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Colts-Saints 2010 Super Bowl Vegas Odds & Predictions


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2010 Super Bowl 44 Point Spread: New Orleans Saints (55.5) vs. Indianapolis Colts (-5)

It’s a dream Super Bowl matchup as the top two seeds in each conference are meeting for an NFL title for the first time since the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys squared off in Super Bowl XXVIII to finish off the 1993 season. The Saints arrival in Miami for the big game on Sunday, February 7th is especially significant for a franchise and city that has endured some tough times on and off the field.

Brees vs. Manning

Most of the attention leading up to this game will focus on the quarterbacks for the two clubs. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL after an ungraceful exit from San Diego early in his career. After he struggled in his first two seasons with the Chargers, San Diego decided that Brees wasn’t the quarterback of the future for the club. Ironically, Brees developed as an elite quarterback right after the Chargers drafted Phillip Rivers. Over the last six years, he has fired 173 TD passes with just 79 interceptions. This year, he led the NFL in touchdown passes and quarterback rating.

Indianapolis signal-caller Peyton Manning can enhance a legacy that is already quite impressive in Super Bowl XLIV. In just 12 years as a pro, he is already in the top four all-time in passing yardage and touchdowns. Manning captured his fourth MVP award this season. The New Orleans native will be facing the team that his father starred for in the seventies. Archie Manning never played on a winner in his decade as the quarterback of the Saints.

Colts appear to have defensive edge

While it is debatable as to which team has the better offense, it appears that the Colts are the better squad on defense. Neither club has an elite stop unit. Both teams finished in the bottom half of the league in total defense during the regular season. While the Colts defense will give up some yardage between the twenties, the club’s defense is able to bear down in the red zone. Indianapolis finished 8th in the NFL in scoring defense during the regular season and has allowed an average of just ten points per game during the postseason.

In contrast, New Orleans must deal with Manning after allowing nearly 500 yards to the Vikings in the NFC title game. The strength of the defense is its ability to force turnovers. The Saints defense came up with five turnovers against Minnesota and the club had 26 interceptions in the regular season.

Colts win a shootout

In the end, this Super Bowl should be able to live up to the hype. Brees and Manning will be able to take advantage of some average offenses. In a battle of top signal-callers, Manning is just a little better than Brees. On defense, the Colts also have a slight edge over an opportunistic Saints stop unit. While the Saints might be satisfied by reaching the Super Bowl for the first time, Indianapolis will be focused on getting another title after winning a championship three years ago. The Colts prevail in Super Bowl XLIV.

2010 Super Bowl 44 Score Prediction:

Colts 31 – Saints 27

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5 Top Favorites To Win 2010 World Series


With spring training just around the corner, the start of the 2010 Major League Baseball Betting season isn’t too far away. While the defending champion New York Yankees are expected to repeat this year, there are some other contenders that can’t be ignored. There have been plenty of trades and free agent signings that could enable a new champion to emerge in the fall.

New York Yankees: +325 Odds
New York could actually be an improved squad in 2010. Javier Vazquez has been added to a deep pitching rotation while Curtis Granderson has been acquired to become the squad’s new center fielder. The Yankees did lose Hideki Matsui and it is unlikely that Johnny Damon will be resigned. The offensive nucleus of Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez should still be able to produce big numbers this season. New York appears to have the right mix of veterans and younger players to be a strong contender in 2010.

Philadelphia Phillies: +600 Odds
After winning consecutive NL pennants, Philadelphia is in a solid position to return to the series again this season. Roy Halladay is on board as a dominant number one starter for the pitching staff. On offense, veteran third baseman Placido Polanco was signed as a free agent. The Phillies couldn’t afford to keep Cliff Lee after adding Halladay but the overall rotation is still strong. Philadelphia will need closer Brad Lidge to rebound from a tough 2009 this season.

