November 18, 2011

The Money Bet of the Century | Week # 12

Well, Money Bettors-
We're entering those magical final weeks of the season. Tomorrow is the annual 'Brawl of the Wild' game between Montana and Montana State. Looking back on this game there have been some memorable games, specifically thinking back to 2002 & 2003 where an underdog Montana State won a couple close games with The Griz. I remember specifically waking up on this day in 2003 to find that it had dumped a load of snow in Bozeman, and my roommate at the time (Miles Mason) was predicting a Montana version of the 92 Snow Bowl game. Off of the opening kickoff, Montana State ran a return that took it to the house for 6. This was always a special game in our house, having both Montana and Montana State roommates. Ain't nothin' like watching a rivalry game unfold when you have people on both sides of the coin living in one house. Montana definitely has won a lot of these games in years past, but the Bobkitties are looking like the team to beat this year, with a 7-0 conference record and only one loss on the season. It's looking like some snow is on the ground in Bozeman..... will we get a replay of 2003???

As usual, the SEC will be phoning it in (like they always do) this time of the year. Florida is playing Furman, Alabama is playing Georgia Southern, and Auburn is playing Samford (& sons?) Cracks me up how they have these late season cupcakes while they heal their team up for the SEC Championship, while every other conference is playing tough games.

Money Bet of the Century this week is Kansas State vs. Texas. Texas is favored to win by 7, not sure how they came to that conclusion. K-State is running this season like the glory days of old coach Snyder. K-State has only lost two games all year, one to Oklahoma and one to OK State (who will, in the MBOC's prediction, win the National Championship). Other than those two games, they are flawless. Sure, they had a close game last week with A&M and they also had a close one earlier in the season with Baylor, but they rush the ball and score points....consistently. Texas has a pretty good D, but they are barely in the top third for scoring. A lot of points will be scored, but K State covers the 7 points and wins this game.

That's the Money Bet of the Century (this week), now go win some money....

November 4, 2011

The Money Bet of the Century | Week #10

Ouch Back-to-Back losses at the MBOC means we are now 5-4. But I will say we are still above .500, and about to go on a run. We reached out to one of our Guest Editors, Sam Haldeman. Sam lives in Boston and is a relatively new contributor. Some new blood is exactly what the MBOC needs in this time of temporary crisis. So --here's Sam--

Money Bettors,

When Dave first asked if I would like to write this week’s Money Bet, I immediately said ‘yes’. I mean, who was going to pass down this chance to finally contribute a free pick to this dominant force in the betting industry, especially when I’ve been screwed over countless times by guys who offer a guaranteed winner for a small credit card swipe.

But when he presented me with a link to the stats for the game that I had intended to pick, LSU vs. Alabama, I realized I owed more to the Money Bet. I mean, everyone knows LSU is going to win, but there isn’t too much empirical evidence to support that claim, when compared to Alabama. And for a rookie’s post, emotion and qualitative evidence can only go so far. Clearly, I needed to set the bar high, and establish myself. So it became imperative that whatever pick I put out this week, IT HAD TO BE A WINNER. No mistakes. No pushes. As Buffett says, “Never lose money”. So, with that in mind, I went out looking for value in Vegas.

I'm lucky to report, about 1/4 mile down the strip, in a drunken and drug induced stupor, I found it.While crushing a Hurricane Ice , I came across what would push me into Money Bet history forever. I want you to take MSU -28. Why? Cause it is fucking money. It's the money bet of the century, man! And it's early money, too! Noon games are the best to win with. Your bank is ready for rest of the day. Early wins give you flexibility to make those outrageous 5 team parlays that pay off 30:1 later in the evening. But I can only cover you on one game, so MSU is it. You will have to fend for yourself.

