Archive for December, 2011

Stanford Cardinal versus Oklahoma St Cowboys Fiesta Bowl Betting Preview

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

The Fiesta Bowl will feature two highly regarded NFL quarterback prospects as Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal will face Brandon Weeden as the Oklahoma St Cowboys on Monday night January 2nd.

This NCAA college football bowl game between the Cardinal and Cowboys will begin from Glendale Arizona at 8:30PM Eastern Time and ESPN televises to a national audience.

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The point spread at Oddsmaker has the Big 12 conference club the Oklahoma St Cowboys favored by -4 points with a total of 73 ½ points.

Bettors playing the favorite Oklahoma St Cowboys on the money line can lay -175 odds.

Those that will bet the PAC 12 conference underdog Stanford Cardinal will get back +155 odds.

The 11-1 Stanford Cardinal was led by a solid year by quarterback Andrew Luck who completed 70% of his passes with 35 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

The only blemish on the Cardinal ledger came in a 53-30 home defeat to the Oregon Ducks.

Offensively the Stanford Cardinal averaged 43 points with 482 yards a game.

It’s not all Andrew Luck for Stanford as running back Stepfan Taylor ran for 1153 yards and 5.6 yards a carry.

A huge concern for Stanford backers in this game is how their defense played against their two toughest teams on their schedule.

They allowed 53 points to Oregon and 48 points to the USC Trojans.

The Oklahoma St Cowboys are just as dynamic offensively as those two clubs.

Brandon Weeden had a solid year with 72.6% completion percentage with 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Weeden has a solid wide out in Justin Blackmon who caught 113 passing yards with 15 touchdowns.

Blackmon’s and the Oklahoma St receiving corps speed will give the Stanford secondary fits in this game.

The only loss by the Cowboys came on a short week in back to back road games in a 37-31 overtime loss to the Iowa St Cyclones as a -26 ½ point betting favorite.

Oklahoma St has put together some good defensive efforts in two of their past three outings as they allowed just six points at Texas Tech and only 10 points in their win against instate rival Oklahoma.

They totally routed Oklahoma as the Cowboys held a 44-3 lead after three quarters.

Defensively the Oklahoma St Cowboys will need to contain the Stanford’s run game here.

They allowed 170 rushing yards per game and nearly 5 ½ yards a carry to their opponents this season.

Oklahoma St has trended to the under as they are 3-1-1 in their past five games.

Other notable wins for the Cowboys came in a win over Robert Griffin III and the Baylor Bears in a 59-24 home win as a -14 ½ point favorite.

Wisconsin Badgers versus Oregon Ducks Rose Bowl Betting Preview

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

It’s the Grand Daddy of them in the Rose Bowl as the Big Ten champion Wisconsin Badgers takes the field to face the explosive offensive attack of the PAC 12 conference champion Oregon Ducks on Monday January 2nd.

The 11-2 Badgers and 11-2 Ducks will begin from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena at 5PM Eastern Time and ESPN has the national television broadcast.

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The current betting odds at Oddsmaker reveals the Oregon Ducks favored by -6 points with the total lined at 71 ½ points.

Bettors playing the favored Ducks on the money line will lay -240 odds.

Those who think the Big Ten champion Wisconsin Badgers can pull off the upset win can take back +200 odds.

The Wisconsin Badgers are led by quarterback Russell Wilson who completed 72.5% of his passes with 31 touchdowns and three picks.

The team ran the ball extremely well this regular season with 5.5 yards a carry.

The Badgers come in as a hot team with five straight wins. In four of those five victories Wisconsin scored 42 or more points.

This Wisconsin offense is explosive as well as the team puts up 44 points a game.

They got a good season from running back Montee Ball who ran for 1759 yards a game and nearly 6 ½ yards per rush average.

The team played an extremely weak non-conference schedule. They have a three point win to Michigan St in the Big Ten conference championship game and lost to the Spartans during a regular season game.

Wisconsin did not play Michigan this season.

On defense the Badgers gave up just 17 points a contest on the year.

Oregon took two losses on the year but to very good teams in USC and LSU.

They have a notable 23 point road win at Stanford on the season.

Quarterback Darron Thomas hit on 61.4% of his passes on the year with 30 touchdowns and 6 picks.

They are led by stud running back LaMichael James who rushed for 1646 yards and 7.4 yards a rush.

Kenjon Barner is a major threat as well with 909 yards rushing and 6.3 yards per rush.

These two running backs combined for 28 rushing touchdowns this year.

