Stanford Oregon Betting – Saturday, October 2nd, 8:00 PM ET
The No.9 Cardinal (4-0) showed a great killer instinct, scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter of a 37-14 romp at Notre Dame. Andrew Luck didn’t have his best game, going 19-of-32 for 238 yards, a touchdown and a pair of picks, but Stepfan Taylor stepped up with 108 yards on the ground for the Cardinal, who had 404 yards of total offense. The Cardinal also committed three turnovers, but they forced two and held the Fighting Irish to 351 yards, including a mere 44 on the ground. Nate Whitaker also nailed all five of his field-goal attempts for Stanford.
The No.4 Ducks (4-0) managed to escape Arizona State with a 42-31 win, mostly because the defense forced an outstanding seven turnovers out of the Sun Devils. That’s the only way they could have won because Arizona State hung 597 yards of offense on the Ducks, and they never let Oregon run away with it. Darron Thomas was 19-of-33 for 260 yards, two touchdowns and a pick, while LaMichael James had 114 yards and a score on the ground for the Ducks. Some online football betting players thought that the Ducks would take a step back when Jeremiah Masoli was kicked off the team, and while they’ve done very well, the Arizona State game brought up some concerns.
Betting services have the Ducks as a 7-point favorite at home, where they’ve won four of their last five against the Cardinal, and they’re a decent 3-2 ATS in those games. The Oregon defense showed some weaknesses last week, but they’ve probably had an intense week of practice, and they’ll look to take away James, forcing Thomas to beat them. But Oregon’s biggest advantage is Autzen Stadium, where they’ve won their last 12 and haven’t lost since falling 37-32 against Boise State back in 2008. Pound for pound, Autzen may be the loudest stadium in the country and the Ducks put up tons of points there. They also distract the opposing team, and if Luck can steer the Cardinal to a win there, he’ll be in the running for the Heisman. However, we think James will have a big day, whether Stanford keys in on him or not. Take the Ducks to cover when you’re betting online on Saturday.
Stanford Oregon Betting – Saturday, October 2nd, 8:00 PM ET
The Cincinnati Bengals are making a mess of the NFL betting lines this season. When wide receiver Terrell Owens was signed to the Bengals, his receiving counterpart Chad Ochocinco all but guaranteed a Super Bowl berth for Cincinnati. Football betting experts usually do not put a lot of stock in what Ochocinco says, but the Bengals are an improved team over last season and they should be challenging for the AFC North title this season.
The problem with the Bengals is that they are inconsistent . . . again. After getting schooled in week one by the New England Patriots, the Bengals have gone on to beat the Baltimore Ravens and the Carolina Panthers. But even as badly as the Panthers played in week three, the Bengals could not put the game away until late in the fourth quarter. Cincinnati needs to pick up the pace on offense if Ochocinco’s prediction has any chance of ever coming true.
This week’s NFL pick for the Bengals will be a win over the Cleveland Browns, but it will not be easy and it will not be a guarantee. If the Browns get that offense of theirs rolling by the second quarter, then Cincinnati’s inability to put anyone away this season could come back to haunt the Bengals. The Bengals need to put the hammer down early in this game, and get the Browns down by a couple of touchdowns by the second quarter.
The Browns and their fans can see the improvement already. However the one area that is obviously lacking in Cleveland is at quarterback. The prevailing theory is that Colt McCoy is being groomed to be the starter in Cleveland, but Mike Holgren does not rush quarterbacks. The one thing Cleveland fans will have to learn is patience. Mike Holgren will deliver a winner to Cleveland, it will just take a couple of years to get there. When Holgren got to Seattle not many people thought that Matt Hasselbeck was a starting quarterback in the NFL. By the time Holgren was done with Seattle, Hasselbeck was a Super Bowl quarterback and one of the best quarterbacks to play for the Seahawks.
