Latest Football Picks & Stories July 29th, 2014
Top College Football Picks & Articles
The Bulldogs will be Hutson Mason’s team with the departure of Aaron Murray to the NFL. Mason has paid his dues in the program and, more importantly, has gotten plenty of practice reps in Mike Bobo’s offense. Mason got valuable experience after Murray’s torn ACL last season and the Bulldogs will have talent, albeit inexperienced, behind Mason if he falters with two top-ten recruits. One huge benefit to Mason is that the Georgia offense is loaded with skill players.
Braxton Miller enters the year as a Heisman Trophy candidate and his improvement as a passer was truly evident in his junior season. Now as a senior, expectations are the highest they’ve ever been for Miller as Carlos Hyde is gone and backup quarterback Kenny Guiton is lighting up the Arena Football League.
Brett Hundley could have left as a redshirt sophomore last season, but both he and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota decided to stay and it’s those two guys that are the headliners in the Pac-12 again this season. Hundley was the leading rusher for the Bruins with 748 net rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He also completed over two-thirds
Nike, the company that supplies Oregon with all of their awesome uniforms, also happens to be the name of the Greek goddess of victory. She also had wings. Oregon running backs can fly without the wings. De’Anthony Thomas is gone, but injuries limited him to less than 600 net yards rushing.
It’s fair to wonder what Jacob Coker will bring to the Alabama offense as Alabama all-time passing leader, Mr. Katherine Webb, er, I mean, AJ McCarron, departs for a potential NFL future. Of course, the same was wondered when John Parker Wilson and Greg McElroy left Alabama. McCarron broke Wilson’s passing yards record
The Florida Gators seem to have fallen off the map since Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow packed up and left town. The Gators used to be the cream of the crop in the SEC and the favorites to win the national championship. Now the instate rival Florida State Seminoles have stolen their thunder and are the favorites to win it all.
The Preseason AP Top 25 poll won’t come out until next month, but here at BangTheBook.com, we’re giving you a Top 25 from a betting perspective. Using power ratings to determine the top 25 teams in college football, readers will have the opportunity to look at what the preseason Top 25 might look like if designed by a bettor. Each article will feature a preview of that team with a write-up for each position and an explanation of why the position group was rated that way and some further insight into the methodology of creating power ratings.
Gamblers, bettors, and oddsmakers seem to universally take issue with college football’s Top 25, whether it’s the Associated Press or the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. These lists can have a lot of impact on the betting market, as casual bettors back public favorites because of their ranking and the perception attached to said ranking. The media will tout something as an “upset” because a ranked team goes down to an unranked team, but that unranked team was the favorite anyway.
The college football season is just about a month away and the media invaded the camps of the top football programs across the country. This time of year is dominated by the media as they perform their media days and get an inside look at the teams, coaches and offer up predictions for the upcoming season.
The Oregon Ducks are a flashy fun filled team to watch on the football field. The high octane offense and quick scoring schemes always makes the Ducks a team to watch. This season is no different as the Ducks have a very talented team with returning leadership