Boston Red Sox: +650 Odds

With two World Series crowns in the last six years, Boston is hoping to have an answer for the Yankees in 2010. The Red Sox were able to sign top free agent hurler John Lackey to bolster a solid rotation. Mike Cameron, Adrian Beltre and Marco Scutaro were also signed to aid the everyday lineup for Boston. The Red Sox will also have the service of catcher Victor Martinez for an entire year this season. The departure of top slugger Jason Bay will create a bit of a power void.

Los Angeles Dodgers: +1200 Odds

After reaching the NL Championship Series in the last two seasons, the Dodgers are hoping to take the next step in 2010. A strong everyday lineup is basically intact but the club’s starting pitching is a little questionable. Lefty Randy Wolf signed on with Milwaukee to leave the club’s rotation a little thin. With Los Angeles owner Frank McCourt in the middle of a nasty divorce, there are questions about how limited the Dodgers finances could be throughout the season.

St. Louis Cardinals: + 1400 Odds

St. Louis is in a good position to repeat as NL Central division champs after resigning prized free agent outfielder Matt Holliday. With Holliday and MVP Albert Pujols together for an entire season, the Cardinals offense will give opposing hurlers plenty of headaches in 2010. Cris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright form a potent duo at the top of the rotation. Right-hander Brad Penny was signed to offset the loss of Joel Pineiro.

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UFC 109 Odds, Preview, Fight Predictions


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The latest Ultimate Fighting Championship event is set to take place on February 6th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. UFC 109’s marquee match will involve MMA legend Randy Couture in a Light Heavyweight battle. The bout between Couture and Mark Coleman will mark the first time that two members of the UFC Hall of Fame will square off in a match. There are also some other intriguing battles set to take place in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.

Welterweight match: Matt Serra (-135) vs. Frank Trigg (+105)

The 35-year-old Serra lost his UFC welterweight championship belt two years ago. His overall MMA record is 9-6. Trigg has come up short in a couple of UFC championship matches in his career. The 37-year-old lost welterweight title bouts to Matt Hughes in 2003 and 2005. He has a 19-7 MMA record. Look for Serra to pull this match out.

Middleweight match: Demian Meia (-375) vs. Dan Miller (+275)

Meia suffered his first MMA loss against Nate Marquardt at UFC 102 last August. The 32-year-old Brazilian had won his first 11 pro bouts before the setback. Miller is also trying to get back on track after tasting defeat in his last match. He fell to Chael Sonnen In UFC 98 last May. The 28-year-old has a 11-2-1 pro record. The favorite should be able to survive a challenge in this bout.

Middleweight match: Nate Marquardt (-350) vs. Chael Sonnen (+250)

Marquardt lost his chance for the UFC middleweight crown in a defeat to Anderson Silva in 2007. The 30-year-old has an MMA record of 29-8-2. Sonnen is hoping that his win over Miller will give him some momentum heading into this bout. The 32-year-old has a pro record of 24-10-1 in MMA action. In a close bout, Marquardt prevails.

Light Heavyweight match: Randy Couture (-400) vs. Mark Coleman (+300)

At 46, Couture is still going strong as the biggest name in UFC and MMA. He owns or shares numerous UFC records. Couture is one of only two UFC fighters to hold championship belts in two different divisions (heavyweight and light heavyweight). He also has the UFC title victories (five) and has appeared in the most championship bouts (15). Couture’s matches against Chuck Liddell were some of the biggest in UFC history. Couture won the first matchup in 2003 but Liddell defeated him in 2005 and 2006. In his most recent UFC title match, Couture fell to Brock Lesnar just over a year ago. His overall MMA record is 17-10. Coleman captured the first UFC heavyweight title back in 1997. He was set to meet Couture back in 1998 but a Couture knee injury resulted in a postponement. Now, the Hall Of Famers are finally meeting in the ring for the first time. The 45-year-old Coleman left UFC in 1999 to join Japanese based PRIDE Fighting before returning to UFC last year. His pro record is 16-9. In a battle of veterans, Couture outlasts Coleman.

