COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10…WEEK 2

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10…WEEK 2
by Wayne Allyn Root
1) OKLAHOMA: The Sooners, like most teams this early in the season, were never tested by Louisiana Tech. Leading 31-3 at halftime, it was the second team during the second half. They are 24 point favorite on the road at in-state Tulsa; one week before their match-up with Tennessee. Let’s begin to follow Trevor Knight at QB and see if he is worthy of a Heisman look.
2) ALABAMA: It was very interesting watching Nick Sabin watching Lane Kiffin call the offense for the Crimson Tide. Sabin better start watching his defense. West Virginia seemed comfortable running their own offense in that 33-23 contest. Bama’s secondary may need some extra game film as the Mountaineers QB attacked the Tide with success. Sigh of relief for Bama’s staff as they are -41 at home against Florida (Atlantic) haha.
3) OREGON: The Ducks put up 62 against SoDak St…in under 21 minutes of possession. Now finally a game all can watch this week. Oregon is hosting Michigan State. How do the Spartans counter this quick strike offense. The only way may be keeping the Ducks off the field. And as quick as Oregon scores, that may happen anyway.
4) FLORIDA ST: Florida St better stop reading last years headlines after barely squeaking by Oklahoma State 37-31. Early season games like this are expected from the 18 to 21 year old crowd but they better not count on breaks in upcoming games. One look ahead could wipe out an $18 MILL payday. Citadel is the team making the paycheck this week while Jimbo has his team running extra laps.
5) AUBURN: With Nick Marshall serving a first half suspension, the Tigers played Arkansas to a 21-21 tie at halftime. Then he was let loose and the Tigers put up a sweet 24 unanswered points to win and cover. If Marshall is not enough, how about the 177 yard performance of Cameron Artis-Payne? Maybe they won’t need the luck they held all of last season with talent like this.
6) MICHIGAN ST: What a week this will make for the Spartans. Last week they put up 38 points by halftime against Jacksonville St. This week they’ll be lucky to hold Oregon to 38 points by halftime. They do have a solid defense which will be tested in every aspect this week. They have some offense to fall back upon with QB Connor Cook and RB Jeremy Langford. Oregon is favored by 13 points.
7) TEXAS A&M: Have you heard about Kenny Football yet? You should have after last weeks game against South Carolina. They beat the Gamecocks 52-28. Their schedule is crazy. Who would open on the road at South Carolina and then play Lamar? The Bears are in the SEC West and need to work entirely on defense this week as they prepare for a rigorous SEC schedule.
8) OHIO STATE: The Buckeyes will always be in the safe hands of Urban Meyer. Quarterback or not. JT Barrett scared a few but in the end, his troops found a way to sink Navy 34-17 and get the cover along with the win. This week the Buckeyes play Virginia Tech; and they are no Navy. They have a defense capable of ruining OSU’s Saturday. Ezekiel Elliott and Curtis Samuel are there to take the load away from Barrett while he adjust to his new role.
9) STANFORD: UC Davis snuck into Stanford, scored no points, allowed 45 and took home their paycheck. Not sure that was what Stanford needed as they are in the toughest conference this year with some questions of their own. The Cardinal has a new defensive coordinator to replace many stars from last years 11-win team. One question will be answered this Saturday; can they hang with USC? They host the Trojans as a 3 point chalk.
10) GEORGIA: The Bulldog’s RB Todd Gurley is a stud. Against Clemson, he set a programs record for all-purpose yards with 293. He scored four touchdowns and showed the Nation his blinding speed. The Dawg’s “D” was equally impressive especially in the second half as they surrendered just 15 yards. Who needs QB Hutson Mason for anything but handing the ball off?  They meet South Carolina Gamecocks in 2 week.

WEEK 1 NFL TOP 10

 

