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Jimmyshivers Week 1 ACC Football Picks

Welcome back, college football!  After an eventful offseason in the both the world of college football and for me personally I’m happy to back for another exciting season of ACC action.  For those of you who are new, this will be a weekly column where I will focus on the upcoming slate of games in the ACC and will share my wagering suggestions.  My handicapping style is based on both a feel for the teams involved and a...

2015 College Football Conference and Division Odds

In 2014 I took TCU 630/1 to win the National Championship.  That is not a misprint. My bet was completely about returning starters, and a perfect schedule that only had them leaving the state of Texas a few times.  I knew @ West Virginia would be the “hedge” game.  Sadly, I lost that Mountaineers hedge and the TCU 630:1 was jumped by Ohio State in the final College Football Playoff rankings.  This confirms my belief that...

Duke & Maryland Football 2015 – Better, ...

DUKE OFFENSE The Blue Devils lose a ton of offensive firepower heading into the 2015 campaign which is of concern considering they were just 1-3 last season when scoring 20 points or less. QB Anthony Boone has moved on & Head Coach David Cutcliffe will likely turn to Jr. Thomas Sirk to take over – although he lacks experience which could be an issue in this QB critical offense.  He does have some nice playmakers on the...

Arizona & NC State Football 2015 – Bette...

ARIZONA OFFENSE There is plenty of skill position talent & experience, an area Rich Rod teams are rarely short on.  QB Anu Solomon returns along with RB Nick Wilson (who rushed for nearly 1,400 yards as a true last year) and 2 starting WR’s led by one of the best in the country Jr. Cayleb Jones (73/1,019 last year).  They do have some issues along the offensive line, as both starting tackles need to be replaced along...

2015 ACC Preview: Atlantic Division

Patrick Donovan (@SportsBoss) has shared his 2015 ACC Preview: Atlantic Division with us. 2015 ACC Preview: Atlantic Division  In our first conference preview installment of the summer we are breaking down the ACC, starting with the Atlantic Division, the better of the two divisions having won the last four conference championships.  This portion of my preview will look at each team using an opening, good news, bad news...

Virginia Tech & Iowa State Football 2015 R...

VIRGINIA TECH OFFENSE I expect Michael Brewer to again be the QB in 2015, and all indications are that he could develop in his second year as a starter.   Brewer will be playing behind a huge offensive line, but they will be less experienced after losing three players who started all 13 games last year. The Hokies have a stable of six running backs.  But they have no idea what the depth chart looks like. Trey Edmunds and JC...

Michigan & Syracuse Football 2015 – Better, w...

MICHIGAN OFFENSE It all depends on the quarterback play. I believe if Michigan had decent QB play the last couple of seasons, it wouldn’t be as disastrous as we saw. However, there’s a relative unknown with the position this season, which could be considered a good thing. It all comes down to who gets the nod at starter: Jake Rudock or Shane Morris. If Rudock gets the nod, he does bring a sense of stability at...

Wake Forest Football 2015 – Better, worse or about...

WAKE FOREST OFFENSE  Wake’s offense will almost certainly be better than a season ago, but admittedly there is really nowhere to go but up. Wake Forest had the 126th “best” offense in the country last season, according to Football Outsiders’ S&P+ ratings. Wake finished ahead of only SMU and Eastern Michigan. The Demon Deacons also had by far the worst rushing attack in the country.  Why, besides...

Illinois & Louisville Football 2015 – Better,...

Illinois Football 2015 – Better, worse or about the same? ILLINOIS OFFENSE The offense pretty much hinges entirely on if Wes Lunt can stay healthy or not. If Lunt stays upright, this offense should hum. WR Mike Dudek will miss the OOC schedule, but will likely be back for the majority of Big Ten play. Dudek and Geronimo Allison give Lunt two legitimate deep threats on every passing down which should open plenty of room...

ACC QB Breakdown: How This Affects Betting in 2015

The ACC is loaded with quarterback potential this season, as the conference welcomes back 10 starters from last year. Despite losing Jameis Winston, some may be underestimating how good this ACC crop could be. So how exactly will this affect how you bet on ACC teams this year? Let’s take a look at some factors to consider this fall from a handicapping perspective. Experience Like I stated earlier, the ACC returns 10...
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