Thread: College Football 2018

nebish - 5/22/2018 at 02:18 AM

Week 1 lines came out!


Bhawk - 5/22/2018 at 09:40 PM

I'll take OU to cover FAU.


nebish - 5/23/2018 at 12:39 AM

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I'll take OU to cover FAU.




I don't know. Coach Kiffin knows about point spreads, he has mentioned them in his post game press conferences and even tweeted them!

On a related note, naturally I am very happy that last week's Supreme Court decision opening the door for states to legalize sports gambling. We'll see if Congress does something either way, they want to have their hands in everything so we'll see.

Season win totals and games of year lines are not out yet, they should be out this week.

I really don't get serious about gearing up until mid summer, but it is coming. 94 days.


nebish - 6/12/2018 at 12:31 AM

Regular Season Over/Under Win Totals as of 6-11-18 from 5dimes.
https://www.5dimes.eu/livelines/livelines.aspx#al_3

South Point in Las Vegas released their's in late May, many have moved .5 and full games from then. These are current as of now.

At this early stage I am pretty interested in a few already.

Air Force 4.5
Akron 4.5
Alabama 11
App State 8.5
Arizona 7.5
Arizona State 4.5
Arkansas 5.5
Arkansas State 8.5
Army 7
Auburn 9
Ball State 4
Baylor 6
Boise State 10
Boston College 6
Bowling Green 4.5
Buffalo 6.5
BYU 5
California 6
Central Florida 9
Central Michigan 4.5
Charlotte 3.5
Cincinnati 5
Clemson 11
Coastal Carolina 4
Colorado 4.5
Colorado State 5.5
UConn 3
Duke 6.5
East Carolina 3.5
Eastern Michigan 5.5
Florida 7.5
Florida Atlantic 8.5
Florida International 5
Florida State 7.5
Fresno State 8
Georgia 10.5
Georgia Southern 5.5
Georgia State 4.5
Georgia Tech 5.5
Hawaii 3.5
Houston 8
Illinois 4
Indiana 5
Iowa 7.5
Iowa State 6.5
Kansas 3
Kansas 6
Kent State 2.5
Kentucky 5.5
Louisiana Tech 7
Louisville 7
LSU 7
Marshall 8
Maryland 5
UMass 5.5
Memphis 8.5
Miami, Fl 9.5
Miami, Oh 6.5
Michigan 9
Michigan State 9
Middle Tennessee 7
Minnesota 6
Mississippi 6
Mississippi State 8
Missouri 7.5
Navy 7
Nebraska 6
Nevada 6
New Mexico 4
New Mexico State 6
North Carolina 5.5
North Carolina State 7.5
North Texas 8
Northern Illinois 6.5
Northwestern 6
Notre Dame 8.5
Ohio 8.5
Ohio State 9.5
Oklahoma 10
Oklahoma State 8
Old Dominion 5
Oregon 8.5
Oregon State 2.5
Penn State 9.5
Pittsburgh 5
Purdue 6
Rice 3
Rutgers 4
San Diego State 8.5
San Jose State 2.5
SMU 5.5
South Alabama 4
South Carolina 7.5
South Florida 8.5
Southern Miss 6.5
Stanford 8
Syracuse 5.5
TCU 7.5
Temple 6.5
Tennessee 5.5
Texas 8.5
Texas A&M 7
Texas State 3.5
Texas Tech 6
Toledo 8
Troy 7.5
Tulane 5.5
Tulsa 4
UAB 7.5
UCLA 5.5
UL Lafayette 4.5
UL Monroe 5.5
UNLV 6
USC 8.5
Utah 7
Utah State 7.5
UTEP 2.5
UTSA 5
Vanderbilt 4.5
Virginia 5
Virginia Tech 7.5
Wake Forest 6.5
Washington 10.5
Washington State 6.5
West Virginia 7
Western Kentucky 5
Western Michigan 6
Wisconsin 10
Wyoming 6.5


StratDal - 6/12/2018 at 03:13 AM

Glad you mentioned the South Point Casino Nebish. I stayed there my last Vegas trip and for the money and location, it was a good time. It's a ways from the strip but saving that extra time Sunday morning was worth it. The pool is nice and the bartender made a decent Mai Tai.

As for 2018 college football, it's the usual suspects: Bama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Clemson. The Caines will be tough but they'll lose a game they should win; that's CMR's track record. The team I think that will make some noise is Northwestern; coming off a 10-3 season with lots of returning players and the most under-rated coach in Pat Fitzgerald.