Grammy Awards Betting Odds


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The Grammy Awards are upon us, which means that it is time for wagers for five main categories. Last year, the duo of Robert Plant and Allison Krauss dominated the show by capturing Record of the Year and Album of the Year. The 52nd annual musical awards show will be held on Sunday, January 31st at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Record of the Year

A couple of marquee female artists are in a tight battle for Record of the Year honors. Beyonce is a slight favorite over Taylor Swift in this category. Beyonce’s Halo is listed at +130 over Swift’s You Belong With Me at + 150. Other artists in this category are the Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling (+300), Lady GaGa’s Poker Face (+500) and Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody (+600). Beyonce has been involved in ten previous Grammy wins in the R & B and Rap categories.

Album of the Year

Once again, Beyonce is slightly ahead of Swift in this category. Beyonce’s I Am Sasha Fierce is a +150 favorite for Album of the Year over Swift’s Fearless at +175. The Black Eyed Peas are also in the running with their album The E N D at +200. Longshot artists in this category are Lady GaGa’s The Fame (+600) and the Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey &The Groogrux King (+800). Swift will be looking for her first ever Grammy win this year.

Best New Artist

This category is a dead heat with a pair of artists in the role of co-favorite. MGMT and Keri Hilson are both at +150 for the Best New Artist honor. Other contenders are the Ting Tings (+400), Zac Brown Band (+450) and Silversun Pickups (+1000). Adele won in this category in 2009.

Best Rock Song

Against some legendary artists are in contention and the Kings of Leon is a heavy favorite to win in this category. The Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody is a -185 favorite to win Best Rock Song. U2 is next on the list at +300 with its I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight song. Bruce Springstein’s Working On A Dream is next +350. Pearl Jam’s The Fixer (+500) and Green Day’s 21 Guns (+800) are also featured in this category. The Kings of Leon won its first Grammy last year in the Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for its Sex On Fire release. In 2009, Springstein won in this category over a group of contenders that included the Kings of Leon.

Song of the Year

It appears that Swift and Beyonce will battle it out again in this category. This time, Swift is the slight favorite. Swift’s You Belong With Me is at +150 while Beyonce’s Single Ladies (Put a ring on it) is at +200. The Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody is also in the running at +300. Other artists in this category are Lady GaGa (+450) and Maxwell (+600). Last Year, Coldplay’s Viva La Vida won Song of the Year honors.

Favorites to win the 2011 BCS Championship Game


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With the 2009-2010 college football season now in the books, it’s not too soon to take a glance at what lies ahead in 2010. While Alabama is the solid favorite to repeat as 2011 BCS champion, there are some other worthy contenders that could be in the title game in January of 2011 in Glendale, AZ.

Alabama Crimson Tide: +300 Odds

With Heisman winner Mark Ingram and the rest of the offensive nucleus back in the fold, the Crimson Tide should be able to move the football in 2010. The defense has lost some valuable performers. DL Terrance Cody, LB Rolando McClain, DB Kareem Jackson and DB Javier Arenas are getting ready for the NFL Draft. As the defending champions, Alabama will get the best shot from every opponent this season. Penn State will visit Tuscaloosa in early September in the marquee non-conference game on the slate. In SEC action, Florida will visit Alabama in October while the club’s toughest road outing will be at LSU in November. Bet on Alabama!

Ohio State Buckeyes: +700 Odds

Off of a Rose Bowl win, the Buckeyes could ride a favorable schedule to a BCS run in 2010. The continued development of junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be a key for Ohio State this season. In a Big 10 conference that is pretty average, the Buckeyes have a chance at a perfect regular season. In non-conference play, Ohio State will host Miami-Florida in early September. In conference action, the club will get to play Penn State at home this season. Road games at Wisconsin and Iowa won’t be easy.
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Oregon Ducks: +1000 Odds

With quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and running back LaMichael James returning in 2010, the Ducks will once again have one of the most potent offenses in the nation. However, a tough schedule could make it difficult for Oregon to survive in the regular season. The Ducks will get an early test at Tennessee in the second game of the season in non-conference action. In the Pac-10, Oregon must face USC, California and Oregon State on the road in revenge games for the home squads. Bet on Oregon!

