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2009-10 Top 5 Super Bowl Contenders & Superbowl Odds

September 29th, 2009 by Travis Edwards (Bankroll Sports Contributor) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2009-10 Top 5 Super Bowl Contenders & Superbowl Odds

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The 2009 NFL Football Season is in some cases upside down from the way the league looked in 2008. The Tennessee Titans who started their 2008 season a perfect 10-0 remain winless at 0-3. The same can be said for the Carolina Panthers who were tied with the Giants for best regular season record in the NFC just one year ago. At least the Panthers are just 2-0, but are pretty sizeable underdogs entering tomorrow night’s battle with Dallas. Still, if you look at some of the teams in the league who would have thought the Jets at this time appear to be the best team in the AFC East over the Patriots and San Francisco sits a top the NFC West at a perfect 3-0.

It just goes to show that no matter how much preseason predictions and reviews that nothing truly matters until teams actually step onto the gridiron. While the season is definitely going to have its twist and turns throughout the remaining 13 weeks of the regular season, we are going to break down some of the teams that may have a shot at the 2010 Super Bowl based what we have seen thus far in the year. Keep in mind that you will have teams that get cold and hot, and things will definitely change. However, it’s hard to pass up the chance to catch the Super Bowl odds while they are at their most profitable. Take a second to look at a few teams who are considered to be 2010 Super Bowl Champion contenders.

#5. New Orleans Saints – 9 to 1 (@ BetUS)

The New Orleans Saints quick 3-0 start may be a surprise to some, but if you paid attention to our preseason predictions we had the Saints to win the NFC South due to their potent offense. Well the season has a long way to go, but so far Drew Brees is proving us right. The Saints are 3-0 including an impressive win over Philadelphia in that stretch. Brees already has 9 touchdowns in just 3 games and is completing 70% of his passes while owning the highest quarterback rating in the league at 118.1. The Saints offense which is averaging 40 points per game remains one of the most prolific passing attacks in the NFL. Last season the Saints were extremely good on offense, but the defense was just as horrible giving up 25 points per game. The Saints defense definitely will not be the strong point of the team. However if they can have more similar performances like they did last Sunday holding Buffalo to 7 points and 243 total yards, then they are going to be extremely difficult to beat.

#4. Minnesota Vikings – 12 to 1 (@ BetUS)

Lets just first start off by saying “wow” to another Brett Farve classic last week. If you missed it, Farve threw a 50 yard laser from the 40 yard line to the back of the end zone finding WR Greg Lewis with 2 seconds to go lifting the Vikings over the 49ers in what has to be the play of the year by season’s end. Farve is the reason the Vikings could contend by the end of the season if he can stay healthy. The reason is not that he is the most important player on the field because that role goes to Adrian Peterson, but because he can make the plays when needed with his arm. The Vikings have struggled to find a quarterback that could move the ball without giving up 17 interceptions as they did in 2008. Farve has thrown just 1 pick this year even though he has thrown more than any other quarterback in his career. However, do not expect to see a lot of picks thrown by the 40 year old this year. The Vikings will keep the work load on running back Adrian Peterson who is undoubtedly the best rusher in the NFL fresh off a 1,760 yard season in 2008. The Vikings won the NFC North with all the troubles in the passing game last year. Imagine if they get consistency in the passing game and the defense continues to improve.

#3. New England Patriots – 8 to 1 (@ Oddsmaker)

First off let’s go ahead and state that the Patriots have looked absolutely nothing like a Super Bowl caliber team thus far this season. However, it’s hard to think a team this talented will not explode back to the dominating team that has ruled the NFL over the last decade. Tom Brady got off to a rusty start and perhaps has not looked as sharp as normal, but that can be expected following a knee injury. However, the offense has too many weapons to be contained. Sure, the New York Jets are playing well but the Patriots remain favorites to win the Super Bowl. New England bounced back last week beating up on the Atlanta Falcons 26-10 which should indicate even when they are not playing their best they are still among the best in the league. Brady has not been on target when the deep throws and the offense has yet to get the production needed from Wes Welker. However once those few misfires start sparking again, the Patriots are going to be tough to beat in the latter part of the season.

#2. Baltimore Ravens – 9 to 1 (@ BetUS)

It may be difficult to judge just how good the Ravens are considering they have yet to play any team with a winning record from 2008. However, we still have some high praises for this team. It all starts with the defense which is again among tops in the league. The Ravens defense ranked 2nd overall just a season ago and they could be well on their way to another strong year. We predicted the Ravens to pull of the upset over Pittsburgh in the preseason and they are going to have every opportunity. The reason the Ravens may be destined for more success in 2009 is due to the offense that has matured into a productive unit. QB Joe Flacco threw for a career high 342 yards in last week’s blowout over Cleveland 34-3. Flacco has looked sharp in just his 2nd year in the league and as a result 4 different wide receivers are already over 100 yards receiving. Add to the fact, Ray Rice and Willis McGahee are coming along nicely in the backfield and this team is going to be as dangerous as any in the AFC. The Ravens offense has slowly but consistently improved and they are going to be solid this season. As long as the defense does not fade, the Ravens could easily make a run at the AFC Championship.

