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College Football Surprise Teams 2014


Every single season, there are teams that come out of nowhere across the country who turn out to be fantastic. Clubs like the Duke Blue Devils, who made the ACC Championship Game, come to mind from last year. Who will those sleepers be this year that can compete on the college football betting lines? We’ve got them covered today at BetVega.

Florida Gators (+5000 to win National Championship) – Are the Gators really winning the National Championship this year? Probably not. However, this absolutely has to be a better team this season than it was last season. Head Coach Will Muschamp knows that his offense really needs to change, and with a new OC, that looks to be exactly what will happen. The defense was never the problem for UF last season. Injuries were killers, and the talent and creativity wasn’t there offensively. However, when this club is healthy, there are perhaps as many as five legitimate NFL players on the defensive side of the ball, something which cannot be understated.

The SEC schedule is brutal, but the Swamp should be rocking once again in 2014 in spite of the dismal and forgettable 2013 campaign. UF will be back in contention in the SEC East this year.

Michigan Wolverines (+6600 to win National Championship) – If Big Blue can survive its second game of the season against Notre Dame, there is a real possibility to be 7-0 going into the game at Michigan State on October 25th. Head Coach Brady Hoke is another one of these men who has his job on the line this year, but the pieces are in place to turn things around in a hurry.

A good recruiting class parlayed with the fact that QB Devin Gardner could be set to really break out makes this a believable possibility. It’s all about the schedule for the Wolverines though, and it’s paper thin aside from that last game of the year against that team they call “Ohio” in Columbus.

USC Trojans (+4000 to win National Championship) – Here we have another one of these teams which feels weird to refer to as a “sleeper team.” USC has been a traditional power, but ever since the program was railroaded due to the Reggie Bush scandal, the team has been nothing really notable. The schedule is brutal as it always is, but the Pac-12 is a winnable conference this year. QB Cody Kessler probably has a fighting chance now that he has a real coach on his side in Steve Sarkisian, and some stability should really help a program which has been on a de facto roller coaster for the last five or so seasons.

It’s going to be tough replacing all of the talent which is no longer here and is playing in the NFL, but USC historically doesn’t rebuild; it reloads. This is a tough project for Coach Sark, but he did a great job with the Washington Huskies, and we expect an immediate turnaround and at least a nine-win season this year for the Men of Troy.

College Football National Title Odds


Florida State 4/1
Alabama 6/1
Oregon 9/1
Ohio State 12/1
Oklahoma 12/1
Auburn 16/1
Baylor 20/1
Michigan State 20/1
Stanford 20/1
UCLA 20/1
Georgia 25/1
LSU 25/1
South Carolina 25/1
Clemson 33/1
Missouri 33/1
Notre Dame 33/1
Oklahoma State 33/1
Texas 33/1
USC 33/1
Wisconsin 33/1
Michigan 40/1
Arizona State 50/1
Florida 50/1
Iowa 50/1
Louisville 50/1
Miami 50/1
Texas A&M 50/1
Mississippi 66/1
Nebraska 66/1
North Carolina 66/1
Tennessee 66/1
Washington 66/1
Arizona 75/1
Kansas State 75/1
Mississippi State 75/1
Arkansas 100/1
BYU 100/1
Oregon State 100/1
TCU 100/1
UCF 100/1
Virginia Tech 100/1
Boise State 150/1
Boston College 200/1
California 200/1
Cincinnati 200/1
Georgia Tech 200/1
Pittsburgh 200/1
Rutgers 200/1
South Florida 200/1
West Virginia 200/1

Early College Football Point Spreads 2014

I have never been a fan of these early “game of the year” spreads, but oddsmaker Aaron Kessler recently told Bleacher Report the following:

“It’s gone from a little novelty with 25 games to a yearly event,” Kessler said. “It’s easily our signature event at the Nugget.”

The attention and increased coverage of this yearly release has also prompted more action for the sportsbook. No longer an exercise simply for a handful of diehards, fans—experienced gamblers and novices alike—flock to Vegas each year to be a part of the madness.

“We’ve gone up 10 times in handle since our first year,” Kessler said. “And it just keeps getting better.”

With that being said, lets take a peek at some match-ups and see what the oddsmakers maybe thinking as the first college football season with a playoff system approaches.

