College Football Betting: Friedgen makes his OC debut for Rutgers
Tags: College Football Rutgers Scarlet Knights Big Ten Washington State Cougars PAC-12 Rutgers vs. Washington State -8 O/U 63
Good article on Rutgers offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen
. The Fridge has been tight-lipped about how the Scarlet Knights will line up for Thursday's opener vs. Washington State (at Seattle). His Maryland teams were pretty balanced but head coach Kyle Flood said he wouldn't mind utilizing some form of the spread at times.
"I thought he would be a perfect fit for us because he was a pro-style coordinator that had a lot of flexibility in his run and pass, which is something I'm always looking for,'' Flood said, describing why he lured Friedgen out of retirement. "For Ralph to decide to come back to football, and to come back to Rutgers to do it, I couldn't me more excited. We've got one of the premier offensive minds of the past 20-25 years working in our program.''
College Football Gambling: Fresno likely to play two quarterbacks vs. USC
Fresno State at USC -22 O/U 58
Fresno State remains mum on who will start at quarterback
for Saturday's opener at USC. Head coach Tim DeRuyter seems to have faith in both Brian Burrell and Brandon Connette so expect both to see time vs. the Trojans.
"One guy's got to be the first guy to step on that field, but we both have put in the time and the work. Every single practice and scrimmage, we've played to the best of our ability
and we've both gotten better."
Added DeRuyter: "I like where we're at quarterback. But we'll see when we get live bullets how both of them handle it.
"It probably won't be settled until we get into the league as to who's going to be our quarterback
if there is one that definitely separates."
Tags: College Football Fresno State Bulldogs Mountain West USC Trojans PAC-12
NFL Preseason Handicapping: San Diego and Arizona play first of a back-to-back
Tags: NFL Arizona Cardinals San Diego Chargers Arizona at San Diego -3 O/U 39
Bettors should be aware that Arizona and San Diego not only close out the preseason
but turn right around and play each other in the regular season opener (at Arizona) on Monday, September 9.
“Well, it will be a first for me and I think for a lot of people,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “I think you’re not going to show as many things. You’re going to do certain things against them you may not be doing in the opener, but I also want to put the players in a position to succeed and give them a chance to make this football team. We’re going to do what we do.”
Nevada sportsbooks seek to get rid of federal tax
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Ever wonder where exactly your tax dollars are going? Nevada's sportsbooks raised their hands on that one got a pretty interesting response. The IRS had no freakin' clue. Rep. Dina Titus is wanting to get rid of the tax
and keep the money within the state.
“The IRS didn’t even know it existed,” Titus said. “The money just went into some black hole in the general fund. […] It can be reinvested into Nevada’s economy. Gaming is our lifeblood, and this is a drop in the bucket to Washington.”
Football Betting Podcast 8-27-2014 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Ian Cameron and Erin Rynning
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Sportsmemo Handicappers Erin Rynning and Paul Stone face off in Friday Football Showdown
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Sportsmemo Handicappers Erin Rynning
and Paul Stone
have been pitted up against one another in the first round of the Golden Nugget's Friday Football Showdown
on October 10. You can listen to their segment on Las Vegas ESPN Radio (1100 AM) from 2-3 PM PT. Stone took home last year's title
with a 5-2 ATS mark in the finals.
Fantasy football skirts anti-online gambling laws
Tags: College Football NFL
The argument of whether or not fantasy football is gambling
"You have to figure out who to draft, play, trade and all those things to have a successful season," Cabot said. "And because you're doing all that, you're betting on an outcome you can control."
"It depends on how you run your game," Cabot said. "If you said, 'We're going to do fantasy, quick pick, random drafts,' I say, 'How can that be skill based?' But if it's a daily game where you're doing a draft, have the ability to change players halfway through the game and make all these decisions, then it's much closer to a traditional model."
College Football Betting Preview: UNLV Rebels at Arizona Wildcats
|Submitted by Teddy Covers|Tags: College Football UNLV Rebels Mountain West Arizona Wildcats PAC-12 Teddy Covers UNLV at Arizona
Friday, 7:30 pm PT - ESPN
Arizona -24 O/U 60.5
Arizona -23.5 O/U 60
Arizona came to Las Vegas and thoroughly whipped the Rebels last year; a 58-13 blowout that was every bit as lopsided on the field as the final score would suggest. The Wildcats held an enormous team speed advantage to go along with their size edge, creating one big play TD after the next.
UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck following the game in which UNLV trailed by 39 at halftime: “Congratulations to Arizona for coming in and beating the hell out of us. We’ve got to flush this game and move on to the next one because there are no positives.” The loss actually sparked the UNLV season, a season that they turned around immediately following that defeat with four wins in their next four games, culminating in the Rebels first bowl bid since 2000.
The Rebels have not fared well as big road underdogs against power conference foes in early season action throughout the Hauck era. They lost by 28 at Minnesota in their season opener last year; by 34 at Wisconsin and by 52 at Washington State back in 2011, by 28 at Utah and by 39 at West Virginia in 2010. Their lone spread cover in that grouping came in truly ‘bad beat’ fashion for anyone who had Wisconsin -35.
So the two questions to ask here are relatively simple. First, has UNLV turned the corner as a program following last year’s transformative season, or are the Rebels poised to sink right back into bottom feeder territory? And second, will Arizona’s size and speed edges be equally problematic for the Rebels in 2014, the same way they were in 2013?
Bobby Hauck isn’t hanging his hat on a strong performance here: “We think we’re going to have a good season. But going to Tucson and winning’s going to be a tall order.” Always familiar with the pointspread, Hauck said that when you’re a big underdog the main focus is just getting to the fourth quarter. If it’s a close game at that point, anything can happen. “There are ways of attempting to do that.” In other words, don’t expect UNLV to push the pace at any point on Friday.
UNLV just named junior college transfer and Arizona native Blake Decker as their new starting quarterback, while Arizona just named freshman Anu Soloman who won four state titles in high school in Las Vegas as their starter.
Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez, talking about the prolonged battle between four candidates: “I thought (Soloman) deserves the right to start the first game. I don’t know who the next guy is, but I told all four of the guys to be ready to play because all four could play. But at the same time, I’m confident that Anu will play well and he’ll be the starter. As long as he plays well, we’ll win.”
Decker, talking about his role in the UNLV offense: “The quarterback doesn’t need to be that much of a playmaker in this offense. He just needs to distribute the ball and get it out to the superstars that we have.”
UNLV suffered major offseason losses on their front seven defensively, leaving an inexperienced defensive line and linebacking corps. While Arizona graduated a ton of skill position talent, I don’t expect the Wildcats to struggle putting points on the board, even with a freshman starter. And I’m not willing to back Decker as a JUCO transfer making his first major college start on the road, given UNLV’s track record in this role.
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College Football Betting Preview: Abilene Christian Wildcats at Georgia State Panthers
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Submitted by Drew Martin
Abilene Christian at Georgia State
Wednesday, 5 pm PT - ESPNU
CRIS Opener: Georgia State -5 O/U 63
CRIS Current: Georgia State -4 O/U 60.5
Drew’s Recommendation: Under
If you were to glance at Abilene Christian’s offensive production last year, you would undoubtedly come away impressed. But when you start to dig a little deeper however, you find a couple key stats that stand out. Not accounting for the likes of Concordia-Selma, Houston Baptist, and the Incarnate Word, final scores (84-6, 69-12, 40-6) respectfully, in five of six competitive games last year the Wildcats averaged 2.436 plays per minute of possession. This doesn’t exactly scream that “tempo” is a top priority. With head coach Ken Collums and offensive coordinator Nathan Young returning, I see no reason for this tendency to change. Moreover, they will be breaking in a new quarterback behind virtually an entirely new offensive line. This is not a good combo when trying to replace 4,500 yards and 48 touchdowns of offensive production.
Georgia State is coming off a winless season but an 8-4 ATS mark speaks volumes about their defense. The Panthers return twenty defensive lettermen and have added a couple JC transfers. They will also have a former UCLA commit and a UK transfer starting in what could prove to be a talented secondary. Offensively, the Panthers lost their all-time leading receiver, and first team All-Sun Belt selection, Albert Wilson. Wilson's 23 receiving touchdowns in his college career AVERAGED 44.6 yards. He had 21 plays of 50 or more yards for GSU, and is pushing to make the 53-man roster in KC. That loss, combined with the fact that Abilene Christian is returning eight of 12 defensive starters, could leave GSU lacking offensively. With head coach Trent Miles and offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski staying in place breaking in a new quarterback Nick Arbuckle, I highly doubt they will surpass their average of 2.34 plays per minute of possession last year.
