The Syracuse Orange have had four days off to regroup from a rough 2-2 SU and 0-3-1 ATS run over their last four games.
Syracuse will need its best effort on Saturday visiting the Virginia Cavaliers, who haven’t lost since January 13. Virginia was a 3.5-point favorite at home on the college basketball betting lines menu at Odds Shark.
Syracuse’s 24-0 SU and 15-5 ATS start to the season catapulted the Orange to the top of the polls as the nation’s unanimous No. 1 team. But over its last four games, Syracuse has barely held on for wins against North Carolina State and Maryland and lost outright to Boston College and Duke.
The Orange were a 13.5-point favorite at home against Boston College. Syracuse has three games remaining in its regular season with this one against Virginia as the biggest challenge.
Virginia has been red-hot over the last couple of months, stringing together a 12-0 SU and 9-3 ATS record over its last 12 games including an impressive win on the road against Pittsburgh back at the beginning of the month.
Averaging just 65.9 points per game, Virginia relies heavily on its excellent team defense to win basketball games. The Cavaliers give up fewer points than any other team in the nation allowing just 54.7 points per game, giving them a significant recent college basketball point spread edge over their foes.
Syracuse’s team is also built in a defense-first fashion, averaging 68.8 points per game n offense while allowing only 58.5 points per game, good for the second best scoring defense in the country.
The Orange and Cavaliers both have leaned heavily towards the UNDER in their games this season with the UNDER going 7-16-1 in Syracuse’s games and 9-15-1 in Virginia’s. The total has gone UNDER in each of Syracuse’s last seven games and in five of Virginia’s last six.
Syracuse has been great against the spread on the road this season with a 6-1-1 ATS record away from home while Virginia is 7-5 ATS at home. With the way these two teams play, defense will obviously be at a premium, and the 3.5 points that Syracuse is receiving could definitely factor in to the final decision.
The Florida State Seminoles are the favourites at the books to win the BCS Championship Game in early January, with college football's bowl season kicking off on Saturday afternoon.
Florida State is listed as an 8.5-point favourite against Auburn, with those teams set to meet at the Rose Bowl in the BCS Championship Game on January 6. The Seminoles' perfect 13-0 SU record this season came with an accompanying, lucrative 11-2 ATS mark, and they were a friend to OVER bettors as well with a 10-3 OVER/UNDER record in their 13 games.
Auburn, going 12-1 SU, also went 11-2 ATS on the season, making the Tigers a great team to place your college football bets on in 2013. Will that continue in 2014 while getting more than a touchdown from the oddsmakers?
That matchup caps off bowl season, but the BCS contests get underway on New Year's Day with Stanford vs. Michigan State in the Rose Bowl, and Central Florida vs. Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.
[ See college football bowl odds, betting trends and full previews on every game ]
The Cardinal were a 4.5-point favorite at TopBet.eu against the Spartans, while the Bears were large 17-point chalk for their game against the Knights in Glendale, Arizona.
The Sugar Bowl on January 2 then has Oklahoma vs. Alabama, with the Crimson Tide a 15.5-point favourite for the game after they fell short of their usual spot in the BCS Championship Game.
On January 3 it'll be Clemson vs. Ohio State in the Orange Bowl, with the Buckeyes a 3-point favourite. Ohio State is coming off a 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship, which dropped them to 12-1 SU (7-6 ATS) and out of the national title picture.
On Saturday bowl season opens with four games, starting with Colorado State vs. Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl; the Cougars are 4.5-point favourites at the sportsbooks.
Southern Cal is then a 7-point favourite against Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl, with Buffalo and San Diego State a pick'em in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Louisiana-Lafayette and Tulane will then close out the day's slate in the New Orleans Bowl. See more bowl odds at Fox.
The Boston College Eagles have struggled in bowl games over the years and they are underdogs on the AdvoCare V100 Bowl odds menu against the Arizona Wildcats.
Boston College is just 1-6 ATS in its past seven bowl games and a recent trend in this bowl points to fading the Eagles again with Arizona opening as 7.5-point chalk.
Favorites are 8-2 ATS against the NCAA betting lines in the past 10 editions of this game, formerly known as the Independence Bowl.