- Texas A&M +9 vs. S. Carolina (8/28): I am not really surprised at this number and I suspect we will see this inflate a bit. With that being said, A&M will keep this one close on opening night August 28th.
- Arkansas +24 vs. Auburn (8/30): Simply too many points here
- BC +9 vs. Pitt (9/5): Simply insane to give BC this many points at home.
- KSU +13 vs. Auburn (9/18): Another crazy line. KSU can beat anyone at home.
- Oregon -25 vs. Arizona (10/2): Big revenge spot for Oregon.
- Tenn. Vols +4.5 vs. Florida (10/4): Look out for Tennessee this season folks!



Texas A&M Aggies at South Carolina Gamecocks -9
Boise State Broncos vs. Mississippi Rebels -9 (Atlanta)


UNLV Rebels at Arizona Wildcats -23.5
BYU Cougars -16.5 at Connecticut Huskies


Arkansas Razorbacks at Auburn Tigers -24
Colorado State Rams at Colorado Buffaloes -4 (Denver)
Clemson Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs -9
California Golden Bears at Northwestern Wildcats -9.5
UCLA Bruins -21.5 at Virginia Cavaliers
Ohio State Buckeyes -14 at Navy Midshipmen
Penn State Nittany Lions -2.5 at Central Florida Knights (Ireland)
West Virginia Mountaineers at Alabama Crimson Tide -27.5 (Atlanta)
Florida State Seminoles -17 vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Arlington)
LSU Tigers -7 vs. Wisconsin Badgers (Houston)


Miami Hurricanes PICK at Louisville Cardinals


Pittsburgh Panthers -9 at Boston College Eagles


USC Trojans at Stanford Cardinal -3.5
San Diego State Aztecs at North Carolina Tar Heels -21
BYU Cougars at Texas Longhorns -6
Michigan State Spartans at Oregon Ducks -13
Michigan Wolverines at Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3
Virginia Tech Hokies at Ohio State Buckeyes -18
Colorado State Rams at Boise State Broncos -10


Boise State Broncos -10 at Connecticut Huskies
USC Trojans -23 at Boston College Eagles
Tennessee Volunteers at Oklahoma Sooners -19
UCLA Bruins -8 at Texas Longhorns (Arlington)
Louisville Cardinals -7.5 at Virginia Cavaliers
Nebraska Cornhuskers -4 at Fresno State Bulldogs
Iowa State Cyclones at Iowa Hawkeyes -9.5
Georgia Bulldogs at South Carolina Gamecocks -3
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish -21 (Indianapolis)


Auburn Tigers -13 at Kansas State Wildcats


Clemson Tigers at Florida State Seminoles -17
Mississippi State Bulldogs at LSU Tigers -12
San Diego State Aztecs at Oregon State Beavers -13
Virginia Cavaliers at BYU Cougars -17
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Virginia Tech Hokies -7
Oregon Ducks -23 at Washington State Cougars
Oklahoma Sooners -17 at West Virginia Mountaineers
Florida Gators at Alabama Crimson Tide -21
Miami Hurricanes at Nebraska Cornhuskers -3


UCLA Bruins -7 at Arizona State Sun Devils
Texas Tech Red Raiders at Oklahoma State Cowboys -7


Oregon State Beavers at USC Trojans -17
Tennessee Volunteers at Georgia Bulldogs -17
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Michigan Wolverines -12
Florida State Seminoles -30 at North Carolina State Wolfpack
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -5.5 vs. Syracuse Orange (East Rutherford)
Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio State Buckeyes -21
North Carolina Tar Heels at Clemson Tigers -4
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Texas A&M Aggies -11 (Arlington)
TCU Horned Frogs -10 at SMU Mustangs
Missouri Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks -11


Arizona Wildcats at Oregon Ducks -25


Louisville Cardinals -1 at Syracuse Orange
LSU Tigers at Auburn Tigers -6.5
Arizona State Sun Devils at USC Trojans -11
Miami Hurricanes -4 at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Vanderbilt Commodores at Georgia Bulldogs -24
Wisconsin Badgers -7 at Northwestern Wildcats
Alabama Crimson Tide -9 at Mississippi Rebels
Virginia Tech Hokies at North Carolina Tar Heels -10
North Carolina State Wolfpack at Clemson Tigers -23
Baylor Bears -3 at Texas Longhorns
Texas A&M Aggies at Mississippi State Bulldogs -3
Texas Tech Red Raiders at Kansas State Wildcats -7
Boise State Broncos -6 at Nevada Wolf Pack
Oklahoma Sooners -14 at TCU Horned Frogs
Florida Gators -4.5 at Tennessee Volunteers
Stanford Cardinal -6 at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Michigan State Spartans -8


