2010 Military Bowl Preview: East Carolina vs Maryland Odds

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2010 Military Bowl Preview: East Carolina vs Maryland Odds

2010 Military Bowl Preview: East Carolina vs Maryland Odds

The Maryland Terrapins will play their final game for coach Ralph Friedgen as they take on the East Carolina Pirates in the 2010 Military Bowl at RFK Stadium in Washington DC. Kick-off time is scheduled for 2:30pm EST on ESPN and online sportsbook have opened with Maryland as a 7.5-point favorite in college football odds vs East Carolina with an over/under betting total of 67.5 for Wednesday’s game. Sportsbooks also favor the Terrapins -300 in money line college football lines vs the Pirates. Illinois vs Baylor in the 2010 Texas Bowl will kick-off at 6:00pm EST and Oklahoma State vs Arizona in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl at 9:15pm EST will also be featured on ESPN.

East Carolina has a record of 6-6 both straight up and against the spread in college football lines with 9 of their games going OVER the total. The Pirates covered just 2 of 6 road games this year. East Carolina is limping into 2010 Military Bowl odds as underdogs with 4 losses in their final 5 games including their last 2 games of the season. The Pirates regular season finale was a 45-38 overtime home loss to SMU. East Carolina has an impressive offense that ranked 12th nationally for scoring but the defense was near helpless and ranked 118th for points allowed. Maryland finished 8-4 both straight up and against the spread in college football odds with just 4 of their games going UNDER the total.

The Terps finished 2nd in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division and Friedgen won the Coach of the Year award in the league but was fired anyway effective after this game. The Terps paid out in college football lines for 5 of their final 6 games of the season and ranked 41st for offensive scoring and 38th for defensive points allowed. East Carolina has gotten the money in just 2 of their last 9 non conference game including 1 of their last 6 against the Atlantic Coast Conference. Heading into 2010 Military Bowl odds, Maryland has been profitable in 4 of their last 5 bowl games. East Carolina has gone OVER the total in 4 of their last 5 games as an underdog. Maryland has gone UNDER the total in 4 of their last 5 bowl games.

2010 Military Bowl Picks: Maryland Terrapins -7.5

Bishop Whitmore is Editor in Chief of VegasSportsOdds.com and has been in the sports entertainment industry for the past 10 years consulting for various media outlets and sportsbooks. View daily sports reviews, poker strategies and casino rooms from Bishop Whitmore at VegasSportsOdds.com.

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Virginia Tech vs North Carolina: College Football Odds – Week 11

Virginia Tech vs North Carolina: College Football Odds – Week 11

It will be an ACC battle on Saturday at 3:30pm EST when the #20 Virginia Tech Hokies (7-2) travel to face the North Carolina Tar Heels (6-3) from Kenan Stadium. Online sportsbooks have listed Virginia Tech -3.5 betting favorites on the road in week 11 college football odds vs North Carolina while the over/under total is set at 52 for the game that can be seen on ABC television. While the Hokies (5-0) will look to stay undefeated in ACC conference play, the Tar Heels (3-2) will also look to keep a winning record in conference action with a win at home on Saturday.

Virginia Tech had a rough start to the season losing their first two games vs Boise State 30-33 and James Madison before finding their footing and winning the next seven games heading into week 11 as favorites in college football odds. The Hokies had their hands full with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets last week but still got the “W” with a 28-21 win on the road. Vegas college football odds had listed Virginia Tech as 9.5-point favorites and just missed covering the spread to fall to 6-2 ATS for the season. The Hokies will be looking to find a seat in the ACC championship game but will need a win vs North Carolina and then Miami next week.

North Carolina has had as good of a season as one could expect. The Tar Heels began the season losing their first two games to LSU and Georgia Tech on the road with a score of 24-30. UNC quickly answered back with four straight wins before falling to Miami FL 10-33. North Carolina quickly regrouped and have won their last two match-up vs William & Mary 21-17 and on the road vs FSU 37-35 last week. The Tar Heels were able to win outright vs Florida State and easily covered the 10.5-point spread as underdogs in college football odds to go 6-2 ATS for the season.

College Football Picks: Virginia Tech Hokies -3.5

Jason Viscosi is CEO of ViscosiMedia.com and has been in the online marketing industry for the past 15 years consulting for various media outlets. View breaking news for world events, entertainment and sports reviews from Jason Viscosi at ViscosiMedia.com.


