No. 3 Gonzaga Faces Rival Saint Mary’s

The No. 3 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs visit the Saint Mary’s Gaels on Saturday night. Gonzaga is 27-1 straight up and 12-11-2 against the spread. Saint Mary’s is 20-6 SU and 16-6-2 ATS. Gonzaga opened as an 8.5-point favored by currently is -6.5.

Even though Gonzaga has just 1 loss straight up this season, the Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS over their past five games played. Of course, it makes it a bit more difficult when those five games the Bulldogs were favored by 10 points or more.

Besides a win by 8 points over Pepperdine, none of the past five games has been close even though they have failed to cover.

Gonzaga has one of the country’s best offenses even if the competition it faces is not the best in the country. The Bulldogs have the best field goal percentage in the nation and score an average of 80 points per game.

The defense for St. Mary’s is just average but on offense they are competitive. However, the first time the two meet earlier this season Gonzaga covered a 15-point spread.

Gonzaga is in the top 20 in the country for defensive field goal percentage. In January in the first meeting between the two, the Bulldogs held St. Mary’s to 36% shooting, while Gonzaga hit 53% of its shots. St. Mary’s could only score 47 points, which is its lowest output of this season.

Gonzaga has won 20 straight games for the third time in team history. The Bulldogs have won 10 of the past 12 regular season titles outright. St. Mary’s, who are in second place this season, was the winner of the conference in 2011-12 one season after both teams split the title.

Gonzaga has won 7 straight against St. Mary’s, with the past 6 by an average margin of 19.7 points.

St. Mary’s has won 9 of its past 10 on its home court. The Gaels will retire the jersey of former Gaels star Patty Mills, who now plays for the San Antonio Spurs, at the game tonight.

It is the first time all season that St. Mary’s will be the underdog at home. Gonzaga has not covered a spread in any of its past six games on road, but remember the spreads have been large in each game.

Pick: Gonzaga 62-57

ACC and Pac-12 Games Highlight Sunday College Basketball Schedule

Betting action for the weekend in college basketball ends with two Sunday games involving Pac-12 and ACC teams. Miami hosts Clemson in ACC action, while USC is on the road against Stanford.

Clemson Tigers at Miami Hurricanes

Odds: Miami -7

Clemson has put together a run of 4-0 straight up and 3-1 against the spread in its past four games overall. The Tigers defeated Florida State their last time out 62-56, as a road dog by 2.5 points. The total has cashed UNDER in seven straight games for Clemson.

Miami is below .500 in conference play. The Hurricanes are 0-3 SU and ATS in their past three games overall, including a loss on Tuesday to Louisville 63-55 as a home dog of 4.5 points.

Clemson is 4-1 ATS over its past 5 games on the road and 5-1 ATS in it past 6 games versus an opponent with a winning record straight up.

Miami has not covered in 4 of its past 5 games at home and is 0-3-1 ATS during its past 4 games after a loss straight up. The total has cashed UNDER in 16 of Miami’s past 21 home games.

The underdog is 12-3-1 ATS in the past 16 games between the two teams. The total has cashed UNDER in 6 of the past 8 games between the two in Miami. Over the past 6 head-to-head games, the series is 3-3 SU, with Clemson 5-0-1 ATS.
Pick: Miami 69-65

USC Trojans at Stanford Cardinal
Odds: Stanford -13.5

USC is buried at the bottom of the Pac-12 conference standings with a 1-9 SU and 5-5 ATS record. Thursday night as a road dog of 7.5 points, USC covered in a one-point loss to Cal.

The total has cashed on 4 of the past 7 games for USC. One bright spot for USC has been Jordan McLaughlin a freshman guard who scored 20 points and pulled down 5 boards in Thursday’s loss.

Stanford trails Arizona by three games in the Pac-12 race at 6-4 straight up and 4-5-1 against the number. Stanford is 0-2 SU in its past two games versus UCLA and Washington State.

USC is 6-2 ATS in its past 8 games on the road and 9-3 ATS in its past 12 games away from home versus a team with a straight up home winning record. The total has cashed OVER in 4 of USC’s past 5 games played on Sunday.

Stanford is 9-3-1 against the number in its past 13 games versus a team with a losing record straight up and is 4-2-1 against the number in its past seven games at home. The total has cashed UNDER in 8 of its past 11 games played at home.

Pick: Stanford 65-59

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, 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.


  • 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.


 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.

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 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.


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.

Lines Moving Early in Two Big 10 Games

College football enters week No. 12 with a pair of important games in the Big 10 that have seen line movement early. One of the games has much more importance than the other, but both are moving on the board in the early going.

Nebraska visits the Wisconsin Badgers in a game that could determine the title in the West division of the Big 10 while Indiana visits Rutgers in a matchup of two of the conference’s worst teams this season. Bettors in both games have backed the home teams since the lines became available on Sunday.

The Badgers and Cornhuskers are presently in a tie with the Minnesota Golden Gophers atop the West division of the Big Ten.

According to Bovada and betonline, Minnesota still must play against both Nebraska and Wisconsin on the road after hosting Ohio State the East division leader in the Big 10.