The Browns will be game in this contest, and it will take everything the Bengals offense has to pull this game out. The Cincinnati offense line is still suspect, and the running game is struggling to support the passing game. The Bengals should have just enough to get past the Browns this week, but look for the Browns to slowly remove that label of NFL doormat as Cleveland moves towards respectability in the NFL.
Pick: Cincinnati Bengals 16-14
When Pittsburgh starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for the first four games of the season for being a sexual predator, many NFL betting experts left the Steelers for dead. Based on past performances, the Steelers cannot win without Roethlisberger and there was a genuine fear that the Steelers would be 0-4 and out of the playoff hunt by the time Ben got back.
In the first game of the season the Steelers tried veteran Byron Leftwich at quarterback, but Leftwich was injured early and third-year man Dennis Dixon came in. The Steelers won that game. To keep the good vibes going the Steelers started Dixon in week two. Dixon played very well but he was injured for the season and Charlie Batch came in to win the game.
When Leftwich was ready to play in week three, head coach Mike Tomlin decided that playing the momentum game was working so he put in Charlie Batch for week three. The Steelers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-13 with Charlie Batch throwing for three touchdowns. There is no question as to who will start at quarterback for the Steelers against the Ravens in week 4; it will be Charlie Batch. The only question is whether or not Tomlin will sit batch after the bye in week 5 and put Roethlisberger back in, or if Tomlin will keep playing the momentum game and let Batch keep starting.
The football betting in Baltimore was pretty gloomy for the first two weeks of the season. With the first snap from center of the season, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco dropped back in the pocket, held the ball way too long and was hammered by the Jets defense. The Jets went on to hand the first game of the season to the Ravens. The Ravens lost to the Bengals in week two behind a four-interception performance by Flacco. Linebacker and team leader Ray Lewis was angry, and things were not good in Baltimore.
Flacco pulled it together for week three and the Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 24-17. The Browns showed a lot of improvement over last season, but the Ravens were just too much for Cleveland as the Baltimore defense smothered the Browns offense.
In this game Charlie Batch leads the Steelers against the Ravens, and this will be a very tight game. The NFL predictions surrounding this game will jump back and forth between the Ravens and the Steelers. The Steelers need to continue to establish their offensive identity in this game and that identity is running back Rashard Mendenhall. The Ravens will continue to lean on Flacco and the Baltimore passing game.
This will be a smash-mouth defensive struggle that will be a joy for any football fan to watch. The determining factor will be poise on offense, and that belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10
Alabama Arkansas Betting – Saturday, September 25th, 3:30 PM ET
The No.1 Crimson Tide (3-0) had their 62-13 rout of Duke on the road over by halftime. Actually, they were up 28-3 after the first quarter and it was pretty much on from there. The Crimson Tide racked up 626 yards of offense, including 315 yards on the ground, and those who paid the price per head to see Mark Ingram’s first game weren’t disappointed. The Heisman winner ran nine times for 151 yards and a pair of scores as the Crimson Tide averaged 9.0 yards a carry, and any team is going to be hard to stop with numbers like that. Still, the Crimson Tide had three turnovers on the day, and they gave up 146 yards on the ground, so that’s something they’ll need to work on.
The No.10 Razorbacks (3-0) got a 40-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Mallett in a 31-24 win at Georgia, and Mallett showed all the skills that should make him a Heisman candidate. Mallett was 21-of-33 for 380 yards, three touchdowns and no picks in one of the best quarterback performances of the year to date. The Razorbacks pretty much abanadoned the ground game, but when you have a great pivot, you can afford to do that. The Razorbacks gave up 392 yards of offense, but on the road, especially at a tough place to play like “between the hedges” at Georgia, that’s actually not all that bad.
