Odds Makers Release 2015 Heisman Trophy Futures

With the NBA entering its final stretch to the postseason, college basketball closing in on March Madness, the NHL winding towards the Stanley Cup playoffs and Major League Baseball preparing to open its season in just over a month, many sports fans and bettors might not have college football at the top of their list.

Nevertheless, odds makers never slow down and never put any sport to bed for more than a few hours. This week, the 2015 Heisman Trophy futures were released by on large online bookmaker. The season does not even begin until the latter part of August, but there is nothing like getting a head start and finding a player or players with some value on this futures board.

Last season the prestigious award was won by Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota. The junior quarterback won in a landslide but already has entered the 2015 NFL draft.

As is usually the case, the player at the top of the list with the shortest odds to start the Heisman Trophy futures is a quarterback and this year it is TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin.

The athletic Boykin is a dual threat who can beat defenses through the air with his arm or on the ground with his legs.

After the talented Boykin is Ezekiel Elliott a running back for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Bettors might be indecisive when it comes to backing the talented runner considering there are three of his own teammates on the newly released futures list that will be bet on as well.

Ohio State has three quarterbacks on the list. Braxton Miller is 25 to 1. Miller was supposed to be the starter last season, but injured his shoulder prior to the start of the season and was lost for the year. J.T. Barrett is at 25 to 1 as well. He replaced Miller only to become injured himself late in the season. Cardale Jones is sitting at 15 to 1. He replaced Barrett and helped lead the Buckeyes to the National Championship.

Rounding out the top five with the shortest odds is Dak Prescott the dual threat quarterback for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Leonard Fournette a running back for the LSU Tigers and Paul Perkins a running back for the UCLA Bruins.

2015 Heisman Trophy Futures

  1. Trevone Boykin (TCU) +750
  2. Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State) +800
  3. Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) +850
  4. Leonard Fournette (LSU) +1150
  5. Paul Perkins UCLA) +1200
  6. Nick Chubb (Georgia) +1200
  7. Cody Kessler (USC) +1300
  8. Derrick Henry (Alabama) +1400
  9. Samaje Perine (Oklahoma) +140
  10. Cardale Jones Ohio State) +1500

College Basketball Futures With Value

With college football and the NFL now in the sport bettors’ rearview mirror and the NBA postseason still another three months away, college basketball has taken center stage.

The next big event will be March Madness, which means bettors will be paying close attention to what is taking place on the hardwood on college campuses across the nation.

Since only a few weeks remain before the regular season ends, it is an ideal time to check the futures that have value in college basketball.

Kentucky the top ranked team in the nation at 24-0 is the big favorite to win the national title. Most shops have the Wildcats as 5 to 7 favorites. The Wildcats are the clear favorite but stranger things have happened in college basketball hence March Madness.

However, paying for a huge favorite this early does not have that much value.

However, the following teams might.

Duke is 8 to 1 at this point on the futures board according to Bovada and betonline. The Blue Devils this season are underrated, if that is possible, as some people have soured on the team for their lack of success during the NCAA tournament of late.

However, this season the team has beaten Wisconsin and Virginia and will be tough in March.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 12 to 1. This season the Bulldogs might have the best chance to reach the Final Four and at that point, anything can happen. The value is there as the Bulldogs have a talented offensive group.

The Wisconsin Badgers are at 9 to 1. Last season Wisconsin nearly reached the national championship game and this season’s team is as good if not better than last year.

For long shots, you might like Iowa State. At 60 to 1, the Cyclones have value when it comes to a dark horse. The team has not played as well as some thought they would, but the upside is huge for the team. Last season, without their best player, Georges Niang, in the tournament, the Cyclones reached the Sweet Sixteen.

A real long shot with value are the San Diego State Aztecs. According to topbet and sportsbook.com, the Aztecs are currently 100 to 1 to win the tournament. Offensively the team is not that strong but they are primed to record a few upsets under Steven Fisher. The Aztecs are tremendous workers on defense. They can slow down the tempo of a game to make it shorter and keep them in games that other teams might be blown out of.

Oregon vs. Ohio State Line, Trends and Prediction

Monday night, the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game, will kick off from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Oregon Ducks led by Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota will face the Ohio State Buckeye led by quarterback Cardale Jones.