While the world may be waiting for the LSU vs. Alabama showdown, the first play for the day is MSU vs. Minnesota. Listen up, Minnesota is crap. Michigan State put up no fight last week in Lincoln, and they’re gonna come back with a vengeance. Cousins only threw for 86 yards last week, which isn’t going to happen again. Last year, Cousins only needed 131 yards in the air to beat Minnesota 31-8, and this year he’s going to put up at least 360 (for you math wizards, that's three times what he did last year)

This game is a gimme. This line is wrong. Play it early. Play it strong.....BECAUSE THAT'S THE MONEY BET OF THE CENTURY!!!

October 28, 2011

Money Bet of the Century | Week #9

Money Bettors-

This week we are back with a Money Bet fresh in from one of our field correspondents, Jeff Wood. If you don't know Jeff, you should. He's been guest editing well over 5 years for the Money Bet, and has come up with some of the best calls in Money Bet history. When the money bet has a stumbling week, we effectively look to our bullpen to call in the Money Bet's version of Mariano Rivera. So without further delay......The Money Bet of the Century!

Jeff Wood here, field corespondent up here in Bellingham where last night I spent a chilly night on the sidelines as an assistant coach at a high school football game. In it, the Ferndale Golden Eagles took a 30-13 victory over the Mount Vernon Bulldogs to secure the #1 seed in the Northwest Conference. We will play Mercer Island in the first round of the state playoffs...there is not a player with the last name of Locker on the roster this year but don't count out an upset of the Islanders by the Wing T attack of Ferndale.

Speaking of Locker, for some odd reason known WSU alum and Coug die hard Dave Noreen took UW to cover the spread over Stanford last week. What a debacle! Money Bettor rule # 14 is never take a shitty defense on the road against the #1 pick in the NFL draft my good Noreen. So after licking his wounds from that bad call as well as a brutal backpacking trip to the Enchantment Basin, Dave called on me to Guest Edit the MBOC.

There is a decent slate of games this week including Stanford @ USC , Oklahoma @ Kansas State, and Michigan State @ Nebraska. The one that catches my eye however is Wisconsin @ Ohio State where the Badgers are giving 7.5 points. Now many of you saw the crushing way that Wisconsin lost last week on the Hail Mary by Michigan State. That is their only loss on the season however, and the Badgers have been putting up an average of 47 points a game led by Russell Wilson. I don't see OSU holding down that offense when they put up 31 on Michigan State who could have the best D in the nation. Wisconsin also has a pretty stout D themselves holding MSU to just 102 yards on the ground last week. With Ohio State not having the same type of playmakers in the past like Terrell Pryor, their Offense is not that dynamic and UW will stack the box against Buckeye running back Dan "Boom" Herron. I just don't see OSU having the firepower to stay with the Badgers however, even in Columbus. Lay the points and take'll be glad you did!

October 20, 2011

The Money Bet of the Century | Week #8

Money Betters!

I love writing a blog post the week following a successful DOUBLE DOWN SPECIAL. Back from another win, the MBOC has a little bit of swagger in its step as it now sits at an impressive 5-2 record. Last week was another impressive win for Oklahoma State. Brandon Weeden has put up more impressive performances this year, throwing for 218 yards and only one touchdown. Additionally, I predicted that Justin Blackmon would have a game, but he only ended up with 7 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. Regardless, that is one talented receiver that is going to have a great NFL career.

What made Oklahoma State go this week was their running back, Jeremy Smith, who had 7 touches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. That's right fans, he averaged 20 yards per touch against a decent Texas team that was playing on home turf. All-in-all, it didn't go as planned, but we'll take a win any day of the week.

There are a lot of exciting games this weekend. The staff was at odds with who we should go with. Michigan State is playing Wisconsin in a classic Big Ten showdown. #6 ranked Wisconsin brings a balanced attack to the field with 265 yards of passing and 257 rushing yards per game. That makes them a dual threat and it will be a tough game for #16 Michigan State. The good news for State is that they are playing at home, and playing well right now. If Kirk Cousins has a great game, Sparty might just pull it out.