Boston College’s four-game winning streak came to a halt in its season finale with a 34-31 loss to Syracuse as a 2.5-point road favorite to drop it to an even 4-4 SU in the ACC this season.
The total went OVER the 51.5-point closing line against the Orange and it has now gone OVER in the Eagles' last five games. They come into this matchup with a 6-3 record ATS in their last nine contests.
Look for a heavy dose of Andre Williams in this game. He led the nation in rushing this season with 2,102 yards on 329 attempts for an average of 6.4 yards a carry. He also led the team in touchdowns with 17.
[ Independence Bowl – AdvoCare V100 Bowl odds preview ]
The Eagles (ACC, 7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS, 8-4 OU) struggled to find the end zone at times with an average of 28.4 points per game and their defense was ranked 73rd in the nation in points allowed (27.8).
The Wildcats (Pac-12, 7-5 SU, 5-6-1 ATS, 4-8 OU) dropped three of their last four games to close out their season. They followed up an impressive 42-16 victory over then-No. 5 Oregon as 20.5-point home underdogs by getting hammered by Arizona State 58-21 in their season finale as 10-point underdogs on the road.
Arizona went 1-4 ATS in its final five games and the total stayed UNDER in four of those games.
This was another team that did a good job at moving the ball on the ground with an average of 265.8 rushing yards a game. Ka’Deem Carey did most of the damage with 1,716 yards on 322 carries, but quarterback BJ Denker proved to be a duel threat with 2,241 yards passing and 14 touchdowns to go along with another 898 yards and 12 scores on the ground.
Arizona’s defense stood firm for the most part by allowing an average of 24.7 points a game.
Arizona has been opened as a 7.5-point favorite over the Eagles with the total set at 57. The UNDER is 5-1 in the past six bowl games Arizona has played since 1997.
Oddsmakers don't believe any NHL team has done enough in the offseason to muscle the Top 4 teams from last year out of the top betting slots for the 2014 Stanley Cup.
Chicago defeated Boston in the Cup final in June and they hold down the No. 1 and No. 3 positions in odds updated this week at Bodog sportsbook.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings were all semi-finalists a year ago and they are currently No. 2 and No. 4 respectively on Stanley Cup futures boards.
Detroit is surprisingly high on the current list at 16/1 while the Florida Panthers (who just signed Tim Thomas in goal) and the Calgary Flames are the big long shots, each over 100/1.
Check out the current lines, along with hockey odds to win each of the reconfigured NHL divisions this season.
Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup - courtesy of Bodog
Chicago Blackhawks 6/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 15/2
Boston Bruins 10/1
Los Angeles Kings 12/1
St. Louis Blues 14/1
Detroit Red Wings 16/1
Vancouver Canucks 16/1
San Jose Sharks 18/1
Edmonton Oilers 20/1
Minnesota Wild 20/1
New York Rangers 20/1
Ottawa Senators 20/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 20/1
Philadelphia Flyers 22/1
Anaheim Ducks 25/1
Montreal Canadiens 25/1
Washington Capitals 25/1
New York Islanders 33/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 33/1
Carolina Hurricanes 40/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 40/1
Dallas Stars 40/1
Colorado Avalanche 50/1
Nashville Predators 50/1
New Jersey Devils 50/1
Phoenix Coyotes 66/1
Winnipeg Jets 66/1
Buffalo Sabres 100/1
Calgary Flames 100/1
Florida Panthers 150/1
Eastern Conference Odds
Pittsburgh Penguins 10/3
Boston Bruins 11/2
Detroit Red Wings 9/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 10/1
New York Rangers 11/1
Ottawa Senators 11/1
Philadelphia Flyers 12/1
Washington Capitals 12/1
Montreal Canadiens 14/1
New York Islanders 16/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 16/1
Carolina Hurricanes 18/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 22/1
New Jersey Devils 25/1
Buffalo Sabres 40/1
Florida Panthers 75/1
Western Conference Odds
Chicago Blackhawks 5/2
Los Angeles Kings 6/1
St. Louis Blues 13/2
San Jose Sharks 8/1
Vancouver Canucks 8/1
Edmonton Oilers 10/1
