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NCAA Basketball Betting: Who is hot?

NCAA basketball ATS records

Niagara leads the NCAA with a 11-1 record against the spread!

NCAAB Hot Teams ATS

BetVega.com takes a quick look at the college basketball teams that have been providing strong profits and zero profits to bettors over the last 10 games of college basketball betting action.

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2008 NFL Wild Card Weekend Analysis

NFL Wildcard Betting

BetVega.com has your 2008 NFL Wild Card Weekend Betting Picks

Wild Card Analysis


The Wild-Card Round in the NFL is set now that every seed has been decided after a wild Week 17 in the NFL! Some teams that should have made the playoffs, like the New England Patriots, will be staying home. Other teams that should probably be staying home, yes, I’m thinking of you San Diego Chargers, not only made the playoffs but get to host a wild card game.
Indianapolis Colts vs. San Diego Chargers

Betting Line: Pick’em

Total: 49

Early Analysis: The Chargers looked Super “Bowlish” against the Denver Broncos on Sunday but so did the Colts. I like the Chargers at home but I like the Colts because of their consistency. My first read is that the Colts are a great football online bet as a pick but I’ll wait until the Chargers end up the favorites in the BetUS online sportsbook before betting Indy. These teams should squash the BetUS Total but this is a playoff game. So, I expect a healthy dose of some serious defense. The under looks good in this.


Baltimore Ravens vs. Miami Dolphins

Betting Line: Miami Dolphins + 3

Total: 37

Early Analysis: The Dolphins are at home and they are underdogs. Usually, I’d be all over a team like the Fins in this position, but I can’t because the Ravens are loaded on defense and their offense has been much better lately. What I do like about Miami is the fact that they played terrific defense against the Jets and now they get to face Joe Flacco, a rookie, in this game. My first inclination is Miami all the way to beat the BetUS online wagering spread. The BetUS Total of 37 is where it should be. This game should go under.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals

Betting Line: Arizona Cardinals + 1

Total: 50 ½

Early Analysis: The Cardinals are getting a point at home against a team with a rookie quarterback. It won’t matter because the Falcons’ defense is just much better than the Cardinals’ defense. This might end up being my pick of the weekend against the BetUS online betting spread. I love the Falcons in this game. The BetUS Total of 50 ½ shouldn’t be enough for the under but this is the playoffs and the Falcons do have Michael Turner. My first inclination is that this goes under.


Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings

Betting Line: Minnesota Vikings + 3

Total: 42

Early Analysis: Neither team has been all that consistent but the Eagles don’t have that huge question mark at quarterback that Minnesota does. I see the Eagles beating the Vikings because Jimmie Johnson’s defensive unit for Philly has been playing very well. The Eagles should cover against the BetUS online betting spread in a boring game that probably will go under. Both defenses are good. I’m thinking 17 to 10 in the end with Donovan playing a smart game and Tarvaris Jackson for the Vikings making a big mistake or two.

BCS Bowl Championship Betting Preview: Oklahoma vs. Florida

2009 BCS Championship Betting Line

The Oklahoma vs. Florida point spread betting line is Florida -3.

Sooners vs. Gators!

While a strong case can be made for Texas, USC, and Utah, it will all come down to Oklahoma and Florida as they battle it out for the BCS Championship.