Boise State Broncos: +1200 Odds

After going undefeated in three of the last four regular seasons, the Broncos are finally getting a little more respect as a legitimate team after handling TCU in the Fiesta Bowl. Junior quarterback Kellen Moore will lead the charge after firing 39 TD passes with just three interceptions as a sophomore. Boise State will get a chance to prove itself in a non-conference battle against Virginia Tech in Washington, DC on October 2nd. Bet on Boise State!

Texas Longhorns: + 1500 Odds

Texas will need sophomore quarterback Garrett Gilbert to follow in the footsteps of recent signal-caller standouts Vince Young and Colt McCoy to have a chance at a return trip to the BCS title game. The club also must overcome the departures of WR Jordan Shipley and DB Earl Thomas. The Longhorns have only three true road games in 2010. Texas must visit Texas Tech and Nebraska for its most challenging away outings. Bet on Texas!

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Five College Basketball Teams Flying Under the Radar


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With early conference action now underway in college hoops, there are several surprise teams that have stepped up. Here’s a look at five squads that could be worth a look in the weeks to come:

Northern Iowa (16-1 SU, 12-4 ATS)

The Missouri Valley Conference squad is ranked 22nd in the nation heading into this week’s action. The Panthers have won 15 in a row since falling to Depaul in the second game of the season. In addition to a perfect 7-0 conference mark, Northern Iowa has also secured wins over Iowa, Iowa State and Boston College in matchups against schools from bigger conferences. Senior forward Adam Koch leads a balanced attack with an average of 13 points per game.

Louisiana Tech (17-2 SU, 10-4 ATS)

The Bulldogs have taken the early lead in the Western Athletic Conference with a 5-0 mark in league play. The club has recovered from a pair of blowout defeats in non-conference play to New Mexico and Arizona on the road to step up in recent outings. Louisiana Tech has won ten straight contests entering this week’s action. Senior guard Kyle Gibson is eighth in the nation in scoring average at 21.7 points per outing. He scored a season-high 32 points in a January 14th victory over Fresno State.

St. Mary’s (16-3 SU, 12-5 ATS)

As usual, the Gaels are an under the radar squad in a West Coast Conference that is dominated by the Gonzaga Bulldogs. St. Mary’s only defeats this season have been to Gonzaga, USC and Vanderbilt. The Gaels were able to gain a solid road win in non-conference action at Oregon last month. Senior center Omar Samhan has emerged to become one of the dominant big men in college hoops this season. He is averaging 22 points and 11 rebounds per game for the Gaels.

Marshall (15-2 SU, 8-3 ATS)

The Thundering Herd has already matched its win total from a 15-17 campaign a year ago. The Conference USA squad is 4-0 in league play heading into this week. Marshall will get a huge test in non-conference action on January 20th when 12th-ranked West Virginia comes to town for an intrastate battle. It has been a true team effort for the Thundering Herd this season. While no player on the squad is averaging more than 13 points per game, four players are scoring in double figures for the club.

William & Mary (14-3 SU, 9-3-1 ATS)

While George Mason put the Colonial Conference on the map a few years ago with a surprise run to the Final Four, there are some other solid squads in the league. William & Mary has rebounded from an 0-2 start to win 14 of its last 15 contests. The Tribe showed its promise in non-conference play with a pair of road wins against ACC foes Wake Forest and Maryland. Senior guard David Schneider is leading the club in scoring at 18 points per game. At just 6-3, he also is the top rebounder on the squad with six per game.

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Jets-Colts AFC Championship Spread, Odds, Picks & Score Prediction

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2010 AFC Championship Point Spread: New York Jets (40.5) at Indianapolis Colts (-7.5)

The New York Jets will look to continue its improbable postseason run on Sunday in the AFC title game at Indianapolis against the Colts. The Jets secured the biggest win in franchise history with a dramatic upset win over the Colts in Super Bowl III. In the last playoff meeting between the two squads, New York rolled to a 41-0 Wild-Card victory over Indianapolis in 2002.