The over is trending big time in this game.

The Badgers have played to the over in 8 of their past 10 games.

Oregon has gone over in four straight games.

Michigan St Spartans versus Georgia Bulldogs Outback Bowl Betting Preview

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Two 10-3 college football teams meet in the Outback Bowl as the Michigan St Spartans out of the Big Ten conference will face the Georgia Bulldogs from the SEC conference from college football on January 2nd.

The Spartans and Bulldogs will kick off the Outback Bowl from Tampa Bay at 1PM Eastern Time and its ABC providing the national television broadcast.

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It is the Georgia Bulldogs currently lined as a -3 point betting favorite with the total coming in at 50 points.

College football bettors playing on the favored Georgia Bulldogs will lay -160 odds.

A money line bet on the underdog Michigan St Spartans at Oddsmaker will return +140 odds to your pocket.

The Outback bowl features two teams who dropped their conference championship games denying them a spot in a BCS bowl.

Michigan St was the most competitive of the two in their conference championship game as they fought toe to toe with the Wisconsin Badgers before falling 42-39 as a +9 ½ point underdog.

When you look at the stats you find two very good rushing defenses as the Spartans allow 2.9 yards a carry and the Bulldogs 3.4 yards a carry.

One might believe that Georgia an SEC school would have the tougher schedule but take note that the Bulldogs did not play Arkansas or Alabama on the year.

They dropped a 42-10 decision to LSU in the SEC title game and lost to Boise St in the non -conference in week one by the score of 35-21 as a +3 point underdog.

Bulldogs sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray hit on 58.8% of his passes with 33 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Running back Isaiah Crowell led the team on the ground with 847 rushing yardage with 4.7 yards a carry.

Senior quarterback Kirk Cousins completed nearly 65% of his passes for Michigan St with 24 touchdowns and 7 picks.

Le’Veon Bell led the Spartans with 900 rushing yards and 5.5 yards a carry.

Notable wins by Michigan St came against Michigan by 14 points and a 6 point home win to Wisconsin by a last second Hail Mary completed touchdown pass by Kirk Cousins.

They have a bad loss at Notre Dame by the score of 31-13 and were crushed at Nebraska by the score of 24-3.

When the Spartans faced their best defensive team on their schedule they scored just 10 points at Ohio St.

The game is trending to the side of Michigan St as the Spartans have covered four straight games and eight of their past ten games.

Nebraska Cornhuskers versus South Carolina Gamecocks Capital One Bowl Betting Preview

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

In the Capital One Bowl an attractive matchup is scheduled as the Nebraska Cornhuskers from the Big 12 conference will face from the SEC conference the South Carolina Gamecocks from college football game on January 2nd.

The Cornhuskers and Gamecocks will tee it up from Orlando Florida at 1PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.

At Oddsmaker it is the South Carolina Gamecocks lined as a -2 ½ points favorite with a total coming in at 47 points.

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If you bet the favorite on the money line the return on the South Carolina side is -135 odds.

A wager on the underdog Nebraska Cornhuskers will return +115 money line odds.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers completed play in their initial season in the Big Ten conference with a record of 9-3.

The team had a drop off this season on the defensive side of the football as the club gave up 350 yards a game with a high 161 yards rushing for Cornhusker standards.

Quarterback Taylor Martinez still had issues with accuracy completing nearly 56% of his passes with 12 touchdowns and 7 picks.

Martinez was effective once again on the ground rushing for 837 yards and nine touchdowns with 4.8 yards a carry average.

They averaged 30 points a game and ran effectively with 223 yards a game.

Rex Burkhead led Nebraska with 1268 rushing yards and nearly 5 yards a carry.

The Cornhuskers had notable victories against Michigan St and Ohio St with losses at Wisconsin by 31 points and Michigan by 28 points. They had a bad three point home loss to Northwestern.

South Carolina completed a 10-2 campaign with losses only to Auburn and at Arkansas on the season. The team did not play LSU or Alabama this season.

Connor Shaw took over for Stephen Garcia who was kicked off the team.

Shaw finished the year hitting on 65.5% of his passes for 12 touchdowns and six picks.
South Carolina was able to survive the season following the loss of stud running back Marcus Lattimore who was out for the year due to ligament tear in his knee.

The team averaged 30 points and was able to move the football with 375 offensive yards a game.

Running back Brandon Wilds filled in for the injured Lattimore and had 4.5 yards per carry average.

