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College Football Handicapping: Totals Analysis For Week 8

Statistics tell only part of the story when looking at totals. Some times, it’s the pace of the game or even the history of the series.  Take the Arizona State-California game. The total is a moderate 53 points. The over for Arizona State is only 2-2, but the Sun Devils have posted some good offensive […]

NFL Football Handicapping: Breaking Down the Total Lines for Week 7

Pro Bowl Betting Preview

When the Patriots travel to face the Chargers, you will see of the highest totals of the weekend at 46 ½. That’s for good reason. Normally, these teams can light up the scoreboard.  The Patriots started the Moss-less era by beating the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20. That game barely went under, but posting 23 points against […]

NFL Injuries: Week 5 NFL Injury Report

Bears Packers NFC Championship Preview

The biggest news on the injury front is that the Bears will be without Jay Cutler.  He took a beating at the hands of the New York Giants last week, who had xx sacks. He suffered a concussion and is out for this week, meaning Todd Collins will get the start.  Carolina receiver Steve Smith […]

College Football Handicapping: Week 6 Totals Analysis

Week 5 college football totals betting

When looking at the totals, you have to take a lot of things into account. Not only offense, but defense, special teams, but also account for style of play and history of the series.  When Alabama travels to face South Carolina, it may be hard for them to get to the over for 48. Two […]

NFL Handicapping: Running Down the Totals For Week 5

Colts Titans NFL Preview

When you look at a game, something has to give. Such is the case with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts.  The total is 44, which is low for a Colts game, especially at home, but a little higher than you like with the Chiefs.  The over for the Chiefs is 1-2, while […]

Atlanta Braves Vs San Francisco Giants Betting Odds & Preview

The Atlanta Braves return to the playoffs for the first time in four years and gave retiring manager Bobby Cox one more in the playoffs. The team the Braves are taking to the playoffs comes hobbling in as the Braves lost two key figures to season-ending injuries, infielders Chipper Jones and Martin Prado. But the […]

New York Yankees Vs Minnesota Twins Betting Odds & Preview

yankees world series odds

In making their 15 appearance in the playoffs in 16 years, the defending champing Yankees appear vulnerable heading into the postseason. The Yankees, who are trying to be the first team to repeat since they did it in 1998-2000, finished the season 13-17 and missed winning the division by one game to the Tampa Bay […]

Cincinnati Reds Vs Philadelphia Phillies Betting Odds & Preview

The Cincinnati Reds, who won the NL Central, are making their first playoff appearance since 1995. And, for that effort, they get to face the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Phillies have won their fourth straight NL East title, and are trying to win the pennant for the third straight time. The Phillies were seven games back […]

Texas Rangers Vs Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds & Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays finished the American League with the best record and that gives them home-field advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs. But because the wild-card team is in their division (Yankees), the Rays do not get to face the wild-card team.  They get the Texas Rangers and left-handed ace Cliff […]

Week 4 NFL Betting Trends

Week 4 NFL Betting Trend Report

One of the big story lines for Week 4 of the NFL season is the Washington-Philadelphia match-up and the soap opera that is Donovan McNabb, Andy Reid and Michael Vick  But if you can get by the made-for-TV drama, there are some trends to consider when handicapping the game. The Eagles, a 5 ½-point home […]

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