Oregon Remains Solid 6-Point Favorite Over Ohio State In The Championship Game
Oregon Remains Solid 6-Point Favorite Over Ohio State In Tonight's Championship Game
Bookmakers Say Heavy Action On Oregon To Cover But All The Money-Line Play Is On Ohio State At +180
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College Basketball Remains True To Form As Giants Of Game Take To Road - And Lose
By Kelso Sturgeon
When Big Ten champion Ohio State (13-1) takes the field tonight against PAC-12 titlist Oregon (13-1) in Arlington, Texas, history will be made with the first-ever college football championship decided by a four team playoff. Ohio State beat Alabama, 42-35, to get here while Oregon buried defending champion Florida State, 59-20, to gain its spot.
Public opinion is most certainly split on the outcome of this game, bettors are not - although with a strange twist. The big money is on Oregon -6 to win and cover but all the heavy Ohio State money is on money-line plays on the Buckeyes, ranging all the way from $220 to the current price of +180.
Most off the offshore books have Oregon -6 but there are some in Las Vegas who are currently posting the Ducks at -6.5. Total on the game is currently at 74 or 73.5, depending on where one bets.
My 100-Unit Side/Total Parlay Tonight
I, like most others, found even picking the winner, let alone beating the number was one of the handicapping challenges of the year - maybe even the biggest one because what is at stake. But as the week's leading up to this one passed, I went patiently and diligently digging looking for an edge - any edge - that would tilt the game one way or the other - and I found three of them. I expect outstanding football from both teams tonight but the three edges I found for one team translates into a nice win and I am releasing the game as a 100-unit side/total parlay.
70 Units on the Winning Side
20 Units on the Winning Total
10 Units on the Side/Total Parlay
As tough as this one might look to some, I am confident hours of homework has produced a solid winning side/total parlay and you can collect all three bets for just $50, charged to your major credit card. For the record, the game will begin at 8:35 EST and will be televised nationally on ESPN. Get the game on this website or toll free at 1-800-755-2255 for just $50, click here
In The End It All Boils Down To This
My take on the game is rather basic. Both teams are extremely talented and any day can beat any other team. Thus, talent is not the issue; Think about it, Ohio State saw the all-star quarterbacks who were 1-2 on the depth chart lost for the season with major injuries, and the Buckeyes just kept winning with a third-stringer.
Much has been made of the fact Oregon will be without a two standout wide-receivers tonight but in the overall scheme of things it won't mean much. Like Ohio State, it's next man up and he is always a qualified replacement.
In the end, to me the issue boils down to whether Ohio State can slowdown Oregon's quick-strike offense with its running game, keeping the ball away from the Ducks. If the Buckeyes can, it is one thing' if they cannot, it is quite another.
It's your call.
9-2 And tearing Up NFL Playoffs
I am pleased to report I am absolutely crushing the NFL playoffs and, after scoring with both underdog winners Sunday, am now 9-2 in the post season. I intend to keep on firing and one of the two conference championship games Sunday will be at least a 50-unit play and more like a 100-unit release. It all depends on the weather. My 9-2 Playoff Record
Sunday, January 11
15 Units...Colts (+11.5) 24, Broncos 13 (Won)
10 Units...Cowboys (+5.5) 21, Packers 26 Won)
5 Units...Colts-Broncos Under 53.5 (Lose)
Saturday, Jan. 10
100 Units...Seahawks (-13.5) 31, Panthers 17 (Won)
25 Units...Ravens (+7.5) 31, Patriots 35 (Won)
My 5-1 NFL Wild-Card Weekend
Sunday, Jan. 4
15 Units...Colts (-3.5) 26, Bengals 10 WON)
10 Units...Lions (+6.5) 20, Cowboys 24 (WON)
5 Units...Colts-Bengals Under 48.5 Points (WON)
5 Units...Parlay of Colts and Under (WON)
Saturday, Jan 3
50 Units...Ravens (+3) 30, Steelers 17 (WON)
10 Units...Panthers-Cardinals Under 37.5 (Lost)
Conference Championship Games Sunday
NFC: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (13-4) -7.5 over Green Bay Packers (13-4)
AFC: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-4) -7 over Indianapolis Colts (13-5
When Top College Basketball Teams Take To The Road, They're Already In Trouble
I consider myself to be a competent basketball and I continually reinforce that thought by consistently winning in the colleges and the NBA - especially in the colleges. In the latter it all boils down to the most important factor in handicapping the game. The Home Court!
There was a time in college basketball when the home court stood by itself as the deciding factor in big games.
It took a miracle for any good team to escape the old recycled army Quonset hut that served as a basketball arena at Mississippi State when Babe McCarthy coached there. No one haunted Kentucky and legendary coach Adolph Rupp for than Mississippi State and that hut.
I don't care whether you are ranked #1 or #50 few escaped the old Roundhouse at Wichita State when Ralph Miller coached there. Ditto for games played at Oklahoma State in the days of Hank Iba. The court ruled.
With the advent of the modern basketball arena, there has been the misconception that all things are equal, that while the home court certainly is important, it no longer carries the impact I did 40 years ago.
Today, the game is the same. All the very good teams - especially those with a high national ranking - are in peril the moment they leave home. On Saturday, the message was best expressed by #1 Kentucky which won at Texas A&M, 70-64, in two overtimes.
#10 Texas (+2) lost at Oklahoma State, 69-58.
#20 Old Dominion (-2) lost at Western Kentucky, 72-65.
#22 Ohio State (-2) lost at Indiana, 69-66.
On Sunday, it continued.
#2 Duke (-9) lost at N.C. State, 87-75.
#4 Wisconsin (-15.5) lost at Rutgers, 67-62.
#7 Arizona (-10) lost at Oregon State, 58-56.
Just food for thought.
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