Out west, UW will be the team to beat. CCP is the best coach in the Pac12. As for my Bruins, their record will improve over last year but they'll get spanked in some games. I see 8-4 at best.

Here's to college football tailgates, the best parties ever!


nebish - 6/12/2018 at 12:01 PM

Nothing gets me more excited than looking at win totals although I am a month out from digging in.

PAC12 South is super intriguing this year.

NW and Iowa always seem to do better when expectations are low. Love Fitz. Hope Thorston is healthy. Wisconsin still rules the west but do travel to Evanston this year.

I placed a lot of bets at South Point and was impressed with it. They are the only Vegas sports book to post win totals for every team. I've walked, Ubered and took the train everywhere on the strip and South Point is the only one that has them all.


Lee - 6/12/2018 at 12:01 PM

I like Northwestern getting three against Purdue. Just to piss off my in laws who live right across the street from Purdue's stadium.


Lee - 6/12/2018 at 12:05 PM

Being from Michigan I follow The Big Ten of course. I can't see Michigan or State winning 10 games so probably take the under on both.


StratDal - 6/12/2018 at 03:25 PM

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I like Northwestern getting three against Purdue. Just to piss off my in laws who live right across the street from Purdue's stadium.


College football passion... it tops all others.


nebish - 6/15/2018 at 03:29 AM

New Jersey Governor makes first legal sports bet in the state!


Lee - 6/15/2018 at 01:59 PM

I think the thing about college football anticipation I don't like is the fact that it isn't even summer yet and we are already looking forward to fall.


nebish - 6/25/2018 at 03:36 PM

The 2018 Bible is in stores!


nebish - 7/20/2018 at 12:08 AM

Conference media days are upon us!

Fall camps are about to begin!

36 days until first kickoffs Saturday 8/25!
41 days until Thursday 8/30 games!
43 days until the first full Saturday of action!!!


StratDal - 7/20/2018 at 02:16 AM

Unfortunately I can't get the Pac12 Network (for all sorts of BS reasons and most of them rest with the conference). That being said, I had fun watching the SEC Media Days and related all this week. I enjoy listening to all the commentators and what they have to say.

To good times this fall!


nebish - 7/20/2018 at 11:20 AM

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Unfortunately I can't get the Pac12 Network (for all sorts of BS reasons and most of them rest with the conference). That being said, I had fun watching the SEC Media Days and related all this week. I enjoy listening to all the commentators and what they have to say.

To good times this fall!


My PAC12 Network solution was to have a family member out of state upgrade their cable package on Comcast to include some sports channels with the PAC12 Network and then I have their log-in so I can watch PAC12 Network through the Comcast or the PAC12 App. PAC12 Network and Big Ten Network are must haves!

Do you have Sirius/XM Strat? I listen to channel 84 ESPNU alot and they advertise PAC12 and SEC specific channels but I haven't tried those yet.


Lee - 7/20/2018 at 11:35 AM

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The 2018 Bible is in stores!





Having a hard time finding that particular issue since they are regional. That's the one I want because there's a Michigan player on the front.


nebish - 7/20/2018 at 12:20 PM

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Having a hard time finding that particular issue since they are regional. That's the one I want because there's a Michigan player on the front.


It's funny because people around here are questioning why no Ohio State player is on the cover.

Send me your address and I will mail you one from here with Gary on the cover.


nebish - 7/21/2018 at 12:01 AM

ACC Champion - 8/30/2018 8:00 PM (EST)
Clemson -187
Miami Florida +600
Florida State +1000
Virginia Tech +1400
Louisville +4000
NC State +4000
Georgia Tech +4000
Boston College +4200
Wake Forest +5000
Duke +5000
Syracuse +10000
Pittsburgh U +10000
North Carolina +13500
Virginia +30000

ACC Atlantic Winner - 8/30/2018 8:00 PM (EST)
Clemson -365
Florida State +715
Louisville +2300
NC State +2300
Boston College +2450
Wake Forest +2650
Syracuse +4100

ACC Coastal Winner - 8/30/2018 7:00 PM (EST)
Miami Florida +117
Virginia Tech +238
Georgia Tech +725
Duke +935
Pittsburgh U +1800
North Carolina +2500
Virginia +4300

American Athletic Champion - 8/30/2018 7:00 PM (EST)
Central Florida +137
Memphis +250
Houston U +625
South Florida +960
Navy +1350
Temple +2300
SMU +4000
Tulane +4000
Cincinnati U +5500
Tulsa +10000
Connecticut +30000
East Carolina +30000

