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Updated Odds To Win NCAA Tournament 2011

With the start of NCAA tournament betting just a few weeks away, several of the top teams in the nation are trying to secure number one seeds in the tourney. Here’s a look at the top five favorites plus a live sleeper to capture the 2011 NCAA hoops title:



Duke Blue Devils (+200)

While the defending national champions are 19-2 and ranked 3rd in the country, the club has been hurt in recent weeks by an injury to freshman standout Kyrie Irving. When he returns to action, the Blue Devils could be ready to make a surge. Seniors Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler are combining to average more than 38 points per game this season.



Ohio State Buckeyes (+400)

The top-ranked Buckeyes are the nation’s only undefeated squad. Ohio State’s perfect mark will certainly be put to the test in the month of February with trips to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue. Behind freshman forward Jared Sullinger (18 points, 10 rebounds per game this season), the club has been able to overcome the loss of Evan Turner from last year’s team.



Kansas Jayhawks (+700)

After losing some significant players from last year’s club, the Jayhawks have been able to remain a national title contender this season. The Morris brothers have carried Kansas to a 20-1 record and a ranking of 6th in the nation. Marcus Morris is averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds per game this year while Markieff Morris provides 13 points and 9 rebounds per outing for Bill Self’s team.



Pittsburgh Panthers (+1000)

With only one conference loss in nine games, the 2nd-ranked Panthers are atop the Big East standings. The ability to win in the nation’s toughest conference could bode well for Pittsburgh in March. Junior guard Ashton Gibbs (16 points per game this season) leads a deep lineup for the team. This season, the Panthers have already defeated Texas, Connecticut, Georgetown and Syracuse.



Kentucky Wildcats (+1000)

After having five players selected in the first round of last year’s NBA Draft, head coach John Calipari was able to bring in some more new talent for this season. While the 16-4 Wildcats aren’t currently in the top 10, the young squad could be ready to come together in March. Freshmen Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight are both averaging more than 17 points per game to lead Kentucky’s attack this season. In a tight SEC East race, the Wildcats will face Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt twice each over the final few weeks of the regular season.



North Carolina Tar Heels (+4000)

North Carolina has been a bit of a disappointment so far this season. The club began the season in the top 10 but is now unranked. Still, the Tar Heels have enough talent to make a deep run in the 2011 NCAA tournament. While the team lacks a dominant player, junior forward Tyler Zeller (14 points, 7 rebounds per game this season) is a solid performer for North Carolina. The Tar Heels are still waiting for hyped freshman Harrison Barnes (13 points per game this season) to play at a higher level. With two NCAA titles in the last six years, head coach Roy Williams knows how to get it done during tournament time.



All Odds to win the 2011 Final 4:

(odds from Sportsbook.com)

