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2014 NCAA Week 12 Line Breakdown

November 12th, 2014 by Chad A. Dawkins | Posted in College Football   Comments Off on 2014 NCAA Week 12 Line Breakdown

Week 12 of the 2014 college football season is upon us. Here are some of the marquee matchups and the lines for the upcoming weekend of action, courtesy of JustBet Sportsbook. All NCAA football bettors and sports fans will get their fill of quality action this weekend as there are quite a few interesting matchups on tap in the SEC, and PAC-12, and Big Ten conferences. All times Eastern.

Thursday, November 13

California at USC (-15, 72) 9:00 PM ESPN

The California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans take the field on Thursday night for a PAC-12 conference clash. The Trojans pasted the Golden Bears last season 62-28, yet California is much improved this season, so you know the Golden Bears will be looking for some payback.

Saturday, November 15

#8 Ohio State (-12. 59.5), at Minnesota 12:00 PM ABC

The Ohio State Buckeyes had a tremendous win last Saturday night defeating the Michigan State Spartans 49-37. They’ll look to build upon that victory when they host the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers had a big win in their own right, as they smashed the Iowa Hawkeyes 51-14.

#19 Clemson (-3, 60.5) at #22 Georgia Tech 12:00 PM ESPN

The Clemson Tigers avoided a scare last Thursday night when they defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 34-20. They’ll take on the #24 ranked Georgia tech Yellow Jackets, who have been on a roll winning 3 straight games by an average of 28 points.

#1 Mississippi State at #5 Alabama (-8.5, 51.5) 3:30 PM CBS

The marquee game of week 12 will be the top ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs traveling to Tuscaloosa to take on the the #5 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, who got a big win at LSU in overtime 20-13. The Bulldogs had somewhat of a scrimmage last Saturday, downing Presbyterian 48-0.

#16 Nebraska at #20 Wisconsin (-6, 57) 3:30 PM ABC

In what could be one of the better games of week 12, the #16 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers take on the #20 ranked Wisconsin Badgers. The game will feature the two top running backs in the country, Nebraska’s Amir Abdullah and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.

#17 Utah at Stanford (-7.5, 43.5) 6:00 PM Pac-12 Network

If you like hard-nosed, smash mouth football, you might want to tune in to the PAC-12 Network at 6 pm when two of the more physical teams in the PAC-12 take the field. The Utah Utes take on the Stanford Cardinal in a game that feature two teams that run the ball well and play good defense.

#9 Auburn at #15 Georgia (-2, 68.5) 7:15 PM ESPN

The Auburn Tigers will look to rebound off a tough 41-38 loss to Texas A&M and it won’t be easy as they take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. Todd Gurley is expected to be back for Georgia after a suspension, and they will need him to keep up with the explosive Auburn running game.

#3 Florida State (-1, 62) at Miami (FL) 8:00 PM ABC

All eyes will be on Miami, Florida on Saturday night when the Florida State Seminoles take on the Miami Hurricanes in a big ACC conference matchup. The Seminoles may be on upset alert, as the Hurricanes are playing their best football and have won their last 3 games by an average of 24 points.

#6 Arizona State (-9, 62) at Oregon State 10:45 PM ESPN

Arizona State will look to avoid a letdown when they travel to Oregon to take on the Oregon State Beavers. The Sun Devils got a huge win defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 55-34. They’ll take on the Beavers, who are coming off a 39-32 home loss to Washington State.

2014 NCAA Week 10 Line Breakdown

October 29th, 2014 by Chad A. Dawkins | Posted in College Football, General Handicapping   Comments Off on 2014 NCAA Week 10 Line Breakdown

Week 10 of the 2014 college football season is upon us. Here are some of the marquee matchups and the lines for the upcoming weekend of action, courtesy of JustBet Sportsbook. All NCAA football bettors and sports fans will get their fill of quality action this weekend as there are quite a few interesting matchups on tap in the SEC, Big 12, and PAC-12, and Big Ten conference.

Thursday, October 30th

#2 Florida State (-4, 50.5) at #25 Louisville 7:30 PM ESPN

Week 10 of the 2014 college football season kicks off on Thursday night when the #2 ranked Florida State Seminoles take on the Louisville Cardinals in a huge ACC matchup. This could be the biggest regular season game in the history of the Louisville program, and it will be an electric crowd at Papa Johns Stadium in Louisville.

