|Jan 1st, 2010
Several of the best college
football handicappers are hotter than Jennifer Lopez New Year’s outfit. So
it’s a Happy New Year 2010 for sports bettors, though frankly it was a
sensational old year.
There are certain New Year’s Day traditions. The Rose Bowl
Parade, Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, and GodsTips hitting about 65 percent
of bowl selections going back to the scorephone days.
Courtesy of OddsShark.com: Today in the Daily Sports
Roundup: Ohio State
battles Oregon in the Rose Bowl, Florida
meets Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl,
and Fenway hosts an NHL matchup, the Winter Classic.
Colliding on the gridiron . . .
The first day of the year offers up five bowl games, including No. 8 Ohio State
vs. No. 7 Oregon in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes (10-2 SU, 8-4 ATS) topped Michigan
21-10 in their last game of the regular season, and starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor is expected to play through his knee injury.
The Ducks (10-2 SU, 7-5 ATS) knocked off rival Oregon
State 37-33 in their last game to
clinch the Pac-10 title, with LeGarrette Blount
rushing for 51 yards and a score on nine carries. Oregon
is a 4-point fave for Friday’s contest, with the
total at 50.5 points.
The other four New Year’s Day bowl games: Northwestern vs. Auburn in the
Outback Bowl, No. 18 West Virginia vs. Florida State in the Gator Bowl, No. 11
Penn State vs. No. 13 LSU in the Capital One Bowl, and No. 5 Florida vs. No. 4
Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl. Urban Meyer will coach the Gators (12-1 SU, 5-6-1 ATS) in the Sugar Bowl despite
the leave of absence he announced last week. Interim coach Jeff Quinn will
guide the Bearcats (12-0 SU, 6-5 ATS), with Brian Kelly having taken the
coaching job at Notre Dame. Florida
is a 13-point favorite.
Stevie Vincent is being mentioned in the same sentence
with gambling legends Joe Duffy, Roxy Roxborough, Bob
Martin, and Pete Axthelm. Betting on sports will never be the same thanks to
his groundbreaking forensic
handicapping has set the bookmakers back 20-30 years. Proof is in the
pudding as his Blue Ribbon bowl selections are 6-0 all-time. The first this
year goes on the Northwestern/Auburn over/under. He also has a Level 5 game
side on Ohio State/Oregon, Level 4 on the over/under in the Ducks/Buckeyes and
the Penn State/LSU game side. Click now to
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
New Year’s Day has three games on tap around the NBA, with New
York at Atlanta,
Orlando at Minnesota,
and Sacramento at the Lakers. The
Kings played host to Los Angeles on
December 26, and they came up on the wrong end of a 112-103 double-overtime
decision. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers’ attack with a game-high 38 points in that
contest, while Pau Gasol
had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Lamar Odom had 13 points and 15 boards. Beno Udrih had a team-high 23
points in that defeat for the Kings, and Tyreke Evans
had 18 points.
As well, there are three games involving ranked teams on the college hardwood
on Friday, with McNeese
State at No. 20 Texas Tech, Dayton
at No. 19 New Mexico, and No. 6 West Virginia at No. 4 Purdue. The Mountaineers
slipped past Marquette 63-62 in
their last game on Tuesday night, with Devin Ebanks
tossing in 19 points in the win and Da’Sean Butler
providing the game-winning jumper. The Boilermakers beat Iowa
67-56 on Tuesday, as E’Twaun Moore had 21 points.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
Finally, there are just two games on the National Hockey League schedule for
Friday, with Atlanta at Buffalo
and Philadelphia at Boston.
The Flyers and Bruins will be participating in the league’s annual Winter
Classic event, with this year’s game being played at Boston’s Fenway Park.
The two teams last met back on December 14 indoors at TD Garden, with Philadelphia
rolling to a 3-1 road victory. Kimmo Timmonen scored twice for the Flyers in that contest, and
James van Riemsdyk had the other Philly goal.
Vladimir Sobotka had the Bruins’ marker.