Archive for August, 2011

College Football Week 1 Every week world champion handicapper Michael Blake will offer his college football analysis on 10-20 games.  This is a great opportunity for everyone to look at specific games that he has targeted for you.  These games can be considered ‘free picks’ if you like.  All you have to do is look […]

August 31st, 2011 | Posted in College Football | No Comments

Conference Previews list our power rating for the conference, predicted order of finish as well as what the teams record will be in conference play only. ACC Conference: Conference Rating: #5 Predicted Order of Finish: ACC Atlantic Florida St (8-0): Florida St is loaded this year and returns 16 starters including 8 on offense.  The […]

August 29th, 2011 | Posted in College Football | No Comments

Big Ten Conference: Conference Rating: #4 Predicted Order of Finish: Leaders Ohio St (7-1): Yes, we know about Terrell Pryor leaving and the suspensions for the first 5 games of the season but this will make this team stronger when conference play begins.  They still have a ton of talent on Buckeye land as they […]

August 24th, 2011 | Posted in College Football | No Comments

PAC-12 Conference: Conference Rating: #3 Predicted Order of Finish: PAC-12 North Oregon (9-0): Explosive on the offensive side of the ball and the Ducks play like fast-break basketball team.  They wear you down and the 4th quarter you are gassed on defense.  The team is led by QB Darron Thomas and RB LaMichael James.  They […]

August 22nd, 2011 | Posted in College Football | No Comments

Conference Previews list our power rating for the conference, predicted order of finish, as well as what the teams projected record will be in conference play only. BIG 12 Conference: Conference Rating: #2 Predicted Order of Finish: Oklahoma (9-0): Many of you have seen that we have already projected Landry Jones to be the Heisman […]

August 21st, 2011 | Posted in College Football, Uncategorized | No Comments

Conference Previews list our power rating for the conference, predicted order of finish as well as what the teams record will be in conference play only. SEC Conference: Conference Rating: #1 Predicted Order of Finish: SEC West Alabama (8-0): Saban and Co. are loaded this year.  7 returning starters on offense and 10 on defense.  […]

August 20th, 2011 | Posted in College Football | No Comments

The football season is fast approaching and, as always, there are significant changes on the field and the sidelines to examine. Futures lines are out for the projected win totals of pro teams. Three years ago in this column, the Steelers were projected over/under 9 wins. I wrote, “The Steelers won the title in 2005 […]

August 13th, 2011 | Posted in NFL Predictions | No Comments

The pro football preseason kicks off this weekend (and it’s about time)! Remember that each season is different, with players changing teams, new coaches and assistants coming aboard, and star college players joining the pros as highly touted rookies. August football offers fans their first peak at all the new additions. This weekend, the defending […]

August 8th, 2011 | Posted in NFL Predictions | No Comments

Inexperienced sports bettors can have trouble backing dogs, and this is particularly true in baseball. Last week I outlined several areas that I examine when looking to possibly back a live underdog. Here are some more. Pitcher Home/Away Performance: The home/road breakdowns on pitchers are especially fascinating, offering not only insight into what makes certain […]

August 8th, 2011 | Posted in Baseball Betting Articles | No Comments

I’ve found that inexperienced sports bettors have trouble taking dogs, especially in baseball. Favorites are no problem. It’s easy to spot games that favored teams should win, especially with the better starting pitcher. But identifying dogs and getting the courage and confidence to back them often takes time, patience and careful analysis. With that in […]

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Baseball Betting Articles | No Comments