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Thursday Night Football Betting Consensus: Public likes Seminoles and Saints

10.30.2014     01:59 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Here are the top consensus bets (sides and totals) for tonight's college and pro football games courtesy of Bookmaker. Seen nothing but New Orleans money with the line up from -1.5 to -3 with juice. Anti-Florida State money continues with the Seminoles bet down from -7 to -3.5. Upward pressure on the total over the last few hours. Note that the percentages are based on the number of bets made not total handle.

83.3% - Georgia Southern -24.5 vs. Troy 
66.4% - Florida State -3.5 at Louisville 
62.7% - New Orleans -3 at Carolina

80.0% - OVER 63 Troy-Georgia Southern 
63.7% - OVER 52 Florida State-Louisville 
63.4% - OVER 49 New Orleans-Carolina

Tags: NFL College Football

College Football Betting Preview: Arizona Wildcats at UCLA Bruins

10.30.2014     01:06 PM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC blog entry.
Arizona at UCLA 
Saturay, 7:30 pm PT - ESPN 
CRIS Opener:
UCLA -4.5 O/U 69 
CRIS Current: UCLA -6.5 O/U 70.5 
Rob Veno's Power Rating: UCLA -3.5 
Ian Cameron's Recommendation: Arizona

UCLA (6-2) has been an overvalued commodity from day one as evident by its horrific 1-7 ATS record. This is a good squad but fell victim to a ridiculous amount of preseason hype. The Bruins have had problems beating the best teams on their schedule with losses to Oregon and Utah. One notable issue has been a so-so defense that has allowed 35, 27, 30, 42, 34 and 37 points in five of its last six games. Last week the Bruins escaped with a 40-37 overtime win at Colorado despite allowing a whopping 500 total yards.

Arizona's impressive season has been led by its offense which should pose plenty of problems for UCLA. The Wildcats lead the PAC-12 in total offense with 541.9 ypg; topping even mighty Oregon through seven games. They also rank third in scoring at 40.6 ppg. At the forefront of the attack is redshirt freshman quarterback Anu Solomon who has thrown for 2,430 yards, 20 TDs and just 4 INTs while completing 63% percent of his pass attempts. "He made some really good decisions, saw the field well and made some really good throws," Rodriguez said of Solomon's performance last week. "His demeanor and ability to understand the moment have been really good, and I think that is why he has had so much success." Arizona’s defense has had some shaky moments too but there isn’t a major difference between these teams on that side of the football. UCLA has yielded 5.4 yards per play compared to 5.8 yards per play allowed by Arizona.

These teams faced off in Tucson last season and UCLA won 31-26. The Bruins outgained the Wildcats 476-425 and were +1 in turnovers but overall, it was an even affair. We have seen early money move this line from -4.5 to -6.5 and knocking on the door of -7. I disagree with this move with little to know difference between either squad. I’ll grab the points with Arizona in a game it has a very real potential to win outright.

Tags: College Football Arizona Wildcats UCLA Bruins Ian Cameron

NBA Betting: Markets key in on Oklahoma City fade

10.30.2014     12:51 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
For a second straight day the betting markets are all about fading the Oklahoma City Thunder. Obviously OKC is without Kevin Durant but Reggie Jackson (ankle) and Jeremy Lamb (back) are also on the sideline. Yesterday, Portland opened -4.5 but closed -9. OKC actually led by a bucket heading into the fourth quarter before getting blown out 106-89. Tonight, OKC heads to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers. LA opened -9.5 and is currently -13 across the board.

Tags: NBA Oklahoma City Thunder Los Angeles Clippers

Sportsmemo's College Football Every Game on the Board Betting Podcast 10-30-2014

10.30.2014     10:05 AM     Printer Friendly


Here's our Week 10 College Football Every Game on the Board Podcast. Handicappers Paul Stone, Ian Cameron, 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

Ian Cameron - College Football Every Game on the Board Part II

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

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

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

Tags: College Football Paul Stone Ian Cameron Teddy Covers Andrew Lange

NFL Gambling Alert: Washington to start RGIII vs. Minnesota

10.30.2014     06:50 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Washington at Minnesota pk O/U 43.5

The Redskins announced that Robert Griffin III will start Sunday's game at Minnesota. Griffin (ankle) hasn't played since Week 2. The Vikings opened -1 but the game is now a pick 'em at most offshore sportsbooks.