Saturday, November 1st

Florida vs. #11 Georgia (-13, 51) 3:30 PM CBS At EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL

The Florida Gators and the #11 ranked Georgia Bulldogs meet in Jacksonville in what is called the world’s largest outdoor cocktail party. The Bulldogs are rolling as of late, and have won 5 straight. The Bulldogs won last years meeting 23-20.

#7 TCU (-5.5, 72.5) at #20 West Virginia 3:30 PM ABC

The #7 ranked TCU Horned Frogs, fresh off their 82 point performance against Texas Tech will travel to Morgantown to take on the #20 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers in a matchup with huge Big 12 title implications. West Virginia has been impressive as well, after defeating Baylor at home, they took it to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, winning 27-10.

Kansas at #13 Baylor (-36, 61.5) 4:00 PM FOX Sports 1

The Baylor Bears will look to rebound off their 14 point loss at West Virginia. They’ll get to take their frustrations out on Big 12 bottomfeeder Kansas, who have lost 4 in a row and might have a tough time keeping up with the Bears.

#3 Auburn at #4 Ole Miss (-2.5, 51)  7:00 PM ESPN

The Ole Miss Rebels will look to rebound from their loss at LSU when they take on the #4 ranked Auburn Tigers in an SEC conference matchup with huge national championship implications. It will be a classic matchup of an explosive ground attack against one of the nation’s best defensive units.

Arkansas at #1 Mississippi State (-10, 64)  7:15 PM ESPN 2

The Arkansas Razorbacks will travel to Mississippi to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who survived their first test after being ranked #1 in the country, defeating Kentucky 35-21.

Stanford at #5 Oregon (-7.5, 54.5) 7:30 PM FOX

The Oregon Ducks will look to shake the proverbial monkey off their back when they host the Stanford Cardinal. Stanford has had Oregon’s number the past few years, but Oregon may have the upper hand this season, as Stanford has suffered 3 losses this season.

Illinois at #16 Ohio State (-27.5, 65) 8:00 PM ABC

The Ohio State Buckeyes escaped defeat with a 31-24 overtime victory in Happy Valley last Saturday. They’ll host Illinois, who defeated Minnesota in a mild upset last Saturday. The Buckeyes will play Michigan State next weekend in a key Big Ten tilt.

#12 Arizona at #22 UCLA 2014 (-6.5, 70.5) 10:30 PM ESPN

Scoring should be rather prevalent when the #12 ranked Arizona Wildcats take on the #22 ranked UCLA Bruins on Saturday night. Arizona thumped Washington State 61-38 last weekend, while UCLA escaped Colorado with a 40-37 win in overtime.

#17 Utah at #14 Arizona State (-5.5, 56.5) 11:00 PM FOX Sports 1

The #14 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils host the #14 Utah Utes in a key PAC-12 matchup from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Arizona State’s Taylor Kelly will face the nation’s best pass rush with Utah, who has 35 sacks on the season.

2014 NCAAFB Week 4 Line Breakdown

September 17th, 2014 by Chad A. Dawkins | Posted in College Football   Comments Off on 2014 NCAAFB Week 4 Line Breakdown

Week 4 of the 2014 college football season is upon us. Here are some of the marquee matchups and the lines for the upcoming weekend of action, courtesy of JustBet. All NCAA football bettors and sports fans will get their fill of quality action this weekend as there are quite a few interesting matchups on tap.

#5 Auburn (-9) at #20 Kansas State 7:30 PM ESPN

The #20 ranked Kansas State wildcats will need to be at the top of their game when they host the #5 ranked Auburn Tigers. Kansas State has had 2 weeks to prepare, and they’ll need it as Auburn is averaging 330 yards per game on the ground.

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech  (-8) 12:00 PM ESPN

Virginia Tech was riding high after their upset win at Ohio State. They came back down to earth last weekend after a 28-21 upset loss to East Carolina. The Virginia Tech defense will now have to focus as they have the triple option attack of Georgia Tech to deal with.

Florida at #3 Alabama (-14) 3:30 PM CBS

The Florida Gators head to Tuscaloosa to take on the #3 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. Florida escaped with a 36-30 win in triple overtime. The Crimson Tide has taken care of business since being tested by West Virginia in week 1, winning their last 2 games by a combined score of 93-10.

