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NCAAF College Football Rising And Falling
Rising And Falling
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Successful handicappers are usually ahead of trends, spotting them before they become common knowledge. Here are some college football trends Iím expecting to see this season. As always, itís just as important to know bad ones as it is good ones, especially in advance, when betting on college football.
Steve Spurrier. I could say South Carolina, but down in Columbia itís really all about the Ďol ball coach. Heís probably another recruiting class or two away from being a serious challenge to Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in the SEC East, but then again his Gamecocks beat the Gators and Tennessee in 2005 and lost by only two points to Georgia. The passing combination of QB Blake Mitchell and WR Sidney Rice, with another year of Spurrierís offense under their belts, could become one of the most dangerous duos in the nation.
Ohio Stateís offense. Sure, it was good last year, but look out in 2006. For one thing, Troy Smith is settled in at quarterback. This time last year, he was preparing to sit out the opener on suspension and did not start the big game vs. Texas (which probably cost the Buckeyes a shot at the national championship). Toward the end of last season, Coach Jim Tressel starting getting the ball in Ted Ginn Jr.ís hands a lot more. That will be a foundation of his game plan from the opening whistle this year. Ohio Stateís running game, in the hands of Antonio Pittman (1,331 yards last year) and freshman stud Chris Wells, should make the Buckeyes one of the most prolific offenses in the nation. They just need to improve their turnover margin (-.75 in 2005, 104th in the nation).
Air Force. It wasnít long ago that this school was among the most dangerous non-BCS teams in the nation. Now, well, not so much. The sands are running out of the hourglass for 68-year-old head coach Fisher DeBerry. After posting only two losing records in his first 20 seasons in Colorado Springs, DeBerryís Falcons have gone 5-6 and 4-7 the last two years. There is some twisted irony in the fact that Air Force, whose players will soon be an integral part of our nationís national defense, ranked 100th nationally in scoring defense last season. Quarterback Shaun Carney will keep the Falcons in most games this year, but that awful defense will keep the Falcons out of the win column often and push DeBerry toward retirement.
UCLAís offense. The Bruins were the fifth highest scoring team in the nation last year, averaging 39.1 points per game. They donít figure to come close to that this season. New quarterback Ben Olson has plenty of promise, but he has only thrown four passes in college and will be a drop off (at least this year) from Drew Olson (no relation). Also missing from last yearís juggernaut are running back Maurice Drew and tight end Marcedes Lewis, both among the nationís best at their positions. Chris Markey will do well filling Drewís shoes (5.1 yards per carry last season), but the receiving corps does not have a proven game-breaker. Additionally, Coach Karl Dorrellís team will have at least three new starters on the offensive line.
New trends will appear as the season plays out, but you donít have to wait to apply this knowledge.
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