicapping: Green Bay's injuries go well beyond Rodgers

10.17.2017     10:15 AM     Printer Friendly

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While all of the talk has centered on Aaron Rodgers' injury and how much he's worth to the pointspread, it was pointed out by Teddy Covers on today's Sportsmemo Podcast that Green Bay is one banged up football team, particularly along the offensive line.

 

 Hundley, like Rodgers, has exceptional mobility and a strong arm. The problem for Hundley is that Rodgers is far from the only injury affecting Green Bay. Three of the Packers' starting five offensive linemen — LT David Bakhtiari (hamstring), RT Bryan Bulaga (concussion) and LG Lane Taylor (knee/ankle) — left the game against the Vikings with injury, leaving only C Corey Linsley and Saints legend Jahri Evans as sure bets to play in front of Hundley on Sunday. Battered by injury all season, the Packers have started a different offensive line combination in every single game so far and allowed 23 sacks, tied with Detroit for worst in the league.



Tags: NFL Green Bay Packers



NFL Betting Podcast 10-17-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers

10.17.2017     09:41 AM     Printer Friendly

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Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Teddy Covers. Teddy gave his famed Opening Line Report (OLR) in which he and host Andrew Lange discussed NFL Week 7 line moves and where bettors can expect the lines to move throughout the week. 

Today's segments
Teddy Covers - NFL Opening Line Report Week 7

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 Teddy Covers Andrew Lange



College Football Handicapping: Golden Nugget GOY vs. CRIS Week 8

10.16.2017     06:59 AM     Printer Friendly

Here is Week 8's breakdown of Golden Nugget's Game of the Year lines vs. CRIS's current numbers. It's a great tool to spot week-to-week changes in perception from oddsmakers and the betting markets.

2017 College Football Golden Nugget GOY vs. CRIS - Week 8
Away
Home
Golden Nugget GOY
CRIS Current
Wyoming
Boise State
Boise State -7
Boise State -14
Louisville
Florida State
Florida State -8
Florida State -7
Tennessee
Alabama
Alabama -24.5
Alabama -34
Auburn
Arkansas
Auburn -7
N/L
West Virginia
Baylor
Baylor -10
West Virginia -10
Oklahoma
Kansas State
Oklahoma -9
Oklahoma -12.5
Oklahoma State
Texas
Texas -3
Oklahoma State -7
Oregon
UCLA
UCLA -6.5
UCLA 6.5
Michigan
Penn State
Penn State -6.5
Penn State -10
USC
Notre Dame
USC -8
Notre Dame -3.5


Tags: College Football



NFL Gambling Update: SuperContest consensus drops to 40% YTD

10.16.2017     06:49 AM     Printer Friendly

UPDATE

Westgate SuperContest consensus plays finished 2-3 against the spread last week. That puts the YTD record to 12-18 ATS. The top weekly play is now 3-3 ATS. The least picked Sunday side is 3-3 ATS.

1. PITTSBURGH +4.5 at Kansas City - WIN
2. GREEN BAY -3 at Minnesota - LOSS
3. DETROIT +5 at New Orleans - LOSS
4. DENVER -11.5 vs. NY Giants - LOSS
5. LA RAMS +2.5 vs. at Jacksonvile - WIN

Least Picked Sunday Side: MIAMI +11.5 at Atlanta - WIN

YTD Results
Week 1: 0-5
Week 2: 3-2
Week 3: 2-3
Week 4: 4-1
Week 5: 1-4
Week 6: 2-3




NFL Gambling: Road teams highlight Week 6 SuperContest consensus

10.14.2017     08:27 PM     View Original Blog
Below are the top five consensus plays for Week 6 from the Westgate SuperBook's famed SuperContest.

