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College Football Championship Odds

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College Football National Title Odds from SPORTSBOOK.AG
(updated 11/18/14)

Alabama 5/2
Oregon 4/1
Florida State6/1
Ohio State 6/1
TCU 7/1
Baylor 8/1
Mississippi State 8/1
Georgia 25/1
Ole Miss33/1
UCLA 50/1


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The 2014-15 college football betting season is closer than you think, and this season is like none other, knowing that there is a playoff pitting the four best teams in America against each other. Will it make a difference in deciding the National Champions? We’ll check in with some of the best teams in the land this year and analyze their chances of winning the whole enchilada. Finally, we can say “see ya” to the BCS system.

Florida State Seminoles (9/2): You really have no choice but to start your discussion for the National Championship with the garnet and gold. The Seminoles legitimately have one of the best teams in the land again, and the schedule is going to set up once again in such a way that there won’t be a game in which FSU isn’t favored in.

That said, even with the defending Heisman Trophy winner returning under center in Jameis Winston, it’s going to be really, really tough to go wire-to-wire and win a second straight title. Head Coach Jimbo Fisher has a defense with a number of holes that need to be replaced. Remember that the Noles could have three men drafted in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft.

Alabama Crimson Tide (6/1): There really isn’t a tremendous knock on the Tide once again this year, and we have to think that they will get luckier this season going against an Auburn team which they probably should have beaten in the Iron Bowl this past season. Jacob Coker comes in from FSU, and he could legitimately be as good as the departing AJ McCarron.

The SEC, believe it or not, could be down this year, and if that really is the case, the Tide could once again roll towards a perfect season. Even going 11-1 should be good enough to get Alabama into the playoff.

Baylor Bears (28/1): It isn’t all that likely that Baylor is going to end up going undefeated deep into the season once again this year, but we will say this: Head Coach Art Briles can flat out coach, and Bryce Petty isn’t afraid to chuck the ball all over the field.

There isn’t another team in the Big XII which scares us this year, and this could be the first time since the departure of Robert Griffin III that Baylor is legitimately one of the best teams in the nation once again.


Heisman Odds 2014: Marcus Mariota Now Heavily Favored

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Odds To Win The Heisman Trophy 2014:

(updated 11/17/14)

Marcus Mariota (Oregon) -700
Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) +250
JT Barrett (Ohio St) +1500
Trevone Boykin (TCU) +3500
Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) +4000
Amari Cooper (Alabama) +5000
Jameis Winston (Florida St) +5000


