Outback Bowl Odds: Northwestern Wildcats vs. Auburn Tigers

Outback Bowl: Northwestern Wildcats vs. Auburn TigersThe Auburn Tigers and Northwestern Wildcats will square-off for the first time in history in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day in Tampa, FL. The Tigers will return to the bowl for the first time in 14 years while this will be the Wildcats first appearance in the bowl.

Northwestern upset Wisconsin 33-31 at Ryan Field in Week 12.

Northwestern covered as a 7-point home underdog in that contest, while the final score played OVER the 48.5-point total.

Bodog Sportsbook currently have the Tigers listed as 7½-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game's total is sitting at 55.

Auburn was defeated 26-21 in Week 13 by Alabama as a 12.5-point underdog. That game's 47 points went as a PUSH against the posted total of 47.

Darvin Adams had four catches for 138 yards and a TD in that loss.

Outback Bowl officials have announced an agreement to extend its contract with the BigTen Conference through the 2013 college football season. The bowl will continue to have the third pick of teams from the conference to play on New Year's Day in Tampa, Florida.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Tennessee Volunteers vs. Virginia Tech HokiesThe Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies will both be gunning for a victory when they meet at Georgia Dome in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

Bodog Sportsbook currently have the Hokies listed as 6-point favorites versus the Volunteers, while the game's total is sitting at 49½.

Montario Hardesty rushed for the winning touchdown in overtime as Tennessee defeated Kentucky 30-24 in Week 13. Tennessee covered the 3-point spread, and the 54 points made it OVER the posted total of 50.5.

Hardesty finished with 180 yards and three touchdowns in that victory.

Virginia Tech unleashed a 42-13 beating on rival Virginia at Scott Stadium in Week 13.

Virginia Tech covered as a 14-point road underdog, while the final score played OVER the 44-point total.

Some Stats to about the teams:

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee's last 5 games

Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Tennessee is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games

The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Tennessee's last 23 games

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia Tech's last 6 games

Virginia Tech is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games

Virginia Tech is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games

Manchester United very close to the Leader Chelsea

Manchester United very to close to the Leader ChelseaManchester United completed the process at the home of Hull City (1-3), second from bottom in the Premiership table, and capitalize on the blunder Saturday's Chelsea, who drew at Birmingham (0-0), to put the draft leadership of the English competition, which this weekend reached the nineteenth day.

The set of Alex Ferguson stood two points behind the Italian Carlo Ancelotti picture. A setback is paid dearly for this course. And the title fight intensifies also the presence of Arsenal, which beat Aston Villa (3-0) and, with a game that Chelsea and United, also threatens the first place.

Wayne Rooney was the architect of the victory of Manchester. The attacker was involved in all three goals for his team. He signed the first in time added in the first part, led to the second, which was introduced in Andrew Dawson own goal to break the tie set minutes before by Craig Fagan, penalty, and attended the Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov, who scored the third .

Earlier, Arsenal pulled out his duel against Aston Villa (3-0). The Spanish Cesc Fabregas signed a sublime performance at little less than half an hour he was on the lawn of the Emirates Stadium, which dazzled with his game and decided the Arsenal victory with two goals before getting hurt again and leave the field.

Book tickets for the French coach Arsene Wenger, Cesc jumped into the tapestry of the London court to 57 minutes in place of Denilson and debottlenecking the game for the Gunners.

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Real Madrid with Many Proposals to replace PepeReal Madrid have received an avalanche of proposals to sign a defender during the winter to replace the Portuguese Pepe, injured and missing until the season ends, according to Madrid sports press.

Real Madrid extended examination of the nominations of the Brazilian Andre Santos, 26, left-handed side of the Turkish team Fenerbahce, and David Luiz, 22, a central defender Portuguese Benfica.

Meanwhile, Ace published a list of 14 defenses that could anchor in a merengue club, also including Luiz, but also fellow Cleiton Xavier, 26, (Palmeiras / Brazil), or the young Spanish Sergio Canales, 18 years, much promise from Racing Santander.

Among others mentioned include Brazilian Maicon (Inter Milan), Serbian Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Portugal's Bruno Alves (Porto) or French Benoît Trémoulinas (Bordeaux).

However, Real Madrid will take its time to decide until late January to check on how he behaves in the absence of defense Pepe, knee surgery and out of competition for six months, according to sports dailies.

Argentina's Ezequiel Garay who is now being replaced by Pepe and Real Madrid coach, Manuel Pellegrini, recently ruled out signing a defender during the winter and said that given the serious knee injury to Portuguese Pepe.

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NFL Betting – Week 17 Picks Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sportsbook Rating Odds: Falcons -1

There will be no playoff implications on the line when the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but there will be plenty of pride.

Both teams are focusing on 2010 and a win could end their seasons on a high note.

The Falcons franchise has never had back-to-back winning seasons but a win on Sunday would finish them at 9-7. For the Bucs, it has been a trying year but they have won two straight and could end the year on a high note with a three-game winning streak.

The Falcons are clearly the better team in this matchup. When healthy, they are a playoff contender and clearly without a healthy Matt Ryan or Michael Turner, they have slid down the ranks.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has been decent in the last couple of weeks but the difference has mostly been in taking advantage of other team’s mistakes. They have run the ball well and played mistake-free, for the most part, and simply taken advantage of teams that lost interest.

Atlanta is still playing hard for head coach Mike Smith and they will be up for this game. They are on the road but they have the better quarterback and the better offense. That should be enough to secure themselves a winning season.