1. PITTSBURGH +4.5 at Kansas City
2. GREEN BAY -3 at Minnesota
3. DETROIT +5 at New Orleans
4. DENVER -11.5 vs. NY Giants
5. LA RAMS +2.5 vs. at Jacksonvile

Least Picked Sunday Side: MIAMI +11.5 at Atlanta




Tags: NFL SuperContest



NFL Gambling: Road teams highlight Week 6 SuperContest consensus

10.14.2017     08:27 PM     Printer Friendly

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Below are the top five consensus plays for Week 6 from the Westgate SuperBook's famed SuperContest.

1. PITTSBURGH +4.5 at Kansas City
2. GREEN BAY -3 at Minnesota
3. DETROIT +5 at New Orleans
4. DENVER -11.5 vs. NY Giants
5. LA RAMS +2.5 vs. at Jacksonvile

Least Picked Sunday Side: MIAMI +11.5 at Atlanta

Tags: NFL SuperContest



NFL Week 6 Betting Podcast 10-13-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Brent Crow and Erin Rynning

10.13.2017     01:41 PM     Printer Friendly

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Here is Sportsmemo's NFL Every Game on the Board Podcast for Week 6. Handicappers Brent Crow and Erin Rynning joined host Andrew Lange to break down the entire slate from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Full Show - 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 Brent Crow Erin Rynning Andrew Lange



College Football Betting Preview: UCLA Bruins at Arizona Wildcats

10.13.2017     10:40 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
UCLA at Arizona
Saturday, 6 pm PT - PAC-12 Network
CRIS Opener: Arizona pk O/U 74.5
CRIS Current: UCLA -2.5 O/U 74
Recommendation: UCLA

Bye weeks are very meaningful in college football. Banged up players get a chance to get healthy. Coaches have extra time to shore up flaws and prepare gameplans. Players get a much needed break and tend to come back with full focus. As we approach the college football season’s halfway point, we should take note to adjust power ratings up a notch or two for teams coming off their break.

UCLA is in that exact situation this week. The Bruins faced a brutal non-conference slate, including Texas A&M and Memphis. They opened their PAC-12 slate with Stanford and Colorado. The Arizona team they’ll face on Saturday Night is as weak as any foe they’ve seen all year, with the lone exception of Hawaii. And it’s surely worth noting that the Bruins beat Hawaii 56-23, covering the spread as 24 point favorites.

The Bruins defense currently ranks #128 in the country against the run, allowing 284 yards per game and 6.3 yards per carry, truly awful numbers. But those season long stats don’t tell the true story of what we can expect from UCLA on Saturday. Injured defensive starters Jaelan Phillips, Lokeni Toailoa and Dechaun Holiday are all expected back on the field this week; a SIGNIFICANT upgrade for their front seven.

That matters, a lot, because Arizona might have found themselves a QB last week. Sophomore Khalil Tate was mostly a running threat as a true frosh last year, attempting only 45 pass attempts for the season. Tate was injured over the summer and didn’t get a chance to compete for the starting job. But he’s healthy now and coming off a truly brilliant starting debut, rushing for more than 300 yards while compiling a QB rating of 217.2, throwing only one incomplete pass all day.

Can Tate do it again, or is he just a one hit wonder? Here’s what UCLA head coach Jim Mora had to say: “It’s like playing a wildcat offense with a quarterback that can throw. We have to play hard but play with patience, play with speed but play with patience, and that’s sometimes a difficult combination. But we’ve been working really hard on it, and our guys have a great understanding of what we’re up against.”

UCLA’s defense should be better with three key starters back. They’ve got film on Tate to work with and extra time to prep for Rich Rodriguez’s attack. The Bruins own offense is loaded with quality skill position talent, and QB Josh Rosen is still very much alive to be the first QB chosen in the draft next spring. And Arizona’s defense is a long, long way from being an elite unit, capable of shutting the Bruins down.

Let’s not forget about the head-to-head matchup record between Jim Mora and RichRod! In five previous meetings between these two head coaches, Mora is 5-0 SU, 5-0 ATS, covering the spread by an AVERAGE of more than 19 points per game. Now that’s a track record worthy of support!