Online football betting odds have the Crimson Tide as a 7-point favorite on the road, and they’ve won four of their last five meetings with the Razorbacks. They’re 2-3 at Arkansas since the turn of the century, and this is going to be their first real big test of the year as they got Penn State at home. The Arkansas defense has to figure out how to slow down the Alabama ground game, led by Ingram and Trent Richardson, but even if they do that, Greg McElroy has grown into one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country, he just doesn’t get to show it all the time because of Alabama’s fierce ground game. Meanwhile, Mallett will have his hands full going up against an Alabama defense that isn’t as good as last year’s unit, but they’re still a top-10 defense capable of dominating a game. Arkansas will put up a fight, but the Crimson Tide will wear them down.
Online sports betting pick: Alabama -7
South Carolina Auburn Betting – Saturday, September 25th, 7:45 PM ET
The No.12 Gamecocks (3-0) got the job done in a 38-19 win over Furman, but to be honest, the scoreline should have been a lot higher in favor of South Carolina. Stephen Garcia was 13-of-20 for 150 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw a couple of picks on the day. The Gamecocks got another solid game from freshman running back Marcus Lattimore, who had 19 carries for 97 yards, and they’ll probably look for him a lot against the Tigers. But there are a couple of worries for online football betting players looking to back South Carolina, namely, their passing defense: they’re 101st in the nation in that category, and they gave up 274 yards against Furman.
The No.17 Tigers (3-0) fell behind 17-0, managed a field goal by halftime, then fought back to tie it up before a 39-yard field goal gave them a 27-24 overtime win at home over Clemson in a battle of the Tigers. Cam Newton was 7-of-14 for 203 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of picks, while running 17 times for 68 yards for Auburn, who had 221 yards on the ground. Newton is still obviously still a work in progress when it comes to passing, but his scrambling ability buys him time, and his passing will improve throughout the year. Those who make NFL picks will have their eye on Newton throughout his college career.
Football betting odds will show that the Tigers are a 3-point favorite at home, and the Gamecocks have visited Jordan-Dare Stadium just twice, a 28-24 loss in 1996 and a 48-7 trouncing in 2005. In four meetings, Auburn has come out on top, and they should make it five as the Gamecocks won’t be able to control Newton, who takes at least two players with him wherever he goes. That will challenge a South Carolina rushing defense that is 6th in the country, and if they stack the line, Newton will pick them apart. The Auburn defense is more balanced and they’ll be able to keep Garcia quiet, leading to what should be a comfortable win. Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina teams have never been great on the road (3-7 in their last 10), so we’re taking Auburn at home for a victory in your online sportsbook.
The NFL betting experts picked the Baltimore Ravens to be one of the favorites to emerge from the AFC and perhaps find themselves in the AFC championship game. That hinged on the continuing development of quarterback Joe Flacco. In the offseason, the Ravens spent money on players such as wide receivers Donte Stallworth and Anquan Boldin to give Flacco more options to throw to. After the first two games of the season, it seems as though Flacco prefers to throw to opposing players rather than his own re-vamped offense.
In two games this season, Joe Flacco has already thrown five interceptions. Despite a lackluster performance in week one by the Baltimore offense, the Ravens won their opener against the New York Jets 10-9. But with a four interception performance in week two against the Cincinnati Bengals, and another uninspired showing by the Ravens offense, it may be time to start thinking about Marc Bulger running the Ravens offense.
The Ravens need to be careful that the NFL scores after week three are not deceiving. The Cleveland Browns defense is capable of giving up a big game to Flacco and the Baltimore offense, but that may not mean that all is right with the Ravens offense. Joe Flacco has looked indecisive, uninspired and confused playing in this Ravens offense this year. He holds the ball way too long, and many of his throwing decisions are ill-timed with his throws being off-target.
This week the NFL picks crowd will have to wait and see who plays quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Seneca Wallace played a respectable game against the Kansas City Chiefs in week two, but a lack of a running game seemed to hamper the Cleveland chances of putting points on the board. Starting quarterback Jake Delhomme is still nursing a bad ankle, but his status for week three is not yet known. Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy did not show anything in the preseason that would make him considered the starter over Seneca Wallace.
