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The more one knows about any topic—art history, medicine, 12th century French tax reform, washing machine repair, to name a few topics—the more one can notice and appreciate the subtleties of that topic. Sports betting is no different. Ultimately, one puts down some money on a team one expects to win. Of course even within placing a bet there are a lot of subtleties. But beyond that there are differences between college football and professional football. If you’re planning on placing bets on this sport (or any other for that matter), it’s very important to get a good grasp of what’s going on and to try to understand the ins and outs of the sport and what makes it different from other sports.
   One of the most important factors to keep in mind when betting on college football is that the athletes playing the sport are not professionals and they are not paid. They are students who are taking time out of their studying schedules to play a sport, for the sheer love of it (of course that’s not to imply that some of them aren’t in it for the fame and the hopes of being a professional and earning a lot of money). An athlete’s motivation for playing a game is a factor that’s often overlooked by gamblers.
   Yet that motivation can be the difference between a good athlete and an excellent one. Internal motivation is almost always a better motivator than an external one. Speaking of college, for example, if someone is studying a topic they care about and are passionate about chances are they are going to perform better than someone who is doing it because they hope to get a good job with the degree. With sport it’s no different: the athletes who are there for the love of the game are more likely to perform better than those who are in it for the money.
   Naturally, this is something that can be difficult to discern as a mere spectator, but it’s one of the key differences between the college and professional football. (Or amateur and professional anything for that matter.)
   If you’re going to bet on college sports then you may want to find out more about the college. With professionals it’s clear that, even if they love the sport, that’s their job and that’s why they are doing it. With college players, one needs to bear in mind that it’s a hobby. And see how that could affect their performance. They might, by way of example, do better if they are playing at a college that has been ranked highly as a matter of pride, so remember to keep this in mind next time you go to place your bets.

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The has the makings of a shootout as the Northern Illinois Huskies (2-1) play the Boston College Eagles (2-1). This game will feature the nation’s fourth-leading receiver, Kenny Golladay (376 yards, 2 TDs). It starts at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep 26 and will air on the ESPN3.

Boston College fell to Florida State 14-0 last week. Myles Willis had a solid outing on the ground in the loss, rushing for 40 yards on eight carries. Northern Illinois came up short as well, falling to Ohio State 20-13 in its matchup. Aregeros Turner had a good game for the Huskies, totaling three receptions for 37 yards.

The Eagles, a four-point favorite, will be looking to defend their home field when Northern Illinois visits. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at 48 points.

Heading into Week 4 of the college football season, the Eagles are 2-1 Straight Up (SU) and 1-2 Against The Spread (ATS). The Huskies could have a difficult time running the ball against the No. 1 run defense in the nation. The Eagles give up 37.3 yards per game on the ground. One of the keys to the game will be if the Huskies can protect the quarterback against Boston College’s aggressive pass rush. The defense ranks 15th in the nation in sacks with 3.3 per game. The Eagles make it hard on their opponents early, averaging 13.7 points in the first 15 minutes. Based on an average time of possession of 33:49 per game that ranks 17th in the nation, look for Boston College to control the clock.

On the other side, the Huskies have a record of 2-1 both ATS and SU.

Predictions: SU Winner – Boston College, ATS Winner – Boston College, O/U – Over


Northern Illinois is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northern Illinois’s last 5 games.

Northern Illinois is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games on the road.

Northern Illinois is 1-0 SU when leading at the half this season. Boston College is 2-0 SU when taking a lead into halftime.

The Boston College passing attack is ranked only 120th in the nation, while the Northern Illinois pass defense is ranked 90th. The Huskies passing game is ranked just 39th, compared to the first-ranked pass defense of the Eagles.