Alabama
+20000

Arizona
+4000

Arizona St
+20000

Arkansas
+20000

Auburn
+20000

BYU
+5000

Baylor
+6000

Boston College
+20000

Butler
+20000

California
+20000

Cincinnati
+20000

Clemson
+20000

Creighton
+20000

Dayton
+20000

Duke
+200

Field (Any Other Team)
+8000

Florida
+5000

Florida St
+10000

Georgetown
+3000

Georgia
+10000

Georgia Tech
+20000

Gonzaga
+10000

Illinois
+5000

Illinois St
+20000

Indiana
+20000

Iowa
+20000

Kansas
+600

Kansas St
+6000

Kentucky
+800

LSU
+20000

Louisville
+4000

Marquette
+10000

Maryland
+20000

Memphis
+10000

Miami FL
+20000

Michigan
+20000

Michigan St
+7500

Minnesota
+10000

Mississippi
+20000

Mississippi St
+20000

Missouri
+4000

Missouri St
+20000

Murray St
+20000

Nevada
+20000

New Mexico
+20000

North Carolina
+3500

North Carolina St
+20000

Northern Iowa
+20000

Northwestern
+20000

Notre Dame
+8000

Ohio St
+350

Oklahoma
+20000

Oklahoma St
+20000

Old Dominion
+20000

Oregon
+20000

Oregon St
+20000

Penn St
+20000

Pittsburgh
+1200

Providence
+20000

Purdue
+3000

Rhode Island
+20000

Richmond
+20000

San Diego St
+3000

Seton Hall
+20000

Siena
+20000

South Carolina
+20000

South Florida
+20000

Southern Illinois
+20000

St Johns
+10000

St Louis
+20000

St Marys
+10000

Stanford
+20000

Syracuse
+3000

Temple
+20000

Tennessee
+4000

Texas
+1200

Texas A&M
+8000

Texas Tech
+20000

U Conn
+3000

UAB
+20000

UCLA
+10000

UNLV
+10000

USC
+20000

UTEP
+20000

Utah
+20000

Utah St
+20000

VCU
+20000

Vanderbilt
+7500

Villanova
+2500

Virginia
+20000

Virginia Tech
+10000

Wake Forest
+20000

Washington
+2000

Washington St
+20000

West Virginia
+10000

Western Kentucky
+20000

Wichita St
+20000

Wisconsin
+5000

Xavier
+10000




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Steelers-Packers Super Bowl Prop Bets Picks & Predictions

Super Bowl XLV will be played on Sunday, February 6 in Arlington, TX, and if you feel that the side and total both seem “un-bettable” between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, it does not mean that you have to sit on the sidelines.


This is because there are plenty of prop bets available that have some nice wallet-filling potential. Here are five of our prop bet predictions for Super Bowl Sunday.



Team to score the longest touchdown – Green Bay -115

The Packers might have the best quartet of receivers in the league in Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones and Jordy Nelson, and they will probably use four-receiver sets with all four of those players on the field at the same time a lot considering the Steelers possess the best rushing defense in football. Since we also expect the Steelers to run the ball more when on offense, Green Bay seems to have the better chance to score on a big play.



Team to make first successful field goal – Pittsburgh -115

Shaun Suisham has proven to be a great signing by the Steelers, as he converted on 14 out of 15 field goal attempts after Pittsburgh released former kicker Jeff Reed. Granted, Mason Crosby of the Packers has more leg strength, but Suisham will also be aided by the fact that the Steelers will be less likely to go for the first down on fourth and short situations, as they attempted only five fourth down conversions all season while the Packers attempted 13.









Aaron Rodgers pass completions – ‘over’ 22½ -125

As stated, the Steelers have the best rushing defense in football, so the Packers will probably put the ball in the hands of Aaron Rodgers and ask him to win a Super Bowl for them. Rodgers may throw the ball close to 40 times, or at last 35 times, and do not forget that he has completed 67.5 percent of his passes this season. Look for him to attack the Pittsburgh cornerbacks early and often.



Ben Roethlisberger passing yards – ‘under’ 243½ -110

While the Packers figure to throw the ball more because the Pittsburgh defense was first against the run this year, the Steelers figure to run the ball a lot because the Packers finished fourth against the pass but just 18th against opposing ground attacks (4.6 YPC). That should shorten the game when Pittsburgh is on offense and cut into Big Ben’s passing numbers. Even when Roethlisberger does throw the ball, do not expect him to have his usual success against this great Green Bay secondary, and certainly do not look for a repeat of his 500-yard passing performance vs. a far worse Green Bay defense during the 2009 season.



Greg Jennings pass receptions – ‘over’ 5 -135

This juice may look a tad high, but we give this prop better than a 60 percent chance of winning, so it is worth it. Yes, the Packers have four legitimate receivers, but Jennings has become Rodgers’ favorite target, and since we expect a minimum of 35 Green Bay passes in this game, we find it extremely hard to believe that Jennings will have fewer than five catches. This becomes doubly true if the Pittsburgh secondary plays deep and allows Jennings to catch passes underneath the coverage.





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Super Bowl Predictions: Why the Green Bay Packers Can Win Super Bowl 45

The Green Bay Packers haven’t won a Super Bowl in nearly a decade and a half, and they are certainly outmatched in terms of experience on the field in Super Bowl betting action against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


However, we have the top five reasons why they’ll get the job done to beat the Super Bowl XLV odds and to lift the Lombardi Trophy on February 6th.