Virginia at #21 BYU (-15) 3:30 PM ESPN

The Virginia Cavaliers, fresh off their upset win of Louisville, will head to Provo, Utah to take on Taysom Hill and the #20 ranked BYU Cougars. This game will feature two of the better defensive units in the nation.

Jameis Winston passed for 444 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 51-14 win at Clemson last season

Mississippi State at #8 LSU 7:00 PM ESPN

The Mississippi State Bulldogs will have upset on their mind when they take on LSU from Baton Rouge, LA. LSU’s defense has not given up a score since their win against Wisconsin, and will look to replicate the 59-26 drubbing that they dealt the Bulldogs last year.

 

#4 Oklahoma (-7) at West Virginia 7:30 PM FOX

In what should be one of the better games of the weekend, the #4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners head to Morgantown to take on the improved West Virginia Mountaineers. It should be a stiff road test for the Sooners, as they will be in a hostile environment. Oklahoma won last year’s meeting 16-7, in Norman.

#22 Clemson at #1 Florida State  (-20) 8:00 PM ABC

Last year the Florida State Seminoles put the rest of college football on notice as they dominated Clemson on the Tigers’ home turf 51-14. The Tigers will need a better effort than what they showed in week 1, or it could result in the same outcome in Tallahassee.

Miami (FL) at #24 Nebraska (-7) 8:00 PM ESPN

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been somewhat inconsistent this season. They had an impressive 55-7 win in week 1, and then needed a miracle play in week 2 to defeat McNeese State. The Miami Hurricanes should provide a stiff test, as they’ve looked a lot better in the past two weeks compared to their road opener loss to Louisville.

 

Gator Bowl Predictions – Mississippi State vs. Northwestern 1/1/13

December 31st, 2012 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in College Football   Comments Off on Gator Bowl Predictions – Mississippi State vs. Northwestern 1/1/13
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Gator Bowl LogoOur 2013 bowl predictions continue on Tuesday, January 1st with the Gator Bowl, and we are set to make our Gator Bowl predictions, tips, and keys to the game for the duel between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Northwestern Wildcats.

2013 Gator Bowl: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Northwestern Wildcats
2013 Gator Bowl Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
2013 Gator Bowl Date/Time: Tuesday, January 1st, 12:00 p.m. (ET)
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Key #1: The Wildcats have to get Kain Kolter involved in all facets of the game
QB Kain Kolter is really a quarterback in name only. He is the prototypical “Slash” type of player, and he’ll line up against anyone in any position on the field. He’s just that great of an athlete. Kolter isn’t the best passer in the world, but he will take some snaps under center and in the shotgun and throw the ball. He had 796 passing yards with eight TDs and just two picks, but at this point, it is almost a bit more of a gimmick for him to throw the ball than anything else. Still, he is the Wildcat quarterback and is quick as the wind, and his 12 rushing touchdowns this year were no mistake. He had 820 yards as well and averaged 5.2 yards per carry, and that number includes all of the times that he was sacked as well. Kolter was also frequently split out wide at the receiver position as well. He caught 16 passes for 169 yards on the outside. This is the type of man that really can mess with the game plan that the Bulldogs have defensively, and the SEC reps have to be prepared to see anything and everything out of Kolter.

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Key #2: Venric Mark has to have a big time game
Those in Evanston really thought that Mark should have been considered for the Heisman Trophy at some points this year. Just a junior, Mark is going to have another chance to flash his skills next year. He had 213 carries for 1,310 yards on the ground in his primary trade, but he also proved to be a decent receiver with 101 yards and a great return man as well. All told, Mark ended the season with the most all-purpose yards in the Big Ten with 2,048, and he is going to have the chance to get the ball in his hands a solid 20-25 times in this game between offense and special teams. The Mississippi State defense is going to have to be all over the field, knowing exactly where Mark is with the football, because one misstep, and the junior could be off to the races. This is the man that has the ability to blow this game out of proportion if the Wildcats get ahead.