Alabama Crimson Tide -24 at Arkansas Razorbacks
USC Trojans -7.5 at Arizona Wildcats
Oregon Ducks -3 at UCLA Bruins
LSU Tigers -9 at Florida Gators
Georgia Bulldogs -7 at Missouri Tigers
Florida State Seminoles -21 at Syracuse Orange
Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners -9 (Dallas)
Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Tigers -10
Mississippi Rebels at Texas A&M Aggies -1
Auburn Tigers -9.5 at Mississippi State Bulldogs
Cincinnati Bearcats at Miami Hurricanes -11
West Virginia Mountaineers at Texas Tech Red Raiders -10
North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Fighting Irish -2.5
Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Wolverines -7


Virginia Tech Hokies at Pittsburgh Panthers -1
Fresno State Bulldogs at Boise State Broncos -4.5


Georgia Bulldogs -14.5 at Arkansas Razorbacks
Stanford Cardinal -6.5 at Arizona State Sun Devils
UCLA Bruins -22 at California Golden Bears
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Florida State Seminoles -24
Missouri Tigers at Florida Gators -3
Nebraska Cornhuskers -2.5 at Northwestern Wildcats
Clemson Tigers -18 at Boston College Eagles
Tennessee Volunteers at Mississippi Rebels -12
Kansas State Wildcats at Oklahoma Sooners -14
Baylor Bears -16 at West Virginia Mountaineers
Texas A&M Aggies at Alabama Crimson Tide -16.5
Washington Huskies at Oregon Ducks -20


Miami Hurricanes at Virginia Tech Hokies -1

FRIDAY 10/24

Oregon Ducks -34 at California Golden Bears
South Florida Bulls at Cincinnati Bearcats -19
BYU Cougars -3 at Boise State Broncos


South Carolina Gamecocks at Auburn Tigers -7
Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Cardinal -13
Mississippi Rebels at LSU Tigers -7.5
Michigan Wolverines at Michigan State Spartans -7.5
West Virginia Mountaineers at Oklahoma State Cowboys -19
USC Trojans -10 at Utah Utes
North Carolina Tar Heels -14 at Virginia Cavaliers
Arizona State Sun Devils at Washington Huskies -6
Texas Longhorns at Kansas State Wildcats -3.5
Alabama Crimson Tide -20 at Tennessee Volunteers
Ohio State Buckeyes -9 at Penn State Nittany Lions


Florida State Seminoles -17 at Louisville Cardinals


Arizona Wildcats at UCLA Bruins -14
Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs -9 (Jacksonville)
Oklahoma Sooners -22.5 at Iowa State Cyclones
Auburn Tigers -7 at Mississippi Rebels
Boston College Eagles at Virginia Tech Hokies -16
Oklahoma State Cowboys at Kansas State Wildcats -3.5
North Carolina Tar Heels at Miami Hurricanes -1
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3 at Navy Midshipmen
Stanford Cardinal at Oregon Ducks -10
Tennessee Volunteers at South Carolina Gamecocks -18
Texas Longhorns at Texas Tech Red Raiders -1


Clemson Tigers -20 at Wake Forest Demon Deacons


Texas A&M Aggies at Auburn Tigers -14
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Arizona State Sun Devils -4.5
Michigan Wolverines -3 at Northwestern Wildcats
Alabama Crimson Tide -2.5 at LSU Tigers
Louisville Cardinals -15 at Boston College Eagles
Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan State Spartans -1
Iowa Hawkeyes PICK at Minnesota Golden Gophers
Baylor Bears at Oklahoma Sooners -11
Florida Gators -9 at Vanderbilt Commodores
West Virginia Mountaineers at Texas Longhorns -13
Oregon Ducks -20 at Utah Utes
UCLA Bruins -3.5 at Washington Huskies
Kansas State Wildcats -4 at TCU Horned Frogs