Bet Jamaica Sportsbook Reviews Pick: Falcons -1

Green Bay Packers @ Arizona Cardinals

NFL Betting Lines: Cardinals -3

The Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals will meet up in Week 17 and they very well could meet up in the first round of the playoffs.

The Packers and Cardinals are the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds in the NFC and with the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys – the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds – facing each other in Week 17 as well, the same games could occur in the first round of the playoffs if both Dallas and Green Bay lose or if both of those teams win.

Both the Packers and the Cardinals have clinched playoff spots but home field advantage in the first round could be very important.

The Packers home field is in the frigid temperatures at Lambeau Field whereas the warm, cozy confines at the University of Phoenix Stadium is a much easier place to play for the Cardinals.

The Cards have been in a swoon in December while Green Bay has been hot – look for that to continue.

NFL Predictions: Packers +3

NFL Betting – Week 17 Picks New England Patriots @ Houston Texans

Expert Sports Handicapping Odds: Texans -7.5

The Houston Texans are a 7.5-point favourite over the New England Patriots – yes, you are reading that right.

The reason for the difference is that the Patriots have already clinched a spot in the playoffs while the Texans desperately need to win – and get some help – to even make the playoffs.

The Texans are 8-7 and have won three straight games and might be facing a team that doesn’t have much to play for. On the other hand, the Patriots may be more interested in this game than people are letting on.

New England hasn’t had much rhythm this year but spoke about carrying it over into next week. Even so, they probably won’t play hard for more than just a half if all they want is rhythm.

The Texans have been a team that chokes away big contests all year long and while they have a great chance to win this game, given their track record, they probably won’t cover a big spread.

5Dimes Sportsbook Reviews Pick: Patriots +7.5

Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets

NFL Betting Lines: Jets -10

The Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets will play next week in a game that has plenty of playoff implications. Both have different goals in mind so it will be interesting to see whether those goals coincide or diverge.

The Bengals can potentially improve their playoff standing and climb to the No. 3 seed if they were to win and the New England Patriots were to lose. On the other hand, if the Jets win, it means that the Bengals will greatly increase the chances of the Pittsburgh Steelers not making the playoffs.

For the Jets, the strategy is simple: win and you’re in.

Just two weeks ago, Jets head coach Rex Ryan thought that his team was eliminated from the playoffs but they now control their own destiny.

There is a great chance that the Bengals hold out many of their starters and give the Jets an easy time of things, which means that winning should be rather easy for them.

Normally, this would be a great matchup against one of the league’s best rushing teams against one of the league’s best run defences but that won’t be so sexy if only one team is trying.

The Bengals want the Steelers out so look for them to lay down like kitty cats in this game.

NFL Odds Picks: Jets -10

NCAA Football Betting - Humanitarian Bowl Preview

NCAA Football Betting - Humanitarian Bowl Preview The Humanitarian Bowl is not exactly Alabama-Texas, but don’t tell these kids that bowl games don’t matter. Idaho will be thrilled to be in this game while Bowling Green should also be focused on winning. This should be an interesting game for internet gambling fans.

Idaho Season Recap:

After Dennis Erickson came for a brief stint, then Nick Holt decided against head coaching Idaho, Robb Akey happily took over the Idaho program.

Yes, it has been a glum decade for the Vandals but they finally have had a winning season (7-5) and they are in a bowl game, which for them is huge. This was the Vandals first winning season since 1999 and this will be their second bowl game in school history.

Sure, the start was much better than the finish - Idaho won six of its first seven games - but regardless, the team is thrilled to be hear after a good year and will be ready for this game.

Bowling Green Season Recap:

Bowling Green didn’t compete for a MAC Championship as they were hoping but they still had a pretty good year and they are once again an offensive power. The Falcons had an opposite season to the Vandals as they started the year with losses in four of their first five games but then managed to finish the season 6-1 to get to this point.

But overall, when you look at Bowling Green’s season, all five of their losses came to teams that will be playing in bowl games. At the same time, their only win against a bowl-bound team was a win over Troy.

Sports wagering cappers should know that Bowling Green has a very good offense and they don’t bother with playing defense, which is what makes their games very entertaining.

The Matchup

Both teams have lethal passing games, which should make this game an air show. The Vandals have the 11th-ranked passing offense while sports handicapping sharps know that Bowling Green is also ranked high in that category, ranking eighth.

Idaho will be fired up to be in their second bowl game in school history but Bowling Green will be a challenge for them. Bowling Green was throttled in their last bowl game as they lost 63-7 to Tulsa and they will be looking to play much better.

The 5Dimes Reviews Pick: Bowling Green -2

NFL Betting – Week 16 Picks San Diego Chargers @ Tennessee Titans

Sports Betting Odds: Titans -3

The San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans will be playing on Christmas day, which will give us a Friday game this week instead of the usual Thursday night contests.

The Chargers have won 17 straight games in December and nine straight games overall, which gives you an indication of just how they are playing right now. Last week, they locked up the No. 2 seed in the AFC as they disposed of the pesky Cincinnati Bengals at home.

This week, the Chargers won’t have as much motivation to play hard as the Tennessee Titans, who are fighting for their playoff lives, but they should be able to succeed nonetheless. The Titans have a very weak secondary, which is ranked 31st in the NFL, and the Chargers have one of the best passing games around.

With Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson all playing as good as anyone at their respective positions, the Titans will have a tough time slowing them down. The Chargers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now and there is no reason to bet against them – especially if they are an underdog. This will be a slugfest but the Chargers will come out on top.