New York Jets (11-7 SU, 11-7 ATS)

The Jets have used a basic formula to advance in the playoffs. A sound running game and strong defense have enabled New York to upset Cincinnati and San Diego in the last two weeks. In last Sunday’s 17-14 win over the Chargers, the Jets rushed for 169 yards. On defense, New York held San Diego to just 61 rushing yards while coming away with a pair of big interceptions. New York will use a pair of capable running backs to attack the Colts defense. While Thomas Jones was the league’s 3rd-leading rusher during the regular season, rookie Shonn Greene has emerged to rush for over 100 yards in each of the last two weeks. Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez has been efficient in the postseason behind an outstanding offensive line that features Pro Bowlers Alan Faneca and Nick Mangold. The NFL’s top total, scoring and passing defense will present a major obstacle for Peyton Manning and the Colts. All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis had an interception in the club’s victory over San Diego. On the sideline, rookie head coach Rex Ryan has embraced his squad’s role as an underdog with plenty of bite.

Indianapolis Colts (15-2 SU, 11-6 ATS)

After facing Manning for only a half in a 29-15 win at Indianapolis in week 16, the Jets will have to deal with the NFL’s MVP for 60 minutes on Sunday. In its first meaningful game in over a month, the Colts were able to flip the switch to record a solid 20-3 win over the Ravens in the Divisional playoffs. Indianapolis was held to just 275 total yards in the victory but Manning was able to complete 30 passes to help the Colts control the football. The worst rushing offense in the league gained only 42 yards against Baltimore. Manning will be looking to get the ball to wide receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark against the Jets. Wayne and Clark each had 100 receptions during the regular season. While Indy’s offense gets most of the attention, the defense stood out against the Ravens. The unit kept Baltimore out of the end zone and forced four turnovers. Pro Bowl defensive linemen Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney combined to register 23 sacks during the regular season. Like New York, the Colts will try to get to the Super Bowl with a rookie head coach. Jim Caldwell was able to make a smooth transition from an assistant on Tony Dungy’s staff to the head coaching spot.

Jets vs. Colts AFC Championship Game Prediction:

Colts 21 – Jets 17

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Vikings-Saints NFC Championship Spread, Odds, Picks & Score Prediction

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2010 NFC Championship Point Spread: Minnesota Vikings (53) at New Orleans Saints (-3.5)

The top two seeds in the NFC will square off at the Superdome on Sunday night for a trip to the Super Bowl. The Vikings haven’t won a conference title since 1976 while the Saints are trying to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. Minnesota won the previous two playoff meetings between the two clubs in 1987 and 2000.

Minnesota Vikings (13-4 SU, 10-6-1 ATS)

Brett Favre’s lone Super Bowl win came in New Orleans 13 years ago. Over a decade later, he is playing at an incredible level. The magic was on display in last week’s 34-3 rout of the Cowboys. Favre fired four touchdown passes in the victory. He finished second in the NFL in quarterback rating during the regular season. All-Pro wideout Sidney Rice continued his breakout season with three TD grabs against Dallas. A balanced offense has aided the passing game. Adrian Peterson is a home run threat in the backfield for the Vikings after ranking second in the conference in rushing with 1,383 yards. Rookie Percy Harvin is also a major weapon as a receiver and kick returner.

The defense was in dominant form against Dallas. The Vikings had six sacks and forced three turnovers in the victory. With Pro Bowlers Jared Allen (NFC leading 14.5 sacks) and Kevin Williams leading an outstanding defensive line, Minnesota presents a major challenge for opposing offensive lines. Minnesota head coach Brad Childress (36-28 record in four seasons) will be looking to translate his squad’s home success to the road. The Vikings finished 9-0 at home this season but the club dropped its final three road games in the regular season.

