3 College FootballTeams That Oddsmakers Just Love To Win Their Conference in 2016

By: Bettor’s Connect Staff

Now that most conferences in college football are split,  winning your division is one thing but winning your entire conference is something totally different.  Yes our quasi playoff system that involves an east vs west or north vs. south showdown in most of our major conferences is college football’s way of saying they have an elaborate playoff system.  However,  whether you like it or not,  that is how the system is set up.  Some teams have a better chance to win it all than others so here is a look at three teams that oddsmakers at Bovada sportsbook think have the best chance to win their conference this season.

  1. Oklahoma Sooners  (Big-12)

With major troubles in Baylor, little excitement in Stillwater, graduation hits at TCU and the continued rebuilding in Austin,  why not jump on the Oklahoma Sooners at (-140) to repeat as the Big 12 champs in 2016.  The Big 12 is the only major conference that does not have a championship game and that makes it easier for a team like Oklahoma to avoid an upset in hyped end of the year match up.  The Sooners nudged themselves into the college football playoff last year before getting bumped off by Clemson but they were there nonetheless.  With things looking shaky in the rest of the conference, (-140) might not be a bad price to back the Sooners back to the Big-12 mountain top.  See the complete odds to win the Big-12, click here.

2. Houston Cougars (AAC)

What a job by first year coach Tom Herman in 2015.  Seemingly out of nowhere the Houston Cougars exploded into the consciousness of college football carrying an undefeated record quite a ways into the season and found themselves in a major bowl game upsetting a big time team like Florida St.  Where do they go from here?  Well certainly not down according to the oddsmakers at Bovada Sportsbook.  All indications are that Herman is a good coach who is building a solid program that will be a force atop the AAC for some time to come.  With no real powerhouse to block their climb,  Houston at even odds (+100) could be the best bet of them all to win a conference title.  Navy, Temple and South Florida are all doing solid things within their program but you have to admit that in the AAC,  Houston is where it’s at.  You can get complete AAC odds to win the division,  click here.

3. Boise St. (Mountain West)

Quietly,  Boise St. has been one of the more dominant programs in college football over the last decade.  Coaches get replaced but the results are the same.  Having said that,  Boise St. was not your Mountain West champ last year.  San Diego St. and Air Force enjoyed some of their finest seasons in their history to keep the Broncos as an also ran.  History tells us that Boise St. won’t take that sitting down.  Look for the Broncos to come back with a vengeance in 2016 and that means a lot of wins.  Whether or not that means enough of the right wins to win the Mountain West remains to be seen but at (+130),  the folks at Bovada are feeling pretty good about Boise St. reclaiming what is theirs. You can get complete odds on winning the Mountain West championship – click here.

What about the SEC, Pac-12 and ACC?  Who does Bovada think will win those?  You can find out when you visit their odds page,  right here.  There may be some surprises and also some gimmes.  Nevertheless,  you are a sports fan that enjoys wagering on the action,  Bovada is the leader in online sportsbooks.  With a long standing reputation of service,  Bovada can boast the largest customer base in the industry.

Clemson, Buckeyes and Vols Amongst Early Odds Leaders to Win NCAA Football Divisions

By:  Bettors Connect Staff

It’s July (yeah already) which means college football is right around the corner.  It seems like just yesterday OJ Howard turned down the sidelines with a pass and stuck a fork in the Clemson Tigers to secure yet another national title for the Alabama Crimson Tide and Nick Saban.  Well the race is soon to begin and with that the odds are coming out from top online casinos like Bovada.

Right now,  Bovada,  one of the leading online Sportsbooks has released odds to win the respective divisions in college football.  As always,  there are some surprises, with some being bigger than others.  Starting in the often mentioned SEC,  the mild surprise is Tennessee being the odds on favorite to win the East with odds of (-125).  Predicting Tennessee to do big things has been a big thing to do over the last several seasons and it seems 2016 will be no different.  Unless of course,  Tennessee actually delivers.  You can get complete SEC divisional champ odds here.

In the Big 10,  much of the talk this offseason has been about Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines but for the oddsmakers,  the Ohio St. Buckeyes are still the team to beat in the East…..  oh wait,  didn’t Michigan St. win it last year?  Oddsmakers say,  throw that out the window,  Ohio St. is a “even” money to win the Big 10 East.  In the West,  Iowa is “even” money to repeat.  You can complete Big 10 Divisional champ odds here.

