cnotes Posts:24215 Followers:32
12/27/2012 10:18 PM

Rutgers seeks 10-win season Friday vs. Va. Tech

RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS (9-3)
vs. VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES (6-6)

Russell Athletic Bowl - Orlando, FL
Kickoff: Friday, 5:30 p.m. EDT
Line: Virginia Tech -2, Total: 41

Former Big East rivals meet for the first time in a decade when Rutgers and Virginia Tech square off Friday in Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Virginia Tech dominated this series from 1993 to 2003, scoring 30+ points in each of 11 straight wins by a combined score of 511 to 189 (47 to 17 average score). Rutgers has the better record this year though, starting the season 9-1 before dropping the final two games. Virginia Tech needed a two-game win streak to end the year (both ATS losses) with a bowl berth, but still finished 3-9 ATS overall, including 0-6 ATS (1-5 SU) in non-home games.

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Rutgers QB Gary Nova has not thrown the football well over the past five games, completing 81-of-147 passes (55%) for 1,063 yards (7.2 YPA), 7 TD and 12 INT. However, Nova has been strong away from home this year, throwing for 397 yards and 5 TD at Arkansas, and tossing 4 TD passes at Temple. Nova relies mostly on three receivers who all rank in the top-20 in yardage in the Big East. Brandon Coleman's 663 yards rank sixth in the conference and he also has 10 TD grabs. Mark Harrison (560 rec. yds, 6 TD) and Tim Wright (438 rec. yds, 2 TD) rank 11th and 19th, respectively, in Big East receiving yards. The rushing workload is given almost entirely to two backs, Jawan Jamison (242 carries) and Savon Huggins (101 carries), as Nova is the only other Rutgers player with more than 10 carries this season. Jamison started the year with five straight games of 110+ rushing yards, but finished with five straight sub-100-yard efforts. He has clearly been affected by an ankle injury, but the long layoff should have him close to 100 percent for this game. The Knights have been sacked just eight times all season (tied for fifth-fewest in FBS). Defensively, Rutgers is incredibly stingy, giving up only 14.3 PPG (5th in nation) and 321 total YPG (14th in FBS). Although the Knights don't pile up the sacks (1.8 per game, 75th in nation), they do rank 19th in the country in Tackles For Loss (7.1 per game). Senior LB Khaseem Greene was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year with team-best totals in tackles (125), forced fumbles (6) and sacks (5.5).

Logan Thomas is in the midst of a terrible season, ranking 84th in the nation in passing efficiency, a huge drop-off from his 50th ranking in this category in 2011. He's thrown for 2,783 yards on 390 attempts (7.1 YPA) with 17 TD and 14 INT, throwing multiple picks in five different games. Thomas relies mostly on two senior wide receivers, Marcus Davis (891 rec. yds, 8th in ACC) and Corey Fuller (769 rec. yds, 11th in ACC). In last year's 23-20 Sugar Bowl loss to Michigan, Thomas completed 19-of-28 passes for 214 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT, while rushing for 53 yards and 1 TD. He has done a nice job rushing the football this year too with a team-high 528 yards and 9 TD coming in nine different games. Tech's defense has been erratic this year, holding four teams to 17 points or less, but allowing 27+ points in six games. However, the Hokies allow just 345 total YPG (24th in FBS) and put great pressure on the quarterback with an ACC-best 2.7 sacks per game and 7.3 Tackles For Loss per game (14th in FBS).

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24215 Followers:32
12/27/2012 10:20 PM

Texas Tech clashes with Minnesota Friday in Houston

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS (6-6)
vs. TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (7-5)

Meineke Car Care Bowl - Houston, TX
Kickoff: Friday, 9:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Texas Tech -13, Total: 55

Two teams look to end their seasons on a high note when Minnesota and Texas Tech square off in Friday's Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston.

Both teams slump into this game as Minnesota is just 2-6 (SU and ATS) in its past eight contests, while Texas Tech has lost four of five (0-5 ATS), allowing 46.2 PPG during this span. The Gophers were just 1-4 ATS in non-home games this year, managing only 17.4 PPG. The Red Raiders rank second in the nation in passing offense (362 YPG), but have allowed 52+ points in each of their past four games outside of Lubbock. Minnesota has lost four straight bowl games, but three defeats were by three points or less. Texas Tech is playing in its fourth straight bowl game taking place in Texas. With head coach Tommy Tuberville leaving for Cincinnati, offensive line coach Chris Thomsen will lead the Red Raiders on Friday.