This Ravens defense will attack the Cleveland offense hard in this game. The Baltimore defense may be able to win this game on their own with points off turnovers and keeping the Browns down to a limited number of scoring chances. The only thing the Ravens defense may have to content with is their own offense giving the game away through turnovers.
The Ravens should win this game easily, but it is important that the Baltimore coaching staff not let a good showing in this game make them content that their offense is on the right track.
Pick: Baltimore Ravens 31-10
The Tennessee Titans did not look much better than the Giants when the NFL scores for week two were finalized. The Titans turned the ball over seven times, benched starting quarterback Vince Young and handed a game to the Pittsburgh Steelers in week two. Titans head coach Jeff Fisher has announced that Vince Young will start this game against the Giants. Vince Young still represents the best chance that the Titans have to win. Even with seven turnovers, the Steelers won the game by a relatively narrow margin of 19-11.
The Giants looked completely helpless against the Colts, but in the world of NFL predictions it is much different to look helpless against the 2010 Indianapolis Colts defense than it is to look helpless against the 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers defense. The Colts have two of the best defensive linemen in football in Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Both Mathis and Freeney had two sacks against the Giants which severely hampered the Giants offense.
The Titans had major problems with the Steelers defense all day long in week two. In a game that Tennessee should have won and dominated offensively, the Titans gave up four sacks and five fumbles. Pittsburgh inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons was able to rack up 12 tackles and all-pro outside linebacker James Harrison had 10 tackles. The Tennessee running game was unable to get past the Steelers front seven and, as a result, Titans running back Chris Johnson only has 34 yards on the ground.
Picking this game comes down to which team you believe can recover better from an embarrassing loss the week before. It can be said that the Titans had a bad week. It happens. Quarterback Vince Young and running back Chris Johnson are extremely talented football players that take success and failure seriously. The Titans can recover from a bad game.
The Giants have been having problems for a couple of years now. Getting dismantled by Peyton Manning is not something new for any NFL team, but the entire Colts team dominated the Giants, and New York looked almost timid in their loss.
The Giants will find that the linebackers in Tennessee, led by Will Witherspoon, offer a challenge similar to the Colts. The difference is that the Tennessee pass rush is not as dominant as the Colts. But it may be enough to stop the Giants.
Pick: Tennessee Titans 27-17
"The recipient of the New England Patriots, Randy Moss had a receiving touchdown in the defeat of his team 28-14 to the New York Jets. With this, Moss reached 150 touchdowns in his career by joining the members of the Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (208) and Emmitt Smith (175) and the Jets running Daini THE TOMLINSON (153) as the only players in history the NFL betting with at least 150 touchdowns.
"Since joining the Patriots in 2007, Moss has 48 touchdown receptions in his first 50 games with the club. This total represents the most touchdown catches for a player (rookie or veteran) in a new team in NFL history.
"The rookie running back Detroit Lions, BEST Yahweh got 78 yards and two touchdowns and nine catches for 154 yards and a touchdown in the 35-32 home loss to Philadelphia. Best is the first rookie with at least 75 yards rushing, 150 carriers and three touchdowns in one game. The corridor is also the first player who achieves this feat since 1981 (Joe Cribbs).
"In his first two games the rookie has scored five times, and as such is the only rookie to do so since BILLY SIMS did in 1980.
"The Best 154 yards are the highest total for a rookie receiver in the era of the Super Bowl.
"Houston receiver Andre Johnson had 12 catches for 158 yards and a touchdown in the victory of the Texans and now has 14 games with at least 10 receptions and 100 yards in his career, tying Marvin Harrison as the second most of these games in NFL history. The Hall of Fame Jerry Rice holds the record with 15 games of this type.
-Antonio Gates, tight end for the San Diego Chargers had two touchdown receptions in San Diego's 38-13 victory over Jacksonville. With these two, Gates came to 62, surpassing Jerry Smith (60) and tying Shannon Sharpe (62) as tight ends with the second-most touchdown receptions.