#1. Indianapolis Colts – 12 to 1 (@ BetUS)

These odds are very inviting with the Colts sitting as +1200 to win the Super Bowl. Manning has been red hot in the opening games throwing over 300 yards in each contest. The Colts blew out the defending NFC Champions last week in Arizona 31-10. The Colts defense is playing extremely well holding opponents to just 15 points per game thus far in the season. The Colts defense will play a huge factor in the Colts success, but as of now everything seems to be on track. If Manning stays on fire, the Colts return to glory may be inevitable. Still, they are going to need Joseph Addai or rookie Donald Brown to get the running game going. The Colts are going to face some situations where they need their running backs to pick up first downs so it is imperative the rushing game come out of extinction. If that happens, there is not any other team in the league playing better right now.

Honorable Mention

I’m sure some may wonder why the New York Giants are not on the list even though they may be Super Bowl contenders. The Giants are receiving 7 to 1 odds to win the Super Bowl and off to a solid 3-0 start. However, the Giants still are a concern because they way they fall apart last year. The Giants barely escaped a Washington team that was beaten by Detroit last week and hit a game winning field goal in their win over Dallas who many would consider as a bit over rated. QB Eli Manning has played well but that is nothing new for the Giants early in the year. Their biggest challenge is a lot like their biggest foes the Dallas Cowboys. The question is how will the team hold up later in the year? The big play threat at the receiver position is still in question. Steve Smith has played well and so has the emergence of Mario Manningham. However, it will be interesting to see how those young guys hold up. If they get better and do not fade, the Giants will be right in the mix. If not then it will be another disappointing story like the 2008 season.

Current odds to win the Super Bowl From BetUS (as of 9/29/09)
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Pittsburgh Steelers    14/1 
New England Patriots    13/2 
Dallas Cowboys    28/1 
New York Giants    13/2 
Indianapolis Colts    9/1
San Diego Chargers    16/1
Baltimore Ravens    10/1
Philadelphia Eagles    14/1
New Orleans Saints    7/1
Minnesota Vikings    10/1
Carolina Panthers    200/1 
Tennessee Titans    100/1 
Atlanta Falcons    28/1 
Green Bay Packers    28/1 
Denver Broncos    33/1 
Jacksonville Jaguars    50/1 
Arizona Cardinals    50/1 
New York Jets    22/1 
Miami Dolphins    100/1 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers    500/1 
Buffalo Bills    125/1 
Chicago Bears    20/1 
Washington Redskins    100/1 
Seattle Seahawks    100/1 
Houston Texans    65/1 
San Francisco 49ers    28/1 
Cleveland Browns    1000/1 
Oakland Raiders    400/1 
Cincinnati Bengals    40/1 
St Louis Rams    1000/1 
Detroit Lions    400/1 
Kansas City Chiefs    750/1 

2009 NFL Week 4 Lines; Quick Breakdown

September 29th, 2009 by Richard Boyle (Bankroll Sports Contributor) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2009 NFL Week 4 Lines; Quick Breakdown

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Quick breakdown and early looks at the week 4 NFL lines (which are listed below); Last week was a sportsbook’s nightmare and the chalk-eating public’s dream week. The chalk eaters cashed in big (which would mean that the public bettors also cashed), as the favorites were 11-5 over the underdogs this weekend. Home dogs were also a horrible 2-5 against the spread on Sunday. Don’t expect this to happen again as the oddsmakers are sure to make adjustments to avoid too many covers by the favorites. As expected, there are a lot of very large spreads in the week 4 NFL lines. Out of the 12 NFL games that have opening spreads on Tuesday, eight of these games have spreads of 6 points or more and five of them have spreads of at least 9 points. Week four is definitely not the board you want to look at if you like betting on the favorites. However, it’s also not your board if you like betting on home underdogs, as there are only four home dogs out of the 12 NFL games with opening numbers. In week three, road teams and home teams were an even 8-8 against the spread. Oddsmakers have also been on the ball for the most part with over/unders this year, with an 8-8 split in the first two weeks and 9-7 (in favor of overs) last week. The bye weeks will begin in week 4 with Atlanta, Philadelphia, Carolina, and Arizona having the week off. In the only week four NFL matchup between two 3-0 teams, the New Orleans Saints are big 6.5 point favorites at home vs. the red hot New York Jets. Every other division leader, with the exception of San Francisco, currently holds a 3-0 record and is also favored to win in week 4. All of the 0-3 teams, with the exception of Miami and Tennessee, are big underdogs of 6 points or more. Tennessee is actually giving 3 points on the road vs. Jacksonville and Miami is getting 3 points at home vs. the Buffalo Bills. The Monday Night Football matchup for week 4 features the (3-0) Minnesota Vikings as 3½ point favorites at home vs. the (2-1) Green Bay Packers in what should prove to be an outstanding NFC North showdown. Expect a lot more home dogs and underdogs as a whole to cash in week four as favorite/underdog ATS records tend to even out from week to week in the NFL. Take a look at the 2009 week four spreads and schedule from top sponsor, BetUS Sportsbook below. NFL Football