California Golden Bears at USC Trojans -34


LSU Tigers -14 at Arkansas Razorbacks
Washington Huskies at Arizona Wildcats -5
Utah Utes at Stanford Cardinal -14
South Carolina Gamecocks -6 at Florida Gators
Clemson Tigers -6 at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Auburn Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs -1
San Diego State Aztecs at Boise State Broncos -7.5
Pittsburgh Panthers at North Carolina Tar Heels -10
Texas Longhorns at Oklahoma State Cowboys -2
Arizona State Sun Devils -2 at Oregon State Beavers
Missouri Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies -6
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Wisconsin Badgers -7
Florida State Seminoles -14.5 at Miami Hurricanes
Oklahoma Sooners -10 at Texas Tech Red Raiders
Northwestern Wildcats at Notre Dame Fighting Irish -8


Kansas State Wildcats-7.5 at West Virginia Mountaineers
North Carolina Tar Heels -3 at Duke Blue Devils


Mississippi Rebels -5 at Arkansas Razorbacks
Stanford Cardinal -17 at California Golden Bears
USC Trojans at UCLA Bruins -4.5
Cincinnati Bearcats -10 at Connecticut Huskies
Oklahoma State Cowboys at Baylor Bears -9
Arizona Wildcats at Utah Utes -2
Miami Hurricanes -10 at Virginia Cavaliers
Oregon State Beavers at Washington Huskies -7.5
Wisconsin Badgers -6 at Iowa Hawkeyes
Missouri Tigers -4 at Tennessee Volunteers
Louisville Cardinals at Notre Dame Fighting Irish -8


LSU Tigers -5 at Texas A&M Aggies
TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Longhorns -9.5

FRIDAY 11/28

Arizona State Sun Devils -1 at Arizona Wildcats
Stanford Cardinal at UCLA Bruins -3
Central Florida Knights -21 at South Florida Bulls
Virginia Cavaliers at Virginia Tech Hokies -14
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Iowa Hawkeyes -1


BYU Cougars -11 at California Golden Bears
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at USC Trojans -10
Florida State Seminoles -17 at Florida Gators
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Georgia Bulldogs -14
West Virginia Mountaineers PICK at Iowa State Cyclones
Illinois Fighting Illini at Northwestern Wildcats -9.5
Kentucky Wildcats at Louisville Cardinals -15
Arkansas Razorbacks at Missouri Tigers -10
North Carolina State Wolfpack at North Carolina Tar Heels -20
Michigan Wolverines at Ohio State Buckeyes -8
Oregon Ducks -13 at Oregon State Beavers
South Carolina Gamecocks -3 at Clemson Tigers
Tennessee Volunteers -3 at Vanderbilt Commodores
Washington Huskies -4.5 at Washington State Cougars
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Wisconsin Badgers -13
Auburn Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide -6
Kansas Jayhawks at Kansas State Wildcats -25
Pittsburgh Panthers at Miami Hurricanes -7
Nevada Wolf Pack -5 at UNLV Rebels
Baylor Bears -6.5 at Texas Tech Red Raiders


Oklahoma State Cowboys at Oklahoma Sooners -11
Kansas State Wildcats at Baylor Bears -6


Navy Midshipmen -13 vs. Army Black Knights (Philadelphia)

Heisman Odds 2014: Jameis Winston 5/2 Odds To Repeat


We’re still several months away from strapping on the gear and heading back to the collegiate gridiron, but 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.


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.

Odds To Win The Heisman Trophy 2014:

Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 13/4
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 11/2
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 7/1
Nick Marshall (QB Auburn) 9/1
Bryce Petty (QB Baylor) 12/1
Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 12/1
Everett Golson (Notre Dame) 14/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 16/1
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 16/1
Trevor Knight (QB Oklahoma) 16/1
Melvin Gordon (RB Wisconsin) 18/1
Derrick Henry (RB Alabama) 25/1
Connor Cook (QB Michigan State) 28/1
Mike Davis (RB South Carolina) 28/1
Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska) 33/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 33/1
Karlos Williams (RB Florida State) 33/1
Myles Jack (LB UCLA) 33/1
Sean Mannion (QB Oregon State) 33/1
Dak Prescott (QB Mississippi State) 40/1
Rakeem Cato (QB Marshall) 50/1
Taylor Kelly (QB Arizona State) 50/1
Matt Johnson (QB Bowling Green) 66/1

Week 1 College Football Lines 2014


I say the same thing every off-season….it is amazing how early off-shore sportsbooks release week 1 college football lines. In the end, who gives a shit when they put them out. Lets find some early value and see what the oddsmakers at 5Dimes have to say for the start of the 2014 college football season. Do not forget, we have a PLAYOFF SYSTEM in place for this season.