Florida Tennessee Betting – Saturday, September 18th, 3:30 PM ET
The No.10 Gators (2-0) looked stunned in the first half against South Florida, but they pulled away for a 38-14 win in “The Swamp”, although Florida fans still won’t be encouraged by this effort. The Gators did managed to cut out a lot of mistakes, and didn’t commit a turnover, but John Brantley was 18-of-31 for 172 yards and two touchdowns, showing that this is definitely a new era in Gainesville. Jeff Demps had 11 carries for 139 yards and a score for the Gators, who also gave up 244 yards on the ground. Yes, those who bet on NFL odds are seeing a lot of last year’s Gators in the league, and there’s a lot of new faces, but Florida is going to have to improve to challenge for the SEC crown this season.
The Volunteers (1-1) got rolled in a 48-13 loss to Oregon at home, and the No.7 Ducks had their way with Tennessee, who allowed 447 yards. It was actually a 13-13 game at halftime before the Ducks stormed out with two big plays in the third quarter (a 72-yard run and a pick returned for a score), and it was a rout from there. Matt Simms was 15-of-29 for 151 yards and the aforementioned pick, while Tauren Poole added 162 yards and a score on the ground for the Volunteers, who were a miserable 2-of-15 on third down.
Online football betting odds have the Gators as a 14-point favorite against the Volunteers, who haven’t beaten Florida since 2004. The last three losses have been by an average of 24.3 points, although the Volunteers held their own in a 23-13 loss in Gainesville last year. The Tennessee program was left in shambles after Lane Kiffin bolted to USC, leaving Derek Dooley with a lot of work to do, and the Oregon game showed that it’s still a work in progress. That being said, we think the Volunteers will keep the Gators from covering the 14-point spread as the Florida offense isn’t anywhere near where they want to be, and the Tennessee defense is better than they showed against Oregon, who is a better team than Florida. School pride factors heavily into games like this, and especially as they got rolled at home last week, the Volunteers will definitely have enough in the tank to keep Florida from covering the betting spread.
Betting pick: Tennessee +14
Iowa vs. Arizona Betting – Saturday, September 18th, 10:30 PM ET
The No.9 Hawkeyes (2-0) rolled to a 35-7 rout of Iowa State at home, dominating the Cyclones on both sides of the ball. Ricky Stanzi was 11-of-18 for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Hawkeyes, who had as many yards on the ground as the Cyclones had overall (275). Adam Robinson averaged 11.1 yards on 14 carries to go with a score, and with that kind of balance, the Hawkeyes can go far. Defensively, they’re as tough as ever as the Hawkeyes forced three turnovers and didn’t allow points until 1:51 left in the fourth quarter. Those who keep track of NFL scores may compare Iowa to Baltimore: they’re as physically tough as anyone in the country, and their offense has the ability to get points when they’re needed.
The No.24 Wildcats (2-0) trounced Citadel 52-6 at home, and this game was essentially over by halftime, when Arizona was up 24-0. Nick Foles was 17-of-22 for 214 yards, a touchdown and a pick, but it was on the ground where the Wildcats mauled the Bulldogs. Arizona ran for 214 yards, including 107 yards on 11 carries by Nic Grigsby, who added three scores for the Wildcats. Arizona outgained Citadel 489-171, and the Wildcats also forced three turnovers, while committing one themselves.
Betting services have the Hawkeyes as a 1.5-point favorite on the road, where they have won seven of their last nine games, which is the mark of a well-coached team. The Hawkeyes have won two of their three meetings with the Wildcats, including a 27-17 victory at home last year. The Hawkeyes wore down the Wildcats by holding the ball for over 37 minutes, and while Stanzi didn’t have his best game, he managed it well, which is all Iowa needs with a defense like there. The Wildcats have played Toledo and Citadel, so it’s tough to get a read on what they’re really like. Iowa hasn’t had much to test them either, but we know what they’re all about: a veteran team who isn’t going to beat themselves. We’re not sold on the Wildcats to be able to handle the moment, which is why we’re taking Iowa to cover the spread when you’re betting online.