Big 12 Champion - 8/30/2018 8:00 PM (EST)
Oklahoma +142
Texas +305
TCU +700
Oklahoma State +800
West Virginia +800
Iowa State +2500
Kansas State +3000
Texas Tech +4000
Baylor +6000
Kansas +80000

Big 12 Reach Championship Game - 8/30/2018 8:00 PM (EST)
Oklahoma -168
Texas +142
TCU +285
Oklahoma State +305
West Virginia +305
Iowa State +800
Kansas State +925
Texas Tech +1250
Baylor +1675
Kansas +19000

Big Ten Champion - 8/30/2018 7:00 PM (EST)
Ohio State +147
Wisconsin +300
Penn State +600
Michigan +600
Michigan State +1000
Iowa +4000
Nebraska +4000
Northwestern +5000
Purdue +8000
Minnesota U +9000
Indiana +25000
Maryland +25000
Rutgers +80000
Illinois +80000

Big Ten East Winner - 8/31/2018 7:00 PM (EST)
Ohio State +107
Penn State +370
Michigan +370
Michigan State +575
Indiana +11000
Maryland +11000
Rutgers +30000

Big Ten West Winner - 8/30/2018 7:00 PM (EST)
Wisconsin -237
Iowa +1050
Nebraska +1050
Northwestern +1150
Purdue +1450
Minnesota U +1525
Illinois +11000

Conference USA Champion - 8/25/2018 7:00 PM (EST)
Florida Atlantic -113
Marshall +495
Louisiana Tech +800
Middle Tennessee +1000
North Texas +1200
UAB +2000
Southern Miss +3000
Old Dominion +3500
UTSA +5000
Western Kentucky +8000
Florida International +10000
Charlotte +30000
Rice +50000
UTEP +75000

Mid-American Champion - 8/30/2018 7:00 PM (EST)
Ohio +320
Northern Illinois +320
Toledo +400
Western Michigan +700
Miami Ohio +900
Buffalo +1200
Eastern Michigan +1500
Akron +3000
Bowling Green +4000
Central Michigan +4500
Ball State +10000
Kent State +12500

Mountain West Champion - 8/25/2018 7:30 PM (EST)
Boise State -178
Fresno State +675
San Diego State +725
Utah State +1400
Wyoming +2000
Nevada +2500
Colorado State +4000
UNLV +4000
Air Force +5000
New Mexico +15000
Hawaii +30000
San Jose State +50000

Pac-12 Champion - 8/31/2018 7:00 PM (EST)
Washington +107
USC +450
Stanford +515
Oregon +825
Utah +1600
Arizona +1700
UCLA +4000
Arizona State +6000
Colorado +6000
California +6000
Washington State +8000
Oregon State +50000

Pac-12 North Winner - 8/31/2018 9:00 PM (EST)
Washington -153
Stanford +350
Oregon +495
California +2700
Washington State +3250
Oregon State +13000

Pac-12 South Winner - 8/31/2018 7:00 PM (EST)
USC +152
Utah +415
Arizona +420
UCLA +625
Arizona State +940
Colorado +940

SEC Champion - 8/30/2018 8:30 PM (EST)
Alabama -118
Georgia +350
Auburn +850
Mississippi State +1500
Florida +1800
LSU +2500
Texas A&M +3000
South Carolina +3300
Missouri +4000
Tennessee +10000
Kentucky +30000
Arkansas +30000
Vanderbilt +50000

SEC East Winner - 9/1/2018 12:00 PM (EST)
Georgia -178
Florida +465
South Carolina +875
Missouri +1025
Tennessee +1800
Kentucky +4000
Vanderbilt +6000

SEC West Winner - 8/30/2018 8:30 PM (EST)
Alabama -227
Auburn +540
Mississippi State +965
LSU +1400
Texas A&M +1500
Arkansas +8700

Sun Belt Champion - 8/30/2018 7:00 PM (EST)
Arkansas State +130
Appalachian State +260
Troy +300
UL Monroe +1200
Georgia Southern +1400
UL Lafayette +4500
Georgia State +5000
South Alabama +5500
Coastal Carolina +10000
Texas State +11000

New for 2018, the Sun Belt has split into East and West divisions this year and will have a Championship game 12/1.


Lee - 7/21/2018 at 11:42 AM

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Having a hard time finding that particular issue since they are regional. That's the one I want because there's a Michigan player on the front.