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PAST HEISMAN TROPHY WINNERS

YEAR
WINNER
SCHOOL
POSITION
2013
Jameis Winston
Florida State
QB
2012
Johnny Manziel
Texas A&M
QB
2011
Robert Griffin III
Baylor
QB
2010
Cameron Newton
Auburn
QB
2009
Mark Ingram
Alabama
RB
2008
Sam Bradford
Oklahoma
QB
2007
Tim Tebow
Florida
QB
2006
Troy Smith
Ohio State
QB
2005
Reggie Bush
Southern California
RB
2004
Matt Leinart
Southern California
QB
2003
Jason White
Oklahoma
QB
2002
Carson Palmer
Southern California
QB
2001
Eric Crouch
Nebraska
QB
2000
Chris Weinke
Florida State
QB
1999
Ron Dayne
Wisconsin
RB
1998
Ricky Williams
Texas
RB
1997
Charles Woodson
Michigan
DB/WR
1996
Danny Wuerffel
Florida
QB
1995
Eddie George
Ohio State
RB
1994
Rashaan Salaam
Colorado
RB
1993
Charlie Ward
Florida State
QB
1992
Gino Torretta
Miami
QB
1991
Desmond Howard
Michigan
WR
1990
Ty Detmer
Brigham Young
QB
1989
Andre Ware
Houston
QB
1988
Barry Sanders
Oklahoma State
RB
1987
Tim Brown
Notre Dame
WR
1986
Vinny Testaverde
Miami
QB
1985
Bo Jackson
Auburn
RB
1984
Doug Flutie
Boston College
QB
1983
Mike Rozier
Nebraska
RB
1982
Herschel Walker
Georgia
RB
1981
Marcus Allen
Southern California
RB
1980
George Rogers
South Carolina
RB
1979
Charles White
Southern California
RB
1978
Billy Sims
Oklahoma
RB
1977
Earl Campbell
Texas
RB
1976
Tony Dorsett
Pittsburgh
RB
1975
Archie Griffin
Ohio State
RB
1974
Archie Griffin
Ohio State
RB
1973
John Cappelletti
Penn State
RB
1972
Johnny Rodgers
Nebraska
WR
1971
Pat Sullivan
Auburn
QB
1970
Jim Plunkett
Stanford
QB
1969
Steve Owens
Oklahoma
HB
1968
O.J. Simpson
Southern California
HB
1967
Gary Beban
UCLA
QB
1966
Steve Spurrier
Florida
QB
1965
Mike Garrett
Southern California
HB
1964
John Huarte
Notre Dame
QB
1963
Roger Staubach
Navy
QB
1962
Terry Baker
Oregon State
QB
1961
Ernie Davis
Syracuse
HB
1960
Joe Bellino
Navy
HB
1959
Billy Cannon
LSU
HB
1958
Pete Dawkins
Army
HB
1957
John David Crow
Texas A&M
HB
1956
Paul Hornung
Notre Dame
QB
1955
Howard Cassady
Ohio State
HB
1954
Alan Ameche
Wisconsin
FB
1953
Johnny Lattner
Notre Dame
HB
1952
Billy Vessels
Oklahoma
HB
1951
Dick Kazmaier
Princeton
HB
1950
Vic Janowicz
Ohio State
HB
1949
Leon Hart
Notre Dame
E
1948
Doak Walker
Southern Methodist
HB
1947
Johnny Lujack
Notre Dame
QB
1946
Glenn Davis
Army
HB
1945
Doc Blanchard
Army
FB
1944
Les Horvath
Ohio State
QB/HB
1943
Angelo Bertelli
Notre Dame
QB
1942
Frank Sinkwich
Georgia
HB
1941
Bruce Smith
Minnesota
HB
1940
Tom Harmon
Michigan
HB
1939
Nile Kinnick
Iowa
HB
1938
Davey O’Brien
Texas Christian
QB
1937
Clint Frank
Yale
HB
1936
Larry Kelley
Yale
E
1935
Jay Berwanger
Chicago
HB











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We are always ready to take a look at some of the college football futures betting lines. Today, we’re looking at the early Heisman Trophy odds, as we look to see if Jameis Winston can defend his crown, or whether someone else will crop up and steal the honor from him.

Jameis Winston (5/2): What must be noted here about Winston is that there is a lot of baggage here. Remember that no one aside from Archie Griffin has won the Heisman twice in his collegiate career, and as we have seen with so many athletes with off the field issues, the Heisman Trust isn’t going to want to vote for someone who has all sorts of legal problems as Winston may have. The frosh though, was so darn good last year that there really wasn’t much of a choice.

He’s the best player on what is going to open up as the No. 1 team in the country, and just from that standpoint, there is no doubt that Winston needs to be the favorite. It will however be extremely tough to ultimately repeat as the Heisman winner.

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Marcus Mariota (5/1): The pivot for the Ducks has elected to come back to school, and that was probably a wise choice considering the plethora of quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft. Whether it ultimately helps him become a Heisman Trophy winner this year is still up in the air. The bottom line for Mariota is that Oregon has to win. We know that he is going to come up with all sorts of awesome stats. Last year, he had 31 TDs against four picks, threw for 3,665 yards, and ran for 715 more.

If those are the numbers he puts up this year, Mariota will be in the Big Apple as a Heisman Trophy favorite. The reason he didn’t win the honor last year? Losses to Stanford and Arizona. No matter how good these numbers are, Mariota flat out needs to win if he wants to win the Heisman.