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Minnesota's offense is a mess, and freshman QB Philip Nelson has provided little solace since he took over for Max Shortell. Nelson has thrown more INT (7) than TD (6) this year, and has been just dreadful in the past two games, completing 18-of-46 passes (39%) for 120 yards (2.6 YPA), 0 TD and 5 INT in losses to Nebraska and Michigan State. It hasn't helped the offense that leading receiver A.J. Barker quit the team in November, citing mistreatment by head coach Jerry Kill. Sophomore RB Donnell Kirkwood is the team's most effective offensive player with 849 rushing yards and 5 TD this year, but he has also struggled in these past two contests, gaining just 30 yards on 17 carries. The Gophers defense continues to carry this team, allowing just 353 total YPG (29th in nation) and 23.9 PPG (38th in FBS) this season. They are particularly sharp in their passing defense (179 YPG, 11th in nation), and they will certainly be tested by Texas Tech's high-octane passing attack. The Gophers have forced multiple turnovers in half of their games this season, including three in a row.

Seth Doege is in the midst of another monster season, ranking 9th in the nation in total offense (331 YPG) and 14th in passing efficiency (7.9 YPA, 38 TD, 14 INT). He has thrown at least three touchdown passes seven times this year with outputs of 5, 6, 6, and 7 TD in a triple-overtime win at TCU. Doege has never played in a bowl game before, and he has not been as crisp in his past two games with more INT (five) than TD passes (four). The Red Raiders have a pair of 900-yard receivers in Eric Ward (75 rec., 974 yds, 11 TD) and Darrin Moore (81 rec., 948 yds, 13 TD), who has a whopping 21 catches for 326 yards and 3 TD in the past two games. Sophomore RB Kenny Williams (779 rush yds, 5.7 YPC) is the top rusher in Lubbock, but he has surpassed 15 carries just once all season. Turnovers have been a huge problem for Texas Tech, more particularly on the defensive side of the ball, where the school has forced the third-fewest turnovers in FBS this season with 10. But the Red Raiders have a paltry 1.3 sacks per game (T-105th in nation), which is why they have surrendered 31.8 PPG (92nd in FBS). Yardage-wise they are not too shabby though, allowing just 367 total YPG (2nd in Big 12) and 196 passing YPG (best in conference).

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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12/27/2012 10:29 PM

Pac-12 good, Big 12 bad: Best conferences to bet in bowl games

Teams from the SEC have been a popular pick with those college football bettors getting down early on the bowl season odds.

Just about every program from the nation’s most powerful conference playing in a bowl has seen their spread expand. And why not?

SEC teams are 62-49-2 ATS in bowl games since 1985, boasting a 66-47 SU mark in those contests.

That 54.8 percent cover rate is impressive but it’s not the best conference ATS count during bowl season. That honor goes to the Pac-12, which holds a 44-34 ATS record (40-38 SU) in bowl games over the past 27 years – covering the spread at a 56.4 percent click.

The Big 12, on the other hand, is a bowl season bust. The conference lugs a dismal 41-62-2 ATS (39 percent) record in bowl game since 1985, going 53-52 SU in those contests. In fact there are just five conferences that have finished in the black against the spread in that span.

The ACC (48-46-3 ATS), Big East (38-31-1 ATS), Mountain West (28-23 ATS), Pac-12 (44-34 ATS) and the SEC (62-49-2 ATS) are the only conference that have consistently turned a profit during bowl season over the last 27 years.

