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Conference Strength & Handicapping Bowl Games

When it comes to handicapping college football bowl games conference strength can either be a big help or a very misleading factor depending on the circumstances. Later in bowl season chances are pretty good that for each team playing in a game there will be have been several other teams from the same conference that have already played their games. Hereís a look at three ways in which that can be useful, and three ways that it can be not helpful and potentially costly: ...

Handicapping First Year Coaches In Bowl Games

Turnover in the coaching ranks in college football is a frequent fact of life. With so many schools looking for a better answer every year it is inevitable that several coaches that are hired are in their first year as a head coach. Many of those coaches will struggle, but some will be lucky enough to lead their team to a bowl game. For handicappers it is a challenge to determine how a coach who has never coached in a bowl game is going to perform in his first. Will the team be ready, or will they be outclassed? Will the new coach rise to the o ...

Betting Research For College Football Bowl Games

Weíre in a dead zone in college football - the two week gap between the conference championship games and the first bowl games. Thereís an even longer gap between the conference championships and bowl games that most people care about. There is lots of other sporting action to occupy your betting time during that gap, but smart bettors will also use the time to prepare to dominate the bowl season. Here are six things you can be doing to make the most of the time off: ...

Overrated Betting Factors When Betting Bowl Games

There are at least two weeks between the last significant college football games of the regular season and the first bowl games. Time to think is often the enemy of handicappers - the more time they have, the more they will think about things that could be significant, and the better the chance that they will wind up confusing themselves. This time allows devoted college football handicappers to look at every possible aspect of bowl matchups. They will inevitably start seeing ghosts in the shadows - giving things more credit than they deserve. ...

Why Smart Sports Bettors Like BCS Futures ASAP

The stadium isnít even empty after the BCS Championship game each year before the future odds for the next BCS Championship are posted at many sportsbooks. There really arenít a lot of reasons you would want to tie your money up a full year by making one of these bets when there is a whole lot of uncertainty involved. That doesnít mean that these futures arenít interesting and potentially useful to look at, though. Here are four reasons to look closely at the BCS Championship futures as soon as they are posted: ...

Profiting From Bowl Games Between BCS Games

The tail end of the bowl season creates a strange scheduling situation. There are five BCS bowl games. The first four bowls - the Rose, Fiesta, Orange and Sugar - Are lumped together and played over a few days. The last game - the BCS National Championship game - exists on an island. It is played in the site of one of those other games, and it comes several days after the other games. In order to fill the gap between the big games and the championship game there are other bowls that are played. There is one thing that these games have in common ...

When Is the Best Time to Bet on BCS Futures

As far as I am concerned February is the most interesting time to bet on BCS futures. The lines are still fresh enough that there can be mistakes and opportunities because the public hasnít heavily bet on them yet. On the other hand, though, enough change has happened that we have a much better sense of what teams will look like next season than we had even a couple of weeks before. Any players that are leaving early for the draft have already declared, and players that are transferring have moved on. Coaching staffs have been shaken up and the ...

Judging Motivation Level for Bowl Games

There is no bigger single factor in handicapping bowl games than motivation. That sounds like a bold statement, but it is absolutely true. The usual suspects are important - matchups, the caliber of the coaching, the talent levels, the schemes and so on - but none are as important as how ready and eager the teams are to be in the game, and how that has affected their preparations. Bowl games are entirely unique in North American sports because teams take off a long time - often more than a month - in the middle of their seasons to prepare for t ...

Betting Issues On Smaller Football Bowl Games

As bowl season nears handicappers are faced with a decision - should they bet on all of the small bowl games that come along, or should they hold out for the bigger games with the big name teams? Iím a bowl junkie, so there has never been a bowl game played that I couldnít get at least a little excited about. More significantly, though, I would choose to bet on smaller bowls almost every time over the big ones that are played after New Yearís Day. Here are four good reasons why, and one problem with these games that would scare some people away ...

Betting Impact On Empty Stadiums Bowl Games

Critics of the bowl system in college football would argue that there are too many bowl games. I donít agree - the more the merrier in my mind. Thereís no doubt, though, that there are some bowl games that just arenít embraced by the community they are played in or the fans of the schools playing in them. Every year, especially early in the bowl schedule or in the non-BCS games at the end of the schedule, you can tune in and see games where there seem to be more players on the field than fans in the stands. These games can provide challenges fo ...

Hidden Betting Clues For Winning Bowl Games

We looked earlier at overrated factors in bowl handicapping - things the public just gives too much credit to. These include things like the past record of coaches in bowls, the teamís record in bowl games, past meetings between teams, and lingering injuries. Since we looked on that side it only makes sense to look at the other - the underrated factors that donít get enough attention from most bettors who get swept up in bowl fever. Here are four of those factors: ...

Handicapping Changes For Football Bowl Games

My favorite part of the sports calendar - bowl season - will be underway before we know it. Itís popular these days to bash bowls and support a playoff. Iím not entirely opposed to a playoff, but only as long as the bizarre and pleasingly awkward spectacle that is the bowl season still survives in some regard. Thereís something incredibly pleasing about having a game almost every day for three weeks or so - and more than one on some days. The pairings are often interesting - and regularly unique - and that leads to regular unexpected drama. Gre ...

Betting on BCS Games, Better Adjust Strategy

Itís the start of the bowl season, but a lot of games will be played before the big ones - the BCS games - get underway. In a lot of ways the BCS games are just like every other bowl game. Those five games are unique in some keys ways, though, and recognizing how they are unique can help you avoid mistakes and make it easier for you to cash in some winning bets. Here are five things to keep in mind when you are thinking about betting the BCS games: ...

Betting Clues From Football Bowl Announcements

The day after the league championship games end in early December is a big day for college football bettors. Thatís the day in which the bowl assignments are all announced and we know for sure which teams will be playing where. Thatís also the first day that odds will be posted for those games. Smart bettors know that there can be some real opportunities when those odds are first posted, but only if you are prepared and know what to look for. Here are five things to keep an eye out for when the bowls are first announced in order to spot the ear ...

Biggest BCS Betting Mistakes To Avoid

The BCS bowls get more attention from the media and the betting public every year than the other bowls combined, even though there are only five BCS bowls and almost 30 other bowls. The betting public is understandably drawn to these games far more than the rest, as well. Whenever there is more betting interest in a particular game you can be sure that there are going to be more betting mistakes made as well. Here are five big mistakes to avoid when betting on BCS bowls: ...

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