Tags: NFL Washington Redskins Minnesota Vikings

Feds illegally weasel their way into hotel room of illegal sports betting ring

10.30.2014     06:44 AM     Printer Friendly


Back in July, a handful of dudes were arrested at Las Vegas' Caesars Casino for running an illegal sportsbook out of their hotel room. Want to know how they got busted? The Feds shut down the internet, acted like repairman, and were able to access the room without a warrant. As a result, there's a chance that the evidence they gained will be thrown out in court.

"They were trying everything they could to get inside without a warrant," Goldstein told the AP.

"Police are allowed to use a certain kind of subterfuge, but what they can't do is create a certain kind of circumstance," Rasch said.

World Cup sports betting ring busted as Las Vegas casino

07.16.2014     07:47 AM     View Original Blog
Huge illegal sports betting ring taken down at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace. One of the accused is high-stakes poker player Paul Phua. You can watch Las Vegas' KLAS report here.

Tags: Las Vegas

Hot dog eaters on board with New Jersey sports betting

10.24.2014     07:58 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Good news. MLE, better known at Major League Eating, is 100 percent on board with New Jersey's efforts to legalize sports betting.

"Typically, we march in lockstep with our peers in professional sports, but New Jersey is facing a tough fiscal road ahead, and sports betting has the potential to provide much needed revenues to the state," MLE president Richard Shea said in a statement. "It is clear that these other leagues harbor an animus toward New Jersey, that they fear competition and that they desire anything but a level playing field."

Tags: Las Vegas

College Football Betting Preview: Maryland Terrapins at Penn State Nittany Lions

10.29.2014     08:07 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Maryland at Penn State 
Saturday, 9 am PT - ESPN2 
CRIS Opener:
Penn State -3 O/U 48.5 
CRIS Current: Penn State -4 O/U 47.5 
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Penn State -4.5 
Andrew Lange's Recommendation: Maryland

Not sure what to expect from Penn State following three straight losses including last week's double overtime heartbreaker against Ohio State. The Nittany Lions have now dropped three straight and with each passing week, their lack of offense and depth is being exposed more and more. After losing a pair of seniors to season-ending injuries, PSU is down to a startling 46 scholarship players. The current NCAA guidelines allow teams to have as many 85. Defensively, they've been able to hold up, but it's doubtful they'll be able to match their numbers the rest of the regular season. Offensively, the offensive line is extremely weak with no run-game to speak of (46 ypg vs. Big Ten). It leaves Christian Hackenberg in a position of having to carry the load. He's hung tough but is under constant duress and as a result ranks 96th nationally with a QB Rating of 117.07.

Maryland will certainly be happy to see a less dynamic offense. The Terps were man-handled by Ohio State and Wisconsin; two physical teams that can run the ball with authority. Outside of those two contests, Maryland has been a solid club with wins over Iowa, at Indiana, and at Syracuse. They also hung tough with West Virginia; a performance that looks all the more impressive with the Mountaineers now 6-2. Make no mistake, the Terps are flawed as well and will have difficulty dealing with Penn State's physicality. But Penn State's inability to move the football on the ground and protect the quarterback puts Maryland in a good position for defensive success.

Teams deal with rash injuries and lack of depth all of the time but Penn State's situation is dire. It makes laying over a field goal extremely difficult in what projects to be a close game. Look for a much better showing from the Terps this week as we grab the +3.5.

Tags: College Football Maryland Terrapins Penn State Nittany Lions Big Ten Andrew Lange

NFL Gambling Preview: Denver Broncos at New England Patriots

10.29.2014     02:30 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Denver at New England 
Sunday, 1:30 pm PT - CBS 
CRIS Opener:
Denver -3 O/U 54 
CRUS Current: Denver -3 O/U 55 
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Denver -0.5 
Teddy Covers' Recommendation: Denver

At first glance, this line probably seems high to most people. After all, the Patriots aren’t home underdogs very often; just four times since 2005.  We saw New England annihilate Cincinnati as a national TV home dog less than a month ago.  And the Pats are 41-21 ATS as a dog in the Belichick era, cashing at a 66% clip long term in this very role.