The Big 12 (41-62-2 ATS), C-USA (31-37-2 ATS), Independents (9-10 ATS), MAC (17-21-3 ATS), and WAC (19-23-2 ATS) have all cost bettors money at some point during that stretch while the Big Ten (48-48-1 ATS) and Sun Belt (9-9-2 ATS) have broken even.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24215 Followers:32
12/27/2012 10:35 PM

Friday, December 28

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OHIO U (8 - 4) vs. LA MONROE (8 - 4) - 12/28/2012, 2:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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RUTGERS (9 - 3) vs. VIRGINIA TECH (6 - 6) - 12/28/2012, 5:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
VIRGINIA TECH is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA TECH is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA TECH is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA TECH is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA TECH is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
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MINNESOTA (6 - 6) vs. TEXAS TECH (7 - 5) - 12/28/2012, 9:00 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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Friday, December 28

2:00 PM
OHIO vs. LOUISIANA-MONROE
Ohio is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
Ohio is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
Louisiana-Monroe is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisiana-Monroe's last 6 games

5:30 PM
RUTGERS vs. VIRGINIA TECH
Rutgers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Virginia Tech
Rutgers is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Rutgers

9:00 PM
MINNESOTA vs. TEXAS TECH
Minnesota is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Minnesota is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas Tech's last 6 games
Texas Tech is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

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Russell Athletic Bowl: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Virginia Tech Hokies – Open: Pick, Move: -2.5

Early money has leaned towards the Hokies in this ACC/Big East battle on Dec. 28. Kessler, who opened Virginia Tech -1.5, took some big wagers on the Hokies this past week.

“We got hit on Virginia Tech and moved to -2.5,” he says. “It’s been really hard to bet on Virginia Tech this season, but they are clearly the better of the two teams.”

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28

Game 223-224: Ohio vs. UL-Monroe (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ohio 71.274; UL-Monroe 79.423
Dunkel Line: UL-Monroe by 8; 57
Vegas Line: UL-Monroe by 7; 60
Dunkel Pick: UL-Monroe (-7); Under

Game 225-226: Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech (5:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Rutgers 83.855; Virginia Tech 88.030
Dunkel Line: Virginia Tech by 4; 46
Vegas Line: Virginia Tech by 2; 41 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Virginia Tech (-2); Over

Game 227-228: Minnesota vs. Texas Tech (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 80.863; Texas Tech 95.660
Dunkel Line: Texas Tech by 15; 54
Vegas Line: Texas Tech by 12 1/2; 57
Dunkel Pick: Texas Tech (-12 1/2); Under

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Independence Bowl

La. Monroe - Only three teams in the country lost fewer fumbles this season (lost four).
Ohio – Bobcats have failed to cover in seven of their last eight games.

Russell Athletic Bowl

Rutgers - Worst first-down offense of all bowl teams with an average of just 16.7 ypg.
Virgina Tech – Defense allowed an average of 417 yards and 33.5 points against in road games this year compared to 334 yards and 23.9 points against at home.

Meineke Car Car Bowl

Minnesota – Only seven current Gophers played in the team’s last bowl game in 2009.
Texas Tech - Second-best passing offense in the nation with 361 yards per game.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Ohio U vs. Louisiana Monroe, 2:00 ET ESPN
Ohio U: 1-7 ATS after the first month of the season
LA Monroe: 9-1 ATS off BB games with 40+ pass attempts

Russell Athletic Bowl
Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech, 5:30 ET ESPN
Rutgers: 17-6 ATS away off BB ATS losses
Virginia Tech: 0-6 ATS away vs. non-conference opponents

Meineke Car Care Bowl
Minnesota vs. Texas Tech, 9:00 ET ESPN
Minnesota: 9-1 Under after losing 4 or 5 of their last 6 games
Texas Tech: 22-8 ATS after committing 4+ turnovers

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NCAAF
Armadillo's Write-Up

Bowl Season

Friday, December 28

Independence Bowl (Shreveport)
UL-Monroe is in its first-ever bowl; they'll be excited and have lot of fan support- this is game Louisiana Tech didn't want to play in, due to their animosity with ULM. Faves won/covered last six Independence Bowls; MAC teams are 0-2 in this bowl the last nine years, losing 17-13/17-10. Ohio is playing in 5th bowl in last eight years, upsetting Utah St 24-23 in LY's Potato Bowl; Bobcats could be diappointed to be here after 7-0 start that included win at Penn State- they lost last three games, allowing 35.3 ppg- they're 1-2 as underdog this year. ULM stumbled when QB Browning was hurt, but he's back now; they're 4-3 vs spread as favorite this year, and also won at Arkansas, lost to Auburn/Baylor by combined total of 8 points. Ohio QB Tettleton is son of former big league catcher; he threw 16 TDs with only three INTs, but Browning (27 TDs, 7 INTs) is key to this game for ULM/ Sun Belt non-conference favorites are 6-3 vs spread this year, 1-1 in bowls; MAC dogs are 18-18, 1-2 in bowls.