#5: Tim Masthay is a fantastic punter

We know, we hear you. He’s a punter. Still, Masthay was a tremendous weapon against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game. Don’t think for one second that BJ Raji is able to get his paws on a pick and return it for a TD if not for the fact that Masthay put the Bears way back inside their own 10 yard line on the punt just a few plays before it. This is a man that can flip field position and pin the Steelers deep in their own territory, and as we’ve seen these last two weeks, Pittsburgh has conceded a safety, thrown an INT, and lost a fumble which was returned for a TD when backed inside its own 10 yard line.



#4: Green Bay can stretch Pittsburgh’s secondary out

It’s not often that you see four different players end up with at least 75 receiving yards in a game, but that’s exactly what happened with the Pack against the Atlanta Falcons just a few weeks ago. James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver, and Greg Jennings can really spread the field in a huge way for the Packers, and the Steelers don’t really have the depth in the secondary to be able to defend against it.



#3: Aaron Rodgers has a rushing game to work with now

Look, we know that James Starks isn’t running for 100+ yards on this Pittsburgh defense, but he doesn’t have to. He just has to make a few plays here and there and give Rodgers some time thanks to some play action. Starks has the most rushing yards in the league in the postseason with 263 through three games, and he has clearly been the reason that this offense has been able to move the ball up and down the field.




Steelers vs. Packers 2011 Super Bowl Betting:

- Packers vs. Steelers Point Spread: Packers -3 points

- Packers vs. Steelers Over-Under: 45 points

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#2: Pittsburgh has a great defense, but Green Bay has a great ‘D’ and elite corners

Elite cornerbacks are very much so hard to find in the NFL. However, when your fourth guy in your secondary is picking off two passes in the NFC Championship Game, you know you have a special bunch. Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson are both absolutely fantastic athletes, and they have faced and passed significantly tougher tests than the one that they are going to see against Mike Wallace, Hines Ward and whatever else Pittsburgh lines up against them.



#1: Aaron Rodgers might be the best in the league

We know that Rodgers doesn’t quite have the rings of Ben Roethlisberger or Tom Brady, nor does he have the track record of Peyton Manning, but beyond these guys, is there really any other quarterback that you would want in the league in a game like this? Rodgers has a cannon, and he is really flourishing in these playoffs. He’ll be the key to victory, and he clearly has the tools at his disposal to get the job done.






From Novelty Props to Traditional Lines, Super Bowl Betting Explained

Guest post on BetVega.com by Richard Gardner | Bodog Sportsbook Manager


The Super Bowl is an event long backed by tradition in this country, one as synonymous with sports betting as anything that the calendar has to offer. In the weeks leading up to No. 45 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Bodog is celebrating the anticipated matchup with enough odds, team and player props to keep you busy from now until kick off and beyond.

Whether it’s the traditional NFL betting lines you’re interested in, or the novelty odds ranging from Christina Aguilera’s recreation of the national anthem to cross-sport props comparing Dwight Howard’s free throw percentage to Aaron Rodgers’ pass completion percentage, there’s enough in the sportsbook to keep anybody busy.

In a traditional sense the Green Bay Packers are listed to win the game with a -3 point spread, but the great thing about the matchup is that the Pittsburgh Steelers have sharpened their teeth and been tested against tough AFC opponents all season long. Although Super Bowl underdogs have at least covered the spread 18 times in the past 44 years, the favorites have done so 24 times. Similarly, the underdog has won the game outright 12 times, a testament to just how competitive the game promises to be.

With a pair of big name quarterbacks leading the show, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the pre-game hype for the event. According to Bodog’s online sportsbook, Green Bay’s Rodgers has the edge. With Super Bowl MVP odds of 7/4, Rodgers leads the field, trailed by Ben Roethlisberger at 7/2 and Steelers’ runningback Rashard Mendenhall at 15/2.

The over/under for Rodgers’ total passing yards is set at 275.5 compared to Roethlisberger’s 240.5, and his pass completion percentage is slightly higher at 63.5% than 60%. The range in expectations for the two quarterbacks, statistically, varies, but just because Rodgers is expected to make more a dent on the game in the air, that doesn’t mean that the Steelers will lack hope.