It's funny because people around here are questioning why no Ohio State player is on the cover.

Send me your address and I will mail you one from here with Gary on the cover.


Cool! Check your PM's. Thanks!


DanB - 7/22/2018 at 11:54 AM

I love the over/under on South Carolina win total ay 7.5 and projected 3rd place finish in the East. USuC fans have drinking the Muschump Kool-aid where he claims to be doing special things to bring in championships. I've heard this **** for 50 years and nothing changes.

EfF the Gamecocks and Go TIGERS!!!


Lee - 7/22/2018 at 01:04 PM

So do you want the over or the under?


nebish - 7/23/2018 at 03:51 PM

Dan always hates South Carolina. So does our friend hoffcl, he used to call them "the team from the state under North Carolina". One is a Clemson fan (going for 5 straight over SC this year) and the other is a Georgia fan (the last in the series 3 Georgia has won by 14 or more).

I think SC can be good, but they were 9-4 last year, just 5-3 in the SEC. How much better can they be? They were 6-1 in one score games last year and won 3 games in which they were outgained in yardage. So SC may have to be improved this year just to go 5-3 in the league again. Don't forget SC has lost 4 straight to UK!!!

Still alot of people are high on SC this year, either because they think Georgia may take a step back or because they like Bentley. Bentley year 3 has potential to have his best year yet. New OC promoted from the staff. SC has some weapons to work with, but Bentley didn't play up to expectations last year so he will need to rise his game.

Everyone knows that Muschamp teams can typically play some D, it's just the O on his watch never pulls their weight.

After Georgia the SEC East looks like it is anybody's division to challenge the Dawgs. I have heard media people saying they think SC can beat Georgia, which maybe they can. I've also heard people say SC can win the East, that I'm not so optimistic on. I think this time of year people just want to look for something up and coming and different. SC usually disappoints in that regard. Maybe 2018 can be different?


sckeys - 7/23/2018 at 07:32 PM

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I love the over/under on South Carolina win total ay 7.5 and projected 3rd place finish in the East. USuC fans have drinking the Muschump Kool-aid where he claims to be doing special things to bring in championships. I've heard this **** for 50 years and nothing changes.

EfF the Gamecocks and Go TIGERS!!!


Agree. Same when Spurrier came here. They were just natl championing all over themselves. That Clemson game is just as important as the 5 in a row thing is all the talk already. I myself am a huge fan of whoever I got that week.


leafsfan - 7/25/2018 at 07:28 PM

DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


DanB - 7/27/2018 at 10:47 AM

YAHOO has their fantasy league up


allmanned - 7/30/2018 at 02:15 PM

It,s great to be a Florida Gator go Gators,


nebish - 7/30/2018 at 04:14 PM

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It,s great to be a Florida Gator go Gators,


If you can get some solid QB play, Florida will be a team on the rise!


nebish - 7/30/2018 at 04:20 PM

Nice to see Mike poke his head in! Oregon should be an interesting team this year. Hope Herbert can stay healthy. Glad Levitt said as DC. Everyone is just giving Washington that division, and they deserve to be the favorite, the only weakness they have is a proven threat at WR (like they have in 2016). Stanford's model of playing to their defense and keeping it simple on O may be changing...the D is weaker and the O may be their best in years. Oregon? Coaching change (again) and Herbert's health would be the questions. Ducks should be a team to watch. And Cal is up and coming. I am down on Washington State this year, they may struggle to make a bowl. Think they may drop the game at Wyoming in the opener.

I'll look into the yahoo pick'em for this year.


nebish - 7/31/2018 at 10:35 AM

Our 10th year for the yahoo pick'em!!! We've had 8 different winners.

Sign up - join private group

https://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/college/register/joingroup

Group ID#: 2128
Password: saban

I haven't checked the yahoo ap this year. In the past it just worked for their fantasy football leagues, not pick'em.


Past winners:
2017 - oldcoot
2016 - nebish / kirbyskids (Dannyspell) (yahoo tie break goes to nebish)
2015 - Village Dawg (hoffcl)
2014 - nebish
2013 - DanB
2012 - alloak41
2011 - Wharfrat
2010 - non ABB member (leafsfan friend)
2009 - Bird


Lee - 8/2/2018 at 06:36 PM

I'd like to think this whole Urban Meyer thing isn't true. Not for him, but for the ex coach's wife. This is a very sad story.

If so, I think the only thing OSU can do is part ways with Urban.


StratDal - 8/3/2018 at 12:37 AM

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It,s great to be a Florida Gator go Gators,


If you can get some solid QB play, Florida will be a team on the rise!


