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Clemson Tigers versus Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Betting Preview

Monday, January 9th, 2017

The college football championship game will feature the Clemson Tigers facing the Alabama Crimson Tide in a rematch of last year’s meeting for the title. The Tigers and Crimson Tide get things started from Tampa Florida at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the Alabama Crimson Tide favored by -6 ½ points with over under odds 51 points.

Alabama was able to win the National Championship a season ago beating Clemson 45-40 but failing to cover the spread as a -6 point favorite. The Crimson Tide on defense has no answer for a Tigers offense that produced 550 yards. Deshaun Watson threw for 405 yards with four touchdowns and a pick. Clemson and Alabama were tied at 24-24 then the Crimson Tide had a couple of back breaking big plays. Jake Coker completed a 51 yard touchdown pass then after a Clemson field goal the Crimson Tide returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to take a 38-27 lead that held up in the end.

Clemson faced Ohio St in their semifinal game and put on a dominating defensive effort in a 31-0 victory as a +1 point underdog. They held the Ohio St offense to a combined 3 of 16 on third and fourth down plays. They forced three turnovers in the win. At issue was Deshaun Watson throwing for one touchdown but two picks. Turnovers have been an issue for this Clemson team as they better be careful because Alabama is the king of scoring touchdowns on defense this season. Watson may have hurt his draft status as the threw for 38 touchdowns but 17 interceptions which is a poor ratio for college quarterbacks being targeted as an NFL prospect.

Alabama is playing for an undefeated season as the team is 14-0. Their defense led them to a 24-7 victory in the semifinals to the Washington Huskies covering as a -12 ½ point favorite. Alabama held the Huskies to just 194 yards and produced a defensive touchdown on a pick six. Bo Scarebrough led the Alabama offense on the ground with 180 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was unimpressive passing for 57 yards.

NCAA College Football Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Monday

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

The College Football Bowls action on Monday January 2nd features four games over national television to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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The action gets underway at 1PM Eastern Time on ABC TV in the Outback Bowl as the Iowa Hawkeyes meet the Florida Gators. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Florida favored by -3 points with the over under line of 40 ½ points. Both teams enter play at 8-4 on the season. The Gators try and recover after blow out losses to Florida St and Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Iowa has won three straight entering this New Year’s Day bowl game. After their 14-13 home upset victory to Michigan the Hawkeyes posted victories at Illinois and home to Nebraska.

The Cotton Bowl begins at 1PM Eastern Time on ESPN as the Wisconsin Badgers meet the Western Michigan Broncos. Wisconsin is favored by -8 ½ points with the over under of 52 ½ points. Western Michigan ran the table as this MAC conference entrant is 13-0 coming off a win against Ohio in their conference championship game. Wisconsin fell to 10-3 as they dropped a 38-31 defeat in the Big Ten Championship game to Penn St to break a six game win streak.

On ESPN TV at 5PM Eastern Time it is the Rose Bowl as the Penn St Nittany Lions facing the USC Trojans. USC is favored by -7 points with an over under of 59 ½ points. After a blowout road loss to Michigan the Nittany Lions have strung together nine straight victories with notable victories to Ohio St, Iowa and Wisconsin. USC has won eight straight and playing great football since the switch to freshman quarterback Sam Darnold.

The Sugar Bowl begins at 8:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN as the Oklahoma Sooners meet the Auburn Tigers. Oklahoma is favored by -3 points with a total set at 65 points. Oklahoma suffered two early losses in the non-conference season losing to Houston and Ohio St. To the Sooners credit they recovered and beat every Big 12 conference team to earn a Sugar Bowl berth. Auburn is 8-4 showing an improvement on defense but inconsistent play on offense.

NCAA College Football Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Saturday

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

The college football bowl schedule for New Year’s Eve Saturday December 31st features four outstanding games over national television to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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The action begins with the Citrus Bowl from Orlando Florida at 11AM Eastern Time on ABC TV as the Louisville Cardinals meet the LSU Tigers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has LSU favored by -3 points with a total of 59 ½ points. LSU bounced back from a disappointing home loss to Florida by pounding Texas A&M on the road 54-39 to move to 7-4 on the year. Louisville struggled down the stretch with back to back losses on the road to Houston and at home to rival Kentucky.

The TaxSlayer Bowl from Jacksonville Florida kicks off at 11AM Eastern Time on ESPN as Kentucky Wildcats meet the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech is favored by -3 ½ points with a total of 62 ½ points. The Yellow Jackets got off to a slow start but finished winning five of their past six games including a road win over rival Georgia to close out regular season play. Kentucky was another team who started slowly but closed winning seven of their past ten games as they put up 41 points on the road to Louisville in a road win.

