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Pac-12 Football & The Race For The New Year’s Six

The maneuvering to be the #2 team in Pac-12 football has significant consequences—not like at the top, where second-ranked Oregon is leading the way in a league that appears highly likely to puts champion in the College Football Playoff—but consequential nonetheless.

The runner-up is even more certain to get a spot one of the New Year’s Six major bowl games—likely the Fiesta. And if you, for the moment, cede the championship to Oregon, the race for the runner-up spot is intriguing.

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NFL Week 2 Moneylines

The NFL Week 2 moneylines are listed below, in sequential order based on TV time slot. There’s also some picks you can confidently bet against, as TheSportsNotebook takes its crack at picking the games.

For new readers, not familiar with the moneyline, it’s simply the odds on a team winning the game straight-up, no point spread involved. Those odds are expressed in $100 increments. If you bet Denver as a (-750) favorite over Kansas City, you need to lay out $750 to get a hundred bucks back (on top of your original bet of course). If you take the Chiefs at (+600) you need only bet a $100 to multiply your profit sixfold. The difference in the moneylines, the -750 to +600 spread, reflects the house advantage that exists on all bets.

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College Bowl Projections: An Early Look At The New Year’s Six

Here’s a look at how the college bowl projections for the “New Year’s Six”, the two national semi-final playoff games and the four other major bowls that are a part of the system, look after two weeks. These projections are based exclusively on the AP’s national poll.

The top four teams in the country will go into the playoff, which will be played at the Rose and Sugar Bowls. The same committee that selects and places these four teams, will also slot the four other bowls. For the moment, let’s just assume the committee will take teams as they’re ranked in the AP. It’s obviously not precise, but gives us a feel for the landscape. These six games will played over the course of December 31 and January 1, hence their name of The New Year’s Six.

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The Identity Crisis Facing The Redskins Offense & Robert Griffin III

When I sat down almost four hours ago to watch the Washington Redskins play the Houston Texans, I’d have felt pretty good, as a Redskins fan, if I had known the following…

  • The defense would play a credible football game, only giving up one big play of note
  • The punt coverage would be excellent
  • Alfred Morris would find holes and run the ball effectively
  • Robert Griffin III would not make any mistakes

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NFL Week 1 Moneylines

It’s time for another season of picking NFL games against the moneyline, where you pick straight-up with odds rather than against the spread. What follows are the NFL Week 1 moneylines, my picks and some brief comments.

For those not familiar with moneyline wagering, the reason the odds are different for each team is to reflect the house advantage—instead of paying 10 percent on losing bets, as you do when betting ATS, you instead just have to lay out a little more when playing the favorite. The moneylines reflect $100 increments. If you bet $100 on the Colts on Sunday night you get $290 in return (on top of your original hundred). If you want the Broncos though, the (-350) is the amount you need to bet in order to turn a profit of a $100.

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