The Pittsburgh Steelers new starting quarterback Dennis Dixon has not seen sustained game activity since he was affecting college football betting results three years ago. In his first ever NFL start last week against the Atlanta Falcons, Dixon was efficient but not too awfully impressive. Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall was impressive against the Falcons. Mendenhall has 120 yards rushing which included his 50-yard game winning touchdown run in overtime.
The Tennessee opener against the Raiders can be deceiving. The Raiders not only have a terrible offensive line, but running back Michael Bush was injured which placed the entire game on quarterback Jason Campbell’s already injured shoulders. A defense like the one in Tennessee would have no problem handling a wounded and inept offense.
The Tennessee offense showed that it is something to be reckoned with. Quarterback Vince Young look poised and in control on his way to 154 passing yards and two touchdowns. Young did not need to put the ball in the air much because Chris Johnson had 142 yards on the ground and two touchdowns of his own. Even backup running back Javon Ringer had a touchdown on the ground.
The NFL betting experts were wondering how the Steelers would respond to not having starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the line-up for the first four games of the season. In the weeks since Big Ben’s suspension, Pittsburgh players are starting to speak out about their disappointment in Ben’s decisions. Roethlisberger was not voted a team captain, and he was not nominated to be one when he returns from his suspension. The locker room is not on his side. If Dixon keeps winning, who knows what that could mean.
In this game the football betting line has the Titans as a five and one-half point favorite. The Steelers defense just shut down a very good offense in Atlanta. The combination of quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Roddy White is a normally potent combination. The pass rush of the Steelers was able to pressure Ryan into making mistakes all day long. But Ryan is a pocket passer with no mobility in his game. Vince Young is a different kind of quarterback, and that could be a problem for the Steelers.
Very few people expected a deficient Steelers team to be able to beat a strong NFC contender like the Falcons. It was an interesting statement made by the Steelers defense in this first game of the season. The Steelers offense was conspicuous by its lack of a statement in the game against Atlanta.
Pick: Tennessee Titans 21-10
But since 2007, Anderson seems to have lost his touch as an NFL quarterback. The man with the rocket arm uses that rocket arm for 50-yard passes and 5-yard passes. His accuracy has been suspect, and his decision-making has been questionable. He had enough talent to beat out Matt Leinart for the starting job in Arizona, but that does not mean that Anderson has re-gained his Pro Bowl abilities.
The Atlanta Falcons are still fuming after their overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one. Quarterback Matt Ryan seemed to make the transition from being a part of NCAA football betting results to the pro game easily in his rookie year. Ryan even managed to avoid the sophomore slump last season by having a decent year. But something seemed to slip between Ryan’s first and second year, and now that slip seems to be happening again in 2010.
The Cardinals won their opening game of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals more based on the mistakes made by St. Louis rookie quarterback Sam Bradford than on anything the Cardinals did. Bradford did throw for 253 yards in his NFL debut, but he also threw three interceptions as well. Each interception gave the Cardinals good field position, and each interception was the result of a poorly thrown ball.
The online football betting experts expect Sam Bradford to improve. For everything that Bradford did wrong in his debut, he did show signs of progress. Derek Anderson made many of the same mistakes in the Cardinals’ opening game that he made all preseason. The Cardinals defense held the team in their opening game and allowed Anderson and the offense to make the plays they needed to barely win the game.
The Falcons defense really only made one glaring mistake in their opening game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately for Atlanta, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall took that one mistake to the endzone for the game winning touchdown in overtime. Luckily for the Falcons they are not playing an offense like the Steelers in this game.