The game takes place January 8, 2009 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, a venue that is sure to be packed with excited Gator fans.  This season’s BCS Championship game features two of the most explosive offensive teams in recent memory, as well as the previous two Heismen Trophy winners Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford.  It’s sure to be shootout but who will come out on top?  Let’s jump into the details and pull out a prediction.
Oklahoma and Florida both come into the BCS Championship game with huge fan bases and storied histories.  In fact, each team has brought home the National title at least once over the last decade with Florida capturing the crown just two years ago in 2006.  The similarities don’t end there; the schools have a major coaching connection as well.  Sooner head coach Bob Stoops was the Gator defensive coordinator from 1996 to 1998 before moving to Oklahoma in 1999 and leading the team its seventh National Championship in 2001.  Both teams have a record of 12-1, won their respective conference championships and come in with impressive victories over BCS ranked teams.  The biggest comparison is obviously at the quarterback position as Sam Bradford barely beat out Tim Tebow who was up for a second consecutive Heisman Trophy.
Though falling short of the Heisman, Tim Tebow had another stellar season and became only the second player in NCAA history to win back to back Maxwell Awards for most outstanding collegiate player.  Tebow threw for 2,515 yards and 28 TDs with a passer rating of 176.7.  Equally effective in the running game, he also had 682 yards on the ground and 12 rushing touchdowns.  With only two picks all season, Tebow was second in the nation with Bradford as the only QB ahead of him.
This year was nothing short of amazing for Sam Bradford who led the nation with 48 TDs and just six interceptions.  He topped out all other quarterbacks with a passing rating at 186.3 and came in second with a total of 4,464.  Bradford has an arsenal of weapons to choose from as the Sooners have a core of talented receivers.  Juaquin Iglesias was his favorite target with 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Jermaine Gresham was also thrown to frequently, stacking up 888 yards and 12 touchdowns while Manuel Johnson had 685 yards, 9 touchdowns and an average of 18.0 yards per catch.  Throw in Ryan Broyles and his 6 touchdowns and you have a dynamic offense that is very difficult to stop.
Both teams run high-powered offensives but as the old saying goes, “defense wins championships”.  The Sooners gave up 359.1 yards and 24.5 points per game, while Florida is second in the nation with 24 picks and tied at number 8 by giving up just 279.3 yards per game.  Quick on the D-line and in the secondary, our prediction is that the Gators will put the pressure on Bradford and pull out the win.
The BCS Title will be decided January 8, 2009 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.  Don’t miss out on your chance to win big with one of the most anticipated championship games of all times.

BETTING TRENDS
Florida
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Oklahoma
Oklahoma is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Oklahoma is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma’s last 5 games

SNF Betting Preview: Chargers vs. Broncos

NFL Betting Lines

Sunday Night Football Betting: SD Chargers vs. Denver Broncos

AFC West Champs?


It is only fitting that the AFC West Championship and a playoff spot will be decided on the final game of the season between two old rivals.  The last Sunday night NFL game of the year will feature the San Diego Chargers against the Denver Broncos and boy is there a lot on the line here.

These teams are in what is arguably the NFL’s weakest division this season, as the Chargers are 7-8 and the Broncos 8-7.  It’s ironic that either team can clinch a playoff victory with a win, especially when considering that the Patriots could go 11-5 and still not get in.  The last time these two foes squared off was in one of the most controversial games of the year when the Broncos edged out a 39-38 victory after a botched call by referee Ed Hochuli.

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Everyone thought the Chargers would be an elite squad this season but they got off to a rough
4-8 start.  Behind the strong arm of Phillip Rivers, the Chargers got themselves back into the playoff picture with three consecutive wins and a lot of help from the Broncos who have dropped two straight.  Now all it takes is a single victory for a team that proved to very dangerous in the playoffs by knocking off then defending champion Indianapolis last season.  Ladainian Tomilnson has been banged up all year and through 15 games, he has yet to reach the 1000 yard or 10 touchdown mark.  The resurgence of San Diego can be credited to the receiving core and Rivers as he threw five TDs and only one pick in the last three games.   It seems as if the team’s offense has finally picked it up, averaging around 32 point per game in the last three victories opposed to just 15 in the previous three before that.
The Broncos had a chance to wrap up the division title and a playoff birth but ended up blowing it in a 30-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills last week.  Denver just hasn’t been able to close out games this season and even though they’re ranked 12th in the league in rushing, the team has a roster of banged up backs who look less impressive every week.  Tatum Bell recently returned to the Broncos and will probably get the start at running back, but don’t look for Denver to rush their way to a victory.  This one will come down to the quarterbacks and young Jay Cutler has a huge challenge ahead of him.  Cutler has 4,210 yards passing on the season along with 24 touchdowns and a passer rating of 87.0.  Phillip Rivers has been far more accurate with a passer rating of 104.0, 3,802 yards through the air and 32 TDs.  Rivers also has fewer interceptions, at 11, while Cutler has been picked off 16 times.  With both defenses struggling, this could be a high scoring game and big yardage days for both QBs.
These types of games are what players and fans live for.  The Broncos lead the all-time series 53-43-1 but San Diego has won four of the last five meetings.  This game will mark the 11th time these teams have faced off in the regular season finale and with the Chargers having the momentum, they just may pull it off.