5Dimes Reviews Picks: Chargers +3

Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers

NFL Betting Lines: Packers -13.5

What has happened to the Seattle Seahawks? At the beginning of the season, a lot of people expected the Seahawks to compete with the Arizona Cardinals for the division in the NFC West but as the season has played out, that has been far from the case.

The Seahawks are abysmal this year and have just five wins on the year. Those wins have come against Jacksonville, San Francisco, Detroit and St. Louis (twice). Last week, the Seahawks hit a low point as they were blown out at home by the one-win Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The task increases exponentially this week as they face the Green Bay Packers, who are the hottest team in the NFC. In most cases, this could be a letdown situation but the pass-heavy Packers are going to carve up the Seahawks secondary, which is one of the worst in the league.

The Seahawks have quit on the season while the Packers are still rolling. This one will be as one-sided as it looks.

NFL Picks: Packers -13.5

NFL Betting – Week 16 Picks Kansas City Chiefs @ Cincinnati Bengals

Sportsbetting Odds: Bengals -13.5

The Cincinnati Bengals have had a rough couple of weeks as they went a two-game road trip that resulted in several losses. On their record, the Bengals lost two games. In the locker room, the Bengals also suffered an emotional loss as wide receiver Chris Henry died.

The Bengals should be able to get back on track at home in Week 15, though, as the feeble Kansas City Chiefs come to town.

The Bengals had a tough loss in Minnesota two weeks ago as they were blown out and they followed it up with a gutty loss in San Diego. After playing the No. 2 seeds in both conferences, they’ll be happy to host one of the worst teams in the NFL on Sunday.

The Chiefs are horrible on both sides of the ball but if there is one weapon that the Bengals have to wary of, it’s running back Jamaal Charles. He’ll have a tough time finding running room against the Bengals, who have one of the best run defenses in the NFL.

On the flip side, look for the Bengals offense to go to work against the Chiefs defense. The Bengals should be able to have their way on the ground, which will set up some deep passes to Chad Ochocinco.

The Bengals shouldn’t have many problems rolling the Chiefs, who are a bad football team.

Bet Mania Reviews Picks: Bengals -13.5

Buffalo Bills @ Atlanta Falcons

NFL Betting Line: Falcons -9

The Atlanta Falcons had a gutsy win in New York on Sunday as they needed a touchdown on a fourth down of their final drive of the game to get the win. Even so, it was too little, too late as they were eliminated from the playoffs because both the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers won their games.

Interestingly enough, the Falcons are immediately established as big favorites against the Buffalo Bills and while the Bills are not a good team, you have to wonder if the Falcons deserve being a nine-point favorite given how poorly they have played over the last two months.

The Bills are a scrappy bunch and they will make waves against this bad Falcons defense. Nine-points is too much to lay with a Falcons team that would be about a three- or four-point favorite had they lost last week.

NFL Betting Picks: Bills +9

Philadelphia Eagles Won the Ticket to the Playoffs

Philadelphia Eagles Won the Ticket to the PlayoffsDonovan McNabb threw for one touchdown and ran for another, DeSean Jackson had 140 yards catching the ball and the Eagles beat the San Francisco 49ers 27-13 to secure a spot in the NFL playoffs for the eighth time this decade.

None of the previous seven has been a victory in Super Bowl

"It's always good to secure a place early, but we will not release the pedal," McNabb said.

"It's an exciting time, but nothing that we have to enlarge. One of our goals is to have a week off and win the NFC East and the only time that happens, you win our last two games. "

With the defeat of San Farncisco, the Arizona Cardinals secured their second title in the NFC West in a row.

The Eagles (10-4) have won five straight games and have a game ahead of Dallas in the NFC East. Philadelphia overlooking the Cowboys in two weeks where one could dispute the championship of that division.

The start of play was delayed by three hours because the city was recovering from the second biggest snowfall on record since 1884. A total of 23.2 inches of snow fell over Philadelphia on Saturday.

It looked so bad in the Lincoln Financial Field until some fans began throwing snowballs in the fourth quarter. Once LeSean McCoy scored a touchdown from 2 yards to put the game 27-13 for the Eagles, some of the frozen fans were throwing snow into the air like celebrating.

Some others pointed their snowballs to the Niners fans, but were RAPD controlled by stadium security.

"We need not throw snowballs," coach Andy Reid. "We're decent people here in Philadelphia. Leave that to the parking lot. "

Frank Gore rushed for 107 yards, becoming the first player to surpass 100 yards against the Eagles in 24 games. But the 49ers (6-8) could not overcome the three interceptions thrown by Alex Smith.

McNabb completed 21 out of 36 for 306 yards. He threw two interceptions to become only the second time this season.

"There were some passes that definitely should not have done," said McNabb. "It is characteristic of me, forcing the ball."

Down on the marker 20.3 at halftime, the 49ers scored 10 points to close quickly on the scoreboard. Josh Morgan returned the kickoff 52 yards in the third period, but the offense failed to convert six points and Joe Nedney kicked a 25-yard field goal.

Then, Dré Bly intercepted a pass from McNabb in double coverage. This time, the Niners took advantage. Smith connected with Morgan on a 12-yard pass to cut to 20-13.

The Eagles marched 89 yards later and went up 27-13 on a run from McCoy early in the fourth quarter.

Coming off a stunning victory over Arizona on Monday Night, the 49ers wore tired after a short week and a trip from coast to coast. But the Eagles were not so successful this afternoon.

It's obviously not our best performance, "said San Francisco coach Mike Singletary. "We came here with the purpose of making all the right things but it was not the end."