Another good game will be North Carolina vs. Clemson. Clemson is playing back at home after eaking out a win last week in a close one with Maryland. The one thing our staff has determined is that Clemson is virtually unbeatable at home this season. They will easily cover the 11 point line vs. NC and maybe run the table on the season. They'll still have to get by South Carolina and, unfortunately for Clemson, it ain't a home game.

The Money Bet of the Century this week is back in the Pac-10. Were talking about the UW vs. Stanford game. The game will be played down on the farm, where weather conditions are looking to be a balmy 82 degrees. Stanford is favored in this game by 20.5, but we can't figure out why. Sure, Stanford has the dependable arm of Andrew Luck, who has a 71.3% completion percentage and has thrown for 1719 yards and 18 touchdowns. They also have a very reliable target in Coby Fleener who has 383 yards and six touchdowns.

But look at the other side of the ball, and you'll see a UW who has quietly been having a great year. You don't lose a lot with Keith Price at the helm. He has near matchable numbers with a 69.4% completion percentage and has thrown for 1466 yards and 21 touchdowns. Both QBs have been able to keep interceptions at a minimum, with Price at 4, and Luck at 3. Devin Aguilar with 330 yards and 3 touchdowns. These teams are pretty evenly matched, but it definitely will be a big road game test for UW. Playing in front of a #8 Stanford home crowd that will be amped for a 5pm start definitely means the crowd will play a factor.

The big question in this game, and the reason the line is 20.5 is Washington's secondary. They aren't that great, and Washington has been allowing opponents to score an average of 28.5 points per game....and that includes Hawaii and Eastern Washington.

I'm not going to out-and-out say UW is going to win this game, but they'll definitely keep in closer than everyone thinks. UW goes down to the farm and loses by 10, but keeps it close enough to make it THE MONEY BET. Call your bookie, places your bet, and kick your feet up on your coffee table to watch the game!

Don't forget to vote in the upper right hand corner and feel free to post comments down below!

October 14, 2011

Money Bet of the Century | Week #7

Money Bettors-

Well, we took a bit of a step back last week, but in a long season, even our seasoned squad can miss a game or two. That brings up an opportunity for us to have one of my favorite posts of the season:


We call in the double down special when we have a loss and we see another game the following week that we encourage our readers to pick up the money they lost week. Take the bet you made last week and double it, because you're going to recoup your losses from last week on this game.

I wish we could have caught this game when it first opened up, because at -5.5, Oklahoma State is a lock against struggling Texas, but the line has now moved to -7.

Oklahoma State definitely is hitting its stride. Sitting at 5-0 after a 70 point offensive smashing of Kansas, the Cowboys are looking like a very good team. One can only wait to see if both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are undefeated near the end of the season when they play that game. When it comes to passing, Oklahoma State is the #2 team in the country, putting up an average of 431 yards per game.

Texas comes into this game after a stinging loss to Oklahoma in the Red River shootout last week (55-17). This is definitely not the Texas we remember from just a couple years ago. This Teas defense is not able to handle the high-power offense teams like Oklahoma (and Oklahoma State).

No change this week. The Cowboys shoot up 48 on Texas and win by 17!

...and don't forget to vote in the upper right hand corner on the outcome.

October 3, 2011

Money Bet of the Century | Week #6

Well Money Betters-
If you've been betting along with the blog, right about now Vegas is probably 86'ing you from their sports book. That's because the staff here at The MBOC works hard each week to find you the game that they miss. Don't be surprised if you come to the blog one day and it is shut down, because we don't miss much, and Vegas will probably send someone out to break my legs (or fingers) soon. Don't forget to vote after you are done reading----> (right hand side)

Here's an MBOC Exclusive. One that is bound to impress your friends and allow you to make up a great college football trivia list. Ever wonder where your stadium stacks up against other stadiums in the country? Try this College Football Stadium Wikipedia Link which will allow you to sort every FBS stadium in which way you choose by team name, by attendance, by conference, by oldest to newest?...the answer you ever had to any stadium question you might have lives on this page. The smallest FBS Stadium? That would be the Kibbie dome over in Idaho that holds 16,000 fans. Thanks to the folks over at Wikipedia for putting this together and giving it to us for a MBOC exclusive.