The line opened on Sunday with Wisconsin favored at home by 4 points over Nebraska, but has been bumped up to -5.5 as of late Monday.

On certain sites such as topbet and, the line had gone up to -6, before pulling back to -5.5.

Some observers like Nebraska with close to a touchdown.

The Cornhuskers are battling for the national championship making this game as big as any for them on the season.

However, Wisconsin is on their home field and strong but giving nearly a touchdown against a power like Nebraska is a lot.

At the same time, two teams that have a great deal less to play for have had a line that has moved even more. On Sunday, Rutgers opened as the favorite at home by 5 points, but that has been bet up to new sit at 7.5 points.

Despite being just 1-4 in Big 10 action, Rutgers is just a win from being eligible for a bowl and entering this game off a bye, could spell trouble for Indiana.

Rutgers lost before the bye 37-0 against Wisconsin at home.

The Scarlet Knights have had to play away at Nebraska and Ohio State, prior to loosing at home to Wisconsin.

UMass started its season 0-6, but has won two of its past three and faces Ball State on Wednesday night.

UMass has covered the number in each of its last five games overall.

The line opened as a Pick’ em and has moved to UMass being a 3-point favorite, which makes it the biggest mover on the board since Sunday.

Alabama Laying 6 points at LSU Saturday Night

Southeastern Conference action highlights the college football schedule on Saturday. One of those important games will be the Alabama Crimson Tide visiting the LSU Tigers.

Alabama remains outside the top 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings at No. 5. However, the Tide will have another opportunity to showcase their talent when they travel to LSU.

Before anyone goes and writes in a win for Alabama on Saturday, remember that LSU is has won 19 of its past 21 games at home against opponents from the SEC.

A win by LSU against Alabama as a dog at home, would help the Tigers for their short and long-term futures.

The current line has Alabama favored by 6.5 points with the point total on just 45.5.

According to Bovada and betonline, Alabama is just 1-7 ATS over its past eight games as a favorite on the road, without covering its last five.

LSU is 3-0 against the number over its past three games playing as a dog at home.

According to topbet and, the Tigers are 19-2 SU over their past 21 games at home versus opponents from the SEC. The only two losses are Mississippi State earlier in the season and two years ago to Alabama.

The UNDER has cashed in 3 of the past 4 LSU games as an underdog at home. The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the past 5 games between these two archrivals.

Alabama might be No. 5 in the most recent rankings for the College Football Playoff, but their schedule will give them a shot to prove to their doubters that are amongst the top 4. The Tide has the Tigers this weekend and then must play at home versus Mississippi State and Auburn.

Like Alabama, the Tigers have won three straight games. LSU’s last win was October 25, as an underdog at home by 4 points, when they defeated Ole Miss 10-7.

Most insiders believe Alabama has a much better offense than does LSU and will likely put points on the board easier than the Tigers will.

As the season has gone on, LSU has picked up experience and confidence. At home under the lights, LSU is 46-4 under Les Miles.

The game will likely be a defensive battle with turnovers playing a key part in who wins this matchup. Both teams are very strong defensively, while both tend to be very conservative offensively making an ideal situation for the UNDER.

LSU is 3-0 over its past three home games when an underdog. The big play however in this is the UNDER, with a slight lean toward LSU and the points.

Four Big Line Moves in Week 3 of College Football

Each week in college football, the lines move up and down on games from the time they are posted until the game starts.

Sometimes those lines move a little and other times a lot. This week, four games on the college schedules had their lines move 6 or more points, with two of the teams involved from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Duke Blue Devils both have home games this week, yet each game has seen bettors putting significant money with their opponents.

Georgia Tech opened at -25 against FCS perennial power Georgia Southern. That line on Bovada and topbet has dropped to -17.5. Georgia Southern is in its first year of Division I-A

One reason could be that Georgian Southern was 21.5-point dog against North Carolina State and nearly won the game outright. Then last week they routed unmercifully a Savannah State team that is very bad.

Therefore, bettors are starting to believe the team could stay close in their game with the Yellow Jackets.

However, Georgia Tech is not going to just rollover, the Yellow Jackets are 2-0 and have one of the nation’s best ground games.

Duke opened as a favorite by 20.5 points versus the Kansas Jayhawks on betonline and

As of late Friday, the line was bet down to its current -14.

Name recognition is part of the answer. If Duke plays Troy, the name is not as recognizable as Kansas.

The line started out high due to Kansas struggling against SE Missouri State a non-Division I team, barely winning 34-28.

Even though Duke has put some good numbers up both last season and to start this one, it is hard to consider them a good football team since they have not been for that long.

Other line moves in Week 3 that have been big include a battle between the Indiana Hoosiers moving down from a road favorite of 1.5 points versus Bowling Green to -7.5.

Old Dominion started the week as a home favorite by 11 points over Eastern Michigan but is now favored by 18 points.

