Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Top 5 Quarterbacks in to Week 8: College Football Power Rankings

As we do every week this season we have updated the quarterback rankings after yet another exciting weekend of college football.Below is the list of top 5 quarterbacks, check out for more college football lines

1. Andrew Luck, Stanford
Stanford was out this week, but we have not forgotten how luck played against USC a few weeks ago at Stanford 37-35 victory. Luck was 20-24 for 285 yards and touchdown in the win and having no opponent to play in Week 7 is not going to pay him the top spot.

2. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
Who knows how the game Auburn-Arkansas would have gone if Mallett was not been knocked out from the game with a concussion in the second quarter. Before leaving the game, Mallett was 10 of 15 for 96 yards and a touchdown. Without him, the Razorbacks have not been able to follow high-powered offense with Auburn.

3. Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Jones to perform as a surgeon in Oklahoma 52-0 shutout against Iowa State, and showed once again that he belongs in the discussion as the nation's top passer. He was 30 of 34 for 334 yards and three touchdowns, absolutely the most efficient of any quarter of the nation on Saturday. Now let's see what again against Missouri.

4. Cameron Newton, Auburn
Fans were not satisfied with where we placed Cameron Newton in the power rankings this season, as he scored 25 touchdowns this year and Auburn is undefeated. He played well again in the Tigers 65-43 victory over Arkansas, with over 300 total yards and four scores. But there is always the belief that he is a product of the system.

5. Kellen Moore, Boise State
Moore has been great this season, finished more than 60 percent of his passes and throwing at least two touchdowns in every game this season. He did not need for much in Boise State to 48-0 victory over San Jose State, but he was unstoppable when he was there. Moore was 14 of 16 for 231 yards and two touchdowns.

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NFL Football - Vince Young Injury: Kerry Collins is in the game

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Vince Young suffered with a sprained knee in the first half of the Monday night football game between the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars.

In an instant he lost the ball, Young's knee was twisted while trying to recover the fumble. Kerry Collins is now in the game, which has its own advantages and disadvantages for both teams. Collins was very good for the Titans in the past and has already led the Titans down the field for a touchdown.

Collins and the Titans also have Chris Johnson to fall back on the offensive perspective. Although Johnson can not get 2000 yards this season, he will have at least 1,500 yards and is as reliable a running back that you can have on a team.

Young's return is uncertain, but the team won two games with the quarterbacks, and when Collins is "on", he is a very good quarterback. While his battles with alcoholism have been very public, Collins was a first-round draft pick in 1995

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NFL Betting: Titans vs. Jaguars Preview

The quarterbacks for tonight’s contest don’t get near the attention that Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre attracts from fans and media, but the Titans, Jaguars and Vikings do have one thing in common: they each boast one of the top-rated feature backs in the game today. Football betting odds

Sportsbook have the line currently set at Tennessee -3 with the Over/Under at 45.5

CJ2 vs. MJD

Chris Johnson came into the week ranked second overall with 485 rushing yards. He would need 151 yards against the Jags to overtake all six backs that jumped ahead of him on Sunday.

Johnson rushed for 125-plus yards in three-of-five games this season including both road games. Tennessee was in Dallas last week and in their second of back-to-back away from home look for HC Fisher to lean on the ground attack. The last time these teams met Johnson rushed for 228 yards and two touchdowns.

Maurice Jones-Drew struggled with the rest of his team in two losses this year, but in the three wins he’s averaged 96 yards on 20-plus carries and now that Garrard has shown improvements, it will open things up for Jones-Drew.

It’s also worth keeping an eye on Jags rookie RB Deji Karim, who rushed for 70 yards on 15 carries last week in his debut. In a word, one NFL scout described Karim as “smooth”.  He was finding holes and slicing through tackles and really made the most of his chances.

GAMEPLAN 

We have to expect plenty of running in this game but the passing attack against these secondaries could end up being the difference. Tennessee has been burned for big plays and HC Del Rio will go after the Titans deep without hesitation.

Tennessee’s wide receivers have been impressive this year and they are going up and getting the football. With the Titans making plays down field and Young’s ability to scramble, Jacksonville defense could be in for a long night.

