Archive for September, 2008

NCAA Football Betting: Public jumping on BYU’s big spread

September 30, 2008

The undefeated BYU Cougars visit the unranked Utah State Aggies in College Football action on Friday.

No. 8 BYU is a 28½-point favorite at Sportingbet.com, and despite the huge spread, Public Betting information indicates nearly 72 per cent of bettors are backing the Cougars.

But that shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the Cougars are a perfect 7-0 SU against Utah over the past seven meetings. Two seasons ago, BYU blanked Utah 38-0 as a 15-point home favorite.

BYU quarterback QB Max Hall continued his winning ways, throwing three touchdowns as the Cougars shut out Wyoming 44-0 in Week 4. The Cougars (4-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) covered the 29-point spread and the score went under the total of 52.

Utah State (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS) put up 35 points in the second half in Week 4 en route to an easy 42-17 win over Idaho. The Aggies had no trouble covering the 5-point spread and the score went over the total of 58.5.

BYU is 5-0 SU in its past five both overall and on the road. The total has gone over in four of BYU’s past six on the road. Utah State is 4-2 ATS in its past six but 2-7 ATS in its past nine at home.

BYU has no significant injuries, while Utah will be without fullback Jacob Actkinson, who’s out for the season with a shoulder injury.

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NCAA Football Betting: Bettors like Bulls over Panthers

September 30, 2008

The Pittsburgh Panthers take on the No. 10-ranked South Florida Bulls in a clash of surging NCAA Football teams on Thursday at Raymond James Stadium (7:45 pm ET, ESPN).

 

The undefeated Bulls are a 13½-point favorite in NCAA Football Betting Odds at Sportingbet.com.

 

According to Public Betting information, South Florida is getting 63 per cent of the early action on the game, with 453 bets placed on the Bulls compared to 262 for the Panthers. 

 

South Florida has a slight edge head-to-head, going 3-2 SU and ATS over the past five meetings. The teams last squared off on Nov. 24 last season, when the Bulls beat the Panthers 48-37 as 10 point road favorites. The score soared over the total of 45½.

 

Last week, LaRod Stephens-Howling scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pace Pittsburgh (3-1 SU, 0-4 ATS) to a 34-24 win over Syracuse. The Panthers failed to cover the 14-point spread, and the score went over the total of 48.

 

South Florida (5-0 SU, 1-3 ATS) racked up 31 first-half points en route to a 41-10 victory over North Carolina State in Week 5. South Florida covered the 10-point spread, and the 51 points made it over the total of 45.

 

Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its past five, but 2-6 SU in its past eight on the road. South Florida is 11-2 SU in its past 13 at home.

 

On the injury front, Panthers’ linebacker Shane Murray (knee) is day-to-day and defensive lineman Doug Fulmer Jr. (knee) is out for the season. For the Bulls, LB Lucas Darr (ankle) is day-to-day.

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Strange Google Results for NFL Week 4

September 29, 2008

Today I Googled the term NFL Week 4 as I wanted to see how certain sites were performing for that term. While I was looking at the results on page one I noticed that there were more than 10 listings but I didn’t really give it too much thought seeing as we live in a Universal Google world these days.

As I continued to hit the Next link I started to notice that I was getting less than 10 results per page, anywhere from 6 to 9 listings per page. Thinking this was odd I sent result page links to people I know and asked them how many listings they were seeing when they opened the page and they all replied with the standard 10.

I didn’t really spend all that much time on it as I figured it was just one of those things and went about my business. A short time later I went back to Google and tried that term again as I wanted to see if I could replicate those results and to my surprise it happened again, first page 11 listings followed by 6 to 9 listings when I hit the Next link.

Intrigued; I thought I would see if I would get consistency by navigating away for any particular results page and then return to that same page to see what I would get and for one visit to page 7 I got 8 listings and upon my return I got 6 listings. I took some screen captures of the results as I thought others might like to take a look.

The first questions that people might ask are; was I logged into my Google account and was I using any kind of custom search page. The answer to both questions is no, these were standard Google results pages. While I have a Google account I only log in to it when I am looking for specific information and always log out when I am done.

So with those two questions out of the way I have to ask if anybody else has had those kinds of results and if they have please let me know about it. Also if anybody knows why this might have happened please offer up your theories.

NCAA Football Betting: No. 22 Illinois at No. 12 Penn State

September 24, 2008

The No. 22 Illinois Fighting Illini take on the No. 12 Penn State Nittany Lions in a battle of Big Ten rivals on Saturday at Beaver Stadium (8 pm ET, ABC).

Penn State is a 14.5-point favorite in College Football betting odds at Sportingbet.com, which will have Live Betting available for the game.

The Nittany Lions have a commanding 7-2 SU and 6-3 edge over the past 10 meetings with Illinois, although the Fighting Illini won their last meeting 27-20 as 3-point road underdogs on Sept. 29 last season.

Illinois (2-1 SU, 0-2 ATS) has won two straight. Penn State is undefeated (4-0 SU, 3-0 ATS).