The thing that will help the Falcons secondary is Anderson’s accuracy problems. Arizona wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston would be a threat to any defense if they had a quarterback that could get the ball to them.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan will be looking to get back on track in this game against the Cardinals. He still has a potent offense around him that should be able to put points on the board against the Arizona defense. Atlanta running back Michael Turner will also be looking to put up more than 42 rushing yards this week, which is what the Steelers held him to in the opening game.
Pick: Atlanta Falcons 35-23
Miami Ohio State Betting – Saturday, September 11th, 3:40 PM ET
The No.13 Hurricanes made short work of Florida A&M in a 45-0 thrashing that was over by halftime, when Miami was up by 35 points. Jacory Harris shook off the rust by going 12-of-15 for 210 yards and three touchdowns for the Hurricanes, who had the ball for only 24:37 of the game, but they racked up 405 yards and 23 first downs against the Rattlers, who managed just 110 yards and eight first downs against Miami. College football is a much better place when “The U” is involved in the national picture, and they have a massive chance to stake their claim this weekend in Columbus. Those who are betting NFL odds will remember what kind of factory Miami was for the pros, and the talent level is getting back.
The No.2 Buckeyes rolled to a 45-7 victory over Marshall, and like Miami, Ohio state had this game wrapped up by halftime with a 35-7 lead, which allowed them to save their starters for this week. Terrelle Pryor went 17-of-25 for 247 yards and three touchdowns, while Brandon Saine ran nine times for 103 yards and a pair of scores for the Buckeyes, who hung 529 yards on the Thundering Herd. Defensively, the Buckeyes are thought to have one of the best defenses in the country, and they held Marshall to 199 yards on the day.
Football betting odds have the Buckeyes as a 9-point favorite, and these two have split a pair of meetings in their history: a 23-12 win for the Hurricanes in Columbus back in 1999, and of course, the Fiesta Bowl win in Arizona in 2003. The Buckeyes are solid at home, but they’ve struggled in big games in recent memory, either in non-conference action or in bowl games. Last year’s win in the Rose Bowl was seemingly their first big win in years, and while they’ll probably go on to win the game straight up, a nine-point spread is a lot against a Miami team that can play with anyone on both sides of the ball, as they showed by going 3-1 last year while playing four ranked teams to begin the season. These Hurricanes are tough and won’t allow the game to get away from them.
Online sports betting pick: Miami +9
Penn State Alabama Betting – Saturday, September 11th, 7:00 PM ET
The No.19 Nittany Lions routed Youngstown State 44-14 at home in their season opener, and freshman Rob Bolden did a great job in his debut, going 20-of-29 for 239 yards and a pair of touchdowns, although he did manage to toss a pick as well. Some Penn State fans were a bit worried after Darryl Clark graduated, and the Nittany Lions have a couple of other quarterbacks waiting to get their shot, but Bolden was solid enough that he’ll probably start this game as well. Defensively, the Nittany Lions allowed 264 yards, including just 34 on the ground.
The No.1 Crimson Tide had little problem dispatching of San Jose State in a 48-3 romp, posting a ridiculous 591 yards of offense. Heisman winner Mark Ingram was held out of this game due to injury, but the Crimson Tide still ran for 257 yards. Those who are betting on NFL odds should watch out for receiver Julio Jones, who caught six passes for 93 yards and a score for the Crimson Tide. Alabama lost a lot of players on defense, but there shouldn’t be much of a drop-off from last year’s group. The Crimson Tide gave up just 185 yards, and they picked off a pass as well.
The Crimson Tide are a 10.5-point favorite at home when you bet football online, and strangely, this is the first time in recent memory that these two powers have faced off. Penn State coach Joe Paterno and his Alabama counterpart Nick Saban are distinctly old-school, and online betting players should expect a hard-hitting affair that likely won’t go over the posted total. We’re going to take the Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium, where they have won 15 in a row. The Nittany Lions have won five straight road games, dating back to last year of course, and Bolden was great against Youngstown State. But the Crimson Tide are an entirely different beast than Youngstown State, and he’s going to have to get off to a good start in Tuscaloosa. The Nittany Lions would do well to go with Evan Royster out of the backfield, and they took it easy on their star running back in Week 1, largely with this game in mind. But still, the Crimson Tide are too balanced and too deep on both sides of the ball, and they’ll be in trouble if they try to single-cover Jones.