Tags: College Football UCLA Bruins Arizona Wildcats PAC-12 Teddy Covers



College Football Betting Preview: Navy Midshipmen at Memphis Tigers

10.13.2017     09:30 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Navy at Memphis
Saturday, 12:45 pm PT - ESPNU
CRIS Opener: Memphis -5.5 O/U 74.5
CRIS Current: Memphis -3 O/U 71
Recommendation: Over

 I am not sure either of these squads are well equipped to shut down what the other team does well offensively. Navy’s defense, which is playing more man-to-man, will be asked to defend one of the best passing attacks they’ll see this season. Memphis’ Riley Ferguson leads an offense that is averaging over 500 ypg including 316 ypg through the air. The combination of Ferguson to receiver Anthony Miller has been spectacular as Miller hauled in 15 receptions for 224 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns in last week’s 70-point outburst vs. UConn. Navy’s newly implemented defense, in theory, is supposed to create more pressure on the opposing quarterbacks and force more turnovers. Unfortunately, they’ve picked off only two passes and currently rank 123rd nationally in yards per pass attempt allowed (8.9). As we saw last week vs. Air Force (8.6 ypp), this is a stop unit that is ripe to allow big plays. On the other side, Memphis is allowing over 6 yards per play and when asked to stop the run against UCF, they simply couldn’t do it as the Knights hung 350 yards on the ground. Last season, the Tigers allowed Navy to run wild (447 yards) in a 42-28 loss. Memphis is 4-1 O/U this season in large part due to a defense that has yielded 29, 45, 31, 40 and 31 points. And with an extra bit of value (total bet down to 71) I recommend a wager on the over. 

Tags: College Football Navy Midshipmen Memphis Tigers AAC Ian Cameron



College Football Betting Preview: Virginia Cavaliers at North Carolina Tar Heels

10.13.2017     09:07 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Rob Veno

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Virginia at North Carolina
Saturday, 12:30 pm PT
CRIS Opener: Virginia -2.5 O/U 55
CRIS Current: Virginia -3.5 O/U 51
Recommendation: Virginia

Give North Carolina credit for hanging as tough as possible last week versus Notre Dame before finally tiring defensively en-route to their 33-10 loss. The lack of offensive playmakers combined with the on the job training of redshirt freshman quarterback Chaz Surratt continues to take its toll on the defense which has now been on the field for an average of 81 plays the past three weeks. There’s no letup in sight this week with Virginia marching into Kenan Stadium with their high tempo 76.8 total plays per game offense. The Cavaliers also appear to be rounding into the form of a hard-nosed Bronco Mendenhall style defense as evidenced by their pair of recent efforts which held Boise State to a season low 23 points and Duke to a season low 255 total yards.

Focus doesn’t figure to be a problem for either side here since this is a heated rivalry but in the case of UNC, effort is only going so far at this point. Last week on 14 offensive possessions, the Tar Heels began the game with five straight three and outs followed by a fumble on the Notre Dame 30-yard line and then another punt. After a 47-yard TD drive, they closed the half by getting nailed for a safety with 10 seconds left. In all, over the past two weeks, North Carolina’s offense has had the ball 26 times which have resulted in 15 punts, 5 turnovers (3 interceptions and 2 fumbles), 2 missed field goals (40 and 52 yards), 1 safety, 2 TDs and 1 FG. It’s hard to envision things getting significantly better with the injury list being what it is and an opponent that’s gaining confidence defensively each week.

The Cavs' playbook began opening up four games ago against Indiana and it is wide open now. Virginia Offensive Coordinator Robert Anae has successfully directed high powered spread offenses throughout his career and he’s got one here that’s just hitting the tip of the iceberg. Kurt Benkert has displayed the arm strength, accuracy and grasp of the system the past three games and his cast of WR’s appear acclimated as well. UVA’s passing game had a bit of a rough outing last week but made enough plays against a rugged Duke defense to get them the win. They should find balance much easier to come by in this matchup against a North Carolina defense that ranks 114th nationally in total yards allowed (121 vs. the run, 73 vs. the pass). Add to that another major injury for the Tar Heels as the leader of their secondary SS Donnie Miles (3rd on team in tackles) is out this week. Always have to be wary of a team playing with effort in a home underdog role off of a home loss but the circumstances here are overwhelmingly lopsided in favor of Virginia. Line spiked up to -3.5 during the week and have to agree with the money in this spot. Preference here is to play the ascending UVA group that figures to be 7+ points better than the home side.

