Monday #CFBPlayoff – Nat’l Championship Edition

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All season, conventional wisdom in college football has told us that there were no truly dominant teams this year, and there wasn’t one team that neutral fans would remember as one of the best of its era in 5-10 years.

After Clemson and Alabama dispatched of Oklahoma and Michigan State, respectively, in Thursday’s College Football Playoff with blowout wins, it might be fair to question those previous assumptions a little bit.

I still think we won’t put either this year’s Tigers or Crimson Tide in a class with title-winning teams from Miami, USC, Texas, Florida or Alabama earlier this century or even Florida State two years ago. Yet, we can’t at all doubt that these two teams are far and away the class of the college football season……

Continue Reading: Sports Central / How Alabama Can Be Beaten


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10 Reasons To Watch:

The national championship game is set, and No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabamaleft no doubt that they belong. The Tigers steamrolled No. 4 Oklahoma for a 37–17 win in the Orange Bowl hours before the Crimson Tide shut out No. 3Michigan State in a 38–0 rout in the Cotton Bowl.

Now Clemson and Alabama will meet in the second College Football Playoff national championship game on Jan. 11. The battle for a national title provides enough intrigue, but in case you need more, here are 10 reasons to be excited for this year’s championship game……

Continue Reading: National title game: 10 reasons to be excited for Alabama-Clemson – SI.com


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Where Did The $$$ Go?

College administrators don’t seem to know exactly where their athletes’ cost of attendance stipend money is going.

Last month, North Carolina State athletics director Debbie Yow faced a backlash during the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York when she said schools have “failed athletes” in teaching them fiscal responsibility considering she sees athletes riding around on hoverboards, which cost $300 or more. Alabama athletic director Bill Battlethen added, “tattoos and rims” to the discussion, a comment he explained later was supposed to be cute and just emphasize the frivolity of college students’ spending habits.

Beginning this academic year, NCAA Division I member schools were allowed to give their athletes a stipend to cover their full cost of attendance at their respective schools. USA TODAY Sports asked some of of the players competing in the College Football Playoff what they’ve spent their cost-of-attendance stipend money on thus far……

Continue Reading: What College Football Playoff entrants did with their NCAA stipends


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It’s College Football Trading Season:

Image result for 2016 college football trading seasonFormer Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray transferred to Oklahoma, and former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight announced he’d become an Aggie.

So Oklahoma and Texas A&M essentially traded quarterbacks via transfers. We could wring our hands over this, or we could celebrate college players seeking their manifest destinies as all Americans should.

Or — OR! — we could throw out four other college football trades that will never, ever happen. They could be an assortment with varying degrees of irrelevance and irreverence, which you could chew up, spit out, or fume over our implications……

Continue Reading: College football trade possibilities for Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Alabama Crimson Tide, Baylor Bears and others


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5 Bold Predictions:

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So it’s come down to this. The second College Football Playoff has a very attractive national title game: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 1 Clemson.

This game features no shortage of storylines, from Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney taking on his alma mater to Alabama head coach Nick Saban trying to win his fifth national championship to a battle of Heisman Trophy supremacy between winner Derrick Henry and third-place finisher Deshaun Watson.

This duel in the desert features a high-powered Clemson offense that averages 38.4 points per game, No. 16 nationally, against a tough, talented Alabama defense that yields just 13.4 points per game, No. 1 nationally. With a win, Clemson can become the first FBS team to ever finish a season 15-0, but it won’t be easy against the Crimson Tide.

How will the national championship game unfold? Who’ll be left standing at night’s end? Here are five bold predictions about what will happen.

Continue Reading: 5 Bold Predictions for 2016 National Championship Game

Ranking All 40 College Football Bowl Games – #CFBPlayoff

 

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The College Football Playoff national championship isn’t really a bowl game – it’s a whole other entity.

So what were the best bowl games of the season and which were the worst? Which ones will everyone remember, and which ones were the total duds?

The New Year’s Six disasters and the horrible two-day stretch on December 31st and January 1st marred an otherwise wonderful group of bowls, but the biggest problem? Two of the best finished up around 2:30 am ET. For those who sat through all 40, there were some great rewards to go along with a slew of disappointments.

1. Valero Alamo Bowl: TCU 47, Oregon 41 3OT

TCU came back with the comeback of all comebacks – started off by Gary Patterson changing his shirt to purple – but it also helped that the team started to execute. TCU got down 31, Oregon overcame the disappointment of blowing the lead by forcing three overtimes, and this turned into the signature bowl – for those who stayed around on a Saturday night to sit through the whole thing. Oregon’s collapse was more than just losing Vernon Adams, and TCU’s comeback was more than just getting hot. This is why you watch bowl games.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 4

2. National Funding Holiday Bowl: Wisconsin 23, USC 21

It’s a shame this was played so late – most of America was fast asleep when this was rolling into the wee hours of the morning East Coast time. It was the best finish of the bowl season with Wisconsin hanging on for dear life while Cody Kessler had one final shot, but overall, the game itself was wildly entertaining.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 15

3. Motel 6 Cactus Bowl: West Virginia 43, Arizona State 42

How do you finish up the bowl season? In an insane shootout with a little bit of everything for everyone – unless you like defense – both teams marched up and down the field at will in the exact type of firefight deserving to be the last game before the national title. 676 yards of total offense for West Virginia, and it still almost wasn’t enough.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 24

