Breaking Down the Heisman Race

Believe it or not, the football season begins in just three days with five straight days of college ball. We’ve already addressed the discrepancies between the AP voters and oddsmakers, but who do the sportsbooks like to win the Heisman? Like every publication and media outlet, Matt Barkley is a heavy favorite — and for good reason….

Who are the Most Overrated and Underrated Teams in the AP Top 25?

The Associated Press recently released their pre-season top 25 for the upcoming College Football campaign and to nobody’s surprise, the University of Southern California sits atop the rankings. With Heisman front-runner Matt Barkley leading the charge, the Trojans were able to edge out SEC powerhouses Alabama and LSU — although the USA Today Poll has those two southern schools ranked…

Bookmakers Adjust to Penn State Penalties

As part of the university’s punishment Emmert handed down a four-year postseason ban, forced Penn State to vacate all 112 wins between 1998 and 2011,  significantly reduced total scholarships and hit the school with a $60 million sanction. All players on the PSU roster will be allowed to transfer and play immediately at other schools…

How Much is an MVP Worth? A Lesson on Overvaluing Superstars

Although most sports fans are in NCAA tournament mode with no regard for other sports, there is a valuable lesson to take away from last night’s NBA game between title-favorites Miami and Chicago. In this game the hometown Bulls opened as 2.5-point favorites at the market-setting Cris sportsbook and, according to Sports Insights’ NBA Betting Trends,…

2012 BCS Championship

The big College Football BCS Championship game is this evening, pitting #1 LSU against #2 Alabama.  Several weeks ago, LSU defeated Alabama 9-6 in a low-scoring game that went to overtime.  As some may have expected, the betting public is jumping on #1 to defeat #2.  A relatively large 65% of bets are taking #1…

Cotton Bowl College Football Betting Trends: Kansas State vs. Arkansas

Bowl Season continues Friday evening with an interesting matchup between the Big 12 vs. SEC, as Kansas State (10-2, 7-2) battles with Arkansas  (10-2, 6-2) in the Cotton Bowl.  Arkansas opened as 7.5 point favorites at the market-setting CRIS sportsbook and is currently receiving 57% of spread bets, according to Sports Insights’ College Football Betting Trends. Although the betting percentages are…