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Top 8 BCS Teams In Order: See Who Would Be Favored

Posted by Mike on December 5, 2008


From RJ Bell at

Las Vegas, Nevada (December 5, 2008) – Heading into the last week of the regular season, there’s tons of watercolor conversation about college football. People are especially curious about the opinion of Las Vegas, since sportsbooks back their opinions with big money.

RJ Bell of has polled numerous Las Vegas and offshore sports betting professionals. Listed below are the top 8 BCS teams, ranked from a betting perspective. The number beside each is the estimated number of points that team would be underdogs to Florida (the most highly regarded team) on a neutral field.

Florida . . . (BSC #4)
Oklahoma +1 . . . (BCS #2)
USC +5 . . . (BCS #5)
Texas +6 . . . (BCS #3)
Alabama +8 . . . (BCS #1)
Penn St +11 . . . (BCS #8)
Texas Tech +11 . . . (BCS #7)
Utah +17 . . . (BCS #6)

For example, Florida would be approximately a 1 point favorite over Oklahoma, and a 17 point favorite over Utah. You can compare any two teams with these rankings: the team with the higher number would be the underdog by the difference between its number and its opponent’s number. For example, Oklahoma would be -4 over USC, and Penn St and Texas Tech would be “even” (also called “pick’em”). Texas Tech would be -6 over Utah.

A little known fact is that Las Vegas is no longer the center of the sports betting world. Many of the sharpest professionals bet offshore. Las Vegas oddsmakers follow this action closely, but for political reasons they are often uncomfortable disclosing this fact. takes into account experts worldwide, providing the clearest estimate of the true sports betting market.

Lastly, keep in mind that these rankings are unable to account for the nuances of individual team match-ups. Such nuances can affect a point spread, but rarely by more than 1-point.


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Thank God!

Posted by Mike on November 19, 2008


College Basketball is back which means a whole lot more of Sons of Bill Simmons favorite girl, Erin Andrews. There have been rumors over the past few months that Andrews might jump ship and enter the all to boring world of celebrity gossip. But, in a recent interview, Andrews cemented the fact that she loves sports wants to nail Tim Tebow, and wants nothing to do with celebrities. From Deadspin:

I don’t want to switch. The one part of that article that they didn’t put in there was I said I want to read TMZ and People when I want to get away from sports because I read about sports 24/7. So then it was this whole thing on the internet. “Oh my god, Erin Andrews going to Hollywood!” And it was like, “No, that’s not what I said.” I’m honestly one of the biggest tomboys there is and I love sports.

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Update On Chargers/Steelers Gambling Fiasco

Posted by Mike on November 19, 2008

From RJ Bell at

Amount Bet on Game At Least $100 Million!

Las Vegas , Nevada (November 18, 2008) – Numbers released by RJ Bell of in connection with betting action on the Steelers/Chargers were widely reported in the media. In response, some questioned the large size of the gambling numbers. Two legal sportsbook professionals have now spoken out.

RJ Bell of estimated $100 million was wagered worldwide on the Pittsburgh/San Diego game.

John Avello, director of the race and sports book at the Wynn resort, speculated to Newsday that the worldwide betting total on the game ranged from $100 million to possibly as high as $500 million!

RJ Bell of estimated that 66% of the money wagered backed the Steelers, with 34% backing the Chargers.

Bob Scucci, race and sports book manager for Boyd Gaming, told ESPN that 80% of the public bet the Steelers through his property, with only 20% backing the Chargers.

Since sports betting is not fully regulated, worldwide numbers cannot be exact. RJ Bell of said: “When estimating numbers, I go to great lengths to gather all available information. If my numbers must miss, it’s better for them to miss conservatively.”

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A $64 Million Dollar Swing On This Play

Posted by Mike on November 17, 2008


An estimated 100 million dollars was wagered worldwide on the Pittsburgh/San Diego game, according to RJ Bell of Approximately 66% of that money was on the Steelers; with only 34% on the Chargers.