Sports Betting Pick: Alabama -10.5
Boise State Virginia Tech Betting – Monday, September 6, 8:00 PM ET
The No.3 Broncos ended 2009 unbeaten, edging TCU in the Fiesta Bowl to go 14-0, and 21 of the starters from last year’s team are back, including quarterback Kellen Moore, who figures to be a Heisman candidate. But he’s got a lot of help with him, like running back Jeremy Avery and his top six receivers. The offensive line has been kind of shaky for the Broncos, and that’ll be the one area to watch at Boise State. Defensively, the Broncos lost cornerback Kyle Wilson (those who are betting on NFL lines will recognize him from the Jets), and coordinator Justin Wilcox bailed for Tennessee, but the Broncos should be fine without either.
The Hokies were 10-3 after romping over Tennessee in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, and strangely, offense may be their strength. Tyrod Taylor is going into his senior year, and only two current quarterbacks have won more games in their career (Boise State’s Moore is one of them). He is one of seven starters back for the Hokies, and they’ll have to carry the team for the first part of the season as there are only starters back on that side of the ball. One of those starters, linebacker Barquell Rivers, may not even bet ready for this game as he is slowly recovering from a quadriceps injury that happened months ago.
Online football betting odds have the Broncos as a 2-point favorite at a “neutral site”, although FedEx Field is much, much closer to Virginia Tech than it is to Boise State. The Hokies have tried this before, inviting USC to play them at FedEx Field in 2004, and they lost 24-13. This game should go something like that, as the Broncos are just too deep, and the Hokies have a lot of questions on defense and special teams. The latter is something that the Hokies pride themselves on, and while Taylor has a lot of wins and is improving a lot as a throwing quarterback, he can’t do it on his own against a team like Boise State, who have a knack of never showing nerves in big games.
Online sports betting pick: Boise State -2
Oregon State TCU Betting – Saturday, September 4, 7:45 PM ET
The No.24 Beavers came up agonizingly short of their first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1965, losing at home to rival Oregon in a classic, and that carried over to the Las Vegas Bowl where they routed 44-20 by BYU. They’re powered by the brother duo of Jacquizz (running back) and James (receiver) Rodgers, both of whom will challenge for the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. The question is, will quarterback Ryan Katz be able to get the ball to them? The offensive line also needs to stay healthy to get Katz used to the speed of the game. Seven starters are back on a defense that was 46th in the country, and if the defense can holds its own, the Beavers have a great shot of winning the Pac-10.
The No.6 Horned Frogs lost to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl to finish 12-1, and for the fourth time in nine years, TCU had the best defense in the country. NFL betting players should be seeing end Jerry Hughes in the league with Indianapolis now, but the Horned Frogs still have seven starters back on that side of the ball, and coach Gary Patterson is one of the best defensive minds in the college game, so he’ll have a plan to cover for the loss of Hughes and others. The Horned Frogs have nine starters back on offense, including Andy Dalton, who has won the most games of any active college quarterbacks. As long as he keeps the mistakes to a minimum, the Horned Frogs will be a force.
Online football betting odds have the Horned Frogs as a 13.5-point favorite in this contest, and with the game being played at Cowboys Stadium, TCU will have the home-crowd advantage. Their defense is good enough to come up with a plan to shut down the Rodgers brothers, and if you can do that, you have an excellent chance of beating the Beavers, because Katz doesn’t have the experience yet. The Horned Frogs’ offense has been overshadowed by their great defense in recent years, and they’ll want to make a statement in this game.
BSN Sports pick: TCU Horned Frogs