Archive for October, 2008

Public split on Florida Gators-Georgia Bulldogs matchup

October 29, 2008

The No. 8 Florida Gators take on the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs in a battle of SEC East rivals Saturday (3:30 pm ET, CBS).

Florida has dominated the past 10 meetings, going 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS. But the Bulldogs won the last meeting, 42-30 as a 7.5-point road dog on Oct. 27 last season. The score went over the total of 55.

Sportsbooks has the Gators as a 5.5-point favorite in NCAA College Football Betting Lines. The Over/Under is 56.5.

Bettors are basically split on this one, with a small majority – 52 per cent – backing the Gators, according to Public Betting information. The Public is expecting a high-scoring game, as 63 per cent are on the Over.

Last week, Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores as Florida thumped Kentucky 63-5 in Week 9. The Gators covered the 25-point spread and the score went over the total of 47.

Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns to lead Georgia to a 52-38 win over LSU Tigers in Week 9. The Bulldogs covered the 1-point spread and the score went over the total of 49.

Florida (6-1 SU, 5-2 ATS) has won three straight while Georgia (7-1 SU, 3-2-2 ATS) has also picked up wins in their past three straight.

Florida is 5-0 ATS in its past five on the road and 8-1 SU in its past nine on the road.
Georgia is 14-1 SU in its past 15 overall and 10-1 SU in its past 11 at home. The total has gone Under in five of the past seven meetings.

Injuries: For Florida, RB Emmanuel Moody (ankle) is listed as doubtful. OL Jim Tartt (ankle) and Safety Bryan Thomas are questionable. For Georgia, TE Tripp Chandler (shoulder) and LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee) are questionable.

Bettors like Bulls over Bearcats in Big East battle

October 28, 2008

The No. 23 South Florida Bulls visit the Cincinnati Bearcats in a Big East conference battle Thursday night (7:30 pm ET, ESPN).

Cincinnati has the edge head-to-head, going 3-2 SU over the past five meetings, but has dominated against the spread, going 4-1 in that span. The teams last squared off on Nov. 3 last season, when the Bearcats upset the Bulls 38-33 as 5-point road dogs.

South Florida is a 2.5-point favorite at Sportsbooks. Bettors really like the Bulls in this one, with nearly 72 per cent of wagers on this game on South Florida.

Last week, South Florida (6-2 SU, 2-5 ATS) was upset 24-20 by the Louisville Cardinals. The Bulls had been 5.5-point favorite. The score went under the total of 52. Cincinnati (5-2 SU, 2-4 ATS) also lost in Week 9, falling 40-16 to the Connecticut Huskies. The Bearcats failed as 3-point favorites and the score went over the total of 42.5.

South Florida is 5-1 SU in its past six on the road, 3-6 ATS in its past nine on the road, and 6-2 SU in its past eight overall. Cincinnati is 14-2 SU in its last 16 at home, and is 4-1 ATS in its last five against South Florida.

Bettors backing Penn State in Big Ten showdown

October 21, 2008

NCAA Football Bettors like the No. 3 Penn State Nittany Lions to remain undefeated when they visit the No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes in a battle of Big Ten Conference rivals Saturday night (8 pm ET, ABC).

Undefeated Penn State is a 2½-point favorite at Sportsbooks, and Public Betting information indicates 64 per cent of bettors are backing Penn State.

The Buckeyes have the edge head-to-head, as they have gone 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS over the past 10 meetings. The teams last squared off on Oct. 27 last season, when Ohio State blew away Penn State 37-17 as 3-point favorites. The score went well over the over/under total of 40.

Both teams have been red-hot, with Penn State winning eight straight to remain unbeaten and Ohio State winning the past five straight.

In their last action, the Nittany Lions (8-0 SU, 5-1-1 ATS, 4-0 Big Ten) beat the Michigan Wolverines 46-17 on Saturday. Penn State failed to cover the 2-point spread and the score went over the total of 48.

The Buckeyes (7-1 SU, 2-5 ATS, 4-0 Big Ten) bombed the Michigan State Spartans 45-7. The Buckeyes covered the 3-point spread while the score went over the total of 42.5.

WR Brett Brackett (head), RB Brent Carter (knee) and T Ako Poti (knee) are listed as questionable for Penn State. DE Lawrence Wilson (knee), RB Daniel Herron (concussion), and WR Dane Sanzenbache (concussion) are also questionable for Ohio State.

Penn State is 0-5 SU and ATS in the past five meetings at Ohio State. Penn State is 1-5 SU in the past six meetings and 4-9 ATS in its past 13 meetings. The total has gone under in four of the past six meetings.

U.S. Election Betting: Obama odds point to big win

October 15, 2008

Barack Obama is now the overwhelming favorite to win the U.S. Election at Sportsbooks, which has moved the Illinois senator to -500 in moneyline betting for the United States presidential election.

Bettors who place a $250 Prop Bet on Obama would win $50 for a total return of $300.