But before we get carried away with the Pats current four game winning streak, lets not forget that New England has largely been feasting on bottom feeders.  Their six victories this season have come against Minnesota, Oakland, Cinci (in a miserable spot for the Bengals), Buffalo, the Jets and Chicago (on a day where Jay Cutler was misfiring).  That’s not exactly a who’s who of Super Bowl contenders, to put it mildly.

Yet despite facing teams with a combined winning percentage of just .433 (not counting their games against the Pats), New England’s statistical profile is mediocre at best.  The Patriots have outgained their foes by only 0.2 yards per play, right in the same range as teams like New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia – above average squads, but certainly not elite teams.

New England has also suffered a handful of crucial, impactful defensive injuries in recent weeks.  They’ve lost their defensive quarterback (LB Jerod Mayo) and their best pass rusher (DE Chandler Jones) to long term injuries.  Those injuries didn’t matter last week, in a game where Jay Cutler struggled once again, but they are likely to matter in a matchup against Peyton Manning.

My power ratings have the Broncos more than a field goal better than the 2nd best team in the NFL, by far the most impressive team in the league thusfar this season.  Unlike the Patriots, Denver is battle tested, having squared off against the likes of the Colts, Seahawks, Cardinals, 49ers and Chargers already this year.  They’ve faced opponents with a combined .622 winning percentage in all games not against the Broncos.  Only the 49ers have faced a tougher slate thus far.

And Denver has essentially dominated that elite competition.  They have outgained their foes by a whopping 1.5 yards per play, by far the best in the NFL.  Denver’s offense is every bit as good as it was last year.  Defensively, the additions of DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib have had an immediate impact, as has the return to health of Von Miller, leading to a 23-8 sack ratio between what their defense has created vs. what their offense has allowed.  Denver is the ‘class’ in this matchup, and I expect that to show on Sunday.

Tags: NFL Denver Broncos New England Patriots Teddy Covers

College Football Handicapping: CRIS vs. Power Ratings Week 10

10.29.2014     02:24 PM     Printer Friendly

Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno has been creating his own Power Ratings for nearly two decades. His numbers are very well respected and an excellent tool for discovering value. Rob’s PRs are a baseline and do not include key injuries or situations but they also don't overreact as much as the betting markets do week to week. Below is a chart of CRIS's current lines and Rob's College Football Power Ratings for Week 10.

2014 College Football CRIS Lines vs. Rob Veno Power Ratings - Week 10
Away Team
Home Team
Veno Power
CRIS Current
Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern -19.5
Georgia Southern -25.5
Florida State
Florida State -10.5
Florida State -3.5
Memphis -18.5
Memphis -24
Cincinnati -6.5
Cincinnati -4
Notre Dame
Navy (Landover, MD)
Notre Dame -11.5
Notre Dame -14
Boston College
Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech -6
Virginia Tech -3
East Carolina
East Carolina -8
East Carolina -7.5
Central Florida
Central Florida -14.5
Central Florida -10.5
Wisconsin -9.5
NC State
Syracuse -4
Syracuse -3.5
Duke -2
Pittsburgh -3.5
Penn State
Penn State -4.5
Penn State -4
North Carolina
Miami (FL)
Miami (FL) -7.5
Miami (FL) -15
Georgia State
Appalachian State
Appalachian State -5
Appalachian State -10.5
Air Force
Air Force -2
Air Force -2.5
Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan
Central Michigan -18
Central Michigan -15
Iowa -5.5
Iowa -4
Texas Tech
Texas -2.5
Nebraska -23.5
Nebraska -23.5
Baylor -31.5
Baylor -36
Western Michigan
Miami (OH)
Western Michigan -4
Western Michigan -6.5
Mississippi -2.5
Mississippi -1.5
Missouri -11
Missouri -6.5
Mississippi State
Mississippi State -11
Mississippi State -10
Western Kentucky
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech -4
Louisiana Tech -7
Texas A&M
Texas A&M -32.5
Texas A&M -32.5
Middle Tennessee State
BYU -11.5
BYU -4
South Carolina
South Carolina -8.5
South Carolina -7
Georgia (Jacksonville)
Georgia -11.5
Georgia -13
Washington State
USC -9.5
USC -6.5
Oregon -10
Oregon -7.5
Iowa State
Oklahoma -15
Oklahoma -16.5
Oklahoma State
Kansas State
Kansas State -10
Kansas State -14.5
Michigan -8
Michigan -7
Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech -4.5
Georgia Tech -3.5
Arkansas State
Arkansas State -13.5
Arkansas State -14
South Alabama
Louisiana-Lafayette -6
Louisiana-Lafayette -6.5
Old Dominion
Vanderbilt -11
Vanderbilt -7.5
Florida International
Rice -10.5
Rice -6
Washington -6
Washington -4
Oregon State
Oregon State -6.5
Oregon State -3
UCLA -3.5
UCLA -6.5
Colorado State
San Jose State
Colorado State -3.5
Colorado State -7
Arizona State
Arizona State -6
Arizona State -6
West Virginia
TCU -5
TCU -5.5
South Florida
Houston -9
Houston -9.5
Florida Atlantic
Florida Atlantic -4.5
Southern Miss
UTEP -6.5
UTEP -6.5
New Mexico
Texas State
New Mexico State
Texas State -9
Texas State -7
Ohio State
Ohio State -26.5
Ohio State -28.5
Fresno State
Fresno State -11
Fresno State -11
San Diego State
Nevada -6
Nevada -3
Utah State
Utah State -7.5
Utah State -3