NHL is reportedly headed to Las Vegas
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The NHL in Las Vegas? The NHL in Las Vegas! Reports
are saying a team in Sin City is a "done deal" as the league looks to expands in the not-so-distant future. The Las Vegas Coolers, Blackjacks, and Dice were some of the team names Twitter came up with last night. We’ll go ahead and tell you right now that the nickname won’t have anything to do with gambling -- even though all three of those are pretty cool. Bank on something that relates to the desert, Area 51, the heat, or cowboys.
Sources close to the situation have indicated Las Vegas is a done deal, the only thing to be determined being which owner will be entitled to proclaim that he brought the first major league sports franchise to Sin City.
Handicapper Paul Stone joins Sportsmemo
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Sportsmemo is pleased to announce the addition of handicapper Paul Stone
. Stone, a native of Texas, has over 20 years of experience as a bettor and handicapper. He specializes in college football and college basketball as well as PGA and WNBA. Some of Stone’s accomplishments include winning the 2011 Leroy’s College Football Challenge as well as last year’s Golden Nugget Friday Football Showdown. He’s also been a contributing writer for the Las Vegas-Review Journal and ESPN Insider.
You can read Paul’s full bio here
You can follow Paul on Twitter @paulstonesports
You can listen to Paul’s Monday podcast segment here
. Paul talked about his pedigree and provided a free college football season over/under win recommendation.
On Tuesday, Paul will release a CFB Season O/U Wins report. The package will cost only $99 and include 6-7 recommendations including written analysis. Clients who purchase Paul’s August/September College Football service will receive his O/U Wins report at no charge.
College Football Betting Preview: Boise State Broncos vs. Ole Miss Rebels
|Submitted by Rob Veno|Tags: College Football Boise State Broncos Mountain West Ole Miss Rebels SEC Boise State vs. Mississippi
Thursday, 5 pm PT, Atlanta - ESPN
Mississippi -10 O/U 56.5
Mississippi -10.5 O/U 53.5
Intriguing non-conference, neutral field matchup between teams with something to prove. Ole Miss has drawn a lot of preseason enthusiasm but not enough to make the masses believe they’ll finish in the top three of the SEC West. Head coach Hugh Freeze and staff have recruited tremendously and the Rebels are out to show everyone they can take a major step up in the standings. They have 15 returning starters and 60 returning lettermen from last year’s 8-5 team including senior quarterback Bo Wallace. The return of second team All-SEC tieght end Evan Pilgrim is huge for the team as he was quickly becoming a security blanket for Wallace prior to his season-ending injury late last season. Defensively, this team has playmakers at every level and they have a strong combination of pass rush and pass coverage which is critical against today’s wide open offenses. On paper, the overall personnel is as good as it’s been since Eli Manning’s final year in Oxford.
Boise has 15 returning starters as well and they are looking to immediately resurrect their national status after last season’s mediocre 8-5 mark. They’ve got the goods on offense with a dependable and explosive receiving corps
first team MWC running back Jay Ajayi and returning dual threat quarterback Grant Hedrick. On defense however, this team allowed 413 ypg which is nearly 100 more than they gave up in 2013. It was the first time the stop unit yielded over 340 ypg since 2005. The back seven returns intact and should improve greatly but the defensive line needs to be much better at the point of attack.
The keys to this game seem to lie at the line of scrimmage where Mississippi hold distinct advantages. On the offensive line, Ole Miss is much bigger than the smallish Broncos and while the Rebels don’t have much of an inside running game, they may be able to flat out steamroll Boise. The Mississippi defensive front is loaded with the type of speedy, disruptive forces Boise doesn’t often see so their o-line, with a pair of first year interior starters, will be tested. Also note that BSU first-year head coach Bryan Harsin came in and made minor adjustments to the offense switching from the “pistol” to a “shotgun” based “pro style” scheme that will feature some no-huddle. On the other side they’ve implemented a 4-2-5 system which is becoming more popular in this age of spread offenses. How Boise adapts to the new schemes in their away opener is crucial.
All things considered, Ole Miss is the better team but at the current -10.5, they seem overpriced. Taking with the underdog provides value but as described above there’s some risk involved. It’s always interesting in these marquis opening week matchups because coaching staffs have five months to prepare for their opponent if they wish too. Recommended play here is to buck the totals move and lean toward the over. Early line movements seem to totally disregard Boise State’s offensive capabilities against this Ole Miss defense. The Rebels high-pace will move the football and score but while Hedrick is not on the NFL draft radar, he’s diverse enough and his skill position players are more than good enough to make plays and produce points. There’s a real chance for defensive and special teams scores here as well. I think the oddsmakers had it right when they opened this one more in the 56.5-57 range.