4. New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Duke 44, Indiana 41 OT

Really, was it good? With controversy, lots of offense, and huge performances on both sides of the ball, it was wildly entertaining with normally-solid IU PK Griffin Oakes missing a game-winning 56-yard attempt in regulation, and putting a possible game-tying overtime attempt over the top of the right upright – it looked good on replays.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 18

5. Camping World Independence Bowl: Virginia Tech 55, Tulsa 52

Frank Beamer’s retirement game took a backseat to what turned into a thriller. It would’ve been the ultimate embarrassment had Beamer’s team gagged away the game after going up 52-31, but his team hung on. Tulsa kept pushing, and almost pulled it out. Lots of offense, lots of drama – it’s what an early bowl game should be like.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 32

6. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Appalachian State 31, Ohio 29

Appalachian State played like a team in its first bowl game. After whiffing on two easy kicks, senior Zach Matics ran off the field after hitting the game-winning 23-yarder to end a game of crazy mood swings and lots of effort from both sides.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 36

7. NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Nevada 28, Colorado State 23

It didn’t matter that it was Mountain West vs. Mountain West – the two teams were fighting from the start. There was plenty of intruige throughout with Nevada overcoming the Rams’ control with lots of home runs. Colorado State had a shot at the win late, but time ran out in a heart-stopping finish.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 27

8. Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Arizona 45, New Mexico 37

The two teams kept throwing haymakers and kept on pushing each other. New Mexico made Arizona sweat – the Wildcats were really trying – in an entertaining battle early on in the bowl season. There was a sense of desperation after Arizona lost to Boise State in last year’s Fiesta – it couldn’t lose two bowls in a row to Group of Five teams.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 13

9. Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: Utah 35, BYU 28

It was all about the comeback. BYU couldn’t have tried to have a worst first quarter with five giveaways, but it made up for it by balling and battling to get a shot at pulling off the miracle late. Utah hung on by grinding out the clock late just when it became obvious the D didn’t have any answers.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 9

10. Hyundai Sun Bowl: Washington State 20, Miami 14

The snow-globe aspect in the second half made the game special in a lot of ways, and Miami did its part to keep the battle going. Nothing seemed to go right for the Hurricanes, but Washington State struggled to put the game away. Miami looked like it had it late, but a lost fumble after a called back play made it a heartbreaker for the Canes.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 21

11. Miami Beach Bowl: WKU 45, South Florida 35

The two teams kept cranking up the offense. WKU looked great early, but USF kicked it into gear in time to make this a fight to the finish. For those who care about conference pride, it was a big moment for Conference USA holding off the American Athletic team.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 22

12. Russell Athletic Bowl, Baylor 49, North Carolina 38

645 rushing yards. The game itself might not have been all that interesting after Baylor took control, but if part of the bowl game fun is to see something different, that Bear ground game was it. The North Carolina defense didn’t have a prayer.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 5

13. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Akron 23, Utah State 21

It was a low-scoring game as expected, but Akron played well enough offensively to get on the road and come up with a stunner. Utah State just didn’t have it, but the Akron D had a lot to do with that. It was the first even bowl win for Akron.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 35

14. Popeyes Bahamas Bowl: Western Michigan 45, Middle Tennessee 31

Lots and lots and lots of offense – way over 1,000 – made it lots of fun. Jamauri Bogan and his four touchdown runs made it memorable, but Middle Tennessee didn’t go away until late. The Corey Davis 80-yard touchdown catch for WMU was terrific.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 12

15. BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 44, Notre Dame 28

This probably won’t get the credit it deserved. Notre Dame turned in an impressive comeback to fight back into the game and make Ohio State work. It was a bittersweet game for Ohio State – it showed what it could’ve been, but still, it was a win over Notre Dame. The program will take it.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 2

16. Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl: Washington 44, Southern Miss 31

It was the Myles Gaskin show with the Washington running back going off. Southern Miss did its part to hang around with a huge day from its offense with plenty of big plays, but it was Gaskin who made it a game breaking open a 24-24 tie.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 31

17. TaxSlayer Bowl: Georgia 24, Penn State 17

Penn State had a Hail Mary attempt that meant something – that didn’t seem possible after getting down 24-3 and with Christian Hackenberg knocked out of the game. Trace McSorley almost pulled the Nittany Lions out of the fire, but give credit to Georgia for getting it down with Mark Richt off to Miami.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 29

18. Foster Farms Bowl: Nebraska 37, UCLA 29

Nebraska obviously didn’t care about being 5-7. UCLA wasn’t unfocused, but it couldn’t gear it back up after the Huskers started pounding. In a lot of ways, this was the type of teams Husker fans were waiting for with the power running attack getting it done.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 26

19. Quick Lane Bowl: Minnesota 21, Central Michigan 14

It might have been a forgettable bowl, but it was close until the end. Minnesota needs to score in the final few minutes to get over the embarrassment over a MAC team, but the defense held down Cooper Rush and the high-powered CMU attack.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 33

20. AutoNation Cure Bowl: San Jose State 27, Georgia State 16

Georgia State played fired up in its first bowl game, while San Jose State had something to prove at 5-7. The Georgia State passing game pressed, but couldn’t connect late, while the defense and special couldn’t handle Tyler Ervin and his 132 rushing yards and punt return for a score.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 37