Jacob Coker (OTB): Now here’s an intriguing possibility. Coker was the backup to Winston last year at Florida State before transferring to Alabama. Most figure that he can step right in and be the starter for the Tide, and if that’s the case, why wouldn’t you want to consider him as a Heisman Trophy player? Remember that Winston’s name was nowhere on the board for the first few weeks of last season, but as soon as he hit, he became a popular bet to take home the hardware. Coker is an experienced quarterback who is going to step in and run Nick Saban’s system.

If he can live up to the billing as a legit NFL talent as his former coach, Jimbo Fisher touted him to be, Coker might be able to step in and make a real run at the Heisman Trophy. There’s no doubt that this team is going to win. The question is whether Coker can put up the stats. We think that he can. Keep a close eye on him going forward into the fall.

College Football Upset Picks: KSU over TCU? LSU over Bama?

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We’re are moving into the final stretch of the season in college football betting action. Join us for our teams that are on upset alert for Week 11 College Football Picks of the campaign.

UPSET #1: Kentucky (+315 ML) vs. Georgia

The Wildcats have been out of this world this year at home, and that includes pulling off a relatively similar upset of the South Carolina Gamecocks. QB Patrick Towles is evolving into a fantastic quarterback, and though he has some ups and some downs, his ceiling is incredibly high. Georgia won’t have RB Todd Gurley once again in this game, and though RB Nick Chubb is a good back in his own right, he isn’t nearly as explosive. On top of that, QB Hutson Mason is a man we have no confidence in whatsoever. He had no command of this offense last week against the Florida Gators, and he could find himself in a lot worse spot this week on the road against the Kentucky.

This is a typical sandwich game between the rivalry against the Gators and next week’s game against the Auburn Tigers. This might be the biggest game of the year for Head Coach Mark Stoops and the gang, and it will surely show.


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UPSET #2: Kansas State (+190 ML) @ TCU 

Doesn’t it just feel like the Horned Frogs are going to end up punting one of these games at some point? They have been living dangerously, and though they did get clipped by the Baylor Bears, this could be another deadly game, too. Kansas State, remember, only has one loss this year, and that was a game against the Auburn Tigers that very well could have been won.

QB Trevone Boykin was held down last week by the West Virginia Mountaineers, and for our money, this is a much tougher test. Head Coach Bill Snyder and the gang always are able to go on the road and win games like these, and we definitely see this one as a potential upset.


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UPSET #3: LSU (+210 ML) vs. Alabama

The SEC West has been wild this year, and almost exclusively, home teams have been winning games like these. LSU has been one of the most improved teams in the nation over the course of the last month or so, and it’s the defensive side of the ball where Head Coach Les Miles is seeing the most improvement. For our money, the Crimson Tide have managed to prove absolutely nothing on the road this year. They should have been beaten by the Arkansas Razorbacks, and they were taken down by the Ole Miss Rebels.

QB Blake Sims just isn’t as strong as some of these previous Alabama quarterbacks, and this will be another day when he and the Tide take a step in the wrong direction. Alabama’s National Championship hopes could be dashed in the Bayou on Saturday night.




Oklahoma vs. Tennessee Line, Spread Picks & Score Prediction

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The Oklahoma Sooners are very likely to be double-digit favorites every step of the way this year on the college football betting lines, and their path to the first college football playoff should be relatively clear. In spite of the fact that this game against the Tennessee Volunteers is another in which the Sooners are double-digit favorites, there are definitely some concerns that perhaps an upset could be in the cards.


OKLAHOMA – TENNESSEE WEEK 3 BETTING LINE 2014:


OPEN: OKLAHOMA -20 | CURRENT: OKLAHOMA -20.5 | O/U: 56.5



1. Why TENNESSEE will cover the spread: It really seems to happen to Oklahoma a lot. The Sooners have had several seasons wrecked at home. In 2012, they were beaten by Notre Dame and Kansas State. In 2011, it was Texas Tech. In 2009, it was BYU. Could 2014 by the year of the Vols? We know that QB Justin Worley is playing with a lot of confidence right now, and there is a lot of talent on this defense as well.

The key for our money though, is the trick play. Head Coach Butch Jones has already pulled a ton of tricks out of his bag early in the year, and he is going to have to do more of that against the Sooners to pull off this upset. The talent is here for this team, but Tennessee remains a raw unit.