BETTING TRENDS
Denver
Denver is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver’s last 6 games
Denver is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
Denver is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing San Diego
Denver is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing San Diego
Denver is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Diego
Denver is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against San Diego
Denver is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against San Diego
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Denver’s last 24 games when playing on the road against San Diego
San Diego
San Diego is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
San Diego is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games at home
San Diego is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Diego’s last 5 games at home
San Diego is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Denver
San Diego is 8-11-4 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Denver
San Diego is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Denver
San Diego is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games when playing Denver
San Diego is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of San Diego’s last 24 games when playing at home against Denver

NFL Week 17 Game Predictions

NFL Betting Lines

The Dallas Cowboys are 1 point underdogs in Week 17 versus the Eagles

Week 17 Predictions

The final week of the NFL regular season is here, and while some wild card and division spots are up for grabs for the play-offs, the field is narrowed down and ready to be decided in this one final week.  As an almost novelty side show sort of act, we even have history in the making while watching a desperate 0-15 Lions team try to avoid becoming the only 0-16 team in NFL history.  It should be an entertaining week to watch.

St. Louis @ Atlanta (-14): The Falcons won a big game over the Vikings last weekend, and in doing so they clinched a play off spot.  While some would worry about the Falcons having nothing to play for, they can still gain or lose home field advantage, so they will not take it easy against the Rams.  Beating the Rams will put the Falcons in the perfect position to be the number one wild card berth, while a loss would be embarrassing beyond belief.  The Rams aren’t even playing for pride now, and the Falcons are just the much better team.  Falcons win 30-13.
New England (-6.5) @ Buffalo: New England the last few weeks looks like New England did with Tom Brady.  Matt Cassel continues his ascent to a top notch contract in free agency next year while Buffalo has had one of the most dramatic in season plummets in recent memory.  Pats win big, and stun everyone by winning a surprisingly strong AFC East without Tom Brady.  Pats win 38-20.
Kansas City (+3) @ Cincinnati: Cincinnati won against Cleveland, but that’s not saying much.  Kansas City played the Dolphins close, but just couldn’t overcome the turnovers.  The Chiefs are a mess, but there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle on that team, and a lot of young talent.  The Bengals don’t have much more to fight for, so I’m choosing the Chiefs in this snoozer, since they can at least use playing well as momentum into next year.  Kansas City Chiefs win 31-17.
Detroit @ Green Bay (-10): Green Bay is the team that somehow “plays well” every week, but still manages to always find a way to lose.  The Lions might very well be the worst team in NFL history, and they’re on their way to the first 0-16 season in NFL history.  As hard as it is to go 0-16, and as amazing as the Packers have been at blowing games, I just can’t see the upset, but watch out if it’s close in the 4th quarter (which it was the first time around).  Pack wins 34-20.
Tennessee (-3) @ Indianapolis: This is an interesting match up between two of the best teams in the AFC.  While the Titans sealed home field advantage throughout the play-offs with their blow out win over the Steelers, but they are still going to play starters at least for one half, and the Colts snagged a wild card berth, although they still have reason to win in order to assure themselves top wild card status over the Ravens.  While the Colts might want the game a little more, the Titans are designed to beat the Colts, and it should be just enough.  Titans win 30-27.