21. St. Petersburg Bowl: Marshall 16, Connecticut 10

It was supposed to a defensive struggle, and from that aspect it didn’t disappoint. It wasn’t fun with the two offenses sputtering, but it was still a tight battle in the final minutes. There weren’t enough big moments to make the game matter.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 40

22. Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman: Navy 44, Pitt 28

Kennan Reynolds was almost worth watching this game. He ran for tree short touchdowns, but it was the Navy grinding offense that won the day with a huge late drive and a 31-point run to never have to worry too much.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 19

23. R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech 47, Arkansas State 28

Kenneth Dixon, Jeff Driskel, and the Louisiana Tech was fun, but Arkansas State was a massive disappointment. The Red Wolves didn’t play well at all with too many little mistakes that added up. ASU is better than it showed.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 11

24. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: California 55, Air Force 36

This was a disappointment after it became obvious Air Force didn’t have a prayer of stopping the Cal passing game. However, the Jared Goff show was terrific, throwing for 467 yards and six scores.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 20

25. GoDaddy Bowl: Georgia Southern 58, Bowling Green 27

Favian Upshaw and the Georgia Southern running game were worth the price of admission, but it would’ve been nice if the Bowling Green offense of the regular season did more. The Falcons just never had the ball.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 6

26. Franking American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Louisville 27, Texas A&M 21

Texas A&M mounted a comeback late, but without the starting quarterbacks the game didn’t have the sizzle. However, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson did his part to make it wild with 227 passing yards and 226 more on the ground.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 28

27. CapitalOne Orange Bowl: Clemson 37, Oklahoma 17

It will be remembered as a dud, but it was a really, really intense, energetic game for a half. Oklahoma’s running back injuries turned into a problem, but Clemson also turned its game up a few notches.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 3

28. Marmot Boca Raton Bowl: Toledo 32, Temple 17

This was a strangely rough game with Temple’s defense not playing like it did throughout the season. Toledo was good, but that wasn’t the Owl team that beat Penn State and almost got Notre Dame.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 17

29. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Houston 38, Florida State 24

Florida State had a moment when it looked like it might turn it on and be Florida State again, but Houston never let it happen. The goal was to get this game over with to get to the Orange Bowl and the College Football Playoff.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 10

30. AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: LSU 56, Texas Tech 27

Leonard Fournette and the running game ran like they were supposed to against the porous Texas Tech defense. This was going to be an LSU walk – or pounding run – in the park if it showed up and tried, and it did.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 16

31. AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Arkansas 45, Kansas State 23

Kansas State kept it close for a while, and Arkansas needed to battle a bit in the second half, but there was no pop from the Wildcats. Arkansas was too good being able to out-Kansas State, Kansas State with the time of possession and running game.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 34

32. Allstate Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss 48, Oklahoma State 29

This was over instantly. Ole Miss did its part with the stars showing up on both sides of the ball, but the high-powered Oklahoma State offense was a stunning disappointment. This was supposed to be a fun shootout, and it never materialized.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 6

33. Belk Bowl: Mississippi State 51, NC State 28

Dak Prescott and the Mississippi State offense were just too good. NC State kept on fighting and didn’t give up after getting down 21-0, but the outcome was never in doubt.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 14

34. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual: Stanford 45, Iowa 16

Christian McCaffrey by himself made this worth the watch at an all-timer level, but Iowa wasn’t built to come back after getting down fast. Stanford is good, but it’s not that good. Iowa was far, far, far better than this.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 5

35. Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Alabama 38, Michigan State 0

For a jaw-dropping display of talent and muscle-flexing, Alabama provided a showstopper. That wasn’t some lightweight Michigan State team that got rolled over – that was a strong, veteran team that’s been through the wars. Alabama ran a scrimmage.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 1

36. Tennessee 45, Northwestern 6

This was expected to be a total disaster of Tennessee’s SEC talent got up early on the punchless Wildcats, and that’s exactly what happened. It took a while for the game to get going, and then once it did, it was time to do something else.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 38

37. Birmingham Bowl: Auburn 31, Memphis 10

Memphis lost its head coach weeks ago, and its quarterback was ready to go to the NFL. Auburn’s offense wasn’t interesting, but it didn’t have to be.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 23

38. Hawaii Bowl: San Diego State 42, Cincinnati 7

Cincinnati at least got a trip to Hawaii. San Diego State meant business from the very start with a killer performance from the defense against the Gunner Kiel-less Bearcat offense.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 25

39. Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: Michigan 41, Florida 7

Florida’s New Year’s Resolution to keep sucking on offense started off on the right foot. At least this was supposed to be a defensive slugfest, but the Gators didn’t oblige.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 30

40. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Boise State 55, Northern Illinois 7

Northern Illinois came up with 33 yards of total offense whether they were needed or not. Boise State is a great bowl team, Northern Illinois is an awful one. The Broncos wanted to make a statement, and NIU didn’t have a prayer.
Pre-Bowl Season Matchup/Game Rank: 39

Source: Ranking All 40 College Football Bowl Games –

What You Need To Know For Wednesday, Dec. 30 2015

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Degenerate Me

Last weekend was a monster for us junkies, despite what looked like insane violence on many football fields – or is it because of it? (shrugs shoulders)  Only the wetheads worry about blood on the grass during times like these, when the football gets better each week and the money you pillage from suckers, lines your pockets like fine silk.  The best being yet to come, except for maybe place like Cleveland and San Francisco who are more like bloated dead bodies floating along the ethereal abyss.