Clemson made it all the way to college football’s final game last season and Bovada’s oddsmakers think that’s good enough to make them Champs in the Atlantic Division again this year.  Why not?  When you return a Heisman Trophy Candidate at QB like Deshaun Watson, you can expect the odds to be in your favor.  The odds aren’t too steep though,  Clemson is only (-110) to capture the divisional title.  You can check out where Florida St. and others fall in the odds at Bovada, click here.

USC may get most of the attention in Los Angeles but oddsmakers think it’s UCLA that will be the champs in the South of the Pac-12 this year.  Surprise or no?  Whether it is or not, Bovada oddsmakers have installed them as slight favorites to edge out the Trojans for South honors.  You can check the Pac-12 South odds and see who Bovada likes in the North,  click here.

More and more odds will be released on college football in the coming days and months.  Be sure to check them out and jump on the early odds to get the best prices.  To view the odds and or open an account with Bovada,  click here now.

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Week 9 NFL Picks from NFL Predictor

BY NFL Predictor Staff

It has been tough to get some traction in the NFL but we are looking forward to the second half of the season as we look to move away from the Mendoza line. Last week we went 1-2 with the lone win being on the Indianapolis Colts who were straight up winners over the undefeated Broncos as 5 point underdogs.  Our pick on the Tampa Bay Bucs went up in smoke as it remains very difficult to figure out what the NY Giants will do from one week to the next.  Our other loss came at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys as they can’t buy a win right now and ended up losing to the Philadelphia Eagles.  Have no fear we are usually strong in the 2nd half of the NFL season

NFL Predictions Records: 13-13-2

ST. LOUIS (-7) over Chicago (Get the latest odds from 5 Dimes Sportsbook)

The Rams are back home off of a loss to the Minnesota Vikings.  The Rams are a pretty good all around football team accept at the quarterback position which has been the case for a couple of years now.  Nevertheless,  we think they can get by this Chicago team at home without Nick Foles resembling a NFL QB.  Chicago just played on Monday Night,  on the road and must not travel again on short rest.  Expecting the Bears to win back to back road games on short rest is like expecting the Bravo channel to show a MMA fight.  Take the Rams.

OAKLAND (-3) over Minnesota (Get the latest odds from 5 Dimes Sportsbook)

Minnesota looked pretty happy after their win in a hard fought game vs. the St. Louis Rams last week.  Now they are heading out on the road all the way to California to face a Raiders team off of a loss.  This is a tough Oakland team who showed their worth against the Steelers on the road last week.  Oakland is being sold short by this line in our opinion.  We think Oakland will be highly motivated and they are getting solid play out of their quarterback, running back and rookie receiver.  Heck,  “sorry ass” Crabtree is even putting forth some solid play.  Look for Minnesota to be a bit hung over after the win and to be surprised by a better than advertised 4-4 Oakland team.

DENVER (-5.5) over Kansas City (Get the latest odds from 5 Dimes Sportsbook)

If Denver is going to lose back to back games,  we hardly think it would be with that second game being at home against a divisional opponent that they already beat on the road this year.  Kansas City comes in rested after a 45-10 blowout over the Lions.  That blowout probably blew their heads up but the truth of the matter is that the Chiefs are not that good.  Denver came to Kansas City and beat them earlier this year without really playing that great of a game.  A good team like Denver is bound to be focused off of the loss and playing in front of their home crowd,  we really can’t see Denver losing here.

Week 10 College Football Picks – Hitting 70% on the Season

By: NFLpredictor Staff

We suffered a rare losing week last week as we were a part of the wacky Michigan St. vs. Nebraska game.  If the refs make the right call we at least end up with a push in that game.  As it stood,  Michigan St. took the L and so did we. We also lost with Indiana as they fell outside of the number by one point vs. Iowa.  We did win with Washington St. over Arizona St.  A bounce here and there and we could have been onto another 3-0 week.  Nevertheless we won’t complain. 14 games over .500 for the season has to be the best in the country.

College Football ATS Predictions: 24-10

RUTGERS (+8.5) over Nebraska (Get the latest odds from Bovada Sportsbook)

Nebraska got the big undeserving win last week over Michigan St.  I am sure they partied hard in Lincoln as the Cornhuskers season has been a disappointment for the most part this year.  Rutgers has just gone through the car wash of Big 10 opponents and has been dismal in that span.  Ohio St., Michigan and Wisconsin all beat them by at least 32 points.  That would give the oddsmakers little reason to show them love here and they didn’t.  I think that gives us value.  That’s a tough lineup of opponents.  Rutgers will welcome the chance to play a less than stellar Nebraska team drunk off of last week’s success.  Remember that this is the same Nebraska team that lost to Purdue a couple of weeks ago.  Take Rutgers.

