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Bettors like underdog Alabama in SEC title game

December 1, 2008

The No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide meet the No. 4 Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game on Saturday at the Georgia Dome (4 pm ET, CBS).

Alabama is undefeated (12-0 SU, 8-0 SEC) while Florida has lost just once this season (11-1 SU, 7-1 SEC).

The SEC champion is virtually guaranteed a spot in the BCS national championship game in Miami on Jan. 8.

The teams are even over the past six meetings, each winning three times. Alabama has an edge against the spread, covering four of those six tilts. The teams last met on Sept. 30, 2006, when Florida won 28-13 as 15.5-point home favorite. The score went over the total of 40.

NCAA Betting Odds has the Gators as a 9.5-point favorite. About 56 per cent of bets on the game are on Alabama, according to Public Betting information.

John Parker Wilson threw for 135 yards and one touchdown to lead Alabama to a 36-0 blowout of Auburn on Saturday. The Tide covered the 14.5-point spread and the score went under the total of 40.5.

Tim Tebow threw three touchdown passes, ran for 80 yards and another score, to pace Florida to a 45-15 win over Florida State in Week 14. The Gators covered the 17-point spread and the score went over the total of 53.5.

Alabama is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings. Florida is 5-0 SU in its past five overall.

Alabama RB Roy Upchurch (neck) is questionable for the SEC championship. Florida WR Percy Harvin (ankle), QB Cameron Newton (ankle), DE Duke Lemmens (neck), and Matt Patchan (MCL) are all listed as questionable.

NCAA Football Betting: Ball State at Miami (OH)

November 10, 2008

The No. 17 Ball State Cardinals put their undefeated record on the line when they visit MAC rival Miami (OH) Redhawks on Tuesday night (7 pm ET, ESPN2).

Ball State (9-0 SU, 7-1 ATS) is 5-0 SU in MAC conference play while the Redhawks (2-7 SU, 3-5 ATS) are 1-4 SU.

The Cardinals are a 17.5-point road favorite at Sportsbooks.

The Redhawks have won four of the past eight meetings (the teams had a tie game in 1996) and five of the past seven. But Ball State has the edge against the spread, going 5-3 ATS over the past eight. The teams last met on Aug. 30 last season when the Redhawks edge the Cardinals 14-13 as 4-point road dogs.

Last week, Nate Davis threw four TD passes and ran for another as Ball State beat Northern Illinois 45-14 in Week 11. Ball State covered as 9.5-point faves and the score went over the total of 47.

The RedHawks suffered their first loss to the Buffalo Bulls in 11 meetings with a 37-17 defeat in Buffalo last Tuesday night. Buffalo covered the 8-point spread and the score went over the 50.5-point total.

Ball State is 5-0 SU in its past five, 5-1 SU in its past six on the road, and 4-1 ATS in its past five on the road. Miami (Ohio) is 2-4 ATS in its past six, 1-4 SU in its past five at home.

On the injury front, Ball State WR Dante Love (head) and DE Justin Woodard (leg) are out for the season, while Miami OL Bob Gulley (elbow) is questionable and RB Thomas Merriweather (ankle) is probable.

NCAA Football bettors like Texas Tech and the Over in Big 12 showdown

November 6, 2008

The No. 9-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys take on the No. 2 Texas Tech Red Raiders in a Big 12 showdown on Saturday (8 pm ET, ABC).

Texas Tech has a 6-4 SU and ATS edge, although the Cowboys won the last meeting 49-45 on Sept. 22, 2008. Oklahoma State was a 5.5-point home dog.

The Red Raiders are a 3-point favorite in Sportsbooks NCAA Football Betting Odds and the total is 73.5.

Public Betting numbers show that 62 per cent of point-spread wagers on the game are on Texas Tech, and 62 per cent of over/under bets are one Over.

Last week, Dez Bryant caught four touchdown passes and Zac Robinson passed for 395 yards as Oklahoma State rebounded from its first loss by routing Iowa State 59-17. The Cowboys covered the 30.5-point spread and the score went over the total of 61.5.

Texas Tech managed a 39-33 win over Texas in Week 10, as 3.5-point underdogs. The 72 points fell just under the total of 72.5.

Texas Tech (9-0 SU, 4-2-1 ATS) has won nine straight. Oklahoma State is 8-1 SU and 8-0 ATS.

Oklahoma State is 5-0 ATS in its past five and 9-1 SU in its past 10. The total has gone Under in six of Oklahoma State’s past seven on the road. Texas Tech is 5-0 SU in the past five meetings at home against Oklahoma State.

Texas Tech DT Rajon Henley (leg) and RB Aaron Crawford (toe) are questionable, while WR Michael Crabtree is probable.

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.

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.