Tags: College Football Rob Veno

Sports Betting Podcast 10-29-2014 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Teddy Covers and Rob Veno

10.29.2014     11:00 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Teddy Covers and Rob Veno. Teddy broke down tonight's NBA card while Rob and host Andrew Lange talked Week 10 college football line moves.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Teddy Covers - NBA Every Game on the Board

Rob Veno - College Football Line Moves Week 10

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: NBA College Football Teddy Covers Rob Veno Andrew Lange

NBA Handicapper Free Play: Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns

10.29.2014     10:49 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Los Angeles at Phoenix -12 O/U 207 
Recommendation: Phoenix

The Lakers are, by far, the worst team in the Western Conference, but the betting markets just haven’t gotten there yet.  Even with Phoenix as double digit favorites tonight, there’s still legitimate value betting against LA, particularly in this matchup where the Suns dynamic backcourt can run circles around the Lakers hapless defense.

LA's preseason was not a good one.  With a brand new coach and essentially a brand new roster, the Lakers struggled with injuries and attrition.  Point guard Steve Nash is out for the year.  New starter Jeremy Lin missed most of the preseason with a pair of sprained ankles.  Nick Young is out, as are Xavier Henry, Wayne Ellington and Ryan Kelly, severely diminishing LA's depth and flow on both ends of the court.

Now they are playing on the second night of an early season back-2-back situation coming off a demoralizing home blowout loss against Houston, and their top rookie, Julius Randle, just broke his leg. For a team trying to get an aging, ineffective Kobe Bryant back up to speed following a lost season for the former All Star, these injuries certainly don't help matters.

While LA can be expected to look awful again this evening, Phoenix has legitimate ‘bet-on’ potential for the second consecutive season.  The markets are respecting some regression from the Suns after they came out of nowhere last year to win 48 games and cover a whopping 52 pointspreads.  I’m not buying that argument, especially in this matchup, with offseason addition Isaiah Thomas joining Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic in the backcourt , giving the Suns three quick, dynamic combo guards in their rotation.  Last night’s blowout loss for LA is very much a harbinger of things to come.  Take Phoenix.

Teddy went 125-96 (56%) +21.9 units in the NBA last year.  He opened up the new season with a blowout winner with the Rockets last night.  Get onboard right now with a weekly, monthly or seasonal package to take advantage of Teddy’s consistent, long term NBA success.

Tags: NBA Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Sun Teddy Covers

College Football Gambling: Louisville finally faces top-tier quarterback

10.29.2014     07:07 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Louisville's defense has put up some sick numbers this season: 14.6 ppg, 245.8 ypg, and 3.91 ypp. But it'll be interesting to see how this stop unit fares against an elite quarterback. The Cardinals have faced an extremely favorable schedule quarterback-wise with a host of young and inexperienced signal callers. On Thursday, they face former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

Week 1 - Miami's Brad Kaaya was making his first-ever collegiate start on the road.