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2009 NFL Football Week Four Lines From BetUS (as of 9/29 @ 12:30 pm ET):
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NFL Week 4 Lines For Sunday, October 04, 2009   
1:00pm (ET)      
 201Oakland Raiders+9  -110  41O -110
 202Houston Texans-9  -110   U -110
1:00pm (ET)      
 203Tennessee Titans-3  -110  41½O -110
 204Jacksonville Jaguars+3  -110   U -110
1:00pm (ET)      
 205Baltimore Ravens+2  -110  44½O -110
 206New England Patriots-2  -110   U -110
1:00pm (ET)      
 207Cincinnati Bengals-6½  -110  38O -110
 208Cleveland Browns+6½  -110   U -110
1:00pm (ET)      
 209New York Giants-10  -110  42½O -110
 210Kansas City Chiefs+10  -110   U -110
1:00pm (ET)      
 211Detroit Lions+10½  -110  39O -110
 212Chicago Bears-10½  -110   U -110
1:00pm (ET)      
 213Tampa Bay Buccaneers+7  -110  37O -110
 214Washington Redskins-7  -110   U -110
4:05pm (ET)      
 215Seattle Seahawks+9½ 44O -110
 216Indianapolis Colts-9½  U -110
4:05pm (ET)      
 217New York Jets+6½  -110  45½O -110
 218New Orleans Saints-6½  -110   U -110
4:05pm (ET)      
 219Buffalo Bills-1  -110  37O -110
 220Miami Dolphins+1  -110   U -110
4:15pm (ET)      
 221St Louis Rams+9½  -110  37½O -110
 222San Francisco 49ers-9½  -110   U -110
4:15pm (ET)      
 223Dallas Cowboys-3 42½O -110
 224Denver Broncos+3  U -110
8:20pm (ET)      
 225San Diego Chargers+6½  -110  43O -110
 226Pittsburgh Steelers-6½  -110   U -110
NFL Week 4 Lines For Monday, October 05, 2009   
8:35pm (ET)      
 227Green Bay Packers+3½  -110  46O -110
 228Minnesota Vikings-3½  -110   U -110

2009 NFL Week 3 Lines; Quick Breakdown

September 22nd, 2009 by Richard Boyle (Bankroll Sports Contributor) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2009 NFL Week 3 Lines; Quick Breakdown

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Underdogs and favorites were a 8-8 split last week based on the closing numbers at BetUS. If you enjoy betting on home teams, this has probably not been a very good start to the 2009 NFL betting season for you. A whopping ten (of 16) road teams covered the spread in week 1 and another ten (of 16) in week 2. This does not bode well for the betting public. However, the Bankroll Sports experts spotted the home team favoritism in the lines as our handicappers are a perfect 5-0 in NFL 10* releases this year and also went 7-1 in week 2. If you think the oddsmakers are unaware all the road teams covering the spread, think again. Based on the opening numbers for the week 3 lines, five of the twelve games that are on the board for next Sunday are road favorites of 4 points or more. The oddsmakers have been on top of the NFL totals in the first two weeks as over/unders are currently 15-16 thus far in 2009.

Looking at the week three NFL lines for the final Sunday in September, injuries are starting to play a role, with five games either “circled” or “off the board” on Tuesday morning after week 2. The biggest favorite on the week schedule is in the (2-0) Baltimore Ravens at home vs. the (0-2) Cleveland Browns. The highest total for week three is in the Saints @ Bills matchup, which is appropriately set at 52½. This 52½ total doesn’t seem like such a big number after looking at these two teams’ point totals in weeks one and two. The Saints scored a combined 93 points in the first two weeks and the Bills offense is starting to really come together, scoring a combined 57 points. Based on these averages, the oddsmakers could have unrealistically set this total at 75 points. As for some of the other hot (2-0) teams in the league, the New York Jets open as 2½ point favorites at home vs. the (0-2) Titans; the New York Giants open as a touchdown favorite on the road vs. the struggling (0-2) Buccaneers; the Green Bay Packers are listed as 6½ point road favorites at the (0-2) Rams. In a matchup of two teams that are 2-0, the San Francisco 49ers are set as seven point road dogs against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. (1-1) New England, who has looked like a different team then the Patriots of old have another tough task when Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons come to Foxburo as 4 point dogs. For the week 3 Monday Night Football line, we have the Carolina Panthers coming to “Jerry World” as 9 point underdogs which was expected to be a much better matchup when scheduled at the beginning of the season. Yes football bettors, the 2009 NFL Football betting season is officially in full swing as handicappers and animalists start to get quality looks at these NFL teams for 2009. NFL Football

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2009 NFL Football Week Three Lines From BetUS (as of 9/12 @ 8:00 am ET):
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NFL Week Three Lines for Sunday, Sep 27, 2009   
 401Tennessee Titans+2½  -110  36½O -110 
 402New York Jets-2½  -110   U -110 
 403Jacksonville Jaguars+3½  -110  46½O -110 
 404Houston Texans-3½  -110   U -110 
 407Cleveland Browns+13  -110  38½O -110 
 408Baltimore Ravens-13  -110   U -110 
 409New York Giants-7  -110  44O -110 
 410Tampa Bay Buccaneers+7  -110   U -110 
 411Washington Redskins-6  -110  38O -110 
 412Detroit Lions+6  -110   U -110 
 413Green Bay Packers-6½  -110  41O -110 
 414St Louis Rams+6½  -110   U -110 
 415San Francisco 49ers+6½  -110  40O -110 
 416Minnesota Vikings-6½  -110   U -110 
 417Atlanta Falcons+4  -110  44O -110 
 418New England Patriots-4  -110   U -110 
 419Chicago Bears-2  -110  37O -110 
 420Seattle Seahawks+2  -110   U -110 
 421New Orleans Saints-5  -110  52½O -110 
 422Buffalo Bills+5  -110   U -110 
 423Miami DolphinsOTB OTBOTB
 424San Diego ChargersOTB  OTB
 425Pittsburgh Steelers-4½  -110  37O -110 
 426Cincinnati Bengals+4½  -110   U -110 
 427Denver Broncos+1½  -110  35½O -110 
 428Oakland Raiders-1½  -110   U -110 
 429Indianapolis ColtsOTB OTBOTB
 430Arizona CardinalsOTB  OTB
NFL Week Three Lines for Monday, Sep 28, 2009   
 431Carolina Panthers+9  -110  46O -110 
 432Dallas Cowboys-9  -110   U -110 