Semifinal Playoff will take place in the Peach Bowl from Atlanta Georgia at 3PM Eastern Time on ABC TV as Alabama meets Washington. Alabama is favored by -13 ½ points with a total of 52 ½ points. Washington was able to rebound after a home loss to USC. They pounded Washington St and Colorado as they enter this playoff game. Alabama has crushed all opponents but one by double digit margins during this undefeated regular season.

The Fiesta Bowl from Phoenix Arizona will host a semifinal playoff game at 7PM Eastern Time on ABC TV as Clemson will meet Ohio St. The Buckeyes are favored by -3 points with a total of 59 points. Ohio St only loss came to Rose Bowl bound Penn St. They edged Michigan in overtime entering this playoff game. Clemson was sloppy offensively by turning over the football many times. They have just one loss but could have had two had NC State not missed a field goal as time expired.

NCAA College Football Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Friday

Friday, December 30th, 2016

There will be five bowl games from college football on Friday December 30th to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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The action begins with the Liberty Bowl at 12PM Eastern Time on ESPN as the TCU Horned Frogs face the Georgia Bulldogs. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has TCU favored by -2.5 points with the total set at 48 ½ points. TCU struggled at the quarterback position and had trouble defending the pass on defense to finish 6-6 overall. Georgia concluded regular season play at 7-5 as they dropped a 28-27 home decision to rival Georgia Tech.

The Sun Bowl kicks off at 2PM Eastern Time from El Paso as North Carolina faces Stanford. The Cardinal is favored by -2.5 points with a total of 54 points. No Elijah Hood the stud running back for North Carolina in this game. Stanford after a slow start finished with five straight victories to move to 9-3.

The Music City bowl begins at 3:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN as The Tennessee Volunteers meet the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Tennessee is favored by -6.5 points with the total of 58 points. Nebraska is looking for their 10th win as it eluded them in a bad 40-10 road defeat to Iowa. Much more was expected from this Tennessee team that went 8-4 during the regular season and coming off to a road loss to Vanderbilt.

The Arizona Bowl is set for 5:30PM Eastern Time on Comcast Sports Net affiliate stations as Air Force meets South Alabama. Air Force is favored by -13 ½ points with the total of 57 ½ points. Air Force won the Commanders in Chief trophy with wins against Army and Navy this year. South Alabama is 6-6 and needed a fourth quarter rally against New Mexico St to become bowl eligible.

At 8PM Eastern Time it’s the Orange Bowl with the Florida St Seminoles facing the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan is favored by -7 points with a total of 52 points. Florida St had issues with dynamic offenses this year dropping games to North Carolina, Clemson and Louisville. Michigan has been offensively challenged in some games this year and looks to rebound after a tough loss to Ohio St.

NCAA College Football Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Thursday

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

There will be three games on the schedule from college football on Thursday December 29th to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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The Birmingham Bowl gets the action going at 2PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the South Carolina Gamecocks will face the South Florida Bulls. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the South Florida Bulls favored by -10 points with over under odds of 62 points. South Florida is a 10-2 team as they got past rival Central Florida in their regular season finale 48-31 at home for their fourth straight victory. What kept the Bulls out of the AAC championship game was a 46-30 road defeat at Temple. The Bulls are the seventh ranked scoring team in all of college football as they average 43.6 points per game. South Carolina is a 6-6 team that began 1-4 against the SEC conference. They finished winning four of their past six games. They picked up non-conference victories over the likes of Western Carolina, Massachusetts and East Carolina.

At 5:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN it is the Belk Bowl from North Carolina as Virginia Tech Hokies will meet the Arkansas Razorbacks. Virginia Tech is favored by -7 points with the total set at 61 points. Arkansas had a disappointing season finishing at 7-5 as much more was expected from this team. They dropped a 28-24 road decision at Missouri entering this bowl game. Virginia Tech earned a berth into the ACC Championship Game and hung tough against Clemson losing by just a touchdown 42-35 as a +10 point underdog.

The late night game kicks off at 9PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Colorado Buffaloes meet the Oklahoma St Cowboys in the Alamo Bowl from San Antonio. Colorado is favored by -3 points with a total of 62.5 points. Colorado was the surprise of the PAC 12 conference this season by winning the South division outright but coming up short in a loss to Washington in the championship game. Oklahoma St failed in their bid for a Big 12 championship as they fell to Oklahoma 38-20 on the road as a +12 point underdog.