Russell Athletic (Orlando)
This is worst Hokie team since an 8-5 team in '03; they lost 40-12/23-20 in BCS bowls last two years. Virginia Tech covered only 7 of its last 26 games (3-9 this year); they had just three offensive starters back from LY and it showed, going 3-5 SU in last eight games, covering two of eight as a favorite. Rutgers is 5-0 in bowls over last five years, but Schiano is now in NFL and Flood is first-time HC; Knights lost last two games to slip out of BCS game to here, but they've got lot of Florida kids, should still be motivated. Problem is, they scored total of 33 points in last three games, but they also covered three of four as underdog, with SU wins at USF/Arkansas/Cincinnati. Tech allowed 27+ points in all six losses this year; Rutgers scored 27+ in only two of its last eight games. ACC teams are 7-2 in this bowl last nine years; underdogs covered five of last seven, with average total in last three just 32.0.

Meineke Car Care (Houston)
Domed stadium has lent to high-scoring games in this bowl; average total in last four Car Care Bowls is 51.8. Favorites are 6-2-1 vs spread in this bowl last nine years. 6-6 Minnesota's best WR (walk-on) quit team and trashed coach on his way out door; Gophers are in a bowl for first time in three years- they've lost last four bowls, with three losses by 3 or less points. Minnesota scored 13.5 ppg in last four games. Texas Tech didn't play in bowl LY but is 4-1 in last five bowls, scoring 39 ppg in five games- they played three OT games in last six, winning two of three OT tilts. Tuberville bolted for Cincinnati, so yet another interim coach here. Big X teams lost four of last five appearances in this bowl, with Texas A&M winning here LY, in its last game as a Big X member. Tech (-7) beat Gophers 44-41 in bowl game six years ago, in only series meeting. Houston setting favors Tech; so does Minnesota's 2-6 spread record as an underdog. Big Dozen non-conference underdogs are 4-3 vs spread.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24215 Followers:32
12/27/2012 10:35 PM

Friday, December 28

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OHIO U (8 - 4) vs. LA MONROE (8 - 4) - 12/28/2012, 2:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
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RUTGERS (9 - 3) vs. VIRGINIA TECH (6 - 6) - 12/28/2012, 5:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
VIRGINIA TECH is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA TECH is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA TECH is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA TECH is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA TECH is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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MINNESOTA (6 - 6) vs. TEXAS TECH (7 - 5) - 12/28/2012, 9:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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Friday, December 28

2:00 PM
OHIO vs. LOUISIANA-MONROE
Ohio is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
Ohio is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
Louisiana-Monroe is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisiana-Monroe's last 6 games

5:30 PM
RUTGERS vs. VIRGINIA TECH
Rutgers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Virginia Tech
Rutgers is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Rutgers

9:00 PM
MINNESOTA vs. TEXAS TECH
Minnesota is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Minnesota is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas Tech's last 6 games
Texas Tech is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

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Russell Athletic Bowl: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Virginia Tech Hokies – Open: Pick, Move: -2.5

Early money has leaned towards the Hokies in this ACC/Big East battle on Dec. 28. Kessler, who opened Virginia Tech -1.5, took some big wagers on the Hokies this past week.

“We got hit on Virginia Tech and moved to -2.5,” he says. “It’s been really hard to bet on Virginia Tech this season, but they are clearly the better of the two teams.”