NY Giants @ Minnesota (-6.5): If the Vikings can win against a New York Giants team that most likely will rest most of their starters in the second half, than Minnesota will win the NFC North and go to the play-offs.  If they lose, the Bears get into the play-offs with a win.  The Vikings will be playing their best football, while the Giants’ earlier win over the Panthers guarantees them home field advantage through out the play-offs.  These are two really good teams, and in normal circumstances the Giants would be the pick, but with the likelihood that the Giants will be resting their starters in the second half, the Vikings should win this one in the fourth.  Vikings win 27-14.
Carolina @ New Orleans (+3): Even though Carolina can’t overtake the Giants for the number one seed in the NFC, they still have plenty to play for and would like to maintain their roll heading into the play-offs.  The Saints have had a very up and down season, and a win over play-off bound Carolina would be a great way to build for next year.  The Panthers won’t have it, however, and should run to victory in a 41-35 shoot out.
Cleveland @ Pittsburgh (-10.5): Cleveland was shut out by the Bengals.  That should be all the preview you need for this game.  Even if the Steelers only play their second strings, they should win easily, especially at home.  Steelers 37-3.
Oakland @ Tampa Bay (-13): Tampa Bay choked big time against the Chargers, who wiped the floor with them, but the Bucs are better than that and even if they’re not, Oakland just isn’t that good.  The Raiders are terrible, and that OT win over the Jets looks less and less impressive.  Tampa Bay still has play-off aspirations, and they will not lose this game.  Bucs win 28-13.
Chicago @ Houston (-3): Chicago squeaked a win from the Packers, the 4th quarter 3 Stooges of the NFL, but they’re badly matched against the Houston Texans, who have absolutely been on fire the second half of the season and are looking for their first winning season in franchise history.  Houston is firing on all cylinders, and based on how the two teams are playing, the Texans simply outmatch the Bears.  Texans win 31-24.
Jacksonville @ Baltimore (-12.5): The Ravens aren’t only a great defensive team, they’re a top 5 offense, as well.  It’s hard to believe I’m saying this about a team with a rookie quarterback, but Super Bowl dark horse.  The Jags, meanwhile are going through the motions on the most disappointing season in their franchise’s history.  The Ravens will win to secure a play-off berth, 34-14.
Washington @ San Francisco (-3): The 49ers are standing behind interim coach Mike Singletary, and are going to make him the man for the near future.  The Redskins have been stumbling, and outright tumbling the second half of the season.  Although this is a close game that could go either way, the 49ers should hold on for a win.  San Fran wins, 24-23.
Miami (+3) @ NY Jets: No matter how this game ends, the Dolphins have to be happy with their amazing turn around.  While Jets fans are likely to be disappointed in missing the play-offs, they are still leaps and bounds ahead of where they were one year earlier.  The Jets have looked terrible in recent weeks, all the games they’ve played on the West Coast, but have looked good at home.  Still, that’s not enough, and the Dolphins are simply playing better.  Dolphins win, 27-23.
Dallas (+1.5) @ Philadelphia: Both teams are chasing play-off hopes, and there isn’t enough room for both of them.  These teams have had roller coaster like seasons, which makes picking this game difficult.  But Tony Romo’s December quarterback rating has to give pause, and since this game is at Philly, I’m giving the nod to them.  Eagles win a close one, 24-20, and hope for some luck.
Seattle (+6) @ Arizona: The Seahawks have put up some fights despite the injuries, but they’ve feasted on overrated East Coast teams traveling west.  The Cardinals have been falling apart since clinching their division weeks ago, but Seattle should be the perfect rebound for this franchise that desperately needs a win to build on going into the play offs.  Cardinals win, 31-17.
Denver @ San Diego (-8): The Chargers are coming off a big win against Tampa Bay, and they would love nothing more than to sneak into the play-offs by beating Denver and getting a chance at the tie breakers.  Denver has hardly been inspirational of late, and at home the Chargers should carry it, but this will be a good game as the winner takes division and the loser goes home.  Chargers win 31-21.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Betting Preview: Ohio State vs. Texas