Other lines that have made notable moves in Week 3

Navy -13 to -10 vs. Texas State

Cincinnati -12.5 to -10 hosting Toledo

Notre Dame -31.5 to -28.5 vs. Purdue

Louisville -9 to -6 vs. Virginia

Texas A&M -29.5 to -32.5 vs. Rice

Northern Illinois -13.5 to -10.5 vs. UNLV

USC -20.5 to -17 vs. Boston College

Make sure that you visit reputable sites such as Bovada, topbet, and betonline prior to the kickoff of each game to see the up to the minute lines before making a wager.

Early Sweet 16 Lines Have Arizona as Biggest Chalk

Odds makers have released the early lines for this week’s Sweet 16 to be played on Thursday and Friday. The biggest chalk is Arizona.

Point spreads and point totals were released to give bettors time to make picks for the upcoming games. The lines have also been released on Bovada, betonline, topbet and

March 27 – Thursday

  • Dayton takes on Stanford in a battle of Cinderella’s. Stanford is the early favorite by 2.5 points with the over/under point total sitting on 132.5.
  • Across different sports books the line has Stanford from -2.5 to -3, with the point total from 129.5 to 132.5. Check with your favorite online site such as Bovada to find their current lines.
  • UCLA plays Florida in the South Region and Florida is the favorite on topbet with a spread of 4.5 points and a point total of 137. Other bookmakers have gone as high as -5 for Florida, while the Gators opened on Sunday night at -4.
  • Baylor meets Wisconsin in the West Region. The Badgers are a 3-point favorite with the point total sitting on 136.5. Wisconsin opened at -3.5, but early betting on Baylor pushed it down to the current 3 points.
  • Arizona plays San Diego State in another West Region game. The Wildcats are the biggest chalk of the Sweet 16 at -6.5, with the point total sitting on 122.5. The spread opened at -6, for Arizona, but strong betting pushed it up to its current -6.5.

March 28 – Friday

  • Tennessee meets Michigan in the Midwest Region. The early line has Michigan favored by 2 points with the point total sitting on 131.5. Most of the books, including opened with the Wolverines at -1.5 and that quickly was pushed up to -2 during the day on Monday. The point total started at 131 and was bumped to 132, before settling late Monday at 131.5.
  • In what is expected to be the best matchup of the Sweet 16, Kentucky plays Louisville in the Midwest Region. Louisville is a 5-point favorite with the total points sitting at 138.5. There have been -4.5 for Louisville on some books, but it appears the -5 is the consensus for most books.
  • Iowa State plays Connecticut in the East Region. The Cyclones are -1 with the point total on 146.5. The game was opened on Sunday as a pick ‘em but bettors quickly pushed Iowa State to -1.5 before it came back to -1. The total points are higher than any of the other eight games. Iowa State is the best bet in the country on the OVER at O/U 20-13, while Connecticut is close to the best on the UNDER at O/U 12-22.
  • Michigan State takes on Virginia in what is picked, as a great must see matchup. Michigan State is favored by 1 point with the point total at 126. The Spartans are a lower seed and the only one to be favored over a higher seed in this round. The Spartans opened at -2 but it was quickly moved down to -1.

Sunday NCAA Lines for College Basketball

It might be Sunday but there is a good slate of games in college basketball to wager on. SMU heads to the northeast to tackle Connecticut, while Michigan State visits arch rival Michigan in a rematch. These two matchups are the most intriguing of the Sunday lineup.

When Michigan State hosted Michigan earlier this season, both teams entered the game on a roll. The Spartans were on an 11-game winning streak, while the Wolverines had won 8 straight.

The game was won by Michigan 80-75 as a 5-point road dog. Since then, both teams have not played as well as they had prior to their head-to-head game. Since that game, neither team has been able to win two straight games.

Michigan is currently a favorite by 3.5 points on betonline and topbet and the point total is sitting on 137 on Bovada and

After being in the top 10 of the Power Ratings for much of the season, the Spartans are now sitting at No. 18. Much of that is thanks to a number of injuries to their best players. Adreian Payne missed the game versus Michigan earlier in the season, but will play in this one.

However, Branden Dawson is out with a fractured hand. Keith Appling the point guard is playing with a sore wrist and has a hard time even to shoot, let alone have a high shooting percentage. Over his past two games played, Appling has hit just 1 of his 3 shots.

At the same time, Michigan with a lineup of three guards seems to play better as a team without Mitch McGary. He has been sidelined since January 7 after having back surgery.

Both teams play excellent defense and each is holding its opponents to less than 65 points a game. The winner is a tough call, while the game looks to be almost certainly an UNDER pick.

Pick: Michigan and the UNDER – Michigan has better offense and that slight advantage will be big in such a defensive struggle. Appling’s injury also limits the Spartans on the offensive end.

In the other intriguing matchup, Southern Methodist is the underdog to Connecticut by 7.5 points. On January 4, SMU defeated Connecticut 74-65 in the first game between the two teams. The point total went OVER as Bovada had the game at 133.5 points.

The pace of the first game between the two schools suggests the UNDER for this game, as free throws late pushed it OVER in the first game.

Both teams are very tough on defenses and can stop their opponents from scoring. In addition, SMU has to travel a long distance and will have an early tip off time of 2 pm.

That could add to the fact the game looks like a strong UNDER choice.

Pick: SMU plus the points and the UNDER