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Key #3: Tyler Russell has to take care of the football and hit some big plays to Chad Bumphis
Northwestern had a defense this year that made some big time plays against the run, but this secondary is absolutely suspect at best. The Cats ranked just 97th in the country, allowing 261.6 passing yards per game, and that came against a Big Ten conference that just didn’t have all that many great passers in it this year. The time is clearly here for QB Tyler Russell to be a playmaker in this, the final game of his junior season. An ankle injury has slowed down Russell just a bit, but there is a clear difference in his stats between his wins and his losses. In wins this year, Russell threw for 19 TDs and just one pick. In four losses, he had three scores and five INTs. Those latter numbers just aren’t going to cut it, and it is a clear indication that this team is only going to go as far as Russell takes it. WR Chad Bumphis is the big play man and the favored receiver that Russell has to work with, and if he makes some big time plays, as he has done sporadically over his whole career in Starkville, the Bulldogs are going to have a real chance at the mild upset.

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NCAA Football Picks: LSU @ Mississippi St College Football Props

September 12th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in College Football   Comments Off on NCAA Football Picks: LSU @ Mississippi St College Football Props
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Week 3 of college football betting action is here! But before you get started with the NCAA football odds, be sure to check out our college football prop picks for the first day of the third week of the season, including the LSU vs. Mississippi State picks!

Vick Ballard Over/Under 87.5 Rushing Yards
The Bayou Bengals have allowed less than 50 rushing yards per game this year, and that makes it hard to believe that Ballard is going to be getting anywhere near this 87.5 yard barrier. The truth of the matter is that he has averaged over 150 yards per game as well, but it just isn’t going to happen this week. Last year, Ballard carried the ball 11 times for 28 yards, and the running backs as a whole for the Bulldogs ended up toting the rock 33 times for only 90 yards. Ballard isn’t going to be able to do it on his own, and he won’t reach this ‘total’. Ballard Under 87.5 Rushing Yards (-115 at BetOnline Sportsbook)

Chris Relf Over/Under 15 Completions
In the first week of the year, we took Relf ‘over’ 11.5 completed passes, and we find it odd that that number, against a stouter defense, has gone up 3.5 completions. Now, it’s true that Relf has completed 33 passes in two games, but it is clear that QB Tyler Russell is going to get his snaps as well under center. There has to be a concerted effort to try to run the football, and even if it fails, we don’t expect Head Coach Dan Mullen to get off of that kick. There are too many variables in this one, but we just can’t see many situations in which Relf completes at least 16 passes. Relf Under 15 Completions (-115 at BetOnline Sportsbook).

Gator Bowl Picks: Mississippi State vs. Michigan Analysis

December 31st, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in College Football   Comments Off on Gator Bowl Picks: Mississippi State vs. Michigan Analysis

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In the third game of the “New Year’s Resolution” between the SEC and the Big Ten, the Gator Bowl will pit the Mississippi State Bulldogs against the Michigan Wolverines. These two teams have taken very different paths to get here this year, but they are both going to be proud to be here in Jacksonville. But which team will beat the Gator Bowl odds at Ever Bank Stadium? The three keys to this game are going to be the difference.

Key #1: Mississippi State’s defense has to use the exact same game plan it used against Auburn
It’s not often that you see Auburn Tigers QB Cam Newton be held down in a game, but that’s exactly what happened when he faced these Bulldogs early in the season. Now, what we need to remember is that this was several months ago before we even knew that Newton was going to be a Heisman candidate, let alone a runaway winner of the award. On that day, he rushed for just 70 yards and threw for just 136 yards and two total scores with a pick. The Tigers were held to just 350 yards on the day, and the Bulldogs were able to stay alive every step of the way to nearly pull off the upset. (However, on that day, MSU was only a one point underdog.) QB Denard Robinson is built in the exact same mold as Newton from the standpoint that he will look to throw the ball after he checks his running options. Newton was originally viewed as a poor man’s Robinson, but what ended up happening was the exact opposite. Still, this is a dynamic rusher that can make a lot of things happen, but the MSU defense needs to figure out how to contain him.