My Cougs. What can I say. Last week they marched into Colorado, and with 5 minutes left on the clock, down 10 points, they found a way to win. This is a great accomplishment for the program because I can't remember a time we were down 10 and came back in the 4th quarter.
My boy Marshall Lobbestael has been the most pleasant surprise, and really....a saving grace for the Washington State program. Paul Wulff will be able to look back at him and realize that he saved his job. With Tuel out in the first game of the season, I felt like it was going to be another season of humiliating losses, but jeez that kid has stepped up, and thank god for that.

With the exception of the fluke road win against Oregon State last year, you'd have to go back to Nov. 24th of 2007 to find another road win for our program (and that was against Washington, so it was an in state road win). Our last out of state road win before that was on October 26th 2006 vs. UCLA. One other road win in 2006 (Oct. 7th, 2006 vs Oregon State) means we've basically had 4 divisional road wins in 5 years. It just hurts to have to say that.

But through it all, the Cougar faithful have been amazing. Every Saturday morning you turn your television on, you see the Cougar flag gloriously waving amongst the game day crowd. They're legends. I've waived the flag myself and can personally attest to the fact that the crowd loves us. The flag has flown at every game day since October 4, happy 8th birthday to the Cougar Flag, and Congratulations Washington State fans for holding firm through the dark days. General George Patton would have been proud of Cougar Nation for fighting hard, against long odds, and coming out with our pride intact. Nice work State.

We might win only a few more games this season. With that, we'd be on pace to do the best we've done since 2007. Perhaps 'The Lean Years' are behind us. I feel bad for the kids that entered school in the fall of 2008. They've seen nothing but shit. They've seen 8 wins in 40 games.....that's not a way to go through college. But something tells me most of them will be back for a 5th maybe there's hope for them yet. ha ha.

This week we're going to a game that I think will give us our fourth straight lock in a row. The Arizona Wildcats have gotten off to a very surprising slow start. They are 1-4. But get this friends, they've had an incredibly difficult schedule, playing 3 top 25 teams already this season. They're definitely not a top 25 contender, but I do consider them a pretty decent team. Led by Senior Qb Nick Foles, Arizona is ranked 3rd in the country in passing yards, averaging 384 per game. Foles has already slung 14 touchdowns for almost 1900 yards this year. They're favored in this game against Oregon State by -1.5

The Beavers are having what we call 'A rebuilding year'. They haven't won a game yet this year yet, but have also played a couple of top 25 teams in Wisconsin & Arizona State. Wisconsin man-handled them to the tune of a 35-0 shutout. Oregon State is averaging 31 points scored on them per game this season.

They have not seen a passing threat like Arizona can bring, and the secondary will be tested. The secondary has proven that it isn't tough, even against teams like Sacramento State. Look for Zona to 'dip' the Beavers by 10 in Reser Stadium. You can LAY A BET ON IT!

September 30, 2011

Money Bet of the Century | Week #5

We started out the blog this week with a simple image. An image of a solitary cup of coffee.
As everyone who watched 'Glen Gary Glen Ross' knows, Coffee is for closers ONLY , and once again....last week....the staff here at Money Bet of the Century helped you 'close' another winning bet out. We are now 2-1 after a slight hickup in week 3.

Last week was about the most exciting game of the year.Oklahoma State was down 20-3 at halftime. Texas A&M is a tough place to have to wipe out a deficit, and not many teams successfully do it. You have to go back to November, 7th 2009 to find a game where an opponent came back from a halftime deficit to beat Oklahoma State at Kyle Field. That team was Colorado, and Quarterback Tyler Hansen was sacked 8 times during that game--and even despite those 8 tough sacks, they still came back to win by a point.

