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    Black Cat NFL

    Black Cat Minnesota +3 Green Bay (Packers 23, Vikings 21) The lines are tight this week and Vegas surprised me by installing the pack as a full 3 point favorite in this one. I figured Minnesota for a PK or better. While I don't disagree with them, I think the public will and this line will...
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    NFL is back and so am I

    1. New Orleans -13 Detroit (NO 38, Detroit 20) You don't make a living on double-digit spreads and much of my success in 2008 can be attributed to my staying away from them. But I'm drawn to this line enough to open the season with it. First, when taking a double-digit spread, you want to be...
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    Sunday NFL plays & Analysis

    NFL Championship Games Arizona +3.5 +105 Philadelphia (Arizona 20, Philadelphia 17) 3 stars Stat Line: A sloppy game for a “championship”... Warner throws 38 times for 220 yards, 23 rushes for 61 yards, 2 turnovers, 0 sacks McNabb throws 45 times for 250 yards, 24 rushes for 66 yards, 3...
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    Article: SHOULD I BUY THE HOOK ?

    My original thoughts when the concept was first introduced some years ago were if they were willing to let you do it than it probably was more to their benefit than yours. It is also interesting to note that when this concept was first introduced to the public, you were allowed to buy the hook...
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    Preseason #25 Fresno State Bulldogs Preview

    No. 25 Fresno State Bulldogs If there is a BCS buster to look for in 2008 (and if BYU isn’t it), it’s probably going to be Fresno State. The Bulldogs are coming off a 9-4 season with a 40-28 Humanitarian Bowl win over Georgia Tech to propel them into 2008. Reigning Humanitarian Bowl MVP Tom...
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    Preseason #24 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Preview

    No. 24 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Wake Forest is enjoying the most successful period of its football history, and all the credit goes to its coach. Jim Grobe has instilled a disciplined, blue-collar approach to the game into his program and it has resulted in 20 wins over the last two years...
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    Preseason #23 Penn State Nittany Lions Preview

    No. 23 Penn State Nittany Lions Penn State came in fifth in the Big Ten last season at 4–4 despite a 9–4 overall record. Coach Joe Paterno, ranked second to Florida State’s Bobby Bowden among active FBS coaches with 372 wins to Bowden’s 373, welcomes back eight starters on offense. But tailback...
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    Preseason #22 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview

    No. 22 Rutgers Scarlet Knights There was a time not long ago when a five-loss season at Rutgers would have been a cause for celebration. Now that Greg Schiano has established the Scarlet Knights’ program as a player on the national stage, last year’s 8–5record was seen as a letdown. Replacing...
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    Preseason #21 Virginia Tech Hokies Preview

    No. 21 Virginia Tech Hokies Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has a pair of quarterbacks with complementary styles — Sean Glennon, the dropback passer, and Tyrod Taylor, the dual threat; and he has an offensive line with four returning starters. What he doesn’t have is a ball-carrier who has...
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    Preseason #20 South Florida Bulls Preview

    No. 20 South Florida Bulls USF began playing intercollegiate football in 1997. It joined Division I-A (now FBS) in 2001, and by the seventh game of the 2007 season, the Bulls were the No. 2-ranked team in the country. The school’s entire meteoric rise has been overseen by coach Jim Leavitt, who...
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    Preseason #19 Oregon Ducks Preview

    No. 19 Oregon Ducks The Ducks were in the national championship conversation last fall before the knee injury to quarterback Dennis Dixon silenced the talk. Or at least changed the subject to what could have been. Dixon and 1,722-yard rusher Jonathan Stewart are both gone now, leaving the ball...
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    Preseason #18 Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview

    No. 18 Texas Tech Red Raiders At a school known for changing quarterbacks on a yearly basis, Graham Harrell has brought stability to the position at Texas Tech. With Harrell entering his third year as the starter and wide receiver Michael Crabtree also back, coach Mike Leach’s Red Raiders...
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    Preseason #17 Tennessee Volunteers Preview

    No. 17 Tennessee Volunteers The Volunteers are rarely afraid to lean on their running game, and with a new starting quarterback, 2008 will be true to form. Three talented tailbacks all are back to shoulder the load, with Arian Foster front and center. Foster ran for 1,193 yards and 12...
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    Preseason #16 Illinois Fighting Illini Preview

    No. 16 Illinois Fighting Illini Juice Williams is determined to become more of a quarterback and less of an athlete who lines up under center and takes off with the ball. Progress was made when he improved his completion percentage from 39.5 as a freshman in 2006 to 57.3 last season, and he...
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    Preseason #15 Arizona State Sun Devils Preview

    No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils The Sun Devils enjoyed a three-game turnaround, from 7–6 and losing three of their last five games in 2006, to 10–3 in Dennis Erickson’s first season. For 2008, six starters are back on offense and seven on defense. Quarterback Rudy Carpenter has been...
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    Preseason #14 BYU Cougars Preview

    No. 14 BYU Cougars Since taking over as Cougars’ coach three years ago, Bronco Mendenhall has put the Cougars back on the map. A 6–6 record in his inaugural year of 2005 has been followed by two straight 11-win seasons and a perfect 16–0 record in the Mountain West Conference. And he has the...
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    Preseason #13 Kansas Jayhawks Preview

    No. 13 Kansas Jayhawks Kansas thrust itself into the national spotlight last season, coming within one win of perfection. The Jayhawks took an 11–0 record into the 2 vs. 3 matchup with Missouri in Kansas City and came up just short, but spent the offseason with a good taste in their mouths...
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    Preseason #12 Wisconsin Badgers Preview

    No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers There are 19 starters from 2007 coming back for Wisconsin in ’08, but not one of them is a quarterback. The only quarterback on the roster with significant experience is senior Allan Evridge, who transferred to Wisconsin from Kansas State after throwing for a Wildcat...
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    Preseason #11 Texas Longhorns Preview

    No. 11 Texas Longhorns The Longhorns are entering Year 3 of the Colt McCoy era. McCoy redshirted as a freshman in 2005, then started all 26 games over the last two years. He has thrown for 5,873 yards and 51 touchdowns, and he has completed a school-record 66.4 percent of his passes. His...
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    Preseason #10 Clemson Tigers Preview

    No. 10 Clemson Tigers If ever the stars were aligned for that elusive ACC title for Clemson during the Tommy Bowden era, it’s now. With weapons like Cullen Harper — one of the most accurate passers in the game — and the lethal one-two tailback punch of James Davis and C.J. Spiller, Tommy’s...

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