2009 Fiesta Bowl Betting

BetVega has the Fiesta Bowl Prediction for Texas vs. Ohio State

Texas vs. OSU Free Pick

Coach Mack Brown can no longer worry about missing out on a National Title game because his Texas Longhorns must now focus on OSU in the Fiesta Bowl.  The Buckeyes have been embarrassed in the last two BCS Championship games and are looking to redeem themselves on a national stage.  Texas on the other hand, is out to prove that it is the best team in the country despite a No.3 ranking.

For the first two months, it looked as if the Texas Longhorns were well on their way to the National Title game.  That’s until they ran into instate rival Texas Tech who pulled out a stunning 39-33 victory.  Texas actually possessed a 33-32 lead with 1:29 left on the clock but unfortunately they allowed the surging Red Raiders to score a touchdown with 1 second remaining in the game.  This marked the first and only loss for the Longhorns who ended up in a 3-way tie with Oklahoma and Texas Tech in the Big 12 South.  Even though they lost to Texas, the Sooners were awarded a spot in the BCS Championship due to a higher ranking.

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The Longhorns have been the cream of the crop every since Vince Young led them to a Rose Bowl victory and National Title in 2005.  Give the Longhorns’ coaching staff tons of credit as they have groomed another dominant quarterback in Colt McCoy.  A Heisman Trophy finalist, McCoy compiled one of the best regular seasons in the program’s history, setting records with 3,445 yards and 32 touchdowns.  He also led Texas in rushing with 576 yards and came in second on the squad with 10 rushing TDs.  To top it all off, McCoy set an NCAA record with a completion rating of 77.6%
Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is more than aware of Texas’ offensive weapons.  His team is certainly familiar with the big game pressure as OSU is playing in its seventh BCS bowl game in the system’s 11 year history, tying Oklahoma and USC for most appearances.   The Buckeyes are certainly out for vengeance after being out played in last year’s title game and absolutely trampled by Florida in 2006.  A record of 10-2 could be considered disappointing from a Buckeye standpoint, especially when considering that the team came in ranked second in the AP preseason poll.  A 35-3 blowout to USC and a close loss to Penn State were their only two defeats, yet enough to knock the team out of the race for a third straight BCS appearance.
Freshman Terrelle Pryor has been the Buckeyes’ starting QB for most of the season and led the team to an impressive 8-1 finish.  Over the nine games, Pryor put up 1,158 yards via the air, 12 touchdowns and only four picks.  He also had 424 yards rushing, second only to Chris “Beanie” Wells who racked up 1,091 yards on the ground.
Both teams come in with bruising defenses that ranked top 20 in the nation.  The Longhorns gave up an average of 18.6 points per game while Ohio State gave up just 13.1.  Don’t look for either team to put up big numbers on the ground but expect Colt McCoy to be the difference.

Pryor just doesn’t have enough big game experience and McCoy’s accuracy is off the charts. Therefore, we have got to roll with the Longhorns for our prediction.
The Fiesta Bowl kicks off January 5 in Glendale, Arizona.  Tune in to find out if Texas can keep up its winning ways and if Ohio State still has the BCS blues.

BETTING TRENDS
Ohio State
Ohio State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Ohio State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State’s last 5 games
Texas
Texas is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games
Texas is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games

All State Sugar Bowl Betting Preview: Alabama vs. Utah

2009-09 Sugar Bowl Football Betting

BetVega has the Sugar Bowl Prediction for Alabama vs. Utah

‘Bama -10 vs. Utah

Alabama has the most storied bowl history in all of college football.  The school looks to continue that tradition with a record setting appearance against Utah in the Sugar Bowl on January 2.