My first impressions:
- South Carolina -9 vs. Texas A&M: Line seems a bit high.
- Vandy -21 vs. Temple: This line will close around 28.
- PSU -1 vs. UCF in Ireland: PSU fans travel well, like PSU here!
- Notre Dame -21 vs. Rice: Rice lost a lot to graduation, should be a good start for the Irish.

2014 College Football Week 1 Spreads:

Wake Forest (-7.5) at UL Monroe

Mississippi (-8.5) vs Boise State (Atlanta)

Texas A&M vs South Carolina (-9)

Temple at Vanderbilt (-21)

BYU (-14) at Connecticut

UTSA at Houston (-9.5)

UNLV at Arizona (-25.5)

Colorado State (pick ‘em) at Colorado (Denver)

Bowling Green (-6.5) vs. Western Kentucky

Penn State (-1) vs. Central Florida (Ireland)

Ohio State (-15.5) at Navy

Rice at Notre Dame (-21)

West Virginia at Alabama (-23.5)

Washington (-21.5) at Hawaii

Oklahoma State at Florida State (-13.5)

LSU (-3) vs. Wisconsin (Houston)

Utah State vs Tennessee (-6.5)

Miami at Louisville (-3.5)

College Football Over-Under Win Totals 2014

college football over-under wins 2014

Oh baby! The 2014-2015 college football season has a playoff system and we have our first peek at the college football over-under win totals for the regular season.

Now obviously we pay close attention to the true “win” number itself, but your focus must also target the money-lines for these odds. There will be a lot of movement on these odds from 5DIMES over the next 3 months, but at least we know the kick off of a very unique college football betting season is drawing closer.

My initial thoughts:

- USC under 8.5 wins
- VaTech over 7.5 wins
- Stanford over 9.5 wins
- Oregon under 10.5 wins
- UCLA under 9.5 wins


Alabama: 10.5 (Over -140, Under +100)

Auburn: Over 9.5 (Over -155, Under +115)

Baylor: 9.5 (Over -130, Under -110)

BYU: 8.5 (Over -160, Under +120)

Clemson: 9.5 (Over -150, Under -190)

Duke: 8.5 (Over +120, Under -160)

Florida: 7.5 (Over +110, Under -150)

Georgia: 9.5 (Over -120, Under -120)

Indiana: 5.5 (Over +145, Under -185)

Kansas State: 8.5 (Over -130, Under -110)

Maryland: 7.5 (Over +100, Under -140)

Miami: 7.5 (Over -160, Under +120)

Michigan: 7.5 (Over -140, Under +100)

Michigan State: 9.5 (Over -155, Under +115)

Mississippi: 7.5 (Over -140, Under +100)

Missouri: 9.5 (Over +110, Under -150)

Nebraska: 7.5 (Over -130, Under -110)

North Carolina: 7.5 (Over -140, Under +100)

Notre Dame: 9.5 (Over +110, Under -150)

Ohio State: 10.5 (Over -140, Under +100)

Oregon: 10.5 (Over +100, Under -140)

Penn State: 8.5 (Over +100, Under -140)

Rutgers: 4.5 (Over -110, Under -130)

South Carolina: 9.5 (Over -140, Under +100)

Stanford: 9.5 (Over -120, Under -120)

Tennessee: 5.5 (Over -160, Under +120)

Texas: 8.5 (Over -110, Under -130)

Texas A&M: 7.5 (Over -110, Under -130)

TCU: 6.5 (Over +120, Under -160)

UCLA: 9.5 (Over +100, Under -150)

USC: 8.5 (Over -130, Under -110)

Virginia Tech: 7.5 (Over -150, Under +110)

Washington State: 5.5 (Over -165, Under +125)

West Virginia: 5.5 (Over -190, Under +150)

Wisconsin: 9.5 (Over -135, Under -105)




College Football Championship Odds


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.

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.

Ohio State Buckeyes (9/1): There isn’t going to be a debate about the Buckeyes being in the playoff this year if they run the table, even if Alabama and Florida State do run the table. The question is whether Braxton Miller and the gang are really going to be able to beat one of these top teams in the nation, let alone two in a short span.

That said, Head Coach Urban Meyer has a history of really dominating with his teams around this time when he takes a new job, and this is where you would think that Ohio State finally sees it all the way through.

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.