WEEK 1 NFL TOP 10
by Wayne Allyn Root
1) SEATTLE: Let’s keep the Seahawks starting this season where they left off last season as simply THE BEST! And throw in 8 homes games for 8-0 and the best fans and the rest is a piece of cake. It also doesn’t hurt to have a great secondary to stop the other teams and Lynch to handle the ball control game that Russell Wilson manages so well. Hope they pay attention to their first game vs. Green Bay.
2) DENVER: The Broncos may be the most focused team in the NFL. They are the “Embarrassed AFC Champs.” But that’s good motivation. Game 1 will have them playing revenge from the 39-33 loss from a year ago. When Peyton Manning touches the ball, the fans, his teammates and everyone watching the game knows he will score. That has to wear on the minds of his opponents.
3) GREEN BAY: The Pack is back- at least when it comes to Aaron Rodgers and his health. “D” Coordinator Dom Capers was instructed to simplify the defense and make Julius Peppers part of the grit and determination needed for the other players to copy. Randall Cobb is also healthy and with Eddie Lacey giving Rodgers some much needed balance, this team will be sailing towards the playoffs.
4) NEW ENGLAND: Bill Belichick and Tom Brady….AGAIN!! Add Rob Gronkowski to the mix and the focus on defense (as the offense is set). Belichick added Darrelle Revis (of “Revis Island” fame) and Brandon Browner to his defensive secondary coverage helping his front seven. Now watch for a great pass rush for the Pats “D”.
5) NEW ORLEANS: Does a high octane offense ring a bell? Yes, but how about an up and coming defense with 2 of the best safeties in the NFL? Throw in Sean Peyton and an up-graded offensive line to protect Drew Brees and this team is on the right track to compete with Seattle and Green Bay for the NFC’s top honors.
6) INDIANAPOLIS: They may be a shoo-in to at least win their own division- so that is one major advantage. ( think back to Arizona Cardinals last year). Their weakness is huge as their defense knows how to give up points. The offense cannot grind enough from the running game, but Andrew Luck can put up points fast. The key is Luck, as we are all aware. His fiery personality and incredible character refuses to lose any game. He’ll be tested in week 1, on the road, against Manning and the Broncos…..playing with revenge as Indy handed them a 39-33 loss last year.
7) BALTIMORE: The Raves have the nucleus of a Championship team. Their coach in John Harbaugh. Joe Flacco at quarterback. A very, very good offensive line, a healthy Tight End target for Flacco, and…Steve Smith as the possession WR they’ve missed. Add in a young, hungry top 10 defense. When Ray Rice returns from his two game suspension, they should be ready to challenge all season long for the AFC North, head to head with the Bengals. Speaking of the Bengals, check the schedule for week 1.
8) CINCINNATI: Let’s go on the record by saying that Andy Dalton is better than most experts think….and what do those that sit behind a sports desk know anyway?  He can play flawless, manages the game correctly, stays within his own head and gets the ball to his receivers with precision accuracy. The new O-Coordinator, Hue Jackson, will teach him enough to become even better. With the amazing acrobat AC Green at WR and a top 5 defense, this team can shut down any team on any given Sunday. But…they travel to Baltimore for their first game….ouch!
9) SAN FRANCISCO: Does self-implosion ring a bell? NaVorro Bowman is out for 8 to 10 games. Aldon Smith is suspended for 9 games. Ray McDonald may be suspended long-term for domestic violence (smart, huh?) and has added fuel to this teams distractions. They have much talent but Colin Kaepernick will have to carry this team and not so sure he can. Maybe they can knock off the Cowboys this week in a game that may be more difficult in Jerry Jones Arena than it should have been.
10) CHICAGO: Maybe the Bears can ride the momentum of Chicago’s Little League U.S. championship team. I wonder how much patience the fans have left after 100 years of the Cubs and a few years of Jay Cutler? They used to have a black and blue defense, but several new starters will be on the field. If their chemistry is right then this may be a good year for “da bears”. Their offense is one of the best in the NFC so Cutler has few excuses left. It’s time to put up and give the Packers a race in the NFC North.
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TEAMS LOOKING TO MOVE UP
PHILADELPHIA: Should win the NFC East. They host the Jags in game one. Can great O win by itself?
ST LOUIS RAMS: They’ll be carried by a good coach in Jeff Fisher and a GREAT defense. It better be great, with Shaun Hill at QB!
PITTSBURGH: We find out if they are “old” or “experienced”.
ARIZONA: Bad luck to be in the NFC West. Carson Palmer could go either way. He was very good down the stretch last year.
SAN DIEGO: QB Rivers can take you a long way. Was last year’s playoff run the beginning of something big, or beginning of end?
DALLAS: Stop saying they have a bad “D”; we are aware. BUT, the Cowboy offense is as good as it gets. If Romo and Dez have the season of a lifetime, this team could reach the playoffs with no D.