Ranked No. 4 in the nation, the Crimson Tide was just one quarter away from a shot at the BCS title, taking a 20-17 leading into the final quarter in the SEC Championship game against Florida.  Alabama couldn’t close things out however, losing 31-20 to the Gators and settling for a 13th Sugar Bowl appearance.  The Crimson Tide lead the NCAA with 56 bowl game appearances.  Alabama has a record of 8-4 in the Sugar Bowl with more bowl victories than any other school at 31.

The upcoming game marks the third straight year that a non-BCS school will compete in a BCS bowl game.  The Utes will go head to head with a Crimson Tide team that averages 196.5 rushing yards and 31.2 points per game.  The offensive line is anchored by junior left tackle Andre Smith, winner of the Outland Trophy and part of a front that opened up plenty of holes for Alabama’s running game.  Glen Coffee is the team’s leading rusher with 1,347 yards, 10 touchdowns and four 100-yard games.  Coffee can break the school’s single-season rushing record set by Bobby Humphrey with 125 yards on the ground against Utah.   The Tide has many offensive weapons but its greatest strength is on the defensive side of the ball.  Alabama ranked third in the FBS, giving up 256.9 per game and fourth against the run at 78.9.  The Crimson Tide was also sixth in scoring defense allowing just 13.0 points per game.
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The Tide definitely has a hard-hitting defense but the team should be thoroughly tested by a high-powered Utah offense.  The Utes scored an average of 37.4 points per game and hit the 40-point mark six times this season.  QB Brian Johnson was the Mountain Wes Conference Offensive Player of the Year, throwing for 2,636 yards and 24 TDs.  Utah’s offense is well balanced as five receivers pulled down at least 23 receptions and scored three touchdowns.  You could say Freddie Brown was Johnson’s go-to guy as he had 65 catches, 775 yards and seven touchdowns.  Brown went on a rampage in the last four games with 35 receptions for 381 yards and three in-zone catches.  The Utes were just as impressive on the ground as running backs Darrell Mack and Matt Asiata combined for over 1,200 yards and 14 TDs.  Utah is solid on the defensive end giving up 17.3 points per game yet allowed 104.8 yards to the run game.

This is the first ever meeting between these two teams.  Utah is 0-6 all time against SEC schools, though it hasn’t faced one since 1994 in a loss at Tennessee.  The Utes have looked good all year but coming in after a heartbreaking loss that kept them out of the BCS Championship game, the Crimson Tide is sure to show up with their guns blazing.  The smart money is on Alabama but it should be an intriguing matchup regardless.

BETTING TRENDS
Utah
Utah is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah’s last 7 games
Alabama
Alabama is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Alabama is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Alabama’s last 8 games

Chick-fil-A Bowl Betting Preview: LSU vs. Georgia Tech

College Football Betting

BetVega has the Chick-fil-A Bowl Prediction for LSU vs. Georgia Tech

LSU vs. GA Tech Pick

After a lackluster season that ended with five defeats, the defending National Champions find themselves fighting for pride in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.  The Tigers don’t have much time to hang their heads as the opponents are looking very dangerous.  On December 31 LSU will head into the Georgia Dome to take on 14th ranked Georgia Tech, a team that comes in with one of the most explosive offenses in the nation.

Following a routing of Ohio State in last season’s BCS Title game, LSU got off to a good 4-0 start and looked to be on its way to the promise land once again.  Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst and the Tigers found themselves in trouble rather quickly.  The team’s first lost came on October 11th against Florida who was ranked No. 11 at the time.  Needless to say, things went downhill for the champs from there.  The Tigers suffered a vicious beating to Georgia in a game where they gave up a whopping 52 points.  In the final eight games alone, the team allowed 250 points – just 29 points less than they allowed all of last season.  With a run-and-gun Georgia Tech on the menu, LSU could be in for a long New Year’s Eve.