Florida hired an awesome coach. Look out for the Gators especially in 2020.


nebish - 8/3/2018 at 01:41 AM

Coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State have a mess on their hands. The cover up gets you eventually.

I don't know, they'll figure it out what is right for their program based on the facts surrounding all of it.

Ohio State's win total has been taken off the board at a few online places, not sure about Vegas.

Certainly a distraction for the team. And add in that Ryan Day has been named acting head coach, with no head coaching experience, while their are two former HCs on the staff in Kevin Wilson and Greg Schiano - that could create some resentment within the ranks. Ofcourse Kevin Wilson has his own baggage and we know about the Schiano controversy.


StratDal - 8/3/2018 at 04:21 AM

Just found out UCLA's practices are closed to the public. Well it saves me a trip out to Westwood; more time to spend on the Whipping Post!

GO BRUINS!


leafsfan - 8/3/2018 at 10:17 PM

Hey Strat I am in your neck of the woods for a family vacation from November 9 to 19. If you are venturing to USC UCLA I'd love to tag along or even drop in to say hi at your tailgate. And of course rid you of any food going to waste.

Long way away, just planting the seed.

Cheers


Lee - 8/4/2018 at 12:35 PM

Going to go to one or both of Northwestern's first two home games, Duke and Akron.

Tickets for Akron can be had for $2 and Duke for a whopping $3.


IPowrie - 8/4/2018 at 01:55 PM

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Going to go to one or both of Northwestern's first two home games, Duke and Akron.

Tickets for Akron can be had for $2 and Duke for a whopping $3.


Can tickets be had for cheap for a Big Ten home game?


DanB - 8/4/2018 at 02:19 PM

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Going to go to one or both of Northwestern's first two home games, Duke and Akron.

Tickets for Akron can be had for $2 and Duke for a whopping $3.


Northwestern picked up Clemson transfer 5* Hunter Johnson. He's a real good QB.


StratDal - 8/5/2018 at 03:18 AM

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Hey Strat I am in your neck of the woods for a family vacation from November 9 to 19. If you are venturing to USC UCLA I'd love to tag along or even drop in to say hi at your tailgate. And of course rid you of any food going to waste.

Long way away, just planting the seed.

Cheers


Cool leaf! This year's showdown is at the Coliseum. Sorry but I don't go to games there anymore; too much of a hassle.

Good luck to the Ducks this season. I think the Bruins play at Eugene. I don't think they've won there since 2004. Should be a heck of a game especially with CCK returning.


Lee - 8/5/2018 at 10:52 AM

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Just found out UCLA's practices are closed to the public. Well it saves me a trip out to Westwood; more time to spend on the Whipping Post!

GO BRUINS!



Just saw a snippet on ESPN about The Pac Ten. UCLA only has a 1% chance of winning the conference. Wow. How the mighty have fallen.


StratDal - 8/5/2018 at 02:52 PM

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Just found out UCLA's practices are closed to the public. Well it saves me a trip out to Westwood; more time to spend on the Whipping Post!

GO BRUINS!



Just saw a snippet on ESPN about The Pac Ten. UCLA only has a 1% chance of winning the conference. Wow. How the mighty have fallen.


I'm surprised they even have a 1% chance considering there isn't a Pac Ten conference.


Lee - 8/5/2018 at 02:59 PM

Well, there's still a Big Ten with 14 teams.


StratDal - 8/6/2018 at 01:04 AM

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Well, there's still a Big Ten with 14 teams.


Well done! GO BRUINS!


Lee - 8/6/2018 at 09:45 AM

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Going to go to one or both of Northwestern's first two home games, Duke and Akron.

Tickets for Akron can be had for $2 and Duke for a whopping $3.


Can tickets be had for cheap for a Big Ten home game?



$2 OR $3 too rich for your blood?

If you've never been to a Northwestern game, plan a trip to Chicago. Evanston is just a short train ride away. Campus is a short walk from the train station. The stadium is really cool. Much smaller than Michigan or Michigan State. I think even MAC schools like Western or Central Michigan.


Bhawk - 8/6/2018 at 12:07 PM

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Coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State have a mess on their hands. The cover up gets you eventually.

I don't know, they'll figure it out what is right for their program based on the facts surrounding all of it.

Ohio State's win total has been taken off the board at a few online places, not sure about Vegas.