Underdog bettors who think John McCain will mount an amazing comeback between now and the Nov. 4 election can get +300 odds on the Arizona senator at Sportsbooks.

A $250 bet on McCain would net a total return of $1000.

According to Ireland’s Intrade, an online prediction market business, current betting trends indicate the Democratic senator will win all the states that John Kerry won in 2004, plus key states Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, New Mexico and Missouri.

That current betting trend would give Obama 364 electoral votes in the November 4 presidential election, well over the minimum 270 needed to capture the White House.

Intrade says that while experts are divided on the reliability of the online prediction market, some believe past results show they are just as good or even better than public-opinion surveys.

In 2004, President George W. Bush won and lost in all the states Intrade predicted he would. In the 2006 legislative elections, it correctly predicted the Republicans would win a Senate majority, when even the pundits were unsure how the race would go.

James Surowiecky, an economist, New Yorker magazine contributor and author of “The Wisdom of Crowds,” believes online betting is more reliable because risking money makes for a stronger commitment than simply talking with survey-takers.

Bettors like big Boise State spread

October 15, 2008

The 24½-point spread isn’t scaring away bettors from the Boise State Broncos in their matchup with WAC rival Hawaii Warriors.

Public betting numbers indicate 62 per cent of bets placed on the game are on the favored, No. 15-ranked Broncos, who host Hawaii on Friday (8 pm ET, ESPN).

Bet this NCAA Football game at Bet Jamaica, which has the total at 52. About 77 per cent of Over/Under bets for this game are on the Over.

The Broncos are 6-3 SU and 5-4 ATS in the past nine meetings with the Warriors. But it was Hawaii that won the last meeting, 39-27, last Nov. 23. The Warriors covered the 3-point home spread but the score fell under the big total of 75.

Hawaii scored 21 points in the first half in Week 7 en route to a 24-14 win over Louisiana Tech. The Warriors were only able to PUSH the 10-point spread in that game and the score went under the total of 50.5.

Kellen Moore threw three TD passes as Boise State defeated Southern Mississippi 24-7 in Week 7. Boise State covered the 11-point spread, but the game’s 31 points fell well under the total of 57.

Hawaii is 3-3 SU and has won two straight. Boise State is 5-0 SU and 3-1 ATS has won five straight.

Injuries for Hawaii include RBs Jake Heun (back) and Joey Cadiz, who are both listed as questionable. For Boise State, DB Cedric Febis (knee) and DL Joe Bozikovich (shoulder) both will not play.

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NCAA Football bettors back BYU in ‘pick’em’

October 15, 2008

The unbeaten Brigham Young Cougars visit rival Texas Christian Horned Frogs on Thursday (8 pm ET, ESPN), in a Mountain West Conference matchup that most sportsbooks have as a pick’em.

But that hasn’t stopped NCAA Football bettors from backing BYU, which is getting nearly 72 per cent of wagers placed on the game at Sportsbooks.

BYU opened as 1½-point favorites but the spread has shrunk to 0 at Sportsbooks. The over/under total is 45½.

BYU is undefeated at 6-0 SU and TCU is 6-1. Both teams are undefeated in the Mountain West Conference, with BYU 2-0 SU and TCU 3-0 SU.

The Cougars are 4-1 and 3-2 ATS in the past five meetings, including a 27-22 win when the teams last squared off on Nov. 8 last season. BYU fell short of covering the 7-point home spread but the score made it over the total of 46½.

Last week, BYU quarterback Max Hall completed 22 of 34 passes for 258 yards and three TDs as BYU ran over New Mexico 21-3. BYU failed to cover the 23.5-point spread, and the 24 points went well below the total of 48.

Hall has tossed 20 touchdowns with just four interceptions this season. In last year’s matchup with TCU, Hall threw for over 300 yards and a touchdown.

TCU beat Colorado State 13-7 in Week 7. Texas Christian couldn’t cover as 13-point road favorites and the score went under the 49.5-point total.

On the injury front, Cougars WR Spencer Hafoka (foot) is listed as questionable.

Football Betting: Best Lines Oct. 11-13

October 10, 2008

No. 11 Gators home faves against No. 4 LSU

The No. 4 LSU Tigers visit the No. 11 Florida Gators in a clash on SEC rivals on Saturday night (8 pm ET, CBS).

Florida is a 6-point favorite, and bettors can get the best juice on the Gators (-105) at Sportsbooks, which also has the best juice on the underdog Tigers (-105).

Sporting bet has the lowest Over/Under total at 46. Most books have the total at 46½ or higher.

Florida (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS) is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings. The total has gone under in five of the past six meetings. LSU (4-0 SU, 1-2 ATS) is 5-0 SU in its past five overall.

Do some line shopping for Cowboys-Cardinals

The Dallas Cowboys travel to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon (4:15 pm ET, FOX).

Dallas is a 5-point favorite at most sportsbooks. Bettors backing the Cowboys will get the lowest juice (-105) at Sportsbooks, where those taking the Cardinals will also get the lowest juice at -105.