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The Big 12 didn’t make the College Football Playoff last season but things might be different in 2015 as the conference has a number of contenders including the TCU Horned Frogs who are ranked #2 in the country.  Joining TCU as a contender this season should be the Baylor Bears, Oklahoma Sooners and perhaps even the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma State Cowboys.  The Big 12 is definitely loaded with quality teams in 2015.  Let’s look at the 2015 Big 12 odds and Big 12 football predictions

2015 Big 12 Football Odds

TCU Horned Frogs 9-5

Baylor Bears 5-2

Oklahoma Sooners 4-1

Oklahoma State Cowboys 5-1

Texas Longhorns 7-1

Kansas State Wildcats 10-1

West Virginia Mountaineers 15-1

Texas Tech Red Raiders 20-1

Iowa State Cyclones 25-1

Kansas Jayhawks 100-1

Top Contenders

TCU Horned Frogs

TCU is loaded on both sides of the ball and they could run the table in 2015 and go unbeaten.  They return 10 starters on offense including Heisman Trophy candidate Trevone Boykin. The questions are on defense but head coach Gary Patterson has always been known for getting the most out of his defense and if the Horned Frogs are just decent on defense they could win all of their games this season.


The Bears have eight starters returning on offense and nine on defense so they should be a contender this season.  They could easily have gone undefeated last year. The question is at quarterback as Seth Russell takes over this season.  The schedule is difficult but the Bears have proven under head coach Art Briles they are a contender every season in the Big 12.


The Sooners have perennially disappointed under head coach Bob Stoops but they could be a contender this season. They have the best running back in the conference in Samaje Perine and their defense is really good.  If Oklahoma could just win a big game they might shed their label of underachiever.


The Kansas State Wildcats should never be counted out with Bill Snyder as head coach. He just finds ways to win games and in 2015 he might do it again although the Wildcats probably don’t have enough to challenge TCU for the top spot.

Texas is making progress under head coach Charlie Strong and they could take another step forward in 2015.  They do have to choose either Tyrone Swoopes or Jerrod Heard at quarterback and they have a very difficult schedule so it may be another year before the Longhorns are Big 12 title contenders.

The Cowboys might just surprise everyone and challenge TCU for the title t his season.  They have a potent offense under head coach Mike Gundy and an improving defense.


West Virginia will score a lot of points and allow just about as many. They will be a middle of the pack team again this season in the Big 12.  Texas Tech will likely implode again under the overrated Kliff Kingsburgy while Iowa State and Kansas are bottom feeders.

2015 Big 12 Predictions

  1. TCU Horned Frogs
  2. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  3. Baylor Bears
  4. Oklahoma Sooners
  5. Kansas State Wildcats
  6. Texas Longhorns
  7. West Virginia Mountaineers
  8. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  9. Iowa State Cyclones
  10. Kansas Jayhawks
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Betting is an addiction, and if you don’t treat it, it can grow into a pretty serious condition. That is why need to get a hold of this game, and not let it get a hold of you. Try to force it to work for you, not to let you fork for it. And the best way for you to do so is to learn as much as you can about sports betting, and use it to your advantage. You can never rely on luck, because it runs out sooner or later, but the tactic and expertise stay with you forever.

Betting-And-What-Can-You-Gain-From-ItSo, in order to acquire this, there are some steps you need to take. Only then can you become good at betting and get a hold of the game. And here is how you do that.

 Step 1 – Know your sport

Before making any bets, you will need to have at least some information about the sport you’re betting on. In fact, you will need to have all the information about that particular sport in order to win any bets. For example, if you know that a player was out drinking all night before a big game, you probably know that he won’t bring his A-game to the field the next day, and you could bet against him. However, these information are hard to get by, so you’ll need to know where to get them.


Step 2 – Get some betting money

Knowing everything won’t help you out a lot if you don’t have any money to bet. So, first get a hold off some cash, and only then should you start making bets. Never borrow money, because if you lose, you will just get yourself in an indebting spiral out of which you can never get out. So, first earn some money, and only then place a bet.

Step 3 – Get some advice

Of course, not everyone can know everything, but if you’re in the betting business, you must know it. That is why you’ll need to get the information you don’t know from someone else. The best thing would be to get some advice from a handicapper, because he will advise you on what to do and how to do it.


Step 4 – Place a bet

Now that you’ve done everything you possibly can, there’s nothing left for yu but to place a bet. Only bet on something you’re positive on, and never bet on more than you can bankroll. If you win – great! However, if you lose, that means that your information was wrong, and you should quit while you’re ahead. If you continue placing bets, you will just lose more money and get yourself into a downward spiral, which is something you should never do.

So, by following these steps, you should be ready to successfully place a bet and win. However, betting is more about luck than skills, and when it comes to luck, you can never predict it; sometimes it’s here, and other times – it’s gone.

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