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28

Game 223-224: Ohio vs. UL-Monroe (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ohio 71.274; UL-Monroe 79.423
Dunkel Line: UL-Monroe by 8; 57
Vegas Line: UL-Monroe by 7; 60
Dunkel Pick: UL-Monroe (-7); Under

Game 225-226: Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech (5:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Rutgers 83.855; Virginia Tech 88.030
Dunkel Line: Virginia Tech by 4; 46
Vegas Line: Virginia Tech by 2; 41 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Virginia Tech (-2); Over

Game 227-228: Minnesota vs. Texas Tech (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 80.863; Texas Tech 95.660
Dunkel Line: Texas Tech by 15; 54
Vegas Line: Texas Tech by 12 1/2; 57
Dunkel Pick: Texas Tech (-12 1/2); Under

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Independence Bowl

La. Monroe - Only three teams in the country lost fewer fumbles this season (lost four).
Ohio – Bobcats have failed to cover in seven of their last eight games.

Russell Athletic Bowl

Rutgers - Worst first-down offense of all bowl teams with an average of just 16.7 ypg.
Virgina Tech – Defense allowed an average of 417 yards and 33.5 points against in road games this year compared to 334 yards and 23.9 points against at home.

Meineke Car Car Bowl

Minnesota – Only seven current Gophers played in the team’s last bowl game in 2009.
Texas Tech - Second-best passing offense in the nation with 361 yards per game.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Ohio U vs. Louisiana Monroe, 2:00 ET ESPN
Ohio U: 1-7 ATS after the first month of the season
LA Monroe: 9-1 ATS off BB games with 40+ pass attempts

Russell Athletic Bowl
Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech, 5:30 ET ESPN
Rutgers: 17-6 ATS away off BB ATS losses
Virginia Tech: 0-6 ATS away vs. non-conference opponents

Meineke Car Care Bowl
Minnesota vs. Texas Tech, 9:00 ET ESPN
Minnesota: 9-1 Under after losing 4 or 5 of their last 6 games
Texas Tech: 22-8 ATS after committing 4+ turnovers

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NCAAF
Armadillo's Write-Up

Bowl Season

Friday, December 28

Independence Bowl (Shreveport)
UL-Monroe is in its first-ever bowl; they'll be excited and have lot of fan support- this is game Louisiana Tech didn't want to play in, due to their animosity with ULM. Faves won/covered last six Independence Bowls; MAC teams are 0-2 in this bowl the last nine years, losing 17-13/17-10. Ohio is playing in 5th bowl in last eight years, upsetting Utah St 24-23 in LY's Potato Bowl; Bobcats could be diappointed to be here after 7-0 start that included win at Penn State- they lost last three games, allowing 35.3 ppg- they're 1-2 as underdog this year. ULM stumbled when QB Browning was hurt, but he's back now; they're 4-3 vs spread as favorite this year, and also won at Arkansas, lost to Auburn/Baylor by combined total of 8 points. Ohio QB Tettleton is son of former big league catcher; he threw 16 TDs with only three INTs, but Browning (27 TDs, 7 INTs) is key to this game for ULM/ Sun Belt non-conference favorites are 6-3 vs spread this year, 1-1 in bowls; MAC dogs are 18-18, 1-2 in bowls.

Russell Athletic (Orlando)
This is worst Hokie team since an 8-5 team in '03; they lost 40-12/23-20 in BCS bowls last two years. Virginia Tech covered only 7 of its last 26 games (3-9 this year); they had just three offensive starters back from LY and it showed, going 3-5 SU in last eight games, covering two of eight as a favorite. Rutgers is 5-0 in bowls over last five years, but Schiano is now in NFL and Flood is first-time HC; Knights lost last two games to slip out of BCS game to here, but they've got lot of Florida kids, should still be motivated. Problem is, they scored total of 33 points in last three games, but they also covered three of four as underdog, with SU wins at USF/Arkansas/Cincinnati. Tech allowed 27+ points in all six losses this year; Rutgers scored 27+ in only two of its last eight games. ACC teams are 7-2 in this bowl last nine years; underdogs covered five of last seven, with average total in last three just 32.0.