College Football National Title Odds from BOVADA SPORTSBOOK

Alabama 11/2
Florida State 11/2
Oregon 7/1
Oklahoma 9/1
Auburn 10/1
Ohio State 12/1
UCLA 14/1
Georgia 18/1
LSU 20/1
Michigan State 25/1
USC 25/1
Baylor 28/1
Florida 33/1
South Carolina 33/1
Stanford 33/1
Wisconsin 33/1
Mississippi 40/1
Michigan 50/1
Notre Dame 50/1
Texas 50/1
Clemson 66/1
Missouri 66/1
Nebraska 66/1
Texas A&M 66/1
Arizona 100/1
Iowa 100/1
Kansas State 100/1
Louisville 100/1
Miami 100/1
North Carolina 100/1
Washington 100/1
Arizona State 100/1
BYU 150/1
Mississippi State 150/1
Oklahoma State 150/1
Tennessee 150/1
Virginia Tech 150/1
TCU 200/1
Texas Tech 200/1
Cincinnati 250/1
Arkansas 300/1
Boise State 300/1
West Virginia 300/1
Boston College 500/1
Georgia Tech 500/1
Oregon State 500/1
Pittsburgh 500/1
South Florida 500/1
UCF 500/1
California 1000/1
Rutgers 1000/1


Ohio State vs. Clemson Orange Bowl Point Spread Preview Expert Picks Score Prediction

The ACC is scheduled to collide with the Big Ten in the Orange Bowl where the 12th ranked Clemson Tigers are set to lock horns with the 7th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in what looks to be an offensive showcase on paper. The Tigers saw their four-game win streak come to a close in their regular season finale at South Carolina where they fell 31-17 as 2.5-point underdogs to the Gamecocks. Ohio State suffered its first ever SU defeat under the watch of head coach Urban Meyer when it was toppled 34-24 against the Michigan State Spartans in the B1G championship game.



1. Why CLEMSON will cover the spread: While the Buckeyes defense proved to be firmly capable of defending opposing ground games (#7 at 102.6 YPG), that was far from the case when attempting to limit the opposition through the air with teams gouging the Buckeyes pass defense to the tune of 259.5 YPG (#106) and nearly 12.0 yards per pass completion (#43). That will no doubt me music to the ears of QB Tajh Boyd, WR Sammie Watkins, and Martavis Bryant who were the ringleaders of a Clemson air attack that finds it ranked 11th in the country after averaging nearly 330 YPG; that trio combined hit pay-dirt 24 times!

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2. Why OHIO STATE will cover the spread: The Buckeyes possess one of the more balanced offensive attacks in the country led by QB Braxton Miller who threw for 1860 yards and a TD/INT ratio of 22:5. His go to guys through the air were WRs Philly Brown and Devin Smith who combined for 1310 yards and 18 total TDs. But Ohio State did most of its dirty work on the ground where stud RB Carlos Hyde had a banner year in going off for 1408 yards and 14 TDs while averaging 7.7 YPC; Miller added another 1033 yards on the ground and 10 TDs of his own.

Clemson was pretty stout in defending the pass (#14) but that was only because the opposition was too busy ripping them apart on the ground to even think about throwing the ball – the Tigers gave up an average of 152.6 YPG rushing at 4.0 YPC (#50)

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3. Orange Bowl Total Talk: It’s no surprise both squad’s made some green for ‘over’ bettors as potent as each of these offenses were throughout the regular season. Clemson played to high scorers in seven of its 12 lined games, while the Buckeyes cashed ‘over’ tickets at a 9-5 clip and enters postseason play having gone ‘over’ the closing number in three of their L/4. That said, the ‘under’ is 8-3 in the Tigers L/11 neutral site games as well as 7-2 in their L/9 bowl games.

Each of the Buckeyes L/4 postseason match-ups have combined to go ‘under’ the closing number – sans Urban – but the ‘over’ is a perfect 5-0 the L/5 times they ran up against a +.500 opponent.

4. Betting Trends for Clemson/OSU: Combined, Miller and Boyd have accounted for 70 touchdowns this season; that’s a big number peeps! Though both sides might enter this one a bit disappointed having missed out on the national championship game after being predicted to compete for it at the outset of the season, the competitive juices will start flowing once the game begins with both rosters filled with top tier talent. With each offense’s strength being able to decisively take advantage of both defense’s weakness, this one has track meet written all over it.