2009 College Football Top 10 Headlines (after week 3)

September 20th, 2009 by Travis Edwards (Bankroll Sports Contributor) | Posted in College Football   Comments Off on 2009 College Football Top 10 Headlines (after week 3)

We promised the college football season would not disappoint for the fans that thirst for upsets, surprises, and excitement. Entering the season there were a number stories surrounding college football to keep an eye on and now since the start of the season there has been even more shocking headlines to emerge. With only 3 weeks of football in the books, what will happen next? We take a look at the Top 10 biggest headlines to date early in the 2009 College Football Season as we prepare for even bigger stories as the year progresses.

#10. Ohio State Buckeyes “Big Hump”

Ohio State entered the 2009 season with tons of anticipation behind their new star quarterback Terrelle Pryor. However, the one common agreement among college football enthusiasts is that the Buckeyes would need to finally win the big games. The Buckeyes knew they would have to beat USC this season if there was to be any glory. However, the Buckeyes failed to deliver yet again losing 18-15. The focus now turns back to salvaging the Big Ten Title and possibly making a BCS Bowl Game. Ohio State is now 0-4 against Top 5 teams over the last two seasons not to mention losing 3 straight losses in BCS Bowl Games over the last 3 seasons. If the Buckeyes are to return to the National Championship stage, they must find a way to get over the hump against the top teams in the country.

#9. “BCS Busters”

Heading into the 2009 season there was tons of talks surrounding the “BCS Busters.” Teams that were outside of BCS conferences played well in 2008 highlighted by Utah who took down Alabama out of the mighty SEC in the Sugar Bowl. BYU seemed to be the most likely candidate for this season after upsetting Oklahoma in week 1. However last Saturday both BYU and Utah suffered critical losses. It now appears that the non-BCS teams have their work cut out for them if they are to somehow make noise again in the 2009 postseason. Only Boise State and TCU has legitimate opportunities remaining. TCU still has a difficult schedule with meetings with Clemson and BYU. If any team is to become a BCS Buster this year it will likely be the guys in blue out of Boise State.

#8. ‘Rich Rod’ “Under Fire”

Coach Rich Rodriguez had much higher expectations for his first season in Ann Arbor in 2008. After introducing the spread offense at West Virginia, Rodriguez was considered a modern day mastermind with the headset. Anticipation was high in the “Big House” for the 2008 season, but the Wolverines just managed a 3-9 record struggling all season on the offensive side of the ball. However, the Wolverines have found confidence in year 2 of the Rodriguez campaign and are off to a solid 3-0 record including a big victory over Notre Dame 38-34. With the restored faith from Michigan faithful, perhaps in time Michigan will return to the national prominence.

#7. Blount “Punch seen around the world”

Do you think college football fans were disappointed after the opening night of the season for 2009? As Boise State and Oregon took center stage on the opening night of football, football fans tuned in around the world to the first meeting between top 25 teams in a premier match-up on Thursday night. Oregon came out flat and was never able to get things rolling in the game. The Broncos rolled in a low scoring 19-8 victory. However, it was the post game activity that had everyone in America talking that Friday morning. Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount was held to an ineffective performance on the playing field. Frustration reached its boiling point after the game when Blount was taunted by Broncos Bryon Hout who taunted the Ducks tailback during post celebration. However, things took a quick and sudden turn when Blount landed a right jab that sent Hout to his knees. Making matters worse, Blount was out of control while ushers attempted to escort him off the field making moves towards Boise State fans on the exit ramp. The “punch” ended Blount’s career as he was suspended for the rest of the season while this was his anticipated senior season.

#6. The SEC

One of the biggest questions heading into the season was if anyone would be able to stop the SEC from their 4th consecutive National Championship? All indications early on say no. The Florida Gators entered the season with the most 1st place votes in history. Until last week’s 23-13 victory over the Tennessee, the Gators seemed invincible. However, they are still going to be extremely difficult to beat. Also, the likes of Alabama and Mississippi have joined the Gators making up 3 of the top 5 teams in the country. Throw LSU in the picture at number 7 and the SEC is controlling the top of the rankings and it appears they will have their share of teams in BCS Bowls this year. With the former top 5 teams like Oklahoma, USC, and Oklahoma State already suffering losses, the best conference in football looks like they have all the making to bring home another crown.

#5. California at its “Best”

If you paid attention to any of our preseason conference breakdowns, we warned that the Pac-10 would be wide open this season. USC is under the control of a freshman quarterback and Oregon does not appear to be the front runner many thought they could be. While much of the Pac-10 is struggling, California is striving. The Golden Bears have climbed the polls to number 6 in the country with a 3-0 start outscoring opponents 146-41 in the process. One of the main factors in the Golden Bears success is no surprise by the name of Jahvid Best. The star running back is averaging a lucrative 7.8 yards per carry and already has 8 touchdowns in just 3 games which also have him catching some Heisman Trophy attention. Best is undoubtedly the top running back in the land and he has the Golden Bears prime success. If California contends to roll and can take out USC at home on October 3rd, then Best could lead the Golden Bears back to the BCS or even National Title stage.