Playing with House-Money has always been risky – however, last week was swimming with sharks.  Many high-altitude rollers got eaten alive on Sunday – those that survived were clubbed like baby seals, causing an eruption of fear and grief in homesteads from coast to coast.  Strong men wept, and women hurled themselves savagely down dirty stairwells in filthy towns like Boston and Cleveland – Cripes, even in the frozen snow out here in the Rockies.

But me?  My own luck was splendid, as the Marquis used to say, as I repeatedly fleeced and humiliated two of the cruelest and most depraved degenerates in America, the infamous McCutcheon brothers from Pittsburgh.  T’was wonderful.  The arrogant swine got exactly what they deserved – a massive public beating they will never forget.  They came out here with huge wads of ca$h and revenge in their hearts for the losses they suffered last year in the very same bunker – where their doom is a constant companion.  It’s even worse during bowl-season.

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C’Ya Chipster

Good luck Chipster – your 1st lesson as a professional was a hard one.  You found out that going 10-6, 10-6 and 6-9 don’t mean much in Philly.  Never you mind that the Eagles have no idea how to win, because they haven’t since…….ummm, hold on, it’s right here in my notes….oh yeah, 1960.  It was 20 years later since they returned to play for a title, and another 24 until the next one – losing both – so it’s likely not until 2024 that they contend anyway.

Besides looking for another job in the #NFL – Tennessee, maybe? – you have to deal with Screamin’A dustin’ off an old narrative; as he did appearing on Mike and Mike this morning telling a classic Screamin’A story about a time he was “stopped on the street” by some Eagles players who came up to him and started talking about Chip Kelly.  Sensationalism!

The point is – you had all the control Chip and made some shaky decisions and never quite won enough to earn the cache you need.  Just remember, Bill was run out of Cleveland and it also took awhile in Foxboro before he became the man he is today – You just keep it 100 Chipster and if it doesn’t work out here, you’ll have your pick of places in college – like Baton Rouge if Les doesn’t change.

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(Can’t) Hold That Tiger

The Tigers wrapped up a very memorable, drama-filled football season with a record-setting 56-27 win over Texas Tech in the Advocare Texas Bowl, and it sure does feel good. One could argue that last night’s game doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot, but after losing three of the previous four bowl games, and enduring a three-game losing streak in the month of November, it’s nice to head into the offseason on a high note. With last night’s win, the Tigers ended the season 9-3, and let’s not forget that this would have almost certainly been a 10-win season had the season-opener against McNeese State been played.

Source: Dandy Don’s LSU Recruiting and Sports News – LSU Football and More!

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Today in History

On December 30, 1978, Ohio State University (OSU) makes the decision to fire its 65-year-old football coach, Woody Hayes, one day after Hayes punched a player on the opposing team near the end of the Gator Bowl.

Source: OSU fires coach Woody Hayes for attacking an opposing player – Dec 30, 1978

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Out of Chaos Comes Order

Social issues are a minefield for athletes.  Michael Jordan was never going to be confused for Kareem when it came to social justice and attitudes.  No one is, and athletes that came after never wanted to jeopardize their image to their corporate masters – just as players today are more conscious of their “brand” then they are at times with their play.

Yet, Lebron speaks out after advocates ask him to strike games to honor Tamir Rice – is this what we want our athletes to do when every social crisis occurs?  Read more here.

Source: LeBron Speaks Out After Advocates Ask Him To Strike Games To Honor Tamir Rice

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The More You Know

Week 17 – Situational Trends

By Week 17 Vegas knows which teams are truly bad. In the last five years, home underdogs of a touchdown or greater in the last week of the regular season have gone 1-33 SU and 14-20 (41%) ATS.

  • Games Matching this Criteria: Browns (+10) vs. Steelers and Dolphins (+9) vs. Patriots.

The Cardinals and Chiefs are on fire each having won nine straight games. The last 30 teams to win that many games in a row went 22-8 straight-up in their next matchup but 12-17-1 (41%) against-the-spread.

  • Games Matching this Criteria: Chiefs (-6.5) vs. Raiders and Cardinals (-4.5) vs. Seahawks.

Tom Brady and the Patriots don’t lose often but when they do, New England typically wins (40-10 straight-up) and covers (34-16 against-the-spread – 68%) the next week.

  • Games Matching this Criteria: Patriots (-9) at Dolphins.