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Messi won the prize of the FIFA World Player 2009Lionel Messi today capped a 2009 to remember when receiving in Zurich on FIFA World Player award, the last thing he needed to sign a year "perfect".

The Barcelona player scored 1073 votes and going well into Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, second today with 352 in a list that also included the Spanish nominees Xavi Hernandez (196), Kaka (190) and the Spanish Andres Iniesta (134) . In total, 147 coaches and captains of national teams cast their vote.

"It is my great honor to receive this award because it gave colleagues from other teams. This means ending a great year for Barcelona, my classmates and me," said Messi shy after receiving the award from President of UEFA, Michel Platini.

At 22, Messi spent a year as a few glorious. The Argentine won everything he could to win, both individually and collectively.

The FIFA award for Best Player of the Year, voted by all the coaches and captains of national teams, joined the prestigious Golden Ball gave the magazine France Football in early December and the designation of best player of Champions and World Cup.

But mostly he joined the six titles of Barcelona. Messi was the star of the team that wrote in 2009 one of the most brilliant pages in the history of club football. Barcelona won the Spanish League, Copa del Rey, Champions League, the Super Cup of Spain and Europe on Saturday, the Club World Cup.

In fact, the Argentine, with Xavi and Iniesta, barely had time to digest the victory to the students in Abu Dhabi, where he was again decisive scoring it 2-1 in overtime, a goal with his chest to reach only the geniuses.

The three players flew five hours today aboard a private plane from 30 degrees Celsius in Kuwait until the zero of Zurich, in reality only a "technical stop" on the way home.

Messi, who suffered a small sprain during the Club World Cup, will check tomorrow in Barcelona for the Argentina team doctor to decide whether to play the friendly match against Catalonia. "I'll talk to Diego (Maradona) and see if I play or not," he said.

Hence, according to his brother, Rodrigo, Messi family will travel to Argentina to spend some days in their home, Rosario. All were now near the Barcelona forward, his parents, George and Celia, and his brothers, Rodrigo Matias and Marisol.

The Messi will not enjoy a long vacation, because the template is called again on 29 December to prepare for return to competition on Saturday, January 2 at Villarreal.

But the work can wait. Today was the day of praise. The winner's name was not revealed until the end of the gala at the Palace of Congresses in Zurich, FIFA headquarters city, but everyone knew who would win.

Cristiano Ronaldo himself, his great rival, admitted even before the ceremony. "He had a very good year, played very well. I have no doubt that is going to win today," said the Real Madrid side, who won the award in 2008.

"It's unique," agreed his two teammates, Xavi and Iniesta, men to whom the same as those responsible Messi says he can shine, the brains of Barcelona.

The attacker "FC Barcelona" is the first Argentine player to win the award in its 19 editions. It was also the first to receive the Golden Ball but has yet to earn the unconditional love of his country's fans, who after emigrating to Barcelona 13 years to feel like yet entirely its own.

"I'm tired, but it bothers me a bit," he said of the criticism in his country for its poor performance with the selection. "I'm Argentine and I feel the shirt as anybody."

"I was lucky to get everything with my club and I love it do with the Argentina shirt," he said. Next year will have the opportunity to prove at the World Cup in South Africa, although there will be in hand or Xavi or Iniesta.

But that will be in 2010. Today was the day to remember 2009 as he himself said, "a perfect year."

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Cowboys Take Away the Undefeated to the Saints

Cowboys Take Away the Undefeated to the SaintsThe Dallas Cowboys went into the Super Dome in New Orleans Louisiana to highlight some Saints, unbeaten and remove the step to show others stop teams like Drew Brees and his receivers endless.

Surprise? ... In any way, we saw the Saints go problems against teams of lesser caliber than the Cowboys.

Each week, New Orleans exhibits shortcomings in several of the lines (except the game against New England).

Dallas did what all or most of the teams had been doing, which is putting pressure on Drew Brees, only Dallas unlike others, also had the white covered Brees for almost the entire game, reducing the MVP candidate to a more deadly.

Brees harassing fire and deceit, excellent coverage of the deep zone and the ability to specify quickly and convincingly, the Cowboys were gradually choking the Saints who did not know how to attack a defense with experience.

The possession time was another factor used by the Cowboys to stop this offensive recording 36:26 for 23:34.

"All the goals we set for ourselves are still there," said Marques Colston resigned his face.

Sure, the Saints winning their next two games against Tampa Bay and Carolina claim to have the playoffs at home. But know the question of whether manage a game against an opponent with more experience as Philadelphia, Dallas and Minnesota, will be present until a rival in front of your caliber or higher than them.

"If we play in the playoffs like we did today, we will have the same result tonight," said safety Darren Sharper for the Saints.

Drew Brees was sacked 6 times, dropped the ball with 6 seconds left on the clock with the Saints down by seven points.

The victory leaves the Cowboys with a 9-5 mark pending what you do today to get Philadelphia to San Francisco, the Eagles win today and next week, Dallas also assuming it does, the final game of regular season the face in a likely duel for the NFC East.

The Saints lost for the first time this season and failed to score three touchdowns for the first time this season. The Cowboys won for the first time in their last game in December.

Tony Romo has not returned to throwing an interception in his last 156 deliveries, and this is her longest stretch.

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Barcelona is the king of the worldA historic goal with his chest allowed Lionel Messi to Barcelona to win the Club World Cup by beating 2-1 in extra time to Estudiantes de La Plata.