“If the touchdown was properly upheld, Steelers bettors would have won about 32 million dollars instead of losing big. This admittedly incorrect call resulted in a 64 million dollar swing in favor of the bookies,” said RJ Bell of

The Pittsburgh Steelers were 5 point favorites over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. As time expired, the Steelers scored a touchdown to put them up by 7, with the extra point pending. Then came a video review. The official initially announced the ruling on the field was upheld and the touchdown counted. But the officiating crew huddled again and changed the call – taking the points off the board without explanation. The game was ended with Pittsburgh the 11 to 10 winner. Pittsburgh bettors lost. After the game, the official admitted that a mistake was made, and the touchdown should have counted

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NFL Picks

Posted by Mike on November 9, 2008

Saints(PK) at Falcons


I like the Saints here.  Their offense is just to good to stop and Shockey and Colston back healthy it’s gonna be tough to stop.  The Saints are coming off a big win against the Chargers in England and a bye week.  The Falcons have been playing well and especially at home but I like Drew Brees to have another big game this week against a divisional opponent.

I like the Saints (PK)

Colts at Steelers (-3)


I like the Steelers here.  They have one of the best defenses in the league and they will stop Manning and the Colts offense today.  The Colts have not been good this year, Manning has not been himself this year.  Willie Parker will run all over the Colts defense today.

I like the Steelers (-3)

Jon Anthony (20-7)

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College Picks

Posted by Mike on November 8, 2008

Penn St (-7) at Iowa


I like Penn St. here.  You got to go with the hot team Penn St. is clearly the best team in the Big Ten and should win big today.  They had 2 weeks to prepare for an average Iowa team who is coming off a bad loss last week to Illinois.  Also Penn St. has the potential of being in the National Title game this year so they are not gonna take Iowa lightly.  Also they have to be pissed for not moving up in the rankings after Texas lost to Texas TechPenn St. has to win big to get some style points for the BCS rankings.

I like Penn St. (-7)

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (o/u 71)

osu tech

I like the over here.  Its gonna be another Big 12 shootout.

I like the over 71.

Jon Anthony (17-6-1)

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MNF Pick

Posted by Mike on November 3, 2008

Steelers (+1.5) at Redskins

I like theSteelers here.  They have a great defense and are getting Willie Parker and Santonio Holmes back tonight.  Its gonna be tough for the Redskins to mount a solid offensive attack tonight.  Santana Moss is nursing a hamstring injury and is a game time decision.  Also the Steelers are always tough to run on, so Clinton Portis could have a tough time tonight.  This is a good match up for the Steelers since the Redskins defense is not aggressive so it should give Big Ben time to throw the ball tonight. 

I like the Steelers (+1.5)

Jon Anthony (19-7)

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NFL Picks

Posted by Mike on November 2, 2008

Packers(+5) at Titans

I like the Packers here.  They are coming off a bye and have 2 weeks to prepare for the Titans.  Also Aaron Rodgers had an extra week to heal up his shoulder injury. Ryan Grant also got to heal his nagging injuries too.  The Packers get Al Harris back today as well to sure up the secondary.  The Titans are not going undefeated and after an emotional win against the Colts and a short week they won’t have much left today.

I like the Packers (+5)



Arizona (-3) at St. Louis


I like the Cardinals here.  The Rams have been playing well to date but there on there way back to Earth.  They are still a bad team that won a couple of big games  but that is it.  The Cardinals are coming off a bye week and they have Boldin back and Kurt Warner is playing well.  I see a big day for Warner again against a terrible defense.  The only person to watch out for the Rams is Donnie Avery and the Cardinals should be able to slow him down.

I like the Cardinals (-3)

Jon Anthony (17-7)

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College Picks

Posted by Mike on November 1, 2008

Florida (-5) at Georgia

                                                                                                                  I like the Gators here.  It is gonna be payback for what happened to them last year, when Georgia’s whole team celebrated the first touchdown of the game. Meyer if he gets the chance is gonna run up the score and it will happen.  Florida’s offense is clicking and with all that team speed it will be tough for Georgia.

I like the Gators -5.



Texas at Texas Tech (o/u 72)



I like the Over here.  Its gonna be  a shoot out.

I like the over 72


Jon Anthony (11-6)

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MNF Pick

Posted by Mike on October 27, 2008

Colts at Titans ( -3)

I like the Titans here.  There defense is the best in the league and they can run the ball on anybody.  The Colts are in a tough spot tonight, the offensive line is weak and with no Addai, the Titans defense will have a field day. With Sanders out again this means a long day for the Colts defense.  Kerry Collins is not gonna light up the Colts but Chris Johnson and Lendale White, with help from the offensive line will punish the front 7 of the Colts.  Side note the Titans are 6-0 against the spread and straight up this season, more incentive to take the Titans.

I like the Titans (-3)

Jon Anthony (college record 11-6)  (NFL 16-7)

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