New Orleans Saints (14-3 SU, 9-8 ATS)

After dropping the final three games of the regular season, the Saints promptly allowed a 70-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage to open the postseason against Arizona last week. New Orleans quickly recovered to outscore the defending NFC champions 45-7 the rest of the way to advance to the conference championship game. Drew Brees tossed three TD strikes against the Cardinals after leading the NFL in quarterback rating and touchdown passes during the regular season. He has plenty of weapons to look for in the passing game. Wideouts Robert Meachem and Marques Colston have each grabbed nine touchdowns this year. Like Minnesota, the Saints have a balanced attack.

New Orleans rushed for 171 yards against Arizona. Reggie Bush stepped up to rush for a 46-yard touchdown and return a punt 83 yards for another score in the victory. The defense was able to contain a high-powered Cardinals offense. Pro Bowlers Darren Sharper and Jonathan Wilma lead the unit. Sharper tied for the league lead in interceptions with nine during the regular season. New Orleans head coach Sean Payton (38-26 record in four seasons) will be eager to get another chance to guide a team in an NFC Championship game. In 2006, the Saints dropped the NFC title game in Chicago against the Bears.

Vikings vs. Saints NFC Championship Prediction:

Saints 30 – Vikings 27

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New York Jets (40.5) at Indianapolis Colts (-7.5)

Sunday, January 24, 3 PM EST

After playing in one of the biggest games in pro football history in Super Bowl III, the Jets and Colts will once again meet for a championship on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Both teams have reached this point behind a rookie head coach. New York has gone a step further by also riding a rookie signal-caller in 2009. While Jets head coach Rex Ryan has had to manage games with Mark Sanchez at quarterback, Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell has had the luxury of watching MVP quarterback Peyton Manning from the sidelines this season. The Colts (2nd in NFL in passing offense) will attempt to go after the top total, scoring and passing defense in the league.

While Indianapolis will rely on its air game, New York will counter with the top rushing offense in the NFL. There was some controversy surrounding the matchup between the clubs in week 16 in Indianapolis. With a 14-0 record, the Colts were just two wins away from a perfect regular season. In an unpopular move, Manning was pulled from the game midway through the third quarter with his club ahead by five points. The Jets took advantage of his absence to rally for a 29-15 victory. While New York is a loose and confident squad, the Colts are poised to survive in the far more important rematch behind a superior quarterback and the home edge.

Jets vs. Colts 2010 AFC Championship Prediction: Colts 21 – Jets 17

Minnesota Vikings (53) at New Orleans Saints (-3.5)

Sunday, January 24, 6:30 PM EST

The Superdome will be in a frenzy on Sunday night when the Saints get to host an NFC title game for the first time in franchise history. There will be plenty of attention on the quarterbacks in this battle of the top two seeds in the NFC. Minnesota’s Brett Favre was second in NFL quarterback rating to Saints signal-caller Drew Brees during the regular season. The elite quarterbacks combined to fire seven touchdown passes without an interception in last weekend’s Divisional playoffs. Both clubs can also move the ball on the ground. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the second leading rusher in the conference while the Saints have several viable options in the backfield. Each squad also has a home run threat on offense. Reggie Bush of New Orleans and Percy Harvin of Minnesota are two of the most explosive players in the league.

On defense, the Vikings have a slight edge but an improved Saints stop unit plays with a lot more energy at home. In contrast, Minnesota struggled on the road to close the regular season with three straight defeats. While Favre won his lone Super Bowl in New Orleans 13 years ago, the long-suffering Saints fans can sense that something special is about to happen in a city that has faced some hardships in recent years. In a shootout, Brees outguns Favre to delight the home partisans on Sunday evening.

Vikings vs. Saints 2010 NFC Championship Prediction: Saints 30, Vikings 27

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2010 March Madness Champion Odds Have Moved Significantly


The NCAA basketball betting season is nearing its half way point, so it is about that time to review the value of some of early favorites and underdogs to win the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The college basketball season is still so fluid and is constantly turned upside down on any given night of the week. Look no further than January 9th, as 6 teams in the top 15 all lost on the same day. Even with the chaos and uncertainty of it all, we still need to stop and analyze what we have. Looking at the odds from the start of the season to now, we can quantify some of our main players into 3 groups: contenders, pretenders, and movers.