In its semifinal game, Oregon defeated the Florida State Seminoles 59-20, easily covering the spread. At the same time, Ohio State defeated Alabama 43-35, winning outright as an underdog.

The last time the two teams met was in the Rose Bowl in 2010 with Ohio State winning 27-16 and covering a 4.5-point spread by winning outright as the underdog.

This is the first time in eight seasons that no SEC team will by for the national championship.

Oregon on the season is 13-1 straight up and 10-4 against the spread. Ohio State is 13-1 SU and 9-5 ATS.

The over-under for Oregon this season is 7-7 and for Ohio State 12-2.

Oregon is 9-0 SU and ATS, since is only loss earlier in the regular season to Arizona. In each of the 9 games, the Ducks covered a spread of seven points or more on eight occasions.

According to Bovada and betonline, Oregon is 5-1 SU against schools from the Big 10 since 2007.

Ohio State ended the season with a run of 8-3 ATS and since 2007 is 13-2 against the number while an underdog and covering six straight when receiving 7 points or more.
According to topbet and sportsbook.com, the line opened at Oregon -6.5 and has fluctuated between there and -7.5 the past 10 days.

The point total opened at 72.5 on most sites, but has gone as high as 75.

Offensively, Oregon has the nation’s No. 2 offense scoring 47.2 points per game against the No. 27 ranked defense of Ohio State that is allowing 22.1 points per game.

The Ducks passing game averages 311 yards a game, while the Buckeyes allowed 191.5 yards per game through the air.

Trends

  • Ohio State has covered the spread in 8 of its past 12 games overall.
  • Ohio State has won 5 consecutive games straight up.
  • Oregon has won straight up and covered the spread in each of its past 9 games overall
  • Oregon is 4-0 against the number in its past four bowl games.
  • The OVER has cashed in 12 of the past 13 games played by Ohio State.

Prediction

 Both teams will score and often. The OVER even though it seems high, looks to be a good play.

Between the teams, they average 92 points per game, which should make for fireworks on the offensive side.

The Ducks do not matchup as well with Ohio State as they did with Florida State. The spread seems high. I like the OVER and Ohio State covering.

College Basketball Rankings Will Be Affected by Conference Play

The NCAA basketball tournament might be over two months away, but with conference play underway the contenders will face tough competition and the rankings could be quickly shuffled each week.

With conference play now fully underway, the true contenders will begin to separate from the rest of the pack.

No one doubts the Kentucky Wildcats are the best at this point. On Bovada and betonline, the Wildcats are 4 to 5 to win the national championship. Duke at 8 to 1 and Wisconsin at 10 to 1 are also legitimate contenders for the national title, but conference play presents night after night of tough competition not seen when playing a non conference schedule to start the season.

Many people are wondering if the tough games each night will be enough to knock Kentucky off the top. The Wildcats enter SEC play at 13-0. Kentucky is coming off another big win of 58-50 on the road at Louisville. Of course, some see that the win was only single digits, but a team cannot play at such a level game in and game out that allows them double-digits routs each game.

There are some strong teams the Wildcats will face in SEC play, but only one ranked opponent remains on Kentucky’s schedule. They will play Arkansas, which is now ranked No. 23, on February 28 at home.

A great deal will change between now and the end of February, but the seemingly soft Kentucky schedule provides an idea of how attainable an undefeated regular season is for the Wildcats under the tutelage of John Calipari.

Kentucky is not favored to end the season unbeaten, though some sites such as topbet and sportsbook.com are offering a prop of will Kentucky go unbeaten with the yes price currently at +400 and the no priced at -500.

The ACC schedule is so strong it preempts any talk of Duke remaining undefeated, even though the team has looked as strong and as confident as Kentucky at different times during the season.

Duke must face seven opponents that are ranked including St. John’s a non-ACC opponent.

The toughest on the schedule appears to be visits to both Virginia and Louisville, not to mention home and home games with Notre Dame, Syracuse, and North Carolina.

Wisconsin’s road is similar to both Kentucky and Duke’s. The schedule in the Big 10 gives only two ranked opponents for the Badgers to play, but other teams that are not ranked will step up their game during conference play.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FUTURES
KENTUCKY WILDCATS 4 to 5
DUKE BLUE DEVILS 8 to 1
WISCONSIN BADGERS 10 to 1
ARIZONA WILDCATS 12 to 1
GONZAGA BULLDOGS 12 to 1
TEXAS LONGHORNS 15 to 1
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS 20 to 1
LOUISVILLE CARDINALS 25 to 1
NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS 30 to 1
KANSAS JAYHAWKS 30 to 1

Ducks Laying 9 Points to Undefeated Seminoles

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California will kick off the first ever College Football Playoff when the Florida State Seminoles meet the Oregon Ducks.

