College Football Betting: Looking Ahead To New Year’s Eve Bowls


Gambling AdvisorWhile New Year’s Eve will always be about the countdown to midnight, the champagne, and the promise for change leading in to the next 12 months, there are several college football teams that will still be focused on everything that they have accomplished over the past year leading up to their bowl appearance. Once again, December 31 will be littered with a full slate of NCAA bowl games, and here is a quick look at some of the most interesting sports betting matchups.

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Texas A&M Aggies vs. Northwestern Wildcats

Saturday December 31, 2011 – 12:00 PM ET

In a showdown of two of the most exciting quarterbacks in the nation this season, the Aggies will turn to Ryan Tannehill against Northwestern’s Dan Persa. However, adter losing four of their last five and watching head coach Mike Sherman get the axe, Texas A&M could have a tough time getting up to the same level as a Wildcats’ group that was knocked off by the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten Championship game the last time that they were on the field, and will be eager for revenge even though they are major underdogs according to the pay head bookies.

College Football Betting Pick: Northwestern Wildcats + 10

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Utah Utes

Saturday December 31, 2011 – 2:00 PM ET

The Yellow Jackets will rely on the third-ranked rushing attack in the country to put a dent in Utah’s tough defensive front, which has helped the Utes to allow an average of less than 20 points per game. Georgia Tech ranked third in the country in rushing yards with an average of 316.8 per game, with the tandem of quarterback Tevin Washington and running David Sims leading the way, and they will look to lead the way once again in the Yellow Jackets’ 40th bowl appearance. In addition to his 890 yards and 14 scores on the ground, Washington has also thrown for 1,515 yards and 10 more touchdowns, although he is by no means a polished pocket passer. With an injury to starting quarterback Jordan Wynn the Utes have been forced to rely even more heavily on running back John White IV, and while he has been solid with 1,404 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, the Utah NCAA football offense is far too one-dimensional.

College Football Betting Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – 3

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Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

Saturday December 31, 2011 – 3:30 PM ET

Although they finished with a .500 record, three less wins than Cincinnati overall, the Commodores are still listed as the college football betting favorites for this game, which is testament to just how strong the SEC is. First-year head coach James Franklin is laying down the foundation for future success, and the fact that he already has his team in a bowl game for only the fifth time in the history of the program is very impressive. The Bearcats have something to prove after being edged out by West Virginia in a tiebreaker for the Big East championship, but unfortunately for them they will be playing a rising Vanderbilt team.

Gambling Advisor blog Free Pick: Vanderbilt Commodores – 1.5

New Orleans V Atlanta It All Comes Down To This


Gambling Advisor blogThe over last couple of NFL betting lines seasons, the NFC South has been viewed by fans and media alike, as the best division in football. Made up of the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFC South has had a different price per head divisional winner every year since 2002. In 2011, that trend appears to be set to continue, as a week 16 victory for the New Orleans Saints over 2010 divisional winner the Atlanta Falcons, seems more likely then ever. Here is a preview of the final game of the 16th week of the lockout season.

Despite being embarrassed by the lowly Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 2010 – 11 playoffs, the New Orleans Saints have bounced back in 2011’s regular season, to show why, they won the Super Bowl nearly two seasons ago. Led by all world quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints quickly jumped out to a seven and three record to kickoff the first two months of the season. A little under a month later, the Saints continue to cruise, as they have won their last four contests, and are sitting comfortably at 11 and three on the season.

However, as betting sports news personal have become familiar with, the NFC South title is never safe, as the Atlanta Falcons appear to be hitting their stride just at the right time. The top quarterback wide receiver duo of a season ago, Matt Ryan and Rody White, appear to be back in sync, as they have the Falcons destined for another playoff berth, with a record of nine and five, heading into Monday night’s action. If the Falcons can pull off the upset against the Saints, then five out of the six playoff spots in the NFC will be up locked down, as the regular season concludes next weekend.

As we alluded to earlier, the New Orleans Saints got off to a hot start, after the first two months of the season. The Saints capped off the first two months, with an overtime victory over the aforementioned Falcons, after the latter’s Head Coach, Mike Smith elected to go for a touchdown instead of a chip shot field goal to win the game. Nevertheless, on Monday night, you can bet that Smith along with offensive weapons, Ryan, White and rookie wide receiver Julio Jones, will once again elect to play a smash mouth style of NFL football to clinch a playoff berth, and maybe a shot at the division.

Conversely, the Saints will be looking to not only lock up the division on Monday Night Football, but also set two new records in the NFL’s history books. Firstly, quarterback Drew Brees is attempting to shatter the single season passing yards record, as he closes in on 6000 yards. Meanwhile, the Saints as a team are trying to become the first team to lead the league in offense in three straight years.


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