2010 NCAA Tourney Champ Contenders:

1.) Kansas: Open 4/1, current 3/1 odds.
Blowout victories on the road against Temple and UCLA along with a home victory against Memphis have them a consensus 1. Having to decide between who should have the ball more Henry or Collins is a problem any coach would want. However, then they go lose to a short-handed Tennessee….look for more odds movement soon with Kansas.

2.) Kentucky: Open 8/1, odds current 5/1 odds.
The inexperience talk is just that, talk. A perfect 17-0 this season with most of their winscoming against a bunch of throw away teams. Their legitimacy lies on in the fact that they beat both North Carolina, Connecticut, and Florida.

3.) Texas: Open 7/1, current 6/1 odds.
They are undefeated, handily beating everyone, but who have they really played this season? Their first real test will be against Texas A&M on Jan.16th.

4.) Syracuse: Open 25/1, current 10/1 odds.
Losing only to 23rd ranked Pittsburgh, the 16-1 Syracuse Orangemen handily beat Memphis and South Florida to keep away any thoughts of a midseason slump.

5.) Michigan State: Open 6/1, current 10/1 odds.
14-3 overall and winners of 8 of 9, despite the drop the #11 Spartans are certainly in position to take control of the Big Ten.

2010 March Madness Champ Pretenders:

1.) California: Open 18/1, current 35/1 odds.
Rated too high early on, Cal will live and die by the 3-ball, averaging near 80 points a game. They will beat the teams they should and lose to everyone else.

2.) Louisville: Open 20/1, current 35/1 odds.
3-1 in conference, but losing 3 of 4 to UNLV, Charlotte, Western Carolina will push the odds way down. Really, Louisville?

3.) Oklahoma: Open 28/1, current 40/1 odds.
Oklahoma may officially be done. Losses to VCU, San Diego, UTEP, Gonzaga and now a 31 point loss to Baylor. Put a fork in’em.

4.) Dayton: Open 45/1 odds, current 70/1 odds.
Its Dayton…I mean really. Not much love for the Atlantic 10 even if they were preseason favorites. Despite playing a good New Mexico and Kansas State team, two out of conference losses will never improve your odds. Show me more.

5.) UCLA: Open 30/1 odd, current 100/1 odds.
Overrated! It is becoming about time we bury this team from any national relevancy with 9 losses already. Sorry Howland.

Potential 2010 NCAA Tourney Champ Odds Movers:

1.) Tennessee: Open 35/1, current 18/1 odds.
And climbing with their beat down of then #1 Kansas. Do not bet on any letdown especially after the off the court issues surrounding now dismissed Tyler Smith. Pearl may have a Final 4 team on his hands.

2.) Florida: Open 50/1, current 25/1 odds.
Beating Michigan State certainly propelled them early on, but a 3 game slide and a loss to Vandy should bring them back down again. A lack of depth and any interior defense will hurt them in the long run.

3.) Gonzaga: Open 100/1, current 40/1 odds.
Probably started the season too low, but also given too much credit for playing Michigan State tough early on. You will never get any respect playing in the West Coast Conference and nor should the Bulldogs. Losses Duke and Wake Forest let us know that this Gonzaga team is not “Elite”.

4.) Memphis: Open 300/1, current 75/1 odds.
A huge drop early in the season odds with a number of blowout wins, but too many guards and an often rotating starting line-up will keep this team from doing much else.

5.) Marquette: Open 600/1, current 80/1 odds.
Two close losses to ‘Nova and a win against Georgetown has had a huge impact on their 2010 NCAA Tournament champion odds.

Movers…but really?!?!

1.) Bingham Young: Open 600/1, current 150/1 odds.

2.) Stanford: Open 750/1, current 200/1 odds.

3.) San Diego State: Open 750/1, current 200/1 odds.

4.) Utah State: Open 1000/1, current 400/1 odds.

5.) Creighton: Open 1000/1, current 400/1 odds.

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