Messi, who disappeared during the regular time, got all the glory by scoring for 110 minutes and gave his team its first world club title.

The Argentine team, champion of the Copa Libertadores de America 2009, gave him a tactical lesson to Barcelona, champion of the Champions League.

The pincharratas opened their account thanks to both Mauro Boselli (37 ').

However, the Catalans frustrated the achievement of students in the last breaths of normal time through a header from Peter (88 ').

Barça ended a 2009 perfect, all titles to be played: League, Champions League, Copa del Rey, Spain Super Cup, European Supercup and the World Cup.

Students appealed to intelligence in his argument and the order to stop the generation of the Barcelona game.

Juan Sebastián Verón and Enzo Perez were planted in the rival camp to cancel the arrival of Sergio Busquets spherical, while Leandro Benitez and Rodrigo Brana were responsible for controlling the output from Xavi Hernandez.

In turn, the Barcelona wanted to destroy the defensive pricked with a constant exchange of position between Messi and Ibrahimovic.

However, the duel was being debated in midfield and the South American group could maintain its role as an own goal away from the dangerous strikers in the team FC Barcelona.

Mauro Boselli was responsible for breaking the zero at the first available opportunity.

At Barcelona he took absorb the blow and his response was reduced to a central free kick himself Ibrahimovic failed when attempting to connect the ball with a pirouette.

Josep Guardiola ordered the Peter in the second half and joined with four forwards in his tactics.

The ten initial minutes of the second half found the best version of the League Champion of Champions.

Over the final 20 minutes, the physical difference between the teams began playing his own party and Barcelona stood on the rival camp to besiege the Argentina area centers from both sides.

Just found equal to two minutes from the end of the game. when a ball rained the heart of the area ended in Pique in attendance to beat Peter Albilad with a fine header.

The extra time remained the same script, but kept a special stage for Messi, controlled the entire game: the past Rosario took a cross from the right, instead of running a check, stood with his chest to score. Students tried to react on the final, but was too late.

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New Mexico Bowl and St. Petersburg Bowl Betting Odds

New Mexico Bowl and St. Petersburg Bowl Betting OddsNew Mexico Bowl: Wyoming Cowboys vs. Fresno State Bulldogs

The Wyoming Cowboys and the Fresno State Bulldogs will both be gunning for a victory when they meet at University Stadium in the New Mexico Bowl.

Bodog Sportsbook currently have the Bulldogs listed as 10½-point favorites versus the Cowboys, total is sitting at 55½.

Ian Watts kicked a field goal with under two minutes remaining to give Wyoming a 17-16 victory over Colorado State in Week 13. Wyoming won that game as a 2.5-point underdog, while the teams played UNDER the posted total of 48.5.

QB Austyn Carta-Samuels ran for two touchdowns in that win.

Ryan Colburn's pass to Devan Cunningham completed a two-point conversion with two seconds left to give Fresno State a 53-52 win over Illinois in Week 14.

The Bulldogs covered the 2-point spread, while the final score played OVER the day's posted total of 59.5.

St. Petersburg Bowl: Central Florida Knights vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

The Central Florida Knights and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will both be trying to pick up a win when they battle at Tropicana Field in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Bodog Sportsbook currently have the Scarlet Knights listed as 2½-point favorites versus the Knights, total is sitting at 44.

Brett Hodges posted two touchdown passes to lead Central Florida to a 34-27 win over UAB in Week 13.

The Knights covered the 3-point spread, while the final score played OVER the day's posted total of 53.

Tom Savage threw for 153 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions for Rutgers in a 24-21 loss to West Virginia in Week 14.

The Scarlet Knights did not cover the 1.5-point spread, while the final score played just UNDER the posted total of 43.5.

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NFL Betting – Week 15 Picks Houston Texans @ St. Louis Rams

NFL Betting Odds: Texans -11

The Houston Texans will take on the St. Louis Rams this week in what should be a second straight cupcake matchup against an NFC West team. Last week, the Texans absolutely crushed the Seattle Seahawks and this week, they are likely to do the same to the Rams.

Things can’t get much worse for the Rams right now. Just days after being blown out by the Tennessee Titans and being forced to start their third string quarterback, the Rams were forced to cancel practice completely on Thursday because of a swine flu bug riddling the team.

Quarterback Kyle Boller and center Jason Brown were among the ill, which means the Rams will be even more shorthanded heading into this week’s contest.

The Texans are a very good, young team and while they have struggled to win important games this year, they have no problem winning when the pressure is off.

The Rams don’t have the defense to slow down the Texans and they don’t have the offense to score points with them. On top of that, the Rams are a completely defeated team at this point while the Texans have a small, outside chance to still make the playoffs.

Bet Mania Reviews Picks: Texans -11

Green Bay Packers @ Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Betting Lines: Steelers -1.5

The Green Bay Packers will catch a break when they head out on the road to face the Pittsburgh Steelers as they are expected to be without Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu once again.

The Steelers have been a completely different team with or without Polamalu in the lineup as indicated by their 13-6 loss to the feeble Cleveland Browns last week.

The Packers will still be in tough this week because this will be their second consecutive road game and the Steelers are still a tough team to beat at home. On top of that, the Steelers have had 10 days to prepare for this contest so they should be a little more focused and ready for this game.

The Packers also don’t have much of a running game, which makes them a tough team to trust when they are on the road. They constantly have to rely on the pass.

Look for the Steelers to bounce back and end their ugly five-game losing streak with a big win over the Packers.