Tyler Hansen now has the fulltime job at Colorado where he has thrown for 9tds and 1150 yards in the first 4 games of the season. He has a total of 3,972 throwing yards at Colorado and he's sure to surpass the 4,000 mark against the Cougs this weekend. That might sound like a big number, but it's not. The career leader in total yards thrown in FBS history is Timmy Chang out at Hawaii who threw for 17,072 yards in his time as a Rainbow....or whatever.

Speaking of throwing the ball out their on the islands, there should be a lot of points scored in the Hawaii vs Louisiana game this weekend. The Over/Under is sitting at 60.5, and La Tech is favored by 1.5. Anytime you get kids from 'The Bayou' out to Hawaii, there's a good chance they won't be on the plane when it takes off on Sunday morning. I can't imagine living in a place like Louisiana, seeing Hawaii, and then ever being able to go back home again.

Let's talk Money Bet.
This week there are a couple great games, but I like the Alabama vs. Florida game. Sure, Florida is playing in 'The Swamp', and there are many reasons to catch a game in this stadium. Not only is this a legendary college football stadium, the Gators are also known for their legendarily hot women (see below for picture of Gator Alum, Playboy girl) Kelly Carrington (or click on her name to see more photos, but don't be surprised if you don't come back to read the rest of the blog...). Additionally, there is an 8pm start affixed to this game, so it's gong to be an exciting one.

The quarterbacks in this matchup are almost exactly a watch. AJ McCarron has thrown for 779 yards of passing so far this season, while John Brantley has thrown for 752. They both have 4 TDs and two interceptions. There is only a .7% completion percentage difference between them! Basically, you are at a wash at QB.

Both schools only use their main Wide Receiver targets sparingly. Marquis Maze has really only hooked up with McCarron once this year for a touchdown, but has amassed 226 yards on 20 receptions. Here, Chris Rainey has pulled down 11 receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns.

RB Trent Richardson @ Alabama is the go to man this year. Alabama has utilized this weapon well in the Red Zone, as he has carried the ball 67 times for 441 yards, but has amassed 8 touchdowns along the way. Chris Rainey (yes, the same receptions leader from above) has put up similar numbers on rushes, but done it in half the carries. That's mainly because Florida hasn't played any defenses yet this year.

Until Saturday night.

Florida is the #9 team in the country in rushing yards, and they've had great success in the run. They'll be amped up to play a night SEC game in front of a home crowd, but Alabama will come ready to play. After a 38-14 pounding of #14 Arkansas, Alabama is definitely feeling confident. This game will be won on the ground as they will continually utilize Trent Richardson in the Red Zone to grind down Florida's defense.

Although Alabama is only favored by 4, the line started at -6 before Florida hopefulls started grinding it down. The good money lies on bama by a touchdown, as the Tide rides high over the head of the Gators. That's the call of the week, YOU CAN LAY A BET ON IT!!

September 23, 2011

Money Bet of the Century | Week #4

Ouch, Money Betters.

Last week, is the week I call Night of the Long Knives . The reason why I say so? It was brutal for all of my central sports teams. We are used to it here in Seattle, it's an annual occurrence in which we realize where we are going to once again have a bad football season.

First up was University of Washington, who traveled to Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers. Not such a great outing for them, although they started off looking pretty good. I have to laugh....I already think Keith Price looks better than Jake Locker, however....that goes against anything that any sports announcer will ever tell you. At game time, I think I heard one of the announcers say "This year, University of Washington doesn't have their Quarterback Jake Locker, who was probably the best Husky quarterback EVER!!". ha ha ha. One things for certain, Jake Locker has the best public relations firm I've ever seen. Feel free to sort 'UW's Best Quarterbacks" on your own Right Here by any stat you choose and be your own judge (Wikipedia put that together at the behest of the MBOC Staff, so thanks for your contribution to the MBOC, Wikipedia).