The last two winners of the Heisman Trophy will be facing off against one another in this highly anticipated national semifinal matchup.

Florida State is unbeaten at 13-0 this season and 29-0 in their past 29 games played, but enters this game as a 9-point dog against the 12-1 Ducks.

This is because the Seminoles have not been anywhere near as good this season as they were last. Over their past 14 games played, the Seminoles are 3-11 ATS.

In addition, Oregon has won its past 8 games by an average of more than 26 points and covered the spread in each of them.

The Seminoles are 29-0 straight up and 15-14 against the spread in their past 29 games played.

The Seminoles are 8-1-1 against the number in their past 10 bowl appearances, while going 8-2 straight up in the same 10 games.

The UNDER has cashed in each of the past 3 games Oregon has played and 5 of the past 6 bowl games the Ducks have played in.

Preparing for the country’s most dangerous offense takes time, and the Seminoles have had it. However, the defense for FSU has been unimpressive the entire season and could use every piece of help they can get when facing Oregon.

This matchup features the newly crowned Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota the quarterback for Oregon and Jameis Winston the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner the starting quarterback for Florida State.

Statistically the years each won the Heisman were similar. However, Mariota is more of a dual threat as he rushed for 669 yards and scored 14 rushing touchdowns on the season.

However, Florida State has not lost a game with Winston at quarterback and is 26-0 in his two seasons. Oregon is 35-4 in the three seasons that Mariota has quarterbacked the Ducks.

The weather should not be a factor as it is expected to be sunny and in the 50s in Pasadena.

Oregon has won as well as covered 8 straight games since their only straight up loss this season to Arizona. However, Florida State has covered the spread in just 1 of its past 5 games played.

The Seminoles have seen their rating fall 10 points since the start of this season, which for an undefeated team is unheard of.

However, 9 points or more is a great deal to give a team that has won 29 consecutive games.

FSU has been involved in close games the entire season. They are 7-0 in games that have been decided by 6 or fewer points. They come in battled tested and even though they are getting 9 points, they could win outright.

Five College Football Bowl Games Give Bettors Many Choices

Saturday has five college football bowl games on its lineup for bettors to take a shot at one day before the last week of the NFL regular season.

There have been a number of bowl games this past week to bet on but as the bowl season moves on towards the New Year, the games becoming more compelling.

On Saturday, the five games have some intriguing matchups including the Independence Bowl featuring Miami taking on South Carolina and the Holiday Bowl with USC playing Nebraska.

Here are a few words about each of the five games taking place on Saturday. The lineup of games should give bettors ample choices to choose from.

Military Bowl – Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech

Cincinnati is favored in this bowl by 3 points with the point total sitting on 51. Cincy has the better record. However, the Bearcats have faced weak competition this season. Virginia Tech beat Ohio State this season and the Buckeyes easily beat the Bearcats. The Hokies however have played inconsistently the entire season.

Sun Bowl – Arizona State vs. Duke

The Arizona Sun Devils are favored by 7 points, with the point total sitting on 65. Both teams should be highly motivated to reach win No. 10 for the season in this game. The Sun Devils have a strong offense with talent that likely will go on to play in the NFL. Look for high scoring in this one, with a lean toward Duke and the points.

Independence Bowl – South Carolina vs. Miami

The Miami Hurricanes are favored in this bowl by 3.5 points, with the point total sitting on 61.

Both motivation and defense favors the Hurricanes. Miami has a great deal to prove after Louisville blew them out last season in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

At the same time, South Carolina has been used to playing in bowl games that are more high profile and that could have a bearing on their overall play.

Pinstripe Bowl – Boston College vs. Penn State

Boston College is favored in this game by 2.5 points with the point total sitting on just 40.

Penn State will be highly motivated in this game as they return to play in the postseason since have their ban lifted. BC plays up to its level of competition or down depending up its opponent. The total is low and that could be the best way to go.