Certainly a distraction for the team. And add in that Ryan Day has been named acting head coach, with no head coaching experience, while their are two former HCs on the staff in Kevin Wilson and Greg Schiano - that could create some resentment within the ranks. Ofcourse Kevin Wilson has his own baggage and we know about the Schiano controversy.




Strange place, Ohio...


Bhawk - 8/6/2018 at 12:12 PM

Big 12 thoughts...

OU - Who replaces Baker Mayfield? Whoever does has the luxury of having a fine offensive line. About that defense, tho...

Iowa State - Yeah, I said Iowa State. Sleeper. Maybe. Sorta. Probably not. But still...

West Virginia - Been trying to figure this team out for a few years now. Strong starts. Inexplicable fades.

K-State - See West Virginia. When does the Snyder Era end?

TCU - Pieces are in place. Now what?

Texas - Maybe this is the season they realize that they aren't entitled to anything just because they are Texas. Nah, won't happen.


Lee - 8/6/2018 at 12:18 PM

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Texas - Maybe this is the season they realize that they aren't entitled to anything just because they are Texas. Nah, won't happen.


Maybe they'll regret letting Mack Brown go as they should. My opinion of course.

[Edited on 8/6/2018 by Lee]


nebish - 8/6/2018 at 12:51 PM

UCLA practices closed? Can't you just get a hotel room overlooking the field and see everything there?

Duke @ Northwestern should be good game! I think Hunter Johnson has to sit out a year on the transfer, but that is an amazing land for NW, believe I heard that is their first ever 5* kid.

Big Xll football should be really great this year. OU is at the top, deservedly so even without Baker they have alot on O to do damage with, like Bhawk says, it is always the D that you worry about. But otherwise try picking who finishes 2nd or even last in the Big Xll. KU should be last, but they could also win maybe as many as 4 games this year? I see the league being super competitive and should produce good games weekly. Teams seem really even this year outside of OU. Texas might be ready to turn a corner and WVU has big expectations. But Baylor will be better, ISU will still be solid, OK St will drop off, but will still be decent, seems a little easy to overlook TCU which is never good. K St is typically tough. They are playing D at TTech for a change.

Here is something I saw on Kansas State won 5 games last year where their opponent outgained them in total yards. Vs Baylor -31, Vs Kansas -142, Vs TTech -119, Vs Ok St -89, Vs ISU -115. Some of those are huge yardage discrepancies to still win a game while being outgained like that. But that is kind of KSt's MO, turnovers, special teams, smoke and mirrors, they make a living out of winning games like that almost annually. Still just to realize that of their 6 wins vs IA/FBS/P5 teams last year, they only outgained 1 of the 6 teams they beat...which was UCLA without Rosen.


Lee - 8/6/2018 at 07:31 PM

Speaking of Northwestern, They have a really good home schedule; Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Notre Dame out of their seven games. You can buy single game tickets to any of them except for Michigan & Notre Dame. You can only get those if you buy season tickets. Pretty good way to shake money out of people.

Can't say that I blame them. There will be more fans there of both other teams than there will be for Northwestern.

[Edited on 8/8/2018 by Lee]


IPowrie - 8/6/2018 at 08:14 PM

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Going to go to one or both of Northwestern's first two home games, Duke and Akron.

Tickets for Akron can be had for $2 and Duke for a whopping $3.


Can tickets be had for cheap for a Big Ten home game?



$2 OR $3 too rich for your blood?

If you've never been to a Northwestern game, plan a trip to Chicago. Evanston is just a short train ride away. Campus is a short walk from the train station. The stadium is really cool. Much smaller than Michigan or Michigan State. I think even MAC schools like Western or Central Michigan.


I want to visit all the Big Ten stadiums but would prefer to see a Big Ten matchup.


Lee - 8/6/2018 at 08:33 PM

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I want to visit all the Big Ten stadiums but would prefer to see a Big Ten matchup.



Gotcha. The only cheap Northwestern Big Ten game is the last game of the season against Illinois, November 24th. Thanksgiving weekend though. That's rivalry weekend across the country and that's as close as those two have to having a rival since they are in the same state I guess.

You can get in for seven bucks.


nebish - 8/7/2018 at 09:13 PM

Bad news, sounds like could be some trouble in T-Town as Jalen Hurts expresses some dissatisfaction with team communication with him. Not surprising in the times we live, his father is speaking out to, it may be a forgone conclusion that Hurts will be a grad transfer after this season. Adding to the story, Saban had said a couple months ago he had "no idea" if Hurts would be on the roster for week 1. Rare for such an issue to arise on a Nick Saban team with as much influence and control he has over the players and the media.