NCAA College Football Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Wednesday

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

The College Football Bowls roll on Wednesday December 28th with four outstanding games over national television to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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It all begins at 2PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV with the Pinstripe Bowl from New York as Northwestern Wildcats face the Pittsburgh Panthers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Pittsburgh favored by -5 points with over under of 64 ½ points. Pittsburgh closed out the regular season with three straight victories including a 43-42 road victory at Clemson. They put up 76 points in a home victory to Syracuse. Northwestern got their sixth win of the season to become bowl eligible by beating Illinois at home in the regular season finale 42-21.

At 5:30PM Eastern Time it’s the Russell Athletic Bowl from Orlando Florida as the Miami Hurricanes will face the West Virginia Mountaineers. Miami is favored by -2 ½ points with a total of 57 ½ points. West Virginia was 10-2 on the year. Their losses came to Oklahoma and Oklahoma St. Miami is 8-4 and closed out with four straight victories beating NC State on the road and Pittsburgh at home.

The Foster Farms Bowl kicks off at 8:30PM Eastern Time from Santa Clara on FOX TV as the Utah Utes will face the Indiana Hoosiers. Utah is lined as a -6 point betting favorite with the total set at 54 ½ points. Utah looks to break a two game losing streak with losses to Oregon and Colorado. Indiana is 6-6 and ran off their head coach. They needed a 26-24 home victory to Purdue to become bowl eligible.

The Kansas St Wildcats face the Texas A&M Aggies in the Texas Bowl at 9PM Eastern Time on ESPN from Houston. Texas A&M is favored by -2.5 points with an over under line of 57 ½ points. Both teams have records of 8-4. The Aggies dropped three of their past four games after losing at home to LSU 54-39. They are 0-4 against their past four SEC conference opponents. Kansas St closed out with three straight victories after beating TCU on the road 30-6 in their regular season finale.

NCAA College Football Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Tuesday

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

The College Football Bowls on Tuesday December 26th features four games on the schedule to the delight of sports bettors worldwide.

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The action begins on ESPN TV at 12PM Eastern Time in the Heart of Dallas Bowl as the North Texas Mean Green faces the Army Black Knights. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Army Black Knights favored by -11 points with the total of 48 ½ points. This is the second meeting of the year between these teams. Back on October 22nd it was North Texas beating Army 35-18 as a +17 ½ point betting underdog. It was a seven turnover game for Army in the loss. Army is 7-5 and on a two game win streak as they beat Navy 21-17 for the first time in 14 years. North Texas qualified for a bowl game with a 5-7 record.

The Military Bowl has a kick off at 3:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons meet the Temple Owls from Annapolis Maryland. Temple is a -11 ½ point favorite with a total of 41 points. Temple were winners of the AAC championship game beating Navy 34-10 for their seventh straight win. Wake Forest got off to a nice start but finished 6-6 on the year losing five of their final six games.

At 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN from San Diego California it’s the Holiday Bowl featuring the Washington St Cougars and Minnesota Golden Gophers. Washington St is favored by -10 points with the over under of 61 points. Washington St tries to regroup after losing big to Washington and losing a chance to earn a berth into the PAC 12 championship game. Minnesota moved to 8-4 after dropping a 31-17 road decision at Wisconsin.

The late night goes off at 10:15PM Eastern Time over ESPN with Baylor Bears facing Boise St Broncos. Boise St is favored by -7 ½ points with the total of 67 points. Boise St with losses to Air Force and Wyoming on the road cost themselves a Sugar Bowl berth. Baylor opened the year 6-0 then lost six straight to move to 6-6.

What to Watch and Bet NFL and College Football for Monday December 26th

Monday, December 26th, 2016

The betting card on Monday December 26th features one NFL game and three from the college football bowls to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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NFL Monday Night Football kicks off at 8:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Dallas Cowboys are home to the Detroit Lions. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Dallas Cowboys favored by –6 ½ points with the total lined at 45 points. Dallas has clinched the NFC East and home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs following the Giants loss to the Eagles on Thursday night. Detroit will meet Green Bay in Week 17 to decide the NFC North division title. A win on Monday night and the Lions clinch at the very least an NFC Wildcard spot.

The college football card starts at 11AM Eastern Time on ESPN in the St Petersburg Bowl as the Mississippi St Bulldogs meet the Miami Ohio Redhawks. Its Mississippi St favored by -14 ½ points with the total set at 58 ½ points. Miami Ohio started the season 0-6 then won their final six games to become bowl eligible. Mississippi St was 5-7 and had trouble stepping up against quality SEC opponents.