Utah (-6) over ARIZONA (Get the latest odds from Bovada Sportsbook)

Utah has probably been waiting for this game for a while.  Last year,  Arizona walked into Utah and shocked the Utes on their home field with a 42-10 win.  This Arizona team is not as good as last year’s and this Utah team is certainly improved from a year ago.  Basically what we are saying here is that Utah is in a position to do something about what happened last year and the oddsmakers agree.  Utah is a favorite in this game and the only thing holding the line down is last year’s lopsided result.  We are not afraid,  we think Utah is primed for revenge here and they would love nothing better than to come to Arizona and not only win but win the way the Wildcats did when they game to Utah last year.  Take the Utes.

Washington (+2.5) OVER ARIZONA ST. (Get the latest odds from Bovada Sportsbook)

Washington is an improved football team from a year ago though the 4-5 record does not prove it.  However,  the Huskies have been more competitive vs. the big boys in the conference and even managed to come to USC and shock the Trojans on a Thursday night.  By contrast,  Arizona St.,  who is also 4-5,  has been manhandled by the better teams of the Pac-12.  The Sun Devils are just not very good on defense and that’s going to be a big problem for them in this contest.  Last week they were beaten by 14 points at Washington St. as their defense failed to hold it together again.  Washington St. passed for almost 500 yards in the game. Hard to win when you play defense like that.  Let’s go with the Huskies in this one.

Get Back on Track With These 3 NFL Picks for Week 8

By: NFLpredictor Staff

A disappointing week 7 for us as we feel we had solid picks and there was a time where we thought we were going undefeated again.  Then everything went terribly wrong. The Steelers lost their lead vs. Cincinnati.  Cleveland lost an even bigger lead vs. Arizona and New Orleans pissed away their big lead in one of the worst defensive games you will ever see.  This week we battle back with three more solid picks that will be a more profitable than last weeks.

NFL Picks record ATS: 12-11-2

TAMPA BAY (+3) over NY Giants (Get the latest odds from 5 Dimes sportsbook)

When you play defense the way the Giants did last week in the their loss vs. the Giants,  you are hardly worthy of being a road favorite in the NFL.  Tampa Bay is an improved team this season and they have been getting solid play from their rookie QB.  The Giants are playing in their third road game in four weeks and a part of them has to be thinking about their game next week vs. New England.  Look for the Bucs to have more energy in this game they feel will get them back to .500.  We expect the Bucs to be more energetic and prepared for this contest.

INDIANAPOLIS (+5) over Denver (Get the latest odds from 5 Dimes sportsbook)

Denver just finished beating one of the league’s unbeaten on national television.  Naturally this will put a lot of people on them in this contest and Vegas knows this.  The Broncos are on the road for the 3rd time in four games and they do have a division foe up next (Kansas City) after beating the Packers in a night game.  We think this is a spot where the Broncos try to win a game without their maximum effort.  That’s not going to work.  Indy fired their offensive coordinator this week.  This means that the Colts may be a little unpredictable while the Broncos are sitting around thinking about how good they are.  Take the Colts.

DALLAS (+2.5) over Philadelphia (Get the latest odds from 5 Dimes sports book)

The Cowboys have lost five straight.  They simply can’t lose a sixth in a row at home at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.  I think we are guaranteed to get the best of the Cowboys here.  Philly played two weeks ago and took a loss vs. Carolina.  The Eagles have feasted on some not so good defenses this season.  This is not one of those defenses.  Expect Philly to struggle here and when they aren’t flowing offensively,  everything seems to go down hill.  We like the desperate Dallas Cowboys to rise up at home vs. an Eagle team still trying to find themselves.

Going for 9 Straight in Week 9

By NFLpredictor Staff

What more can we say?  We are on fire.  For the second straight week we won them all.  This time we had an easier time at it.  Penn St. absolutely romped Illinois 39-0 and this game was never in doubt.  Purdue was underdog vs. Nebraska and was an outright winner by 10 points in the contest go give us our 2nd win.  Finally, Colorado was a greater than three touchdown underdog and had the lead late in the 4th quarter of the contest.  Needless to say we won that pick too and are now hitting 74% on the season nine weeks in.