Nebraska has been trending towards the under as the team has played to five unders in their past six games.

Florida Gators versus Ohio St Buckeyes Gator Bowl Betting Preview

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Two 6-6 teams play on January 2nd as the Florida Gators of the SEC conference meet the Ohio St Buckeyes from the Big Ten conference in the Gator Bowl on Monday January 2nd.

The Gators and Buckeyes will begin this NCAA college football game from Jacksonville Florida at 1PM Eastern Time and ESPN2 provides the national television broadcast.

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The betting odds at Oddsmaker has the Florida Gators favored by -1 ½ points with a total of 43 ½ points.

Bettors playing the favored Gators on the money line will lay -130 odds.

Those who have faith in Ohio St to win the Gator Bowl straight up can take back +110 odds.

The Gators really tanked down the stretch losing six of their past eight games.

Offensive coordinator Charlie Weiss leaves the school to take a head coaching job at a bad Kansas program.

He got out after a dismal showing by the Gators offense that produced just 25 points and 334 yards a game on the season.

The quarterback play has been dismal as senior quarterback John Brantley hit on 58.9% of his passes with 10 touchdowns and 6 picks.

Their running backs produced solid numbers as Chris Rainey ran for 790 yards with a 5.1 yards per rush average.

Jeffery Demps had nearly 6 yards per rush and Mike Gillislee ran for 6.1 yards a carry.

The only notable win for the Gators was a 33-23 win in mid-September at home to Tennessee.

The team lost every game to the upper tier schools from the SEC conference with pitiful point production.

Ohio St took a turn for the worse this season following the departure of head coach Jim Tressel prior to the start of the year.

The quarterback play was terrible with Braxton Miller completing 50% of his passes and Joe Bauserman 46.5%.

The Buckeyes have lost three straight to close the regular season. They have a bad three point overtime loss at Purdue in that streak.

Ohio St did get production from their ground game as Dan Herron ran for 4.9 yards a carry and Carlos Hyde 5.4 yards per rush.

Despite bad quarterback play from both teams they qualify for a bowl berth due to the play of their defense.

Both teams allowed 20 points a game with Florida giving up 299 yards and the Buckeyes 328 yards per game.

The point spread trend is going against Florida St as the team has failed to cover eight straight games.

Penn St Nittany Lions versus Houston Cougars Ticket City Bowl Betting Preview

Friday, December 30th, 2011

The Penn St Nittany Lions will most likely be happy to see this nightmare season conclude as they take the field against the Houston Cougars in the Ticket City Bowl to be played on Monday January 2nd.

The 9-3 Nittany Lions and 12-1 Cougars will begin from Dallas Texas at 12PM Eastern Time and it can be viewed nationally over ESPNU television.

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The Oddsmaker point spread has the team from Conference USA the Houston Cougars favored by –7 points with the total at 57 points.

A money line bet on the favored Cougars will return -280 odds.

If you think the Big Ten conference school the Nittany Lions can pull off the upset win the return is +240 odds.

Despite all the off the field drama surrounding this college football program the team was in position to earn a spot in the Big Ten conference championship game in their final regular season game at Wisconsin.

The team dropped a 45-7 road decision and landed in Dallas Texas for a minor bowl game.

The quarterback position was atrocious this year with Rob Bolden hitting on 42.2% of his passes and Matt McGloin just 54.1% with eight touchdowns and five picks.

McGloin will miss the game with a concussion following a fight with a Penn St teammate so you can expect to see Rob Bolden under center.

Penn St could only average 19.8 points a game but their defense played well giving up only 15.7 points a game.

Houston had a possible BCS bowl berth in site as they hosted the Conference USA title game against Southern Mississippi and were blown out 49-28 as a -12 point favorite.

So the Cougars will try and regroup and give a good performance in the Ticket City Bowl.

Quarterback Case Keenum had a minor Heisman trophy run and concluded play passing for 5099 yards with 71.7% passing accuracy with 45 touchdowns and 5 picks.

The explosive Cougars offense averaged 50.8 points a game with 443 yards passing.

Houston did not play a difficult schedule this year with their most notable win coming in at 48-16 win at Tulsa the day after Thanksgiving.

The most notable win for Penn St was a 20-14 road win at Ohio St in mid-November.

Houston has trended well as they have covered seven of their past eight games.

Brock Lesnar versus Alistair Overeem UFC 141 Betting Preview

Friday, December 30th, 2011

The main event at UFC 141 will feature a battle of heavyweights as former UFC champion Brock Lesnar will battle Alistair Overeem.