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NFL Betting Podcast 8-26-2014 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning
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MLB Handicapper Free Play: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles
|Submitted by Sammy P Sports|Tags: MLB Tampa Bay Rays Baltimore Orioles Sammy P Tampa Bay (Cobb) at Baltimore (Chen) -105 O/U 7.5
The Baltimore Orioles demolished the Tampa Bay Rays last night 9-1. That's good news for the Orioles as they had previously lost three straight and managed just four runs in those three games. Baltimore will have a tougher test tonight against Rays starter Alex Cobb who has really turned around his season. Cobb has won his last two starts giving up just one earned run. In fact you need to go back nine starts (7/4) to find the last game where Cobb gave up more than two runs. Needless to say, Cobb's last six starts have all gone Under the total. Baltimore counters with Wei-Yin Chen. Chen has also had a string of under the total games to his name. He has seen five straight games go under the total and seven of his last eight. Chen has pitched well as of late in Camden Yards going 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA. I'm not expecting much to be accomplished by either offense tonight. Both starters are in too good of form and this has all the makings of a pitcher's duel tonight. Take the Under.
College Football Handicapping: Arizona State's offense ready to peak in third year under Graham
Tags: College Football Arizona State Sun Devils PAC-12
Good article about Arizona State's pace of play
. Last year the Sun Devils ran an offensive play every 23 seconds which ranked 25th nationally. Head coach Todd Graham said he would like to see one run every 15 seconds which would be about five seconds faster than Oregon and Texas Tech. The isn't going to happen but with this being Graham's third year, there is reason to believe the offense's pace, conditioning, and continuity will be improved.
"Tempo is the key, but you can't hurry up and mess up, either. I want to go as fast as we can (offensively) as long as we're making first downs.
"If you're going three and out, three and out, three and out, I'd like to slow down a little bit. That's just hurrying up to get beat.
"If I go into a game and I feel like we're a lot better than the other team defensively, I'll tell Mike (Norvell), 'Go as fast as you can.' " Graham said. "Mike will tell you, last year against (USC), I was telling him, 'Hey, stop scoring so fast! Slow down!'
College Football Betting: Week 1 line moves
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Quick look at some of the those more significant line moves for college football’s Week 1 action.
Tulsa at Tulsa
CRIS Opener: Tulsa -3
CRIS Current: Tulsa -6.5
Ole Miss vs. Boise (Atlanta)
CRIS Opener: 56.5
CRIS Current: 53.5
Temple at Vanderbilt
CRIS Opener: Vanderbilt -17
CRIS Current: Vanderbilt -14
Bowling Green at Western Kentucky
CRIS Opener: 54.5
CRIS Current: 61
Colorado State vs. Colorado (Denver)
CRIS Opener: 64.5
CRIS Current: 59.5
Georgia Southern at NC State
CRIS Opener: NC State -23
CRIS Current: NC State -20
Rice at Notre Dame
CRIS Opener: Notre Dame -24
CRIS Current: Notre Dame -21
Ohio at Kent State
CRIS Opener: 51
CRIS Current: 47.5
Western Michigan at Purdue
CRIS Opener: Purdue -13
CRIS Current: Purdue -10
College Football Gambling: Wisconsin remains noncommittal on starting quarterback
Tags: College Football Wisconsin Badgers Big Ten
Last week, reports surfaced that Wisconsin was going to start former safety/JC quarterback Tanner McEvoy ahead of last year's starter Joel Stave. Now head coach Gary Andersen is saying neither one has been anointed the "No. 1 guy." Clearly McEvoy has better upside but Week 1's game vs. LSU is not an ideal environment for a rookie quarterback. At some point, the Badgers may need Stave's experience
hence why Andersen hints both guys will likely see the field
"At the end of the day we're right where we were," Andersen said. "We've got two quarterbacks that I think are going to help this football team throughout the year.
"And whoever takes the first snap doesn't necessarily say he is going to be the guy for the whole season.
"We've got two kids that want to compete and will continue to compete. That's where we're going to stay with it. "
"The offense is built around the offense, not built around the quarterback," he said. "So nothing changes at all regardless of who is taking the snaps."