NFL Prediction: Steelers -1.5

NFL Betting – Week 15 Picks Miami Dolphins @ Tennessee Titans

Sportsbook Odds: Titans -3

The Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans are both battling for their playoff lives, although the Dolphins have a much better chance to make the playoffs.

As it stands know, the Jacksonville Jaguars did the Dolphins and Titans a big favor on Thursday night. They lost at home to the Indianapolis Colts, which dropped them from the No. 6 seed in the AFC to the No. 9 seed. The Titans are currently all the way down at No. 11, but they are just one win away from the Baltimore Ravens, who are 7-6 in the No. 6 spot.

The Dolphins won on the road in Jacksonville last week and will definitely have a tough task winning two straight on the road.

For the Titans, they’ll get Vince Young back into the lineup, which obviously makes a big difference. He was forced out of last week’s contest with a hamstring injury and Kerry Collins finished the game.

Overall, these are two fairly equal teams with similar styles. Both teams have young quarterbacks that are getting better, both teams rely on the running game and both teams play defense. With all things equal, home field advantage should be the difference as the Titans find a way to win.

NFL Betting Picks: Titans -3

Atlanta Falcons @ New York Jets

5Dimes Reviews Odds: Jets -3.5

The Atlanta Falcons have been in a nose dive for weeks and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better this week. One week after a valiant effort nearly helped them knock off the top team in the NFC, the Falcons head on the road to East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The Falcons are an indoor team heading outdoors and they will likely be without their starting quarterback, Matt Ryan, and starting running back, Michael Turner.

Meanwhile, the Jets are expecting their starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, to be back in the lineup.

The Falcons were 4-1 at one point this season but have lost six of their last eight games. Part of the reason they have fallen flat on their face is the fact that their defense is one of the worst in the NFL.

This week, the Jets should be able to wear the Falcons down, who will be playing with backups. The Falcons were competitive over the last three weeks with backups, but those games were at home. It will be different on the road.

Sports Betting Systems Picks: Jets -3.5

Tiger Woods Wife Leaves the House with their Childrens

Tiger Woods Wife Leaves the House with their ChildrensThe wife of golfer Tiger Woods, the former Swedish model Elin Nordegren, began moving to leave shortly, along with his two sons, the residence she shared with the well-known sportsman, today publishes the New York Post.

"He plans to leave the house and go live somewhere else with their children," said a source close to the Woods family to the Daily News, published images of several moving trucks parked at the residence of the golfer in Florida, where many packages were removed and works of art carefully wrapped.

Nordegren was in the house on Tuesday and instructed the workers of the removal company, according to the newspaper, about what he had to remove the housing that occurred before the end of November the strange car accident that uncovered Tiger Woods scandal and his alleged harem of mistresses.

Woods American media focuses attention since she shot to light the possible cause of the accident was an attack of jealousy by his wife, who had discovered that her husband had had several lovers. Golfer himself later acknowledged publicly that he had been unfaithful.

The Post says Nordegren had not left home before "because his son had the flu" and that the former Swedish model was proposed to spend the Christmas holidays away from her husband "in a warm place and with his family and their children.

Another source told the newspaper that small of Woods and Nordegren, Sam, aged two, and Charlie, ten months, who has been with his mother in a restaurant near the residence, are well, " seem happy and healthy, and do not realize the seriousness of the problem. "

However, the former model, according to the same source, is "thin to the bone and kept a very intense and passionate conversation with the two adults who accompanied her" during the meal he took with his children.

The Post, which also explains Nordegren on Wednesday that no longer wears the wedding ring, reveals that Woods paid his various lovers between five and ten thousand dollars a month through bank transfers them to remain silent about the adventures they had shared with the golfer.

"The money arrived for a transfer. There was no contract or talk about it, but it was clear that the money came in exchange for silence, "said one of the alleged lover of sports, which ensures that the night of the accident Woods called her from his line of home because her wife had taken his mobile phone.

Since she shot the scandal have appeared a dozen women who say they were lovers ranked golfer in the world both before and during their marriage, most notably an actress in pornographic films whose services, according to the Post, Woods hired for one of their birthday parties.

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St. Petersburg Bowl –  Central Florida to have home field advantage St. Petersburg Bowl

Central Florida Knights versus Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Bookmaker Sportsbook Reviews Odds: Rutgers -3

The Central Florida Knights will take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the St. Petersburg Bowl this weekend. Geographically speaking, Central Florida should have somewhat of a home field advantage with this contest being played at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, whereas the Scarlet Knights will have to travel across the country for this game.

Sports gambling experts are curious to see how this Big East-Conference USA game plays out as the sportsbook odds makers have set up a small spread. The Scarlet Knights are favored by three points, mostly because they come from a stronger conference.

Central Florida should be very pleased with themselves this year and they have already had a successful year regardless of whether they win a bowl or not. They were 4-8 in 2008 so an 8-4 year was a pleasant surprise. One of the biggest changes for George O’Leary’s squad is the fact that their offense is producing significantly more.

The biggest change was senior quarterback Brett Hodges, who was a Wake Forest transfer. The Knights were 7-2 with Hodges as a started. Overall, the offense produced nearly 120 more yards and 10 more points per game from this year to last year.

One thing bettors will have to take into account is just how hot this UCF team is heading into the bowl season. They won their last six Conference USA games to finish the season and their only loss came to No. 2 Texas on November 7th.

For Rutgers, they are bowling for a fifth straight year and are just one of nine FBS teams to win their last three bowl games overall.