  • ATL -4 vs. NO The Falcons are 7-3 against-the-spread in their last ten games as home favorites against the Saints.
  • AZ -4.5 vs. SEA Carson Palmer is 7-1-1 against-the-spread at home with Arizona against non-divisional opponents but 3-3 ATS vs. the NFC West.
  • BAL +7 @ CIN In the last five years, AFC North teams that have been underdogs of a touchdown or greater to the Bengals are 0-5 straight-up and 1-3-1 ATS.
  • BUF +3 vs. NYJ The Bills are 8-2 against-the-spread in their last ten home games against the AFC East.
  • CAR -10.5 vs. TB Cam Newton has never lost as a touchdown or greater favorite, he is 11-0 straight-up and 6-5 ATS.
  • CHI -1 vs. DET The Bears are 2-7-1 against-the-spread in their last ten games against the Lions.
  • CIN -7 vs. BAL The Bengals are playing for a bye in the AFC. All-time, teams that have been favored by a touchdown over the Ravens are 5-1 straight-up.
  • CLE +10 vs. PIT Cleveland has lost eight straight as double-digit underdogs against AFC North rivals but the Browns went 5-3 ATS in those games.
  • DAL -3 vs. WAS The Cowboys are 1-5 against-the-spread at home this year and are now 3-11 ATS the last three years when Tony Romo doesn’t start.
  • DEN -7.5 vs. SD Denver is 3-6-1 against-the-spread in its last ten home games as touchdown or greater favorites.
  • DET +1 @ CHI Detroit is 2-18 straight-up in its last 20 games as road dogs against the NFC North, the Lions went 9-10-1 ATS in those games.
  • GB -3 vs. MIN The Packers can clinch the NFC North with a win, Aaron Rodgers is 18-4 straight-up (14-7-1 ATS) vs. the division as a home favorite.
  • HOU -6.5 vs. JAX The Texans clinch the AFC South with a win, Houston is 15-7 straight-up all-time as a home favorite against the division.
  • IND -6 vs. TEN Indy needs a win (plus a lot of help) to make the playoffs. The Colts are just 3-4 straight-up (3-4 ATS) in home games this year.
  • JAX +6.5 @ HOU The Jags have been road dogs in 13 straight games vs. division opponents. Jacksonville went 8-4 ATS in its previous 12 games.
  • KC -6.5 vs. OAK KC has won nine straight (including four in a row vs. the AFC West) and is 7-2 against-the-spread during the winning streak.
  • MIA +9 vs. NE The Dolphins have been underdogs to the Patriots in 25 straight games, Miami went 11-13 ATS in the previous 24 contests.
  • MIN +3 @ GB The Vikings can clinch the NFC North with a win but Minnesota hasn’t won in Green Bay since 2010 and is 1-4-1 ATS in its last six games in Lambeau.
  • NE -9 @ MIA New England clinches home-field advantage with a win, the Pats have won 18 straight as touchdown favorites vs. the AFC East ( but are only 6-10-2 ATS)
  • NO +7 @ ATL This is the fifth straight division game in which the Saints have been underdogs, New Orleans covered the previous four.
  • NYG -3 vs. PHI The Giants are 2-8 ATS in the team’s last ten home games against the Eagles.
  • NYJ -3 @ BUF The Jets can clinch a playoff berth with a win against the Bills but New York has lost and failed to cover in four straight vs. Buffalo.
  • OAK +6.5 @ KC The Raiders are 14-6 against-the-spread in the team’s last 20 road games against division rivals.
  • PHI +3 @ NYG Philly is 8-2 against-the-spread in its last ten road games as underdogs against division opponents.
  • PIT -10 @ CLE Big Ben has been a double-digit road favorite seven times in his career and failed to cover in each game (including losing outright last week).
  • SD +7.5 @ DEN Philip Rivers has won six of his last ten trips to Denver and the Chargers went 7-1-2 against-the-spread in those games.
  • SEA +4.5 @ AZ In Russell Wilson’s career, the Seahawks following a loss in the regular season are 11-6 against-the-spread the next week.
  • SF +3.5 vs. STL The 49ers have been home dogs to the Rams 11 times. San Francisco is 3-8 straight-up and 5-5-1 ATS.
  • STL -3.5 @ SF The Rams aren’t favored on the road often (just 10 times in the last ten years), but when they are St. Louis covers (7-3 ATS).
  • TB +10.5 @ CAR The Bucs have lost six straight as double-digit dogs to divisional rivals but Tampa Bay went 3-3 against-the-spread in those games.
  • TEN +6 @ IND The Titans have failed to cover in seven straight road games against division rivals (1-6 straight-up as well).
  • WAS +3 @ DAL The Washington professional football team is 8-2 ATS in its last ten trips to Dallas.

2015 #CFP BowlGame-A-Palooza

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Put together for your entertainment purposes, just like last year when we were 78% accurate ATS and so again, it’s here to help you either #win ca$h or your office pool – DC*3PO has outlined what the opening line(Op.Line) is, the game-win-probability(GWP) for the confidence picks and where you should lean.  Usually I am in Vegas at this time making a nice Christmas bonus for the year on these games – maybe next year – but for now this’ll just have to do, so enjoy and start a discussion – we’ll even try and throw a little in depth review as the bowl games come up.

LEGEND:

Op.Line = opening line

DC*3PO PowerPlay Rating = DC*3PO’s Power Play Rating is our A.I.’s rating that comes from several factors, including point margins, strength of schedule and team stats. It is a less-reactive rating that is an excellent tool of evaluation – the higher the number, the better the team is.

DC*3PO GWP = DC*3PO’s probability of that team winning the game SU

DC*3PO Team Rating = DC*3PO’s overall team rating that takes into consideration how each team operates offensively, defensively, special teams and other metrics involving time of possession, with drive efficiency – the higher the number the better the team is.

DC*3PO Xpected Line = What DC*3PO believes the line should be.