Minnesota Wild 10/1
Anaheim Ducks 12/1
Dallas Stars 20/1
Colorado Avalanche 25/1
Nashville Predators 25/1
Phoenix Coyotes 33/1
Winnipeg Jets 33/1
Calgary Flames 40/1
Atlantic Division Odds
Boston Bruins 11/5
Detroit Red Wings 7/2
Ottawa Senators 9/2
Toronto Maple Leafs 9/2
Montreal Canadiens 11/2
Tampa Bay Lightning 9/1
Buffalo Sabres 30/1
Florida Panthers 50/1
Metropolitan Division Odds
Pittsburgh Penguins 5/6
New York Rangers 6/1
Philadelphia Flyers 7/1
Washington Capitals 15/2
New York Islanders 17/2
Carolina Hurricanes 16/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 16/1
New Jersey Devils 16/1
Central Division Odds
Chicago Blackhawks 5/8
St. Louis Blues 13/4
Minnesota Wild 6/1
Dallas Stars 14/1
Colorado Avalanche 18/1
Nashville Predators 18/1
Winnipeg Jets 18/1
Pacific Division Odds
Los Angeles Kings 8/5
Vancouver Canucks 3/1
San Jose Sharks 9/2
Anaheim Ducks 11/2
Edmonton Oilers 11/2
Phoenix Coyotes 16/1
Calgary Flames 30/1
Seven SEC teams are ranked among the nation’s Top 25, including four in the Top 10, but either LSU or Georgia will slip in the upcoming Associated Press college football poll.
The ninth-ranked Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0 SEC) host No. 6 LSU at Sanford Stadium in Athens, and Georgia is laying -3 to the Tigers (4-0, 1-0 SEC), according to college football betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Bulldogs come in after a less-than impressive 45-21 win over North Texas, as coach Mark Richt's troops committed too many mistakes, allowing the Mean Green to hang around far too long in the second half.
North Texas scored on a 99-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, and later tied the score when Marcus Trice scored on a blocked punt early in the third quarter.
On Saturday, the always-physical Tigers, led by former Georgia signal-caller Zach Mettenberger, who is 14-3 as LSU's starting quarterback, come to town.
The Tigers arrive on the heels of a 14-point home win over Auburn, and though they were banged up, coach Les Miles says starting right guard Trai Turner and starting defensive tackle Anthony Johnson will recover in time to play this Saturday. [ College football betting odds, spreads & trends ]
Top-ranked Alabama (-16 at most sportsbooks as of midweek) will try to find its rushing game Saturday night, when it hosts SEC rival No. 21 Ole Miss. The two-time defending champs come after rushing for a meager 66 yards on 21 carries against Colorado State and rank last in the SEC in rushing.
No. 4 Ohio State (-7) hosts 24th-ranked Wisconsin, in what should be a rather physical Big Ten contest. Both the Buckeyes and Badgers are best with their ground games, as Wisconsin is third in the nation in rushing, averaging 350 yards and Ohio State ranks sixth at 311.
After this weekend, there will be no more non-conference games for Big 12 teams, and that might be a good thing, as there have already been eight non-conference losses, twice as many as last year.
Big 12 teams are 19-8 against non-conference opponents with three more left to play, including No. 14 Oklahoma's visit to No. 22 Notre Dame. The Sooners are -3.5 on the road.
Last year, the Big 12 was 26-4 in its non-conference games played during the regular season.
See the current NCAA football futures and odds to win the BCS championship here.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are the odds-on favorites to successfully defend their title, with the Pittsburgh Penguins favored to win the Eastern Conference and listed as second-favorites to hoist the Cup.
Along with a full set of lines for those who bet on NHL each year, every team’s chances to prove the oddsmakers wrong, there are a number of interesting props you can wager on in anticipation of the start of another season of NHL hockey.
The league will play a full 82-game schedule this season after an abbreviated 48-game schedule last year so the OVER/UNDER on Chicago’s point total has been set at 105.5 with the moneyline listed at -115 for both the OVER and the UNDER.
The Blackhawks’ odds to win another title are set at 6/1. Pittsburgh’s point total has been set at 108.5 with a -115 moneyline for both results. Its odds to win the Stanley Cup are 15/2.
