College Football

2015 NCAAF New Year’s day – Betting preview

Northwestern and Tennessee at the Outback Bowl in Tampa. Most books opened Tennessee (8-4 straight up, 7-5 against the spread) as a nine-point favorite. As of Dec. 9, a few books had adjusted the line to 8.5 and a couple of offshores were down to eight. Meanwhile, some offshores had the total at 45. The Wildcats were in the +275 range on the money line (risk $100 to win $275). Butch Jones’s team has won five in a row after losing four gut-wrenching one-possession games in the early going. The Volunteers allowed double-digit leads to get away in their first three defeats vs. Oklahoma (31-24 in overtime), at Florida (28-27) and vs. Arkansas (24-20). They recovered to beat Georgia 38-31 and then gave Alabama its toughest game since losing to Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa. UT had an open date after the win over the Bulldogs. With two weeks to prep for the Crimson Read More

Inside Predictions: Undefeated Clemson to play Syracuse

This Saturday, November 14th, the Syracuse Orange will host the powerhouse Clemson Tigers at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 PM EST and both ABC and ESPN2 will have the live broadcast. The Clemson Tigers are 6-0 in the ACC and 9-0 overall this season; they are ranked number one in the nation and after their win last week against the Florida State Seminoles they’ve landed a solid grip on the ACC Atlantic Division title. The Tigers aren’t just winning games, they are smashing their opponents in half. The way they shut out the Miami hurricanes was incredible. The Tigers put the finishing touches on that game to win 58-0 against the number 6 ranked Hurricanes. The Tigers defeated the Seminoles last week 23-13 in Death Valley and after that win Clemson climbed up several slots in the USA Today Coaches Poll. If the Read More

Inside Predictions: Baylor Bears vs Oklahoma Sooners

This Saturday, November 14th, the Big 12 get a mega game. The Oklahoma Sooners will travel to meet the undefeated Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. Kickoff is at 8:00 PM EST and ABC will have the live feed. Both of these teams are playing some great football this season. The Bears are 8-0 and 5-0 in the Big 12 and the Sooners are 8-1 and 5-1 in the conference. Those stats alone are enough of a reason to think this will be a great game. But there is even more, Baylor was in peril as their star quarterback Seth Russell was injured with a fractured neck and the Bears were unsure if they were going to be able to keep up the season. Russell’s replacement, true freshman Jarrett Stidham, was thrown to the lions, as it were, against Kansas State. Once Stidham got on the field it Read More

Inside Review: Top prospects for NCAAF playoffs

The regular season of college football is drawing to a close and teams are looking forward to the College Football Playoff Committee’s First Listing of the season. The two most important games in that light for this week are: #4 LSU versus #7 Alabama and #17 Florida State versus #3 Clemson. Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples had this very insightful message to share: “The season truly begins next week for the Big 12’s contenders. Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will all play one another in the month of November. This decision to backload the schedule could keep the Big 12 out of the top four of the first Playoff Selection Committee ranking because the league’s best teams haven’t faced many opponents currently near the top of the rankings.” – Adding commentary on the changes to come following: “That should correct itself quickly, though. For example, TCU will have played Oklahoma Read More

Inside Look: Top 5 Michigan State Players heading to the NFL

The Michigan State Spartans are having a phenomenal season and several players on the squad will probably find bright futures in the NFL. With great coaches teaching them the ropes and surrounded by real talent, most of these players have everything they need to excel. Let’s take a look at the top ten likely candidates. First we have Jack Conklin. This 21 year old left tackle almost missed the draft due to a knee injury and he has come real close to re-injury. He is now well and good, and we expect he will be drafted high in the first round. He plays decisively and knows exactly where to be and when. Conklin missed an important sack earlier this season but one can hardly wash away all his accomplishments because of one botched play. Quarterback Connor Cook has been great all season. He is arguably the best quarterback in the Read More

Inside Predictions: Oklahoma Sooners to host Iowa State Cyclones

This Saturday, November 7th, the Iowa State Cyclones will pack it up and head over to Oklahoma to meet the Sooners at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. With the way Oklahoma has been playing at home, this will surely be a great game to watch. Kickoff is at 7:00 PM EST and ESPNU will have the live broadcast. Iowa State is 3-5 and 2-3 in the Big 12. They have had stronger teams in the past, but this year, we can just say, they haven’t been quite on track. Perhaps, it had something to do with the problems among the coaching staff. With head coach Paul Rhoads firing offensive coordinator Mark Mangino last week. After Rhoads let Mangino go he said they, “couldn’t get on the same page on a few important items. We tried to talk that through again this morning in an effort to get us Read More

Inside Predictions: Nebraska Cornhuskers host undefeated Michigan State

This Saturday November 7th, the #6 Michigan State Spartans will play the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Kickoff is at 8:00 PM EST and ESPN and ESPN2 will have the live broadcast. It is clear in this matchup who the better team is. The Spartans have not lost a game all season, and they have come across some serious teams so far. #7 Oregon, Purdue and #12 Michigan are just a few of the strong teams the Spartans have defeated. Michigan State will be entering this game well-rested coming off their bye week, so we can expect an even stronger team than we have seen to date. Nebraska is on the other side of the spectrum. They have only won three games this season and those wins were not exactly against the strongest opponents possible. The once-mighty Cornhuskers have lost more games than Read More

Inside News: USC in need of a great coach

It’s NO surprise that USC head coach Steve Sarkisian, was fired. One can’t blame USC for letting him go; there is no way any school can tolerate an alcoholic head coach. Many have said USC could have done a bit more to help him, but I maintain that, that is neither here nor there. Athletic director at USC, Pat Haden, had this to say regarding their current situation, “After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately. I want to thank Clay Helton for stepping into the interim head coach role, and I want to add how proud I am of our coaching staff and players and the way they are responding to this difficult situation. Through all of this we remain concerned for Steve and hope that it will give him Read More

Inside Predictions: Purdue to face Nebraska in the Big Ten

The Big Ten conference will see Nebraska head over to Purdue this Saturday, October 31st. Kickoff at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana is scheduled for 12:00 PM EST and ESPNU will have all the coverage. Nebraska is coming off a loss against Northwestern; the game was very close though. It ended 28-30 and was decided at the very end. Both teams played well and it was anyone’s game. The Cornhuskers were just on the wrong side of the fence. It was a tough loss for Nebraska, simply because they just so happened to be honoring their 1995 championship team at the game. Considered by many to be the best team in college football, the 95’ squad headed out of the tunnel ahead of the current team and formed a corridor for them to run through. That had to be by far the toughest game the Huskers lost. Purdue has Read More

Inside Predictions: Penn State host the Illinois Fighting Illini

This Saturday, October 31st, the Penn State Nittany Lions will host the Illinois Fighting Illini at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Kickoff is at 12:00 PM EST and ESPN2 will have the live feed. The Fighting Illini are 4-3 and 1-2 in the Big Ten. They started out strong with solid wins over Kent State and Western Illinois, but North Carolina got the best of them and after two more wins they are now coming into this game on the heels of a two game losing strea Quite the team Illinois! They were just getting used to the coaching style of their former head coach Tim Beckman, and now they have to adjust to a brand new interim coach, Bill Cubit. The Illini are showing huge promise after Beckman was fired at the beginning of the season. The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign showed great care and protection of Read More