#4. Trojans Fall

The USC Trojans entered the season ranked 3rd in the country, but the story surrounding the team evolved around freshman quarterback Matt Barkley. Barkley is the first ever freshman to start at quarterback for the Trojans. While the Trojans returned numerous starters on the offensive side of the ball, many figured they would not be as dominate as they have been over the Pac-10 in year’s past. However, nobody expected the Trojans would lose their first game of the year to Washington. The Huskies were winless last year at 0-12, but pulled off an amazing upset over USC kicking a field goal in the final seconds to lift the Huskies to a 16-13 victory. The Trojans losing seemed inevitable, but who would have thought it would have come from one of the bottom dwellers in the Pac-10. Now the question is will they be able to salvage a chance at their 8th straight Pac-10 Championship?

#3. The Return of the U

Entering the season there may have been no other team in the country with more concerns at quarterback than the Miami Hurricanes. After backups Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith announced plans to transfer, the Hurricanes were looking very thin at the most important position on the field. However, sophomore Jacory Harris has ended all concerns at the quarterback position. Harris has been spectacular in charge of the Miami passing attack. The Hurricanes have been absolutely dominant through the air averaging 328 yards each of their first two games. The emergence of the offense has contributed to Miami knocking off two straight Top 25 teams while looking unstoppable on offense. The Hurricanes who entered the season outside of the Top 25, have vaulted all the way to a number 9 national ranking. If the passing game continues to roll, Miami has all chances at contending for an ACC Championship. Perhaps their biggest test of the year will come this weekend when they travel to Blacksburg to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies.

#2. Sooners and Bradford Go Down

The return of the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford had expectations riding high for the Sooners. Oklahoma sported the best offense in the country last season averaging over 50 points per game including an NCAA record 5 straight games over 60 points. The beloved offense was supposed to lead the Sooners to another shot at the National Championship after falling last year in the championship game to Florida. However, Oklahoma never made it past week 1 before those dreams were shattered. Oklahoma was upset by BYU 14-13. Not only did the Sooners offense fail to produce, but they lost Sam Bradford to a shoulder injury during the game as well. The loss ended most chances at contending for a National Championship, but any shot Bradford may have had at repeating for a 2nd straight Heisman Trophy.

#1. Gators “Road to Glory”

The biggest question of the year has yet to be answered, but it remains at the top of the list. The Florida Gators have already won two National Championships in just 3 seasons and are now big favorites to repeat again. The Gators entered the season as an overwhelming favorite and blew out their fist two inferior opponents 118-9. The Gators defense returned all 11 starters, and of course on offense they have the heralded former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. All indications show that Tebow is the front runner for another Heisman Trophy, but it is still early in the season. The Gators appeared untouchable until Tennessee kept the game close last week 23-13. Florida has already rewritten a bunch of pages in the record books. However, if they are to win another National Championship they will likely be considered the greatest team of the modern era. As for Tebow, he is already considered one of the greatest college football players of all time and winning another Heisman Trophy would concrete his legacy for all eternity.

2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup Odds, Preview, & Picks

September 16th, 2009 by Travis Edwards (Bankroll Sports Contributor) | Posted in Nascar / Auto Racing   Comments Off on 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup Odds, Preview, & Picks

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NASCAR’s version of the playoffs will kickoff this weekend from Loudon Speedway for the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Last week in Richmond it was the final chance for drivers to earn their spot among the top 12 drivers in the standings. Those 12 drivers will now be the lone contenders battling for the 2009 Championship. Brian Vickers raced his way into the Chase last weekend edging out Kyle Busch by just 8 points. It may be an even bigger surprise to see the younger Busch not in the Chase since many consider the young driver one of the most talented if not the most talented driver in NASCAR. Busch will now take a back seat ride for his hopes of winning his first championship for at least another year.

The focus now turns back to the 12 drivers who will be putting it all on the line for their chance at glory. Hendrick Motorsports houses 3 contenders in the Chase this season which is not any surprise considering they have dominated over the past few years. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon share 7 championships between each other which is more than any other duo in the sport. These two guys will be big favorites to add another piece of hardware over the next 10 races; especially Jimmie Johnson who is only the 2nd driver in history to win 3 straight championships. The other driver is Mark Martin who came out of retirement for a chance to driver the #5 car for the Hendrick owned team. What a story it would make if Martin could pull of his first championship after 21 years of racing and uncountable accomplishments. With Hendrick Motorsports unprecedented success over the last few years, there is no reason not to assume these 3 drivers will not be big favorites to win the 2009 Sprint Cup Title.

However, there will be many more drivers led by the likes of Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, and more who will be extremely hungry for a shot at NASCAR immortality. Stewart has led the points for the majority of the season in his first year as owner of Stewart-Haas racing. The success was not expected to come so soon for Stewart after departing from Joe Gibbs Racing last season. However, Stewart has been successful behind the wheel in every car/division throughout his career and is a former 2-time Cup Champion. If anyone has any chance of breaking up the Hendrick show, it could come from Tony Stewart and the #14 team. Stewart also fields another car in the field by teammate Ryan Newman. Newman had a solid year behind the wheel with 12 top 10 finishes in his first season with Stewart-Haas and that should indicate how well their cars have run this season. If you still not sold on betting on Stewart-Haas racing, they are powered by Hendrick Motorsports equipment which should speak for itself.