Bowl Game

Op.Line

DC*3PO Power Play Rating

DC*3PO GWP

DC*3PO Team Rating

DC*3PO Xpected Line

New Mexico

 

 

Arizona

-10

66

56%

0.167

New Mexico

52

44%

0.223

-0.56

 

 

 

 

Las Vegas

 

 

 

BYU

82

70%

1.181

Utah

-2.5

81

30%

1.283

-1.02

 

 

 

 

Camellia

 

 

 

Ohio

52

39%

0.69

Appalachian State

-9

71

61%

1.203

-5.13

 

 

 

 

Cure

 

 

 

San Jose State

-4.5

51

54%

-0.356

Georgia State

43

46%

0.223

-5.79

 

 

 

 

New Orleans

 

 

 

Arkansas State

64

49%

1.128

Louisiana Tech

-1

66

51%

0.965

1.63

 

 

 

 

Miami Beach

 

 

 

Western Kentucky

-4

88

75%

2.297

South Florida

77

25%

1.192

11.05

 

 

 

 

Famous Idaho

 

 

 

Akron

50

41%

0.32

Utah State

-6

69

59%

0.956

-6.36

 

 

 

 

Boca Raton

 

 

 

Toledo

79

68%

1.538

Temple

-1

77

32%

1.027

5.11

 

 

 

 

Poinsettia

 

 

 

Boise State

-8.5

87

74%

1.209

Northern Illinois

71

26%

0.6

6.09

 

 

 

 

GoDaddy.com

 

 

 

Georgia Southern

73

25%

1.052

Bowling Green

-7

88

75%

1.744

-6.92

 

 

 

 

Bahamas

 

 

 

Middle Tennessee

62

39%

-0.04

Western Michigan

-2.5

71

61%

0.764

-8.04

 

 

 

 

Hawaii

 

 

 

Cincinnati

-1

70

33%

0.421

San Diego State

78

67%

1.677

-12.56

 

 

 

 

St.Petersburg

 

 

 

Connecticut

53

38%

0.49

Marshall

-4.5

72

62%

1.149

-6.59

 

 

 

 

Sun

 

 

 

Miami

70

35%

0.305

Washington State

-2.5

76

65%

0.567

-2.62

 

 

 

 

Heart of Dallas

 

 

 

Southern Mississippi

73

23%

1.373

Washington

-8.5

90

77%

1.136

2.37

 

 

 

 

Pinstripe

 

 

 

Indiana

-1.5

67

41%

0.287

Duke

69

59%

0.231

0.56

 

 

 

 

Independence

 

 

 

Tulsa

46

36%

-0.255

Virginia Tech

-13.5

75

64%

0.565

-8.2

 

 

 

 

Foster Farm

 

 

 

Nebraska

77

26%

0.8

UCLA

-6

86

74%

1

-2

 

 

 

 

Military

 

 

 

Pittsburgh

77

26%

0.889

Navy

-5

86

74%

1.662

-7.73

 

 

 

 

Quick Lane

 

 

 

Central Michigan

61

45%

0.315

Minnesota

-5.5

64

55%

0.181

1.34

 

 

 

 

Armed Forces

 

 

 

Air Force

68

39%

0.706

California

-6

71

61%

0.484

2.22

 

 

 

 

Russell Athletic

 

 

 

Baylor

-2.5

95

81%

1.645

North Carolina

92

19%

1.639

0.06

 

 

 

 

Arizona

 

 

 

Nevada

49

48%

-0.293

Colorado State

-3

54

52%

0.42

-7.13

 

 

 

 

Texas

 

 

 

Texas Tech

69

29%

0.316

LSU

-7.5

83

71%

1.213

-8.97

 

 

 

 

Birmingham

 

 

 

Memphis

85

73%

1.501

Auburn

-3

73

27%

0.601

9

 

 

 

 

Belk

 

 

 

North Carolina State

79

25%

1.039

Mississippi State

-5

88

75%

1.123

-0.84

 

 

 

 

Music City

 

 

 

Louisville

75

33%

0.509

Texas a&m

-3

78

67%

0.873

-3.64

 

 

 

 

Holiday

 

 

 

Wisconsin

81

26%

1.003

USC

-3

87

74%

1.505

-5.02

 

 

 

 

Peach

 

 

 

Houston

92

15%

2.074

Florida State

-6.5

99

85%

1.491

5.83

 

 

 

 

Cotton

 

 

 

Michigan State

100

2%

1.725

Alabama

-10

115

98%

2.128

-4.03

 

 

 

 

Orange

 

 

 

Oklahoma

-3.5

117

80%

2.279

Clemson

104

20%

2.049

2.3

 

 

 

 

Outback

 

 

 

Tennessee

-8

89

76%

1.438

Northwestern

70

24%

0.632

8.06

 

 

 

 

Citrus

 

 

 

Florida

78

27%

1.271

Michigan

-4

85

73%

1.472

-2.01

 

 

 

 

Fiesta

 

 

 

Notre Dame

98

4%

1.81

Ohio State

-6.5

112

96%

2.094

-2.84

 

 

 

 

Rose

 

 

 

Iowa

84

15%

1.457

Stanford

-7

100

85%

2.152

-6.95

 

 

 

 

Sugar

 

 

 

Mississippi

-6.5

93

79%

1.449

Oklahoma State

84

21%

1.325

1.24

 