For those looking to play a side, know that Clemson will be looking to win its second straight bowl game while at the same time turn the page on that dreadful performance vs. West Virginia the last time it partook in the Orange Bowl. OSU will be out to tally its first bowl win since 2010 after falling in the Gator in 2011 and being ineligible for postseason play last year.


Ohio State 45 – Clemson 40

Alabama-Oklahoma Sugar Bowl Point Spread Preview, Expert Picks, Score Prediction

The day after New Year’s, there is only one bowl game, but it is going to be a doozy. The Alabama Crimson Tide, who was the first team left out of the BCS National Championship Game, will go to battle in the midst of SEC Country at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the Oklahoma Sooners. The Tide are amongst the biggest favorites of the bowl season at -15, while the ‘total’ heads into Christmas at 51.5.



1. Why OKLAHOMA will cover the spread: The good news for the Sooners is that there is definitely a precedent for the Crimson Tide laying an egg. Right here in this Sugar Bowl five years ago to the day, they were beaten as 9.5-point favorites by 14 points by the Utah Utes, who dominated the game from start to finish. Since that point, beating Alabama in a bowl game has been seemingly impossible.

Oklahoma though, has been able to stand up to some of the best offenses in the nation, and it would have to have a dominating defensive performance in this one to have any shot. OU’s defense ranks 14th in the land in total ‘D’ at 336.3 yards per game, and it ranks 23rd in scoring at 21.3 points per game allowed.

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2. Why ALABAMA will cover the spread: The Tide will cover if they decide they want cover. That’s probably the bottom line. For our money, this is still easily the best team in the nation, and the only team with an argument isn’t the team that beat it (Auburn would still lose that game at least seven out of 10 times if these two teams kept playing against each other). It’s Florida State. We have a tough time believing that the Crimson Tide are going to end up struggling in this game. Oklahoma is never prepared for its big time bowl games (just look at last year’s Cotton Bowl to know that), and it doesn’t have the offense to keep up against what probably is the most talented defense in the country.

QB AJ McCarron is playing in his last game for Alabama, and as long as he stays upright and continues to play with the poise and focus he has demonstrated his entire career, the Crimson Tide should be fine.

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3. Sugar Bowl Total Talk: Though Oklahoma only ended the season at 6-5-1 for ‘over’ bettors, it was a massive ‘over’ team at the end of the season, going 4-1-1 for ‘over’ backers in the second half of the campaign. Alabama also went 6-5-1 against the ‘total’, and the bag was definitely a bit mixed when you talk about the teams that it played against. If you just look at the games against bow teams, the Tide went 3-3-1 for ‘over’ bettors, but the better the team, seemingly the better result. Games against LSU, Texas A&M, and Auburn all went past the number.

4. Betting Trends for BAMA/OU: Alabama hasn’t covered a game since November 9th against LSU (0-2-1), and that has to at least factor a bit into this game, especially knowing that the Sooners are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. However, the telling stat is clearly what these teams have done in bowl games. The Tide checks in a perfect 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four bowl appearances. Oklahoma is 2-5 ATS in its last seven bowls and 0-5 ATS in its last five games played against SEC foes.


Alabama 31 – Oklahoma 13

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Stanford-Michigan State Rose Bowl Point Spread Preview, Expert Picks, Score Prediction

Conference winners are set to run up against one another in one of the more popular New Year’s Day games when the 5th ranked Stanford Cardinal lock horns with the 4th ranked Michigan State Spartans in the 100th installment of the Rose Bowl. Both squads were extremely impressive their last time out with the Tree going into Sun Devil Stadium and handing ASU an embarrassing 38-14 defeat in the Pac-12 title game as 3-point underdogs, while Sparty handed Ohio State the its first loss under the Urban Meyer regime by ousting them 34-24 as 5.5-point underdogs in the B1G title game.


1. Why STANFORD will cover the spread: Make no bones about it. Coach Shaw’s kids are as old-school as they come. It’s not a mystery what Kevin Hogan and the Stanford offense likes to do. They like to run the ball down your throat. And just when they think you’ve had enough, they ram it even harder in hopes of pummeling you into submission. RB Tyler Gaffney was nothing short of a battering ram this season in rushing for 1613 yards and 20 TDs at 5.3 YPC.

The last thing opposing defenses wanted to see in the late stages of games was #25 coming right at you. On top of being able to rush the football, the Cardinal possess one of the better overall defenses ( #15 in total yards allowed ) that will give MSU’s offense major headaches.