Lesnar and Overeem are scheduled to meet in the ring at 11:59PM Eastern Time on Friday night December 30th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada with national television provided by UFC Pay-Per-View.

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The current odds at Oddsmaker has Alistair Overeem lined as a -145 favorite with Brock Lesnar the underdog coming in at +115 odds.

Some were concerned at the weigh in as Lesnar came in a bit heavy for this bout with Overeem so that explains the money coming in on the fighter residing from Holland

Lesnar enters UFC 41 with a professional record of 4-2 in his UFC career where he made his debut nearly four years ago with a loss to Frank Mir.

Following his bout with diverticulitis, a medical condition, Lesnar earned a victory at UFC 116 against Shane Carwin.

Over 3 ½ months later he was defeated by Cain Velasquez by TKO at UFC 121.

Alistair Overeem is a much more experienced fighter as he debuted in October of 1999 and has 47 fights to his credit.

He is a former Strikeforce Heavyweight champion and also held the DREAM Heavyweight belt.

Overeem is on a 10 fight win streak with a no contest following a knee to the groin to Mirko Filipovic in September of 2008.

This will be his debut with the company.

The winner of Overeem/Lesnar will fight for the UFC Heavyweight championship against current champion Junior Dos Santos on a date to be determined.

Overeem is the better-rounded fighter having competed in kickboxing and has a Muay Thai background.

Alistair put on some size as he has bulked up to 255 pounds for his fight with Lesnar.

The question in this fight is how Overeem will handle the size and strength of Brock Lesnar who possess a wrestling style.

Overeem was facing lesser competition in Dream and Strikeforce and has not seen someone with the credentials of Lesnar for quite some time.

The play will be on the wrestler Lesnar in this battle of the heavyweights.

Look for Lesnar to be able to takedown Overeem and with Brock’s power and strength to earn the TKO victory and get his shot at the UFC Heavyweight title.

Virginia Cavaliers versus Auburn Tigers Peach Bowl Betting Preview

Friday, December 30th, 2011

The upstart 8-4 Virginia Cavaliers representing the ACC conference will battle the 7-5 Auburn Tigers out of the SEC conference in the Peach Bowl from college football to be played on New Years Eve.

The Cavaliers and Tigers meet from the Georgia Dome Saturday night at 7:30PM Eastern Time and ESPN is providing the national television broadcast.

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Currently at Oddsmaker it’s the SEC conference club the Auburn Tigers lined as a -3 point favorite with a total of 48 ½ points.

A money line bet on the favored Auburn Tigers will return -150 odds.

Those bettors out there who think that Virginia can topple the Tigers straight up can receive +130 odds on the money line.

It was a nice turnaround for Virginia head coach Mike London in his second year with the club. He turned around a 4-8 Cavaliers team in 2010 to an 8-4 club this season.

Virginia had help with eight starters back on offense and ten on the defensive side of the ball.

The Cavaliers enter their first bowl game since the 2007 Gator bowl with wins in four of their past five games with road victories at Miami and Florida St in that mix.

Sophomore quarterback Michael Rocco hit on 60.3% of his passes with 11 touchdowns and 11 picks.

The team was rock solid rushing the football with backs Perry Jones carrying a 5 yards a carry average, Kevin Parks a 4.7 yards a carry average and Clifton Richardson a 5 yards per rush average.

The defense really went south in 2011 for the Auburn Tigers.

The Tigers were 81st in all of college football allowing 29.3 points a game and 98th against the run as opponents run for 194 yards against them and 4.7 yards rushing against average.

Auburn’s notable wins came against Florida and South Carolina this season. They dropped a 38-24 road decision to the Clemson Tigers from the ACC conference.

The team is on a pattern of winning after losing and vice versa since October 1st.

Sophomore quarterback Clint Moseley completed 62.5% of his passes with five touchdowns and three interceptions.

Auburn got good run production from running backs Michael Dyer with 1242 yards and 5.1 yards a carry and Onterrio McCalebb with 5.2 yards per rush.

The Virginia Cavaliers behind their good run defense has trended to the under in 12 of their past 14 games.

San Diego Chargers versus Oakland Raiders NFL Pro Football Betting Preview

Friday, December 30th, 2011

The San Diego Chargers are in the spoiler role when they travel up to Oakland to face the Raiders on New Years Day NFL pro football.