Breaking away from everything Hendrick Motorsports related, drivers like Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards have to be on the radar for championship talks. Hamlin especially has been one of the hottest drivers in the sport over the past few weeks. The driver of the #11 FedEx won at Pocono over a month ago and also scored a victory last week at Richmond. The #11 team seem to be peaking at the perfect time and could be the perfect candidate to steal the spotlight. Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards are also both legitimate threats. Edwards won more races than anyone in 2008 (9). However, Edwards has yet to get his first victory of the season and is driving with a fractured foot. The foot should not be an issue considering Edwards has won on the Nationwide Series, but the #99 team’s ability to get back to the front may be as issue. Kurt Busch has been very strong this year as well. The elder Busch has not had much success since his 2004 Championship. However, Penske Racing has made a big turn around and the driver of the #2 car could be a big threat if they continue to gain on the competition.

Teammates Kasey Kahne and Juan Pablo Montoya are two drivers who have really come on strong towards the end of the year. Montoya is a former open wheel star who has had his best year of his career making his first Chase. Kahne and Montoya will both be seeking their first championship opportunity. Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing has made big strides in getting back to a competitive standing in the sport and Montoya has surprised many with how well he has run over the past two months. Also, Greg Biffle is the last unmentioned driver in the Chase. Biffle has had a quiet season for Rousch Racing who has struggled to say the least. However, Biffle exploded at this time last year winning the first two races of the Chase and if not for troubles in the last few races could have pulled a huge upset in terms of the 2008 Title. Biffle will look to make those kinds of headlines early in this season’s Chase and contend for another shot at history. While all these drivers will be eager to prove they have what it takes to be called Sprint Cup Champion, we take a look at the odds for the 2009 Championship. Check out all drivers odds at the bottom of the page, and we provide our top 5 drivers to win the 2009 Championship.


#1. Jimmie Johnson

How do you not bet on the 3 time reigning NASCAR Champion? Jimmie Johnson is the leading favorite to win this year’s title at +250 odds. Johnson always seems to shine in the last 10 races of the season despite how much success he has had early on. Johnson has 3 wins this season, but only one of those tracks will be revisited during the Chase (Dover). However, Johnson is able to put up strong finishes when others are not. The #48 bunch has not only possibly the best driver, but equally important the best team and crew chief. They are able to make changes to the car better than anyone throughout the race and salvage finishes better than anyone. If they avoid big mistakes like normal again this year, there is no reason not to say Jimmie Johnson can not rewrite history again with his 4th consecutive championship.

#2. Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart knows exactly what it takes to win the Sprint Cup playoff format as he conquered the feat in 2005. Stewart has not been running as well in the last few weeks as he did midway through the season, but do not let that fool anyone. Stewart has more top 5 finishes than any other driver this season at 13 and has also scored 3 victories on the year as well. The #14 bunch is eager to prove they are not a rookie organization and with Stewart at the wheel they are primed for success. Remember, Stewart has captured wins on some of the biggest stages of the season including the All Star Race held at Lowes Motorspeedway earlier this year and capping off a championship would be the perfect end to the season.

#3. Mark Martin

Rest assured it is not any type of fluke that the 50 year old is in the Chase for the Championship. Martin has taken advantage of his opportunity to drive for the #5 car out of the Hendrick stable and has looked very impressive throughout the year. Martin has scored more wins than any other driver this season at 4 victories and will be the #1 seed in the points going into the first race. Martin has also been running very well over the last few weeks, but on the counter side he has really not run badly at all this season. Earlier this season there was a few runs of mechanical failure, but other than that the veteran driver has been superb. Martin will definitely be the sentimental favorite to win the Championship since it has eluded him his entire career and this may be one of the best opportunities he has ever had through his career to end the season on top.

#4. Denny Hamlin

As noted before, there has not been any other driver hotter than Denny Hamlin heading into the Chase. Hamlin has scored 2 wins in the last 6 races and during that stretch has an average finish of 5.3. The average finish is fairly staggering considering those tracks have been from road courses, short tracks, and super speedways. The simple fact is that the #11 guys are fast everywhere and momentum is a big thing in NASCAR. Hamlin is also very strong at the flat races tracks and could get off to a fast start this week at Loudon (New Hampshire). Only Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have more top 10 finishes this season than Hamlin and it has been nearly two months since the #11 car finished outside of the top 10. If that type of consistency continues, Hamlin will be very tough to beat.

#5. Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon has had the season he needed to get the #24 Dupont program headed in the back direction. Gordon is still not putting up the wins like the team feels they should be grabbing, but there is no other driver that has run up front more than the #24 this season. Gordon got the season of strong with a victory at Texas, but has failed to reach victory lane since. However, Gordon has posted 12 top 5 finishes this season which is 2nd most of all drivers behind Jimmie Johnson. Not only does the entire team seem to be getting back to premier form, but Gordon has run very well in the last few weeks. There are some concerns of how the 4-time Champions back troubles will hold up as the season progresses, but you must consider Gordon in the championship talk considering how well they have run.