Illinois held on to beat LA-Lafayette 20-17 in Week 3, failing to cover the 25.5-point spread. The score went under the total of 62.

Daryll Clark tossed two touchdown passes as Penn State had little trouble beating Temple 45-3 in Week 4. Penn State easily covered the 28.5-point spread, while the final score of 48 went under the total of 54.

Penn State is 12-1 SU in its past 13 at home. The total has gone over in four of Illinois’s past five on the road. Illinois is 6-2 SU in its past eight.

Illinois injuries include tackle Ryan Palmer (foot surgery; 3-4 weeks), safety Donsay Hardeman (knee surgery; questionable), and defensive tackle Sirod Williams (torn right ACL; out for season).

Penn State injuries include tight end Mickey Shuler (sprained left ankle; probable), offensive lineman Mike Lucian (sprained left ankle; questionable); and tackle Ako Poti (knee; questionable).

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NCAA Football Betting: No. 8 Alabama at No. 3 Georgia

September 24, 2008

The No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide visit the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs in a battle of undefeated SEC rivals on Saturday night (7:45 pm ET, ESPN).

Georgia is a 7-point favorite in NCAA Football betting odds at Sportingbet.com, which will also have Live Betting available for the game.

The Bulldogs have the upper hand head-to-head, going 3-1 SU and ATS over the past four meetings. The teams last squared off on Sept 22, 2007, when Georgia won 26-23 as 3-point road favorites.

Last Saturday, Javier Arenas and Justin Woodall scored on long interception returns for touchdowns as Alabama rolled to a 49-14 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Tide covered the 9.5-point spread, and the score went over the total of 47.5.

Georgia scored 21 points in the second quarter of their 27-10 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils in Week 4. Georgia covered the 7-point spread, while the score fell under the total.

Alabama is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS and Georgia is 4-0 SU and 2-0-1 ATS.

The total has gone under in five of Alabama’s past seven on the road. Alabama is 8-4 ATS in its past 12 on the road. Georgia is 5-0 SU in its past five, both overall and at home.

Alabama injuries include punter Heath Thomas (bruised foot; questionable) and linebacker Ezekial Knight (heart condition; out for season).

The Bulldogs have huge number of injuries, including: tight end Tripp Chandler (sprained neck; probable), defensive end Roderick Battle (neck; questionable), wide receiver Walter Hill (hand; questionable); and offensive lineman Chris Little (foot; out for season).

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NCAA College Football Betting: USC Trojans at Oregon State

September 22, 2008

The No. 1 USC Trojans get back to work this week with a Pac-10 Conference matchup against the unranked Oregon State Beavers Thursday night (9 pm ET, ESPN).

USC is a 24-point favorite in Sportingbet.com NCAA College Football betting lines.

The Trojans are 8-2 SU in the past 10 meetings with Oregon State, but have only managed to cover the spread in five of those games. The teams last squared off on Nov. 3 last season, when USC won 24-3 as 15.5-point home favorite. The score went under the total of 46.5.

Oregon State last beat USC on Oct. 28, 2006, a 33-31 home win as a 10.5-point underdog.

The last time the Trojans (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) were in action, QB Mark Sanchez threw four touchdowns to lead USC to a dominating 35-3 win over the then-No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes in Week 3. The Trojans easily covered the 12-point spread, and the 38 points went under the total of 44.

Sanchez completed 18-of-29 pass attempts for 172 yards for the Trojans. Damian Williams had 50 yards receiving.

Oregon State (1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS) also had a bye in Week 4. The Beavers had an easy time in their last game, when Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for two touchdowns to pace a 45-7 win over Hawaii. The Beavers covered the 14-point spread and the score fell under the total of 58.

USC is 5-0 SU in its past five, 22-3 SU in its past 25 on the road, and 6-1 ATS in its past seven. Oregon State is 5-0 SU and ATS in its past five at home. The total has gone under in four of Oregon State’s past five at home.

Both teams have a number of injuries. Oregon State cornerback James Dockery (knee surgery) and offensive lineman Brent McNeil (ankle/toe) are out indefinitely, and quarterback Sean Canfield (left shoulder surgery) is questionable for Thursday’s game.

For USC, defensive end Kyle Moore (back spasms), wide receiver Damian Williams, fullback Stanley Havili (hamstring), and running back Joe McKnight (headaches) are probable. Cornerback Shareece Wright (legal/disciplinary) is questionable, as are linebackers Chris Galippo (back) and Luthur Brown (back). Center Michael Reardon (right hip) is out indefinitely.

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NFL Betting: Public backing Eagles against Steelers

September 19, 2008

NFL Football betting fans like the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, according to public betting information from Sportingbet.com.

Philadelphia is a 3-point favorite in NFL Betting Odds at Sportingbet.com and the over/under total is 44.5. The Eagles are getting 64 per cent of the wagers placed on the game at Sportingbet.com.