The Boston Bruins are a 10/1 third-favorite to claim another Cup after winning the championship in 2011. Their point total for this season has been set at 102.5, with the moneyline for both the OVER and the UNDER set -115.
The Los Angeles Kings won it all in 2012 and they come into this season as 12/1 fourth-favorites to win a championship in 2014. Their projected point total is 98.5 with a -115 moneyline each way.
One of the biggest changes as a result of the NHL’s recent realignment of divisions was the Detroit Red Wings' shift from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference.
They have been opened as 17/2 third-favorites to win the East this season behind Pittsburgh and Boston. Competing in the same division as the Bruins, Detroit’s projected point total is 97.5 with the moneyline set at -115 for both the OVER and the UNDER.
The favorites for some of the individual player props for the new season include Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby at 3/1 to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award, the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist at 4/1 to win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender, and Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson at 4/1 to be named the league’s top defenseman.
Crosby has also been opened as a 5/2 favorite to lead the NHL in total points scored, while Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos has been opened as a 5/2 favorite to score the most goals.
See online sports betting odds each day of the NHL season at this site.
Until Autograph-Gate, this award was Johnny Manziel's to lose, according to sports bettors.
But now that the Texas A&M star's college career is up in the air (just like his myriad TD passes from last year), its another star QB who owns the spot atop the Heisman Trophy odds list.
Braxton Miller of Ohio State has moved top the top of 'which player will win the Heisman Trophy' lists.
South Carolina's stud DE Jadeveon Clowney is the second betting choice and fans get to see him Thursday as the Gamecocks face the UNC Tar Heels.
The rest of Bovada's list is heavy with quarterbacks. They have kept Manziel on the list, unlike some books monitored by OddsShark.com that have taken him down.
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 9/2
Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 13/2
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 10/1
Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 10/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 12/1
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 12/1
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 12/1
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 15/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 15/1
De'Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 16/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 18/1
Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 25/1
Marquis Lee (WR USC) 25/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 25/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 30/1
Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska) 33/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 33/1
Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford) 33/1
Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 33/1
Marion Grice (RB Arizona State) 33/1
Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois) 40/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 50/1
Jeff Driskel (QB Florida) 50/1
Ka'Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 50/1
Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 50/1
Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 66/1
Kain Colter (QB Northwestern) 66/1
Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 66/1
Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma) 100/1
See all the latest NCAA football odds and matchup reports as well.
ESPN College GameDay will roll into Clemson for the premier matchup in Week 1 of College Football, as No. 5 Georgia visits the eighth-ranked Tigers in a battle of senior quarterbacks.
Georgia opened a slight 1-point favorite over the Tigers, and has seen some movement, with the number creeping to 2, and back down to 1.5 at most places, with the total a consensus 72. [ Matchup Stats ]
Georgia's Aaron Murray is one of 10 offensive starters back for the Bulldogs, and might be this year's quarterback-darling out of the Southeastern Conference. He opens his final season with 10,901 passing yards and 95 touchdowns.
Clemson's Tajh Boyd isn't far behind, with 8,818 overall yards and 89 offensive touchdowns.
The biggest question for the Bulldogs might be how their defense stops Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins, who's tallied 1,927 receiving yards and 16 combined offensive touchdowns in two seasons. He and Boyd are the deadly combination that might prove fatal to Georgia's national championship dreams (they are currently a 14/1 bet to win it all).
The Dawgs have an athletic defensive backfield, which might feature as many as six athletes in action for this game. Where the Tigers might find an edge is on their offensive line, with four starters back to protect Boyd.
Both defensive units are on the hot seat, as they'll be expected to make key stops against very good offensive attacks. Georgia returns only four starters to a defense that ranked 32nd overall last season, while the Tigers welcome back six starters to their stop unit, which ranked 63rd overall in 2012.
The Bulldogs - who have won 14 of their past 16 lid-lifters, including 10-2 under coach Mark Richt - come into this one riding ATS win streaks of 6-1 overall and 10-3 against Atlantic Coast Conference foes.
Clemson, meanwhile, has lost five straight to the Bulldogs for those who bet on football and rolls into the 2013 season after covering eight of its last 10 last season and losing five of its last seven to the books in non-conference play.