Complete NASCAR odds to win the 2009 Sprint Cup From BetUS (as of 9/17/09)
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  • Brian Vickers +2000
  • Carl Edwards +1000
  • Denny Hamlin +800
  • Greg Biffle +2500
  • Jeff Gordon +400
  • Jimmie Johnson +250
  • Juan Pablo Montoya +2000
  • Kasey Kahne +2000
  • Kurt Busch +2000
  • Mark Martin +300
  • Ryan Newman +3000
  • Tony Stewart +300

Complete NASCAR odds to win the 2009 Sprint Cup From (as of 9/19/09)
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  • Brian Vickers  +3000
  • Carl Edwards  +1000    
  • Denny Hamlin  +800    
  • Greg Biffle  +2500    
  • Jeff Gordon  +400    
  • Jimmie Johnson  +250    
  • Juan Pablo Montoya  +3000    
  • Kasey Kahne  +2500    
  • Kurt Busch  +2500    
  • Mark Martin  +300    
  • Ryan Newman  +3000    
  • Tony Stewart  +300

2009 NFL Week 2 Lines; Quick Breakdown

September 15th, 2009 by Travis Edwards (Bankroll Sports Contributor) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2009 NFL Week 2 Lines; Quick Breakdown

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At the bottom of this page, you will find the complete listing of week two lines for all the NFL games from BetUS Sportsbook (100% football signup bonus at BetUS when you click here). There were a few small surprises in week one, such as the New York Jets who handled the Huston Texans on the road, the San Francisco 49ers who upset the defending NFC Champion, Cardinals in Arizona, and the Denver Broncos took care of Cincinnati in a tight, and very ugly game. The Niners are 1.5 point favorites at home vs. the Seattle Seahawks (1-0) and the Denver Broncos are 3 point favorites at home vs. the Cleveland Browns (0-1). The oddsmakers have the New York Jets listed as 5 point home underdogs vs. the New England Patriots.  The Pats squeaked by the Buffalo Bills at home on Monday Night Football in week 1. There is not a single winless team that is favored in week two of the 2009 NFL season, including the Chicago Bears who lost star linebacker Brian Urlacher for the season on Monday Night. The Bears opened as 1 point underdogs at home vs. the defending Super Bowl Champion, Pittsburgh Steelers. Bettors quickly jumped on that line as the Steelers jumped to -3 in just a few short hours after the week two line opened for this game. Perhaps this was due to Jay Cutler’s pitiful performance on Sunday night where he threw 5 interceptions. The biggest line on the board is the Washington Redskins (1-0); listed as 10 favorite over St. Louis.  The Rams (0-1) may have looked like the worst team in football in week one. 2008’s worst team, the Detroit Lions (0-1) are listed as 9.5 home dogs vs. the Minnesota Vikings (1-0), who looked very impressive in their week one win at Cleveland where star running back Adrian Peterson ran wild. The Bears, Lions and Jets are NFL Footballthree of the only four home underdogs listed on the week two schedule. The other is the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0), who may be without star Quarterback, Donovan McNabb. The ‘Iigles are listed as 1 point home dogs vs. the New Orleans Saints (1-0), who spanked the lowly Lions on Sunday. As for the Monday Night Football matchup, we have another home underdog in the Miami Dolphins (0-1). The Fins are listed as 3 point dogs at home vs. the 1-0 Indianapolis Colts (1-0).  Full list of week 2 spreads are listed below.  We will update these lines throughout the week as they are updated at Bet US. 

2009 NFL Football Week Two Lines & Odds From BetUS (as of 9/15 @ 11am ET):
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NFL Week Two Lines for Monday, Sep 21, 2009


















Oakland Raiders

+3½ -110*



O -110



Kansas City Chiefs

-3½ -110*



U -110

















Houston Texans

+7 -110



O -110



Tennessee Titans

-7 -110



U -110

















New England Patriots

-5 -110*



O -110



New York Jets

+5 -110*



U -110

















Cincinnati Bengals

+9 -110



O -110



Green Bay Packers

-9 -110



U -110

















Minnesota Vikings

-10 -110



O -110



Detroit Lions

+10 -110



U -110

















New Orleans Saints

+1 -110*



O -110



Philadelphia Eagles

-1 -110*



U -110

















Carolina Panthers

+6 -110



O -110



Atlanta Falcons

-6 -110



U -110

















St Louis Rams

+10 -110



O -110



Washington Redskins

-10 -110



U -110

















Arizona Cardinals

+3 -110*



O -110



Jacksonville Jaguars

-3 -110*



U -110

















Seattle Seahawks

+1½ -110



O -110



San Francisco 49ers

-1½ -110



U -110

















Tampa Bay Bucs

+4.5 -110*



O -110



Buffalo Bills

-4.5 -110*



U -110

















Cleveland Browns

+3 Ev



O -110



Denver Broncos

-3 -120



U -110

















Baltimore Ravens

+4 -115*



O -110



San Diego Chargers

-4 -105*



U -110

















Pittsburgh Steelers

-3 +105



O -110



Chicago Bears

+3 -125



U -110

















New York Giants

+2½ -110



O -110



Dallas Cowboys

-2½ -110



U -110















Monday Night Football Week Two Line for Monday, Sep 21, 2009

















Indianapolis Colts

-3 -125



O -110



Miami Dolphins

+3 +105



U -110








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Will Be Updated Once The In-Week Line is Posted At BetUS Sportsbook

2009 Heisman Update & Latest Odds To Win The Heisman Trophy

September 14th, 2009 by Travis Edwards (Bankroll Sports Contributor) | Posted in College Football   2 Comments »

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We have had the luxury of watching college football’s biggest stars for 2 straight weeks now and we can get a slight grasp of what to expect during the 2009 season. The big 3 quarterbacks of Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, and Colt McCoy were overwhelming favorites entering the season to win the Heisman Trophy after all three players where finalist in last year’s race. While the odds are still favorable for one of those quarterbacks to take home the hardware, the is an emerging ground threat making his way up the Heisman ladder out of the Pac-10. Last year’s Heisman winner Sam Bradford has already suffered a shoulder injury which has put a huge damper in his chances to repeat. Check out our weekly Heisman Trophy watch as we continue to keep an eye on the best players in college football.

