Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Sports Line and Fortune Cookies






Fortune-cookie College Bowl Season   Now that the 2013-2014 bowl season has ended and 35 games in the NCAA football bowl schedule have been played, we have a final tally on the odds makers. On 35 games, the line was wrong at least thirteen times. On picks correctly choosing the winner, more than a dozen grossly failed to forecast the game, the scores, and the… Read More

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Which Odds Makers Will Get today’s College Bowl Wrong?






Which Odds Makers Will Get today’s College Bowl Wrong? The first weekend in January 2014 produced two of the less noticed football bowls. Saturday, Jan. 4, in the BBVA Compass Bowl, Vanderbilt was favored over Houston by a field goal. Final score: Vanderbilt 41, Houston 24 Sunday, Jan. 5, in the GoDaddy Bowl, Ball State was picked over Arkansas State by two scores. Final score:… Read More

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Which Odds Makers Will Get today’s College Bowl Wrong?






Which Odds Makers Will Get today’s College Bowl Wrong? More picks, more wrong picks. Friday night had the Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl. Ohio State was favored over Clemson by a touchdown in the Orange, Missouri over Oklahoma State by a point in Cotton. Final scores: Orange Bowl: Clemson 40, Ohio State 35 Cotton Bowl: Missouri 41, Oklahoma State 31 Spread predictions here. One… Read More

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Which Odds Makers Will Get today’s College Bowls Wrong?






Which Odds Makers Will Get today’s College Bowls Wrong? Yesterday, the odds on the bowl were short and sweet: In the Sugar Bowl, Alabama was favored over Oklahoma by at least two scores. Final score: Oklahoma 45, Alabama 31. Spread predictions here. How the mighty are fallen, and I don’t mean Alabama. The odds makers continue their inadequate performance. Not a lot of games on… Read More

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Which Odds Makers Will Get today’s College Bowl Wrong?






Which Odds Makers Will Get today’s College Bowl Wrong? As of New Year’s Day, the odds on yesterday’s football bowls were as follows: Jan. 1, 2014: Gator Bowl: #23 Georgia favored by two scores versus Nebraska: Final score: 24-19, Nebraska Heart of Dallas Bowl: North Texas favored over UNLV: Final score: 36-14 Capital One Bowl: #19 Wisconsin picked slightly over #8 South Carolina: Final score:… Read More

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Which Odds Makers Will Get today’s College Bowls Wrong?






Which Odds Makers Will Get today’s College Bowls Wrong? Lots and lots of hindsight. Not so much foresight. Once again, betting on college sports has got to be a mug’s game, even aside from the general sleaziness and greasiness of putting money on other people’s bone-breaking from the vantage point of the couch, while fork-lifting plaque into the arteries via fat-filled dips washed down with… Read More

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