Sportingbet.com oddsmaker David Main said Friday the main reason bettors are backing the Eagles is the play of QB Donovan McNabb, who is second among NFL quarterbacks, with 46 completions on 70 attempts for 642 yards and four TDs.

“McNabb looks like he is finally back to his best and may also have (wide receiver) Reggie Brown fit again after his hamstring injury, although even if Brown doesn’t play McNabb does seem very confident throwing to rookie DeSean Jackson,” Main said.

Conversely, the fact that Pittsburgh pivot Ben Roethlisberger is nursing a sore shoulder isn’t helping the Steelers’ chances against the Eagles.

“Roethlisberger is playing with a bad shoulder and again the bettors seem to have picked this matchup out and decided that Philly is the better team.”

Other betting favorites of NFL football bettors this Sunday include the New England Patriots (12½-point favorites) over the Miami Dolphins, with the Pats getting 68 per cent of bets, and the New York Giants (13-point favorites) over the Cincinnati Bengals, with the Giants getting 67 per cent of wagers.

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NFL Betting: Bettors like Cowboys over Packers

September 19, 2008

The marquee matchup in Week 3 of the NFL season has the Dallas Cowboys visiting the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football (8:15 pm ET, NBC).

Dallas is a 3-point favorite at Sportingbet.com and the over/under is 51.

About 63 per cent of bets placed on the game are on Dallas, according to Sportingbet.com NFL oddsmaker David Main.

The Cowboys beat NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles 41-37 in Week 2 action on Monday Night Football. Dallas failed to cover as 7.5-point home favorites and the score went over the 48-point total.

The Packers beat NFC North rival Detroit Lions 48-25 in Week 2. Green Bay easily covered the 3-point spread and the score went over the total of 47.

Dallas is 2-0 SU and 1-1 ATS, and Green Bay is 2-0 SU and 2-0 ATS.

The total has gone over in 11 of the past 12 meetings. Dallas is 10-2 SU in the past 12 meetings. Dallas is 8-1 SU in its past nine on the road. The total has gone over in all five of Green Bay’s past five, both overall and at home. Green Bay is 7-1 SU in its past eight at home.

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NCAA Football Betting: No. 21 West Virginia at Colorado

September 17, 2008

The No. 21 West Virginia Mountaineers visit the Colorado Buffaloes, a team besieged by injuries, Thursday night at Folsom Field (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).

West Virginia will be trying to bounce back after its worst offensive performance in seven years last week, a 24-3 upset loss to unranked East Carolina, a game in which the Mountaineers were 8-point favorites. The loss dropped West Virginia from No. 8 all the way down to No. 21 (AP Top 25).

The Mountaineers are a 3-point favorite in NCAA College Football betting odds at Sportingbet.com. The over/under total is 57.

The Big 12 conference Buffaloes had to rally to beat FCS Eastern Washington, 31-24, last weekend. Colorado is undefeated at 2-0 SU and 1-0 ATS.

West Virginia is 10-8 against Big 12 opponents, and is 16-3 SU in its past 19 overall on the road. West Virginia is 4-1 ATS in its past five on the road. The total has gone under in five of West Virginia’s past seven on the road. Colorado is 4-2 SU in its past six at home.

West Virginia injuries include wide receiver Wes Lyons (knee, out indefinitely) and linebacker Reed Williams (shoulder, probable).

The injury list is much longer for the banged-up Buffaloes: Guard Devin Head (one-game suspension served), Tight end Riar Geer (two-game suspension served/knee surgery), and cornerbacks Anthony Wright (ankle) and Jimmy Smith (back spasms) are probable. Running back Brian Lockridge (sports hernia surgery) is out indefinitely.

Linebacker Lynn Katoa (disciplinary), defensive end Drew Hudgins (knee surgery), guard Mike Iltis (knee surgery), and linebacker Jon Major (knee surgery) will all miss the entire season, as will five other players who are academically ineligible.

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NCAA College Football betting: LSU at Auburn

September 15, 2008

Two Tigers go to battle Saturday night when SEC West rivals LSU and Auburn square off at Jordan-Hare Stadium (7:45 pm ET, ESPN).

LSU is a 3-point favorite in Sportingbet.com NCAA Football odds.

Both teams are undefeated. The No. 6 LSU Tigers have won two straight while the ninth-ranked Auburn Tigers have rattled off three wins in a row to start the 2008 NCAA College Football season.

LSU is 21-2 SU in its past 23, but Auburn has won four of the past five meetings with LSU at home.

Louisiana State had no trouble dispatching of North Texas in Week 3, a 41-3 win on Saturday. Despite the lopsided score, LSU failed to cover the 42-point spread, and the score went under the 59.5-point total.

Auburn beat Mississippi State 3-2 (yes, it was football not soccer). The Tigers didn’t manage to cover the 10-point spread in that contest, while the score fell well below the total of 38.5.

LSU is 21-2 SU in its past 23 and 6-1 SU in its past seven on the road. The total has gone under in sox of the past seven meetings. Auburn is 5-0 SU in its past five at home.

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