 

 

 

TaxSlayer

 

 

 

Penn State

69

30%

0.511

Georgia

-7

82

70%

0.891

-3.8

 

 

 

 

Liberty

 

 

 

Kansas State

66

29%

0.372

Arkansas

-11

83

71%

1.09

-7.18

 

 

 

 

Alamo

 

 

 

TCU

pk

98

84%

1.372

Oregon

90

16%

0.951

4.21

 

 

 

 

Cactus

 

 

 

West Virginia

86

74%

1.013

Arizona State

-1

75

26%

0.739

2.74

 

 

 

 

Sediment-al

3 Strikes

1 – Football is and has always been a brutal sport.  It satiates our bloodlust.  It feeds the ancestral need to watch brutes maim each other in the Coliseum.  We watch more intently now, devour fantasy stats, play in leagues, play online and buy merchandise.  We obsess and have been consumed by a product that promotes violence, while we swivel away when that violence spills over into real world.  We watch fascinated, as young men mature up the ladder to hopefully play professional football – knowing the inherent risks involved – just for that chance at eternal glory the mob showers their heroes with – only to later bemoan their suffering.

The NFL has been called out for the cover-up of head trauma and parents have begun to opt out, not letting their sons play football.  The media acting as town crier, continues to signal the end of Pro-Football and yet the adoration advances.  Now we learn of several shocking retirements of players that still have treadlife – retiring because of injuries, or future health risks.  Patrick Willis having a Hall of Fame type career, betrayed by the pain in his feet.  Jake Locker retires after 4yrs in the league and joins Sydney Rice as players labeled with potential never realized.  However, Chris Borland, a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate, was maybe the biggest surprise, retiring after one year and was looked at as the next man up after P.Willis – will the last man in the 49ers locker-room please turn off the lights…

The Town Crier is shouting, this is the beginning of the end for the NFL.  Calling this the tip of the iceberg for the League and too recognize how dangerous the game has become.  The NFL counters that concussions are down, and that may be true, but this is a sport built on the assumption of brutality.  One on one battles actually exist, bones are broken, blood is spilled, exotic sports cars conducting ballet with dump trucks and we love every minute of it – fall can not come soon enough.   But what of the product?  Will the cries of fervor and weekly campaigns of “think of the children,” against the league change how football is watched?  All the players that are retiring of injuries and fear of “after-football” will be replaced by others seeking idolatry – there will always be those willing to sacrifice themselves for our sanguine hunger for the adulation of hero worship.  But at what cost to the talent pool?  Do the better athletes migrate to other sports, that require less than the requisite pounds of flesh the NFL offers?  Baseball players live normal healthy lives “after-baseball,” receive pensions, and medical benefits that are the envy of every sport – you can play longer, make more money, but the globalization of the game of Baseball, adds more to the talent pool.

If we get to the point that talent will not play in our Coliseums – we will find others – maybe we continue with the convict philosophy the NFL seems to embrace, #RayRice, #GreggHardy, #AaronHernandez, etc…We will be entertained while our true gladiators will be those that we care the least about – the locked up dregs of society.  Or Elon Musk will develop robotic machines that play our games with an exploding football.  When you drop a pebble in a pond you get ripples – soon that ripple fills the whole pond.  This could be that moment and I say that ripple has started and will circumvent the whole NFL pond.  We will remember more what football used to be than what it has become.  Players will come and go, but our thirst will always exist and we will be forever hungry.


 

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2 – What we have done is develop a new way of thinking.  A new way to approach the way sports are looked at, and today we have new ways to play sports, with Daily Fantasy games.  We can now satisfy our urge to play arm-chair GM.  We have more tools at our disposal than our fathers did to predict outcomes, or know what players will perform more consistently.  This is what we work on.  This is what we offer and it is amazing.  Other sites, other prognosticators may shout louder, may have more followers at this time – but none of them can match our actual success.  Want Proof? We gave you Reggie Jackson yesterday as a notable and all he did was score 50+ in FanDuel.  We constantly come within +/- 2pts in our projections for the NBA.  We cash over 70% of our lineups in NBA Daily games.

We are still working to provide you an experience that will be unrivaled by any site.  Providing your own personal analytics, enough information for you to make the best decision possible and giving you the tools to continually be right more than 70%.  Look around.  There is NO ONE who can predict that level of accuracy, no matter how much smoke they blow.   According to VegasInsider.com, the best NFL handicapper was right 57% of the time – In college football, 61%.  We were right 72% in both the NFL and college for the year.  We gave you over 70% accuracy in the bowl games and with what we have built, we will improve on that.

It is great to have you here reading our information, using it – It can be very exciting to think about the results you are likely to generate.  We know you want to get the best results from our site, and we want to invite you, and your friends to join us – help build the best site out there.  In the future, we will provide more amazing analysis, and tools for you to research and learn how to make some extra cash following the sports you love.  For the remainder of March, we are offering several free offers of Platinum Membership to the first 15 people that send us their email via the contact page – with “I want the free Platinum Membership” in the comments.

Thank you again for reading.  Follow along with us in our attempt at the NCAA Tournament Bracket and see if we can beat 55% accuracy from the best college hoops handicapper listed on VegasInsider.com.