The 7-8 Chargers and 8-7 Raiders go off as the late game on Sunday with a 4:15PM Eastern Time kick off and CBS offers regional television coverage to most of the west coast only.

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The point spread as Oddsmaker has the home team Oakland Raiders favored by -3 points with the total coming in at 47 ½ points.

Those betting on the Raiders on the money line will be served -155 odds.

A bet on the San Diego Chargers to upset the Raiders can take back +135 odds at Oddsmaker sportsbook.

Oakland does not control their destiny for a playoff berth.

They can with the AFC west with a win and Denver loss or tie to Kansas City.

Oakland can qualify as a wildcard with a win against the Chargers with a Bengals loss and Jets win which is a likely scenario.

The Raiders and Chargers first met on the year on Thursday night football in early November and it was Oakland with the 24-17 road win as a +7 point underdog.

Oakland went ahead 21-3 at the half. The Raiders simply ran all over San Diego with 252 rushing yards in their victory.

The team was extremely efficient in the red zone as they produced a touchdown in all four trips.

Carson Palmer has been a bit erratic under center this year for the Silver and Black as the signal caller has hit on 62.4% of his throws with 11 touchdowns but 15 interceptions.

With Darren McFadden out with injury Michael Bush has carried the load for the Raiders. Bush is just 89 yards shy of 1000 yards for the season.

Bush is a free agent at seasons end and 1000 yard rushing season will look good on his resume. This is a big game for Michael Bush to make loads of cash next season.

The Chargers were looking like a team set to make a late run for a possible playoff berth.

But the team dropped a playoff eliminating 38-10 road defeat last week to the Lions.

Quarterback Phillip Rivers has hit on 62.4% of his passes for 24 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

Health is a concern heading in this week.

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson has been hampered by a groin injury and is listed as doubtful. He too is heading into free agency in the offseason and could miss the game altogether.

Running backs Ryan Mathews has been nursing a calf problems and Michael Tolbert has been bothered by a hamstring problem.

Oakland is trending in this game as the team has covered the past five meetings against the Chargers.

San Diego is 2-5 straight up on the road this season.

Baltimore Ravens versus Cincinnati Bengals NFL Pro Football Betting Preview

Friday, December 30th, 2011

AFC playoff implications will be impacted by the result of the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals AFC north divisional NFL pro football battle on Sunday.

The 11-4 Ravens and 9-6 Bengals will kick off in the late game on New Year’s Day at 4:15PM Eastern Time with regional television coverage provided by CBS.

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Currently at Oddsmaker the road team Baltimore Ravens are lined as a -2 point favorite with the over under lined at 38 ½ points.

Bettors playing the Ravens on the money line will lay -130 odds.

Those taking the home underdog Cincinnati Bengals on the money line can take back +110 odds at Oddsmaker.

Currently the Baltimore Ravens sit as the second seed in the AFC north and with a win or a Pittsburgh loss, the Ravens will earn a first round bye and the AFC north title.

Cincinnati controls their destiny for a wildcard playoff berth as with a win against the Ravens and they qualify for the post season.

A Cincinnati loss on Sunday and they will need a lot of help to earn a playoff spot.

The Ravens have not been able to carry their good home form on the highway this season. The team is just 3-4 on the road this season with bad losses to Jacksonville, Seattle, San Diego and Tennessee.

Baltimore will have lots riding on this game and are hoping for a solid performance from quarterback Joe Flacco.

The Ravens quarterback is hitting on just 56.7% of his passes this year with 19 touchdowns and 12 picks.

Baltimore has put their faith on the running game as they have relied heavily on their ground game with Flacco’s shaky play.

The tandem of Ricky Williams and Ray Rice has combined for 1589 rushing yards on the season.

With Baltimore running the ball it has allowed an old Ravens defense to limit their time on the field. The Ravens give up just 16 points a game this year.

Cincinnati enters this home game winner of two straight games.

They almost choked away a 23-0 fourth quarter lead last week to Arizona as key fumbles by running back Cedric Benson put the Cardinals in position to force overtime.

Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton has hit on nearly 59% of his passes this year for 20 touchdowns and 13 picks.

The Bengals have been good this year on defense allowing 20 points and 314 yards a game.

When Baltimore and Cincinnati met in their first meeting it was the Ravens earning the 31-24 home win as a -7 point betting favorite.

Both teams were able to drive on the opponent’s defense as the Bengals had 463 yards and Baltimore 372 yards.

The difference in the game was turnovers as despite 373 passing yards by Andy Dalton he threw for three interceptions.