Week 2 - FCS Opponent

Week 3 - Virginia sophomore Greyson Lambert sports a QB Rating of 112.0; good for 13th in the ACC.

Week 4 - Florida International's quarterbacks own the 113th ranked QB Rating nationally.

Week 5 - Wake Forest's quarterbacks own the 117th ranked QB Rating nationally.

Week 6 - Before getting injured, Syracuse's Terrel Hunt had a 1-4 TD-to-INT ratio and 110.9 QB Rating.

Week 7 - Clemson's Deshaun Watson left the game early with an injury. His replacement, Cole Stoudt, has a QB Rating of 115.17.

Week 8 - NC State's Jacoby Brissett had a solid game vs. the Cardinals: 18-of-32 for 223 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT.

Week 9 - Florida State's Jameis Winston is currently 11th nationally with a QB Rating of 160.0.

Tags: College Football Louisville Cardinals Florida State Seminoles ACC

NBA Handicapping: Watching the New York Knicks is going to be hilarious

10.28.2014     02:51 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Your 2014-15 New York Knicks, bettors.

"Yeah, absolutely," Smith said when asked if he has had to make a conscious effort to play differently. "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I've been, it's a struggle. I'm not going to lie.

"Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before," Smith continued. "I've always been in a situation to score, [now I'm] in position to take my time and let the game come and let my teammates succeed more than myself, I think that's the ultimate win."

Tags: NBA New York Knicks

College Football Gambling: Another head coach surprised by a pointspread

10.28.2014     02:39 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Count us as fans of Florida Atlantic head coach Charlie Partridge who has his Owls a respectable 6-2 against the spread.

“We were more surprised by the point spread. We were surprised we were 28-point underdogs, and a lot less surprised we played them even for three quarters. And a lot less surprised it went the (way) it went.”

Tags: College Football Florida Atlantic Owls C-USA

Nevada sportsbooks post big September profits

10.28.2014     02:30 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Reportedly their third greatest month ever with $37 million in profits.

"More and more people are tearing down the belief that betting on sports is a bad thing and realizing that the entertainment value is through the roof," Vaccaro, now with the sports book at the South Point casino, said. "We have 15 windows open from 9 o'clock to 10 o'clock in the morning on Sundays, and the lines are 25 deep. Guys who have been long-time customers are coming up to me and asking about signing up for the phone app, because they're afraid they're going to get shut out. I think that's a big, big reason why you're seeing more ticket transactions. And it's not going to slow down anytime soon."

Tags: College Football NFL Las Vegas

Sports Betting Podcast 10-28-2014 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Ian Cameron and Erin Rynning

10.28.2014     11:27 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Ian Cameron and Erin Rynning. Ian broke down some of tonight's NHL action while ER kicked off the NBA season with in-depth analysis on the three games for this evening.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Ian Cameron - NHL

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: NHL NBA Ian Cameron Erin Rynning

NHL Handicapper Free Play: Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs

10.28.2014     09:01 AM     Sammy P Sports     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Sammy P Sports blog entry.
Buffalo at Toronto O/U 5.5 
Recommendation: Buffalo +1.5 -155

It's never a great idea to lay big juice in the NHL, and that is what teams will be doing all season against the Buffalo Sabres.  The sportsbooks have made it known that they're not afraid to make teams -300 or greater favorites against the Sabres as evidenced by Buffalo's latest West Coast trip.  Buffalo's is coming off a solid 2-1 victory in San Jose on Saturday afternoon. The Sabres come back East to face the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight in what should be a tight checking affair.  Buffalo coach Ted Nolan is happy with his team's progression despite their record, ''The last three games in particular, our work ethic is improving, as a result our play is getting better. One thing we learned, hopefully, is if you work, good things happen. That's the way we're going to have to win this season.''  Toronto is struggling almost as much as Buffalo to score goals.  They are just 1-4 on home ice this season and have mustered only 2 goals in their last two home games.  Anytime you can get a goal and a half for this cheap of a price against a team struggling to score goals take advantage of it. 