Next up, the Cougs 'Couged' it. Ah yes, A Faulkless San Diego State Aztec squad kept the game close into the fourth quarter before putting the Cougs away. Ronnie Hillman put up a monstrous 32 carriers, 191 yards and 4 touchdowns despite the fact that Lobbestael was able to throw for 386 yards and 3TDs. This was disappointing for me, because I thought this might be the year we could start off 4-0 (after we throttle Colorado next week in Boulder). You have to tip your hat to SD State, though, because they are now 3-0 going into their big game against Michigan. Michigan better be ready, because this San Diego State team looks good and can really move the ball.

Finally, The M's continued their losing ways, narrowly avoiding being swept by the yankees, and the Seahawks allowed themselves to get shutout against Pittsburgh.

At least Penn State eeked out a victory over Temple. That was my only saving grace.

A collective *sigh* was heard being exhaled from football fans around Seattle on Sunday. This year we can't joke about 'At least the Storm will win the world championship' this year....

Picking up our heads, as we've done so many times before in the past, we'll put the weight of shitty football on our shoulders and soldier on ahead. Ugh.

This week brings a matchup I'm excited about. And everyone in the country should be excited about this matchup.....hell, it should be The College Gameday game of the week instead of the West Virginia vs. LSU game. This is a game that pits two 'top ten' ranked teams in a GIANT stadium...the first time this has happened in this stadium since 1975! If this team wins, it will be their 4th straight win in a row versus this school. Finally, this is a conference opener for both teams, so expectations and drama will be high.....because this might be the last year of this conference. This game, my fellow bettors, is the Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M game. Take a look at the tale of the tape on these two teams so far this season:


OSU--Brandon Weedon, 1154 for 8 Touchdowns
A&M--Ryan Tannehill, 583 for 4 Touchdowns

Running Backs:

OSU--Joseph Randle, 378 for 7 Touchdowns
A&M--Cyrus Gray, 233 for 4 Touchdowns


OSU--Justin Blackmon, 329 for 3
A&M--Ryan Swope, 183 for 2 Touchdowns

Offensive Power--
OSU-- 52.3 PPG
A&M-- 40.5 PPG

Defensive Power--
OSU-- 27.0 Allowed PPG
A&M-- 10.5 PPG
Advantage-- A&M!

The only reason this game is going to be close is because it's being played at the 29th biggest sports stadium in the world: The intimidating 82,600 person Kyle Field. They have some traditions at this stadium. One being, when Texas A&M Scores-- you have to kiss a girl (awesome). The other....well, I'm not so sure about that:

Well friends, you can bet one thing on this game. And that's a Cowboy victory.

Oklahoma State has been in the hunt the last few years, but has come up short. Fellow Penn State Alumni and Oklahoma State undergrad Carlos Ponce-Ramirez GUARANTEES a victory and sends in this photo as his proof that Co-eds at Oklahoma State are 'LEGIT'. Cowboys win by a field goal despite being 4.5 underdogs. YOU CAN LAY A BET ON IT!

(don't forget to vote in the upper right hand corner)

September 10, 2011

The Money Bet of the Century, 2011- Week #3

Money Bettors-
I have four words for you this week.

The MBOC is off to another exciting start as we witnessed a wild one under the lights in Ann Arbor last week. Last week, we predicted that Michigan would come out dressed to impress in front of their home crowd. Denard Robinson started off the game slow. But Rich Maloney must have lit a fire under his ass at half time, because Denard came out of the locker room wish his H A I R O N F I R E , putting up mind-boggling second half stats. After it was all said and done, 114,000 fans at The Big House witnessed a 4TD Effort by #16, good for 338 yards of passing and 108 yards of rushing. (If you remember correctly, I predicted 280 yards passing and 120 yards rushing in my post). I also told you Michigan would win by 10 (they won by 4), and if they would have covered the fumble on the last play of the game, they'd have won by 11.

Yes money bettors....all went according to plan, and if you threw your hard earned duckets on the Money Line (ND was -3), you'd have a little extra change in your pocket then your friends who wimped out took the +3 spread.Field Correspondent Paul Rodriguez had this amazing link to share from the game:

This is one of the craziest photos I've ever seen. You can zoom in on any fan in the stadium, and actually tag yourself in the photo. We've moved beyond Megapixels and have entered the realm of Gigapixels.