Despite Green Bay’s offense the Steelers will have their world renowned defense in full swing, limiting the Packers in every way possible. Over the course of the 2010 season the Steelers allowed the least yards per game (207.5 compared to Green Bay’s 282.3).

As a result of each team’s defensive ability (the Packers ranked third in opponents’ YPG) the over/under for the game is set at 45 points. Historically the total has gone under 22 times, and over 21 (there was no over/under in Super Bowl 1).

Fresh off of relatively high scoring games against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets, the Steelers will be more in their element if they keep the score low. The over/under for Pittsburgh’s point total in the Super Bowl is 21 while the favored Packers have an over/under of 23.5

We understand that the Super Bowl means a lot of things to a lot of people, so Bodog is adamant that there be enough playing options for every NFL bettor’s particular tastes. If you’re looking for a new and interesting way to bet on the Super Bowl, consider the dozens upon dozens of odds and props available. It won’t be long until the two teams hit the field next Sunday.

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5 Reasons Why The Steelers Will Upset The Packers In Super Bowl 45

Without a doubt, the Pittsburgh Steelers know that they have one of the proudest franchises in the NFL. They are going to be looking for their seventh Super Bowl win, which would pull them two in front of the Dallas Cowboys for the most titles in the Super Bowl era, and they’re trying to do so in their record tying eighth appearances in the Super Bowl.


Here are the five reasons that the underdogs on the Super Bowl odds can pull off the upset in NFL betting action on February 6th.



#5: Tradition

Period. We know that the Packers are all about “Title Town” and all of those fancy championships with Vince Lombardi calling the shots, but the Steelers aren’t just a great franchise of the past, but one of the present and the future as well. Ben Roethlisberger is already flashing a pair of rings, and he is going to try to get his team a third ring over the course of his six seasons in the Steel City. An incredible feat to say the least!



#4: Pittsburgh isn’t afraid to pull out the stops

Remember in the Super Bowl six years ago, Antwaan Randle El threw a pass to Hines Ward that resulted in the TD that essentially knocked off the Seattle Seahawks once and for all in that game. The Steelers have all sorts of players that can do multiple things on the field, and you can bet that with two weeks to prepare, Head Coach Mike Tomlin is going to be ready to pull every trick out of his bag.



#3: Rashard Mendenhall is a horse

This is a player that has already carried the ball 371 times in his career, and he is going to be called upon early and often in this one. Mendenhall had great success, rushing for 122 yards against a much better New York Jets rush defense than the one that he is going to be facing in two Sundays, but just knowing that Mendenhall can carry the rock 30 times in a game has to be a great feeling for Big Ben and company.




Steelers vs. Packers 2011 Super Bowl Betting:

- Packers vs. Steelers Point Spread: Packers -3 points

- Packers vs. Steelers Over-Under: 45 points

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#2: Green Bay’s offense doesn’t know what is about to hit it

If Aaron Rodgers and company thought that it was difficult to go up against the Chicago Bears, they should think again. The Steelers are going to be coming at Rodgers with blitzes from all over the place, and Rodgers is going to need to avoid all of the rushes and make plays down the field against a swarming secondary to beat the Super Bowl betting lines.



#1: Big Ben refuses to lose

We’ve seen this time and time again. Regardless of the situation, Roethlisberger just keeps coming up with the play that he needs to make to win games. When it came down to the nitty-gritty against the Jets last week in the AFC Championship Game, the Big Ben completed the pass on 3rd and long to eliminate New York. The week before, he completed the long pass on 3rd and 19 to beat the Baltimore Ravens. Roethlisberger is a gamer, and though his stats aren’t always pretty, he always gets the job done when called upon.






Super Bowl Betting Trends Past 10 Years

The 2011 Super Bowl is now set, as it will be the sixth seed from the NFC, the Green Bay Packers, taking on the second seed from the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers are the favorites at -2½, with the total set at 44½.