Tags: College Football Virginia Cavaliers North Carolina Tar Heels ACC Rob Veno



College Football Betting Preview: Texas Tech Red Raiders at West Virginia Mountaineers

10.13.2017     09:02 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Otto Sports

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Texas Tech at West Virginia
Saturday, 9 am PT - ESPNU
CRIS Opener: West Virginia -6 O/U 80
CRIS Current: West Virginia -3.5 O/U 72
Recommendation: Over

West Virginia's offense has had no trouble moving the football this season. Yes, they benefitted from a three-game swatch of East Carolina, Delaware State, and Kansas but they also faced Virginia Tech and TCU away from home. Against the Hokies, WVU rolled up 592 yards and topped the 500-yard mark against the Horned Frogs as well. The Mountaineers ran into some difficulty in the red zone which resulted in only 48 points combined in both contests but the yardage was actually conducive to around 75 points.

Through five games, Texas Tech's defense has actually been somewhat of a strength as it has allowed a modest 5.5 yards per play. But those numbers are buoyed by games against FCS Eastern Washington, Houston, and Kansas. Arizona State hung 45 on the Red Raiders and Oklahoma State just missed the 600-yard mark in its 41-34 win. West Virginia is also the most balanced team Tech has faced and the only squad to rank inside the top 50 in rushing (29th, 213.2 ypg). TTU's defense has also benefited from 13 takeaways; one shy of last year's entire output.

The other factor to consider is tempo, particularly that of West Virginia. We know Texas Tech likes to play at a fast clip but the Mountaineers have really sped up the pace this season with 84 plays per game vs. FBS foes. That's nearly a 10 play per game increase over last season.

Last season's meeting closed 82 as West Virginia won 48-17 in Lubbock. Here we see a total as low as 72 yet West Virginia's is playing faster, looks just as good if not better on offense, and has taken a step back defensively. Texas Tech remains one of the nation's best offenses but seems to be getting a bit more credit that it deserves defensively after a small subset of games. Play this one over the total.

Tags: College Football Texas Tech Red Raiders West Virginia Mountaineers Big XII OTTO Sports



Sportsmemo's College Football Every Game on the Board Betting Podcast 10-12-2017

10.12.2017     10:56 AM     Printer Friendly

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Here is Sportsmemo's College Football Every Game on the Board Podcast for Week 7. Handicappers Ian Cameron, Teddy Covers, and Rob Veno joined host Andrew Lange to break down Saturday's slate from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Full Show - College Football 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: College Football Teddy Covers Ian Cameron Rob Veno Andrew Lange



College Football Betting Preview: San Jose State Spartans at Hawaii Warriors

10.12.2017     07:50 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
San Jose State at Hawaii
Saturday, 9 pm PT
CRIS Opener: Hawaii -18 O/U 61
CRIS Current: Hawaii -17 O/U 61
Recommendation: Hawaii

If there's a team ever in need of a bye week, it's the San Jose State Spartans. San Jose State has played seven straight games and finally gets a break after this week's trip to Hawaii. The schedule at times has been daunting but the Spartans did open Mountain West play against three average to below average squads with two of those contests at home. They failed to put up much of a fight in any of the three. Against Utah State, SJSU was outgained by 428 yards. They allowed over 8 yards per play in a 41-13 loss to UNLV. And last week were held to 205 yards in a 27-10 home loss to Fresno State. The Spartans, who are trying to play up-tempo football, have turned the ball over 24 times and have a -9 turnover margin over their last three contests. With a bye week looming, they must first travel to face Hawaii, a team they lost to a home last season, 34-17. It’s a scenario where we could very easily see the Spartans “pack it in” if they get down early.