2014 College Football Top 10

2014 College Football Top 10
by Wayne Allyn Root
1) OKLAHOMA: The Sooners and Wayne Root are talking about this team playing for the national Championship. At least their road to the title game faces few obstacles. There’s plenty of reason for confidence. The fourth-ranked Sooners capped off a strong finish to last season with a win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl that energized the rabid fan base. OklahOhio State: Who needs Braxton Miller when you have Urban Meyer? So it’s a new era in quarterback JT Barrett at OSU. Maybe the wide receivers are there to make JT look great. The Buckeyes will likely try to get the ball in the hands of their speedsters (Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall and Devin Smith). Barrett is inexperienced, but the Buckeyes’ receivers should have benefited from having to practice against press coverage every day. Give Urban Meyer the benefit of the doubt that the team is loaded with blue chippers and that he can coach. A nice challenge to all. Besides, all they have to do is get past Michigan St this seasonoma now must back up the excitement it has generated, starting Saturday at home against Louisiana Tech. They start a sophomore in Trevor Knight who took down Bama last year. Last years QB, Blake Bell, has moved to tight end and Coach Stoops says to look for some razzle-dazzle plays involving him. One thing for sure is they should remain #1 after this week’s opener against Louisiana Tech, starting a new QB.
2) ALABAMA: When I think of Alabama, two things come to mind. First is their mantra, Roll Tide Roll, and then secondly, Re-Load. Coach Sabin has recruited a Florida St graduate transfer in Jacob Coker to go against fifth year senior Blake Sims at the quarterback position. Sabin will play both this week against West Virginia. He has until Sept 20th against Florida to figure things out.
3) OREGON: QB Marcus Mariota takes a lot of ribbing over his course load this semester: yoga and golf. The reality is that the quarterback for No. 3 Oregon finished his degree requirements in just three years.
His opponents should also take note that those easy A’s mean Mariota is going to be able to spend a lot more time focusing on football this season, being early in the treatment room, remaining healthy and doing recovery stuff, and along with that film work. That is the recipe for a Heisman Trophy. The Ducks open at home Saturday night against South Dakota.
4) UCLA: The worst thing about opening their season is not the west coast to east coast travel to meet Virginia but rather to have the game start at 9 am pac time. That means the Bruins will begin their day at 4:40 am with a wake up. Then it’s dress and breakfast. Arriving at the stadium by 6:30 am pacific time to prepare for the game. Their QB, Blake Hundley should be in the running for a look at the Heisman but they play in what many claim to be the toughest college conference in America and just a notch above the SEC.
5) FLORIDA STATE: The AP and the Coaches poll have the Seminoles ranked #1. They are certainly in the top 5 but not necessarily going to get thru their conference unblemished and end up #1. Jimbo Fisher is looking for an “attitude of dominance” in 2014, and the Seminoles would love nothing more than to exhibit that against an Oklahoma State roster that is rebuilding from its conference title-contending ways. Their offense is designed to run over everyone. With Winston under center behind five senior lineman, anything other than a double-digit win will raise eyebrows for the defending champs.
6) MICHIGAN STATE: What a season to be in the Big 10. With Michigan on the decline, Wisconsin not where they normally are and Ohio St’s QB Braxton Miller out for the season, it must be a great feeling knowing this could be a huge year for the Spartans. Before you hand them the Big 10 trophy, remember they finished 81st in offense last year. It was their 2nd place defense that received all of my attention. Their HUGE game of the season is against Oregon. In fact, that may be their game for the entire season….that really counts. It will be the Badgers vs the Spartans for the Title.
7) OHIO STATE: Who needs Braxton Miller when you have Urban Meyer? So it’s a new era in quarterback JT Barrett at OSU. Maybe the wide receivers are there to make JT look great. The Buckeyes will likely try to get the ball in the hands of their speedsters (Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall and Devin Smith). Barrett is inexperienced, but the Buckeyes’ receivers should have benefited from having to practice against press coverage every day. Give Urban Meyer the benefit of the doubt that the team is loaded with blue chippers and that he can coach. A nice challenge to all. Besides, all they have to do is get past Michigan St this season.
8) AUBURN: When your rivals are Alabama, LSU and even Arkansas, it is possible to be the #1 team in the Country named America’s Top “under-the radar” team. We all remember the “LUCK” they had winning some miracle games last year. This year they may have the best group of receivers in the Nation. It’s guaranteed that they will be show-cased this Saturday when they meet the razorbacks of Arkansas as a 3 touchdown favorite. Tigers QB, Nick Marshall, has everyone admiring his improved accuracy and combined with the WR, running backs, a great offensive line, opposing teams will have to put up 40+ to have any chance at winning.
9) BAYLOR: It’s neck and neck with the fan support. The brand new $250 Million McLane Stadium or this year’s team. Both are tremendous to the Baylor Bears football program. The Bears may be the only team to be able to match Oklahoma in Conference play. They have a lot to do to keep up with being last years Number 1 offensive team in the Country. QB Bryce Petty is still under center. Petty, who waited his turn behind Griffin III and a record-setting season by Nick Florence, threw for a Big 12-leading 4,200 yards with 32 touchdowns and only three interceptions when he finally got his chance last season. He also led the league with 14 rushing TDs. Speaking of RGIII, he’ll be attending the opener and taking part in the pre-game ceremony. On a final stadium note, It sits along side the Bravos River and many will be arriving by boat. Look for SMU to be their first victim for a trivia question 50 years from now.
10) STANFORD: This has to be my favorite team in America when everything is considered. Academics are foremost at the top. But look at their football’s past program and what they’ve had to do. While many predicted the program would fade, Stanford survived the departures of Toby Gerhart, Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck – and several other key contributors – by actually getting better. The Cardinal have captured back-to-back conference championships and won at least 11 games in four straight seasons, which all ended in BCS bowls. They may have a drop off this season. Stanford (11-3) will have to overcome the odds again if it wants to complete a threat-peat. The Cardinal lost 10 starters from last season and have one of the country’s most difficult road schedules. At least they’ll have one easy game; UC-Davis this Saturday