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Carolina Panthers 2010 Strength of Schedule, Futures Odds and Predictions

Carolina Panthers 2010 Strength of Schedule, Futures Odds and Predictions

There has never been a repeat champion of the NFC South Division and the Carolina Panthers were the victims of the South curse last season, following up their 2008 12-4 record and division title with an 8-8 finish and no playoffs last year. And really that 8-8 record was a bit misleading because Carolina had to win its final three games to manage a .500 mark.

Jake Delhomme’s turnover-plagued 2008 postseason continued on into 2009 leading Matt Moore, who led the mini-resurgence late in the year, to eventually replace him. Moore is now the starter until 2010 NFL Draft pick Jimmy Clausen is ready, while Delhomme is now a Cleveland Brown. The Panthers ranked just 27th in the NFL in passing last season and may not be much better this year with some major receiver questions outside of Steve Smith, who himself is recovering from a broken arm. Dwayne Jarrett seems likely to start opposite Smith.

But let there be no doubt: this will be a run-heavy team behind DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, arguably the NFL’s best running back tandem. Thanks to those two, the Panthers led the NFC in rushing last year and were third overall. Stewart and Williams became the sixth pair of teammates in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.

The defense could take a big hit this season as star defensive end Julius Peppers left as a free agent for the Bears – meaning only one defensive line starter is back from last season. And linebacker Thomas Davis, the team’s best pass-rushing linebacker, was lost for the season this summer with a torn ACL.

Carolina coach John Fox has never coached two playoff teams in a row at Carolina. If that streak runs to three, look for Fox to be gone and the team to try and lure Bill Cowher out of retirement.

The NFL picks put Carolina’s 2010 NFL season wins total at ‘over/under’ 7.5. Let’s break down the 2010 Carolina Panthers schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 12, at NY Giants, 1:00 PM
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 19, Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 26, Cincinnati, 1:00 PM
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 3, at New Orleans, 1:00 PM
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 10, Chicago, 1:00 PM
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 24, San Francisco, 1:00 PM
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 31, at St. Louis, 1:00 PM
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 7, New Orleans, 1:00 PM
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 14, at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 21, Baltimore, 1:00 PM
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 28, at Cleveland, 1:00 PM
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 5, at Seattle, 4:15 PM
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12, Atlanta, 1:00 PM
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19, Arizona, 1:00 PM
Week 16: Thursday, Dec. 23, at Pittsburgh, 8:20 PM
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2, at Atlanta, 1:00 PM

This is ranked as the seventh-easiest schedule in the NFL this season, with an opponents’ 2009 winning percentage of .477 (122-134). Carolina has just five games against playoff teams from last season – it helps that only one NFC South team (Saints) made it.

The Giants will no doubt be out for revenge in the grand opening of the New Meadowlands Stadium as Carolina crushed the G-Men in Week 16 last year in the final of the old Giants Stadium. The Panthers have opened as seven-point underdogs.

Carolina really needs to be strong in the next five games because that stretch likely will determine its NFL betting lines with four of the games at home and only one against a playoff team from last year (Cincinnati) although the Bears and Niners could be in 2010. Should be interesting to see what Peppers does against Panthers star tackle Jordan Gross in that Chicago game.

That next three-game stretch also isn’t that bad. Sure, the Saints are defending champs, but Carolina gave them trouble last year, winning the season finale at home (when New Orleans had zip to play for). Carolina has have won 11 of its last 15 against the Saints and hasn’t been swept by them since 2001. The Panthers swept the Bucs last year and are 11-3 against them since 2003. The Rams haven’t won at home since midway through the 2008 season.

Baltimore will be tough to beat before the Panthers could see Delhomme when they go to Cleveland on Nov. 28, although if Delhomme plays like he did last year he’ll be benched by then. That matchup with Arizona is strangely the ninth year in the past 10 these two have played. Carolina has won six consecutive regular-season games over the Cardinals.

It’s clear not much is expected of Carolina considering its only prime-time schedule game is that Week 16 matchup in Pittsburgh. The Panthers aren’t a very good cold-weather team so it’s hard to see them winning there.

If Matt Moore is just OK, this schedule really seems quite easy. I’d say that eight wins is probably very doable and that ‘over’ 7.5 seems like a lock, although the NFL Power Rankings indicate this is not a playoff team.

Doc Moseman is one of the pioneers of college football and the NFL handicapping industry. Check out his Web site for up-to -the-minute NFL Odds and his famous winning college football and NFL picks.


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