The Warriors haven't won a game since Week 2 but have really been up against it from a schedule perspective with three out of their last four on the road. The offense has had no trouble moving the football (6.69 yards per play) but the defense have been repeatedly gashed (1,176 yards allowed last two games). They've also dealt with various suspensions and the resignation of their offensive line coach. Saturday's game however is an ideal cure-all situation as the Warriors will have obvious advantages on both sides of the football. I look for Hawaii to jump out early in this one as the recommendation is to split your wager both first half -10 and full game -17.

 

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College Football Betting Podcast 10-11-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Drew Martin and Erin Rynning

10.11.2017     09:26 AM     Printer Friendly

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Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Drew Martin and Erin Rynning. Drew and host Andrew Lange broke down all four mid-week college football games while ER gave his famed Big Ten Report.

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Drew Martin - College Football (Wed-Fri)

Erin Rynning - Big Ten Report

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NFL Gambling Alert: Cleveland Browns go with Kevin Hogan vs. Houston

10.11.2017     08:18 AM     Printer Friendly

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The 0-5 Cleveland Browns announced quarterback Kevin Hogan will start Sunday's game at Houston in place of rookie DeShone Kizer. Hogan caught a lot of flak during his career at Stanford but played all four years, attempted over 1,110 passes, completed 66% of those passes, and posted a solid 75-to-29 TD-to-INT ratio. Meanwhile, Kizer played only two years and was notorious for struggling against better competition. Last season, in seven games against teams with a winning record, Kizer completed only 56% of his passes with a QB Rating of 124.1. Is Hogan the long term solution? Almost assuredly not. But the Browns have been able to move the ball with him under center. Following the announcement, the total was bet up from 44.5 to 47. 

 

"I've made the decision to start Kevin this week," Jackson said in a statement. "We've liked what Kevin has been able to do within our offense when he's been in there and he will ‪start on Sunday because that's what we feel is best for our team at this point in time."



 

 

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College Football Gambling: Florida claims it will play faster vs. Texas A&M

10.11.2017     07:52 AM     Printer Friendly

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"Yo, man. I didn't sign up for this shit" was undoubtedly said by no fewer than 80 percent of Florida's offensive unit following last week's 17-16 loss to LSU. The Gators picked up a respectable 5.59 yards per play but managed only 54 snaps. A "lack of communication" has been the most common excuse but snapping the ball every 29 seconds in college football is without question premeditated. While not a full-on revolt, various players voiced their opinions on how the offense needs to pick up the pace. The Gators are -3 home chalk with a total of 52.5 vs. Texas A&M.


 “I think we need to speed up the tempo on offense,” offensive lineman Tyler Jordan said Monday. “Some series you’ll see it, we get up to the ball and we’re rolling, we move the ball efficiently. And there’s other series where we’re slow getting to the ball, and then the series doesn’t turn out as well as we wanted it to.”

“Getting the play into the game, getting (it) from the sideline to Feleipe so Feleipe can get it to us and relay it to everybody else,” Swain said. “We need it. We gotta run more plays.”



 

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College Football and NHL Betting Podcast 10-10-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Ian Cameron

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Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Ian Cameron. Rob and host Andrew Lange recapped college football Week 6 while Ian discussed tonight's NHL games.

Today's segments
Rob Veno - College Football Week 6 Recap

Ian Cameron - NHL (Special Offer)

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New Jersey sports betting case gets day in court

10.10.2017     08:08 AM     Printer Friendly

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It was announced that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear New Jersey's sports betting case in December. If New Jersey gets the thumbs up, it's likely to open the door for any state to get involved.


“A legal sports-betting industry could generate up to $26.6 billion in total economic impact every year though GDP increases, taxes dollars, and over 150,000 well-paying American jobs,” the AGA said in a brief filed with the Supreme Court.



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