Holiday Bowl – USC vs. Nebraska

The Trojans are favored by 7 points with the point total sitting on 62. Nebraska will play under interim coach Barney Cotton. USC has one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Cody Kessler. The spread might by too much for USC to cover. Look for plenty of points to be scored in this one.

College Basketball National Championship Futures Updated

The NCAA basketball regular season has not even entered its conference schedules yet, but that does not stop odd makers from constantly updating their futures boards for the national championship.

The Kentucky Wildcats started the season on many futures boards including Bovada and topbet, as a 9 to 5 favorite to win the National Championship in April 2015. The price for the preseason was historically low. However, odds makers believed the Wildcats were a solid pick to win the national title.

Through their first 12 games, which have been all victories, the Wildcats have not done anything to temper expectations. On the contrary, Kentucky has seen its championship odds gradually shrink on futures boards such as betonline and sportsbook.com.

Following its rout of UCLA 83-44, where the Wildcats led at halftime 41-7, odds makers shrank Kentucky’s odd to just 10 to 11 to win the national championship on April 6.

John Calipari the Kentucky head coach has his Wildcats playing unselfishly, cohesive and overpowering on the court.

Its offense has finally caught up to its stifling defense. Kentucky made 12 of its 26 shots from beyond the three-point line, while holding the Burins to only 19 of 71 overall from the floor.

However, at not even money, Kentucky is not a popular bet to win the national title.

Betting on Kentucky using the moneyline in each game of the postseason tournament, while rolling over the winnings from the prior game, is a strategy that is likely the most effective and not betting the odds.

One other reason is that the team that is dominant during the regular season not always goes on in college basketball to win the national title.

Not every one of the most impressive teams in college basketball finished holding the title in their hands.

Florida did in 2007, while Duke did in 1993. UCLA made it boring in the 60s and 70s with its title after title.

However, the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV in 1991 entered the Final Four undefeated and left with frowns on their faces.

Kentucky will get a big test this Saturday December 27 when they travel to Louisville to face the Cardinals their in-state rivals and the No. 4 ranked team in the nation.

NCAA BASKETBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FUTURES

KENTUCKY WILDCATS 10 to 11
ARIZONA WILDCATS 8 to 1
DUKE BLUE DEVILS 8 to 1
WISCONSIN BADGERS 10 to 1
LOUISVILLE CARDINALS 15 to 1
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS 15 to 1
GONZAGA BULLDOGS 15 to 1
TEXAS LONGHORNS 20 to 1
FLORIDA GATORS 25 to 1
KANSAS JAYHAWKS 25- to 1

NFL Has Weekend Betting Spotlight as College Football Takes a Breather

It is Week 15 of the NFL and the public is heavy into teasers with their same teams.

After 15 straight weeks of college football, this Saturday saw just the Army vs. Navy classic filling the scorecard in college football.

On Saturday morning, betting on Bovada and betonline for football was quiet, or worse than quiet, it was dead.

With the bowl season a week away from kickoff and college basketball still not in the mindset of bettors, the boards were quiet Saturday.

However, that will quickly change as football will reheat on Saturday’s starting next week and basketball will carry on through March Madness.

According to topbet and sportsbook.com, during the next four weeks there will be college football bowl games and NFL Saturday games that will keep the public bettors on their toes and at the betting cage.

By then, the college basketball season will start capturing the attention of even the casual bettor.

However, by late Saturday bettors were beginning to make their first bets for Sunday’s NFL lineup.

Many books saw a great deal of straight bets on the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets game with a number of big bets for Minnesota on the money line and at +8.

A number of sports books have said this week there is not any one big action game that has taken the betting world. However, with the high volume that comes each week from locals who are regular bettors on the NFL, there is plenty of risk out there on some teams with teasers and parlays.

Four big teams have seen a great deal of action on teasers. The four – Broncos, Colts, Lions and Patriots – will be key to the public or the books winning this week.

On the parlays side, the action is on the Lions, Broncos, Packers, Patriots and Colts.

Despite Denver only covering in 2 of its past 6 games and looking for a running game heading towards the postseason, the public loves the team each week at the betting window.

The big NFC games pits Dallas against Philadelphia and action has been on the Cowboys at +3.5 and on the Eagles at -3.

With a number of parlays and teasers on the board, the late Sunday game will be an important one for both the books and the public.

Regardless of how the day works out, the slow Saturday gave the bookmakers a short respite from what is to come with bowls games, the NFL postseason and college basketball.