Overall, Rutgers is a very young team and while they are likely to have a bright future, they might show some nerves in this contest. Quarterback Tom Savage has played like a rookie, which means he’s been excellent at times and at others, he has struggled mightily. He completed just 52.3% of his passes this year.

The real boiling point of this game will be the Rutgers offensive line. They allowed 39 sacks this year and the UCF defense can get pressure. If they rattle Savage, they’ll win this game outright.

College Football Betting Picks: Central Florida +3

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Southern Miss To Edge Out Middle Tennessee New Orleans Bowl

Southern Mississippi Eagles vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Sportsbook Odds: Southern Miss -4

The Southern Mississippi Eagles and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will have their first ever meeting on the gridiron in the New Orleans Bowl this weekend.

It has been a banner year for Middle Tennessee, which won nine games. They joined the FBS in 1999 and this has clearly been their best year by far. This is their second bowl appearance overall.

The Blue Raiders are led by quarterback Dwight Dasher, who threw for 2627 yards and 21 touchdowns this year. He’s a dual threat and a serious one at that. He added another 11 touchdowns and 953 yards on the ground.

For Southern Miss, a lot of college football betting experts thought their season would go down the tubes when they lost quarterback Austin Davis for the year. Martevious Young stepped in after Davis was lost midway through the year and the offense didn’t really skip much of a beat. For a third straight year, the Eagles churned out over 5000 yards of offense, which is fairly impressive given the circumstances.

Young was very efficient with the football as he threw for 13 touchdowns and just one interception. His one interception came in the game against Memphis on October 17th and he hasn’t been picked off since.

The New Orleans Bowl will be the swan song for veteran running Damion Fletcher, who has had an illustrious career for the Eagles. He will need just 63 yards in the New Orleans Bowl to become just the ninth player in FBS history with four 1000-yard seasons.

While both teams are solid overall, there is slight difference between the two that may not be noticeable to the naked eye. The Blue Raiders may have nine wins but they have had a much easier schedule than Southern Miss. The Blue Raiders play in the feeble Sun Belt whereas Southern Miss is part of Conference USA.

That should be the main difference as Southern Miss may be the toughest opponent the Blue Raiders have faced since playing Mississippi State earlier in the year.

Another side note for this game is that the Eagles are coached by Larry Fedora, who sports wagering fans might remember coordinated the Middle Tennessee offense. He should have some insight into how to slow it down.

Sportsbook Ratings Picks: Southern Mississippi -4

NFL Betting – Week 15 Odds and Picks

NFL Betting – Week 15 Picks Cincinnati Bengals @ San Diego Chargers

Sportsbook Odds: Chargers -7

The Cincinnati Bengals had an easy stretch of three straight games against the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. Now they are in a very tough stretch where they played the Minnesota Vikings last week and will head to the West Coast to face the San Diego Chargers this week.

The Bengals have been one of the surprise teams in the league this year and while a lot of people are quick to anoint them as elite, last week’s lost in Minnesota indicated that they have some work to do.

Another loss this week to San Diego will further hammer that point home.

Interestingly enough, the Chargers and Bengals are closer related than most people might think. The Chargers are currently the No. 2 seed in the AFC with a 10-3 record. Meanwhile, the Bengals are currently the No. 3 seed with a 9-4 record. If the Bengals can win, they will take control of the No. 2 seed, a better home field advantage and a first-round bye. If not, the Chargers will essentially clinch the seed.

The Chargers are on fire right now and it doesn’t look like anything will derail them. They have won eight straight games and they have won 15 straight games in December.

For the Bengals, this is their second consecutive road game and they will be a little tired after that first loss.

Sports Picks: Chargers

Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos

NFL Odds Odds: Broncos -12

The Oakland Raiders have come back down to Earth. A couple of weeks ago, their win in Pittsburgh made the country think – just for a split second – that they had potentially turned a corner.

Then their home loss to the Washington Redskins reminded everyone that the Raiders are still the Raiders.

In typically Oakland fashion, they only show up about once a month. They had been playing well under quarterback Bruce Gradkowski but he appears to be lost for the season, which will severely hamper any of their hopes.

The Broncos are in need of wins to stay alive in the AFC playoff race and they won’t mess around in this game. They’ll force some mistakes from turnover-prone quarterback JaMarcus Russell and get a rather easy with and cover in this contest.

Sports Betting Picks: Broncos -12

NFL Betting – Week 15 Picks Chicago Bears @ Baltimore Ravens

Sportsbook Odds: Ravens -10

If there is one team that is coming apart at the seams more than the Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s the Chicago Bears.

The Bears, who were 3-1 at one point this season, have lost seven of their last nine games and are just playing out their string of games. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens are playing for a playoff spot.

The Ravens have been consistently inconsistent over their last eight games and they’ll be hoping to break the trend. The Ravens are 4-4 in that span and have alternated wins and losses every game. The Ravens won last week so they’ll hope to avoid the trend and win for a second week in a row.

While most people will be quick to hop on the Ravens bandwagon in this contest, keep in mind that these December contests don’t always turn out as planned. The Ravens have more on the line but the loose Bears may turn out to be a handful.

10 points is a lot for the Ravens to cover and while they should win, the Bears should be able to stay within the double-digit spread.

BetJamaica Review Picks: Bears +10

Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs

Sports Betting Odds: Chiefs -1

If you’re looking for the highlight game of the week, it won’t be this one.

The Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs meet up in a battle of basement bums in the AFC. The Chiefs are at a low-point right now after losing at home in back-to-back games to the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills. Meanwhile, the Browns are on cloud nine after topping the Pittsburgh Steelers last Thursday night.