Wild Card Teams Win Super Bowls

We have analyzed the last 10 Super Bowls beginning with the Baltimore Ravens facing the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV following the 2000 season, and the Packers are now the fourth wild card in 11 years to reach the Super Bowl. They should be encouraged by the fact that the first three wild cards all won outright!

Then again, two of those wild cards were actually favorites, just as the Packers are this year. Those would be the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, as they beat the Giants 34-7 as three-point favorites and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006, as they beat the Seahawks 21-10 as 4½ point favorites. The other wild card winner was the New York Giants in 2008, as they shocked the world by beating the then 18-0 New England Patriots 17-14.



AFC Wins But NFC Covers

Beginning with that Baltimore win in 2001, the AFC is now 7-3 straight up over the last 10 years. However, it is the NFC that has gone 6-4 against the spread during this time, as the AFC representatives won without covering.

The Patriots did this twice, beating Carolina only 32-29 as seven-point favorites in 2004, and then again winning by just three points as seven-point favorites while beating the Eagles 24-21 the following year. The other non-covering AFC winner was the Steelers, as they rallied late to nip Arizona 27-23 as seven-point chalk in 2009.

Interestingly, only one NFC team has been favored over the last 10 years, and that blew up badly when the “Showtime” St. Louis Rams lost outright 20-17 as 14-point favorites vs. the Patriots in 2002. In fact, the underdogs are now 7-3 ATS the last 10 years with four of them winning outright (2002 Patriots, 2003 Buccaneers, 2008 Giants, 2010 Saints), but the NFC being favored this year may change that dynamic.








“Under” Bettors Cash In

As for totals, the ‘under’ has gone 6-4 the last 10 years, with an average combined score in those Super Bowls of 45.9 points. There has been a stronger trend toward the ‘under’ more recently, as it is 5-1 the last six years, but most of those were vs. lower posted totals and four of those six games exceeded the 44½-point total posted in this year’s game.

But enough with full game ATS, total and straight up winners, the real gold mine in Super Bowl betting the last 10 years has been in playing the ‘under’ in the first half and the first quarter!

The ‘under’ is now 7-3 in the first half the L/10 years, with the most recent ‘over’ being by just half a point in 2009 when the Steelers and Cardinals scored 24 points in the first half with the total going off the board at 23½.

Most incredibly though, the ‘under’ is 8-1-1 in the first quarter since 2001, with the only ‘over’ coming when the Colts and Bears combined for 20 points in Super Bowl XLI.



Some Crazy Super Bowl Prop Bets Offered By Oddsmaker


Oddsmaker.com continues the annual trend of offering Super Bowl bettors some crazy Super Bowl prop bets that will be sure to peak their interest before and during the Steelers vs. Packers 2011 Super Bowl matchup.


Want to bet on which team President Obama mentions first during his pre-game interview with Bill O’Reilly? Check out #3 below.


Will a live ball hit the the huge scoreboard in Dallas Cowboys stadium? Will an animal be on the field during the halftime show? Check out the prop bets below:



1. Super Bowl XLV Coin Toss: Will Person To Call Toss Get It Right
 
- Yes -110
- No -110




2. Super Bowl XLV Coin Toss: Team To Win The Coin Toss

- Pittsburgh -110
- Green Bay -110




3. Team President Obama Mentions First on Fox Broadcast (Bet Starts at 5pm Eastern) ($100 Max Bet)
 
- Steelers -160
- Packers +130




4. 1st To Be Interviewed On Fox Broadcast (Bet Starts at 6PM Eastern ($100 Max Bet)