NFL Handicapping: Newton's injury not as bad as originally thought, probable for Week 1
Tags: NFL Carolina Panthers Pittsburgh Steelers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Following reports that his season could be over, Cam Newton's fractured ribs
appear to be nothing more than a short-term issue. Newton will obviously not play in Saturday's preseason finale at Pittsburgh. But most sources (including Sports Options) have him as probable for Week 1's game at Tampa Bay. When news broke of the injury a few bettors were able to sneak in with wagers on Tampa Bay +1 (Carolina opened -2 back in May). Most sportsbooks have since taken the game off the board.
“I do” expect he’ll play, Rivera said. “But he has to get past the soreness. Then we will see how he starts to progress.”
NCAA Football Gambling: South Carolina to use 3-4 defense vs. Texas A&M
Tags: College Football South Carolina Gamecocks Texas A&M Aggies SEC
Good info on South Carolina's defensive game plan
for Thursday's opener vs. Texas A&M. The Gamecocks obviously lost defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as well as two other veteran defensive linemen. That leaves the linebackers as one of the stop unit's strengths.
"We've always had the ability to play stand-up a defensive end and play a 3-4," linebackers coach Kirk Botkin said. "It's not much different than we've been doing in the past. We're about 50-50 in the 4-2-5 and 3-4 right now. It's really not foreign from what we've already done."
"It's going to be something we mix in," Adams said. "We're a 4-2-5 team and just because we're changing some things up everybody is in an uproar about it. We'll mix it in just like other teams do."
"When you don't have a big-name pass rusher that's proven himself, and your most experience coming back is at the linebacker spot, you've got to make sure you've got your players on the field in the right position," Ward said. "Anytime you had a great end like Clowney, you didn't have to worry about creating pressure on the quarterback because you had one guy who could do it himself. We've been blessed with that scenario since I've been here. ... But until we get a guy who can rush the passer, we'll be more creative with the 3-4."
College Football Betting: Ole Miss expects more blitzes and more sacks in 2014
Tags: College Football Ole Miss Rebels SEC
Good article on Ole Miss' defensive front seven which last year failed to do much of anything in terms of pressuring opposing quarterbacks
. The Rebels recorded only 19 sacks
the worst mark in the SEC based on the number of passing attempts by opposing teams. This year's group is reportedly healthier and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack is expected to be far more aggressive with his blitz calling.
“When you’re moving guys like Bryon Bennett outside and they’re used to playing inside — they hadn’t had any work doing that,” Wommack said. “We were very fortunate to win some games without getting pressure at times. I really don’t want to go through that ever again.”
NFL Preseason Handicapping: NY Giants plan on playing offensive starters in preseason finale
Tags: NFL New York Giants New England Patriots New England at New York Giants -3 O/U 42
Following a slightly better showing
in Week 3, New York's offensive starters are expected to play "15 to 18 snaps
" in Thursday's preseason finale vs. New England. The Giants open the regular season at Detroit on Monday Night Football.
"(The starters are) going to play. They're going to play a little bit," Coughlin said. "It's a long way to the Monday night game."
"We expect to go out there and move the ball and see if we can do something," Manning said. "See if we can get into a good rhythm early in the game instead of having to wait until later."
College Football Gambling Update: Tennessee wants offense to focus on tight ends
Tags: College Football Tennessee Volunteers SEC
Virtually non-existent last year, Tennessee plans on utilizing its tight ends
more in 2014. Head coach Butch Jones went so far as to say the offense would be "tight end-oriented." That sounds a bit extreme but also smart considering the Vols now have both talent and depth and the position. It will also in theory help quarterback Justin Worley’s development.
“We want to be a tight end-oriented offense,” Jones said last week. “... Now we have a little bit of depth, but we also have competition there as well, which is great to see. The competition has really elevated the play of a lot of individuals at that particular spot.”
“(Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian) does a great job of adjusting year-by-year to the strength of the team,” Elder said. “As we play and as we play well, we’re going to be in more multiple tight end packages and things along those lines. I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. Tight end can be as big a playmaker in our offense as any position on the field.”
College Football Betting: Tennessee Volunteers go with Worley
Gotta love it when coaches announce their starting quarterback and tell us Player X gives the team its best chance to win. What they really want to say is, "Listen, there is no way in hell I'm starting a true frosh or the JC transfer who we wasted a scholarship on. That leaves the guy who played last year even though he stunk. Next question." You can't help but feel that is the situation for Tennessee’s Butch Jones who earlier today announced that Justin Worley
earned the starting gig. In four games vs. the SEC last year, Worley's QB rating was 108.3. The Vols are 6.5-point home favorites over Utah State to open the season.
"Right now Justin Worley gives this football team and this football program the best opportunity to win," Jones said via GoVols247.