Enough of last week, lets continue the streak.
This week there are a lot of good bets to be had. It's too bad the Money Bet can only be one bet. Field Correspondent Dustin Schnaitman eagerly plunked down money on both Oklahoma (@ -3) as well as Boise State (yes....he got in at BSU -16...and so many people were there with him that the line moved to -20). I think Boise can put up a 3 touchdown margin on almost any team in the country, at almost any location, but as the saying goes "That's why we play the game". Chris Petersen could potentially be the best coach in college football right now.

Washington State University, alma mater of MBOC's Co-Founder's, Marc Cooperstein and Dave Noreen, is a 5.5 point dog to San Diego State!?!?! How did this happen. Doesn't everyone know that Marshall Faulk left long ago? The Cougs currently are running the number one offense in the country with 6'3", 215 pound QB Marshall Lobbestael dropping 591 yards for 7 touchdowns in the first two games of the season. (god it feels great to once again be able to brag about the Cougs).

But nope, we're going to another game. Another game that I feel has been absolutely and astonishingly overlooked by the casinos. After the MBOC is published, I'm sure there will be some movement in the line.

Big Brock Osweiler measures in at a whopping 6'8", 240 and hails from Kalispell, Montana (don't get Contributing Editor and Field Correspondent Jeff Wood going about Flathead High School cranking out NFL Talent like Lex Hilliard .) With a 6'8" frame, this Sun Devil can can see over most of the commotion that happens at the line of scrimmage. Advantage- Brock. That type of visibility is allowing him to see targets like Aaron Pflugrad, who he has hit for 4 touchdowns and 230 yards in two games. All 3 of ASU's top receivers have had catches of 40+ yards because Osweiler can see over the noise and accurately hit targets down field. And finally, to quote Rogers Highs School 1996 graduate and ASU alum, Grant Ruby "ASU babes are hot....". I had a plethora of great photos to choose from in this week's post. One of the tougher parts of finishing this blog each week is deciding on what photos I will use. It's a tough job, but I do it without complaining.

Illinois comes into this game putting up some pretty good numbers so far. But you have to remember that they have played a couple of patsies--Arkansas State and South Dakota State. But the main problem with Illinois is that they don't have Juice Williams anymore....the 'juice got loose' and is now playing Arena Football for the Chicago Slaughter. They are also missing Muhammad Abdullah, a one time rising prospect with the program. Nathan Scheelhaase (who) is now the QB at Illinois, and he's been making some great usage of his two receivers in the first part of the season. A.J. Jenkins has already put up 219 receptions on 16 catches for 1 touchdown. His second target, Darius Millines has 8 receptions for 157 yards. Look for Scheelhaase to utilize these targets in their attack against Arizona State, because their rushing game has been weak (even against these small potato opponents).

What the odds makers are not figuring in is that ASU's corner back, Omar Bolden, is going to have a Senior game to remember. Illinois has started off the season against some smaller, slower opponents, but Bolden has 7 picks in his career so far at ASU. He'll be looking to add a couple more if possible; as the air game will play a major factor on whether Illinois will be able to get it done. They'll be ready.

Arizona State starts off slow on the road but is the one cracking the champagne at the end of this game in Champagne Urbana. Sparky sticks it to the Fightin' Illini by 7.


Am I right? Am I off base? Comments below and don't forget to vote in the upper right hand corner!!

September 9, 2011

The Money Bet of the Century, 2011- Week #2

Fellow Money Bettors-

After having a 'bye' in week one of the college football season (The Co-Founder of MBOC was off getting drunk and enjoying the Katie Neary & Scott Wood wedding in Wyoming), the MBOC kicks off the season in week two.

And let me tell you, there are definitely some high hopes for the MBOC in its 9th year of publication.