- Ex Steeler -115
- Ex Packer -115




5. Will Any Live Ball Hit The Scoreboard During The Game?( $50 Max Bet)

- Yes +800
- No -1,500




6. Will Any Live Animal Appear on Field During Half Time Show (Human Beings Don’t Count)

- Yes +600
- No -1,000




7. First Head Coach To Be Shown After Kick Off on Fox Broadcast ($500Max Bet)

- Mike Tomlin (Steelers) -105
- Mike McCarthy (Packers) -105




8. Steelers vs Packers: LONGEST Touchdown Play Of The Game

- Over 46.5 Yards -115
- Under 46.5 Yards -115




9. Steelers vs Packers: Team to Score 1st

- Steelers -110
- Packers -120




10. Steelers vs Packers: Will ANY Punt Result in a Touchback?

- Yes -150
- No +120




11. Steelers vs Packers: Team To Commit 1st ACCEPTED Penalty

- Steelers -115
- Packers -115




12. Steelers vs Packers: Highest Scoring Half

- 1st Half -120
- 2nd Half -110




13. Ben Roethlisberger 1st Pass Will Be:

- Complete -250
- Incomplete or Intercepted +200




14. Aaron Rodgers 1st Pass Will Be:

- Complete -300
- Incomplete or Intercepted +230




15. Yardage of Rashard Menenhall 1st Rush Attempt

- Over 3 Yards -115
- Under 3 Yards -115




16. Yardage of Brandon Jackson 1st Rush Attempt

- Over 4.5 Yards +130
- Under 4.5 Yards -160




17. Yardage of Hines Ward 1st Pass Reception

- Over 7.5 Yards -140
- Under 7.5 Yards +110




18. Yardage of Heath Miller 1st Pass Reception

- Over 14.5 Yards +120
- Under 14.5 Yards -150




19. Yardage of Greg Jennings 1st Pass Reception

- Over 12.5 Yards -115
- Under 12.5 Yards -115




20. Yardage of Donald Driver 1st Pass Reception

- Over 7.5 Yards -150
- Under 7.5 Yards +120




21. Steelers vs Packers: Team With 1st Defensive QB Sack

- Steelers -110
- Packers -120




22. Steelers vs Packers: Jersey Number of Player To Score Games 1st Touchdown ( Odd vs Even )

- Odd Number Jersey -115
- Even Number Jersey -115




23. Steelers vs Packers: 1st OFFICIAL Play From Line of Scrimmage Will Be

- Run Play -125
- Pass Play or Sack -105




24. Steelers vs Packers: Last Play of Game Will Be: QB Rush vs Any Other Play (QB Takes a Knee is a Rush)

- QB Rush -170
- Any Other Play +140




25. Steelers vs Packers: Will BOTH Teams Make a Field Goal From 37 Yards or Longer?
 
- Yes +270
- No -350




26. Steelers vs Packers: SHORTEST Touchdown Play of the Game

- Over 1.5 Yards +130
- Under 1.5 Yards -160




27. Steelers vs Packers: Will EITHER Team Have a Successful 4th Down Conversion? (No Attempt is NO)
 
- Yes -180
- No +150




28. Steelers vs Packers: Will a Touchdown Be Scored By Special Teams or Defense?

- Yes +160
- No -200




Packers-Steelers Super Bowl Line, Picks, Predictions, TV Kick Off Time

- Steelers vs. Packers 2011 Super Bowl Game Date: Sunday February 6th, 2011

- Steelers vs. Packers 2011 Super Bowl Kickoff Time: 6:25pm (EST)

- Steelers vs. Packers 2011 Super Bowl TV Network: FOX

- Steelers vs. Packers 2011 Super Bowl Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

- Steelers vs. Packers Super Bowl Point Spread: Green Bay Packers -3 points

- Steelers vs. Packers Super Bowl Over-Under Odds: 46 points

- Steelers vs. Packers Super Bowl Spread Expert Picks: CLICK HERE

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2011 Oscars Odds & Academy Award Predictions

Hollywood’s biggest night is just around the corner. The 83rd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 27th. With the official nominations about to be announced, the hype for the event will soon shift into full gear.


Here’s a look at how some of the major categories stack up from a wagering perspective:



Best Picture

The Social Network is a strong choice to win in this category at odds of -600. With a fall release, the film is fresh in the minds of voters. The movie has performed well at the box office with a gross of over $90 million. The Social Network has already won the best drama picture honors at the Golden Globes.

The King’s Speech (+200) is the only other picture with a viable shot in this category. This film has generated plenty of strong reviews behind the performance of star Colin Firth.