 

3 – Oh Rockies…You put out, for a national audience, your A-lineup.  The Angels, scrupulously countered with a journeyman pitcher, found in baseball’s independent league.  That’s the next level up from A-league Softball – or the more like the beer-league of baseball.  You would think we would have jumped on the guy, but no.  This is the Rockies and too often they demonstrate a lack of plate discipline or fundamentals, to hammer a guy who does not belong in the majors.  The Rockies were shut out and lost 11-0 to the not-in-Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Mike Trout smoked two home runs – 2-run and a 3-run jacks before he exited – Mike Trout 5, Rockies 0.

I know this is Spring Training.  I know it is Baseball’s version of pre-season and none of it matters, but when we will stop hearing the excuses.  Tulo, who went 0-2 made the comment that this beer-league pitcher just: “jumped on us.”  How does that happen? Why does that happen?  The guys pitching for our team are better than Capt.Softball and still got waxed by the Halos, giving up 11 runs.  We scored none. Nada. Zip. Squadoosh.  Are we already pretending this is a road trip?  Please tell me we will have meaningful baseball after July and not another year of excuses, like we have had the last 4yrs.

DiRTy Plays Friday the 13th

March 13th, 2015

News & Notes:

Well it is Friday the 13th and so we wanted to do something a little different today as we look to kickoff the St. Patrick’s Day party with some NBA fun tonight.  Below you will find a Free Roll that we have put together with DraftKings that is designed for only beginners.  You can click on any game, banner or highlighted phrase to be taken to the proper location.  This means if you have NEVER played on Draftkings before tonight is your night.  It cost you nothing to enter and if you click here or just go to our DiRTy Plays Week of March 9th page we will tell you how to win at this contest.  Once you win some money tonight, come back and visit us next week as our lineup optimizer will be ready for you to use and not only will we will analyze your daily DiRTy plays for DraftKings but Fan Duel as well, we always provide insight into why you should stick with certain players.  We will be adding a new segment next week that will also outline some of those guys that you should shy away from and why that is so look for that new segment.  Now let us me show you how we are doing as we don’t just provide info we play too so yes, we put our money where our mouth is so you can trust our analysis and results thereafter.

Fan Duel Earnings:

  • Started with $100 deposit on January 16th, 2015.
  • Earnings through March 11th, 2015 are $2,557
  • Profit from the week of March 9ththus far is a total of $389.50 as we have looked to increase our overall number of entries and entry fee contests to validate results on all levels of players.

Fan Duel Top Tournament Results from March 12th:

  • 310 (3460 of 22986) – $1 Entry/$2.50 Won x2 (Late Night Contest)
  • 7 (10440 of 86206) – $1 Entry/$2.50 Won x2 (NBA Swat)
  • 6 (20 of 181) – $25 Entry/$125 Won (Quintuple Up)
  • 7 (1071 of 11494) – $25 Entry/$55 Won (Super Slam)

***Won $190 gross, spent $60 and profited $130***

DraftKings Earnings:

  • Started with a $50 deposit on February 15th, 2015.
  • Earnings through March 11th, 2015 are $503.57
  • Profit for the week of March 9th thus far is $39.42

Results from March 12th, 2015

  • 331 (699 of 38260) – $3 Entry/$12.17 Won (Sharpshooter Contest)

***Won $12.17 gross, spent $3 and profited $9.17***

Games to Play Tonight


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DiRTy Plays Wednesday

March 11th, 2015

Week To Date Recap

We have started off the week with some very nice production and profit to be precise.  It takes consistency, accuracy and analysis to be able to produce in daily NBA fantasy leagues and we are proving that we can do this for you.  If you simply play our Lineups To Consider you will win 68% of the time.  If you take that and apply that to the games that we highlight for you each day, your win percentage increases to 81%.

It has been a promising week, to say the least, considering the fact that every “SuperStar” in the league today has been putting up tremendous numbers.  Games are coming down to the wire and all you have to do is sit back and read our Twitter feed @TheDiRTCanon and we provide you with the updates you need in terms of point production.  Russell Westbrook kicks off his week tonight and we expect another huge performance.  LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard captivised our lineups last night and we scored an enormous 333.9 with taking a ZERO for Ginobli as he was a late scratch after shoot around and we weren’t able to change it because the contest had already begun.  Too bad FanDuel hasn’t changed that aspect of their site yet!

One of our top performers last night was Alex Shved.  Yes, we said and we played it and guess what that was huge for our (After Hours) contents which we won on all three that we played last night.  Take a look at this video, it just goes to show you how math can be applied to predict results even when you have players that do this:

Just Aaa Bit Outsiiide!

Be sure you check out the DiRTy Plays – Week of March 9th to get all the Must Haves and Sleepers for today’s best players with their projections.  We have also put up some lineups to consider for tonight’s games.  You can click here to be taken directly to this information.

 

Fan Duel Earnings:

  • Started with $100 deposit on January 16th, 2015.
  • Earnings through March 8th, 2015 are $2,308
  • Profit from the week of March 9th thus far is a total of $140.50 as we have looked to increase our overall number of entries and entry fee contests to validate results on all levels of players.


DraftKings Earnings:

  • Started with a $50 deposit on February 15th, 2015.
  • Earnings through March 8th, 2015 are $484.40
  • Profit for the week of March 9th thus far is $20.25


 

Games to Play Tonight

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