CASHING IN ON EARLY SEASON COLLEGE FAVORITES

CASHING IN ON EARLY SEASON COLLEGE FAVORITES
by Wayne Allyn Root
It is said that the most important 2 weeks for the Vegas Oddsmakers are the first 2 weeks of college football. But it’s not with what you think. I’m not sure that there is a time in any sport and certainly in college football that is better for making money than the first two or three weeks of the non-conference season.
 
The oddsmakers don’t have the team strengths down “cold” so early in the season, so they create what’s called “soft” numbers. I’m not saying you can load up the wagon with free money, but this is your chance to gain an edge…WITH THE ADVICE OF THE RIGHT PROFESSIONAL HANDICAPPER.
Professional handicappers like myself have a staff, history, experience and longevity on my side when “knowing what to look for.” To cash in, though, you have to know where to look, and you have to be willing to put in the work that most bettors just don’t have the time for. That’s where I come in. Here are four places where college football handicappers can often find nice value in the early non-conference season.
 
1) Week 2 games:
If there is a blowout in week 1, then look at possibly betting against that team in week 2. On the other side of the coin is if a college team loses in an upset, look to bet on that team in week 2. I’m not saying it’s an automatic bet, but I look at the public money on these two occasions because the public bets “what they just saw.”
2) New Quarterback:
When last year’s superstar QB graduates, there may be a letdown in terms of talent. Or maybe not. Georgia’s Aaron Murray left for the NFL, so do you really know the level of his replacement? That’s the information gathered from spring and summer practices that are necessary for the successful handicapper. Some of the questions I ask are, has the replacement QB played meaningful action in the past? Has he spent a lot of time with the program? Is the offense particularly suited to his skills? As for coming out of the box for game 1, is it an intricate, demanding offense, or are there things a QB can do learn quickly?
3) Offensive line:
This is an area I guarantee that few non-pro handicappers look to analyze. The offensive line is responsible for so much in the game of football. If the offensive line plays well, then the quarterback has time to relax and establish a passing game, the running game can become a force, and the defense gets a chance to rest and won’t be forced to constantly play from behind. The preseason in college football is short and lacking real game action, so it can take a few games for new starters to get comfortable with the schemes, their teammates, and the speed of the game. Bottom line is to look for experience.
4) Non-BCS teams looking for blood:
The non-conference football schedule always features major conference teams scheduling games against cupcake teams. Those games feature huge lines, and the public assumes that the major conference team – almost always playing at home – will cruise to an easy win. The betting public will assume that a team isn’t going to be competitive if they come from a minor conference and are fairly obscure. Most public bettors will assume that the major conference football teams will win easily, so if the small conference team plays over their head, you are getting “value” (loads of extra points).
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Best College Coaches 2014

Best College Coaches 2014:

  1. Nick Saban- Alabama. Coaches just don’t get any better. “D” wins national championships and Saban is perhaps the best defensive coach in the history of college football. His record at Alabama against Top 25 opponents is 28-12. Saban has won 4 national championships and 4 SEC championships.
  2. Urban Meyer- Oho State. His two national championships, two SEC championships, two perfect seasons at Utah and Ohio State, and 7-2 Bowl record testify to his greatness. Record versus Top 25 opponents: 25-12.
  3. David Shaw- Stanford. Shaw’s 14-4 record against Top 25 teams is unmatched in all of college football. That’s almost 4 to 1 winners-to-losers. And 2 of the 4 losses were in OT. Can you imagine? Shaw could be 16-2 against Top 25 opponents! That’s unheard of in college football history. And this ‘aint Alabama either. Stanford is not a NCAA powerhouse historically. He’s been a head coach for 3 years, yet he’s won Pac 12 Coach of the Year twice.
  4. Bob Stoops- Oklahoma. Stoops’ has courage and great skill- he’s played among the most games against Top 25 opponents in college football history. His record is a fantastic 50-23.
  5. Les Miles- LSU. He is overshadowed by fellow SEC superstar Nick Saban, but Miles can hold his own with any coach in history. At LSU he is 37-19 against Top 25 opponents. Miles has won one national championship and two SEC championships (maybe even tougher).
  6. Steve Spurrier- South Carolina. Spurrier is 62-52 versus Top 25 opponents, but more importantly he’s close to .500 at lightly regarded South Carolina versus SEC opposition. Another national championship winner.
  7. Gary Patterson- TCU. Another defensive genius like Nick Saban, edxcept Patterson is coaching small-school TCU (up until last year playing in the weak-sister Mountain West). What a job getting to 14-14 versus Top 25 opponents. Patterson put TCU on the map.
  8. Jimbo Fisher- Florida State. Fisher is pretty new to coaching, but a national championship and a 9-5 record versus Top 25 opponents is a pretty good resume.
  9. Brian Kelly- Notre Dame. Kelly is 7-7 at Notre Dame versus Top 25 opponents, but 15-11 lifetime. Kelly has won 11 Coach of the Year awards! He’s already been to one national championship game and I would bet his future holds more. He is as good as it gets.
  10. Mark Dantonio- Michigan State. Another great defensive coach who has led Michigan State from mediocrity to greatness. In 7 years he has led the Spartans to 7 Bowls, won two Big 10 championships and two Big 10 Coach of the Year awards.

Honorable mentions that could move up in 2014:

Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech,

Gary Pinkel of Missouri,

Charlie Strong of Texas

Gary Anderson of Wisconsin.

WEEK 3 IN PRESEASON IS “DRESS REHEARHSAL”.

WEEK 3 PRESEASON FOOTBALL:

“DRESS REHEARSAL” FOR ALL NFL TEAMS

 

By WAYNE ALLYN ROOT

Week 3 of the preseason is referred to as the NFL’s “dress rehearsal week.” The third week of the preseason has a different sort of feel than the others. It’s a dress rehearsal for the regular season, as coaches usually play their starters well into the third quarter. Coaches keep their starters in the game past halftime, because in week 4 most of the starters are rested in an attempt to protect key players from injuries that would carry into the season. This is where information is critical. Handicapping edges are sharp and cutting if you have that information. The betting lines for these games are probably as close as the preseason gets to what we’d see in the regular season.

This week, we have one game on Thursday, five on Friday, eight on Saturday and two on Sunday. Seven of these games will be televised live – three on NFL Network, two on CBS, and on Sunday, one each on Fox and NBC. It’s very important you come to winningedge.com for my daily updates. The first 2 weeks of preseason games have me WINNING at 12-4 (75%) over-all and 6-2 (75%) with my Top Plays.

It’s interesting to note that Bill Billichick of New England will not show anything in this game that could impact his first game of the regular season. He is 0-6 ATS the past 6 years in week 3. That’s not to say that the pointspreads are not adjusted for that fact (and maybe his team this year is somewhat different so the results may change). But that’s the information and reasons needed to handicap week 3 of the preseason. While there are some wagering angles from which we believe we can profit during the exhibition slate, my staff and I will discuss some of those over the week. For this week, I recommend keeping your bets relative to their size once meaningful games commence. This is the time to continue to build the bankroll. REAL regular season college football begins in only 8 days!

Come to winningedge.com each and every day throughout the season for my winners…BUT do not miss this week 3. With College Football beginning next week, this is a crucial week not only for each NFL team’s evaluation, but for all bettors looking to build your bankroll for the start of another successful football season. Last season I ranked as the #7 NFL handicapper in America. That’s out of the 100 or so of the top professional handicappers in the world who are credible and ethical enough to be willing to be documented and monitored by TSM (The Sports Monitor).

Good Luck for football 2014,

Wayne