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Pre-season College Football Rankings

August 30th, 2010

Source: SI

AP TOP 10 COLLGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Boise State
  4. Florida
  5. Texas
  6. TCU
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Nebraska
  9. Iowa
  10. Virginia Tech

 

DIVISION I-A COACHES’ TOP 10 FOOTBALL RANKINGS

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Florida
  4. Texas
  5. Boise State
  6. Virginia Tech
  7. TCU
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Nebraska
  10. Iowa

College Football Season – Look for Strength in the Team

August 29th, 2010

A change in the weather… the air is becoming electric as College Football Season is nearly underway.  It’s time to dust off those “odds making skills” as we head into another exciting season for college football.  What makes college football so enticing for the betting scene?  Is it the cast of characters, which includes: the strength of young, gifted athletes, star coaching staffs, returning star players, the big-time fans, and the teams?  Of course it is!  College football is arguably one of the most exhilarating sports events on the planet.  What makes it so?  Tradition.  Look for tradition in all categories of the experience. 

Teams that win maintain traditions keeping them ahead of the others.  The strength of the team is not only in the star players, but mostly resides within the depth of the team as a whole, the coaching and the history of tradition in the team’s making.  The larger school teams with strong traditions have the history of being winning teams.  A few teams on this list would include USC, Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and the defending national champion Alabama.  Due to their strong traditions of team development, these colleges have no problem recruiting quality talent, and offering scholarships and athletic budgets to support the team strength. 

The college teams that have winning traditions know how to load the team with a field of depth.  It’s good to take note of the team’s depth in players when looking for a winning choice.  This is particularly important later in the season as injuries may develop, or players are not at 100% physical condition due to fatigue.  Knowing the overall strength of the team will assist in decisions and odds making.  Taking note of injury reports throughout the season will pay off when cross referencing those stats with the overall team strength.

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