UNDER THE LIGHTS

Jacksonville is 0-2 SU/ATS the past two years on Monday Night Football while the Titans boast a 3-1 ATS record during the last three years.

Tennessee is 2-1 ATS on the road, 1-1 ATS vs. division and 1-0 ATS on the road vs. division.
Both of Jacksonville’s games were divisional, one at home and one away; the Jags lost each by double-digits.

PREDICTION 

Tennessee put up a good fight in Dallas but the game really was handed to them after countless Cowboy mistakes and penalties. That didn’t go unnoticed by HC Fisher and he should have this team functioning as a much tighter unit.

Jacksonville was a rare example last week of a football team that can lose the turnover battle (-3) and still come away with a road win. That was Buffalo, however, and against Tennessee they will not be afforded the same luxuries.

The Jaguars are last in the league in TD passes allowed and even though they are 2-1 SU/ATS at home it was Michael Vick – a quarterback that knows how to scramble – that beat them. Vick didn’t beat the Jags with sheer mobility and Young won’t have to either. He has enough weapons at his disposal to wear this defense out and at less than a field goal we feel the value here is on the underdog.

Pick: Take the Titans

Monday Night NFL: Tennessee vs Jacksonville

NFL Monday Night Football featuring division rivals Tennessee and Jacksonville are looking to improve their respective standings.

Tennessee Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-3 in what turned out to be a battle of backup quarterbacks on Monday night. Their last victory of the Titans into a corner with three lanes on the top of the AFC South.

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Titans starting quarterback Vince Young left the game in only half of the first quarter with a sprained left knee. Young left the game after the conclusion of 3 / 5 passes for 61 yards and touchdown for the first three minutes of play.

Kerry Collins took over quarterbacking job to lead the Titans (4-2) until the end of the game. Collins finished 11 of 16 for 110 yards and touchdown.

Titan’s running back Chris Johnson scored on a 35-yard run with 1:40 to finish with 111 yards on 26 rushes. Rob Biron kicked shots each in the second, third and fourth. The Jaguars managed to score a field goal by Josh Scobee halfway through the third quarter.

Trent Edwards was replaced by David Garrard, when he was left the game late in the second quarter. Garrard finished 7 of 12 for 49 yards and the interception, while Edwards has went 14 of 24 for 140 yards and two interceptions.

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Champions League Betting: Round 3 Picks

There are sixteen games being played this Tuesday and Wednesday from round three of the Champions League. Let’s look at three of those matches and see if we can find some value. 

 - The big game on Tuesday night sees two European giants clash at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid host AC Milan in a Group G battle. Real are now managed by former Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho and under him they have conceded just three goals in nine games this season. They look an excellent defensive side and despite AC Milan climbing to second in Italy’s Serie A this weekend they have a poor road record so far this season, winning just one of their four away matches. As a result of this, we see this match going just one way and we’re backing a Real Madrid win, with sportsbook odds @ 1.45.

 - Another side with a great defensive record is Shakhtar Donetsk. They have conceded just two goals in their last seven matches in all competitions and they travel to London as they face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal have looked impressive at home this season and have scored twenty goals in their four wins and a loss in front of their own fans. They have kept a clean sheet in just two of those five games and we’re expecting goals in this game, so we suggest putting your money on over 2.5 goals @ 1.72.

 - One side that isn’t having such a good season so far is Manchester United. They are yet to win away from home in the Premier League, let a two goal lead slip against West Brom at the weekend and talismanic striker Wayne Rooney has refused to sign a new contract with the club leading to suggestions that he will be sold in the January transfer window. 

They welcome Turkish side Bursaspor to Old Trafford on Wednesday and I think they will be highly focused on a win to try and quiet the noise form last week. Bursaspor are yet to score in the Champions League this season…Man U has to feel they are there for the taking. We feel this too and expect United to give themselves a massive boost of confidence by putting a few goals past the hapless Turks, so we’re going with +2.5 goals in the match @ 1.45 at the online sportsbook.