Good news, Yahoo's Fantasy App has pick'em leagues capability this year!


porkchopbob - 8/7/2018 at 10:55 PM

I just got tickets to Wisconsin vs uh, New Mexico. Haven't been to a UW football game since I was a sophomore in college, used to live right next door to the stadium. Figured I'd go since I'll be in town for my parents' 50th anniversary. Camp Randall always has a great scene, we always partied with the alumni as they wandered through their old hood (or parked on our lawn), fed them some brats and beers so I guess it's my turn now


nebish - 8/9/2018 at 12:21 PM

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I just got tickets to Wisconsin vs uh, New Mexico. Haven't been to a UW football game since I was a sophomore in college, used to live right next door to the stadium. Figured I'd go since I'll be in town for my parents' 50th anniversary. Camp Randall always has a great scene, we always partied with the alumni as they wandered through their old hood (or parked on our lawn), fed them some brats and beers so I guess it's my turn now


Yes, roles reversed! Sounds like a great time!

3 weeks until the first Thursday of the season!


Lee - 8/9/2018 at 12:42 PM

Just looked at the line on the Michigan / Notre Dame game. Opening line was ND by seven. Now it's 2.5. That's quite a swing.

[Edited on 8/12/2018 by Lee]


nebish - 8/10/2018 at 02:57 AM

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Just looked at the line on the Nichigan / Notre Dame game. Opening line was ND by seven. Now it's 2.5. That's quite a swing.


I thought I saw Michigan was always favored in that one. What site do you use?


Lee - 8/10/2018 at 11:14 AM

The first post of this thread. Unless I read it wrong I thought it said ND -7. Not sure why Michigan would be favored on the road in that one. Don't know.

I still can't bet futures for whatever reason. I want to bet the over / under on a few teams.


nebish - 8/10/2018 at 11:26 AM

They did have 7 but got pounded and they moved it to 1. Odds makers whiffed on that one. Usually early season opening numbers have low max bets to protect the books if the market finds an error.


Lee - 8/12/2018 at 11:07 AM

Michigan is now - 2.5. If it moves to 3 before the game I'll bite and take the points. Not sure how a line can move 9.5 points within a few weeks though.


Lee - 8/12/2018 at 11:23 AM

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They did have 7 but got pounded and they moved it to 1. Odds makers whiffed on that one. Usually early season opening numbers have low max bets to protect the books if the market finds an error.


Curious: What do you mean by "got pounded"? By what? Money moving? Obviously not a game since nobody has played yet. Sure seems like a lot for a line to move that much when no games have been played yet. At least ND has a QB with some semblance of a track record. Hopefully Michigan's new guy can do something I guess.


nebish - 8/12/2018 at 12:45 PM

Yeah, "pounded" meaning the sportsbook online or in Vegas took alot of action on one side.

There is another website I frequent for college football called capping the game and people were posting there people's twitter and stuff on how large bets would be made on certain win totals or games were the players/bettors obviously found a flaw or weakness in the early number. The sportsbook hopes to limit their exposure on the early numbers because people who bet for a living or are really good at it can have a huge advantage in knowing personnel and what a number should be, so when the book releases a number vastly different from their's they pounce.

I do think Michigan should be favored at Notre Dame and expect them to win.

ND does return Wimbush as well as Book, but Wimbush is going to have to elevate his game to a much higher level this year for ND to be more successful. And while generally you can expect players to get better with time and experience, it is going to be hard for him because he loses two great OL protecting him. ND's OL will still be good, but losing two first round DCs you'd expect them to be down a notch atleast early in the season. Then Wimbush has also lost alot of weapons around him, RB Adams is gone, #1 WR St Brown is gone (2 of top 3 receivers gone), so more is going to be expected of Wimbush and based on his poor passing last year, it could be difficult for him to come out of the gate and just carry the team on his shoulders.

Couple that with Michigan's D, which is to me, one of the top 5 Ds in the country. ND's O is going to face significant challenges in this game I think.

Michigan's O is not without question of it's own. Patterson is good player from Ole Miss, but coming to a new team with a new system and getting chemistry with his new teammates can't be understated. And playing on the road vs ND's solid D adds to that as well. I think Patterson having played against good Ds in the SEC in hostile environments will help him. And then looking at the Michigan offense as a whole, and contrasting it with Notre Dame, Michigan returns all their key skill players, while ND is replacing them. I expect big years from Tarik Black and People-Jones in their second season now. It is going to all come down to Michigan's OL which has under achieved and is perhaps lacking on talent.