At 2:30PM Eastern Time from Detroit on ESPN the Quick Lane Bowl features the Boston College Eagles facing the Maryland Terrapins. Maryland is favored by -2 points with a total of 43 ½ points. These are two 6-6 teams that are offensively challenged on the season. Both teams needed a win in their regular season finale to become bowl eligible. With Maryland’s 31-13 home victory to Rutgers the Terrapins broke a four game losing streak.

On ESPN2 TV at 5PM Eastern Time it is the Independence Bowl as 6-6 Vanderbilt will meet 6-6 NC State from Shreveport Louisiana at 5PM Eastern Time. NC State is favored by -5 ½ points with a total of 45 points. To become bowl eligible the Commodores needed to upset Tennessee and Ole Miss in their final two regular season games. NC State upset North Carolina on the road in their regular season finale as they covered as a +10 point underdog to become bowl eligible.

NCAA College Football Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Friday

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

The College Football Bowl season rolls on and scheduled for Friday December 23rd are three games over national television to the delight of sports bettors worldwide.

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The action begins at 1PM Eastern Time on ESPN in the Bahamas Bowl as Old Dominion will face Eastern Michigan. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Old Dominion favored by -4 points with a total set at 63 ½ points. Eastern Michigan is a greatly improved team. They had been a cellar dweller from the MAC conference for years until in 2016 where they finished at 7-5. The Eagles are a good passing team throwing for 295 yards per game. Old Dominion was 9-3 on the year. They finished in second place in Conference USA East division behind Western Kentucky. They finished strong with five straight victories scoring 31 or greater points in each game.

The Armed Forces Bowl from Fort Worth Texas kicks off at 4:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN as the Navy Midshipmen will meet the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Louisiana Tech is favored by -6 ½ points with a total of 67 ½ points. Navy returns to action after a disappointing defeat to Army 21-17 as a -5 ½ point favorite about two weeks ago. It was their first loss to Army in fourteen years. Prior to that loss the Midshipmen dropped a 34-10 defeat at home to Temple in the AAC Championship game. Louisiana Tech lost in the Conference USA championship game to Western Kentucky 58-44 as a +12 point underdog. The Bulldogs are a high scoring team averaging 44 points per game good for fifth in the nation.

The Dollar General Bowl begins at 8PM Eastern Time on ESPN from Mobile Alabama as the Troy Trojans battle the Ohio Bobcats. Troy is favored by -4 points with an over under line of 49 points. Ohio is a pesky team that usually gives competitive teams trouble and plays down to the competition. In the MAC title game the Bobcats lost a close one to Western Michigan 29-23 and covering as a +16 ½ point underdog as they gave the Broncos a scare for a Cotton Bowl berth. Troy Trojans shared the Sun Belt conference title as they suffered a loss at Georgia Southern 28-24 that prevented an outright conference title.

Memphis Tigers versus Western Kentucky Hilltoppers College Football Betting Preview

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The college football bowl season rolls on in the Boca Raton Bowl from Miami Florida on Tuesday December 20th as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers meet the Memphis Tigers. The teams begin play at 7PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.
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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers favored by -6 ½ points with the total set at 81 points.

Memphis finished their regular season at 8-4. They closed out with victories at Cincinnati and a nice home victory to Houston by the score of 48-44. They have put up some major points down the stretch putting up 42 points or greater in three of their past four games. In their win against a highly touted Houston team the Tigers put up 555 offensive yards and got a great game from the quarterback position. Riley Ferguson hit on 30 of 45 passes for 409 yards and four touchdowns. The junior quarterback connected on 63.7% of his passes for 3326 yards with 28 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. The Tennessee transfer played his first season of college football this season after not playing in his first two years. He has thrown three touchdowns or greater in four of his past five games. Memphis is ranked 17th in the nation in scoring as the team averages 39.5 points per game on the season.

Western Kentucky is 10-3 on the year. They are champions of Conference USA after they defeated Louisiana Tech 58-44 in the title game. The Hilltoppers have punished conference opponents this year. On the season Western Kentucky has averaged 45.1 points per game which is second best in college football. Not only can they score they have shown the ability to defend as they limit opponents to 367 yards per game which is 38th best from college football. Quarterback Mike White a junior playing in his first season is completing 67% of his throws for 4027 yards with 34 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Western Kentucky has won seven straight games.