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Key #2: Michigan has to keep Robinson clean
The problem with Robinson is that he is really a one man band on this team. He handled the ball 495 times this year, 245 of them coming on the ground. He really has no regard for his body at times and takes a tremendous beating. Michigan had to switch to backup QB Tate Forcier on several instances over the course of the year when Robinson either wasn’t at his best or when he had taken a few too many shots. In this game though, Forcier won’t be here. He was ruled academically ineligible for this game, which really just leaves Robinson to take care of himself. The offensive line has to do a great job taking care of him in the pocket, and RB Vincent Smith and RB Michael Shaw might have to do some more carrier of the football at times if Head Coach Rich Rodriguez wants to stay competitive in this game. If anything happens to Robinson, Big Blue is finished.

Key #3: Someone has to step up in the passing game for the Bulldogs
We know that it just isn’t in the nature of the Bulldogs to try to throw the ball all that much, but this secondary for Michigan is very, very bad 260.2 yards per game allowed. Normally speaking, QB Chris Relf would be trying to get the ball in the air to WR Chad Bumphis. However, Bumphis isn’t likely to be in the lineup in this one due to a collarbone injury. Both WR Malcolm Johnson and WR Leon Berry are questionable as well, while TE Marcus Green is definitely out of the game. Relf only threw the ball 195 times this year for 1,495 yards and nine scores, but a ton of his passes were in the direction of his top receiver. With Bumphis out, WR Arceto Clark becomes the team’s top receiver. The problem with that? Clark only had 22 catches for 317 yards and a pair of TDs. Someone has to step it up in a big way to be able to keep this offense balanced.

Weekly Sports Betting Rap Sheet 3/15

March 15th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in General Handicapping   Comments Off on Weekly Sports Betting Rap Sheet 3/15
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The brackets have been released for March Madness, and there are already teams lined up out the door that want to take their swipes at the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee for leaving them out of the field of 65. All of these teams have one thing in common, though. They all lost when it really counted and all had holes their resume. Here’s our March Madness edition of our Weekly Rap Sheet.

Rap Sheet Picture of the Week

Connecticut Huskies HC Jim Calhoun while watching his team crash out of the Big East Tournament to St. John’s.

It feels like this is a weekly ordeal, but at last, it’s finally over with. The 2009-10 Connecticut Huskies are no more. Poor HC Jim Calhoun had to sit there and watch his team blow it out its you know what against the Johnnies on Wednesday at the Big East Tournament. UConn turned the ball over 19 times in defeat. G Kemba Walker shot just 4/17 from the field, but at least it looked like he was trying out there. G Jerome Dyson, on the other hand, looked like he quit on his team. The superstar turned the ball over nine times and was just never mentally in the game. With their season hanging in the balance, the Huskies came up flat against a bad team and lost 73-51 to fall completely out of consideration for the NCAA Tournament.

Not only are we going to take a swipe at the Rhode Island Rams, but we’re going to go after all four bubble teams in the Atlantic 10 as well. None… Not one of you put together enough of a resume to even be considered one of the last four teams left home from the dance. URI looked alright until getting smashed to bits 57-44 by Temple. Even a close loss might’ve made the Rams look like a potential NCAA Tournament team. As for the Charlotte 49ers, Dayton Fliers, and St. Louis Billikens… C’mon guys. You really didn’t think you had a chance of reaching the big dance when you didn’t even qualify for your league semifinals, did you? Charlotte, we’re especially pointing the finger at you. You screwed up by losing to 12-20 Massachusetts on your home court to end your season with losses in seven of your L/8 games.

Yeah, Mississippi State Bulldogs, I hear you moaning as well, especially after you were just a matter of a few tenths of a second from winning the SEC. You’ve got a heck of a lot better gripe about going to the dance after playing the Cats tough, and your win over Florida in the SEC Tournament paired with two wins over Ole Miss should’ve been good enough to go dancing, right? Sorry… Tournament teams don’t lose to Rider on opening night at home by two touchdowns. You should’ve known that your season was over right then and there.

The Virginia Tech Hokies has a nice little gripe, right? After all, 23 wins, ten of which came in the ACC should’ve been good enough to get into the NCAA Tournament, right? Wrong. Play somebody. Brown, UNC-Greensboro, Campbell, Delaware, Iowa, Georgia, VMI, Penn State, Charleston Southern, Maryland-Baltimore County, Longwood, Seton Hall, and North Carolina Central. Those were your out of conference wins. Give me a break. Don’t fall flat on your face against Miami in your first ACC Tournament game, and you’re dancing. For now, don’t complain.