First, we must give props where props are due. The college season is well underway on September 10th, 2011, but lets not forget the brave men and women of the Fire Departments and Police Stations that gave their lives 10 years ago on September 11th. I remember living in the Green Lake neighborhood with fellow MBOC Field Correspondent and sometime-guest-writer Jeff Wood. It was a sunny morning and it seemed like everything in the world was right. A lot changed on that day, and it would be remiss to not start off this year's blog with a nod in their direction. Thanks for your bravery on that day. 10 years later, we will always remember you and you will always be missed.

Let's get this season off with a B I G W I N ! ! like the MBOC always does. Looking back over the data from the past seasons, the MBOC is at its best in the first few weeks of the season, and this year will be no different.

We have some major conference changes this year. The off-season brought Nebraska to the Big 10, and saw Utah and Colorado come to the Pac-10 (now the Pac-12). Major shakeups in the future are guaranteed, with Texas A&M most likely leaving for the SEC. I've also heard talk of the Pac-12 becoming the Pac-16. Anyway it turns out, excitement and controversy are just around the corner. We'll all have something to get in heated arguments over beers about soon. Woohoo!

For this year's selection, we head out to BIG 10 country (er, Big 12?). Half of me wanted to take a look at the Penn State (For the glory!!!!) vs. Alabama game. Alabama is coming to Happy Valley without Julio Jones and Greg McElroy. Playing in State College is a challenge for any team when 100k Penn State fans have been marinating in the Big Game Environment (and $1 Big Easy well drinks) for a couple days. But I think another game looks even stronger....

Michigan comes into 'The Game of the Week' off of a 34-10 win over the Broncos of Western Michigan. It was probably the most strange game in College Football I can remember. Michigan was blanked in the first quarter, before ripping 20 on Western Michigan in the 2nd quarter. Into the fold came lightning and rain, that caused both teams to call off the rest of the game with 1:24 left in the 3rd quarter. But not before Michigan was able to put up another 14 unanswered points! Fitgerald Toussaint (neither Irish or French, mind you) had a strong first outing at Running Back, locking down 11 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the first 3 quarters of the game. Denard Robinson, last year's phenom Sophomore QB only mustered a shockingly low 98 yards of passing in his first outing. The passing game for Michigan, which has been historically very strong, never really got a chance to get going before the game was called off.

Notre Dame started off the year falling victim to a suprisingly strong looking South Florida squad by a score of 20-23. Lately, the coaching job at Notre Dame has been something of a curse. Starting with Tyrone Willingham's second season, the team compiled a record of 11-12. ND dropped Willingham to pick up Charlie Weis. The Weis era initially looked very promising, with a 9-3 season and a commanding Fiesta Bowl 34-20 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes, but Weis proved to be a dud over the long haul. Weis then looked good before going 3-9, 6-6, 6-6 in his last 3 seasons. Many diehard Irish fans will remember 'The Navy Game' that Notre Dame lost in 2009 (23-21). This was the second loss to Navy in 3 years, at a time where ND has beaten Navy 43 straight years before this streak. That loss proved to much for the Irish Faithful and Weis was shown the door.

Brian Kelly came over after great accomplishments at a normally mediocre Cincinnati program. No matter what you think about Kelly, it's easy to see that he was lucky to have one of my favorite underdog quarterbacks Tony Pike at the helm. I can't tell you how many times that guy helped out my college fantasy team....

Sophomore QB Tommy Rees will get the start for Notre Dame as they travel to the Big House for Michigan's first ever Night Game start. Ticket sales are ripping, with Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon saying "I wish I had 50,000 extra tickets to sell for this game". You can bet that the Big House will be bumping as a nationally televised Michigan/ Notre Dame game gets underway. Denard Robinson will come out blazing, running for 120 yards and passing for another 280. The line on this game favors Notre Dame by 3 points, but don't be fooled money betters. The smart money rides on Michigan, MONEY LINE, to carry the Day. Wolverines put the bite to the Irish by can lay a BET ON IT!


From all of us at The Money Bet of the Century, have a great college football weekend. We'll see you back here next week with a 1-0 record!!!