Meineke Car Care (Houston)
Domed stadium has lent to high-scoring games in this bowl; average total in last four Car Care Bowls is 51.8. Favorites are 6-2-1 vs spread in this bowl last nine years. 6-6 Minnesota's best WR (walk-on) quit team and trashed coach on his way out door; Gophers are in a bowl for first time in three years- they've lost last four bowls, with three losses by 3 or less points. Minnesota scored 13.5 ppg in last four games. Texas Tech didn't play in bowl LY but is 4-1 in last five bowls, scoring 39 ppg in five games- they played three OT games in last six, winning two of three OT tilts. Tuberville bolted for Cincinnati, so yet another interim coach here. Big X teams lost four of last five appearances in this bowl, with Texas A&M winning here LY, in its last game as a Big X member. Tech (-7) beat Gophers 44-41 in bowl game six years ago, in only series meeting. Houston setting favors Tech; so does Minnesota's 2-6 spread record as an underdog. Big Dozen non-conference underdogs are 4-3 vs spread.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24215 Followers:32
12/27/2012 10:37 PM

NCAAF

Friday, December 28

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Independence Bowl: What bettors need to know
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Ohio Bobcats vs. UL Monroe Warhawks (-7, 60)

ADVOCARE V100 INDEPENDENCE BOWL STORYLINES

1. It did not take long for either team to make a major splash on the national scene this season. One week after Ohio opened its season Sept. 1 with a victory at Penn State, Louisiana-Monroe started what would become a historic campaign with a win over then-No. 10 Arkansas. The Warhawks are playing in the first bowl game in program history. The Bobcats gained a bowl bid for the fourth straight time and the fifth time since 2006.

2. Both teams had some bumps in the road following their season-opening victories over major-conference opponents, most notably Ohio. The Bobcats gained a Top 25 ranking after going 7-0, but lost four of their last five, the last three by a combined score of 106-47.

3. Louisiana-Monroe lost only two of its last nine games. It is not a coincidence that those two games came with quarterback Kolton Browning on the sidelines with a foot injury. Since coming back, Browning has returned to form and enters this one on a roll. In his last two games of the regular season, the junior completed 77.8 percent (56-for-72) of his passes and accounted for six touchdowns, including two on the ground.

TV: 2 p.m. ET, ESPN.

LINE: Louisiana-Monroe opened as low as -6 and has been bet up as high as -7.5. The total opened at 60 and has moved to 61 points.

CONSENSUS: 56 percent of Covers Consensus plays are on UL Monroe while 54 percent are on the over.

WEATHER: There is a 60 percent chance of rain for Independence Stadium and temperatures are expected to be in the low 50s. Winds are expected to blow NNW at 6 mph.

TRENDS:

* Bobcats are 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
* Warhawks are 0-4 ATS in their last four vs. MAC.
* Over is 4-0 in Bobcats' last four vs. S-Belt.
* Over is 6-0 in Warhawks' last six non-conference games.

ABOUT OHIO (8-4, 4-4 MAC, 4-8 ATS): The Bobcats' 7-0 start was their best since 1968 and it came on the heels of a victory over Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl last season. However, to finish on a strong note again they will need to get over the late-season skid. In the finale against Kent State, Ohio's own mistakes hurt. Frank Solich's squad had two turnovers in the first quarter, both of which were returned for touchdowns. The Bobcats got the usual contributions from junior running back Beau Blankenship, whose 145 rushing yards gave him exactly 1,500 for the season, good enough to rank ninth nationally. Junior quarterback Tyler Tettleton was a steady presence under center. He had 16 touchdowns against only three interceptions and ran for four more scores. Ohio was invited to participate in the Independence Bowl after Louisiana Tech, which finished 9-3, did not immediately act on an invitation from bowl officials.

ABOUT LOUISIANA-MONROE (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt, 8-4 ATS): Browning's primary target has been Brent Leonard, who ranks sixth nationally with 97 catches, 10 of which have gone for touchdowns. Leonard had 13 catches, including two on the game-winning drive in overtime, in the Warhawks' 23-17 victory over Florida International in the last game of the regular season. That was one of four overtime games for Louisiana-Monroe. They won three of them, including the opener against Arkansas, showing the late-game mettle that has made this the best Warhawks team since it joined what would become the FBS in 1994. This game will be played less than two hours away by car from the Warhawks' campus, making this a veritable home game for Todd Berry's team.


Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24215 Followers:32
12/27/2012 10:38 PM

NCAAF

Friday, December 28

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Russell Athletic Bowl: What bettors need to know
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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (-2.5, 41)

RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL STORYLINES

1. The two participants in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Rutgers and Virginia Tech, come into the game via different paths. The Scarlet Knights had a shot at the Big East crown and a BCS berth but lost their last game to Louisville, allowing the Cardinals to tie for the league title and take the BCS berth. Meanwhile, the Hokies are just happy to be in a bowl, needing wins in their last two contests to climb to 6-6 on the season and become bowl eligible.

2. These two teams aren't exactly strangers. Before Virginia Tech made the move to the ACC, both schools were in the Big East, where they met 12 times. The Hokies dominated the series 11-1, with the Scarlet Knights' victory coming in the first meeting in 1992.

3. Both teams run very balanced offenses, with Rutgers getting 63.1 percent of its yardage through the air, compared to Virginia Tech's 59.7 percent. The biggest difference is the Scarlet Knights had only six rushing touchdowns on the season compared to the 18 scores on the ground for the Hokies.

TV: 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.

LINE: Virginia Tech opened as low as -2 and has been moved to -2.5. The total opened 40.5 and fell as low as 39.5 before coming back up to 41.

CONSENSUS: 52 percent of Covers Consensus plays are on Rutgers while the over/under consensus is split 50/50.

WEATHER: The forecast in Orlando is calling for cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 60s. Winds are expected to blow ESE at 6 mph.

TRENDS:

* Favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings.
* Scarlet Knights are 2-5 ATS in their last seven meetings.
* Under is 4-1 in Hokies' last five Bowl games.
* Under is 15-5 in Scarlet Knights' last 20 non-conference games.

ABOUT RUTGERS (9-3, 5-2 Big East, 7-5 ATS): The Scarlet Knights have won five straight bowl games, tied with Mississippi State for the nation's longest current streak. Coach Kyle Flood is looking to become the third Rutgers coach - and only first-year coach - in school history to win 10 or more games in a season. The Knights have been stingy on defense all year long, ranking fourth in the nation in scoring defense (14.3 points) and 14th in total defense (321.3 yards per game). Offensively, look for a lot of sophomore running back Jawan Jamison, who rushed for 1,054 yards and can help set up the Rutgers' passing game. Sophomore quarterback Gary Nova is solid, throwing for 2,566 yards in his first full season as a starter.

ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (6-6, 4-4 ACC, 3-9 ATS): The Hokies struggled this year after a trip to the Sugar Bowl last season. Quarterback Logan Thomas is a big key for Virginia Tech's success as he ranks as the team's top passer (2,783 yards, 17 touchdowns) and rusher (526, nine). The Virginia Tech defense has been solid against the pass, allowing 204.9 yards per contest. Linebacker Jack Tyler has been a force this year, leading the team in total tackles (112) and tackles for loss (11) while recording 2.5 sacks and 13 quarterback hurries. Getting off to a fast start is important for the Hokies, but it hasn't been easy this year, with the team leading at halftime in only three of its contests.

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cnotes Posts:24215 Followers:32
12/27/2012 11:04 PM

I won't be around in the morning and won't be home till after the Virginia Tech game goes off......so this is what am going with.....GOOD LUCK !

Friday, December 28

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Ohio - 2:00 PM ET UL Monroe -7 500
UL Monroe - Over 60 500

Rutgers - 5:30 PM ET Rutgers +2.5 500
Virginia Tech - Under 41 500

Minnesota - 9:00 PM ET Texas Tech -13 500
Texas Tech - Under 55.5 500

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cnotes Posts:24215 Followers:32
12/29/2012 11:24 AM

Posting the first 3 games....

Saturday, December 29

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Rice - 11:45 AM ET Air Force -2 500
Air Force - Under 62 500

West Virginia - 3:15 PM ET West Virginia -3.5 500
Syracuse - Over 71.5 500 POD

Navy - 4:00 PM ET Navy +14 500
Arizona State - Over 52.5 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24215 Followers:32
12/29/2012 11:24 AM

Posting the first 3 games....

Saturday, December 29

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Rice - 11:45 AM ET Air Force -2 500
Air Force - Under 62 500

West Virginia - 3:15 PM ET West Virginia -3.5 500
Syracuse - Over 71.5 500 POD

Navy - 4:00 PM ET Navy +14 500
Arizona State - Over 52.5 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: