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College Football Betting: Week 2 Analysis

After getting their season started off on the wrong foot over the weekend the Georgia Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back quickly this week as they take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in Week 2 college football betting action at TopBet.eu. As well, Notre Dame and Michigan will both get their first tests of the season this weekend as they renew hostilities in marquee gridiron action.

Bulldogs come off loss to face the Gamecocks
Georgia has national championship aspirations this season, but their BCS title hopes took a hit over the weekend as they lost their opener (both SU and ATS) by a score of 38-35 to the Clemson Tigers. Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray completed 20 of his 29 pass attempts for 323 yards in that defeat, with no touchdown strikes but one TD run on the day. Todd Gurley paced Georgia's offense in the losing cause with 154 yards on the ground and two touchdowns in the matchup.

South Carolina picked up a 27-10 win in their opener against North Carolina last week, with Mike Davis rushing for 115 yards and a score while QB Connor Shaw went 11 of 20 for 149 yards and a touchdown. The Gamecocks routed the Bulldogs when the two schools met last season, winning 35-7 as a 1-point home favorite in an UNDER result on the college football betting lines at TopBet.eu. Overall South Carolina is 3-0 both SU and ATS over its three most recent games against Georgia. Kickoff for the Gamecocks vs. Bulldogs matchup on Saturday afternoon is set for 4:30pm ET.

Irish, Wolverines set to clash in Week 2 contest

Both Notre Dame and Michigan cruised to victories in Week 1, with the Fighting Irish getting past Temple by a score of 28-6 and the Wolverines crushing Central Michigan 59-9. Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees was good on 16 of his 23 pass attempts for 346 yards in his team's win over the Owls, with three touchdown strikes in the contest, while Devin Gardner threw for 162 yards and a touchdown while also running for a pair of scores for the Wolverines in their victory versus the Chippewas. Fitzgerald Toussaint also ran for two TDs in that contest for Michigan.

Notre Dame and Michigan met in a defensive battle last season, with the Fighting Irish pulling out a 13-6 home victory as a 6-point favorite on the college football betting lines at TopBet.eu.; that win broke up the Irish's three-game SU and ATS losing streak against the Wolverines that had dated back to 2009. Last year's Notre Dame vs. Michigan matchup was an easy UNDER result for totals bettors. The Irish and Wolverines will get their 2013 meeting underway at 8pm ET on Saturday.

Manziel, Aggies and the rest of the Week 2 slate

Texas A&M didn't get starting quarterback Johnny Manziel into the game until the second half over the weekend, but it didn't matter as the Aggies still topped Rice 52-31. Manziel went 6 of 8 for 94 yards passing with three touchdowns in his limited duty, while rushing for 19 yards on six carries.

Texas A&M will next host Sam Houston State on Saturday afternoon in what should be a gimme game for Johnny Football and company. Top-ranked Alabama is off this week, while Ohio State plays host to San Diego State, Oregon is on the road at Virginia, and Stanford gets a visit from San Jose State. As well, the USC Trojans will open their Pac-12 schedule late on Saturday night as they host Washington State. The Trojans beat Hawaii 30-13 on the road in their opener, and they're 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS over their last eight games against the Cougars dating back to 2003.

NFL Betting : Broncos at Ravens in Thursday Night Football

The 2013 NFL betting season is set to kick off on Thursday, September 5 when the defending champion, Baltimore Ravens, take on the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
In what has become an NFL tradition, the defending champions normally kick off the new season at home. However, due to a scheduling conflict with MLB’s Baltimore Orioles, this game will take place in Denver. As you may recall, it was only a few short months ago that these two teams squared off for a game that went down as one of the greatest and most exciting tilts in history.

In that Divisional Playoff matchup, the Ravens forced overtime with a miraculous 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones, and ended up winning the game 38-35 in double overtime. As most of you already know, the Ravens used that momentum going forward to get to their first Super Bowl Championship since 2001. Peyton Manning and the Broncos were devastated after that overtime defeat, and you can be sure they will be using it as motivation next Thursday when they go for revenge against Baltimore.
The spread for this game opened at around seven points but the line has since shifted with most sportsbooks and is now closer to nine points. While there will be many familiar faces taking the field next week in Denver, both teams have made a few key personnel changes to take note of.

Denver made headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this offseason, when a fax snafu resulted in a missed contract deadline and forced the Broncos to release star defensive end Elvis Dumervil. While that was a big loss for Denver, they did make some notable additions as well. The Broncos added star slot receiver Wes Welker, and also improved their secondary with the additions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Quentin Jammer. Willis McGahee is no longer in the backfield for Denver, but the Broncos did spend a high draft pick on Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.

For the Ravens, this season marks a new era for the franchise, as they no longer have team leaders Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. The Super Bowl Champions endured a major overhaul this offseason and general manager Ozzie Newsome is well in control of the team, positioning Baltimore to be much younger and more athletic. While the Elvis Dumervil situation was a disaster for Denver, it worked out well for Baltimore as they were able to snag the coveted defensive player. After re-signing quarterback Joe Flacco to a $120 Million contract, the Ravens were unable to re-sign wide receiver Anquan Bolding. The plan was for tight end Dennis Pitta to pick up the slack on offense, but after he suffered a season ending injury during preseason, Flacco will have to look elsewhere when throwing the ball.

Things change very quickly in the NFL and nobody can be sure of what to expect from either of these teams this betting season. All eyes will be on both teams as they take the field next Thursday, and the one thing we can be sure of is that football is finally back.

College Football Best Betting Teams

Alabama favored to win its fourth title in five years

If there was once any doubt about the SEC’s dominance over college football, it has been put to rest with the conference churning out seven straight national champions. And inside of a dominant conference, the Alabama Crimson Tide have risen above to become the king of kings, winning three of the last four BCS titles.

The Crimson Tide are the clear favorite on the odds to win the BCS title in 2013 at 5/2 at Bovada, and why shouldn’t they be? Nick Saban continues to bring in the best athletes in the country year after year, and the recruiting trail gets even easier when the championships keep piling up. With the nation’s best defense and an offense still led by expert game manager A.J. McCarron, betting against Alabama is a risk.

Of course, Alabama wouldn’t have even had a chance to play for the BCS title last year had the Ohio State Buckeyes not been on a bowl ban. In Urban Meyer’s first year at the helm, the Buckeyes went a perfect 12-0 SU. With sensational dual-threat quarterback Braxton Miller at the helm, Ohio State is clearly the team to beat in the Big Ten, and another perfect season would spell a trip to Pasadena this time around. The Buckeyes are going off at 6/1 to win it all.

Oregon among the other potential contenders

The Oregon Ducks (17/2 odds to win the BCS Championship) are 36-4 SU over the last three seasons, with one of those rare losses coming to Auburn in the National Championship Game in 2010. The Ducks have proven that they can win the big game since with two straight bowl wins, and even with Chip Kelly departed will run one of the nation’s most explosive offenses.

The Stanford Cardinal (16/1) have emerged as one of the elite programs in college football, overcoming the loss of Andrew Luck last season with an impressive 12-2 SU campaign that included wins over Oregon (on the road) and Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. David Shaw has picked up right where Jim Harbaugh left off, and the Cardinal will be the biggest obstacle standing in Oregon’s way again in 2013.

Like Stanford will try to play spoiler to Oregon, the LSU Tigers (16/1) will try to get back to the top in the brutal SEC East. LSU is fortunate to get games against Florida and Texas A&M at home this season, but road games against Georgia and Alabama will make this schedule very difficult to navigate.

Darkhorses and Heisman hopefuls this seasonQuality teams like the Georgia Bulldogs (16/1), Texas A&M Aggies (18/1), and South Carolina Gamecocks (20/1) would all be much bigger favorites to go all the way if not for the fact that they’ll have to get through the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the SEC. Being able to survive the regular season in college football is important.

That is what makes teams like the Louisville Cardinals (16/1) in the AAC, the Clemson Tigers (20/1) and Florida State Seminoles (20/1) in the ACC, and the Texas Longhorns (20/1) in the Big 12 intriguing bets; each has a solid chance to run the table in its respective conference.

Braxton Miller is the current favorite on the odds to win the Heisman Trophy at 9/2 at Bovada, leading some other popular quarterbacks including Teddy Bridgewater (9/1), A.J. McCarron (10/1), Marcus Mariota (12/1), and Aaron Murray (14/1). No player enters the season with more hype than defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (6/1), who will try to be the first defensive player to win the award since 1997.
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