2. Why MICHIGAN STATE will cover the spread: Since falling in South Bend 17-13 to the Fighting Irish, head coach Mark Dantonio’s troops have come out on top in each of their nine battles since which included limiting the nation’s 4th ranked scoring offense to just 24 points in the conference championship game. The Spartans covered the closing number seven times over the course of their current win streak on the back of a defense that was as efficient as they come in giving up an average of just 247.8 YPG (#1) and 12.7 PPG (#4); only three opponents scored more than 18 points against this defense and all three of those teams lost.

While the offense leaves much to be desired on paper, QB Connor Cook and his mates looked to be a capable unit in averaging 31.7 PPG over its L/6 games played.

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3. Rose Bowl Total Talk: With each of these defenses outshining the offenses all season long, it comes as no surprise to see the ‘under’ a combined 16-10 on the year. Stanford played to low scorers in four of its six games played away from Palo Alto, while Michigan State went ‘under’ the closing number in three of its five road games. The Cardinal has played to low scorers in four of their L/5 non-con games as well as in seven of their L/9 bowl tussles. MSU has cashed ‘under’ tickets at a 10-3 clip the L/13 times it opposed non B1G opposition.

4. Betting Trends for Stanford/MSU: Stanford has been a money-maker for its wagering supporters ever since returning from a 9-year hiatus from the bowl season by covering each of its L/4 bowl games, which includes a 20-14 win in last year’s Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin. But the Spartans will be gunning for their third straight bowl win in the underdog role after ousting Georgia (+3) and TCU (+2) the l/2 seasons. These teams are nearly mirror images of one another defensively, and though Stanford looks to have the better offense on paper, Michigan State certainly found their throughout the tail end of the season.

This is going to be a white knuckle brawl with points extremely tough to come by. Though the Big Ten has had a rough go of it in this game (1-9 ATS L/10) recently, I like Sparty to have a great shot of winning their third bowl game in a row – in a low scorer.


Michigan State 20 – Stanford 17

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Texas A&M vs. Duke Point Bowl Game Spread Preview, Expert Picks, Score Prediction

The Duke Blue Devils had themselves a magical season, but they are massive 13-point underdogs in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve against the Texas A&M Aggies at the Georgia Dome.


OPEN: TEXAS A&M -11.5 | CURRENT: TEXAS A&M -12.5 | O/U: 74.5

1. Why DUKE will cover the spread: If the Blue Devils are going to cover this point spread, it’s because they are the fun, new thing on the block. There obviously isn’t a lot of bowl pedigree here for Head Coach David Cutcliffe and company, but then again, this wasn’t a team which was figured to stick around in many games this year either, especially with the best teams in the ACC. WR Jamison Crowder could be in for a big game, as he had 1,197 yards and seven TDs on the season, and both QB Anthony Boone and QB Brandon Connette could end up putting up good numbers against an Aggies defense which has struggled in big games all season long.

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2. Why TEXAS A&M will cover the spread: The Aggies have the best player on the field in QB Johnny Manziel, and last season, he lit up the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl. This time around, it is probably his last game at the collegiate level, and he gets to play against a defense which struggled mightily against mobile quarterbacks. Duke is playing without its leading rusher, RB Jela Duncan, and that really cuts down on what the Blue Devils can do offensively. Just as there wasn’t an answer for WR Kelvin Benjamin in the ACC Championship Game against the Florida State Seminoles, there isn’t likely to be an answer for WR Mike Evans either. Evans was the best receiver in the land this year for our money, catching 1,322 yards of passes, an average of 20.3 yards per catch, to go with 12 TDs.

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3. Total Talk: The Blue Devils, for all they did well this year, only averaged just 20.6 points per game in their last three games of the season, though the competition was understandably very tough. They managed to leave their last three games ‘under’ the ‘total’. Texas A&M, which came out of the blocks with ‘over’ games in seven of its first eight, but finished the year with three out of four ‘under’ the number.

4. Betting Trends for A&M/Duke: The Blue Devils were one of the best ATS teams in America this year, going 10-3 against the number. The Aggies only went 5-7 ATS, and they struggled against the best teams on their schedule. Texas A&M managed to go just 3-6 ATS against bowl teams this year, and anyone who watched that game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the start of the year knows just how lucky the hosts were to snare a backdoor cover in that game. The Aggies have covered the spread in their last two bowl appearances in the 2012 Cotton Bowl and the 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.


Texas A&M 34 – Duke 31

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