Current Odds To Win The Heisman Are From (as of 12/7/2009):
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  • Colt McCoy 5/4
  • Mark Ingram  2/7
  • Ndamukong Suh 5/1
  • Tim Tebow  15/1
  • Toby Gerhart  3/1

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#1. Quarterback, Tim Tebow (Florida Gators)
Tim Tebow Current Odds To Win The Heisman Trophy: 5/2

Tim Tebow totaled 5 touchdowns in the Gators 50 point blowout over Troy last weekend. Tebow threw 4 touchdowns through the air while posting 237 yards. It is the 2nd straight week that the Gators have blown the game wide open in the first half. Tebow has actually had limited playing time with their first two games being out of reach so early in the contest. Still, the Gators look like a team that is going to be extremely difficult to stop this year. Tebow not only gets things done through the passing game, but his ability to make plays with his legs adds as a stat builder. On the year, Tebow has completed 25 of 39 passing for 425 yards totaling 5 touchdowns passing. The Gators former Heisman winner has also pounded two more touchdowns on the ground. Considering how great Florida has looked early on, it appears Tebow could have one hand on his 2nd Heisman Trophy.

#2. Running Back, Jahvid Best (California Golden Bears)
Jahvid Best Current Odds To Win The Heisman Trophy: 5/1 (opened at 7/4)

If there is going to be any player to steal the spotlight from the quarterbacks this year it will be Golden Bears running back Jahvid Best. Best like Tebow has yet to play an entire 60 minutes due to the fact California has won by a combined 91 points in their first two contests. However, Best has been extremely affective every time he has touched the ball. Best had 17 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s victory. Also, the star back caught two passes for 19 yards and an additional touchdown. On the season, Best has 281 yards and a ridiculous 10.4 yards per carry average. Best is without much debate the best running back in college football. However, it will still be a difficult task to take the Heisman away from the prominent quarterbacks in this year’s race. Still, the California offense is appearing to be a big force out west. If California continues their pace, Best has all the makings to bring home the hardware.

#3. Quarterback, Colt McCoy (Texas Longhorns)
Colt McCoy Current Odds To Win The Heisman Trophy: 25/1 (opened at 9/2)

Colt McCoy kept things rolling for the Longhorns this weekend putting together his 2nd straight 300 plus yard passing performance. McCoy was 21 for 29 and 317 yards in the Longhorns 41-10 victory over Wyoming. McCoy also has put together 5 touchdowns through the air this year with one addition touchdown on the ground. In the midst of two straight solid performances, McCoy has thrown 2 interceptions to dampen the picture. However, McCoy looks to be well on his way to another big year especially if the offense is to continue to develop throughout the year. The offense got off to a slow start in their battle with Wyoming, but was able to pull through in the 2nd half. The Longhorns will meet rival Texas Tech in a showdown next week and eyes will be on McCoy as they try to extract revenge from last year’s upset.

#4. Quarterback, Max Hall (B.Y.U. Cougars)
Max Hall Current Odds To Win The Heisman Trophy: 50/1 (opened at 15/1)

If there is anything we learned from week 1, it was there was an equally talented quarterback lined up on the opposing side of the field from Sam Bradford. Max Hall led the Cougars to the biggest upset of the year so far over Oklahoma 14-13 in the first game of the season. Hall continued to impress this weekend completing 75% passing equaling 309 yards and two touchdowns. If not for a few interceptions, Hall may be getting much more Heisman attention and the fact the Mountain West is not a BCS Conference. However if the Cougars continue to roll with their favorable schedule, Hall will continue to linger around the top of the Heisman talk. Hall threw for just less than 4,000 yards in 2008 so he can put up the numbers to be a legitimate threat. BYU will take on Florida State at home this weekend and continue to make their charge towards a BCS Bowl Game.

#5. Quarterback, Sam Bradford (Oklahoma Sooners)
Sam Bradford Current Odds To Win The Heisman Trophy: OTB

I know Sam Bradford may be out of everyone’s Heisman ballot since the shoulder injury that has the Sooners quarterback sidelined for a least another game. However, Bradford can still put up some big numbers despite missing the time. Oklahoma lost to a solid BYU team before bouncing back to blowout Idaho State 64-0. The Sooners still have a dangerous offense and they will still have plenty of time to make noise in the Big 12. If Bradford returns and can lead the Sooners to another Big 12 title, the possibility is still there depending on how the competition performs. Hopefully for Oklahoma, the shoulder will heal fast and Bradford can get the offense firing on all cylinders. Oklahoma plays a lot of tough competition this year meaning if Bradford shows out he will return to the national spotlight with ease.