Michigan's offense at times last year was simply bad. Tons of sacks allowed, threw more INTs than TD passes, bad ypp, ppg, Michigan's O was one of the worst in the Big Ten last year. I expect that to change this season as long as Patterson adapts well. Combine that with Michigan's D which I think will be even better this year, having potential to be among the nation's best for sure makes for a team that should be as good as 10-2, if not even better. They get it started week 1 with a W.


Lee - 8/12/2018 at 03:10 PM

Not to call you out but another curious question; if you think Michigan is going to win, did you bet on them getting seven?


nebish - 8/12/2018 at 04:38 PM

I wish! My favorite and most exciting bets are money lining underdogs to win straight up, especially finding ones getting a TD or more. I would've loved some of that action!! But I do not have any online accounts and don't do any early betting.

On another Big Ten note, after the Urban Meyer thing, now we have the story at Maryland unfolding. Just wow. To think that some of the coaching practices may've caused one of the players death...wow. Not to take the focus off of the seriousness there, Maryland over 5.5 was one of my most favorite win total plays. Since I do not play anything early, probably 2 weeks out from getting those in yet, with this coming to light and everything that comes with a situation like this it makes me reconsider playing that one.


Lee - 8/12/2018 at 08:18 PM

Yeah and apparently a few of his staff were part of it. Didn't that kind of happen several years ago with Craig James' kid I want to say with Mike Leach?


Lee - 8/12/2018 at 08:26 PM

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I wish! My favorite and most exciting bets are money lining underdogs to win straight up, especially finding ones getting a TD or more. I would've loved some of that action!! But I do not have any online accounts and don't do any early betting.



I have a buddy (young guy) who likes to bet. He'll purchase an extra half point on a game. Say, take it from 7 to 7.5 or the other way if you want the underdog. Probably wouldn't make sense for a baseball game but it could make sense for a football game.


nebish - 8/14/2018 at 03:17 AM

There are only 4 people in our pick'em league so far. Come on, I know you all love college football more than that! There is a mobile app this year for it too.

Sign up - join private group

https://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/college/register/joingroup

Group ID#: 2128
Password: saban


sckeys - 8/14/2018 at 05:16 AM

Iím in. I think. Graduate transfers correct?


nebish - 8/14/2018 at 11:53 AM

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Iím in. I think. Graduate transfers correct?


Yup, you're in.

If you have any questions once the picks come up for week 1 let us know. One thing that has been confusing before is some of the games on there might be a game like Texas A&M against Northwestern State. NW St is a IAA/FCS team and yahoo does not post point spreads for those matchups so it will just say 'off' where the spread would normally be. That just means you pick the straight up winner.

We are dropping everyone's worst week, so don't worry if you have a bad week or forget to get the games in. You get a mulligan.

So 5 of us now. Lots of past players need to sign up yet. 2.5 weeks away til first full weekend starts!


sckeys - 8/14/2018 at 01:56 PM

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Iím in. I think. Graduate transfers correct?


Yup, you're in.

If you have any questions once the picks come up for week 1 let us know. One thing that has been confusing before is some of the games on there might be a game like Texas A&M against Northwestern State. NW St is a IAA/FCS team and yahoo does not post point spreads for those matchups so it will just say 'off' where the spread would normally be. That just means you pick the straight up winner.

We are dropping everyone's worst week, so don't worry if you have a bad week or forget to get the games in. You get a mulligan.



So 5 of us now. Lots of past players need to sign up yet. 2.5 weeks away til first full weekend starts!


Cool. Iím looking forward to it. Thanks.


Sang - 8/14/2018 at 09:34 PM

Not sure if I will play this year - going to be in Europe on a tour and will miss 3 weekends..........


Lee - 8/14/2018 at 09:44 PM

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Not sure if I will play this year - going to be in Europe on a tour and will miss 3 weekends..........


Yeah, I hear you can't get The Internet in Europe.

[Edited on 8/15/2018 by Lee]


sckeys - 8/14/2018 at 10:31 PM

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Not sure if I will play this year - going to be in Europe on a tour and will miss 3 weekends..........


The golf courses will still be there after football season.


Sang - 8/16/2018 at 05:03 PM

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Not sure if I will play this year - going to be in Europe on a tour and will miss 3 weekends..........


Yeah, I hear you can't get The Internet in Europe.




It will be more of a finding time to do it problem than an internet access problem.......


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