The Browns do deserve some credit as they have played well since Brady Quinn took over the quarterbacking duties. Since their bye week, the Browns lost a close game to Baltimore (closer than the score indicates), lost on the last play of the game to the Detroit Lions, put up a fight in Cincinnati, lost by seven to the San Diego Chargers and defeated the Steelers.

Quinn’s play over that time is what has led this team. Over his last four games, Quinn has thrown for six touchdowns and no interceptions. He has been a big leader for the Browns.

This will be a tough test for them but they are more confident right now and that should be the difference.

NFL Betting Picks: Browns +1

NFL Betting – Week 14 Parlay

NFL Betting – Week 14 Parlay The sportsbook is turning into a Venus flytrap of late, isn’t it? We have a nice, juicy “lock” – the Steelers fighting for their lives at Cleveland – sitting out there for us…we take the bait…and WHAM! We (and Ben Roethlisberger) get eaten alive. Time to strike back. Consider this your weekend redemption parlay.


This is almost like a “mirror match,” isn’t it? Both teams call Florida home, run the ball very well, struggle to defend the pass and are just OK against the run. A closer look, however, shows that Miami has some key advantages. First of all, Jacksonville has the league’s most embarrassingly bad pass rush. The Jags have a pathetic 12 sacks in 12 games – five fewer than any other team in football. Young Miami quarterback Chad Henne can make plays with his rocket arm if given time to throw. He could light up a Jacksonville secondary missing Rashean Mathis. The Dolphins, who rank third in the league with 35 sacks, should quiet the already-quiet Jacksonville crowd. Go with the Fish’s NFL odds.


The Bengals embody that Venus flytrap discussed earlier. We didn’t trust them against Green Bay, Pittsburgh (twice) and Baltimore (twice) and they scorched our NFL picks with upset wins. It’s true that Cincy is a force in the AFC, already 9-3, allowing a league-low 15.6 points per game and boasting the NFL’s No. 1 run defense. It’s also true that the Vikings weren’t themselves last week, as Brett Favre threw three picks, Adrian Peterson ran for 19 yards and Jared Allen went sackless. But the Bengals’ senses may be dulled from consecutive games against Oakland, Cleveland and Detroit. The Vikings are also undefeated at home. Favre in particular loves the Metrodome in 2009, throwing 16 touchdown passes versus one pick there. Look for Minnesota to show some resolve and bounce back.


I’m I crazy enough to pick Diego Sanchez in UFC 107 betting plus pick the Cowboys even though the Chargers have won 15 straight December games? Yes. Despite their December dominance and seven straight victories this season, I’m not convinced the Chargers are legit yet. Five of their nine wins came against Cleveland, Oakland (twice) and Kansas City (twice). Suddenly, their No. 8 pass defense looks pretty inflated, doesn’t it? It’s especially alarming that Brady Quinn threw for three touchdowns on them last week. Tony Romo’s late-season choke jobs have been well documented over the years but he really showed something last week at the Meadowlands, throwing for a career-high 392 yards and three scores. Maybe he’s over the hump. I’d pick the home team here.

NFL Odds – Raiders come up big in battle of awful teamsSports betting players could have their hands full when looking at this week’s NFL odds for Washington’s trip to Oakland, as both teams are absolutely atrocious. How can you win some cash on a matchup like this? Read ahead.

Redskins vs Raiders betting – Sunday, December 13, 4:05 PM ET

The Redskins (3-9) are still trying to figure out how they let last week’s 33-30 overtime loss to New Orleans at home slip away. Shaun Suisham had a chance to ice the game with a 23-yard field goal, but he missed it right with 1:52 to play, leaving the door wide open for the Saints, and Suisham was released shortly after the game. This was Washington’s third straight game in which they allowed a fourth-quarter lead to slide away, but this one may have hurt the most. Jason Campbell was 30-of-42 for 367 yards, three touchdowns and a pick, but the Redskins had four turnovers, and like their NFL odds, their spirit may be dead.

The Raiders (4-8) showed a lot of heart in a 27-24 upset win at Pittsburgh, led by Bruce Gradkowski’s fourth-quarter heroics. Gradkowski, a Pittsburgh native, was 20-of-33 for 308 yards and three touchdowns, which all came in the last 15 minutes, and he was named the AFC Player of the Week for his exploits. The Raiders were 2-of-2 in the red zone and didn’t turn the ball over once, leading to a big NFL odds upset.

NFL odds in your sportsbook have the Redskins as a 1-point favorite on the road, which seems strange when you consider that the Raiders are 2-4 at home, and Washington is 0-6 away from home. Washington is also 0-4 as an ATS favorite, while the Raiders are a decent 6-5 as an underdog, and 3-3 ATS at home. The Redskins will hope to have Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall back, and their secondary (particularly safety Laron Landry) has had problems with the deep ball as of late, which is right up Oakland’s alley. Like Cleveland-Detroit in Week 11, this matchup of lowly teams may actually turn out to be decent.

NFL picks: Raiders +1

Ronaldinho the Best Player of the Decade

Ronaldinho the Best Player of the DecadeRonaldinho was voted best player of the decade by the magazine World Soccer.

Milan's Brazilian striker, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil and the 2006 Champions League with Barcelona, the vote to beat Argentine striker Lionel Messi and Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

The result, announced today, was decided by votes received each year between 2000 and 2009.

Ronaldinho, 29, was chosen as the best footballer in the world by FIFA in 2004 and 2005, and won the Golden Ball in 2005.

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