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2. Why OKLAHOMA will cover the spread: Talent means a whole heck of a lot. The Volunteers might be off to a 2-0 start this year, but they haven’t played against a team with the physicality of the Sooners. Oklahoma has dominated and overwhelmed its first two foes this year with its strong offensive line, and that could be how this one plays out as well.

Three backs are already over 100 yards in just two games for the Sooners, and the team has nine rushing TDs already as well. If the Sooners rush for 200-250 yards in this one, it’ll be all over but the crying for the Vols.


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3. Total Talk: Four straight Tennessee games have failed to reach the ‘total’, but the ‘over’ is 7-3 in UT’s last 10 road games. Games have come relatively close this year for the Volunteers, and it has been their defense that has kept games ‘under’ the number, not the offense. The Sooners have had games flying past the ‘total’ of late. They are 5-0-1 for ‘over’ backers in their last six, and they are 5-2 for the ‘over’ in their last seven games following an SU win of at least 20 points.

4. Betting Trends OKL/TENN: There isn’t a lot to support backing either of these teams in this game. The Volunteers are just 2-7 ATS in their last nine out of conference, and every time they run up against a team like this outside of the SEC, they seem to get flattened. Oklahoma though, is just 1-5 ATS in its last six against the SEC.



OKLAHOMA – TENNESSEE WEEK 3 PREDICTION:

Oklahoma 34 – Tennessee 24





3 College Football Upset Picks For Week 2

Last week we nailed down 2 HUGE +300 moneyline dogs to kick off the season! Three teams have caught our eye on the early Week 2 college football betting lines who might be poised to pick up big time upsets. Join us today as we break down those ugly dogs that could end up providing big time paydays for you.
 

UPSET #1: USC Trojans (+135 @ Stanford Cardinal) – We really wish that the Trojans were bigger dogs in this game, but either way, we have a lot of confidence that they can get the job done on the road down on “The Farm.” USC blew out Fresno State last week, and though Stanford also disposed of UC-Davis, we just love the look that Head Coach Steve Sarkisian has provided to the Men of Troy.

QB Cody Kessler looks like he could ultimately be the real deal, and his defense behind him could be one of the best in the Pac-12. For the past few years, we have been hearing about how the Trojans are done now that they have gotten their NCAA sanctions from the Reggie Bush fiasco. Just as Stanford got on the map by winning a game at USC, USC might ultimately put themselves back on the map by turning around and upsetting Stanford in Palo Alto.


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UPSET #2: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (+220 @ Illinois Fighting Illini)  – Every year, we see Big Ten teams struggle against MAC and Conference USA squads, and this could be no exception. One of the games that flew under the radar last week was the Western Kentucky/Bowling Green duel. The Hilltoppers put up 59 points in that game against a very good Bowling Green side to pull off a mild upset. For our money, the Illini aren’t nearly as good as Bowling Green is, and the offense behind QB Brandon Doughty isn’t going to have to be anywhere near as good this week as it was last week to win.

This could be the biggest day in the history of the Western Kentucky football program, as this team is well on its way to becoming one of the better teams in mid-major football.


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UPSET #3: BYU Cougars (+145 @ Texas Longhorns) – The Longhorns are going to be better this year under Head Coach Charlie Strong than they were under Mack Brown in all likelihood, but we still don’t know if they can stop the run. Remember that UT gave up over 500 yards on the ground to the Cougars last year, and QB Taysom Hill and RB Jamaal Williams ran wild against it. Williams was suspended for the opening game of the season, but he is back, and he and Hill should once again have a field day.

Playing in Austin isn’t quite like playing in Provo, but the Cougs, for our money, still have a team capable of winning this game and perhaps winning it handily. We are a bit surprised that BYU is a dog of this magnitude in a game which means a ton to both of squads.




Oregon vs. Michigan State Line, Spread Picks & Score Prediction 2014

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The Michigan State Spartans spent the end of last season clamoring that they should have had their shot to play against the Florida State Seminoles for the National Championship. They could make it to the college football playoff this year by running the table, but their biggest hurdle is going to come early in the season in Week 2 when they have to travel to Autzen Stadium to take on the Oregon Ducks, who are also favorites to win it all this year.



MICHIGAN STATE – OREGON WEEK 2 BETTING LINE 2014:


OPEN: OREGON -11.5 | CURRENT: OREGON -12 | O/U: 56



1. Why OREGON will cover the spread: The Ducks will cover the spread if they play like the Ducks we have come to know and love. They can run up and down the field with ease, and games like this are what QB Marcus Mariota came back to school for. Mariota though, didn’t end last season on a high note.

Remember that Oregon finished out the regular season going 2-2 SU and 0-4 ATS in its last four games, and when the Ducks ran into the strong defenses of Texas and Stanford, the team scored just a total of 50 points in the two games combined. The offense can do better than that, but will it? That’s the difference between a cover and what could be an outright upset.


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2. Why MICHIGAN STATE will cover the spread: Thirteen starters are back from last season’s team which won the Rose Bowl over Stanford, and these men are hungry to prove that last season wasn’t a fluke whatsoever. QB Connor Cook has now been here and done this, and he is going to be counted upon to play a fantastic game against an Oregon team which will surely score some points.

Remember that Cook is 13-1 as a starter in his career. LB Taiwan Jones and DE Shilique Calhoun legitimately could be leading one of the best five defenses in America, and this could be the toughest task that Oregon’s offense has to face all season long.


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3. Total Talk: The Ducks traditionally have totals in the 60s or higher, and in fact, this is going to be the lowest ‘total’ in an Oregon game in three full years. Michigan State has pushed three straight games past the ‘total’ dating back to last year, and it has proven time and time again that it could end up doing just enough offensively to push games past the number.

4. Betting Trends MSU/OREGON: The Spartans are out to prove that they belong, and they did go 2-0 SU and ATS last year against teams ranked in the Top 10 in the country. However, both of those games came in neutral venues. The Ducks have had a great history going against power conference teams outside of the Pac-12. They’re a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS dating back to the 2012 Rose Bowl when they beat the Wisconsin Badgers 45-38, but this is as tough of a test as they will face early in a season since getting beaten by the LSU Tigers to start off that 2011 campaign.


MICHIGAN STATE – OREGON WEEK 2 PREDICTION:

Michigan State 28 – Oregon 26





Notre Dame vs. Michigan Odds, Spread Picks, Score Prediction Week 2

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan Wolverines both have to think that this is a year where they can contend for a spot in the college football playoff, and each made their case in Week 1 to be big time players for that honor. However, both are going to be facing much stiffer competition this week, and this is where the rubber will meet the road for the two clubs in a rare night game at Notre Dame, where the Irish are currently 5 point favorites.



NOTRE DAME – MICHIGAN WEEK 2 BETTING LINE 2014:


OPEN: NOTRE DAME -5.5 | CURRENT: NOTRE DAME -3.5 | O/U: 56.5



1. Why Notre Dame will cover the spread: QB Everett Golson looks really darn sharp. Granted, it was a game against Rice, but Golson threw for 295 yards and two TDs, and he rushed for three scores as well. If there was any fear of him having rust after a year away from the game, that fear has since been squashed. Golson is the real deal, and he has a strong team around him as well.

The Golden Domers don’t have that one receiver or that one back that can prove to give the Wolverines fits, but they do have a number of different players who can light it up. Heck, WR CJ Prosise only had one catch against Rice, but it went for 53 yards and a TD. Golson will use all of his weapons, and that will spread this Michigan defense all game long.


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2. Why Michigan will cover the spread: Save for the year that the Fighting Irish ran the table in the regular season and were a touched team, Michigan has had its way in this series. QB Devin Gardner has had some great games against Notre Dame, and he has a tremendous offensive line in front of him as well. Gardner went 13-of-14 against Appalachian State last week, and he was really never harassed by a Mountaineer defender.

TE Devin Funchess causes matchup nightmares all over the field, and we would be surprised if he didn’t find holes in this edition of the Notre Dame defense. Keep an eye on both RB Derrick Green and RB De’Veon Smith. These two could be the next big thing for the Wolverines, who are much faster and stronger than they were in years past.


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3. Total Talk: With all of the talk of how good these two offenses are, you’d figure that this is going to be a high scoring game. Indeed, the betting trends suggest just that. Five of the last seven these two have played at Notre Dame Stadium have gone past the ‘total’, and we have seen some wild endings to games in this rivalry that have produced tons of scores in the closing moments as well. Do keep in mind though, that Notre Dame has played six of its last eight games ‘under’ the closing number.

4. Betting Trends for the game: Notre Dame is 6-3 ATS in its last nine games overall, but it didn’t have a great season from a betting standpoint when Golson was the quarterback two seasons ago. The Wolverines are 5-2 ATS in the last seven in this series, and they could be poised for a big upset on the road.


MICHIGAN – NOTRE DAME WEEK 2 PREDICTION:

Michigan 33 – Notre Dame 28





Florida State vs. Oklahoma State Spread Picks & Score Prediction Week 1

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The 2014 season kicks off for the defending National Champions in Arlington, where the Florida State Seminoles will square off with a really quality foe in the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

FSU, a team which was dominating for bettors last season on the college football betting lines, is -17.5 to start the season, while the ‘total’ chimes in at 63.


FLORIDA STATE – OKLAHOMA STATE WEEK 1 ODDS:

OPEN: FSU -14 | CURRENT: FSU -17.5 | O/U: 63




1. Why FSU will cover the spread: Why wouldn’t Florida State cover the spread? The Seminoles went 11-3 ATS in their perfect 14-0 season, and if you take out a bad half of football against Auburn in the National Championship Game, there aren’t many halves that the team didn’t cover as well. The Seminoles have one of the better offenses in the nation, one which is led by Heisman Trophy holder QB Jameis Winston.

The Noles are going to score their 30+ in this one, and it wouldn’t be shocking if they get into the 40s or the 50s by the time the evening is said and done with. There are questions on defense, but there were questions on offense coming into last season as well, and we see how that all worked out.


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2. Why OSU will cover the spread: Rule of thumb has to suggest that Florida State is overrated right now for betting purposes. The Noles are the defending champs, and they are coming off of a year where they brutalized literally everyone they came across. However, we have to remember that the Pokes are going to have some advantages here, the biggest of which is a full offseason to prepare for Florida State.

Okie State is also effectively playing at home. The team does only have 11 returning starters, which has to be a bit concerning, but we know that this is a team which is always chock full of talent under Head Coach Mike Gundy. The Cowboys won’t be easy pushovers.


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3. Take the Over or Under?: This is almost a puzzlingly low number for a ‘total’. Oklahoma State averaged 39.1 points per game last season, and its offense should be every bit as good as it was last year. The Seminoles were one of the few teams in the country to average over 300 passing yards and over 200 rushing yards per game. The end result was 51.6 points per game. It probably won’t be that bad for the Cowboys, but it could end up getting ugly. If you think the Cowboys are getting into the 20s, you have to think that this game is going to end up going past the number.

4. Betting Trends for FSU/OSU: There isn’t a lot of history here at all. These two teams only played against each other once, and that was back in 1985 in a bowl game. The Noles won and covered against the Cowboys by taking a 34-23 decision. This one is obviously played under much different circumstances in Week 1.



FLORIDA STATE – OKLAHOMA STATE PREDICTION:

Florida State 51 – Oklahoma State 24






Georgia vs. Clemson Odds, Picks, Score Prediction Week 1

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GEORGIA – CLEMSON 2014 WEEK 1 BETTING LINE:
OPEN: GEORGIA -7  | CURRENT: GEORGIA -7.5 | O/U: 57

The Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers both have high hopes this season of being teams which could ultimately contend for spots in the first ever college football playoff. The loser of this opening game between these two though, probably will already see those goals dashed, as we don’t see either one getting through their conference slate unscathed.

The Bulldogs are 7.5-point chalks on the college football lines at home in this opening game of the season, while the ‘total’ chimes in at 57.5.

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1. Why Georgia will cover the spread: Clemson just isn’t nearly as talented of a team as it has been the last few seasons. QB Cole Stoudt could end up being a stud of a quarterback, but he isn’t QB Tajh Boyd, and he doesn’t have any receivers like WR DeAndre Hopkins or WR Sammy Watkins, both of which are now expected to be top-notch receivers in the NFL.

The Bulldogs are returning nine starters from a defense which was torched by the Tigers last season in Death Valley, and you can bet that Head Coach Mark Richt is reminding these guys of the 38-35 beating which they took last year that sent them on a bit of a tailspin before the meat and potatoes of the campaign even started.

2. Why Clemson will cover the spread: Stoudt is being billed as the next big thing at Clemson, and Head Coach Dabo Swinney has a knack of bringing in recruiting classes which can be high impact right away. That’s something that the Tigers need, as they have just 11 starters back from last year’s club, four of which are on the offensive side of the ball.

If the Tigers are going to win this one, they’re going to need to do so long their defensive line, where all four of their starters return, including DE Vic Beasley, who is one of the most feared pass rushers in the land.

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3. Total Talk: Last season, these two teams opened up with a ‘total’ of 70.5 in Week 1, and not shockingly with a pair of senior quarterbacks and heavy senior-laden offensive units, the game did eke past the number with 73 points. However, this is a much different situation that we are talking about now. There are 16 total starters out of 22 between these two teams on the defensive side of the ball, and that could really end up posing a big problem for two offenses which are breaking in entirely new units, more or less.

4. Betting Trends for the game: There actually is a bunch of history between these two teams, though the only recent game of note was the 38-35 win last year for the Tigers at Memorial Stadium. Georgia had covered four of the previous five duels of these two, but those games date all the way back to 1991. The ‘over’ and the ‘under’ have been relatively split at 3-3 in the last six meetings.

 

GEORGIA – CLEMSON WEEK 1 PREDICTION:

Georgia 27 – Clemson 21

College Football Upset Alerts For Week 1 2014

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Early in the season is the best time to get on the bandwagon of some of the big underdogs on the board on the college football betting lines. Check out some live dogs for Week 1 that could bark their way to the bank for you and cash some big moneyline underdog tickets.

1. California Golden Bears (+315) @ Northwestern Wildcats – The Wildcats got some really bad news a couple weeks back when they lost RB Venric Mark, who is transferring from the school. Already without their top wide receiver recruit for the season, this Northwestern offense all of a sudden looks a little shaky. Remember that the Golden Bears are now in the second year of the Sonny Dykes era, and that should give their offense a real jolt after a full offseason of trying to figure out the pace of this system. There are going to be gobs of points to be had in this game for sure.

If Cal can get to 30 or so, there is a real chance that this could end up being a big time upset. There is every reason in the world to believe that the Pac-12 is the superior of these two conferences represented in this game, and though California is towards the bottom of the Pac-12, this is a very winnable fixture.


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2. Texas A&M Aggies (+315) @ South Carolina Gamecocks – There is a lot being made over the fact that the Aggies just aren’t going to be the same team without QB Johnny Manziel around any longer, but you have to remember that this was a really good team, even without Johnny Football in there. South Carolina did finish fourth in the nation last season, and by all accounts, this could be an 11-win team this year.

However, we’re searching for some value, and we think we have found it. Head Coach Kevin Sumlin really gets his boys up for games like this. This is where we will see whether A&M was really a one-man show for the last two years or not. We doubt that the Aggies were.

3. Miami Hurricanes (+145) @ Louisville Cardinals – There is a real chance here for the Hurricanes to exact some revenge from that brutal defeat they suffered in the Capital One Bowl last season at the hands of the Cards. Miami doesn’t have the best team in America by any stretch of the imagination, but this is a really talented squad that could challenge in the ACC Coastal Division this year.

Louisville only brings back four starters from a defense that put up dominating statistics last season, and of course, both QB Teddy Bridgewater and Head Coach Charlie Strong are gone as well. This is a line that feels like was set only half considering everything at hand. For our money, “The U” is the better of these two teams, and we think this is going to show in the form of a nice victory for the Canes on Labor Day night.






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