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Tigers head coach Les Miles knows they have their hands full with a much improved Yellow Jackets Team.  Georgia Tech finished the season 9-3 which included a 409 rushing game and victory over Georgia, a highly touted team that was actually ranked number one in the AP preseason poll.  That November 29 road victory was the team’s third win in four games – all versus ranked opponents and all contests in which Georgia Tech rushed for more than 400 yards.  The Yellow Jackets were third in the country with 282.3 yards on the ground per game.
There is no doubt that Georgia Tech will try to run over the Tigers with their bruising ground game and solid defense.  The Jackets allowed 312.7 yards and 18.8 points per game for the season as a whole but slipped up in the last five games.  During this stretch the team gave up 368.4 yards and 29.0 points per game.  Such performances could be Tech’s downfall against an LSU team with an extensive roster of offensive talent.
The Tigers will follow behind running back Charles Scott who gained 1,109 yard rushing and 15 touchdowns.  Brandon LaFell was the team’s leading receiver with 903 yards and eight touchdowns while the multi-position back Keiland Williams rushed for 375 yards, 11 catches and picked up 290 yards on kickoff returns.  Trindon Holliday adds to the Tigers’ dynamic rushing trio that averaged 167.3 yards on the ground for the year.  LSU is lacking at the QB position as the troubles of rising star Ryan Perrilloux got him expelled from the program.  Sophomore Jarrett Lee has shown flashes but he’s mostly been inconsistent as a starting quarterback.
The Chick-fil-A-Bowl should be a good one as both teams have shown they can put points on the board.  Look for the Yellow Jackets to edge out a win and give Coach Miles something to ponder during the off-season.

BETTING TRENDS
LSU
LSU is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
LSU is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
LSU is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of LSU’s last 10 games
Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Georgia Tech is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

Top 4 Underdogs of NFL Week 17 Betting Action

NFL Betting Lines

Kevin Smith and the Lions are 8 point underdogs for Week 17 NFL Betting

4 Dogs for Week 17


Many would agree; the NFL season has scorched by, as week 17 is already upon us.   As you would expect, there is still much to play for because the last 16 games will determine just who makes it into the post-season and who will be watching it unfold at home.

While many teams are bidding for playoff spots, some are just fighting for pride, giving the underdogs a lot of momentum heading into the final games.  Here are four teams that deserve your attention:


Kansas City Chiefs
+3 @ Cincinnati
It has been another miserable season for the Kansas City Chiefs who come into week 16 at a lowly 2-13.  Their opponents, the Cincinnati Bengals, haven’t done much better at 3-11-1.  Despite all the misery, Kansas City continues to show that they can score, losing a 38-31 heartbreaker last week to the Miami Dolphins.  Quarterback Tyler Thigpen went 20 for 41 with 320 yards but ended up throwing three crucial interceptions.  Larry Johnson also looked impressive with 108 yards on the ground and 1 touchdown.  The Bengals have had a rough go of it without Carlson Palmer and a struggling Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson, but they actually come in on a two game winning streak.  Cincinnati is a slight favorite but with a weak secondary and a quarterback who only threw for 55 yards last week, Kansas City is definitely a good pick for the upset. Live NFL Odds

Seattle Seahawks +6 @ Arizona

The Seahawks have definitely seen better times for a team that went all the way to the Super Bowl a few years ago.  Even though the team is only 4-11, they have shown signs of toughness in recent weeks with consecutive victories over the Rams and Jets.  Seattle travels to Arizona this weekend to play a Cardinals team that is out of the post-season picture and really has nothing to play for.  Arizona looked good early on but had a late season collapse that saw the team lose its last two games by more than 60 points.  The Cardinals are favored at home but just might throw in a few second-stringers and allow Seattle to pull out the win. Live NFL Odds