College football predictions record ATS: 23-8

Michigan St. (-5) over NEBRASKA (Get the latest odds from Bovada sports book)

Nebraska is finished in our opinion. Their game last week vs. Purdue was a strong indication of that to us.  Not only did they lose to Purdue but they gave up 55 points in the process.  Giving up half a hundred to Purdue lets us know that this team may have put their 2015 season to bed.  No such thing for Michigan St. who is not being talked about much in the Big 10 this year.  Most of the talk surrounds Ohio St. , Michigan and Iowa.  Michigan St. wants their respect and they will keep on winning till they get it.  Nebraska is just another hurdle along the way to Michigan St.’s goal and they will not let this beaten down Nebraska team stand in the way.

INDIANA (+7) over Iowa (Get the latest odds from Bovada Sportsbook )

We think this is the end of the undefeated road for Iowa.  While we respect that the Hawkeyes are undefeated,  we feel that Indiana is more battle tested after having faced the likes of Ohio St., Michigan St. and Penn St.  With the attention now starting to be showered on Iowa,  we think they will falter in this situation on the road vs. a solid Indiana team. Indiana is the most offensive team that Iowa has faced thus far and they are doing it as a 7 point road favorite. We do not like this spot for the Hawkeyes.

WASHINGTON ST. (-2.5) over Arizona St. (Get the latest odds from Bovada Sportsbook)

Washington St. is quietly having a winning season in the Pac-12.  No one has had a chance to notice what Washington St. is doing because Stanford has played so well and USC seems to have weekly drama.  The Cougars are 5-3 and are coming off of a close loss against the aforementioned Stanford Cardinal.  Washington St. has to be encouraged by the close 30-28 loss and will be amped up to face Arizona St. at home.  The Sun Devils went toe to toe with Oregon last week and came up short in overtime. We think that drained the Sun Devils and that it will be tough for them to rebound from a loss like that in a tough place like Pullman against a team they don’t respect as much as some others.  Take Wazou.

Undefeated in Seven – Check Out Week 8’s NFL Winners

 By NFLPredictor Staff

Ditto for our NFL picks last week. It’s impossible to do better than we did as we went 3-0 to run our record to 12-9-1 on the season.  That runs our NFL record to a respectable 57% on the season. Miami was a no doubter from the word go.  St. Louis took a while to get going but ended up winning by 18 and the Jets managed to sneak in past the line vs. the mighty Pats.  We are looking to put some distance over the Mendoza line in week 8.

NFL Predictions record ATS: 12-9-1

NEW ORLEANS (-3) over NY Giants (Get the latest odds from 5 Dimes Sportsbook)

The Saints are on a roll now after winning back to back games for the first time this season.  New Orleans’ offense is clicking bolstered by a ground game that kicked up 180 + yards last week.  We think the ground game is the key to success for the Saints as Drew Brees is showing signs of aging and the receiving corps is not what it was in their hey day.  The Giants got a big division win last week and are coming off of back to games vs. division rivals.  New York has to be a bit worn mentally and we think that will lead to a lackluster effort by them here.  We all know that the Giants are no strangers to putting down a clunker.  This seems like a prime spot for them to do so.  Take the Saints.

CLEVELAND (+6) over Arizona (Get the latest odds from 5 Dimes Sportsbook)

We know that taking the Browns make you nervous but that’s why there are point spreads.  The Browns are 2-1-1 vs. the spread their last four games and we like them getting almost a touchdown in this contest vs. an Arizona team on the road for the third time in four weeks and off of a Monday Night game.   All things point to the Browns here as we think there will be some fatigue for Arizona and that they will find it difficult to focus on the Browns with Seattle on deck.  Cleveland off of a bad loss to the Rams last week should be looking to come back with a strong effort here.  Take the Browns.

PITTSBURGH (-1.5) over Cincinnati (Get the latest odds from 5 Dime Sportsbook)

Big Ben is back and the Steelers need a win.  Cincinnati is undefeated but we all know they are not going to stay that way.  Where would that loss most likely occur for the Bengals?  You got it,  vs. a divisional foe and against this one.  Pittsburgh is 3-1 SU and ATS vs. the Bengals over the last two years and given that Pittsburgh needs to make up some ground on the AFC North leaders,  you can bet that the Steelers will be cranked all the way up.  Cincinnati had a blow out win on the road vs. the Bills a couple of weeks ago and then had a bye.  I don’t know how intense the prep is with a week off after an easy win.  We think the motivation is all on the side of the home team here and the line is certainly in our favor.  Let’s roll with Pittsburgh.