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Tags: NHL Buffalo Sabres Toronto Maple Leafs Sammy P

College Football Betting: How to approach against the spread outliers

10.28.2014     08:42 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
The college football betting markets are usually pretty good at eventually making adjustments on teams who over- or underachieve against the spread. At the end of the season, a majority of the college football landscape is within two games of .500 against the spread. There are obviously exceptions to that rule but being able to spot change with some of the current "outliers" can lead to profits. Let's take a look at some of them and decipher whether or not their ATS results will differ the remainder of the campaign.

Florida State (1-6 ATS)
- Because of last year's success, media coverage, and undefeated record, there hasn't been much of any pointspread adjustment on the Seminoles since the start of the regular season (the Golden Nugget GOY lines had them priced WAY too high). As a result, there remains a strong anti-FSU sediment in the markets. They opened -7 at Louisville for Thursday and were immediately bet down to as low as -4.

SMU (1-6 ATS) - In order to be a successful bettor, it's important to keep a "no team is off limits" mindset. It's difficult however with truly bottom feeder clubs. There's always a few bettors who come in late on the Mustangs after the obligatory mid-week fade but when you're this bad, it becomes almost impossible to adjust enough. Likely an accidental cover or two down the stretch but not worth the agony of trying to be proactive.

UCLA (1-7 ATS) - Classic case of a team's excessive preseason hype leaving little to no chance for ATS success. The Bruins are a good PAC-12 team. But there are five or six other teams on equal footing. Some adjustment has been made however. A few weeks back, UCLA was laying -13 at home vs. Utah. This week, they're laying -5 at home vs. Arizona.

UL-Monroe (1-6 ATS) - This is an interesting study. Statistically the Warhawks are pretty much on par with last season and they are a generous +10 in turnovers. Also, there wasn't that much preseason hype and their Sun Belt schedule has been favorable thus far. It's hard to keep track of every team in the country and ULM appears to be a team that just hasn't been priced correctly and no one has noticed. And while quarterback Pete Thomas is easy to rip, ULM's passing stats aren't much different than last season when they went 6-6 SU and 5-7 ATS.

Georgia Southern (7-1 ATS)
- When teams make the jump to FBS, there's a natural reaction of skepticism. Georgia Southern however entered the Sun Belt at just the right time. A handful of quality teams left for C-USA, Troy is way down, and the scheduling Gods were super-nice with GSU avoiding Arkansas State and UL-Lafayette. That and GSU is a damn good football team that runs an offense no one in the Sun Belt has ever seen. Go back the last three or four years in the Sun Belt and usually one team if that per season averaged over 200 ypg on the ground. Georgia Southern is currently averaging 400 ypg. The perfect storm for ATS success. This week's line of -25 vs. Troy seems rich but don't expect a significant drop off in cashed tickets.

Ole Miss (6-1-1 ATS) - Ever since Hugh Freeze showed up in Oxford it seemed like all the Rebels needed to do what show up to the game on time and ATS success followed. But unlike the Sun Belt, it's hard to hide in the SEC and we saw last week the pointspread catch up up to this team. At Texas A&M +2.5/+3 to -3.5/-4 at LSU? Yes, the LSU game could have gone either way but with dreams of an undefeated season dashed and late season fatigue/injuries starting to set in, you get the feeling that Ole Miss's pointspread covering way may hit a snag or two the remainder of the season.

Utah (6-1 ATS) - I've been vocal about my distaste for Utah's "lucky" ways. They routinely get beat in the box score and yet routinely find ways to win and cover games. Yes, this team does a ton of "little things" but stats don't lie and in my eyes this is a 4-3, 5-2 team at best. They're on my fade list the rest of the regular season.

Western Michigan (7-1 ATS) - The Broncos' ATS success shouldn't come as a surprise: head coach PJ Fleck comes off a sharp, energetic coach, with 100% commitment to turning the program around. Couple that with some great recruiting and a watered down league, and here you have a team trending in the right direction. Oddsmakers however are starting to take notice: they were -8.5 vs. Ohio last week and now -6.5 road chalk at Miami for Saturday. Ship hasn't officially left port but not as juicy as a month ago.