Miami Dolphins +3 @ NY Jets
The Jets vs. the Dolphins will be one of the most intriguing matchups of week 17.  It is ironic that New York dropped Chad Pennington to bring in Brett Farve as Pennington has turned around a 1-15 Dolphins team to 11-5.  All the Fins need to clinch the AFC East is a win against the Jets.  This game is a rematch from week 1 where Farve led New York to a victory and what looked to be a good run at the playoffs.  The Jets are actually the favorite which is strange when considering how they have been playing as of late.  They have dropped three of their last four and the one victory was pure luck.  Miami is the hottest underdog pick of the weekend and possibly on their way to the playoffs.  Live NFL Odds

Detroit Lions +10 @ Green Bay
No one knows misery like coach Rod Marinelli and his Detroit Lions.  The Lions have already made history by becoming the only team to go 0-15 and could add to it with a perfect winless season.  This Sunday, Detroit will step onto the Frozen Tundra against the Green Bay Packers, a team they have not beaten at Lambeau Field since 1991, years before Hall-of-Famer Barry Sanders even retired.  The Packers are favored but not by as much as you would think.  Green Bay has been disappointing this year and they are the losers of five straight.  Despite having late leads in several games this season, the Pack just can’t seem to shut down their opponents when it really matters.  Don’t laugh, but the Lions just could walk into Lambeau Field and come away with a victory.  After all, no team can really go 0-16 – can they? Live NFL Odds

5 Must Bet Games for Week 17

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Pennington has the Dolphins on the brink of the NFL Playoffs

Week 17 Must Bets

The NFL season is drawing to a close as the last week of regular season professional football is played before the early round of the play-offs. The bowl season has already provided some great games, including an overtime affair, and this week promises a buffet of great choices for gamblers on must bet football games for week 17.

Saturday:

West Virginia Mountaineers (-1.5) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels. The Meineke Car Care Bowl has a very good match up between the always explosive offense of the West Virginia Mountaineers and the vastly improved North Carolina Tar Heels, who have been excellent even despite often falling back to their third string quarterback. Both teams have potentially explosive offenses and defenses with talented play makers. This is a very well matched game, and one that should play out closely until the very last play.

Sunday:

Detroit @ Green Bay (no line at time of article). Okay, this might not be the most competitive game out there, but I would pay to watch it. Even as bad as the Packers have played this season, they’ve been competitive, and I’d love to see an 0-16 team try to avoid the fate of becoming the worst NFL team ever. Or I’d love to see the complete and utter meltdown if the Packers end the season losing 7 out of 8, including one at home to the worst team in history. I’m just saying the Packers choke away close games like no one you’ve ever seen, so if it’s even remotely close in the fourth quarter, this could be fun.


Tennessee (-3) @ Indianapolis
. The Titans have erased any doubt losses to the Jets and Texans might have let in with a stunning absolute beat down of the Steelers. While the Colts are on one heck of a winning streak, the Titans are absolutely designed to take out the Colts. This is a great game between two of best teams in the AFC, and one that could help set the tone for the AFC play-offs to follow.


Miami (+2.5) @ NY Jets.
One team is looking to pull off their perfect revenge as QB Chad Pennington, with exceptional timing, has miraculously stayed healthy for the first time in three seasons and can suddenly throw a deep ball. Favre has looked terrible in December. There’s no other way to put it, and he is getting absolutely zero help. If the Jets win, they’re in the play-offs. If they lose, it’ll be a very disappointing end to what started out as a promising year. Either way, one of these teams is going to finish one hell of a turnaround, and the other is going to be very disappointed.

Monday:

#21 Missouri Tigers (-12.5) vs. #23 Northwestern Wildcats. The Valero Alamo Bowl features two high powered spread offenses against two very questionable defenses. This is looking like a great Big 12 versus Big 10 match up that will end up a high flying, high scoring affair. If you’re a defensive kind of guy, this might not be your game, but if you love college football that ends up looking like an arena bowl game, this might be the match up for you.

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