Continuing Our Roll in College Football with 3 More Picks in Week 9

By NFLPredictor Staff

It’s downright impossible to have done better than we did last week when we went a solid 3-0 to run our record this season to 20-8.  Now folks that’s 71% winners through 8 weeks of the college football season.  It doesn’t get better than that. Oh but it does because we have another three for you this week as we look to try and run our percentage to 74%.  Hang on to your hat.

College Football Predictions Record ATS: 20-8

PENN ST. (-4) over Illinois (Get the latest odds from Bovada Sportsbook)

Illinois has not won either of their two road games this season and I don’t see why they would start now.  Earlier this season,  the Fighting Illini traveled to North Carolina and got flat out embarrassed by the Tarheels.  While we don’t expect a 34 point loss we do expect a solid win for Penn St. who is enjoying a solid season.  Penn St. is just the better team in this matchup and with the line only being 4 points in this one,  we are basically needing a win by Penn St.  Illinois different on the road than at home and this is a tough road game to win.

PURDUE (+7.5) over Nebraska (Get the latest odds from Bovada Sportsbook)

Remember when Nebraska used to win 9 games a season?  Their former coach does.  That won’t happen this season as the Cornhuskers have already tallied up five losses.  Teams at 3-5 on the season are not good road favorites,  let alone by more than a touchdown.  Purdue is 1-6 but they still have some fight in them and facing an opponent that they think they can beat,  we feel they are a good value as big underdog.  Purdue will come out with a lot of spunk and with Nebraska operating without QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. making big plays will be a task.  Look for a night ball game.  Take Purdue.

Colorado (+23) over UCLA (Get the latest odds from Bovada Sportsbook)

UCLA has to be feeling really good about themselves after the double digit win over Cal last week.  We think they are going to be feeling too good. We are looking for UCLA’s head to match the point spread in this game and that is too big.  Oddsmakers through on some extra cheese on this line based on last week’s win and that’s no good.  Prior to that big win last week,  UCLA got thumped by both Stanford and Arizona St.  Getting handled like that does not lend itself to UCLA being this big a favorite in a game they are going to have a hard time getting up for.  At 4-4,  Colorado is improved from a season ago and they will be anxious to show that against the big headed Bruins.

A Blazing 3 Pack of Winners for NFL Week 7 from the NFL Predictor

By: NFLPredictor Staff

We kissed our sister last week which is not easy to do when you pick three games each week but as it turns out we ended up with one of each.  Our Cleveland pick vs. Denver was a winner but we had to sweat that out.  Our Detroit (-3) pick over Chicago was a push when it ended in overtime and Washington over the NY Jets ended up being our only loser.  We are on our way to a winning Sunday and we are glad you are here to come along for the ride.

NFL Picks Record: 9-9-1

ST. LOUIS (-6.5) over Cleveland (Get the latest odds from 5 Dimes Sportsbook)

The Browns are a tired football team playing their third road game in four and they don’t make it a habit of winning on the road.  They are taking on a solid Rams football team that is at home off of a loss with a bye.  That’s an awful situation for a team like the Browns to find themselves in.  Expect the Rams to be the more motivated team in this one on top of just being the better team period.  When you get a situation like this and you are being asked to lay less than a touchdown,  you almost have to take it,  so we will. Take the Rams.

MIAMI (-4) over Houston (Get the latest odds from 5 Dimes Sportsbook)

We are going to ride the Dan Campbell wave here.  The new interim coach of the Dolphins has come in and turned around the mindset of this underperforming band of professionals.  Who knows if it will last for the rest of the season but we think Campbell’s energy will be enough to bring the Dolphins out with another solid performance in front of the home crowd on Sunday.  Houston is where the Dolphins were two weeks ago.  They are an underperforming bunch that lacks motivation at the moment.  The Texans don’t have a quarterback and their defense is a disappointment.  Those two things will equal disaster for them today as they take a strong L vs. the Dolphins.

NY Jets (+7.5) over NEW ENGLAND (Get the latest odds from 5 Dimes Sportsbook)

How dare we go against the high flying New England Patriots!  Well we just did.  If one team has given the Patriots fits over the years it has been the NY Jets.  None of the last four game between these two teams has been decided by more than a field goal and we think that will be the story again this time around.  The Patriots can throw but the Jets can cover and that will keep this game close.  New York forces the Patriots to explore their running game which is quite inconsistent.  When you add to this that the Jets have been running the ball better than anyone else over the last couple of weeks,  the Jets do have the ability to bump off the Pats.  New England won’t admit it but they put a lot into last week’s matchup vs. the Colts and that could leave them a little flat here.  Take the J-E-T-S,  Jets, Jets, Jets.