Rivalries, Injuries and Iron Bowl Highlight Holiday Weekend Action

Thanksgiving weekend marks one of rivalries and this weekend will have also have games with implications for the inaugural College Football Playoff.

One big game pits the Florida Gators against the Florida State Seminoles. Florida has won 4 of its past 5 games played at Florida State, including handing Florida State its last loss two seasons ago in Tallahassee.

In 2004, Ron Zook led Florida to victory over FSU 20-3 after being fired at UF. Will Muschamp hopes for the same type of success this weekend in what will be his last game coaching Florida.

Florida State is 1-8 ATS in its past 9 games as a favorite by 7 or more points this year. In this matchup, the Seminoles are 7.5-point chalk at home.

Auburn wide receiver Duke Williams missed two straight games since his leg injury November 8. However, he likely will play in the Iron Bowl on Saturday on the road at Alabama. Williams has 38 receptions to lead the team and 5 touchdowns. However, Nick Marshall the Auburn quarterback might have a hard time finding Williams due to the pressure he could receive from the Alabama defense.

Stanford will be without Ty Montgomery its best playmaker when they meet UCLA on Friday. He has an injured shoulder and cannot play.

Stanford is 6-0 SU in its past 6 games against UCLA.

Brandon Allen the Arkansas quarterback injured a hip last week in the Razorbacks win against Ole Miss. He is questionable for Friday’s matchup with Missouri.

Anu Solomon the starting quarterback for Arizona sprained his ankle against Utah last week and sat out the second half. He remains questionable for the Wildcats game at home against rival Arizona State.

Clint Trickett the starting quarterback for West Virginia is questionable for the Mountaineers game on Saturday against Iowa State.

The game featuring South Carolina against Clemson has not been on the board this week due to the uncertainty of Deshaun Watson the quarterback of Clemson who is questionable and his status will be determined at game time.

Iron Bowl: Auburn vs. Alabama

The Crimson Tide is favored at home by 9.5 points. Alabama must take advantage of an Auburn defense that has had more holes than Swiss cheese of late. Auburn has allowed 31 or more points in five straight SEC games.

Alabama has won 5 of its 6 games at home this season by 21 or more points.

Pick: Take the Tide to Roll in this game 35-17.

Saturday College Football Lineup Full of Intriguing Matchups

Week 13 has arrived in college football. The nation’s top ranked teams are big favorites this week and not much change should take place on the College Football Playoff front.

However, there are plenty of great opportunities to pick winners straight up or against the number.

Lines as well as totals for a number of games on Saturday follow, but make sure you check on Bovada, topbet, betonline or sportsbook.com for the up to the minute line moves and last minutes changes prior to kickoff.

Indiana at Ohio State

The Buckeyes are favored by 34.5 points with the point total sitting on 65.5. This could be a letdown game for Ohio State and the Hoosiers have held their own against Ohio State from a wagering standpoint.

Boston College at Florida State

The Seminoles are favored by 19.5 points with the point total at 57. Boston College has won each of its 4 road games this season and covered three of them. Florida State at the same time is 0-5 ATS playing at home this season.

Mississippi at Arkansas

Mississippi is favored by 3.5 points with the point total sitting on 45.5. Arkansas has defeated LSU 17-0 this season, while Mississippi defeated Alabama 23-17.

Louisville at Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish are favored by 4 points with the point total sitting on 53. Both teams have disappointed their supporters this season and the game should be close. An OVER lean looks like a solid play.

Arizona at Utah

The Utes are favored at home by 4 points with the point total resting on 54. Utah has been profitable this season against the spread, but against a strong team like the Wildcats, the Utes could fall.

Colorado at Oregon

The Ducks are favored by 32.5 points with the point total resting on 72.5. Oregon should light up the scoreboard in this game. Look for Marcus Mariota to have his way with the Buffaloes defense. The total could reach 100.

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State

The Bulldogs are favored by 30.5 points with the point total at 52. This could be an overlook game for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs meet Ole Miss next week in the Egg Bowl and could overlook Vanderbilt.

USC at UCLA

The line has UCLA as the favorite by 3.5 points with the point total at 61. UCLA has won four straight overall and two straight in this series. The Bruins offense is clicking once again. The game should be high scoring thanks to talented quarterbacks on both sides of the line of scrimmage.