TCU (7-0 ATS) - With Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, and Baylor down, that has left the door open for the likes of Kansas State, West Virginia, and TCU. Lump all of those teams together and there isn't much if any difference. The Horned Frogs and their new-found offense have taken advantage. This is a telling week however: after back-to-back wins by a combined score of 124-36, TCU is laying -5.5 at West Virginia. TCU the better of the two squads but the price is telling us the gap is pretty big.

Tags: College Football Andrew Lange

College Football Gambling: Betting markets all over Virginia Tech fade

10.28.2014     07:40 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Good article on Virginia Tech's recent struggles. The betting markets have faded the Hokies hard each of their last two games. Against Pitt, Tech opened -3 but closed -1. Last week, Tech opened -3 vs. Miami but closed +2.5. This week, more of the same with Tech opening -5 vs. Boston College and bet down to -3.

“Sometimes you get hammered like we did in our last ballgame and you go look at the tape and the tape’s not very good,” Beamer said to begin his opening statement. “But I didn’t feel that was the case with this football team.”


Tags: College Football Virginia Tech Hokies Boston College Eagles ACC

College Football Handicapping: BYU's Mendenhall relinquishes defensive play calling

10.28.2014     07:31 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Prior to last week, BYU's defense was allowing less than 5 yards per play. Last week however, head coach Bronco Mendenhall decided to step in and call plays and it backfired in the worst way. The Cougars allowed 55 points, 630 yards, and 8.06 ypp in their loss at Boise State. Mendenhall is now giving back the play calling duties to defensive coordinator Nick Howell as the team travels to Middle Tennessee State.

“What I plan to do is just support all of our coaches the best way that I can,” Mendenhall explained. “One of the next steps for our program to really grow and develop is to continue to increase the capacity of the coaches on my staff. I’ll certainly be an aid not only to Coach Howell but to (offensive coordinator Robert) Anae and I’ll help any way that I can to make sure the plans are exactly how they’re supposed to be.”

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Judge puts temporary kibosh on New Jersey sports betting

10.28.2014     07:21 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Can't say we didn't see this coming.

“We continue to have full confidence in the strength and appropriateness of our position as we move forward in the litigation,” New Jersey said in a statement.

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NFL Monday Night Football Betting Consensus: Public on Redskins and UNDER (kidding!)

10.27.2014     01:55 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Here are the top consensus bets (side, total, and moneyline) for tonight's Monday Night Football game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys courtesy of Bookmaker. Keeping in line with tradition, the public is all over the favorite and over. Nearly 80% of primetime NFL games have gone over the total this season. Note that the percentages are based on the number of bets made not total handle.

74.5% - Dallas -9

62.7% - OVER 48.5

72.8% - Dallas -440

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College Football Handicapping: Week 10 early line moves

10.27.2014     01:37 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Quick look at some of the early moves in the Week 10 college football betting markets.

Florida State at Louisville 
CRIS Opener: Florida State -7 
CRIS Current: Florida State -4 
Comment: Cardinals currently boast nation's top total defense. Seminoles (1-6 ATS) come in off of a bye week.

Boston College at Virginia Tech 
CRIS Opener: Virginia Tech -5 
CRIS Current: Virginia Tech -3 
Comment: Market can't get enough of betting against the Hokies. Last week's massive move from -3 to +3 proved to be right as Tech was embarrassed at home against Miami.

North Carolina at Miami (FL) 
CRIS Opener: Miami -11 
CRIS Current: Miami -16 
Comment: Markets not buying another Tar Heels second half run (6-1 SU/ATS L7 2013) following wins over Georgia Tech and Virginia.

CRIS Opener: BYU -7 
CRIS Current: BYU -5 
Comment: Cougars’ season all but over after four straight losses; the last of which by 25 at Boise State. Great spot for Blue Raiders with bye weeks bookending a “big name” foe.

USC at Washington State 
CRIS Opener: USC -8.5 
CRIS Current: USC -7 
Comment: Even after getting worked by 22 at home off of a bye week, Cougs earn market support. Trojans off another heartbreaker. PAC-12 South title all but gone.

Rice at Florida International 
CRIS Opener: Rice -7.5 
CRIS Current: Rice -6.5 
Comment: All Ron Turner and Florida International do is cover games (6-2 ATS), baby.

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10.27.2014     01:03 PM     Printer Friendly

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