Sportsbooks also has the best moneyline odds for the Cowboys at -210, while Arizona bettors will find +190 at Book Maker and Bet Jamaica. Most books have the Cards at +180 or +175.

Dallas (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) is 7-1 ATS in the past eight meetings. Arizona (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) is 5-0 SU in its past five at home.

Chargers favored in Sunday Night showdown

The New England Patriots battle the San Diego Chargers on Sunday Night Football at Qualcomm Stadium (8:15 pm ET, NBC).

San Diego is a 5-point favorite and favorite and underdog bettors will get the lowest juice (-105) at Bet Jamaica. The best moneyline odds are the Chargers -230 at BetUS and the Pats +200 at Bet Jamaica.

The total is 44 (-110) at most sportsbooks.

New England (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS) is 8-2 SU in the past 10 meetings, and is 5-0 SU in its past five on the road. San Diego (2-3 SU, 2-2-1 ATS) is 8-1 SU and ATS in its past nine at home.

Giants favored at the Dawg Pound

The New York Giants travel to the Dawg Pound for a Monday Night Football matchup with the Cleveland Browns (8:35 pm ET, ESPN).

New York ranges from a 7½- to 9½-point favorite depending on the book. The best juice on the Giants is at Bet Jamaica (-9) at +100.

The best moneyline price for the Giants is -330 for the Browns it’s +290 at Bet Jamaica.

The Super Bowl champions (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS) have won four straight. Cleveland is 1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS. New York is 5-0 SU and ATS in its past five on the road. The total has gone under in all five of the Browns’ past five at home.

Best MLB Betting Lines for NLCS and ALCS

October 8, 2008

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies open the National League Championship Series Thursday in Philadelphia (8:15 pm ET, FOX).

Moneyline bettors will get the best odds on the favored Phillies at Bet Jamaica, which has them at -131, compared to odds up to -140 at other sportsbooks. Those wanting to wager on the underdog Dodgers will find the best price (+125) at BetUS.

The Phillies are 1½-Runline favorites andhas the best juice at +160. The total is 7½ across the board with every book offering -110 juice.

The Dodgers are scheduled to start righthander Derek Lowe while the Phillies will counter with lefty Cole Hamels.

Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in the past five meetings both overall and at home.

On Friday, the Boston Red Sox face AL East division rival Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of the ALCS (8:35 pm ET, TBS).

Lines have been moving wildly, with some sportsbooks opening with the Red Sox favored and others picking the Rays.

BetUS has the best moneyline odds for the Rays at -108.  has the best price for the Red Sox at +100.

WIth Runline odds,   has the Rays as 1½-run favorites with +190 juice.  All books have the total at 8, with Sportsbooks offering the lowest juice at -105.

Boston will start righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tampa will counter with righthander James Shields.

Kentucky Online Gambling Domain Seizure Hearing

October 7, 2008

The judge has advised that he will need 7 days in which to render a decision in this matter. While industry attorneys were responding to the commonworth’s assertions, the arguments have ended in this matter on both sides.

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Football Betting: Best Lines this weekend

October 3, 2008

In NCAA College Football on Saturday night, the No. 23 Oregon Ducks visit the No. 9 Southern California Trojans in a battle of Pac-10 rivals at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (8 pm ET, ABC).

Oddsmakers are expecting the Trojans to bounce back from their upset loss to Oregon State last week, and have made the Trojans 16-point favorites. Bettors will find most sportsbooks are sticking to the 16-point spread, but Sportsbooks is offering the lowest juice, -105.

USC, then ranked No. 1, was upset 27-21 by Oregon State Beavers last week, as 24-point favorites. The 48 points fell under the total of 55.

Oregon Ducks are 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS. USC is 2-1 SU and ATS.

In the NFL, The Seattle Seahawks visit the New York Giants on Sunday at Giants Stadium (1 pm ET, FOX).

Nearly every sportsbook opened the Giants as 7-point favorites and the line hadn’t moved as of Friday, but bettors will find the best juice – by far – at Bet Jamaica, which is offering the Giants at +100 on the 7-point spread. All other books are -110 or -105.

Moneyline bettors will get the best price (-300) on the Giants at BetUS, with every other sportsbook at -320 or more. Those taking the underdog Seahawks will get the best odds (+270) at Bet Jamaica.

The over/under total of 43.5 is consistent at every book.

New York (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) has won three straight. Seattle is 1-2 SU and ATS.

The Pittsburgh Steelers face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday Night Football at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (8:15 pm ET, NBC).

The Jags are 4-point favorites, and NFL bettors will find the lowest juice at Sportsbooks, which is offering -105 on the spread.

Sportsbooks and BetUS have the best moneyline odds for Jacksonville, at -210. Most other books have the Jaguars at -220. The best moneyline price on the underdog Steelers is +180 at Bodog.

Under bettors will find the highest total (36.5) at BetUS.

Pittsburgh is 3-1 SU and 1-3 ATS. Jacksonville is 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS and has won two straight.