At +1800, True Grit is the distant third option in this category. While this movie has fared better at the box office than either The Social Network or The King’s Speech, the film’s status as a remake could hurt in the voting. In the end, the favorite should prevail in this category.



Best Director

The Best Director category is likely to mirror the outcome for Best Picture. Social Network director David Fincher is an overwhelming -1500 favorite in this category. He is set to receive his second Oscar nomination in the last three years. In 2009, Fincher was nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button but did not win the Academy Award.

Tom Hooper (+800) is set to receive his first Oscar nod for the King’s Speech. Once again, the favorite should win in this category.



Best Actor

It seems to be a foregone conclusion that Colin Firth will capture the honors in this category. He is a huge favorite at -2200 to win the gold statue. Firth is set to receive consecutive Best Actor nominees. Last year, he was nominated for a A Single Man but did not win.

For 127 Hours, James Franco (+1000) is the next option behind Firth. He is hoping to receive his first Oscar nomination this year. Franco will co-host the Oscars ceremony with actress Anne Hathaway. In a runaway, Firth comes out on top.



Best Actress

This is another category with a strong favorite. For The Black Swan, Natalie Portman is a -900 choice to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her only previous Oscar nomination came in 2005. In that year, she earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Closer.

There could be some sentiment for Annette Bening (+400) to finally take home an Oscar. She is expected to garner a nod for her performance in The Kids Are All Right. Bening has received three prior Academy Award nominations without a victory. Her most recent nomination came in 2005 for Being Julia. With the help of a film that has gained more attention, Portman should be the winner here.



Odds to win FHM Sexiest Woman 2011

Since 1995, FHM magazine has counted down the 100 sexiest women in the world. The rankings have been based on public voting through FHM’s website. Each year, the winner of the voting is honored as FHM’s sexiest woman in the world.


While actresses have won the top honor more often than not, past winners have included a supermodel (Claudia Schiffer) and an athlete (Anna Kournikova).


Here’s a look at some of the top contenders to win the title in 2011 at BetEd.com:

Katy Perry (+200)

The 26-year-old American has been generating plenty of attention in the last couple of years. Perry is certainly one of the top names in music right now. However, Perry’s recent marriage to Russell Brand may lessen some of her sex appeal among the voters.







Cheryl Cole (+300)

The English singer is trying to become the first woman to win the sexiest title three straight times. Jennifer Lopez won consecutive sexiest crowns in 2000-01. The 27-year-old is now single after a marriage to English soccer player Ashley Cole from 2006-10.







Rihanna (+300)

In the last five years, Rihanna has been one of the world’s top musical performers. The 22-year-old Barbadian was thrust into the tabloids in 2009 after then-boyfriend Chris Brown assaulted her. Most recently, she dated Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Rihanna is adding another dimension to her career. She is set to make her film debut in Battleship. The big-budget flick is scheduled for a 2012 release.





Nicole Scherzinger (+400)

Scherzinger has been in the spotlight as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls. The 32-year-old American added to her profile by winning Dancing with the Stars last year. In each of the last five years, Scherzinger has been in the FHM top 100 list. Her highest ranking was 22nd in 2007.







Megan Fox (+900)

The 24-year-old American actress won the 2008 sexiest title. She has generated plenty of hype in the last few years. Her breakout movie role was in Transformers in 2007. Fox has been a little controversial for some of her blunt comments about sex and sexuality. She also starred in the Transformers sequel but was dropped from the third installment of the film series. Neither of her last two films (Jennifer’s Body and Jonah Hex) performed well at the box office. In addition to her film work, Fox has appeared in some sexy ads for Armani underwear. Last year’s marriage to actor Brian Austin Green may lessen her appeal to voters.





Frankie Sandford (+1000)

While Sandford isn’t too well known in the United States, she has generated a lot of interest in Europe. The 22-year-old English singer has been performing since she was a teenager. She could follow Cole’s lead in this year’s voting. Since FHM is based in the United Kingdom, European celebrities can do quite well in the voting.







Una Healy (+1200)

The 29-year-old Irish singer is another performer that isn’t a household name in America. Still, she ranked 19th in the 2010 FHM top 100 list.










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